ICL Completes Acquisition of Compass Minerals' South American Plant Nutrition Business

Tel Aviv, Israel – (BUSINESS WIRE) – ICL (NYSE: ICL) (TASE: ICL), a leading global specialty minerals and chemicals company, today announced the completion of the acquisition of Compass Minerals América do Sul SA, which includes Compass’ South American plant nutrition business. belongs to minerals for approximately $ 420 million.

The South American Plant Nutrition business is the leading specialty plant nutrition business in Brazil, offering a wide range of plant nutrition and stimulation solutions covering all major Brazilian crops. The product portfolio includes fertilizers with improved efficiency and fertilizers with controlled release, soil and leaf micronutrients, secondary nutrients, bio-stimulants and auxiliary substances. The company is present in 25 of the 26 Brazilian states and serves more than 32,000 farms directly and indirectly, with direct sales accounting for around 50% of total sales.

“We are pleased to have this company added to our plant nutrition portfolio and to welcome their team and customers to ICL. This acquisition, together with our recent takeover of Fertiláqua in Brazil and our specialty plant nutrition business there, positions ICL as the leading specialty plant nutrition company in Brazil, one of the fastest growing agricultural markets in the world. This important step is in line with our stated strategy to achieve leadership positions in high-growth specialty plant nutrition markets and accelerates our progress towards long-term global leadership for our Innovative Ag Solutions business. This move will also significantly expand ICL’s product portfolio and profitability, while at the same time creating another seasonal balance between the northern and southern hemispheres and allowing us to deliver the critical mass we have been looking for in Brazil, “said Raviv Zoller, President and CEO of ICL.

The addition of the South American plant nutrition business will enable ICL to offer its customers the broadest and most advanced portfolio of plant nutrition products spanning the entire agricultural value chain. This business, along with ICL’s existing operations in Brazil, will leverage a well-established asset base with a total of eight manufacturing facilities and a sizeable sales force, providing full commercial coverage of all agricultural regions in Brazil.

About Compass Minerals América do Sul SA

Founded in 1965 as Produquímica, the leading specialist plant nutrition provider in Brazil offers a wide range of plant nutrition and stimulation, seed treatment and plant health solutions for all major Brazilian crops including soybeans, corn, coffee, sugar cane, cotton, Fruit and vegetables. The company’s product portfolio includes highly effective fertilizers and fertilizers with controlled release, soil and leaf micronutrients, secondary nutrients (calcium, magnesium and sulfur), bio-stimulants and auxiliary substances as well as ingredients for animal and plant nutrition for B2B customers.

About ICL

ICL Group Ltd. is a leading global specialty minerals and chemicals company developing powerful solutions to human sustainability challenges in the global food, agricultural and industrial markets. ICL leverages its unique bromine, potash and phosphate resources, passionate team of talented people and strong focus on research and development and technological innovation to drive growth in its end markets. ICL shares are double listed on the New York Stock Exchange and the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (NYSE and TASE: ICL). The company employs over 11,000 people worldwide and had sales of around $ 5.0 billion in 2020.

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