Shares of FMC have experienced a significant decline due to ongoing challenges in Latin America and destocking trends. In after-hours trading, the stock plummeted by 14% to $51.98, following a 1.6% drop at Monday’s close. Over the past year, shares have tumbled by 52%.
During the fourth quarter that ended on December 31, the company witnessed a larger-than-expected decrease in revenue. Both volumes and pricing experienced a decline during this period.
FMC attributed the decrease in sales to ongoing channel destocking across all regions. Additionally, the company’s operations in Latin America were negatively impacted by adverse weather patterns in Brazil.
Over the past few quarters, FMC has struggled with declining sales due to aggressive efforts in reducing channel inventory.
Although FMC’s profit increased due to a one-time tax benefit related to its Swiss subsidiaries, adjusted earnings fell short of estimates.
Furthermore, FMC provided a full-year revenue outlook for 2024 that was lower than its previously announced preliminary outlook. The company now expects to generate between $4.5 billion and $4.7 billion in revenue, compared to the initially projected range of $4.65 billion to $4.85 billion revealed in November.
These challenges and revised revenue expectations highlight the difficulties FMC currently faces.