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March 27, 2012
LyondellBasell is issuing $3 billion in new senior debt that will be used to buy back three classes of outstanding notes due in 2017 and 2018. The currently outstanding notes have...
March 26, 2012
Topping the headlines last week, share buybacks and dividends are increasing as chemical companies continue to run up large cash balances. Over 60% of cash flow from operations was...
March 26, 2012
MACROECONOMIC STATUS Our running tab of positive indicators slipped by one to 15 out of 20 this week. Thus, we continue to post a green banner. Housing Starts down 1.1%; up 34.7% Y/Y...
March 23, 2012
This Week on CW:   Growth in the chemical industry in China is slowing, but still strong, and higher than in developed economies. Most analysts say the country can avoid a...
March 22, 2012
Chemical companies, awash in cash, have begun returning more of it to shareholders, according to a report by Jefferies & Company (New York), an investment bank. In 2011, chemical...
March 21, 2012
Fourth-quarter net income for U.S. Silica (Frederick, MD) rose 263% year-on-year, to $10 million, or 19 cts/share. Fourth-quarter revenues were up 40.5%, to $83.6 million, as sales...
March 21, 2012
DKSH (Zurich), a distribution and trading company, priced shares in its previously reported initial public offering (IPO) at SF48/share. The company placed 17.1 million shares with the...
March 20, 2012
Agrium has agreed to purchase 90% of Viterra’s agricultural retail business in Canada, and all of that business in Australia, the company says. The deal is a part of...
March 20, 2012
Omnova’s net income for the fiscal first-quarter totaled $12.7 million, or 28 cts/share, compared with $1 million, or 2 cts/share, in the year-ago period. Omnova’s fiscal...
March 20, 2012
Topping the headlines last week, Wacker Chemie reported higher volumes and sales for 2011, but lower Ebitda and net income. The company also expects a further Ebitda decline for this...
March 19, 2012
MACROECONOMIC STATUS Our running tab of positive indicators slipped by one to 16 out of 20 this week. Thus, we continue to post a green banner. Consumer Prices up 0.4%; up 2.9% Y/Y...
March 16, 2012
This Week on CW:   Shell Chemical says it is evaluating a site in Pennsylvania for a new, world-scale ethane cracker that will mostly serve the U.S. northeast. The company has...
March 15, 2012
Braskem swung to a fourth-quarter net loss of R$201 million ($112 million), compared with profit of R$356 million ($198 million) in the year-ago period. The loss was due to declining...
March 14, 2012
NewMarket Corporation has entered into a new, $650 million, five-year unsecured credit facility, replacing an older $300 million facility that would have matured in 2015. Part of the...
March 2, 2012
This Week on CW:   Some late earnings trickled in this week, and the news was mixed, though leaning negative. DSM’s fourth-quarter profits fell 43% due to flagging economic...
March 2, 2012
Momentive Specialty Chemicals reported a fourth-quarter net loss of $47 million, compared with net income of $53 million in the year-ago period. The company’s revenues fell 2% to...
March 1, 2012
KMG Chemicals says it expects fiscal second-quarter net income to be flat with the year-ago period, at $2.4 million, or 21 cts/share. The company’s fiscal second-quarter ended on...
February 28, 2012
Topping the headlines last week, BASF reported a small increase in fourth-quarter net income, as the company was hit by economic weakness in Europe. Net income totaled €1.13...
February 28, 2012
OM Group reported fourth-quarter net income more than doubled, to $50.9 million, or $1.59/share, on sales up 50%, to $438.6 million. Sales and net income rose mostly due to the...
February 27, 2012
MACROECONOMIC STATUS Our running tab of positive indicators was stable at 18 out of 20 this week. Thus, we continue to post a green banner. Existing Home Sales up 4.3%; up 0.7% Y/Y New...
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