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.

Aug 02, 2012, 06:00 ET from Westlake Chemical Corporation

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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