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PolyOne Reports Improved Second-Quarter Earnings

July 30, 2002

CLEVELAND, Jul 30, 2002 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ --

* Sales growth continues for second consecutive quarter * Customer demand improves in most markets * European and Asian results reflect economic strengthening

PolyOne
Corporation (NYSE: POL), a leading global polymer services company, today
reported revenues of $692.0 million and net income of $6.1 million, or $0.07 per
share, for the second quarter ended June 30, 2002.

Net income included $0.5 million of special charges associated primarily with
restructuring initiatives announced in 2001. Operating income before special
items also was negatively affected by a profit deferral of approximately $2
million, or about $0.01 per share, related to the transfer of vinyl compound
business from a third-party distributor to PolyOne Distribution. The earnings
impact results from the elimination of inter- company profits in the inventory
of PolyOne Distribution, a consolidated business. PolyOne must defer profit
recognition until PolyOne Distribution sells to a third-party customer.

"We were especially pleased to see the improvement in sales in the second
quarter," said Thomas A. Waltermire, PolyOne chairman and chief executive
officer. "The strengthening demand from our customers is a particularly
refreshing sign. In addition, our earnings continue to improve, driven by
benefits from our value capture initiatives.

"The resilience of the economies in Europe and Asia is further gratifying,"
added Waltermire. "In North America, the economy has been slower to recover, but
we are pleased to see many of our customers experiencing improvement,
particularly in building material applications."

                            Second-Quarter Results
                 (Dollars in millions, except per share data)

                                                     2Q02      1Q02     2Q01
     Sales                                          $692.0    $613.2   $695.4
     Operating income                                 22.7       5.0     16.8
     Operating income before special items*           23.4       8.7     18.4
     Net income (loss)                                 6.1     (57.3)     2.5
     Net loss before cumulative effect of a
       change in accounting                            6.1      (3.6)     2.5
     Net income (loss) before cumulative effect of a
       change in accounting and special items*         6.6      (1.3)     1.0
     Income (loss) per share, diluted                 0.07     (0.64)    0.03
     Income (loss) per share before cumulative
       effect of a change in accounting, diluted      0.07     (0.04)    0.03
     Per share effect of excluding special items*,
       increase (decrease)                            0.00      0.03    (0.02)
     Per share effect of goodwill amortization expense
       on net income before cumulative effect of a
       change in accounting                           0.00      0.00     0.04


                             Year-to-Date Results
                 (Dollars in millions, except per share data)

                                                       1H02          1H01
     Sales                                           $1,305.2      $1,405.1
     Operating income (loss)                             27.7          (6.5)
     Operating income before special items*              32.1          10.3
     Net  income (loss)                                 (51.2)        (18.9)
     Net income (loss) before cumulative effect of a
       change in accounting                               2.5         (18.9)
     Net income (loss) before cumulative effect of a
       change in accounting and special items*            5.3         (10.8)
     Loss per share, diluted                            (0.55)        (0.21)
     Income (loss) per share before cumulative
       effect of a change in accounting, diluted         0.03         (0.21)
     Per share effect of excluding special items*,
       increase                                          0.03          0.09
     Per share effect of goodwill amortization expense
       on net income before cumulative effect of a
       change in accounting                              0.00          0.08

     * A summary of all special items for 2002 and 2001 can be found in the
       attached table.


    Second-Quarter Business Highlights
    * PolyOne reported sequential sales growth for the second consecutive
      quarter, with sales 13 percent above the first quarter of 2002 and
      nearly equal to the second quarter of 2001.

    * For the first six months of 2002, PolyOne improved its net income before
      the cumulative effect of a change in accounting and special items by
      $16.1 million over the same period of 2001 on 7 percent lower sales.
      The improved earnings reflect primarily the results of initiatives to
      reduce operating costs and higher earnings from the Resin and
      Intermediates equity affiliates.

    * PolyOne Distribution saw a strong second-quarter sales increase,
      exceeding first-quarter 2002 and second-quarter 2001 sales by 14 and
      17 percent, respectively.  The Distribution business' ability to capture
      PolyOne's vinyl compound sales following the transfer of that business
      from a third party in April 2002 represented approximately 13 of the
      17 percentage points of the quarter's sales increase over second-quarter
      2001.

    * PolyOne International Plastic Compounds and Colors (PCC) operations saw
      strong demand increases in second-quarter 2002.  Combined sales for
      Europe and Asia increased 21 and 19 percent from the first quarter of
      2002 and the second quarter of 2001, respectively.  Throughout second-
      quarter 2002, the euro gained strength versus the U.S. dollar, averaging
      approximately 5 percent above first-quarter 2002 and second-quarter 2001
      levels.

    * Oxy Vinyls, LP, PolyOne's polyvinyl chloride (PVC) resin equity joint
      venture, reported strong market demand during the quarter.  As a result,
      market prices for PVC resins increased approximately $0.07 per pound
      compared with the average in first-quarter 2002.  This increase
      contributed to improved PVC resin margins and helped boost equity income
      by $5.5 million, before special items, in the second quarter versus the
      first quarter of 2002.

    * PolyOne's equity losses from the SunBelt Chlor-Alkali joint venture were
      $3.2 million for the quarter, slightly better than in first-quarter
      2002.  Chlorine price increases realized in the second quarter were
      offset by a decline in caustic soda prices.

    * As part of the drive to implement income-improving opportunities,
      PolyOne captured $8.0 million and $2.0 million in additional income
      improvements compared with second-quarter 2001 and first-quarter 2002,
      respectively.  The Company projects that through these strategic value
      capture initiatives, it will capture between $45 million and $50 million
      in additional benefits for the full year compared with 2001, with
      approximately 60 percent coming in the second half of 2002.  This
      revised 2002 estimate represents a reduction from earlier projections,
      and stems principally from a delay in closing the Bethlehem,
      Pennsylvania, plant and the effect on shipments of the slower-than-
      anticipated rate of economic recovery.  The Company remains committed to
      the goal established in 2001 of capturing approximately $200 million in
      annual income improvements, and believes it will achieve its target in
      2003.

    * PolyOne's asset reconfiguration program for its North American PCC
      operation is largely on schedule for completion near the end of 2002.
      Five plants are scheduled for closing in the third quarter.  The Company
      completed a reassessment of its Bethlehem site, which affirmed an
      earlier decision to close the facility and transfer production to Avon
      Lake, Ohio.  This evaluation has delayed the Bethlehem closing until
      mid-2003, when PolyOne will begin to realize annual savings of
      approximately $5 million from this action.

Per PolyOne's announcement in August 2001, the Chicago facility in the
Elastomers and Performance Additives segment was closed during the second
quarter. Products and manufacturing were successfully transferred to the
DeForest, Wisconsin, plant.

    * PolyOne continues to upgrade its information systems to link nearly all
      of its businesses worldwide.  In June, the Company successfully brought
      online its Formulators operations and the Performance Additives portion
      of its Elastomers segment, which represent more than $200 million in
      annual revenues.  The system upgrade involved 10 sites and more than 400
      employees who underwent training.  Overall, PolyOne anticipates capital
      spending of approximately $10 million to upgrade its systems in 2002.

    * Following the issuance of $200 million of unsecured senior debt in April
      2002, the Company entered into interest rate swap agreements to
      effectively convert fixed-rate interest cost to a variable rate on
      $80 million of debt.  PolyOne estimates that these agreements will
      reduce its interest cost by approximately $0.9 million in the second
      half of 2002.

    * During the second quarter, PolyOne announced North American vinyl
      compound price increases for flexible and rigid products.  This
      development was driven by the need to recover margins reduced by the
      escalating market price for PVC resin.  Generally, the increases took
      effect late in the quarter, and had no material effect on second-quarter
      results.

Business Outlook

Demand in late June and early July slowed across many markets from the typical
effects of holiday and associated vacation shutdowns among PolyOne's customers.
In the latter half of July, customer orders returned to levels that suggest
third-quarter 2002 revenues will be at or slightly ahead of second-quarter
revenues and 5 percent or more above the third quarter of 2001.

"We remain optimistic about realizing improvements in revenues and income in the
third quarter," said Waltermire. "Most of our markets have demonstrated steady
growth since the beginning of 2002, and this trend continues despite the
uncertainties reflected in the equity market."

Sales appear to be strengthening in most markets, with the continuing exception
of telecommunications, which represents approximately 4 to 6 percent of
PolyOne's historic revenues. Market analysts suggest that with the technological
advances and overbuilding of network systems that took place in the 1990s, a
telecom recovery is unlikely in the near future.

As PolyOne moves through the third quarter, a number of factors could affect
earnings:

    * PolyOne anticipates approximately $6 million in new value capture
      initiatives.  Value capture benefits will result from a number of
      programs, including targeted growth initiatives, sourcing savings and
      manufacturing cost reductions.

    * Several key variables could improve the Resin and Intermediates
      segment's equity income by an estimated $6 million to $8 million over
      second-quarter 2002 results.  PolyOne forecasts that the market price
      for PVC resin will increase in July and remain unchanged through the
      third quarter.  Also, announced increases in market prices for caustic
      soda and chlorine in the third quarter should result in improved ECU
      (Electro Chemical Unit) pricing of approximately $150 per ton.  SunBelt,
      which had been losing approximately $1 million per month, could return
      nearly to the break-even point if the price increases are realized.

    * North American PCC operating income will be directly affected to the
      degree that announced selling price increases are realized in the
      marketplace.  This is especially important in vinyl compounds, where
      margins will be reduced due to the rapid and substantial increases in
      PVC resin market prices during the first half of 2002.   PolyOne
      projects that the average market price for PVC resins will rise by
      approximately $0.05 in the third quarter compared with the average price
      in the second quarter of 2002.  For PolyOne, a $0.01 shift in vinyl
      compound margin (selling price less PVC resin cost) changes operating
      income nearly $3 million per quarter.  In the third quarter, PolyOne
      needs to realize approximately $0.04 to $0.05 per pound of vinyl
      compound selling price to maintain second-quarter average margins.
      Since the start of 2002, PolyOne has announced a total of $0.08 per
      pound in vinyl compound price increases.

    * For the year, PolyOne estimates capital expenditures in the range of
      $75 million to $80 million.  Nearly half of the projected capital
      spending is associated with the North American PCC asset modernization
      and the new business information system.  Further, PolyOne projects that
      cash spending for restructuring initiatives announced in 2001 in
      relation to employee separation and plant phase-out costs will range
      between $23 million and $27 million in the second half of 2002.

The outlook for fourth-quarter 2002 remains uncertain. While some normal
seasonal slowdown in sales is expected from second-quarter and projected
third-quarter levels, the current view projects strong double-digit sales demand
versus the fourth quarter of 2001. PolyOne's earnings in the fourth quarter are
anticipated to be substantially higher than year-earlier results, assuming that
margins retain gains achieved in the third quarter.

Conference Call

PolyOne will host an analyst conference call at 9 a.m. Eastern time on
Wednesday, July 31, 2002. The conference call number is 888-489-0038 or
706-643-1611 (international), conference topic: PolyOne Earnings Call. The call
will be broadcast live and then via replay for two weeks on the Company's Web
site: www.polyone.com .

Supplemental Information

Investors interested in more detailed information on PolyOne's results or the
performance of its business segments, please see the Supplemental Information
report issued today. The report is posted in the Investor Relations section of
the Company's Web site: www.polyone.com . It can also be obtained from the
contact listed at the end of this release.

About PolyOne

PolyOne Corporation, with 2001 revenues of $2.7 billion, is an international
polymer services company with operations in thermoplastic compounds, specialty
resins, specialty polymer formulations, engineered films, color and additive
systems, elastomer compounding and thermoplastic resin distribution.
Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, PolyOne has employees at manufacturing sites
in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia, and joint ventures in North
America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Information on the Company's
products and services can be found at www.polyone.com .

Forward-Looking Statements

In this 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, including, for example,
statements about business outlook, assessment of market conditions, strategies,
future plans, future sales, prices for major products, inventory levels, capital
spending and tax rates. These forward-looking statements 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. Factors that could cause actual results to differ
materially include, but are not limited to: (1) an inability to achieve or
delays in achieving savings related to consolidation and restructuring programs;
(2) delays in achieving or inability to achieve the Company's strategic value
initiatives, including cost reduction and employee productivity goals, or
achieving less than the anticipated financial benefit from the initiatives; (3)
the effect on foreign operations of currency fluctuations, tariffs,
nationalization, exchange controls, limitations on foreign investment in local
businesses and other political, economic and regulatory risks; (4) changes in
world, regional or U.S. plastic, rubber and PVC consumption growth rates
affecting the Company's markets; (5) changes in global industry capacity or in
the rate at which anticipated changes in industry capacity come online in the
PVC, VCM, chlor- alkali or other industries in which the Company participates;
(6) fluctuations in raw material prices, quality and supply and energy prices
and supply, in particular fluctuations outside the normal range of industry
cycles; (7) production outages or material costs associated with scheduled or
unscheduled maintenance programs; (8) costs or difficulties and delays related
to the operation of joint venture entities; (9) lack of day-to-day operating
control, including procurement of raw material feedstocks, of other equity or
joint venture affiliates; (10) partial control over investment decisions and
dividend distribution policy of the OxyVinyls partnership and other minority
equity holdings of the Company; (11) an inability to launch new products and/or
services that strategically fit the Company's businesses; (12) the possibility
of goodwill impairment; (13) an inability to maintain any required licenses or
permits; and (14) an inability to comply with any environmental laws and
regulations.

                       PolyOne Corporation and Subsidiaries
             Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income (Unaudited)
                       (In millions except per share data)

                                        Three Months Ended  Six Months Ended
                                              June 30,          June 30,
                                            2002    2001     2002      2001

    Sales                                  $692.0  $695.4  $1,305.2  $1,405.1

    Operating costs and expenses:
     Cost of sales                          577.7   578.8   1,081.6   1,177.2
     Selling and administrative              76.3    77.6     157.4     159.5
     Depreciation and amortization           19.1    25.9      37.4      52.3
    Employee separation and plant phase-
     out                                      -       0.9       0.9       9.8
    Merger and integration costs              -       0.5       -         5.8
    Loss on divestiture of equity
     investment                               -       -         1.5       -
    (Income) loss from equity affiliates
     and minority interest                   (3.8)   (5.1)     (1.3)      7.0
    Operating income (loss)                  22.7    16.8      27.7      (6.5)

    Interest expense                        (11.4)  (10.9)    (20.2)    (23.8)
    Interest income                           0.3     1.2       0.5       1.4
    Other expense, net                       (1.6)    1.4      (3.8)     (0.9)
    Income (loss) before income taxes and
     cumulative effect of change in
     accounting method                       10.0     8.5       4.2     (29.8)

    Income tax (expense) benefit             (3.9)   (6.0)     (1.7)     10.9

    Income (loss) before cumulative effect
     of a change in accounting                6.1     2.5       2.5     (18.9)

    Cumulative effect of a change in
     goodwill accounting, net of income
     tax benefit of $1.0 million              -       -       (53.7)      -

    Net income (loss)                        $6.1    $2.5    $(51.2)   $(18.9)


    Income (loss) per Share of Common
     Stock:
         Basic income (loss) per share
          before effect of change in
          accounting                         $.07    $.03      $.03     $(.21)
         Cumulative effect of a change in
          accounting                          -       -        (.60)      -
         Basic income (loss) per share       $.07    $.03     $(.57)    $(.21)

         Diluted income (loss) per share
          before effect of change in
          accounting                         $.07    $.03      $.03     $(.21)
         Cumulative effect of a change in
          accounting                          -       -        (.58)      -
         Diluted income (loss) per share     $.07    $.03     $(.55)    $(.21)

    Weighted average shares used to
     compute loss per share:
         Basic                               90.3    89.8      90.4      89.8
         Diluted                             92.5    90.5      92.3      90.3

    Dividends paid per share of common
     stock                                 $.0625  $.0625     $.125     $.125


                      PolyOne Corporation and Subsidiaries
                Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet (Unaudited)
                                  (In millions)

                                                   June 30,       December 31,
    Assets                                           2002              2001
    Current assets:
     Cash and cash equivalents                       $46.2             $18.2
     Trade accounts receivable, net                  239.9             135.6
     Other receivables                                10.3              11.4
     Inventories                                     291.9             255.3
     Deferred taxes                                   50.5              48.6
     Other current assets                             15.6              16.5
      Total current assets                           654.4             485.6
    Property, net                                    683.8             683.6
    Investment in equity affiliates                  285.9             287.9
    Goodwill, net                                    446.8             476.3
    Other intangible assets, net                      33.9              61.0
    Other non-current assets                          49.9              66.8
      Total assets                                $2,154.7          $2,061.2

    Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity
    Current liabilities:
     Short-term bank debt                            $15.9             $14.7
     Accounts payable                                303.9             311.4
     Accrued expenses                                159.1             169.4
     Current portion of long-term debt                 4.2               4.6
      Total current liabilities                      483.1             500.1
    Long-term debt                                   585.4             426.8
    Deferred taxes                                    61.8              64.5
    Post-retirement benefits other than pensions     129.1             126.2
    Other non-current liabilities,
     including pensions                              212.2             214.5
    Minority interest in consolidated
     subsidiaries                                     17.8              15.7
       Total liabilities                           1,489.4           1,347.8
    Shareholders' equity:
     Preferred stock                                    -                 -
     Common stock                                      1.2               1.2
     Other shareholders' equity                      664.1             712.2
      Total shareholders' equity                     665.3             713.4
       Total liabilities and shareholders'
        equity                                    $2,154.7          $2,061.2


                      PolyOne Corporation and Subsidiaries
          Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited)
                                 (In millions)

                                         Three Months Ended  Six Months Ended
                                               June 30,          June 30,
                                            2002     2001     2002     2001
    Operating Activities
      Net loss                              $6.1     $2.5   $(51.2)  $(18.9)
      Adjustments to reconcile net loss
       to net cash provided (used) by
       operating activities:
        Employee separation and plant
         phase-out charges                    -       0.9      0.9      9.8
        Cash payments on employee
         separation and plant phase-out     (3.7)    (6.2)    (7.7)   (12.8)
        Cumulative effect of a change
         in accounting                        -        -      53.7       -
        Depreciation and amortization       19.1     25.9     37.4     52.3
        Investment write-down, loss on
         sale of equity affiliate             -        -       1.5       -
        Companies carried at equity and
         minority interest:
          (Income) loss                     (3.2)    (5.1)    (0.7)     7.0
          Dividends received                 2.1       -       2.1      1.0
        Change in assets and liabilities:
         Operating working capital:
          Accounts receivable              (23.5)    87.6    (93.8)   128.3
          Inventories                      (14.7)    47.1    (31.2)    61.3
          Accounts payable                 (37.5)    15.8    (14.7)    46.4
         Accrued expenses and other          5.0     11.8     21.4    (15.8)
    Net cash provided (used) by operating
     activities                            (50.3)   180.3    (82.3)   258.6

    Investing Activities
      Capital expenditures                 (23.1)   (16.7)   (33.8)   (36.0)
      Cash received from equity
       affiliates                           (0.9)    (1.7)     0.4      0.5
      Proceeds from sale of assets           1.1      2.8      1.1      2.8
      Other                                 (4.4)     6.6     (3.6)     3.5
    Net cash used by investing activities  (27.3)    (9.0)   (35.9)   (29.2)

    Financing Activities
      Change in short-term debt            (49.9)  (162.8)    (0.7)  (222.2)
      Change in long-term debt             155.1      1.2    154.5      3.1
      Proceeds from the exercise of stock
       options                               2.3       -       5.0       -
      Dividends                             (5.4)    (5.7)   (11.2)   (11.3)
    Net cash provided (used) by financing
     activities                            102.1   (167.3)   147.6   (230.4)

    Effect of exchange rate changes on
     cash                                   (0.8)     0.1     (1.4)    (0.7)

    Increase (decrease) in cash and cash
     equivalents                            23.7      4.1     28.0     (1.7)

    Cash and cash equivalents at
     beginning of period                    22.5     32.1     18.2     37.9

    Cash and cash equivalents at end of
     period                                $46.2    $36.2    $46.2    $36.2


                            Summary of Special Items
                                  (In millions)

                                                         Quarters
                                               2Q02         1Q02        2Q01
    Employee separation and plant phase-
     out costs                                  $-         $(0.9)      $(0.9)

    Period plant phase-out costs incurred       (0.1)       (0.1)       (0.2)
    Plant phase-out accelerated
     depreciation                               (0.5)       (0.5)        -
    Equity affiliate - employee severance
     and liabilities associated with the
     temporary idling of a plant                (0.1)       (0.7)        -
    Merger and integration costs                 -           -          (0.5)
    Loss on divestiture of equity
     investment                                  -          (1.5)        -

        Subtotal - operating loss               (0.7)       (3.7)       (1.6)

    Litigation settlement gain                   -           -           4.1

        Total  - pre-tax income (expense)       (0.7)       (3.7)        2.5

    Income tax benefit (expense)                 0.2         1.4        (1.0)
        Total - after-tax income (expense)     $(0.5)      $(2.3)       $1.5

                                                               Six Months
                                                            1H02        1H01
    Employee separation and plant phase-out cost           $(0.9)      $(9.8)

    Period plant phase-out costs incurred                   (0.2)       (0.2)
    Plant phase-out accelerated depreciation                (1.0)        -
    Equity affiliate - employee severance
     and liabilities associated with the temporary
     idling of a plant                                      (0.8)       (1.0)
    Merger and integration costs                             -          (5.8)
    Loss on divestiture of equity investment                (1.5)        -

        Subtotal - operating loss                           (4.4)      (16.8)

    Investment write-down                                    -          (0.6)
    Litigation settlement gain                               -           4.1

        Total  - pre-tax income (expense)                   (4.4)      (13.3)

    Income tax benefit                                       1.6         5.2
        Total - after-tax income (expense)                 $(2.8)      $(8.1)

SOURCE PolyOne Corporation

CONTACT: Dennis Cocco, Chief Investor & Communications Officer of
PolyOne, +1-216-589-4018
URL: http://www.polyone.com

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