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4:37 PM MST | February 1, 2016 | —Robert Westervelt

Our cover story this week focuses on the fine chemical sector as it prepares for Informex in New Orleans from 2–4 February....

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Moody’s: Macro trends to hinder parts of US industry

The US chemical industry is expected to feel the impact of slower global growth, low commodity prices, and the strong dollar, according to a report by Moody’s Investors Service (New York), a credit ratings agency. “Meaningful revenue and cash flow...

Limited visibility

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Breaking trend

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The obituary of the integrated and diversified chemical model was a bit premature—at least when viewed from Dow Chemical’s headquarters in Midland, MI....

Diversified no more

Maybe the exit of the fully integrated and diversified chemical majors in the United States ends with a big bang and not a whimper. Dow Chemical and DuPont were believed to be in the final stages of negotiations over a $120-billion combination at CW press time on 10 December. A Dow-DuPont merger is expected to be followed by a three-way split, likely broken down to ag, basic chemicals and polymers, and advanced materials....

Slow growth, steady profit

The 2010s are shaping up as a slow-growth era. It’s not a lost decade by any means, but weaker growth is forcing producers to adapt to maintain margins....

Airgas cashes in

Air Liquide’s $13.4-billion, or $143/share, acquisition of Airgas is easily among the largest chemicals M&A deals since the recession. The multiple Air Liquide paid, 13.5 times (x) Airgas’ estimated annual Ebitda, is indicative of a market...

Distribution deals continue

One of our co-features this week profiles chemical distribution, including how consolidation continues to transform the sector....

Third-quarter lull

Third-quarter earnings appear to be in line with expectations despite lower revenue, prices, and weak-to-flat volumes....

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