Olin Announces Third Quarter Earnings

CLAYTON, Mo., Oct. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Olin Corporation (NYSE: OLN) announced today that its third quarter 2011 net income was $47.2 million, or $0.58 per diluted share, which compares to $31.8 million, or $0.40 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2010.  Sales in the third quarter of 2011 were $550.2 million, compared to $432.8 million in the third quarter of 2010.  Third quarter 2011 results included pretax environmental recoveries of $1.5 million, a pretax gain on the sale of real estate of $3.7 million, and pretax restructuring charges of $4.1 million associated with the conversion of the Charleston, Tennessee chlor alkali plant from mercury cell to membrane technology and the relocation of the Winchester centerfire ammunition manufacturing operations from East Alton, Illinois to Oxford, Mississippi.

Joseph D. Rupp, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer said, "Chlor Alkali third quarter segment earnings of $76.7 million were the third highest quarterly earnings in the history of the business, despite an approximately $3 million negative impact of a ten-day unplanned outage at the Charleston, Tennessee facility due to flooding caused by Tropical Storm Lee, and weaker than expected chlorine demand late in the quarter.  The Chlor Alkali business continued to experience positive pricing with ECU netbacks increasing sequentially for the eighth consecutive quarter.  Also, third quarter bleach shipments were a record.  Winchester's third quarter results were in line with expectations but continued to be impacted by higher commodity metal costs.

"Fourth quarter 2011 net income is forecast to be in the $0.15 to $0.20 per diluted share range, reflecting normal seasonal weakness in both Chlor Alkali and Winchester, and an approximately $2.5 million restructuring charge primarily associated with the Winchester centerfire ammunition relocation project.  Chlor Alkali earnings are forecast to improve compared to the fourth quarter of 2010.  Chlorine and caustic soda shipments are forecast to be lower than the fourth quarter of 2010 levels but will be more than offset by higher selling prices.  In the fourth quarter of 2011, Winchester results are forecast to be near breakeven and lower than the fourth quarter of 2010 as lower commercial volumes and higher commodity costs more than offset improved pricing."

SEGMENT REPORTING

We define segment earnings as income (loss) before interest expense, interest income, other operating income, other (expense) income and income taxes, and include the earnings of non-consolidated affiliates in segment results consistent with management's monitoring of the operating segments.

CHLOR ALKALI PRODUCTS

Chlor Alkali product sales for the third quarter of 2011 were $386.1 million compared to $275.3 million in the third quarter of 2010.  Third quarter 2011 chlorine and caustic soda volumes declined 1% compared to the third quarter 2010 levels, but were offset by higher volumes of bleach which increased 7% during the third quarter of 2011 compared to the third quarter of 2010, and higher volumes of hydrochloric acid, which increased 6% in the third quarter of 2011 compared to the third quarter of 2010.  ECU netbacks in the third quarter of 2011 increased 27% compared to the third quarter of 2010.  Freight costs included in the ECU netbacks in the third quarter of 2011 were 15% higher compared to the third quarter of 2010.  Third quarter 2011 Chlor Alkali segment earnings of $76.7 million increased compared to the $44.0 million earned in the third quarter of 2010, due to higher selling prices, and the SunBelt acquisition.

WINCHESTER

Winchester third quarter 2011 sales were $164.1 million compared to $157.5 million in the third quarter of 2010.  The increase in third quarter 2011 sales compared to the third quarter of 2010 reflects increased shipments to commercial, military and international customers which more than offset a decline in shipments to law enforcement customers.  Winchester's third quarter 2011 segment earnings were $13.1 million compared to $18.8 million in the third quarter of 2010.  The decrease in segment earnings reflects the impact of a less favorable product mix, higher commodity metal costs, higher manufacturing costs including costs associated with the relocation of the centerfire operations to Oxford, Mississippi, partially offset by higher selling prices.

CORPORATE AND OTHER COSTS

Pension income included in the third quarter 2011 Corporate and Other segment was $6.9 million, compared to income of $7.0 million in the third quarter of 2010.

Third quarter charges to income for environmental investigatory and remedial activities were $2.5 million in 2011, which includes the $1.5 million of pretax recoveries for costs incurred and expensed in prior periods.  Third quarter 2010 charges to income of $8.4 million for environmental investigatory and remedial activities included $0.2 million of pretax recoveries for environmental costs incurred and expensed in prior periods.  Without these recoveries, charges to income for environmental investigatory and remedial activities would have been $4.0 million in the third quarter of 2011 compared to $8.6 million in the third quarter of 2010.  These charges relate primarily to remedial and investigatory activities associated with former waste sites and past operations.

Other corporate and unallocated costs in the third quarter of 2011 decreased $1.1 million compared to the third quarter of 2010, primarily due to lower incentive costs, including mark-to-market adjustments which reduced stock-based compensation and lower legal and legal-related settlement expenses, which more than offset higher salary and benefit expense.

RESTRUCTURING CHARGE

During the third quarter of 2011 a pretax restructuring charge of $4.1 million was recorded.  Approximately 40% of this charge was related to severance costs associated with the Chlor Alkali mercury cell conversion project.  The balance is related to employee related costs and equipment relocation expenses incurred as part of the Winchester centerfire relocation project.

DIVIDEND

Today, Olin's Board of Directors declared a dividend of $0.20 on each share of Olin common stock.  The dividend is payable on December 9, 2011 to shareholders of record at the close of business on November 10, 2011.  This is the 340th consecutive quarterly dividend to be paid by the Company.

CONFERENCE CALL INFORMATION

The Company's third quarter earnings conference call with securities analysts is scheduled for 10:00 A.M. Eastern Time, Friday, October 28th.  The call will feature remarks by Joseph D. Rupp, Olin's Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer; John E. Fischer, Olin's Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer; John L. McIntosh, Olin's Senior Vice President, Operations; and Larry P. Kromidas, Olin's Assistant Treasurer and Director, Investor Relations.  Anyone wishing to listen to the call may do so via the Internet by following the instructions posted under the Conference Call icon on Olin's website, www.olin.com.  Listeners should log on to the website at least 10 minutes before the call.  The call will also be audio archived on the Olin website for future replay beginning at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time.  A final transcript of the conference call will be available on the website in the Investor section the following business day.

COMPANY DESCRIPTION

Olin Corporation is a manufacturer concentrated in two business segments:  Chlor Alkali Products and Winchester.  Chlor Alkali Products manufactures chlorine and caustic soda, hydrochloric acid, hydrogen, potassium hydroxide and bleach products.  Winchester products include sporting ammunition, reloading components, small caliber military ammunition and components, and industrial cartridges.

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FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This communication includes forward-looking statements. These statements relate to analyses and other information that are based on management's beliefs, certain assumptions made by management, forecasts of future results, and current expectations, estimates and projections about the markets and economy in which we and our various segments operate. The statements contained in this communication that are not statements of historical fact may include forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties.

We have used the words "anticipate," "intend," "may," "expect," "believe," "should," "plan," "project," "estimate," "forecast," and variations of such words and similar expressions in this communication to identify such forward-looking statements. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions, which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond our control. Therefore, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from those matters expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements. We undertake no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of future events, new information or otherwise. Relative to the dividend, the payment of cash dividends is subject to the discretion of our board of directors and will be determined in light of then-current conditions, including our earnings, our operations, our financial conditions, our capital requirements and other factors deemed relevant by our board of directors. In the future, our board of directors may change our dividend policy, including the frequency or amount of any dividend, in light of then-existing conditions.

The risks, uncertainties and assumptions involved in our forward-looking statements, many of which are discussed in more detail in our filings with the SEC, including without limitation the "Risk Factors" section of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010, include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • 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, housing, vinyls, 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;
  • 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;
  • costs and other expenditures in excess of those projected for environmental investigation and remediation or other legal proceedings;
  • unexpected litigation outcomes;
  • new regulations or public policy changes regarding the transportation of hazardous chemicals and the security of chemical manufacturing facilities;
  • the occurrence of unexpected manufacturing interruptions and outages, including those occurring as a result of labor disruptions and production hazards;
  • changes in legislation or government regulations or policies;
  • higher-than-expected raw material and energy, transportation, and/or logistics costs;
  • weak industry conditions could affect our ability to comply with the financial maintenance covenants in our senior revolving credit facility and certain tax-exempt bonds;
  • 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;
  • an increase in our indebtedness or higher-than-expected interest rates, affecting our ability to generate sufficient cash flow for debt service; and
  • adverse conditions in the credit and capital markets, limiting or preventing our ability to borrow or raise capital.

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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Consolidated Statements of Income (a)








Three Months


Nine Months



Ended September 30,


Ended September 30,

(In millions, except per share amounts)

2011

2010


2011

2010








Sales

$ 550.2

$ 432.8


$ 1,515.3

$ 1,200.5

Operating Expenses:






   Cost of Goods Sold

432.7

366.5


1,205.6

1,026.7

   Selling and Administration

39.8

33.3


121.8

101.3

   Restructuring Charges (b)

4.1

-


6.6

-

Other Operating Income (c)

4.3

0.3


5.9

2.6

   Operating Income

77.9

33.3


187.2

75.1

Earnings of Non-consolidated Affiliates

0.8

11.6


8.5

22.8

Interest Expense

7.9

6.4


22.5

19.5

Interest Income

0.2

0.3


0.7

0.7

Other (Expense) Income (d)

(1.6)

-


179.0

0.1

   Income before Taxes

69.4

38.8


352.9

79.2

Income Tax Provision

22.2

7.0


129.9

16.4

Net Income

$   47.2

$   31.8


$    223.0

$      62.8

Net Income Per Common Share:






   Basic

$   0.59

$   0.40


$      2.79

$      0.79


   Diluted

$   0.58

$   0.40


$      2.76

$      0.79

Dividends Per Common Share

$   0.20

$   0.20


$      0.60

$      0.60

Average Common Shares Outstanding - Basic

80.2

79.4


79.9

79.1

Average Common Shares Outstanding - Diluted

80.8

80.2


80.8

79.8








(a)  Unaudited.  

(b)  Restructuring charges for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2011 were associated with exiting the use of mercury cell technology in the chlor alkali manufacturing process by the end of 2012 and the ongoing relocation of our Winchester centerfire ammunition manufacturing operations from East Alton, IL to Oxford, MS.

(c)  Other operating income for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2011 included a gain of $3.7 million on the sale of a former manufacturing site.

(d)  Other (expense) income for the nine months ended September 30, 2011 included a pretax gain of $181.4 million as a result of remeasuring our previously held 50% equity interest in SunBelt, partially offset by $2.6 million of expense for our earn out liability from the SunBelt acquisition.  The income tax provision for the nine months ended September 30, 2011 included $76.0 million of deferred tax expense as a result of the remeasurement of the SunBelt investment.



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Segment Information (a)




























Three Months


Nine Months



Ended September 30,


Ended September 30,

(In millions)

2011


2010


2011


2010

Sales:









Chlor Alkali Products

$ 386.1


$ 275.3


$ 1,065.8


$    763.9


Winchester

164.1


157.5


449.5


436.6


Total Sales

$ 550.2


$ 432.8


$ 1,515.3


$ 1,200.5

Income before Taxes:









Chlor Alkali Products (b)

$   76.7


$   44.0


$    194.7


$      80.7


Winchester

13.1


18.8


37.4


59.4


Corporate/Other:









    Pension Income (c)

6.9


7.0


20.8


18.2


    Environmental Expense (d)

(2.5)


(8.4)


(2.9)


(9.1)


    Other Corporate and Unallocated Costs

(15.7)


(16.8)


(53.6)


(53.9)


    Restructuring Charges (e)

(4.1)


-


(6.6)


-


Other Operating Income (f)

4.3


0.3


5.9


2.6


Interest Expense

(7.9)


(6.4)


(22.5)


(19.5)


Interest Income

0.2


0.3


0.7


0.7


Other (Expense) Income (g)

(1.6)


-


179.0


0.1


Income before Taxes

$   69.4


$   38.8


$    352.9


$      79.2

(a)  Unaudited.  

(b)  Earnings of non-consolidated affiliates are included in the Chlor Alkali Products segment results consistent with management's monitoring of the operating segments. The earnings from non-consolidated affiliates were $0.8 million and $11.6 million for the three months ended September 30, 2011 and 2010, respectively, and $8.5 million and $22.8 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2011 and 2010, respectively.  On February 28, 2011, we acquired the remaining 50% interest in SunBelt.  Since the date of acquisition, SunBelt's results are no longer included in earnings of non-consolidated affiliates but are consolidated in our financial statements.

(c)  The service cost and the amortization of prior service cost components of pension expense related to the employees of the operating segments are allocated to the operating segments based on their respective estimated census data.  All other components of pension costs are included in Corporate/Other and include items such as the expected return on plan assets, interest cost and recognized actuarial gains and losses.  Pension income for the nine months ended September 30, 2010 included a charge of $1.3 million associated with an agreement to withdraw our Henderson, NV chlor alkali hourly workforce from a multi-employer defined benefit pension plan.

(d)  Environmental expense for the three months ended September 30, 2011 and 2010 included $1.5 million and $0.2 million, respectively, of recoveries from third parties for costs incurred and expensed in prior periods.  Environmental expense for the nine months ended September 30, 2011 and 2010 included $11.0 million and $5.6 million, respectively, of recoveries from third parties for costs incurred and expensed in prior periods.  

(e)  Restructuring charges for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2011 were associated with exiting the use of mercury cell technology in the chlor alkali manufacturing process by the end of 2012 and the ongoing relocation of our Winchester centerfire ammunition manufacturing operations from East Alton, IL to Oxford, MS.

(f)  Other operating income for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2011 included a gain of $3.7 million on the sale of a former manufacturing site.

(g)  Other (expense) income for the nine months ended September 30, 2011 included a pretax gain of $181.4 million as a result of remeasuring our previously held 50% equity interest in SunBelt, partially offset by $2.6 million of expense for our earn out liability from the SunBelt acquisition.  



Olin Corporation






Consolidated Balance Sheets (a)













September 30,


December 31,


September 30,

(In millions, except per share data)

2011


2010


2010







Assets:






 Cash & Cash Equivalents

$              318.3


$             458.6


$              393.4

 Accounts Receivable, Net

290.5


186.9


231.1

 Income Taxes Receivable

2.2


6.1


12.5

 Inventories

166.3


155.6


157.3

 Current Deferred Income Taxes

50.4


46.0


40.9

 Other Current Assets

11.1


29.6


17.6

   Total Current Assets

838.8


882.8


852.8

 Property, Plant and Equipment






    (Less Accumulated Depreciation of $1,122.1, $1,068.1 and $1,048.2)

821.3


675.0


683.8

 Prepaid Pension Costs

46.1


16.3


33.7

 Restricted Cash

71.6


102.0


-

 Other Assets

86.8


72.3


92.2

 Goodwill

627.4


300.3


300.3

Total Assets

$           2,492.0


$          2,048.7


$           1,962.8







Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity:






 Current Installments of Long-Term Debt

$                87.8


$               77.8


$                  1.8

 Accounts Payable

129.6


115.5


107.9

 Accrued Liabilities

237.6


197.7


189.5

   Total Current Liabilities

455.0


391.0


299.2

 Long-Term Debt

501.8


418.2


385.1

 Accrued Pension Liability

55.2


58.6


50.4

 Deferred Income Taxes

113.5


23.5


39.8

 Other Liabilities

359.3


327.1


330.9

Total Liabilities

1,484.8


1,218.4


1,105.4

Commitments and Contingencies






Shareholders' Equity:






     Common Stock, Par Value $1 Per Share, Authorized 120.0 Shares:






         Issued and Outstanding 80.2 Shares (79.6 in 2010)

80.2


79.6


79.6

     Additional Paid-In Capital

852.4


842.3


840.1

     Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss

(270.6)


(261.8)


(246.3)

     Retained Earnings

345.2


170.2


184.0

Total Shareholders' Equity

1,007.2


830.3


857.4

Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity

$           2,492.0


$          2,048.7


$           1,962.8







(a) Unaudited.








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Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (a)









Nine Months


Ended September 30,

(In millions)

2011


2010

Operating Activities:




Net Income

$ 223.0


$   62.8

Gain on Remeasurement of Investment in SunBelt

(181.4)


-

Earnings of Non-consolidated Affiliates

(8.5)


(22.8)

Gains on Disposition of Property, Plant and Equipment

(4.8)


(1.5)

Stock-Based Compensation

4.3


5.1

Depreciation and Amortization

74.1


64.8

Deferred Income Taxes

93.1


22.1

Qualified Pension Plan Contributions

(0.7)


(7.3)

Qualified Pension Plan Income

(19.5)


(18.4)

Common Stock Issued Under Employee Benefit Plans

-


1.0

Changes in:




      Receivables

(79.6)


(47.8)

      Income Taxes Receivable

3.5


6.9

      Inventories

(6.7)


(33.5)

      Other Current Assets

0.3


0.1

      Accounts Payable and Accrued Liabilities

11.6


10.4

      Other Assets

(0.2)


(1.6)

      Other Noncurrent Liabilities

6.1


0.9

Other Operating Activities

(2.2)


(0.1)

      Net Operating Activities

112.4


41.1

Investing Activities:




Capital Expenditures

(128.4)


(63.4)

Business Acquired in Purchase Transaction, Net of Cash Acquired

(123.4)


-

Proceeds from Disposition of Property, Plant and Equipment

6.2


2.9

Distributions from Affiliated Companies, Net

1.1


9.5

Restricted Cash Activity

30.4


-

Other Investing Activities

2.3


(0.5)

      Net Investing Activities

(211.8)


(51.5)

Financing Activities:




Long-term Debt Repayments

-


(18.9)

Issuance of Common Stock

-


9.2

Common Stock Repurchased and Retired

(2.2)


-

Stock Options Exercised

7.3


2.3

Excess tax benefits from stock options exercised

2.0


0.2

Dividends Paid

(48.0)


(47.5)

      Net Financing Activities

(40.9)


(54.7)

Net Decrease in Cash and Cash Equivalents

(140.3)


(65.1)

Cash and Cash Equivalents, Beginning of Year

458.6


458.5

Cash and Cash Equivalents, End of Period

$ 318.3


$ 393.4





(a) Unaudited.  






SOURCE Olin Corporation



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