Georgia Gulf

Frontrunning: January 7

  • Secret and Lies of the Bailout (Rolling Stone)
  • Banks Win 4-Year Delay as Basel Liquidity Rule Loosened (BBG)
  • Hedge Funds Squeezed With Shorts Beating S&P 500 (BBG)
  • Bankruptcy regime for nations urged (FT)
  • Is the Fed Doing Enough—or Too Much—to Aid Recovery (WSJ)
  • Cracks widen in US debt ceiling debate (FT)
  • McConnell Takes Taxes Off the Table in Debt Limit Negotiations (BBG)
  • Abe Seen Spending 12 Trillion Yen to Boost Japan’s Economy (BBG)
  • Monti, Berlusconi Spar on Taxes in Weekend Media Barrage (BBG)
  • Cameron Sets New Priorities for U.K. Coalition (BBG)
  • Defiant Assad Rules Out Talks With Rebels (WSJ)
  • Korea Seen Resisting Rate Cut as Won Threatens Exports (BBG)

Frontrunning: May 7

  • Greek pro-bailout parties lack majority, final poll results (Reuters)
  • Greek Election Gridlock Raises Risk for Bailout, Euro Future (Bloomberg)
  • Socialist Hollande ousts Sarkozy as French leader (Reuters)
  • Merkozy End Means Franco-German Gulf; Greek Voters Rebel (Bloomberg)
  • Election swing leaves Greece teetering (Kathimerini)
  • Merkel's Coalition Appears to Suffer Loss in German State (WSJ)
  • The Only Solution to the Eurozone Crisis (FT)
  • Cameron Faces Clamour From Party Right (FT)
  • Falcone’s LightSquared Said to Get Week Credit Extension (Bloomberg)
  • Hungary plans three-year, 15 billion euro IMF deal: state sec (Reuters)
  • Putin pledges unity on return to Kremlin (Reuters)

Daily Highlights: 9.29.2010

  • Asian stocks rise to five-month high, Japanese bonds rally.
  • Central banks of SKorea, S'pore, Thailand & Indonesia suspected of intervening in foreign exchange markets.
  • China’s manufacturing activity accelerated in Sept - the second straight month.
  • Gold for December delivery rose to a fresh record above $1,313.00 an ounce.
  • Japan's Tankan Index rises least in 18 months as Yen gains, Economy slows.
  • US Home prices rose for the 4th straight month in July, but at a slower pace.
  • AOL acquires social software start-up Thing Labs; Terms were not disclosed.

Daily Highlights: 9.28.2010

  • ADB raises Asia ex-Japan growth f'cast for this year to 8.2% vs. July view of 7.9%.
  • ADB says Asia must refrain from tightening 'too quickly'.
  • Asian stocks fall on European debt concerns, Metal prices drops.
  • Fed weighs a more open-ended, smaller-scale bond purchase program.
  • German consumer confidence f'casts 4.9 pts for Oct, a rise from rev 4.3 pts in Sept.
  • AIG's Asian unit gauges demand for its Hong Kong listing; plans to raise $10-15B.
  • China Airlines plead guilty to fixing prices on air-cargo shipments, pay $40M fine.
  • Exelon Corp. to sell $900M of debt to fund its purchase of a Deere's wind-power unit.

Daily Highlights: 6.24.10

  • Asian stocks rose, led by material producers and Japanese trading companies.
  • China's chief auditor says rising debts of local governments are risky to economy.
  • China's yuan rises moderately against the U.S. dollar.
  • Fed offered a subdued assessment of the economy; affirmed rates would remain near zero for "an extended period."
  • G-20 countries divided on issue of stimulus spending versus soaring deficits.
  • Japan's exports rose 32.1% in May from a year earlier, the MoF - lower than expected.
  • Oil falls to near $76 in Asia on signs US crude demand.

Daily Highlights: 6.23.10

  • 56% of 106 economists, analysts surveyed expect home prices to fall this year: Macromarkets LLC.
  • Asian stocks fell Wednesday, with energy stocks among the biggest losers.
  • Banks hit by £2B yearly levy in UK; France and Germany promise similar measures.
  • Chinese steelmakers hit hard by govt saying it will scrap a tax rebate for exports.
  • Oil firms, drill operators clash on who should pay for rigs idled by the recent offshore-drilling moratorium.
  • Adobe Board grants authority to repurchase up to $1.6B in common stock by 2012.

Daily Highlights: 12.1.09

  • Australia raises interest rates by 25 bps to 3.75% as economy rebounds.
  • Auto loan delinquency rate rises in 3Q but some states improve, hinting at recovery.
  • Bank of Japan leaves benchmark interest rate at 0.1%.
  • Bank of Japan said it will provide 10 trillion yen in short-term loans to commercial banks.
  • China’s manufacturing grew last month at the fastest pace since April 2004- HSBC survey.
  • Dubai, Abu Dhabi exchanges fall for 2nd day after Dubai World debt bombshell announcement.

Next Up On the Gallows: Chemical LBOs

And y'all thought Lyondell is going to be the only spectacular chemical LBO bankruptcy. The list is long and focuses mostly on plastics makers: Ineos, Chemtura and Georgia Gulf. The third-largest producer of polypropylene sealed its fate in 2005 when it bought BP's Innovene unit for $9 billion. Net debt most recently was $9.7 billion, 4.3x more than LTM EBITDA according to CFO John Reece. Of course there is the matter of plummeting EBITDA... Doubt leverage will be there for long time.