Parsippany, N.J., February 18, 2022 – AdvanSix (NYSE: ASIX) today announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ending December 31, 2021. In 2021, the Company generated record annual sales, earnings and cash flow as a public company reflecting strong execution amid improving end market demand and tight industry supply conditions. The Company also announced it has agreed to acquire U.S. Amines in an all-cash transaction for an estimated net purchase price of approximately $100 million. U.S. Amines is a leading North American producer of alkyl and specialty amines serving high- value end markets such as agrochemicals and pharmaceuticals.
Full Year 2021 Summary
- Sales up approximately 45% versus prior year driven by 20% favorable impact of market-based pricing, 18% higher raw material pass-through pricing and 7% higher volume
- Net Income of $139.8 million, an increase of $93.7 million versus the prior year
- EBITDA of $255.5 million, an increase of $131.8 million versus the prior year
- EBITDA Margin of 15.2%, up 450 bps versus the prior year
- Cash Flow from Operations of $218.8 million, an increase of $107.0 million versus the prior year
- Capital Expenditures of $56.8 million, a decrease of $26.1 million versus the prior year
- Free Cash Flow of $162.0 million, an increase of $133.1 million versus the prior year
Summary full year 2021 financial results for the Company are included below:
“In 2021, we once again differentiated our performance by delivering outstanding results and supporting our customers, all while continuing to successfully navigate the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, significant industry supply chain disruptions, and an inflationary cost environment,” said Erin Kane, president and CEO of AdvanSix. “We achieved a post-spin record annual EBITDA and Free Cash Flow, executed our first acquisition, initiated a quarterly dividend, entered into a new revolving credit facility and significantly reduced our debt levels to provide optionality for further value creation. Our strong results reflect the resilience and strength of our execution and business model as well as our leadership positions across our diverse product portfolio.”
Fourth Quarter 2021 Summary
- Sales up approximately 25% versus prior year driven by 25% favorable impact of market-based pricing and 12% higher raw material pass-through pricing, partially offset by 12% lower volume
- Net Income of $23.6 million, a decrease of $3.2 million versus the prior year
- EBITDA of $49.3 million, an increase of $0.8 million versus the prior year including an approximately $16 million net unfavorable impact of planned plant turnarounds year-over-year
- Cash Flow from Operations of $33.3 million, a decrease of $14.4 million versus the prior year
- Capital Expenditures of $19.3 million, an increase of $4.0 million versus the prior year
- Free Cash Flow of $14.0 million, a decrease of $18.4 million versus the prior year
Summary fourth quarter 2021 financial results for the Company are included below:
Sales of $424.1 million in the quarter increased approximately 25% versus the prior year. Market-based pricing was favorable by 25% compared to the prior year driven by higher pricing across our ammonium sulfate and nylon product lines. Raw material pass-through pricing was favorable by 12% following a net cost increase in benzene and propylene (inputs to cumene which is a key feedstock to our products). Sales volume in the quarter decreased approximately 12% driven primarily by the impact of the planned plant turnaround in the fourth quarter of 2021 as well as robust operational performance in the prior year period.
Sales by product line and approximate percentage of total sales are included below:
EBITDA of $49.3 million in the quarter increased $0.8 million versus the prior year primarily due to higher market-based pricing, net of increased raw material costs, partially offset by approximately $16 million net unfavorable impact of planned plant turnarounds year-over-year and lower production volume.
Earnings per share of $0.80 decreased $0.14 versus the prior year driven by a higher effective tax rate in the quarter versus the prior year primarily due to an approximately $3.8 million energy tax credit associated with our natural gas boilers investment in the prior year period, which more than offset the factors discussed above.
Cash flow from operations of $33.3 million in the quarter decreased $14.4 million versus the prior year primarily due to the unfavorable impact of changes in working capital and lower net income. This includes the strategic absence of our typical ammonium sulfate pre-buy cash advances in the fourth quarter of 2021 reflecting the dynamic raw material and end market environment. Capital expenditures of $19.3 million in the quarter increased $4.0 million versus the prior year.
The Company’s Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.125 per share on the Company’s common stock, payable on March 15, 2022 to stockholders of record as of the close of business on March 1, 2022.
Agreement to Acquire U.S. Amines
According to the terms of the agreement, the Company will acquire U.S. Amines in an all-cash transaction for an estimated net purchase price of approximately $100 million. The acquisition is expected to close in the first quarter of 2022, subject to customary closing conditions, and is expected to be accretive to 2022 earnings.
Aligned to our M&A framework, our strategic rationale to acquire U.S. Amines includes:
- Value chain integration – enhances advantaged position through internal supply of products and raw materials
- Platform for broader expansion – unique platform in agrochemicals space and supports further penetration into high-value applications (electronics, pharmaceuticals, water treatment)
- Leverages AdvanSix core strengths – complementary business model with long-tenured customer relationships and formula pricing mechanisms; Operational excellence to enable sales synergies and unlock incremental value
- Strengthens North America position – adjacent to both our ammonium sulfate adjuvant and solvent businesses with ability to leverage regional scale
- Bolt-on, robust cash and margin profile – strong free cash flow conversion and margins accretive to Intermediates portfolio
“U.S. Amines is a complementary and cohesive fit with our existing portfolio and supports further penetration in high-value end markets and applications. We will leverage our core strengths across its unique manufacturing capabilities to enable sales synergies and unlock incremental value. We see robust opportunities for incremental growth through increased utilization of assets, new market opportunities and high-return organic investments,” said Kane.
“The transaction will have minimal impact to our debt leverage and we are confident in our ability to attain strong returns. Today’s announcement marks another step as we evolve and enhance our capital allocation strategy to support sustainable and robust shareholder returns over the long-term. We are eager to welcome the U.S. Amines team to AdvanSix and look forward to their contributions to our continued growth,” added Kane.
U.S. Amines employs approximately 50 people in the United States at manufacturing locations in Bucks, AL and Portsmouth, VA. Estimated 2022 revenue for the business is approximately $70 million.
- Targeting significant earnings growth in 2022 supported by expected strong execution and robust ammonium sulfate fertilizer performance
- Expect strong North America demand for nylon and chemical intermediates to continue
- Successful integration of U.S. Amines expected to deliver year one earnings accretion
- Continue to expect Capital Expenditures to be $95 to $105 million in 2022 reflecting scope of planned plant turnarounds and timing of project execution
- Expect pre-tax income impact of planned plant turnarounds to be approximately $33 to $38 million in 2022
“2022 is shaping up to be another exciting year for AdvanSix. We are targeting significant earnings growth as we continue to execute on our strategic priorities including superior operational excellence, differentiated product growth and being strong and disciplined stewards of capital. Demand is expected to remain strong across our nylon and chemical intermediates product lines and we are in the midst of the strongest fertilizer environment that we’ve seen in over a decade. We are gaining momentum for our next chapter and remain confident that AdvanSix is well positioned to deliver robust performance and returns over the long-term,” concluded 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 fourth quarter 2021 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 February 18 until 12 noon ET on February 25 by dialing (877) 344-7529 (domestic) or (412) 317-0088 (international). The access code is 3624672.
AdvanSix plays a critical role in global supply chains, innovating and delivering essential products for our customers in a wide variety of end markets and applications that touch people’s lives, such as building and construction, fertilizers, plastics, solvents, packaging, paints, coatings, adhesives and electronics. Our reliable and sustainable supply of quality products emerges from the vertically integrated value chain of our three U.S.-based manufacturing facilities. AdvanSix strives to deliver best-in-class customer experiences and differentiated products in the industries of nylon solutions, chemical intermediates, and plant nutrients, guided by our core values of Safety, Integrity, Accountability and Respect. More information on AdvanSix can be found at https://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 such as “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “outlook,” “project,” “strategy,” “intend,” “plan,” “target,” “goal,” “may,” “will,” “should” and “believe” and other variations or similar terminology and expressions. Although we believe forward-looking statements are based upon reasonable assumptions, such statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are beyond our control and difficult to predict, 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, including the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and any resurgences; the scope, shape and pace of recovery of the pandemic; the timing of the distribution and efficacy of vaccines or treatments for COVID-19 that are currently available or may be available in the future and related vaccination rates; the severity and transmissibility of newly identified strains of COVID-19; governmental, business and individuals’ actions in response to the pandemic, including our business continuity and cash optimization plans that have been, and may in the future be, implemented; the impact of social and economic restrictions and other containment measures taken to combat virus transmission; the effect on our customers’ demand for our products and our suppliers’ ability to manufacture and deliver our raw materials, including implications of reduced refinery utilization in the U.S.; our ability to sell and provide our goods and services, including as a result of travel and other COVID-19-related restrictions; the ability of our customers to pay for our products; and any closures of our and our customers’ offices and facilities; risks associated with increased phishing, compromised business emails and other cybersecurity attacks and disruptions to our technology infrastructure; risks associated with employees working remotely or operating with a reduced workforce; risks associated with our indebtedness including compliance with financial and restrictive covenants, and our ability to access capital on reasonable terms, at a reasonable cost or at all due to economic conditions resulting from COVID-19 or otherwise; the failure to satisfy conditions to the acquisition of U.S. Amines on the proposed terms and within the proposed timeframe, the inability to realize the anticipated benefits of the transaction in amounts or in the timeframe anticipated, and the costs or difficulties relating to integration matters and material adverse changes to anticipated operations or earnings; 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, natural disasters and pandemics; price fluctuations, cost increases and supply of raw materials; our operations and growth projects requiring substantial capital; growth rates and cyclicality of the industries we serve including global changes in supply and demand; 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, storage 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 or otherwise; cybersecurity, data privacy incidents and disruptions to our technology infrastructure; failure to maintain effective internal controls; our ability to declare and pay quarterly cash dividends and the amounts and timing of any future dividends; our ability to repurchase our common stock and the amount and timing of any future repurchases; disruptions in supply chain, transportation and logistics; potential for uncertainty regarding qualification for tax treatment of our spin-off; fluctuations in our stock price; and 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 (SEC), including the risk factors in Part 1, Item 1A of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020, as updated in subsequent reports filed with the SEC.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
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