“Market Cap $2.36 B As of May 2013
- Industry: Specialized Chemicals
- Founded: 2005
- Country: United States
- CEO: Thomas Casey
- Website: www.tronox.com
- Employees: 3,900
- Sales: $1.83 B
- Headquarters: Stamford, Connecticut
- #526 in Profit
Tronox Limited is engaged in production and marketing of titanium bearing mineral sands and titanium dioxide pigment (TiO2).The Company’s TiO2 products are components of everyday applications, such as coatings, plastics, paper and other applications. The Company’s mineral sands business consists primarily of two product streams: titanium feedstock and zircon. The Company operates in three segments: minerals, pigment and corporate and other. The corporate and other segments include its electrolytic manufacturing business. The Company has operations in North America, Europe, South Africa and the Asia-Pacific region. The Company operates three TiO2 facilities at the locations in Hamilton, Mississippi, Botlek, The Netherlands, and Kwinana, Western Australia, representing approximately 465,000 tons of annual TiO2 production capacity. On June 15, 2012, the existing business of Tronox Incorporated was combined with the mineral sands business under Tronox Limited.“
The company went public in 2005, when Oklahoma City-based Kerr-McGee, which had previously owned the company entirely, issued shares via an IPO on November 21, 2005. It became an independent company in March 2006.
In the first quarter of 2006, Tronox replaced Meade Instruments on the S&P SmallCap 600 index, when Kerr-McGee distributed the rest of its stock in Tronox under its former NYSE symbol TRX.B, a class B security. TRX.B started regular-way trading on March 31, 2006.
In 2008, the company’s stock price declined significantly, and both classes of stock became penny stocks.
In September 2008, the company’s stock moved from the NYSE to OTC.
On 14 January 2009, Tronox filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy. It specified that this action did not include the company’s non-USA operations.
In 2009, shareholders of Tronox sued Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (successor to Kerr-McGee) for having misled investors about the large environmental and other debts Tronox would inherit from its parent corporation. The environmental pollution included polluting Lake Mead in Nevada with rocket fuel, leaving behind radioactive waste piles throughout the territory of the Navajo Nation and dumping carcinogenic creosote in communities throughout the East, Midwest and South at its wood-treating facilities.
In 2009, the Huntsman Corporation announced it would buy certain of Tronox’s assets, such as its factories. In late 2009, Tronox terminated this deal.
Tronox emerged from Chapter 11 Bankruptcy on February 14, 2011.
Tom Casey became CEO in October 2011.
On June 15, 2012, Tronox announced that it had completed the acquisition of Exxaro Mineral Sands and combined both entities under Tronox Limited, an Australian holding company. Describing the benefits of the combination, Tronox Limited CEO Tom Casey said, “We now have the ability to sell into a lucrative titanium feedstock market while assuring our titanium dioxide customers that we have the supply to deliver quality products at reasonable prices.”
In April 2014, the federal government reached a $5 billion settlement with Anadarko (successor to Kerr-McGee) in the largest environmental contamination case in American history. According to one report, “Kerr-McGee, rather than pay for the environmental mess it created, decided to shift the liabilities between 2002 and 2006 into Tronox. Kerr-McGee, meanwhile, kept its valuable oil and gas assets.” The cost to clean up the mess inherited by Tronox from Kerr-McGee was estimated by the courts to be over $5 billion.There are contaminated sites in 22 states and the Navajo Nation. “Among the dozens of locations targeted for cleanup under the settlement is a former chemical manufacturing site in Nevada that has led to contamination in Lake Mead, abandoned uranium mines in and around the Navajo Nation, and a Superfund site in Gloucester, N.J., polluted by thorium.”
*Information from Forbes.com and Wikipedia.org
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