FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter and Year Ended 2011 Results
COLUMBUS, Ohio - (March 2, 2012) - Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc. (“Momentive Specialty Chemicals” or the “Company”) today announced results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2011. Results for the fourth quarter of 2011 include:
Fiscal year 2011 results include:
“Our fourth quarter 2011 results reflected global macroeconomic volatility and inventory destocking,” said Craig O. Morrison, Chairman, President and CEO. “While we experienced lower volumes in the fourth quarter of 2011 compared to the prior year period, the decline was not as broad-based as the last major downturn we saw in late 2008 as we managed to post strong results for our phenolic specialty resins, formaldehyde and oilfield proppants businesses in the most recently-completed quarter.”
“In response to softer demand and as part of our strategy to aggressively focus on high-growth regions of the world, we've continued to adjust our manufacturing footprint in the fourth quarter of 2011 and recently announced the closure of four facilities in our Forest Products Resins segment and one facility in our Epoxy, Phenolic and Coating Resins segment. We continue to reallocate our global resources and are aggressively expanding in the high-growth regions of the world, with six new plants that are operational or under construction in Korea, Brazil, Russia, India and China to help drive our future growth. We also continue to make significant progress in achieving the savings under the shared services agreement with Momentive Performance Materials Inc. (MPM). Through December 31, 2011, we have realized approximately $37 million in synergy savings on a run-rate basis. In addition, plans are in process for additional restructuring programs to further align our cost structure with current market developments.”
Following are net sales and Segment EBITDA by reportable segment for the fourth quarter and twelve months ended December 31, 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 (loss) later in this release).
Net Sales to Unaffiliated Customers(1)(2): Net Sales to Unaffiliated Customers(1)(2):
Reconciliation of Segment EBITDA to Net Income (Unaudited)
Liquidity and Capital Resources
At December 31, 2011, Momentive Specialty Chemicals had approximately $3.5 billion of total unaffiliated debt, down from $3.6 billion at December 31, 2010. At December 31, 2011, Momentive Specialty Chemicals had approximately $3.1 billion of unaffiliated net debt at the end of 2011, down from $3.4 billion at December 31, 2010. In addition, at December 31, 2011, the Company had $710 million in liquidity comprised primarily of $428 million of unrestricted cash and cash equivalents, $200 million of borrowings available under our senior secured revolving credit facilities, which were undrawn, and $66 million of borrowings available under additional credit facilities at certain international subsidiaries.
At December 31, 2011, 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 foreseeable future from cash on its balance sheet, cash flows provided by operating activities and amounts available for borrowings under its credit facilities.
“We have experienced sequential sales and volume increases in January and February 2012 compared to trends in the fourth quarter of 2011,” Morrison said. “We believe we'll continue to experience volatile market conditions during the first half of the year and are aligning our business for an eventual recovery that is expected to occur in 2012. We'll also continue to focus on carefully managing liquidity and aggressively reducing costs across our manufacturing and SG&A structure. While the site actions we've announced were difficult decisions, they will allow us to continue to invest in growth portions of our business over time, while positioning us to take advantage of the inevitable marketplace rebound, when that occurs. We believe our business is well-positioned over the long-term and will benefit from our leading technologies and innovation capabilities, strong positions in high-growth end markets and regions and partnerships with a growth-oriented, blue-chip customer base.”
Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc. will host a teleconference to discuss fourth quarter and year ended 2011 results on Friday, March 2, 2012, at 9 a.m. Eastern Time. Interested parties are asked to dial-in approximately 10 minutes before the call begins at the following numbers:
U.S. Participants: 866-700-7173
International Participants: 617-213-8838
Participant Passcode: 23725948
Live internet access to the call and presentation materials will be available through the Investor Relations section of the Company's website: www.momentive.com. A replay of the call will be available for three weeks beginning at 12 p.m. Eastern Time on March 2, 2012. The playback can be accessed by dialing 888-286-8010 (U.S.) and +1 617- 801-6888 (International). The passcode is 59331016. A replay also will be available through the Investor Relations Section of the Company's website.
Adjusted EBITDA is defined as EBITDA further adjusted to exclude certain non-cash and non-recurring costs and to reflect other permitted adjustments (including the expected future impact of announced acquisitions and in-process cost saving initiatives), in each case as determined under the governing debt agreement. Certain covenants and tests in the Company's debt agreements (i) require the Company to maintain a leverage ratio and (ii) restrict the Company's ability to take certain actions such as incurring additional debt or making certain acquisitions if the Company is unable to meet a fixed charge coverage ratio. Our senior credit facility requires that the Company's ratio of senior secured debt to Adjusted EBITDA (measured on a trailing four-quarter basis) not exceed 4.25 to 1.00 as of the last day of each fiscal quarter. Senior secured debt is defined to include borrowings under our senior credit facility and certain other indebtedness secured by liens (not including indebtedness secured by second-priority liens or certain indebtedness of our foreign subsidiaries that are not loan parties to our senior credit facility). Under the indentures governing certain of the Company's debt instruments, the Company's ability to incur additional indebtedness and make future acquisitions is restricted unless the Company has an Adjusted EBITDA to Fixed Charges ratio (measured on a trailing four-quarter basis) of 2.0:1.0. Fixed charges are defined as interest expense excluding the amortization or write-off of deferred financing costs. Failure to comply with these ratios can result in limiting long-term growth prospects by hindering the Company's ability to incur future indebtedness or grow through acquisitions.
The Company believes that including the supplemental adjustments applied in presenting Adjusted EBITDA in the indentures governing certain of the Company's debt instruments is appropriate to assess the Company's future ability to incur additional indebtedness or make future acquisitions. Adjusted EBITDA and fixed charges are not defined terms under accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (US GAAP). Adjusted EBITDA is not intended to represent any measure of earnings or cash flow in accordance with US GAAP and the Company's calculation and use of this measure may differ from other companies. These non-GAAP measures should not be used in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance or liquidity. Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered an alternative to operating income or net loss under US GAAP to evaluate the Company's results of operations or as an alternative to cash flows as a measure of liquidity. Fixed Charges should not be considered an alternative to interest expense.
Reconciliation of Last Twelve Month Net Income to Adjusted EBITDA
The following table reconciles net income to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA, as calculated under certain of the Company's indentures, for the period presented:
Certain statements in this press release are forward-looking statements within the meaning of and made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. In addition, our management may from time to time make oral forward-looking statements. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements may be identified by the words “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “project,” “plan,” “estimate,” “may,” “will,” “could,” “should,” “seek” or “intend” and similar expressions. Forward-looking statements reflect our current expectations and assumptions regarding our business, the economy and other future events and conditions and are based on currently available financial, economic and competitive data and our current business plans. Actual results could vary materially depending on risks and uncertainties that may affect our operations, markets, services, prices and other factors as discussed in the Risk Factors section of our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). While we believe our assumptions are reasonable, we caution you against relying on any forward-looking statements as it is very difficult to predict the impact of known factors, and it is impossible for us to anticipate all factors that could affect our actual results. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, a weakening of global economic and financial conditions, interruptions in the supply of or increased cost of raw materials, changes in governmental regulations and related compliance and litigation costs, difficulties with the realization of cost savings in connection with our strategic initiatives, including transactions with our affiliate, Momentive Performance Materials Inc., pricing actions by our competitors that could affect our operating margins, the impact of our substantial indebtedness, our failure to comply with financial covenants under our credit facilities or other debt, and the other factors listed in the Risk Factors section of our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and in our other SEC filings. For a more detailed discussion of these and other risk factors, see the Risk Factors section in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and our other filings made with the SEC, including our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. All forward-looking statements are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary notice. The forward-looking statements made by us speak only as of the date on which they are made. Factors or events that could cause our actual results to differ may emerge from time to time. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as otherwise required by law.
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., the owner of its sister company, Momentive Performance Materials Inc., a global leader in silicones and advanced materials. Additional information is available at www.momentive.com.
Momentive Performance Materials Holdings LLC is the ultimate parent company of Momentive Performance Materials Inc. and Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc. (collectively, “Momentive”). 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. The company uses its technology portfolio to deliver 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. Additional information about Momentive and its products is available at www.momentive.com.
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