|Chemical compounds: Q4 2013
Improving economic conditions in the US, a quality supply of divested assets, and opportunities from shale gas has supported the fourth quarter’s M&A environment,” said A.J. Scamuffa, US chemicals leader for PwC. “Specialty chemical targets played a major factor in fourth quarter deal value, accounting for five of the six mega deals completed in the final three months of 2013. Buyers have been attracted to targets with higher margins and lower cyclicality, and the specialty market fits that criteria. At the same time, we’re seeing ongoing interest in chemical businesses and assets that have benefited from the ongoing expansion of shale gas, which has decreased raw material and energy costs.
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|Shale gas: Reshaping the US chemicals industry
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|Tax technology: Creating a strategic asset
How do manufacturing companies use technology in their tax functions? PwC and the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) surveyed more than 100 companies to uncover leading practices and challenges in applying technology to the tax function.
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|Assessing tax 2013 tax rate benchmarking study - Chemicals analysis
Tax rate benchmarking can give company executives valuable data and insight into their tax functions. PwC's report Assessing tax, a benchmarking study for industrial products and automotive sectors, analyzes tax rate metrics for 316 companies, highlighting general trends and details by industry sector.
|A homecoming for US manufacturing? Why a resurgence in US manufacturing may be the next big bet
The manufacturing sector in the US is rebounding. Factors that could impact reshoring decisions include labor, materials, transportation/energy costs, market demand, the availability of talent and capital, tax rates, and currency fluctuations.
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|Shale gas: A renaissance in US manufacturing?
A PwC analysis finds that full-scale and robust shale gas development through 2025 could yield a number of potential benefits for the industrial manufacturing, chemicals, and metals industries.