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March 23, 2015
DuPont today filed proxy materials with SEC recommending that shareholders vote for its 12 board nominees in its ongoing fight with activist hedge fund Trian Fund Management (New...
March 18, 2015
Platform Specialty Products today reported a fourth-quarter net loss of $266.7 million, compared with a loss of $200.1 million in the year-ago quarter. Net sales grew 47.7%...
March 13, 2015
One Rock Capital (New York), a private equity firm associated with Mitsubishi Corp., has purchased a stake in Compass Chemical (Smyrna, GA), a maker of organophosphates. Terms of the...
March 12, 2015
Activist hedge fund Trian Fund Management (New York) today released a letter to DuPont management commenting on fund founder and CEO Nelson Peltz’s experience on corporate...
March 10, 2015
Fuels and lubricants maker Calumet Specialty Products today priced a public unit offering at $26.75/unit. The company is selling 6 million common units in an offering expected to close...
March 5, 2015
The strengthening US dollar will be a mild negative for the credit for major US chemical companies, according to a new report by Moody’s Investors Service (New York), a ratings...
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...
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