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Form 8-K for ASHLAND INC.


22-Aug-2013

Regulation FD Disclosure, Financial Statements and Exhibits


Item 7.01. Regulation FD Disclosure

On August 22, 2013, Ashland Inc. will include the information contained in exhibits 99.1-99.14, and graphic images thereof, on the "Investor Center" section of its website located at http://investor.ashland.com, or in employee communications.

Ashland is furnishing the information pursuant to the Securities and Exchange Commission's ("SEC") Regulation FD. The information contained in exhibits 99.1-99.14 is summary information concerning key metrics for Ashland's operating segments. The information is intended to be considered in the context of Ashland's SEC filings and other public announcements that Ashland may make from time to time.

Additional Information Regarding Ashland Specialty Ingredients

During the month of July, Ashland experienced artificially low sales affecting the Ashland Specialty Ingredients ("ASI") commercial unit. ASI's sales for the month of July totaled $175 million. As indicated on the June quarter analyst conference call held on July 25, 2013, ASI sales for the month of July were anticipated to be below expectation due to certain issues arising from the implementation of the global Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system. Much of the issues have been related to shipments, and as of today, ASI continues to experience these challenges. Ashland is working to resolve the issues as quickly as possible and expects to have the ERP system operating effectively by the end of September. ASI sales are expected to progressively improve in each of the months of August and September.

Additionally, guar sales within the Energy business have been lower than previously expected. As a result, management expects ASI's overall fourth quarter sales to be approximately 10% below the June 2013 quarter results. As was the case in the June quarter, guar profitability has been very low, thus management does not expect these lower sales will have a materially negative effect on ASI's fourth quarter profitability.

By filing this report on Form 8-K, Ashland makes no admission as to the materiality of any information in this report. Ashland reserves the right to discontinue the availability of the data in the attached exhibits.

Forward-Looking Statements
This Current Report on Form 8-K contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Ashland has identified some of these forward-looking statements with words such as "anticipates," "believes," "expects," "estimates," "may," "will," "should" and "intends" and the negatives of these words or other comparable terminology. In addition, Ashland may from time to time make forward-looking statements in its filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), news releases and other written and oral communications. These forward-looking statements are based on Ashland's expectations and assumptions, as of the date such

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statements are made, regarding Ashland's future operating performance and financial condition, the economy and other future events or circumstances. Ashland's expectations and assumptions include, without limitation, internal forecasts and analyses of current and future market conditions and trends, management plans and strategies, operating efficiencies and economic conditions (such as prices, supply and demand, cost of raw materials, and the ability to recover raw-material cost increases through price increases), and risks and uncertainties associated with the following: Ashland's substantial indebtedness (including the possibility that such indebtedness and related restrictive covenants may adversely affect Ashland's future cash flows, results of operations, financial condition and its ability to repay debt), the potential strategic transaction involving Ashland Water Technologies and the potential sale of the elastomers business (including, in each case, the possibility that a transaction may not occur or that, if a transaction does occur, Ashland may not realize the anticipated benefits from such transaction), Ashland's ability to generate sufficient cash to finance its stock repurchase plans, severe weather, natural disasters, and legal proceedings and claims (including environmental and asbestos matters). Various risks and uncertainties may cause actual results to differ materially from those stated, projected or implied by any forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, risks and uncertainties affecting Ashland that are described in its most recent Form 10-K (including Item 1A Risk Factors) filed with the SEC, which is available on Ashland's website at http://investor.ashland.com or on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. Ashland believes its expectations and assumptions are reasonable, but there can be no assurance that the expectations reflected herein will be achieved. Ashland undertakes no obligation to subsequently update any forward-looking statements made in this Current Report on Form 8-K or otherwise except as required by securities or other applicable law.

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Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits

(d)      Exhibits
99.1     Website data concerning Ashland Specialty Ingredients' sales
99.2     Website data concerning Ashland Specialty Ingredients' gross profit
99.3     Website data concerning Ashland Specialty Ingredients' volume in metric
         tons
99.4     Website data concerning Ashland Water Technologies' sales
99.5     Website data concerning Ashland Water Technologies' gross profit
99.6     Website data concerning Ashland Water Technologies' average sales per
         shipping day
99.7     Website data concerning Ashland Performance Materials' sales
99.8     Website data concerning Ashland Performance Materials' gross profit
99.9     Website data concerning Ashland Performance Materials' volume in metric
         tons
99.10    Website data concerning Ashland Consumer Markets' sales
99.11    Website data concerning Ashland Consumer Markets' gross profit
99.12    Website data concerning Ashland Consumer Markets' lubricant sales gallons
99.13    Website data concerning Ashland Consumer Markets' premium lubricants % of
         branded volume
99.14    Website data concerning Valvoline Instant Oil Change's twelve month
         rolling average sales

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