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Momentive Specialty Chemicals 3Q 2012 results: operating income down 50% from year ago to $51 million

By Tue, Nov 13, 2012
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COLUMBUS, OH, Nov. 13, 2012 (Business Wire) -Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc. ("Momentive Specialty Chemicals" or the "Company") today announced results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2012. Results for the third quarter of 2012 include:

  • Revenues of $1.2 billion versus $1.3 billion in the third quarter of 2011.

  • Operating income of $51 million compared to operating income of $101 million for the prior year period. Third quarter 2012 operating income reflected lower volumes and unfavorable product mix shift, partially offset by the positive impact of savings from the shared services agreement with Momentive Performance Materials Inc. (MPM).

  • Net income of $364 million versus net income of $39 million in the prior year period. Third quarter 2012 results reflect the same factors impacting operating income and a $373 million tax benefit as a result of the release of a significant portion of the Company's valuation allowance in the United States.

  • Segment EBITDA totaled $115 million compared to $162 million during the prior year period.

"Our overall results reflected the economic volatility we experienced in the third quarter of 2012," said Craig O. Morrison, Chairman, President and CEO. "Our Forest Products business continues to reflect the improving North American housing climate, continued year-over-year growth in our formaldehyde business and strong demand in Latin America. However, declines in our base epoxy resins and oilfield businesses negatively impacted our Epoxy, Phenolic and Coatings Division. Our specialty product portfolio and end market diversity continues to support our long-term growth plans."

"We continue to make steady progress achieving savings from the shared services agreement with Momentive Performance Materials Inc. During the first nine months of 2012, we realized approximately $19 million in cost savings as a result of the Shared Services Agreement, bringing our total cumulative savings to $49 million since the program was initiated in late 2010. We have also identified $30 million of additional MSC savings from both the shared services agreement and cost reduction initiatives that we expect to achieve over the next 12 to 15 months as we further optimize our manufacturing footprint and enhance our cost structure."

"We were also pleased to generate $27 million in cash flow from operations in the first nine months of 2012, a $55 million improvement compared to the prior year. Going forward, we continue to focus aggressively on working capital improvements and expect further improvements for the remainder of 2012."

Segment Results

Following are net sales and Segment EBITDA by reportable segment for the three- and nine-months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011. Segment EBITDA is defined as EBITDA adjusted to exclude certain non-cash and non-recurring expenses. Segment EBITDA is an important measure used by the Company's senior management and board of directors to evaluate operating results and allocate capital resources among segments. Corporate and Other primarily represents certain corporate, general and administrative expenses that are not allocated to the segments. (Note: Segment EBITDA is defined and reconciled to Net Income later in this release).

Liquidity and Capital Resources

At September 30, 2012, Momentive Specialty Chemicals had total debt of approximately $3.5 billion, unchanged compared to December 31, 2011. In addition, at September 30, 2012, the Company had $591 million in liquidity comprised of $337 million of unrestricted cash and cash equivalents, $181 million of borrowings available under our senior secured revolving credit facilities, and $73 million of borrowings available under additional credit facilities at certain international subsidiaries.

At September 30, 2012, the Company was in compliance with all financial covenants that govern its senior secured credit facilities, including its senior secured debt to Adjusted EBITDA ratio. Momentive Specialty Chemicals expects to have adequate liquidity to fund its ongoing operations for the next twelve months from cash on its balance sheet, cash flows provided by operating activities and amounts available for borrowings under its credit facilities.

Outlook

"As macroeconomic volatility and cyclicality in certain end markets are expected to persist through year-end 2012, we remain focused on cost control initiatives and managing our balance sheet," Morrison said. "While we believe it is prudent to bolster near-term profitability and liquidity, we also remain committed to investing in our leading specialty product portfolio and global footprint. Recently, for example, we began construction on our phenolic specialty resins joint venture manufacturing facility in China that will serve the region's growing auto and electronic end markets. Going forward, we believe we remain well positioned for strong growth and free cash flow generation due to our leading portfolio of thermoset resin technologies, geographic and customer diversity and strategic investments in the higher-growth regions."

About the Company

Based in Columbus, Ohio, Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc. (formerly known as Hexion Specialty Chemicals, Inc.) is the global leader in thermoset resins. Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc. serves the global wood and industrial markets through a broad range of thermoset technologies, specialty products and technical support for customers in a diverse range of applications and industries. Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc. is an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Momentive Performance Materials Holdings LLC.

About Momentive

Momentive Performance Materials Holdings LLC ("Momentive") is the ultimate parent company of Momentive Performance Materials Inc. and Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc. Momentive is a global leader in specialty chemicals and materials, with a broad range of advanced specialty products that help industrial and consumer companies support and improve everyday life. Its technology portfolio delivers tailored solutions to meet the diverse needs of its customers around the world. Momentive was formed in October 2010 through the combination of entities that indirectly owned Momentive Performance Materials Inc. and Hexion Specialty Chemicals Inc. The capital structures and legal entity structures of both Momentive Performance Materials Inc. and Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc. (formerly known as Hexion Specialty Chemicals, Inc.), and their respective subsidiaries and direct parent companies, remain separate. Momentive Performance Materials Inc. and Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc. file separate financial and other reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Momentive is controlled by investment funds affiliated with Apollo Global Management, LLC.

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