) announced that it will raise the price of vinyl acetate
ethylene (VAE) emulsions sold in the Americas. Celanese will
increase VAE emulsions prices by up to 4 cents per wet pound. The
revision is effective from Apr 15, 2013, or as contracts permit.
This price hike is expected to impact all applications including
adhesives, paint and coatings, building and construction,
nonwovens, glass fiber, carpet, paper and textiles.
Celanese's fourth-quarter 2012 results, released on Jan 28,
were mixed as adjusted earnings exceeded the Zacks Consensus
Estimate while sales missed the same. The company's adjusted
earnings (excluding one-time items) of 67 cents per share
exceeded the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 63 cents and the
year-ago earnings of 58 cents per share.
Earnings (as reported) from continuing operation were 60 cents
a share in the quarter compared with 61 cents recorded a year
ago. Celanese's cost reduction measures aided earnings as well as
operating margin expansion in the quarter.
Celanese's sales for the quarter were $1,501 million, down 7%
year over year, missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1,534
million. The decline was due to lower volumes in the company's
acetyl intermediates segment and the Acetate footprint
rationalization in its Consumer Specialties segment. Lower
pricing also hurt sales.
Celanese expects the challenging economic conditions to
persist in 2013. For 2013, it expects earnings growth on the back
of company-specific initiatives and to be consistent with its
long-term growth objective of 12% to 14%. The company remains
focused on enhancing the competitiveness of its products through
Celanese currently holds a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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