Perstorp (Malmo, Sweden) says a regular market sentiment survey of its chemical industry customers worldwide has found that the majority expect a “very challenging” period over the next few months due to the economic repercussions of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
The precipitous drop in demand and volatility in financial markets that has resulted from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak is causing many leading chemical makers to shift capital allocation priorities.
Shares in specialty chemical makers have seen the smallest declines amid the largest stock-market route in over three decades. The S&P 500 fell 5.4% from the start of trading on 9 March to the close on 13 March, a figure that includes a major market rally on 13 March.
Sasol (Johannesburg) said on Thursday it is considering a rights issue of new shares and an accelerated divestment program in excess of the current $2-billion target to raise funds and allay growing investor concerns about its debt.
The American Chemistry Council (ACC) is forecasting a 2.2% sequential decline in US industrial production in the first quarter of 2020, according to estimates from chief economist Kevin Swift.
Lanxess said today it expects its core profit to drop in 2020 as the global coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak looks set to weaken the company's supply- and delivery chains. It expects 2020 EBITDA to be €900 million–1.0 billion ($1.02–1.13 billion), including an impact from the COVID-19 epidemic of €50-100 million for the year.
Dow, Inc. is forecasting the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) will reduce first-quarter EBITDA by around $200 million, approximately half of which is due to reduced sales in China.
The growing economic impact of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has resulted in significant downgrades to IHS Markit’s GDP growth forecasts.
The impact of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) appears increasingly likely to be felt by chemical companies into the second quarter, and possibly beyond, as the number of new cases mounts around the world.
The trajectory of chemical M&A volumes and values diverged during the fourth-quarter of 2019. On a year-on-year (YOY) basis, M&A volumes were down by 7.1%, to 65 transactions, while values more than tripled, from $16.5 billion to $54.0 billion, according to CW data.
Major Japan-based chemical companies have released their consolidated results for the fiscal first nine months ended 31 December 2019. Firms such as Mitsubishi Chemical, Toray Industries, Sumitomo Chemical, Asahi Kasei, Mitsui Chemicals, Teijin, Tosoh, and Ube Industries report declines in income citing lower demand and weakening market conditions caused partly by US-China trade friction.
Japan's chemical industry witnessed the announcement of two major M&A deals between domestic companies in 2019. Showa Denko announced plans in December to acquire Hitachi Chemical from Hitachi Ltd. and other shareholders through a tender offer.
Chemical industry stocks rallied in the fourth quarter of 2019, as signs emerged that the weak industrial economy may be strengthening. The CW75 index increased by 7.9% during the three months ended 7 January 2020, the most recently available data.
Major South Korean chemical companies' third-quarter results reflect a slowing in the country's economy.
While DowDuPont, Sinopec, and BASF topped CW’s billion-dollar-club ranking for 2018, looking at the industry’s leaders by other metrics can reveal other leaders—and laggards. Here we will take a look at profitability, investment, and some other important metrics for the industry.
An increasingly difficult economic outlook hung over second-quarter earnings announcements in the US, with most firms expecting a sluggish second half.
Chemicals M&A volumes and values rose on a year-over-year (YOY) basis in the second quarter of 2019, continuing a bull run for M&A even amid growing signs of economic weakness. Deal volumes were up by 8.3% YOY to 65, while deal values increased 23.3% to about $24.3 billion.
Major Japan-based chemical companies have released their consolidated results for the fiscal first quarter, ended 30 June.
IHS Markit’s global GDP growth forecast was broadly stable this month, at 2.8% for 2019. The forecast was revised slightly upward for the US and Japan, and slightly downward for the eurozone, UK, Brazil, and Russia.
Hexion, the long-troubled maker of formaldehyde, phenolic resins, and epoxies, has finally turned a corner after three-month stint in Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The Chapter 11 filing reduced Hexion’s debt burden by over $2.0 billion, and upon exit the company secured $2.0 billion in exit financing and $300 million in equity capital.
The new Dow and DuPont discussed their plans for capital structure and allocation at investor events last month. DuPont, which is moving $2 billion in revenue to non-core assets, is aiming to generate $160 million in synergies over the next year chiefly from an operational improvement program in man….
Fourth-quarter M&A deal activity declined substantially from the year-ago quarter as 2018 drew to a close, according to CW's M&A data.
A broad decline in equity markets in recent months, especially in the second half of 2018, has resulted in tumbling prices for chemical stocks.
Chemicals M&A in Asia is in a state of flux as China — the region's most important market – responds to the Trump administration's confrontational trade policies, as Japanese buyers look abroad and the industry in multiple countries looks to move downstream.
Persistently high valuation multiples have done little to stymie M&A in the growing flavors and fragrances (F&F) market. One of 2018's biggest chemical deals—IFF's $7.1-billion acquisition of Frutarom—catapulted IFF into a near-tie with Givaudan for the largest F&F company by sales.
In response to a rapidly deteriorating economic outlook as the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak intensifies, IHS Markit has again downgraded its global GDP growth forecasts, with a larger contraction than in 2009 now expected.
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