PolyOne Reports Results for Third-Quarter 2003
October 29, 2003
- Current-quarter operating results in line with Company expectations - North American operations reflect weak economic conditions in July and August - Actions to reduce working capital result in significant cash flow improvement - Company executing financial improvement actions in third and fourth quarters
CLEVELAND, Oct 29, 2003 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- PolyOne Corporation
(NYSE: POL), a leading global polymer services company, today reported sales
of $630.3 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2003, a decrease of
$20.6 million, or 3 percent, from the 2003 second quarter. PolyOne had
operating income of $6.9 million for the 2003 third quarter compared with
operating income of $10.8 million in the second quarter. For third-quarter
2002, PolyOne reported sales of $650.7 million and operating income of
Operating income before special items was $16.3 million in the third
quarter of 2003 compared with $14.2 million in the 2003 second quarter and
$31.6 million in the third quarter of 2002. Excluding special items,
operating income in third-quarter 2003 improved from the 2003 second quarter
by $2.1 million, despite softer sales. A schedule of special items and a
reconciliation of operating income before special items to operating income
are included in the attached Exhibit 1 and Exhibit 2. The 2003 third-quarter
operating results, excluding the effects of special items, are in line with
PolyOne's July 29, 2003, outlook for third-quarter results.
"We are encouraged that we were able to improve operating margins through
our internal efforts to lower costs and cash flow, primarily through a
significant reduction in our inventory," said Thomas A. Waltermire, PolyOne
chairman and chief executive officer. "Our lower cost structure, coupled with
improved sales demand toward the end of the quarter, made us profitable in
September and is providing some momentum as we move into the fourth quarter."
Beginning late in the second quarter of 2003 and continuing into the third
quarter, the Company took additional actions to streamline and simplify
operations and to raise manufacturing operating rates. As a result, the 2003
third quarter includes special charges of $9.4 million pre tax for employee
separations and plant closing costs.
During the 2003 third quarter, the Company recognized certain tax items
that affect income tax expense and shareholders' equity, but do not impact
PolyOne's net cash flow or liquidity.
In accordance with Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No.109,
"Accounting for Income Taxes," the Company determined that it must reduce the
value of its tax credits because it has been losing money in the United States
operations. As a result, the Company recognized non-cash income tax expense
of $9.0 million, or $0.10 per share, in the 2003 third-quarter results to
reduce the value of its tax credits. The accumulated valuation allowance for
income taxes was $41.4 million at September 30, 2003. Once the Company
returns to profitability in the U.S., the credits will be restored.
In addition, during the 2003 third quarter, the Company recorded a federal
tax expense of $24.0 million, or $0.26 per share, for dividends to be paid by
foreign subsidiaries as a result of certain tax planning strategies. This
provision relates to repatriation of funds to the U. S., and should have no
significant impact on PolyOne's overall liquidity.
Third-Quarter 2003 Business Highlights
- Strengthened balance sheet: PolyOne made solid progress in reducing
inventories and working capital investment. The result was a reduction
of $25.4 million in net borrowing under the receivables sale facility
in the third quarter of 2003.
- Debt reduction: PolyOne announced in October 2003 that its future focus
would be on its global Plastics Compounding and Color & Additive
Masterbatch business operations and its Distribution business. These
operations have the strongest market synergies and potential for
success. PolyOne's other business operations -- Elastomers and
Performance Additives, Engineered Films and Specialty Resins -- are
being considered for divestment. Proceeds from the sales of these
businesses would be used to reduce debt. The Company has set no
deadline for divesting these business operations, which in 2002 had
$617 million of PolyOne's $2.5 billion in sales. For the first nine
months of 2003, these businesses had an operating loss before special
charges of $7.2 million.
- Improving business margins: During the 2003 third quarter, management
accelerated a number of programs to improve the performance of the
North American operations. These programs included: segmenting the
customer base to improve service and profitability, focusing sales
resources more effectively on customers who can drive growth,
streamlining costs for smaller transactions and emphasizing individual
performance in sales force compensation. Further, as part of the
ongoing effort to reduce PolyOne's selling and administrative costs to
less than 10 percent of sales, approximately 170 positions were
eliminated in a number of business operations and functional support
- Alignment of capacity with demand: As part of an objective to reduce
costs through improved manufacturing efficiencies, PolyOne closed its
color additives plant in Fort Worth, Texas, in August 2003 and
transferred production to other color plants with available capacity.
The Company also reduced the work schedule from seven to five days at
most of its vinyl compounding plants. Additionally, PolyOne closed two
production lines at its Macedonia, Ohio, engineered materials plant.
Altogether, these actions reduced PolyOne's workforce by approximately
- Expansion approved for China: To further strengthen PolyOne's global
position, the Board of Directors recently approved plans to build a new
masterbatch and compound plant in China - the Company's third plant in
China and fifth in Asia. PolyOne anticipates that the facility will
begin operations in late 2004. Currently, Asia accounts for about 3
percent of PolyOne's sales.
Business Segment Performance Highlights
Performance Plastics: Third-quarter 2003 operating income, excluding
special charges, improved $3.6 million, or 49 percent, compared with the
second quarter of 2003, principally as a result of previous cost reduction
actions. This improvement occurred despite a sales decrease of 3 percent over
the same period. Overall, shipments decreased 2 percent in the third quarter
compared with the second quarter as strong demand in September only partially
offset lackluster business in July and August. The exception was the Asian
operations, which recovered from SARS-related issues in the second quarter of
2003 and increased shipments 9 percent from the second quarter.
Elastomers and Performance Additives: Sales and shipments decreased
3 percent and 1 percent, respectively, in the third quarter of 2003 compared
with the 2003 second quarter, principally because of a decline in automotive
demand. Customer sales, however, improved during September from July and
Distribution: A slow July and August resulted in a 4 percent decline in
sales from the 2003 second quarter to the third quarter of 2003. Shipments,
however, were unchanged over the same period. Product mix contributed to the
difference as shipments of lower-priced commodity-grade resins improved in the
Resin and Intermediates: Earnings from equity affiliates were essentially
flat in the third quarter of 2003 compared with the 2003 second quarter.
These better-than-anticipated results were driven principally by strong sales
demand for polyvinyl chloride (PVC) resin, which boosted shipments from Oxy
Vinyls, LP by approximately 16 percent over the previous quarter.
Summary of Third-Quarter 2003 Results (Dollars in millions, except per share data) 3Q03 2Q03 3Q02 Sales $630.3 $650.9 $650.7 Operating income 6.9 10.8 26.3 Operating income, before special items 16.3 14.2 31.6 Income (loss) before discontinued operations and cumulative effect of a change in accounting (43.2) (6.0) (6.0) Net income (loss) $(43.2) $(6.0) $9.8 Income (loss) per share, diluted $(0.47) $(0.07) $0.11 Income (loss) per share before discontinued operations and effect of a change in accounting (0.47) (0.07) 0.11 Per share effect of excluding special items, increase 0.43 0.03 0.04 Summary of Year-to-Date 2003 Results (Dollars in millions, except per share data) 9 mo. 2003 9 mo. 2002 Sales $1,926.7 $1,917.9 Operating income 1.5 52.3 Operating income, before special items 40.9 62.0 Income (loss) before discontinued operations and cumulative effect of a change in accounting (68.5) 11.0 Net income (loss) $(68.5) $(41.4) Income (loss) per share, diluted $(0.75) $(0.45) Income (loss) per share before discontinued operations and effect of a change in accounting (0.75) 0.12 Per share effect of excluding special items, increase 0.64 0.07
Fourth-Quarter 2003 Business Outlook
In North America, where there are modest signs of economic recovery,
customer sales demand strengthened in September from weakness in July and
August. This improved sales demand carried over to early October. While
sales demand in the second half of the fourth quarter is very difficult to
project, PolyOne estimates that North American 2003 fourth-quarter sales will
be seasonally slower and could approximate 2002 fourth-quarter levels.
International sales are expected to increase 10 to 15 percent over the same
period, driven principally by the Transcolor acquisition.
For PolyOne's operating businesses (total Company less the Resin and
Intermediates segment), 2003 fourth-quarter prices and raw material costs are
expected to remain unchanged from the third quarter of 2003. Selling and
administrative costs are expected to be lower in the fourth quarter versus the
PVC resin sales demand in the 2003 fourth quarter is forecasted to be
seasonally lower than 2003 third-quarter levels, but ahead of fourth-quarter
2002 levels. Average industry PVC resin selling prices are projected to
approximate the 2003 third quarter. As a result of projected raw material
increases, PVC resin industry spreads could decrease compared with the third
quarter of 2003.
Chlor-alkali demand is also projected to be seasonally down in the 2003
fourth quarter compared with the third quarter of 2003. The combination of
anticipated lower sales demand and resin spreads results in a projected
reduction of $3 million to $5 million in operating income before any special
items for the Resin and Intermediates segment in the fourth quarter compared
with the third quarter of 2003.
Special items pre-tax expense in the fourth quarter of 2003 is projected
to be approximately $12 million for restructuring actions initiated to date,
including the Elastomers and Performance Additives plant closings announced
separately today. For the three non-core businesses that may be divested, an
assessment of potential asset impairment will occur in the 2003 fourth
quarter; results are unknown at this time. Also, the fourth-quarter after-tax
special items will include a tax valuation allowance related to the fourth-
quarter domestic operating losses.
The cumulative result of these factors (seasonally lower revenues and
projected lower Resin and Intermediates equity earnings, partially offset by
reduced overhead costs) is that PolyOne expects a fourth-quarter 2003 loss of
$0.32 to $0.42 per share, and a loss before special items of $0.08 to $0.14
per share. Before special items, the 2003 fourth-quarter operating loss is
expected to be from $0.02 to $0.08 per share better than the comparable 2002
Despite this earnings outlook, the Company expects to generate positive
cash flow in the 2003 fourth quarter, largely as a result of ongoing efforts
to further reduce its working capital and reduced seasonal requirements.
"Because we remain cautious about a rebound in the economy, we are taking
additional cost reduction actions that should benefit the 2003 fourth quarter
and return the overall business to profitability in 2004," said Waltermire.
"We are taking the necessary steps to bring our cost structure in line with
current demand and to reduce our working capital needs structurally. These
steps, plus our recent decision to make available for divestment businesses
totaling more than $600 million in sales, are being taken to focus our Company
on its strengths, improve our operating results and strengthen our balance
The Company makes available additional information regarding its
performance, as well as information on key drivers of its operating results.
This information will be posted today on its Web site at www.polyone.com in
the corporate investor relations section under the listing "Supplements." The
supplemental information also can be obtained, once available, from the
contact listed below.
PolyOne Third-Quarter 2003 Conference Call
PolyOne will host a conference call at 9 a.m. Eastern time on October 30,
2003. The conference dial-in number is 888-489-0038 (domestic) or
706-643-1611 (international), conference topic: PolyOne Earnings Call. The
replay number is 800-642-1687 (domestic) or 706-645-9291 (international). The
conference ID for the replay is 6571867. The call will be broadcast live and
then via replay for two weeks on the Company's Web
site: http://www.polyone.com .
PolyOne Corporation, with 2002 annual revenues approximating $2.5 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 and Asia. Information on the
Company's products and services can be found at http://www.polyone.com .
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-
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expectations that involve a number of business risks and uncertainties, any of
which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in
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"intend," "plan," "believe" and other words and terms of similar meaning in
connection with any discussion of future operating or financial performance.
In particular, these include statements relating to future actions;
prospective changes in raw material costs, product pricing or product demand;
future performance or results of current and anticipated market conditions and
market strategies; sales efforts; expenses; the outcome of contingencies such
as legal proceedings; and financial results. Factors that could cause actual
results to differ materially include, but are not limited to: (1) an inability
to achieve or delays in achieving or achievement of less than the anticipated
financial benefit from the initiatives related to restructuring programs
including cost reduction and employee productivity goals; (2) a delay or
inability to achieve targeted debt level reductions through divestitures or
other means; (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 U.S., regional or world polymer and/or rubber 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 polyvinyl chloride (PVC), chlor-alkali, vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) or
other industries in which the Company participates; (6) fluctuations in raw
material prices, quality and supply and in 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 materials, of 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 within the
Company's various businesses; (12) the possibility of goodwill impairment;
(13) an inability to maintain any required licenses or permits; (14) an
inability to comply with any environmental laws and regulations; (15) an
inability or delay in finding buyers of non-core assets for reasonable and
acceptable terms; (16) an inability to access the receivables sale facility
as a result of breaching covenants; (17) any poor performance of our pension
plan assets and any obligation on our part to fund our pension plan; and (18)
any or a delay or inability to bring the North American colors and performance
additives and the engineered materials product platforms to profitability.
We cannot guarantee that any forward-looking statement will be realized,
although we believe we have been prudent in our plans and assumptions.
Achievement of future results is subject to risks, uncertainties and
inaccurate assumptions. Should known or unknown risks or uncertainties
materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove inaccurate, actual results
could vary materially from those anticipated, estimated or projected.
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Commission. You should understand that it is not possible to predict or
identify all such factors. Consequently, you should not consider any such
list to be a complete set of all potential risks or uncertainties.
PolyOne Corporation and Subsidiaries Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations (Unaudited) (In millions, except per share data) Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended September 30, September 30, 2003 2002 2003 2002 Sales $630.3 $650.7 $1,926.7 $1,917.9 Operating costs and expenses: Cost of sales 539.8 548.9 1,651.3 1,598.0 Selling and administrative 67.3 68.7 209.4 224.0 Depreciation and amortization 18.2 18.2 55.1 54.6 Employee separation and plant phase- out 8.2 0.2 35.2 1.1 Loss on divestiture of equity investment - - - 1.5 Income from equity affiliates and minority interest (10.1) (11.6) (25.8) (13.6) Operating income 6.9 26.3 1.5 52.3 Interest expense (19.2) (11.6) (49.0) (31.4) Interest income 0.3 0.1 0.6 0.6 Other income (expense), net (3.5) 0.5 (10.1) (3.9) Income (loss) before income taxes, discontinued operations, and cumulative effect of change in accounting method (15.5) 15.3 (57.0) 17.6 Income tax expense (27.7) (5.7) (11.5) (6.6) Income (loss) before discontinued operations and cumulative effect of a change in accounting (43.2) 9.6 (68.5) 11.0 Income from discontinued operations, net of income taxes - 0.2 - 1.3 Cumulative effect of a change in goodwill accounting, net of income tax benefit of $1.0 million - - - (53.7) Net income (loss) $(43.2) $9.8 $(68.5) $(41.4) Income (loss) per share of common stock: Basic income (loss) per share before discontinued operations and effect of change in accounting $(.47) $.11 $(.75) $.12 Discontinued operations - - - .01 Cumulative effect of a change in accounting - - - (.59) Basic income (loss) per share $(.47) $.11 $(.75) $(.46) Diluted income (loss) per share before discontinued operations and effect of change in accounting $(.47) $.11 $(.75) $.12 Discontinued operations - - - .01 Cumulative effect of a change in accounting - - - (.58) Diluted income (loss) per share $(.47) $.11 $(.75) $(.45) Weighted average shares used to compute loss per share: Basic 91.1 90.7 91.0 90.6 Diluted 91.1 91.7 91.0 92.1 Dividends paid per share of common stock $- $.0625 $- $.1875 PolyOne Corporation and Subsidiaries Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet (Unaudited) (In millions) September 30, December 31, Assets 2003 2002 Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents $50.4 $41.4 Accounts receivable, net 315.2 164.3 Inventories 259.1 253.7 Deferred taxes 41.2 42.1 Other current assets 22.8 12.7 Total current assets 688.7 514.2 Property, net 656.6 682.1 Investment in equity affiliates 264.1 271.8 Goodwill, net 444.7 444.0 Other intangible assets, net 29.8 32.8 Other non-current assets 63.8 52.6 Total assets $2,147.7 $1,997.5 Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity Current liabilities: Short-term bank debt $0.9 $0.7 Accounts payable 257.0 242.0 Accrued expenses 133.9 160.2 Current portion of long-term debt 0.8 91.0 Total current liabilities 392.6 493.9 Long-term debt 785.2 492.2 Deferred taxes 40.7 39.0 Post-retirement benefits other than pensions 120.9 122.5 Other non-current liabilities, including pensions 266.0 261.2 Minority interest in consolidated subsidiaries 10.2 9.0 Total liabilities 1,615.6 1,417.8 Shareholders' equity: Preferred stock - - Common stock 1.2 1.2 Other shareholders' equity 530.9 578.5 Total shareholders' equity 532.1 579.7 Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $2,147.7 $1,997.5 PolyOne Corporation and Subsidiaries Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited) (In millions) Three Months Nine Months Ended Ended September 30, September 30, 2003 2002 2003 2002 Operating Activities Net income (loss) $(43.2) $9.8 $(68.5) $(41.4) Cumulative effect of a change in accounting - - - (53.7) Income from discontinued operations - 0.2 - 1.3 Income (loss) from continuing operations (43.2) 9.6 (68.5) 11.0 Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash used by operating activities: Employee separation and plant phase-out charges 8.2 0.2 35.2 1.1 Cash payments on employee separation and plant phase-out (12.0) (4.4) (35.3) (12.1) Depreciation and amortization 18.2 18.2 55.1 54.6 Unrealized currency gains (2.0) (7.2) (8.9) (10.8) Loss on sale of assets - - 0.2 - Investment write-down and loss on sale of equity affiliate - - - 1.5 Companies carried at equity and minority interest: Income from equity affiliates (11.0) (12.2) (27.2) (15.0) Minority interest expense 0.9 0.6 1.4 1.4 Dividends and distributions received 10.6 13.8 12.6 16.8 Deferred income taxes 24.2 2.3 - 0.9 Change in assets and liabilities: Operating working capital: Accounts receivable (16.0) 17.0 (141.1) (72.3) Inventories 27.3 (2.2) 1.3 (32.9) Accounts payable (13.0) (0.5) 9.3 (20.1) Accrued expenses and other 15.2 (14.2) 1.5 15.7 Net cash provided (used) by operating activities for continuing operations 7.4 21.0 (164.4) (60.2) Investing Activities Capital expenditures (8.8) (16.1) (24.9) (49.1) Decrease in restricted cash 53.7 - - - Return of capital by equity affiliates, net of investment - 2.8 (0.1) 2.3 Business acquired, net of cash received - - (15.8) - Proceeds from sale of assets 4.4 0.8 27.0 1.9 Net cash provided (used) by financing activities for continuing operations 49.3 (12.5) (13.8) (44.9) Financing Activities Change in short-term debt (56.1) (3.7) (90.1) (5.8) Change in long-term debt (6.1) (1.1) 297.8 153.9 Debt issuance Costs (0.7) - (14.7) (4.9) Termination of interest rate swap agreements (2.6) 8.3 (2.6) 8.3 Proceeds from the exercise of stock options - 2.0 - 7.0 Dividends - (5.7) - (16.9) Net cash provided (used) by financing activities for continuing operations (65.5) (0.2) 190.4 141.6 Net cash used by discontinued operations - - - 1.4 Effect of exchange rate changes on cash (4.0) (1.1) (3.2) (2.7) Increase in cash and cash equivalents (12.8) 7.2 9.0 35.2 Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 63.2 46.2 41.4 18.2 Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $50.4 $53.4 $50.4 $53.4 Summary of Special Items (Unaudited) (In millions) Three Months Nine Months 3Q03 2Q03 3Q02 2003 2002 Employee separation and plant phase- out costs (A) $(8.2) $(2.1) $(0.2) $(35.2) $(1.1) Period plant phase-out costs incurred (B) (1.2) (0.3) (0.5) (2.4) (0.7) Equity affiliate - employee severance, liabilities associated with the temporary idling of a plant and cumulative effect of a change in accounting (C) - (1.0) (4.1) (1.8) (4.9) Loss on divestiture of equity investment (D) - - - - (1.5) Subtotal - impact on EBITDA (expense) (9.4) (3.4) (4.8) (39.4) (8.2) Plant phase-out accelerated depreciation (B) - - (0.5) - (1.5) Subtotal - impact on operating (expense) (9.4) (3.4) (5.3) (39.4) (9.7) Loss on sale (E) - (0.2) - (0.2) - Total - impact pre tax (expense) (9.4) (3.6) (5.3) (39.6) (9.7) Income tax benefit on above items 3.0 1.3 1.9 14.7 3.5 Foreign dividend tax (F) (24.0) - - (24.0) - Tax allowance (G) (9.0) - - (9.0) - Total - after tax (expense) before discontinued operations and cumulative effect of a change in accounting $(39.4) $(2.3) $(3.4) $(57.9) $(6.2) (A) These costs include severance, employee outplacement, external outplacement consulting, lease termination, facility closing costs and the write-down of the carrying value of plants and equipment related to restructuring initiatives. The 2003 expense relates to the following: * January 16, 2003 announcement to reduce approximately 400 staff personnel. * March 26, 2003 announcement to exit an Engineering Films plant in Yerington, Nevada. * June 2003 decision to close the Fort Worth, Texas plant. * Second quarter reversal of restructuring costs provided for in prior years. * Third quarter reduction of 112 North American plastics personnel (71 in manufacturing and 41 in sales and administration). Manufacturing reductions include the shutdown of the St. Remi, Quebec powder production, elimination of vinyl compound production shifts and staff reductions at the Macedonia, Ohio engineered materials plant. * Third quarter closure of two leased Ohio administrative offices. * Third quarter closure of a portion of the Mexico distribution business. The restructuring costs include asset write-offs totaling $0.4 million. The 2002 expense was associated with the consolidation of certain activities related to the Formulator operations in the Performance Plastics business segment. (B) These are plant and phase-out costs associated with the 2001 Geon restructuring initiatives that are to be recognized as period costs versus when the restructuring initiative was approved. In connection with the acquisition of Hanna and resulting formation of PolyOne, management developed several initiatives to capture the strategic value of the combined former Geon and former Hanna businesses. This resulted in several announcements in 2001 that former Geon plants and Hanna plants would be closed. The initiatives also included the termination of corporate and other positions at Geon and former Hanna locations. The 2003 third quarter expense is for the write-off of inventory and receivables as a result of the decision to close the Mexico distribution business. (C) The second quarter 2003 expense relates to employee severance costs associated with a personnel reduction undertaken by OxyVinyls. In addition, the 2003 first nine months expense includes a charge for the cumulative effect of a change in accounting upon OxyVinyls adoption of SFAS No. 143 "Accounting for Asset Retirement Obligations." The 2002 costs include PolyOne's share of OxyVinyls employee severance, plant phase-out costs and liabilities associated with the temporary idling of a plant in December 2001 and the asset write-off and decommissioning costs related to the permanent closure of a portion of a plant in 2002. (D) Includes the 2002 first quarter loss on our divestiture of our 37.4% investment in the PVC resin operations of Australian Vinyls Corporation. (E) Loss recorded for the sale of our European vinyl compounding business. (F) U.S. tax expense related to foreign subsidiary dividends to be paid in the fourth quarter of 2003. (G) Tax allowance to reduce net U.S. deferred income tax assets resulting from operating loss carry-forwards. Business Segment Operations and Other Data (Unaudited) (In millions) Senior management uses operating income before special items as a business segment measure of operating performance. Also, EBITDA before special items is used as a business segment cash flow metric. For a reconciliation from operating income to operating income before special items to EBITDA before special items and EBITDA to EBITDA before special items, see the following table. Operating income before special items and EBITDA before special items are non-GAAP measures and should not be considered an alternative to any other measures of performance in accordance with GAAP. Senior management presents operating income before special items and EBITDA before special items when discussing the business segments because senior management believes such measures are useful in assessing the underlying earnings and cash generating power of each business segment. Special items include gains and losses associated with the specific strategic initiatives such as restructuring or consolidation of operations, gains and losses attributable to divestment of joint ventures, and certain one-time items. Accordingly, senior management believes that excluding special items provides insight into the underlying metric achievement level and their potential future implication. Operating income before special items and EBITDA before special items may not be comparable to financial performance measures presented by other companies. Three Months Nine Months Operations: 3Q03 2Q03 3Q02 2003 2002 Sales: Performance Plastics $445.3 $460.5 $448.9 $1,353.4 $1,321.9 Elastomers and Performance Additives 84.6 87.5 95.2 266.1 282.7 Distribution 128.1 133.1 135.8 397.1 393.8 Resin & Intermediates - - - - - Other (27.7) (30.2) (29.2) (89.9) (80.5) $630.3 $650.9 $650.7 $1,926.7 $1,917.9 Operating income (loss) before special items: Performance Plastics $10.9 $7.3 $16.8 $23.0 $48.6 Elastomers and Performance Additives 0.1 1.2 5.0 3.5 11.7 Distribution 2.7 2.8 2.4 8.4 8.1 Resin & Intermediates 7.5 7.5 11.4 19.0 6.9 Other (4.9) (4.6) (4.0) (13.0) (13.3) $16.3 $14.2 $31.6 $40.9 $62.0 Other Data: EBITDA before special items: Performance Plastics $25.1 $22.0 $30.7 $66.6 $90.1 Elastomers and Performance Additives 3.1 4.2 7.7 12.6 20.8 Distribution 3.1 3.2 2.8 9.6 9.5 Resin & Intermediates 7.6 7.5 12.0 19.2 7.5 Other (4.4) (4.3) (3.9) (12.0) (12.8) $34.5 $32.6 $49.3 $96.0 $115.1 Reconciliation: Operating income $6.9 $10.8 $26.3 $1.5 $52.3 Special items, expense 9.4 3.4 5.3 39.4 9.7 Operating income before special items 16.3 14.2 31.6 40.9 62.0 Depreciation and amortization 18.2 18.4 18.2 55.1 54.6 Accelerated depreciation in special items - - (0.5) - (1.5) EBITDA before special items $34.5 $32.6 $49.3 $96.0 $115.1 EBITDA $25.1 $29.2 $44.5 $56.6 $106.9 Impact of special items, expense 9.4 3.4 4.8 39.4 8.2 EBITDA before special items $34.5 $32.6 $49.3 $96.0 $115.1 Note: The "Other" segment primarily consists of the elimination of inter- business segment sales and profit in inventories and unallocated corporate costs.
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