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GuruFocus Financial Strength Rank measures how strong a company’s financial situation is. It is based on these factors

1. The debt burden that the company has as measured by its Interest coverage (current year).
2. Debt to revenue ratio. The lower, the better
3. Altman Z-score.

A company ranks high with financial strength is likely to withstand any business slowdowns and recessions.

Financial Strength : 8/10

vs
industry
vs
history
Cash to Debt 0.59
MON's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
72% of the 180 Companies
in the Global Agricultural Inputs industry.

( Industry Median: 0.39 vs. MON: 0.59 )
MON' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.06   Max: No Debt
Current: 0.59

Equity to Asset 0.63
MON's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
80% of the 167 Companies
in the Global Agricultural Inputs industry.

( Industry Median: 0.49 vs. MON: 0.63 )
MON' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.5   Max: 0.66
Current: 0.63

0.5
0.66
Interest Coverage 20.76
MON's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
60% of the 125 Companies
in the Global Agricultural Inputs industry.

( Industry Median: 19.84 vs. MON: 20.76 )
MON' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 2.6   Max: 24.74
Current: 20.76

2.6
24.74
F-Score: 4
Z-Score: 6.38
M-Score: -2.29
GuruFocus Profitability Rank ranks how profitable a company is and how likely the company’s business will stay that way. It is based on these factors:

1. Operating Margin
2. Trend of the Operating Margin (5-year average). The company with an uptrend profit margin has a higher rank.
••3. Consistency of the profitability
4. Piotroski F-Score
5. Predictability Rank•

The maximum rank is 10. A rank of 7 or higher means a higher profitability and may stay that way. A rank of 3 or lower indicates that the company has had trouble to make a profit.

Profitability Rank is not directly related to the Financial Strength Rank. But if a company is consistently profitable, its financial strength will be stronger.

Profitability & Growth : 6/10

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industry
vs
history
Operating margin (%) 25.56
MON's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
95% of the 174 Companies
in the Global Agricultural Inputs industry.

( Industry Median: 9.56 vs. MON: 25.56 )
MON' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 6.83   Max: 26.2
Current: 25.56

6.83
26.2
Net-margin (%) 17.16
MON's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
92% of the 174 Companies
in the Global Agricultural Inputs industry.

( Industry Median: 6.58 vs. MON: 17.16 )
MON' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -36.23   Max: 17.9
Current: 17.16

-36.23
17.9
ROE (%) 19.65
MON's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
93% of the 184 Companies
in the Global Agricultural Inputs industry.

( Industry Median: 7.81 vs. MON: 19.65 )
MON' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: -26.74   Max: 23.98
Current: 19.65

-26.74
23.98
ROA (%) 11.70
MON's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
94% of the 186 Companies
in the Global Agricultural Inputs industry.

( Industry Median: 4.06 vs. MON: 11.70 )
MON' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -16.66   Max: 13.07
Current: 11.7

-16.66
13.07
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 50.09
MON's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
96% of the 186 Companies
in the Global Agricultural Inputs industry.

( Industry Median: 11.24 vs. MON: 50.09 )
MON' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 6.24   Max: 60.65
Current: 50.09

6.24
60.65
Revenue Growth (%) 13.10
MON's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
79% of the 161 Companies
in the Global Agricultural Inputs industry.

( Industry Median: 5.50 vs. MON: 13.10 )
MON' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: -15.5   Max: 25.7
Current: 13.1

-15.5
25.7
EBITDA Growth (%) 24.10
MON's EBITDA Growth (%) is ranked higher than
79% of the 150 Companies
in the Global Agricultural Inputs industry.

( Industry Median: 5.30 vs. MON: 24.10 )
MON' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (%) Range
Min: -31.5   Max: 67
Current: 24.1

-31.5
67
EPS Growth (%) 32.00
MON's EPS Growth (%) is ranked higher than
87% of the 132 Companies
in the Global Agricultural Inputs industry.

( Industry Median: 3.90 vs. MON: 32.00 )
MON' s 10-Year EPS Growth (%) Range
Min: -17.6   Max: 123.9
Current: 32

-17.6
123.9
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Guru Trades

Q3 2013

MON Guru Trades in Q3 2013

Lee Ainslie 484,500 sh (New)
Larry Robbins 645,400 sh (New)
Jean-Marie Eveillard 1,672,191 sh (New)
George Soros 476,170 sh (New)
Frank Sands 10,200,468 sh (New)
Jeremy Grantham 252,820 sh (+121.43%)
Steve Mandel 9,354,853 sh (+50.71%)
Steven Cohen 201,228 sh (+34.86%)
Pioneer Investments 1,178,271 sh (+22.17%)
Ron Baron 43,902 sh (+13.42%)
Andreas Halvorsen 4,459,945 sh (+6.3%)
Mario Gabelli 111,235 sh (+3.75%)
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 2,988,168 sh (+1.08%)
John Griffin 3,050,000 sh (+0.49%)
Murray Stahl 12,189 sh (+0.44%)
Irving Kahn 8,898 sh (unchged)
Tom Gayner 35,700 sh (unchged)
Caxton Associates 250,000 sh (unchged)
Julian Robertson Sold Out
Ray Dalio Sold Out
Ken Heebner Sold Out
PRIMECAP Management 12,164,967 sh (-0.49%)
Ken Fisher 2,301 sh (-20.41%)
Jim Simons 385,600 sh (-26.09%)
Paul Tudor Jones 2,900 sh (-49.12%)
Chris Davis 3,068,430 sh (-51.37%)
John Burbank 30,249 sh (-70.46%)
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Q4 2013

MON Guru Trades in Q4 2013

Louis Moore Bacon 62,000 sh (New)
Caxton Associates 21,688 sh (New)
Julian Robertson 108,300 sh (New)
Vanguard Health Care Fund 1,146,307 sh (New)
Larry Robbins 4,973,530 sh (+670.61%)
Jeremy Grantham 929,629 sh (+267.7%)
George Soros 1,169,225 sh (+145.55%)
Paul Tudor Jones 3,728 sh (+28.55%)
Ron Baron 49,724 sh (+13.26%)
Ken Fisher 2,390 sh (+3.87%)
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 2,991,649 sh (+0.12%)
Pioneer Investments 1,178,358 sh (+0.01%)
Caxton Associates 70,000 sh (unchged)
Murray Stahl 12,189 sh (unchged)
Irving Kahn 8,898 sh (unchged)
Tom Gayner 35,700 sh (unchged)
John Griffin 3,050,000 sh (unchged)
John Burbank Sold Out
PRIMECAP Management 12,112,113 sh (-0.43%)
Frank Sands 10,126,253 sh (-0.73%)
Chris Davis 2,968,117 sh (-3.27%)
Mario Gabelli 104,235 sh (-6.29%)
Lee Ainslie 443,500 sh (-8.46%)
Andreas Halvorsen 3,464,037 sh (-22.33%)
Jean-Marie Eveillard 1,166,338 sh (-30.25%)
Jim Simons 258,485 sh (-32.97%)
Steve Mandel 5,830,407 sh (-37.68%)
Steven Cohen 19,082 sh (-90.52%)
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Q1 2014

MON Guru Trades in Q1 2014

Stanley Druckenmiller 177,500 sh (New)
Ray Dalio 61,830 sh (New)
Paul Tudor Jones 25,204 sh (+576.07%)
Steven Cohen 88,122 sh (+361.81%)
Lee Ainslie 1,492,200 sh (+236.46%)
Jeremy Grantham 2,111,956 sh (+127.18%)
Vanguard Health Care Fund 1,835,700 sh (+60.14%)
Larry Robbins 7,366,448 sh (+48.11%)
Jean-Marie Eveillard 1,574,111 sh (+34.96%)
Frank Sands 12,626,611 sh (+24.69%)
Ron Baron 56,222 sh (+13.07%)
PRIMECAP Management 13,268,012 sh (+9.54%)
Pioneer Investments 1,187,870 sh (+0.81%)
Larry Robbins 300,000 sh (unchged)
Julian Robertson 108,300 sh (unchged)
John Griffin 3,050,000 sh (unchged)
Caxton Associates 100,000 sh (unchged)
Murray Stahl 12,189 sh (unchged)
Irving Kahn 8,898 sh (unchged)
Caxton Associates Sold Out
Jim Simons Sold Out
Louis Moore Bacon Sold Out
Steve Mandel 5,767,733 sh (-1.07%)
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 2,911,845 sh (-2.67%)
Mario Gabelli 98,020 sh (-5.96%)
Tom Gayner 33,000 sh (-7.56%)
Andreas Halvorsen 3,097,531 sh (-10.58%)
Chris Davis 2,578,619 sh (-13.12%)
Ken Fisher 1,774 sh (-25.77%)
George Soros 636,512 sh (-45.56%)
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Q2 2014

MON Guru Trades in Q2 2014

Tom Russo 1,700 sh (New)
Alan Fournier 2,129,251 sh (New)
Bill Nygren 1,575,000 sh (New)
Jim Simons 813,300 sh (New)
Andreas Halvorsen 5,780,631 sh (+86.62%)
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 4,001,473 sh (+37.42%)
Jeremy Grantham 2,644,956 sh (+25.24%)
Larry Robbins 8,408,065 sh (+14.14%)
Ken Fisher 1,913 sh (+7.84%)
Frank Sands 12,658,762 sh (+0.25%)
John Griffin 3,050,000 sh (unchged)
Steven Cohen 289,800 sh (unchged)
Julian Robertson 108,300 sh (unchged)
Murray Stahl 12,189 sh (unchged)
Tom Gayner 33,000 sh (unchged)
Vanguard Health Care Fund 1,835,700 sh (unchged)
Ray Dalio Sold Out
Steve Mandel Sold Out
Lee Ainslie Sold Out
Stanley Druckenmiller Sold Out
Jean-Marie Eveillard Sold Out
Irving Kahn 8,888 sh (-0.11%)
Mario Gabelli 94,890 sh (-3.19%)
PRIMECAP Management 12,699,872 sh (-4.28%)
Ron Baron 52,707 sh (-6.25%)
Pioneer Investments 1,110,946 sh (-6.48%)
George Soros 538,404 sh (-15.41%)
Chris Davis 1,995,210 sh (-22.62%)
Paul Tudor Jones 16,983 sh (-32.62%)
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Guru Investment Theses on Monsanto Co

Bill Nygren Comments on Monsanto Company - Jul 10, 2014

Monsanto (MON) is a leading global provider of seeds, biotechnology traits, herbicides and data analytics for farmers. We believe Monsanto is a very high quality company with above-average growth prospects and an exceptionally strong competitive position in a large and consolidated industry. In our view, Monsanto’s lead is likely to widen as successful traits are combined and as the company maintains its distribution advantages. Additionally, Monsanto’s precision agriculture platform, led by its recent purchase of The Climate Corporation, could provide significant upside and further differentiate Monsanto from its competitors, since growers are only in the early stages of using this technology to improve yields. For the past year and a half, management considered a more aggressive capital structure, and they recently announced a plan to add leverage to the balance sheet while using the proceeds for a large share repurchase program. Low corn prices, challenges in valuing their biotech pipeline and the difficulty of quantifying upside from precision agriculture have caused Monsanto to sell for materially less than our estimate of its intrinsic business value.



From Bill Nygren (Trades, Portfolio)'s Second Quarter 2014 Shareholder Letter.



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Monsanto (MON) is a leading global provider of seeds, biotechnology traits, herbicides and data analytics for farmers. We believe Monsanto is a very high quality company with above-average growth prospects and an exceptionally strong competitive position in a large and consolidated industry. In our view, Monsanto’s lead is likely to widen as successful traits are combined and as the company maintains its distribution advantages. Additionally, Monsanto’s precision agriculture platform, led by its recent purchase of The Climate Corporation, could provide significant upside and further differentiate Monsanto from its competitors, since growers are only in the early stages of using this technology to improve yields. For the past year and a half, management considered a more aggressive capital structure, and they recently announced a plan to add leverage to the balance sheet while using the proceeds for a large share repurchase program. Low corn prices, challenges in valuing their biotech pipeline and the difficulty of quantifying upside from precision agriculture have caused Monsanto to sell for materially less than our estimate Read more...
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Ratios

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industry
vs
history
P/E(ttm) 23.10
MON's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
72% of the 191 Companies
in the Global Agricultural Inputs industry.

( Industry Median: 23.60 vs. MON: 23.10 )
MON' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 16.22   Max: 72.82
Current: 23.1

16.22
72.82
P/B 4.10
MON's P/B is ranked lower than
58% of the 191 Companies
in the Global Agricultural Inputs industry.

( Industry Median: 1.87 vs. MON: 4.10 )
MON' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 1.31   Max: 8.18
Current: 4.1

1.31
8.18
P/S 4.00
MON's P/S is ranked lower than
53% of the 191 Companies
in the Global Agricultural Inputs industry.

( Industry Median: 1.63 vs. MON: 4.00 )
MON' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 1.71   Max: 7.57
Current: 4

1.71
7.57
PFCF 45.90
MON's PFCF is ranked higher than
77% of the 191 Companies
in the Global Agricultural Inputs industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. MON: 45.90 )
MON' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 8.87   Max: 235.61
Current: 45.9

8.87
235.61
EV-to-EBIT 15.69
MON's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
75% of the 191 Companies
in the Global Agricultural Inputs industry.

( Industry Median: 19.24 vs. MON: 15.69 )
MON' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 11.4   Max: 40.2
Current: 15.69

11.4
40.2
PEG 2.42
MON's PEG is ranked higher than
78% of the 191 Companies
in the Global Agricultural Inputs industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. MON: 2.42 )
MON' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.44   Max: 24.98
Current: 2.42

0.44
24.98
Shiller P/E 29.60
MON's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
80% of the 191 Companies
in the Global Agricultural Inputs industry.

( Industry Median: 395.07 vs. MON: 29.60 )
MON' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 20.59   Max: 1608
Current: 29.6

20.59
1608
Current Ratio 2.86
MON's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
85% of the 182 Companies
in the Global Agricultural Inputs industry.

( Industry Median: 1.53 vs. MON: 2.86 )
MON' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 1.44   Max: 3.08
Current: 2.86

1.44
3.08
Quick Ratio 1.95
MON's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
82% of the 182 Companies
in the Global Agricultural Inputs industry.

( Industry Median: 1.06 vs. MON: 1.95 )
MON' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 1.04   Max: 2.22
Current: 1.95

1.04
2.22

Dividend & Buy Back

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industry
vs
history
Dividend Yield 1.50
MON's Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
55% of the 139 Companies
in the Global Agricultural Inputs industry.

( Industry Median: 1.75 vs. MON: 1.50 )
MON' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.46   Max: 2.28
Current: 1.5

0.46
2.28
Dividend Payout 0.34
MON's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
70% of the 191 Companies
in the Global Agricultural Inputs industry.

( Industry Median: 0.64 vs. MON: 0.34 )
MON' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.09   Max: 14
Current: 0.34

0.09
14
Dividend growth (3y) 12.30
MON's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
74% of the 91 Companies
in the Global Agricultural Inputs industry.

( Industry Median: 11.90 vs. MON: 12.30 )
MON' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: 0   Max: 75.9
Current: 12.3

0
75.9
Yield on cost (5-Year) 2.37
MON's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
59% of the 140 Companies
in the Global Agricultural Inputs industry.

( Industry Median: 2.06 vs. MON: 2.37 )
MON' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 0.73   Max: 3.61
Current: 2.37

0.73
3.61
Share Buyback Rate 0.70
MON's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
82% of the 125 Companies
in the Global Agricultural Inputs industry.

( Industry Median: -0.10 vs. MON: 0.70 )
MON' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 1   Max: -1.7
Current: 0.7

Valuation & Return

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industry
vs
history
Price/Tangible Book 6.90
MON's Price/Tangible Book is ranked lower than
59% of the 191 Companies
in the Global Agricultural Inputs industry.

( Industry Median: 2.33 vs. MON: 6.90 )
MON' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 1.08   Max: 13.86
Current: 6.9

1.08
13.86
Price/DCF (Projected) 2.00
MON's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
82% of the 191 Companies
in the Global Agricultural Inputs industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. MON: 2.00 )
MON' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 1.15   Max: 3.86
Current: 2

1.15
3.86
Price/Median PS Value 1.10
MON's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
60% of the 191 Companies
in the Global Agricultural Inputs industry.

( Industry Median: 1.03 vs. MON: 1.10 )
MON' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.21   Max: 1.87
Current: 1.1

0.21
1.87
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 1.40
MON's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked higher than
85% of the 191 Companies
in the Global Agricultural Inputs industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. MON: 1.40 )
MON' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 0.75   Max: 7.34
Current: 1.4

0.75
7.34
Price/Graham Number 2.60
MON's Price/Graham Number is ranked higher than
60% of the 191 Companies
in the Global Agricultural Inputs industry.

( Industry Median: 1.85 vs. MON: 2.60 )
MON' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 0.79   Max: 5.39
Current: 2.6

0.79
5.39
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 6.40
MON's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
69% of the 160 Companies
in the Global Agricultural Inputs industry.

( Industry Median: 6.40 vs. MON: 6.40 )
MON' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 2.5   Max: 8.8
Current: 6.4

2.5
8.8
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 18.32
MON's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
83% of the 141 Companies
in the Global Agricultural Inputs industry.

( Industry Median: 4.22 vs. MON: 18.32 )
MON' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: 1.3   Max: 44.8
Current: 18.32

1.3
44.8

Business Description

Industry: Agriculture » Agricultural Inputs
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Traded in other countries:MOO.Germany
Monsanto Company is incorporated in Delaware on February 9, 2000. The Company, along with its subsidiaries, is a provider of agricultural products for farmers. Its seeds, biotechnology trait products, and herbicides provide farmers with solutions that improve productivity, reduce the costs of farming, and produce better foods for consumers and better feed for animals. The Company manages its business in two segments: Seeds and Genomics and Agricultural Productivity. Through its Seeds and Genomics segment, it produces seed brands, including DEKALB, Asgrow, Deltapine, Seminis, and De Ruiter and develops biotechnology traits that assist farmers in controlling insects and weeds. It also provides other seed companies with genetic material and biotechnology traits for its seed brands. In growing locations throughout the world, it produces directly or contract with third-party growers for corn seed, soybean seed, vegetable seeds, cotton seed, canola seed and other seeds. Through its Agricultural Productivity segment, it manufactures roundup herbicides and other herbicides and provides lawn-and-garden herbicide products for the residential market. Its operations are subject to environmental laws and regulations in the jurisdictions in which it operates.
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