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June 27, 2014
Monsanto today announced it issuing $4.5 billion in senior bonds in several tranches, with a variety of maturity dates and interest rates. The largest tranche is worth $1 billion, will...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Monsanto-issues-debt-to-fund-accelerated-share-buyback_62140.html
June 27, 2014
Univar will soon select Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, and Bank of America to underwrite Univar's anticipated initial public offering (IPO), according to a Reuters report. Univar...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Report-Univar-to-select-banks-for-IPO_61765.html
June 27, 2014
Dow Chemical will begin constructing its 1.5-million m.t./year Freeport, TX, ethylene plant on 30 June. The project, which received final permitting approval from EPA in May, remains on track for start-up in the first half of 2017....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Dow-nears-start-of-construction-on-Freeport-ethane-cracker_62019.html
June 27, 2014
FMC announced today it is cutting its second-quarter and full-year earnings guidances, to 95 cts–$1.05/share and $4.10–4.30/share, respectively. The decreases are about...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/FMC-cuts-earnings-guidance-as-ag-weakness-continues_61972.html
June 27, 2014
DuPont cut its second-quarter and full-year earnings outlook, citing a lower-than-expected quarterly performance from its agriculture segment and, to a lesser extent, its performance...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/DuPont-cuts-outlook-on-weak-ag-results_62090.html
June 27, 2014
Velocys (Oxford, UK) has acquired small-scale gas-to-liquids (GTL) developer Pinto Energy (Houston) and the Ashtabula, OH, GTL project that Pinto Energy is developing, Velocys says...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Velocys-acquires-Pinto-Energy-and-Ashtabula-port-GTL-project_62125.html
June 27, 2014
Braskem plans to build an ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) plant at its La Porte, TX, site, the company announced today. Groundbreaking for the new plant will take...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Braskem-to-build-UHMWPE-plant-at-Texas-site_62124.html
June 27, 2014
Kraton unveils innovation center in mid-Ohio Valley. Kraton Performance Polymers says it has opened an innovation center at Belpre, OH. The pilot facility allows Kraton to manufacture...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Kraton-opens-innovation-center-in-Ohio_62114.html
June 26, 2014
Monsanto today reported fiscal third-quarter net income down 5.6% year-on-year (YOY), to $858 million, on sales that were roughly flat YOY, at $4.25 billion. The company also announced plans to repurchase $10-billion in shares as part of plans for a more aggressive debt and capital structure....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Monsanto-beats-estimates-despite-fall-in-net-income-plans-$10-billion-share-buyback_62016.html
June 26, 2014
H.B. Fuller has announced fiscal second-quarter net income of $20.5 million, or 40 cts/share, down 20.8% year-on-year (YOY), on sales up 4.8%, to $544 million. Adjusted earnings...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/H-B-Fuller-net-income-falls-despite-sales-increase_62051.html
June 26, 2014
Ashta Chemicals (Ashtabula, OH) says it will invest $60 million to convert its mercury-cell chlor-alkali plant to membrane-cell technology. Ineos Technologies will provide process design services and three Bichlor bipolar electrolyzers....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Ashta-Chemicals-to-convert-Ohio-chlor-alkali-plant-to-membrane-cell-process_62021.html
June 25, 2014
EPA today released its final risk assessment for trichloroethylene (TCE)—the first such assessment to be completed as part of the agency’s Toxic Substances Control Act...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/EPA-issues-final-risk-assessment-for-TCE_62040.html
June 25, 2014
Bayer said today that it has issued two hybrid bonds with a total volume of €3.25 billion ($4.43 billion) as the first step in refinancing the $14.2-billion bridge loan arranged...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Bayer-issues-hybrid-capital-of-&euro3-25-billion-to-finance-Merck-and-Co-s-consumer-care-acquisition_62039.html
June 25, 2014
Cytec says it has named Daniel Darazsdi to be the company’s new v.p. and CFO, effective 4 August. Darazsdi replaces David Drillock, who announced his retirement in February...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Cytec-names-new-CFO_62035.html
June 25, 2014
Omnova today reported fiscal second-quarter earnings up 17.2% year-on-year (YOY), to $3.4 million, or 7 cts/share, on sales down 1.6%, to $266.4 million. Adjusted earnings from...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Omnova-net-income-rises-but-misses-estimates_62018.html
June 25, 2014
Olin says it is refinancing its 8.875% senior bonds due in 2019, using an existing $265-million senior revolving credit facility and a delayed draw-down term loan to pay down the debt...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Olin-refinances-debt-rearranges-credit-facilities_62017.html
June 25, 2014
Kraton Performance Polymers’ planned merger with the styrenics block copolymers (SBC) unit of LCY Chemical (Taiwan) may not pay off for two years later than expected, the company said on 24 June. The company’s stock price fell 14% the day of the announcement, losing $3.60/share to close at $21.53/share....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Kraton-shares-fall-14-percent-on-weaker-post-merger-earnings-forecast_62008.html
June 24, 2014
Renewable chemical firm P2 science (New Haven, CT) announced today that it has entered into a joint development and commercialization agreement with Symrise covering renewable flavors...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/P2-Science-signs-joint-development-deal-with-Symrise_62009.html
June 24, 2014
Japan’s Toppan Printing (Tokyo) has announced plans to build a new transparent barrier films production facility in the US state of Georgia. The plant, which will be...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Toppan-Printing-to-build-barrier-films-plant-in-US_62006.html
June 24, 2014
MACROECONOMIC STATUS Our running tab of positive indicators was 15 out of 20 this week. Thus, we continue to post a green banner. Consumer Prices up 0.4%; up 2.1% Y/Y Housing Starts...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/ACCs-economic-outlook-for-the-week-ended-20-June-2014_61993.html
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