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."

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