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Hexion Inc. to Announce Second Quarter 2019 Results

Second Quarter 2019 Highlights

  • On July 1, 2019, Hexion emerged from Chapter 11, successfully completed its balance sheet de-leveraging and reduced total consolidated debt by more than $2.0 billion
  • Net sales of $892 million, a 10% decrease versus prior year
  • Net loss of $107 million, which included $156 million of reorganization expenses
  • Segment EBITDA of $112 million, a 13% decrease versus prior year

“We are pleased to begin a new era for Hexion by successfully completing our balance sheet restructuring in an expedited pace,” said Craig A. Rogerson, Chairman, President and CEO. “Our new capital structure provides us with a strong financial foundation from which we can sustainably operate and grow our specialty chemical product portfolio.  As an appropriately capitalized market leader with substantial free cash flow generation capabilities and a lower interest burden, we are well positioned to leverage our leading market positions, global manufacturing footprint, and specialty portfolio. We appreciate the support of our creditors throughout the process, as well as our valued customers, suppliers and associates.”

Mr. Rogerson added: “Second quarter 2019 reflected softer earnings primarily in our base epoxy, Versatic Acids™, and forest product businesses, partially offset by improved specialty epoxy results reflecting positive wind energy demand.  Despite softer market conditions in certain end markets, we continue to position the company for a stronger sequential quarter and long-term success, as well as strategically investing in our business, such as our new Application Development Center in Shanghai that is expected to be open by year-end 2019.  In addition, we are continuing to look for ways to streamline our business and we recently identified and are beginning to execute on $20 million of new cost savings that we expect to achieve over the next 18 months.”

Second Quarter 2019 Results

Net sales for the quarter ended June 30, 2019 were $892 million, a decrease of 10% compared with $995 million in the prior year period. Pricing negatively impacted sales by $36 million due primarily due to softer market conditions in our base epoxy resins business and methanol price decreases contractually passed through to customers across many of our businesses.  Foreign currency translation negatively impacted sales by $34 million due to the strengthening of the U.S. dollar against the euro, Chinese yuan and Brazilian real in the second quarter of 2019 compared to the second quarter of 2018.  Volume decreases negatively impacted net sales by $33 million, which was primarily related to volume decreases in our North American resins business due to weaker demand driven by high customer inventory levels and competitive pricing pressures, and in our phenolic resins business due to overall weakness in the automotive and construction industries.  These decreases were partially offset by increased volumes in our specialty epoxy business due to strong demand in China wind energy.   Segment EBITDA for the quarter ended June 30, 2019 was $112 million, a decrease of $16 million compared with the prior year period, driven primarily by the Company’s base epoxy resins and global forest products businesses, partially offset by cost reduction actions.

Segment Results

Following are net sales and Segment EBITDA by reportable segment for the second quarter ended June 30, 2019 and 2018. See “Non-U.S. GAAP Measures” for further information regarding Segment EBITDA and a reconciliation of net loss to Segment EBITDA.

Epoxy, Phenolic and Coating Resins reported net sales of $512 million in the second quarter of 2019, a decrease of 9% from second quarter 2018 net sales of $564 million.  Pricing negatively impacting net sales by $24 million due primarily to margin compression in our base epoxy resins business due to softer market conditions as compared to the second quarter of 2018.  Foreign currency translation negatively impacted sales by $21 million, while volume negatively impacted sales by $7 million primarily related to volume decreases in our phenolic specialty resins and versatic acids businesses.  These decreases were partially offset by increased volumes in our epoxy specialty business due to strong demand in China wind energy.  Segment EBITDA for Epoxy, Phenolic and Coating Resins was $59 million, a decrease of 18% from second quarter 2018 results of $72 million.  The $13 million decrease in Segment EBITDA as compared to the prior year was primarily due to weaker base epoxy resins results.

Forest Products Resins reported net sales of $380 million in the second quarter of 2019, a decrease of 12% from second quarter 2018 net sales of $431 million.  The $51 million decrease in net sales as compared to the prior year reflected volume declines of $26 million due to decreases in our North American resins businesses and our North American formaldehyde business driven by softness in the oil and gas markets impacting triazine demand.  Pricing negatively impacted net sales by $12 million, which was primarily due to methanol price decreases contractually passed through to customers across many of our businesses, and foreign currency translation negatively impacted sales by $13 million.  Segment EBITDA for Forest Products Resins was $66 million, a decrease of 13% from second quarter 2018 results of $76 million.  The $10 million decrease in Segment EBITDA as compared to the prior year was primarily due to the same factors impacting net sales.

Corporate and Other is primarily corporate, general and administrative expenses that are not allocated to the other segments, such as shared service and administrative functions, unallocated foreign exchange gains and losses and legacy company costs not allocated to continuing segments.  Corporate and Other charges in the second quarter of 2019 declined by $7 million compared to the second quarter of 2018 due primarily to our ongoing cost reduction efforts and timing of variable compensation costs.

Global Restructuring Programs

During the first half of 2019, the Company achieved $7 million of cost savings related to its restructuring program.  In addition, Hexion recently identified approximately $20 million in additional cost savings primarily related to selling, general and administrative cost reductions.  At June 30, 2019, Hexion had approximately $23 million of total in-process savings that it expects to realize over the next 18 months.

Successfully Completed Balance Sheet Restructuring

On July 1, 2019, Hexion successfully completed its balance sheet de-leveraging and emerged from Chapter 11. As a result of this process, Hexion has reduced its debt by more than $2.0 billion, received an infusion of $300 million in equity capital through a rights offering and raised approximately $2.0 billion in exit financing.  Throughout the bankruptcy court-supervised process, Hexion’s global operations continued uninterrupted, providing customers with high-quality products and service. The de-leveraging plan provided for payment in full to the Company’s trade creditors.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

At June 30, 2019, Hexion had total debt of approximately $3.9 billion.  Following the refinancing of its capital structure and emergence from the Chapter 11 proceedings on July 1, 2019, the Company’s pro forma debt as of June 30, 2019 totaled approximately $1.8 billion and consisted primarily of the Company’s approximately $1.2 billion Senior Secured Term Loans due 2026 and $450 million Senior Notes due 2027.  In addition, at June 30, 2019, the Company had $418 million in liquidity.

Giving effect to the Company’s new capital structure following emergence, Hexion expects to have adequate liquidity to fund its ongoing operations for the next twelve months from cash on its balance sheet, cash flows provided by operating activities and amounts available for borrowings under its credit facilities.

Source: Hexion Inc.

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