Norway's Yara, one of the world's biggest fertiliser producers, warned there could be shortages of nitrogen-based fertilisers due to high gas prices as it reported a higher than expected second-quarter profit.
The Oslo-listed company said fertiliser markets could see shortages after Russia's invasion of Ukraine pushed food prices higher, with both countries being majors exporters of grains.
"There is a clear risk of nitrogen shortages and further price spikes if the gas situation in Europe deteriorates further", Yara CEO Svein Tore Holsether said in a statement.
Fertilisers require large amounts of energy to be produced. Manufacturers such as Yara use gas in the process.
Yara expects to pay $1.1 billion (€1.08 billion) more for natural gas in the third quarter than a year earlier and $920 million (€903 million) more in the fourth quarter.
Russia is also one of the world's largest exporters of fertiliser as well as of natural gas, a feedstock in ammonia production.
Dwindling gas deliveries to Europe from Russia has led to soaring gas prices in the region, leading some fertiliser producers to curtail production.
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Yara said on Tuesday it had so far curtailed output amounting to an annual capacity of 1.3 million tonnes of ammonia and 1.7 million tonnes of finished fertiliser.
April-June earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA), excluding one-off items, rose to $1.48 billion (€1.45 billion) from $775 million (€761.2 million) a year ago, while analysts in a company-provided poll had expected profit of $1.39 billion (€1.36 billion).
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