Celanese Corporation (CE - Free Report) has announced price rise for its engineered material GUR and GHR ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMW-PE) polymers. The price hike will be put into effect for all orders shipped on or after Jan 1, 2019, or as contracts permit.
The company will increase GUR and GHR grades prices by 10% in the Americas, euro 15 cents per kg in Europe and 15 cents per kg in Asia. However, the final price for individual grades may differ.
Celanese is taking appropriate pricing actions amid a volatile pricing environment for raw materials. The company’s measures, including operational cost savings through productivity actions and price hike initiatives, are likely to provide an impetus to its earnings in 2018.
In the past six months, Celanese has underperformed the industry it belongs to. The stock lost around 23.6% compared with the industry’s decline of 11.9%.
During the third-quarter earnings call, Celanese raised its adjusted earnings per share guidance for 2018 to roughly $10.90-$11.10, factoring in strength in Engineered Materials (EM) and Acetyl Chain units. The company expects the momentum in Acetyl Chain and EM to continue for the rest of 2018. The EM segment is expected to maintain the pace of earnings growth, with traction from new projects and bolt-on acquisitions.
This chemical maker benefited from gains in its EM and Acetyl Chain units in the third quarter. Higher pricing across these businesses also supported results.
However, Celanese saw lower pricing in the quarter at its Acetate Tow segment due to reduced industry capacity utilization, partly masked by mix and productivity gains.
Celanese Corporation Price and Consensus
Zacks Rank & Other Stocks to Consider
Celanese currently carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).
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