HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kraton Polymers LLC (Kraton), a leading global producer of engineered polymers, announces financial results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2009.
Total operating revenues amounted to $244 million for the three months ended June 30, 2009, a decrease of $101 million, or 29%, compared to total operating revenues of $345 million for the three months ended June 30, 2008. For the six months ended June 30, 2009, total operating revenues amounted to $429 million, a decrease of $183 million, or 30%, compared to total operating revenues of $612 million for the six months ended June 30, 2008.
Reported earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounted to $17 million for the three months ended June 30, 2009, a decrease of $18 million, or 51%, compared to reported EBITDA of $35 million for the three months ended June 30, 2008. For the six months ended June 30, 2009, reported EBITDA amounted to $22 million, a decrease of $29 million, or 57%, compared to reported EBITDA of $51 million for the six months ended June 30, 2008. Net Loss amounted to $4 million for the three months ended June 30, 2009, a decrease of $14 million compared to Net Income of $10 million in the same period in 2008. For the six months ended June 30, 2009, Net Loss amounted to $21 million, a decrease of $22 million compared to Net Income of $1 million in the same period in 2008.
Our reported EBITDA is based on the first-in, first-out (FIFO) basis of accounting. Our second quarter and first half 2009 results were negatively impacted by approximately $8 million and $44 million, respectively, reflecting the spread between FIFO cost and replacement cost, resulting from the sale of higher-cost inventory produced when feedstock prices were above the second quarter and first half replacement cost. Conversely, our second quarter and first half 2008 results were positively impacted by approximately $12 million and $17 million, respectively, to reflect a similar FIFO versus replacement cost measurement. Excluding the aforementioned FIFO versus replacement cost spreads in the second quarter and first half of 2009 and 2008, respectively, Kraton’s second quarter and first half 2009 adjusted EBITDA amounted to $25 and $67 million, respectively, compared to $23 million and $34 million for the same periods in 2008.
Last Twelve Months (LTM) Bank EBITDA, a measure used to determine compliance with our debt covenants, totalled $137 million for the LTM ended June 30, 2009. Kraton was in compliance with its debt covenants at June 30, 2009. A reconciliation of Net Income (Loss) to LTM Bank EBITDA is attached.
“The effects of the global economic slowdown on Kraton’s business appeared to begin to shift to recovery in the second quarter of 2009 as evidenced by our quarterly sales volume, as compared to the previous year’s comparable quarter, which improved from a 39% decline in the first quarter of 2009 to a 24% decline in the second quarter of 2009, with our June 2009 sales volume narrowing to a 12% decline compared to June 2008. Given the challenging environment in which we have been operating, we are pleased with the results achieved in the second quarter. We also retired an additional $7 million face value of our 8.125% Notes in the most recent quarter, bringing our total debt reduction to $86 million from year end 2008. As a result of these improvements and actions, we ended the second quarter comfortably in compliance with our debt covenants,” said Kevin M. Fogarty, Kraton’s President and Chief Executive Officer.
Mr. Fogarty further added, “For 2009, to offset the effects of the economic slowdown, we set a $10 million cost reduction goal that we currently expect to exceed by $7 million to $9 million. These actions, coupled with our success in improving base margins, have resulted in an adjusted EBITDA per ton in 2009 that is approximately two times better than our 2008 performance. However, while aggressively managing costs is a Kraton focus, innovation-led growth remains the cornerstone of Kraton’s past and future. As such, we are very excited to report progress achieved this year in commercializing a number of new innovations that we believe will accelerate our growth, benefiting both existing and new customers, and the global markets we serve. We continue to expect productivity gains from our previously announced upgrades to critical infrastructure, including a new global SAP system; new process control systems at our flagship plant in Belpre, Ohio; and the new Kraton Innovation Center in Houston. As the industry leader, we believe it remains critical to prudently manage costs while also funding new initiatives to enhance innovation and productivity to ensure that Kraton will be well positioned when the global economy normalizes fully.”
Second Quarter 2009 Earnings Release Conference Call and Webcast
Kraton has scheduled a conference call on Wednesday, August 12, 2009, from 9:00-10:00 a.m. Central Time (10:00-11:00 a.m. Eastern Time) to discuss second quarter 2009 financial results. These results will be available on Kraton's website, http://www.Kraton.com thereafter.
Kraton invites you to listen to the conference call, which will be broadcast live over the internet at http://www.Kraton.com, by selecting the “Investor Relations” link at the top of the home page and then selecting “Events” from the Investor Relations menu on the left side of the Investor Relations page. Company spokespeople will include Kevin M. Fogarty, President and Chief Executive Officer; Stephen E. Tremblay, Chief Financial Officer; and David A. Bradley, Chief Operating Officer.
You may also listen to the conference call by telephone by contacting the conference call operator 5-10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time and asking for the "Kraton Conference Call – Passcode: Earnings Call." U.S./Canada dial-in #: 888-577-8992. International dial-in #: 312-470-7060.
Kraton is a leading global producer of engineered polymers and, we believe, the world's largest producer of styrenic block copolymers (SBCs), a family of products whose chemistry was pioneered by us over forty years ago. SBCs are highly-engineered thermoplastic elastomers, which enhance the performance of numerous products by delivering a variety of attributes, including greater flexibility, resilience, strength, durability and processability. Kraton polymers are used in a wide range of applications, including adhesives, coatings, consumer and personal care products, sealants and lubricants, and medical, packaging, automotive, paving, roofing and footwear products. Kraton has the leading position in nearly all of its core markets and is the only producer of SBCs with global manufacturing capability. Its production facilities are located in the United States, Germany, France, The Netherlands, Brazil and Japan.
Kraton, the Kraton logo and design, and the "Giving Innovators their Edge" tagline are trademarks of Kraton Polymers LLC.
Forward Looking Statements
This press release includes "forward-looking statements" as that term is defined in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements and are often characterized by the use of words such as "believes," "expects," "estimates," "projects," "may," "will," "intends," "plans" or "anticipates," or by discussions of strategy, plans or intentions. In this press release, forward-looking information relates to covenant compliance, pricing trends, cost savings, production rates and other similar matters. All forward-looking statements in this press release are made based on management's current expectations and estimates, which involve risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in forward-looking statements. Among these factors are changes in overall economic conditions, the cyclical nature of the chemical industry, changes in demand for our products, changes in inventories held by our customers and distributors, technological and product development risks, availability and cost of raw materials, competitors' actions, pricing and gross margin pressures, loss of key customers, order cancellations or reduced bookings, the timing and cost of planned capital expenditures, changes in manufacturing yields, control of costs and expenses, significant litigation, risks associated with acquisitions and dispositions, risks associated with our substantial leverage and restrictive covenants in our debt agreements, risks associated with our international operations, the threat or occurrence of international armed conflict and terrorist activities both in the United States and internationally, risks and costs associated with increased and new regulation of corporate governance and disclosure standards (including pursuant to Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002), and risks involving environmental or other governmental regulation. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. We assume no obligation to update such information.
KRATON POLYMERS LLC
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
|Total operating revenues||243,821||345,369|
|Cost of Goods Sold||208,060||282,823|
|Research and development||5,071||7,403|
|Selling, general, and administrative||18,052||19,909|
|Depreciation and amortization||12,542||13,110|
|Total operating expenses||35,665||40,422|
|Gain on Extinguishment of Debt||4,340||—|
|Equity in Earnings of Unconsolidated Joint Venture||102||159|
|Interest Expense, net||7,825||9,418|
|Income (Loss) Before Income Taxes||(3,287||)||12,865|
|Income Tax Expense||891||2,649|
|Net Income (Loss)||$||(4,178||)||$||10,216|
KRATON POLYMERS LLC
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
|Total operating revenues||428,779||612,230|
|Cost of Goods Sold||384,085||500,899|
|Research and development||10,040||15,321|
|Selling, general, and administrative||36,303||45,364|
|Depreciation and amortization||25,106||27,762|
|Total operating expenses||71,449||88,447|
|Gain on Extinguishment of Debt||23,831||—|
|Equity in Earnings of Unconsolidated Joint Venture||176||220|
|Interest Expense, net||16,733||19,803|
|Income (Loss) Before Income Taxes||(19,481||)||3,301|
|Income Tax Expense||1,163||2,495|
|Net Income (Loss)||$||(20,644||)||$||806|
KRATON POLYMERS LLC
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||17,710||$||101,396|
|Receivables, net of allowances of $1,945 and $2,512||126,447||95,443|
|Inventories of products, net||231,355||324,193|
|Inventories of materials and supplies, net||11,369||11,055|
|Deferred income taxes||14,778||14,778|
|Other current assets||12,574||6,769|
|Total current assets||414,233||553,634|
|Property, plant and equipment, less accumulated depreciation of $202,490 and $182,252||376,720||372,008|
|Identifiable intangible assets, less accumulated amortization of $39,456 and $36,169||63,765||67,051|
|Investment in unconsolidated joint venture||11,550||12,371|
|Deferred financing costs||6,602||8,184|
|Other long-term assets||22,114||18,626|
|LIABILITIES AND MEMBER’S EQUITY|
|Current portion of long-term debt||$||3,343||$||3,343|
|Other payables and accruals||49,879||69,349|
|Due to related party||9,355||25,585|
|Insurance note payable||3,019||—|
|Total current liabilities||142,526||173,454|
|Long-term debt, net of current portion||483,057||571,728|
|Deferred income taxes||30,604||34,985|
|Commitments and contingencies|
|Accumulated other comprehensive income||10,021||5,823|
|Total member’s equity||175,881||188,590|
|Total Liabilities and Member’s Equity||$||894,984||$||1,031,874|
KRATON POLYMERS LLC
LTM Bank EBITDA
3 Mos Ended
12 Mos Ended
3 Mos Ended
12 Mos Ended
|Net Income (Loss)||$||(4,178||)||$||6,984||$||10,216||$||(35,959||)|
|Income Tax Expense||891||7,108||2,649||8,245|
|Interest Expense, net||7,825||33,601||9,418||43,131|
|Depreciation and amortization||12,542||50,506||13,110||55,801|
|LTM Bank EBITDA adjustments (2)|
|Sponsor fees and expenses||2,000||2,000|
|Plant turnaround costs||6,000||4,321|
|Permitted acquisition costs||2,603||2,548|
|Specified cost savings||10,000||10,000|
|Schedule 1.1 cost||3,000||3,000|
|Equity Investment (3)||—||9,588|
Other non-cash items increasing Net Income (Loss)
|LTM Bank EBITDA (4)||$||137,000||$||115,778|
|(1)||The EBITDA measure is used by management to evaluate operating performance. Management believes that EBITDA is useful to investors because it is frequently used by securities analysts, institutional investors and other interested parties in the evaluation of companies in our industry. EBITDA is not a recognized term under GAAP and does not purport to be an alternative to net income (loss) as an indicator of operating performance or to cash flows from operating activities as a measure of liquidity. Because all companies do not use identical calculations, this presentation of EBITDA may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies. Additionally, EBITDA is not intended to be a measure of free cash flow for management's discretionary use, as it does not consider certain cash requirements such as interest payments, tax payments and debt service requirements.|
|(2)||These adjustments are made pursuant to the Credit and Guaranty Agreement, amended as of May 12, 2006.|
|(3)||On January 14, 2008, we received an equity investment of $10.0 million of which $9.6 million was included in LTM Bank EBITDA as provided under the terms of the senior credit facility.|
|(4)||LTM Bank EBITDA is defined in the senior credit facility and is used to determine compliance with certain covenants included in the senior credit facility.|
Kraton Polymers LLC
Analysts: Stephen E. Tremblay, 281-504-4760
Media: Richard A. Ott, 281-504-4720