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  • Mon, Sep. 28, 12:58 PM
    • Huntsman (HUN -23.8%) plunges by nearly 25% following an earnings warning from the company after Friday's market close that lower titanium dioxide pricing, currency headwinds, soft demand in Asia, lower oil prices and a delay in benefits from lower raw material prices will negatively impact Q3 earnings.
    • HUN says it also sees lower margins for methyl tertiary butyl ether due to lower oil prices and forecast continued lower MDI urethane component product margins in the Asia Pacific region.
    • CEO Peter Huntsman says he is "optimistic about the future" despite the short-term headwinds, and that the company anticipates Q4 adjusted EBITDA similar to Q3 at ~$300M, similar to last year's level; HUN also remains committed to a separation of the pigments and additives business by year-end 2016 or sooner.
    • Other chemical companies also are lower: DOW -2.7%, DD -1.7%, EMN -4%, ASH -4.3%, CC -7.6%, KRO -1%, SHLM -3.1%, LYB -4.1%, SSL -4%, OTCQX:BASFY -1.3%.
    | Mon, Sep. 28, 12:58 PM | 7 Comments
  • Wed, Jun. 3, 12:55 PM
    • BASF (OTCQX:BASFY) is considering a potential offer for Syngenta (SYT +4.4%), and is speaking to investment bankers about the possibility of an offer, according to a Reuters report.
    • SYT so far has spurned a $45B takeover offer from Monsanto (MON -0.3%), but lawyers representing the two companies reportedly have met to discuss whether regulatory obstacles can be overcome.
    | Wed, Jun. 3, 12:55 PM | 4 Comments
  • Thu, May 14, 3:05 PM
    • Monsanto (MON +1.7%) is trying to line up buyers for assets worth up to $8B to appease regulators before making a new takeover approach for Syngenta (SYT +1.7%), possibly within three weeks, Reuters reports, citing industry sources.
    • MON reportedly will tap Germany's BASF (OTCQX:BASFY, OTCPK:BFFAF), an existing joint venture partner, as it seeks a buyer for SYT's U.S. seeds business, which cannot be part of its proposed takeover.
    • SYT's seeds business could be worth $6B-$8B, and likely would need to be sold because authorities are expected to block MON from adding to its dominance of the U.S. soy and corn seeds market.
    | Thu, May 14, 3:05 PM | 8 Comments
  • Thu, Apr. 30, 4:55 PM
    • Syngenta (NYSE:SYT) +12.6% AH after Bloomberg reports it has been approached by Monsanto (NYSE:MON) about a possible takeover.
    • Combined with SYT, MON would become the largest player in the world for both seeds and crop chemicals and a formidable competitor to Bayer (OTCPK:BAYZF, OTCPK:BAYRY), BASF (OTCQX:BASFY, OTCPK:BFFAF) and Dow Chemical (NYSE:DOW).
    • Reports last year had said the companies held preliminary talks with advisers about a combination before SYT management decided against negotiations.
    | Thu, Apr. 30, 4:55 PM | 1 Comment
  • Sep. 20, 2013, 7:40 AM
    • Industrial biotech company Verenium (VRNM) +57.7% premarket after agreeing to be acquired by BASF (BASFY.PK) for ~$51.2M, or $4/share, a 59% premium to Thursday's closing price.
    • VRNM focuses on developing and selling high-performance enzymes used in food and fuel markets.
    | Sep. 20, 2013, 7:40 AM | Comment!
  • Apr. 12, 2011, 2:55 PM
    Monsanto (MON +2.5%) shares pull back after a Reuters report suggests BASF (BASFY.PK) is not planning a bid for the company; buyout rumors had sent the stock up as much as 4%. Deutsche Bank had upgraded the shares yesterday on valuation and faith that "its strategy will drive share gains and mid-teens EPS growth over the next three years."
    | Apr. 12, 2011, 2:55 PM | Comment!
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At BASF, we create chemistry and have been doing so for 150 years. Our portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas. As the world's leading chemical company, we combine economic success with environmental protection and social... More