CLAYTON, Mo., March 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Olin Corporation (NYSE: OLN) ("Olin") announced today that its first quarter 2016 results will contain approximately $95 million of pretax restructuring charges. These charges are associated with its plans to close a combined total of 433,000 tons of chlor alkali capacity across three separate Olin locations. Approximately 80 percent of these restructuring charges represent non-cash asset impairment charges. The cash component of these charges includes employee related costs and contract terminations associated with the Henderson, Nevada facility.
Olin will close its chlor alkali plant in Henderson, Nevada and reconfigure the facility to manufacture bleach and distribute caustic soda and hydrochloric acid. This action will reduce its chlor alkali manufacturing capacity by 153,000 tons. The Henderson workforce will be reduced by approximately 100 positions. The manufacturing of chlor alkali at the location will cease on March 31, 2016. Olin remains committed to maintaining and growing its position as the leading North American supplier of industrial bleach.
The capacity of the Niagara Falls, New York chlor alkali plant was reduced from 300,000 tons to 240,000 tons earlier this year. This plant continues to produce industrial bleach and on-purpose hydrochloric acid, in addition to chlor alkali.
The chlor alkali capacity at the Freeport, Texas facility will be reduced by 220,000 tons. The Freeport site operates both diaphragm and membrane cell technologies. The 220,000-ton reduction will be entirely from diaphragm cell capacity. Following the capacity reduction in Freeport, the site will have 1,450,000 tons of membrane cell capacity and 1,580,000 tons of diaphragm cell capacity. The capacity reduction will be effective March 31, 2016.
Olin Corporation is a leading vertically-integrated global manufacturer and distributor of chemical products and a leading U.S. manufacturer of ammunition. The chemical products produced include chlorine and caustic soda, vinyls, epoxies, chlorinated organics, bleach and hydrochloric acid. Winchester's principal manufacturing facilities produce and distribute sporting ammunition, law enforcement ammunition, reloading components, small caliber military ammunition and components, and industrial cartridges.
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- sensitivity to economic, business and market conditions in the United States and overseas, including economic instability or a downturn in the sectors served by us, such as ammunition, vinyls, urethanes, and pulp and paper, and the migration by United States customers to low-cost foreign locations;
- the cyclical nature of our operating results, particularly declines in average selling prices in the chlor alkali industry and the supply/demand balance for our products, including the impact of excess industry capacity or an imbalance in demand for our chlor alkali products;
- our substantial amount of indebtedness and significant debt service obligations;
- weak industry conditions could affect our ability to comply with the financial maintenance covenants in our senior credit facilities;
- the integration of the Acquired Business being more difficult, time-consuming or costly than expected;
- higher-than-expected raw material and energy, transportation, and/or logistics costs;
- our reliance on a limited number of suppliers for specified feedstock and services and our reliance on third-party transportation;
- economic and industry downturns that result in diminished product demand and excess manufacturing capacity in any of our segments and that, in many cases, result in lower selling prices and profits;
- new regulations or public policy changes regarding the transportation of hazardous chemicals and the security of chemical manufacturing facilities;
- changes in legislation or government regulations or policies;
- failure to control costs or to achieve targeted cost reductions;
- adverse conditions in the credit and capital markets, limiting or preventing our ability to borrow or raise capital;
- costs and other expenditures in excess of those projected for environmental investigation and remediation or other legal proceedings;
- unexpected litigation outcomes;
- complications resulting from our multiple enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems;
- the failure or an interruption of our information technology systems;
- the occurrence of unexpected manufacturing interruptions and outages, including those occurring as a result of labor disruptions and production hazards;
- the effects of any declines in global equity markets on asset values and any declines in interest rates used to value the liabilities in our pension plan;
- future funding obligations to our qualified defined benefit pension plan attributable to assumed pension liabilities;
- fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates;
- failure to attract, retain and motivate key employees;
- our ability to provide the same types and levels of benefits, services and resources to the Acquired Business that historically have been provided by TDCC at the same cost;
- differences between the historical financial information of Olin and the Acquired Business and our future operating performance;
- the effect of any changes resulting from the transaction with TDCC in customer, supplier and other business relationships; and
- the effects of restrictions imposed on our business following the transaction with TDCC in order to avoid significant tax-related liabilities.
All of our forward-looking statements should be considered in light of these factors. In addition, other risks and uncertainties not presently known to us or that we consider immaterial could affect the accuracy of our forward-looking statements.
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