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Corteva Agriscience Signs Agreement to Acquire Stoller Group, One of the Largest Independent Biologicals Company in the Industry

 

  • Stoller Brings Global Sales of +$400 Million and Presence in Over 60 Countries
  • Reinforces Commitment to Driving Value for Farmers through Innovative, Sustainable Solutions
  • Corteva’s Second Biologicals Transaction Since Completion of Strategic Portfolio Reviews

 

INDIANAPOLIS and HOUSTON, November 30, 2022 — Corteva, Inc. (NYSE: CTVA) and Stoller Group, Inc. (“Stoller”) today announced that Corteva has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Houston-based Stoller, one of the largest independent Biologicals company in the industry.  With operations and sales in more than 60 countries and 2022 forecasted revenues of more than $400 million, Stoller brings immediate scale and profitability, with EBITDA margins that will be accretive to Corteva.

The acquisition of Stoller reinforces Corteva’s commitment to providing farmers with Biological tools that complement evolving farming practices and help them meet changing market expectations. Stoller’s superior reputation for farmer relationships and demand creation centers around a commercial model that’s built upon sharing knowledge with the channel and farmers.  Stoller has been successful by demonstrating technical excellence and delivering benefits and value of integrated solutions in the field.

“Biologicals provide farmers with sustainably-advantaged tools that complement crop protection technologies, and collectively, can work to address global challenges around food security and climate change.  Stoller represents a leader in the Biologicals industry given its commercial presence and market expansion potential, while also delivering attractive growth and operating margins,” said Chuck Magro, Chief Executive Officer.  “In combination with Corteva’s leading innovation organization, Stoller provides a platform for expanding and accelerating Corteva’s Biologicals business to become one of the largest players in the rapidly expanding Biologicals market.”

The Biologicals market is expected to grow high-single digits annually through 2035 representing approximately 25% of the overall crop protection market by 2035.  In just three years, Corteva has developed a world-class Biologicals business by implementing smart, nimble strategies built around external and internal innovation, R&D collaborations, licensing and distribution agreements and acquisitions.

“In Stoller’s 50+ year history, we have successfully helped growers around the world increase their productivity and improve their sustainability. We are proud to join forces with Corteva as we share a vision of helping farmers succeed in growing the nutritious food the world relies on,” said Guillermo de la Borda, Chief Executive Officer of Stoller. “This announcement is a true testament to the incredible success and dedication of our teams across the globe who have helped us become one of the most trusted biostimulant and plant health companies in the world. Our innovative solutions and deep expertise will continue to make an impact for years to come.”

Stoller is the second Biologicals acquisition for Corteva this year, as the company recently announced it signed a definitive agreement to acquire Symborg, an expert in microbiological technologies based in Murcia, Spain. Corteva will bring together the complementary commercial and technical strengths of Stoller and Symborg as part of its Biologicals strategy.

The Stoller purchase price of $1.2 billion in cash represents an enterprise value multiple of approximately 12x based on Stoller’s expected EBITDA for 2022 on a stand-alone basis.  The purchase price will be paid at closing, which is anticipated to be completed in the first half of 2023 following regulatory approvals and satisfaction of customary closing conditions.  The Company expects that Stoller results will be accretive to both Operating EBITDA and Operating EPS for 2023.

The Company will host a live webcast on Monday, Dec. 5, from 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. EST to discuss additional details regarding the transaction and the Company’s overall Biologicals strategy.

This presentation will be webcast. Registration is available on the Events and Presentations Page of the Corteva Investor Relations website. A replay will also be available on the Investor Events and Presentations page until Dec. 5, 2023.

Advisors
Evercore is serving as the financial advisor to Corteva. J.P. Morgan Securities LLC is serving as lead financial advisor and Piper Sandler is serving as financial advisor to Stoller Group. Latham & Watkins served as legal advisor to Stoller.

 

 

About Corteva
Corteva, Inc. (NYSE: CTVA) is a publicly traded, global pure-play agriculture company that combines industry-leading innovation, high-touch customer engagement and operational execution to profitably deliver solutions for the world’s most pressing agriculture challenges. Corteva generates advantaged market preference through its unique distribution strategy, together with its balanced and globally diverse mix of seed, crop protection, and digital products and services. With some of the most recognized brands in agriculture and a technology pipeline well positioned to drive growth, the Company is committed to maximizing productivity for farmers, while working with stakeholders throughout the food system as it fulfills its promise to enrich the lives of those who produce and those who consume, ensuring progress for generations to come. More information can be found at www.corteva.com.

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About Stoller

Stoller is a multinational plant-science company whose vision is to deliver solutions that empower customers’ sustainability. Stoller helps growers around the world succeed with science-proven offerings that include physiological-signaling compounds, such as plant hormones, high-technology nutrients, and microorganisms that can be used alone or in combination to improve plant efficiency and promote plant resilience to stress. For more than 50 years, Stoller has blended its innovative, quality solutions with its deep-rooted knowledge in plant physiology, so plants can maximize their genetic potential, increasing yield and profit for progressive growers. For more information, visit https://stolleragro.com.

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This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, which are intended to be covered by the safe harbor provisions for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and may be identified by their use of words like “plans,” “expects,” “will,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “intends,” “projects,” “targets,” “estimates,” “outlook,” or other words of similar meaning. All statements that address expectations or projections about the future, including statements about completion of this transaction and Corteva’s financial results or outlook; strategy for growth; product development; regulatory approvals; market position; capital allocation strategy; liquidity; environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) targets and initiatives; and the anticipated benefits of acquisitions restructuring actions, or cost savings initiatives are forward-looking statements.

Forward-looking statements are based on certain assumptions and expectations of future events which may not be accurate or realized. Forward-looking statements and other estimates also involve risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond Corteva’s control. While the list of factors presented below is considered representative, no such list should be considered to be a complete statement of all potential risks and uncertainties. Unlisted factors may present significant additional obstacles to the realization of forward-looking statements. Consequences of material differences in results as compared with those anticipated in the forward-looking statements could include, among other things, business disruption, operational problems, financial loss, legal liability to third parties and similar risks, any of which could have a material adverse effect on Corteva’s business, results of operations and financial condition. With respect to the contemplated transactions, forward-looking statements include, without limitation, financial estimates, statements as to the completion and benefits or effects of the transactions, including financial and operating results, the combined company’s plans, objectives, expectations and intentions, and other statements that are not historical facts. The following risks, uncertainties and other factors could affect the company’s financial performance and cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in any forward-looking statements: the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstance that could give rise to the termination of the definitive agreement for these transactions; the risk that the necessary regulatory approvals may not be obtained as a result of conditions that are not anticipated; risks that any of the closing conditions to the transaction[s] may not be satisfied in a timely manner; the failure to realize the benefits of the transactions or Corteva’s biologicals strategy; the effect of the announcement of the transactions on the ability of Symborg and Stoller to retain customers and key personnel and to maintain relationships with suppliers, and on their operating results and business generally; and potential litigation in connection with the transactions.

Additionally, there may be other risks and uncertainties that Corteva is unable to currently identify or that Corteva does not currently expect to have a material impact on its business. Where, in any forward-looking statement, an expectation or belief as to future results or events is expressed, such expectation or belief is based on the current plans and expectations of Corteva’s management and expressed in good faith and believed to have a reasonable basis, but there can be no assurance that the expectation or belief will result or be achieved or accomplished. Corteva disclaims and does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, except as required by applicable law. A detailed discussion of some of the significant risks and uncertainties which may cause results and events to differ materially from such forward-looking statements is included in the “Risk Factors” section of Corteva’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, as modified by subsequent Quarterly Reports on Forms 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K.

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Corteva Contacts:

Media Relations Contact:

Kris Allen

403-483-5205

kris.allen@corteva.com

 

Investor Relations Contact:

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302-485-3190
kimberly.a.booth@corteva.com

 

 

For Immediate Release

Meristem and Stoller Enter Into Strategic Product Development and Marketing Alliance


Delavan, Wisc. (AgPR) August 9, 2022 
– Meristem Crop Performance Group (www.MeristemAg.com) and Stoller (www.StollerUSA.com) today announced a strategic product development and marketing alliance focused on distributing Stoller’s biostimulant technology while offering even more quality solutions through Meristem’s growing network of dealer-partners.
“Stoller’s reputation for developing quality plant-performance solutions to help farmers make the most of every crop is second to none,” said Mitch Eviston, Founder and CEO of Meristem Crop Performance in announcing the alliance. “We are thrilled to be selected as a Stoller go-to-market partner for their PGRs all across the American Midwest.”

Eviston added that Stoller, one of the largest biostimulant companies in the world, will help Meristem with assuring a reliable supply of needed products as well as navigating the regulatory issues associated with boosting innovations to U.S. farmers. Based in Houston, Texas, Stoller is a global company with 17 subsidiaries and sales in over 70 countries.

“Our products and technologies offer proven plant-performance solutions to ensure optimum ROI for farmers,” said Greg Warren, Stoller Regional Vice President. “Meristem Crop Performance shares our vision of helping farmers grow more with less. Stoller is elated with this alliance with Meristem to develop beneficial, innovative technology solutions to benefit farmers.”

Warren explained that Stoller is a global leader in plant physiology research. “Stoller’s biostimulant products provide crops with a balance between nutritional and natural plant hormone levels, to help today’s farmers break through yield and quality barriers. Stoller’s approach has oftentimes been described as “unleashing the power of the plant.”

“This alliance fits perfectly with our desire to bring innovation to more acres faster,” said Rob McClelland, Meristem President and CMO. “We’ve had solid success with products such as EXCAVATOR™, HOPPER THROTTLE™ and REVLINE™ — teaming with Stoller will further boost our ability to bring more innovative products to more farmers and more acres faster.”

 

About Meristem Crop Performance

Meristem Crop Performance Group, LLC (www.MeristemAg.com) is one of the fastest-growing crop input companies in America. Meristem sources, formulates and delivers high-quality crop inputs to farmers at the least cost possible, at savings up to 30 percent. By helping farmers and local independent agribusinesses make the most of their infrastructure and intellectual property investments, the company improves productivity and removes waste in the established distribution channel. Meristem is led by a world-class team of ag professionals passionate about creating the most efficient channel to move innovative practices and novel technologies to market for the benefit of the American Farmer.

 

 About Stoller

 Stoller (www.stollerusa.com) has a 50+ year history of helping growers increase productivity and return on investment (ROI). Based in Houston, Texas, we are a U.S. company known internationally as the global leader in plant science and plant physiology. We are a world-leading biostimulant and plant health company with 17 subsidiaries and sales in over 70 countries. As a company, we are recognized as the leading provider of yield-enhancing solutions for both localized and global crop production challenges such as extreme temperatures, drought conditions, nutrient imbalance, and less than ideal soil conditions.

 

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 Media Contact:

Dale Hanke
dhanke@stollerusa.com

K. Elliott Nowels
kenowels@meristemag.com

 

Tank-Mix with X-Cyte™ and Harvest More™ Urea Mate

Get more bushels and maximize each pass over your field by tank-mixing X-Cyte™ and Harvest More™ Urea Mate with your fungicide application.

Applying X-Cyte™ with your fungicide can help to increase grain density and kernel weight, while decreasing kernel abortion.

As a source of cytokinin, X-Cyte™  fights yield loss caused by decreased cytokinin production that can affect corn during the warmer months. Cytokinin production starts to break down at 87° F in row crops, causing kernel abortion, tip-back, and decreased yields. X-Cyte™ combats this yield loss by supplying the crop with the cytokinin it needs to maintain proper hormone balance.

X-Cyte™ is the market-leader in consistency and performance, limiting yield loss due to cytokinin deficiency. It is an EPA-registered plant growth regulator and yield stimulant.

Harvest More™ Urea Mate is the most complete fertilizer on the market with 11 key nutrients for optimal growth throughout the season. This product also has a low pH that makes it ideal for tank-mixing. Recent data shows many in-season fungicide applications perform better in an acidic pH environment.

Contact your Stoller representative to learn more.

 

June 19, 2020

 

Dear Stoller Associates,

 

One year ago, today, our founder, Jerry H. Stoller passed away.  While we miss his presence, his wit and his wisdom, his dedication to make the world a better place for his fellow man lives on in each of us.  Jerry touched the lives of people all around the world by sharing his knowledge and helping them understand the language of plants.

These are challenging times, but, as Jerry taught us, every challenge is an opportunity, and success is a result of hard work, knowledge and perseverance. We will continue to honor Jerry’s legacy by continuing our work, empowering plants and empowering people.

Jerry viewed each of us as part of his family and would be proud to know that we are continuing to work towards fulfilling his vision for the Stoller company.  Stoller family, let us all take a moment today to respectfully celebrate and honor the memory of Jerry H. Stoller.

 

Sincerely,


Guillermo de la Borda,
Stoller President and CEO

 

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Hot, dry conditions cause a decrease in nutrient uptake, plant growth, and overall yield. Heat also causes the crucial hormone, cytokinin, to break down in the plant. Cytokinin starts to break down in small grains at 67 degrees and 87 degrees in other crops.

Why is this important?

The breakdown of cytokinin is what typically leads to tip-back and kernel loss in corn, flower abortion and pod loss in soybeans, and seed abortion in small grains.

Stoller’s X-Cyte™ provides cytokinin which helps restore hormone balance and combat yield loss due to high temperatures. It is the market-leader in consistency and performance, limiting yield loss due to cytokinin deficiency. X-Cyte™ is an EPA-registered plant growth regulator and yield stimulant.

Help prevent abiotic stress caused by hot, dry conditions by applying Bio-Forge® Advanced. Bio-Forge® Advanced provides a cost-effective solution to combat abiotic stress and enhance plant growth. It combines three modes of action into one product, creating an unmatched level of abiotic stress management for optimizing plant productivity all season long. With abiotic stress factors taken care of, crops can use their energy toward productivity, growth and performance.

Crops need nutrients all season, especially during stressful conditions. Harvest More™ Urea Mate is a complete fertilizer that provides 11 key nutrients for the plant in a foliar spray or through irrigation.

For more information, contact your Stoller representative.

 

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Get ahead of crop stress this season.

Planting in less than ideal conditions causes abiotic crop stress, leading to yield loss at harvest. Trust Stoller to help you manage abiotic stress and maximize yield.

The first 24 to 48 hours after a seed is planted are critical to determining the yield potential of a crop. Abiotic stress limits nutrient uptake, plant growth, and seed development. Abiotic stress includes stress due to temperature extremes, excessive rain, hail, or dry conditions. In fact, 70% of your crop’s yield potential can be lost due to these weather-related stressors.

Bio-Forge®  Advanced mixes easily with starter fertilizer and provides a cost-effective solution to fight yield-limiting abiotic stress. It combines three stress management modes of action, creating an unmatched level of stress management for optimizing plant productivity all season long. With abiotic stress factors taken care of, crops can use their energy toward productivity, growth and performance.

Fight abiotic stress while you feed your crop by applying Bio-Forge® Advanced in-furrow at planting with your starter fertilizer. Contact your Stoller representative today for more information on maximizing performance while planting in stressful conditions.

Maximize each pass you make across the field by tank-mixing your herbicides and fungicides with Stoller.

Stoller has a full line of products to help you maximize yield by minimizing abiotic stress, improving nutrient uptake and utilization, and promoting plant productivity. Many of these products are tank-mix compatible, so you can increase yield without making additional passes over your field.

Bio-Forge® Advanced combines three modes of action for an unmatched level of abiotic crop stress management to protect against non-living environmental stressors that decrease yield.

Harvest More™ Urea Mate is the most complete fertilizer on the market with 11 key nutrients for optimal growth throughout the season. A plant’s yield potential is only as strong as its weakest nutrient link. Harvest More™ Urea Mate is formulated to provide maximum nutrient availability and utilization throughout the vegetative growing phases of your crop.

X-Cyte™ is an EPA-registered plant growth regulator and yield stimulant. X-Cyte™ provides cytokinin which is crucial for vegetative growth, reproductive development, and abiotic stress mitigation.

Fortified Stimulate® Yield Enhancer Plus is the only EPA-registered product with four essential plant growth hormones. Fortified Stimulate Yield Enhancer Plus helps plants maintain optimum hormone balance and sets the foundation for higher yields.

Contact your Stoller representative for more information about which products and timings will best fit your operation.

Tank-Mix Stoller with Your Herbicide Application

The components of yield for your crop can be influenced and determined during the early vegetative stages. Maximize yield by including Stoller in your post-emergence (herbicide) application to manage stress and provide critical nutrients.

Kris Ehler, agronomist and high yield soybean advisor in Illinois, cited research that shows soybeans set their yield from V2 to V3.

“At V2, that plant will determine how many branches it will have. By V3, that plant will determine the max number of nodes that it will produce. It won’t produce above that number, but it can scale back depending on the environment,” said Ehler.

Stoller can help to maximize yield during this critical stage of development by providing your crops the nutrients and abiotic stress management they need to protect against yield loss.

Bio-Forge® Advanced combines three modes of action for an unmatched level of abiotic crop stress management to protect against non-living environmental stressors that decrease yield.

Harvest More™ Urea Mate is the most complete fertilizer on the market with 11 key nutrients for optimal growth throughout the season. A plant’s yield potential is only as strong as its weakest nutrient link. Harvest More™ Urea Mate is formulated to provide maximum nutrient availability and utilization throughout the vegetative growing phases of your crop.

Bio-Forge® Advanced and Harvest More™ Urea Mate are tank-mix compatible with most herbicides and fungicides, so you can increase yield without making additional passes over your field.

Contact your Stoller representative for more information about which products and timings will best fit your operation.

Get your crops off to a fast, vigorous start this season.

The first 24 to 48 hours after a seed is planted are critical to determining the yield potential of a crop. Trust Stoller to help you maximize yield by being proactive at the start of the season.

Fortified Stimulate® Yield Enhancer Plus mixes easily with starter fertilizer and provides a cost-effective solution to get crops of to a fast, vigorous start. It is the only EPA-registered product with four essential plant growth hormones: cytokinin, gibberellic acid, indole butyric acid, and indole acetic acid.

Fortified Stimulate® Yield Enhancer Plus enhances germination, promotes root growth, and boosts plant vigor. By improving plant health and physiology, crops can use their energy toward productivity, growth and performance.

Set the foundation for higher yields by applying Fortified Stimulate® Yield Enhancer Plus in-furrow at planting with your starter fertilizer. Contact your Stoller representative today for more information on maximizing performance while planting.

Start, Grow, and Finish with Stoller

Three-time Illinois Soybean Association yield contest winner Jason Lakey on what it takes to break through the 100-bushel yield barrier:

“We are always looking for ways to increase our yields and Stoller products have been helpful in accomplishing our yield goals over the last three years.”

“In tough times, I need more bushels to make up for low commodity prices. You won’t get more bushels by cutting back on these yield-enhancing products. I’m convinced Stoller is at the top of the game when it comes to increasing yield.”

Soybean Yields

2015: 101 bushels/acre

2016: 105 bushels/acre

2017: 110.3 bushels/acre

“High yield starts from the time you plant the seed. I focus on keeping every plant happy all season and minimizing crop stress. I know there is a yield difference. We’ve had amazing yields. There’s definitely a benefit to using Stoller products or I wouldn’t be doing it.”

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