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In Pursuit of Potash, BHP Faces Uphill Battle
29 Oct 2010 EDT - CNBC.com
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After Thursday’s strong earnings, shares of Potash are up a bit today, but not as much as they might be if BHP Billiton were not bidding for the company.

That is the strange reality of this special situation. One need look no further than Potash’s investor presentation to see the fact that while its competitors stock prices have moved sharply higher in recent weeks on an expected pickup in demand for their product, Potash has been stuck in the soil.

  • For The Full Potash Investor Presentation, Click Here
  • With perhaps as much as 20 percent of its shares in the hands of risk arbitragers looking for a deal, the fear among potential investors is that BHP raises enough to win over those arbs and carry a shareholder vote, while still not delivering the fundamental value that seems to have risen so dramatically since BHP first made its $130 bid .

    All of this may be moot because the company may be searching for a white knight elsewhere.

    According to SEC filings, Potash has already talked with 15 strategic buyers to determine whether there is any interest on an alternative deal. This has sent shares of the stock up 2.5 percent mid-day on Friday.

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