Chemical & Engineering News

May 5, 1997


Copyright © 1997 by the American Chemical Society

100 CHEMICAL PRODUCERS RANKED BY SALES, OPERATING PROFITS, PROFITABILITY, AND ASSETS

Chemical sales Chemical operating profits Chemical operating profit margin Identifiable chemical assets Return on chemical assets
Rank Rank Rank Rank Rank
$ Millions 1996 1996 1995 1996 1996 1995 1996 1996 1995 1996 1996 1995 1996 1996 1995
Air Products $3,672.0 20 22 $605.0 12 16 16.5% 23 37 $5,676.0 10 12 10.7% 54 56
Akzo Nobel Inc. 2,372.9 30 32 na -- -- na -- -- na -- -- na -- --
Albemarle 854.5 68 51 93.4 60 62 10.9 55 73 846.3 53 39 11.0 52 66
AlliedSignal 4,013.0 15 19 567.0 13 18 14.1 39 46 3,453.0 19 17 16.4 24 40
Aluminum Co. of America 691.3 79 76 na -- -- na -- -- na -- -- na -- --
Amoco 5,698.0 8 9 924.0 5 7 16.2 26 17 6,215.0 9 7 14.9 35 25
Arcadian Partners 1,314.0 49 48 291.0 30 35 22.1 10 14 na -- 34 na -- 28
Arco Chemical 3,775.0 18 15 540.0 14 13 14.3 37 32 4,394.0 16 13 12.3 43 35
Aristech 908.0 66 62 na -- -- na -- -- na -- -- na -- --
Asarco 319.0 98 98 19.0 82 81 6.0 78 76 272.0 73 72 7.0 69 75
Ashland Oil 3,695.0 19 21 169.0 49 48 4.6 80 81 1,458.0 31 -- 11.6 46 --
BASF Corp. 4,707.0 10 12 na -- -- na -- -- na -- -- na -- --
BetzDearborn 1,037.0 58 71 125.7 56 64 12.1 52 51 1,418.3 37 53 8.9 64 39
Borden Chemicals 709.2 76 73 28.5 78 42 4.0 81 7 525.7 61 55 5.4 74 10
Borden Inc. 1,174.2 54 55 127.8 55 53 10.9 55 60 703.1 55 56 18.2 19 22
BP America 1,000.0 61 -- 120.0 58 -- 12.0 53 -- na -- -- na -- --
Bush Boake Allen 449.4 90 -- 46.5 72 -- 10.3 60 -- 407.8 65 41 11.4 48 --
Cabot 1,434.3 45 44 260.5 34 36 18.2 19 31 1,427.7 36 62 18.2 19 23
Cambrex Corp. 359.4 94 95 46.3 73 76 12.9 48 59 404.4 66 28 11.4 48 62
CF Industries 1,468.2 43 46 272.6 33 34 18.6 16 22 1,455.1 32 68 18.7 18 34
Chevron 3,422.0 22 18 299.0 27 14 8.7 65 25 2,989.0 21 20 10.0 58 34
Courtaulds 929.3 64 67 67.2 68 73 7.2 71 75 na -- -- na -- 13
Crompton & Knowles 1,519.1 42 92 216.3 40 77 14.2 38 67 1,436.6 34 69 15.1 33 57
Cytec Industries 1,259.6 53 49 136.1 52 59 10.8 57 70 1,261.1 41 33 10.8 53 68
Degussa Corp. 806.0 71 72 na -- -- na -- -- na -- -- na -- --
Dow Chemical 18,988.0 1 1 3,362.0 1 1 17.7 20 19 19,008.0 1 1 17.7 21 20
Dow Corning 2,532.3 27 27 396.0 20 28 15.6 28 46 5,114.1 14 9 7.7 67 73
DSM 954.9 63 -- na -- -- na -- -- na -- -- na -- --
DuPont 18,044.0 2 2 3,361.0 2 2 18.6 16 34 15,063.0 2 2 22.3 13 24
Eastman Chemical 4,782.0 9 11 663.0 10 9 13.9 41 33 5,266.0 13 10 12.6 41 35
Elf Atochem 1,800.0 37 36 na -- -- na -- -- na -- -- na -- --
Engelhard 1,367.0 47 56 231.4 36 44 16.9 21 39 1,446.3 33 44 16.0 28 38
Ethyl 1,149.7 55 64 169.7 48 52 14.8 34 50 1,095.2 46 45 15.5 29 53
Exxon 11,430.0 3 3 1,662.0 3 3 14.5 36 13 10,715.0 3 3 15.5 29 14
Farmland Industries 1,336.3 48 54 179.0 45 43 13.4 44 42 438.6 63 61 40.8 3 5
Ferro 574.7 83 83 36.8 76 80 6.4 74 79 312.0 70 66 11.8 44 72
Fina Inc. 1,032.0 59 60 235.4 35 33 22.8 8 6 693.0 56 57 34.0 4 3
FMC 2,293.1 32 34 341.0 25 32 14.9 33 49 2,552.0 24 25 13.4 40 43
Freeport-McMoRan 920.0 65 65 223.9 37 40 24.3 4 22 na -- 76 na -- --
H. B. Fuller 1,275.7 51 52 80.8 64 69 6.3 76 78 869.3 51 47 9.3 62 71
GenCorp 573.0 84 78 72.0 65 75 12.6 49 72 253.0 74 74 28.5 8 21
General Chemical 534.4 87 88 123.7 57 65 23.1 7 21 424.9 64 64 29.1 7 16
General Electric 6,487.0 6 6 1,466.0 4 5 22.6 9 19 9,130.0 4 4 16.1 27 45
Geon 1,144.4 56 47 29.9 77 55 2.6 82 69 736.9 54 51 4.1 76 41
Georgia Gulf 896.2 67 58 136.3 51 31 15.2 30 3 587.9 59 59 23.2 11 1
Georgia-Pacific 356.0 95 94 na -- -- na -- -- na -- -- na -- --
BF Goodrich 985.0 62 50 130.3 54 49 13.2 45 62 876.4 50 46 14.9 35 44
W.R. Grace 3,454.1 21 20 420.0 19 25 12.2 51 68 3,550.0 17 15 11.8 44 64
Great Lakes Chemical 2,211.7 33 31 445.4 17 21 20.1 13 24 2,661.3 23 21 16.7 23 33
Henkel of America 1,268.6 52 -- na -- -- na -- -- na -- -- na -- --
Hercules $2,060.0 34 33 $441.0 18 23 21.4% 11 36 $1,467.0 30 26 30.1% 6 19
Hoechst Celanese 6,906.0 5 4 500.0 15 17 7.2 71 74 8,286.0 5 -- 6.0 71 --
Hüls America 550.0 85 85 na -- -- na -- -- na -- -- na -- --
Huntsman 4,500.0 11 14 na -- -- na -- -- na -- -- na -- --
ICI Americas 4,000.0 16 17 na -- -- na -- -- na -- -- na -- --
IMC Global 2,981.0 26 35 488.3 16 27 16.4 25 29 3,436.8 20 19 14.2 39 55
International Flavors 1,436.1 44 45 296.5 29 24 20.6 12 8 1,201.6 44 32 24.7 10 12
Intl. Specialty Prod. 716.5 75 75 136.0 53 56 19.0 15 35 1,316.9 40 35 10.3 57 66
Kemira 393.3 100 100 na -- -- na -- -- na -- -- na -- --
Kerr-McGee 692.0 78 74 85.0 62 60 12.3 50 41 886.0 49 48 9.6 60 49
Laporte 665.5 80 82 90.3 61 74 13.6 43 66 na -- -- na -- --
Loctite 800.0 72 69 na -- 61 na -- 45 na -- 52 na -- 42
Lonza Inc. 400.5 92 90 na -- -- na -- -- na -- -- na -- --
Lubrizol 1,597.6 40 38 211.4 41 39 13.2 45 57 1,402.1 38 27 15.1 33 54
Lyondell Petrochemical 2,411.0 29 28 337.0 26 15 14.0 40 9 1,543.0 29 31 21.8 15 7
Mallinckrodt 332.0 97 80 27.9 79 71 8.4 67 62 339.3 69 49 8.2 66 70
McWhorter Technologies 315.9 99 -- 24.9 80 -- 7.9 69 -- 153.3 76 71 16.2 25 --
Millennium 3,040.0 24 23 283.0 31 12 9.3 63 4 5,601.0 11 18 5.1 75 --
Mississippi Chemical 428.8 91 91 84.8 63 67 19.8 14 26 341.0 68 71 24.9 9 18
Mobil 3,023.0 25 7 342.0 24 4 11.3 54 10 2,987.0 22 18 11.4 48 6
Monsanto 7,267.0 4 5 697.0 8 11 9.6 61 58 8,133.0 6 5 8.6 65 60
Morton International 1,611.7 39 41 222.0 38 38 13.8 42 52 1,427.8 35 29 15.5 29 46
Nalco Chemical 1,303.5 50 53 216.7 39 30 16.6 22 55 1,394.5 39 30 15.5 29 52
National Starch 2,455.4 28 30 360.9 22 47 14.7 35 37 2,226.6 26 23 16.2 25 46
NL Industries 851.2 69 66 71.6 66 41 8.4 67 43 1,064.3 47 43 6.7 70 49
Occidental Petroleum 4,484.0 12 10 683.0 9 8 15.2 30 27 5,429.0 12 8 12.6 41 32
Olin 1,586.0 41 43 207.0 42 51 13.1 47 70 1,058.0 48 36 19.6 17 61
Petrolite 342.1 96 96 20.4 81 82 6.0 78 80 214.9 75 75 9.5 61 74
Phillips Petroleum 3,185.0 23 26 344.0 23 22 10.8 57 44 2,399.0 25 22 14.3 38 31
Potash Corp. of Sask. 1,006.8 60 -- 186.2 44 -- 18.5 18 -- 1,654.2 28 -- 11.3 51 --
PPG Industries 1,612.0 38 40 376.0 21 29 23.3 5 11 1,179.0 45 42 31.9 5 11
Praxair 4,449.0 13 24 732.0 7 19 16.5 23 40 7,538.0 7 14 9.7 59 58
Rexene 587.8 82 79 63.4 70 58 10.8 57 28 597.5 58 58 10.6 55 26
Rhône-Poulenc Inc. 2,300.0 31 29 na -- -- na -- -- na -- -- na -- --
Rohm and Haas 3,982.0 17 16 627.0 11 20 15.7 27 54 3,547.0 18 16 17.7 21 51
Shell Oil 4,305.0 14 13 297.0 28 10 6.9 73 29 5,089.0 15 11 5.8 72 37
Sigma-Aldrich 832.9 70 70 193.1 43 45 23.2 6 15 860.7 52 50 22.4 12 29
Solvay America 2,000.0 35 36 na -- -- na -- -- na -- -- na -- --
Stepan 536.6 86 84 40.4 74 79 7.5 70 76 381.0 67 65 10.6 55 69
Sterling Chemicals 790.5 73 61 50.4 71 37 6.4 74 12 689.7 57 54 7.3 68 8
Sun Co. 466.0 89 87 40.0 75 72 8.6 66 53 na -- 73 na -- 17
Terra Industries 787.0 74 68 273.8 32 29 34.8 2 2 1,242.9 42 38 22.0 14 15
Terra Nitrogen 362.7 93 93 172.6 46 46 47.6 1 1 306.7 71 67 56.3 1 4
Union Camp 700.7 77 77 66.7 69 68 9.5 62 64 579.4 60 60 11.5 47 46
Union Carbide 6,106.0 7 8 921.0 6 6 15.1 32 15 6,220.0 8 6 14.8 37 26
Unocal 530.0 88 86 152.0 50 63 28.7 3 17 302.0 72 70 50.3 2 9
Vulcan Materials 607.0 81 81 94.7 59 66 15.6 28 46 441.1 62 63 21.5 16 30
Wellman 1,098.8 57 57 68.1 67 54 6.2 77 61 1,203.9 43 37 5.7 73 63
Witco 1,884.4 36 42 171.7 47 70 9.1 64 81 1,885.2 27 24 9.1 63 76
Zeneca Inc. 1,400.0 46 39 na -- -- na -- -- na -- -- na -- --

Note: There are 82 companies ranked for operating profit, 82 for operating profit margins, 76 for chemical assets, and 76 for return on chemical assets. na = not available.