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Saskatchewan commissions review on Potash Corp, mulls options

By: Liezel Hill The government of Saskatchewan has hired the Conference Board of Canada for an independent analysis of a proposed takeover of Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan, as it mulls the implications of a $40-billion hostile offer for the group. Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall said on Thursday that the... 

Potash Corp on the offensive over BHP 'cold calls' 

By: Liezel Hill Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan, which is fending off a hostile takeover bid from BHP Billiton, has slammed the bigger miner for alleged “cold calls” to Potash Corp's customers. In a letter to customers, filed with the SEC, Potash Corp sales president of PCS sales Stephen Dowdle said it was... 

BHP doubles profit, vows won't overpay for Potash Corp  

By: Liezel Hill BHP Billiton, the world's biggest mining company, will be “disciplined” in its attempts to get control of Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan, and will not overpay for the company, CEO Marius Kloppers said on Wednesday. BHP reported full-year profit of $12,7-billion, more than double earnings of... 

BHP Billiton's Southern African aluminium smelters going ex-growth?

By: Martin Creamer Southern Africa's aluminium smelters appear to be heading for an ex-growth future. BHP Billiton CEO Marius Kloppers, who has announced a 16%-higher $12,5-billion profit for the world's largest mining company in the 12 months to June 30, indicates that new "ubiquitous" aluminium technology and... 

Potash Corp has 'number' of approaches on rival deal, seeks talks

By: Liezel Hill Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan, fending off a hostile takeover bid from Anglo-Australian miner BHP Billiton, is pursuing discussions with “several” third parties that could put together a competing transaction. Potash Corp formally rejected BHP's $130 a share offer on Monday. With the clock... 

Vale says offer rumours 'unfounded'

By: Liezel Hill Brazil's Vale has not made an offer to buy Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan and is also not in any negotiations to that end, the world's second-biggest mining company indicated on Monday. Speculation that Vale has made an offer or is in talks to acquire a fertiliser producer are “entirely... 

Union unhappy with BHP offer, wants public hearing

By: Liezel Hill The United Steelworkers Union (USW), which represents most of Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan's production workers, has expressed "concern" about BHP's offer for the company, and said it did not see a net benefit to Canada. The Investment Canada Act requires the government to review large... 

BHP studied bid since May, reiterates plan to exit potash cartel

By: Liezel Hill BHP Billiton started studying a potential combination with Potash Corp in May this year, according to a regulatory filing. The firm has gone hostile with a $130 a share offer ($40-billion on a fully diluted basis) for the Saskatchewan fertiliser company, after Potash Corp refused to talk about a... 

Potash Corp will review BHP offer, clock starts ticking for rivals

By: Liezel Hill BHP Billiton has officially launched its $130 a share offer for Potash Corp, the world's biggest mining company said on Friday. The Canadian company's directors will “review” the offer, but urged its shareholders not to take any action until the board has made a recommendation on the bid. 

BHP's Kloppers tight-lipped on how far he'll go to get Potash Corp

By: Liezel Hill The CEO of BHP Billiton, South African Marius Kloppers, does not view competing bids for acquisition target Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan as likely, and reminded investors on Wednesday that his $130 a share bid is “the only offer on the table”. Shares in Potash Corp jumped 28% on Tuesday,... 

BHP would honour Canpotex pacts, prefers to market own output

By: Liezel Hill BHP Billiton would prefer to market its own production, but the company will honour agreements already in place with partners in potash marketing group Canpotex, if it is successful in acquiring Canada's Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan, CEO Marius Kloppers indicated on Wednesday. Canpotex is... 

BHP goes hostile with $40bn Potash Corp offer

By: Liezel Hill BHP Billiton will make all-cash offer directly to Potash Corp shareholders at $130 a share, after the Canadian firm's board rejected the advances of the world's biggest mining company. The decision, announced on Wednesday, will surprise some analysts and investors, as BHP had been expected to... 

Potash Corp comes out swinging after BHP makes first move

By: Liezel Hill Bill Doyle, the CEO of Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan, was characteristically scathing on Tuesday, after announcing a "grossly inadequate" $38,6-billion takeover offer from the world's biggest mining company. “I'm not saying we're opposed to a sale, but what I'm saying is we're opposed to a... 

Canada to closely monitor potential Potash Corp takeover

By: Liezel Hill The Canadian government is keeping a close eye on a potential foreign takeover of Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan, Industry Canada said on Tuesday. BHP Billiton has proposed a $130 a share offer for Potash Corp, which would value the company at $38,6-billion.  

Offer for Potash Corp boosts other producers

By: Liezel Hill Shares in North American fertiliser companies rose across the board on Tuesday, after the leader in the sector, Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan, said it had received and rejected an unsolicited takeover offer from BHP Billiton. Minnesota-based Mosaic, the second biggest producer in North... 

Agrium offers $1,1bn for grain marketer AWB

By: Liezel Hill Canadian fertiliser products firm Agrium has offered $1,1-billion for Australia's AWB, the company said on Sunday. The bid trumps an existing offer for AWB, which markets and sells grain on behalf of Australian farmers, from another Australian company, Graincorp. 

BHP in talks with US port on potash exports

By: Liezel Hill BHP Billiton, the world's biggest mining company, has started discussions with the Port of Vancouver USA, in Washington state, about potentially setting up a potash export facility, the port said on Friday. The port and BHP Billiton have reached preliminary agreement to proceed and are working... 

Potash Corp forecasts 'tight' market in 2011

By: Liezel Hill Demand for potash could come close to global supply capabilities next year, especially if China returns to the market as expected, Potash Corp CEO Bill Doyle said on Thursday. The company, like other crop nutrient producers, has weathered a difficult couple of years, after farmers around the... 

Potash Corp more than doubles Q2 profit, raises FY outlook

By: Liezel Hill Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan earned $472-million in the second quarter, an increase of 153% compared with a year earlier, helped by firming demand for crop nutrients and potash in particular. Profit for the quarter also included a $69,6-million dividend from the company's investment in... 

Western Potash marketing Sask project, scoping study out soon

By: Liezel Hill Canada's Western Potash Corp (WPC) is looking for a buyer for its potash project in Saskatchewan, and has identified 22 parties that could be interested, corporate development VP John Costigan said in Toronto this week. Building a new potash mine is a costly and time-consuming business, which is... 

BHP announces 3,37bn ton resource for Jansen potash project

By: Liezel Hill BHP Billiton has completed a mineral resource estimate for its Jansen potash project, in Canada's Saskatchewan province, and expects to complete a prefeasibility study and move on to feasibility work in the second half of the year. The project has an in-situ resource of 3,37-billion tons, at... 

Potash Corp announces new COO

By: Liezel Hill Fertiliser products group Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan has appointed David Delaney as COO, to replace incumbent James Dietz when he retires at the end of June. Dietz held the position of COO since 2000, and worked in the fertiliser and chemical industries for more than 41 years, the... 

Potash Corp earnings up 46%

By: Liezel Hill Fertiliser product group Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan earned $449,2-million in the first quarter, a 46% increase from a year earlier, after buyers returned to the market for all three of the company's nutrients. The most notable improvement was in demand for potash, which generated 72% of... 

Potash One buys long-lead materials for Saskatchewan project

By: Liezel Hill Vancouver-based Potash One has begun ordering long-lead-time materials for its Legacy potash project in Saskatchewan, the company said on Wednesday. Potash One plans to commission and start up the solution mine in late 2013. 

BHP Billiton closes Athabasca acquisition

By: Liezel Hill The world's biggest mining company, BHP Billiton, has completed its acquisition of Canadian junior Athabasca Potash. BHP paid C$8,35 for each Athabasca share, to gain the smaller company's Burr potash project and a large exploration land package in Saskatchewan, Canada.  

Athabasca Potash shareholders OK BHP takeover

By: Liezel Hill Holders of Athabasca Potash shares and options have approved the acquisition of the company by the world's biggest miner, BHP Billiton, the junior company said on Thursday. Shareholders approved the arrangement at a special meeting a day earlier. 

Potash Corp hikes outlook, shares jump

By: Liezel Hill Shares in Canada's Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan rose on Friday, after the company raised its first quarter profit guidance, citing a sharply higher demand for potash and improved margins for its nitrogen and phosphate products. Potash Corp shares were up 6,82%, at $127,89 apiece by 14:46... 

CF jumps back into fight for Terra

By: Liezel Hill Fertiliser products group CF Industries has launched a new offer smaller firm Terra Industries, after Terra agreed last month to be bought by Norway's Yara International. CF spent 2009 trying to persuade Terra to agree to a buyout, but withdrew its offer and said it was selling all its Terra... 

Republic of Congo gives green light for MagIndustries potash project

By: Liezel Hill TSX-listed MagIndustries has received final approval from the Republic of Congo of the environmental and social impact assessment study for its Mengo potash project, the company announced on Friday. Sustainable Development, Forest Economy and Environment Minister Henri Djombo informed the... 

Agrium extends CF offer, repeats commitment to deal

By: Liezel Hill Calgary, Alberta-based fertiliser products firm Agrium has extended the expiration date of its offer to buy US rival CF Industries once again. The offer, of $45 in cash plus one Agrium share per CF share, was to have expired on February 22 but the deadline has been extended until midnight New... 

Canada's Canpotex sells potash to India at $370/t

By: Liezel Hill Canpotex, the offshore marketing company for Canadian potash producers Potash Corp, Agrium and Mosaic, has inked a new supply contract with Indian buyers for the second quarter, it announced on Friday. About 600 000 t will be shipped at a contract price of $370/t, including freight costs, to a... 

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