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Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc. Announces Third Quarter 2012 Results

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc. Announces Third Quarter 2012 Results16:18 EDT Wednesday, October 31, 2012HOUSTON, Oct. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc. (NYSE: KRA), a leading global producer of styrenic block copolymers, announces financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2012.2012 THIRD QUARTER OVERVIEWSales volume was 79.3 kilotons, compared to 77.6 kilotons in the third quarter 2011, an increase of  2.2% Sales revenue decreased $59.4 million in the third quarter 2012 compared to the third quarter 2011, primarily due to decreases in average selling prices of $36.2 million related to declines in raw material costs, primarily butadiene, and a  $25.0 million negative impact from changes in foreign currency exchange rates Gross profit was $42.8 million in the third quarter of 2012, compared to $101.5 million in the third quarter of 2011. Included in the period-over-period decline of $58.7 million, is a $69.7 million negative impact associated with the spread between FIFO and estimated current replacement cost (ECRC).  Net of the impact of this spread, gross profit at ECRC was $80.4 million in the third quarter of 2012, compared to $69.4 million in the third quarter of 2011 Adjusted EBITDA was $13.2 million in the third quarter of 2012 compared to $71.1 million in the third quarter of 2011. Included in the period-over-period decline of $57.9 million, is a $69.7 million negative impact associated with the spread between FIFO and ECRC.  Net of the impact of the spread, Adjusted EBITDA at ECRC was $50.8 million in the third quarter of 2012, compared to $39.0 million in the third quarter of 2011 Net income declined $58.6 million to a net loss of $15.5 million or $0.48 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2012 compared to net income of $43.1 million or $1.33 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2011 Cash provided by operating activities was approximately $33.5 million in the third quarter of 2012, compared to cash used in operating activities of $10.7 million in the third quarter of 2011.  For the nine months ended September 30, 2012, cash provided by operating activities was approximately $102.2 million, compared to cash provided by operating activities of $3.6 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2011"We believe our third quarter and year-to-date results demonstrate the effectiveness of our Price Right strategy, which in combination with our relentless innovation-driven sales focus, is yielding progress despite the disruptive impact of raw material price volatility thus far in 2012, and more recently, a marketplace that is clearly slowing globally.  Excluding the impact of raw material volatility, our  results in the third quarter 2012 were stronger  than in the third quarter 2011, as evidenced by Adjusted EBITDA at ECRC improving to $51 million in the third quarter of 2012 compared to $39 million in in the third quarter 2011.   Sales volume in the third quarter 2012 was up approximately 2 kilotons, or 2%, compared to the third quarter 2011, and similarly, our year-to-date sales volume is up 2% compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2011.  Additionally, operating activities in the third quarter 2012 provided strong cash flow of $33 million as compared to a use of $11 million in the third quarter 2011" said Kevin M. Fogarty, President and Chief Executive Officer.   "Our vitality index for the trailing twelve month period ended September 2012 was 13%, and we continue to see encouraging results for many of the innovation products such as HiMA and NEXAR? that were highlighted at our investor day in August," Fogarty said.  "Following continued delays associated with securing the environmental permit required for our proposed joint venture with Formosa, we did not renew the framework agreement upon its expiration on September 30, 2012, and we are now fully engaged in the evaluation of alternate sites in the Asia Pacific region, where we plan to build our 30 kiloton HSBC plant on a stand-alone basis.  We are confident that we have the liquidity and capability to construct the plant on a stand-alone basis, and we look forward to providing you with updates on project location and timeline in the near future." Three Months EndedSeptember 30,Nine Months EndedSeptember 30,(US $ in thousands, except per share amounts)2012201120122011Revenues$  342,635$  401,993$ 1,126,704$ 1,133,249Adjusted EBITDA(1) $    13,210$    71,063$    101,185$    201,280Adjusted EBITDA at ECRC (1)$    50,846$    38,975$    121,482$     98,337Net income (loss) (2)$  (15,499)$    43,093$      13,261$   111,947Net income (loss) per diluted share(2)$      (0.48)$       1.33$          0.41$         3.45Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities$   33,450$  (10,693)$   102,188$       3,550(1) A reconciliation Net Income (loss) to Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA at ECRC is included in the accompanying financial tables.(2) Net loss included impairment charges of approximately $3.5 million, net of tax, partially offset by a reduction to our storm related charges of $0.2 million, net of tax, which decreased our diluted earnings per share by $0.10 for the three months ended September 30, 2012. The impact of the change in our valuation allowance decreased our diluted earnings per share by $0.30 for the three months ended September 30, 2012 and increased our diluted earnings per share by $0.34 for the three months ended September 30, 2011. Net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 included charges of approximately $12.2 million, net of tax, associated with a property tax dispute in France, impairment charges, storm related charges, restructuring and related charges, and costs associated with our March 2012 debt offering, partially offset by $6.9 million, net of tax, associated with our settlement with LyondellBasell. These items, net of tax, decreased our diluted earnings per share by $0.16 for the nine months ended September 30, 2012. Net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2011 includes charges of approximately $9.8 million, net of tax, or $0.30 per diluted share, associated with restructuring and related charges, costs associated with debt refinancing, costs associated with a secondary public offering of our common stock and charges associated with evaluating acquisition transactions. The impact of the change in our valuation allowance decreased our diluted earnings per share by $0.29 for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 and increased our diluted earnings per share by $0.61 for the nine months ended September 30, 2011. 3Q 2012 VERSUS 3Q 2011 RESULTSSales revenue in the third quarter 2012 was $342.6 million, a decrease of approximately $59.4 million or 14.8% compared to the third quarter 2011.  The decrease was largely due to global product sales price decreases of $36.2 million associated with declines in monomer costs and a $25.0 million decrease associated with changes in foreign currency exchange rates, partially offset by a $1.6 million contribution from increased sales volume.  Sales volume in the third quarter 2012 was 79.3 kilotons, an increase of 2.2%, compared to the third quarter 2011.  Adjusted EBITDA in the third quarter 2012 was $13.2 million, or 3.9% of revenue, compared to $71.1 million, or 17.7% of revenue in the third quarter 2011.  Adjusted EBITDA at ECRC was $50.8 million, or 14.8% of revenue in the third quarter 2012, compared to $39.0 million, or 9.7% of revenue in the third quarter 2011. Our effective tax rate was a 9.6% benefit and a 7.4% expense for the three months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively.  For the three months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011, we increased our valuation allowance on deferred tax assets by $9.8 million and reduced our valuation allowance on deferred tax assets by $11.0 million, respectively.  Excluding the change in our valuation allowance, our effective tax rate would have been a 66.4% benefit and a 25.6% expense for the three months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively. Third quarter 2012 net loss was $15.5 million or $0.48 per diluted share, compared to the third quarter 2011 net income of $43.1 million or $1.33 per diluted share. Third quarter 2012 net loss per share includes a net $0.10 per share negative impact, primarily due to an impairment charge of approximately $3.5 million, net of tax. The impact of the change in our valuation allowance decreased our diluted earnings per share by $0.30 for the three months ended September 30, 2012 and increased our diluted earnings per share by $0.34 for the three months ended September 30, 2011.End Use Market Information Advanced MaterialsSales revenue decreased $8.6 million or 8.4% to $93.7 million for the three months ended September 30, 2012 from $102.3 million for the three months ended September 30, 2011. Changes in foreign currency exchange rates represented $4.0 million of the $8.6 million decline in sales revenue.  The balance of the decline in sales revenue was due to lower average selling prices associated with declines in raw material costs, primarily butadiene, which were partially offset by improved sales volume in more differentiated products, including innovation grades for PVC alternatives.Adhesives, Sealants and CoatingsSales revenue decreased $25.3 million or 17.8% to $116.5 million for the three months ended September 30, 2012 from $141.8 million for the three months ended September 30, 2011. Changes in foreign currency exchange rates accounted for $7.9 million of the $25.3 million decline in sales revenue.  The balance of the decline in sales revenue was due to lower volume and, to a lesser extent, lower average selling prices associated with declines in raw material costs, primarily butadiene.  The decline in sales volume was due to the timing of sales of lubricant additives, as sales volume for other applications in this end use increased compared to the third quarter of 2011. Within the innovation portfolio, third quarter 2012 sales volume increased compared to the third quarter 2011, primarily for printing plate applications.Paving and RoofingSales revenue decreased $22.2 million or 17.0% to $108.1 million for the three months ended September 30, 2012 from $130.3 million for the three months ended September 30, 2011. Changes in foreign currency exchange rates accounted for $10.9 million of the $22.2 million decline in sales revenue.  The balance of the decline in sales revenue was the result of lower average selling prices associated with declines in raw material costs, primarily butadiene, which were partially offset by increased sales volume.  Sales volume increased in all markets with the exception of North America, in which paving and, to a lesser extent, roofing sales volume declined year-on-year.  A portion of the growth in paving volume was in target growth markets in Asia and the Middle East.  Sales of our innovative highly modified asphalt (HiMA) volume increased in the third quarter of 2012 compared to the third quarter of 2011.      Cariflex?Sales revenue decreased $3.4 million or 12.3% to $24.2 million for the three months ended September 30, 2012 from $27.6 million for the three months ended September 30, 2011. Changes in foreign currency exchange rates accounted for $2.2 million of the $3.4 million decline in sales revenue.  The remaining $1.2 million decline was the result of lower sales volume, largely due to the timing of buying patterns by our customers, partially offset by higher average selling prices.  Even though the timing of customer purchases results in variation in Cariflex quarterly sales volume, for the nine months ended September 2012 sales volume is up approximately 6% compared to the first nine months of 2011.  CASH FLOWDuring the third quarter of 2012, net cash provided by operating activities was $33.5 million compared to net cash used in operating activities of $10.7 million in the third quarter of 2011.  Net capital expenditures in the third quarter 2012 were $19.6 million versus $13.5 million in the third quarter 2011.   In September 2012 the company made a voluntary prepayment of outstanding indebtedness under its term loan of $40.0 million.RECENT DEVELOPMENTSOur current view is that average monomer costs may decline slightly through year end, driven by lower butadiene prices. As such, we currently anticipate that our gross profit will be negatively impacted by the spread between FIFO and ECRC of approximately $5.0 million to $10.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. This estimate is based on numerous complex and interrelated assumptions with respect to monomer costs, and ending inventory levels in the fourth quarter and the actual charge may be significantly different based on fourth quarter results.We recently opted not to extend our previously announced framework agreement with Formosa Petrochemical Corporation ("FPCC") which expired, in accordance with its terms, on September 30, 2012. The expired agreement had governed the formation of a proposed 50/50 joint venture to build, own and operate a 30 kiloton HSBC plant at FPCC's petrochemical site in Mailiao, Taiwan. Progress on the HSBC joint venture project had been significantly delayed while FPCC waited initially for environmental permit approval, and subsequently while FPCC sought resolution regarding conditions on which the permit was finally approved in July, 2012. FPCC considered the conditions to be too restrictive and limiting on its overall operation in Mailiao, Taiwan.We are moving forward with a stand-alone HSBC expansion project in the Asia Pacific region. Locations in the region, including those in China, which were identified during our site selection process conducted in 2010 and early 2011, will be the primary areas of focus. We believe a significant amount of the engineering and design work conducted to date will be applicable to the alternate location. Presently, however, it is not possible to estimate with certainty either the project cost or the time-line for completion at an alternate stand-alone location.  However, the options under consideration are within existing industrial sites where we should have access to existing infrastructure and utilities, thus helping to control overall project expenditure. In the third quarter 2012, we incurred a pre-tax impairment charge of $3.4 million associated with the write-off of a portion of project costs associated with our joint venture efforts in Taiwan.USE OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURESThis earnings release includes the use of both GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures.  The non-GAAP financial measures are EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA at ECRC and Gross Profit at ECRC.  A table included in this earnings release reconciles each of these non-GAAP financial measures with the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure.We consider these non-GAAP financial measures 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 and/or that of other companies in our industry.  Further, management uses these measures to evaluate operating performance, and; our executive compensation plan bases incentive compensation payments on our Adjusted EBITDA performance.   These non-GAAP financial measures have limitations as analytical tools, and you should not consider them in isolation, or as a substitute for analysis of our results under GAAP in the United States.  For EBITDA, these limitations include:  EBITDA does not reflect our cash expenditures, or future requirements for capital expenditures or contractual commitments; EBITDA does not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, our working capital needs; EBITDA does not reflect the significant interest expense, or the cash requirements necessary to service interest or principal payments, on our debt; although depreciation and amortization are non-cash charges, the assets being depreciated and amortized will often have to be replaced in the future, and EBITDA does not reflect any cash requirements for such replacements; EBITDA calculations under the terms of our debt agreements may vary from EBITDA presented herein, and our presentation of EBITDA herein is not for purposes of assessing compliance or non-compliance with financial covenants under our credit agreement; and other companies in our industry may calculate EBITDA differently from how we do, limiting its usefulness as a comparative measure.  As an analytical tool, Adjusted EBITDA is subject to all the limitations applicable to EBITDA. In addition, we prepare Adjusted EBITDA by adjusting EBITDA to eliminate the impact of a number of items we do not consider indicative of our on-going performance, 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.  As an analytical tool, Adjusted EBITDA at ECRC is subject to all the limitations applicable to EBITDA, as well as the following limitations: due to volatility in raw material prices, Adjusted EBITDA at ECRC may, and often does, vary substantially from EBITDA and other performance measures, including net income calculated in accordance with  GAAP; and Adjusted EBITDA at ECRC may, and often will, vary significantly from EBITDA calculations under the terms of our debt agreements and should not be used for assessing compliance or non-compliance with financial covenants under our credit agreement. Because of these and other limitations, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and ECRC Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered as a measure of discretionary cash available to us to invest in the growth of our business.  Finally, as a measure of our performance, Gross Profit at ECRC is limited because it often varies substantially from gross profit calculated in accordance with GAAP because of volatility in raw material prices.CONFERENCE CALL AND WEBCAST INFORMATIONKraton has scheduled a conference call on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. (Eastern Time) to discuss third quarter 2012 financial results. Kraton invites you to listen to the conference call, which will be broadcast live over the internet 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: Earnings Call."  U.S./Canada dial-in #: 888-989-5214.  International dial-in #: 517-308-9285.For those unable to listen to the live call, a replay will be available beginning at approximately 11:00 a.m. (Eastern Time) on November 1, 2012 through 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on November 15, 2012. 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 866-349-4505 and International callers dial 203-369-0029.ABOUT KRATONKraton Performance Polymers, Inc., through its operating subsidiary Kraton Polymers LLC and its subsidiaries (collectively, "Kraton"), is a leading global producer of engineered polymers and one of the world's largest producers of styrenic block copolymers (SBCs), a family of products whose chemistry was pioneered by Kraton almost 50 years ago. 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, roofing and footwear products. The company offers products to more than 800 customers in over 60 countries worldwide.. We manufacture products at five plants globally, including our flagship plant in Belpre, Ohio, which we believe is the most diversified SBC plant in the world, as well as plants in Germany, France, Brazil and Japan. The plant in Japan is operated by an unconsolidated manufacturing joint venture. For more information on the company, please visit www.kraton.com.Kraton, the Kraton logo and design, and the "Giving Innovators their Edge" tagline are all trademarks of Kraton Polymers LLC. FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTSThis press release includes forward-looking statements 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," "estimates," "expects," "projects," "may," "intends," "plans" or "anticipates," or by discussions of strategy, plans or intentions, including statements regarding our plans and ability to expand HSBC capacity in Asia, projected gross profit impact and FIFO to ECRC spreads and expectations regarding monomer pricing. 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 and other important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties are more fully described in in our latest Annual Report on Form 10-K, as subsequently amended on March 8, 2012, including but not limited to "Part I, Item 1A. Risk Factors" and "Part I, Item 7. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" therein, and in our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and include, but are not limited to, risks related to: conditions in the global economy and capital markets; declines in raw material costs; our reliance on LyondellBasell Industries for the provision of significant operating and other services; the failure of our raw materials suppliers to perform their obligations under long-term supply agreements, or our inability to replace or renew these agreements when they expire; limitations in the availability of raw materials we need to produce our products in the amounts or at the prices necessary for us to effectively and profitably operate our business; competition in our end-use markets, from other producers of SBCs and from producers of products that can be substituted for our products; our ability to produce and commercialize technological innovations; our ability to protect our intellectual property, on which our business is substantially dependent; the possibility that our products infringe on the intellectual property rights of others; significant fluctuation  in raw material costs may result in volatility in our quarterly results; seasonality in our business, particularly for Paving and Roofing end uses; our substantial indebtedness, which could adversely affect our financial condition and prevent us from fulfilling our obligations under the senior secured credit agreement and the senior notes;  financial and operating constraints related to our indebtedness; the inherently hazardous nature of chemical manufacturing; product liability claims and other lawsuits arising from environmental damage, personal injuries or other damage associated with chemical manufacturing; political, economic and local business risks in the various countries in which we operate; health, safety and environmental laws, including laws that govern our employees' exposure to chemicals deemed harmful to humans; regulation of our company or our customers, which could affect the demand for our products or result in increased compliance costs; customs, international trade, export control, antitrust, zoning and occupancy and labor and employment laws that could require us to modify our current business practices and incur increased costs; fluctuations in currency exchange rates; our plan to expand hydrogenated styrenic block copolymer capacity in Asia on a stand-alone basis; our relationship with our employees; loss of key personnel or our inability to attract and retain new qualified personnel; the fact that we typically do not enter into long-term contracts with our customers; a decrease in the fair value of our pension assets, which could require us to materially increase future funding of the pension plan; Delaware law and some provisions of our organizational documents make a takeover of our company more difficult; our expectation that we will not pay dividends for the foreseeable future; our status as a holding company dependent on dividends from our subsidiaries; other risks, factors and uncertainties described in this press release and our other reports and documents; and other factors of which we are currently unaware or deem immaterial.  Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and we assume no obligation to update such information in light of new information or future events.  Further information concerning issues that could materially affect financial performance related to forward-looking statements can be found in Kraton's periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.   KRATON PERFORMANCE POLYMERS, INC. CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited)(In thousands, except per share data) Three months endedSeptember 30,Nine months endedSeptember  30,2012201120122011Sales revenue$      342,635$      401,993$   1,126,704$   1,133,249Cost of goods sold299,882300,539934,952836,549Gross profit42,753101,454191,752296,700Operating expenses:Research and development7,4016,70322,95720,271Selling, general and administrative23,44725,83876,22380,921Depreciation and amortization16,10916,68947,84346,919Impairment of long-lived assets5,43405,4340Total operating expenses52,39149,230152,457148,111Loss on extinguishment of debt0002,985Earnings (loss) of unconsolidated joint venture133595433(144)Interest expense, net7,6346,28822,10623,384Income (loss) before income taxes(17,139)46,53117,622122,076Income tax expense (benefit)(1,640)3,4384,36110,129Net income (loss)$     (15,499)$        43,093$        13,261$      111,947Earnings (loss) per common share:Basic$         (0.48)$            1.34$            0.41$            3.51Diluted$         (0.48)$            1.33$            0.41$            3.45Weighted average common shares outstanding:Basic31,94331,88031,92731,750Diluted31,94332,21532,20232,253   KRATON PERFORMANCE POLYMERS, INC. CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS(Unaudited) (In thousands, except par value) September 30,2012December 31,2011ASSETSCurrent assets:Cash and cash equivalents$          202,271$            88,579Receivables, net of allowances of $496 and $549164,550142,696Inventories of products339,081394,796Inventories of materials and supplies10,1939,996Deferred income taxes9,6392,140Other current assets27,88327,328Total current assets753,617665,535Property, plant and equipment, less accumulated depreciation of $318,755 and $281,442365,548372,973Identifiable intangible assets, less accumulated amortization of $65,273 and $58,53061,69366,184Investment in unconsolidated joint venture13,29313,350Debt issuance costs11,62411,106Deferred income taxes7,1370Other long-term assets24,68624,608Total assets$       1,237,598$       1,153,756LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITYCurrent liabilities:Current portion of long-term debt$                     0$              7,500Accounts payable-trade95,38088,026Other payables and accruals38,66251,253Due to related party21,51414,311Deferred income taxes6090Total current liabilities156,165161,090Long-term debt, net of current portion448,053385,000Deferred income taxes12,8866,214Other long-term liabilities88,89483,658Total liabilities705,998635,962Stockholders' equity:Preferred stock, $0.01 par value; 100,000 shares authorized; none issuedCommon stock, $0.01 par value; 500,000 shares authorized; 32,276 shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2012; 32,092 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2011323321Additional paid in capital353,518347,455Retained earnings200,897187,636Accumulated other comprehensive loss(23,138)(17,618)Total stockholders' equity531,600517,794Total liabilities and stockholders' equity$       1,237,598$       1,153,756KRATON PERFORMANCE POLYMERS, INCCONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS(Unaudited)(In thousands) Nine months endedSeptember 30,20122011CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIESNet income$         13,261$       111,947Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:Depreciation and amortization47,84346,919Amortization of debt premium(72)0Amortization of debt issuance costs2,2356,067Loss on property, plant and equipment41528Impairment of long-lived assets5,4340Loss on extinguishment of debt02,985(Earnings) loss from unconsolidated joint venture, net of dividends received(33)660Deferred income tax expense (benefit)(6,172)4,585Share-based compensation5,2454,196Decrease (increase) in:Accounts receivable(23,059)(42,637 )Inventories of products, materials and supplies53,056(108,423)Other assets(721)(1,337)Increase (decrease) in:Accounts payable-trade7,909(2,941)Other payables and accruals(8,768)(8,417)Other long-term liabilities(1,554)(4,081)Due to related party7,169(6,001)Net cash provided by operating activities102,1883,550CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIESPurchase of property, plant and equipment, net of proceeds from sales(42,436)(46,720 )Purchase of software(1,789 )(2,968 )Settlement of net investment hedge1,6480Net cash used in investing activities(42,577 )(49,688)CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIESProceeds from debt101,250400,000Repayments of debt(45,626)(391,285 )Proceeds from the exercise of stock options8208,271Proceeds from insurance note payable04,734Repayment of insurance note payable0(4,734 )Debt issuance costs(3,156)(15,231)Net cash provided by financing activities53,2881,755Effect of exchange rate differences on cash793(2,819)Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents113,692(47,202)Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period88,57992,750Cash and cash equivalents, end of period$       202,271$         45,548Supplemental disclosures:Cash paid during the period for income taxes, net of refunds received$         12,695$           6,043Cash paid during the period for interest, net of capitalized interest$         23,854$         21,611   KRATON PERFORMANCE POLYMERS, INC.RECONCILIATION OF NET INCOME (LOSS) TO EBITDA, ADJUSTED EBITDA AND ADJUSTED EBITDA AT ECRC(In thousands) We reconcile net income (loss) to EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA at ECRC as follows:  Three months endedSeptember 30,Nine months endedSeptember 30,2012201120122011(in thousands)(in thousands)Net income (loss)$       (15,499)$        43,093$          13,261$        111,947Add:Interest expense, net7,6346,28822,10623,384Income tax expense (benefit)(1,640)3,4384,36110,129Depreciation and amortization expenses16,10916,68947,84346,919EBITDA$          6,604$        69,508$          87,571$        192,379Add (deduct):Settlement gain (a)00(6,819)0Property tax dispute (b)006,2110Storm related charges (c)(336)02,4810Restructuring and related costs (d)03081,0621,720Non-cash compensation expense1,5081,2475,2454,196Impairment of long-lived assets (e)5,43405,4340Loss on extinguishment of debt (f)0002,985      Adjusted EBITDA13,21071,063101,185201,280Add (deduct):Spread between FIFO and ECRC37,636(32,088)20,297(102,943)Adjusted EBITDA at ECRC(g)$        50,846$        38,975$        121,482$          98,337(a) Reflects the benefit of the LBI settlement, which is recorded in cost of goods sold. (b) Reflects the charge associated with the resolution of the property tax dispute in France, of which $5,646 is recorded in cost of goods sold and $565 is recorded in selling, general, and administrative expenses.(c) Reflects the storm related charge at our Belpre, Ohio facility, which is recorded in cost of goods sold.(d) Includes charges related to severance expenses, fees associated with the public offering of our senior notes, secondary public offering of our common stock, consulting fees, and charges associated with evaluating acquisition transactions.(e) Reflects the impairment of long-lived assets, of which $3.4 million and $2.0 million were associated with the HSBC facility and other long-term assets, respectively. (f) Reflects the loss on extinguishment of debt arising from the 2011 refinancing.(g) Adjusted EBITDA at estimated current replacement cost (ECRC) is Adjusted EBITDA net of the impact of the spread between the FIFO basis of accounting and ECRC. Although we report our financial results using the FIFO basis of accounting, as part of our pricing strategy, we measure our business performance using the estimated current replacement cost of our inventory and cost of goods sold. In addition, volatility in the cost of raw materials affects our results of operations and the period-over-period comparability of our results of operations. Therefore, we provide the spread between FIFO and ECRC, and we present Adjusted EBITDA at ECRC as another supplemental measure of our performance. We believe this additional adjustment provides helpful information to investors, securities analysts and other interested parties in evaluating period-over-period comparisons of our performance.    KRATON PERFORMANCE POLYMERS, INCRECONCILIATION OF GROSS PROFIT TO GROSS PROFIT AT ECRC(In thousands) We reconcile Gross Profit to Gross Profit at ECRC as follows: Three months endedSeptember 30,Nine months endedSeptember  30,2012201120122011(in thousands)(in thousands)Gross profit$        42,753$      101,454$        191,752$        296,700Add (deduct):Spread between FIFO and ECRC37,636(32,088)20,297(102,943)Gross profit at ECRC (a)$        80,389$        69,366$        212,049$        193,757(a) Gross Profit at ECRC is gross profit net of the impact of the spread between the FIFO basis of accounting and ECRC. Although we report our financial results using the FIFO basis of accounting, as part of our pricing strategy, we measure our business performance using the estimated current replacement cost of our inventory and cost of goods sold. In addition, volatility in the cost of raw materials affects our results of operations and the period-over-period comparability of our results of operations. Therefore, we provide Gross Profit at ECRC as another supplemental measure of our performance. We believe this adjustment provides helpful information to investors, securities analysts and other interested parties in the evaluating period-over-period comparisons of our performance. As a measure of our performance, Gross Profit at ECRC is limited because it often varies substantially from gross profit calculated in accordance with US GAAP because of volatility in raw material prices. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100728/DA42514LOGO)For Further Information:Investors: H. Gene Shiels 281-504-4886SOURCE Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc.