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Momentive sales decline; earnings rise in specialty chemicals

9:52 AM MST | November 13, 2012 | Lindsay Frost

Momentive Performance Materials (MPM; Albany) and Momentive Specialty Chemicals (Columbus, OH), the thermoset resins business of Momentive, both reported drops in sales for the third quarter 2012—while Momentive Specialty reported a large rise in earnings, and MPM had a net loss in earnings. MPM reported  net loss of $81 million for compared with a loss of $32 million in the same quarter 2011,, reflecting margin compression in certain product lines and a product mix shift due to declines in certain higher-margin products, the company says. Sales were...

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