In addition, Agrium has received recommendations for the election of its board nominees from the proxy advisory firms: Glass, Lewis & Co., a leading international proxy advisory firm; Pensions Investment Research Consultants (PIRC), a UK-based proxy advisory firm; and US-based proxy advisor Egan-Jones.
"We urge all shareholders to act now to protect the value of their Agrium investment by voting for Agrium's Board nominees," said Victor Zaleschuk, Board Chair. "Voting for Agrium's board nominees assures shareholders the continuation of Agrium's highly successful strategy that has delivered two consecutive years of record financial results and generated a 467% shareholder return since 2005, versus JANA Partners LLC's ill-conceived scheme to break up the company and take other actions that will destroy shareholder value. Agrium has received broad investment community support for its board nominees. Please vote only the WHITE proxy today."
Agrium Shareholders: The Proxy to Vote is WHITE
Your vote is important, no matter how many shares you own. If you have not yet voted your WHITE proxy, please do so today FOR the election of the Agrium director nominees. Even if you have already voted using JANA's blue proxy, you can change your vote by submitting a WHITE Agrium proxy now, which will revoke any previously submitted proxy and be counted at the Meeting.
Proxies must be received by 11:00 a.m. (Calgary time) on April 5, 2013. Due to the limited time available, we recommend voting by internet, telephone or fax today or no later than 24 hours before the deadline. For ease of voting visit our website www.agrium.com/proxy.
Shareholders with questions or needing assistance in voting their WHITE proxy may call Agrium's Proxy Solicitation Agents as follows:
-- Canadian shareholders: CST Phoenix Advisors at 1-866-822-1242 (toll- free) or email firstname.lastname@example.org-- U.S. shareholders: Innisfree M&A Incorporated at 1-877-456-3442 (toll- free) or email email@example.com-- European shareholders: UK Toll Free: 0800 294 5237, European Investors outside the UK: +44 (0) 207 760 8956 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please discard any proxy or related materials you may receive from JANA Partners LLC.
Agrium Inc. is a major Retail supplier of agricultural products and services in North America, South America and Australia and a leading global Wholesale producer and marketer of all three major agricultural nutrients and the premier supplier of specialty fertilizers in North America through our Advanced Technologies business unit. Agrium's strategy is to provide the crop inputs and services needed to feed a growing world. We focus on maximizing shareholder returns by driving continuous improvements to our base businesses, pursuing value-added growth opportunities across the crop input value chain and returning capital to shareholders.
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