CF Industries

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CF Industries Holdings, Inc.
Traded asNYSECF
S&P 500 Component
ISINUS1252691001 Edit this on Wikidata
IndustryManufacturing and distribution
Founded1946 (1946)
Deerfield, Illinois, United States
Area served
North America
RevenueDecrease US$ 3.685 billion (2016) [1]
Decrease US$ 134.0 million (2016) [1]
Decrease US$ -422.0 million (2016) [1]
Total assetsIncrease US$ 15.131 billion (2016) [1]
Total equityDecrease US$ 3.348 billion (2016) [1]
Number of employees
2,950[2] (2017)

CF Industries Holdings, Inc. is a North American manufacturer and distributor of agricultural fertilizers, based in Deerfield, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. It was founded in 1946 as the Central Farmers Fertilizer Company. For its first 56 years, it was a federation of regional agricultural supply cooperatives. CF then demutualized, and became a publicly traded company.


The primary operating subsidiary is CF Industries, Inc.


The company was founded in 1946 as the Central Farmers Fertilizer Company, a federation of regional agricultural supply cooperatives.[3]

CF demutualized in 2002 and made an initial public offering of shares of equity stock in 2005.[3] Since 2008, the shares of CF Industries have been included in the S&P 500 index of large-cap stock prices.[4]

In 2013, Mosaic Company agreed to buy CF Industries' phosphate business for $1.4 billion in cash.[5]

In 2014, Yara International announced that it was in talks with CF Industries about a possible merger of equals, a deal worth over $27 billion.[6]

On July 1, 2015, CF Industries announces an agreement to acquire remaining 50% interest in GrowHow from Yara for $580 million.[7]

On August 6, 2015, CF Industries announced that it will combine with OCI N.V.'s European, North American and Global Distribution businesses for $8 billion. The combined company will be domiciled in the UK and it will use the CF Industries name.[8]

On May 31, 2016, CF Industries announced the termination of the proposed combination with the European, North American and Global Distribution businesses of OCI.[9]


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  2. ^ "CF Industries Holdings". Fortune. Retrieved 2019-01-25.
  3. ^ a b "Corporate Profile – CF Industries' History". CF Industries. Archived from the original on October 9, 2007. Retrieved 2008-09-12.
  4. ^ "CF - CF Industries Replaces EDS - Electronics Data Systems In S&P 500 Index". S&P 500 Stocks. RiSh, LLC. Aug 27, 2008. Retrieved Apr 6, 2015.
  5. ^ Mosaic Co. to spend about $1.4 billion on purchase of CF Industries phosphate business Associated Press (Minneapolis Star Tribune) October 28, 2013
  6. ^ Yara, CF in talks to create $27 billion fertilizer giant. Reuters, 23 September 2014
  7. ^ Streetinsider, 1 July 2015,
  8. ^ "CF Industries and OCI to Create Global Nitrogen Leader". August 6, 2015. Retrieved August 10, 2015.
  9. ^ "Termination of Proposed Combination of CF Industries with OCI's European, North American and Global Distribution Businesses". May 23, 2016. Retrieved May 31, 2016.

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