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After acquisition, PPG posts record numbers

BY HBSDealer Staff

Following its agreement last month to acquire Consorcio Comex, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based PPG Industries released what it called a record performance for its second quarter. 

PPG reported net sales from continuing operations of $4.08 billion, up 5.1% from $3.88 billion in the same quarter last year.

Net income increased 13.2% to $386 million. 

PPG announced June 30 it had reached an agreement to acquire Consorcio Comex, a leading Latin American architectural and industrial coatings company, in a transaction valued at $2.3 billion.

“Strategically, we continue to complete significant actions focused on expanding our global coatings presence,” said CEO Charles E. Bunch. “We closed several small acquisitions this year, and most noteworthy, we reached agreement to acquire Comex – one of the highest-quality coatings businesses in the world. We are excited about the value this transaction brings to PPG."

North American architectural coatings sales grew modestly, with results differing by distribution channel, the company said.

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PPG promotes McGarry to COO

BY HBSDealer Staff

Michael H. McGarry, currently executive VP of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based PPG Industries, has been appointed to the post of chief operating officer.

McGarry will have executive oversight responsibility for all of PPGs strategic business units and operating regions and for the information technology (IT), environment, health and safety (EH&S), and purchasing functions. He will remain based at PPGs global headquarters in Pittsburgh and will continue to report to Chairman and CEO Charles E. Bunch.

Michaels experience and leadership have been instrumental in driving PPGs transformation into the worlds leading coatings and specialty materials company,Bunch said. In this new role, Michaels proven operational expertise and demonstrated ability to implement our business strategies will play a key role in our continued focus to deliver increased shareholder value.

During his 33 years with PPG, McGarry has served in a variety of key business and functional leadership roles in the United States, Europe and Asia. In addition, he helped lead several strategic actions that have transformed PPGs business portfolio, most notably the acquisition of SigmaKalon; the separation of PPGs former commodity chemicals business; the acquisition of AkzoNobels North American architectural coatings business; and, most recently, the announced agreement to acquire Consorcio Comex, S.A. de C.V.

The promotion is effective Aug. 1.

McGarry joined PPG in 1981 as an engineer at the companys Lake Charles, La., chemicals complex

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HCN Stock Watch: Stocks turn down on starts surprise

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A bad day for housing starts became a bad day for the stock market. All but two of HCN’s Top 30 — which included SHW on the heels of its earnings report — were in the red on Thursday.

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