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Advanta India is a true MNC in agriculture sector from United Phosphorous Group. It is the holding company for the global business of Advanta. Company is operating in various countries includes India, Australia, Thailand, Argentina USA ..etc .Company is a major player in research, production and marketing of hybrid seeds and oilseed crops . Company also having a very good R&D and in India it is collaborating with universities like University of Mysore and University of Dharwad for developing new varieties. Company is producing wide variety of seeds include sunflower, corn, rice, rapeseed mustard, sorghum Oats ..etc. This geographical and product diversification reduces the risk of seasonality to a certain extend in this business. In Thailand ,company is operating through Pacific Seeds(Thai) Ltd ,in Australia it is with Pacific seeds Pty Ltd, and in Argentina it is through Advanta seeds and Advanta Semillas . Company also made some acquisitions in USA like Crosbyton Seed Company and Garrison & Townsend Seed Company along with a subsidiary Advanta US Inc. Many more mid size companies are also in its fold as step down subsidiaries like Nutrisun oil . I feels ,Since company’s major operations are out side India and its standalone results not showing much improvement , this company is not catching the investor attention till now. The only negative is the huge debt of the company - interest of the same is eating a major part of its profits. In order to reduce the debt ,company is now planning a rights issue in near future .On realization of the amount , Advanta is planning to repay its debt in a big way to reduce high leverage . This will dramatically improve its financials going forward . On a consolidated basis company posted a turnover of Rs. 696 Cr and a net profit of Rs.27 Cr in last year .For the latest qtr ended Sep , Company posted a sales of Rs.176 Cr v/s Rs.133 Cr and a net profit of Rs. 10 Cr v/s a loss of Rs. 2 Cr . Really it is not a good number for a company like this size , but we should consider certain facts. Company is in the process of the integration of its international businesses and it also faced some issues like unfavorable weather condition ,exchange ratio and some quality issues of the old stocks etc .. . Weather condition is the only main issue which is beyond the control of any company operating in the agriculture related sector. Most of the other mentioned factors are changing favorably to the company along with the vast opportunities emerges because of the rise in food inflation world wide. Considering the huge potential in this sector , the proven management abilities of United Phosphorous group and its world wide presence, this is really a stock to included in the portfolio of any investor for reaping the long term gains . Currently Advanta is trading around Rs.389/-