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MOSCOW, April 10 Russia's Uralkali,
one of the world's largest potash producers, announced plans for
a second-half dividend on Wednesday after net profit grew 5
percent last year and it forecast growing global demand.
The company competes with Canadian Potash Corp of
Saskatchewan for the mantle of the world's biggest
fertilizer producer after it merged with Russian rival Silvinit
Uralkali, controlled by businessman Suleiman Kerimov, said
net profit rose to $1.60 billion last year. A poll of analysts
had forecast profit of $1.50 billion.
"Although moderate conditions in the export market led to a
decrease of Uralkali's sales volume by 12 percent, the average
realised export price was 5 percent higher compared to 2011,"
the company said in a statement.
Its board of directors recommended a dividend payment of
3.90 roubles per share, or $0.62 per global depository receipt
(GDR), for the second half of 2012.
Uralkali expects potash price to rebound in 2013 and sees
global potash demand growing to 53-54 million tonnes from last
year's 51 million tonnes, the company added.
Its 2012 revenue was down 6 percent at $3.95 billion, while
earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and
amortisation (EBITDA) fell 5 percent to $2.38 billion.
(Reporting by Polina Devitt and Natalia Shurmina; Editing by
Lidia Kelly and Tom Pfeiffer)