Westlake Announces Record Second Quarter 2014 Income From Operations - Record quarterly income from operations of $266.8 million, increasing 13% from second quarter 2013.

- Generated cash from operating activities of $432.2 million in the first six months of 2014.

- Completed the acquisition of Vinnolit Holdings GmbH on July 31, 2014.

- Completed the initial public offering of Westlake Chemical Partners, LP, a master limited partnership, on August 4, 2014.

HOUSTON, Aug. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Westlake Chemical Corporation (NYSE: WLK) today reported net income for the second quarter of 2014 was $169.4 million, or $1.26 per diluted share, on net sales of $998.6 million. This represents an increase in net income of $23.6 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, compared to the quarter ended June 30, 2013 net income of $145.8 million, or $1.09 per diluted share, on net sales of $939.0 million. Net sales for the second quarter of 2014 increased by $59.6 million compared to net sales for the second quarter of 2013, mainly attributable to higher sales prices for most of our major Olefins products and higher sales volumes for polyethylene, styrene and caustic soda, partially offset by lower sales volumes for PVC resin and ethylene co-products due to the first quarter 2014 Calvert City, Kentucky complex plan maintenance turnaround and the ethylene plant conversion from propane to ethane feedstock both of which extended into the second quarter of 2014, respectively. Income from operations was $266.8 million for the second quarter of 2014 as compared to $235.2 million for the second quarter of 2013. Income from operations for the second quarter of 2014 benefited primarily from improved olefins integrated product margins, as higher sales prices more than offset the increase in feedstock and energy costs, and higher olefins sales volumes. The second quarter 2014 income from operations was negatively impacted by higher cost inventory that was produced from propane feedstock in the first quarter of 2014 that flowed through cost of sales in the second quarter, costs associated with the first quarter 2014 maintenance turnaround and other activities at our Calvert City complex that carried over into the second quarter of 2014 and lower PVC resin sales volume in the second quarter of 2014 as compared to the second quarter of 2013. In addition, the second quarter of 2014 was negatively impacted by an unplanned outage at one of our ethylene units in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Second quarter 2014 net income of $169.4 million, or $1.26 per diluted share, increased by $11.4 million from the $158.0 million, or $1.18 per diluted share, reported in the first quarter of 2014. Net sales in the second quarter of 2014 were $998.6 million compared to sales of $1,027.7 million in the first quarter of 2014, a decrease of $29.1 million. The decrease in sales was largely the result of lower sales volumes for polyethylene, ethylene co-products and PVC resin, partially offset by higher selling prices for polyethylene and PVC resin. Second quarter 2014 income from operations of $266.8 million increased $18.7 million from first quarter of 2014 income from operations of $248.1 million primarily due to the negative impact in the first quarter 2014 of the lost sales, lower production rates, unabsorbed fixed manufacturing costs and other costs associated with the maintenance turnaround at our Calvert City complex and our Calvert City ethylene plant's feedstock conversion and expansion project. Income from operations in the second quarter of 2014 was negatively impacted by higher cost inventory produced from propane feedstock, costs associated with the Calvert City maintenance turnaround, lower PVC resin sales volume and an unplanned outage at one of our Lake Charles ethylene units.

For the six months ended June 30, 2014, net income was $327.5 million, or $2.44 per diluted share, on net sales of $2,026.3 million. This represents an increase in net income of $58.3 million, or $0.43 per diluted share, from the six months ended June 30, 2013 net income of $269.2 million, or $2.01 per diluted share, on net sales of $1,803.7 million. Net sales for the six months ended June 30, 2014 increased by $222.6 million compared to the prior year period mainly due to higher sales prices and sales volumes for most of our major Olefins products and sales contributed by our specialty PVC pipe business, which we acquired in May 2013, partially offset by lower ethylene co-products, PVC resin and styrene sales volumes. Income from operations was $514.8 million for the six months ended June 30, 2014 as compared to $429.3 million for the six months ended June 30, 2013, an increase primarily attributable to improved olefins integrated product margins and higher olefins volumes. The increase in income from operations for the six months ended June 30, 2014 was partially offset by lost production and related costs resulting from the planned downtime associated with the maintenance turnaround and project work at our Calvert City complex during the first quarter of 2014.

Albert Chao, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "Our second quarter results reflect record quarterly income from operations. We continue to benefit from low cost, ethane-based ethylene production that is the result of North American shale oil and gas production, as well as from the increased ethylene capacity from our recent ethylene expansion projects. During the quarter we announced two strategic initiatives. We completed the acquisition of German-based Vinnolit Holdings GmbH and its subsidiaries on July 31, which allows us to expand our chlor-vinyl business globally and adds important specialty PVC products to our product portfolio. In addition, on August 4, we completed the initial public offering of Westlake Chemical Partners, LP, a master limited partnership (MLP). We believe the MLP creates value for our shareholders and provides a platform for future growth."

EBITDA (earnings before interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization) of $319.9 million for the second quarter of 2014 increased $44.6 million compared to $275.3 million in the second quarter of 2013. EBITDA for the second quarter of 2014 increased $23.4 million compared to EBITDA of $296.5 million in the first quarter of 2014. A reconciliation of EBITDA to reported net income and to net cash provided by operating activities can be found in the financial schedules at the end of this press release.

Net cash provided by operating activities was $432.2 million in the first six months of 2014. Capital expenditures for the first six months of 2014 were $216.9 million. As of June 30, 2014 we had cash of $876.1 million and our long-term debt was $763.9 million.

OLEFINS SEGMENT

The Olefins segment reported income from operations of $238.7 million in the second quarter of 2014, an increase of $51.0 million compared to $187.7 million reported in the second quarter of 2013. This increase was mainly attributable to higher olefins integrated product margins in the second quarter of 2014 as compared to the prior year period, as the increase in sales prices outpaced increases in feedstock and energy costs. In addition, second quarter 2014 income from operations benefited from higher polyethylene and styrene sales volumes as compared to the second quarter of 2013.

The Olefins segment reported income from operations of $238.7 million for the second quarter of 2014, a decrease of $33.6 million from the $272.3 million reported in the first quarter of 2014. The decrease in operating income was primarily due to lower sales volumes for polyethylene and lower ethylene production resulting from the unplanned outage at one of our ethylene units in Lake Charles, partially offset by higher polyethylene sales price.

The Olefins segment reported income from operations of $511.0 million for the six months ended June 30, 2014 as compared to income from operations of $348.7 million for the six months ended June 30, 2013, an increase of $162.3 million. This increase was mainly attributable to improved olefins integrated product margins primarily as a result of the increased ethylene production at our Lake Charles complex after the first quarter 2013 completion of the Petro 2 ethylene unit expansion and its conversion to 100% ethane feedstock capability. In addition, olefins integrated product margins for the six months ended June 30, 2014 benefited from an increase in sales prices that outpaced increases in feedstock and energy costs as compared to the prior year period. Further, income from operations for the six months ended June 30, 2014 benefited from higher sales volumes for most of our major products and improved production rates as compared to the prior year period. Income from operations for the six months ended June 30, 2013 was negatively impacted by the lost production, unabsorbed fixed manufacturing costs and other costs associated with the turnaround and expansion of the Lake Charles Petro 2 ethylene unit.

VINYLS SEGMENT

The Vinyls segment reported income from operations of $38.1 million in the second quarter of 2014 compared to income from operations of $52.9 million in the second quarter of 2013, a decrease of $14.8 million. The second quarter 2014 income from operations was negatively impacted by higher cost inventory that was produced from propane feedstock in the first quarter of 2014 that flowed through cost of sales in the second quarter of 2014 and costs associated with the first quarter 2014 maintenance turnaround and other activities at our Calvert City complex that carried over into the second quarter of 2014. In addition, second quarter 2014 income from operations was negatively impacted by lower PVC resin sales volumes primarily caused by lost production resulting from the first quarter 2014 maintenance turnaround activities at our Calvert City complex that extended into the second quarter of 2014.

The Vinyls segment reported income from operations of $38.1 million in the second quarter of 2014, an increase of $59.2 million compared to an operating loss of $21.1 million in the first quarter of 2014. The increase in operating income in the second quarter was primarily the result of the negative impact in the first quarter of 2014 of the lost sales and production and related costs associated with the maintenance turnaround at our Calvert City complex. In addition, the second quarter of 2014 benefited from higher PVC prices and continued ramp up of production of our Geismar, Louisiana chlor-alkali plant. This was partially offset by lower sales volumes for PVC resin and higher cost inventory produced from propane feedstock that flowed through cost of sales in the second quarter of 2014.

The Vinyls segment reported income from operations of $17.0 million for the six month ended June 30, 2014 as compared to income from operations of $96.6 million for the six months ended June 30, 2013, a decrease of $79.6 million. This decrease was primarily driven by the lost sales, lower production rates and the expensing of $20.4 million related to unabsorbed fixed manufacturing costs and other costs associated with the maintenance turnaround at our Calvert City complex and our Calvert City ethylene plant's feedstock conversion and expansion project. In addition, income from operations for the six months ended June 30, 2014 was negatively impacted by lower PVC resin sales volumes, lower caustic sales prices, the severe winter weather experienced in early 2014 and prior to the completion of the Calvert City ethylene plant's feedstock conversion project, lower vinyls integrated product margins attributable to significantly higher propane costs.

The statements in this release and the related teleconference relating to matters that are not historical facts, such as statements regarding cost advantages related to North American shale gas production are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially, based on factors including, but not limited to: general economic and business conditions; the cyclical nature of the chemical industry; availability, cost and volatility of raw materials and utilities, including natural gas from shale production; uncertainties associated with the United States and worldwide economies, including those due to global economic and financial conditions; governmental regulatory actions, including environmental regulation; political unrest; industry production capacity and operating rates; the supply/demand balance for Westlake's products; competitive products and pricing pressures; access to capital markets; technological developments; the effect and results of litigation and settlements of litigation; operating interruptions; and other risk factors. For more detailed information about the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, please refer to Westlake's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013, which was filed with the SEC in February 2014.

Westlake Chemical Corporation Conference Call Information:    

A conference call to discuss Westlake Chemical Corporation's second quarter 2014 results will be held Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time (10:00 a.m. Central Time). To access the conference call, dial (866) 825-3209, or (617) 213-8061 for international callers, approximately 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time and reference passcode 91937382.

A replay of the conference call will be available beginning four hours after its conclusion until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, August 12, 2014. To hear a replay, dial (888) 286-8010, or (617) 801-6888 for international callers. The replay passcode is 62091806

The conference call will also be available via webcast at: http://edge.media-server.com/m/p/tmgweget/lan/en and the earnings release can be obtained via the company's web page at: http://www.westlake.com/fw/main/IR_Home_Page-123.html.

 

 

WESTLAKE CHEMICAL CORPORATION

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(Unaudited)

 



Three Months Ended June 30,


Six Months Ended June 30,


2014


2013


2014


2013


(In thousands of dollars, except per share data)

Net sales

$

998,576


$

939,047


$

2,026,252


$

1,803,694

Cost of sales

692,605


665,560


1,433,271


1,302,398

Gross profit

305,971


273,487


592,981


501,296

Selling, general and administrative expenses

39,183


38,260


78,138


72,014

Income from operations

266,788


235,227


514,843


429,282

Interest expense

(9,539)


(5,343)


(18,696)


(11,624)

Other income (expense), net

4,601


(95)


7,110


3,424

Income before income taxes

261,850


229,789


503,257


421,082

Provision for income taxes

92,407


83,973


175,782


151,919

Net income

$

169,443


$

145,816


$

327,475


$

269,163

Earnings per share: (1)








Basic

$

1.27


$

1.09


$

2.45


$

2.01

Diluted

$

1.26


$

1.09


$

2.44


$

2.01

_____________

(1)

On February 14, 2014, our Board of Directors authorized a two-for-one split of our common stock. Stockholders of record as of February 28, 2014 were entitled to one additional share for every share outstanding, which was distributed on March 18, 2014. Per share data for the three and six months ended June 30, 2013 have been restated to reflect the effect of the stock split.

 

 

WESTLAKE CHEMICAL CORPORATION

 

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Unaudited)

 



June 30,
 2014


December 31,
 2013


(In thousands of dollars)

ASSETS




Current assets




Cash and cash equivalents

$

876,067


$

461,301

Marketable securities


239,388

Accounts receivable, net

454,281


428,457

Inventories

437,519


471,879

Other current assets

54,636


48,057

Total current assets

1,822,503


1,649,082

Property, plant and equipment, net

2,217,049


2,088,014

Other assets, net

329,817


323,813

Total assets

$

4,369,369


$

4,060,909





LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY




Current liabilities (accounts payable and accrued liabilities)

$

386,929


$

404,858

Long-term debt

763,938


763,879

Other liabilities

490,429


473,569

Total liabilities

1,641,296


1,642,306

Stockholders' equity

2,728,073


2,418,603

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

4,369,369


$

4,060,909

 

 

WESTLAKE CHEMICAL CORPORATION

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Unaudited)

 



Six Months Ended June 30,


2014


2013


(In thousands of dollars)

Cash flows from operating activities




Net income

$

327,475


$

269,163

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:




Depreciation and amortization

94,474


75,566

Deferred income taxes

19,359


60,425

Other balance sheet changes

(9,066)


(149,674)

Net cash provided by operating activities

432,242


255,480

Cash flows from investing activities




Acquisition of business


(178,309)

Additions to equity investments


(6,113)

Additions to property, plant and equipment

(216,912)


(297,873)

Construction of assets pending sale-leaseback


(136)

Proceeds from disposition of assets

13


62

Proceeds from repayment of loan to affiliate


167

Proceeds from sales and maturities of securities

342,045


209,785

Purchase of securities

(117,332)


(114,881)

Settlements of derivative instruments

(290)


(1,588)

Net cash provided by (used for) investing activities

7,524


(388,886)

Cash flows from financing activities




Dividends paid

(33,623)


(25,120)

Proceeds from exercise of stock options

4,187


2,656

Repurchase of common stock for treasury


(13,283)

Windfall tax benefits from share-based payment arrangements

4,436


4,576

Net cash used for financing activities

(25,000)


(31,171)

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

414,766


(164,577)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

461,301


790,078

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

$

876,067


$

625,501

 

 

WESTLAKE CHEMICAL CORPORATION

 

SEGMENT INFORMATION

(Unaudited)

 



Three Months Ended June 30,


Six Months Ended June 30,


2014


2013


2014


2013


(In thousands of dollars)

Net external sales








Olefins

$

699,053


$

623,341


$

1,421,851


$

1,206,186

Vinyls

299,523


315,706


604,401


597,508


$

998,576


$

939,047


$

2,026,252


$

1,803,694

Income (loss) from operations








Olefins

$

238,657


$

187,661


$

510,990


$

348,719

Vinyls

38,129


52,906


17,015


96,569

Corporate and other

(9,998)


(5,340)


(13,162)


(16,006)


$

266,788


$

235,227


$

514,843


$

429,282

Depreciation and amortization








Olefins

$

26,721


$

26,554


$

53,368


$

49,900

Vinyls

21,623


13,534


40,791


25,418

Corporate and other

158


122


315


248


$

48,502


$

40,210


$

94,474


$

75,566

Other income (expense), net








Olefins

$

1,199


$

1,151


$

2,653


$

5,161

Vinyls

(213)


(520)


(247)


(945)

Corporate and other

3,615


(726)


4,704


(792)


$

4,601


$

(95)


$

7,110


$

3,424

 

 

WESTLAKE CHEMICAL CORPORATION

 

RECONCILIATION OF EBITDA TO NET INCOME AND TO NET CASH

PROVIDED BY OPERATING ACTIVITIES

(Unaudited)

 



Three Months
Ended
March 31,


Three Months Ended
June 30,



Six Months Ended
June 30,


2014


2014


2013


2014


2013


(In thousands of dollars)

EBITDA

$

296,536


$

319,891


$

275,342


$

616,427


$

508,272

Less:










Provision for income taxes

83,375


92,407


83,973


175,782


151,919

Interest expense

9,157


9,539


5,343


18,696


11,624

Depreciation and amortization

45,972


48,502


40,210


94,474


75,566

Net income

158,032


169,443


145,816


327,475


269,163

Changes in operating assets and liabilities

46,198


39,210


(37,547)


85,408


(74,108)

Deferred income taxes

8,275


11,084


30,959


19,359


60,425

Net cash provided by operating activities

$

212,505


$

219,737


$

139,228


$

432,242


$

255,480

 

 

WESTLAKE CHEMICAL CORPORATION

 

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION

Product Sales Price and Volume Variance by Operating Segments

 



Second Quarter 2014 vs.
Second Quarter 2013


Second Quarter 2014 vs.
First Quarter 2014


Average

Sales Price


Volume


Average

Sales Price


Volume

Olefins

+7.4

%


+4.8

%


+1.1

%


-4.4

%

Vinyls

+1.0

%


-6.2

%


+4.7

%


-6.8

%

Company

+5.2

%


+1.1

%


+2.2

%


-5.1

%

 

Average Quarterly Industry Prices (1)



Quarter Ended


June 30,
 2013


September 30,
 2013


December 31,
 2013


March 31,
 2014


June 30,
 2014

Ethane (cents/lb)

9.2


8.4


8.8


11.4


9.8

Propane (cents/lb)

21.6


24.4


28.4


30.8


25.2

Ethylene (cents/lb) (2)

58.5


54.3


52.3


55.1


55.5

Polyethylene (cents/lb) (3)

100.0


101.7


105.0


107.7


109.0

Styrene (cents/lb) (4)

81.8


83.2


81.8


86.9


82.2

Caustic soda ($/short ton) (5)

625.8


605.8


582.5


579.2


595.0

Chlorine ($/short ton) (6)

255.0


248.3


245.0


236.7


232.5

PVC (cents/lb) (7)

62.2


61.5


60.5


66.5


69.5

________________

(1)

Industry pricing data was obtained from IHS Chemical. We have not independently verified the data.

(2)

Represents average North American spot prices of ethylene over the period as reported by IHS Chemical.

(3)

Represents average North American contract prices of polyethylene low density film over the period as reported by IHS Chemical.

(4)

Represents average North American contract prices of styrene over the period as reported by IHS Chemical.

(5)

Represents average North American undiscounted contract prices of caustic soda over the period as reported by IHS Chemical.

(6)

Represents average North American contract prices of chlorine (into chemicals) over the period as reported by IHS Chemical.

(7)

Represents average North American contract prices of PVC over the period as reported by IHS Chemical.

 

SOURCE Westlake Chemical Corporation



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