PolyOne Reports Substantial Improvement in 2004 First-Quarter Results

April 28, 2004
     * Company's return to profitability exceeds February guidance

     * Company generates positive operating cash flow

     * Sales from continuing operations rise 9 percent over first quarter of
       2003, surpassing expectations

     * Company anticipates continuing strong demand in second quarter

CLEVELAND, April 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- PolyOne Corporation
(NYSE: POL), a leading global polymer services company, today reported sales
from continuing operations of $535.6 million for the first quarter ended March
31, 2004, an increase of $43.2 million, or 9 percent, compared with the first
quarter of 2003. Operating income from continuing operations was $24.6
million, a $38.3 million improvement over the same period in 2003.

Net income for the first quarter of 2004 was $4.0 million, or $0.04 per
share -- a substantial improvement over the first quarter of 2003 when the
Company reported a net loss of $19.3 million, or $0.21 per share.

"Looking at operating income, we just completed our best quarter since
PolyOne's formation in September 2000," said Thomas A. Waltermire, president
and chief executive officer. "Our strategy is working, and it has positioned
us to benefit from an improving economy. But the real credit for this better-
than-expected turnaround goes to our people, who have made the tough
decisions, implemented new business processes and turned every challenge into

Special items for both continuing and discontinued operations reduced
reported results for the first quarter by $5.9 million, or $0.07 per share.
These special items are primarily for personnel reductions, previously
announced plant site closings and deferred tax valuation allowances on
domestic operating losses. A detailed breakdown of special items appears in
Attachment 4.

(At the end of this release, a discussion occurs on the use of non-GAAP
financial measures.)

A Note on Accounting for Discontinued Operations

In accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP),
PolyOne segregates and reports results of discontinued operations net of tax
as a separate line item on the statement of operations (income statement).
The income or loss from discontinued operations is reported below the Income
(Loss) from Continuing Operations line on the income statement. As a result,
reporting and discussion of items above the Income (Loss) from Continuing
Operations line (such as sales, operating income, interest, and selling and
administrative costs) includes only the results of continuing operations.

             Quarterly Summary of Consolidated Operating Results
               (In millions of dollars, except per share data)

                                                  1Q04        1Q03      4Q03
    Operating results:
    Sales - continuing operations                $535.6      $492.4    $474.0

    Operating income (loss) -
     continuing operations                        $24.6      $(13.7)    $(7.9)

    Net income (loss) - total Company              $4.0      $(19.3)  $(182.6)
    Income (loss) from discontinued
     operations -- after tax                        5.6        (1.4)   (152.7)
    Loss before discontinued operations            (1.6)      (17.9)    (29.9)

    Earnings (loss) per share -- diluted:
    Net income (loss) - total Company             $0.04      $(0.21)   $(2.00)
    Income (loss) from discontinued operations     0.06       (0.01)    (1.67)
    Loss before discontinued operations           (0.02)      (0.20)    (0.33)
    Per share impact of special items
     -- after tax:
     Before discontinued operations                0.05        0.13      0.25
     Discontinued operations                       0.02        0.05      1.68

    Other data:
    Sales - discontinued operations
    Depreciation and amortization:               $155.9      $153.1    $134.8
     Before discontinued operations                11.6        13.0      12.8
     Discontinued operations                        -           5.8       4.3

                       Sales & Shipment Volume Summary

                                   1Q04 versus 4Q03          1Q04 versus 1Q03
                                                  Shipment            Shipment
                            1Q04 Sales,  Sales $,    Lbs.,   Sales $,    Lbs.,
                            % of total  % Change  % Change  % Change  % Change
    Performance Plastics
     Vinyl Compounds            30%        13%       14%       11%        8%
     Colors and Additives       10%        18%       14%        2%       16%
     Engineered Materials        5%         3%      -10%        1%      -12%
     International Compounds
      and Colors                22%        17%        9%       19%        3%
     Formulators                 8%        18%       12%       -1%       -3%
      Total                     75%        15%        8%       10%        4%

     Distribution               25%        10%        9%        7%        2%
      Total                    100%        13%        9%        9%        3%

    First-Quarter 2004 versus Fourth-Quarter 2003 Comparison - Highlights

Overall, revenues from continuing operations increased 13 percent, clearly
exceeding PolyOne's February 2004 guidance of a 5 percent to 8 percent
increase. Nearly every product platform and market had better-than-expected
improvement, driven by internal programs and recovery in the North American
economy that began at the end of the third quarter of 2003.

     * Performance Plastics:  Vinyl compound shipments improved 14 percent due
       to both seasonal strength and new business closes, particularly in the
       wire and cable, packaging and molding markets.  Industry margins
       declined, primarily because polyvinyl chloride (PVC) resin cost
       increases exceeded vinyl compound price increases.

       Seasonal increases and new business closes resulted in a revenue
       increase of 18 percent in the Color and Additives Masterbatch unit.  In
       combination with the Engineered Materials unit, which also reported
       higher sales and a lower cost structure, profitability improved

       International sales increased $18.3 million, or 17 percent.  Currency
       exchange fluctuations accounted for $2.6 million of the improvement.  A
       9 percent improvement in shipment volume was primarily seasonal.
       Seasonally, Europe reported good growth, with shipments increasing 11

     * Distribution: Revenues improved $13.8 million, or 10 percent, on 9
       percent higher shipments.  For U.S. and Canadian operations, sales were
       up 13 percent and shipments up 12 percent, driven by strong overall
       demand and the January 2004 acquisition of the North American
       distribution business of ResinDirect LLC.  Profitability improved on
       the combination of higher volumes and material margins.

     * Resin and Intermediates: Equity contributions increased nearly $1
       million, which was significantly better than the February guidance that
       anticipated a decrease of $2 million to $4 million.  This improvement
       was due to higher polyvinyl chloride (PVC) resin selling prices, higher
       demand, and slightly lower-than-expected raw material and energy costs.

     * Discontinued operations: All three discontinued operation units --
       Elastomers and Performance Additives, Engineered Films and Specialty
       Resins -- reported higher sales and profitability before the impact of
       special items.  Most significant were sales increases of 17 percent for
       Engineered Films and 16 percent for Elastomers and Performance

    First-Quarter 2004 versus First-Quarter 2003 Comparison - Highlights

     * Performance Plastics: Vinyl compound shipment volumes increased 8
       percent and revenue increased 11 percent due to strong demand in the
       wire and cable, pipefittings and molding markets and for powder dry
       blend compounds.  Despite higher raw material costs, profitability
       increased, primarily due to higher volumes and lower plant costs.
       Formulator revenues were essentially flat.  Profitability improved due
       to higher sales of inks and reduced overhead costs.

       Color and Additives Masterbatch and Engineered Materials combined
       revenues were up 2 percent.  The sales trajectory, however, was
       different: In 2003, sales declined through the first quarter, whereas
       this year sales have been building since January.  More important,
       profitability improved substantially, primarily due to lower plant and
       overhead costs.

       The European and Asian businesses continued to show steady growth.
       Overall, International shipments improved 3 percent.  Asian shipments
       increased 9 percent, reflecting modest growth as well as a turnaround
       from the effects of SARS in 2003.

     * Distribution: Sales increased nearly $10 million on a volume increase
       of 2 percent, despite the decline in Mexico sales resulting from the
       decision to exit a portion of that business last year.  U.S. and
       Canadian operations realized sales and shipment improvements of 15
       percent and 10 percent, respectively.  This strong improvement in
       shipments for the United States and Canada was due to closing of
       targeted accounts, the improving economy and the ResinDirect

     * Resin and Intermediates: The equity contribution from this segment
       improved by $2 million.  Higher PVC margins (PVC selling prices less
       ethylene and chlorine costs) more than offset lower caustic soda

     * Discontinued operations:  All three discontinued operation units
       reported higher sales and profitability before the impact of special
       items.  Most significant were higher shipments to automotive accounts
       in the Films and Elastomers units.

    Other First-Quarter 2004 Financial Highlights

Positive cash flow in the first quarter is highlighted by increased cash
and marketable securities of $11.1 million compared with the end of 2003,
while drawings on PolyOne's receivables sale facility were essentially

Cash provided by operating activities of continuing operations was $9.5
million in first-quarter 2004 compared with a use of cash of $37.8 million,
including $36.2 million net additional drawings on the receivables sales
facility, in the first quarter of 2003. This improvement resulted principally
from better income performance, lower employee separation and plant phase-out
payments in first-quarter 2004 compared with first-quarter 2003 and improved
management of inventories, receivables and payables.

In the first quarter of 2004, accounts receivable increased $64.0 million
from the prior year end compared with $75.1 million in the first quarter of
2003. Also, FIFO inventories increased $17.9 million in the first quarter of
2004 compared with $36.5 million in the first quarter of 2003, and accounts
payable increased $70.0 million in the first quarter of 2004 compared with
$58.1 million in the first quarter of 2003.

The amount of receivables sold under the receivables sale facility
declined by $0.7 million in the first quarter of 2004 compared with an
increase of $36.2 million during the first quarter of 2003. Selling and
administrative costs as a percentage of sales for the continuing businesses
were 11.2 percent in the first quarter of 2004, down from 12.6 percent in the
same quarter last year.

Second-Quarter 2004 Business Outlook

In April, customer demand continued at March levels. Unlike last year,
when demand fell substantially in May and June of the second quarter, PolyOne
currently projects sustained sales demand through the quarter. For continuing
operations, PolyOne estimates that sales will increase 1 percent to 3 percent
in the second quarter over first-quarter 2004. This increase would represent
a nearly 8 percent to 10 percent improvement over the 2003 second quarter.
With growing market demand, PolyOne expects to continue to address increased
raw material and energy costs with compound price increases, where possible.

The improving earnings trend should extend into the second quarter for the
Resin and Intermediates (R&I) segment. It is anticipated that PVC resin
prices will be higher on average than in the first quarter, with demand
appearing seasonally strong and the industry operating rates running near
capacity. Ethylene and natural gas costs should seasonally moderate during
the second quarter. Chlorine costs should be higher, while caustic soda
prices are anticipated to be lower compared with the first quarter of 2004.
Given these factors, PolyOne expects the R&I segment to show an operating
income improvement of between $3 million and $5 million over the first quarter
of 2004.

However, these higher chloro-vinyl raw material costs and anticipated
increases in other additives will pressure margins on the downstream vinyl-
based operations. This margin pressure, combined with higher revenues for
continuing operations from an improved economy, a slightly lower cost
structure and anticipated improvement from the R&I segment, should result in
an increase of $4 million to $6 million in PolyOne's reported operating income
compared with the first quarter.

It is anticipated that the discontinued businesses will not see the same
sales growth rate, primarily due to the rationalization of the Films unit.
However, they should realize the benefit of lower costs from the plant
closings completed earlier this year. The net result is that the discontinued
businesses should contribute improved net income of $1 million to $2 million
compared with the first quarter of 2004.

PolyOne projects that special items relating to restructuring in the
second quarter should total approximately $5 million to $7 million before
taxes, with about $4 million to $6 million of this amount for the continuing
businesses and the balance for the discontinued businesses.

Depreciation and amortization, as well as interest and other expense
reported in the first quarter of 2004, should remain approximately the same in
the second quarter. PolyOne will continue to maintain a full valuation
allowance against its net federal and state deferred tax assets. Foreign
income taxes are anticipated to be between $4 million and $5 million in the
second quarter.

"We are encouraged by our results, but we are not satisfied," said
Waltermire. "Neither our objectives nor our commitment to creating a
strengthened balance sheet and long-term profitability has changed. We will
continue to focus on improving results by reducing debt through non-core asset
sales and working capital efficiency, returning North American Color and
Engineered Materials to profitability, bringing our continuing business
overhead costs under 10 percent of sales and, most important, growing our top
line. Our first-quarter results show the benefits of the hard work to date,
and are a sign of the momentum that is building at PolyOne."

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release includes the use of both GAAP (generally accepted
accounting principles) and non-GAAP financial measures. The non-GAAP
financial measures are: operating income (loss) before special items and per
share impact of special items. The most directly comparable GAAP financial
measures are operating income (loss) and income (loss) per share.

When PolyOne's chief operating decision makers review consolidated and
segment results, special items are excluded from operating income and are
evaluated on a per share basis to enhance understanding of current
profitability levels and how current levels may serve as a base for future
performance. PolyOne's chief operating decision makers also use these non-
GAAP financial measures for decisions regarding allocation of resources. In
addition, operating income before special items is a component of the PolyOne
Annual Incentive Plan at the corporate level.

PolyOne is providing these non-GAAP financial measures because it believes
they offer investors a top-level management view of the Company's financial
performance and enhance investor understanding of current profitability levels
and their potential future implications.

Special items recognized during 2004 and 2003 include restructuring
activities such as employee separation costs resulting from personnel
reduction programs, plant closing and phase-out costs, asset impairments,
gains and losses on divestiture of equity investments, adjustments to reflect
a tax benefit on domestic operating losses and deferred tax valuation
allowances on domestic operating losses.

Tables are included in this press release that reconcile each non-GAAP
financial measure to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure
(Attachment 5) and provide detail on special items (Attachment 4). Also
attached is a full complement of the normal disclosed financial schedules and
segment results.

Form 10-Q

The Company filed today with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
its Form 10-Q for first-quarter 2004. It contains more details of PolyOne's
performance as well as information on key drivers of operating results. This
information will be posted today on the Company's Web site at www.polyone.com
in the corporate investor relations section. The Form 10-Q can be obtained
from the contact listed at the end of this news release and is also available
on the SEC's Web site at www.sec.gov .

PolyOne First-Quarter 2004 Conference Call

PolyOne will host a conference call at 9 a.m. Eastern time on April 29,
2004. 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 4282177. The call will be broadcast live and
then via replay for two weeks on the Company's Web site
at http://www.polyone.com .

About PolyOne

PolyOne Corporation, with 2003 annual revenues of approximately $2
billion, is an international polymer services company with continuing
operations in thermoplastic compounds, specialty polymer formulations, color
and additive systems, and thermoplastic resin distribution. Headquartered in
northeast Ohio, PolyOne has employees at manufacturing sites in North America,
Europe, Asia and Australia, and joint ventures in North America, South America
and Asia. Information on the Company's products and services can be found
at http://www.polyone.com .

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. You can identify these
statements by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historic or current
facts. They use words such as "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 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 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 further 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 beyond December 31, 2004, in finding buyers of
discontinued operations or other 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 the Company's pension plan; (18) any
delay and/or inability to bring the North American Color and Additives
Masterbatch and the Engineered Materials product platforms to profitability;
(19) an inability to achieve anticipated earnings performance due to the
divestment of a non-core business prior to June 30, 2004; and (20) an
inability to raise prices or sustain price increases for products.

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.
Investors should bear this in mind as they consider forward-looking

We undertake no obligation to publicly update forward-looking statements,
whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. You are
advised, however, to consult any further disclosures we make on related
subjects in our Form 10-Q, 8-K and 10-K reports to the Securities and Exchange
Commission. You should understand that it is not possible to predict or
identify all risk factors. Consequently, you should not consider any such
list to be a complete set of all potential risks or uncertainties.

                                                                 Attachment 1

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

                                                               Three Months
                                                                 March 31,
                                                               2004     2003

    Sales                                                    $535.6   $492.4

    Operating costs and expenses:
        Cost of sales                                         448.6    419.3
        Selling and administrative                             60.2     62.0
        Depreciation and amortization                          11.6     13.0
    Employee separation and plant phase-out                    (0.2)    17.4
    Income from equity affiliates and minority interest        (9.2)    (5.6)
    Operating income (loss)                                    24.6    (13.7)

    Interest expense                                          (18.4)   (12.5)
    Other expense, net                                         (2.9)    (2.9)
    Income (loss) before income taxes and discontinued
     operations                                                 3.3    (29.1)

    Income tax (expense) benefit                               (4.9)    11.2

    Loss before discontinued operations                        (1.6)   (17.9)

    Discontinued operations:
     Income (loss) from operations, net of income taxes         5.6     (1.4)

    Net income (loss)                                          $4.0   $(19.3)

    Income (loss) per share of common stock:
      Basic loss per share before discontinued operations    $(0.02)  $(0.20)
      Discontinued operations                                  0.06    (0.01)
      Basic income (loss) per share                           $0.04   $(0.21)

      Diluted loss per share before discontinued operations  $(0.02)  $(0.20)
      Discontinued operations                                  0.06    (0.01)
      Diluted income (loss) per share                         $0.04   $(0.21)

    Weighted average shares used to compute earnings per share:
      Basic                                                    91.4     90.9
      Diluted                                                  91.4     90.9

    Dividends paid per share of common stock                  $  -      $  -

                                                                 Attachment 2

                      PolyOne Corporation and Subsidiaries
                Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)
                      (In millions, except per share data)

                                                     March 31,   December 31,
                                                        2004         2003
    Current assets:
      Cash and cash equivalents                        $59.8        $48.7
      Accounts receivable, net                         326.7        263.5
      Inventories                                      214.4        196.9
      Deferred income tax assets                        27.5         26.9
      Other current assets                              16.9         17.7
      Discontinued operations                           56.1         52.1
       Total current assets                            701.4        605.8
    Property, net                                      474.0        486.1
    Investment in equity affiliates                    263.5        256.7
    Goodwill, net                                      337.7        334.0
    Other intangible assets, net                        19.6         20.2
    Other non-current assets                            53.4         53.2
    Discontinued operations                            146.3        144.9
       Total assets                                 $1,995.9     $1,900.9

    Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity
    Current liabilities:
      Short-term bank debt                              $1.5         $1.1
      Accounts payable                                 241.8        173.4
      Accrued expenses                                 123.9        111.1
      Current portion of long-term debt                 26.3         26.3
      Discontinued operations                           57.4         52.3
       Total current liabilities                       450.9        364.2
    Long-term debt                                     759.8        757.1
    Deferred income tax liabilities                     27.6         25.9
    Post-retirement benefits other than pensions       120.1        120.3
    Other non-current liabilities, including pensions  258.9        257.9
    Minority interest in consolidated subsidiaries       8.3          8.5
    Discontinued operations                              0.2          0.2
       Total liabilities                             1,625.8      1,534.1
    Shareholders' equity:
      Preferred stock, 40.0 shares
       authorized, no shares issued                        -            -
      Common stock, $.01 par, 400.0 shares
       authorized, 122.2 shares issued at
       March 31, 2004 and December 31, 2003              1.2          1.2
      Other shareholders' equity                       368.9        365.6
       Total shareholders' equity                      370.1        366.8
       Total liabilities and shareholders' equity   $1,995.9     $1,900.9

                                                                 Attachment 3

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

                                                        Three Months Ended
                                                            March 31,
                                                          2004          2003

    Operating Activities
     Net income (loss)                                    $4.0        $(19.3)
      Income (loss) from discontinued operations           5.6          (1.4)

      Loss from continuing operations                     (1.6)        (17.9)
      Adjustments to reconcile loss from continuing
       operations to net cash provided (used) by
       operating activities of continuing operations:
         Employee separation and plant phase-out charges  (0.2)         17.4
         Cash payments on employee
          separation and plant phase-out                 (10.4)        (12.0)
         Depreciation and amortization                    11.6          13.0
         Unrealized currency (gains) losses                2.8          (6.2)
         Other                                             3.8           2.6
         Companies carried at equity and minority interest:
          Income from equity affiliates                   (9.7)         (6.0)
          Minority interest expense                        0.5           0.4
          Dividends and distributions received             1.5           1.0
         Change in assets and liabilities:
          Accounts receivable                            (64.0)        (75.1)
          FIFO inventories                               (17.9)        (36.5)
          Accounts payable                                70.0          58.1
          Proceeds under (decrease in) sale of
           accounts receivable                            (0.7)         36.2
          Accrued expenses and other                      23.8         (12.8)
    Net cash provided (used) by operating
     activities of continuing operations                   9.5         (37.8)

    Investing Activities
      Capital expenditures                                (3.6)         (4.5)
      Return of cash from equity affiliates                  -           2.4
      Business acquired, net of cash received             (5.1)        (15.8)
      Proceeds from sale of assets                           -          22.4
    Net cash provided (used) by investing
     activities of continuing operations                  (8.7)          4.5

    Financing Activities
      Change in short-term debt                            0.4          35.4
      Change in long-term debt                            (0.1)          6.1
    Net cash provided by financing
     activities of continuing operations                   0.3          41.5

    Net cash provided by discontinued operations          10.5           1.5

    Effect of exchange rate on changes on cash            (0.5)         (0.8)

    Increase in cash and cash equivalents                 11.1           8.9

    Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period      48.7          41.4

    Cash and cash equivalents at end of period           $59.8         $50.3

                                                                 Attachment 4

                     Summary of Special Items (Unaudited)
                                (In Millions)

     (Expense) / Benefit                               1Q04    4Q03     1Q03

    Continuing operations:
    Employee separation and plant phase-out costs (A)  $0.2   $(9.0)  $(17.4)
    Period plant phase-out costs incurred (B)            -     (0.5)    (0.9)
    Asset impairments (C)                                -     (8.0)      -
    Equity affiliate cumulative effect
     of a change in accounting (D)                       -        -     (0.8)
      Total impact before tax                           0.2    (17.5)  (19.1)
    Income tax benefit (expense) on above items        (0.1)     6.4     7.5
    Tax allowance (F)                                  (4.8)   (11.8)     -
      Total impact after tax                          $(4.7)  $(22.9) $(11.6)
      Per share impact                               $(0.05)  $(0.25) $(0.13)

    Discontinued operations:
    Employee separation and plant phase-out costs (A) $(5.2)  $(19.4)  $(7.5)
    Period plant phase-out costs
     incurred (B)                                       -       (2.1)     -
    Net asset impairment of discontinued
     operations (E)                                     -     (130.5)     -
      Total impact before tax                          (5.2)  (152.0)   (7.5)
    Income tax benefit on above items                   2.0     40.0     2.9
    Tax allowance (F)                                   2.0    (41.0)     -
      Total impact after tax                          $(1.2) $(153.0)  $(4.6)
      Per share impact                               $(0.02)  $(1.68) $(0.05)

    Total Continuing and Discontinued operations:
      Total impact after tax                          $(5.9) $(175.9) $(16.2)
      Per share impact                                $(0.07) $(1.93) $(0.18)


    (A) These costs include severance, employee outplacement, external
        outplacement consulting, lease termination, facility closing costs and
        the write-down of the carrying value of plant and equipment resulting
        from restructuring initiatives.
    (B) The first quarter 2003 expense represents costs associated with
        2001Geon restructuring initiatives that were recognized as period
        costs versus when the restructuring initiative was approved.  The
        fourth quarter 2003 expense is from writing off inventory and
        receivables as a result of the decision to close a portion of the
        Mexico Distribution business.
    (C) A non-cash impairment charge to adjust the 2003 year-end carrying
        value of deferred product technology, customer list, note receivable
        and Internet investments to their estimated realizable future cash
    (D) A charge for the cumulative effect of a change in accounting upon
        OxyVinyls adoption of SFAS No. 143, "Accounting for Asset Retirement
    (E) A non-cash discontinued operations impairment charge to adjust the
        2003 year-end net asset carrying value of the Elastomers and
        Performance Additives, Specialty Resins and Engineered Films business
        operations to estimated future net sale proceeds.
    (F) Tax allowance to reduce net U.S. deferred income tax assets resulting
        from operating loss carry-forwards.

                                                                 Attachment 5

                Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
                                (In Millions)

    Below is a reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures to the most
    directly comparable measures calculated and presented in accordance with

                                                         1Q04    4Q03    1Q03
    Continuing operations:
    Operating income (loss) before special items        $24.4    $9.6    $5.4
    Special items in continuing operations, before tax    0.2   (17.5)  (19.1)
     Operating income (loss)                            $24.6   $(7.9) $(13.7)

    Discontinued operations:
    Operating income (loss) before special items        $11.5    $1.3    $5.2
    Special items in discontinued operations, before tax (5.2)  (21.5)   (7.5)
     Operating income (loss)                             $6.3  $(20.2)  $(2.3)

    Continuing operations:
    Income (loss) per share
     before impact of special items                     $0.03  $(0.08)  (0.07)
    Per share impact of special items, after tax        (0.05)  (0.25)  (0.13)
      Diluted income (loss) per share                  $(0.02) $(0.33) $(0.20)

    Discontinued operations:
    Income (loss) per share before
     impact of special items                            $0.08   $0.01   $0.04
    Per share impact of special items, after tax        (0.02)  (1.68)  (0.05)
      Diluted income (loss) per share                   $0.06  $(1.67) $(0.01)

                                                                 Attachment 6

                   Business Segment Operations (Unaudited)
                                (In millions)

    Senior management uses operating income before special items as a business
    segment measure of operating performance.  For a reconciliation from
    operating income before special items see the following table.  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 its potential future implication.  Operating income before
    special items may not be comparable to financial performance measures
    presented by other companies.  The "Other" segment primarily consists of
    the elimination of inter-business segment sales and profit in inventory, a
    portion of the indirect cost of discontinued operations and unallocated
    corporate costs.

                                                        Three Months
                                                 1Q04       4Q03      1Q03
    Business Segments:
      Performance Plastics                      $428.0    $372.9    $388.5
      Distribution                               145.8     132.0     135.9
      Resin & Intermediates                        -         -         -
      Other                                      (38.2)    (30.9)    (32.0)
                                                $535.6    $474.0    $492.4

    Operating income (loss) before special items
      Performance Plastics                       $20.4      $6.4      $4.9
      Distribution                                 4.8       2.4       2.3
      Resin & Intermediates                        6.0       5.0       4.0
      Other                                       (6.8)     (4.2)     (5.8)
                                                 $24.4      $9.6      $5.4

      Operating income (loss)                    $24.6     $(7.9)   $(13.7)
      Special items, (income) expense             (0.2)     17.5      19.1
      Operating income before special items      $24.4      $9.6      $5.4

    Other data:
    Discontinued operations
       Elastomers and Performance Additives      $95.0     $81.9     $94.0
       Specialty Resins and Engineered Films      60.9      52.9      59.1
                                                $155.9    $134.8    $153.1

    Operating income (loss) before special items
      Elastomers and Performance Additives        $7.8      $3.6      $8.2
      Specialty Resins and Engineered Films        3.7       2.0       2.8
      Depreciation and amortization                -        (4.3)     (5.8)
                                                 $11.5      $1.3      $5.2
      Special items, expense                      $5.2     $21.5      $7.5

SOURCE  PolyOne Corporation

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