Westlake Announces Second Quarter Earnings - Record quarterly earnings of $115.5 million.

- Refinanced $250 million of 6 5/8% Notes with 3.6% Notes due 2022.

HOUSTON, Aug. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Westlake Chemical Corporation (NYSE: WLK) today reported net income for the three months ended June 30, 2012 of $115.5 million, or $1.72 per diluted share, on sales of $914.0 million. This represents an increase in net income of $34.5 million, or $0.51 per diluted share, over the quarter ended June 30, 2011 net income of $81.0 million, or $1.21 per diluted share, on net sales of $925.0 million. Net income in the second quarter of 2012 benefited by $8.5 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, as a result of a pre-tax gain of $16.0 million from the sale of Georgia Gulf securities offset by pre-tax expense of $3.0 million related to the Company's proposal to acquire Georgia Gulf Corporation, which was terminated. Sales for the second quarter of 2012 decreased by $11.0 million compared to the second quarter of 2011, primarily attributable to lower sales prices for most of the Company's major products and lower sales volume for PVC resin and building products, partially offset by higher olefins and feedstock sales volumes. Income from operations increased to $171.0 million for the second quarter of 2012 as compared to $138.4 million for the second quarter of 2011, primarily driven by lower feedstock and energy costs, improved building products margins and higher caustic sales volume when compared to the same period in 2011.

Second quarter 2012 net income of $115.5 million, or $1.72 per diluted share, increased by $27.7 million from the $87.8 million, or $1.31 per diluted share, reported by the Company in the first quarter of 2012. Sales in the second quarter of 2012 were $914.0 million compared to sales of $1,034.9 million in the first quarter of 2012, a decrease of $120.9 million. The decrease in sales was largely the result of lower sales volumes for PVC resin and building products, and lower sales prices for polyethylene. Second quarter 2012 income from operations of $171.0 million increased $25.4 million from the income from operations in the first quarter of 2012 of $145.6 million primarily due to higher integrated olefins margins as a result of lower feedstock costs.

Albert Chao, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "We are pleased to report record earnings in the second quarter of 2012. Our Olefins and Vinyls segments both benefited from lower cost feedstocks in the second quarter, as ethane and propane decreased to their lowest prices in years as a result of ample supply made possible by shale gas production. Our Olefins segment reported record quarterly income from operations, and our Vinyls segment delivered solid improvement in results benefiting from the lower feedstock costs. We believe North American shale gas production will continue to give our business a significant cost advantage as a result of low cost energy and natural gas liquids based ethylene feedstock. Our integration strategy, which includes plans to expand our ethylene units and add chlor-alkali capacity, is designed to capture the benefit of this advantageous cost position."

Net income for the six months ended June 30, 2012 was $203.3 million, or $3.03 per diluted share, on net sales of $1,948.8 million. This represents an increase in net income of $38.7 million, or $0.57 per diluted share, from the six months ended June 30, 2011 net income of $164.6 million, or $2.46 per diluted share, on net sales of $1,792.3 million. Sales for the six months ended June 30, 2012 increased by $156.5 million compared to the prior year, primarily driven by higher olefins and feedstock sales volumes. Income from operations was $316.6 million for the six months ended June 30, 2012 as compared to $279.0 million for the six months ended June 30, 2011. The improvement in income from operations was primarily due to lower feedstock and energy costs and improved caustic and building products margins.

EBITDA (earnings before interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization) of $223.8 million for the second quarter of 2012 increased $41.4 million compared to $182.4 million in the first quarter of 2012. EBITDA for the second quarter of 2012 increased $51.0 million compared to EBITDA of $172.8 million in the second quarter of 2011. 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 $322.6 million in the first six months of 2012. Capital expenditures for the first six months of 2012 were $140.6 million. At June 30, 2012, the Company had cash balances of $1,131.0 million, including $20.5 million of restricted cash, and the Company's long-term debt was $764.6 million. The restricted cash is designated for qualifying amounts spent for capital additions in Louisiana. In July 2012, the Company refinanced $250 million of its 6 5/8% senior notes due 2016 with newly issued 3.6% senior notes due 2022.

OLEFINS SEGMENT

Income from operations increased by $23.1 million to $155.9 million in the second quarter of 2012 from the $132.8 million reported in the second quarter of 2011. This increase was mainly attributable to higher olefins integrated product margins as compared to the prior year period. Margins improved as a result of significantly lower feedstock and energy costs in the quarter, which were only partially offset by lower sales prices.

Income from operations for the second quarter of 2012 for the Olefins segment of $155.9 million increased $26.7 million from the $129.2 million reported in the first quarter of 2012. This increase in income from operations was primarily due to higher olefins integrated product margins as a result of a decrease in feedstock cost that was only partially offset by a decrease in sales prices.

Income from operations in the first six months of 2012 was $285.1 million, an increase of $7.1 million from the $278.0 million in the first six months of 2011. This increase was mainly attributable to higher olefins integrated product margins as compared to the prior year period. Margins improved as a result of lower feedstock and energy costs, which were only partially offset by lower sales prices.

VINYLS SEGMENT

The Vinyls segment reported income from operations of $22.6 million in the second quarter of 2012 compared to income from operations of $10.3 million in the second quarter of 2011. This increase was primarily driven by lower feedstock costs, improved building products margins and higher caustic sales volumes as compared to the prior year period.

The Vinyls segment income from operations of $22.6 million in the second quarter of 2012 increased $1.5 million compared to operating income of $21.1 million in the first quarter of 2012. The increase in second quarter 2012 income from operations is primarily a result of lower feedstock costs and higher building product margins as compared to the first quarter of 2012.

The Vinyls segment reported income from operations of $43.7 million for the six months ended June 30, 2012 as compared to income from operations of $7.4 million for the six months ended June 30, 2011, an increase of $36.3 million. The improvement in income from operations was primarily due to lower feedstock and energy costs and higher caustic and building products margins.

The statements in this release relating to matters that are not historical facts, including statements regarding shale gas production, the low cost of natural gas liquids based ethylene feedstock and our ability to take advantage thereof, our integration strategy and our plans to expand our ethylene units and add chlor-alkali capacity are forward-looking statements that are subject to 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, 2011, which was filed with the SEC in February 2012.

In this release, Westlake refers to a non-GAAP financial measure, EBITDA. EBITDA is calculated as net income before interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization. The body of accounting principles generally accepted in the United States is commonly referred to as "GAAP." For this purpose a non-GAAP financial measure is generally defined by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as one that purports to measure historical and future financial performance, financial position or cash flows, but excludes or includes amounts that would not be so adjusted in the most comparable GAAP measures. We have included EBITDA in this release because our management considers it an important supplemental measure of our performance and believes that it is frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties in the evaluation of companies in our industry, some of which present EBITDA when reporting their results. We regularly evaluate our performance as compared to other companies in our industry that have different financing and capital structures and/or tax rates by using EBITDA. EBITDA allows for meaningful company-to-company performance comparisons by adjusting for factors such as interest expense, depreciation and amortization and taxes, which often vary from company to company. In addition, we utilize EBITDA in evaluating acquisition targets. Management also believes that EBITDA is a useful tool for measuring our ability to meet our future debt service, capital expenditures and working capital requirements, and EBITDA is commonly used by us and our investors to measure our ability to service indebtedness. EBITDA is not a substitute for the GAAP measures of earnings or of cash flow and is not necessarily a measure of our ability to fund our cash needs. In addition, it should be noted that companies calculate EBITDA differently and, therefore, EBITDA as presented in this release may not be comparable to EBITDA reported by other companies. EBITDA has material limitations as a performance measure because it excludes (1) interest expense, which is a necessary element of our costs and ability to generate revenues because we have borrowed money to finance our operations, (2) depreciation, which is a necessary element of our costs and ability to generate revenues because we use capital assets and (3) income taxes, which is a necessary element of our operations. We compensate for these limitations by relying primarily on our GAAP results and using EBITDA only supplementally. A table included in the financial schedules at the end of this release reconciles EBITDA to net income and to net cash provided by operating activities.

Westlake Chemical Corporation Conference Call Information:

A conference call to discuss Westlake Chemical Corporation's second quarter 2012 results will be held Thursday, August 2, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. EDT (10:00 a.m. CDT). To access the conference call, dial (800) 638-4930, or (617) 614-3944 for international callers, approximately 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time and reference passcode 50015158.

A replay of the conference call will be available beginning two hours after its conclusion until 11:59 p.m. EDT on Thursday, August 9, 2012. To hear a replay, dial (888) 286-8010, or (617) 801-6888 for international callers. The replay passcode is 23500734.

The conference call will also be available via webcast at: http://phoenix.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=180248&p=irol-eventDetails&EventId=4804745 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


Six Months Ended



June 30,


June 30,



2012


2011


2012


2011



(In thousands of dollars, except per share data)










Net sales

$     913,958


$     925,049


$   1,948,825


$  1,792,301

Cost of sales

712,062


757,954


1,574,292


1,457,622

Gross profit 

201,896


167,095


374,533


334,679










Selling, general and administrative expenses

30,918


28,726


57,930


55,673










Income from operations

170,978


138,369


316,603


279,006










Interest expense

(11,571)


(12,802)


(23,748)


(25,722)

Gain from sales of equity securities

15,952


-


15,952


-

Other income, net

1,107


1,632


2,454


2,839










Income before income taxes

176,466


127,199


311,261


256,123










Provision for income taxes

60,965


46,150


107,947


91,530










Net income 

$      115,501


$        81,049


$      203,314


$     164,593










Earnings per share:









 Basic 

$           1.73


$           1.22


$            3.05


$           2.48


 Diluted 

$           1.72


$           1.21


$            3.03


$           2.46




WESTLAKE CHEMICAL CORPORATION








 CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Unaudited)



















June 30,


December 31,





2012


2011


(In thousands of dollars)

ASSETS







Current assets







  Cash and cash equivalents




$      1,110,538


$        825,901

  Accounts receivable, net




418,000


407,372

  Inventories




407,124


490,777

  Other current assets




35,108


32,106

     Total current assets




1,970,770


1,756,156

Property, plant and equipment, net




1,309,752


1,232,066

Restricted cash




20,452


96,283

Other assets, net




140,964


182,316








Total assets




$      3,441,938


$     3,266,821















LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY






Current liabilities (accounts payable and accrued liabilities)



$         338,077


$        364,595

Long-term debt




764,604


764,563

Other liabilities




386,946


381,351

Total liabilities




1,489,627


1,510,509








Stockholders' equity




1,952,311


1,756,312








         Total liabilities and stockholders' equity



$      3,441,938


$     3,266,821




WESTLAKE CHEMICAL CORPORATION






CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Unaudited)













Six Months Ended



June 30,



2012


2011



(In thousands of dollars)

Cash flows from operating activities





Net income 


$     203,314


$     164,593

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by

operating activities:





Depreciation and amortization


71,177


65,383

Deferred income taxes


6,720


15,949

Other balance sheet changes


41,403


(120,620)

       Net cash provided by operating activities


322,614


125,305






Cash flows from investing activities





Additions to property, plant and equipment


(140,568)


(69,178)

Construction of assets pending sale-leaseback


(1,760)


-

Proceeds from disposition of assets


415


2,456

Proceeds from repayment of loan to affiliate


596


596

Proceeds from sales of equity securities


46,027


-

Purchase of investments


(2,961)


-

Settlements of derivative instruments


511


(222)

       Net cash used for investing activities


(97,740)


(66,348)






Cash flows from financing activities





Capitalized debt issuance costs


(98)


-

Dividends paid


(9,838)


(8,446)

Proceeds from exercise of stock options


4,508


5,323

Purchase of common shares for treasury


(10,784)


-

Utilization of restricted cash


75,975


26,189

       Net cash provided by financing activities


59,763


23,066






Net increase in cash and cash equivalents


284,637


82,023

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period


825,901


630,299






Cash and cash equivalents at end of period


$  1,110,538


$     712,322




WESTLAKE CHEMICAL CORPORATION









SEGMENT INFORMATION

(Unaudited)


















Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended


June 30,


June 30,


2012


2011


2012


2011


(In thousands of dollars)









Net external sales








Olefins

$     672,719


$     645,315


$  1,404,990


$  1,250,395

Vinyls

241,239


279,734


543,835


541,906


$     913,958


$     925,049


$  1,948,825


$   1,792,301

















Income (loss) from operations








Olefins

$     155,891


$     132,767


$     285,098


$      278,023

Vinyls

22,583


10,290


43,665


7,442

Corporate and other

(7,496)


(4,688)


(12,160)


(6,459)


$     170,978


$      138,369


$      316,603


$       279,006

















Depreciation and amortization








Olefins

$       24,070


$         21,608


$        47,833


$         43,252

Vinyls

11,589


11,041


23,098


21,815

Corporate and other

124


156


246


316


$        35,783


$         32,805


$        71,177


$         65,383

















Other income (expense), net








Olefins

$         1,001


$             904


$         1,957


$          1,084

Vinyls

(272)


(30)


(31)


481

Corporate and other

378


758


528


1,274


$         1,107


$          1,632


$          2,454


$           2,839








WESTLAKE CHEMICAL CORPORATION














RECONCILIATION OF EBITDA TO NET INCOME AND TO NET CASH  


PROVIDED BY OPERATING ACTIVITIES


(Unaudited)








































Three Months Ended


Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended




March 31,


June 30,


June 30,




2012


2012


2011


2012


2011




(In thousands of dollars)













EBITDA


$      182,366


$   223,820


$  172,806


$     406,186


$   347,228

Less:











Provision for income taxes


46,982


60,965


46,150


107,947


91,530

Interest expense


12,177


11,571


12,802


23,748


25,722

Depreciation and amortization


35,394


35,783


32,805


71,177


65,383

Net income 


87,813


115,501


81,049


203,314


164,593

Changes in operating assets and liabilities


21,453


91,127


(4,937)


112,580


(55,237)

Deferred income taxes


791


5,929


8,533


6,720


15,949













Net cash provided by operating activities


$     110,057


$ 212,557


$    84,645


$   322,614


$   125,305




WESTLAKE CHEMICAL CORPORATION













SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION

























Product Sales Price and Volume Variance by Operating Segments















Second Quarter 2012 vs.




Second Quarter 2012 vs.




 Second Quarter 2011 




 First Quarter 2012 




 Average Sales Price 


 Volume 




 Average Sales Price 


 Volume 


Olefins


-12.7%


+16.9%




-4.5%


-3.6%


Vinyls


-4.8%


-9.0%




-0.4%


-19.8%


Company


-10.3%


+9.1%




-3.3%


-8.4%


























Average Quarterly Industry Prices(1)















Quarter Ended




June 30,


September 30,


December 31,


March 31,


June 30,




2011


2011


2011


2012


2012


Ethane (cents/lb)


26.2


26.3


28.8


18.9


13.6


Propane (cents/lb)


35.4


36.4


34.1


29.8


23.1


Ethylene (cents/lb)(2)


57.5


55.6


54.6


55.2


46.8


Polyethylene (cents/lb)(3)


103.7


96.0


92.7


99.0


95.0


Styrene (cents/lb)(4)


76.3


73.3


64.0


74.3


73.8


Caustic soda ($/short ton)(5)


536.7


570.0


613.3


603.3


580.0


Chlorine ($/short ton)(6)


351.7


348.3


305.8


274.2


267.7


PVC (cents/lb)(7)


54.8


55.2


51.8


56.8


55.5


























(1) Industry pricing data was obtained through IHS Chemical. We have not independently verified the data.



(2) Represents average North American contract 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 acquisition prices of caustic soda (diaphragm grade) 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. 


      During the first quarter of 2012, IHS Chemical made a 23 cents per pound non-market downward adjustment 


      to PVC resin prices. For comparability, we adjusted each of the prior year periods' PVC resin prices downward by 


      23 cents per pound based on the first quarter 2012 IHS Chemical non-market adjustment.




SOURCE Westlake Chemical Corporation



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