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FMC Corporation

Agricultural Solutions manufactures Insecticides, Herbacides and Fungicides intended as crop protection tools. These are produced using synthetic biological and chemical intermediates. Insecticide, Herbacide and Fungicide products offer crop protection for cotton, sugarcane, rice, corn, soybeans, cereals and fruits and vegetables. The Lithium segment manufactures specialty lithium products that require a high level of manufacturing and technical know-how. The electrochemical properties of lithium make it an ideal material for portable energy storage, including smart phones, tablets, laptop computers, military devices and other energy storage technologies. Lithium is a critical element in advanced batteries for use in hybrid electric, plug-in hybrids and all-electric vehicles. The rate of adoption for these electric vehicles are a major growth driver for the segment. (06 Feb 2018)

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Transcript: 2018 IG & Crossover Conf-Basics Panel

Transcript: 11 Dec 2018, 5:51 AM ET - We present a transcript of the Basic Industries Panel discussion given at the CreditSights Investment Grade & Crossover conference on December 4, 2018.

LIN/PX Merger: Conditional Approval from the FTC

Worth Watching: 22 Oct 2018, 10:22 PM ET - LIN/PX Merger Update: The FTC has granted a conditional approval for the Linde/Praxair merger subject to further asset divestitures. In addition to the assets Linde had already agreed to divest in July 2018, the FTC requires the sale of furthe ..

US Strategy: What to Watch for on 3Q Earning Calls

Strategy Analysis: 11 Oct 2018, 4:37 AM ET - We surveyed our analyst teams for key sector level issues they will be paying close attention to with upcoming third quarter earnings calls beyond the typical sales, margins and earnings guidance. 

May 2018 US Company Recommendation Changes

US Company Recommendation Changes: 31 May 2018, 9:25 PM ET - Our monthly report provides executive summaries for the thirty-nine company recommendation changes made on North American companies during the month of May.

Nutrien: Tianqi Agrees to Buy NTR’s SQM A Shares

Worth Watching: 18 May 2018, 12:00 AM ET - Nutrien (Baa2/BBB) announced that it has signed an agreement with Tianqui Lithium, by which Tiaqui Lithium has agreed to purchase 62.5 mn A shares of Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile for $65/share in cash. The transaction is worth roughly $4. ..
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FMC 1Q18: Acquisition and Listing on Track

Earnings Note: 10 May 2018, 3:59 AM ET - Positive integration of the recently acquired DuPont assets, reflected in EBITDA margin growth. FMC lithium to IPO in October. 

Bayer: EC Approves Monsanto Deal, DOJ Remains

Worth Watching: 22 Mar 2018, 10:07 PM ET - Bayer 's (A3/A-) $66 bn acquisition of Monsanto (A3/BBB) was conditionally approved by the European Commission on Wednesday. The regulator's concerns surrounding competition and innovation following the merger seem to have been successfully addr ..

Tronox: EU Pauses Review of Cristal Merger

HY Note: 28 Feb 2018, 4:52 AM ET - The EU Commission paused its review of the Tronox/Cristal merger until it receives additional information from the two companies.  Although some may be alarmed, it is a fairly regular component of the EU Phase 2 process.

Section 232: The NAFTA Conundrum

Sector Analysis: 26 Feb 2018, 3:42 AM ET - Using Section 232 on Steel/Aluminum could damage supplier chains and cost structures and drive broader inflation.  A tariff gambit in such key industries could undermine the NAFTA negotiations and have immediate effects on risk pricing. 
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FMC 4Q17: Hydroxide Ramps Up, (Li)sting on Track

Earnings Note: 13 Feb 2018, 11:19 PM ET - The integration of the acquired DuPont business was on track, while the Lithium segment continued its exceptional streak, with operating earnings doubling on a yoy basis as the segment heads for a planned 2H18 listing.

Chemicals Outlook 2018 (Part 6): Petrochemicals

Sector Outlook: 01 Feb 2018, 4:07 AM ET - A significant amount of ethylene derivative capacity is expected to continue to come online throughout 2018, pressuring prices and margins. Companies will attempt to counter the incoming capacity headwinds with rising plant utilization.

Metals: Electric Vehicle Revolution

Sector Analysis: 29 Jan 2018, 2:49 PM ET - We discuss the EV market and more specifically EV batteries, supply/demand profiles of the commodities that are found within an EV battery, and our coverage companies that could stand to benefit and lose from the EV revolution. 

Chemicals 2018 Outlook (Part 5): Chlor-Alkali

Sector Outlook: 25 Jan 2018, 10:35 PM ET - With investment in chlor-alkali capacity effectively non-existent and positive manufacturing and construction trends around the globe, we expect operating rates around the world to rise in the medium term. 
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Chemicals 2018 Outlook (Part 4): Fertilizers

Sector Outlook: 24 Jan 2018, 11:05 AM ET - The fertilizers' industry remains oversupplied and we expect the trend to persist over the next twelve months. Stable prices are expected as new capacity is coupled with supply management.

Chemicals 2018 Outlook (Part 3): Industrial Gases

Sector Outlook: 21 Jan 2018, 10:14 PM ET - Improving PMI trends not only in North America, but also globally, bode well for Industrial Gas demand in 2018 and will perhaps help mark an end to the protracted period of decline in gas project backlogs.

Chemicals 2018 Outlook (Part 2): The Majors

Sector Outlook: 18 Jan 2018, 10:53 PM ET - M&A is still key within the Majors names as DWDP begins to deliver its promised synergies, Bayer looks to close the Monsanto deal, and BASF continues to opportunistically pick up assets, while riding momentum from its Chemical Segment.

Chemicals 2018 Outlook (Part 1): Specialty Chems

Sector Outlook: 17 Jan 2018, 11:12 PM ET - M&A is likely to play a large role for Specialty Chem names in 2018 as they seek exposure to higher margin products and emerging markets while rising raw materials costs may make it tricky for margins to navigate the year unscathed.
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FMC 3Q17: Lithium Stellar While India Weighs on Ag

Earnings Note: 07 Nov 2017, 11:50 PM ET - Strong Lithium pricing and volume growth from added capacity in China and Argentina led to strong quarterly results, while the Ag segment is better positioned than most following the proactive reduction of channel inventory in Brazil.

Olin 3Q17: Chlor-Alkali Drives Growth

Earnings Note: 31 Oct 2017, 7:42 PM ET - We reiterate our Outperform recommendation on Olin due to the positive trends in Chlor-Alkali Vinyls (CAV) as well as the near term focus on reducing leverage.

US IG Strategy Basic Industries: After the Storms

Sector Weightings: 14 Sep 2017, 4:44 AM ET - We present a review of Basic Industries returns, as well as some commentary around the impact of Harvey and Irma. 

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