Westlake Chemical Corporation Reports Fourth Quarter and Full-Year Earnings for 2014

Westlake Chemical Corporation Reports Fourth Quarter and Full-Year Earnings for 2014

- Record 2014 net income of $678.5 million, or $5.07 per share, an increase of 11% from 2013.
- Record quarterly net income of $183.3 million, or $1.37 per share.
- Generated cash flow from operations in 2014 of $1,032.4 million.

HOUSTON, Feb. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Westlake Chemical Corporation (NYSE: WLK) today reported net income for the three months ended December 31, 2014 of $183.3 million, or $1.37 per diluted share, compared to net income of $171.0 million, or $1.27 per diluted share, reported for the fourth quarter of 2013. Net income in the fourth quarter of 2014 was negatively impacted by $4.4 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, as a result of an impairment of an equity investment. Net sales for the three months ended December 31, 2014 of $1,135.9 million increased $184.3 million compared to net sales of $951.6 million in the same period of 2013, primarily due to sales attributable to the acquisition of Vinnolit Holdings GmbH ("Vinnolit"), our new specialty PVC resin business, in the third quarter of 2014, partially offset by lower styrene and ethylene co-products sales volumes. Income from operations was $302.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2014 compared to $257.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2013. The increase in income from operations was primarily the result of higher integrated Vinyls margins, largely due to lower feedstock costs resulting from the expansion and conversion of the Calvert City, Kentucky ethylene plant from propane to ethane feedstock.

Net income for the fourth quarter of 2014 of $183.3 million, or $1.37 per diluted share, increased $15.5 million from the $167.8 million net income, or $1.25 per diluted share, reported in the third quarter of 2014. Net income in the fourth quarter of 2014 was negatively impacted by the impairment of an equity investment. The third quarter of 2014 net income was negatively impacted by the Vinnolit acquisition and the initial public offering costs of Westlake Chemical Partners LP ("Westlake Partners") and non-recurring state tax items recorded in the quarter. Net sales in the fourth quarter of 2014 of $1,135.9 million decreased $117.3 million from net sales of $1,253.2 million in the third quarter of 2014, primarily as a result of lower sales prices for most of our major products, and lower sales volumes for polyethylene, PVC resin and building products, partially offset by incremental sales attributable to the acquisition of Vinnolit in the third quarter of 2014. Fourth quarter 2014 income from operations was $302.4 million as compared to $306.8 million reported for the third quarter of 2014, a decrease of $4.4 million. The decrease in operating income in the fourth quarter of 2014 as compared to the third quarter was primarily the result of lower sales prices for most of our major products and the planned maintenance turnaround at our Gendorf, Germany site in the fourth quarter of 2014.

For the year ended December 31, 2014, net income was a record $678.5 million, or $5.07 per diluted share, on net sales of $4,415.4 million. This represents an increase in net income of $68.1 million, or $0.52 per diluted share, from 2013 net income of $610.4 million, or $4.55 per diluted share, on net sales of $3,759.5 million. Net income for the year ended December 31, 2014 was negatively impacted by Westlake Partners initial public offering costs and Vinnolit acquisition costs aggregating approximately $26.0 million, after tax, and the non-recurring state tax items which increased the 2014 tax provision by $14.8 million. Net sales for the year ended December 31, 2014 increased $655.9 million primarily due to sales contributed by Vinnolit and our North American Specialty Products (NASP) PVC pipe business, which we acquired in July 2014 and May 2013, respectively, higher sales prices for most of our major products and higher ethylene, caustic and polyethylene sales volumes, partially offset by lower ethylene co-products and styrene sales volumes. Income from operations was $1,124.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2014 as compared to $953.5 million for 2013, an increase of $170.5 million. Income from operations benefited mainly from improved olefins integrated product margins, primarily as a result of higher polyethylene sales prices and the increased ethylene production at our Lake Charles, Louisiana site after the first quarter 2013 completion of the Petro 2 ethylene unit expansion and its conversion to 100% ethane feedstock capability. The increase in income from operations for the year ended December 31, 2014 was partially offset by lost sales, lower production rates, unabsorbed fixed manufacturing costs and other costs associated with the planned turnaround and ethylene conversion and expansion project at our Calvert City site.

Albert Chao, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "We are pleased to report record earnings for 2014 and record quarterly earnings for the fourth quarter of 2014. Our record 2014 earnings reflect strong demand for our products, and the contribution to earnings from the expansion and conversion to ethane feedstock of our Calvert City ethylene plant, which was completed in the first quarter of 2014. The strategic investments we have made in our Vinyls business over the past several years, which include the ethylene and PVC expansions, the completion of our new world-scale Geismar, Louisiana chlor-alkali plant, the acquisitions of Vinnolit, our specialty PVC resins business, and our North American Specialty Products PVC pipe business, have positioned our Vinyls business as a low-cost producer and have given us a platform for continued growth."

EBITDA (earnings before interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization) of $355.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2014 increased $52.6 million compared to $302.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2013. EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2014 decreased $2.7 million compared to EBITDA of $358.0 million in the third quarter of 2014. A reconciliation of EBITDA to reported net income and to net cash provided by operating activities can be found in the financial schedules at the end of this press release.

Net cash provided by operating activities was $1,032.4 million in 2014. Capital expenditures for 2014 were $431.1 million. At December 31, 2014, we had cash of $880.6 million and our long-term debt was $764.0 million.

OLEFINS SEGMENT

The Olefins segment reported income from operations of $243.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2014, a decrease of $3.7 million compared to $247.3 million reported in the fourth quarter of 2013. The decrease was primarily due to lower sales volumes.

Income from operations for the fourth quarter of 2014 for the Olefins segment of $243.6 million decreased $15.7 million from the $259.3 million reported in the third quarter of 2014. The decrease was primarily due to lower sales volumes for polyethylene and styrene and lower polyethylene sales prices.

Income from operations was $1,013.8 million in 2014 as compared to $833.2 million in 2013. This increase was predominantly driven by improved olefins integrated product margins, primarily as a result of the increased ethylene production at our Lake Charles site after the first quarter 2013 completion of the Petro 2 ethylene unit expansion and its conversion to 100% ethane feedstock capability. In addition, olefins integrated product margins benefited from an increase in sales prices that outpaced increases in feedstock and energy costs.

VINYLS SEGMENT

The Vinyls segment reported income from operations of $66.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2014 compared to income from operations of $18.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2013, an increase of $47.7 million. The increase in operating income was primarily due to the utilization of lower cost ethane feedstock following our conversion from propane feedstock at our Calvert City facility, which was completed in early 2014. Fourth quarter 2013 was negatively impacted by higher cost propane feedstock that was utilized at our Calvert City facility prior to its conversion to ethane feedstock. The fourth quarter of 2014 was negatively impacted by a planned turnaround at our Gendorf site.

The Vinyls segment reported income from operations of $66.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2014, an increase of $6.9 million compared to income from operations of $59.4 million in the third quarter of 2014. The increase in operating income in the fourth quarter was primarily the result of improved chlor-alkali and ethylene operating rates and lower feedstock costs.

Income from operations was $142.7 million in 2014 as compared to $154.7 million in 2013. This decrease was mainly caused by lost sales, lower production rates and the expensing of $27.1 million related to unabsorbed fixed manufacturing costs and other costs associated with the maintenance turnarounds at our Calvert City site and our Gendorf site. In addition, income from operations for 2014 was negatively impacted by the effect of selling higher cost Vinnolit inventory recorded at fair value, and the severe winter weather experienced in early 2014, that resulted in significantly higher propane feedstock costs. These negative impacts on income from operations for 2014 were partially offset by lower feedstock costs following the expansion and conversion of our Calvert City ethylene plant from propane feedstock to lower cost ethane feedstock.

The statements in this release and the related teleconference relating to matters that are not historical facts, such as statements regarding the position of our Vinyls business as a low-cost producer and our platform for continued growth are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially, based on factors including, but not limited to: general economic and business conditions; the cyclical nature of the chemical industry; availability, cost and volatility of raw materials and utilities, including natural gas from shale production; Westlake's ability to integrate acquired businesses; currency exchange risks; uncertainties associated with the United States, European and worldwide economies, including those due to global economic and financial conditions; governmental regulatory actions, including environmental regulation; political unrest; industry production capacity and operating rates; the supply/demand balance for Westlake's products; competitive products and pricing pressures; access to capital markets; technological developments; the effect and results of litigation and settlements of litigation; operating interruptions; and other risk factors. For more detailed information about the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, please refer to Westlake's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013, which was filed with the SEC in February 2014.

This release makes reference to certain "non-GAAP" financial measures, such as EBITDA, as defined in Regulation G of the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. We report our financial results in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("U.S. GAAP"), but believe that certain non-GAAP financial measures, such as EBITDA, provide useful supplemental information to investors regarding the underlying business trends and performance of the company's ongoing operations and are useful for period-over-period comparisons of such operations. These non-GAAP financial measures should be considered as a supplement to, and not as a substitute for, or superior to, the financial measures prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP. A reconciliation of EBITDA to reported net income and to net cash provided by operating activities can be found in the financial schedules at the end of this press release.

Westlake Chemical Corporation Conference Call Information:

A conference call to discuss Westlake Chemical Corporation's fourth quarter and full year 2014 results will be held Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time (10:00 a.m. Central Time). To access the conference call, dial (866) 318-8620, or (617) 399-5139 for international callers, approximately 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time and reference passcode 86438398.

A replay of the conference call will be available beginning four hours after its conclusion until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, March 3, 2015. To hear a replay, dial (888) 286-8010, or (617) 801-6888 for international callers. The replay passcode is 85785227.

The conference call will also be available via webcast at http://edge.media-server.com/m/p/4ukmkbuf/lan/en and the earnings release can be obtained via the company's web page at: http://www.westlake.com/fw/main/IR_Home_Page-123.html.

 

WESTLAKE CHEMICAL CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(Unaudited)




Three Months Ended December 31,


Twelve Months Ended December 31,



2014



2013



2014



2013

















(In thousands of dollars, except per share data)

Net sales


$

1,135,871



$

951,625



$

4,415,350



$

3,759,484


Cost of sales


773,022



655,954



3,098,000



2,658,046


Gross profit


362,849



295,671



1,317,350



1,101,438


Selling, general and administrative expenses


60,462



38,091



193,359



147,974


Income from operations


302,387



257,580



1,123,991



953,464


Interest expense


(9,170)



(3,161)



(37,352)



(18,082)


Other (expense) income, net


(7,161)



3,653



(2,721)



6,790


Income before income taxes


286,056



258,072



1,083,918



942,172


Provision for income taxes


98,671



87,100



398,902



331,747


Net income


187,385



170,972



685,016



610,425


Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests


4,094





6,493




Net income attributable to Westlake Chemical Corporation


$

183,291



$

170,972



$

678,523



$

610,425


Earnings per common share attributable to Westlake Chemical Corporation: (1)













Basic


$

1.38



$

1.28



$

5.09



$

4.57


Diluted


$

1.37



$

1.27



$

5.07



$

4.55



















(1) On February 14, 2014, our Board of Directors authorized a two-for-one split of our common stock. Stockholders of record as of February 28, 2014 were entitled to one additional share for every share outstanding, which was distributed on March 18, 2014. Per share data for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2013 have been restated to reflect the effect of the stock split.

 

 

 

WESTLAKE CHEMICAL CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Unaudited)








December 31,
 2014


December 31,
 2013










(In thousands of dollars)

ASSETS







Current assets







Cash and cash equivalents


$

880,601



$

461,301


Marketable securities




239,388


Accounts receivable, net


560,666



428,457


Inventories


525,776



471,879


Other current assets


44,244



48,057


Total current assets


2,011,287



1,649,082


Property, plant and equipment, net


2,757,557



2,088,014


Other assets, net


445,146



323,813


Total assets


$

5,213,990



$

4,060,909









LIABILITIES AND EQUITY







Current liabilities (accounts payable and accrued liabilities)


$

537,180



$

404,858


Long-term debt


763,997



763,879


Other liabilities


710,925



473,569


Total liabilities


2,012,102



1,642,306


Total Westlake Chemical Corporation stockholders' equity


2,911,511



2,418,603


Noncontrolling interests


290,377




Total equity


3,201,888



2,418,603


Total liabilities and equity


$

5,213,990



$

4,060,909


 

 

 

WESTLAKE CHEMICAL CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Unaudited)






Twelve Months Ended December 31,



2014



2013











(In thousands of dollars)

Cash flows from operating activities







Net income


$

685,016



$

610,425


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







Depreciation and amortization


208,486



157,808


Deferred income taxes


58,967



93,732


Other balance sheet changes


79,907



(109,236)


Net cash provided by operating activities


1,032,376



752,729


Cash flows from investing activities







Acquisition of business, net of cash acquired


(611,087)



(178,309)


Additions to equity investments




(23,338)


Additions to property, plant and equipment


(431,104)



(679,222)


Construction of assets pending sale-leaseback




(136)


Proceeds from disposition of assets


181



151


Proceeds from repayment of loan acquired


45,923




Proceeds from repayment of loan to affiliate




167


Proceeds from sales and maturities of securities


342,045



252,519


Purchase of securities


(117,332)



(367,150)


Settlements of derivative instruments


(1,831)



(6,920)


Net cash used for investing activities


(773,205)



(1,002,238)


Cash flows from financing activities







Capitalized debt issuance costs


(1,186)




Dividends paid


(77,656)



(55,236)


Distributions to noncontrolling interests


(2,204)




Net proceeds from issuance of Westlake Chemical Partners LP common units


286,088




Proceeds from exercise of stock options


5,524



3,437


Repurchase of common stock for treasury


(52,630)



(32,918)


Windfall tax benefits from share-based payment arrangements


6,704



5,449


Net cash provided by (used for) financing activities


164,640



(79,268)


Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents


(4,511)




Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents


419,300



(328,777)


Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the year


461,301



790,078


Cash and cash equivalents at end of the year


$

880,601



$

461,301


 

 

 

WESTLAKE CHEMICAL CORPORATION

SEGMENT INFORMATION

(Unaudited)








Three Months Ended December 31,


Twelve Months Ended December 31,



2014



2013



2014



2013

















(In thousands of dollars)

Net external sales













Olefins


$

598,742



$

668,144



$

2,723,690



$

2,553,669


Vinyls


537,129



283,481



1,691,660



1,205,815




$

1,135,871



$

951,625



$

4,415,350



$

3,759,484


Income (loss) from operations













Olefins


$

243,558



$

247,291



$

1,013,825



$

833,249


Vinyls


66,280



18,562



142,740



154,684


Corporate and other


(7,451)



(8,273)



(32,574)



(34,469)




$

302,387



$

257,580



$

1,123,991



$

953,464


Depreciation and amortization













Olefins


$

26,433



$

26,523



$

106,244



$

102,938


Vinyls


33,539



14,864



101,666



54,371


Corporate and other


120



127



576



499




$

60,092



$

41,514



$

208,486



$

157,808


Other income (expense), net













Olefins


$

1,840



$

1,521



$

6,102



$

7,410


Vinyls


1,737



(172)



2,680



(1,858)


Corporate and other


(10,738)



2,304



(11,503)



1,238




$

(7,161)



$

3,653



$

(2,721)



$

6,790


 

 

 

WESTLAKE CHEMICAL CORPORATION

RECONCILIATION OF EBITDA TO NET INCOME AND TO NET CASH

PROVIDED BY OPERATING ACTIVITIES

(Unaudited)










Three Months
Ended
September 30,


Three Months
Ended
December 31,


Twelve Months
Ended
December 31,



2014



2014



2013



2014



2013




















(In thousands of dollars)

EBITDA


$

358,011



$

355,318



$

302,746



$

1,329,756



$

1,118,062


Less:
















Provision for income taxes


124,449



98,671



87,100



398,902



331,747


Interest expense


9,486



9,170



3,161



37,352



18,082


Depreciation and amortization


53,920



60,092



41,513



208,486



157,808


Net income


170,156



187,385



170,972



685,016



610,425


Changes in operating assets and liabilities


158,626



44,359



23,968



288,393



48,572


Deferred income taxes


15,100



24,508



10,289



58,967



93,732


Net cash provided by operating activities


$

343,882



$

256,252



$

205,229



$

1,032,376



$

752,729


 

 

 

WESTLAKE CHEMICAL CORPORATION

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION

Product Sales Price and Volume Variance by Operating Segments








Fourth Quarter 2014 vs.
Fourth Quarter 2013


Fourth Quarter 2014 vs.
Third Quarter 2014



Average

Sales Price


Volume


Average

Sales Price


Volume

Olefins


+0.7%



-11.1%



-6.2%



-8.7%


Vinyls


+2.2%



+87.3%



-9.1%



+6.8%


Company


+1.1%



+18.3%



-7.5%



-1.9%


 

 

 

Average Quarterly Industry Prices (1)






Quarter Ended



December 31,
 2013


March 31,
 2014


June 30,
 2014


September 30,
 2014


December 31,
 2014

Ethane (cents/lb)


8.8


11.4


9.8


7.9


7.0

Propane (cents/lb)


28.4


30.8


25.2


24.6


18.1

Ethylene (cents/lb) (2)


52.3


55.1


55.5


66.6


56.2

Polyethylene (cents/lb) (3)


105.0


107.7


109.0


110.0


108.7

Styrene (cents/lb) (4)


81.8


86.9


82.2


85.8


73.5

Caustic soda ($/short ton) (5)


582.5


579.2


595.0


588.3


595.0

Chlorine ($/short ton) (6)


245.0


236.7


232.5


232.5


232.5

PVC (cents/lb) (7)


60.5


66.5


69.5


70.2


69.2












(1) Industry pricing data was obtained from IHS Chemical. We have not independently verified the data.

(2) Represents average North American spot prices of ethylene over the period as reported by IHS Chemical.

(3) Represents average North American contract prices of polyethylene low density film over the period as reported by IHS Chemical.

(4) Represents average North American contract prices of styrene over the period as reported by IHS Chemical.

(5) Represents average North American undiscounted contract prices of caustic soda over the period as reported by IHS Chemical.

(6) Represents average North American contract prices of chlorine (into chemicals) over the period as reported by IHS Chemical.

(7) Represents average North American contract prices of PVC over the period as reported by IHS Chemical.

 

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