Exhibit 99.1
(NEW RELEASE)
Terra Nitrogen Company, L.P. Reports
Fourth Quarter and Full-Year Results
SIOUX CITY, IOWA (February 18, 2010)—Terra Nitrogen Company, L.P. (TNCLP) (NYSE: TNH) reported net income of $22.9 million, on revenues of $98.1 million for the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, 2009. This compares to net income of $104.4 million, on revenues of $225.2 million for the 2008 fourth quarter. Net income allocable to Common Units was $22.6 million ($1.22 per Common Unit) and $65.7 million ($3.55 per Common Unit) for the 2009 and 2008 fourth quarters, respectively.
For the year 2009, TNCLP reported net income of $144.3 million on revenues of $507.7 million, compared to net income of $422.4 million on revenues of $903.0 million for year 2008. Net income allocable to Common Units was $100.0 million ($5.40 per Common Unit) and $275.7 million ($14.90 per Common Unit) for the 2009 and 2008 full years, respectively.
TNCLP makes quarterly distributions based on available cash, which can be affected by nitrogen selling prices, natural gas costs, seasonal demand factors, production levels, weather, cash requirements for working capital needs and capital expenditures. TNCLP reviewed fourth quarter available cash and, based upon the liquidity needs of the business, declared no distribution.
Analysis of Results
Fourth Quarter
Revenues for the 2009 fourth quarter totaled $98.1 million, compared to revenues of $225.2 million for the 2008 fourth quarter. This decline was due to lower ammonia and urea ammonium nitrate (UAN) selling prices and lower ammonia sales volumes, partially offset by higher UAN sales volumes. The lower nitrogen selling prices resulted from continuing weaker global nitrogen markets. Ammonia sales volumes were lower primarily due to a late harvest, which impacted the timing of fall ammonia application. UAN sales volumes increased in the 2009 versus the 2008 period as TNCLP saw customer restocking activity improve through the quarter.
Lower natural gas costs for the 2009 versus the 2008 fourth quarter partially offset the effects of the lower selling prices and ammonia sales volumes.
From the 2008 to the 2009 fourth quarter, TNCLP’s:
   
Ammonia and UAN selling prices decreased by 59 and 61 percent, respectively.
 
   
Ammonia sales volumes decreased by 25 percent and UAN sales volumes increased by 11 percent.
 
   
Natural gas unit costs decreased by 58 percent.
Full Year
Revenues for 2009 totaled $507.7 million, compared to revenues of $903.0 million for 2008. This decline was due to lower ammonia and UAN selling prices and lower UAN sales volumes. Nitrogen selling prices were affected throughout the year by weakened demand due to the general economic slowdown. The lower UAN sales volumes were due primarily to buyer caution about pricing trends, as customers sought to avoid repeating the 2008/2009 fertilizer, when many were caught with high-cost inventory as nitrogen selling prices rapidly dropped due to the economic crisis.

 

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