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December 10, 2012
MACROECONOMIC STATUS Our running tab of positive indicators rose to 15 out of 20 this week. Thus, we continue to post a green banner, though one with a distinctly yellowish tint...
http://www.chemweek.com/services/financial/ACCs-Economic-Outlook-for-the-week-ended-7-December-2012_48243.html
December 7, 2012
China’s Chengdu Tianqi Industry Group (Tianqi; Tianqi, China) has reached an agreement with Talison Lithium (Perth, Australia) to purchase Talison for C$847 million ($855...
http://www.chemweek.com/services/financial/Talison-Lithium-accepts-bid-from-Tianqi-jeopardizing-Rockwood-deal_48188.html
December 5, 2012
The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank; Washington) has agreed to provide $ 2.1-billion worth of direct loan and loan guarantee to Reliance Industries to fund...
http://www.chemweek.com/services/financial/Ex-Im-Bank-approves-$2-1-billion-in-loans-and-guarantees-for-Reliances-Jamnagar-expansion_48152.html
December 4, 2012
TPC Group is issuing $655 million in senior secured bonds in a private placement, in connection with its $850-million buyout by private equity firms First Reserve (Houston) and SK...
http://www.chemweek.com/services/financial/TPC-Group-issuing-$655-million-in-bonds_48144.html
December 3, 2012
Ecolab says the downstream process and water service business of Champion Technologies will be spun off to Permian Mud Service (Houston), Champion’s current owners, prior to the...
http://www.chemweek.com/services/financial/Ecolab-Champion-to-spin-off-Champions-downstream-business_48092.html
November 29, 2012
Sahara Petrochemicals (Jubail, Saudi Arabia) says that its affiliate, Sahara & Maaden Petrochemicals Co. (Samapco) signed financing agreements for a total amount of 1.98 billion...
http://www.chemweek.com/services/financial/Sahara-jv-signs-financing-deals-with-Saudi-banks-for-caustic-soda-EDC-project-at-Jubail_48014.html
November 28, 2012
Chemical distributors expect their businesses to hold up in 2013 amid growing regulatory and economic uncertainty, say attendees at the annual meeting of the National Association of...
http://www.chemweek.com/services/financial/NACD-2012-Distributors-cautiously-optimistic-about-2013_48008.html
November 27, 2012
Shareholders of Cookson Group (London) have approved the company's previously announced plans to separate its performance materials division from its engineered ceramics and precious...
http://www.chemweek.com/services/financial/Cookson-to-demerge-performance-materials-division-creating-a-new-specialty-chemicals-company_47955.html
November 27, 2012
The European Investment Bank (EIB; Luxembourg) has agreed to lend £100 million ($160.3 million) to Johnson Matthey, to finance the company's specialist research into emission...
http://www.chemweek.com/services/financial/European-Investment-Bank-to-help-finance-Johnson-Mattheys-carbon-emissions-research_47943.html
November 20, 2012
Credit ratings service Moody’s (New York) has raised LyondellBasell’s corporate credit rating two notches, to ‘Baa3,’ above junk-bond status. The increase...
http://www.chemweek.com/services/financial/Moodys-raises-LyondellBasell-credit-rating-to-investment-grade_47857.html
November 20, 2012
Chinese Chengdu Tianqui Industry Group (Tianqi; Tianqi, China) has submitted a C$808 million ($811 million) offer to acquire the remaining shares in Talison Lithium (Perth, Australia)...
http://www.chemweek.com/services/financial/Chinese-buyer-submits-bid-for-Talison-Lithium_47854.html
November 20, 2012
Valspar’s fiscal fourth-quarter net income totaled $73.8 million, or 79 cts/share, compared with a loss of $295.7 million in the year-ago quarter. Adjusted earnings of 86...
http://www.chemweek.com/services/financial/Valspar-beats-estimates-despite-sales-decline_47861.html
November 19, 2012
Westlake Chemical has declared a $3.75/share special dividend, payable to shareholders on 12 December. The company will spend $250 million in cash on hand to pay the dividend. Westlake...
http://www.chemweek.com/services/financial/Westlake-declares-special-dividend_47827.html
November 16, 2012
Albemarle is changing its pension accounting method to mark-to-market (MTM) accounting, effective for the 2012 fiscal year, the company says. The new method will be used when the...
http://www.chemweek.com/services/financial/Albemarle-changes-pension-reporting-method_47799.html
November 14, 2012
Moody’s has downgraded its credit outlook for the chemical industry in North America, as well as Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), the ratings service says. The outlook...
http://www.chemweek.com/services/financial/Moodys-downgrades-chemical-industry-credit-outlook_47711.html
November 14, 2012
Private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR; New York) is selling 6.9 million shares in Rockwood, the company says. Rockwood itself will receive no proceeds from the...
http://www.chemweek.com/services/financial/Private-equity-firm-selling-Rockwood-shares_47710.html
November 9, 2012
OM Group today reported adjusted earnings of 25 cts/share, 32% below analyst’s consensus estimate of 37 cts/share, as reported by Thomson Reuters (New York). The company...
http://www.chemweek.com/services/financial/OM-Group-falls-short-of-estimates-as-volumes-prices-decline_47613.html
November 7, 2012
MEMC Electronic Materials swung to a third-quarter profit of $37 million, compared with a loss of $77 million in the year-ago quarter. Earnings totaled 16 cts/share, compared with...
http://www.chemweek.com/services/financial/MEMC-swings-to-profit-as-solar-results-improve_47523.html
November 7, 2012
KeyBanc Capital Markets (Cleveland) has named Mario Toukan head of the firms’ chemicals practice. Toukan will be responsible for advising chemical clients on M&A and...
http://www.chemweek.com/services/financial/KeyBanc-names-new-chemicals-head_47494.html
November 6, 2012
In an effort to push out debt maturities, Dow Chemical is issuing $2.5 billion in senior unsecured ten and thirty year bonds. Credit rating agency Moody’s Investors Service (New...
http://www.chemweek.com/services/financial/Dow-to-refinance-$2-5-billion-in-debt_47493.html
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