FMC Corp (FMC) Teams Up With AgroSpheres for Bioinsecticides

FMC Corporation FMC recently entered into a research partnership with AgroSpheres, a biotechnology firm dedicated to sustainable crop protection and health. This collaboration is geared toward expediting the discovery and advancement of groundbreaking bioinsecticides, aligning with FMC's strategic goals.

The agreement is aimed at solidifying FMC's leadership position in insecticide solutions while also expediting AgroSpheres' introduction of its ribonucleic acid (RNA) portfolio to the market. By leveraging AgroSpheres' expertise in production and formulation alongside FMC's robust testing, evaluation and market deployment capabilities, both parties aim to achieve significant strides in their shared objectives.

FMC's investment in AgroSpheres, which is developing its biodegradable micro-encapsulation technology designed to enhance the efficacy of biological crop protection products using RNA interference (RNAi) technology, paved the way for this collaboration.

FMC underscored the collaboration's importance in driving sustainable agriculture through innovation. It hailed RNAi as a promising tool for crop protection and commended AgroSpheres' platform for its efficient discovery and manufacturing of these technologies.

AgroSpheres' patented AgriCell manufacturing technology enables the consistent expression of various RNA molecules, effectively tackling challenges encountered in commercial biological development. Their encapsulated RNA biomolecules promise improved stability, performance and targeted uptake in pests.

AgroSpheres expressed admiration for FMC's proactive stance in investing in next-generation agricultural technologies to address global challenges. The company looks forward to collaborating with FMC to drive comprehensive product development, leveraging their collective expertise to meet market demands effectively.

FMC’s shares have plunged 39.4% in the past year against a 0.9% rise of the industry.

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FMC sees full-year 2024 revenues between $4.50 billion and $4.70 billion, indicating a 2.5% increase at the midpoint from 2023 levels. Adjusted EBITDA is expected to be between $900 million to $1.05 billion, flat at the midpoint compared with the prior year’s levels. Adjusted earnings are forecast in the range of $3.23 to $4.41 per share, up 1% year over year at the midpoint.

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