SASKATOON, Saskatchewan, Canada (
Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan
is seeking alliances with petrochemical companies, agri-business multinationals and Chinese sovereign banks that could put together an offer that would compete with
$39 billion hostile bid for the world's No. 1 fertilizer maker, the
Wall Street Journal
Sovereign wealth funds, Chinese banks or other national financial institutions could provide the funding for a global group that makes a counteroffer to BHP's bid, the
reports, citing people familiar with the matter.
on Wednesday, taking its offer of $130 a share
. Potash has rebuffed the BHP bid, calling it "grossly inadequate."
Potash CEO Bill Doyle hasn't ruled out a deal, the
notes, as he said Tuesday that the company wasn't
People familiar with the matter described Potash's board and management as shareholder-friendly, and said Potash may decide to run a full auction to secure the best value for its shareholders, the
The newspaper notes how analysts have speculated that Brazil's
and BHP rival
could be logical buyers for Potash, but question whether either company can arrange the financing to buy the fertilizer comapny.
Potash, however, could be of interest to makers of chemicals, petrochemicals and fertilizers, the people familiar with the matter told the
. Chinese agricultural and chemical suppliers'
China National Chemical
have been aggressive in pursuing cross-border deals, the newspaper says.
BHP vs. Potash
-- Written by Joseph Woelfel in New York.
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