MRO Magazine

KEYTRADE AG Principals Acquire CF Industries’ Interest in Joint Venture


June 26, 2015
By Business Wire News

DEERFIELD, Ill. & ZURICH

CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CF) and Keytrade AG (Keytrade) announced today that the principals of Keytrade, a global fertilizer trading company, have purchased CF Industries’ interest in the joint venture.

Following the divestiture of CF Industries’ phosphate segment, the nature of the joint business between CF Industries and Keytrade changed. Additionally, as a result of the joint venture, Keytrade was not able to pursue nitrogen-related business in North America. Following discussions, the principals of Keytrade have decided to purchase all of CF’s interest in the joint venture in order to allow Keytrade to execute its independent business plan.

“We have enormous respect for Melih Keyman and the rest of the Keytrade organization,” commented Tony Will, president and chief executive officer, CF Industries Holdings, Inc. “We have a great working relationship and look forward to continuing to work with Keytrade as our preferred international trading partner.”

“While our eight-year partnership has created value for both parties, under the new global supply scenario it is important for Keytrade to regain its full flexibility as a private company and be able to pursue the full range of attractive growth opportunities. Changed circumstances required us to exercise our options. We have enjoyed and benefitted tremendously from being partners with CF and look forward to working with them as before,” said Melih Keyman, original founder, president and chief executive officer of Keytrade AG.

Prior to this transaction, CF Industries held a 50 percent interest in Keytrade and reported the financial results from CF Industries’ share in the joint venture under Equity in Earnings of Non-Operating Affiliates—Net of Taxes.

About CF Industries Holdings, Inc.

CF Industries Holdings, Inc., headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois, through its subsidiaries is a global leader in the manufacturing and distribution of nitrogen products, serving both agricultural and industrial customers. CF Industries operates world-class nitrogen manufacturing complexes in the central United States and Canada, and distributes plant nutrients through a system of terminals, warehouses, and associated transportation equipment located primarily in the midwestern United States. The company also owns 50 percent interests in GrowHow UK Limited, a plant nutrient manufacturer in the United Kingdom, and an ammonia facility in The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. CF Industries routinely posts investor announcements and additional information on the company’s website at www.cfindustries.com and encourages those interested in the company to check there frequently.

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All statements in this communication, other than those relating to historical facts, are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to a number of assumptions, risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control, which could cause actual results to differ materially from such statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from our expectations include, among others: the volatility of natural gas prices in North America; the cyclical nature of our business and the agricultural sector; the global commodity nature of our fertilizer products, the impact of global supply and demand on our selling prices, and the intense global competition from other fertilizer producers; conditions in the U.S. agricultural industry; difficulties in securing the supply and delivery of raw materials, increases in their costs or delays or interruptions in their delivery; reliance on third party providers of transportation services and equipment; the significant risks and hazards involved in producing and handling our products against which we may not be fully insured; risks associated with cyber security; weather conditions; our ability to complete our production capacity expansion projects on schedule as planned and on budget or at all; risks associated with other expansions of our business, including unanticipated adverse consequences and the significant resources that could be required; potential liabilities and expenditures related to environmental and health and safety laws and regulations; our potential inability to obtain or maintain required permits and governmental approvals or to meet financial assurance requirements from governmental authorities; future regulatory restrictions and requirements related to greenhouse gas emissions; the seasonality of the fertilizer business; the impact of changing market conditions on our forward sales programs; risks involving derivatives and the effectiveness of our risk measurement and hedging activities; our reliance on a limited number of key facilities; risks associated with joint ventures; acts of terrorism and regulations to combat terrorism; risks associated with international operations; losses on our investments in securities; deterioration of global market and economic conditions; and our ability to manage our indebtedness. More detailed information about factors that may affect our performance may be found in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our most recent periodic reports filed on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q, which are available in the Investor Relations section of the CF Industries website. Forward-looking statements are given only as of the date of this release and we disclaim any obligation to update or revise the forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

CF Industries Holdings, Inc.
Dan Swenson
Treasurer
847-405-2515
dswenson@cfindustries.com
or
Chris Close
Director, Corporate Communications
847-405-2542
cclose@cfindustries.com