Hexion Inc. Announces Second Quarter 2020 Results

Second Quarter 2020 Highlights

  • Net sales of $628 million
  • Net loss of $42 million
  • Segment EBITDA of $65 million
  • Liquidity of $479 million as of June 30, 2020

COLUMBUS, Ohio–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#responsiblechemistry–Hexion Inc. (“Hexion” or the “Company”) today announced results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2020.

“Despite weaker market conditions from the coronavirus pandemic, our volumes and Segment EBITDA steadily improved sequentially each month within the quarter,” said George Knight, Acting Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer. “In addition to headwinds associated with COVID-19 that drove softer volumes, we also experienced a temporary manufacturing outage at our Pernis site, which negatively impacted our second quarter 2020 results by approximately $8 million. Within our Coatings & Composites segment, our specialty epoxy resins business reflected continued positive demand in wind energy, while the majority of the year-over-year decline was attributable to our base epoxy resins business. Within our Adhesives segment, both our global formaldehyde and resins businesses reflected headwinds from the pandemic. We remain focused on the health and safety of our associates, and continued to operate our manufacturing sites and our research and development facilities in the second quarter and, as of today, without interruption by leveraging social distancing and enhanced hygiene practices. Despite headwinds from COVID-19, our cash flow from operations improved significantly and we generated $54 million in free cash flow1 in the quarter, which was driven by our continued focus on managing our working capital.”

Mr. Knight added: “We continue to see an impact in the third quarter of 2020 from the pandemic, although our July volumes continued to improve sequentially compared to the prior month. Looking ahead, while we expect the coronavirus to negatively impact our results in the second half of 2020, we are encouraged by the resiliency of our customers in certain end markets, such as wind energy and North American residential construction. Our past restructuring initiatives over the last few years, as well as our current investments in productivity capital expenditures, and the current work with Capgemini has resulted in a leaner and more nimble organization. We remain focused on the things we can control and believe that our streamlined cost structure, along with a diversified portfolio and strong customer relationships, positions us for a solid rebound as demand eventually recovers.”

1 Free cash flow is a non-GAAP financial measure and is a liquidity measure used by the Company. Free cash flow is defined by the Company as net cash provided by (used in) operating activities less capital expenditures on property, plant and equipment. See Schedule 7 to this release for the Company’s free cash flow by quarter.

Fresh Start Accounting

Upon emerging from Chapter 11 on July 1, 2019 (“Effective Date”) and qualifying for the application of fresh-start accounting, Hexion’s assets and liabilities were recorded at their estimated fair values which, in some cases, were significantly different than amounts included in the Company’s financial statements prior to the Effective Date. Accordingly, Hexion’s financial condition and results of operations on and after the Effective Date are not directly comparable to our financial condition and results of operations prior to the Effective Date. References to “Successor” or “Successor Company” relate to the financial position and results of operations of the reorganized Company subsequent to the Effective Date. References to “Predecessor” or “Predecessor Company” refer to the financial position and results of operations of the Company on or before the Effective Date.

Second Quarter 2020 Results

In January 2020, Hexion updated its reportable segments to align around two growth platforms: Adhesives; and Coatings and Composites. The Adhesives Segment is organized around Construction Adhesives, Industrial Adhesives, and Intermediates and Derivatives, while the Coatings and Composites Segment is organized around Composites, Performance Coatings, and Base Chemicals. Corporate and Other continues to be a reportable segment. Total net sales for the quarter ended June 30, 2020 were $628 million, a decrease of 30% compared with $892 million in the prior year period. Volume decreases in the second quarter of 2020 driven by COVID-19’s global economic impact across various industries and markets was the main driver of the decrease in net sales. Volume decreases negatively impacted net sales by $206 million, which was primarily related to volume decreases in the Company’s North American resins business due to weaker demand and in our base epoxy and phenolic resins businesses due to overall weakness in the market, primarily in the automotive and construction industries. Pricing negatively impacted sales by $41 million due primarily to raw material price decreases contractually passed through to customers across many businesses and softer market conditions in base epoxy resins. Foreign currency translation negatively impacted net sales by $17 million due to the weakening of various foreign currencies against the U.S. dollar in the second quarter of 2020 compared to the second quarter of 2019.

Net loss for the Successor three months ended June 30, 2020 was $42 million compared to a net loss of $108 million in the Predecessor three months ended June 30, 2019. Total Segment EBITDA for the quarter ended June 30, 2020 was $65 million, a decrease of $47 million compared with the prior year period, driven primarily by driven primarily by weaker volumes throughout the portfolio due to the global pandemic and margin reductions in our base epoxy resins business due to competitive pressures partially offset by margin improvements in our global formaldehyde, Versatic™ Acids and Derivatives and specialty epoxy businesses.

Segment Results

Following are net sales and Segment EBITDA by reportable segment for the Successor three and six months ended June 30, 2020 and Predecessor three and six months ended June 30, 2019.

 

Successor

 

 

Predecessor

 

Successor

 

 

Predecessor

 

Three Months Ended

June 30, 2020

 

 

Three Months Ended

June 30, 2019

 

Six Months Ended

June 30, 2020

 

 

Six Months Ended

June 30, 2019

Net Sales (1):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adhesives

$

346

 

 

 

$

517

 

 

$

814

 

 

 

$

1,060

 

Coatings and Composites

282

 

 

 

375

 

 

640

 

 

 

718

 

Total

$

628

 

 

 

$

892

 

 

$

1,454

 

 

 

$

1,778

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Segment EBITDA:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adhesives

$

51

 

 

 

$

73

 

 

$

122

 

 

 

$

149

 

Coatings and Composites

26

 

 

 

52

 

 

65

 

 

 

96

 

Corporate and Other

(12

)

 

 

(13

)

 

(33

)

 

 

(30

)

Total

$

65

 

 

 

$

112

 

 

$

154

 

 

 

$

215

 

(1)

Intersegment sales are not significant and, as such, are eliminated within the selling segment.

Efficiency and Cost Savings Initiatives

Hexion recently announced creation of a business services group within Hexion and a partnership with Capgemini to provide certain administrative functions to further improve Hexion’s organizational efficiency and reduce costs. In the second quarter of 2020, Hexion began implementation with Capgemini to create a best-in-class organization that focuses on gaining efficiencies and process improvements by leveraging automation and state of the art technology for service delivery, while also reducing the Company’s costs in future years.

In the second quarter of 2020, the Company achieved $8 million of cost savings related to its cost savings initiatives. At June 30, 2020, Hexion had approximately $11 million of total in-process savings that it expects to realize over the next 12 months.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

As of June 30, 2020, total debt was approximately $1.9 billion and consisted primarily of the Company’s approximately $1.2 billion Senior Secured Term Loans due 2026 and $450 million Senior Notes due 2027. At June 30, 2020, the Company had $479 million in liquidity, including $292 million of unrestricted cash and cash equivalents. In addition, Hexion has no upcoming maturities on its term loan or notes until 2026. Hexion 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.

Earnings Call

Hexion will host a teleconference to discuss Second Quarter 2020 results on Friday, August 14, 2020 at 9:00 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: (844) 492-6045

International Participants: (574) 990-2716

Participant Passcode: 1892923

Live internet access to the call and presentation materials will be available through the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website: www.hexion.com. A replay of the call will be available for one week following the call and can be access by dialing (855) 859-2056 (U.S.) and (404) 537-3406 (International). The passcode is 1892923.

Non-U.S. GAAP Measures

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 other segments. Segment EBITDA should not be considered a substitute for net (loss) income or other results reported in accordance with U.S. GAAP. Segment EBITDA may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies. See Schedules 4 and 5 to this release for reconciliation of net loss to Segment EBITDA.

Pro Forma EBITDA is defined as EBITDA adjusted for certain non-cash and certain non-recurring items and other adjustments calculated on a pro forma basis, including the expected future cost savings from business optimization programs or other programs and the expected future impact of acquisitions, in each case as determined under the governing debt instrument. As the Company is highly leveraged, it believes that including the supplemental adjustments that are made to calculate Pro Forma EBITDA provides additional information to investors about the Company’s ability to comply with its financial covenants and to obtain additional debt in the future. Pro Forma EBITDA and Fixed Charges are not defined terms under U.S. GAAP. Pro Forma EBITDA is not a measure of financial condition, liquidity or profitability, and should not be considered as an alternative to net income determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP or operating cash flows determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP. Additionally, Pro Forma EBITDA is not intended to be a measure of free cash flow for management’s discretionary use, as it does not take into account certain items such as interest and principal payments on our indebtedness, depreciation and amortization expense (because the Company uses capital assets, depreciation and amortization expense is a necessary element of our costs and ability to generate revenue), working capital needs, tax payments (because the payment of taxes is part of our operations, it is a necessary element of our costs and ability to operate), non-recurring expenses and capital expenditures. Fixed Charges under the Indenture governing the Senior Notes due 2027 should not be considered an alternative to interest expense. See Schedule 6 to this release for reconciliation of net income to Pro Forma EBITDA and the Fixed Charges Ratio.

Free cash flow is a liquidity measure used by the Company and is defined by the Company as net cash provided by (used in) operations, less capital expenditures on property, plant and equipment. We believe that free cash flow provides useful information to management, investors, analysts and other parties in evaluating the Company’s liquidity and credit quality assessment because it provides an indication of the long-term cash generating ability of our business. See Schedule 7 to this release for the Company’s free cash flow by quarter.

Net debt is defined by the Company as total debt less cash and cash equivalents. We believe that net debt provides useful information to management, investors, analysts and other parties in evaluating changes to the Company’s capital structure and credit quality assessment. See Schedule 8 to this release for the Company’s net debt by quarter.

Forward Looking Statements

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,” “might,” “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 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, the loss of, or difficulties with the further realization of, cost savings in connection with our strategic initiatives, the impact of our indebtedness, our failure to comply with financial covenants under our credit facilities or other debt, pricing actions by our competitors that could affect our operating margins, changes in governmental regulations and related compliance and litigation costs, uncertainties related to COVID-19 and the impact of our responses to it and the other factors listed in the Risk Factors section of our SEC filings. For a more detailed discussion of these and other risk factors, see the Risk Factors section of our most recent filings made with the SEC. 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, Hexion Inc. is a global leader in thermoset resins. Hexion Inc. serves the global adhesive, coatings, composites 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. Additional information about Hexion Inc. and its products is available at www.hexion.com.

See Attached Financial Statements

HEXION INC.

SCHEDULE 1: CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited)

 

 

Successor

 

 

Predecessor

 

Successor

 

 

Predecessor

(In millions)

Three Months Ended

June 30, 2020

 

 

Three Months Ended

June 30, 2019

 

Six Months Ended

June 30, 2020

 

 

Six Months Ended

June 30, 2019

 

Net sales

$

628

 

 

 

$

892

 

 

$

1,454

 

 

 

$

1,778

 

Cost of sales (exclusive of depreciation and amortization shown below)

528

 

 

 

735

 

 

1,208

 

 

 

1,462

 

Selling, general and administrative expense

55

 

 

 

57

 

 

130

 

 

 

145

 

Depreciation and amortization

56

 

 

 

26

 

 

114

 

 

 

52

 

Asset impairments

 

 

 

 

 

16

 

 

 

 

Business realignment costs

18

 

 

 

11

 

 

39

 

 

 

15

 

Other operating expense, net

4

 

 

 

8

 

 

11

 

 

 

16

 

Operating (loss) income

(33

)

 

 

55

 

 

(64

)

 

 

88

 

Interest expense, net

25

 

 

 

9

 

 

51

 

 

 

89

 

Other non-operating income, net

(4

)

 

 

(10

)

 

(4

)

 

 

(11

)

Reorganization items, net

 

 

 

156

 

 

 

 

 

156

 

Loss before income tax and earnings from unconsolidated entities

(54

)

 

 

(100

)

 

(111

)

 

 

(146

)

Income tax (benefit) expense

(11

)

 

 

8

 

 

(8

)

 

 

15

 

Loss before earnings from unconsolidated entities

(43

)

 

 

(108

)

 

(103

)

 

 

(161

)

Earnings from unconsolidated entities, net of taxes

1

 

 

 

1

 

 

2

 

 

 

2

 

Net loss

$

(42

)

 

 

$

(107

)

 

$

(101

)

 

 

$

(159

)

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest

 

 

 

(1

)

 

 

 

 

(1

)

Net loss attributable to Hexion Inc.

$

(42

)

 

 

$

(108

)

 

$

(101

)

 

 

$

(160

)

HEXION INC.

SCHEDULE 2: CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (Unaudited)

 

(In millions, except share data)

June 30, 2020

 

December 31, 2019

Assets

 

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents (including restricted cash of $3 and $4, respectively)

$

295

 

 

$

254

 

Accounts receivable (net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $3)

365

 

 

365

 

Inventories:

 

 

 

Finished and in-process goods

230

 

 

232

 

Raw materials and supplies

89

 

 

100

 

Other current assets

45

 

 

51

 

Total current assets

1,024

 

 

1,002

 

Investment in unconsolidated entities

18

 

 

17

 

Deferred tax assets

6

 

 

6

 

Other long-term assets

54

 

 

55

 

Property and equipment:

 

 

 

Land

110

 

 

116

 

Buildings

177

 

 

172

 

Machinery and equipment

1,392

 

 

1,368

 

 

1,679

 

 

1,656

 

Less accumulated depreciation

(182

)

 

(78

)

 

1,497

 

 

1,578

 

Operating lease assets

117

 

 

122

 

Goodwill

178

 

 

178

 

Other intangible assets, net

1,150

 

 

1,188

 

Total assets

$

4,044

 

 

$

4,146

 

Liabilities and Equity

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

Accounts payable

$

290

 

 

$

341

 

Debt payable within one year

76

 

 

70

 

Interest payable

31

 

 

35

 

Income taxes payable

14

 

 

17

 

Accrued payroll and incentive compensation

39

 

 

48

 

Current portion of operating lease liabilities

22

 

 

22

 

Other current liabilities

124

 

 

105

 

Total current liabilities

596

 

 

638

 

Long-term liabilities:

 

 

 

Long-term debt

1,839

 

 

1,715

 

Long-term pension and post employment benefit obligations

246

 

 

252

 

Deferred income taxes

153

 

 

164

 

Operating lease liabilities

82

 

 

86

 

Other long-term liabilities

209

 

 

216

 

Total liabilities

3,125

 

 

3,071

 

Equity

 

 

 

Common stock —$0.01 par value; 100 shares authorized, issued and outstanding

 

 

 

Paid-in capital

1,164

 

 

1,165

 

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(55

)

 

(1

)

Accumulated deficit

(190

)

 

(89

)

Total equity

919

 

 

1,075

 

Total liabilities and equity

$

4,044

 

 

$

4,146

 

HEXION INC.

SCHEDULE 3: CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (Unaudited)

 

 

Successor

 

 

Predecessor

(In millions)

Six Months Ended

June 30, 2020

 

 

Six Months Ended

June 30, 2019

Cash flows used in operating activities

 

 

 

 

Net loss

$

(101

)

 

 

$

(159

)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:

 

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization

114

 

 

 

52

 

Non-cash asset impairments

16

 

 

 

 

Non-cash reorganization items, net

 

 

 

139

 

Deferred tax benefit

(7

)

 

 

 

Loss on sale of assets

9

 

 

 

3

 

Unrealized foreign currency losses (gains)

4

 

 

 

(7

)

Non-cash stock based compensation expense

9

 

 

 

 

Financing fees included in net loss

 

 

 

13

 

Other non-cash adjustments

(1

)

 

 

(2

)

Net change in assets and liabilities:

 

 

 

 

Accounts receivable

(16

)

 

 

(88

)

Inventories

5

 

 

 

(19

)

Accounts payable

(34

)

 

 

(28

)

Income taxes payable

(3

)

 

 

8

 

Other assets, current and non-current

(6

)

 

 

(8

)

Other liabilities, current and long-term

(8

)

 

 

(17

)

Net cash used in operating activities

(19

)

 

 

(113

)

Cash flows used in investing activities

 

 

 

 

Capital expenditures

(61

)

 

 

(43

)

Proceeds from sale of assets, net

 

 

 

1

 

Net cash used in investing activities

(61

)

 

 

(42

)

Cash flows provided by financing activities

 

 

 

 

Net short-term debt repayments

(14

)

 

 

(4

)

Borrowings of long-term debt

181

 

 

 

667

 

Repayments of long-term debt

(32

)

 

 

(527

)

Capital contribution to parent

(10

)

 

 

 

Financing fees paid

 

 

 

(13

)

Net cash provided by financing activities

125

 

 

 

123

 

Effect of exchange rates on cash and cash equivalents, including restricted cash

(4

)

 

 

 

Change in cash and cash equivalents, including restricted cash

41

 

 

 

(32

)

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of period

254

 

 

 

128

 

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period

295

 

 

 

96

 

Supplemental disclosures of cash flow information

 

 

 

 

Cash paid for:

 

 

 

 

Interest, net

$

53

 

 

 

$

66

 

Income taxes, net

4

 

 

 

10

 

Reorganization items, net

 

 

 

17

 

HEXION INC.

SCHEDULE 4: RECONCILIATION OF NET LOSS TO SEGMENT EBITDA (Unaudited)

 

 

Successor

 

 

Predecessor

 

Successor

 

 

Predecessor

 

Three Months Ended
June 30, 2020

 

 

Three Months Ended
June 30, 2019

 

Six Months Ended

June 30, 2020

 

 

Six Months Ended

June 30, 2019

Reconciliation:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net loss attributable to Hexion Inc.

$

(42

)

 

 

$

(108

)

 

$

(101

)

 

 

$

(160

)

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest

 

 

 

(1

)

 

 

 

 

(1

)

Net loss

$

(42

)

 

 

(107

)

 

(101

)

 

 

$

(159

)

Income tax (benefit) expense

(11

)

 

 

8

 

 

(8

)

 

 

15

 

Interest expense, net

25

 

 

 

9

 

 

51

 

 

 

89

 

Depreciation and amortization (1)

56

 

 

 

26

 

 

114

 

 

 

52

 

EBITDA

28

 

 

 

(64

)

 

56

 

 

 

(3

)

Adjustments to arrive at Segment EBITDA:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asset impairments

$

 

 

 

$

 

 

$

16

 

 

 

$

 

Business realignment costs (2)

18

 

 

 

11

 

 

39

 

 

 

15

 

Transaction costs (3)

4

 

 

 

3

 

 

7

 

 

 

26

 

Realized and unrealized foreign currency (gains) losses

 

 

 

(7

)

 

6

 

 

 

(6

)

Reorganization items, net (4)

 

 

 

156

 

 

 

 

 

156

 

Other non-cash items (5)

13

 

 

 

7

 

25

 

 

9

 

Other (6)

2

 

 

 

6

 

 

5

 

 

 

18

 

Total adjustments

37

 

 

 

176

 

 

98

 

 

 

218

 

Segment EBITDA

$

65

 

 

 

$

112

 

 

$

154

 

 

 

$

215

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Segment EBITDA:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adhesives

$

51

 

 

 

$

73

 

 

$

122

 

 

 

$

149

 

Coatings and Composites

26

 

 

 

52

 

 

65

 

 

 

96

 

Corporate and Other

(12

)

 

 

(13

)

 

(33

)

 

 

(30

)

Total

$

65

 

 

 

$

112

 

 

$

154

 

 

 

$

215

 

(1)

For the three and six months ended June 30, 2020, accelerated depreciation of less than $1 and $2, respectively, has been included in “Depreciation and amortization.”

(2)

Business realignment costs for the three and six months ended June 30, 2020 and 2019 included:

 

Successor

 

 

Predecessor

 

Successor

 

 

Predecessor

 

Three Months Ended

June 30, 2020

 

 

Three Months Ended

June 30, 2019

 

Six Months Ended

June 30, 2020

 

 

Six Months Ended

June 30, 2019

Severance costs

$

2

 

 

 

$

7

 

 

$

10

 

 

 

$

9

 

In-process facility rationalizations

5

 

 

 

1

 

 

12

 

 

 

3

 

Business services implementation

8

 

 

 

 

 

12

 

 

 

 

Legacy environmental reserves

2

 

 

 

1

 

 

4

 

 

 

1

 

Other

1

 

 

 

2

 

 

1

 

 

 

2

 

(3)

For the Successor three and six months ended June 30, 2020, transaction costs included certain professional fees related to strategic projects. For the Predecessor three and six months ended June 30, 2019, transaction costs primarily included $2 and $21, respectively, of certain professional fees and other expenses related to the Company’s Chapter 11 Proceedings.

(4)

Represents incremental costs incurred directly as a result of the Company’s Chapter 11 proceedings after the date of filing.

(5)

Other non-cash items for the three and six months ended June 30, 2020 and 2019 included:

 

Successor

 

 

Predecessor

 

Successor

 

 

Predecessor

 

Three Months Ended

June 30, 2020

 

 

Three Months Ended

June 30, 2019

 

Six Months Ended

June 30, 2020

 

 

Six Months Ended

June 30, 2019

Fixed asset write-offs

$

6

 

 

 

$

2

 

 

$

8

 

 

 

$

3

 

Stock-based compensation costs

4

 

 

 

 

 

9

 

 

 

 

Long-term retention programs

3

 

 

 

4

 

 

6

 

 

 

5

 

Other

 

 

 

1

 

 

2

 

 

 

1

 

Contacts

Investors and Media Contact:
John Kompa

614-225-2223

john.kompa@hexion.com

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