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CF Industries (CF) to Purchase TNCLP Units to Cut Costs

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CF Industries Holdings, Inc.’s CF fully-owned subsidiary, Terra Nitrogen GP Inc., will exercise its rights to purchase all the 4,612,562 publicly traded common units of Terra Nitrogen Company, L.P. (“TNCLP”) on Apr 2, 2018, for cash consideration of $84.033 per unit or roughly $390 million. CF Industries plans to fund the purchase with cash in hand.

The move will enable CF Industries to simplify its corporate structure and considerably reduce administrative costs associated with operating of TNCLP. Per the company, this is a positive step toward CF Industries’ efforts to reduce its controllable costs.

The purchase price of the deal has been decided in regard to the TNCLP’s partnership agreement, which considered the average daily closing prices per common unit from Jan 5, 2018 to Feb 2, 2018. Post the closure of the deal, TNCLP units will cease to be listed or publicly traded on NYSE.

Shares of CF Industries have moved up 6.3% in the past three months, outperforming the industry’s 1.7% dip.


CF Industries witnessed a rapid increase in the global price of urea during the third quarter compared to second, which was driven by considerably lower Chinese exports, higher production and energy costs, a weaker dollar and strong global demand.  

The company expects lower Chinese urea export volumes to continue and volatility in nitrogen prices in global markets to continue through 2018.

Moreover, CF Industries expects nitrogen demand to remain steady globally, which should be partly driven by rising global population and industrial growth on the back of increased adoption of emission control, recovering mining sector and synthetic nitrogen products.  

CF Industries is poised to gain from its efforts to boost production capacity. It is also enjoying the benefit of abundant natural gas supply.


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Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider

CF Industries currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

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