Richardson sees approval of Viterra assets purchase by year end

WINNIPEG, Manitoba Fri Dec 7, 2012 12:16pm EST

WINNIPEG, Manitoba Dec 7 (Reuters) - Canadian grain handler Richardson International Ltd expects the country's Competition Bureau to approve its purchase of some Viterra Inc assets by the end of 2012, the company's president, Curt Vossen, said on Friday.

Glencore International Plc's C$6 billion ($6 billion) takeout of Viterra has cleared its final regulatory hurdle, setting the stage for Glencore to sell off some Viterra assets to Richardson, Agrium Inc and CF Industries Holdings Inc.

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