Westlake Chemical Corporation Announces Third Quarter 2015 Earnings

- Third quarter net income increased 9.4% as compared to the third quarter of 2014

- Generated cash flow from operations of $405.9 million in the third quarter of 2015, and $841.3 million year to date

- Strong liquidity with cash and marketable securities of $1,247.7 million as of September 30, 2015

Nov 03, 2015, 06:45 ET from Westlake Chemical Corporation

HOUSTON, Nov. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Westlake Chemical Corporation (NYSE: WLK) today reported net income for the third quarter of 2015 of $183.6 million, or $1.39 per diluted share, on net sales of $1,188.0 million. This represents an increase in net income of $15.8 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, compared to the quarter ended September 30, 2014 net income of $167.8 million, or $1.25 per diluted share, on net sales of $1,253.2 million. Net income for the third quarter of 2015 was impacted by a lower effective tax rate and several plant outages as a result of maintenance turnaround activity. The lower effective tax rate was primarily due to several discrete tax items and other adjustments, which collectively lowered the third quarter 2015 effective tax rate to 24.2%. We estimate the 2015 annual effective tax rate on ordinary income will be approximately 33.5%. Net sales for the third quarter of 2015 decreased by $65.2 million compared to net sales for the third quarter of 2014, mainly due to lower sales prices for all our major products, partially offset by higher sales volumes for most of our major products and sales contributed by our specialty PVC resin business, Vinnolit, which we acquired on July 31, 2014. Income from operations was $254.0 million for the third quarter of 2015 as compared to $306.8 million for the third quarter of 2014. The decrease in income from operations for the third quarter of 2015 was mainly attributable to lower integrated product margins, primarily as a result of lower sales prices in the third quarter of 2015, as compared to the prior-year period, and the lost sales, lower production rates, unabsorbed fixed manufacturing costs and other costs related to several maintenance turnarounds completed during the third quarter of 2015, partially offset by lower feedstock and energy costs, higher production rates at our Geismar, Louisiana chlor-alkali plant and the contribution from Vinnolit as compared to the third quarter of 2014.

Third quarter 2015 net income of $183.6 million, or $1.39 per diluted share, decreased by $21.5 million from the $205.1 million, or $1.54 per diluted share, reported in the second quarter of 2015. Net income for the third quarter of 2015 was impacted by a lower effective tax rate and several plant outages as a result of maintenance turnaround activity. Net income for the second quarter of 2015 included a net pre-tax gain of $15.5 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, resulting from the acquisition of additional interests in our Huasu joint venture, and an equity investment impairment. Net sales in the third quarter of 2015 were $1,188.0 million compared to net sales of $1,185.0 million in the second quarter of 2015, an increase of $3.0 million. The increase in sales was due to higher sales volumes for PVC and styrene, partially offset by lower sales prices for most of our major products and lower sales volumes for polyethylene. Third quarter 2015 income from operations of $254.0 million decreased $41.4 million from the second quarter 2015 income from operations of $295.4 million. The decrease was due to lower integrated olefins margins, primarily as a result of lower sales prices in the third quarter, and the lost sales, lower production rates, unabsorbed fixed manufacturing costs and other costs related to several maintenance turnarounds completed during the third quarter.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2015, net income was $535.0 million, or $4.02 per diluted share, on net sales of $3,476.6 million. This represents an increase in net income of $39.8 million, or $0.33 per diluted share, from the nine months ended September 30, 2014 net income of $495.2 million, or $3.69 per diluted share, on net sales of $3,279.5 million. Net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 included: (1) a lower effective tax rate, primarily due to several discrete tax items and other adjustments; (2) plant outages as a result of maintenance turnaround activity; and (3) a net pre-tax gain of $16.0 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, related to the acquisition of a controlling interest in our Huasu joint venture, net of related expenses, and the impairment of an equity method investment. The gain on the Huasu acquisition was non-taxable and, in combination with the benefit from the discrete tax items and other adjustments during the period, lowered our effective tax rate for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 to 30.1%. Net sales for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 increased by $197.1 million compared to the prior-year period, primarily due to sales contributed by Vinnolit, as compared to the prior-year period, and higher sales volumes for most of our major products, partially offset by lower sales prices for all our major products. Income from operations was $778.7 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 as compared to $821.6 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2014. This decrease was mainly attributable to lower olefins integrated product margins, primarily caused by lower sales prices, as compared to the prior-year period, and costs related to several maintenance turnarounds, partially offset by increased production at our Calvert City, Kentucky facilities following the completion of the feedstock conversion and ethylene expansion project, higher production rates at our Geismar chlor-alkali plant, lower feedstock and energy costs and the contribution from Vinnolit, as compared to the prior-year period. Sales prices in the first nine months of 2015 were negatively impacted by the significant decline in crude oil prices.

"The third quarter saw continued volatility in crude oil prices, which were more than 50% lower than their 2014 peak levels, as well as uncertainty regarding the pace and strength of global economic recovery. In spite of these conditions, we delivered strong results for the quarter as we continued to benefit from solid demand for our products and from low-cost natural gas-based feedstocks, which position both our Olefins and Vinyls segments to remain advantaged relative to global producers," said Albert Chao, President and Chief Executive Officer.

EBITDA (earnings before interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization) of $317.9 million for the third quarter of 2015 decreased $40.1 million compared to $358.0 million in the third quarter of 2014. EBITDA for the third quarter of 2015 decreased $59.9 million compared to EBITDA of $377.8 million in the second quarter of 2015. 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 $841.3 million in the first nine months of 2015. Capital expenditures for the first nine months of 2015 were $329.2 million. As of September 30, 2015 we had cash and marketable securities of $1,247.7 million and our long-term debt was $764.1 million.

OLEFINS SEGMENT

The Olefins segment reported income from operations of $196.7 million in the third quarter of 2015, a decrease of $62.6 million compared to $259.3 million reported in the third quarter of 2014. This decrease was mainly attributable to lower olefins integrated product margins, primarily as a result of lower sales prices, partially offset by higher sales volumes for most of our major products and lower feedstock and energy costs as compared to the prior-year period.

The Olefins segment reported income from operations of $196.7 million for the third quarter of 2015, a decrease of $24.2 million from the $220.9 million reported in the second quarter of 2015. The decrease in operating income was primarily due to lower olefins integrated product margins as a result of lower polyethylene sales prices and sales volumes.

The Olefins segment reported income from operations of $608.7 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 as compared to income from operations of $770.3 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2014, a decrease of $161.6 million. This decrease was mainly attributable to lower olefins integrated product margins, primarily as a result of lower sales prices, partially offset by higher sales volumes and lower feedstock and energy costs for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 as compared to the prior-year period.

VINYLS SEGMENT

The Vinyls segment reported income from operations of $67.8 million in the third quarter of 2015 compared to income from operations of $59.4 million in the third quarter of 2014, an increase of $8.4 million. This increase was mainly attributable to higher caustic soda sales volume, primarily as a result of higher production rates at our Geismar chlor-alkali plant, and the contribution from Vinnolit, as compared to the prior-year period. The increase in third quarter 2015 income from operations was partially offset by the lost sales, lower production rates, unabsorbed fixed manufacturing costs and other costs associated with the maintenance turnaround at our Calvert City, Gendorf, Germany and Burghausen, Germany facilities and lower sales prices for our major products, as compared to the third quarter of 2014. Third quarter 2014 income from operations was negatively impacted by the lost sales, lower production rates and other costs associated with the unplanned outages at our Calvert City and Geismar facilities and the effect of selling higher cost Vinnolit inventory recorded at fair value as a result of the Vinnolit acquisition.

The Vinyls segment reported income from operations of $67.8 million in the third quarter of 2015, a decrease of $20.2 million compared to an operating income of $88.0 million in the second quarter of 2015. The decrease in operating income in the third quarter was mainly the result of the lost sales, lower production rates, unabsorbed fixed manufacturing costs and other costs related to several maintenance turnarounds completed during the third quarter of 2015 and lower North American PVC and caustic sales prices, partially offset by higher sales volumes for PVC resin.

The Vinyls segment reported income from operations of $202.8 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 as compared to income from operations of $76.5 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2014, an increase of $126.3 million. This increase was primarily driven by higher vinyls integrated product margins for the nine months ended September 30, 2015, mainly attributable to lower feedstock costs and increased production at our Calvert City facilities following the completion of the feedstock conversion and ethylene expansion project, higher caustic soda sales volume primarily attributable to higher production rates at our Geismar chlor-alkali plant and the contribution from Vinnolit, as compared to the prior-year period. The increase in income from operations for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 was partially offset by lost sales, lower production rates and other costs associated with the maintenance turnarounds at our various North American and European facilities, lower sales prices for our major products and reduced sales volume in Europe related to an ethylene shortage. Income from operations for the nine months ended September 30, 2014 was negatively impacted by the effect of selling higher cost Vinnolit inventory recorded at fair value as a result of the Vinnolit acquisition, the lost sales, lower production rates and other costs associated with the maintenance turnaround at our Calvert City facilities and the ethylene plant's feedstock conversion and expansion project and, prior to the completion of 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 Westlake's annual effective tax rate for the year ending December 31, 2015 and cost advantages related to North American natural gas based feedstocks 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, 2014, which was filed with the SEC in February 2015.

 

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This release makes reference to certain non-GAAP financial measures, such as EBITDA, as defined in Regulation G of the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. We report our financial results in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("U.S. GAAP"), but believe that certain non-GAAP financial measures, such as EBITDA, provide useful supplemental information to investors regarding the underlying business trends and performance of the company's ongoing operations and are useful for period-over-period comparisons of such operations. These non-GAAP financial measures should be considered as a supplement to, and not as a substitute for, or superior to, the financial measures prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP. 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.

 

Westlake Chemical Corporation Conference Call Information:

A conference call to discuss Westlake Chemical Corporation's third quarter 2015 results will be held Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time (10:00 a.m. Central Time). To access the conference call, dial (855) 760-8160, or (704) 288-0624 for international callers, approximately 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time and reference passcode 58784977.

A replay of the conference call will be available beginning two hours after its conclusion until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, November 10, 2015. To hear a replay, dial (855) 859-2056, or (404) 537-3406 for international callers. The replay passcode is 58784977.

The conference call will also be available via webcast at: http://edge.media-server.com/m/p/mdnzbgv2/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 September 30,

Nine Months Ended September 30,

2015

2014

2015

2014

(In thousands of dollars, except per share data)

Net sales

$

1,188,037

$

1,253,227

$

3,476,570

$

3,279,479

Cost of sales

876,761

891,707

2,527,567

2,324,978

Gross profit

311,276

361,520

949,003

954,501

Selling, general and administrative expenses

57,248

54,759

170,321

132,897

Income from operations

254,028

306,761

778,682

821,604

Interest expense

(8,211)

(9,486)

(26,760)

(28,182)

Other income (expense), net

2,636

(2,670)

33,790

4,440

Income before income taxes

248,453

294,605

785,712

797,862

Provision for income taxes

60,033

124,449

236,824

300,231

Net income

188,420

170,156

548,888

497,631

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

4,816

2,399

13,847

2,399

Net income attributable to

   Westlake Chemical Corporation

$

183,604

$

167,757

$

535,041

$

495,232

Earnings per common share attributable to

   Westlake Chemical Corporation:

Basic

$

1.39

$

1.26

$

4.04

$

3.71

Diluted

$

1.39

$

1.25

$

4.02

$

3.69

 

WESTLAKE CHEMICAL CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Unaudited)

September 30,  2015

December 31,  2014

(In thousands of dollars)

ASSETS

Current assets

Cash and cash equivalents

$

961,925

$

880,601

Marketable securities

285,726

Accounts receivable, net

520,960

560,666

Inventories

430,006

525,776

Other current assets

49,813

44,244

Total current assets

2,248,430

2,011,287

Property, plant and equipment, net

2,916,630

2,757,557

Other assets, net

359,345

445,146

Total assets

$

5,524,405

$

5,213,990

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

Current liabilities (accounts payable and accrued liabilities)

$

534,887

$

537,180

Long-term debt

764,086

763,997

Other liabilities

705,594

710,925

Total liabilities

2,004,567

2,012,102

Total Westlake Chemical Corporation stockholders' equity

3,224,999

2,911,511

Noncontrolling interests

294,839

290,377

Total equity

3,519,838

3,201,888

Total liabilities and equity

$

5,524,405

$

5,213,990

 

WESTLAKE CHEMICAL CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Unaudited)

Nine Months Ended September 30,

2015

2014

(In thousands of dollars)

Cash flows from operating activities

Net income

$

548,888

$

497,631

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

Depreciation and amortization

180,229

148,394

Deferred income taxes

7,585

34,459

Other balance sheet changes

104,598

95,640

Net cash provided by operating activities

841,300

776,124

Cash flows from investing activities

Acquisition of business, net of cash acquired

15,782

(611,087)

Additions to property, plant and equipment

(329,236)

(311,183)

Proceeds from disposition of assets

17

145

Proceeds from disposition of equity method investment

27,865

Proceeds from repayment of loan acquired

45,923

Proceeds from sales and maturities of securities

16,056

342,045

Purchase of securities

(282,542)

(117,332)

Other, net

(1,535)

(689)

Net cash used for investing activities

(553,593)

(652,178)

Cash flows from financing activities

Capitalized debt issuance costs

(1,167)

Dividends paid

(67,852)

(55,690)

Distributions to noncontrolling interests

(10,982)

Net proceeds from issuance of Westlake Chemical Partners LP common units

286,088

Proceeds from exercise of stock options

984

5,502

Proceeds from issuance of notes payable

19,483

Repayment of notes payable

(32,954)

Repurchase of common stock for treasury

(114,254)

(9,495)

Other, net

2,452

6,670

Net cash (used for) provided by financing activities

(203,123)

231,908

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

(3,260)

(3,687)

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

81,324

352,167

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

880,601

461,301

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

$

961,925

$

813,468

 

WESTLAKE CHEMICAL CORPORATION

SEGMENT INFORMATION

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended September 30,

Nine Months Ended September 30,

2015

2014

2015

2014

(In thousands of dollars)

Net external sales

Olefins

$

588,097

$

703,097

$

1,792,052

$

2,124,948

Vinyls

599,940

550,130

1,684,518

1,154,531

$

1,188,037

$

1,253,227

$

3,476,570

$

3,279,479

Income (loss) from operations

Olefins

$

196,703

$

259,277

$

608,744

$

770,267

Vinyls

67,779

59,445

202,831

76,460

Corporate and other

(10,454)

(11,961)

(32,893)

(25,123)

$

254,028

$

306,761

$

778,682

$

821,604

Depreciation and amortization

Olefins

$

27,678

$

26,443

$

82,240

$

79,811

Vinyls

33,432

27,336

97,615

68,127

Corporate and other

138

141

374

456

$

61,248

$

53,920

$

180,229

$

148,394

Other income (expense), net

Olefins

$

1,323

$

1,609

$

3,770

$

4,262

Vinyls

10

1,189

6,927

942

Corporate and other

1,303

(5,468)

23,093

(764)

$

2,636

$

(2,670)

$

33,790

$

4,440

 

WESTLAKE CHEMICAL CORPORATION

RECONCILIATION OF EBITDA TO NET INCOME AND TO NET CASH

PROVIDED BY OPERATING ACTIVITIES

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended June 30,

Three Months Ended September 30,

Nine Months Ended September 30,

2015

2015

2014

2015

2014

(In thousands of dollars)

EBITDA

$

377,772

$

317,912

$

358,011

$

992,701

$

974,438

Less:

Provision for income taxes

98,413

60,033

124,449

236,824

300,231

Interest expense

8,958

8,211

9,486

26,760

28,182

Depreciation and amortization

60,340

61,248

53,920

180,229

148,394

Net income

210,061

188,420

170,156

548,888

497,631

Changes in operating assets and liabilities

36,981

213,028

158,626

284,827

244,034

Deferred income taxes

(2,243)

4,497

15,100

7,585

34,459

Net cash provided by operating activities

$

244,799

$

405,945

$

343,882

$

841,300

$

776,124

 

WESTLAKE CHEMICAL CORPORATION

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION

Product Sales Price and Volume Variance by Operating Segments

Third Quarter 2015 vs. Third Quarter 2014

Third Quarter 2015 vs. Second Quarter 2015

Average

Sales Price

Volume

Average

Sales Price

Volume

Olefins

-31.3%

+14.9%

-3.5%

-1.8%

Vinyls

-19.8%

+28.9%

-2.9%

+9.3%

Company

-26.3%

+21.0%

-3.2%

+3.5%

 

Average Quarterly Industry Prices (1)

Quarter Ended

September 30,  2014

December 31,  2014

March 31,  2015

June 30,  2015

September 30,  2015

Ethane (cents/lb)

7.9

7.0

6.3

6.2

6.4

Propane (cents/lb)

24.6

18.1

12.6

10.8

9.6

Ethylene (cents/lb) (2)

66.6

56.2

36.6

36.1

28.2

Polyethylene (cents/lb) (3)

89.0

87.7

76.7

78.3

75.3

Styrene (cents/lb) (4)

85.8

73.5

54.3

65.8

64.2

Caustic soda ($/short ton) (5)

588.3

595.0

588.3

576.7

563.3

Chlorine ($/short ton) (6)

232.5

232.5

239.2

268.3

275.0

PVC (cents/lb) (7)

70.2

69.2

65.5

67.5

66.5

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(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 GP-Film grade over the period as reported by IHS Chemical. Effective January 1, 2015, IHS Chemical made a non-market downward adjustment of 21 cents per pound to polyethylene low density GP-Film grade prices. For comparability, we adjusted each prior-year period's polyethylene low density GP-Film grade price downward by 21 cents per pound consistent with the IHS Chemical non-market adjustment.

(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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