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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.

November 2018 US Company Recommendation Changes

US Company Recommendation Changes: 02 Dec 2018, 9:51 PM ET - Our monthly report provides executive summaries for the forty company recommendation changes made on North American companies during the month of November.
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Versum F4Q18: Shifting to Underperform

Earnings Note: 07 Nov 2018, 11:38 PM ET - We are shifting to an Underperform recommendation on VSM due to the expected deceleration in revenue and adjusted EBITDA growth as well as the capital allocation policy focused on reinvesting in the company, M&A, and shareholder rewards.

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. 
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Versum Materials F3Q18: DS&S Strength Continues

Earnings Note: 08 Aug 2018, 8:53 PM ET - The DS&S segment had another exceptional quarter, with revenues and adjusted EBITDA posting growth of 57% and 56%, respectively. Growth continues to be driven by equipment and installation project activity in Korea and China.
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Versum F2Q18: Delivery Systems Still Delivering

Earnings Note: 08 May 2018, 11:00 PM ET - We affirm our Outperform recommendation on Versum on our expectation that the substantial growth in the Delivery Systems & Services segment will continue. Versum also offers a pick-up in spread relative to similarly rated CF Ind.

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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Versum Materials F1Q18: DS&S Surge, New Guidance

Earnings Note: 06 Feb 2018, 10:26 PM ET - Delivery Systems & Services revenues surged 86% to $115 million, driving a positive quarter for the company. Positive market conditions for WFE and MSI are expected to serve as a tailwind for the company, which increased its FY18 guidance.

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.

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. 

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.
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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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Versum Materials 4Q17: Investing in Growth

Earnings Note: 09 Nov 2017, 11:21 PM ET - Versum Materials fiscal 4Q17 results were characterized by double-digit volume growth in the Materials segment and high-single digit growth in DS&S. The strong operational performance should persist into fiscal 2018.

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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