UPDATE: Mosaic Reports Will Purchase Archer-Daniels-Midland's Brazil, Paraguay Fertilizer Unit for $350M
The Mosaic Company (NYSE: MOS) signed definitive agreements today with Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) to acquire its fertilizer distribution business in Brazil and Paraguay for $350 million. The purchase price assumes the delivery of $150 million in working capital at closing. This acquisition is expected to significantly accelerate Mosaic's previously announced growth plans in Brazil as well as replace a substantial amount of planned internal investments in that country. Under the terms of the agreement, Mosaic would acquire four blending and warehousing facilities in Brazil, one in Paraguay and additional warehousing and logistics service capabilities.
The acquisition of ADM's fertilizer distribution business would increase Mosaic's annual distribution in the region from approximately four million metric tonnes to about six million metric tonnes of crop nutrients. In addition to the acquisition, Mosaic is in process of completing approximately $100 million in projects including expansion of the company's port terminals, plants and production capabilities.
"The addition of ADM's fertilizer distribution business in Brazil and Paraguay facilitates two critical strategic priorities for Mosaic. It enhances our global growth strategy and expands our market access," said Mosaic President and Chief Executive Officer James T. Prokopanko. "This acquisition provides a critical distribution platform in one of the world's fastest growing agricultural regions, and it complements our other recent strategic initiatives, including our joint venture in Saudi Arabia, our recent acquisition of CF Industries' phosphate business and our ongoing potash expansion program."
"Acquiring ADM's fertilizer distribution business accelerates our existing growth plans in Brazil and provides access to new customers throughout the country and in Paraguay," said Tobias Grasso, Mosaic's Country Manager in Brazil. "We will gain scale and operating efficiencies through this acquisition, as well as a talented group of employees who will join our team."
The parties have also negotiated the terms of five-year fertilizer supply agreements providing for Mosaic to supply ADM's fertilizer needs in Brazil and Paraguay.
Mosaic will fund the acquisition with cash from operations. The transaction is not expected to impact Mosaic's shareholder distribution plans. The proposed sale will be contingent on customary regulatory approvals.
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