Mitsui & Co., Ltd. ("Mitsui") announced today that Mitsui and The Mosaic Company ("Mosaic"), one of the world's leading producers and marketers of concentrated phosphate and potash crop nutrients, have decided to participate in a phosphorus ore development project in the Bayóvar area of Peru's Piura Province, in which Compañia Minera Miski Mayo S.A.C.("MM"), a subsidiary of Vale S.A. ("Vale"), a major resource company in Brazil, has a 100% economic interest in the deposits. On March 31, 2010 (New York time), Mitsui entered into an agreement with Vale and Mosaic providing for the purchase of shares in the holding company of MM.
Details of Share Purchase Agreement
|Buyer||Wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsui & Co., Ltd. (in the Netherlands)|
|Seller||Wholly owned subsidiary of Vale S.A.|
|Shares acquired||Shares corresponding to 25% of economic interest and voting rights in the holding company of MM|
|Price||Approx. 275 million U.S. dollars|
|Shareholders of MM after share purchase||Voting rights: Vale 51%, Mitsui 25%, Mosaic 24%
Economic interest: Vale 40%, Mosaic 35%, Mitsui 25%
The transaction, which remains subject to the parties' finalization of a definitive shareholders' agreement and commercial off-take agreements, certain governmental regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions, is expected to be completed within the next three months.
As a raw material for fertilizers, phosphorus is vital to world food production, and demand is expected to grow. However, deposits are scarce and widely scattered and there is concern about future shortages. Located in the Bayóvar area of Piura Province of Peru, a suitable location for supplying its phosphorous to the U.S. and Asia, and having an abundant reserve of high quality ore, this project is expected to meet the growing demand and eventually contribute to meeting the global food demand which is expected to grow. The phosphorus ore will be recovered through open-cast mining.
The transaction, once completed, would be the first time that a Japanese company has acquired an economic interest in phosphorus deposits.
Phosphorus ore is the main ingredient of phosphate, which is one of the three main fertilizer ingredients, the others being nitrogen and potassium. Currently, fertilizer production accounts for approximately 85% of world demand for phosphorus. Phosphorus is also used as an additive in food and animal feed and in various industrial-use products, such as metal surface preparation agents and cleansing agents.
|Location||Bayóvar area of Piura Province in northwest Peru|
|Anticipated start of operations||Second half of 2010|
|Approx. 3.9 million tonnes/year|
|Initial development cost||Approx. 500 million U.S. dollars|
|Production period||Approx. 27 years|
Profile of Vale S.A.
|Formal name||Vale S.A.|
|Representative||Roger Agnelli, CEO & President|
|Location||Rio de Janeiro, Federative Republic of Brazil|
|Stock exchange listings||Sao Paulo Stock Exchange, New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), Euronext - Paris|
|Main activities||Development, production and transportation of iron ore and non-ferrous metal resources|
|Consolidated net sales **||23,939 million U.S. dollars|
|Consolidated total assets **||102,279 million U.S. dollars|
* As of December 2008
** As of December 2009
Profile of the Mosaic Company
|Formal name||The Mosaic Company|
|Representative||James T. Prokopanko, CEO & President|
|Location||Plymouth, Minnesota, U.S.A.|
|Stock exchange listings||New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)|
|Main activities||Development and production of phosphorus ore, potassium, etc. production and sale of other fertilizer intermediates|
|Consolidated net sales *||10,298 million U.S. dollars|
|Consolidated total assets *||12,676 million U.S. dollars|
* As of May 31, 2009
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