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Textile Effects sales volumes down, Huntsman Corporation
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Feb '12
Huntsman Corporation reported fourth quarter 2011 results with revenues of $2,632 million and adjusted EBITDA of $243 million.

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

"Our adjusted EBITDA of $1.2 billion represents the best year we have accomplished with our current business portfolio. This took place despite earnings pressure from foreign currency movements within the year and lower demand trends and aggressive customer destocking within the fourth quarter.

Looking forward, we anticipate that the corporation will see an improving global economy from this point forward. Most of our businesses have strong upside potential as we see a continued recovery in the world's economy. In 2012, we expect margin pressure on our Pigments business to be offset by improved earnings in our other divisions."

The increase in revenues in our Polyurethanes division for the three months ended December 31, 2011 compared to the same period in 2010 was primarily due to higher average selling prices. Average MDI and PO/MTBE selling prices increased primarily in response to higher raw material costs. The decrease in adjusted EBITDA was due to higher manufacturing and selling, general and administrative costs and lower MDI contribution margins.

The increase in revenues in our Performance Products division for the three months ended December 31, 2011 compared to the same period in 2010 was primarily due to higher average selling prices partially offset by lower sales volumes. Average selling prices increased across most product groups with the exception of certain amines primarily in response to higher raw material costs. Sales volumes decreased due to lower demand and customer destocking. The decrease in adjusted EBITDA was primarily due to lower sales volumes and higher manufacturing and selling, general and administrative costs.

The decrease in revenues in our Advanced Materials division for the three months ended December 31, 2011 compared to the same period in 2010 was primarily due to lower sales volumes partially offset by higher average selling prices. Sales volumes decreased primarily due to lower demand in the wind energy market in the Asia Pacific region. Average selling prices increased primarily in response to higher raw material costs. The decrease in adjusted EBITDA was primarily due to the impact of the stronger Swiss franc, on our manufacturing and selling, general and administrative costs.

The decrease in revenues in our Textile Effects division for the three months ended December 31, 2011 compared to the same period in 2010 was primarily due to lower sales volumes. Sales volumes decreased due to lower demand. The decrease in adjusted EBITDA was primarily due to lower sales volumes and the impact of the stronger Swiss franc, on our manufacturing and selling, general and administrative costs.

The increase in revenues in our Pigments division for the three months ended December 31, 2011 compared to the same period in 2010 was due to higher average selling prices partially offset by lower sales volumes. Average selling prices increased in all regions of the world primarily as a result of higher raw material costs. Sales volumes decreased primarily due to lower global economic growth and customer destocking particularly in the Asia Pacific region. The increase in adjusted EBITDA in our Pigments division was primarily due to higher contribution margins partially offset by lower sales volumes.

Total capital expenditures, net of reimbursements for the three months and full year ended December 31, 2011 were $113 million and $327 million respectively. We expect to spend approximately $425 million on capital expenditures, net of reimbursements, in 2012 which approximates our annual depreciation and amortization of $439 million in 2011.

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