Asset writedown contributes to Cabot’s net loss for 12 months to September.

Boston, Massachussetts — For the fiscal year ended 30 Sept., 30, 2005, Cabot Corp. reported a loss of $41 million compared with earnings of $124 million for fiscal year 2004. The 2005 figure included $183 million of after tax charges for some exceptional items and discontinued operations, compared with $14 million for fiscal year 2004. These charges related to Cabot’s supermetals business area, where the company re-evaluated many of its assets, reducing the book value by some $110 million.

For the full fiscal year, profitability in…

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