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Neurizer’s $1.5bn fertiliser deal leads smallcap Monday gains; predicts urea price fall

Mon 04 Jul 22, 2:35pm (AEST)
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Key Points

  • Neurizer wins long term offtake agreement worth $1.5bn with South Korea’s Daelim
  • Daelim will buy 500k tonnes of granular urea for fertiliser per year from South Australian acreage
  • Value of deal based on forecasting from CRU Fertilizers, implying a decline in urea prices will carry into mid-2020s

NeuRizer (ASX:NRZ) was leading smallcap gainers earlier today with the news South Korean chemical heavyweight Daelim will pay it $1.5bn over five years. 

The money comes from an offtake agreement binding Daelim to picking up 500,000tpa of granular urea produced at NeuRizer’s SA acreage. 

NeuRizer — formerly Leigh Creek Energy — is an oil and gas player turned fertiliser producer. 

Ultimately, the urea will be made from gas, explaining why Leigh Creek got involved in the first place. 

Production not yet online 

The company notes its offtake agreement supports the forward development of the urea project, with production not yet live. 

Back in November, NeuRizer and Daelim entered an initial non-binding agreement, which today has been upgraded to a full commercial deal. 

Only a month earlier, NeuRizer put forward its project to Canberra for considerations surrounding Australian carbon credit units associated with carbon capture and storage (CCS).

CCS technology remains nascent the world over, and a clear picture of what NeuRizer intends to do exactly hasn’t quite yet manifested. 

However, if it can get something (or anything) to work, it’s likely the project will pick up a high profile. 

There’s also the observation NeuRizer has capacity to export up to 84,000 tonnes of product, as of July 2022. 

A look at prices for Urea Ammonium Nitrate reflects the way covid changed fertiliser markets — all urea benchmarks follow the same pattern
A look at prices since 2015 for Urea Ammonium Nitrate reflects how covid changed fertiliser markets — all urea benchmarks follow the same pattern

Deal predicts a fall in fertiliser prices 

The value of the contract is based on forecasts of urea commodity prices between now and 2027 from independent firm CRU Fertilizers. 

NeuRizer notes that if production was currently live, the deal would be worth some $2.8bn, as opposed to $1.5bn. 

While the exact figure remains subject to future volatility in urea markets, both NeuRizer and Daelim have clearly put stock into CRU’s bearish mid-20s outlook.

The price of fertilizer hit all time highs in March 2022, and has since receded following the US inflation shock triggered a global sell-off. 

However, urea prices remain at near all time highs, matching prices back in December 2021, after they already boomed through the second year of covid. 

A look at NeuRizer's three month charts
A look at NeuRizer's three month charts

 

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Jonathon Davidson

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Jonathon is a journalism graduate and avid market watcher with exposure to governance, NGO and mining environments. He was most recently hired as an oil and gas specialist for a trade publication. Email Jon at [email protected].

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