CF Industries Holdings, Inc. has successfully completed its initial exchange offer for all of the outstanding shares of Terra Industries Inc. common stock.
The exchange offer and withdrawal rights expired at 12:00 midnight, New York City time, April 2, 2010. The depositary for the exchange offer has advised that, as of the expiration time, 85,757,343 shares of Terra common stock (including shares subject to guarantees of delivery) were validly tendered and not withdrawn, representing approximately 85.6%, of the outstanding shares of Terra common stock. All shares that were validly tendered and not properly withdrawn during the initial offering period have been accepted for payment.
With CF Industries’ 85.6% ownership of Terra, April 5 effectively marked the first day that CF Industries and Terra are a combined company.
"Today begins an exciting chapter in the history of CF Industries," says Stephen R. Wilson, chairman, president and chief executive of CF Industries. "We are pleased to join with Terra Industries to form the premier nitrogen fertilizer manufacturing company in North America. The combination transforms both companies, creating a larger strategic platform, presenting substantial opportunities to increase efficiency and lower costs, and expanding access to the capital markets.
"I am particularly pleased to announce that Mike Bennett has agreed to serve as a consultant to CF Industries as we integrate our two great companies," continues Mr. Wilson. "Mike will play an important role on our integration steering committee and the combined company will benefit from the insight and passion that he brings to the role."
Mike Bennett, Terra’s immediate past president and CEO, has agreed to serve as a consultant to CF Industries through the end of 2010 to assist with the integration of the two companies. CF Industries and Terra have formed an integration team with members from both companies whose charter is to integrate business practices, processes, systems, and cultures. The co-leads of the integration project management office are Lynn White, vice-president, Corporate Development, CF Industries, and Joe Ewing, who was most recently vice president, Investor Relations and Human Resources, Terra Industries.
CF Industries also has commenced a subsequent offering period for all remaining shares of Terra common stock to permit stockholders who have not yet tendered their shares the opportunity to do so. The subsequent offering period will expire at 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on Friday, April 9, 2010, unless extended. Any shares validly tendered during the subsequent offering period will be immediately accepted for payment, and tendering stockholders will promptly thereafter be paid $37.15 in cash and 0.0953 of a share of CF Industries common stock, less any required withholding taxes and without interest, which is the same amount per share that was offered and paid in the initial offering period.
The procedures for tendering shares during the subsequent offering period are the same as during the initial offering period, except that shares tendered during the subsequent offering period may not be tendered by the guaranteed delivery procedure and may not be withdrawn.
Following the expiration of the subsequent offering period, if CF Industries owns at least 90% of the outstanding shares of Terra common stock, CF Industries intends to complete the acquisition of Terra through the short-form merger procedure under Maryland law, without a vote or meeting of Terra’s stockholders. In the merger, each outstanding share of Terra common stock not tendered and purchased in the initial offering period or the subsequent offering period will be converted into the right to receive the same consideration provided in the exchange offer. As a result of the merger, which CF Industries expects to close as soon as practicable, Terra’s common stock will cease to be traded on the New York Stock Exchange.