Potash, Agrium to combine, creating huge crop company

FILE - This 2007 file photo shows the Rocanville potash mine owed by the Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc., in Rocanville, Saskatchewan, Canada. Potash Corp. and Agrium said Monday, Sept. 12, 2016, that they are combining to create a new Canadian fertilizer company. A name for the new company will be announced before the deal closes in the middle of 2017. (Troy Fleece/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
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NEW YORK (AP) — Potash Corp. and Agrium said Monday that they are combining to create the world's largest crop nutrient company.

The Canadian companies both sell fertilizers and nutrients to farmers that help them grow their crops.

The new company will have 20,000 employees, a market value of $36 billion and annual revenue of $20.6 billion, the companies said.

A name for the new company will be announced before the deal closes in the middle of next year.

Potash shareholders will own about 52 percent of the new company and Agrium shareholders will own about 48 percent. As part of the deal, Potash shareholders will receive 0.4 of a share of the new company for every Potash stock they own. Agrium shareholders will receive 2.23 shares of the new company for every Agrium stock they own.

Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan Inc. and Agrium Inc. are both based in Canada. The new company will be based in Potash's headquarters of Saskatoon.

Agrium CEO Chuck Magro will be CEO of the new company and Potash CEO Jochen Tilk will be executive chairman.

Shares of Potash fell 21 cents, or 1.2 percent, to $16.76 in midday trading Monday while Agrium shares fell $1.37, or 1.4 percent, to $93.84.