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Intrepid Potash, Inc. is closer to an IPO as it filed an amended IPO filing this morning. The targeted proceeds from common stock issuance are not specified, however, it has applied to trade on the New York Stock Exchange. The underwriting group is listed as Goldman, Sachs & Co., Merrill Lynch & Co., and Morgan Stanley.

Intrepid Potash claims to be the largest potash producer in the United States and supplies an average of 8.5% of potash consumption in the U.S. annually and 1.5% globally. Potash is composed of potassium, one of three essential nutrients for agriculture. Significant barriers to entry exist in the industry because deposits are rare and geographically concentrated. Intrepid owns 5 potash production plants in New Mexico and Utah with the capacity to produce 1.2 million tons of potash each year. They plan to expand production by 370,000 tons per year over the next 5 years. Increased demand for potash, combined with a limited supply, recently increased prices dramatically. In the last 3 months, Intrepid saw prices increase by 80%, up to $397 per ton. They reported net sales of $140.1 million and net income of $23.1 million at an average of $185 per ton for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2007.

With demand projections likely to continue to increase and Intrepid’s strong position in the potash market in the United States, this may be one IPO that actually goes public and comes out as a hot IPO despite the recent wave of IPO withdrawals.

Rachel Lopez
February 13, 2008