Rentech, Inc. (NYSE MKT: RTK) today announced its results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012. Rentech owns and develops technologies that enable the production of certified synthetic fuels, renewable power and hydrogen. The Company also owns the general partner and a majority of the common units of Rentech Nitrogen Partners, L.P. (NYSE: RNF), which operates two fertilizer production facilities. Rentech’s financial results reflect the consolidated results of Rentech, Inc. and its subsidiaries, including Rentech Nitrogen. The results of Rentech Nitrogen are reported as the nitrogen products manufacturing segment of Rentech.
Rentech Nitrogen Partners Acquisition of Agrifos LLC
On November 1, 2012, Rentech Nitrogen acquired all of the membership interests of Agrifos LLC, which owns a fertilizer production facility in Pasadena, Texas, that produces primarily ammonium sulfate (AS) fertilizer. The acquisition is expected to be accretive to Rentech Nitrogen’s cash available for distribution per unit beginning in 2013.
The acquired Pasadena facility is the third largest producer of ammonium sulfate fertilizer as well as the largest producer of synthetic granulated AS in North America. The plant’s other products include ammonium thiosulfate fertilizer, or ATS, and sulfuric acid, or SA. The plant uses ammonia and sulfur as raw materials to produce these products. Product margins and seasonality of sales are generally less variable than those of ammonia and UAN, with premium pricing received for the plant’s superior quality AS product. The products are sold through distributors to customers within the U.S. and Brazil. AS and ATS are typically blended with other nitrogen, phosphate and potash fertilizers for application to a variety of crops to maximize yields and maintain nutrient balance within crops. SA is utilized for industrial purposes. The Pasadena facility and site provide a number of opportunities for growth in cash flow expected to be provided by the facility.