Thu, Nov. 19, 2:43 PM
- LyondellBasell (LYB -1%) says it plans to build the world's largest propylene oxide and tertiary butyl alcohol plant near Houston, in the company’s largest-ever capital investment.
- The plant would produce 900M lbs./year of propylene oxide and 2B lbs./year of tertiary butyl alcohol and its derivatives; propylene oxide is a chemical used to make everything from antifreeze to cosmetics, and tertiary butyl alcohol is a byproduct used as a solvent to make chemicals and gasoline additives.
- LYB says it will soon begin front-end engineering design work and file environmental permit applications, with a final investment decision upon completion.
- LYB is planning to spend up to $B in capital through 2020 along the Gulf Coast, and recently completed completed ethylene expansion projects at its La Porte and Channelview sites in Texas, with a third ethylene expansion project underway in Corpus Christi.
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Tue, Oct. 27, 10:19 AM
- Westlake Chemical (WLK -3.6%) is downgraded to Sell from Neutral with a $58 price target, down from $68, at UBS, which thinks upside September quarter results at Celanese (CE -0.5%), Dow Chemical (DOW +0.1%) and LyondellBasell (LYB -0.8%) may have temporarily driven recent strength in the sector.
- As the market becomes more balanced, UBS believes the potential for lower polyethylene prices is not yet fully priced in, and it sees downside risks to WLK's earnings and stock price.
Fri, Oct. 23, 10:43 AM
- LyondellBasell (LYB +0.4%) is slightly higher after reporting a Q3 earnings beat but a worse than expected 31% drop in revenue, as low oil prices cut into profit margins for North American sales.
- LYB says its Q3 quarter operating income in the Americas fell to $740M from $1.07B in the year-ago quarter while its Europe, Asia and international operating income jumped to $412M from $223M.
- Lower prices for ethylene products have pressured revenue in recent quarters, but LYB forecasts stable industry demand and operating rates in 2016 and that markets for its products will tighten into the spring.
- While North American profit margins have dropped, LYB added 800M lbs./year of ethylene capacity at its La Porte plant last year and in 2016 expects to finish another 800M lb. expansion at its Corpus Christi plant; it also plans continued growth at its Channelview complex near Houston by adding 550M lbs. in annual capacity.
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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. 21, 12:42 PM
- Petrochemical stocks shoot higher after a senior IRS official says the companies may be eligible for tax-exempt status, as the agency is reconsidering an earlier proposal that would have prevented the companies from converting into MLPs.
- A favorable IRS ruling for Westlake Chemical (WLK +5.2%) in 2012 fueled speculation that the MLP structure long popular among pipeline operators could be utilized by chemical makers, but the IRS in May proposed new rules that said petrochemical production would not qualify for MLP status unless it was part of a larger refining operation.
- WLK and Westlake Chemical Partners (WLKP +8.4%) are surging today; also rising are peers including Eastman Chemical (EMN +2.2%), Dow Chemical (DOW +1.5%), LyondellBasel(LYB +1.2%) and PolyOne (POL +1.8%), which each have chemical businesses that could be candidates for an MLP.
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Fri, Jul. 17, 10:32 AM
- Two explosions at a LyondellBasell (LYB -2.8%) plant in southern France earlier this week were criminal acts, French authorities say, although a motive has not been established.
- The pair of blasts Tuesday struck 1,600 ft. apart and set fire to two tanks at the petrochemical plant in Berre-L’Etang; investigators discovered devices nearby that could be used to set a fire as well as holes in the fence surrounding the plant.
- The complex, one of two LYB sites in southern France, covers nearly 2,500 acres near Marseille and employs more than 1,000 people.
Fri, May 8, 8:30 AM
Fri, May 8, 7:45 AM
- LyondellBasell (NYSE:LYB) +1% premarket after announcing a new share repurchase agreement for up to 10% of its shares and an increase in its quarterly dividend to $0.78/share from $0.70.
- LYB says it has bought back ~110M shares since starting a program in 2013; it now has ~473M shares outstanding.
- Separately, hourly workers striking against LYB's Houston refinery voted late yesterday to ratify a new four-year contract, clearing a key hurdle on the way to ending a three-month-long strike.
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LyondellBasell Industries NV is a plastics, chemical and refining company. The Company produces polypropylene and polypropylene compounds, propylene oxide, polyethylene, ethylene and propylene. It also provides technology licenses.
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