|UNION CARBIDE CORP /NEW/ filed this Form 10-Q on 04/27/2017|
Union Carbide Corporation and Subsidiaries
Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements
NOTE 7 - PENSION AND OTHER POSTRETIREMENT BENEFITS
NOTE 8 - RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS
The Corporation sells its products to Dow to simplify the customer interface process. Products are sold to and purchased from Dow at market-based prices in accordance with the terms of Dow’s intercompany pricing policies. After each quarter, the Corporation and Dow analyze the pricing used for the sales in that quarter and reach agreement on any necessary adjustments, at which point the prices are final. The Corporation also procures certain commodities and raw materials through a Dow subsidiary and pays a commission to that Dow subsidiary based on the volume and type of commodities and raw materials purchased. The commission expense is included in "Sundry income (expense) - net" in the consolidated statements of income. Purchases from that Dow subsidiary were $430 million in the first quarter of 2017 ($285 million in the first quarter of 2016). The increase in purchase costs in the first three months of 2017 when compared with the same period last year is due to higher feedstock and energy costs.
The Corporation has a master services agreement with Dow whereby Dow provides services including, but not limited to, accounting, legal, treasury (investments, cash management, risk management, insurance), procurement, human resources, environmental, health and safety and business management for UCC. Under the master services agreement with Dow, general administrative and overhead type services that Dow routinely allocates to various businesses are charged to UCC. The master services agreement cost allocation basis is headcount and includes a 10 percent service fee. This agreement resulted in expense of $8 million in the first quarter of 2017 ($7 million in the first quarter of 2016) for general administrative and overhead type services and the 10 percent service fee, included in "Sundry income (expense) - net" in the consolidated statements of income. The remaining activity-based costs were $17 million in the first quarter of 2017 ($16 million in the first quarter of 2016), and were included in "Cost of sales" in the consolidated statements of income.
Management believes the method used for determining expenses charged by Dow is reasonable. Dow provides these services by leveraging its centralized functional service centers to provide services at a cost that management believes provides an advantage to the Corporation.
The monitoring and execution of risk management policies related to interest rate and foreign currency risks, which are based on Dow’s risk management philosophy, are provided as a service to UCC.
As part of Dow’s cash management process, UCC is a party to revolving loans with Dow that have interest rates based on LIBOR (London Interbank Offered Rate) with varying maturities. At March 31, 2017, the Corporation had a note receivable of $1.1 billion ($1.4 billion at December 31, 2016) from Dow under a revolving loan agreement. The Corporation may draw from this note receivable in support of its daily working capital requirements and, as such, the net effect of cash inflows and outflows under this revolving loan agreement is presented in the consolidated statements of cash flows as an operating activity.
The Corporation also has a separate revolving credit agreement with Dow that allows the Corporation to borrow or obtain credit enhancements up to an aggregate of $1 billion that matures December 30, 2017. Dow may demand repayment with a 30-day written notice to the Corporation, subject to certain restrictions. A related collateral agreement provides for the replacement of