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Huntsman reports record earnings in Q1

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May '12
Huntsman Corporation reported first quarter 2012 results with revenues of $2,913 million and adjusted EBITDA of $397 million.

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

“Our first quarter 2012 earnings represented a record performance. Improvements in our MDI selling prices and attractive margins in our PO/MTBE business were notable.

There are still considerable financial benefits forthcoming from our restructuring efforts. Notwithstanding certain economic challenges in various parts of the world, I am most optimistic about our earnings potential.”

The increase in revenues in our Polyurethanes division for the three months ended March 31, 2012 compared to the same period in 2011 was primarily due to higher average selling prices and higher sales volumes. MDI average selling prices increased primarily in response to improved demand, while PO/MTBE average selling prices increased primarily in response to improved demand and industry supply constraints. MDI sales volumes increased as a result of improved demand in all regions and across all major markets with the exception of appliances. PO/MTBE sales volumes increased due to strong demand. The increase in adjusted EBITDA was primarily due to higher contribution margins and higher sales volumes.

The increase in revenues in our Performance Products division for the three months ended March 31, 2012 compared to the same period in 2011 was primarily due to higher sales volumes partially offset by lower average selling prices. Sales volumes increased primarily due to the consolidation of our maleic anhydride joint venture with Sasol in Germany, partially offset by lower demand for amines and surfactants. Average selling prices decreased primarily due to the sales mix, competitive market pressure for certain amines and in response to lower raw material costs for certain products. The decrease in adjusted EBITDA was primarily due to lower contribution margins and higher manufacturing and selling, general and administrative costs.

The decrease in revenues in our Advanced Materials division for the three months ended March 31, 2012 compared to the same period in 2011 was primarily due to lower average selling prices partially offset by higher sales volumes. Average selling prices decreased primarily due to sales mix and the strength of the U.S. dollar against major international currencies. Sales volumes increased across most regions, primarily due to strong demand in our base resins business in Europe, partially offset by lower demand in the wind energy market in the Asia Pacific region. The decrease in adjusted EBITDA was primarily due to lower contribution margins.

The decrease in revenues in our Textile Effects division for the three months ended March 31, 2012 compared to the same period in 2011 was primarily due to lower average selling prices as sales volumes were essentially unchanged. Average selling prices decreased primarily due to the strength of the U.S. dollar against major international currencies and sales mix. The decrease in adjusted EBITDA was primarily due to higher manufacturing costs.


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