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Financial Benchmarking and Analysis of the Global Chemicals Industry

  • May 2015
  • 80 pages
  • Frost & Sullivan
Report ID: 2919414


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This study examines the global chemicals industry, its various segments, and the key trends impacting growth. A financial assessment was performed for public companies within each segment where companies were scored on key aspects: financial management (involving profitability and activity metrics) and risk management (involving solvency and liquidity metrics). These scores were used to rank the top companies in each segment. Key financial ratios and metrics were identified and computed, which substantiated the key trends shaping the industry and provide an outlook for . The study concludes with predictions on the actions companies are likely to take to improve their financial and risk management positions.

Key Findings

•The global chemical industry has been recovering gradually since the global recession in and the Eurozone crisis in . Recovery has primarily been fueled by growth in key end-user industries such as construction and automotive.
•Rapid growth of these end-user markets in the emerging economies—mainly China, India, Indonesia, and Brazil—has created an attractive market for each segment of the chemicals industry.
•The outlook for is positive and companies are expected to capitalize on the rapidly growing emerging markets to generate more revenue.
•Large companies with established reputations will look to use their brand names and strengthen their cash flows. Excess capacity is likely to be divested and efficient working capital management will receive enhanced attention.
•In the developed markets, chemical manufacturers have adopted a survival strategy were the focus is more on outperforming competition to capture a larger market share.
•In developing markets, foreign companies are likely to resort to mergers and acquisitions (M&As), joint ventures, or sales partnerships as a market-entry strategy. Given the costs and complexities involved, the likelihood of setting up new facilities is lower when compared to inorganic expansion.

•The key financial ratios of each segment of the chemical industry were relatively stable over the study period, from to . Most companies have well-established brands and generated stable cash flows throughout the year.
•Most companies have a global presence which helps to diversify their business risks and domestic economic risks across different geographic markets. This also ensures that their revenues are stable. However, cost efficiency and asset utilization can vary, which in turn gives rise to variations in margins and profitability.
•A majority of the top performing companies in each segment were the small- and medium-sized companies (with revenues less than $xx million), most of which are based in the Asia-Pacific region. Apart from strong financial management and risk management performance, these companies are also characterized by rapid revenue growth and strong cash flows.

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