JANA Partners Announces Candidates For Agrium Board
Each of JANA's candidates has invested personally in Agrium and will also be incentivized by JANA based upon the performance of Agrium's shares for all Agrium shareholders. JANA stated today that it is willing to work with the current Board to ensure that any changes in composition will not raise regulatory issues for or burdens on Agrium, including with respect to the number of Canadian directors who are ultimately seated.
Biographical Information for JANA's Candidates
David Bullock: Mr. Bullock was the Chief Financial Officer of Graham Packaging Inc. ("Graham Packaging"), a global supplier of plastic packaging, from 2009 to 2011, where he led the company from private ownership under Blackstone to a public listing and its ultimate sale to Reynolds Group at a substantial premium to its IPO price.
Prior to Graham Packaging, Mr. Bullock was Chief Financial Officer (2003-2007) and Chief Operating Officer (2007-2008) of United Agri Products, Inc. ("UAP") which, prior to its acquisition by Agrium, was the largest independent distributor of agricultural input products in the U.S. and Canada with approximately 350 stores. At UAP, Mr. Bullock was responsible for improving the business including the creation and implementation of its supply chain and logistics strategy and implementation of its core operating systems and controls. UAP was cited by Agrium's financial advisor, Morgan Stanley, as the best comparable peer for Agrium's Retail business ( see Agrium's August 20, 2012 Investor Update, page 9).Mr. Bullock was a key member of the management team that created substantial value by separating UAP from agricultural conglomerate ConAgra Foods, Inc. in an acquisition by Apollo Management and then turning UAP around through substantial operating improvements. Mr. Bullock also oversaw the subsequent public offering of UAP and its eventual sale to Agrium at a substantial premium to its IPO price. The successful turnaround of UAP has made it one of the top performing investments in Apollo's history. Prior to UAP, Mr. Bullock held management positions with FMC Corporation. Mr. Bullock has a B.S. from Lehigh University and an M.B.A. from Cornell University. According to JANA, during Mr. Bullock's tenure at UAP from 2002 to 2008, the company experienced significant operating profit growth and margin expansion, driving EBITDA growth of more than 16% per year.
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