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SASKATOON, March 18, 2015 /CNW/ - Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. (PotashCorp) announced today that changes to potash taxation in conjunction with the Government of Saskatchewan's 2015-16 provincial budget are expected to decrease the company's 2015 pre-tax earnings by CDN $75 to $100 million. The impact reflects a significant change in the timing of the annual allowable deduction for expansion and maintenance capital expenditures and is most pronounced in 2015 – and to a lesser extent 2016 – as we wind down our capital expansion projects and incur higher maintenance capital spending as a result of these expansions. A potash taxation review was also announced as part of the budget release.
Changes in Annual Allowable Deductions
"PotashCorp is disappointed in the announcement today," said President and CEO Jochen Tilk. "While we understand the difficult revenue situation facing the Government, we are nearing completion of a $6 billion investment in Saskatchewan which was based on the existing tax structure remaining in place. Changing the rules midstream impacts the ability of our shareholders to earn a fair return on their capital and undermines Saskatchewan's relative competitiveness."
Potash Taxation Review
"A stable, predictable and fair potash taxation system is important for both the province and the industry. Under the current regime, PotashCorp's operations and investments have created thousands of jobs and continue to support numerous suppliers throughout the province," Tilk said. "We are focused on ensuring that any changes to the existing system continue providing benefits to the people of Saskatchewan, while also protecting the competitiveness of the industry and the long-term interests of our investors, employees and customers. A constructive and consultative review process is an important part of ensuring such an outcome, and it is our hope that the Government will pursue this avenue."
PotashCorp is the world's largest integrated fertilizer and related industrial and feed products company by capacity and plays an integral role in global food production. PotashCorp is the world's largest producer, by capacity, of potash and one of the largest producers of nitrogen and phosphate. These three essential nutrients are required to help farmers grow healthier, more abundant crops. With the global population rising and diets improving in developing countries, these nutrients offer a responsible and practical solution to meeting the long-term demand for food. While agriculture is its primary market, the company also produces products for animal feed and industrial uses. Common shares of Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange.
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SOURCE Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc.
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