Huntsman Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2016 Results; Delivers a Record $686 Million of Free Cash Flow
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 15, 2017
The Woodlands, Texas
Fourth Quarter 2016 Highlights
- Net income was $137 million compared to $9 million in the prior year period and $64 million in the prior quarter.
- Adjusted EBITDA was $256 million compared to $240 million in the prior year period and $272 million in the prior quarter.
- Diluted income per share was $0.53 compared to $0.02 in the prior year period and $0.23 in the prior quarter.
- Adjusted diluted income per share was $0.30 compared to $0.51 in the prior year period and $0.38 in the prior quarter.
- Net cash provided by operating activities was $240 million. Free cash flow generation was $117 million.
- On December 30, 2016, we completed the sale of our European surfactants business for an enterprise value of $225 million.
- On December 30, 2016, we made a $260 million early repayment of debt.
Full Year 2016 Highlights
- Net income was $357 million compared to $126 million in the prior year.
- Adjusted EBITDA was $1,127 million compared to $1,221 million in the prior year.
- Net cash provided by operating activities was $1,088 million compared to $575 million in the prior year. Free cash flow generation was $686 million compared to negative free cash flow of $30 million in the prior year.
- We repaid $560 million of debt during the year from cash generation and proceeds from the sale of our European surfactants business. This represents a 12% reduction in debt during 2016.
THE WOODLANDS, Texas - Huntsman Corporation (NYSE: HUN) today reported fourth quarter 2016 results with revenues of $2,395 million, net inco
me of $137 million and adjusted EBITDA of $256 million.
Peter R. Huntsman, our President and CEO, commented:
"At the beginning of 2016, we announced our intent to generate more than $350 million of free cash flow. We delivered a record $686 million of free cash flow in 2016, including $117 million during the fourth quarter. We used this cash, together with proceeds from the sale of our European surfactants business, to repay $560 million in debt, significantly strengthening our balance sheet."
"As I look at the past year, I am impressed by the quality of earnings that our businesses have achieved and how we are positioned moving into 2017. MDI urethanes continues to show steady and impressive growth, with differentiated MDI sales volumes growing 6% compared to last year and representing 85% of MDI urethanes EBITDA. Advanced Materials and Textile Effects have become solid performers with steady and modestly improving earnings. Our Performance Products business is poised for recovery in 2017. As TiO2 prices have rebounded, our Pigments and Additives division saw earnings double from 2015 and we expect earnings to improve meaningfully in 2017, due largely to price increases in TiO2 and the cumulative benefits of restructuring."
"We are also delivering on our commitment to separate the TiO2 business through the spin-off of Venator. We continue to make steady progress with the IRS to allow Huntsman to retain a 40% economic interest in Venator."
Segment Analysis for 4Q16 Compared to 4Q15
The increase in revenues in our Polyurethanes division for the three months ended December 31, 2016 compared to the same period in 2015 was primarily due to higher MDI average selling prices and higher MDI sales volumes. MDI average selling prices increased sharply in Asia primarily as a result of a competitor's outage. MDI sales volumes increased primarily due to
higher demand in the Americas region. The decrease in adjusted EBITDA was primarily due to lower MTBE margins, partially offset by higher MDI margins and sales volumes.
The decrease in revenues in our Performance Products division for the three months ended December 31, 2016 compared to the same period in 2015 was primarily due to lower average selling prices. Average selling prices decreased primarily in response to lower raw material costs and competitive market conditions. The decrease in adjusted EBITDA was primarily due to lower margins in our amines and maleic anhydride businesses.
The decrease in revenues in our Advanced Materials division for the three months ended December 31, 2016 compared to the same period in 2015 was due to lower sales volumes and lower average selling prices. Sales volumes decreased primarily due to soft demand for low value business in our coatings and construction market, partially offset by growth in our electrical and electronic markets. Average selling prices decreased primarily as a result of lower raw material costs. Adjusted EBITDA increased as lower costs for raw materials and fixed costs more than offset lower sales volumes and lower average selling prices.
Revenues in our Textile Effects division for the three months ended December 31, 2016 compared to the same period in 2015 were essentially flat as lower local currency average selling prices were offset by higher sales volumes. Average selling prices decreased primarily due to lower raw material costs. Sales volumes increased in in Asia, Europe and South America. The increase in adjusted EBITDA was primarily due to higher volumes and lower raw material costs.
Pigments and Additives
The increase in revenues in our Pigments and Additives division for the three months ended December 31, 2016 compared to the same period in
2015 was due to higher average selling prices and higher volumes. Average selling prices increased primarily due to improved business conditions for titanium dioxide. Sales volumes increased broadly across all of the business. The increase in adjusted EBITDA was primarily due to higher average selling prices for titanium dioxide and lower costs resulting from restructuring savings.
Corporate, LIFO and Other
Adjusted EBITDA from Corporate, LIFO and Other decreased by $14 million to a loss of $52 million for the three months ended December 31, 2016 compared to a loss of $38 million for the same period in 2015. The decrease in adjusted EBITDA was primarily the result of an increase in LIFO inventory valuation expense and an increase in unallocated foreign currency exchange losses.
Liquidity, Capital Resources and Outstanding Debt
As of December 31, 2016, we had $1,208 million of combined cash and unused borrowing capacity compared to $1,023 million as of December 31, 2015.
We repaid $560 million in debt during 2016, including an early repayment of $260 million on our 2015 Extended Term Loan B on December 30, 2016.
During 2016 we spent $421 million on capital expenditures compared to $663 million in 2015. We expect to spend approximately $400 million annually on capital expenditures in 2017.
During the three months ended December 31, 2016, we recorded an income tax expense of $29 million. During the same period we paid $11 million in cash for income taxes.
In 2016, our adjusted effective tax rate was 22%. We expect our long term adjusted effective tax rate will be approximately 30%. We believe our 2017 adjusted effective tax rate will be slightly less than the long term rate.
Earnings Conference Call Information
We will hold a conference call to discuss our fourth quarter 2016 financial results on Wednesday, Fe
bruary 15, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. ET.
Call-in numbers for the conference call:
U.S. participants (888) 713 - 4209
International participants (617) 213 - 4863
Passcode 207 418 41#
In order to facilitate the registration process, you may use the following link to pre-register for the conference call. Callers who pre-register will be given a unique PIN to gain immediate access to the call and bypass the live operator. You may pre-register at any time, including up to and after the call start time. To pre-register, please go to: https://www.theconferencingservice.com/prereg/key.process?key=PKGK6Q9D7
The conference call will be available via webcast and can be accessed from the company's website at ir.huntsman.com.
The conference call will be available for replay beginning February 15, 2017 and ending February 22, 2017.
Call-in numbers for the replay:
U.S. participants (888) 286 - 8010
International participants (617) 801 - 6888
Replay code 30397182
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Huntsman Corporation is a publicly traded global manufacturer and marketer of differentiated chemicals with 2015 revenues of more than $10 billion. Our chemical products number in the thousands and are sold worldwide to manufacturers serving a broad and diverse range of consumer and industrial end markets. We operate more than 100 manufacturing and R&D facilities in approximately 30 countries an
d employ approximately 15,000 associates within our 5 distinct business divisions including the Pigments and Additives division that we intend to spin-off as Venator Materials Corporation. For more information about Huntsman, please visit the company's website at www.huntsman.com.
Statements in this release that are not historical are forward-looking statements. These statements are based on management's current beliefs and expectations. The forward-looking statements in this release are subject to uncertainty and changes in circumstances and involve risks and uncertainties that may affect the company's operations, markets, products, services, prices and other factors as discussed in the Huntsman companies' filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Significant risks and uncertainties may relate to, but are not limited to, volatile global economic conditions, cyclical and volatile product markets, disruptions in production at manufacturing facilities, reorganization or restructuring of Huntsman's operations, including any delay of, or other negative developments affecting, the spin-off of Venator Materials Corporation, the ability to implement cost reductions and manufacturing optimization improvements in Huntsman businesses and realize anticipated cost savings, and other financial, economic, competitive, environmental, political, legal, regulatory and technological factors. The company assumes no obligation to provide revisions to any forward-looking statements should circumstances change, except as oth
erwise required by applicable laws.