SOURCE: Rothman Research

Rothman Research

June 18, 2010 08:29 ET

An Industry Recovering Through M&A

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA--(Marketwire - June 18, 2010) -  www.rothmanresearch.com - The chemical industry is slowly moving towards recovery after two years of tumultuous battle against a global and domestic economic turmoil. This industry, however, tends to swing easily with economic fluctuations, and has been on the fence in recent weeks due to the uncertainties in Europe and the potential issues with the Chinese housing sector. The 2008 and 2009 hardship the industry underwent created a platform for consolidation with M&A, partnerships and joint ventures being on top of the priority list for most big players in this space.

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"This industry is still in a consolidation chapter, and we believe M&A activities will continue to dominate the headlines. Only this week, rumors of another landscape-changing acquisition surfaced, this time in the potash segment of the industry. This is going to be an interesting chapter to follow if you are following this space," commented Jack Benassi of www.rothmanresearch.com. "There is also news that Mosaic Co. (NYSE: MOS) is looking into doing a backwards vertical integration by acquiring a Mexican fertilizer company. So far it seems that no deal was reached but this acquisition could be valued as much as $1 billion."  

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Whilst Mergers and Acquisitions seem to be major stimulants for the U.S. chemical industry, the time of IPOs seems distant. One of the most successful initial public offerings before the recession in this sector was Intrepid Potash Inc. (NYSE: IPI). The company's share soared by almost 60% in its stock debut, and yet today it is trading below its IPO price, legacy of two years of recessionary pressure.

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