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February 28, 2014

Favorable demand and market conditions helped lead chemical M&A activity higher in 2013 with indications that gains will continue in 2014, says one industry banker.

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http://www.chemweek.com/lab/M-and-A-strength-seen-in-2013-expected-to-continue_59185.html
February 28, 2014
One-off expenses and other nonrecurring factors weighed on Solvay’s fourth-quarter 2013 earnings, but the company says its underlying performance is improving. And, the financial...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Solvay-shows-underlying-growth-may-sell-Eco-Services_59208.html
February 28, 2014
BASF has announced higher fourth-quarter and full-year 2013 earnings and says it is cautiously optimistic about the year ahead...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/BASF-reports-higher-profits-cautiously-optimistic-on-2014_59168.html
February 28, 2014
Asahi Kasei says it will close several petrochemical production plants in Japan and, with Mitsubishi Chemical, is also moving ahead with the previously announced plans to combine their...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Asahi-Kasei-to-close-several-petrochemical-plants-in-Japan_59203.html
February 28, 2014
Paints and coatings makers, and their suppliers, are optimistic about their prospects for 2014, with economic growth accelerating in the United States and turning positive in Europe, producers and analysts say. Raw material costs—the bane of paint makers’ existences in 2012—were mostly stable in 2013 and are expected to remain that way....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Paints-and-coatings-Growth-regains-momentum_59155.html
February 25, 2014
BASF today announced its fourth-quarter and full-year 2013 results and said it is cautiously optimistic about this year. Fourth-quarter net income rose 16.3%, to €1.14 billion...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/BASF-reports-higher-profits-cautiously-optimistic-about-2014_59073.html
February 21, 2014
The American Chemistry Council (ACC) announced today that announced US chemical industry investment linked to shale gas now tops $100 billion. As of this month, 148 projects valued at...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/ACC-US-chemical-investment-linked-to-shale-gas-reaches-$100-billion_58946.html
February 21, 2014
Early-reporting European companies struggled to improve sales and earnings in the fourth quarter of 2013. Adverse currency effects and continued economic uncertainty in Europe hindered...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Economic-headwinds-stifle-fourth-quarter-results_58968.html
February 21, 2014
Minerals Technologies (MTI) today launched a $42/share unsolicited bid for minerals firm Amcol International (Hoffman Estates, IL), setting in motion a possible bidding war with...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Minerals-Technologies-launches-bid-for-Amcol-updated_58830.html
February 21, 2014
Ashland announced today it has agreed to sell its water treatment business to private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (CD&R; New York) for $1.8 billion, ending a...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Ashland-to-sell-water-treatment-to-private-equity-for-$1-8-billion_58874.html
February 19, 2014
Hedge fund FrontFour Capital (New York) said today that it would nominate four directors for Sensient Technologies’ board, raising the possibility of a proxy battle....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Hedge-fund-says-it-will-seek-four-seats-on-Sensient-board-updated_58903.html
February 14, 2014
Private-equity backed PQ Corp. today filed for an initial public offering (IPO) that could be worth up $450 million, according to US regulatory documents. The company, a maker of...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/PQ-files-for-IPO_58758.html
February 14, 2014
Axiall (Atlanta) expects to resume operations at its PHH vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) manufacturing facility in Lake Charles, LA, near the end of the first quarter, the company announce on 6 February....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Axiall-aims-to-restart-Lake-Charles-VCM-before-second-quarter_58601.html
February 14, 2014
Axiall (Atlanta) and Lotte Chemical (Seoul) say they have signed a preliminary agreement to pursue a 50/50 joint venture for the construction of a 1 million m.t./year ethane cracker in Louisiana. Axiall first announced the project on 19 December....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Axiall-Lotte-to-partner-on-Louisiana-cracker-joint-venture_58718.html
February 14, 2014
Dow Chemical has rejected a proposal by hedge fund Third Point (New York) that the company spin off its petrochemical operations. The benefits of vertical integration, scale, and shared technologies would be lost, while a significant breakup, “simplistically described as petrochemical and specialty chemical assets,” would create no additional value, says Dow. In response, Third Point offered to sign a non-disclosure agreement to review Dow's analysis....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Dow-rejects-proposed-breakup-reaffirms-current-strategy-updated_58777.html
February 10, 2014
India's petrochemical industry, which was hurt in 2013 by an economic slowdown and the depreciation of the Indian currency, is expected to recover in the near term, and the industry's long-term prospects are looking very positive, say experts and manufacturers in the country....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/India-Assembling-a-world-scale-petrochemical-industry_58623.html
February 7, 2014
W.R. Grace emerged from bankruptcy protection last week, ending nearly 13 years of operation under Chapter 11 protection to resolve nearly 130,000 asbestos personal injury and property damage claims....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/W-R-Grace-exits-bankruptcy-protection-after-13-years_58663.html
February 7, 2014
(Correction: The earnings table included with this story misreported Dow's 4Q12 earnings at $959 million. The correct figure is -$716 million.) North American basic and diversified...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/North-American-firms-report-strong-fourth-quarter-results_58625.html
February 7, 2014
Specialty chemical companies mostly report solid fourth-quarter results, since key end markets have grown steadily. Sherwin-Williams (SW) rode the rebound in architectural paint sales...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Specialty-earnings-rise-along-with-end-markets_58640.html
February 4, 2014
Grace emerged from bankruptcy protection Monday, ending nearly 13 years of operation under Chapter 11 protection to address asbestos-related claims. Separately, Grace announced Tuesday that its board has authorized a share repurchase program of up to $500 million, or roughly 6.8% of outstanding shares based current market capitalization....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/W-R-Grace-exits-bankruptcy-protection-updated_58528.html
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