In the dirt: Falling input prices will continue to hinder industry growth

Fertilizer is a commodity, meaning that the world market determines prices, and as a result, the Fertilizer Manufacturing industry experiences high levels of volatility. Revenue continued to increase in the first half of the five-year period, on account of rising fertilizer prices. Price drops for both fertilizers and crops caught many industry operators by surprise in 2014 and caused a dip in revenue. Nonetheless, fertilizer prices, especially potash, are expected to rise during the outlook period, which will boost revenue. Manufacturers are also expected to pursue growth opportunities by building or expanding their current facilities...purchase to read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$25bn
Annual Growth 12-17
-2.6%
Forecast Growth 17-22
Profit
Employment
17,615
Businesses
677

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Fertilizer prices are expected to rise during the outlook period, which will boost revenue
  • Merger and acquisition activity increased in the industry as fertilizer prices continued to fall
  • The long-term expansion of the agricultural sector will encourage increased corn plantings, boosting demand
  • Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    The initial capital outlays required to enter this industry are quite significant. Operators require more than $500.0 million to construct a competitive fertilizer plant. For example, nitrogen plants that can produce one million metric tons of nitrogen products cost between $700.0 million and $1.0 billion and take two to three years to build, while phosphate plants can cost over $1.5 billion and take three to four years to build. Potash plants cost even more: $2.5 billion, excluding infrastructure outside of the plant, such as natural gas lines, rail lines and cars and port facilities and have longer development time of five to seven years. Taken together these factors illustrate that this industry has high barriers to entry...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Fertilizer Manufacturing Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Fertilizer Manufacturing Industry are

  • Guaranteed supply of key inputs
  • Access to the latest available and most efficient technology and techniques
  • Availability of resources
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from crop production and Agricultural price index in the Fertilizer Manufacturing industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Fertilizer Manufacturing Industry?

    This industry primarily manufactures fertilizer products. These products contain a different mixture of the three vital nutrients essential for plant growth: nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium. The products are distributed via wholesale arrangements with third parties or, in the case of vertically integrated operations, by the manufacturer.

    Industry Products
  • Phosphate fertilizers
  • Nitrogenous fertilizers
  • Mixed fertilizers
  • Industry Activities
  • Manufacturing ammonia, ammonium nitrate, ammonium sulfate and ammonium phosphates
  • Manufacturing natural-organic and animal-waste or sewage-origin fertilizers
  • Manufacturing nitric acid and phosphoric acid
  • Manufacturing nitrogenous fertilizer materials
  • Manufacturing urea
  • Manufacturing phosphatic fertilizer materials
  • Manufacturing potting soil, plant foods and compost
  • Mixing purchased fertilizer materials
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from crop production
  • Agricultural price index
  • Price of natural gas
  • Trade-weighted index

  • Current Performance
  • Industry in transition
  • Merger and Acquisition Activity on the Rise
  • International trade
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Costs and prices
  • Influencing imports
  • Table: Fertilizer Manufacturing Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Fertilizer Manufacturing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Soybean Farming
  • Corn Farming
  • Wheat, Barley & Sorghum Farming
  • Tobacco Growing
  • Cotton Farming

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Chemical Product Manufacturing
  • Inorganic Chemical Manufacturing
  • Organic Chemical Manufacturing
  • Oxygen & Hydrogen Gas Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Phosphate fertilizers
  • Nitrogenous fertilizers
  • Mixed fertilizers
  • Chart: Fertilizer Manufacturing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Corn industry
  • Other industries
  • Wheat industry
  • Soybean industry
  • Cotton Industry
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Fertilizer Manufacturing Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Fertilizer Manufacturing

  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Fertilizer Manufacturing Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    The Mosaic Company, CF Industries Holdings Inc, Agrium Inc.,
  • Table: The Mosaic Company - financial performance
  • Table: CF Industries Holdings Inc - financial performance
  • Table: Agrium Inc. - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Fertilizer Manufacturing Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Fertilizer Manufacturing Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Exports (2008-2022)
  • Imports (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Demand from crop production (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    Diammonium Phosphate (Dap)
  • A popular fertilizer that can be used on all types of soil for the fertilizing of field, garden, orchard and flower garden crops and plants.
  • Futures Market
  • An auction market where participants buy and sell commodities or future contracts for delivery on a specified future date.
  • K Fertilizers
  • A potash-based fertilizer.
  • Mono-Ammonium Phosphate
  • A type of high-analysis fertilizer used to generate higher yields in pastoral activities.
  • N Fertilizers
  • A nitrogen-based fertilizer.
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