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April 17, 2014
09:29 EDTALBAlbemarle says sale of assets to SI Group was due to a need to consolidate
The company said consolidation and/or integration was needed to drive profitability. Expects natural gas to Jordan Bromine Company to be start around 2017. Expects to continue to enter into accelerated share repurchases in the next few quarters, including a $100M share repurchase in May, completed by July time frame. Targets to reduce working capital by $100M by 2020. Sees FY14 CapEx to decline to $100M-$125M. Comments taken from Q1 earnings conference call.
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January 29, 2015
10:49 EDTALBAlbemarle slides after giving guidance on earnings call
Share of specialty chemicals company Albemarle (ALB) are sharply lower and continuing to slide as its fourth quarter earnings call continues. Last night, the company reported Q4 adjusted EPS and revenue that missed analysts' consensus expectations. On its call this morning, the company said that its resources will be directed towards maximizing the potential of its four core businesses, namely lithium, catalyst, surface treatment and bromine, and it will pursue strategic alternatives for its three other businesses. The company said it will launch its sale process for its non-core businesses in February, with a goal of closing transactions by year end. Albemarle guided toward FY15 revenue of $3.7B-$4B, versus the consensus view of $4.22B. Albemarle said it sees FY15 EPS of $3.15-$3.70. Consensus for FY15 EPS prior to the call stood at $4.95. The company also said it sees potential for "both upside or downside" to its FY15 forecasts, depending on how currency plays out. Albemarle shares are down nearly 12% to $48.72 in morning trading as its earning call continues.
10:39 EDTALBAlbemarle drops 7% after guidance issued on Q4 earning conference call
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10:39 EDTALBAlbemarle sees FY15 EPS $3.15-$3.70, may not compare to consensus $4.95
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10:16 EDTALBAlbemarle says to pursue strategic alternatives for non-core businesses
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January 28, 2015
17:21 EDTALBAlbemarle reports Q4 adjusted EPS 99c, consensus $1.03
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January 20, 2015
07:52 EDTALBAlbemarle announces new organizational structure and senior leadership team
Albemarle announced that as a result of the completion of its acquisition of Rockwood Holdings, it will realign its global business units, effective by the end of the Q1. The new structure aligns the company's strategic assets and businesses to be market focused. The new Albemarle structure will consist of three global business units, or GBUs: Chemetall Surface Treatment, Refining Solutions and Performance Chemicals. Consistent with the new organizational structure, the company also announced its senior leadership team, all reporting to President and CEO Luke Kissam. Joris Merckx will serve as president, Chemetall Surface Treatment. Silvio Ghyoot will serve as president, Refining Solutions. Michael Wilson will serve as president, Performance Chemicals. Matt Juneau will serve as senior vice president, Corporate Strategy and Investor Relations. The leadership team changes will become effective with the realignment of the global business units before the end of the Q1. In the interim, business and investor questions should be routed to the current contact.

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