DEERFIELD, Ill.--()--CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CF) today announced that it has withdrawn its offer to acquire Terra Industries Inc. (NYSE: TRA) and that it is no longer pursuing the acquisition. CF Industries also said that it has sold all its Terra shares, with a net gain (including dividends) that more than offsets the expenses it has incurred in connection with its proposed acquisition of Terra.
“It is clear that an acquisition of Terra now would require a significant increase in our offer, given the substantial uplift in equity values in the fertilizer sector”
“It is clear that an acquisition of Terra now would require a significant increase in our offer, given the substantial uplift in equity values in the fertilizer sector,” said Stephen R. Wilson, chairman, president and chief executive officer of CF Industries. “While the strategic merits of a transaction are undeniable, it is not in the best interests of CF Industries stockholders to increase our offer to the level that we believe now would be required for Terra to agree to an acquisition. We are, of course, pleased that prospects for nitrogen and phosphate fertilizers have improved in the view of investors, a view we share.”
CF Industries also said that in light of its current capitalization and expected strong cash flow in 2010, it will continue, as it has in the past, to evaluate its full range of capital deployment opportunities including strategic investments and returning capital to stockholders.
Morgan Stanley and Rothschild are acting as financial advisors and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP is acting as legal counsel to CF Industries.
About CF Industries
CF Industries Holdings, Inc., headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois, is the holding company for the operations of CF Industries, Inc. CF Industries, Inc. is a major producer and distributor of nitrogen and phosphate fertilizer products. CF Industries operates world-scale nitrogen fertilizer plants in Donaldsonville, Louisiana and Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada; conducts phosphate mining and manufacturing operations in Central Florida; and distributes fertilizer products through a system of terminals, warehouses, and associated transportation equipment located primarily in the Midwestern United States. The company also owns a 50 percent interest in KEYTRADE AG, a global fertilizer trading organization headquartered near Zurich, Switzerland. Additional information on CF Industries is found on the company's website at www.cfindustries.com.
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