* Announces special dividend of $1.30 per share
* Reaffirms 2010 capex forecast of $1 bln to $1.2 bln
TORONTO Oct 26 U.S. fertilizer maker Mosaic Co
(MOS.N) said on Monday it plans to return about $580 million to
stockholders through a special cash dividend that will be
financed using cash on hand.
The special dividend of $1.30 per share will be paid on Dec.
3 to stockholders of record as of the close of business on Nov.
The special dividend will result in a roughly $370 million
payout to privately held agribusiness and trading conglomerate
Cargill [CARG.UL], which owns about 64 percent of Mosaic's
"The decision by Mosaic's board of directors to return a
significant amount of cash to its shareholders is a reflection
of our strong cash position and the confidence we have in our
future business prospects and cash flows," said Chief Executive
Jim Prokopanko, in a statement.
As of Aug. 31, the company's balance sheet had a cash
position of $2.6 billion.
The company said it plans to continue its capital spending
program and maintain an appropriate level of liquidity and
Mosaic noted it is reaffirming its forecast for fiscal year
2010 capital spending of between $1 billion and $1.2 billion.
Mosaic is planning over the next 10 years to expand its
potash production capacity by more than 5 million tonnes, from
about 10 million tonnes today. [ID:nN23266979]
(Reporting by Euan Rocha, editing by Dave Zimmerman)