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PolyOne Announces Third Quarter 2016 Results

October 26, 2016

- Reports GAAP earnings per share of $0.50, the same as the prior year quarter

- Adjusted EPS increases to $0.56 from $0.54, representing the company's 28th consecutive quarter of year-over-year earnings growth

- Specialty Engineered Materials and Performance Products & Solutions deliver record third quarter operating income

- Increased annual dividend by 12.5% to $0.54 per share, representing the sixth consecutive year of dividend growth

CLEVELAND, Oct. 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- PolyOne Corporation (NYSE: POL) today reported its third quarter results for 2016.  GAAP earnings per share was $0.50 in both the third quarter of 2016 and the third quarter of 2015.  Adjusted earnings per share increased 4% to $0.56, from $0.54 in the third quarter of 2015.  Special items for the third quarter of 2016, which primarily included realignment and acquisition-related costs, resulted in a net after-tax charge of $4.7 million, or $0.06 per share (see Attachment 1).  In the prior year quarter, special items, which primarily included realignment charges and a tax benefit, resulted in a net after-tax charge of $3.0 million, or $0.04 per share.

"I'm pleased we overcame challenging macro-economic conditions to deliver our 28th consecutive quarter of adjusted earnings per share expansion - representing seven straight years of growth," said
Robert M. Patterson, chairman, president, and chief executive officer, PolyOne Corporation.  "This quarter, our Specialty Engineered Materials, Performance Products & Solutions (PP&S) and Distribution segments led the way, as all three achieved year-over-year increases in operating income."

Revenue for the third quarter of 2016 rose to $844 million, compared to $842 million in the third quarter of 2015.  Underlying organic sales growth, plus contributions from the company's recently acquired businesses, offset lower year-over-year selling prices in Distribution, PP&S, and Designed Structures and Solutions (DSS), due to lower hydro-carbon based raw material costs.

Bradley C. Richardson, executive vice president and chief financial officer, PolyOne Corporation, said, "Our balance sheet and cash flow remain strong, and they continue to provide us with flexibility to invest in strategic initiatives and return cash to shareholders.  During the quarter we repurchased 318,000 shares of common stock and increased our Term Loan B by $100 million to fund the acquisitions of Gordon Composites and Polystrand, all while maintaining a modest leverage ratio of 2.5x net debt to adjusted EBITDA.  In addition, we recently announced a 12.5% increase in our annual dividend to $0.54 - our sixth consecutive annual increase."

"Within the last year, we have acquired four excellent specialty businesses that bolstered our technology portfolio," Mr. Patterson added.  "The integration and growth prospects of these businesses are on track.  Feedback from our new customers has been outstanding, and I have heard first-hand they are excited to leverage the comprehensive suite of polymer solutions we offer."

"Our broad and expansive specialty solutions, coupled with exemplary service offerings such as InVisiO, IQ Design and LSS Customer First, are important competitive differentiators for us.  Leveraging our unique strengths is more important now than ever with weak demand in a number of end markets and regions," Mr. Patterson said.

Commenting on the company's outlook, Mr. Patterson added, "As we discussed on our last earnings call, we expected the second half of the year to be more challenging due to an absence of macro-economic tailwinds, fallout from Brexit, and a weaker British pound to name a few, and that is what is playing out.  Regardless of the factors outside our direct control, we remain focused on relentlessly executing our four-pillar strategy, collaborating with our customers, and investing in our businesses and employees."

About PolyOne

PolyOne Corporation, with 2015 revenues of $3.4 billion, is a premier provider of specialized polymer materials, services and solutions. The company is dedicated to serving customers in diverse industries around the globe, by creating value through collaboration, innovation and an unwavering commitment to excellence.  Guided by its Core Values, Sustainability Promise and No Surprises Pledge(SM), PolyOne is committed to its customers, employees, communities and shareholders through ethical, sustainable and fiscally responsible principles. For more information, visit www.polyone.com.

To access PolyOne's news library online, please visit www.polyone.com/news.

Forward-looking Statements

In this press release, statements that are not reported financial results or other historical information are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements give current expectations or forecasts of future events and are not guarantees of future performance. They are based on management's expectations that involve a number of business risks and uncertainties, any of which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by the forward-looking statements. They use words such as "will," "anticipate," "estimate," "expect," "project," "intend," "plan," "believe," and other words and terms of similar meaning in connection with any discussion of future operating or financial condition, performance and/or sales.  Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those implied by these forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: our ability to realize anticipated savings and operational benefits from the realignment of assets, including the closure of manufacturing facilities; the timing of closings and shifts of production to new facilities related to asset realignments and any unforeseen loss of customers and/or disruptions of service or quality caused by such closings and/or production shifts; separation and severance amounts that differ from original estimates; amounts for non-cash charges related to asset write-offs and accelerated depreciation realignments of property, plant and equipment, that differ from original estimates; our ability to identify and evaluate acquisition targets and consummate acquisitions; the ability to successfully integrate acquired businesses into our operations, such as Gordon Composites and Polystrand, including whether such businesses will be accretive, retain the management teams of acquired businesses, and retain relationships with customers of acquired businesses; disruptions, uncertainty or volatility in the credit markets that could adversely impact the availability of credit already arranged and the availability and cost of credit in the future; the financial condition of our customers, including the ability of customers (especially those that may be highly leveraged and those with inadequate liquidity) to maintain their credit availability; the speed and extent of an economic recovery, including the recovery of the housing market; our ability to achieve new business gains; the effect on foreign operations of currency fluctuations, tariffs and other political, economic and regulatory risks; changes in polymer consumption growth rates and laws and regulations regarding the disposal of plastic in jurisdictions where we conduct business; changes in global industry capacity or in the rate at which anticipated changes in industry capacity come online; fluctuations in raw material prices, quality and supply and in energy prices and supply; production outages or material costs associated with scheduled or unscheduled maintenance programs; unanticipated developments that could occur with respect to contingencies such as litigation and environmental matters; an inability to achieve or delays in achieving or achievement of less than the anticipated financial benefit from initiatives related to working capital reductions, cost reductions and employee productivity goals; an inability to raise or sustain prices for products or services; an inability to maintain appropriate relations with unions and employees; our ability to continue to pay cash dividends; the amount and timing of repurchases of our common shares, if any; and other factors affecting our business beyond our control, including, without limitation, changes in the general economy, changes in interest rates and changes in the rate of inflation. The above list of factors is not exhaustive.

We undertake no obligation to publicly update forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. You are advised to consult any further disclosures we make on related subjects in our reports on Form 10-Q, 8-K and 10-K that we provide to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

Attachment 1

 PolyOne Corporation

Summary of Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income (Unaudited)

(In millions, except per share data)






Three Months Ended September 30,


Nine Months Ended

September 30,


2016


2015


2016


2015









Sales

$

843.6



$

841.6



$

2,552.1



$

2,601.8


Operating income

71.2



69.2



224.0



219.6


Net income attributable to PolyOne shareholders

42.3



44.5



131.4



141.5


Basic earnings per share attributable to PolyOne shareholders

$

0.50



$

0.51



$

1.56



$

1.60


Diluted earnings per share attributable to PolyOne shareholders

$

0.50



$

0.50



$

1.55



$

1.58


    

Senior management uses comparisons of adjusted net income attributable to PolyOne shareholders and diluted adjusted earnings per share (EPS) attributable to PolyOne shareholders, excluding special items, to assess performance and facilitate comparability of results. Senior management believes these measures are useful to investors because they allow for comparison to PolyOne's performance in prior periods without the effect of items that, by their nature, tend to obscure PolyOne's operating results due to the potential variability across periods based on timing, frequency and magnitude. Non-GAAP financial measures have limitations as analytical tools and should not be considered in isolation from, or solely as alternatives to, financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. Below is a reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable financial measures calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP. See Attachment 3 for a definition and summary of special items.


Three Months Ended
 September 30, 2016


Three Months Ended
 September 30, 2015

Reconciliation to Condensed Consolidated
Statements of Income

$


EPS


$


EPS









Net income attributable to PolyOne shareholders

$

42.3



$

0.50



$

44.5



$

0.50


Special items, after tax (Attachment 3)

4.7



0.06



3.0



0.04


Adjusted net income / EPS - excluding special items

$

47.0



$

0.56



$

47.5



$

0.54


 


Nine Months Ended
 September 30, 2016


Nine Months Ended
 September 30, 2015

Reconciliation to Condensed Consolidated
Statements of Income

$


EPS


$


EPS









Net income attributable to PolyOne shareholders

$

131.4



$

1.55



$

141.5



$

1.58


Special items, after tax (Attachment 3)

17.0



0.20



(1.5)



(0.01)


Adjusted net income / EPS - excluding special items

$

148.4



$

1.75



$

140.0



$

1.57


 

 

Attachment 2

PolyOne Corporation

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income (Unaudited)

(In millions, except per share data)






Three Months Ended

September 30,


Nine Months Ended

September 30,


2016


2015


2016


2015









Sales

$

843.6



$

841.6



$

2,552.1



$

2,601.8


Cost of sales

670.5



672.5



2,001.2



2,077.2


Gross margin

173.1



169.1



550.9



524.6


Selling and administrative expense

101.9



99.9



326.9



305.0


Operating income

71.2



69.2



224.0



219.6


Interest expense, net

(15.1)



(16.2)



(44.3)



(48.5)


Debt extinguishment costs





(0.4)




Other (expense) income, net

(0.2)



(1.6)



0.2



(3.0)


Income before income taxes

55.9



51.4



179.5



168.1


Income tax expense

(13.6)



(6.9)



(48.2)



(26.4)


Net income

42.3



44.5



131.3



141.7


Net loss (income) attributable to noncontrolling interests





0.1



(0.2)


Net income attributable to PolyOne common shareholders

$

42.3



$

44.5



$

131.4



$

141.5










Earnings per common share attributable to PolyOne common shareholders - Basic:

$

0.50



$

0.51



$

1.56



$

1.60


Earnings per common share attributable to PolyOne common shareholders - Diluted:

$

0.50



$

0.50



$

1.55



$

1.58










Cash dividends declared per share of common stock

$

0.12



$

0.10



$

0.36



$

0.30










Weighted-average shares used to compute earnings per common share:








Basic

83.9



87.5



84.2



88.5


Diluted

84.5



88.4



84.8



89.4


 

 

Attachment 3

PolyOne Corporation

Summary of Special Items (Unaudited)

(In millions, except per share data)





 

Special items (1)

Three Months Ended

September 30,


Nine Months Ended

September 30,


2016


2015


2016


2015

Cost of sales:








   Restructuring costs

$

(0.6)



$

(11.6)



$

(5.2)



$

(24.8)


   Environmental remediation costs

(2.3)



(4.3)



(6.1)



(7.8)


   Reimbursement of previously incurred environmental costs



2.1



5.3



2.6


   Acquisition related adjustments

(2.0)





(6.5)




      Impact on cost of sales

(4.9)



(13.8)



(12.5)



(30.0)










Selling and administrative expense:








   Employee separation and restructuring costs

(3.3)



(1.9)



(11.8)



(6.7)


   Legal related and other

(3.3)



(1.9)



(10.5)



(0.9)


   Acquisition/divestiture related costs

(0.5)



(1.1)



(1.4)



(2.3)


      Impact on selling and administrative expense

(7.1)



(4.9)



(23.7)



(9.9)










      Impact on operating income

(12.0)



(18.7)



(36.2)



(39.9)










   Debt extinguishment costs





(0.4)




   Other income, net



0.1



0.1



0.1


      Impact on income before income taxes

(12.0)



(18.6)



(36.5)



(39.8)


Income tax benefit on above special items

4.3



6.0



13.2



13.7


Tax adjustments(2)

3.0



9.6



6.3



27.6


Impact of special items on net income attributable to PolyOne Shareholders

$

(4.7)



$

(3.0)



$

(17.0)



$

1.5










Diluted earnings per common share impact

$

(0.06)



$

(0.04)



$

(0.20)



$

0.01










Weighted average shares used to compute adjusted earnings per share:








   Diluted

84.5



88.4



84.8



89.4


 

(1) Special items include charges related to specific strategic initiatives or financial restructuring such as: consolidation of operations; debt extinguishment costs; costs incurred directly in relation to acquisitions or divestitures; employee separation costs resulting from personnel reduction programs, plant realignment costs, executive separation agreements; asset impairments; mark-to-market adjustments associated with actuarial gains and losses on pension and other post-retirement benefit plans; environmental remediation costs, fines, penalties and related insurance recoveries related to facilities no longer owned or closed in prior years; gains and losses on the divestiture of operating businesses, joint ventures and equity investments; gains and losses on facility or property sales or disposals; results of litigation, fines or penalties, where such litigation (or action relating to the fines or penalties) arose prior to the commencement of the performance period; one-time, non-recurring items; and the effect of changes in accounting principles or other such laws or provisions affecting reported results.

(2) Tax adjustments include the net tax expense/benefit from one-time income tax items, the set-up or reversal of uncertain tax position reserves and deferred income tax valuation allowance adjustments.

 

 

Attachment 4

PolyOne Corporation

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In millions)






(Unaudited)
September 30, 
 2016


December 31,
 2015

Assets




Current assets:




Cash and cash equivalents

$

212.2



$

279.8


Accounts receivable, net

418.3



347.0


Inventories, net

325.6



287.0


Other current assets

45.5



47.0


Total current assets

1,001.6



960.8


Property, net

605.0



583.5


Goodwill

672.9



597.7


Intangible assets, net

370.2



344.6


Other non-current assets

100.1



108.5


Total assets

$

2,749.8



$

2,595.1






Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity




Current liabilities:




Short-term and current portion of long-term debt

$

19.3



$

18.6


Accounts payable

383.4



351.6


Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

124.8



127.9


Total current liabilities

527.5



498.1


Non-current liabilities:




Long-term debt

1,240.2



1,128.0


Pension and other post-retirement benefits

48.3



77.5


Deferred income taxes

30.8



33.8


Other non-current liabilities

146.7



152.5


Total non-current liabilities

1,466.0



1,391.8


Shareholders' equity:




PolyOne shareholders' equity

755.4



704.2


Noncontrolling interests

0.9



1.0


Total equity

756.3



705.2


Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$

2,749.8



$

2,595.1


 

 

Attachment 5

PolyOne Corporation

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited)

(In millions)




Nine Months Ended

September 30,


2016


2015

Operating Activities




Net income

$

131.3



$

141.7


Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:




Depreciation and amortization

74.7



73.8


Accelerated depreciation and fixed asset charges associated with restructuring activities

4.6



16.1


Provision for doubtful accounts

0.1



0.1


Debt extinguishment costs

0.4




Share-based compensation expense

6.5



6.0


Change in assets and liabilities, net of the effect of acquisitions:




Increase in accounts receivable

(67.4)



(18.5)


(Increase) decrease in inventories

(10.4)



18.9


Increase in accounts payable

30.1



15.0


Decrease in pension and other post-retirement benefits

(31.3)



(32.1)


Decrease in accrued expenses and other assets and liabilities - net

(11.8)



(92.4)


Net cash provided by operating activities

126.8



128.6


Investing Activities




Capital expenditures

(58.0)



(61.6)


Business acquisitions

(158.3)




Sale of and proceeds from other assets

9.8



1.9


Net cash used by investing activities

(206.5)



(59.7)


Financing Activities




Proceeds from long-term debt

100.0




Borrowings under credit facilities

805.9



781.7


Repayments under credit facilities

(806.4)



(705.7)


Purchase of common shares for treasury

(50.7)



(117.8)


Cash dividends paid

(30.1)



(26.8)


Repayment of long-term debt

(4.4)




Exercise of share awards

1.0



4.3


Debt financing costs

(1.9)




Net cash provided (used) by financing activities

13.4



(64.3)


Effect of exchange rate changes on cash

(1.3)



(7.5)


Decrease in cash and cash equivalents

(67.6)



(2.9)


Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

279.8



238.6


Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

$

212.2



$

235.7


 

 

Attachment 6

PolyOne Corporation

Business Segment and Platform Operations (Unaudited)

(In millions)


Operating income at the segment level does not include: special items as defined in Attachment 3; corporate general and administration costs that are not allocated to segments; intersegment sales and profit eliminations; share-based compensation costs; and certain other items that are not included in the measure of segment profit and loss that is reported to and reviewed by the chief operating decision maker. These costs are included in Corporate and eliminations.






Three Months Ended

September 30,


Nine Months Ended

September 30,


2016


2015


2016


2015

Sales:








   Color, Additives and Inks

$

195.9



$

199.9



$

613.0



$

625.8


   Specialty Engineered Materials

146.2



136.0



430.5



417.6


   Designed Structures and Solutions

97.0



112.4



308.8



343.1


      Specialty Platform

439.1



448.3



1,352.3



1,386.5


   Performance Products and Solutions

171.3



175.2



510.3



541.4


   PolyOne Distribution

274.8



259.5



816.2



792.0


   Corporate and eliminations

(41.6)



(41.4)



(126.7)



(118.1)


      Sales

$

843.6



$

841.6



$

2,552.1



$

2,601.8










Gross margin:








   Color, Additives and Inks

$

70.0



$

73.4



$

223.3



$

226.8


   Specialty Engineered Materials

41.7



39.6



128.9



123.7


   Designed Structures and Solutions

8.3



14.3



30.0



43.2


      Specialty Platform

120.0



127.3



382.2



393.7


   Performance Products and Solutions

29.2



27.2



94.6



77.1


   PolyOne Distribution

29.6



29.4



89.8



87.4


   Corporate and eliminations

(5.7)



(14.8)



(15.7)



(33.6)


      Gross margin

$

173.1



$

169.1



$

550.9



$

524.6










Selling and administrative expense:








   Color, Additives and Inks

$

38.6



$

38.9



$

118.8



$

118.9


   Specialty Engineered Materials

21.2



19.6



63.6



60.5


   Designed Structures and Solutions

8.8



10.0



29.1



31.2


      Specialty Platform

68.6



68.5



211.5



210.6


   Performance Products and Solutions

11.2



11.1



35.6



33.2


   PolyOne Distribution

11.4



11.8



36.3



35.0


   Corporate and eliminations

10.7



8.5



43.5



26.2


      Selling and administrative expense

$

101.9



$

99.9



$

326.9



$

305.0










Operating income:








   Color, Additives and Inks

$

31.4



$

34.5



$

104.5



$

107.9


   Specialty Engineered Materials

20.5



20.0



65.3



63.2


   Designed Structures and Solutions

(0.5)



4.3



0.9



12.0


      Specialty Platform

51.4



58.8



170.7



183.1


   Performance Products and Solutions

18.0



16.1



59.0



43.9


   PolyOne Distribution

18.2



17.6



53.5



52.4


   Corporate and eliminations

(16.4)



(23.3)



(59.2)



(59.8)


      Operating income

$

71.2



$

69.2



$

224.0



$

219.6


The Specialty Platform consists of our three specialty segments: Color, Additives and Inks; Specialty Engineered Materials; and Designed Structures and Solutions. We present Specialty Platform sales, gross margin, selling and administrative expense, and operating income because management believes that this is useful information to investors by highlighting our collective progress in advancing our specialization strategy.

 

 

Attachment 7

PolyOne Corporation

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures (Unaudited)

(In millions, except per share data)


Senior management uses gross margin before special items and operating income before special items to assess performance and allocate resources because senior management believes that these measures are useful in understanding current profitability levels and how it may serve as a basis for future performance. In addition, operating income before the effect of special items is a component of PolyOne annual and long-term employee incentive plans and is used in debt covenant computations. Senior management believes these measures are useful to investors because they allow for comparison to PolyOne's performance in prior periods without the effect of items that, by their nature, tend to obscure PolyOne's operating results due to the potential variability across periods based on timing, frequency and magnitude. Non-GAAP financial measures have limitations as analytical tools and should not be considered in isolation from, or solely as alternatives to, financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. Below is a reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable financial measures calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP. See Attachment 3 for a definition and summary of special items.






Three Months Ended

September 30,


Nine Months Ended

September 30,

Reconciliation to Consolidated

Statements of Income

2016


2015


2016