WINNIPEG, MANITOBA, CANADA — CWB and Prairie West Terminal Ltd. (PWT) announced on April 17 that they have entered into an arrangement agreement whereby CWB (through a wholly-owned subsidiary) will acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of PWT, excluding shares owned by CWB and its affiliates.
CWB will give a cash consideration of C$2,109.23 per share, representing aggregate consideration of C$43,234,996.54. The transaction offers all PWT shareholders liquidity for their PWT shares at a compelling value. PWT’s board will mail a management information circular containing additional details of the transaction in the upcoming weeks to its shareholders for approval at a meeting expected to be held on or about May 30.
PWT’s board of directors have unanimously determined that the arrangement is in the best interests of PWT and recommend that shareholders vote in favor of the transaction. In making this recommendation the board of directors considered a number of benefits of the transaction, including PWT’s long-standing relationship with CWB and CWB’s access to export markets and its significant grain marketing experience, which will provide a strong, local competitive option for PWT farm customers.
The directors and senior officers of PWT have each executed agreements pursuant to which they have agreed to support the transaction and vote their PWT shares in favor of the transaction at the upcoming meeting of shareholders of PWT.
“We are excited to announce this agreement with Prairie West Terminal,” said CWB President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ian White. “PWT has a solid reputation with its farmer customers, and in the community at large. CWB values farmers in this community and intends to foster the relationships that the organization has built with local farmers and the surrounding community” said White. “This purchase strengthens CWB’s growing network of assets across Western Canada and represents the first opportunity farmers will have to deliver grain to a CWB owned elevator.”
“CWB is a farmer-oriented company with an established customer network and unsurpassed grain and risk management expertise. As CWB continues to grow its asset network across the Prairies, we’re excited to be a part of that story”, said Chad Campbell, CEO of PWT. “There are a lot of changes going on in the industry landscape, and this transaction will bring a very experienced marketer of grain to the local market, and ensure the continued success of these facilities and local producers in the years to come. The board of directors of PWT sees significant benefit in the transaction to all stakeholders. It offers shareholders a very attractive return on their investment, and ensures an ongoing, positive presence in our local community.”
The purchase of PWT adds to CWB’s existing asset network, which includes Mission Terminal, Les Élévateurs des Trois-Rivières, Services Maritimes Laviolette, and a minority interest in Prairie West Terminal.
Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February, the world’s wheat supply has been thrown into question, with poorer nations facing scarcity and a potential food crisis, according to the United Nations.
Following are countries among the world’s least developed that are the most dependent on Russia and Ukraine for their annual wheat supply (2020), according to the UN Conference on Trade and Development. Nations in Africa import 44% of their wheat from Russia and Ukraine, according to the UN.
In marketing year 2022-23, the world is projected by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to produce 779.03 million tonnes of wheat and provide 204.89 million tonnes for export.
These are the eight major wheat importing nations/regions as listed in the monthly USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report and their annual tonnes with production.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February and the persistent La Niña climate phenomenon have combined to create some of the most volatile market conditions in recent memory, sending prices skyrocketing as nations that depend on wheat to feed their populations scramble to secure supplies.
Each month, the WASDE releases new projections to reflect the most recent global market and production conditions, and this slideshow will be updated with those changes.