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March 17, 2014
11:42 EDTMOS, CFCF Industries completes sale of phosphate business to Mosaic
CF Industries (CF) announced that it has completed the sale of its phosphate business to Mosaic (MOS) for $1.4B or approximately $1B net of taxes and other adjustments. The sale follows the terms of the definitive agreement announced on October 28, 2013. The company said, "The net proceeds from the sale will be redeployed to execute the strategic initiatives we already have in progress, namely our nitrogen capacity expansions and completing our share repurchase authorization. Additionally, the supply agreements we have put in place with Mosaic will provide us a steady base of ammonia demand with attractive economics.” In conjunction with the close of the sale transaction, CF Industries will begin to supply Mosaic with its share of the ammonia produced by the company’s 50% owned production facility in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Additionally, the company has a long-term supply agreement with Mosaic to supply between 600K-800K tons of ammonia per year for up to 15 years from its Donaldsonville nitrogen complex. Deliveries of ammonia will begin no later than January 1, 2017 and will be priced at a defined margin over the cost of natural gas at Donaldsonville.
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August 21, 2015
12:17 EDTCF, MOSDeere slides after Q3 results and outlook impacted by deteriorating farm economy
Despite reporting third quarter results that surpassed analyst expectations, shares of farm equipment maker Deere (DE) are falling after the company said it sees farm equipment sales for the year lower than previously thought, as the downturn in the agricultural economy continues. WHAT'S NEW: Deere reported Q3 EPS of $1.53, down from $2.33 in the year-ago quarter, and revenue of $7.6B, down 20% from last year's Q3. Analysts' consensus estimates for Q3 were for EPS of $1.44 on revenue of $7.17B. John Deere's Chief Executive Officer Samuel Allen said, "John Deere's third quarter results reflected the continuing impact of the downturn in the farm economy as well as lower demand for construction equipment." WHAT'S NOTABLE: Looking ahead, the farm equipment maker forecast full year 2015 world-wide sales of its farm equipment to be lower by about 25% for the year compared to the 24% it forecast in May with its Q2 report. On its Q3 earnings conference call, the company said crop prices are stabilizing near the long-term average and the dairy sector remains under pressure. Beef prices remain solid while pork prices remain at low levels, Deere added. In China, the company sees continued slowdown in economic growth, lower commodity prices impacting agricultural economy, and mechanizing trends and ongoing subsidies supportive of agriculture. In India, the company sees positive consumer and investor sentiment supporting economic growth, and two consecutive below normal monsoon seasons impacting farm incomes. In the Commonwealth of Independent States, the company sees a continued deterioration of economic growth and credit conditions remaining challenged. Deere sees crop value of agricultural production in Brazil to decrease 11% in 2015. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Deere are down $6.04, or 6.6%, to $84.61 in midday trading. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies that are leveraged to agriculture include AGCO (AGCO),Potash (POT), Mosaic(MOS), Agrium (AGU), Syngenta (SYT), CF Industries (CF), and DuPont (DD).

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