Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. is a corporation organized under the laws of Canada. As used in this document, the term “PCS” refers to Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. and the terms “we,” “us,” “our,” “PotashCorp” and the “Company” refer to PCS and its direct and indirect subsidiaries, individually or in any combination, as applicable.
We are the world’s largest integrated fertilizer and related industrial and feed products company. We are the largest producer of potash worldwide by capacity. In 2009, we estimate our potash operations represented 11% of global production and 20% of global potash capacity1. We are the third largest producer of phosphates worldwide by capacity. In 2009, we estimate our phosphate operations produced 4% of world phosphoric acid production. We are the third largest nitrogen producer worldwide by ammonia capacity. In 2009, we estimate our nitrogen operations produced 2% of the world’s ammonia production.
We own and operate five potash mines in Saskatchewan and one in New Brunswick. We also hold mineral rights at the Esterhazy mine and potash is produced under a mining and processing agreement with a third party.
Our phosphate operations include the manufacture and sale of solid and liquid phosphate fertilizers, animal feed supplements and industrial acid, which is used in food products and industrial processes. We believe that our North Carolina facility is the world’s largest integrated phosphate mine and processing plant. We also have a phosphate mine and two mineral processing plant complexes in northern Florida and six phosphate feed plants in the United States. We can produce a variety of phosphate products at our Geismar, Louisiana facility.
Our nitrogen operations involve the production of nitrogen fertilizers and nitrogen feed and industrial products, including ammonia, urea, nitrogen solutions, ammonium nitrate and nitric acid. We have nitrogen facilities in Georgia, Louisiana, Ohio and Trinidad.
We are organized under the laws of Canada. Our principal executive offices are located at 122 – 1st Avenue South, Suite 500, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada S7K 7G3, and our telephone number is (306) 933-8500.
PCS is a corporation continued under the Canada Business Corporations Act and is the successor to a corporation without share capital established by the Province of Saskatchewan in 1975. Between 1976 and 1989 substantial interests in the Saskatchewan potash industry were acquired. These acquisitions included the purchase of the Cory mine in 1976 and the Rocanville and Lanigan mines in 1977.
In 1989, the Province of Saskatchewan privatized PCS. While the Province initially retained an ownership interest in PCS, this interest had been reduced to zero by the end of 1993. Since the privatization of PCS, we have made the following acquisitions of significance to the development of our Company:
•the Allan mine in 1990 through the acquisition of all of the outstanding shares of Saskterra Fertilizers Ltd.;
•the New Brunswick potash mine and port facilities and our Patience Lake solution mine in Saskatchewan in 1993;
•PCS Phosphate Company, Inc. (formerly Texasgulf Inc.) and White Springs Agricultural Chemicals, Inc., phosphate fertilizer and feed producers, in 1995;
•Arcadian Corporation, a producer of nitrogen fertilizer, industrial and feed products, in 1997;
•PCS Cassidy Lake, a potash mill facility located at Clover Hill, New Brunswick, in 1998;
•approximately 9% of the shares of Israel Chemicals Ltd. (“ICL”) pursuant to a public offering by the State of Israel in 1998. In transactions in June 2005 and October 2008, we acquired 35.3 million additional shares in ICL, increasing our ownership interest to 11%. In January and February of 2010, we acquired 32.4 million additional shares in ICL, increasing our ownership interest to approximately 14%;
•PCS Purified Phosphates (formerly a joint venture we had with Albright & Wilson Americas Inc.), a phosphoric acid joint venture, in 2000;
•20% of the shares of Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile S.A. (“SQM”), a Chilean specialty fertilizer, iodine and lithium company, in transactions in October 2001 and April and May of 2002. In 2004, we sold a portion of this investment and subsequently acquired ICL’s entire interest in SQM, resulting in our ownership of approximately 25% of the outstanding equity of SQM. In October and December 2006 and July 2007, we increased our ownership interest to 32%;
•26% of the shares of Arab Potash Company (“APC”) from Jordan Investment Corporation, an arm of the Jordanian government, in October of 2003. In June 2005, we acquired one million additional shares in APC and in April 2006, we acquired 220,100 additional shares in APC, increasing our ownership interest to 28%; and
•approximately 10% of the shares of Sinofert Holdings Limited (“Sinofert”), a vertically-integrated fertilizer company and a subsidiary of Sinochem Corporation, in July 2005. In February 2006, we exercised an option to acquire an additional 10% of the shares of Sinofert, increasing our ownership interest to 20%. During July 2007, our ownership interest was diluted to approximately 19% due to the issuance of shares by Sinofert. In 2008, we acquired a total of 385.9 million additional shares of Sinofert, increasing our ownership interest to 22%.
Our potash operations include the mining and production of potash, which is predominantly used as fertilizer.
We mine phosphate ore and manufacture phosphoric acid, solid and liquid fertilizers, animal feed supplements, purified phosphoric acid which is used in food products and industrial processes, hydrofluosilicic acid (“HFSA”) and silicon tetrafluoride (“STF”).
Our nitrogen operations include production of nitrogen fertilizers and nitrogen chemicals. These products are used for agricultural, industrial and animal nutrition purposes.
Distribution and Transportation
We have an extensive infrastructure and distribution system to store and transport our products. In addition to storage located at our production facilities, in 2009, we leased or owned approximately 194 terminal and warehouse facilities, some of which have multi-product capability for a total of 251 strategically located distribution points in Canada and the United States to serve our customers. To complement our distribution system in Canada and the United States, we also lease or own approximately 9,200 rail cars. In the offshore market, the Company leases one warehouse in China and leases one warehouse in Brazil through a joint venture.
At December 31, 2009, we employed 5,136 persons, of whom 1,786 were salaried and 3,350 were hourly paid. Of these 5,136 employees, our potash operations employed 2,020 people, our phosphate operations 1,909 and our nitrogen operations 808. Our sales and transportation and distribution functions were handled by 96 employees in Northbrook, Illinois and various other locations in the United States and by 16 employees in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Excluding sales personnel, the Saskatoon and Northbrook offices had a staff of 284.
We have entered into eight collective bargaining agreements with labor organizations representing employees. The collective bargaining agreements at the Allan, Cory and Patience Lake divisions expire on April 30, 2011. The Lanigan agreement expires on January 31, 2012 and the agreement with Rocanville Potash Employees Association expires on May 31, 2012. The agreement at PCS Cassidy Lake expires on December 31, 2010. The agreement between Mosaic and the union representing the employees at the Esterhazy mine expired on January 31, 2010 and contract negotiations began in early 2010. The collective bargaining agreement with the union representing employees at the White Springs plant expires on December 3, 2013 and the agreement at the PCS Purified Phosphates facility in Cincinnati expires on November 1, 2010. The agreement with the union representing employees at the Lima plant expires on October 1, 2012. We believe our relations with our employees to be good.