Why did Appaloosa initiate a position in Eastman Chemical?
Eastman Chemical Company (EMN) is a 0.61% position initiated last quarter by Appaloosa. Eastman is a producer of a broad range of advanced materials, additives and functional products, specialty chemicals, and fibers.
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Sales revenue at its Adhesives & Plasticizers division fell due to lower selling prices for adhesives resins product lines. Increased competitive pressure resulting from greater industry supply attributed to increased availability of key raw materials and additional competitor capacity leading to lower selling prices. Plasticizers sales volume declined primarily due to a seasonally lower volume in 4Q 2013 compared to higher volume in 4Q 2012. This can be attributed to the timing of substitution of phthalate plasticizers with non-phthalate plasticizers. Specialty Fluids & Intermediates sales revenue increased slightly due to higher sales volume for olefin-based intermediates products sold primarily in North America. This was offset by lower specialty fluids sales volume due to the timing of customer project completions.
A report by the American Chemistry Council (ACC) titled the Year End 2013 Chemical Industry Situation and Outlook, published in December last year, expects growth fundamentals in Europe and many emerging markets to be stronger in 2014 and the fragile recovery to gain traction. The research also anticipates positive supply chain impacts from unconventional oil and gas development in the U.S., through increased demand for equipment, chemicals, and services required for energy production in addition to lower fuel prices for all consumers.