Chinese firms have shown “broad interest” in buying PotashCorp’s stake in the Chilean lithium producer SQM, according to chief executive Jochen Tilk, who declined to name interested parties or the number of bids the company has received.
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The two firms are just the latest names in a long list of companies that includes major players such as Rio Tinto, interested in grabbing a stake in Chile’s Chemical and Mining Society (SQM).
Mining giant is eying the 32% interest in SQM that PotashCorp is selling to fulfill China's regulators condition for the approval of the its friendly merger with smaller rival Agrium.
Rumours point at US chemical company Albenarle Corporation as the first potential buyer for PotashCorp interest in SQM, worth about $4.5 billion.
Move would seek to secure approval for its friendly merger with smaller rival Agrium, creating the world’s largest potash miner worth about $36 billion.
The firm will be world’s largest potash miner and No.2 nitrogen fertilizer producer.
The Canadian miner, the world’s largest producer of the fertilizer by capacity, expects strong demand to continue this year as North American farmers seek to replenish soil nutrients after record harvests.
The company is also said to be mulling a number of investment projects involving a Chinese chemical company.
Mosaic was charged with fines of more than more than $85,000 after a worker's leg was crushed in a conveyer in February 2014.
The firm anticipates “challenging market fundamentals” in the phosphate-fertilizer market, adding that it is currently assessing the value of some assets, which may lead to writedowns.
Decision to resume operations at the mine was based on Mosaic's expectations that 2017 will be a stronger year for the potash industry.
The 114 miners who were trapped underground following a fire are now home and operations will resume today.
The company also said it expects layoffs resulting from temporary production halts at its Lanigan and Allan mines in early 2017.
Sirius Minerals’ York mine is expected to be one of the world’s largest in terms of the amount of resources extracted, generating an initial 10 million tonnes of polyhalite per year.
The deal, the biggest Canadian merger since CNOOC Ltd. bought Nexen Energy ULC in 2013, would create the world’s largest crop-nutrient supplier, worth about $36 billion.
The combined firm will be the world's largest crop nutrient producer and third largest natural resource company in Canada.
A tie-up could produce a fertilizer giant worth more than $30 billion.
Analysts see the long-awaited deal to sell potash to Chinese buyers as good news for the beleaguered sector, even though the agreed price is dramatically lower than last year’s.
The company has set Jan. 3 as the restart date for the mine, but that may change based on market conditions.
BHP has been developing its own Canadian potash mine — the Jansen project — in Potash Corp's backyard, and has already invested about $3.8 billion on it.
Belarus has said it might cooperate with Uralkali, in the first sign the two sides might work together since the Russian potash producer broke off their business alliance in 2013.
Sirius' mine, located beneath a U.K. national park, is set to generate an initial 10 million tonnes per year of polyhalite – a form of potash.
The Denver-based potash miner is placing its West facility in New Mexico in "care and maintenance” beginning July.
Analysts, companies expect prices to stay below 2015 levels for at least the next two years.
It expects to sell the key crop nutrient for $200-230 a tonne in the current quarter, compared to an average price of $254 a tonne in the previous three-month period.