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Eastman Announces Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2011 Results

Published on 2012-02-08. Author : SpecialChem

SKINGSPORT, Tenn. -- Eastman Chemical Company (NYSE:EMN) has announced earnings from continuing operations of $0.71 per diluted share for fourth quarter 2011 versus $0.11 per diluted share for fourth quarter 2010. Excluding $26 million of asset impairments and restructuring charges and $115 million of early debt extinguishment costs, fourth-quarter 2010 earnings from continuing operations were $0.70 per diluted share.

"Despite a challenging and uncertain economic environment during the quarter, we delivered earnings per share that are among our best for a fourth quarter, and our full-year EPS was the best in our history," said Jim Rogers, Chairman and CEO. "Given the strength of our businesses and our solid balance sheet, we remain well positioned for full-year 2012 EPS growth."

Sales revenue for fourth quarter 2011 was $1.7 billion, an 18 percent increase compared to fourth quarter 2010 primarily due to increased selling prices and higher sales volume. The increase in selling prices was in response to higher raw material and energy costs, particularly for paraxylene, propane, and wood pulp. The higher sales volume was primarily in the Performance Chemicals and Intermediates segment.

Operating earnings in fourth quarter 2011 were $163 million compared to $161 million in fourth quarter 2010. Excluding asset impairments and restructuring charges, fourth-quarter 2010 operating earnings were $187 million. Operating earnings declined, excluding fourth quarter 2010 asset impairments and restructuring charges, primarily in the Specialty Plastics and PCI segments.

Segment Results 4Q 2011 versus 4Q 2010

Coatings, Adhesives, Specialty Polymers and Inks - Sales revenue increased by 12 percent primarily due to higher selling prices which were in response to higher raw material and energy costs, particularly for propane. Operating earnings in fourth quarter 2011 were $52 million while fourth-quarter 2010 operating earnings excluding restructuring charges were $53 million. Operating earnings were slightly lower as higher raw material and energy costs were mostly offset by higher selling prices.

Fibers – Sales revenue increased by 8 percent primarily due to higher selling prices in response to higher raw material and energy costs, particularly for wood pulp, as well as higher acetate tow volume in Asia Pacific. Fourth-quarter 2011 operating earnings were $80 million while fourth-quarter 2010 operating earnings excluding restructuring charges were $78 million. Operating earnings in fourth quarter 2011 increased due to higher acetate tow sales volume and higher selling prices, partially offset by higher raw material and energy costs.

Performance Chemicals and Intermediates - Sales revenue increased by 33 percent primarily due to higher volume and higher selling prices. The higher sales volume was primarily due to increased sales volume of ethylene from the Longview, Texas, olefins cracking unit restarted in December 2010. The increased selling prices were in response to higher raw material and energy costs, particularly for propane. Operating earnings in fourth quarter 2011 were $42 million while fourth-quarter 2010 operating earnings excluding restructuring charges were $51 million. Operating earnings declined as higher selling prices were more than offset by higher raw material and energy costs, particularly in Asia Pacific and Europe.

Specialty Plastics - Sales revenue increased by 7 percent as higher selling prices were partially offset by lower sales volume. Selling prices increased in response to higher raw material and energy costs, particularly for paraxylene. The decrease in sales volume was attributed to weakened demand for copolyester product lines primarily in the packaging and consumer durables end-markets. Operating earnings in fourth quarter 2011 were $9 million while fourth-quarter 2010 operating earnings excluding restructuring charges were $24 million. The decline in operating earnings was due to lower sales volume and lower capacity utilization, which was due to weakened demand for copolyester product lines and inventory management during and after planned maintenance shutdowns. In addition, higher selling prices were offset by higher raw material and energy costs.

Corporate FY 2011 versus FY 2010

Full-year 2011 earnings from continuing operations were $4.59 per diluted share compared with earnings from continuing operations of $2.88 per diluted share for full-year 2010. Full-year 2011 earnings from continuing operations excluding asset impairments and restructuring charges and gains, net, were $4.56 per diluted share, while full-year 2010 earnings from continuing operations excluding asset impairments and restructuring charges and early debt extinguishment charges were $3.48 per diluted share.

Eastman's full-year 2011 sales revenue was $7.2 billion, an increase of 23 percent year over year. The increase was primarily due to increased selling prices and higher sales volume. Selling prices increased in response to higher raw material and energy costs, primarily for propane, paraxylene, and wood pulp. The higher sales volume was primarily due to growth in PCI plasticizer product lines, the fourth-quarter 2010 restart of a previously idled olefins cracking unit at the Longview, Texas, facility, and strengthened end-use demand primarily for CASPI segment products.

Operating earnings for full year 2011 were $1,021 million compared to operating earnings of $862 million for full year 2010. Excluding asset impairments and restructuring charges and gains, net, in both periods, full-year 2011 operating earnings were $1,013 million and full-year 2010 operating earnings were $891 million. Operating earnings increased primarily due to higher selling prices that more than offset higher raw material and energy costs, and higher sales volume and increased capacity utilization which led to lower unit costs, particularly in the first half of the year.

Segment Results FY 2011 versus FY 2010

Coatings, Adhesives, Specialty Polymers and Inks - Sales revenue increased by 17 percent primarily due to higher selling prices and higher sales volume. The higher selling prices were in response to higher raw material and energy costs and were also attributed to strengthened demand, particularly in the U.S., and tight industry supply particularly in the first half of the year. The higher sales volume was attributed primarily to strengthened end-use demand in the packaging, durable goods, and transportation markets, particularly in the U.S. Operating earnings in 2011 were $331 million and excluding 2010 restructuring charges, 2010 operating earnings were $299 million. Operating earnings increased primarily due to higher selling prices, higher sales volume, and the increased benefits from cracking propane to produce low-cost propylene, which more than offset higher raw material and energy costs.

Fibers - Sales revenue increased by 12 percent primarily due to a favorable shift in product mix, higher selling prices, and higher sales volume. The favorable shift in product mix was mainly due to higher acetate tow sales volume resulting from increased utilization of the acetate tow manufacturing facility in Korea. The higher selling prices were in response to higher raw material and energy costs, particularly for wood pulp. 2011 operating earnings were $346 million compared with 2010 operating earnings of $326 million excluding restructuring charges. The increase was primarily due to higher acetate tow sales volume in Asia Pacific and Europe and higher selling prices, partially offset by higher raw material and energy costs.

Performance Chemicals and Intermediates - Sales revenue increased by 37 percent primarily due to higher selling prices and higher sales volume. The increased selling prices were in response to higher raw material and energy costs and also attributed to strengthened demand in North America and tight industry supply, particularly for olefin-derivative product lines in the first half of the year. The higher sales volume was primarily due to growth in plasticizer product lines, which included the acquired Genovique plasticizer product lines, particularly in North America and Europe, and the restart of the previously idled Longview, Texas, olefins cracking unit. Operating earnings, excluding restructuring charges, net, in both periods, were $296 million in 2011 compared to $231 million in 2010. Operating earnings increased primarily due to higher selling prices, higher sales volume, and the increased benefits from cracking propane to produce low-cost propylene, which more than offset higher raw material and energy costs. The operating earnings increase was primarily in North America. In 2011, operating earnings included $8 million from an acetyl technology license and costs of $11 million from the unplanned outage of an olefins cracking unit at the Longview, Texas, facility. 2010 operating earnings included $12 million from an acetyl technology license.

Specialty Plastics - Sales revenue increased by 15 percent primarily due to higher selling prices. Selling prices increased largely in response to higher raw material and energy costs, particularly for paraxylene. Slightly lower sales volume was attributed to weakened demand for copolyester product lines, particularly in packaging and consumer durable goods end-markets, and some customer shift to other plastic materials that do not use paraxylene as a raw material. Operating earnings were $105 million in 2011 compared to $93 million in 2010 excluding restructuring charges. The increase in operating earnings was primarily due to higher selling prices more than offsetting higher raw material and energy costs and the positive impact of the Eastman Tritan™ copolyester growth initiative.

About Eastman

Eastman's chemicals, fibers and plastics are used as key ingredients in products that people use every day. Approximately 10,000 Eastman employees around the world blend technical expertise and innovation to deliver practical solutions. The company is committed to finding sustainable business opportunities within the diverse markets and geographies it serves. A global company headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA, Eastman had 2011 sales of $7.2 billion.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release includes forward-looking statements concerning current expectations for future economic and business conditions, the financial impact of recent capacity additions and acquisitions, raw material and energy costs, pension expense, cash flows, and earnings per share for first quarter and full year 2012. Such expectations are based upon certain preliminary information, internal estimates, and management assumptions, expectations, and plans, and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties inherent in projecting future conditions, events, and results. Actual results could differ materially from expectations expressed in the forward-looking statements if one or more of the underlying assumptions or expectations prove to be inaccurate or are unrealized. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from such expectations are and will be detailed in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Form 10-Q filed for third quarter 2011 available, and the Form 10-K to be filed for 2011.

Source: Eastman


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