The Best ASX Agriculture Stocks
to buy Now In
July 2024

Check out our Industry Experts’ report and
analysis on the Best Agriculture Stocks right now on the ASX

The Best ASX Agriculture Stocks to buy Now In July 2024

Check out our Industry Experts’ report and analysis on the Best Agriculture Stocks right now on the ASX

What are ASX Agriculture Stocks?

ASX Agriculture stocks represent companies involved in various farming activities, including crop production, livestock rearing, and agri-technology. This sector is a vital part of the Australian economy and to the health of the population.

This page delves into the top-performing agriculture stocks on the ASX, their role in the stock market, and key factors to consider when investing in them.

Factors to Consider When Investing in Agriculture Stocks

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Weather Conditions

Agriculture is heavily dependent on weather conditions. Drought, floods, or unseasonal weather can affect crop yields and livestock health, impacting the revenues and profits of agriculture companies. Therefore, it's crucial to understand the geographical locations of agricultural land where the companies operate and the typical weather patterns in those regions. Of course investors should also 'expect the unexpected'.


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Commodity Prices

The prices of agricultural commodities such as wheat, corn, and livestock can fluctuate due to various factors, influencing demand and supply dynamics. These include (but aren't limited to) weather patterns, and global economic conditions. These price fluctuations can directly impact the revenues of agriculture companies and farmers. This is particularly true for companies that are only focused on one or two specific commodities. 


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Government Policies

Government policies and regulations can have a significant impact on agriculture companies. Policies related to farm subsidies, import and export regulations, and environmental regulations can affect the profitability of these companies. These policies can also change with little notice, even in countries with low sovereign risk. Therefore, it's essential to stay updated on government policies related to these global agriculture companies.

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Global Demand and Supply

The global demand and supply of agricultural products can influence the performance of agriculture stocks. Factors such as population growth, dietary changes, and biofuel production can affect the demand for agricultural products. On the other hand, factors such as weather conditions and crop diseases can affect the supply of agricultural production. 

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Company Fundamentals

Like any other investment, it's important to analyze the company's fundamentals. Look at the company's financial health, profitability, debt levels, and cash flow. Also, consider the company's management team, business model, and growth strategy.

 
 

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Market Trends

Keep an eye on market trends that could impact the agriculture sector. For example, the increasing demand for organic and sustainably produced food could benefit companies that cater to this market.

 
 
 

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Technological Advancements

Technological advancements in the field of agriculture, such as precision farming and genetically modified crops, can improve crop yields and reduce costs of food production. Companies that adopt these technologies can gain a competitive advantage over their peers. 

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Why consider investing in ASX Agriculture Stocks?

Investing in agriculture stocks can be an effective way to diversify your investment portfolio. They can act as a hedge against inflation and economic downturns. They are also a way to capitalise on the growing global population and increasing demand for food, the importance of the agriculture sector is set to rise. Furthermore, advancements in agricultural technology are expected to boost the efficiency and productivity of farming activities, potentially leading to higher profits net profit, for agriculture companies. As such, agriculture stocks could offer significant growth potential for investors in the coming years.

Nevertheless, companies are not immune from short-term setbacks such as adverse weather conditions and cost inflation. Investors need to keep an eye on their investments and be patient if they are in it for the long-haul.

And of course, investors need to do their due diligence on all companies. Investors should analyse the financial performance, business model, and growth prospects of any company they are considering - as a bare minimum.

Our Top 3 ASX Agriculture Stocks

Elders (ASX: ELD)

Elders is a leading Australian agribusiness company with a history dating back to 1839. The company is an 'all-rounder' in the industry, providing a one-stop-shop for agricultural services providing financing, banking, real estate, wool, grain and livestock trading - in all cases providing middleman services. As a result, it does not have the usual production risk that comes with companies that sell produce direct to market.

GrainCorp (ASX: GNC)

GrainCorp has operations that span the entire grain supply chain. The company's operations include grain storage, handling, marketing, and processing, with 500kmt of oilseed crush capacity and 7 ports across Australia's East Coast. GrainCorp has shown resilience in the face of challenging weather conditions global commodity prices, and market fluctuations, thanks to its diversified business model and strong global network.

Select Harvests (ASX: SHV)

Select Harvests is one of the world's largest almond growers, producers and marketers. It has over $350m worth of farmland across Victoria, NSW and South Australia. The company also manufactures and markets a range of nuts and health foods. Despite the challenges posed by weather conditions and water availability, Select Harvests has managed to deliver strong financial results over time.

Our Top 3 ASX Agriculture Stocks

Elders (ASX: ELD)

Elders Limited is a leading Australian agribusiness company with a history dating back to 1839. The company is an 'all-rounder' in the industry, providing a one-stop-shop for agricultural services providing financing, banking, real estate, wool, grain and livestock trading - in all cases providing middleman services. As a result, it does not have the usual production risk that comes with companies that sell produce direct to market.
In its most recent annual results, Elders made $3.3bn in revenue, $171m in EBIT, a $103.7m profit and a 16% ROIC. It paid a 23c per share dividend. Shares were under pressure in early April 2024 when it revealed first half trading for FY24 was below expectations given El Nino and low commodity prices. Nonetheless, it noted a more favourable outlook awaited for the second half of the year.

GrainCorp (ASX: GNC)

GrainCorp is a leading international agribusiness with operations that span the entire grain supply chain. The company's operations include grain storage, handling, marketing, and processing, with 500kmt of oilseed crush capacity and 7 ports across Australia's East Coast.

GrainCorp has shown resilience in the face of challenging weather conditions global commodity prices, and market fluctuations, thanks to its diversified business model and strong global network. It made a $250m NPAT and 18.6% ROIC in FY23.

Select Harvests (ASX: SHV)

Select Harvests is one of the world's largest almond growers, producers and marketers. It has $365.4m worth of farmland across Victoria, NSW and South Australia. The company also manufactures and markets a range of nuts and health foods.Despite the challenges posed by weather conditions and water availability, Select Harvests has managed to deliver strong financial results over time. The growing global demand for almonds and the company's focus on sustainable farming practices contribute to its strong performance. It made a $114.7m NPAT and (as of mid April 2024) is trading at a ~25% discount to its Net Asset Value

FAQs on Investing in Agriculture Stocks

Agriculture is a fundamental sector of the Australian economy. Investments in this area can provide both long-term growth and defensive characteristics, as demand for food and agricultural commodities is relatively stable. Moreover, some agriculture stocks offer attractive dividend yields.

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