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|Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc. Announces Third Quarter 2010 Results|
HOUSTON, Nov. 3, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc. (NYSE: KRA), a leading global producer of styrenic block copolymers, announces financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2010.
2010 THIRD QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS
"Our results for the third quarter reflect solid operational execution and good progress in developing our innovation platforms," said Kevin M. Fogarty, President and Chief Executive Officer. " We also made great progress on several ongoing initiatives that are positioning Kraton for future growth, including the debottlenecking of our isoprene rubber latex capacity at our Paulinia, Brazil, site and our evaluation of options for a proposed addition to our hydrogenated styrenic block copolymer capacity," added Fogarty. "Our overall sales volumes in the third quarter were essentially unchanged from year-ago levels, as higher volumes in our Adhesives, Sealants and Coatings and Emerging Businesses end use markets were in large part offset by lower sales volumes in our North American paving and roofing end-use market, which continues to be adversely impacted by constrained government spending. However, sales revenue increased 24% year-on-year as higher product prices were partially offset by less favorable movement in foreign exchange rates," Fogarty said. "Lastly, during the third quarter we absorbed costs associated with the restructuring of our European operations and the secondary offering of 9,200,000 shares of our common stock," Fogarty added.
Sales revenues in the third quarter 2010 were $335 million, an increase of approximately 24% compared to the third quarter 2009. The increase in revenues compared to the third quarter 2009 was primarily the result of increased pricing in response to rising raw material costs and other factors. Sales volume in the third quarter 2010 was 81 kilotons which is comparable to the third quarter 2009.
Adjusted EBITDA in the third quarter 2010 was $55 million or 16% of revenue, compared to $53 million or 18% of revenue in the third quarter 2009.
Third quarter 2010 net income was $28 million or $0.88 per diluted share, an increase of $6 million compared with third quarter 2009 net income of $22 million or $1.12 per diluted share. The increase in the weighted average number of shares used in determining diluted earnings per share had a negative impact of $0.43 per diluted share, which more than offset the higher net income impact of $0.19 per diluted share. Third quarter 2010 earnings per share was negatively impacted by approximately $0.06 per share associated with restructuring costs and the costs of the secondary offering.
During the third quarter, net cash provided by operating activities was $72 million, compared to net cash provided by operating activities of $36 million in the third quarter of 2009 and $22 million in the second quarter of 2010. Net capital expenditures in the third quarter 2010 were $13 million versus $9 million in the third quarter 2009 and $12 million in the second quarter 2010.
END USE MARKET INFORMATION
Revenue in our Advanced Materials end use market increased $10 million or approximately 12% to $92 million in the third quarter 2010 compared to the third quarter 2009.
"Revenue for our Advanced Materials end use market increased in all regions with the exception of Asia Pacific, with the increase primarily driven by higher pricing," said Fogarty. "We continue to see positive momentum for innovation product sales in wire and cable applications, such as computer power cords, medical applications, such as IV bags, and personal care applications, such as diapers and adult incontinence products."
Revenue in our Adhesives, Sealants and Coatings end use market increased $25 million or approximately 30% to $108 million in the third quarter 2010 compared to the third quarter 2009.
"Revenue growth in our Adhesives, Sealants and Coatings end use market was seen primarily in North America and Europe, driven by higher demand and pricing," added Fogarty. "We saw increased sales in personal care and specialty tape applications; however, growth in specialty tape was constrained by a market shortage of tackifier resins, which our customers require, in combination with our inputs, to manufacture their products. In addition, we saw growth in innovation sales in applications such as white elastomeric roof coatings, where demand was supported by seasonal factors."
Revenue in our Paving and Roofing end use market increased $20 million or approximately 22% to $111 million in the third quarter 2010 compared to the third quarter 2009.
"Although revenue increased in our paving and roofing end use market, the increase was primarily due to higher pricing." said Fogarty. "During the quarter North American paving activity continued to be negatively impacted by constrained state and local infrastructure spending."
Revenue in our Emerging Businesses end use market increased $7 million or approximately 52% to $19 million in the third quarter 2010 compared to the third quarter 2009.
"During the quarter we continued to see good growth in our isoprene rubber latex business, supported by continued sales into applications such as high-end surgical gloves and condoms," said Fogarty. "We expect to complete the isoprene rubber latex debottlenecking and the isoprene rubber capacity projects at our Paulinia, Brazil and Belpre, Ohio facilities, respectively, by mid-2011. The isoprene rubber latex project will increase our production capacity by about one-third, and will help us satisfy growing customer demand for our Cariflex(TM) product line."
THIRD QUARTER 2010 DEVELOPMENTS
On September23, 2010, we announced the pricing of our secondary public offering of 8,000,000 shares of our common stock held by affiliates of TPG Capital, L.P. or ("TPG") and J.P. Morgan Partners, LLC or ("JPMP"), at a price of $26.50 per share. The underwriters had a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 1,200,000 shares of common stock from the affiliates of TPG Capital, L.P. and J.P. Morgan Partners, LLC at the public offering price less the underwriting discount to cover over-allotments, if any. On September 29, 2010, the secondary public offering was closed. Including 1,200,000 shares of common stock issued on October 4, 2010 following the exercise of the underwriters' over-allotment option, the aggregate shares sold by the affiliates of TPG and JPMP in the secondary public offering amounted to 9,200,000 shares, at a price of $26.50 per share. We did not receive any proceeds from the offering, and the total number of shares of common stock outstanding did not change as a result of this offering.
"Prices for our raw material inputs were essentially flat in the third quarter following the notable increase in raw material prices during the second quarter. We continue to expect raw material prices to be stable through the fourth quarter 2010 and into the first quarter 2011," said Fogarty. "However, the current shortage of natural rubber could lead to increased near-term demand for synthetic rubber substitutes. This may lead to increased pricing for monomers such as butadiene, which are already in tight supply. Looking into the fourth quarter, we expect the worldwide economic climate to remain positive for the balance of the year. Our current view suggests fourth quarter volume, as compared to the third quarter, will be in line with historical seasonal norms, which would result in fourth quarter 2010 volume growth compared to the fourth quarter of 2009."
USE OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
This earnings release includes the use of both GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles) and non-GAAP financial measures. The non-GAAP financial measures are EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA. In each case the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure is net income/loss. A table included in this earnings release reconciles these non-GAAP financial measures with the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure.
We consider EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA important supplemental measures of our performance and believe they are frequently used by investors and other interested parties in the evaluation of companies in our industry. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA have limitations as analytical tools, and you should not consider them in isolation, or as a substitute for analysis of our results under GAAP in the United States. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA presented in this earnings release may differ from EBITDA amounts calculated by us under our debt instruments.
CONFERENCE CALL AND WEBCAST INFORMATION
Kraton has scheduled a conference call on Thursday November 4, 2010 at 9:00 a.m. (Eastern Time) to discuss third quarter 2010 financial results. Kraton invites you to listen to the conference call, which will be broadcast live over the internet at www.kraton.com, by selecting the "Investor Relations" link at the top of the home page and then selecting "Events" from the Investor Relations menu on the left side of the Investor Relations page.
You may also listen to the conference call by telephone by contacting the conference call operator 5 to 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time and asking for the "Kraton Conference Call - Passcode: Earnings Call." U.S./Canada dial-in #: 888-577-8992. International dial-in #: 312-470-7060.
For those unable to listen to the live call, a replay will be available beginning at approximately 11:00 a.m. (Eastern Time) on November 4, 2010 through 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on November 18, 2010. To hear a replay of the call over the Internet, access Kraton's Website at http://www.kraton.com/ by selecting the "Investor Relations" link at the top of the home page and then selecting "Events" from the Investor Relations menu on the left side of the Investor Relations page. To hear a telephonic replay of the call, dial 888-566-0512 and International callers dial 203-369-3061.
Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc., through its operating subsidiary Kraton Polymers LLC and its subsidiaries (collectively, "Kraton"), is a leading global producer of engineered polymers and one of the world's largest producers of styrenic block copolymers (SBCs), a family of products whose chemistry was pioneered by Kraton almost 50 years ago. Kraton's polymers are used in a wide range of applications, including adhesives, coatings, consumer and personal care products, sealants and lubricants, and medical, packaging, automotive, paving, roofing and footwear products. The company, offers approximately 800 products to more than 700 customers in over 60 countries worldwide, and is the only SBC producer with manufacturing and service capabilities on four continents. We manufacture products at five plants globally, including our flagship plant in Belpre, Ohio, the most diversified SBC plant in the world, as well as plants in Germany, France, Brazil and Japan. The plant in Japan is operated by an unconsolidated manufacturing joint venture. For more information on the company, please visit http://www.kraton.com/.
Kraton, the Kraton logo and design, and the "Giving Innovators their Edge" tagline are all trademarks of Kraton Polymers LLC.
Forward Looking Statements
This press release includes forward-looking statements that reflect our plans, beliefs, expectations and current views with respect to, among other things, future events and financial performance. Forward-looking statements are often characterized by the use of words such as "believes," "estimates," "expects," "projects," "may," "intends," "plans" or "anticipates," or by discussions of strategy, plans or intentions.
In this press release, forward-looking information relates to covenant compliance, pricing trends, cost savings, production rates and other similar matters. All forward-looking statements in this press release are made based on management's current expectations and estimates, which involve risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties are more fully described in "Part I. Item 1A. Risk Factors" contained in our Annual Report on 10-K, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and as subsequently updated in our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and include the following risk factors: conditions in the global economy and capital markets; our reliance on LyondellBasell Industries for the provision of significant operating and other services ; the failure of our raw materials suppliers to perform their obligations under long-term supply agreements, or our inability to replace or renew these agreements when they expire; limitations in the availability of raw materials we need to produce our products in the amounts or at the prices necessary for us to effectively and profitably operate our business; competition in our end-use markets, from other producers of SBCs and from producers of products that can be substituted for our products; our ability to produce and commercialize technological innovations; our ability to protect our intellectual property, on which our business is substantially dependent; infringement of our products on the intellectual property rights of others; seasonality in our Paving and Roofing business; financial and operating constraints related to our substantial level of indebtedness; product liability claims and other lawsuits arising from environmental damage or personal injuries associated with chemical manufacturing; political and economic risks in the various countries in which we operate; the inherently hazardous nature of chemical manufacturing; health, safety and environmental laws, including laws that govern our employees' exposure to chemicals deemed harmful to humans; regulation of our customers, which could affect the demand for our products or result in increased compliance costs; international trade, export control, antitrust, zoning and occupancy and labor and employment laws that could require us to modify our current business practices and incur increased costs; our relationship with our employees; loss of key personnel or our inability to attract and retain new qualified personnel; fluctuations in currency exchange rates ; the fact that we typically do not enter into long-term contracts with our customers; a decrease in the fair value of our pension assets, which could require us to materially increase future funding of the pension plan; and concentration of ownership among our principal stockholders, which may prevent new investors from influencing significant corporate decisions and other risks and uncertainties described in this press release and our other reports and documents. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. We assume no obligation to update such information. Further information concerning issues that could materially affect financial performance related to forward-looking statements can be found in Kraton's periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Restructuring and related charges discussed above were recorded in the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations, as follows.
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