George Rho
Research analyst, long/short equity, special situations, arbitrage

Olin Corp: The Foundation Is Now In Place For Superior Total Returns

Olin Corporation (NYSE: OLN) is a leading manufacturer and distributor of specialty chemicals, which have thousands of applications, including in the manufacture of PVC plastics, pulp and paper processing, water purification, pool chemicals, and bleach. The Midwestern concern is also home to the legendary Winchester name that many investors will know from their favorite western movies. Olin has been in business for over a century but it has made multiple acquisitions and divestitures over the years, including one in 2011 and another in 2012. The mainstay chemicals business, meantime, is sensitive to cyclical swings, characteristic of commodity-type operations that serve largely mature markets. As such, revenues and earnings are prone to vacillate from year to year, and the company's...

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