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Happy Anniversary Terra! Love, CF

Fertilizer maker CF Industries gave rival Terra Industries an early anniversary present last night.

The company pulled its hostile bid for Terra on Thursday -- on the eve of the one-year anniversary of its original bid, which was launched on January 15, 2009.

The withdrawal marks an end to one side of the three-way hostile takeover battle that some have called the "Fertilizer Wars." Now, Agrium's hostile bid for CF Industries, and CF's defense against that bid, takes center stage.

Agrium said last night that it was still committed to its deal and notified CF that it would be nominating two candidates for that company's board of directors at this year's annual shareholder meeting.

That meeting has yet to be scheduled. But with the distraction of the CF's bid for Terra out of the way, perhaps the Agrium and CF could find common ground before the one-year anniversary of Agrium's bid comes on February 25?

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Terra sees green in CF’s bid

The three-way fertilizer fight between CF Industries, Terra and Agrium may be approaching its end game. Over the weekend, CF raised the cash portion of its hostile offer for smaller rival Terra. It said it was able to add more cash because of strength in stock and debt markets.

CF is itself fending off a hostile takeover bid from Agrium. Last month, possibly throwing a monkey wrench into CF's bid for Terra, Agrium said it would sell part of a nitrogen fertilizer facility to Terra to overcome regulatory issues related to its hostile takeover bid for CF.

In its latest move, CF is offering $32 in cash -- including a $7.50 special dividend that Terra plans to pay -- and 0.1034 of a share of CF common stock for each Terra share. That would amount to $40.61 per share based on CF's Friday closing price and represents a 28 percent premium to Terra's Friday closing price, the company said in a statement. It is about 5 percent higher than CF's previous stock bid of 0.465 CF shares for every Terra share.