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2004 Working Capital Survey Tables
Days sales outstanding, days inventory outstanding, days payables outstanding, and days working capital in 67 industry sectors.
CFO Staff, CFO Magazine




CHEMICALS, COMMODITY
COMPANY DSO DIO DPO DWC
2003 Change '03 - '02 Change '02 - '01 2003 Change '03 - '02 Change '02 - '01 2003 Change '03 - '02 Change '02 - '01 2003 Change '03 - '02 Change '02 - '01
ARCH CHEMICALS 45 +22% -42% 51 -9% +9% 51 -3% +18% 46 +10% -42%
LYONDELL CHEMICAL 45 -0% +5% 39 +2% -24% 29 -0% -22% 55 +1% -3%
OLIN 40 -7% +16% 56 -22% +12% 30 -4% +11% 66 -21% +14%
GEORGIA GULF 70 +15% +7% 31 -7% +47% 34 +5% +47% 68 +8% +8%
GENTEK 52 -13% +11% 33 -3% +7% 16 -4% +10% 70 -10% +10%
DU PONT 46 -9% +2% 56 -17% +8% 23 -19% +22% 79 -12% +1%
A SCHULMAN 59 -10% +7% 64 +0% +7% 22 -18% +29% 101 -1% +3%
Sector Average 47 -7% +2% 52 -15% +6% 25 -14% +16% 75 -10% +0%


CHEMICALS, SPECIALTY
COMPANY DSO DIO DPO DWC
2003 Change '03 - '02 Change '02 - '01 2003 Change '03 - '02 Change '02 - '01 2003 Change '03 - '02 Change '02 - '01 2003 Change '03 - '02 Change '02 - '01
FERRO CORP 44 +19% -14% 41 -7% -24% 52 +5% -5% 33 +6% -36%
TERRA INDUSTRIES 36 +2% -1% 25 -21% -20% 21 -35% +25% 39 +18% -31%
FOAMEX INTERNATIONAL 51 -4% +4% 27 -0% +3% 28 +15% -36% 50 -10% +42%
AIRGAS 37 -9% -4% 30 -12% -1% 17 -7% +8% 50 -12% -5%
IMC GLOBAL 32 +2% -22% 51 -18% +14% 31 +13% -2% 52 -21% -1%
AVERY DENNISON 64 +0% +17% 31 +4% +16% 42 +10% +26% 53 -4% +11%
ENGELHARD 39 +6% +12% 44 +5% +7% 29 +33% -9% 54 -5% +18%
PRAXAIR 63 +2% +1% 20 -0% -3% 27 -0% -8% 55 +2% +4%
SPARTECH 57 +12% +9% 38 -2% +7% 37 +10% +15% 58 +4% +5%
ECOLAB 61 +2% -26% 21 -7% -29% 21 -7% -29% 61 +2% -26%
CROMPTON 35 +32% +6% 65 -1% -0% 39 -2% +25% 62 +16% -11%
AIR PRODUCTS & CHEMICALS 69 +4% +14% 28 +4% +3% 35 +7% +0% 62 +2% +17%
EASTMAN CHEMICAL 51 +2% -4% 44 -10% +9% 30 -7% +6% 65 -3% +1%
SOLUTIA 42 -4% -4% 36 -16% +9% 12 -10% +0% 67 -10% +2%
WELLMAN 57 +19% +2% 40 -3% -17% 30 +21% +28% 67 +4% -16%
ANDERSONS 20 -3% +7% 76 -13% -2% 26 +1% +3% 70 -14% -1%
CYTEC INDUSTRIES 54 -1% -3% 44 +23% -8% 23 -14% +35% 74 +18% -16%
H B FULLER 68 +10% +2% 42 +0% +3% 33 +1% +1% 76 +9% +3%
HERCULES 82 +6% +9% 37 +3% +10% 38 +1% +33% 81 +8% +1%
W R GRACE 64 +2% -2% 39 +13% -6% 19 -6% -6% 84 +9% -3%
ROHM & HAAS 74 -1% -4% 47 -4% +6% 35 +13% -8% 86 -8% +3%
LUBRIZOL 58 +6% -2% 55 -0% +11% 25 -1% +1% 88 +4% +5%
GREAT LAKES CHEMICAL 67 -2% -4% 65 -1% +4% 43 -1% +5% 89 -2% -2%
RPM INTERNATIONAL 77 +5% -2% 44 -4% +0% 30 +2% +0% 91 +2% -2%
POLYONE 88 -5% +0% 37 +26% -18% 32 +11% -32% 92 -1% +9%
ALBEMARLE 74 +1% +5% 67 +12% -6% 37 +31% +11% 105 -0% -2%
MILLENNIUM CHEMICALS 60 +22% -0% 99 +4% +12% 51 -21% +26% 108 +34% -4%
VALHI 57 -2% +3% 88 +8% -11% 36 -4% -7% 109 +7% -5%
CABOT 68 -5% +22% 99 -3% +64% 57 +1% +5% 110 -7% +74%
NL INDUSTRIES 57 +2% +8% 96 +13% -10% 37 -9% +0% 116 +16% -5%
IFF 62 -10% +9% 87 +3% +3% 20 -5% +24% 129 -3% +3%
SIGMA ALDRICH 50 -5% -6% 120 -6% -12% 21 -1% +14% 149 -6% -13%
Sector Average 59 +3% +1% 46 -1% +1% 31 +3% -0% 73 -0% +1%

All data based on public financials and adjusted as needed for comparability.

DSO: Days Sales Outstanding
DIO: Days Inventory Outstanding
DPO: Days Payables Outstanding
DWC: Days Working Capital
* Adjusted for effects of securitization
N/M: Not meaningful

Source: REL Consultancy Group



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