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Huntsman Announces Strong Third Quarter 2017 Results; Balance Sheet Transformed with Significant Debt Reduction

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  
October 27, 2017
The Woodlands, Texas

Third Quarter 2017 Highlights

  • Net income was $179 million compared to $64 million in the prior year period and $183 million in the prior quarter.
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $340 million (16% EBITDA margin), impacted by $50 million from Hurricane Harvey, compared to $234 million in the prior year period and $299 million in the prior quarter.
  • Diluted income per share was $0.60 compared to $0.23 in the prior year period and $0.69 in the prior quarter.
  • Adjusted diluted income per share was $0.67 compared to $0.31 in the prior year period and $0.59 in the prior quarter.
  • Net cash provided by operating activities was $261 million. Free cash flow generation was $227 million.
  • The balance sheet was transformed by applying the $1.2 billion in Venator IPO net proceeds to reduce Huntsman debt. On October 25, 2017, we made an additional $100 million early repayment of debt. From the beginning of 2016 to this most recent quarter our net-debt was reduced by 47%, from $4.5 billion to $2.4 billion.
  • Merger of equals with Clariant terminated by mutual agreement.

Third Quarter 2017

THE WOODLANDS, Texas – Huntsman Corporation (NYSE: HUN) today reported third quarter 2017 results with revenues of $2,169 million, net income of $179 million and adjusted EBITDA of $340 million.

Peter R. Huntsman, our President and CEO, commented:

“While I am disappointed that the merger of equals agreement with Clariant has been terminated, Huntsman’s future has never been brighter as our businesses continue to improve across the board, our balance sheet is as strong as it has ever been and will get even stronger with proceeds from upcoming Venator secondary sales. We look forward to achieving investment grade metrics in the near future. Huntsman remains focused on growing our downstream differentiated and specialty businesses, expanding our margins, and generating a consistently strong free cash flow.”

“Notwithstanding a $50 million impact from Hurricane Harvey on our third quarter EBITDA, our business was up $113 million over last year. Our business is operating at a 16% EBITDA margin to sales. Excluding the impact from Harvey, each one of our businesses performed well, growing adjusted EBITDA versus the prior year, as our underlying fundamentals remain positive across our core markets. I expect each of our businesses to show year over year growth in the fourth quarter as well. In addition to our strong operating performance in the third quarter, we successfully completed the IPO of our Pigments and Additives segment, now called Venator, and the $1.2 billion in the initial proceeds were used to reduce our leverage.  We also paid down an additional $100 million in debt from free cash flow earlier this week. We are delivering on our commitments to our shareholders, as to date we have generated over $1 billion in free cash flow and reduced our net-debt by over $2 billion since 2016, while at the same time investing in our differentiated and specialty businesses.”

Segment Analysis for 3Q17 Compared to 3Q16

Polyurethanes

The increase in revenues in our Polyurethanes segment for the three months ended September 30, 2017 compared to the same period of 2016 was due to higher average selling prices and higher sales volumes. MDI average selling prices increased in response to continued strong market conditions and higher raw material costs. MTBE average selling prices increased primarily as a result of higher pricing for high octane gasoline. MDI sales volumes increased due to increased demand across most major markets. MTBE sales volumes increased due to the timing of shipments in the 2016 period, partially offset by the impact of hurricane related production outages during the third quarter of 2017. The increase in segment adjusted EBITDA was primarily due to higher MDI margins, partially offset by lower MTBE earnings and the $15 million estimated impact of hurricane related production outages during the third quarter of 2017.

Performance Products

The decrease in revenues in our Performance Products segment for the three months ended September 30, 2017 compared to the same period of 2016 was due to lower sales volumes, partially offset by higher average selling prices. Sales volumes decreased primarily due to the sale of the European surfactants business to Innospec Inc. on December 30, 2016 as well as the impact of hurricane related production outages in the third quarter of 2017, partially offset by higher sales volumes in our maleic anhydride and amines businesses. Average selling prices increased primarily in response to higher raw material costs and a favorable product mix effect. The decrease in segment adjusted EBITDA was primarily due to the estimated $35 million impact of hurricane related production outages in the third quarter of 2017 and the sale of the European surfactants business at the end of 2016. Pro-forma for the sale of our European surfactants business, adjusted EBITDA was flat year-over-year.

Advanced Materials

The increase in revenues in our Advanced Materials segment for the three months ended September 30, 2017 compared to the same period of 2016 was due to higher sales volumes and higher average selling prices. Sales volumes increased primarily due to growth in our specialty electronics and electrical and coatings components businesses, partially offset by our withdrawal from certain low margin business. Average selling prices increased in response to higher raw material costs and favorable product mix. The increase in segment adjusted EBITDA was primarily due to higher sales volumes and higher average selling prices, partially offset by higher raw material costs.

Textile Effects

The increase in revenues in our Textile Effects segment for the three months ended September 30, 2017 compared to the same period of 2016 was due to higher sales volumes, partially offset by lower average selling prices. Sales volumes increased in both textile chemicals and dyes, particularly in our Asia region. Average selling prices decreased primarily due to competitive market conditions. The increase in segment adjusted EBITDA was primarily due to higher sales volumes and lower fixed costs, partially offset by lower margins.

Corporate, LIFO and other

For the three months ended September 30, 2017, segment adjusted EBITDA from Corporate and other for Huntsman Corporation increased by $3 million to a loss of $42 million from a loss of $45 million for the same period in 2016.

Held for Sale and Discontinued Operations

Our Pigments and Additives division, known as Venator, is now classified as Held for Sale on our balance sheet and treated as discontinued operations on our income statement.  We will be issuing a form 8K with certain restated historical financial data.

Liquidity, Capital Resources and Outstanding Debt

During the quarter we generated adjusted free cash flow of $227 million compared to $251 million a year ago. As of September 30, 2017, we had $1,211 million of combined cash and unused borrowing capacity compared to $1,208 million as of December 31, 2016. Year to date, including the $1.2 billion debt repayment made with the proceeds of the Venator separation and the $100 million early repayment of debt made on our term loan this week, we have repaid approximately $1.6 billion of de bt.

During the nine months ended September 30, 2017, we spent $159 million on capital expenditures compared to $214 million in 2016. We expect to spend approximately $290 million on capital expenditures in 2017.

Income Taxes

During the three months ended September 30, 2017, we recorded income tax expense of $35 million compared to $6 million during the same period in 2016.  In the third quarter 2017, our adjusted effective tax rate was 24%. We expect our fourth quarter adjusted effective tax rate to be similar to the third quarter. Our 2018 adjusted effective tax rate will be approximately 25% - 28%.

Earnings Conference Call Information

We will hold a conference call to discuss our third quarter 2017 financial results on Friday, October 27, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. ET.

Call-in numbers for the conference call:

U.S. participants (888) 680 - 0890
International participants (617) 213 - 4857
Passcode 547 974 21#

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=PRRFWWDBY.

Webcast Information

The conference call will be available via webcast and can be accessed from the company’s website at ir.huntsman.com.

Replay Information

The conference call will be available for replay beginning October 27, 2017 and ending November 3, 2017.

Call-in numbe rs for the replay:
U.S. participants (888) 286 - 8010
International participants (617) 801 - 6888
Replay code 29385180

Upcoming Conferences

During the fourth quarter a member of management is expected to present at the Citi Basic Materials Conference on November 28, 2017 and the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Leveraged Finance Conference on November 30, 2017. A webcast of the presentation, if applicable, along with accompanying materials will be available at ir.huntsman.com.

About Huntsman:
Huntsman Corporation is a publicly traded global manufacturer and marketer of differentiated and specialty chemicals with 2016 revenues of more than  $7 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 75 manufacturing, R&D and operations facilities in over 30 countries and employ approximately 10,000 associates within our four distinct business divisions. For more information about Huntsman, please visit the company's website at www.huntsman.com.

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Forward Looking Statements:
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: effects of disruption caused by the announcement of and termination of the merger of equals transaction and its termination making it more difficult to maintain relationships with employees, customers, vendors and other business partners; the risk that stockholder litigation in connection with the contemplated transaction and its termination may result in significant costs of defense, indemnification and liability; transaction costs; volatile global economic conditions, cyclical and volatile product markets, disruptions in production at manufacturing facilities, reorganization or restructuring of Huntsman’s operations, the ability to implement cost reductions and manufacturing optimization improvements in Huntsman businesses,  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 otherwise required by applicable laws.

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