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October 30, 2014
Eastman Chemical’s third-quarter net earnings fell 31%, to $212 million, due to the one-time impact of restructuring changes, Operating earnings were $427 million, up 5.4% YOY on higher advanced materials and adhesives and plasticizers earnings. Eastman says it now expects full-year earnings to “approach $7/share,” toward the higher end of previous estimates....
October 28, 2014
DuPont fired back at activist investor Trian Management in a 28 October letter to shareholders, citing the benefits of maintaining DuPont’s diverse product portfolio and dismissing Trian’s proposal to split the company’s higher-growth nutrition, agriculture, and industrial biotech operations from its long-held materials segments. “[W]e know that our businesses strongly benefit from being a part of DuPont,” DuPont chair and CEO Ellen Kullman says in the letter....
October 28, 2014
DuPont today reports a solid gain in third-quarter income as higher volumes and cost-cutting helped offset weaker prices and lower volumes in the ag sector. The company—currently...
October 27, 2014
Sasol has made a final decision to proceed with an $8.1-billion ethane cracker and derivatives project at its Lake Charles, LA, site. It will be the company’s largest-ever investment outside South Africa. The project will include units for the production of ethylene derivatives polyethylene, ethylene oxide, ethylene glycol, and a variety of specialty alcohols and ethoxylates, but plans to include an alpha olefins unit have been postponed....
October 23, 2014
Platform Specialty Products (Miami) has agreed to acquire Arysta LifeScience, a maker of pesticides and biological products, from private equity firm Permira for approximately $3.51 billion. Platform was formed by the acquisition of specialty chemical maker MacDermid for $1.8 billion last year by an investment vehicle founded by Jarden executive chairman Martin Franklin....
October 24, 2014
DuPont has named James Collins and Matthew Trerotola as executive v.p.'s  and members of the company’s office of the chief executive, effective 1 December. The company has also announced that Thomas Connelly, executive v.p. and chief innovation officer, will retire at year end....
October 22, 2014
The sharp drop in crude oil prices has increased near-term volatility, but will not stop ethylene margins from marching toward a peak over the next two years, say Dow officials....
October 22, 2014
Total today named Patrick Pouyanné CEO, following the death of Christophe de Margerie, chairman and CEO, in a plane crash at Moscow airport earlier this week...
October 17, 2014
Honeywell says that third-quarter performance materials and technologies segment profit was $444 million, up 8% year-on-year....
October 16, 2014
“Although we identified very significant operational and structural synergies, we were ultimately unable to agree on terms of a transaction that met the requirements of all our respective shareholders,” says Tony Will, CF president and CEO....
October 16, 2014
The company cut full-year guidance, citing weakness in aerospace and additives....
October 16, 2014
PPG Industries today reported stronger third-quarter net income, with growth across most business segments and regions. Net income of $377 million grew 84% year-on-year (YOY) on sales up 4% YOY, to $3.9 billion. Adjusted earnings per share of $2.82/share were above analyst estimates of $2.75/share, as reported by Thomson Reuters (New York). Adjusted net income, excluding nonrecurring items, was $394 million, up 17% YOY....
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