* Third-quarter adj profit $0.70/ share vs est $0.52/share
* Total revenue $2.74 bln vs est $2.9 bln
* Polyurethane revenue rises 3 pct
Nov 2 Chemical maker Huntsman Corp
posted a bigger-than-expected quarterly profit as it raised
prices of some polyurethane products used in foam insulation due
to strong demand in Europe and Asia.
Over the past two quarters, the company's polyurethane
business has helped offset weak sales in its pigments division,
which makes products used in paints and coatings, plastics,
paper, printing inks, fibers and ceramics.
DuPont also said that its pigment business has been a
drag on the company, forcing it to slash jobs and cut its
full-year profit forecast.
Revenue in Huntsman's polyurethane business, its biggest,
rose 3 percent in the third quarter, while revenue from pigments
fell 30 percent. Total revenue fell 8 percent to $2.74 billion.
The company reported a profit of $116 million, or 48 cents
per share, in the third quarter, compared with a net loss of $34
million, or 14 cents per share, a year earlier.
Excluding one-time items, Huntsman earned 70 cents per
share. Analysts on average expected a profit 51 cents per share,
on revenue of $2.9 billion, according to Thomson Reuters
Huntsman shares, which have risen 55 percent this year,
closed at $15.53 on Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange.