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January 29, 2014
12:04 EDTDD, ALB, DOWChemical makers Dow, Albemarle rise after reporting results
Shares of two chemical makers, Dow Chemical (DOW) and Albemarle (ALB), are advancing after both companies reported stronger than expected results. DOW RESULTS: Dow Chemical reported its fourth quarter profits and revenue that both exceeded analysts' consensus estimates. The company stated that its volume had risen 2% last quarter versus the same period a year earlier, with volumes increasing in most of its operating segments and geographic areas. Overall demand was healthy last quarter and, as a result, Dow Chemical saw its margins on hydrocarbons increase, the company stated. The chemicals maker reported that the sales of all of its units except Feedstocks and Energy rose last quarter. Dow Chemical expects its earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, or EBITDA, to rise to $10 billion in the near-term, up from $8.4 billion on an adjusted basis in 2013. Dow also increased its quarterly dividend by 15% to 37c per share and expanded its authorized share buy-back program to $4.5B from $1.5B. ALBEMARLE RESULTS: Similarly, Albemarle last night reported fourth quarter profits and revenue that surpassed analysts' consensus estimates. Moreover, the company's fiscal 2014 revenue guidance also exceeded analysts' consensus outlook. Albermarle stated that it had benefited from strong growth in its refinery catalyst and clean fuels technologies businesses. The company expects the profits from its catalyst business to increase by double digit percentage levels in 2014, and it expects its earnings from its clean fuels technologies to also rise. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Dow Chemical climbed 3.7% to $44.67, while Albemarle advanced 2.3% to $64.65. Another chemicals maker, Du Pont, (DD) rose 2.85% to $61.27. Du Pont reported stronger than expected results yesterday morning and announced its own $5B share repurchase program.
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November 21, 2014
08:46 EDTDOWDow Chemical, Third Point reach agreement to add four directors to board
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November 17, 2014
08:44 EDTDDDuPont management to meet with UBS
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November 16, 2014
19:26 EDTDDDuPont probed on Texas chemical plant accident that left four dead, WSJ says
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17:04 EDTDOWThird Point attempts 'golden leash' strategy in Dow Chemical fight, WSJ says
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November 14, 2014
17:07 EDTDOWSoros Fund Management gives quarterly update on stakes
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09:24 EDTALBAlbemarle and Rockwood shareholders approve transaction
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November 13, 2014
17:38 EDTDOWDow Chemical says fundamentally disagrees with position outlined by Third Point
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17:00 EDTDDTrian Fund Management gives quarterly update on stakes
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14:17 EDTDOWThird Point creates board to guide Dow on increasing value
Dow Chemical shareholder Third Point said it "unveiled several constructive initiatives in its effort to increase the Company’s value." Third Point has launched www.Value-Dow.com, a website designed for "proactive shareholder engagement." The site includes a video narrative "detailing how Dow has fallen behind due to poor strategic decision-making by a Management team and Board best known for their track record of broken promises to shareholders." Third Point also has created an advisory board of executives with "substantive, relevant restructuring experience who are providing guidance on how Dow can increase value."
10:01 EDTDOWDow Chemical says Gulf Coast projects on track, on plan for start-up
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November 12, 2014
14:23 EDTDOWDow Chemical increases divestiture target to $7.0B-$8.5B by mid 2016
The Dow Chemical Company announced an increased divestiture target aligned to further enhance the value of its portfolio and support the company’s market-driven, integrated strategy. On track to complete its goal of realizing $4.5B-$6B in proceeds by year-end 2015, and with additional portfolio management actions underway, Dow is now increasing its divestiture target to $7.0B-$8.5B to be complete by mid-2016.
14:14 EDTDOWDow Chemical sees $1B added savings over next three years from cost measures
Dow Chemical said that as part of its ongoing and consistent drive to lower costs while increasing output that the company will continue to narrow its focus and streamline investments to deliver $1B in additional savings over the next three years.
14:13 EDTDOWDow Chemical to reduce equity base in Kuwaiti joint ventures
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14:13 EDTDOWDow Chemical raises divestiture target to $7B-$8.5B by mid-2016
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14:10 EDTDOWDow Chemical realigns external reporting segments
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14:08 EDTDOWDow Chemical to sell ANGUS Chemical to Golden Gate Capital for $1.215B
Dow Chemical announced that it has signed a definitive agreement under which ANGUS Chemical Company will be sold to Golden Gate Capital for $1.215B. The transaction is expected to close during the first quarter of 2015, subject to completion of customary regulatory filings. Dow had previously announced its intent to divest this business on Oct. 2. The divestiture aligns to Dow’s efforts to achieve its identified target of $4.5B-$6B in proceeds from shedding non-strategic assets and businesses by year-end 2015. To date, Dow has achieved $2.5B in proceeds designed to remunerate shareholders, reduce debt, and fund growth. The divestiture of ANGUS includes the business headquarters and R&D facility in Buffalo Grove, IL; manufacturing facilities located in Sterlington, LA, and Ibbenbueren, Germany; a packaging facility in Niagara Falls, NY; as well as the associated business, inventory, customer contracts, process technology, business know-how and certain intellectual property. Approximately 290 employee positions globally are expected to transition employment status as ANGUS moves to being owned by Golden Gate Capital as part of the transaction. Under terms of the purchase agreement, ANGUS will continue to honor customer, licensing and supplier contracts and related agreements.
14:06 EDTDOWDow Chemical announces sale of ANGUS Chemical for $1.215B
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07:34 EDTDOWDow Chemical raises dividend 14%, adds $5B to share buyback program
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07:31 EDTDOWDow Chemical raises dividend 14% to 42c per share
07:31 EDTDOWDow Chemical announces new $5B tranche to share repurchase program
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