CF Industries reports first quarter financial results for 2024

CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CF) has announced its financial results for the first quarter ending March 31, 2024. The company reported net earnings of $194 million and adjusted EBITDA of $459 million amid challenging production conditions caused by severe cold and high maintenance activity.

During the first quarter, CF Industries faced production outages that resulted in approximately $75 million in additional maintenance expenses compared to the same period last year. These disruptions, combined with lower ammonia production, impacted the company’s ability to produce higher-margin upgraded fertilizer products.

Despite these challenges, CF Industries highlighted its continued strong cash generation, with net cash from operating activities reaching $2.26 billion over the past twelve months. The company also repurchased 4.3 million shares for $347 million during the quarter.

Looking forward, CF Industries remains optimistic about the demand for nitrogen in North America for Spring 2024, supported by favorable energy spreads. The company also anticipates strong ammonia production for the year, expecting to reach around 9.8 million tons.

Strategic initiatives continue to be a focus for CF Industries, including the nearing completion of a green ammonia project at its Donaldsonville, Louisiana, facility. This project aligns with the company’s low-carbon clean energy goals and is set to start producing green ammonia soon. Additionally, CF Industries has entered into a joint development agreement with JERA Co., Inc. to explore the development of a new low-carbon ammonia production facility in Louisiana.

As CF Industries navigates through the operational challenges, it remains committed to leveraging its North American-based production network and driving shareholder value through disciplined investments and capital returns.

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