Johnson Matthey (JMAT)

QUOTE AND NEWS  Oct 1  Comment 
LONDON (dpa-AFX) - Specialty chemicals company Johnson Matthey Plc. (JMAT) Thursday said that on September 30, it completed the sale of its Alfa Aesar Research Chemicals business to Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. for 256 million pounds in cash....
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Financial Times  Sep 22  Comment 
Investors worry demand for diesel catalysts will take a knock
Biomass Magazine  Jul 21  Comment 
Johnson Matthey Process Technologies and Rennovia Inc. recently announced that they have successfully started-up a mini-plant for production of glucaric acid from glucose using jointly developed technology.
Reuters  Jun 25  Comment 
Specialty chemicals firm Johnson Matthey Plc said it would sell its research chemicals unit to Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc for 256 million pounds ($403 million) in cash.
Financial Times  Jun 4  Comment 
Catalytic converter group’s chief has faith in fuel despite demonisation by urban policy makers
The Hindu Business Line  Jun 4  Comment 
Britain’s top share index fell on Thursday, led lower by speciality chemicals maker Johnson Matthey after results, amid a broad sell-off in equities as bond yields ticked higher.Johnson Mat...
The Economic Times  Jun 4  Comment 
Johnson Matthey, the world's largest maker of auto catalysts, fell 3.4 per cent, among the top FTSE 100 fallers.
Benzinga  Jun 4  Comment 
Johnson Matthey PLC (ADR) (OTC: JMPLY) reported a gain in its profit for the year-ended March 31. Johnson Matthey's net profit for the fiscal year surged to 427.3 million pounds ($651.8 million), versus a year-ago profit of GBP338.7 million....


Johnson Matthey Plc (LON:JMAT) is a global specialty chemicals company that supplies products in environmental related initiatives, platinum group and precious metals, and pharmaceutical ingredients. It has three operating divisions: Environmental Technologies, Precious Metal Products and Fine Chemicals and operations in over 30 countries. In 2010, it acquired Intercat, Inc. and X-Zyme Biotechnology GmbH.[1] Its revenue is impacted by rising commodity costs, which lower profit margins for its precious metals division, and increased emissions trading regulation, which creates business for its environmental technologies division.

Business Growth

  • Revenue: In FY2011, revenue increased 27% from £7.84 billion in 2010 to £9.99 billion.
  • Net income: In FY2011, net income increased 14% from £228 million in 2010 to £261 million.[2]

Trend and Forces

Rise of emissions trading regulation and climate policy positively impacts JMAT's Emission Control Technologies division

With attention on the possibility of global warming, lawmakers are considering placing regulations on the amount of emissions to be produced from an organization or state. For example, in emissions trading (or a cap-and-trade scheme), companies or countries would face a carbon limit and would have greater incentives to reduce their emissions instead of buying excess emission credits. Established schemes include the Kyoto Protocol, European Union Emissions Trading Scheme, and Northeast US states' Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. However, as consumers demand more green products, more regulations are being considered.[3] This would benefit JMAT's revenues as it is a large manufacturer of catalyst systems for the reduction of emissions from industrial processes and for vehicle exhaust emission control. In 2011, JMAT's environmental technologies division made up 67% of its sales and increased demand for this division's products could have a significant impact on JMAT's sales.[1]

Increases in commodity prices negatively impacts JMAT's profitability in its Precious Metal division

The price of energy and commodity raw materials (such as platinum group metals, steel, aluminum, copper, zinc, etc.) has risen in the past few years. For example, due to increased demand and less production, the cost of European hot-rolled steel coil rose 25% in the first quarter of 2010.[4] In addition, due to turmoil in the Middle East in 2011 and reduced oil production, energy prices have increased drastically, rising 28% from 2010 prices and continuing to increase.[5] Manmade and natural disasters can also disrupt the supply of commodities and increase prices. Because JMAT is reliant on commodity supplies for its precious metal products, a disruption in the supply and price of commodities can decrease its profitability as JMAT isn't able to immediately pass on higher costs to its consumers.[1]


Johnson Matthey has a diversified portfolio of services so no one business competes directly with all of its services. However, its "green" initiative approach to its products, unlike that of BASF and DuPont, allows it a niche position in the market, especially as there is increased pressure to move towards more environmentally friendly products.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Johnson Matthey 2011 Annual Report
  2. Johnson Matthey 2011 Financial Statements
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