Daily Chemical Reaction
Battling The Bulge – Chemical Markets Battle Oversupply As Higher Project Costs & Demand Risks Attack Energy Transition
- Global polymer, critical mineral, and crop prices have fallen from 2022 highs while financing costs and demand uncertainties have risen – a negative trend for global energy transition.
- The current setting benefits integrated upstream energy to extend their product chains and take share from less fortified peers – we highlight ExxonMobil and a few of its growth initiatives.
- We flag Deere 4QFY23 results, highlighting less farmer demand for new equipment amid lower crop prices and higher financing costs, and discuss why our ammonia view remains constructive.
- Critical minerals supporting the energy transition have seen prices decline in 2023, and risk has risen for related growth projects based more on higher demand than risk-adjusted economics.
- We discuss the rise in interest rates in the US and Europe relative to China, adding to Western manufacturer headwinds, the US existing home sale drop, and European economic headwinds.
Exhibit #1: Global commodity prices are lower relative to the start of 2022, while financing costs and end-consumer demand uncertainties have increased – a negative for energy transition.
Source: Bloomberg, C-MACC Analysis, November 2023
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