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(Reuters) - The chief executive of Canadian fertilizer company Hanfeng Evergreen Inc HF.TO plans to take it private, agreeing to buy the nearly 80 percent of shares he does not already own.
Hanfeng said in a statement on Monday that Agrium Inc (AGU.TO), a much larger Canadian fertilizer company and holder of about 20 percent of Hanfeng's stock, has agreed to vote its shares in favor of the deal. Hanfeng, based in Toronto, makes slow- and controlled-release fertilizer for China and Indonesia.
Hanfeng Chief Executive Officer Xinduo Yu and a corporation owned by Yu have agreed to pay C$2.25 per share for the 79.6 percent of Hanfeng's stock that he doesn't already own.
The price is a premium of 47 percent over the volume-weighted price of the shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange over the 30 trading days prior to Yu's initial offer on January 8. Yu's first offer was for $2.20 per share.
Hanfeng's shares gained 2.8 percent in early trading in Toronto at C$2.22.
Yu's interest in taking over the company may be welcome news for some investors in Hanfeng, as its share price has not reflected a recent string of solid quarterly results, said analyst John Chu of AltaCorp Capital, in a note to clients last month.
Hanfeng will hold a meeting of shareholders on March 15 to vote on the deal.
Reporting by Rod Nickel in Winnipeg, Manitoba; Editing by Gerald E. McCormick and David Gregorio