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Ashland Inc. operates as a specialty chemicals company worldwide. The company’s Specialty Ingredients segment provides products, technologies, and resources for solving formulation and product-performance challenges. It offers solutions using natural, synthetic, and semisynthetic polymers derived from plant and seed extract, cellulose ethers, and vinyl pyrrolidones, as well as acrylic and polyurethane-based adhesives for consumer and industrial applications. This segment serves pharmaceutical companies; makers of personal and home care products, food, and beverages; manufacturers of paint, coatings, and construction materials; packaging and converting markets; and oilfield service companies. Its Performance Materials offers composites, intermediates and solvents, and elastomers, including polyester and vinyl ester resins, as well as gelcoats, maleic anhydride, butanediol, tetrahydrofuran, n-methylpyrolidone, emulsion styrene butadiene rubber, and other intermediates and solvents. This segment serves manufacturers of residential and commercial building products; infrastructure engineers; wind blade and pipe manufacturers; auto, truck, and tire makers; boat builders; adhesives, engineered plastics, and electronic producers; and specialty chemical manufacturers. The company’s Valvoline segment produces and distributes automotive, commercial, and industrial lubricants, automotive chemicals, and car-care products. It also markets lubricants and automotive chemicals under the Valvoline brand name; lubricants for higher-mileage engines under the MaxLife brand name; motor oil under the NextGen brand name; synthetic motor oil under the SynPower brand name; automotive appearance products under the Car Brite brand name; and antifreeze products under the Zerex brand name. In addition, this segment operates and franchises approximately 920 Valvoline Instant Oil Change centers in the United States. The company was founded in 1924 and is headquartered in Covington, Kentucky.

11,000 Employees
Last Reported Date: 11/24/14
Founded in 1924

ashland inc (ASH) Top Compensated Officers

Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice Presi...
Total Annual Compensation: $421.2K
Senior Vice President and President of Ashlan...
Total Annual Compensation: $516.5K
Senior Vice President and President of Ashlan...
Total Annual Compensation: $456.5K
Senior Vice President and President of Perfor...
Total Annual Compensation: $449.7K
Senior Vice President and President of Valvol...
Total Annual Compensation: $388.5K
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

ashland inc (ASH) Key Developments

Ashland Inc. Ratifies the Appointment of Ernst & Young LLP as Independent Registered Public Accountants

Ashland Inc. announced at AGM held on January 29, 2015, the shareholders of the company ratified the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP as independent registered public accountants for fiscal 2015.

Ashland Inc. Declares Regular Quarterly Cash Dividend, Payable on March 15, 2015

The board of directors of Ashland Inc. has declared a quarterly cash dividend of 34 cents per share on the company's common stock. The dividend is payable on March 15, 2015, to shareholders of record at the close of business on February 13, 2015.

Ashland Inc. Announces Earnings Results for the First Quarter Ended December 31, 2014; Provides Earnings Guidance for Third Quarter, Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2015

Ashland Inc. announced earnings results for the first quarter ended December 31, 2014. For the quarter, the company reported operating income of $169 million against $143 million a year ago. Adjusted operating income was $177 million against $143 million a year ago. Adjusted EBITDA was $262 million against $236 million a year ago. Diluted earnings per share from net income were $1.40 against $0.46 a year ago. From continuing operations diluted earnings per share was $0.57 against $1.12 a year ago. Adjusted EPS from continuing operations was $1.46 against $1.12 a year ago. Cash flows provided by operating activities from continuing operations were $50 million against $18 million a year ago. Earnings from continuing operations were $40 million against $88 million a year ago. Adjusted earnings from continuing operations grow 30%. Sales were $1.4 billion against $1.4 billion a year ago. Sales fell 3%, largely as a result of foreign exchange rates and divestitures. EBITDA increased 11% to $262 million. Capital spending in the first quarter totaled $43 million. This is in line with normal seasonality and will ramp up over the coming quarters. Free cash flow for the first quarter was $7 million, in line with normal seasonality. The company expects fiscal 2015 tax rate to increase to 24% to 26%. The company continues to expect the capital spending for the full year to be $275 million to $300 million. For fiscal 2015, the company expects free cash flow of $290 million to $340 million. The company expects full year EBITDA margins to be in a 10% range as it gives back some of the raw material gains that it has seen in the first quarter and will see in the second quarter and as butane diol prices continue to fall. That's probably the most significant impact on the business as the year progresses. Utilization rates continue to fall in the global BDO market, and prices are following those utilization rates. So that will have an impact on the third quarter and fourth quarter and bring the overall EBITDA margin down somewhat below what was experienced in the first quarter.


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