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February 11, 2013
19:18 EDTAGUJANA Partners rejects Agrium's settlement offer, director appointments
JANA Partners released the following statement in response to the announcement by Agrium that it will appoint new directors to its board: "For over six years Agrium rejected the need for industry experience on the board and its CEO was quoted just days ago saying that there were 'no shortcomings' related to its retail business on the board and that industry experience was not a prerequisite for board service. Then in response to growing shareholder pressure, Agrium acknowledged the need for such experience and said it would look for such directors, but also set forth a litmus test that such directors would not question management's prior performance or strategy, or in other words would agree to abdicate a director's primary function. Today, Agrium has completed that narrow search and announced two new directors who apparently meet management's criteria for board service by embracing an unquestioned status quo, despite the clear opportunities for value creation that shareholders have rallied around. In short, Agrium continues to want to have it both ways, to keep acknowledging the points we have raised - first capital allocation and disclosure and now the need for relevant experience on the board - without having to embrace actual change. Agrium also continues to refuse to acknowledge the need for independent voices on its board who will proactively seek out such shareholder-friendly improvements rather than waiting until they are forced to do so by shareholders, and who will work constructively with, not for, management. We are highly confident that shareholders will see through Agrium's latest hollow attempt to fight off real value-maximizing change. JANA also commented upon false allegations made by Agrium in its release with respect to recent discussions between JANA and Agrium. In recent days, Agrium approached JANA seeking a settlement and indicated that the company had identified new director candidates who would address the Agrium board's deficiencies in experience and that Agrium would commit to addressing the performance issues raised by JANA. In reliance on these representations, JANA engaged in good faith discussions with Agrium regarding a mutually agreeable resolution. However, Agrium then refused to commit itself to addressing any of the performance issues identified by JANA, and also revealed the names of new directors who JANA believes are insufficient to address the Agrium board's deficiencies. As a result, JANA informed Agrium that the initial proposed resolution was unsatisfactory, and discussions terminated."
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09:08 EDTAGUAgrium downgraded to Hold from Buy at Miller Tabak
January 20, 2015
08:26 EDTAGUAgrium preferred over Potash, Mosaic at Canaccord
Canaccord said they prefer Agrium (AGU) over both Potash (POT) and Mosaic (MOS). Mosaic raised its guidance due to its phosphate business, but with a lack of catalysts expected in the potash market in 2015 the firm continues to see solid growth volume, increasing nitrogen margins, and free cash flow expansion for Agrium. Canaccord maintains its Buy rating on Agrium and its Hold rating on both Mosaic and Potash shares.
January 19, 2015
16:28 EDTAGUMosaic raises Q4 EPS outlook to 83c-88c, consensus 57c
The Mosaic Company announced that it expects reported phosphates volume and phosphates and potash margins to exceed previously provided guidance ranges, and that potash volumes will be at the high end of guidance range, resulting in Q4 earnings per share in the range of 93c-98c, including 10c in net benefits from notable items. The notable items include early estimates of discrete tax benefits, primarily related to the acquisition of a Brazilian distribution business, which may change. The company expect earnings, excluding notable items, to be in the range of 83c-88c. The consensus EPS estimate is 57c..Mosaic stated, "Demand for potash and phosphates exceeded our expectations during the fourth quarter,. We were cautiously optimistic going into the fall application season with good crop nutrient affordability and an empty supply chain, but customers came to the market in force, as they sought to position inventory in anticipation of a strong spring season and increasing crop nutrient prices...Our Phosphates business sold 3.3 million tonnes of finished product during the quarter - well above our expectations - and our Potash business produced at a high operating rate due to a successful proving run at the Colonsay mine." Mosaic's peers include Potash (POT) and Agrium (AGU).

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