Ashland Inc. (ASH) – Financial and Strategic SWOT Analysis Review

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Ashland Inc. (ASH) – Financial and Strategic SWOT Analysis Review provides you an in-depth strategic SWOT analysis of the company’s businesses and operations. The profile has been compiled by GlobalData to bring to you a clear and an unbiased view of the company’s key strengths and weaknesses and the potential opportunities and threats. The profile helps you formulate strategies that augment your business by enabling you to understand your partners, customers and competitors better.

The profile contains critical company information including:

– Business description – A detailed description of the company’s operations and business divisions.
– Corporate strategy – Analyst’s summarization of the company’s business strategy.
– SWOT Analysis – A detailed analysis of the company’s strengths, weakness, opportunities and threats.
– Company history – Progression of key events associated with the company.
– Major products and services – A list of major products, services and brands of the company.
– Key competitors – A list of key competitors to the company.
– Key employees – A list of the key executives of the company.
– Executive biographies – A brief summary of the executives’ employment history.
– Key operational heads – A list of personnel heading key departments/functions.
– Important locations and subsidiaries – A list and contact details of key locations and subsidiaries of the company.
– Detailed financial ratios for the past five years – The latest financial ratios derived from the annual financial statements published by the company with 5 years history.
– Interim ratios for the last five interim periods – The latest financial ratios derived from the quarterly/semi-annual financial statements published by the company for 5 interims history.

Highlights

Ashland Inc. (Ashland) is a specialty chemical manufacturing company. It also acts as a chemical distributor. The company’s product line comprises biocides, flocculants, converting additives, corrosion inhibitors, cleaners, coagulants, defoamers, specialty resins, adhesives, lubricants and coatings. It offers products to diverse industries such as transportation, water and wastewater treatment, pulp and paper, oil and gas, personal care, construction and energy. Ashland markets its products under the several brands such as brands Valvoline, Eagle One, NextGen, MaxLife, Car Brite, Zerex and Flexbon. Geographically, the company has presence across Asia-Pacific, Europe, North America, Middle East, Latin America, South America and Africa. Ashland is headquartered in Covington, Kentucky, the US.

The company focuses on expanding its product portfolio. To this end, Ashland launched two new binders for lithium ion batteries. It also introduced a fixative for use in hairspray formulations.

Ashland Inc. Key Recent Developments

Feb 23, 2015: New Valvoline Instant Oil Change Service Centers Open In Ohio And Tennessee
Jan 29, 2015: Ashland Board Declares Regular Quarterly Dividend
Jan 26, 2015: Ashland Reports Preliminary Financial Results For First Quarter Of Fiscal 2015
Nov 18, 2013: Ashland appoints Stephen F. Kirk to board of directors
Nov 14, 2013: Ashland to introduce game-changing OnGuard™ i controller for superior water and process treatment automation at the International Water Conference

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Table of Contents
Table of Contents2
List of Tables 4
List of Figures 5

  • Section 1
  • – About the Company 6
    Ashland Inc. – Key Facts 6
    Ashland Inc. – Key Employees 7
    Ashland Inc. – Key Employee Biographies 8
    Ashland Inc. – Major Products and Services 9
    Ashland Inc. – History 10
    Ashland Inc. – Company Statement 15
    Ashland Inc. – Locations And Subsidiaries 17
    Head Office 17
    Other Locations & Subsidiaries 17

  • Section 2
  • – Company Analysis 19
    Ashland Inc. – Business Description 19
    Ashland Inc. – Corporate Strategy 20
    Ashland Inc. – SWOT Analysis 21
    SWOT Analysis – Overview 21
    Ashland Inc. – Strengths 21
    Strength – Geographic Diversity 21
    Strength – Valvoline Business Operations 21
    Ashland Inc. – Weaknesses 22
    Weakness – Weak Financial Performance 22
    Ashland Inc. – Opportunities 23
    Opportunity – Growing Paint and Coatings Industry 23
    Opportunity – Launch of New Products 23
    Opportunity – Strategic Initiatives 23
    Ashland Inc. – Threats 24
    Threat – Stringent Regulations 24
    Threat – Competitive Market 24
    Threat – Raw Material Risks 24
    Ashland Inc. – Key Competitors 25

  • Section 3
  • – Company Financial Ratios 26
    Financial Ratios – Capital Market Ratios 26
    Financial Ratios – Annual Ratios 27
    Performance Chart 29
    Financial Performance 29
    Financial Ratios – Interim Ratios 30
    Financial Ratios – Ratio Charts 31

  • Section 4
  • – Company’s, Lifesciences Financial Deals and Alliances 32
    Ashland Inc., Petrochemicals, Deals By Year, 2009 to YTD 2015 32
    Ashland Inc., Petrochemicals, Deals By Type, 2009 to YTD 2015 33
    Ashland Inc., Recent Deals Summary 34

  • Section 5
  • – Company’s Recent Developments 35
    Feb 23, 2015: New Valvoline Instant Oil Change Service Centers Open In Ohio And Tennessee 35
    Jan 29, 2015: Ashland Board Declares Regular Quarterly Dividend 36
    Jan 26, 2015: Ashland Reports Preliminary Financial Results For First Quarter Of Fiscal 2015 37
    Nov 14, 2014: Ashland Board Of Directors Elects William A. Wulfsohn As Chairman And Chief Executive Officer 39
    Nov 13, 2014: Ashland: Board Declares Regular Quarterly Dividend 40
    Nov 05, 2014: Ashland Reports Preliminary Financial Results For Fourth Quarter Of Fiscal 2014 41
    Aug 19, 2014: Ashland announces price increase for unsaturated polyester resin and gelcoat in Europe, the Middle East and Africa 43
    Jul 31, 2014: Ashland Reports Preliminary Financial Results For The Third Quarter Of Fiscal 2014 44
    Jul 17, 2014: Ashland board declares regular quarterly dividend 47
    Jun 16, 2014: Ashland: New Valvoline Instant Oil Change(SM) service center opens in Akron’s Fairlawn suburb 48
    Section 6 – Appendix 49
    Methodology 49
    Ratio Definitions 49
    About GlobalData 53
    Contact Us 53
    Disclaimer 53



    List of Tables
    Ashland Inc., Key Facts 6
    Ashland Inc., Key Employees 7
    Ashland Inc., Key Employee Biographies 8
    Ashland Inc., Major Products and Services 9
    Ashland Inc., History 10
    Ashland Inc., Other Locations 17
    Ashland Inc., Subsidiaries 17
    Ashland Inc., Key Competitors 25
    Ashland Inc., Ratios based on current share price 26
    Ashland Inc., Annual Ratios 27
    Ashland Inc., Interim Ratios 30
    Ashland Inc., Petrochemicals, Deals By Year, 2009 to YTD 2015 32
    Ashland Inc., Petrochemicals, Deals By Type, 2009 to YTD 2015 33
    Ashland Inc., Recent Deals Summary 34
    Currency Codes 49
    Capital Market Ratios 49
    Equity Ratios 50
    Profitability Ratios 50
    Cost Ratios 51
    Liquidity Ratios 51
    Leverage Ratios 52
    Efficiency Ratios 52



    List of Figures
    Ashland Inc., Performance Chart (2010 – 2014) 29
    Ashland Inc., Ratio Charts 31
    Ashland Inc., Petrochemicals, Deals By Year, 2009 to YTD 2015 32
    Ashland Inc., Petrochemicals, Deals by Type, 2009 to YTD 2015 33

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