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M&A Emerges From Partial Hibernation – Too Soon?
November 29, 2020
Commodities Mentioned:
Methanol, PVC, Polypropylene, Polyethylene, Polystyrene, PET, Ethylene, Butadiene, MEG, ABS, PBT, PTA, Hydrogen, Crude, Naphtha, Natural Gas, NGLs, EDC, Lithium, Colloidal Silica, Hydrogen, Propylene, MDI, Polyols, Butyl Acrylate, Caprolactam, Acrylonitrile, Polyurethanes, Styrene, Engineering Polymers, Rubber, Paper, Aluminum
Companies Mentioned:
TPC, Lyondell, Sinopec, Invista, Kraton, ARLANXEO, Westlake, Formosa, Shintech, Oxy, Olin, Methanex, SCC, Mitsui Chem, Celanese, Natgasoline, ADNOC, Arkema, BASF, Braskem, Halder, Carbios, Cepsa, Covestro, Eastman, Elementis, Genomatica, Henkel, Iberdrola, Indorama, Invista, LG, Neste, Sasol, Solvay, Symrise, Wacker, Cabot, Orion, Navios Maritime, Avient, Lanxess, DuPont, Altium, AquaChemie. BTB PET Recycling, Clariant, Minerals Tech, Foster Partners, Gerresheimer, Henkel, Hyundai, Ineos, Shell, SQM, PipeChina, Lummus, Siemens, Audi, Snam, Nouryon, GE, Dow, Huntsman, Wanhua, Total, Exxon, Borealis, Chandra Asri, Coexpan, Croda, Iberchem, DSM, Flugger, IMCD, SABIC, Aramco, STADLER, WeylChem, Amazon, Nova, CP Chem, Trinseo, BASF, P&G, Coke, Suez

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M&A Emerges From Partial Hibernation – Too Soon?


  • Global chemical sector M&A activity has recently surged. Some remain special situations, but others are likely the result of discussions that started before the Pandemic, where both sides are now comfortable that they understand the risks.
  • Despite the recent uptick in sector M&A activity, prior recessions delayed many major strategic moves as companies waited to see how the landscape settled, given the general acceleration of commoditization during periods of stress. We do not expect this time will be different but discuss some potential exceptions.
  • The overall global chemical market heads into the last month of the year with higher prices and momentum than we would have expected 6 months ago. So far, 4Q20 shows little seasonal weakness relative to 3Q, and though December may be weaker MoM, we find sector indicators broadly suggesting oversupply in 1H21.

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