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Potash Corp & Agrium merger approved....fewer suppliers, means more price hikes.

Dec 29, 2017 | 09:26 1 From the Agrium.com website. Not good news for farmers.


Agrium and PotashCorp Announce Receipt of Final Regulatory Clearance and Set Closing Date for Merger of Equals

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2017
SASKATOON, SK and CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - December 27, 2017) - Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. (PotashCorp) (TSX: POT) (NYSE: POT) and Agrium Inc. (TSX: AGU) (NYSE: AGU) are pleased to announce today that they have received clearance from the United States' Federal Trade Commission and have now obtained all regulatory approvals required to close their proposed merger of equals transaction. The transaction is expected to close effective January 1, 2018 and remains subject to customary closing conditions.

"This final clearance marks a significant milestone in bringing two industry leaders together," said Chuck Magro, President and Chief Executive Officer of Agrium. "Given our extensive integration planning work, we expect to move quickly upon closing to begin delivering on the many strategic benefits and synergy potential of this combination."

"We are pleased to have received final regulatory clearance and look forward to the formation of Nutrien," said Jochen Tilk, President and Chief Executive Officer of PotashCorp. "Nutrien will build upon the impressive legacies and best practices of both companies to create long-term value for all our stakeholders."

With the closing of the transaction on January 1, 2018, the common shares of Nutrien are expected to commence trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) and the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol "NTR" at the opening of market on January 2, 2018. Trading of Agrium common shares and PotashCorp common shares is expected to be suspended at the opening of market on January 2, 2018, and such shares will be delisted at the close of market on the same date. Cash entitlements in lieu of fractional Nutrien common shares will be based on the trading price of the Nutrien common shares on the TSX on the first five days of trading on such exchange. Such entitlements will be delivered as soon as practicable thereafter to former Agrium and PotashCorp shareholders who have submitted their duly completed letters of transmittal and elections forms in accordance with the procedures described in the applicable letter of transmittal and election form.

Additional information on the merger between Agrium and PotashCorp can be found at the following website http://www.worldclasscropinputsupplier.com/. Information about Agrium and PotashCorp can be found under their respective corporate profiles on SEDAR at www.sedar.com or on EDGAR at www.sec.gov, respective websites at www.agrium.com and www.potashcorp.com, or by contacting the representatives below.

About PotashCorp

PotashCorp is the world's largest crop nutrient company and plays an integral role in global food production. The company produces the three essential nutrients required to help farmers grow healthier, more abundant crops. With global population rising and diets improving in developing countries, these nutrients offer a responsible and practical solution to meeting the long-term demand for food. PotashCorp is the largest producer, by capacity, of potash and one of the largest producers of nitrogen and phosphate. While agriculture is its primary market, the company also produces products for animal nutrition and industrial uses. Common shares of Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange.

About Agrium

Agrium Inc. is a major global producer and distributor of agricultural products, services and solutions. Agrium produces nitrogen, potash and phosphate fertilizers, with a combined wholesale nutrient capacity of approximately eleven million tonnes and with significant competitive advantages across our product lines. Agrium supplies key products and services directly to growers, including crop nutrients, crop protection, seed, as well as agronomic and application services, thereby helping growers to meet the ever growing global demand for food and fibre. Agrium retail-distribution has an unmatched network of approximately 1,500 facilities and over 3,300 crop consultants who provide advice and products to our grower customers to help them increase their yields and returns on hundreds of different crops. With a focus on sustainability, the company strives to improve the communities in which it operates through safety, education, environmental improvement and new technologies such as the development of precision agriculture and controlled release nutrient products. Agrium is focused on driving operational excellence across our businesses, pursuing value-enhancing growth opportunities and returning capital to shareholders. For more information visit: www.agrium.com. Reply With Quote
Dec 29, 2017 | 09:30 2 But it's good for shareholders....look how well it turned out for CN and CP ....reward shareholders while the country suffers....

Elitists like Trudeau think that way....doesn't understand what creates wealth after a couple generations....too far removed from actual work... Reply With Quote
Jan 2, 2018 | 15:23 3 You guys have these operator in western canada

https://www.farmsave.com

Guess in australia we have a huge amount of guys that import direct from china with no middleman and keeps big companies honest to a degree.

But what often happens is big guys buy out these mall companies ultimately so another starts up viscous circle Reply With Quote
SASKFARMER3's Avatar Jan 2, 2018 | 15:58 4 Just one more shovel of dirt on a farmers grave! Reply With Quote
Klause's Avatar Jan 2, 2018 | 16:03 5
Quote Originally Posted by malleefarmer View Post
You guys have these operator in western canada

https://www.farmsave.com

Guess in australia we have a huge amount of guys that import direct from china with no middleman and keeps big companies honest to a degree.

But what often happens is big guys buy out these mall companies ultimately so another starts up viscous circle
I have the means and knowledge to inport fert... But not the supply of cash to pay for it and float it till people here pay me back



I've been offered some very lucrative offers on cargoes of fert.


$227 a tonne x 20,000 tonne still more than I can pay for at once lol. Reply With Quote
farmaholic's Avatar Jan 2, 2018 | 16:56 6
Quote Originally Posted by Klause View Post
I have the means and knowledge to inport fert... But not the supply of cash to pay for it and float it till people here pay me back



I've been offered some very lucrative offers on cargoes of fert.


$227 a tonne x 20,000 tonne still more than I can pay for at once lol.
Is that price landed Sask? Rumor has it there is no margin in Fert..... at least that is what my retailer tells me. Remember we need to call the Industry on what is beginning to appear to me as "seasonal price increases and nothing to do with supply and demand". I realize, logistically and production capacity wise, there is probably no way all spring demand could be met without on farm storage of fert. But then why do prices have to rise for no good apparent reason otherwise, like fall storage time and tax buy time? "Seasonal price increases"..... don't you get tired of bank-rolling the Industry? Reply With Quote
Jan 2, 2018 | 18:05 7 Anyone buying shares in the new company?
Own experience is that is better return than complaining on Agriville.
Have had good experience with Agrium, not so good with Potash.
Was disappointed when provincial govt got involved with BHP-Potash deal. Reply With Quote
farmaholic's Avatar Jan 2, 2018 | 18:22 8 Lost money with potash shares...bought too late.

With all due respect hopalong, can you recover increased fert costs with FertCo dividends or speculative share appreciation? I totally don't buy that argument. I'm thinking a competitive environment would be better. The primary ag producers continue to face industry consolidation resulting in lack of completion and in some cases likely price fixing. Reply With Quote
Jan 2, 2018 | 18:58 9 So is farmer ownership or government regulation the answer?
Own experience is that putting investment money into sound and well managed company shares has been a better investment than farmer owned or controlled companies.
Some government regulation is good, not so good when it is done for political reasons like keeping head office in province. Reply With Quote