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August 6, 2012
MACROECONOMIC STATUS Our running tab of positive indicators slipped by one to 11 out of 20 this week. Thus, we continue to post a yellow banner. Non-Farm Payrolls up 163,000...
August 3, 2012
This Week on CW:   Second-quarter earnings at diversified and specialty chemicals firms are reflecting economic weakness, as many companies note that the rest of the year is...
August 1, 2012
Rockwood Holdings reported second-quarter net income of $225 million—more than double the net income of $95 million in the year-ago period. However, the net income figure...
July 31, 2012
Ecolab’s second-quarter net income was up 47% year-on-year (YOY), to $185 million, due to the impact of Nalco. Sales were up 74%, to $3 billion, on the impact of Nalco. Adjusted...
July 26, 2012
Ferro recorded a second-quarter net loss of $2.8 million, or 3 cts/share, compared with net income of $19.4 million in the year-ago period. Sales fell 19%, to $482 million, on economic...
July 26, 2012
Ashland’s fiscal third-quarter net income more than doubled from the year-ago period, to $160 million, or $2/share, on the impact of the ISP acquisition. Sales were down 2%, to...
July 23, 2012
Topping the headlines last week, PPG is merging its commodity chemicals business with Georgia Gulf in a deal worth $2.1 billion. The deal will spin off PPG’s commodities business...
July 23, 2012
RPM’s fiscal fourth-quarter net income rose 18% year-on-year, to $83 million, on net sales up 12%, to $1.1 billion. Earnings totaled 63 cts/share, beating analysts’...
July 23, 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. Consumer Prices – flat --; up 1.7% Y/Y...
July 20, 2012
This Week on CW: PPG is planning to merge its commodity chemicals business with Georgia Gulf, in a deal worth $2.1 billion. The deal involves $900 million in cash to be paid to PPG...
July 20, 2012
AkzoNobel is issuing €750 million in bonds due in 2022, the company says. The bonds will carry an interest rate of 2.625%. They were in high demand, with an order book exceeding...
July 20, 2012
Cytec has closed its $439 million acquisition of Umeco (Leamington Spa, UK), a composites maker. The deal is expected to be "immediately accretive" to Cytec's earnings, with...
July 19, 2012
Cytec reported second-quarter net income of $35.7 million, or 76 cts/share up 2% from the year-ago period. Earnings from continuing operations, which exclude the coatings resins...
July 19, 2012
M&A activity in the chemical industry “has been proceeding at a more measured pace this year” compared to last, according to Fitch Ratings (New York). However, average...
July 19, 2012
PPG’s second-quarter net income rose 6% year-on-year, to $362 million, or $2.62/share, on sales that were flat at $4 billion. Adjusted earnings, excluding $3 million in charges...
July 18, 2012
NewMarket has launched a new share repurchase program that is worth up to $250 million, the company says. The program authorizes the company to buy back shares on the open market...
July 17, 2012
Analysts expect second-quarter earnings at chemical companies to be in line with expectations, albeit on the weaker side. “We expect Q2 earnings will be down 2% compared to a...
July 16, 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 with a yellowish tint. Consumer Credit up...
July 13, 2012
This Week on CW:   ACC’s mid-year industry outlook forecasts slow economic and chemicals output growth.   DuPont says the TiO2 market should be strong through the...
July 11, 2012
Bostik, Total’s adhesives and sealants subsidiary, has acquired Usina Fortaleza (São Roque, Brazil), a Brazilian tiling adhesives maker. Usina Fortaleza’s products...
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