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Brazil: Fertilizer Industry Yara Acquires Brazilian Fertilizer Complex from Vale

| Editor: Alexander Stark

Yara announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire the Vale Cubatão Fertilizantes complex in Brazil from Vale for $ 255 million.

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With the acquisition of the Vale Cubatão Fertilizantes complex in Brazil from Vale, Yara intends to establish itself as a nitrogen producer in Brazil.
With the acquisition of the Vale Cubatão Fertilizantes complex in Brazil from Vale, Yara intends to establish itself as a nitrogen producer in Brazil.
(Source: Sebastian Braum/ Yara International)

Oslo/Norway — With the acquisition, the company aims to establish itself as a nitrogen producer in Brazil, complementing its existing distribution position. It will bring nitrogen production assets into the company's growing portfolio in Brazil.

The Cubatão asset is a nitrogen and phosphate complex with an annual production capacity of approximately 200 kilotons of ammonia, 600 kilotons of nitrates and 980 kilotons of phosphate fertilizer. The complex employs approximately 970 permanent and 930 contracted people.

Natural gas feedstock for the ammonia production is sourced from local suppliers, while additional ammonia, phosphate rock, sulphur and other raw materials are supplied via a nearby import terminal which is not part of the transaction.

In 2016 the Cubatão complex sold approximately 1.3 million tonnes of nitrogen and phosphate products (2.5 million tonnes including CO2 and other intermediate products), generating pro-forma net revenues of $ 413 million and an Ebitda of $ 30 million.

Yara expects to make upgrading investments of approximately $ 80 million up to 2020 in order to realize annual synergies of $ 25 million through a combination of cost, asset and product portfolio optimizations.

"The nitrogen assets have a strong competitive position, as Brazil is a net importer of nitric acid and nitrates. This deal is an important step towards establishing a more complete position in Brazil, strengthening our position as a long-term competitive industry player, committed to developing and investing in Brazilian agriculture and industry," said Svein Tore Holsether, President and Chief Executive Officer of Yara.

The agreement is subject to the approval of relevant competition authorities and other regulatory approvals. The agreement is also subject to the right of first refusal of a third party not being exercised by end 2017. Closing is expected to take place in second half 2018.

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