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Nutrien Delivers Strong First Quarter Results and Responds to Global Supply Uncertainties

Business Wire - Mon May 2, 4:28PM CDT

Nutrien Ltd. (TSX and NYSE: NTR) announced today its first quarter 2022 results, with net earnings of $1.4 billion ($2.49 diluted net earnings per share). First quarter adjusted net earnings per share1 were $2.70 and adjusted EBITDA1 was $2.6 billion.

“Global agriculture and crop input markets are being impacted by a number of unprecedented supply disruptions that have contributed to higher commodity prices and escalated concerns for global food security. The situation emphasizes the need for long-term solutions that support a sustainable increase in global crop production,” commented Ken Seitz, Nutrien’s Interim President and CEO.

“Nutrien is responding by safely increasing potash production and utilizing our global supply chain to provide customers with the crop inputs and services they need for this critical growing season. We expect to generate higher earnings and cash flows in 2022, which provides an opportunity to accelerate our strategic initiatives that we believe will advance sustainable agriculture practices and create long-term value for all our stakeholders. This includes the potential to expand our low-cost fertilizer production capability, enhance our leading global distribution network and proprietary products business, and return additional cash to our shareholders,” added Mr. Seitz.

Highlights:

  • Nutrien generated record net earnings2 of $1.4 billion and adjusted EBITDA of $2.6 billion in the first quarter of 2022 due to higher realized prices and strong Retail performance, more than offsetting a reduction in fertilizer sales volumes that was primarily due to a delayed start to the planting season in North America.
  • Nutrien raised full-year 2022 adjusted EBITDA guidance1 and adjusted net earnings per share guidance1 to $14.5 to $16.5 billion and $16.20 to $18.70 per share, respectively. Adjusted net earnings per share guidance includes our plans to allocate a minimum of $2 billion to share repurchases in 2022 on a balanced cadence throughout the year.
  • Nutrien Ag Solutions (“Retail”) delivered record first quarter adjusted EBITDA of $240 million, as a result of supportive market conditions in key regions where we operate. Retail sales and gross margin both increased by 30 percent in the first quarter of 2022 and cash operating coverage ratio1 improved to 57 percent compared to 60 percent for the same period in 2021.
  • Potash adjusted EBITDA increased to $1.4 billion due to higher net realized selling prices. North American sales volumes decreased due to a delayed start to the planting season, with offshore volumes increasing as a result of strong global demand. On March 16, 2022, we announced our intention to increase potash production capability by nearly one million tonnes in response to the uncertainty of potash supply from Eastern Europe.
  • Nitrogen adjusted EBITDA increased to $995 million in the first quarter of 2022. Higher net realized selling prices more than offset higher natural gas costs and lower sales volumes due to unplanned production outages, along with the delayed start to the planting season in North America.
  • Phosphate adjusted EBITDA increased to $239 million in the first quarter of 2022, more than double the same period in 2021 due to higher net realized selling prices.
  • Nutrien repurchased approximately 9 million shares year-to-date as of April 29, 2022, under its normal course issuer bids, for a total of approximately $740 million.

1 These (and any related guidance, if applicable) are non-IFRS financial measures. See the “Non-IFRS Financial Measures” section for further information.

2 Net earnings from continuing operations.

Management’s Discussion and Analysis

The following management’s discussion and analysis (“MD&A”) is the responsibility of management and is dated as of May 2, 2022. The Board of Directors (“Board”) of Nutrien carries out its responsibility for review of this disclosure principally through its audit committee, comprised exclusively of independent directors. The audit committee reviews and, prior to its publication, approves this disclosure pursuant to the authority delegated to it by the Board. The term “Nutrien” refers to Nutrien Ltd. and the terms “we”, “us”, “our”, “Nutrien” and “the Company” refer to Nutrien and, as applicable, Nutrien and its direct and indirect subsidiaries on a consolidated basis. Additional information relating to Nutrien (which, except as otherwise noted, is not incorporated by reference herein), including our Annual Report dated February 17, 2022, which includes our annual audited consolidated financial statements and MD&A, and our Annual Information Form dated February 17, 2022, each for the year ended December 31, 2021, can be found on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on EDGAR at www.sec.gov. No update is provided to the disclosure in our 2021 annual MD&A except for material information since the date of our annual MD&A. The Company is a foreign private issuer under the rules and regulations of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”).

This MD&A is based on and should be read in conjunction with the Company’s unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements as at and for the three months ended March 31, 2022 (“interim financial statements”) based on International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”) as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board and prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34 “Interim Financial Reporting”, unless otherwise noted. This MD&A contains certain non-IFRS financial measures and ratios and forward-looking statements, which are described in the “Non-IFRS Financial Measures” and the “Forward-Looking Statements” sections, respectively.

Market Outlook and Guidance

Agriculture and Retail

  • Global grain and oilseed inventories were well below historical average levels entering 2022 due to strong demand and less than expected supply in recent growing seasons. The Russia and Ukraine conflict has led to further tightening of crop export supplies and heightened global food security concerns. Prices for key crops such as corn, soybean and wheat are 50 to 90 percent above the 10-year average, providing a strong incentive for growers to increase production.
  • The US Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) expects combined planted acreage of US corn, soybeans, and cotton could set a record in 2022. Wet and cool weather delayed the start of the North American spring season and could impact planting decisions and the timing of input demand.
  • While drought conditions reduced the size of the South American soybean crop, the safrinha corn crop is reported to be in relatively good condition. Prospective corn and soybean margins remain well above historical average levels, and we expect strong demand for crop inputs in 2022.
  • Soil moisture conditions are favorable entering the Australian winter planting season as some of the drier areas in Western Australia have received rains and areas that have experienced flooding are not expected to materially change cropping area.

Crop Nutrient Markets

  • Russia and Belarus account for approximately 40 percent of global potash production and exports. Financial sanctions and other restrictions imposed on Russia and Belarus have significantly constrained supply with reported potash exports from the region approximately 20 percent lower in the first quarter of 2022 compared to the same period in 2021. As a result, we have reduced our projected range of global potash shipments to between 60 and 65 million tonnes in 2022. We are estimating a wider than normal range of global potash shipments given the level of uncertainty of supply from Russia and Belarus.
  • Global nitrogen supplies have tightened due to reduced availability from Russia, the largest global exporter of nitrogen products, as well as the Chinese government restrictions on urea exports. Russian natural gas supply uncertainty has also contributed to very high and volatile natural gas prices in Europe, which has led to reduced nitrogen operating rates in the region. While underlying agricultural and industrial fundamentals support nitrogen demand, tight supplies could constrain demand in markets such as Europe and in some regions of North America. We expect Henry Hub natural gas prices to average between $5.50 to $6.50 per MMBtu in 2022, well below import pricing levels in Europe and Asia.
  • Global phosphate supply has been impacted by a reduction in Russian and Chinese DAP and MAP fertilizer exports. Phosphate markets have been further supported by a significant increase in sulfur and ammonia costs.

Financial Guidance

  • We are raising our full-year 2022 adjusted EBITDA guidance1 and full-year 2022 adjusted net earnings per share guidance1 primarily due to the expectation of higher realized selling prices, increased potash sales volumes and higher Retail crop nutrients and crop protection products gross margins. Adjusted net earnings per share guidance includes our plans to allocate a minimum of $2 billion to share repurchases in 2022 on a balanced cadence throughout the year.
  • Nutrien has raised potash sales volume guidance to between 14.5 to 15.1 million tonnes in 2022. This incorporates our announcement on March 16, 2022 of our intention to increase potash production capability by nearly one million tonnes compared to previous expectations, with the majority of additional volume expected to be produced in the second half of 2022.
  • Nutrien has lowered nitrogen sales volume guidance to between 10.7 to 11.1 million tonnes in 2022. This reflects the impact of unplanned plant outages that occurred during the first quarter of 2022.

All guidance numbers, including those noted above are outlined in the table below. Refer to page 53 of Nutrien’s 2021 Annual Report for related assumptions and sensitivities.

 

Guidance Ranges1 as of

 

May 2, 2022

 

February 16, 2022

(billions of US dollars, except as otherwise noted)

Low

 

High

 

Low

 

High

Adjusted net earnings per share 2

16.20

 

18.70

 

10.20

 

11.80

Adjusted EBITDA 2

14.5

 

16.5

 

10.0

 

11.2

Retail adjusted EBITDA

1.8

 

1.9

 

1.7

 

1.8

Potash adjusted EBITDA

7.5

 

8.3

 

5.0

 

5.5

Nitrogen adjusted EBITDA

5.0

 

5.8

 

3.2

 

3.6

Phosphate adjusted EBITDA (in US millions)

800

 

900

 

500

 

600

Potash sales tonnes (millions) 3

14.5

 

15.1

 

13.7

 

14.3

Nitrogen sales tonnes (millions) 3

10.7

 

11.1

 

10.8

 

11.3

Depreciation and amortization

2.0

 

2.1

 

2.0

 

2.1

Effective tax rate on adjusted earnings (%)

25.5

 

26.5

 

25

 

26

Sustaining capital expenditures 4

1.2

 

1.3

 

1.2

 

1.3

1 See the "Forward-Looking Statements" section.

2 These are non-IFRS financial measures. See the "Non-IFRS Financial Measures" section.

3 Manufactured product only. Nitrogen sales tonnes excludes ESN® products.

4 This is a supplementary financial measure. See the "Other Financial Measures" section.

Consolidated Results

 

Three Months Ended March 31

(millions of US dollars, except as otherwise noted)

2022

 

2021

 

% Change

Sales

7,657

 

4,658

 

64

Freight, transportation and distribution

203

 

211

 

(4)

Cost of goods sold

4,197

 

3,291

 

28

Gross margin

3,257

 

1,156

 

182

Expenses

1,258

 

878

 

43

Net earnings

1,385

 

133

 

941

Adjusted EBITDA 1

2,615

 

806

 

224

Diluted net earnings per share

2.49

 

0.22

 

n/m

Adjusted net earnings per share 1

2.70

 

0.29

 

831

Cash used in operating activities

(62)

 

(152)

 

(59)

Free cash flow 1

1,814

 

476

 

281

Free cash flow including changes in non-cash operating working capital 1

(256)

 

(316)

 

(19)

1 These are non-IFRS financial measures. See the "Non-IFRS Financial Measures" section.

Net earnings and adjusted EBITDA increased significantly in the first quarter compared to the same period in 2021. This was mainly due to higher net realized selling prices from global supply uncertainties across our nutrient businesses. Cash flow used in operating activities decreased in the first quarter of 2022 compared to the same period in 2021 due primarily to higher net earnings.

1 These (and any related guidance, if applicable) are non-IFRS financial measures. See the “Non-IFRS Financial Measures” section for further information.

Segment Results

Our discussion of segment results set out on the following pages is a comparison of the results for the three months ended March 31, 2022 to the results for the three months ended March 31, 2021, unless otherwise noted.

Nutrien Ag Solutions (“Retail”)

 

Three Months Ended March 31

(millions of US dollars, except

Dollars

 

Gross Margin

 

Gross Margin (%)

as otherwise noted)

2022

 

2021

 

% Change

 

2022

 

2021

 

% Change

 

2022

 

2021

Sales

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crop nutrients

1,587

 

1,016

 

56

 

292

 

220

 

33

 

18

 

22

Crop protection products

1,387

 

1,085

 

28

 

282

 

176

 

60

 

20

 

16

Seed

458

 

463

 

(1)

 

66

 

69

 

(4)

 

14

 

15

Merchandise

234

 

230

 

2

 

41

 

38

 

8

 

18

 

17

Nutrien Financial

49

 

25

 

96

 

49

 

25

 

96

 

100

 

100

Services and other 1

175

 

165

 

6

 

144

 

136

 

6

 

82

 

82

Nutrien Financial elimination 1, 2

(29)

 

(12)

 

142

 

(29)

 

(12)

 

142

 

100

 

100

 

3,861

 

2,972

 

30

 

845

 

652

 

30

 

22

 

22

Cost of goods sold

3,016

 

2,320

 

30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gross margin

845

 

652

 

30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Expenses 3

755

 

721

 

5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings (loss) before finance costs and taxes ("EBIT")

90

 

(69)

 

n/m

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization

169

 

177

 

(5)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EBITDA

259

 

108

 

140

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjustments 4

(19)

 

1

 

n/m

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA

240

 

109

 

120

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 Certain immaterial figures have been reclassified for the three months ended March 31, 2021.

2 Represents elimination for the interest and service fees charged by Nutrien Financial to Retail branches.

3 Includes selling expenses of $722 million (2021 – $667 million).

4 See Note 2 to the interim financial statements.

  • Adjusted EBITDA increased in the first quarter of 2022 due to higher sales and gross margins across most product categories and regions where we operate. This was supported by strong agriculture fundamentals, higher selling prices and growth in proprietary products sales. Retail cash operating coverage ratio1 favorably declined to 57 percent in the first quarter of 2022 from 60 percent in the same period in 2021 due to significantly higher gross margin.
  • Crop nutrients sales and gross margin increased in the first quarter of 2022 due to higher selling prices. Gross margin per tonne increased compared to the same period in the prior year due to the timing of inventory purchases in a rising price environment. Sales volumes decreased due to a pull forward of sales into the fourth quarter of 2021 and delayed spring field activity in North America, partially offset by strong demand in South America and Australia.
  • Crop protection products sales and gross margin increased in the first quarter of 2022 due to higher prices, strong demand and favorable application conditions in Australia. Gross margin increase was supported by the reliability of our supply chain and strategic procurement in a rising price environment.
  • Seed sales decreased in the first quarter of 2022 primarily due to delayed North American field activity caused by wet and cool weather. This was partially offset by favorable weather conditions in Australia.
  • Merchandise sales increased in the first quarter of 2022 primarily driven by favorable market conditions in Australia, with increased flock and heard sizes along with higher fencing sales due to replacement from the Northeast flood damage.
  • Nutrien Financial sales increased in the first quarter of 2022 due to higher utilization and adoption of our programs, minimal credit loss due to strong credit evaluation and collection processes, as well as favorable market conditions driven by strong commodity pricing and government programs for our grower customers.
  • Services and other sales increased in the first quarter of 2022 compared to the same period in 2021 due to favorable conditions in Australia, in particular the livestock market with increased cattle prices.

1 This is a non-IFRS financial measure. See the “Non-IFRS Financial Measures” section for further information.

Potash

 

Three Months Ended March 31

(millions of US dollars, except

Dollars

 

Tonnes (thousands)

 

Average per Tonne

as otherwise noted)

2022

 

2021

% Change

 

2022

 

2021

% Change

 

2022

 

2021

% Change

Manufactured product

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net sales

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

North America

833

 

332

 

151

 

1,218

 

1,470

 

(17)

 

684

 

226

 

203

Offshore

1,017

 

279

 

265

 

1,825

 

1,687

 

8

 

557

 

166

 

236

 

1,850

 

611

 

203

 

3,043

 

3,157

 

(4)

 

608

 

194

 

213

Cost of goods sold

305

 

291

 

5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

100

 

92

 

9

Gross margin – total

1,545

 

320

 

383

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

508

 

102

 

398

Expenses 1

251

 

64

 

292

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

37

 

39

 

(6)

EBIT

1,294

 

256

 

405

 

Gross margin excluding depreciation

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization

112

 

124

 

(10)

 

and amortization – manufactured 2

545

 

141

 

286

Adjusted EBITDA

1,406

 

380

 

270

 

Potash controllable cash cost of

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

product manufactured 2

 

50

 

49

 

2

1 Includes provincial mining taxes of $249 million (2021 – $58 million).

2 These are non-IFRS financial measures. See the "Non-IFRS Financial Measures" section.

  • Adjusted EBITDA increased in the first quarter of 2022 due to higher net realized selling prices, which more than offset a small reduction in total sales volumes and higher royalties and provincial mining taxes.
  • Sales volumes in the first quarter of 2022 decreased as wet and cool weather in North America delayed planting. Offshore sales volumes increased during the quarter due to strong demand, although were impeded by a Canadian Pacific Railway labor strike and weather-related issues that temporarily impacted rail deliveries.
  • Net realized selling price increased in the first quarter of 2022 due to strong global demand supported by higher crop prices and supply constraints, in particular related to uncertainty on future supply from Russia and Belarus.
  • Cost of goods sold per tonne increased in the first quarter of 2022 primarily due to higher royalties resulting from increased selling prices. We are now reporting potash controllable cash cost of product manufactured per tonne as we believe it is a better indicator of potash costs that management considers to be within its control and not primarily driven by regulatory and market conditions. Controllable cash cost of product manufactured was relatively flat for the first quarter of 2022 compared to the same period last year, as higher production volumes mostly offset higher input costs.

Canpotex Sales by Market

 

Three Months Ended March 31

(percentage of sales volumes, except as otherwise noted)

2022

2021

Change

Other Asian markets 1

45

37

8

Latin America

32

30

2

China

13

15

(2)

Other markets

9

12

(3)

India

1

6

(5)

 

100

100

 

1 All Asian markets except China and India.

 

 

 

Nitrogen

 

Three Months Ended March 31

(millions of US dollars, except

Dollars

 

Tonnes (thousands)

 

Average per Tonne

as otherwise noted)

2022

 

2021

% Change

 

2022

 

2021

% Change

 

2022

 

2021

% Change

Manufactured product

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net sales

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ammonia

560

 

160

 

250

 

595

 

572

 

4

 

940

 

278

 

238

Urea

463

 

249

 

86

 

591

 

757

 

(22)

 

783

 

329

 

138

Solutions, nitrates and sulfates

439

 

164

 

168

 

1,079

 

1,074

 

 

407

 

153

 

166

 

1,462

 

573

 

155

 

2,265

 

2,403

 

(6)

 

645

 

238

 

171

Cost of goods sold

640

 

440

 

45

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

282

 

183

 

54

Gross margin – manufactured

822

 

133

 

518

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

363

 

55

 

560

Gross margin – other 1

38

 

17

 

124

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

54

 

54

 

1

Gross margin – total

860

 

150

 

473

 

Gross margin excluding depreciation

 

 

 

 

 

Income

(12)

 

(17)

 

(29)

 

and amortization – manufactured 3

417

 

109

 

284

EBIT

872

 

167

 

422

 

Ammonia controllable cash cost of

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization

123

 

129

 

(5)

 

product manufactured 3

 

56

 

52

 

8

EBITDA

995

 

296

 

236

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjustments 2

 

4

 

(100)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA

995

 

300

 

232

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 Includes other nitrogen (including ESN®) and purchased products and comprises net sales of $279 million (2021 – $187 million) less cost of goods sold of $241 million (2021 – $170 million).

2 See Note 2 to the interim financial statements.

3 These are non-IFRS financial measures. See the "Non-IFRS Financial Measures" section.

  • Adjusted EBITDA increased in the first quarter of 2022 primarily due to higher net realized selling prices, which more than offset higher natural gas costs and lower volumes.
  • Sales volumes decreased in the first quarter of 2022 due to unplanned plant outages that impacted ammonia and urea production, along with the delayed planting in North America.
  • Net realized selling price was higher due to higher benchmark prices resulting from the strength in global demand and tight supply, along with higher energy prices in key nitrogen exporting regions.
  • Cost of goods sold per tonne increased primarily due to higher natural gas costs and higher raw material costs.

Natural Gas Prices in Cost of Production

 

Three Months Ended March 31

(US dollars per MMBtu, except as otherwise noted)

2022

 

2021

 

% Change

Overall gas cost excluding realized derivative impact

6.86

 

3.17

 

116

Realized derivative impact

(0.01)

 

0.02

 

n/m

Overall gas cost

6.85

 

3.19

 

115

 

 

 

 

 

 

Average NYMEX

4.95

 

2.69

 

84

Average AECO

3.61

 

2.30

 

57

  • Natural gas prices in our cost of production increased in the first quarter of 2022 as a result of higher North American gas index prices and increased gas costs in Trinidad, where our gas prices are linked to ammonia benchmark prices.

Phosphate

 

Three Months Ended March 31

(millions of US dollars, except

Dollars

 

Tonnes (thousands)

 

Average per Tonne

as otherwise noted)

2022

 

2021

% Change

 

2022

 

2021

% Change

 

2022

 

2021

% Change

Manufactured product

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net sales

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fertilizer

393

 

230

 

71

 

460

 

509

 

(10)

 

854

 

453

 

89

Industrial and feed

170

 

114

 

49

 

191

 

193

 

(1)

 

891

 

589

 

51

 

563

 

344

 

64

 

651

 

702

 

(7)

 

865

 

490

 

77

Cost of goods sold

360

 

282

 

28

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

552

 

401

 

38

Gross margin - manufactured

203

 

62

 

227

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

313

 

89

 

252

Gross margin – other 1

4

 

4

 

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

63

 

54

 

16

Gross margin – total

207

 

66

 

214

 

Gross margin excluding depreciation

 

 

 

 

 

Expenses

9

 

7

 

29

 

and amortization – manufactured 2

376

 

143

 

163

EBIT

198

 

59

 

236

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization

41

 

38

 

8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA

239

 

97

 

146

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 Includes other phosphate and purchased products and comprises net sales of $72 million (2021 – $41 million) less cost of goods sold of $68 million (2021 – $37 million).

2 This is a non-IFRS financial measure. See the "Non-IFRS Financial Measures" section.

  • Adjusted EBITDA increased in the first quarter of 2022 due to higher net realized selling prices, which more than offset higher raw material costs and lower sales volumes.
  • Sales volumes decreased particularly in fertilizer, as a wet and cool spring in North America delayed planting.
  • Net realized selling price increased in connection with the increase in global benchmark prices. Industrial and feed net selling prices increased to a lesser extent than fertilizer prices due to a lag in price realizations relative to spot prices.
  • Cost of goods sold per tonne increased primarily due to significantly higher sulfur and ammonia input costs.

Corporate and Others

 

Three Months Ended March 31

(millions of US dollars, except as otherwise noted)

2022

 

2021

 

% Change

Selling expenses

(2)

 

(6)

 

(67)

General and administrative expenses

70

 

58

 

21

Share-based compensation expense

135

 

23

 

487

Other expenses

53

 

28

 

89

EBIT

(256)

 

(103)

 

149

Depreciation and amortization

16

 

12

 

33

EBITDA

(240)

 

(91)

 

164

Adjustments 1

174

 

43

 

305

Adjusted EBITDA

(66)

 

(48)

 

38

1 See Note 2 to the interim financial statements.

  • Share-based compensation expense was higher in the first quarter of 2022 compared to the same period in 2021 due to a significant increase in our share price, which resulted in a higher value of share-based awards outstanding.
  • Other expenses were higher in the first quarter of 2022 compared to the same period in 2021 mainly due to higher foreign exchange losses related to our international operations.

Eliminations

Eliminations of gross margin between operating segments were $(200) million in the first quarter of 2022 compared to $(32) million for the same period in 2021. We had significant eliminations in the first quarter of 2022 due to higher-margin inventories held by our Retail segment as global commodity benchmark prices increased. Eliminations are not part of the Corporate and Others segment.

Finance Costs, Income Taxes and Other Comprehensive Income

 

Three Months Ended March 31

(millions of US dollars, except as otherwise noted)

2022

 

2021

 

% Change

Finance costs

109

 

120

 

(9)

Income tax expense

505

 

25

 

n/m

Other comprehensive income

176

 

24

 

633

  • Income tax expense was higher as a result of significantly higher earnings in the first quarter of 2022 compared to the same period in 2021.
  • Other comprehensive income is primarily driven by changes in the currency translation of our foreign operations. In the first quarter of 2022, we had a significant gain on translation of our Retail operations in Australia and Brazil as these currencies appreciated relative to the US dollar as at March 31, 2022 compared to December 31, 2021 levels.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

Sources and Uses of Liquidity

We continued to manage our capital in accordance with our capital allocation strategy. We believe that our internally generated cash flow, supplemented by available borrowings under our new or existing financing sources, if necessary, will be sufficient to meet our anticipated capital expenditures, planned growth and development activities, and other cash requirements for the foreseeable future. Refer to the “Capital Structure and Management” section for details on our existing long-term debt and credit facilities.

Sources and Uses of Cash

 

Three Months Ended March 31

(millions of US dollars, except as otherwise noted)

2022

 

2021

 

% Change

Cash used in operating activities

(62)

 

(152)

 

(59)

Cash used in investing activities

(457)

 

(388)

 

18

Cash provided by (used in) financing activities

588

 

(191)

 

n/m

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

9

 

(11)

 

n/m

Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

78

 

(742)

 

n/m

Cash used in operating activities

  • Lower cash used in operating activities in the first quarter of 2022 compared to the same period in 2021 due to higher earnings driven by higher crop input prices from tight global supply, offset with seasonal working capital requirements.

Cash used in investing activities

  • Cash used in investing activities in the first quarter of 2022 was higher compared to the same period in 2021 due to higher spending to maintain the safety and reliability of our assets and to increase our production capabilities, and the timing of supplier payments.

Cash provided by (used in) financing activities

  • Higher cash provided by financing activities in the first quarter of 2022 compared to the same period in 2021 due to increased commercial paper drawdowns to temporarily finance working capital requirements, partially offset by increased share repurchases.

Financial Condition Review

The following balance sheet categories contained variances that were considered material:

 

As at

 

 

 

 

(millions of US dollars, except as otherwise noted)

March 31, 2022

 

December 31, 2021

 

$ Change

 

% Change

Assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Receivables

6,437

 

5,366

 

1,071

 

20

Inventories

9,068

 

6,328

 

2,740

 

43

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

943

 

1,653

 

(710)

 

(43)

Liabilities and Equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Short-term debt

3,033

 

1,560

 

1,473

 

94

Payables and accrued charges

11,013

 

10,052

 

961

 

10

Retained earnings

8,931

 

8,192

 

739

 

9

  • Receivables increased due to higher sales across all of our segments as a result of higher crop nutrient net realized selling prices consistent with higher benchmark pricing.
  • Inventories increased due to seasonal Retail inventory build-up for the spring planting and application seasons in North America. The increase was also attributable to higher cost to produce or purchase inventory due to inflation and tight global supply.
  • Prepaid expenses and other current assets decreased due to the drawdown of prepaid inventory in preparation for the spring planting and application seasons in North America.
  • Short-term debt increased due to additional commercial paper issuances as part of our seasonal working capital management.
  • Payables and accrued charges increased due to higher input costs from inflation and tight global supply, and seasonal Retail build-up of inventory purchases driving higher payables and accrued charges.
  • Retained earnings increased as net earnings in the first quarter of 2022 exceeded dividends declared and share repurchases.

Capital Structure and Management

Principal Debt Instruments

As part of the normal course of business, we closely monitor our liquidity position. We use a combination of cash generated from operations and short-term and long-term debt to finance our operations. We were in compliance with our debt covenants and did not have any changes to our credit ratings in the three months ended March 31, 2022.

 

As at March 31, 2022

 

 

 

Outstanding and Committed

(millions of US dollars)

Rate of Interest (%)

Total Facility Limit

Short-Term Debt

Long-Term Debt

Credit facilities

 

 

 

 

Unsecured revolving term credit facility

n/a

4,500

Uncommitted revolving demand facility

n/a

500

Other credit facilities

 

720

 

 

South American

1.7 - 13.3

 

124

144

Australian

0.8 - 0.9

 

180

Other

1.0 - 3.9

 

23

3

Commercial paper

0.5 - 1.3

 

2,640

Other short-term debt

n/a

 

66

Total

 

 

3,033

147

We also have a commercial paper program, which is limited to the availability of backup funds under the $4,500 million unsecured revolving term credit facility and excess cash invested in highly liquid securities.

Our long-term debt consists primarily of notes. See the “Capital Structure and Management” section of our 2021 Annual Report for information on balances, rates and maturities for our notes.

Outstanding Share Data

 

As at April 29, 2022

Common shares

551,299,995

Options to purchase common shares

4,116,888

For more information on our capital structure and management, see Note 24 to our 2021 annual financial statements.

Quarterly Results

(millions of US dollars, except as otherwise noted)

Q1 2022

Q4 2021

Q3 2021

Q2 2021

Q1 2021

Q4 2020

Q3 2020

Q2 2020

Sales 1

7,657

 

7,267

 

6,024

 

9,763

 

4,658

 

4,052

 

4,227

 

8,431

Net earnings (loss)

1,385

 

1,207

 

726

 

1,113

 

133

 

316

 

(587)

 

765

Net earnings (loss) attributable to equity holders of Nutrien

1,378

 

1,201

 

717

 

1,108

 

127

 

316

 

(587)

 

765

Net earnings (loss) per share attributable to equity holders of Nutrien

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

2.49

 

2.11

 

1.26

 

1.94

 

0.22

 

0.55

 

(1.03)

 

1.34

Diluted

2.49

 

2.11

 

1.25

 

1.94

 

0.22

 

0.55

 

(1.03)

 

1.34

1 Certain immaterial figures have been reclassified in the second and third quarters of 2020.

Seasonality in our business results from increased demand for products during the planting season. Crop input sales are generally higher in the spring and fall application seasons. Crop input inventories are normally accumulated leading up to each application season. Our cash collections generally occur after the application season is complete, while customer prepayments made to us are concentrated in December and January and inventory prepayments paid to our suppliers are typically concentrated in the period from November to January. Feed and industrial sales are more evenly distributed throughout the year.

Our earnings are significantly affected by fertilizer benchmark prices, which have been volatile over the last two years and are affected by demand-supply conditions, grower affordability and weather.

In the fourth quarter of 2021, earnings were impacted by a $142 million loss resulting from the early extinguishment of long-term debt. In the fourth quarter of 2020, earnings were impacted by a $250 million net gain on disposal of our investment in Misr Fertilizers Production Company S.A.E.. In the third quarter of 2020, earnings were impacted by an $823 million non-cash impairment of assets primarily in the Phosphate segment as a result of lower long-term forecasted global phosphate prices.

Critical Accounting Estimates

Our significant accounting policies are disclosed in our 2021 Annual Report. We have discussed the development, selection and application of our key accounting policies, and the critical accounting estimates and assumptions they involve, with the audit committee of the Board. Our critical accounting estimates are discussed on page 49 of our 2021 Annual Report. There were no material changes in the three months ended March 31, 2022 to our critical accounting estimates.

Risk Factors

Russia and Ukraine Conflict

The current conflict between Ukraine and Russia and the international response has, and may continue to have, potential wide-ranging consequences for global market volatility and economic conditions, including energy and commodity prices. Certain countries including Canada, the United States, Australia and certain European countries have imposed strict financial and trade sanctions against Russia, with Russia and Belarus imposing retaliatory sanctions of their own, which may have continued far-reaching effects on the global economy, energy and commodity prices, food security and crop nutrient supply and prices. The short-, medium- and long-term implications of the conflict in Ukraine are difficult to predict with any degree of certainty at this time. While Nutrien does not have operations in Ukraine or Russia, there remains uncertainty relating to the potential impact of the conflict and its effect on global food security, growers and the market outlook for crop nutrient market supply and demand fundamentals and nutrient prices, and it could have a material and adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations. Depending on the extent, duration, and severity of the conflict, it may have the effect of heightening many of the other risks Nutrien is subject to and which are described in our 2021 Annual Report and 2021 Annual Information Form, including, without limitation, risks relating to market fundamentals and conditions (such as sanctions and trade flows and the impact thereof on crop nutrient supply and demand); cybersecurity threats; energy and commodity prices; inflationary pressures, interest rates and costs of capital; and supply chains and cost-effective and timely transportation.

Controls and Procedures

Management is responsible for establishing and maintaining adequate internal control over financial reporting, as defined in Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and National Instrument 52-109 Certification of Disclosure in Issuers’ Annual and Interim Filings. Internal control over financial reporting is designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with IFRS. Any system of internal control over financial reporting, no matter how well designed, has inherent limitations. Therefore, even those systems determined to be effective can provide only reasonable assurance with respect to financial statement preparation and presentation.

There has been no change in our internal control over financial reporting during the three months ended March 31, 2022 that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements and other information included in this document, including within the "Financial Outlook and Guidance" section, constitute “forward-looking information” or “forward-looking statements” (collectively, “forward-looking statements”) under applicable securities laws (such statements are often accompanied by words such as “anticipate”, “forecast”, “expect”, “believe”, “may”, “will”, “should”, “estimate”, “intend” or other similar words). All statements in this document, other than those relating to historical information or current conditions, are forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to: Nutrien's business strategies, plans, prospects and opportunities; Nutrien's 2022 full-year guidance, including expectations regarding our adjusted net earnings per share and adjusted EBITDA (consolidated and by segment); expectations regarding our growth and capital allocation intentions and strategies; capital spending expectations for 2022; expectations regarding performance of our operating segments in 2022, including our operating segment market outlooks and market conditions for 2022, and the anticipated supply and demand for our products and services, expected market and industry conditions with respect to crop nutrient application rates, planted acres, grower crop investment, crop mix, prices and the impact of import and export volumes and economic sanctions; Nutrien's ability to develop innovative and sustainable solutions; the negotiation of sales contracts; and acquisitions and divestitures. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of assumptions, risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control, which could cause actual results to differ materially from such forward-looking statements. As such, undue reliance should not be placed on these forward-looking statements.

All of the forward-looking statements are qualified by the assumptions that are stated or inherent in such forward-looking statements, including the assumptions referred to below and elsewhere in this document. Although we believe that these assumptions are reasonable, having regard to our experience and our perception of historical trends, this list is not exhaustive of the factors that may affect any of the forward-looking statements and the reader should not place undue reliance on these assumptions and such forward-looking statements. Current conditions, economic and otherwise, render assumptions, although reasonable when made, subject to greater uncertainty. The additional key assumptions that have been made include, among other things, assumptions with respect to our ability to successfully complete, integrate and realize the anticipated benefits of our already completed and future acquisitions and divestitures, and that we will be able to implement our standards, controls, procedures and policies in respect of any acquired businesses and to realize the expected synergies; that future business, regulatory and industry conditions will be within the parameters expected by us, including with respect to prices, margins, demand, supply, product availability, supplier agreements, availability and cost of labor and interest, exchange and effective tax rates; assumptions with respect to global economic conditions and the accuracy of our market outlook expectations for 2022 and in the future; our expectations regarding the impacts, direct and indirect, of the COVID-19 pandemic on our business, customers, business partners, employees, supply chain, other stakeholders and the overall global economy; our expectations regarding the impacts, direct and indirect, of the conflict between Ukraine and Russia on, among other things, global supply and demand, energy and commodity prices; interest rates, supply chains and the global economy; the adequacy of our cash generated from operations and our ability to access our credit facilities or capital markets for additional sources of financing; our ability to identify suitable candidates for acquisitions and divestitures and negotiate acceptable terms; our ability to maintain investment grade ratings and achieve our performance targets; our ability to successfully negotiate sales contracts; and our ability to successfully implement new initiatives and programs.

Events or circumstances that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: general global economic, market and business conditions; failure to complete announced and future acquisitions or divestitures at all or on the expected terms and within the expected timeline; climate change and weather conditions, including impacts from regional flooding and/or drought conditions; crop planted acreage, yield and prices; the supply and demand and price levels for our products; governmental and regulatory requirements and actions by governmental authorities, including changes in government policy (including tariffs, trade restrictions and climate change initiatives), government ownership requirements, changes in environmental, tax and other laws or regulations and the interpretation thereof; political risks, including civil unrest, actions by armed groups or conflict and malicious acts including terrorism; the occurrence of a major environmental or safety incident; innovation and cybersecurity risks related to our systems, including our costs of addressing or mitigating such risks; counterparty and sovereign risk; delays in completion of turnarounds at our major facilities; interruptions of or constraints in availability of key inputs, including natural gas and sulfur; any significant impairment of the carrying amount of certain assets; risks related to reputational loss; certain complications that may arise in our mining processes; the ability to attract, engage and retain skilled employees and strikes or other forms of work stoppages; the COVID-19 pandemic, including variants of the COVID-19 virus and the efficiency and distribution of vaccines, and its resulting effects on economic conditions, restrictions imposed by public health authorities or governments, including government-imposed vaccine mandates, fiscal and monetary responses by governments and financial institutions and disruptions to global supply chains; the conflict between Ukraine and Russia and its potential impact on, among other things, global market conditions and supply and demand, energy and commodity prices; interest rates, supply chains and the global economy generally; and other risk factors detailed from time to time in Nutrien reports filed with the Canadian securities regulators and the SEC in the United States.

The purpose of our adjusted net earnings per share, adjusted EBITDA (consolidated and by segment) and sustaining capital expenditures guidance ranges are to assist readers in understanding our expected and targeted financial results, and this information may not be appropriate for other purposes.

The forward-looking statements in this document are made as of the date hereof and Nutrien disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements in this document as a result of new information or future events, except as may be required under applicable Canadian securities legislation or applicable US federal securities laws.

Terms and Definitions

For the definitions of certain financial and non-financial terms used in this document, as well as a list of abbreviated company names and sources, see the “Terms & Definitions” section of our 2021 Annual Report. All references to per share amounts pertain to diluted net earnings (loss) per share, “n/m” indicates information that is not meaningful, and all financial amounts are stated in millions of US dollars, unless otherwise noted.

About Nutrien

Nutrien is the world's largest provider of crop inputs and services, playing a critical role in helping growers increase food production in a sustainable manner. We produce and distribute approximately 27 million tonnes of potash, nitrogen and phosphate products world-wide. With this capability and our leading agriculture retail network, we are well positioned to supply the needs of our customers. We operate with a long-term view and are committed to working with our stakeholders as we address our economic, environmental and social priorities. The scale and diversity of our integrated portfolio provides a stable earnings base, multiple avenues for growth and the opportunity to return capital to shareholders.

Selected financial data for download can be found in our data tool at www.nutrien.com/investors/interactive-datatool

Such data is not incorporated by reference herein.

Nutrien will host a Conference Call on Tuesday, May 3, 2022 at 10:00 am Eastern Time.

Appendix A - Selected Additional Financial Data

Selected Retail Measures

Three Months Ended March 31

 

2022

 

2021

Proprietary products margin as a percentage of product line margin (%)

 

 

 

Crop nutrients

15

 

21

Crop protection products

39

 

43

Seed

38

 

40

All products

22

 

23

Crop nutrients sales volumes (tonnes – thousands)

 

 

 

North America

1,242

 

1,597

International

933

 

803

Total

2,175

 

2,400

Crop nutrients selling price per tonne

 

 

 

North America

867

 

458

International

547

 

355

Total

729

 

423

Crop nutrients gross margin per tonne

 

 

 

North America

185

 

113

International

67

 

49

Total

134

 

92

 

 

 

 

Financial performance measures

2022

 

2021

Retail adjusted EBITDA margin (%) 1, 2

11

 

10

Retail adjusted EBITDA per US selling location (thousands of US dollars) 1, 2, 3

1,583

 

1,159

Retail adjusted average working capital to sales (%) 1, 4

14

 

14

Retail adjusted average working capital to sales excluding Nutrien Financial (%) 1, 4

 

3

Nutrien Financial adjusted net interest margin (%) 1, 4

6.9

 

5.5

Retail cash operating coverage ratio (%) 1, 4

57

 

60

1 Rolling four quarters ended March 31, 2022 and 2021.

2 These are supplementary financial measures. See the “Other Financial Measures" section.

3 Excluding acquisitions.

4 These are non-IFRS financial measures. See the "Non-IFRS Financial Measures" section.

 

Nutrien Financial

As at March 31, 2022

As at

Dec 31, 2021

(millions of US dollars)

Current

<31 days

past due

31–90

days

past due

>90 days

past due

Gross

Receivables

Allowance 1

Net

Receivables

Net

Receivables

North America

1,182

77

74

58

1,391

(26)

1,365

1,488

International

770

40

80

22

912

(3)

909

662

Nutrien Financial receivables

1,952

117

154

80

2,303

(29)

2,274

2,150

1 Bad debt expense on the above receivables for the three months ended March 31, 2022 was $1 million (2021 – $5 million) in the Retail segment.

Selected Nitrogen Measures

Three Months Ended March 31

 

2022

 

2021

Sales volumes (tonnes – thousands)

 

 

 

Fertilizer

1,093

 

1,305

Industrial and feed

1,172

 

1,098

Net sales (millions of US dollars)

 

 

 

Fertilizer

774

 

332

Industrial and feed

688

 

241

Net selling price per tonne

 

 

 

Fertilizer

708

 

254

Industrial and feed

587

 

220

Production Measures

Three Months Ended March 31

 

2022

 

2021

Potash production (Product tonnes – thousands)

3,703

 

3,536

Potash shutdown weeks 1

 

Ammonia production – total 2

1,403

 

1,449

Ammonia production – adjusted 2, 3

958

 

1,053

Ammonia operating rate (%) 3

89

 

97

P2O5 production (P2O5 tonnes – thousands)

378

 

378

P2O5 operating rate (%)

90

 

90

1 Represents weeks of full production shutdown, including inventory adjustments and unplanned events, excluding the impact of any periods of reduced operating rates, planned routine annual maintenance shutdowns and announced workforce reductions.

2 All figures are provided on a gross production basis in thousands of product tonnes.

3 Excludes Trinidad and Joffre.

Appendix B - Non-IFRS Financial Measures

We use both International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”) measures and certain non-IFRS financial measures to assess performance. Non-IFRS financial measures are financial measures disclosed by a company that (a) depict historical or expected future financial performance, financial position or cash flow of a company, (b) with respect to their composition, exclude amounts that are included in, or include amounts that are excluded from, the composition of the most directly comparable financial measure disclosed in the primary financial statements of the company, (c) are not disclosed in the financial statements of the company and (d) are not a ratio, fraction, percentage or similar representation. Non-IFRS ratios are financial measures disclosed by a company that are in the form of a ratio, fraction, percentage or similar representation that has a non-IFRS financial measure as one or more of its components, and that are not disclosed in the financial statements of the company.

These non-IFRS financial measures and non-IFRS ratios are not standardized financial measures under IFRS and, therefore, are unlikely to be comparable to similar financial measures presented by other companies. Management believes these non-IFRS financial measures and non-IFRS ratios provide transparent and useful supplemental information to help investors evaluate our financial performance, financial condition and liquidity using the same measures as management. These non-IFRS financial measures and non-IFRS ratios should not be considered as a substitute for, or superior to, measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with IFRS.

The following section outlines our non-IFRS financial measures and non-IFRS ratios, their compositions, and why management uses each measure. It also includes reconciliations to the most directly comparable IFRS measures. Except as otherwise described herein, our non-IFRS financial measures and non-IFRS ratios are calculated on a consistent basis from period to period and are adjusted for specific items in each period, as applicable. As additional non-recurring or unusual items arise in the future, we generally exclude these items in our calculations.

Adjusted EBITDA (Consolidated)

Most directly comparable IFRS financial measure: Net earnings (loss).

Definition: Adjusted EBITDA is calculated as net earnings (loss) before finance costs, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, share-based compensation and certain foreign exchange gain/loss (net of related derivatives). We also adjust this measure for the following other income and expenses that are excluded when management evaluates the performance of our day-to-day operations: integration and restructuring related costs, impairment or reversal of impairment of assets, COVID-19 related expenses, gain or loss on disposal of certain businesses and investments, and IFRS adoption transition adjustments.

Why we use the measure and why it is useful to investors: It is not impacted by long-term investment and financing decisions, but rather focuses on the performance of our day-to-day operations. It provides a measure of our ability to service debt and to meet other payment obligations, and as a component of employee remuneration calculations.

 

Three Months Ended March 31

(millions of US dollars)

2022

 

2021

Net earnings

1,385

 

133

Finance costs

109

 

120

Income tax expense

505

 

25

Depreciation and amortization

461

 

480

EBITDA 1

2,460

 

758

Share-based compensation expense

135

 

23

Foreign exchange loss, net of related derivatives

25

 

2

Integration and restructuring related costs

9

 

10

Impairment of assets

 

4

COVID-19 related expenses 2

5

 

9

Gain on disposal of investment

(19)

 

Adjusted EBITDA

2,615

 

806

1 EBITDA is calculated as net earnings (loss) before finance costs, income taxes, and depreciation and amortization.

2 COVID-19 related expenses primarily consist of increased cleaning and sanitization costs, the purchase of personal protective equipment, discretionary supplemental employee costs, and costs related to construction delays from access limitations and other government restrictions.

Adjusted Net Earnings and Adjusted Net Earnings Per Share

Most directly comparable IFRS financial measure: Net earnings (loss) and net earnings (loss) per share.

Definition: Adjusted net earnings and related per share information are calculated as net earnings (loss) before share-based compensation and certain foreign exchange gain/loss (net of related derivatives), net of tax. We also adjust this measure for the following other income and expenses (net of tax) that are excluded when management evaluates the performance of our day-to-day operations: certain integration and restructuring related costs, impairment or reversal of impairment of assets, COVID-19 related expenses (including those recorded under finance costs), gain or loss on disposal of certain businesses and investments, IFRS adoption transition adjustments and gain/loss on early extinguishment of debt. We generally apply the annual forecasted effective tax rate to our adjustments during the year and, at year-end, we apply the actual effective tax rate. If the effective tax rate is significantly different from our forecasted effective tax rate due to adjustments or discrete tax impacts, we apply a tax rate that excludes those items. For material adjustments, we apply a tax rate specific to the adjustment.

Why we use the measure and why it is useful to investors: Focuses on the performance of our day-to-day operations and is used as a component of employee remuneration calculations.

 

Three Months Ended

March 31, 2022

 

 

 

 

 

Per

 

Increases

 

 

 

Diluted

(millions of US dollars, except as otherwise noted)

(Decreases)

 

Post-Tax

 

Share

Net earnings attributable to equity holders of Nutrien

 

 

1,378

 

2.49

Adjustments:

 

 

 

 

 

Share-based compensation expense

135

 

101

 

0.18

Foreign exchange loss, net of related derivatives

25

 

19

 

0.04

Integration and restructuring related costs

9

 

7

 

0.01

COVID-19 related expenses

5

 

4

 

0.01

Gain on disposal of investment

(19)

 

(14)

 

(0.03)

Adjusted net earnings

 

 

1,495

 

2.70

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

March 31, 2021

 

 

 

 

 

Per

 

Increases

 

 

 

Diluted

(millions of US dollars, except as otherwise noted)

(Decreases)

 

Post-Tax

 

Share

Net earnings attributable to equity holders of Nutrien

 

 

127

 

0.22

Adjustments:

 

 

 

 

 

Share-based compensation expense

23

 

18

 

0.04

Foreign exchange loss, net of related derivatives

2

 

2

 

Integration and restructuring related costs

10

 

8

 

0.01

Impairment of assets

4

 

3

 

0.01

COVID-19 related expenses

9

 

7

 

0.01

Adjusted net earnings

 

 

165

 

0.29

Adjusted EBITDA (Consolidated) and Adjusted Net Earnings Per Share Guidance

Adjusted EBITDA and adjusted net earnings per share guidance are forward-looking non-IFRS financial measures. We do not provide a reconciliation of such forward-looking measures to the most directly comparable financial measures calculated and presented in accordance with IFRS because a meaningful or accurate calculation of reconciling items and the information is not available without unreasonable effort due to unknown variables, including the timing and amount of certain reconciling items, and the uncertainty related to future results. These unknown variables may include unpredictable transactions of significant value that may be inherently difficult to determine without unreasonable efforts. The probable significance of such unavailable information, which could be material to future results, cannot be addressed. Guidance for adjusted EBITDA and adjusted net earnings per share excludes certain items such as, but not limited to, the impacts of share-based compensation, certain foreign exchange gain/loss (net of related derivatives), integration and restructuring related costs, impairment or reversal of impairment of assets, COVID-19 related expenses (including those recorded under finance costs), gain or loss on disposal of certain businesses and investments, IFRS adoption transition adjustments, and gain/loss on early extinguishment of debt.

Free Cash Flow and Free Cash Flow Including Changes in Non-Cash Operating Working Capital

Most directly comparable IFRS financial measure: Cash provided by (used in) operating activities.

Definition: Free cash flow is calculated as cash provided by (used in) operating activities less sustaining capital expenditures and before changes in non-cash operating working capital. Free cash flow including non-cash operating working capital is calculated as cash provided by operating activities less sustaining capital expenditures.

Why we use the measure and why it is useful to investors: For evaluation of liquidity and financial strength. These are also useful as indicators of our ability to service debt, meet other payment obligations and make strategic investments. These do not represent residual cash flow available for discretionary expenditures.

 

Three Months Ended March 31

(millions of US dollars)

2022

 

2021

Cash used in operating activities

(62)

 

(152)

Sustaining capital expenditures

(194)

 

(164)

Free cash flow including changes in non-cash operating working capital

(256)

 

(316)

Changes in non-cash operating working capital

(2,070)

 

(792)

Free cash flow

1,814

 

476

 

 

 

 

Gross Margin Excluding Depreciation and Amortization Per Tonne - Manufactured

Most directly comparable IFRS financial measure: Gross margin.

Definition: Gross margin per tonne from manufactured products per tonne less depreciation and amortization per tonne. Reconciliations are provided in the “Segment Results” section.

Why we use the measure and why it is useful to investors: Focuses on the performance of our day-to-day operations, which excludes the effects of items that primarily reflect the impact of long-term investment and financing decisions.

Potash Controllable Cash Cost of Product Manufactured (“COPM”) Per Tonne

Most directly comparable IFRS financial measure: Cost of goods sold (“COGS”) for the Potash segment.

Definition: Total Potash COGS excluding depreciation and amortization expense included in COPM, royalties, natural gas costs and carbon taxes, change in inventory, and other adjustments, divided by potash production tonnes.

Why we use the measure and why it is useful to investors: To assess operational performance. In 2022, we replaced Potash cash COPM with this new financial measure. Potash controllable cash COPM excludes the effects of production from other periods and the impacts of our long-term investment decisions. Potash controllable cash COPM also excludes royalties and natural gas costs and carbon taxes, which management does not consider controllable, as they are primarily driven by regulatory and market conditions.

 

Three Months Ended March 31

(millions of US dollars, except as otherwise noted)

2022

 

2021

Total COGS – Potash

305

 

291

Change in inventory

77

 

27

Other adjustments 1

(15)

 

(4)

COPM

367

 

314

Depreciation and amortization in COPM

(119)

 

(111)

Royalties in COPM

(45)

 

(17)

Natural gas costs and carbon taxes in COPM

(17)

 

(12)

Controllable cash COPM

186

 

174

Production tonnes (tonnes – thousands)

3,703

 

3,536

Potash controllable cash COPM per tonne

50

 

49

1 Other adjustments include unallocated production overhead that is recognized as part of cost of goods sold but is not included in the measurement of inventory and changes in inventory balances.

Ammonia Controllable Cash COPM Per Tonne

Most directly comparable IFRS financial measure: Total manufactured COGS for the Nitrogen segment.

Definition: Total Nitrogen COGS excluding depreciation and amortization expense included in COGS, cash COGS for products other than ammonia, other adjustments, and natural gas and steam costs, divided by net ammonia production tonnes.

Why we use the measure and why it is useful to investors: To assess operational performance. Ammonia controllable cash COPM excludes the effects of production from other periods, the costs of natural gas and steam, and long-term investment decisions, supporting a focus on the performance of our day-to-day operations.

 

Three Months Ended March 31

(millions of US dollars, except as otherwise noted)

2022

 

2021

Total Manufactured COGS – Nitrogen

640

 

440

Total Other COGS – Nitrogen

241

 

170

Total COGS – Nitrogen

881

 

610

Depreciation and amortization in COGS

(102)

 

(108)

Cash COGS for products other than ammonia

(524)

 

(393)

Ammonia

 

 

 

Total cash COGS before other adjustments

255

 

109

Other adjustments 1

(36)

 

(3)

Total cash COPM

219

 

106

Natural gas and steam costs

(181)

 

(74)

Controllable cash COPM

38

 

32

Production tonnes (net tonnes 2 – thousands)

674

 

602

Ammonia controllable cash COPM per tonne

56

 

52

1 Other adjustments include unallocated production overhead that is recognized as part of cost of goods sold but is not included in the measurement of inventory and changes in inventory balances.

2 Ammonia tonnes available for sale, as not upgraded to other Nitrogen products.

Retail Adjusted Average Working Capital to Sales and Retail Adjusted Average Working

Capital to Sales Excluding Nutrien Financial

Definition: Retail adjusted average working capital divided by Retail adjusted sales for the last four rolling quarters. We exclude in our calculations the sales and working capital of certain acquisitions during the first year following the acquisition. We also look at this metric excluding Nutrien Financial revenue and working capital.

Why we use the measure and why it is useful to investors: To evaluate operational efficiency. A lower or higher percentage represents increased or decreased efficiency, respectively. The metric excluding Nutrien Financial shows the impact that the working capital of Nutrien Financial has on the ratio.

 

Rolling four quarters ended March 31, 2022

(millions of US dollars, except as otherwise noted)

Q2 2021

 

Q3 2021

 

Q4 2021

 

Q1 2022

 

Average/Total

Current assets

9,300

 

8,945

 

9,924

 

12,392

 

 

Current liabilities

(7,952)

 

(5,062)

 

(7,828)

 

(9,223)

 

 

Working capital

1,348

 

3,883

 

2,096

 

3,169

 

 

Working capital from certain recent acquisitions

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted working capital

1,348

 

3,883

 

2,096

 

3,169

 

2,624

Nutrien Financial working capital

(3,072)

 

(2,820)

 

(2,150)

 

(2,274)

 

 

Adjusted working capital excluding Nutrien Financial

(1,724)

 

1,063

 

(54)

 

895

 

45

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sales

7,537

 

3,347

 

3,878

 

3,861

 

 

Sales from certain recent acquisitions

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted sales

7,537

 

3,347

 

3,878

 

3,861

 

18,623

Nutrien Financial revenue

(59)

 

(54)

 

(51)

 

(49)

 

 

Adjusted sales excluding Nutrien Financial

7,478

 

3,293

 

3,827

 

3,812

 

18,410

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted average working capital to sales (%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14

Adjusted average working capital to sales excluding Nutrien Financial (%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rolling four quarters ended March 31, 2021

(millions of US dollars, except as otherwise noted)

Q2 2020

 

Q3 2020

 

Q4 2020

 

Q1 2021

 

Average/Total

Current assets

8,230

 

7,324

 

8,013

 

9,160

 

 

Current liabilities

(6,200)

 

(4,108)

 

(6,856)

 

(7,530)

 

 

Working capital

2,030

 

3,216

 

1,157

 

1,630

 

 

Working capital from certain recent acquisitions

63

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted working capital

2,093

 

3,216

 

1,157

 

1,630

 

2,024

Nutrien Financial working capital

(2,108)

 

(1,711)

 

(1,392)

 

(1,221)

 

 

Adjusted working capital excluding Nutrien Financial

(15)

 

1,505

 

(235)

 

409

 

416

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sales

6,764

 

2,742

 

2,618

 

2,972

 

 

Sales from certain recent acquisitions

(338)

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted sales

6,426

 

2,742

 

2,618

 

2,972

 

14,758

Nutrien Financial revenue

(40)

 

(36)

 

(37)

 

(25)

 

 

Adjusted sales excluding Nutrien Financial

6,386

 

2,706

 

2,581

 

2,947

 

14,620

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted average working capital to sales (%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14

Adjusted average working capital to sales excluding Nutrien Financial (%)

 

 

 

3

Nutrien Financial Adjusted Net Interest Margin

Definition: Nutrien Financial revenue less deemed interest expense divided by average Nutrien Financial receivables outstanding for the last four rolling quarters.

Why we use the measure and why it is useful to investors: Used by credit rating agencies and other users to evaluate financial performance of Nutrien Financial.

 

Rolling four quarters ended March 31, 2022

(millions of US dollars, except as otherwise noted)

Q2 2021

 

Q3 2021

 

Q4 2021

 

Q1 2022

 

Total/Average

Nutrien Financial revenue

59

 

54

 

51

 

49

 

 

Deemed interest expense 1

(8)

 

(10)

 

(12)

 

(6)

 

 

Net interest

51

 

44

 

39

 

43

 

177

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Average Nutrien Financial receivables

3,072

 

2,820

 

2,150

 

2,274

 

2,579

Nutrien Financial adjusted net interest margin (%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.9

1 Average borrowing rate applied to the notional debt required to fund the portfolio of receivables from customers monitored and serviced by Nutrien Financial.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rolling four quarters ended March 31, 2021

(millions of US dollars, except as otherwise noted)

Q2 2020

 

Q3 2020

 

Q4 2020

 

Q1 2021

 

Total/Average

Nutrien Financial revenue

40

 

36

 

37

 

25

 

 

Deemed interest expense 1

(15)

 

(15)

 

(14)

 

(6)

 

 

Net interest

25

 

21

 

23

 

19

 

88

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Average Nutrien Financial receivables

2,108

 

1,711

 

1,392

 

1,221

 

1,608

Nutrien Financial adjusted net interest margin (%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.5

1 Average borrowing rate applied to the notional debt required to fund the portfolio of receivables from customers monitored and serviced by Nutrien Financial.

Retail Cash Operating Coverage Ratio

Definition: Retail selling, general and administrative, and other expenses, excluding depreciation and amortization expense, divided by Retail gross margin excluding depreciation and amortization expense in cost of goods sold, for the last four rolling quarters.

Why we use the measure and why it is useful to investors: To understand the costs and underlying economics of our Retail operations and to assess our Retail operating performance and ability to generate free cash flow.

 

Rolling four quarters ended March 31, 2022

(millions of US dollars, except as otherwise noted)

Q2 2021

 

Q3 2021

 

Q4 2021

 

Q1 2022

 

Total

Selling expenses

863

 

746

 

848

 

722

 

3,179

General and administrative expenses

41

 

45

 

43

 

45

 

174

Other expenses (income)

34

 

17

 

20

 

(12)

 

59

Operating expenses

938

 

808

 

911

 

755

 

3,412

Depreciation and amortization in operating expenses

(166)

 

(180)

 

(173)

 

(167)

 

(686)

Operating expenses excluding depreciation and amortization

772

 

628

 

738

 

588

 

2,726

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gross margin

1,858

 

917

 

1,173

 

845

 

4,793

Depreciation and amortization in cost of goods sold

3

 

2

 

5

 

2

 

12

Gross margin excluding depreciation and amortization

1,861

 

919

 

1,178

 

847

 

4,805

Cash operating coverage ratio (%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

57

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rolling four quarters ended March 31, 2021

(millions of US dollars, except as otherwise noted)

Q2 2020

 

Q3 2020

 

Q4 2020

 

Q1 2021

 

Total

Selling expenses

764

 

669

 

727

 

667

 

2,827

General and administrative expenses

30

 

34

 

33

 

39

 

136

Other expenses (income)

32

 

(12)

 

8

 

15

 

43

Operating expenses

826

 

691

 

768

 

721

 

3,006

Depreciation and amortization in operating expenses

(161)

 

(167)

 

(177)

 

(175)

 

(680)

Operating expenses excluding depreciation and amortization

665

 

524

 

591

 

546

 

2,326

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gross margin

1,627

 

683

 

885

 

652

 

3,847

Depreciation and amortization in cost of goods sold

2

 

3

 

3

 

2

 

10

Gross margin excluding depreciation and amortization

1,629

 

686

 

888

 

654

 

3,857

Cash operating coverage ratio (%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

60

Appendix C – Other Financial Measures

Supplementary Financial Measures

Supplementary financial measures are financial measures disclosed by a company that (a) are, or are intended to be, disclosed on a periodic basis to depict the historical or expected future financial performance, financial position or cash flow of a company, (b) are not disclosed in the financial statements of the company, (c) are not non-IFRS financial measures, and (d) are not non-IFRS ratios.

The following section provides an explanation of the composition of those supplementary financial measures if not previously provided.

Retail adjusted EBITDA margin: Retail adjusted EBITDA divided by Retail sales for the last four rolling quarters.

Sustaining capital expenditures: Represents capital expenditures that are required to sustain operations at existing levels and include major repairs and maintenance, and plant turnarounds.

Retail adjusted EBITDA per US selling location: Calculated as total Retail US adjusted EBITDA for the last four rolling quarters, representing the organic EBITDA component, which excludes acquisitions in those quarters, divided by the number of US locations that have generated sales in the last four rolling quarters, adjusted for acquired locations in those quarters.

Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

Unaudited in millions of US dollars except as otherwise noted

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Earnings

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

March 31

 

Note

2022

 

2021

SALES

2

7,657

 

4,658

Freight, transportation and distribution

 

203

 

211

Cost of goods sold

 

4,197

 

3,291

GROSS MARGIN

 

3,257

 

1,156

Selling expenses

 

727

 

673

General and administrative expenses

 

126

 

103

Provincial mining taxes

 

249

 

58

Share-based compensation expense

 

135

 

23

Other expenses

4

21

 

21

EARNINGS BEFORE FINANCE COSTS AND INCOME TAXES

 

1,999

 

278

Finance costs

 

109

 

120

EARNINGS BEFORE INCOME TAXES

 

1,890

 

158

Income tax expense

 

505

 

25

NET EARNINGS

 

1,385

 

133

Attributable to

 

 

 

 

Equity holders of Nutrien

 

1,378

 

127

Non-controlling interest

 

7

 

6

NET EARNINGS

 

1,385

 

133

 

 

 

 

 

NET EARNINGS PER SHARE ATTRIBUTABLE TO EQUITY HOLDERS OF NUTRIEN ("EPS")

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

2.49

 

0.22

Diluted

 

2.49

 

0.22

Weighted average shares outstanding for basic EPS

 

552,636,000

 

569,658,000

Weighted average shares outstanding for diluted EPS

 

554,647,000

 

570,901,000

 

 

 

 

 

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income

 

Three Months Ended

 

March 31

(Net of related income taxes)

2022

 

2021

NET EARNINGS

1,385

 

133

Other comprehensive income

 

 

 

Items that will not be reclassified to net earnings:

 

 

 

Net actuarial gain on defined benefit plans

1

 

Net fair value gain on investments

31

 

48

Items that have been or may be subsequently reclassified to net earnings:

 

 

 

Gain (loss) on currency translation of foreign operations

128

 

(30)

Other

16

 

6

OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

176

 

24

COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

1,561

 

157

Attributable to

 

 

 

Equity holders of Nutrien

1,554

 

151

Non-controlling interest

7

 

6

COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

1,561

 

157

 

 

 

 

(See Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements)

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

March 31

 

Note

2022

 

2021

 

 

 

 

 

OPERATING ACTIVITIES

 

 

 

 

Net earnings

 

1,385

 

133

Adjustments for:

 

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

461

 

480

Share-based compensation expense

 

135

 

23

Impairment of assets

 

 

4

Provision for deferred income tax

 

45

 

10

Gain on disposal of investment

 

(19)

 

Other long-term assets, liabilities and miscellaneous

 

1

 

(10)

Cash from operations before working capital changes

 

2,008

 

640

Changes in non-cash operating working capital:

 

 

 

 

Receivables

 

(909)

 

(392)

Inventories

 

(2,609)

 

(1,785)

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

722

 

688

Payables and accrued charges

 

726

 

697

CASH USED IN OPERATING ACTIVITIES

 

(62)

 

(152)

INVESTING ACTIVITIES

 

 

 

 

Capital expenditures 1

 

(450)

 

(358)

Business acquisitions, net of cash acquired

 

(41)

 

(21)

Other

 

34

 

(9)

CASH USED IN INVESTING ACTIVITIES

 

(457)

 

(388)

FINANCING ACTIVITIES

 

 

 

 

Proceeds from short-term debt, net

 

1,454

 

101

Repayment of long-term debt

 

(2)

 

Repayment of principal portion of lease liabilities

 

(79)

 

(78)

Dividends paid to Nutrien's shareholders

7

(257)

 

(255)

Repurchase of common shares

7

(642)

 

(1)

Issuance of common shares

 

126

 

42

Other

 

(12)

 

CASH PROVIDED BY (USED IN) FINANCING ACTIVITIES

 

588

 

(191)

EFFECT OF EXCHANGE RATE CHANGES ON CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS

 

9

 

(11)

INCREASE (DECREASE) IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS

 

78

 

(742)

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS – BEGINNING OF PERIOD

 

499

 

1,454

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS – END OF PERIOD

 

577

 

712

Cash and cash equivalents comprised of:

 

 

 

 

Cash

 

546

 

601

Short-term investments

 

31

 

111

 

 

577

 

712

SUPPLEMENTAL CASH FLOWS INFORMATION

 

 

 

 

Interest paid

 

50

 

76

Income taxes paid

 

789

 

39

Total cash outflow for leases

 

107

 

97

1 Includes additions to property, plant and equipment and intangible assets for the three months ended March 31, 2022 of $386 and $64 (2021 – $325 and $33), respectively.

 

(See Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements)

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Changes in Shareholders’ Equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accumulated Other Comprehensive

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Loss) Income ("AOCI")

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss on

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Currency

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holders

 

Non-

 

 

 

Number of

 

 

 

 

 

Translation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

of

 

Controlling

 

 

 

Common

 

Share

 

Contributed

 

of Foreign

 

 

 

Total

 

Retained

 

Nutrien

 

Interest

 

Total

 

Shares

 

Capital

 

Surplus

 

Operations

 

Other

 

AOCI

 

Earnings

 

(Note 1)

 

(Note 1)

 

Equity

BALANCE – DECEMBER 31, 2020

569,260,406

 

15,673

 

205

 

(62)

 

(57)

 

(119)

 

6,606

 

22,365

 

38

 

22,403

Net earnings

 

 

 

 

 

 

127

 

127

 

6

 

133

Other comprehensive (loss) income

 

 

 

(30)

 

54

 

24

 

 

24

 

 

24

Shares repurchased (Note 7)

(14,978)

 

(1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1)

 

 

(1)

Dividends declared

 

 

 

 

 

 

(262)

 

(262)

 

 

(262)

Non-controlling interest transactions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(2)

 

(2)

Effect of share-based compensation including issuance of common shares

965,744

 

50

 

(3)

 

 

 

 

 

47

 

 

47

Transfer of net gain on cash flow hedges

 

 

 

 

(3)

 

(3)

 

 

(3)

 

 

(3)

BALANCE – MARCH 31, 2021

570,211,172

 

15,722

 

202

 

(92)

 

(6)

 

(98)

 

6,471

 

22,297

 

42

 

22,339

BALANCE – DECEMBER 31, 2021

557,492,516

 

15,457

 

149

 

(176)

 

30

 

(146)

 

8,192

 

23,652

 

47

 

23,699

Net earnings

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,378

 

1,378

 

7

 

1,385

Other comprehensive income

 

 

 

128

 

48

 

176

 

 

176

 

 

176

Shares repurchased (Note 7)

(7,648,235)

 

(212)

 

 

 

 

 

(375)

 

(587)

 

 

(587)

Dividends declared

 

 

 

 

 

 

(265)

 

(265)

 

 

(265)

Non-controlling interest transactions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(11)

 

(11)

Effect of share-based compensation including issuance of common shares

2,275,861

 

153

 

(16)

 

 

 

 

 

137

 

 

137

Transfer of net gain on cash flow hedges

 

 

 

 

(3)

 

(3)

 

 

(3)

 

 

(3)

Transfer of net actuarial gain on defined benefit plans

 

 

 

 

(1)

 

(1)

 

1

 

 

 

BALANCE – MARCH 31, 2022

552,120,142

 

15,398

 

133

 

(48)

 

74

 

26

 

8,931

 

24,488

 

43

 

24,531

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(See Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements)

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

 

 

March 31

 

December 31

As at

Note

2022

 

2021

 

2021

 

 

 

 

Note 1

 

 

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

577

 

712

 

499

Receivables

 

6,437

 

4,271

 

5,366

Inventories

 

9,068

 

6,714

 

6,328

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

943

 

778

 

1,653

 

 

17,025

 

12,475

 

13,846

Non-current assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment

 

19,998

 

19,451

 

20,016

Goodwill

 

12,287

 

12,199

 

12,220

Other intangible assets

 

2,334

 

2,460

 

2,340

Investments

 

757

 

630

 

703

Other assets

 

867

 

678

 

829

TOTAL ASSETS

 

53,268

 

47,893

 

49,954

LIABILITIES

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Short-term debt

 

3,033

 

252

 

1,560

Current portion of long-term debt

 

551

 

14

 

545

Current portion of lease liabilities

 

293

 

260

 

286

Payables and accrued charges

 

11,013

 

8,742

 

10,052

 

 

14,890

 

9,268

 

12,443

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Long-term debt

 

7,519

 

10,040

 

7,521

Lease liabilities

 

929

 

876

 

934

Deferred income tax liabilities

5

3,243

 

3,168

 

3,165

Pension and other post-retirement benefit liabilities

 

425

 

456

 

419

Asset retirement obligations and accrued environmental costs

 

1,523

 

1,610

 

1,566

Other non-current liabilities

 

208

 

136

 

207

TOTAL LIABILITIES

 

28,737

 

25,554

 

26,255

SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share capital

7

15,398

 

15,722

 

15,457

Contributed surplus

 

133

 

202

 

149

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)

 

26

 

(98)

 

(146)

Retained earnings

 

8,931

 

6,471

 

8,192

Equity holders of Nutrien

 

24,488

 

22,297

 

23,652

Non-controlling interest

 

43

 

42

 

47

TOTAL SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

24,531

 

22,339

 

23,699

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

53,268

 

47,893

 

49,954

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(See Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements)

Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

As at and for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2022

NOTE 1 BASIS OF PRESENTATION

Nutrien Ltd. (collectively with its subsidiaries, known as “Nutrien”, “we”, “us”, “our” or “the Company”) is the world’s largest provider of crop inputs and services. Nutrien plays a critical role in helping growers around the globe increase food production in a sustainable manner.

These unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements (“interim financial statements”) are based on International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”) as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board and have been prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34, “Interim Financial Reporting”. The accounting policies and methods of computation used in preparing these interim financial statements are materially consistent with those used in the preparation of our 2021 annual consolidated financial statements. These interim financial statements include the accounts of Nutrien and its subsidiaries; however, they do not include all disclosures normally provided in annual consolidated financial statements and should be read in conjunction with our 2021 annual audited consolidated financial statements.

Certain immaterial 2021 figures have been reclassified in the condensed consolidated balance sheets and segment note.

In management’s opinion, the interim financial statements include all adjustments necessary to fairly present such information in all material respects. Interim results are not necessarily indicative of the results expected for any other interim period or the fiscal year.

These interim financial statements were authorized by the audit committee of the Board of Directors for issue on May 2, 2022.

NOTE 2 SEGMENT INFORMATION

The Company has four reportable operating segments: Nutrien Ag Solutions (“Retail”), Potash, Nitrogen and Phosphate. The Retail segment distributes crop nutrients, crop protection products, seed and merchandise, and it provides services directly to growers through a network of farm centers in North America, South America and Australia. The Potash, Nitrogen and Phosphate segments are differentiated by the chemical nutrient contained in the products that each produce.

 

 

Three Months Ended March 31, 2022

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Corporate

 

 

 

 

 

 

Retail

 

Potash

 

Nitrogen

 

Phosphate

 

and Others

 

Eliminations

 

Consolidated

Sales

– third party

3,833

 

1,710

 

1,497

 

617

 

 

 

7,657

 

– intersegment

28

 

234

 

339

 

79

 

 

(680)

 

Sales

– total

3,861

 

1,944

 

1,836

 

696

 

 

(680)

 

7,657

Freight, transportation and distribution

 

94

 

95

 

61

 

 

(47)

 

203

Net sales

3,861

 

1,850

 

1,741

 

635

 

 

(633)

 

7,454

Cost of goods sold

3,016

 

305

 

881

 

428

 

 

(433)

 

4,197

Gross margin

845

 

1,545

 

860

 

207

 

 

(200)

 

3,257

Selling expenses

722

 

3

 

8

 

2

 

(2)

 

(6)

 

727

General and administrative expenses

45

 

2

 

6

 

3

 

70

 

 

126

Provincial mining taxes

 

249

 

 

 

 

 

249

Share-based compensation expense

 

 

 

 

135

 

 

135

Other (income) expenses

(12)

 

(3)

 

(26)

 

4

 

53

 

5

 

21

Earnings (loss) before finance costs and income taxes

90

 

1,294

 

872

 

198

 

(256)

 

(199)

 

1,999

Depreciation and amortization

169

 

112

 

123

 

41

 

16

 

 

461

EBITDA 1

259

 

1,406

 

995

 

239

 

(240)

 

(199)

 

2,460

Integration and restructuring related costs

 

 

 

 

9

 

 

9

Share-based compensation expense

 

 

 

 

135

 

 

135

COVID-19 related expenses

 

 

 

 

5

 

 

5

Foreign exchange loss, net of related derivatives

 

 

 

 

25

 

 

25

Gain on disposal of investment

(19)

 

 

 

 

 

 

(19)

Adjusted EBITDA

240

 

1,406

 

995

 

239

 

(66)

 

(199)

 

2,615

Assets – at March 31, 2022

24,910

 

13,578

 

11,512

 

1,814

 

2,467

 

(1,013)

 

53,268

1 EBITDA is calculated as net earnings (loss) before finance costs, income taxes, and depreciation and amortization.

 

 

Three Months Ended March 31, 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Corporate

 

 

 

 

 

 

Retail

 

Potash

 

Nitrogen

 

Phosphate

 

and Others

 

Eliminations

 

Consolidated

Sales

– third party

2,960

 

631

 

695

 

372

 

 

 

4,658

 

– intersegment

12

 

90

 

160

 

72

 

 

(334)

 

Sales

– total

2,972

 

721

 

855

 

444

 

 

(334)

 

4,658

Freight, transportation and distribution

 

110

 

95

 

59

 

 

(53)

 

211

Net sales

2,972

 

611

 

760

 

385

 

 

(281)

 

4,447

Cost of goods sold

2,320

 

291

 

610

 

319

 

 

(249)

 

3,291

Gross margin

652

 

320

 

150

 

66

 

 

(32)

 

1,156

Selling expenses

667

 

3

 

7

 

2

 

(6)

 

 

673

General and administrative expenses

39

 

2

 

2

 

2

 

58

 

 

103

Provincial mining taxes

 

58

 

 

 

 

 

58

Share-based compensation expense

 

 

 

 

23

 

 

23

Other expenses (income)

15

 

1

 

(26)

 

3

 

28

 

 

21

(Loss) earnings before finance costs and income taxes

(69)

 

256

 

167

 

59

 

(103)

 

(32)

 

278

Depreciation and amortization

177

 

124

 

129

 

38

 

12

 

 

480

EBITDA

108

 

380

 

296

 

97

 

(91)

 

(32)

 

758

Integration and restructuring related costs

1

 

 

 

 

9

 

 

10

Share-based compensation expense

 

 

 

 

23

 

 

23

Impairment of assets

 

 

4

 

 

 

 

4

COVID-19 related expenses

 

 

 

 

9

 

 

9

Foreign exchange loss, net of related derivatives

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

2

Adjusted EBITDA

109

 

380

 

300

 

97

 

(48)

 

(32)

 

806

Assets – at December 31, 2021

22,387

 

13,148

 

11,093

 

1,699

 

2,266

 

(639)

 

49,954

 

Presented below is revenue from contracts with customers disaggregated by product line or geographic location for each reportable segment.

 

Three Months Ended

 

March 31

 

2022

 

2021

Retail sales by product line

 

 

 

Crop nutrients

1,587

 

1,016

Crop protection products

1,387

 

1,085

Seed

458

 

463

Merchandise

234

 

230

Nutrien Financial

49

 

25

Services and other 1

175

 

165

Nutrien Financial elimination 1,2

(29)

 

(12)

 

3,861

 

2,972

Potash sales by geography

 

 

 

Manufactured product

 

 

 

North America

927

 

442

Offshore 3

1,017

 

279

 

1,944

 

721

Nitrogen sales by product line

 

 

 

Manufactured product

 

 

 

Ammonia

591

 

188

Urea

484

 

274

Solutions, nitrates and sulfates

474

 

197

Other nitrogen and purchased products

287

 

196

 

1,836

 

855

Phosphate sales by product line

 

 

 

Manufactured product

 

 

 

Fertilizer

432

 

272

Industrial and feed

184

 

126

Other phosphate and purchased products

80

 

46

 

696

 

444

1 Certain immaterial 2021 figures have been reclassified.

2 Represents elimination for the interest and service fees charged by Nutrien Financial to Retail branches.

3 Relates to Canpotex Limited ("Canpotex") (Note 9) and includes provisional pricing adjustments for the three months ended March 31, 2022 of $62 (2021 – $6)

NOTE 3 SHARE-BASED COMPENSATION

The following table summarizes the awards granted under our existing share-based compensation plans described in Note 5 of our 2021 annual consolidated financial statements:

 

Three Months Ended

 

March 31

 

2022

 

2021

Stock options:

 

 

 

Granted (number of units)

375,483

 

1,518,490

Weighted average grant date fair value (US dollars)

20.49

 

11.77

Cash-settled share-based awards granted (number of units) 1

970,461

 

1,198,148

1 For performance share units granted subsequent to January 1, 2022, return on invested capital over a three-year performance cycle is compared to Board-approved targets as an additional performance condition.

NOTE 4 OTHER EXPENSES (INCOME)

 

Three Months Ended

 

March 31

 

2022

 

2021

Integration and restructuring related costs

9

 

10

Foreign exchange loss, net of related derivatives

25

 

2

Earnings of equity-accounted investees

(41)

 

(20)

Bad debt expense

 

2

COVID-19 related expenses

5

 

9

Gain on disposal of investment

(19)

 

Impairment of assets

 

4

Other expenses

42

 

14

 

21

 

21

NOTE 5 INCOME TAXES

A separate estimated average annual effective income tax rate was determined for each taxing jurisdiction and applied individually to the interim period pre-tax earnings for each jurisdiction.

 

Three Months Ended

 

March 31

 

2022

 

2021

Income tax expense

505

 

25

Actual effective tax rate on earnings (%)

26

 

16

Actual effective tax rate including discrete items (%)

27

 

16

Discrete tax adjustments that impacted the tax rate

8

 

Income tax balances within the condensed consolidated balance sheets were comprised of the following:

Income Tax Assets and Liabilities

Balance Sheet Location

As at March 31, 2022

 

As at December 31, 2021

Income tax assets

 

 

 

 

Current

Receivables

299

 

223

Non-current

Other assets

166

 

166

Deferred income tax assets

Other assets

299

 

262

Total income tax assets

 

764

 

651

Income tax liabilities

 

 

 

 

Current

Payables and accrued charges

338

 

606

Non-current

Other non-current liabilities

54

 

44

Deferred income tax liabilities

Deferred income tax liabilities

3,243

 

3,165

Total income tax liabilities

 

3,635

 

3,815

NOTE 6 FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS

Fair Value

Estimated fair values for financial instruments are designed to approximate amounts for which the instruments could be exchanged in a current arm’s-length transaction between knowledgeable, willing parties. The valuation policies and procedures for financial reporting purposes are determined by our finance department. There have been no changes to our valuation methods presented in Note 10 of the 2021 annual consolidated financial statements and those valuation methods have been applied in these interim financial statements.

The following table presents our fair value hierarchy for financial instruments carried at fair value on a recurring basis or measured at amortized cost:

 

March 31, 2022

 

December 31, 2021

 

Carrying

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carrying

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financial assets (liabilities) measured at

Amount

 

Level 1

 

Level 2

 

Level 3

 

Amount

 

Level 1

 

Level 2

 

Level 3

Fair value on a recurring basis 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

577

 

 

577

 

 

499

 

 

499

 

Derivative instrument assets

26

 

 

26

 

 

19

 

 

19

 

Other current financial assets - marketable securities 2

139

 

20

 

119

 

 

134

 

19

 

115

 

Investments at FVTOCI 3

275

 

265

 

 

10

 

244

 

234

 

 

 

10

Derivative instrument liabilities

(42)

 

 

(42)

 

 

(20)

 

 

(20)

 

Amortized cost

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current portion of long-term debt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes and debentures

(500)

 

(502)

 

 

 

(500)

 

(506)

 

 

Fixed and floating rate debt

(51)

 

 

(51)

 

 

(45)

 

 

(45)

 

Long-term debt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes and debentures

(7,422)

 

(3,403)

 

(4,419)

 

 

(7,424)

 

(4,021)

 

(4,709)

 

Fixed and floating rate debt

(97)

 

 

(97)

 

 

(97)

 

 

(97)

 

1 During the periods ended March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021, there were no transfers between levelling for financial instruments measured at fair value on a recurring basis.

2 Marketable securities consist of equity and fixed income securities. We determine the fair value of equity securities based on the bid price of identical instruments in active markets. We value fixed income securities using quoted prices of instruments with similar terms and credit risk.

3 Investments at fair value through other comprehensive income ("FVTOCI") is primarily comprised of shares in Sinofert Holdings Ltd.

NOTE 7 SHARE CAPITAL

Share Repurchase Programs

 

 

 

 

 

Maximum

 

Maximum

 

Number of

 

Commencement

 

 

 

Shares for

 

Shares for

 

Shares

 

Date

 

Expiry

 

Repurchase

 

Repurchase (%)

 

Repurchased

2020 Normal Course Issuer Bid

February 27, 2020

 

February 26, 2021

 

28,572,458

 

5

 

710,100

2021 Normal Course Issuer Bid

March 1, 2021

 

February 28, 2022

 

28,468,448

 

5

 

15,982,154

2022 Normal Course Issuer Bid 1

March 1, 2022

 

February 28, 2023

 

55,111,110

 

10

 

7,648,235

1 The 2022 normal course issuer bid will expire earlier than the date above if we acquire the maximum number of common shares allowable or otherwise decide not to make any further repurchases.

Purchases under the normal course issuer bids were, or may be, made through open market purchases at market prices as well as by other means permitted by applicable securities laws, including private agreements.

The following table summarizes our share repurchase activities during the period:

 

Three Months Ended

 

March 31

 

2022

 

2021

Number of common shares repurchased for cancellation

7,648,235

 

14,978

Average price per share (US dollars)

76.79

 

52.93

Total cost

587

 

1

As of April 29, 2022, an additional 1,423,389 common shares were repurchased for cancellation at a cost of $150 and an average price per share of $105.38.

Dividends Declared

We declared a dividend per share of $0.48 (2021 – $0.46) during the three months ended March 31, 2022, payable on April 14, 2022 to shareholders of record on March 31, 2022.

NOTE 8 SEASONALITY

Seasonality in our business results from increased demand for products during planting season. Crop input sales are generally higher in spring and fall application seasons. Crop input inventories are normally accumulated leading up to each application season. The results of this seasonality have a corresponding effect on receivables from customers and rebates receivables, inventories, prepaid expenses and other current assets and trade payables. Our short-term debt also fluctuates during the year to meet working capital needs. Our cash collections generally occur after the application season is complete, while customer prepayments made to us are typically concentrated in December and January and inventory prepayments paid to our suppliers are typically concentrated in the period from November to January. Feed and industrial sales are more evenly distributed throughout the year.

NOTE 9 RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS

We sell potash outside Canada and the United States exclusively through Canpotex. Canpotex sells potash to buyers in export markets pursuant to term and spot contracts at agreed upon prices. Our revenue is recognized at the amount received from Canpotex representing proceeds from their sale of potash, less net costs of Canpotex. Sales to Canpotex are shown in Note 2.

As at

March 31, 2022

 

December 31, 2021

Receivables from Canpotex

951

 

828

 

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