Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) today announced three significant actions in the company’s ongoing portfolio management: an agreement to sell the company’s South American fertilizer business, pursuit of the sale of the company’s chocolate business, and the acquisition of the remaining stake of Alfred C. Toepfer International GmbH.
“We are committed to ongoing portfolio management to realize value from our businesses and to deploy our capital where it can best improve returns,” said ADM Chairman and CEO Patricia A. Woertz. “The actions we are announcing today are results of this continuing process. Each of these transactions will help ADM continue to improve returns and create shareholder value.
“These actions complement recent demand-driven strategic investments, such as our $250 million high-value protein facility in Brazil,” Woertz added. “We are taking action to realize returns today and positioning ourselves for continuing profitable growth around the globe in the future.”
Agreement to Sell Brazil and Paraguay Fertilizer Business
ADM has signed an agreement to sell its fertilizer business in Brazil and Paraguay to The Mosaic Company (NYSE: MOS) for $350 million. The transaction consists primarily of five ADM-owned blending facilities in Brazil and Paraguay. The purchase price includes $150 million in working capital. As part of the transaction, ADM will purchase fertilizer from Mosaic after the closing and will continue to supply certain fertilizer customers in Brazil and Paraguay. The proposed sale will be contingent on customary regulatory approvals.
“Our fertilizer team has done a good job building the business since we purchased our first blending facility in 1997,” said Woertz. “But the lengthy value chain inherent in the fertilizer business, along with strong competition from fully integrated companies that have entered the sector, has made it difficult for this business to consistently meet our return objectives. By selling our blending assets—while retaining our distribution business—we will be improving our returns while maintaining our important origination relationships with key growers in Brazil and Paraguay.”