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A combination of the biggest players in any industry is usually frowned upon, yet the potential merger of Canada’s two largest fertilizer producers may prove to be an exception.
Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan Inc. and Agrium Inc. said Tuesday they’re in talks about a merger of equals. For buyers of their potash outside of North America, things would look little different after the transaction. Both companies, along with U.S. producer Mosaic Co., already operate a joint venture that handles their exports. That means any deal shouldn’t pose harm to competition, according to Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Jason Miner.