August 2007

Trends and Resources

HP Impact: HPImpact: Experience not necessarily desired core competency in chemical mergers

Chemical company consolidations are expected at high levels in the next one to two years, related to the current profit upcycle in the sector. Corporations intending to participate need to learn from ..

Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Chemical company consolidations are expected at high levels in the next one to two years, related to the current profit upcycle in the sector. Corporations intending to participate need to learn from mergers and acquisitions (M&A) high performers, says Paul Bjacek, Global Chemicals research lead with Accenture. His company studied chemical industry acquisitions between 1997 and 1Q2007 in search of best practices. Over 322 mergers were recorded in the world chemical industry for a total value of $183 billion during that period. The level of acquisitions is related to the timing of the business cycle (Fig. 3). "The window of opportunity is closing, with the next downturn projected after 20

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