Bunge Confirms Discussions Regarding Potential Sale of Certain Fertilizer Assets in Brazil

Jan 15, 2010, 09:19 ET from Bunge Limited

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Jan. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Bunge Limited (NYSE: BG) today confirmed that it is engaged in discussions with Vale S.A. (NYSE: VALE) regarding Vale's potential acquisition of  Bunge's assets in Brazil relating to its fertilizer mining business, including its interest in Fertilizantes Fosfatados S.A. (Fosfertil).  

Fosfertil disclosed these discussions earlier today, as required by applicable Brazilian regulation.  There can be no assurance that they will result in any transaction or that any transaction will be consummated.

Bunge does not intend to comment on any specific discussions or any potential transaction unless and until it enters into a definitive agreement with respect to a transaction.

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Bunge Limited (www.Bunge.com, NYSE: BG) is a leading global agribusiness and food company founded in 1818 and headquartered in White Plains, New York.  Bunge's 25,000 employees in over 30 countries enhance lives by improving the global agribusiness and food production chain.  The company supplies fertilizer to farmers; originates, transports and processes oilseeds, grains and other agricultural commodities; produces food products for commercial customers and consumers; and supplies raw materials and services to the biofuels industry.

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