PLYMOUTH, Minn., Aug. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Mosaic Company (NYSE: MOS) today announced that it has entered into a Shareholders' Agreement with Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Ma'aden) and Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) to participate in integrated phosphate production facilities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The companies have been working toward the agreement since a Heads of Agreement was signed in March.
Ma'aden, Mosaic and SABIC will own 60, 25 and 15 percent of the joint venture, respectively.
The estimated $7 billion greenfield project, to be known as Wa'ad Al Shamal, or Northern Promise, Phosphate Project, will be built in the northern region of Saudi Arabia at Wa'ad Al-Shammal Minerals Industrial City, and in Ras Al Khair Minerals Industrial City which is located on the east coast of Saudi Arabia. The highly cost-efficient project is expected to have a production capacity of 3.5 million tonnes of finished phosphate per year. Operations are expected to commence in late 2016.
Under the terms of the agreement, Mosaic will contribute expertise to the design, construction and operations of the new facilities and acquire a 25 percent ownership stake. In connection with its equity share, Mosaic will market approximately 25 percent of the joint venture's product, including phosphate fertilizer and animal feed. Subject to final financing terms, Mosaic's cash investment is expected to be up to $1 billion, funded over a four-year period beginning in 2013.
"We are pleased with the progress on our joint venture with Ma'aden and SABIC," said Mosaic President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Prokopanko. "This cost-effective project will allow Mosaic to extend our ability to serve key growing agricultural markets. Our growing global reach further enables us to fulfill Mosaic's mission, to help the world grow the food it needs, while delivering compelling shareholder value."
About The Mosaic Company
The Mosaic Company is one of the world's leading producers and marketers of concentrated phosphate and potash crop nutrients. Mosaic is a single source provider of phosphate and potash fertilizers and feed ingredients for the global agriculture industry. More information on the Company is available at www.mosaicco.com.
Ma'aden, the Saudi Arabian Mining Company, is a leading mining and metals company in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, with a diverse portfolio of mineral assets at various stages of development including exploration, development and production. Ma'aden has a broad commodity focus spanning gold, phosphate, aluminium, magnesia, low-grade bauxite and industrial minerals, and is continually assessing opportunities to enter into new commodities that demonstrate strong long-term fundamentals and opportunities for growth. Ma'aden's objective is to become a world class diversified mining and minerals company, and to enhance overall value for its shareholders. Ma'aden's mission is to be a profitable, publicly owned, international mining company, while maintaining the utmost concern for human resources, health, safety, environmental and social issues. For more information please visit www.maaden.com.sa.
Ranked among the world's largest petrochemicals manufacturers, SABIC is a public company based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. 70% of the Company's shares are owned by the Saudi Arabian government, with the remaining 30% held by private investors in Saudi Arabia and other countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council.
SABIC began in 1976 by Royal decree. Today, the company has operations in over 40 countries with a global workforce of over 40,000 talented individuals.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements about future financial and operating results. Such statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of The Mosaic Company's management and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties include but are not limited to the predictability and volatility of, and customer expectations about, agriculture, fertilizer, raw material, energy and transportation markets that are subject to competitive and other pressures and economic and credit market conditions; the level of inventories in the distribution channels for crop nutrients; changes in foreign currency and exchange rates; international trade risks; changes in government policy; changes in environmental and other governmental regulation, including greenhouse gas regulation, implementation of numeric water quality standards for the discharge of nutrients into Florida waterways or possible efforts to reduce the flow of excess nutrients into the Mississippi River basin or the Gulf of Mexico; further developments in judicial or administrative proceedings, or complaints that Mosaic's operations are adversely impacting nearby business operations or properties; difficulties or delays in receiving, increased costs of or challenges to necessary governmental permits or approvals or increased financial assurance requirements; resolution of global tax audit activity; the effectiveness of the Company's processes for managing its strategic priorities; the ability of the Wa'ad Al Shamal Phosphate Project to obtain project financing in acceptable amounts and upon acceptable terms, the future success of current plans for the project and any future changes in those plans; adverse weather conditions affecting operations in Central Florida or the Mississippi River basin or the Gulf Coast of the United States, and including potential hurricanes, excess rainfall or drought; actual costs of various items differing from management's current estimates, including, among others, asset retirement, environmental remediation, reclamation or other environmental regulation, or Canadian resources taxes and royalties; brine inflows at Mosaic's Esterhazy, Saskatchewan potash mine or other underground mines; other accidents and disruptions involving Mosaic's operations, including potential mine fires, floods, explosions, seismic events or releases of hazardous or volatile chemicals, as well as other risks and uncertainties reported from time to time in The Mosaic Company's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Actual results may differ from those set forth in the forward-looking statements.
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