Potash Corp. aims to unlock value

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POTASH CORP. OF SASKATCHEWAN $38 (Toronto symbol POT; Aggressive Growth Portfolio, Resources sector; Shares outstanding: 834.2 million; Market cap: $31.7 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 4.8; Dividend yield: 4.9%; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.potashcorp.com) is thinking about selling its minority stakes in foreign fertilizer producers Israel Chemicals and SQM (Chile). However, it plans to keep its interests in Sinofert (China) and Arab Chemicals (Jordan). As of March 31, 2015, these four holdings had a book value of $2.8 billion U.S. A sale would free up cash for dividends or share buybacks. However, last year’s record crop harvests continue to depress potash prices. Potash Corp. is a hold. hold…

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