Nov 7 Canadian fertilizer company Agrium Inc
reported lower quarterly profit on Wednesday
due to downtime at its potash mine and dragged-out contract
talks with China and India, the company said.
Net earnings for the third quarter ended Sept. 30 fell to
$129 million, or 80 cents diluted earnings per share, from $293
million, or $1.85 per share a year ago.
Excluding items, net earnings would have been $215 million
or $1.34 diluted earnings per share.
Analysts were expecting, on average, earnings per share of
$1.82, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
The Calgary, Alberta-based company, which produces nitrogen,
potash and phosphate fertilizers, forecast fourth-quarter
earnings per share in a range from $1.50 to $1.90, lower than
expectations of $2.10.