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April 2, 2014
10:53 EDTMOS, AGU, POTAgrium slips after warning on late planting season impact on earnings
Shares of agricultural nutrients producer Agrium (AGU) are slipping after the company warned that it expects first quarter earnings per share just above breakeven. WHAT'S NEW. Agrium announced that the late spring season this year is expected to result in first quarter earnings per share just above breakeven, while analysts' consensus estimate prior to the announcement stood at 53c per share. The company said the slow start to the spring season is expected to impact the timing of its wholesale, and to a lesser extent its retail, earnings. First quarter wholesale results were also impacted by reduced rail availability and the usual lag in realized wholesale nutrient prices, Agrium added. Additionally, the Carseland nitrogen facility experienced a failure in March, which has resulted in an unplanned shutdown to make repairs that are expected to be complete in the second half of May. The shutdown is anticipated to lower product availability of urea by approximately 100,000 tonnes and ammonia by approximately 20,000 tonnes in the second quarter, Agrium noted. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On February 20, Agrium said that it expected FY14 North American spring crop area to be near FY13. It said that it projected crop nutrient shipments to be strong in the first half of FY14, in part due to a shorter fall application season in FY13 due to weather. Agrium projected North American nitrogen demand to decline about 2%-4% in FY13/FY14 due primarily to reduced corn acreage, while global nitrogen demand is projected to increase by 1.5%-2% in FY14 from FY13 levels. OTHERS TO WATCH: Agrium's peers in the fertilizer industry include Mosaic (MOS) and Potash (POT). PRICE ACTION: During morning trading, shares of Agrium fell 1.76% to $95.80, Potash dropped 1.6%, and Mosaic slipped 0.7%.
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July 3, 2015
07:11 EDTPOTPotash says confident K+S concerns can be addressed
Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan (POT) acknowledged the statement issued by K+S Aktiengesellschaft (KPLUF) rejecting its takeover proposal. It stated, "PotashCorp believes the proposed transaction would combine two best-in-class companies with minimal overlap to create a global producer in the nutrient industry for the long-term benefit of investors, customers, employees and the communities where both companies operate. The company affirmed that its proposal is not predicated on closing mines, curtailing production, selling the salt business or cutting jobs." The company added, "PotashCorp has put forward a compelling proposal to negotiate a transaction that it believes balances the interests of investors and other stakeholders, including the employees and communities in which the companies operate. It is encouraged by K+S' response since many of the matters raised have already been addressed in previous correspondence or can be addressed if K+S were to agree to meet with company representatives."
July 2, 2015
09:29 EDTPOTK+S rejects Potash takeover proposal
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07:45 EDTPOTK+S intends to reject takeover bid from Potash, Bloomberg reports
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June 29, 2015
07:41 EDTAGUAgrium price target raise to $110 from $95 at JPMorgan
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June 28, 2015
19:24 EDTPOTPotash will not divest K+S operations if merger succeeds, Reuters says
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June 26, 2015
05:57 EDTPOTStocks with implied volatility movement; POT WMB
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June 25, 2015
17:43 EDTPOTPotash confirms proposal to K+S Aktiengesellschaft
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15:03 EDTPOTPotash call active on K+S likely to turn down takeover report
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14:59 EDTPOTK+S says assessing options after Potash submitted acquisition proposal
Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan (POT) has informed the board of executive directors and the supervisory board of K+S Aktiengesellschaft (KPLUF) that Potash Corp. may decide, depending on certain conditions, including a due diligence exercise, to offer to the shareholders of the company the acquisition of all outstanding shares by way of public takeover offer, K+S announced. "K+S is currently assessing the available options; this process is still ongoing," the company stated.
14:53 EDTPOTK+S likely to turn down takeover bid from Potash, Bloomberg reports
Potash Corp. (POT) has proposed a takeover offer of more than 40 euros per share to Germany's K+S (KPLUF), but the latter is likely to reject the bid as too low, according to Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter. The German potash supplier is still evaluating the bid and no final decision has been made, Bloomberg added. Bloomberg's report follows German newspaper Handelsblatt stating that Potash was eyeing K+S for a possible takeover bid. Reference Link
12:10 EDTPOTHandelsblatt says Potash may target K+S, Bloomberg reports
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