AdvanSix Announces Second Quarter 2018 Financial Results

Sales of $400 million, up 11% versus prior year

Cash Flow from Operations of $33 million, up 12% versus prior year

Earnings Per Share of $0.91, up 10% versus prior year

PARSIPPANY, N.J.--()--AdvanSix (NYSE: ASIX) today announced its financial results for the second quarter ending June 30, 2018. The Company generated strong results across a number of metrics including sales volume, income and operating cash flow.

Second Quarter 2018 Highlights

  • Sales up 11% versus prior year, including 4% volume increase and 7% higher raw material pass-through pricing
  • Net Income of $28.4 million, an increase of $2.6 million versus the prior year
  • EBITDA of $53.0 million, a decrease of $1.7 million versus the prior year
  • Cash Flow from Operations of $33.2 million, an increase of $3.6 million versus the prior year
  • Free Cash Flow of $10.4 million, a decrease of $4.6 million versus the prior year
  • Initiated share repurchases under current $75 million authorization

AdvanSix delivered another strong quarter capping off a dynamic first half of 2018. The performance this quarter, including a 4% sales volume increase, continued to be supported by high plant utilization rates and a favorable supply and demand environment. Our results demonstrate the strength of our business model and our ability to perform in a rising input and energy environment. In addition, we initiated share repurchases in June reflecting our maturing capital allocation strategy and confidence in continued cash flow generation,” said Erin Kane, president and CEO of AdvanSix.

Summary second quarter 2018 financial results for the Company are included below:

   

Second Quarter 2018 Results

($ in Thousands, Except Earnings Per Share) 2Q 2018 2Q 2017
Sales $ 400,459 $ 361,441
Net Income 28,410 25,766
Earnings Per Share (Diluted) $ 0.91 $ 0.83
EBITDA (1) 52,969 54,619
EBITDA Margin % (1) 13.2 % 15.1 %
Cash Flow from Operations 33,154 29,586
Free Cash Flow (1)(2) 10,444 15,015
(1)   See “Non-GAAP Measures” included in this press release for non-GAAP reconciliations
(2) Net cash provided by operating activities less capital expenditures

Sales volume in the quarter increased 4% versus the prior year primarily due to increases in our ammonium sulfate, caprolactam, and chemical intermediates product lines. Pricing overall increased 7% versus the prior year due to raw material pass-through pricing following cost increases in benzene and propylene (inputs to cumene which is a key feedstock to our products). Market-based pricing was approximately flat compared to the prior year. The pricing benefit of improved industry supply and demand dynamics in our nylon, caprolactam and ammonium sulfate product lines was offset by the unfavorable impact of elevated North America acetone imports on our chemical intermediates product line.

Sales by product line represented the following approximate percentage of our total sales:

  2Q 2018   2Q 2017
Nylon 27 % 29 %
Caprolactam 19 % 18 %
Ammonium Sulfate Fertilizers 21 % 21 %
Chemical Intermediates 33 % 32 %
 

EBITDA of $53.0 million in the quarter decreased $1.7 million versus the prior year primarily due to increased manufacturing costs, including purchases of feedstocks which are normally manufactured by the Company, partially offset by the favorable impact of higher sales volume. Earnings per share of $0.91 increased 10% versus the prior year driven by the factors discussed above as well as lower interest expense and the benefits of tax reform reducing our effective tax rate.

Cash flow from operations of $33.2 million in the quarter increased $3.6 million versus the prior year primarily due to higher net income, including the benefit of tax reform, and the favorable impact of changes in working capital, partially offset by a reduced benefit from deferred taxes. Capital expenditures of $22.7 million in the quarter increased $8.1 million versus the prior year.

Outlook

  • Current favorable nylon industry conditions expected to continue
  • Expect new season ammonium sulfate fill pricing up approximately 10% year-over-year; typical seasonality expected to drive sequential pricing decline in 3Q 2018
  • North America acetone imports leveling off but near-term pricing headwind remains
  • 3Q 2018 planned plant turnaround pre-tax income impact expected to be $25 to $28 million
  • Capital Expenditures expected to be $110 to $115 million for the full year 2018, including previously announced $20 to $30 million incremental investment toward high-return growth and cost savings project pipeline

We remain focused on the flawless execution of our third quarter plant turnaround, while driving performance in an improved market environment. Our strategies focused on operational and commercial excellence, improving mix, and executing against a maturing pipeline of high-return capital projects position us well to drive long-term shareholder value,” added Kane.

Conference Call Information

AdvanSix will discuss its results during its investor conference call today starting at 9:00 a.m. ET. To participate on the conference call, dial (844) 855-9494 (domestic) or (412) 858-4602 (international) approximately 10 minutes before the 9:00 a.m. ET start, and tell the operator that you are dialing in for AdvanSix’s second quarter 2018 earnings call. The live webcast of the investor call as well as related presentation materials can be accessed at http://investors.advansix.com. Investors can hear a replay of the conference call from 12 noon ET on August 3 until 12 noon ET on August 10 by dialing (877) 344-7529 (domestic) or (412) 317-0088 (international). The access code is 10121613.

About AdvanSix

AdvanSix is a leading manufacturer of Nylon 6, a polymer resin which is a synthetic material used by our customers to produce engineered plastics, fibers, filaments and films that, in turn, are used in such end-products as automotive and electronic components, carpets, sports apparel, fishing nets and food and industrial packaging. As a result of our backward integration and the configuration of our manufacturing facilities, we also sell caprolactam, ammonium sulfate fertilizer, acetone and other intermediate chemicals, all of which are produced as part of our Nylon 6 integrated manufacturing chain. More information on AdvanSix can be found at http://www.advansix.com.

Forward Looking Statements

This release contains certain statements that may be deemed “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, that address activities, events or developments that our management intends, expects, projects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements may be identified by words like "expect," "anticipate," "estimate," “outlook”, "project," "strategy," "intend," "plan," "target," "goal," "may," "will," "should" and "believe" or other variations or similar terminology. Although we believe forward-looking statements are based upon reasonable assumptions, such statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may cause the actual results or performance of the company to be materially different from any future results or performance expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: general economic and financial conditions in the U.S. and globally; growth rates and cyclicality of the industries we serve; the impact of scheduled turnarounds and significant unplanned downtime and interruptions of production or logistics operations as a result of mechanical issues or other unanticipated events such as fires, severe weather conditions, and natural disasters; price fluctuations and supply of raw materials; our operations requiring substantial capital; failure to develop and commercialize new products or technologies; loss of significant customer relationships; adverse trade and tax policies; extensive environmental, health and safety laws that apply to our operations; hazards associated with chemical manufacturing, store and transportation; litigation associated with chemical manufacturing and our business operations generally; inability to acquire and integrate businesses, assets, products or technologies; protection of our intellectual property and proprietary information; prolonged work stoppages as a result of labor difficulties; cybersecurity and data privacy incidents; failure to maintain effective internal controls; our inability to achieve some or all of the anticipated benefits of the spin-off from Honeywell including uncertainty regarding qualification for expected tax treatment and indebtedness incurred in connection with the spin-off; fluctuations in our stock price; and tax reform or other changes in laws or regulations applicable to our business. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release. Such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, and actual results, developments and business decisions may differ from those envisaged by such forward-looking statements. We identify the principal risks and uncertainties that affect our performance in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017 and our subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release includes certain non-GAAP financial measures intended to supplement, not to act as substitutes for, comparable GAAP measures. Reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures to GAAP financial measures are provided in this press release. Investors are urged to consider carefully the comparable GAAP measures and the reconciliations to those measures provided. Non-GAAP measures in this press release may be calculated in a way that is not comparable to similarly-titled measures reported by other companies.

 
AdvanSix Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
   
June 30, 2018 December 31, 2017
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 16,714 $ 55,432
Accounts and other receivables – net 155,724 196,003
Inventories – net 122,129 129,208
Other current assets 5,869   7,130  
Total current assets 300,436 387,773
 
Property, plant and equipment – net 619,267 612,612
Goodwill 15,005 15,005
Other assets 36,443   34,884  
Total assets $ 971,151   $ 1,050,274  
 
LIABILITIES
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 176,589 $ 227,711
Accrued liabilities 28,208 35,013
Income taxes payable 3,258 1
Deferred income and customer advances 2,425 17,194
Line of credit – short-term 18,300
Current portion of long-term debt   16,875  
Total current liabilities 228,780 296,794
 
Deferred income taxes 99,121 92,276
Line of credit – long-term 191,700
Long-term debt 248,339
Postretirement benefit obligations 29,212 33,396
Other liabilities 4,261   3,144  
Total liabilities 553,074 673,949
 
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

Common stock, par value $0.01; 200,000,000 shares authorized;
30,524,738 shares issued and 30,445,636 outstanding at June 30, 2018;
30,482,966 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2017

305 305

Preferred stock, par value $0.01; 50,000,000 shares authorized and 0
shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017

Treasury stock at par (79,102 shares at June 30, 2018; 0 shares at
December 31, 2017)

(1 )
Additional paid-in capital 264,849 263,081
Retained earnings 161,578 121,985
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (8,654 ) (9,046 )
Total stockholders' equity 418,077   376,325  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 971,151   $ 1,050,274  
 
 
AdvanSix Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
 
     

Three Months Ended
June 30,

     

Six Months Ended
June 30,

2018   2017 2018   2017
Sales $ 400,459 $ 361,441 $ 759,697 $ 738,145
 
Costs, expenses and other:
Costs of goods sold 342,958 299,298 664,278 613,193

Selling, general and administrative
expenses

17,919 18,095 37,132 34,865
Other non-operating expense (income), net 1,582   2,965   5,128   4,763
362,459 320,358 706,538 652,821
 
Income before taxes 38,000 41,083 53,159 85,324
Income taxes 9,590   15,317   13,156   32,265
Net income $ 28,410   $ 25,766   $ 40,003   $ 53,059
 
Earnings per common share
Basic $ 0.93 $ 0.85 $ 1.31 $ 1.74
Diluted $ 0.91 $ 0.83 $ 1.28 $ 1.71
 

Weighted average common shares
outstanding

Basic 30,481,627 30,482,966 30,485,095 30,482,966
Diluted 31,305,168 30,986,854 31,294,323 30,977,472
 
 
AdvanSix Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands)
 
     

Three Months Ended
June 30,

     

Six Months Ended
June 30,

2018   2017 2018   2017
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net income $ 28,410 $ 25,766 $ 40,003 $ 53,059

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

Depreciation and amortization 13,371 11,663 25,913 22,959
Loss on disposal of assets 1,025 655 1,336 1,189
Deferred income taxes 5,104 8,794 6,845 20,500
Stock based compensation 2,599 1,935 4,880 3,619
Accretion of deferred financing fees 109 148 1,589 296
Changes in assets and liabilities:
Accounts and other receivables 10,821 28,350 43,913 (7,945 )
Inventories 2,506 (19,450 ) 7,079 (2,509 )
Accounts payable (16,974 ) (13,981 ) (33,442 ) (14,157 )
Income taxes payable 2,441 (203 ) 3,257 4,949
Accrued liabilities 2,826 2,596 (6,805 ) (227 )
Deferred income and customer advances (14,701 ) (18,122 ) (14,769 ) (23,982 )
Other assets and liabilities (4,383 ) 1,435   (2,578 ) 3,041  
Net cash provided by operating activities 33,154   29,586   77,221   60,792  
 
Cash flows from investing activities:
Expenditures for property, plant and equipment (22,710 ) (14,571 ) (53,423 ) (47,785 )
Other investing activities (252 ) (3,941 ) (1,254 ) (4,062 )
Net cash used for investing activities (22,962 ) (18,512 ) (54,677 ) (51,847 )
 
Cash flows from financing activities:
Payment of long-term debt (266,625 )
Borrowings from line of credit 15,000 108,500 261,000 276,000
Payments of line of credit (35,000 ) (108,500 ) (51,000 ) (276,000 )
Payment of line of credit fees (1,362 )
Principal payments under capital lease (87 ) (28 ) (162 ) (70 )
Purchase of treasury shares (2,743 )   (3,113 )  
Net cash used for financing activities (22,830 ) (28 ) (61,262 ) (70 )
 
Net change in cash and cash equivalents (12,638 ) 11,046 (38,718 ) 8,875
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 29,352   12,028   55,432   14,199  
Cash and cash equivalents at the end of period $ 16,714   $ 23,074   $ 16,714   $ 23,074  
 
Supplemental non-cash investing activities:
Capital expenditures included in accounts payable $ 7,704 $ 16,980
 
AdvanSix Inc.
Non-GAAP Measures
(Dollars in thousands)
Reconciliation of Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities to Free Cash Flow
   

Three Months Ended
June 30,

Six Months Ended
June 30,

2018   2017 2018   2017
 
Net cash provided by operating activities $ 33,154 $ 29,586 $ 77,221 $ 60,792
Expenditures for property, plant and equipment (22,710 ) (14,571 ) (53,423 ) (47,785 )
Free cash flow (1) $ 10,444   $ 15,015   $ 23,798   $ 13,007  
 

(1) Free cash flow is a non-GAAP measure defined as Net cash provided by operating activities less Expenditures for property, plant
and equipment

The Company believes that this metric is useful to investors and management as a measure to evaluate our ability to generate cash flow from business operations and the impact that this cash flow has on our liquidity.
 
 

Reconciliation of Net Income to EBITDA

 
 

Three Months Ended
June 30,

 

Six Months Ended
June 30,

2018   2017 2018   2017
 
Net income $ 28,410 $ 25,766 $ 40,003 $ 53,059
Interest expense, net 1,598 1,873 4,688 3,412
Income taxes 9,590 15,317 13,156 32,265
Depreciation and amortization 13,371   11,663   25,913   22,959  
EBITDA (2) $ 52,969   $ 54,619   $ 83,760   $ 111,695  
 
Sales $ 400,459   $ 361,441   $ 759,697   $ 738,145  
EBITDA margin (3) 13.2 % 15.1 % 11.0 % 15.1 %
 
(2) EBITDA is a non-GAAP measure defined as Net Income before Interest, Income Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization
(3) EBITDA margin is defined as EBITDA divided by Sales
The Company believes these non-GAAP financial measures provide meaningful supplemental information as they are used by the Company’s management to evaluate the Company’s operating performance, enhance a reader’s understanding of the financial performance of the Company, and facilitate a better comparison among fiscal periods and performance relative to its competitors, as these non-GAAP measures exclude items that are not considered core to the Company’s operations.
 

Contacts

Media
Debra Lewis, 973-526-1767
debra.lewis@advansix.com
or
Investors
Adam Kressel, 973-526-1700
adam.kressel@advansix.com

Release Summary

AdvanSix Announces Second Quarter 2018 Financial Results

Contacts

Media
Debra Lewis, 973-526-1767
debra.lewis@advansix.com
or
Investors
Adam Kressel, 973-526-1700
adam.kressel@advansix.com