September 14, 2016

14/09/2016: Agrium and PotashCorp to combine in merger of equals to create a world-class integrated global supplier of crop inputs

Agrium Incand Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. have announced that they have agreed to combine in a merger of equals to create a world-class integrated global supplier of crop inputs.

Under the agreement, which the Boards of Directors of both companies unanimously approved, a new parent company will be formed to own both companies.

PotashCorp shareholders will receive 0.400 common shares of the new company for each common share of PotashCorp they own, and Agrium shareholders will receive 2.230 common shares of the new company for each common share of Agrium they own.
  

The exchange ratios represent the exchange ratios of the two companies at market close on the NYSE on August 29, 2016 the last trading day prior to when the companies announced that they were in preliminary discussions regarding a merger of equals, which is consistent with the approximate 10 day and 60 day volume weighted average prices through that date.

Following the close of the transaction, PotashCorp shareholders will own approximately 52 percent of the new company, and Agrium shareholders will own approximately 48 percent on a fully diluted basis.


The new company, to be named prior to the transaction’s closing, combines low-cost, world-class  potash and high-quality nitrogen and phosphate production assets with a premier agricultural retail network to forge an integrated crop inputs platform to better serve customers.
 
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The new company will be a leader in the fertiliser industry with close to 20,000 employees, operations and investments in 18 countries, and a pro forma enterprise value of US$36 billion, based on each company’s net debt as of June 30, 2016 and the current shares outstanding and respective closing share prices of the companies on the NYSE on August 29, 2016.

On a 2015 pro forma basis, the new company would have had net revenue of approximately US$20.6 billion and EBITDA of US$4.7 billion before synergies.
PotashCorp President and Chief Executive Officer Jochen Tilk said, “Our merger creates a new premier Canadian-headquartered company that reflects our shared commitment to creating value and unlocking growth potential for shareholders.”

“The integrated platform established through our combination will greatly benefit customers and suppliers, and support even greater career development opportunities for employees.  Our workforce and the communities in which we operate are critical to both PotashCorp and Agrium, and we intend to carry forward best practices from both companies in corporate social responsibility, including commitments to employees, operating communities and the environment.”


Agrium President and Chief Executive Officer Chuck Magro said, “This is a transformational merger that creates benefits and growth opportunities that neither company could achieve alone.  Combining our complementary assets will enable us to serve our customers more efficiently, deliver significant operating synergies and improve our cash flows to provide capital returns and invest in growth.”

Read more HERE.
 

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