17 February 2009 18:23 [Source: ICIS news]
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HOUSTON (ICIS news)--US chemicals producer Georgia Gulf will lay off another 5% of its workforce in the first quarter as part of a plan to reduce operating costs by $47m (€36.7m), company president and CEO Paul Carrico said in a conference call on Tuesday.
The company did not give an estimate as to how much debt it was likely to eliminate.
“We will take the necessary steps to match our operations to market conditions,” Carrico said.
For the fourth quarter, Georgia Gulf reported a net loss of $198.7m in the fourth quarter, with a 31% drop in sales.
However, Carrico added that pricing has largely stabilised since the fourth quarter, and said the company doesn’t anticipate another dramatic inventory holding loss after losing $24.8m in the fourth quarter.
“We enter 2009 much leaner, with a much better cost structure and more liquidity than in 2008,” Carrico said.
($1 = €0.78)
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