Examines forecast profit / performance ratio for a commodity chemical company during a period of high uncertainty, highlighting the combined effects of input process (natural gas), industrial capacity / utilization, and cyclicality. Assuming the role of Kevin McCarthy (the top chemical industry analyst in 2004), students must analyze macro-, industry-and company-level data to determine the future performance of this company.

Examines forecast profit / performance ratio for a commodity chemical company during a period of high uncertainty, highlighting the combined effects of input process (natural gas), industrial capacity / utilization, and cyclicality. Assuming the role of Kevin McCarthy (the top chemical industry analyst in 2004), students must analyze macro-, industry-and company-level data to determine the future performance of this company.
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Edward J. Riedl
Source: Harvard Business School
12 pages.
Release date: 07 February, 2006. Prod #: 106049-PDF-ENG
Kevin McCarthy and Westlake Chemical Corp. (A) HBR case solution