Olin Quarterly Results
Olin Announces First Quarter 2019 Earnings
PR Newswire (US)
CLAYTON, Mo., April 30, 2019 /PRNewswire/ —
First Quarter 2019 Highlights
- Net income of $41.7 million and adjusted EBITDA of $270.1 million
- Reiterated full year 2019 adjusted EBITDA forecast of $1.265 billion
Olin Corporation (NYSE: OLN) announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2019.
First quarter 2019 reported net income was $41.7 million, or $0.25 per diluted share, which compares to first quarter 2018 reported net income of $20.9 million, or $0.12 per diluted share. First quarter 2019 adjusted EBITDA of $270.1 million excludes depreciation and amortization expense of $152.9 million, restructuring charges of $4.0 million, information technology integration costs of $14.1 million and a pretax gain on the sale of an investment in a non-consolidated affiliate of $11.2 million. First quarter 2018 adjusted EBITDA was $240.3 million. Sales in the first quarter 2019 were $1,553.4 million compared to $1,710.3 million in the first quarter 2018.
John E. Fischer, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “Olin achieved the highest first quarter adjusted EBITDA since the 2015 acquisition of Dow’s U.S. chlor alkali and vinyls, global chlorinated organics and global epoxy business. This level of adjusted EBITDA was reached despite several challenges during the first quarter, including ongoing weakness in caustic soda pricing, a later-than-normal seasonal rebound in epoxy and merchant chlorine demand, and shipping disruptions associated with the closure of the Houston Ship Channel in late March.”
During the first quarter, caustic soda pricing in Olin’s system declined by approximately 9% from the fourth quarter 2018 levels. At present, caustic soda pricing appears to be nearing a bottom, and Olin expects caustic soda pricing to begin to improve as the second quarter progresses. Olin also expects further recovery of caustic soda pricing during the second half of 2019. Olin continued to experience improvement in pricing for chlorine, ethylene dichloride and other chlorine-derivatives in the first quarter and anticipates positive supply and demand fundamentals for chlorine and chlorine-derivatives to continue through the balance of 2019. We believe the favorable structural conditions in the chlor alkali industry resulting from expected demand and supply dynamics remain in place. The Company remains confident in the long-term positive outlook for our Chlor Alkali Products and Vinyls business.
First quarter 2019 epoxy resin volumes increased sequentially from the fourth quarter of 2018 as customer inventory destocking eased, but were lower year-over-year due to lower end-use demand from automotive-related customers and Asian customers. The Company experienced sequentially lower raw material costs, primarily benzene and propylene, which were offset by lower product pricing. The long-term supply and demand fundamentals for the Epoxy business also remain positive. The combination of expected steady global demand growth and minimal capacity additions in the industry support a favorable long-term Epoxy business outlook.
“During the second quarter, Olin expects caustic soda pricing in our system to decline from the first quarter levels. As a result of the lower caustic soda pricing and sequentially higher planned maintenance turnaround costs, Olin expects second quarter 2019 adjusted EBITDA to be lower than the first quarter. Olin also expects second half 2019 adjusted EBITDA to be stronger than the first half. While Olin continues to expect 2019 adjusted EBITDA to be comparable to 2018 levels, we now believe that there is more downside risk than upside opportunity for the full year. During 2019, we will continue to focus on achieving our debt reduction targets, while investing in our businesses, and returning cash to our shareholders to create long-term value,” Fischer continued.
Olin defines segment earnings as income (loss) before interest expense, interest income, other operating income (expense), non-operating pension income, other income, and income taxes and includes the (losses) earnings of non-consolidated affiliates in segment results consistent with management’s monitoring of the operating segments.
CHLOR ALKALI PRODUCTS AND VINYLS
Chlor Alkali Products and Vinyls sales for the first quarter 2019 were $872.2 million compared to $936.1 million in the first quarter 2018. First quarter 2019 segment earnings were $120.4 million compared to $130.5 million in the first quarter 2018. The decreases in the first quarter sales and segment earnings compared to the prior year were primarily due to decreased caustic soda pricing, partially offset by higher chlorine, ethylene dichloride, and other chlorine-derivative pricing. The lower segment earnings compared to prior year also included higher ethylene costs, due to increased ethane prices, which were more than offset by lower electricity costs and lower maintenance turnaround costs. Chlor Alkali Products and Vinyls first quarter 2019 results included depreciation and amortization expense of $119.8 million compared to $113.7 million in the first quarter 2018.
Epoxy sales for the first quarter 2019 were $524.0 million compared to $603.3 million in the first quarter 2018. The decrease in Epoxy sales was primarily due to lower cumene volumes and lower product prices. The first quarter 2019 segment income was $10.5 million compared to a segment loss of $22.1 million in the first quarter 2018. The increase in Epoxy segment earnings was primarily due to lower planned maintenance turnaround costs. The first quarter 2018 Epoxy segment earnings reflected $44.7 million of maintenance costs and unabsorbed fixed manufacturing costs from lower production associated with an approximate two-month planned maintenance turnaround at our production facilities in Freeport, Texas. The first quarter 2019 Epoxy segment earnings also included lower product prices, offset by lower raw material costs, primarily benzene and propylene, compared to last year. Epoxy first quarter 2019 results included depreciation and amortization expense of $26.5 million compared to $26.7 million in the first quarter 2018.