Qatar Petroleum (QP) said on Sunday it had signed an agreement with Yara international to acquire its 25 percent stake in Qatar Fertiliser Company (QAFCO) for $1 billion, according to statements by both companies.
The transaction will mark a conclusion of a partnership that started with establishing QAFCO, a joint venture, in which Yara owned a 25% share with the remaining 75% owned by Industries Qatar (IQ), which in turn is owned 51% by QP.
QAFCO since then has become the world’s largest single-site urea producer, representing a significant percentage of the world’s traded urea volume, according to a QP statement.
The deal is still pending necessary local regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions.
Yara, one of the world’s leading fertilizer companies, said it will evaluate potential extraordinary dividends and/or share buy-backs, in line with its policy of maintaining a mid- to long-term net debt/EBITDA range of 1.5-2.0, after the closing of the transaction.
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