Terra Industries to Be Acquired for $4.1 Bil Cash
Terra Industries announced that the Company's Board of Directors has unanimously approved a definitive merger agreement under which Yara International ASA (OSLO: YAR.OL) ("Yara") will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Terra common stock for US$41.10 per share in cash. The transaction has a total equity value of approximately US$4.1 billion. The US$41.10 per share cash purchase price represents a 23.6% premium over Terra's closing price on February 12, 2010, the last trading day prior to today's announcement.
"Our Board is unanimous in its firm belief that this transaction is compelling for our shareholders, customers, and employees" said Henry Slack, Chairman of the Board of Terra. "In December Terra paid a special cash dividend of $7.50 per share to our shareholders, and with this transaction, we have delivered a significant premium for their investment in Terra."
Airgas Board Rejects Air Products’ $5 Bil Buyout
Industrial gas supplier Airgas rejected the unsolicited $5 billion buyout bid from larger rival Air Products and Chemicals Inc., calling it a "bargain basement price."
In a letter to Air Products CEO John McGlade, Airgas said the $60 per share offer, as well as an earlier bid of $62 per share, "grossly" undervalues the company. Airgas also noted that, with the current depressed prices for many companies in the market, it is a "terrible" time to sell the business.
Air Products Offers to Acquire Airgas for $60.00
Air Products announced that it has made an offer to acquire Airgas, Inc. for $60.00 per share in cash.
At $60.00 per share, the offer provides a 38% premium to Airgas shareholders based on yesterday's closing price of $43.53 and is 18% above Airgas' 52-week high.
Alcoa Loss Narrower, Sales Up
Alcoa Inc. Monday opened the earnings season by reporting a fourth-quarter net loss of $277 million, or 28 cents a share. In the year-earlier quarter, Alcoa lost $1.2 billion, or $1.49 a share. Sales fell 4% to $5.4 billion.
Revenues topped analyst estimates.
Weyerhaeuser To Convert To REIT
Weyerhaeuser Company Tuesday said it will convert to a real estate investment trust (REIT)structure, saying the conversion will position it to be more competitive in its timberlands business.
Analysts say the move to a REIT will cut Weyerhaeuser's tax burden and give its investors higher returns. The company would still trade on an exchange and would be required to pay out most income to shareholders.
Boise Cascade Turns to Profit
Boise Cascade Holdings Friday said it posted earnings of $26.2 million, up from a year-earlier loss of $207.6 million. The company said the latest quarter's results included $28.2 million of non-cash income associated with its equity investment in Boise, a paper-products maker, while the prior year had a $208.1 million write-down related to the investment. Sales dropped 20% to $579 million.
U.S. Steel Reports Q3 Loss on Lower Revenue
U.S. Steel today reported a third-quarter net loss of $303 million, or $2.11 a share, compared with net income of $919 million, or $7.79, a year earlier. Sales dropped 61 percent to $2.82 billion.
The company said results will improve in the fourth quarter because of increased demand for flat-rolled steel in North America, led by the auto industry.
Dow Chemical Reports Earnings of $0.63
Dow Chemical reported Q3 earnings per share of $0.63 on net income of $12.05 billion versus $0.46 per share on net income of $15.37 billion in the year ago period.
Andrew N. Liveris, Dow's chairman and chief executive officer, stated: "Dow once again delivered stronger sequential earnings due to our focus on aggressive price/volume management, accelerating cost reductions, especially with the Rohm and Haas integration, plus benefiting from our global presence with volume gains in emerging geographies. In addition, we are seeing pockets of volume growth in certain businesses versus the prior quarter, primarily in Advanced Materials, Performance Products and Performance Systems, which have benefited from the beginnings of a global economic recovery. Consistent with our focus on execution, immediately following the close of the quarter we also accomplished a key objective by completing the sale of Morton Salt and fully paying off our bridge loan related to the Rohm and Haas acquisition well ahead of schedule, improving the Company's financial flexibility and further deleveraging our balance sheet."
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