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HOUSTON, April 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Kraton Corporation (NYSE: KRA), a leading global sustainable producer of  specialty polymers and high-value biobased products derived from pine wood pulping co-products, announces financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2021.

FIRST QUARTER 2021 SUMMARY

  • Consolidated net income of $34.6 million, compared to $209.0 million in the first quarter of 2020.
    • Consolidated net income decline related to the first quarter 2020 gain on disposition of our Cariflex business.
  • Adjusted EBITDA(1) of $67.7 million, down 13.0% compared to the first quarter of 2020.
  • Polymer segment operating income of $39.9 million, up 122.4% compared to the first quarter of 2020, and Adjusted EBITDA(1) of $37.5 million, down 26.8% compared to $51.2 million in the first quarter of 2020.
    • Adjusted EBITDA excluding Cariflex(1) would be down $3.4 million compared to the first quarter of 2020, reflecting higher fixed costs primarily associated with significant turnaround activity at the Berre, France, site.
  • Chemical segment operating income of $13.5 million, up 31.0% compared to the first quarter of 2020, and Adjusted EBITDA(1) of $30.3 million, up 13.3% compared to $26.7 million in the first quarter of 2020.
    • Adjusted EBITDA increase reflects factors including higher core sales volumes associated with improved demand fundamentals and lower fixed costs.
  • Reduced consolidated debt by $7.0 million and increased consolidated net debt(1) by $18.1 million, or increased by $38.3 million excluding the effect of foreign currency(1), during the first quarter of 2021. These changes primarily reflect seasonal paving and roofing inventory build and higher raw material costs.

Three Months Ended March 31,


2021


2020


(In thousands, except percentages and per share amounts)

Revenue

$

437,271



$

427,269


Polymer segment operating income

$

39,859



$

17,925


Chemical segment operating income

$

13,514



$

10,316


Consolidated net income

$

34,593



$

209,020


Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP)(1)(3)

$

67,720



$

77,879


Adjusted EBITDA margin (non-GAAP)(2)(3)

15.5

%


18.2

%

Diluted earnings per share

$

1.02



$

6.47


Adjusted diluted earnings per share (non-GAAP)(1)

$

0.53



$

0.27


__________________________________________________

(1)

See non-GAAP reconciliations included in the accompanying financial tables for the reconciliation of each non-GAAP measure to its most directly comparable GAAP measure.

(2)

Defined as Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenue.

(3)

Includes $10.3 million contribution from the Cariflex business prior to its sale in March 2020.

“We are extremely pleased with our results for the first quarter of 2021. During the quarter, both our Polymer and Chemical segments benefited from continued improvement in global demand trends that translated into solid volume growth for our core businesses,” said Kevin Fogarty, Kraton’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Moreover, we were able to deliver strong financial results despite notable increases in raw material and energy prices, which we are addressing through appropriate price actions, and other market factors, including constrained availability of and increased costs for global transportation and logistics channels and Winter Storm Uri, which had an adverse impact on availability of key raw materials limiting sales of specific products.”

First quarter 2021 Adjusted EBITDA for the Polymer segment was $37.5 million, compared to $51.2 million in the first quarter of 2020, which included a $10.3 million Adjusted EBITDA contribution from the Cariflex business prior to its divestiture. In addition, first quarter 2021 financial results reflect higher fixed costs associated with a significant statutory turnaround at our Berre, France, location. Sales volume for the Polymer segment was up 5.6% compared to the first quarter of 2020 on improvement in global demand. Sales volume for Specialty Polymers was up 24.5%, reflecting demand growth in China and broader Asia, particularly for consumer durables, and increased demand in North America and Europe, primarily into automotive applications, while sales volume for Performance Products increased 6.5%, primarily reflecting higher paving and roofing demand in Europe.

Chemical segment Adjusted EBITDA for the first quarter of 2021 was $30.3 million, up 13.3% compared to the first quarter of 2020. This increase in Adjusted EBITDA was associated with improved market fundamentals, which supported higher sales volumes and pricing for rosin esters and for TOFA and TOFA derivatives, and by lower fixed costs. These factors were partially offset by higher raw material and energy costs.

“As we enter the second quarter of the year, we continue to see favorable demand trends around the globe. We also expect that further realization of announced price increases will alleviate margin pressure associated with raw material price inflation experienced during the first quarter of the year. Furthermore, we expect our diversified portfolio and broad geographic exposure will remain a key strength as the year progresses, and we will continue to lever our innovation portfolio and our recently introduced product introductions such as REvolutionTM, CirKular+TM and our recently commercialized IMSSTM technology as key platforms for future growth,” said Fogarty. “Of significant note, on April 21st the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) approved a public health emergency exemption under Section 18 of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act submitted by the Georgia, Utah and Minnesota Departments of Agriculture for deployment of our BiaXamTM technology in specific applications. The EPA exemption will allow Delta Air Lines to use BiaXam in specific applications in these states as protection against the SARS-CoV-2 virus. While we do not expect the approval of this emergency exemption to have a material impact to the Company’s near term results of operations, we believe this action validates the unique combination of efficacy and durability that BiaXam offers and that BiaXam potentially has broad applicability in other possible applications. Accordingly, we intend to pursue appropriate regulatory approvals that will, if granted, provide for the broader use of BiaXam,” added Fogarty.

Polymer Segment


Three Months Ended March 31,


2021


2020


(In thousands, except percentages)

Performance Products

$

127,945



$

118,760


Specialty Polymers

96,739



77,917


Cariflex(1)



36,930


Isoprene Rubber(1)

15,956



6,859


Other

510



(86)


Polymer Segment Revenue

$

241,150



$

240,380






Operating income

$

39,859



$

17,925


Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP)(1)(2)

$

37,466



$

51,169


Adjusted EBITDA margin (non-GAAP)(3)

15.5

%


21.3

%

__________________________________________________

(1)

Our Cariflex revenue includes sales through March 6, 2020. We continue to sell Isoprene Rubber to Daelim Industrial Co, Ltd. (“Daelim”) under the Isoprene Rubber Supply Agreement (“IRSA”). Sales under the IRSA are transacted at cost. Included in Adjusted EBITDA is the amortization of non-cash deferred income of $7.6 million and $3.4 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020, respectively, which represents revenue deferred until the products are sold under the IRSA.

(2)

See non-GAAP reconciliations included in the accompanying financial tables for the reconciliation of each non-GAAP measure to its most directly comparable GAAP measure.

(3)

Defined as Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenue.

Q1 2021 VERSUS Q1 2020 RESULTS

Revenue for the Polymer segment was $241.2 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021 compared to $240.4 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020. The increase was due to higher sales volumes in our core Specialty Polymers and Performance Products businesses resulting in revenue increases of $18.8 million and $9.2 million, respectively. These increases were partially offset by the divestiture of our Cariflex business in March 2020, which contributed $36.9 million of revenue in the comparative quarter of 2020. The positive impact from changes in currency exchange rates between the periods was $10.9 million.

Polymer Segment Sales Volume % Change

Three Months Ended March 31, 2021

Performance Products

6.5

%

Specialty Polymers

24.5

%

Isoprene Rubber

129.5

%

Subtotal

13.1

%

Cariflex

(100.0)

%

Total

5.6

%

Sales volumes of 74.8 kilotons for the three months ended March 31, 2021 increased 5.6% compared to the three months ended March 31, 2020. Volume for our Specialty Polymers increased 24.5% driven by strong demand across all regions, particularly in consumer durable applications in China and broader Asia, and automotive applications in North America and Europe. Volume for our Performance Products business increased 6.5%, primarily driven by improved paving and roofing demand in Europe.

For the three months ended March 31, 2021, the Polymer segment generated Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP) of $37.5 million compared to $51.2 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020. The 26.8% decrease in Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP) is primarily due to the divestiture of our Cariflex business in March 2020. Excluding the net impact of $10.3 million attributable to the disposition of our Cariflex business, Adjusted EBITDA excluding Cariflex would have been down 8.2%. The lower comparative Adjusted EBITDA is a result of higher fixed costs associated with a statutory turnaround at our Berre, France, location, and the impact to fixed costs associated with inventory liquidation. The higher costs were partially offset by the contribution from higher Specialty Polymers and Performance Products sales volumes. The positive effect from changes in currency exchange rates between the periods was $0.8 million. See a reconciliation of GAAP operating income to non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA below.

Chemical Segment


Three Months Ended March 31,


2021


2020


(In thousands, except percentages)

Adhesives

$

71,726



$

64,895


Performance Chemicals

111,175



110,742


Tires

13,220



11,252


Chemical Segment Revenue

$

196,121



$

186,889






Operating income

$

13,514



$

10,316


Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP)(1)

$

30,254



$

26,710


Adjusted EBITDA margin (non-GAAP)(2)

15.4

%


14.3

%

__________________________________________________

(1)

See non-GAAP reconciliations included in the accompanying financial tables for the reconciliation of each non-GAAP measure to its most directly comparable GAAP measure.

(2)

Defined as Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenue.

Q1 2021 VERSUS Q1 2020 RESULTS

Revenue for the Chemical segment was $196.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021 compared to $186.9 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020. The increase in Chemical segment revenue was primarily attributable to the positive effect from changes in currency exchange rates of $8.9 million and higher sales volumes, discussed in the subsequent paragraph.

Chemical Segment Sales Volume % Change

Three Months Ended March 31, 2021

Adhesives

10.8

%

Performance Chemical

(3.5)

%

Tires(1)

14.9

%

Total

1.3

%

 ____________________________________________________

(1)

Tires volumes are less than 5% of total Chemical segment volumes.

Sales volumes were 111.6 kilotons for the three months ended March 31, 2021, an increase of 1.5 kilotons, or 1.3%, due to increased rosin esters and TOFA and TOFA derivatives, partially offset by lower sales of CST upgrades and decreased raw material sales, the impact of Winter Storm Uri, and logistical challenges.

For the three months ended March 31, 2021, the Chemical segment generated $30.3 million of Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP) compared to $26.7 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020. The 13.3% increase in Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP) was primarily driven by higher core volumes associated with improved market fundamentals, specifically in rosin esters and TOFA and TOFA derivatives and lower overall fixed costs, resulting from improved refining operating rates, partially offset by higher raw material and energy costs. The negative effect from changes in currency exchange rates between the periods was $0.1 million. See a reconciliation of GAAP operating income to non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA below.

CASH FLOW AND CAPITAL STRUCTURE

Our changes in debt and net debt were driven by increases in working capital and higher raw material costs. We reduced our consolidated debt by $7.0 million and increased our consolidated net debt by $18.1 million during the first quarter of 2021. Excluding the effect of foreign currency, consolidated net debt increased by $38.3 million. Further, we had approximately $261.6 million of available liquidity, comprised of $60.8 million of cash on hand and a remaining available borrowing base of $200.8 million on our ABL Facility as of March 31, 2021

Summary of principal amounts for indebtedness and a reconciliation of Kraton debt to consolidated net debt (non-GAAP) and consolidated net debt, excluding the effect of foreign currency (non-GAAP):


March 31, 2021


December 31, 2020


(In thousands)

Kraton debt

$

859,334



$

860,360


KFPC loans(1)(2)

83,771



89,733


Consolidated debt

943,105



950,093






Kraton cash

59,220



82,804


KFPC cash(1)(3)

1,561



3,097


Consolidated cash

60,781



85,901






Consolidated net debt

$

882,324



$

864,192






Effect of foreign currency on consolidated net debt

20,186




Consolidated net debt, excluding effect of foreign currency

$

902,510




__________________________________________________

(1)

Kraton Formosa Polymers Corporation (“KFPC”) joint venture, located in Mailiao, Taiwan, which we own a 50% stake in and consolidate within our financial statements.

(2)

KFPC executed the KFPC Revolving Facilities to provide funding for working capital requirements and/or general corporate purposes. These are in addition to the 5.5 billion NTD KFPC Loan Agreement.

(3)

Cash at our KFPC joint venture.

OUTLOOK

During the first quarter of 2021 we saw improving global demand fundamentals and we currently expect demand trends to remain positive in the second quarter of 2021. We of course remain mindful of  the potential for COVID-19 to have a more significant adverse impact on global demand over the balance of 2021. In addition, during the first quarter of 2021 we were able to minimize the impact of global supply chain and logistics constraints. We expect logistics constraints will continue into the second half of 2021, and this may contribute to continued inflation in transportation and logistics costs, or more significant disruption in supply chains and customer fulfillment. 

As previously disclosed, during the first half of 2021, we are undergoing a significant statutory turnaround at our Berre, France, location, which occurs approximately every six years. We expect costs of this turnaround to be approximately $15 million. We incurred approximately $3 million of costs associated with the turnaround in the first quarter of 2021, and expect the majority of the remaining costs to be realized in the second quarter of 2021.

In light of our first quarter results and based upon our current market view, we now expect 2021 Adjusted EBITDA to exceed  $260 million, reflecting at least 10% growth vs. 2020 after adjusting for the aforementioned turnaround at our Berre, France, location, and excluding the Cariflex Adjusted EBITDA contribution in 2020.

We have not reconciled Adjusted EBITDA guidance to net income (loss) because we do not provide guidance for net income (loss) or for items that we do not consider indicative of our on-going performance, including, but not limited to, transaction and restructuring costs, costs associated with extinguishment of debt, and the spread between FIFO and ECRC, as certain of these items are out of our control and/or cannot be reasonably predicted. Accordingly, a reconciliation of the Adjusted EBITDA guidance to the corresponding U.S. GAAP measure is not available without unreasonable effort.

USE OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

This press release includes the use of both GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures. The non-GAAP financial measures used are EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin, Adjusted Diluted Earnings per Share, Consolidated Net Debt (including as adjusted to exclude the effect of foreign currency), Adjusted Gross Profit, and Adjusted Gross Profit Per Ton. Tables included in this earnings release reconcile each of these non-GAAP financial measures with the most directly comparable U.S. GAAP financial measure. For additional information on the impact of the spread between first-in-first-out (“FIFO”) and Estimated Current Replacement Cost (“ECRC”), see Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020.

We consider these non-GAAP financial measures to be important supplemental measures of our performance and believe they are frequently used by investors, securities analysts, and other interested parties in the evaluation of our performance including period-to-period comparisons and/or that of other companies in our industry. Further, management uses these measures to evaluate operating performance, and our incentive compensation plan based incentive compensation payments on our Adjusted EBITDA performance and attainment of net debt reduction, along with other factors. These non-GAAP financial measures have limitations as analytical tools and in some cases can vary substantially from other measures of our performance. You should not consider them in isolation, or as a substitute for analysis of our results under U.S. GAAP in the United States.

EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA excluding Cariflex, and Adjusted EBITDA Margin: For our consolidated results, EBITDA represents net income (loss) before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization. For each reporting segment, EBITDA represents operating income (loss) before depreciation and amortization, and earnings of unconsolidated joint ventures. Among other limitations EBITDA does not: reflect the significant interest expense on our debt or reflect the significant depreciation and amortization expense associated with our long-lived assets; and EBITDA included herein should not be used for purposes of assessing compliance or non-compliance with financial covenants under our debt agreements, which can vary from the terms used herein. The calculation of EBITDA in our debt agreements includes adjustments, such as extraordinary, non-recurring or one-time charges, proforma cost savings, certain non-cash items, turnaround costs, and other items included in the definition of EBITDA in the debt agreements. Other companies in our industry may calculate EBITDA differently than we do, limiting its usefulness as a comparative measure. As an analytical tool, Adjusted EBITDA is subject to all the limitations applicable to EBITDA. We prepare Adjusted EBITDA by eliminating from EBITDA the impact of a number of items we do not consider indicative of our on-going performance, including the spread between FIFO and ECRC, but you should be aware that in the future we may incur expenses similar to the adjustments in this presentation. Our presentation of Adjusted EBITDA should not be construed as an inference that our future results will be unaffected by unusual or non-recurring items. In addition, due to volatility in raw material prices, Adjusted EBITDA may, and often does, vary substantially from EBITDA and other performance measures, including net income calculated in accordance with U.S. GAAP. We prepare Adjusted EBITDA excluding Cariflex by eliminating from Adjusted EBITDA Cariflex sales, cost of sales, and direct specific fixed costs incurred from January 1, 2020 through March 6, 2020. We define Adjusted EBITDA Margin as Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenue (for each reporting segment or on a consolidated basis, if applicable). Because of these and other limitations, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered as a measure of discretionary cash available to us to invest in the growth of our business.

Adjusted Gross Profit and Adjusted Gross Profit Per Ton: We define Adjusted Gross Profit Per Ton as Adjusted Gross Profit divided by total sales volume (for each reporting segment or on a consolidated basis, as applicable). We define Adjusted Gross Profit as gross profit excluding certain charges and expenses. Adjusted Gross Profit is limited because it often varies substantially from gross profit calculated in accordance with U.S. GAAP due to volatility in raw material prices.

Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share: We prepare Adjusted Diluted Earnings per Share by eliminating from Diluted Earnings per Share the impact of a number of non-recurring items we do not consider indicative of our on-going performance, including the spread between FIFO and ECRC.

Consolidated Net Debt and Consolidated Net Debt, excluding the effect of foreign currency: We define Consolidated Net Debt as total consolidated debt (including debt of KFPC) less consolidated cash and cash equivalents. Management uses Consolidated Net Debt to determine our outstanding debt obligations that would not readily be satisfied by its cash and cash equivalents on hand. Management believes that using Consolidated Net Debt is useful to investors in determining our leverage since we could choose to use cash and cash equivalents to retire debt. We also present Consolidated Net Debt, as adjusted for foreign exchange impact accounts for the foreign exchange effect on our foreign currency denominated debt agreements.

CONFERENCE CALL AND WEBCAST INFORMATION

Kraton has scheduled a conference call on Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. (Eastern Time) to discuss first quarter 2021 financial results. Kraton invites you to listen to the conference call, which will be broadcast live over the internet and will be available at www.kraton.com, by selecting the “Investor Relations” link at the top of the home page and then selecting “Events” from the Investor Relations menu on the Investor Relations page.

You may also listen to the conference call by telephone by contacting the conference call operator 5 to 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time and asking for the Kraton Conference Call – Passcode: 8680118. U.S./Canada dial-in 800-857-6511. International dial-in #: 210-839-8886.

For those unable to listen to the live call, a replay will be available beginning at approximately 11:00 a.m. (Eastern Time) on April 29, 2021 through 1:59 a.m. (Eastern Time) on May 13, 2021. To hear a replay of the call over the Internet, access Kraton’s Website at www.kraton.com by selecting the “Investor Relations” link at the top of the home page and then selecting “Events” from the Investor Relations menu on the Investor Relations page. To hear a telephonic replay of the call, dial 800-518-0083 (toll free) or 402-220-9088 (toll).

ABOUT KRATON CORPORATION

Kraton Corporation (NYSE: KRA) is a leading global sustainable producer of specialty polymers and high-value biobased products derived from pine wood pulping co-products. Kraton’s polymers are used in a wide range of applications, including adhesives, coatings, consumer and personal care products, sealants and lubricants, and medical, packaging, automotive, paving and roofing applications. As the largest global provider in the pine chemicals industry, the company’s pine-based specialty products are sold into adhesives, roads and construction, and tire markets, and it produces and sells a broad range of performance chemicals into markets that include fuel additives, oilfield chemicals, coatings, metalworking fluids and lubricants, inks, flavors and fragrances, and mining. Kraton offers its products to a diverse customer base in numerous countries worldwide.

Kraton, the Kraton logo and design, IMSS, REvolution, BiaXam, and CirKular+ are all trademarks of Kraton Polymers LLC or its affiliates.

FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that reflect our plans, beliefs, expectations, and current views with respect to, among other things, future events and financial performance. Forward-looking statements are often characterized by the use of words such as “outlook,” “believes,” “target,” “estimates,” “reflect”, “remain”, “expects,” “projects,” “may,” “intends,” “plans,” “on track”, “forsees”, “future,” or “anticipates,” or by discussions of strategy, plans, or intentions. The statements in this press release that are not historical statements, including, but not limited to, statements regarding our expectations as to the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic (including governmental and regulatory actions) on demand for our products, on the national and global economy and on our customers, suppliers, employees, business and results of operations, our expectations for our business demand and growth in 2021, market factors and transportation and logistics trends, our 2021 Adjusted EBITDA, the timing of the incurrence of costs associated with our Berre, France, turnaround, the impact of our diversified portfolio and broad geographic exposure, the impact of announced price increases, our expectations of the role that BiaXam can play in mitigating exposure to infectious pathogens, the effectiveness of BiaXam, expectations about the possibility of bringing BiaXam to market (including receipt of additional regulatory approvals or the timing thereof) and expectations regarding the potential applications and development partner opportunities, and the information and the matters described under the caption “Outlook,” are forward-looking statements.

All forward-looking statements in this press release are made based on management’s current expectations and estimates, which involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in forward-looking statements. Additional information concerning factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in forward-looking statements is contained in our most recently filed Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and in other filings made by us with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), and include, but are not limited to, risks related to: our ability to repay or re-finance indebtedness and risk associated with incurring additional indebtedness; our reliance on third parties for the provision of significant operating and other services; the impact of extraordinary events, including health epidemics or pandemics such as COVID-19 (including governmental and regulatory actions relating thereto), natural disasters and other weather conditions and terrorist attacks; conditions in the global economy and capital markets; fluctuations in raw material costs; limitations in the availability of raw materials; competition in our end-use markets; fluctuations in global tariffs and logistics costs; the potential for charges related to our goodwill or other assets; and other factors of which we are currently unaware or deem immaterial. Many of these risks and uncertainties are currently amplified by and will continue to be amplified by, or in the future may be amplified by, the COVID-19 pandemic. To the extent any inconsistency or conflict exists between the information included in this press release and the information included in our prior reports and other filings with the SEC, the information contained in this press release updates and supersede such information. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements contained herein speak only as of the date of this press release, and we assume no obligation to publicly update or revise such forward-looking statements in light of new information or future events.

With respect to BiaXam, there is no assurance that any planned corporate activity, scientific research or study, additional regulatory approval, developing, marketing, licensing, or selling of products, patent application, allowance or consumer study, to the extent pursued, will be successful or will succeed as currently planned or expected. There is no assurance that any of BiaXam’s postulated uses, benefits, or advantages will in fact be realized in any manner or in any part.

KRATON CORPORATION

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(Unaudited)

(In thousands, except per share data)



Three Months Ended March 31,


2021


2020

Revenue

$

437,271



$

427,269


Cost of goods sold

301,238



308,069


Gross profit

136,033



119,200


Operating expenses:




Research and development

9,520



10,792


Selling, general, and administrative

41,279



49,058


Depreciation and amortization

31,557



31,173


(Gain) loss on disposal of fixed assets

304



(64)


Operating income

53,373



28,241


Other income

808



327


Disposition and exit of business activities



175,214


Loss on extinguishment of debt



(13,954)


Earnings of unconsolidated joint venture

120



101


Interest expense, net

(10,947)



(17,461)


Income before income taxes

43,354



172,468


Income tax benefit (expense)

(8,761)



36,552


Consolidated net income

34,593



209,020


Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest

(1,364)



(934)


Net income attributable to Kraton

$

33,229



$

208,086


Earnings per common share:




Basic

$

1.04



$

6.55


Diluted

$

1.02



$

6.47


Weighted average common shares outstanding:




Basic

31,928



31,587


Diluted

32,458



31,949


KRATON CORPORATION

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands, except par value) 



March 31, 2021


December 31, 2020


(unaudited)



ASSETS




Current assets:




Cash and cash equivalents

$

60,781



$

85,901


Receivables, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $681 and $598

220,830



180,258


Inventories of products, net

340,616



318,885


Inventories of materials and supplies, net

33,885



34,164


Prepaid expenses

10,414



11,844


Other current assets

17,167



15,338


Total current assets

683,693



646,390


Property, plant, and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation of $739,987 and $732,279

928,081



942,703


Goodwill

373,828



375,061


Intangible assets, net of accumulated amortization of $339,236 and $330,070

284,144



294,734


Investment in unconsolidated joint venture

11,978



12,723


Deferred income taxes

80,783



83,534


Long-term operating lease assets, net

82,119



84,042


Other long-term assets

21,451



21,770


Total assets

$

2,466,077



$

2,460,957


LIABILITIES AND EQUITY




Current liabilities:




Current portion of long-term debt

$

84,488



$

72,347


Accounts payable-trade

178,362



176,229


Other payables and accruals

163,653



167,364


Due to related party

16,274



17,147


Total current liabilities

442,777



433,087


Long-term debt, net of current portion

847,125



865,516


Deferred income taxes

131,469



125,559


Long-term operating lease liabilities

66,424



67,898


Deferred income

141,291



151,329


Other long-term liabilities

160,669



168,566


Total liabilities

1,789,755



1,811,955






Equity:




Kraton stockholders’ equity:




Preferred stock, $0.01 par value; 100,000 shares authorized; none issued




Common stock, $0.01 par value; 500,000 shares authorized; 32,144 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2021; 31,873 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2020

321



319


Additional paid in capital

404,644



401,445


Retained earnings

272,646



240,464


Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(46,640)



(37,865)


Total Kraton stockholders’ equity

630,971



604,363


Noncontrolling interest

45,351



44,639


Total equity

676,322



649,002


Total liabilities and equity

$

2,466,077



$

2,460,957


KRATON CORPORATION

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Unaudited)

(In thousands)



Three Months Ended March 31,


2021


2020

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES




Consolidated net income

$

34,593



$

209,020


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




Depreciation and amortization

31,557



31,173


Lease amortization

6,029



6,164


Amortization of debt original issue discount



148


Amortization of debt issuance costs

809



1,031


Amortization of deferred income

(7,653)



(3,497)


(Gain) loss on disposal of property, plant, and equipment

304



(64)


Loss on extinguishment of debt



13,954


Earnings from unconsolidated joint venture, net of dividends received

347



406


Deferred income tax (benefit) provision

3,542



(64,319)


Gain on disposition and exit of business activities



(175,214)


Share-based compensation

2,924



2,848


Decrease (increase) in:




Accounts receivable

(45,140)



(32,359)


Inventories of products, materials, and supplies

(28,163)



(18,914)


Other assets

(2,154)



2,808


Increase (decrease) in:




Accounts payable-trade

7,086



5,023


Other payables and accruals

(6,870)



24,561


Other long-term liabilities

(4,655)



(4,206)


Due to related party

351



2,619


Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities

(7,093)



1,182


CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES




Kraton purchase of property, plant, and equipment

(22,425)



(17,446)


KFPC purchase of property, plant, and equipment

(217)



(52)


Purchase of software and other intangibles

(2,079)



(2,089)


Cash proceeds from disposition and exit of business activities



510,500


Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities

(24,721)



490,913


CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES




Proceeds from debt

21,000



76,000


Repayments of debt

(6,000)



(436,174)


KFPC proceeds from debt

16,065



34,873


KFPC repayments of debt

(20,819)



(40,990)


Finance lease payments

(578)



(44)


Purchase of treasury stock

(4,862)



(678)


Proceeds from the exercise of stock options

4,092




Settlement of interest rate swap



(1,295)


Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

8,898



(368,308)


Effect of exchange rate differences on cash

(2,204)



(7,318)


Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

(25,120)



116,469


Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

85,901



35,033


Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

$

60,781



$

151,502


KRATON CORPORATION

RECONCILIATION OF NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO KRATON AND OPERATING INCOME TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

(Unaudited)

(In thousands)



Three Months Ended March 31, 2021


Three Months Ended March 31, 2020


Polymer


Chemical


Total


Polymer


Chemical


Total

Net income attributable to Kraton





$

33,229







$

208,086


Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest





1,364







934


Consolidated net income





34,593







209,020


Add (deduct):












Income tax (benefit) expense





8,761







(36,552)


Interest expense, net





10,947







17,461


Earnings of unconsolidated joint venture





(120)







(101)


Loss on extinguishment of debt











13,954


Other income





(808)







(327)


Disposition and exit of business activities











(175,214)


Operating income

$

39,859



$

13,514



$

53,373



$

17,925



$

10,316



$

28,241


Add (deduct):












Depreciation and amortization

12,824



18,733



31,557



13,347



17,826



31,173


Disposition and exit of business activities







175,214





175,214


Other income

282



526



808



55



272



327


Loss on extinguishment of debt







(13,954)





(13,954)


Earnings of unconsolidated joint venture

120





120



101





101


EBITDA (a)

53,085



32,773



85,858



192,688



28,414



221,102


Add (deduct):












Transaction, acquisition related costs,
restructuring, and other costs (b)

2,332



1,972



4,304



10,148



762



10,910


Disposition and exit of business activities







(175,214)





(175,214)


Loss on extinguishment of debt







13,954





13,954


Non-cash compensation expense

2,924





2,924



2,848





2,848


Spread between FIFO and ECRC

(20,875)



(4,491)



(25,366)



6,745



(2,466)



4,279


Adjusted EBITDA

$

37,466



$

30,254



$

67,720



$

51,169



$

26,710



$

77,879


Adjusted EBITDA excluding Cariflex

$

37,466



$

30,254



$

67,720



$

40,825



$

26,710



$

67,535


__________________________________________________

(a)     

Included in EBITDA are Isoprene Rubber sales to Daelim under the IRSA. Sales under the IRSA are transacted at cost. Included in Adjusted EBITDA is the amortization of non-cash deferred income of $7.6 million and $3.4 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020, respectively, which represents revenue deferred until the products are sold under the IRSA.

(b)    

Charges related to the evaluation of acquisition transactions, severance expenses, and other restructuring related charges.

KRATON CORPORATION

RECONCILIATION OF DILUTED EARNINGS PER SHARE TO ADJUSTED DILUTED EARNINGS PER SHARE

(Unaudited)



Three Months Ended March 31,


2021


2020

Diluted Earnings Per Share

$

1.02



$

6.47


Transaction, acquisition related costs, restructuring, and other costs (a)

0.10



0.26


Disposition and exit of business activities



(4.96)


Loss on extinguishment of debt



0.34


Tax restructuring



(1.95)


Spread between FIFO and ECRC

(0.59)



0.11


Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share (non-GAAP)

$

0.53



$

0.27


__________________________________________________

(a)     

Charges related to the evaluation of acquisition transactions, severance expenses, and other restructuring related charges.

POLYMER SEGMENT RECONCILIATION OF GROSS PROFIT TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

(Unaudited)

(In thousands)


Three Months Ended March 31,


2021


2020

Gross profit

$

81,985



$

68,731






Add (deduct):




Transaction, acquisition related costs, restructuring, and other costs



130


Non-cash compensation expense

146



171


Spread between FIFO and ECRC

(20,875)



6,745


Adjusted gross profit (non-GAAP)

$

61,256



$

75,777






Sales volume (kilotons)

74.8



70.8


Adjusted gross profit per ton

$

819



$

1,070


For Further Information:
H. Gene Shiels 280 504-4886

SOURCE Kraton Corporation

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IEEE-USA Commends 2021 Endless Frontier Act

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The EFA utilizes one of America’s greatest strengths – technological innovation – to stimulate economic growth across our country and workforce. Focusing on ten broad areas of research, the bill invests in our universities and national labs to produce the ideas and insights necessary to fuel our technology-centric economy.

But the EFA is much more than just a research bill. Ideas are important, but to realize the full value of innovation, those ideas must become products, companies, and industries. The EFA recognizes this by creating and expanding America’s technology transfer infrastructure to move ideas developed in our universities into the marketplace quickly, and by insisting that this new infrastructure be built all across the country, not just in areas that are already global leaders in innovation.

Crucially, the EFA will invest in American workers across the technology spectrum, developing their specialized skills through grants and scholarships. America’s technology-based economy needs all types of skilled professionals, and the EFA will make sure that we have them. In doing so, the EFA will ensure that the benefits of American innovation are spread widely across the country and deeply across the American workforce.

“The Endless Frontier Act recognizes that America’s technological and national security are tightly linked to our economic competitiveness,” said Will Robinson, 2021 Vice President of Government Relations, IEEE-USA. “Investments in research and technology transfer are among the most effective and important economic development tools we have as a nation, and the EFA is a welcome step in the right direction.”

The full text of the Endless Frontier Act can be found here.

About IEEE-USA:
IEEE-USA serves the public good and promotes the careers and public policy interests of 150,000 engineering, computing and technology professionals who are U.S. members of IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional organization.

Visit us online at ieeeusa.org, follow us on Twitter, FacebookInstagramLinkedIn, and subscribe to our YouTube channel.

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MORRISTOWN, N.J., May 13, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Covanta Holding Corporation (NYSE: CVA) (“Covanta”) today announced that the Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.08 per share, payable on July 2, 2021 to stockholders of record as of the close of business on June 24, 2021.

About Covanta
Covanta is a world leader in providing sustainable waste and energy solutions.  Annually, Covanta’s modern Waste-to-Energy (“WtE”) facilities safely convert approximately 21 million tons of waste from municipalities and businesses into clean, renewable electricity to power one million homes and recycle 600,000 tons of metal. Through a vast network of treatment and recycling facilities, Covanta also provides comprehensive industrial material management services to companies seeking solutions to some of today’s most complex environmental challenges. For more information, visit covanta.com.

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Albemarle Corporation to Release 2020 Sustainability Report on Wednesday, June 2, 2021

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CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 13, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Albemarle Corporation (NYSE: ALB), a leader in the global specialty chemicals industry, announced today that it will release its 2020 Sustainability Report on Wednesday, June 2, 2021.

The company will also host a webcast on Thursday, June 3, at 10:00 a.m. EDT with CEO Kent Masters and CFO Scott Tozier, who will present an update on Albemarle’s sustainability initiatives. This year’s Sustainability Report will map out meaningful and achievable targets for greenhouse gas and water use and Albemarle’s priorities that support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

This webcast can be accessed through Albemarle’s corporate website at https://investors.albemarle.com/ or via the webcast link here: Albemarle Corporation Annual Sustainability Conference Call

To view Albemarle’s 2020 Sustainability Report, available on June 2, please visit https://www.albemarle.com/sustainability.

About Albemarle
Albemarle Corporation (NYSE: ALB), headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., is a global specialty chemicals company with leading positions in lithium, bromine and refining catalysts. We think beyond business-as-usual to power the potential of companies in many of the world’s largest and most critical industries, such as energy, electronics, and transportation. We actively pursue a sustainable approach to managing our diverse global footprint of world-class resources. In conjunction with our highly experienced and talented global teams, our deep-seated values, and our collaborative customer relationships, we create value-added and performance-based solutions that enable a safer and more sustainable future.

We regularly post information to www.albemarle.com, including notification of events, news, financial performance, investor presentations and webcasts, non-GAAP reconciliations, SEC filings and other information regarding our company, its businesses and the markets it serves.

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ClearSign Technologies Corporation Announces First Quarter 2021 Conference Call and Virtual Annual Meeting

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SEATTLE, May 13, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — ClearSign Technologies Corporation (Nasdaq: CLIR) (“ClearSign” or the “Company”), an emerging leader in industrial combustion and sensing technologies that improve energy, operational efficiency and safety while dramatically reducing emissions, announces that on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 the Company will host a conference call at 5:00 PM ET. The Company will file its quarterly report on form 10-Q with the SEC in the coming days and will issue a summary of its financial and operating results for the quarter ending March 31st 2021 in a press release on the day of the call. 

Investors interested in participating on the live call can dial 1-866-372-4653 within the U.S. or 1-412-902-4217 from abroad. Investors can also access the call online through a listen-only webcast at  https://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/987/41381 or on the investor relations section of the Company’s website at http://ir.clearsign.com/overview.

The webcast will be archived on the Company’s investor relations website for at least 90 days and a telephonic playback of the conference call will be available by calling 1-877-344-7529 within the U.S. or 1-412-317-0088 from abroad. The conference ID is 10156614. The telephonic playback will be available for 7 days after the conference call.

Investors will be able to attend the Annual Meeting online on Thursday, June 17, 2021. To participate in the Annual Meeting, visit www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com/CLIR2021 and enter the 16-digit control number included on your proxy card. You may begin to log into the meeting platform beginning at 1:45 p.m. Pacific Daylight Savings Time on June 17, 2021.

Shareholders will also have the opportunity to submit questions during the Annual Meeting through www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com/CLIR2021.  A technical support telephone number will be posted on the log-in page of www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com/CLIR2021 you can call if you encounter any difficulties accessing the virtual meeting during the meeting.

About ClearSign Technologies Corporation

ClearSign Technologies Corporation designs and develops products and technologies for the purpose of improving key performance characteristics of industrial and commercial systems, including operational performance, energy efficiency, emission reduction, safety and overall cost-effectiveness. Our patented technologies, embedded in established OEM products as ClearSign Core™, and ClearSign Eye™ and other sensing configurations, enhance the performance of combustion systems and fuel safety systems in a broad range of markets, including the energy (upstream oil production and down-stream refining), commercial/industrial boiler, chemical, petrochemical, transport and power industries. For more information, please visit www.clearsign.com.

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All statements in this press release that are not based on historical fact are “forward-looking statements.” You can find many (but not all) of these statements by looking for words such as “approximates,” “believes,” “hopes,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “estimates,” “projects,” “intends,” “plans,” “would,” “should,” “could,” “may,” “will” or other similar expressions. While management has based any forward-looking statements included in this press release on its current expectations, the information on which such expectations were based may change. These forward-looking statements rely on a number of assumptions concerning future events and are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside of our control, that could cause actual results to materially differ from such statements. Such risks, uncertainties and other factors include, but are not limited to, general business and economic conditions, the performance of management and our employees, the performance of our products, our ability to obtain financing, competition, whether our technology will be accepted and adopted and other factors identified in our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and available at www.sec.gov and other factors that are detailed in our periodic and current reports available for review at www.sec.gov. Furthermore, we operate in a competitive environment where new and unanticipated risks may arise. Accordingly, investors should not place any reliance on forward-looking statements as a prediction of actual results. We disclaim any intention to, and undertake no obligation to, update or revise forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that subsequently occur or of which we hereafter become aware.

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