Compass Minerals Announces Sale Agreement for South America Plant Nutrition

Compass Minerals has entered into a definitive agreement to divest its South America Plant Nutrition business to ICL Brasil Ltda., a subsidiary of ICL Group (ICL).

The transaction is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2021, subject to customary closing conditions and required antitrust approval in Brazil.

“Over the past year, our board and senior management team have been conducting a detailed analysis of our company’s current asset portfolio, product mix and core competencies with the aim of maximizing sustainable value creation for our shareholders, customers and communities,” said Kevin S. Crutchfield, president and CEO. “Today’s announced transaction represents a significant step toward that goal as it will strengthen our balance sheet and enhance our ability to pursue strategic opportunities for growth as a leading essential minerals company.”

As previously announced, the company launched dual sales processes earlier this year for its plant nutrition and chemicals businesses in Brazil. The company’s South America chemicals business is not included in this transaction and that sale process is ongoing.

Post-transaction, Compass Minerals will continue to produce, manufacture and innovate a broad portfolio of salt and magnesium chloride products throughout North America and the U.K, for use in winter roadway safety and a number of other consumer, industrial and agricultural applications. The company also will continue to be a market-leading North American producer of premium plant nutrition products.    

For more information, you can read the full news release announcing the transaction here.