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THE WOODLANDS, Texas, Feb. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --

Full Year 2019 and Fourth Quarter Highlights

  • 2019 net income of $598 million compared to $650 million in the prior year period; 2019 diluted earnings per share of $2.44 compared to $1.39 in the prior year period.
  • 2019 adjusted net income of $353 million compared to $642 million in the prior year period; 2019 adjusted diluted earnings per share of $1.53 compared to $2.66 in the prior year period.
  • 2019 adjusted EBITDA $846 million compared to $1,161 million in the prior year
  • Fourth quarter 2019 net income of $308 million compared to a net loss of $315 million in the prior year period; fourth quarter 2019 diluted earnings per share of $1.34 compared to a loss per share of $1.43 in the prior year period.
  • Fourth quarter 2019 adjusted net income of $65 million compared to $90 million in the prior year period; fourth quarter 2019 adjusted diluted earnings per share of $0.29 compared to $0.38 in the prior year period.
  • Fourth quarter 2019 adjusted EBITDA of $182 million compared to $207 million in the prior year period.
  • 2019 net cash provided by operating activities from continuing operations of $656 million. 2019 free cash flow from continuing operations was $389 million.
  • Balance sheet remains strong with total Company net debt leverage of 1.7x; proforma net debt leverage for the proceeds from the Chemical Intermediates and Surfactants sale that closed on January 3, 2020 is 0.4x.
  • 2019 share repurchases of approximately 10.1 million shares for approximately $208 million.
  • Previously announced acquisition of Icynene-Lapolla, a spray polyurethane foam business, is now on track to close in the first quarter of 2020.

 



Three months ended


Twelve months ended



December 31,


December 31,

In millions, except per share amounts


2019


2018


2019


2018










Revenues


$    1,657


$    1,821


$    6,797


$    7,604










Net income (loss)


$       308


$      (315)


$       598


$       650

Adjusted net income(1)


$         65


$          90


$       353


$       642










Diluted income (loss) per share


$      1.34


$     (1.43)


$      2.44


$      1.39

Adjusted diluted income per share(1)


$      0.29


$      0.38


$      1.53


$      2.66










Adjusted EBITDA(1)


$       182


$       207


$       846


$     1,161










Net cash provided by operating activities from continuing operations


$       222


$       258


$       656


$       704

Free cash flow from continuing operations(2)


$       131


$       154


$       389


$       454










See end of press release for footnote explanations and reconciliations of non-GAAP measures.

Huntsman Corporation (NYSE: HUN) today reported fourth quarter 2019 results with revenues of $1,657 million, net income of $308 million, adjusted net income of $65 million and adjusted EBITDA of $182 million

Peter R. Huntsman, Chairman, President and CEO, commented:

"2019 was a memorable year for Huntsman with several milestones achieved that significantly strengthened the Company for years to come.  The biggest milestone was the $2 billion divestiture of our Chemical Intermediates and Surfactants businesses, which significantly reduces our upstream footprint.  The proceeds from this sale have further fortified our investment grade balance sheet and enhances our ability to focus on and grow our core downstream businesses.  Additionally, we acquired the remaining 50% investment in our Maleic Anhydride joint venture from Sasol, we opened a new polyurethanes system house in Dubai, and in early December we announced the agreement to acquire Icynene-Lapolla which will double the size of our existing high growth spray foam business.  We remained balanced in our capital allocation by repurchasing over $200 million in stock and paying $150 million in dividends to our shareholders.  Lastly, in the beginning of 2019 we achieved our long-term goal to earn an investment grade rating.     

"Heading into 2020 we remain focused on what we can control, which will include investing both organically and through acquisitions into our downstream and specialty platforms, and being balanced in our approach to capital allocation, including maintaining a competitive dividend and ongoing opportunistic share repurchases.  The economic headwinds remain as we enter the year making earnings growth more of a challenge.  However, with our strengthened balance sheet and strong downstream platforms for further growth, I see far more opportunities than challenges before us as we pursue multiple opportunities to create further shareholder value."

Segment Analysis for 4Q19 Compared to 4Q18

Polyurethanes

The decrease in revenue in our Polyurethanes segment for the three months ended December 31, 2019 compared to the same period in 2018 was primarily due to lower MDI average selling prices, partially offset by higher sales volumes.  MDI average selling prices decreased primarily due to a decline in component MDI selling prices in China and Europe.  MDI sales volumes increased primarily due to higher demand across most major markets.  The decrease in segment adjusted EBITDA was primarily due to lower MDI margins driven by lower MDI pricing partially offset with higher MDI sales volumes. 

Performance Products

Revenues in our Performance Products segment for the three months ended December 31, 2019 compared to the same period in 2018 were lower as a result of lower sales volumes and lower average selling prices.  Sales volumes decreased largely due to weakened market conditions. Average selling prices decreased primarily due to weaker market conditions across several of our derivatives businesses and in response to lower raw material costs. The increase in adjusted EBITDA was largely due to lower fixed costs and increased earnings from acquiring the remaining interest in our German maleic joint venture.

Advanced Materials

The decrease in revenues in our Advanced Materials segment for the three months ended December 31, 2019 compared to the same period in 2018 was due to lower sales volumes and lower average selling prices. Sales volumes decreased across most markets primarily due to economic slowdown and customer destocking. Average selling prices decreased primarily due to the impact of a stronger U.S. dollar against major international currencies as local currency selling prices were essentially unchanged. Segment adjusted EBITDA decreased due to lower sales volumes.

Textile Effects

The decrease in revenues in our Textile Effects segment for the three months ended December 31, 2019 compared to the same period in 2018 was primarily due to lower average selling prices and lower sales volume.  Average selling prices decreased in line with market pricing and the impact of a stronger U.S. dollar against major international currencies.  Sales volumes decreased due to weaker demand across the industry from market uncertainties surrounding the trade war.  The decrease in adjusted EBITDA was primarily due to lower average selling prices and lower sales volumes, partially offset by lower fixed costs.

Corporate, LIFO and other

For the three months ended December 31, 2019, adjusted EBITDA from Corporate and other for Huntsman Corporation decreased by $1 million to a loss of $43 million from a loss of $42 million for the same period of 2018.

Liquidity, Capital Resources and Outstanding Debt

During the three months ended December 31, 2019, our free cash flow from continuing operations was $131 million compared to $154 million in the prior year period.  As of December 31, 2019, we had $1,684 million of combined cash and unused borrowing capacity.

During the three months ended December 31, 2019, we spent $93 million on capital expenditures compared to $103 million in the same period of 2018.  In 2020, we expect to spend approximately $300 million to $325 million on capital expenditures, which includes approximately $80 million for our new MDI splitter at our facility in Geismar, Louisiana.

During the three months ended December 31, 2019, we spent approximately $12 million to repurchase approximately 0.5 million shares.  As of the end of the fourth quarter 2019, we have approximately $516 million remaining on our existing $1 billion multiyear share repurchase program. 

Income Taxes

In the fourth quarter 2019, our adjusted effective tax rate was 25%. We expect our forward adjusted effective tax rate will be approximately 22% - 24%. 

Earnings Conference Call Information

We will hold a conference call to discuss our fourth quarter 2019 financial results on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. ET.

Webcast link:  https://78449.themediaframe.com/dataconf/productusers/hun/mediaframe/34153/indexl.html

Participant dial-in numbers:

Domestic callers: 

(877) 402-8037

International callers:

(201) 378-4913

The conference call will be accompanied by presentation slides that will be accessible via the webcast link and Huntsman's investor relations website, ir.huntsman.com. Upon conclusion of the call, the webcast replay will be accessible via Huntsman's website.

Upcoming Conferences
During the first quarter 2020 a member of management is expected to present at: 
Alembic Global Deer Valley Conference February 27 and 28, 2020

A webcast of the presentation, if applicable, along with accompanying materials will be available at ir.huntsman.com.

 

Table 1 -- Results of Operations












Three months ended


Twelve months ended



December 31,


December 31,

In millions, except per share amounts


2019


2018


2019


2018










Revenues


$     1,657


$     1,821


$     6,797


$     7,604

Cost of goods sold


1,347


1,469


5,415


5,840

Gross profit


310


352


1,382


1,764

Operating expenses


259


231


954


942

Restructuring, impairment and plant closing costs (credits) 


1


(15)


(41)


(7)

Merger costs


-


-


-


2

Operating income


50


136


469


827

Interest expense


(25)


(29)


(111)


(115)

Equity in income of investment in unconsolidated affiliates


13


10


54


55

Fair value adjustments to Venator investment


72


(62)


(18)


(62)

Loss on early extinguishment of debt


-


-


(23)


(3)

Other income, net


4


10


20


32

Income from continuing operations before income taxes


114


65


391


734

Income tax benefit (expense)


151


(4)


38


(45)

Income from continuing operations


265


61


429


689

Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax(3)


43


(376)


169


(39)

Net income (loss)


308


(315)


598


650

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests, net of tax


(5)


(25)


(36)


(313)

Net income (loss) attributable to Huntsman Corporation


$       303


$      (340)


$       562


$       337










Adjusted EBITDA(1)


$       182


$       207


$       846


$    1,161

Adjusted net income(1)


$         65


$         90


$       353


$       642










Basic income (loss) per share


$      1.35


$     (1.45)


$      2.46


$      1.42

Diluted income (loss) per share


$      1.34


$     (1.43)


$      2.44


$      1.39

Adjusted diluted income per share(1)


$      0.29


$      0.38


$      1.53


$      2.66










Common share information:









Basic weighted average shares


225


235


229


238

Diluted weighted average shares


227


237


231


242










See end of press release for footnote explanations.

 

Table 2 -- Results of Operations by Segment
















Three months ended




Twelve months ended





December 31,


Better /


December 31,


Better /

In millions


2019


2018


(Worse)


2019


2018


(Worse)














Segment Revenues:













Polyurethanes


$       980


$     1,014


(3%)


$     3,911


$     4,282


(9%)

Performance Products


278


310


(10%)


1,158


1,301


(11%)

Advanced Materials


241


266


(9%)


1,044


1,116


(6%)

Textile Effects


180


193


(7%)


763


824


(7%)

Corporate and Eliminations


(22)


38


n/m


(79)


81


n/m














Total


$     1,657


$     1,821


(9%)


$     6,797


$     7,604


(11%)














Segment Adjusted EBITDA(1):













Polyurethanes


$       122


$       141


(13%)


$       548


$       809


(32%)

Performance Products


43


39


10%


168


197


(15%)

Advanced Materials


42


48


(13%)


201


225


(11%)

Textile Effects


18


21


(14%)


84


101


(17%)

Corporate, LIFO and other


(43)


(42)


(2%)


(155)


(171)


9%














Total


$       182


$       207


(12%)


$       846


$     1,161


(27%)


n/m = not meaningful


See end of press release for footnote explanations.

 

Table 3 -- Factors Impacting Sales Revenue



























Three months ended




December 31, 2019 vs. 2018




Average Selling Price(a)










Local


Exchange


Sales Mix


Sales






Currency


Rate


& Other


Volume(b)


Total














Polyurethanes


(11%)


(1%)


5%


4%


(3%)














Performance Products


(5%)


(1%)


1%


(5%)


(10%)














Advanced Materials


0%


(2%)


2%


(9%)


(9%)














Textile Effects


(5%)


(1%)


0%


(1%)


(7%)




























Twelve months ended




December 31, 2019 vs. 2018




Average Selling Price(a)










Local


Exchange


Sales Mix


Sales






Currency


Rate


& Other


Volume(b)


Total














Polyurethanes


(13%)


(2%)


1%


5%


(9%)


Polyurethanes, adj


(12%)


(2%)


1%


3%


(10%)

(c) 













Performance Products


(2%)


(2%)


1%


(8%)


(11%)














Advanced Materials


2%


(3%)


2%


(7%)


(6%)














Textile Effects


4%


(3%)


0%


(8%)


(7%)


























(a)

Excludes sales from tolling arrangements, by-products and raw materials.

(b)

Excludes sales from by-products and raw materials.

(c)

Pro forma adjusted to exclude the 2Q18, 3Q18 and 3Q19 impacts from unplanned outages at Rotterdam onset by third-party constraints.

 

Table 4 -- Reconciliation of U.S. GAAP to Non-GAAP Measures
























 Income Tax 






 Diluted Income (Loss) 



 EBITDA 


Benefit (Expense)


 Net Income (Loss) 


 Per Share 



Three months ended


Three months ended


Three months ended


Three months ended



December 31,


December 31,


December 31,


December 31,

In millions, except per share amounts


2019


2018


2019


2018


2019


2018


2019


2018


















Net income (loss)


$        308


$       (315)






$        308


$       (315)


$       1.36


$      (1.33)

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests


(5)


(25)






(5)


(25)


(0.02)


(0.11)


















Net income (loss) attributable to Huntsman Corporation


303


(340)






303


(340)


1.34


(1.43)

Interest expense from continuing operations


25


29













Interest expense from discontinued operations(3)


-


6













Income tax (benefit) expense from continuing operations


(151)


4


$        151


$          (4)









Income tax benefit from discontinued operations(3)


(9)


(9)













Depreciation and amortization from continuing operations


69


68













Depreciation and amortization from discontinued operations(3)


2


25













Business acquisition and integration expenses (income) and purchase accounting inventory adjustments


1


(1)


1


(1)


2


(2)


0.01


(0.01)

EBITDA / (Income) loss from discontinued operations, net of tax(3)


(36)


354


-


-


(43)


376


(0.19)


1.58

Noncontrolling interest of discontinued operations(1)(3)


-


10


-


-


-


10


-


0.04

U.S. tax reform impact on tax expense


-


-


(4)


(17)


(4)


(17)


(0.02)


(0.07)

Significant activities related to deferred tax assets and liabilities(a)


-


-


(160)


-


(160)


-


(0.71)


-

Loss on sale of businesses/assets


21


-


(5)


-


16


-


0.07


-

Fair value adjustments to Venator Investment(b)


(72)


62


-


-


(72)


62


(0.32)


0.26

Certain legal settlements and related expenses (income)


5


(3)


(1)


-


4


(3)


0.02


(0.01)

Certain non-recurring information technology project implementation costs


3


-


(1)


-


2


-


0.01


-

Amortization of pension and postretirement actuarial losses


17


17


(3)


(1)


14


16


0.06


0.07

Restructuring, impairment and plant closing and transition costs (credits) 


1


(15)


-


3


1


(12)


-


(0.05)

Plant incident remediation costs


3


-


(1)


-


2


-


0.01


-


















Adjusted(1)


$        182


$        207


$         (23)


$         (20)


$          65


$          90


$       0.29


$       0.38


















Adjusted income tax expense(1)










$          23


$          20





Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests, net of tax










5


25





Noncontrolling interest of discontinued operations(1)(3)










-


(10)






















Adjusted pre-tax income(1)










$          93


$        125






















Adjusted effective tax rate(4)










25%


16%






















Effective tax rate










n/m


6%




























 Income Tax 






 Diluted Income 



 EBITDA 


Benefit (Expense)


 Net Income 


 Per Share 



Twelve months ended


Twelve months ended


Twelve months ended


Twelve months ended



December 31,


December 31,


December 31,


December 31,

In millions, except per share amounts


2019


2018


2019


2018


2019


2018


2019


2018


















Net income


$        598


$        650






$        598


$        650


$       2.59


$       2.69

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests


(36)


(313)






(36)


(313)


(0.16)


(1.30)


















Net income attributable to Huntsman Corporation


562


337






562


337


2.44


1.39

Interest expense from continuing operations


111


115













Interest expense from discontinued operations(3)


-


36













Income tax (benefit) expense from continuing operations


(38)


45


$          38


$         (45)









Income tax expense from discontinued operations(3)


35


86













Depreciation and amortization from continuing operations


270


255













Depreciation and amortization from discontinued operations(3)


61


88













Business acquisition and integration expenses and purchase accounting inventory adjustments


5


9


-


(3)


5


6


0.02


0.02

EBITDA / (Income) loss from discontinued operations, net of tax(3)


(265)


(171)


-


-


(169)


39


(0.73)


0.16

Noncontrolling interest of discontinued operations(1)(3)


-


232


-


-


-


232


-


0.96

U.S. tax reform impact on tax expense


-


-


(1)


32


(1)


32


-


0.13

Significant activities related to deferred tax assets and liabilities(a)


-


-


(160)


(119)


(160)


(119)


(0.69)


(0.49)

Impact of Switzerland income tax rate change(a)


-


-


32


-


32


-


0.14


-

Loss on sale of businesses/assets


21


-


(5)


-


16


-


0.07


-

Merger costs, net of tax


-


2


-


-


-


2


-


0.01

Fair value adjustments to Venator Investment(b)


18


62


-


-


18


62


0.08


0.26

Loss on early extinguishment of debt


23


3


(5)


(1)


18


2


0.08


0.01

Certain legal settlements and related expenses


6


1


(1)


(1)


5


-


0.02


-

Certain non-recurring information technology project implementation costs


4


-


(1)


-


3


-


0.01


-

Amortization of pension and postretirement actuarial losses


66


67


(16)


(13)


50


54


0.22


0.22

Restructuring, impairment and plant closing and transition credits


(41)


(6)


9


1


(32)


(5)


(0.14)


(0.02)

Plant incident remediation costs


8


-


(2)


-


6


-


0.03


-


















Adjusted(1)


$        846


$     1,161


$       (112)


$       (149)


$        353


$        642


$       1.53


$       2.66


















Adjusted income tax expense(1)










$        112


$        149





Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests, net of tax










36


313





Noncontrolling interest of discontinued operations(1)(3)










-


(232)






















Adjusted pre-tax income(1)










$        501


$        872






















Adjusted effective tax rate(4)










22%


17%






















Effective tax rate










(10%)


6%







(a)

During the year ended December 31, 2019, we recorded $153 million of tax benefit relating to the outside basis difference in our investment in Venator, we recorded $18 million of tax benefit relating to realized tax losses on our remaining interest in Venator, we established $11 million of significant income tax valuation allowance in Australia and we recorded $32 million of deferred tax expense due to the reduction of tax rates in Switzerland. During the year ended December 31, 2018, we released $119 million of significant income tax valuation allowances in Switzerland, the U.K. and Luxembourg. We eliminated the effect of these significant changes in tax valuation allowances and deferred tax assets and liabilities from our presentation of adjusted net income to allow investors to better compare our ongoing financial performance from period to period.



(b)

Represents the changes in market value in Huntsman's remaining interesting in Venator.



n/m = not meaningful;  n/a = not applicable

See end of press release for footnote explanations.

 

Table 5 -- Selected Balance Sheet Items








December 31,


December 31,

In millions


2019


2018






Cash


$              525


$              340

Accounts and notes receivable, net


953


1,183

Inventories


914


1,000

Other current assets


155


203

Current assets held for sale


1,208


232

Property, plant and equipment, net


2,383


2,353

Other noncurrent assets


2,182


1,765

Noncurrent assets held for sale


-


877






Total assets


$            8,320


$            7,953






Accounts payable


$               822


$               793

Other current liabilities


462


497

Current portion of debt


212


96

Current liabilities held for sale


512


225

Long-term debt


2,177


2,224

Other noncurrent liabilities


1,311


1,086

Noncurrent liabilities held for sale


-


283

Huntsman Corporation stockholders' equity


2,687


2,520

Noncontrolling interests in subsidiaries


137


229






Total liabilities and equity


$            8,320


$            7,953

 

Table 6 -- Outstanding Debt








December 31,


December 31,

In millions


2019


2018






Debt:





Revolving credit facility


$                40


$                50

Accounts receivable programs


167


252

Term loan


103


-

Senior notes


1,963


1,892

Variable interest entities


65


86

Other debt


51


40






Total debt - excluding affiliates


2,389


2,320






Total cash


525


340






Net debt - excluding affiliates(5)


$            1,864


$            1,980






See end of press release for footnote explanations.

 

Table 7 -- Summarized Statement of Cash Flows












Three months ended


Twelve months ended



December 31,


December 31,

In millions


2019


2018


2019


2018










Total cash at beginning of period(a)


$           418


$           697


$           340


$           719










Net cash provided by operating activities - continuing operations


222


258


656


704

Net cash provided by operating activities - discontinued operations(3)


19


15


241


503

Net cash used in investing activities - continuing operations


(90)


(101)


(201)


(615)

Net cash used in investing activities - discontinued operations(3)


(28)


(61)


(59)


(358)

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities


(19)


(307)


(450)


(424)

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash


3


(7)


(2)


(35)

Deconsolidation of cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash from Venator


-


(154)


-


(154)

Total cash at end of period(a)


$           525


$           340


$           525


$           340










Free cash flow - continuing operations(2):









Net cash provided by operating activities


$           222


$           258


$           656


$           704

Capital expenditures


(93)


(103)


(274)


(251)

All other investing activities, excluding acquisition and disposition activities(b)


2


(1)


7


(1)

Non-recurring merger costs(c)


-


-


-


2

Free cash flow - continuing operations


$           131


$           154


$           389


$           454










Adjusted EBITDA


$           182


$           207


$           846


$         1,161

Capital expenditures


(93)


(103)


(274)


(251)

Capital reimbursements


2


4


11


8

Interest


(46)


(44)


(111)


(117)

Income taxes


18


(23)


(70)


(138)

Primary working capital change


164


150


236


(90)

Restructuring


(8)


(4)


(22)


(11)

Pensions


(30)


(30)


(121)


(124)

Maintenance & other


(58)


(3)


(106)


16

Free cash flow - continuing operations(2)


$           131


$           154


$           389


$           454



(a)

Includes restricted cash and cash held in discontinued operations until the Deconsolidation of Venator.

(b)

Represents "Acquisition of business, net of cash acquired", "Cash received from purchase price adjustment for business acquired", and "Proceeds from sale of business/assets".

(c)

Represents adjustment for payments associated with one-time costs of the terminated merger of equals with Clariant.

 

Footnotes


(1)

We use adjusted EBITDA to measure the operating performance of our business and for planning and evaluating the performance of our business segments.  We provide adjusted net income because we feel it provides meaningful insight for the investment community into the performance of our business.  We believe that net income (loss) is the performance measure calculated and presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the U.S. ("GAAP") that is most directly comparable to adjusted EBITDA and adjusted net income (loss).  Additional information with respect to our use of each of these financial measures follows:

 

Adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net income (loss) and adjusted diluted income (loss) per share, as used herein, are not necessarily comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies.

 

Adjusted EBITDA is computed by eliminating the following from net income (loss):  (a) net income attributable to noncontrolling interests, net of tax; (b) interest; (c) income taxes; (d) depreciation and amortization (e) amortization of pension and postretirement actuarial losses (gains); (f) restructuring, impairment and plant closing costs (credits); and further adjusted for certain other items set forth in reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA to net income (loss) in Table 4 above. 

 

Adjusted net income (loss) and adjusted diluted income (loss) per share are computed by eliminating the after tax impact of the following items from net income (loss): (a) net income attributable to noncontrolling interest; (b) amortization of pension and postretirement actuarial losses (gains); (c) restructuring, impairment and plant closing costs (credits); and further adjusted for certain other items set forth in reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA to net income (loss) in Table 4 above.  The income tax impacts, if any, of each adjusting item represent a ratable allocation of the total difference between the unadjusted tax expense and the total adjusted tax expense, computed without consideration of any adjusting items using a with and without approach.

 

We do not provide reconciliations for adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net income (loss) or adjusted diluted income (loss) per share on a forward-looking basis because we are unable to provide a meaningful or accurate calculation or estimation of reconciling items and the information is not available without unreasonable effort. This is due to the inherent difficulty of forecasting the timing and amount of certain items, such as, but not limited to, (a) business acquisition and integration expenses and purchase accounting adjustments, (b) merger costs, and (c) certain legal and other settlements and related costs. Each of such adjustments has not yet occurred, are out of our control and/or cannot be reasonably predicted. For the same reasons, we are unable to address the probable significance of the unavailable information. 



(2)

Management internally uses a free cash flow measure: (a) to evaluate the Company's liquidity, (b) to evaluate strategic investments, (c) to plan stock buyback and dividend levels and (d) to evaluate the Company's ability to incur and service debt. Free cash flow is not a defined term under U.S. GAAP, and it should not be inferred that the entire free cash flow amount is available for discretionary expenditures. The Company defines free cash flow as cash flow provided by operating activities less cash flow used in investing activities, excluding non-recurring merger costs.  Free cash flow as used herein is not necessarily comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies due to potential inconsistencies in the method of calculation.  Free cash flow is typically derived directly from the Company's condensed consolidated statement of cash flows; however, it may be adjusted for items that affect comparability between periods.



(3)

During the third quarter 2019, we entered into an agreement to sell our Chemical Intermediates and Surfactants businesses, which are now reported as held for sale.  In the third quarter of 2017 we separated our Pigments and Additives division through an Initial Public Offering of Venator Materials PLC.  Additionally, during the first quarter 2010 we closed our Australian styrenics operations.  Results from these associated businesses are treated as discontinued operations.



(4)

We believe adjusted effective tax rate provides improved comparability between periods through the exclusion of certain items that management believes are not indicative of the businesses' operational profitability and that may obscure underlying business results and trends. In our view, effective tax rate is the performance measure calculated and presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP that is most directly comparable to adjusted effective tax rate.

 

The reconciliation of historical adjusted effective tax rate and effective tax rate is set forth in Table 4 above.

We do not provide reconciliations for adjusted effective tax rate on a forward-looking basis because we are unable to provide a meaningful or accurate calculation or estimation of reconciling items and the information is not available without unreasonable effort. This is due to the inherent difficulty of forecasting the timing and amount of certain items, such as, but not limited to, (a) business acquisition and integration expenses, (b) merger costs, and (c) certain legal and other settlements and related costs. Each of such adjustments has not yet occurred, are out of our control and/or cannot be reasonably predicted. For the same reasons, we are unable to address the probable significance of the unavailable information. 



(5)

Net debt is a measure we use to monitor how much debt we have after taking into account our total cash. We use it as an indicator of our overall financial position, and calculate it by taking our total debt, including the current portion, and subtracting total cash. 

About Huntsman:
Huntsman Corporation is a publicly traded global manufacturer and marketer of differentiated and specialty chemicals with 2019 revenues of approximately $7 billion.  Our chemical products number in the thousands and are sold worldwide to manufacturers serving a broad and diverse range of consumer and industrial end markets. We operate more than 70 manufacturing, R&D and operations facilities in approximately 30 countries and employ approximately 9,000 associates within our four distinct business divisions. For more information about Huntsman, please visit the company's website at www.huntsman.com.

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Forward-Looking Statements:
Certain information in this release constitutes forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These statements are based on management's current beliefs and expectations. The forward-looking statements in this release are subject to uncertainty and changes in circumstances and involve risks and uncertainties that may affect the company's operations, markets, products, services, prices and other factors as discussed under the caption "Risk Factors" in the Huntsman companies' filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Significant risks and uncertainties may relate to, but are not limited to, volatile global economic conditions, cyclical and volatile product markets, disruptions in production at manufacturing facilities, reorganization or restructuring of Huntsman's operations, including any delay of, or other negative developments affecting the ability to implement cost reductions, timing of proposed transactions, and manufacturing optimization improvements in Huntsman businesses and realize anticipated cost savings, and other financial, economic, competitive, environmental, political, legal, regulatory and technological factors. The company assumes no obligation to provide revisions to any forward-looking statements should circumstances change, except as otherwise required by applicable laws.

 

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