LSB Industries, Inc. Reports Results for the 2012 Fourth Quarter and Year

LSB Industries, Inc. Reports Results for the 2012 Fourth Quarter and Year

Anticipates Significant Improvement in Mid-2013 as Chemical Facilities Resume Production and Strong Market Conditions Prevail

OKLAHOMA CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- LSB Industries, Inc. (NYS: LXU) announced today results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2012.


Fourth Quarter 2012 Financial Highlights Compared to Fourth Quarter 2011:

  • Net sales were $177.1 million, an 18% decrease from $215.4 million;
  • Operating income was $18.4 million compared to $41.6 million, a decrease of $23.3 million;
  • Net income was $11.6 million compared to $28.0 million;
  • Net income applicable to common shareholders was $11.6 million compared to $28.0 million;
  • Diluted earnings per common share were $0.49 compared to $1.19.

Year 2012 Financial Highlights Compared to Year 2011:

  • Net sales were $759.0 million, a 6% decrease from $805.3 million;
  • Operating income was $95.7 million compared to $136.4 million;
  • Net income was $58.6 million compared to $83.8 million;
  • Net income applicable to common shareholders was $58.3 million compared to $83.5 million;
  • Diluted earnings per common share were $2.49 compared to $3.58.

Discussion of Fourth Quarter of 2012:

The $38.2 million decrease in consolidated sales includes a $36.8 million or 26% decrease in Chemical Business sales and a $1.1 million or 2% decrease in Climate Control Business sales. The $23.3 million decrease in consolidated operating income includes a decrease of $22.5 million by the Chemical Business and a $0.6 million decrease by the Climate Control Business.

Fourth Quarter - Chemical Business:

Sales for the Chemical Business were $105.3 million, a 26% decrease from $142.0 million in 2011.

Operating income for the Chemical Business was $15.1 million, compared to $37.6 million in 2011.

For the fourth quarter 2012, due to the extended unplanned downtime at three of its facilities as summarized below, Chemical Business sales were adversely affected and operating income was reduced by approximately $29 million, not including business interruption insurance.

  • In mid-November, the Pryor, Oklahoma Chemical Plant (the "Pryor Facility") experienced a main compressor malfunction and all production ceased while repairs were completed. During this outage, the planned installation of a new ammonia converter designed to improve and increase ammonia production capacity was completed. This week we began the process of commissioning the new ammonia converter at the Pryor Facility, which will lead to restarting production. We expect the Pryor Facility to resume and sustain production during March. As a result of this downtime, we estimate that the Pryor Facility negatively impacted the Chemical Business 2012 fourth quarter operating profit by approximately $12 million.
  • Also in mid-November, the Cherokee, Alabama Chemical Plant ("the Cherokee Facility") suffered a pipe rupture that damaged the heat exchanger portion of its ammonia plant. We estimate that due to the initial production disruption and the higher cost of purchasing ammonia from outside sources, the operating profit for the Chemical Business was negatively impacted by $13 million for the fourth quarter 2012 as a result of this incident. We expect repairs to the Cherokee Facility to be completed and production resumed in May 2013.
  • As previously reported, the El Dorado, Arkansas, Chemical Plant (the "El Dorado Facility") was damaged on May 15, 2012 when a reactor in its 98% concentration nitric acid plant exploded. The ongoing effects of this incident resulted in lower production than otherwise would be expected from the El Dorado Facility, along with lost absorption of fixed costs and reduced gross profits. We estimate that the combined negative impact to operating profit resulting from lost sales, lost profits and extra expenses for the fourth quarter was approximately $4 million. We estimate that the monthly negative effect on operating income will approximate $1 million to $2 million at the El Dorado Facility until the new 65% strength nitric acid plant and the nitric acid concentrator are constructed and begin production, which is expected to occur during the first half of 2015.

During the fourth quarter 2012, we recognized $7.3 million business interruption insurance recovery as a reduction to the El Dorado Facility cost of sales. We anticipate that we will receive business interruption insurance proceeds in future quarters to recover a portion of the Cherokee Facility and El Dorado Facility losses.

Fourth Quarter - Climate Control Business:

Net sales for the Climate Control Business were $67.9 million, a slight decrease from the fourth quarter 2011. The decrease was due to lower residential product sales partially offset by increases in commercial product sales, primarily for large custom air handlers and hydronic fan coils.

Climate Control's operating income was $5.8 million compared to $6.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2011 due to the decline in sales volume discussed above. The lower margin was primarily due to product mix, as well as lower sales volume of residential products which generally have higher profit margins than our commercial products.

Bookings of new product orders during the quarter were $66.8 million compared to $60.7 million in the final quarter of 2011. At December 31, 2012, backlog of confirmed customer product orders was $55.5 million compared to $51.3 million at September 30, 2012 and $44.5 million at December 31, 2011. The increase in backlog was related to higher product orders for our commercial products partially offset by lower product orders for our residential products.

2012 Overview:

Consolidated net sales for 2012 were $759.0 million, or 6% below 2011 reflecting decreases of $34.0 million in our Chemical Business and $15.4 million in our Climate Control Business.

Consolidated operating income for 2012 was $95.7 million compared to $136.4 million for 2011. The 30% or $40.8 million decrease was primarily attributable to decreases of $34.4 million in our Chemical Business and $6.9 million in our Climate Control Business. In addition, general corporate expense and other business operations net expenses decreased $0.5 million. The Chemical Business operating income for 2012 was $82.1 million or $34.4 million lower than 2011. The decrease in the Chemical Business operating income was due, in part, to costs associated with ongoing operational issues at certain of its facilities.

Climate Control sales for 2012 were $266.2 million, or approximately $15.4 million lower than 2011, and included a $21.1 million decrease in geothermal and water source heat pump sales partially offset by a $1.4 million increase in hydronic fan coil sales along with a $4.3 million increase in other HVAC sales related to an increase in sales of our large custom air handlers. From a market sector perspective, the net decline included a $12.6 million decrease in residential product sales and a $2.8 million decrease in commercial/institutional product sales. We believe the decline in our residential product sales is due to a combination of low natural gas prices, low levels of construction in the single-family residential sectors we serve (high-end housing), less replacement business than the previous few years, and low consumer confidence. The slight decline in the commercial/institutional sector of our business was related to timing of shipments.

CEO's Remarks :

Reviewing the year as a whole, Jack Golsen, LSB's Board Chairman and CEO stated, "Regarding our Chemical Business 2012 downtime events, although they were unrelated to each other, the events at our Pryor, Cherokee and El Dorado facilities, caused us to undergo a thorough reexamination of our process safety management ("PSM"), reliability and mechanical integrity programs. As a result, we have recently undertaken a concerted program to attempt to improve the reliability and mechanical integrity of our chemical plant facilities. The improvement program includes engaging outside experts and consultants who specialize in risk management, reliability, mechanical integrity and PSM. We believe that the implementation of these programs will contribute to improved reliability and more consistent operations of these facilities."

Mr. Golsen continued, "The current outlook for 2013 according to most indicators, including low natural gas costs and the forecast for near record acres of corn to be planted, point to positive supply and demand fundamentals for the types of nitrogen fertilizer products we produce and sell. Although there is still uncertainty in the global and US economies and despite the fact that there was some downward pressure on fertilizer prices during the winter months, we believe the outlook for 2013 is positive.

"We expect the Climate Control Business to experience moderate sales growth in the short-term compared to 2012. Although a significant part of the Climate Control Business sales are products that are used for renovation and replacement applications, sales increases in the medium-term and long-term are expected to be primarily driven by growth in new construction, as well as the introduction of new products. We continue to increase our sales and marketing efforts for all of our Climate Control products in an effort to increase our share of the existing market for our products as well as expand the market for and application of our products, including geothermal heat pumps."

He concluded, "At LSB, we have continued to take a long-term approach to managing the Company and building for the future. We believe that we have not yet realized our full potential and that as we achieve stable production at our chemical facilities, and the economy strengthens for our Climate Control products, we should benefit from the investments we have made."

Conference Call

LSB's management will host a conference call covering the 2012 fourth quarter and full year results and recent corporate developments today, Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 5:15 pm ET/4:15 pm CT. Participating in the call will be Board Chairman and CEO, Jack E. Golsen; President and COO, Barry H. Golsen; and Executive Vice President and CFO, Tony M. Shelby. Interested parties may participate in the call by dialing (201) 493-6739. Please call in ten minutes before the conference is scheduled to begin and ask for the LSB conference call. To coincide with the conference call, LSB will post a slide presentation at www.lsbindustries.com on the Webcast and Presentation section of Investors page of the website.

To listen to a webcast of the call, please go to the Company's website at www.lsbindustries.com at least 15 minutes before the conference call to download and install any necessary audio software. If you are unable to listen live, the conference call webcast will be archived on the Company's website. We suggest listeners use Microsoft Explorer as their web browser.

LSB Industries, Inc.

LSB is a manufacturing and marketing company. LSB's principal business activities consist of the manufacture and sale of commercial and residential climate control products, such as geothermal and water source heat pumps, hydronic fan coils and modular geothermal chillers, and large custom air handlers; and the manufacture and sale of chemical products for the agricultural, mining, and industrial markets.

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements generally are identifiable by use of the words "believe," "expects," "intends," "anticipates," "plans to," "estimates," "projects" or similar expressions, and such forward-looking statements include, that in our Chemical Business, we expect the Pryor Facility to resume and sustain production during March 2013, we expect repairs to the Cherokee Facility to be completed in May 2013, the new 65% strength nitric acid plant and the nitric acid concentrator are to be constructed at the El Dorado Facility and we expect to begin production during the first half of 2015, the implementation of the risk management, reliability, mechanical integrity and PSM programs will contribute to improved reliability and more consistent operations, the current 2013 outlook for our fertilizer products is positive, any estimates regarding losses or effect of plant downtime, expectations regarding insurance recoveries; regarding our Climate Control Business, we expect to experience moderate sales growth in the short-term compared to 2012; and that we believe the outlook for 2013 is positive, and, that we have not yet realized our full potential, and that as the economy strengthens we should benefit from the investments we have made. Investors are cautioned that such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risk and uncertainties, and that actual results may differ materially from the forward-looking statements as a result of various factors, including, but not limited to, the fertilizer outlook could be affected by significant changes in commodity prices, acres planted or weather conditions and other factors set forth under "A Special Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements" contained in the Form 10-K for year ended December 31, 2012, for a discussion of a variety of factors which could cause the future outcome to differ materially from the forward-looking statements contained in this letter.

See Accompanying Tables

LSB Industries, Inc.
Unaudited Financial Highlights
Years and Three Months Ended December 31, 2012 and 2011

   

Year Ended
December 31,

Three Months Ended
December 31,

2012   2011 2012   2011
(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
 
Net sales $ 759,031 $ 805,256 $ 177,137 $ 215,364
Cost of sales   575,295     582,238     136,767     152,543  
Gross profit 183,736 223,018 40,370 62,821
 
Selling, general and administrative expense 89,988 86,343 24,000 21,606
Provisions for (recovery of) losses on accounts receivable (214 ) 347 (29 ) 187
Other expense 2,118 3,823 1,012 1,291
Other income   (3,811 )   (3,938 )   (2,974 )   (1,903 )
Operating income 95,655 136,443 18,361 41,640
 
Interest expense 4,237 6,658 437 1,177
Losses on extinguishment of debt - 136 - -
Non-operating other expense (income), net   (281 )   -     (11 )   3  
Income from continuing operations before
provisions for income taxes
and equity in earnings of affiliate 91,699 129,649 17,935 40,460
Provisions for income taxes 33,594 46,208 6,484 12,626
Equity in earnings of affiliate   (681 )   (543 )   (171 )   (168 )
Income from continuing operations 58,786 83,984 11,622 28,002
 
Net loss from discontinued operations   182     142     62     14  
Net income 58,604 83,842 11,560 27,988
 
Dividends on preferred stocks   300     305     -     -  
Net income applicable to common stock $ 58,304   $ 83,537   $ 11,560   $ 27,988  
 
Weighted-average common shares:
Basic   22,359,967     21,962,294     22,401,531     22,295,625  
Diluted   23,538,569     23,499,242     23,569,686     23,500,380  
 
Income per common share:
Basic
Income from continuing operations $ 2.62 $ 3.81 $ 0.52 $ 1.26
Net loss from discontinued operations   (0.01 )   (0.01 )   -     -  
Net income $ 2.61   $ 3.80   $ 0.52   $ 1.26  
 
Diluted
Income from continuing operations $ 2.50 $ 3.59 $ 0.49 $ 1.19
Net loss from discontinued operations   (0.01 )   (0.01 )   -     -  
Net income $ 2.49   $ 3.58   $ 0.49   $ 1.19  
 

LSB Industries, Inc.
Notes to Unaudited Financial Highlights
Years and Three Months Ended December 31, 2012 and 2011

Note 1: Net income applicable to common stock is computed by adjusting net income by the amount of preferred stock dividends and dividend requirements. Basic income per common share is based upon net income applicable to common stock and the weighted-average number of common shares outstanding during each period.

Diluted income per share is based on net income applicable to common stock, plus preferred stock dividends and dividend requirements on preferred stock assumed to be converted, if dilutive, and interest expense including amortization of debt issuance costs, net of income taxes, on convertible debt assumed to be converted, if dilutive, and the weighted-average number of common shares and dilutive common equivalent shares outstanding, and the assumed conversion of dilutive convertible securities outstanding.

Note 2: Provisions (benefits) for income taxes are as follows:

  Years Ended   Three Months Ended
December 31, December 31,
2012   2011 2012   2011
(in thousands)
Current:
Federal $ 28,654 $ 33,006 $ 7,249 $ 8,509
State   4,695     4,514   783     (2,355 )
Total current   33,349     37,520   8,032     6,154  
 
Deferred:
Federal 559 7,543 (997 ) 5,611
State   (314 )   1,145   (551 )   861  
Total deferred   245     8,688   (1,548 )   6,472  
Provision for income taxes $ 33,594   $ 46,208 $ 6,484   $ 12,626  
 

The current provision for federal income taxes shown above includes regular federal income tax after the consideration of permanent and temporary differences between income for Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP") and tax purposes. The current provision for state income taxes includes regular state income tax and provisions for uncertain income tax positions.

The deferred tax provision results from the recognition of changes in our prior year deferred tax assets and liabilities, and the utilization of state NOL carryforwards and other temporary differences.

Note 3: During 2012, our Chemical Business encountered a number of significant issues including an explosion in one of our nitric acid plants at the El Dorado Facility in May, a pipe rupture at the Cherokee Facility in November that damaged the ammonia plant, and mechanical issues at the Pryor Facility, all resulting in lost production and significant adverse effect on 2012 sales, operating income and cash flow.

We estimate the cumulative negative effect on operating income from these incidents to be approximately $83 million and $29 million for the year and three months ended December 31, 2012, respectively, including lost absorption and gross profit margins.

Until the facilities are returned to normal production, operating income at these facilities will continue to be lower in 2013 than otherwise would be expected. We estimate that the monthly negative effect on operating income will approximate $1 million to $2 million at the El Dorado Facility until the new 65% strength nitric acid plant and the nitric acid concentrator are constructed and begin production during the first half of 2015. In addition, we estimate the monthly negative effect on operating income will approximate $8 million to $9 million at the Cherokee Facility until the repairs of the ammonia plant are completed and production resumes, which production is currently scheduled to begin in May 2013. Also, we estimate the monthly adverse effect on the Pryor Facility's operating income in 2013 prior to the restart of the ammonia plant was approximately $8 million.

Note 4: Information about the Company's operations in different industry segments for the years and three months ended December 31, 2012 and 2011 is detailed on the following page.

LSB Industries, Inc.

Notes to Unaudited Financial Highlights

Years and Three Months Ended December 31, 2012 and 2011

   

Year Ended
December 31,

Three Months Ended
December 31,

2012   2011 2012   2011
Net sales: (in thousands)
Chemical $ 477,813 $ 511,854 $ 105,262 $ 142,034
Climate Control 266,171 281,565 67,885 68,937
Other   15,047     11,837     3,990     4,393  
$ 759,031   $ 805,256   $ 177,137   $

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