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May 2, 2014
Activist hedge fund Third Point, led by Daniel Loeb, has called on Dow Chemical to provide greater detail on its petrochemical operations, arguing that the segment is “underearning” by at least $2.5 billion/year. Third Point says in a 1 May letter to investors that the earnings gap is the result of the “result of a strategy focused more on selling downstream products than on maximizing profits.”...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Hedge-fund-Third-Point-sharpens-criticism-of-Dows-petchem-strategy_60770.html
May 2, 2014
Niagara Fiber, which is owned by private equity firm Arsenal Capital (New York), has announced it will acquire Allied Blending & Ingredients (ABI; Keokuk, IA), a maker of fiber and...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Arsenals-Niagara-Fiber-acquires-Allied-Blending_60768.html
May 2, 2014

Phillips 66 (Houston) reports that its chemical segment, comprising a 50% share in Chevron Phillips Chemical, turned in first-quarter earnings of $316 million, up 20% year-on-year.

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http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Phillips-66-chemical-earnings-up-20-percent-YOY-on-improved-benzene-margins_60767.html
May 2, 2014
Sun Pharma (Mumbai), India’s major pharmaceuticals player, said today that it is closing its Detroit manufacturing plant as part of a consolidation. The company has not said how...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Sun-Pharma-to-close-Detroit-plant_60764.html
May 2, 2014
LyondellBasell Industries has received a key permit required in the company's ethylene expansion program, the company announced today. The investments are expected to provide an...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/LyondellBasell-gets-permit-for-ethylene-expansion-at-Corpus-Christi_60762.html
May 2, 2014
Cambrex (East Rutherford, NJ) reports a 91.2% fall in net profits for the first quarter of 2014 compared with the year-ago period, to $982,000. First-quarter sales decreased 11.2%, to...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Cambrex-reports-huge-fall-in-profits_60760.html
May 2, 2014
Stepan says that Scott Behrens has been appointed v.p. and general manager/surfactants, effective 5 September. Behrens will succeed John Venegoni, who will retire on the same day...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Stepan-appoints-new-v-p-and-general-managersurfactants_60755.html
May 2, 2014
BASF today reported a 2% rise in first quarter net income to €1.48 billion ($2.05 billion) on 1.1% lower sales of €19.5 billion. Earnings before interest and tax (Ebit)...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/BASF-plans-methane-to-propylene-investment-in-the-US-reports-higher-income_60752.html
May 1, 2014
TPC Group (Houston) says its board has approved funds to proceed with the engineering of a third production unit for highly reactive polyisobutylenes. The  capacity will address increased demand spurred by changes in lubricating oil standards....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/TPC-moves-forward-on-design-of-third-polyisobutylene-unit_60751.html
May 1, 2014
Williams is considering the construction of a second ethane cracker at its Geismar, LA, facility. The company currently envisions a greenfield project in which joint-venture partners would build associated derivative capacity....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Williams-looks-at-joint-venture-ethane-cracker-for-Geismar_60747.html
May 1, 2014
Nova Chemicals CEO Randy Woelfel has left the company after failing to reach agreement on a contract extension, a company official says....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Nova-Chemicals-CEO-exits-after-failing-to-reach-agreement-on-contract_60746.html
May 1, 2014
Enterprise Products Partners (Houston) reports record first-quarter net income of $807 million, up 6.9% year-over-year (YOY) on gains in services related to natural gas, offset by petrochemicals and services related to crude oil and refined products. Sales totaled $12.9 billion, up 13.4% YOY....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Enterprise-earnings-up-6-9-percent-on-gains-from-new-assets_60732.html
May 1, 2014
Airgas today reported earnings for the quarter ended 31 March of $88.3 million, up 2% year-on-year (YOY) on sales flat at $1.27 billion. Earnings per share of $1.17/share fell below...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Airgas-reports-flat-sales-on-sluggish-conditions_60733.html
May 1, 2014
PolyOne today reported first-quarter net income of $29.4 million, or 31 cts/share, up 93.4% year-on-year (YOY), on sales up 25%, to $1 billion. Adjusted earnings totaled 44 cts/share...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/PolyOne-earnings-rise-on-Spartech-synergies_60736.html
May 1, 2014
CHS (St. Paul, MN), North America's leading farmer-owned cooperative and a global energy, grains, and foods company, said on Wednesday that it has signed an agreement with Sinav...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/CHS-to-acquire-Illinois-River-Energy-ethanol-plant_60719.html
May 1, 2014
Sasol Chemicals (USA) and Boardwalk Louisiana Midstream (BLM), a unit of Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, have signed long-term ethane and ethylene storage and transportation agreements...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Sasol-signs-storage-transportation-agreements-with-Boardwalk-Louisiana-Midstream_60718.html
May 1, 2014
Aceto (Port Washington, NY) says that its wholly owned subsidiary Rising Pharmaceuticals (Allendale, NJ) has completed the previously announced acquisition of Pack Pharmaceuticals...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Aceto-completes-acquisition-of-Pack-Pharmaceuticals_60716.html
April 30, 2014
Dow Chemical said on Wednesday that its ethylene production facilities at Plaquemine, LA experienced two separate process incidents during the week of 20 April. The incidents resulted...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Dows-Plaquemine-complex-suffers-disruption-ethylene-supply-curtailed-for-3-4-weeks_60714.html
April 30, 2014
Intrepid Potash today reported results for its first quarter 2014, including a net loss of $0.4 million, compared to a gain of $14.9 million in the first quarter 2013. Earnings per...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Intrepid-Potash-reports-net-loss-in-first-quarter_60706.html
April 30, 2014
Ashland today reported a net loss from continuing operations of $61 million, or 78 cts/share, compared with a net gain of $48 million in the year-ago quarter, on sales that were flat...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Ashland-swings-to-loss-on-restructuring-charges-adjusted-earnings-flat-YOY_60712.html
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