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Cabot’s Earnings Fall

1:00 PM MST | January 24, 2008 | CW Editorial Staff

Cabot’s fourth-quarter net income fell 48%, to $29 million excluding special items. Earnings were $36 million including those items. Sales rose 9%, to $711 million. Volumes “grew solidly” in the carbon black business, but “rapid raw material cost increases caused a decline in unit margins,” says president and CEO Patrick Prevost. The margin decline included a “significant effect from the time lag of the feedstock related pricing adjustments in our supply contracts,” Prevost says. Results in the inkjet colorants product...

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