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Eastman Announces Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2016 Financial Results

KINGSPORT, Tenn., January 26, 2017 – Eastman Chemical Company (NYSE:EMN) today announced reported earnings of $0.87 per diluted share for fourth-quarter 2016 versus $0.83 per diluted share for fourth-quarter 2015. Earnings excluding non-core items were $1.51 per diluted share for fourth-quarter 2016 versus $1.59 per diluted share for fourth-quarter 2015. For detail of the excluded non-core items and reconciliation to reported company and segment earnings, see Tables 3A and 4.

"While the global business environment in 2016 was challenging, we remained focused on execution of our specialty transformation strategy," said Mark Costa, Board Chair and CEO. "We delivered volume growth in our specialty product lines, continued mix improvement particularly in Advanced Materials driven by double-digit growth of our innovative, high-margin products, and continued aggressive cost management. We remain confident in the resiliency of our portfolio and the sustainability of our strong cash flow going forward."

 


 

(In millions, except per share amounts) 4Q16 4Q15 FY16 FY15
Sales revenue$2,188$2,225$9,008$9,648
     
Operating earnings                                                  $273$172$1,404$1,384
     

Operating earnings excluding non-core items*

 

$336$343$1,534$1,717
Earnings per diluted share$0.87         $0.83$5.84$5.66
     

Earnings per diluted share excluding

non-core items*

                  

$1.51$1.59$6.76$7.28

Net cash provided by operating activities    

     

$390$562$1,385$1,624

Net cash provided by operating activities excluding accelerated pension contribution**    

     

$540$562$1,535$1,624

 

*For reconciliation to reported company and segment earnings, see Tables 3A and 4.  

**For reconciliation to reported net cash provided by operating activities, see Table 5B.

 

Corporate Results 4Q 2016 versus 4Q 2015

Sales revenue declined primarily due to lower selling prices and lower Fibers sales volume more than offsetting higher sales volume in the other segments. Reported operating earnings increased due to lower non-core items (primarily annual mark-to-market pension and other post-retirement benefit plans valuation loss and asset impairments and restructuring charges) in fourth-quarter 2016. Operating earnings excluding non-core items declined as an increase in Chemical Intermediates and Advanced Materials was more than offset by declines in Fibers and Additives & Functional Products. Operating earnings were positively impacted by cost reduction actions taken throughout the year.

Segment Results 4Q 2016 versus 4Q 2015

Additives & Functional Products – Sales revenue decreased due to lower selling prices, primarily attributed to lower raw material and energy costs. The impact of the lower selling prices was partially offset by higher sales volume across the segment. Operating earnings decreased primarily due to lower selling prices more than offsetting higher sales volume.

Advanced Materials – Sales revenue was unchanged as higher sales volume of premium products, including Eastman TritanTM copolyester and Saflex® acoustic interlayers, was offset by lower selling prices, primarily for other copolyesters, attributed to lower raw material and energy costs. Operating earnings increased primarily due to higher sales volume, improved product mix of premium products, and lower unit costs due to higher capacity utilization, partially offset by lower selling prices.

Chemical Intermediates – Sales revenue increased primarily due to higher sales volume of olefin-based and functional amines products. Operating earnings increased primarily due to higher sales volume and the reduced impact of commodity hedge losses on raw material costs.

Fibers Sales revenue decreased primarily due to lower sales volume and lower selling prices, particularly for acetate tow. Lower acetate tow sales volume was primarily due to reduced sales in China. Operating earnings declined due to lower sales volume and lower selling prices, partially offset by lower operating costs resulting from recent actions and lower raw material and energy costs.

Corporate Results 2016 versus 2015

Sales revenue declined primarily due to lower selling prices and lower Fibers sales volume more than offsetting higher sales volume in the other segments. Reported operating earnings increased due to lower non-core items (primarily annual mark-to-market pension and other post-retirement benefit plans valuation loss and asset impairments and restructuring charges) in 2016. Operating earnings excluding non-core items declined as an increase in Advanced Materials was more than offset by declines in the other segments. Operating earnings were positively impacted by cost reduction actions taken throughout the year.

Segment Results 2016 versus 2015

Additives & Functional Products – Sales revenue decreased due to lower selling prices, attributed primarily to lower raw material and energy costs. The impact of the lower selling prices was partially offset by higher sales volume across the segment. Operating earnings decreased primarily due to lower selling prices more than offsetting lower raw material and energy costs and higher sales volume.

Advanced Materials – Sales revenue increased due to higher sales volume of premium products including Eastman TritanTM copolyester, Saflex® acoustic interlayers, and performance films. This was partially offset by lower selling prices, primarily for other copolyesters, attributed to lower raw material and energy costs. Operating earnings increased primarily due to higher sales volume, improved product mix of premium products, and lower unit costs due to higher capacity utilization.

Chemical Intermediates – Sales revenue decreased due to lower selling prices, partially offset by higher sales volume of olefin-based    and functional amines products. The lower selling prices were primarily attributed to lower raw material and energy costs, as well as competitive pressures due to lower oil prices for most of the year. Operating earnings decreased due to lower selling prices, which more than offset lower raw material and energy costs, higher sales volume, and the reduced impact of commodity hedge losses on raw material costs.

Fibers Sales revenue decreased due to lower sales volume and lower selling prices, particularly for acetate tow. Lower acetate tow sales volume was primarily due to reduced sales in China. Reported operating earnings increased due to asset impairments and restructuring charges in 2015. Operating earnings excluding asset impairments and restructuring charges declined due to lower sales volume and lower selling prices, partially offset by lower operating costs resulting from recent actions and lower raw material and energy costs.

Cash Flow

Cash from operating activities was $1.4 billion in 2016. The company contributed $200 million to its U.S. defined pension plans, including $150 million in fourth-quarter 2016 that had been planned for future years. In 2016, the company generated $909 million of adjusted free cash flow (cash from operating activities adjusted to exclude the fourth-quarter 2016 accelerated pension contribution minus capital expenditures). See Table 5B. Priorities for uses of available cash include payment of the quarterly dividend, repayment of debt, funding targeted growth initiatives, and repurchasing shares.

In 2016, the company returned $417 million to stockholders through $272 million of dividends and $145 million of share repurchases. In addition, the company reduced total borrowings by $414 million. During fourth-quarter 2016, the company refinanced certain outstanding public debt with proceeds of the sale of new euro-denominated debt securities and term loan borrowings, resulting in extended weighted average maturity of outstanding debt and lowered interest expense.

Outlook

Commenting on the outlook for full-year 2017, Costa said: "We enter 2017 well positioned to benefit from our strong portfolio of specialty businesses that leverage world-class technology platforms to deliver solid growth in attractive end markets and additional earnings growth from our high-value, innovative specialty products. However, we face an uncertain global business environment and continued challenges in Fibers. As a result, we have already taken aggressive cost reduction actions in fourth-quarter 2016 and are making great progress in our efforts to accelerate innovation and market development activities. Consistent with our previous guidance, we expect adjusted EPS growth in 2017 to be between 8-12 percent."

Projected 2017 earnings exclude any non-core, unusual, or non-recurring items. Our 2017 financial results forecasts do not include any projected non-core items (such as mark-to-market pension and other postretirement benefit gain or loss) or any unusual or non-recurring items, and we accordingly are unable to reconcile projected 2017 earnings excluding non-core and any unusual or non-recurring items to projected reported GAAP earnings without unreasonable efforts.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release includes forward-looking statements concerning current expectations and assumptions for future global economic conditions; competitive position and acceptance of specialty products in key markets; mix of products sold; raw material and energy prices and costs, and other costs; and revenue, earnings, and cash flow for full year 2017. Such expectations and assumptions are based upon certain preliminary information, internal estimates, and management assumptions, expectations, and plans, and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties inherent in projecting future conditions, events, and results. Actual results could differ materially from expectations and assumptions expressed in the forward-looking statements if one or more of the underlying assumptions or expectations prove to be inaccurate or are unrealized. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from such expectations are and will be detailed in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Form 10-Q filed for third quarter 2016 available, and the Form 10-K to be filed for 2016 and to be available, on the Eastman web site at www.eastman.com in the Investors, SEC filings section.

Conference Call and Webcast Information

Eastman will host a conference call with industry analysts on January 27, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. ET. To listen to the live webcast of the conference call and view the accompanying slides, go to www.investors.eastman.com, Events & Presentations. To listen via telephone, the dial-in number is 913-981-5526, passcode number 9168087. A web replay, a replay in downloadable MP3 format, and the accompanying slides will be available at www.investors.eastman.com, Events & Presentations. A telephone replay will be available continuously from 11:00 a.m. ET, January 27, to 11:00 a.m. ET, February 6, at 888-203-1112 or 719-457-0820, passcode 9168087.

Eastman is a global advanced materials and specialty additives company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With a portfolio of specialty businesses, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. Its market-driven approaches take advantage of world-class technology platforms and leading positions in attractive end-markets such as transportation, building and construction and consumables. Eastman focuses on creating consistent, superior value for all stakeholders. As a globally diverse company, Eastman serves customers in more than 100 countries and had 2016 revenues of approximately $9.0 billion. The company is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA and employs approximately 14,000 people around the world. For more information, visit www.eastman.com.

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