MRC -- The Board of Directors of Westlake Corporation declared a regular dividend distribution of 50 cents per share for the third quarter of 2023, said the company.
This dividend will be payable on December 6, 2023, to stockholders of record on November 21, 2023.
This is the 77th successive quarterly dividend that Westlake has declared since completing its initial public offering in August 2004.
The statements in this release that are not historical facts, including statements regarding future repurchases of common stock, are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially, based on factors including, but not limited to, the ultimate timing, outcome and results of integrating the operations of recent acquisitions; general economic and business conditions; the cyclical nature of the chemical and building products industries; availability, cost and volatility of raw materials and utilities; uncertainties associated with the United States, European and worldwide economies, including those due to political tensions and unrest; uncertainties associated with pandemic infectious diseases; and other risk factors. For more detailed information about the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, please refer to Westlake’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022, which was filed with the SEC in February 2023, and Westlake’s Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 2023 and June 30, 2023, which were filed with the SEC in May and August 2023, respectively.
We remind, Westlake Chemical Partners LP reported net income attributable to the Partnership in the third quarter of 2023 of $13.2 million, or $0.37 per limited partner unit, compared to third quarter 2022 net income of $14.8 million. The reduction in Partnership net income in the third quarter of 2023 compared to the third quarter of 2022 was the result of higher interest expense attributable to higher interest rates on floating rate debt.
MRC -- AdvanSix's nylon sales stood at $86,056,000, or 27% of total sales, for 3Q 2023 versus $141,017,000, or 29% of total sales, for 3Q 2022, said the company.
Caprolactam sales stood at $68,794,000, or 21% of total sales, for 3Q 2023 versus $90,818,000, or 19% of total sales, for 3Q 2022.
Chemical intermediates sales stood at $83,460,000, or 26% of total sales, for 3Q 2023 versus $115,268,000, or 24% of total sales, for 3Q 2022. Ammonium sulfate sales stood at $84,597,000, or 26% of total sales, for 3Q 2023 versus $131,666,000, or 28% of total sales, for 3Q 2022.
We remind, US integrated nylon producer AdvanSix has ended its alliance with biaxially oriented polyamide (BOPA) film maker Oben Group but will continue to support Oben as a resin supplier. Under the alliance, formed in 2019, Oben took on the role of producing BOPA film while AdvanSix managed its commercialisation and distribution in the US and Canada.
MRC -- AkzoNobel launches industry’s first architectural powder coating that can be cured at temperatures as low as 150°C while still being Qualicoat class one certified, said Specialchem.
Curing at temperatures 30°C lower than traditional powder coatings means that Interpon D1036 Low-E can help customers cut energy consumption by as much as 20%.
It can also cure up to 25% faster than conventional powders, allowing for more products to be coated in less time. The product’s sustainability credentials are backed up by an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD), an independently verified assessment of a product's environmental impact across its whole lifespan.
“At a time when every business is looking to play its part in reducing energy and accelerating sustainability, Interpon D1036 Low-E will support our customers in reducing their carbon emissions as well as helping us to achieve our own target of a 50% carbon reduction across the value chain by 2030,” said Jeff Jirak, director of the company’s Powder Coatings business.
“We’re proud to be innovating solutions that are helping to tackle some of the shared issues around sustainability and energy conservation that coaters, applicators and our own business are facing,” continued Jirak.
The new range is suited to many areas of the built environment, inside and out, from building facades and windows to railings and doors or any application where an architectural certified product is typically applied. Its key features include excellent levels of durability to protect color integrity and performance.
“As we progress on the journey towards our net zero carbon ambitions, we’ll continue to work closely with our customers to understand their needs and give them the products they require so we can build a more sustainable future together,” added Jirak.
As well as committing to generating 50% fewer carbon emissions across the value chain by 2030, AkzoNobel also aims to achieve 100% circular use of materials by the end of the decade and deliver 50% of revenues from sustainable solutions.
We remind, AkzoNobel supplies bio-based paint to KIA Motors for the inside of its new EV9 electric SUV. It’s the first time the vehicle manufacturer has specified an interior bio-based coating.