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March 4, 2015
DuPont and activist hedge fund Trian Fund Management (New York) this week traded barbs over DuPont’s rejection of a universal proxy card for the company’s upcoming board of...
March 4, 2015
Europe-based chemical companies will benefit from the weakening of the euro against other major currencies, especially the US dollar, says Moody’s Investors Service in a research...
March 3, 2015
Arsenal Capital’s Accella Performance Materials (St. Louis), a maker of custom polyurethanes and recycled rubber products, has acquired IPS Polymer Systems (Rancho Cucamonga...
February 19, 2015
Chemical distributor Overlack (Mönchengladbach, Germany) says that it has obtained a tranche of mezzanine financing for its future growth plans from Hannover Finanz Group...
February 17, 2015
Rentech Nitrogen Partners’ board says it has retained Morgan Stanley (New York), an investment bank, in an effort to consider “strategic alternatives” for the...
February 17, 2015
DuPont today sent a letter to investors criticizing activist hedge fund Trian Fund Management (New York) and reiterating its argument in favor of management’s strategy. The...
February 11, 2015
Trian released a letter to DuPont shareholders restating its critique of the company’s performance. The letter notes that DuPont has consistently missed its financial targets in recent years, and that earnings have remained below 2011 levels over the last three years. “Had management met its financial targets since 2011, earnings per share would be 51% higher than it is today,” the letter says....
February 11, 2015
Nonwovens producer Polymer Group (PGI; Charlotte, NC) has filed for an initial public offering with the US SEC. The timing and price of the offering were not disclosed in the filing...
February 11, 2015
RAG Foundation (Essen, Germany), the majority owner of Evonik Industries, has announced an unsubordinated and unsecured exchangeable bond of €400.0 million ($452.7 million)...
February 9, 2015
Quinpario Acquisition 2, the new blank-check fund formed by former Solutia CEO Jeffry Quinn, is eyeing Arsenal Capital’s Royal Adhesives & Sealants (South Bend, IN), in a...
January 26, 2015
The Swiss National Bank’s (Bern) recent decision to remove the peg between the Swiss franc and the euro—resulting in a rapid strengthening in the Swiss currency’s...
January 19, 2015
Praxair says it is changing its exchange rate to line up with the Sicad II rate of 50 bolivars to the dollar rather than government's official exchange rate of 6.3 bolivars to the...
January 16, 2015
Quinpario Acquisition Corp. 2 has priced its initial public offering at $10/share, with the company hoping to raise $350.0 million from the offering. Quinpario is a blank-check firm...
January 14, 2015
Koppers today announced it has completed a legal reorganization of its foreign subsidiaries, allowing it to repatriate cash at a lower effective tax rate. The company estimates cash...
January 13, 2015
Hedge fund Trian Fund Management (New York) on Friday continued its campaign against DuPont management by nominating four directors to the company’s board. The four are Trian CEO...
January 12, 2015
The chemical industry will, on the whole, benefit in 2015 from lower oil prices, says a leading equity analyst. “We argue that the current fall in oil prices is primarily due to...
January 9, 2015
Hedge fund FrontFour Capital (Greenwich, CT) today released a letter criticizing the management of OM Group, accusing the company of generating a poor return on capital, and on...
January 8, 2015
MeadWestvaco (MWV) says it plans a tax-free spin-off of its specialty chemicals business, a maker of pine chemical derivatives for printing inks, adhesives, and asphalt paving, among...
January 6, 2015
A. Schulman today reported fiscal first-quarter net income from continuing operations up 6.5% year-on-year (YOY), to $13.2 million, on sales up 5%, to $615.1 million. Adjusted earnings...
December 19, 2014
DuPont today filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC; Washington) to launch a spinoff of its mostly-commodity performance chemicals business, over a year after the...
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