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July 11, 2012
Brachem Acquisition SCA, the biggest shareholder in Brenntag, has sold all of its Brenntag shares and has exited the company. Brachem controlled Brenntag shares on behalf of...
http://www.chemweek.com/services/financial/Private-Equity-Shareholders-Exit-Brenntag_44757.html
July 10, 2012

ACC's 2012 mid-year outlook forecasts slower growth for U.S. chemical makers due to the recession in Europe weakening demand for US exports. However, consumer spending will see modest gains due to lower energy prices, helping to offset the high unemployment and low wage growth that are currently constraining incomes. U.S. GDP is expected to grow, expanding by 2.2% in 2012 and 2.4% in 2013. However there are multiple trade, tax, and other policy risks as the economy continues a slow recovery, ACC says.

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http://www.chemweek.com/services/financial/ACC-Sees-Slow-Growth-in-Mid-Year-Outlook_44775.html
July 9, 2012
Topping the headlines last week, Linde will acquire Lincare, a U.S. homecare health company, for $4.6 billion, or $41.50/share. Lincare, which grew out of Linde’s homecare...
http://www.chemweek.com/services/financial/Chemical-Finance-Digest-July-9_44779.html
July 9, 2012
MACROECONOMIC STATUS Our running tab of positive indicators remained at 13 out of 20 this week. Thus, we continue to post a green banner, but one with a yellowish tint. Non-Farm...
http://www.chemweek.com/services/financial/ACCs-Economic-Outlook-for-the-Week-Ending-July-6-2012_44762.html
July 6, 2012
This Week on CW:   Linde has acquired Lincare Holdings, a U.S. based homecare health company, for $4.6 billion, or $41.50/share. Lincare had $1.84 billion in revenue during 2011...
http://www.chemweek.com/services/financial/Chemical-Industry-Weekly-News-Round-Up-July-6_44749.html
July 4, 2012
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD; London) says it is stepping up its support for energy-efficiency programs in Central and Eastern Europe with a $150-million...
http://www.chemweek.com/services/financial/MOL-Receives-$150-Million-Loan-from-EBRD-to-Improve-Slovnafts-Energy-Efficiency_44643.html
June 25, 2012
MACROECONOMIC STATUS Our running tab of positive indicators remained at 12 out of 20 this week. Thus, we continue to post a yellow banner. Housing Starts down 4.8%; up 28.5% Y/Y...
http://www.chemweek.com/services/financial/ACCs-Economic-Outlook-for-the-Week-Ended-June-22-2012_44459.html
June 22, 2012
This Week on CW:   Cabot has agreed to buy Norit, a Dutch activated carbon maker, for $1.1 billion. Norit, which is owned by private equity firms Doughty Hanson and Euroland...
http://www.chemweek.com/services/financial/Chemical-Industry-Weekly-News-Round-Up-June-22_44441.html
June 19, 2012
After a difficult few quarters for MEMC Electronic Materials, a maker of polysilicon and silicon wafers used in solar cells and semiconductors, most observers of the company expect it...
http://www.chemweek.com/services/financial/Analysts-Expect-Turnaround-from-MEMC_44306.html
June 18, 2012
MACROECONOMIC STATUS Our running tab of positive indicators slipped to 12 out of 20 this week. Thus, we have moved to a yellow “caution” banner. Retail Sales down 0.2%; up...
http://www.chemweek.com/services/financial/ACCs-Economic-Outlook-for-the-Week-Ended-June-15-2012_44258.html
June 18, 2012
Shares in Tronox have commenced trading on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) at 9:30AM U.S. eastern time this morning under the ticker symbol ‘TROX,’ the company says...
http://www.chemweek.com/services/financial/Tronox-Trading-on-NYSE_44254.html
June 11, 2012
MACROECONOMIC STATUS Our running tab of positive indicators remained stable at 14 out of 20 this week. Thus, we continue to post a green banner. Consumer Debt up 3.1%; up 4.8% Y/Y...
http://www.chemweek.com/services/financial/ACCs-Economic-Outlook-for-the-Week-Ended-June-8-2012_44082.html
June 8, 2012
KMG Chemicals fiscal third-quarter net income rose 54% year-on-year to $4 million, or 34 cts/share, on net sales up 7.6%, to $66.6 million and higher operating margins. Sales rose due...
http://www.chemweek.com/services/financial/KMG-Chemicals-Net-Income-Soars-on-Higher-Prices_44059.html
June 7, 2012
Sachtleben (Duisburg, Germany), Rockwood and Kemira’s titanium dioxide (TiO2) joint venture, has entered into a new €430 million ($540 million) credit agreement consisting...
http://www.chemweek.com/services/financial/Rockwood-Kemira-TiO2-JV-Refinances-Debt_44044.html
June 7, 2012
Calumet Specialty Products (Indianapolis) has acquired lubricants maker Royal Purple (Porter, TX) for $335 million, the company says. Royal Purple makes lubricants aimed at the...
http://www.chemweek.com/services/financial/Calumet-Specialty-Products-Acquires-Lubricants-Firm-For-$335-Million_44031.html
June 7, 2012
Monsanto’s board of directors has authorized a three-year, $1-billion share repurchase program, to take effect on July 1. It will begin once Monsanto’s existing share...
http://www.chemweek.com/services/financial/Monsanto-to-Launch-$1-Billion-Share-Buyback_44003.html
June 5, 2012
Topping the headlines, the European Commission has cleared Eastman’s $4.7 billion acquisition of Solutia, as Solutia has scheduled a shareholders’ meeting on June 29 to...
http://www.chemweek.com/services/financial/Chemical-Finance-Digest-June-5_43983.html
June 1, 2012
The drop in natural gas prices due to new shale-related drilling and extraction will be a positive factor for the credit ratings of U.S. petrochemical companies, according to a...
http://www.chemweek.com/services/financial/Petrochemical-Companies-Credit-Ratings-Improve-from-Low-Natural-Gas-Prices_43910.html
May 29, 2012
MACROECONOMIC STATUS Our running tab of positive indicators was 15 out of 20 this week. Thus, we continue to post a green banner. Existing Home Sales up 3.4%; up 10.0% Y/Y New Home...
http://www.chemweek.com/services/financial/ACCs-Economic-Outlook-for-the-Week-Ended-May-25-2012_43777.html
May 23, 2012
Moody’s, in its near-term credit ratings forecast for the North American and European and Mideast (EMEA) chemical sector, indicated that solid growth in the developing markets as well as modest growth in North America will offset the mild recession in Europe. Price increases are expected to remain a leading driver of growth through 2013, and the high-price environment supports commodity chemicals over specialty chemicals, Moody's says....
http://www.chemweek.com/services/financial/Moodys-Predicts-Solid-Growth-in-North-American-Commodity-Markets_43686.html
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