Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. announced that its board of directors has received and unanimously rejected an unsolicited proposal from BHP Billiton Limited to enter into a transaction under which BHP Billiton would acquire PotashCorp for $130 per share in cash. PotashCorp's board of directors thoroughly reviewed BHP Billiton's unsolicited proposal with the assistance of its independent financial and legal advisors and concluded that the proposal is grossly inadequate and it is not in the best interests of its shareholders for PotashCorp to enter into discussions with BHP Billiton.
"The PotashCorp board of directors unanimously believes that the BHP Billiton proposal substantially undervalues PotashCorp and fails to reflect both the value of our premier position in a strategically vital industry and our unparalleled future growth prospects," said PotashCorp Chairman Dallas Howe. "After careful consideration, and in the interest of transparency, our Board determined to proactively disclose BHP Billiton's unsolicited, non-binding proposal to our shareholders. We believe it is critical for our shareholders to be aware of this aggressive attempt to acquire their company for significantly less than its intrinsic value. The fertilizer industry is emerging from the recent global economic downturn, and we feel strongly that PotashCorp shareholders should benefit from the current and potential value of the Company. We believe the BHP Billiton proposal is an opportunistic effort to transfer that value to its own shareholders."