Ceres Global Ag Optimizes The Number Of Terminals In Its Network; Provides Update On Northgate Operations
TORONTO, ON, (April 4, 2016) – Ceres Global Ag Corp. (TSX: CRP) (“Ceres” or the “Corporation”) today announced that it will put three grain storage elevators located in Buffalo (Lakeport), New York, Minneapolis (Calumet) and Duluth (Lakeport), Minnesota out of service as part of a strategic initiative designed to reduce operating costs and better align operations with the company’s long-term plans and focus. The grain elevator closures will take effect with the start of 2016 crop season in July. Ceres expects that the closures will result in an annual reduction of operating expenses of US$2 to $2.5 million. Ceres’ Duluth storage facility, which has a capacity of 12.2 million bushels, will remain open and be the primary focus of operations in the area.
“The agricultural commodity trading and merchandizing environment requires that we operate the terminal assets in our network as efficiently and cost effectively as possible,” said Mr. Patrick Bracken, CEO of Ceres Global Ag. “By rationalizing our operations and closing our three least profitable grain elevators, we expect to improve our financial performance. The affected elevators have been in operation for a number of years, giving us the flexibility to re-open them once market conditions improve.”
Ceres also announced that it expects its Northgate terminal to be fully commissioned by April 30 as scheduled. Northgate is 1,200 acre multi-modal, multi-commodity terminal located on the Canada/U.S. border in southeast Saskatchewan. Northgate is designed to provide transloading, handling and storage capabilities for assorted agricultural products as well as crude oil, liquefied petroleum gas, fertilizers and other commodities from one location. Ceres has established strategic agreements with Koch Fertilizer, Elbow River Marketing and BNSF Railway as part of its strategy of building Northgate as a world-class logistics hub.
About Ceres Global Ag Corp. (ceresglobalagcorp.com)
Headquartered in Minneapolis, Ceres Global Ag Corp. is focused on two primary businesses: a Grain Storage, Handling and Merchandising unit; and a Commodity Logistics unit.
Ceres’ Grain Storage unit is a collection of nine grain storage and handling assets in Minnesota, New York, Saskatchewan and Ontario having aggregate storage capacity of approximately 43 million bushels as at December 31, 2015.
Ceres’ Commodity Logistics unit is focused on the development of a Commodity Logistics Centre in Northgate, SK. The Northgate Commodities Logistics Centre is a state-of-the-art grain, agriculture services and oilfield supplies transloading site, which is being developed in conjunction with several potential energy company partners and connected to BNSF Railway.
Ceres also has a 25% interest in Stewart Southern Railway Inc., a short-line railway with a range of 130 kilometres that operates in South-eastern Saskatchewan.
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