I suppose it could be termed something of a modern-day blitzkrieg. Call it what you will. It's not as if Dow Chemical
For the quarter, the company recorded net income of $403 million, or $0.42 a share, versus $512 million, or $0.53 a share, a year ago. In addition to the aforementioned German tax change, Dow incurred another $0.04 a share during the quarter in acquisition costs. Last year's third quarter included a $0.45-per-share charge related to plant closings. If you whisk away special items for both periods, Dow, the largest U.S. chemical maker, would have earned $0.84 a share in the quarter versus a $0.98 figure year over year.
As CEOs are inclined to do, Andrew Liveris, Dow's leader, put a happy face on the company's quarter, saying, "This was another sound quarter for Dow. We posted record quarterly sales with substantial growth in Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. ... All of this underscores that our strategy to grow internationally ... is working."
But much like DuPont
The key question at Dow seems to involve the company's future. An analyst meeting scheduled for next month was recently cancelled, sparking speculation that the company could be heading toward a merger, acquisition, or other sort of restructuring. We'll no doubt find out soon about Dow's direction.
In the meantime, given a steady intensification of the nation's housing malaise and the upward march of hydrocarbons prices, I'd recommend that Fools allow Dow to weigh in with yet another quarter's results before becoming too enamored with the company.
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