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JANA Partners Releases New Presentation To Agrium Shareholders

Stephen Clark:   Mr. Clark is a member of the Supervisory Board of Brenntag AG. Mr. Clark had previously served as Chief Executive Officer from 2006 to 2011 and as President of Brenntag North America from 1990 to 2006.  Mr. Clark managed Brenntag during its private ownership by two different private equity investors (Bain Capital and BC Partners), and then led the company through a successful public offering in 2010.  Brenntag AG is the global market leader in distribution for industrial and specialty chemicals with over $12 billion in total sales and an enterprise value of more than $8 billion.  Brenntag was cited by Agrium's financial advisor as a relevant distribution peer for Agrium's Retail business ( see Agrium's August 20, 2012 Investor Update, page 10).   Mr. Clark is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University.

According to JANA, during Mr. Clark's tenure as CEO from 2006 to 2011, Brenntag grew EBITDA by more than 15% per year and the company experienced significant margin expansion despite a challenging macroeconomic environment, and since the company's IPO, Brenntag shareholders have realized a total annual return of 25% per year through November 16, vs. a 3% annual return for the STOXX 600 index over the comparable period.



Mitchell Jacobson:   Mr. Jacobson is Chairman of the Board and one of the principal shareholders of MSC Industrial Direct Co., Inc.  Mr. Jacobson previously served as Chief Executive Officer of MSC from its formation as a public company in October 1995 to November 2005, and has since served as its Chairman and remained its largest shareholder.  MSC today has a $4 billion market capitalization and is one of the largest distributors of a broad range of metalworking and maintenance, repair and operating products with over 600,000 unique SKUs and over 100 branches in the United States.  MSC was also cited by Agrium's financial advisor as a relevant distribution peer for Agrium's Retail business ( Agrium's August 20, 2012 Investor Update presentation, page 10, footnote 1).

In addition to his experience with MSC, Mr. Jacobson is an investor and board member of privately held HD Supply, Inc., a leading industrial distributor for professional customers in the infrastructure, maintenance, repair and improvement and specialty construction markets with approximately $8 billion in annual sales.  He is a member of the Board of Trustees for both New York University and the New York University School of Law and is a member of the Investment Committee of the New York University School of Law Foundation. He serves as a Trustee for New York-Presbyterian Hospital and is a member of the Hospital's Investment Committee as well as Co-Chair of the Hedge Fund Subcommittee and a member of both the Asset Allocation and Private Investments Subcommittees. Mr. Jacobson is a graduate of Brandeis University and the New York University School of Law.

According to JANA, under Mr. Jacobson's leadership, MSC has grown operating profit more than 12 fold since its IPO through August 2012, representing compound annual growth of 16%, in the process realizing operating leverage and margin expansion, and over this 17 year time period MSC's shareholders have realized a total annual return of 12% per year through November 16, vs. a 7% annual return for the S&P 500 index over the comparable period.

The Honourable Lyle Vanclief, P.C., P.AG (Dist):   Mr. Vanclief was formerly the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (1997-2003) and a Member of Parliament (1988-2004).  In his role as Minister, Mr. Vanclief had responsibility for a $140 billion industry and oversaw a Ministry with 12,000 employees. His responsibilities as Minister included stewardship of various Canadian federal agencies including the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Farm Credit Canada, the Canadian Dairy Commission, the Canadian Grain Commission and the National Farm Products Council.

Prior to his government service, Mr. Vanclief spent twenty-two years as an entrepreneur in the agriculture industry, during which time he built Willowlee Farms Limited into a diversified fruit, vegetable, grains, oilseeds and livestock operation in Prince Edward County, Ontario.  Mr. Vanclief currently serves on the board of Bioniche Life Sciences Inc.   Mr Vanclief is a graduate of the University of Guelph in Crop Science, a professional Agrologist, a Fellow of the Agricultural Institute of Canada, a graduate of the Directors Education Program at the Rotman School of Management ( University of Toronto) and is an Institute certified director with the professional designation ICD.D.  Currently he provides agricultural and agri-food consulting.  Mr. Vanclief was inducted into the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame in 2010.

Barry Rosenstein:  Barry Rosenstein is the founder and Managing Partner of JANA Partners LLC, an investment advisor with approximately $3.5 billion in investments and commitments, founded in 2001, and registered with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. JANA is a recognized leader in creating value through shareholder activism and has on numerous occasions successfully challenged boards and management to focus on creating shareholder value, including with respect to Marathon Petroleum, TNT, McGraw Hill, El Paso, Charles River, CNET, Kerr-McGee Corp., Artesyn Technologies, Houston Exploration Company, InterCept and SourceCorp.  Mr. Rosenstein has served on several public boards including the boards of Convergys Corporation and Copart, Inc.

Prior to establishing JANA, Mr. Rosenstein was the founder and Managing Partner of Sagaponack Partners, a private equity fund.  Mr. Rosenstein began his career as an investment banker specializing in mergers and acquisitions with Merrill Lynch in New York and was also a principal in charge of corporate takeovers for Asher Edelman's Plaza Securities Corporation.   Mr. Rosenstein graduated from Lehigh University (1981) Phi Beta Kappa and earned an M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business (1984).  Mr. Rosenstein is a trustee of Brown University, the US Olympic Foundation, and the 92nd Street Y in New York City, and a board member of Make the Road New York.

All $ amounts refer to US dollars.

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