SOURCE: Olin Corporation

Olin Corporation

October 26, 2009 17:36 ET

Olin Announces Third Quarter 2009 Earnings

Winchester Posts Third Consecutive Quarter of Record Earnings

CLAYTON, MO--(Marketwire - October 26, 2009) - Olin Corporation (NYSE: OLN) announced today that its third quarter 2009 net income was $39.4 million, or $0.50 per diluted share, which compares to $37.7 million, or $0.49 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2008. Sales in the third quarter of 2009 were $397.0 million, compared to $502.9 million in the third quarter of 2008.

Joseph D. Rupp, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer said, "For the third consecutive quarter Winchester achieved the highest level of earnings in its history, reflecting the combination of seasonally strong sales, the continuation of the stronger than normal demand that began in the fourth quarter of 2008, and lower costs. Winchester's earnings more than doubled in the third quarter of 2009 compared to the third quarter of 2008 driven by commercial sales which increased 22% year-over-year, and improved costs.

"Chlor Alkali segment earnings of $3.9 million exceeded our expectations of a loss in the quarter due to improved pricing and higher volumes. As expected, Chlor Alkali earnings were significantly lower than last year due to lower ECU netbacks and lower volumes. Chlor Alkali sales declined 37% in the third quarter of 2009 compared to the third quarter of 2008. This decline reflects both lower shipment volumes and lower prices. Chlorine and caustic soda shipment volumes declined 20% year-over-year. ECU netbacks in the third quarter of 2009 declined 43% compared to the third quarter of 2008. Third quarter 2009 earnings include $44.3 million of pretax recoveries from third parties for environmental costs incurred and expensed in prior periods, and a $4.6 million pretax reduction in selling and administration expenses associated with the favorable resolution of a capital tax matter in Canada.

"Fourth quarter earnings are forecast to be in the $0.15 per diluted share range, which includes an expected $35 million of additional recoveries from third parties for environmental costs incurred and expensed in prior periods. Fourth quarter 2009 Chlor Alkali earnings are expected to be similar to the third quarter of 2009 as higher ECU netbacks are expected to offset seasonally weaker demand. Earnings in the Winchester segment are expected to decline significantly from the third quarter due to seasonally weaker demand, but are expected to exceed fourth quarter 2008 earnings. Winchester expects fourth quarter 2009 demand to be stronger than historic fourth quarter levels."

SEGMENT REPORTING

We define segment results as income (loss) before interest expense, interest income, other income, and income taxes and include the results of non-consolidated affiliates in segment results consistent with management's monitoring of the operating segments.

CHLOR ALKALI PRODUCTS

Chlor Alkali Product sales for the third quarter of 2009 were $228.8 million compared to $362.1 million in the third quarter of 2008. The third quarter 2009 sales reflect a 20% decline in chlorine and caustic soda volumes. Volumes for potassium hydroxide and hydrochloric acid declined by 11% and 39%, respectively, during the third quarter of 2009 compared to the third quarter of 2008, while volumes for bleach increased 21% compared to third quarter 2008 levels. ECU netbacks in the third quarter of 2009 declined by 43% compared to the third quarter of 2008. Freight costs included in the ECU netbacks increased 8% in the third quarter of 2009 compared to the third quarter of 2008. Third quarter 2009 Chlor Alkali segment income was $3.9 million compared to $104.3 million in the third quarter of 2008. The decrease was due to lower prices and lower volumes.

WINCHESTER

Winchester third quarter 2009 sales were $168.2 million compared to $140.8 million in the third quarter of 2008. The increase primarily reflects higher sales volumes. Commercial and military sales increased during the quarter which more than offset declines in law enforcement and industrial sales. Winchester's third quarter 2009 segment income was $23.0 million compared to $9.8 million in the third quarter of 2008. The increase in segment income reflects the higher sales volumes, lower commodity and other material costs, and favorable pricing.

CORPORATE AND OTHER COSTS

Pension income included in the third quarter 2009 Corporate and Other segment was $6.3 million, compared to income of $5.2 million in the third quarter of 2008.

Third quarter credits to income for environmental investigatory and remedial activities were $38.8 million in 2009, which includes the $44.3 million pretax recoveries of costs incurred and expensed in prior periods. Without these recoveries, charges to income for environmental investigatory and remedial activities would have been $5.5 million in the third quarter of 2009 compared to $6.4 million in the third quarter of 2008. These charges relate primarily to remedial and investigatory activities associated with former waste sites and past operations.

Other corporate and unallocated costs in the third quarter of 2009 increased from the third quarter of 2008 due to mark-to-market adjustments associated with incentive compensation and higher legal and legal-related expenses, partially offset by the favorable impact of the resolution of the capital tax matter in Canada. Mark-to-market adjustments associated with incentive compensation increased $6.1 million compared to the third quarter of 2008. The legal and legal-related expenses are primarily associated with legacy environmental matters and legal settlements.

CASH FLOW

Cash and cash equivalents increased from $192.2 million at June 30, 2009 to $376.6 million at September 30, 2009. The increase in cash reflects the proceeds from the $150 million ten-year note offering that was completed during the quarter, and a $13.6 million decrease in working capital. The working capital decrease includes the impact of a receivable associated with the environmental recoveries recorded in the third quarter, which will be received in the fourth quarter. These were partially offset by capital spending during the quarter of $34.7 million, which exceeded depreciation of $17.1 million.

DIVIDEND

On October 22, 2009, Olin's Board of Directors declared a dividend of $0.20 on each share of Olin common stock. The dividend is payable on December 10, 2009 to shareholders of record at the close of business on November 10, 2009. This is the 332nd consecutive dividend to be paid by the Company.

CONFERENCE CALL INFORMATION

The Company's third quarter earnings conference call with securities analysts is scheduled for 10:00 A.M. Eastern Time, Tuesday, October 27. The call will feature remarks by Joseph D. Rupp, Olin's Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer; and John E. Fischer, Olin's Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Anyone wishing to listen to the call may do so via the Internet by following the instructions posted under the Conference Call icon on Olin's website, www.olin.com. Listeners should log on to the website at least 5 minutes before the call. The call will also be audio archived on the Olin website for future replay. A text of the prepared remarks from the conference call will be available on the website in the Investor section.

COMPANY DESCRIPTION

Olin Corporation is a manufacturer concentrated in two business segments: Chlor Alkali Products and Winchester. Chlor Alkali Products manufactures chlorine and caustic soda, sodium hydrosulfite, hydrochloric acid, hydrogen, potassium hydroxide and bleach products. Winchester products include sporting ammunition, reloading components, small caliber military ammunition and components, and industrial cartridges.

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FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This communication includes forward-looking statements. These statements relate to analyses and other information that are based on management's beliefs, certain assumptions made by management, forecasts of future results, and current expectations, estimates and projections about the markets and economy in which we and our various segments operate. The statements contained in this communication that are not statements of historical fact may include forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties.

We have used the words "anticipate," "intend," "may," "expect," "believe," "should," "plan," "project," "estimate," "forecast," and variations of such words and similar expressions in this communication to identify such forward-looking statements. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions, which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond our control. Therefore, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from those matters expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements. We undertake no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of future events, new information or otherwise. Relative to the dividend, the payment of cash dividends is subject to the discretion of our board of directors and will be determined in light of then-current conditions, including our earnings, our operations, our financial conditions, our capital requirements and other factors deemed relevant by our board of directors. In the future, our board of directors may change our dividend policy, including the frequency or amount of any dividend, in light of then-existing conditions.

The risks, uncertainties and assumptions involved in our forward-looking statements, many of which are discussed in more detail in our filings with the SEC, including without limitation the "Risk Factors" section of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008, include, but are not limited to, the following:

--  sensitivity to economic, business and market conditions in the United
    States and overseas, including economic instability or a downturn in the
    sectors served by us, such as ammunition, housing, vinyls, and pulp and
    paper, and the migration by United States customers to low-cost foreign
    locations;
--  the cyclical nature of our operating results, particularly declines in
    average selling prices in the chlor alkali industry and the supply/demand
    balance for our products, including the impact of excess industry capacity
    or an imbalance in demand for our chlor alkali products;
--  economic and industry downturns that result in diminished product
    demand and excess manufacturing capacity in any of our segments and that,
    in many cases, result in lower selling prices and profits;
--  costs and other expenditures in excess of those projected for
    environmental investigation and remediation or other legal proceedings;
--  changes in legislation or government regulations or policies,
    including proposed legislation that would phase out the use of mercury in
    the manufacture of chlorine, caustic soda, and related products;
--  the effects of any declines in global equity markets on asset values
    and any declines in interest rates used to value the liabilities in our
    pension plan;
--  unexpected litigation outcomes;
--  new regulations or public policy changes regarding the transportation
    of hazardous chemicals and the security of chemical manufacturing
    facilities;
--  the occurrence of unexpected manufacturing interruptions and outages,
    including those occurring as a result of labor disruptions and production
    hazards;
--  higher-than-expected raw material and energy, transportation, and/or
    logistics costs;
--  an increase in our indebtedness or higher-than-expected interest
    rates, affecting our ability to generate sufficient cash flow for debt
    service;
--  continuing weak industry conditions could affect our ability to comply
    with the financial maintenance covenants in our senior revolving credit
    facility and our accounts receivable facility; and
--  adverse conditions in the credit and capital markets, limiting or
    preventing our ability to borrow or raise capital.
    

All of our forward-looking statements should be considered in light of these factors. In addition, other risks and uncertainties not presently known to us or that we consider immaterial could affect the accuracy of our forward-looking statements.

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Olin Corporation
Consolidated Statements of Income (a)

                                    Three Months           Nine Months
(In millions, except per share   Ended September 30,   Ended September 30,
 amounts)                          2009       2008       2009       2008
                                ---------- ---------  ---------- ---------
Sales                           $    397.0 $   502.9  $  1,180.6 $ 1,330.3
Operating Expenses:
   Cost of Goods Sold                316.4     380.0       934.6   1,041.2
   Selling and Administration         31.2      35.6       106.5     104.5
Other Operating Income
 (Expense) (b)                         1.2      (0.3)        6.9       0.7
                                ---------- ---------  ---------- ---------
   Operating Income                   50.6      87.0       146.4     185.3
Earnings of Non-consolidated
 Affiliates                            7.1      12.0        32.9      31.1
Interest Expense (c)                   1.9       3.3         5.2      11.5
Interest Income                        0.1       1.0         0.9       5.2
Other Income (Expense) (d)               -     (26.4)        0.1     (26.1)
                                ---------- ---------  ---------- ---------
   Income before Taxes                55.9      70.3       175.1     184.0
Income Tax Provision                  16.5      32.6        61.2      73.5
                                ---------- ---------  ---------- ---------
Net Income                      $     39.4 $    37.7  $    113.9 $   110.5
                                ========== =========  ========== =========
Net Income Per Common Share:
   Basic                        $     0.50 $    0.49  $     1.46 $    1.47
   Diluted                      $     0.50 $    0.49  $     1.46 $    1.46
                                ========== =========  ========== =========
Dividends Per Common Share      $     0.20 $    0.20  $     0.60 $    0.60
                                ========== =========  ========== =========
Average Common Shares
 Outstanding - Basic                  78.4      76.3        78.0      75.4
                                ========== =========  ========== =========
Average Common Shares
 Outstanding - Diluted                78.6      76.7        78.1      75.7
                                ========== =========  ========== =========

(a) Unaudited.

(b) Other operating income (expense) for the nine months ended September
    30, 2009 included a $3.7 million gain on the sale of land and $1.8
    million of gains on the disposal of assets primarily associated with
    the St. Gabriel, LA conversion and expansion project.

(c) Interest expense was reduced by capitalized interest of $3.6 million
    and $1.1 million for the three months ended September 30, 2009 and
    2008, respectively, and $9.1 million and $2.2 million for the nine
    months ended September 30, 2009 and 2008, respectively.

(d) Other income (expense) for the three and nine months ended September
    30, 2008 included an impairment charge of the full value of a $26.6
    million investment in corporate debt securities.  No tax benefit is
    expected to be realized from this impairment charge.




Olin Corporation
Segment Information (a)



(In millions)
                                    Three Months          Nine Months
                                Ended September 30,   Ended September 30,
                                  2009       2008       2009       2008
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Sales:
    Chlor Alkali Products       $   228.8  $   362.1  $   738.9  $   962.6
    Winchester                      168.2      140.8      441.7      367.7
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
      Total Sales               $   397.0  $   502.9  $ 1,180.6  $ 1,330.3
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Income before Taxes:
    Chlor Alkali Products (b)   $     3.9  $   104.3  $   120.2  $   241.8
    Winchester                       23.0        9.8       59.1       29.3
    Corporate/Other:
        Pension Income (c)            6.3        5.2       16.8       13.3
        Environmental Income
         (Expense) (d)               38.8       (6.4)      26.8      (21.2)
        Other Corporate and
         Unallocated Costs          (15.5)     (13.6)     (50.5)     (47.5)
    Other Operating Income
     (Expense) (e)                    1.2       (0.3)       6.9        0.7
    Interest Expense (f)             (1.9)      (3.3)      (5.2)     (11.5)
    Interest Income                   0.1        1.0        0.9        5.2
    Other Income (Expense) (g)          -      (26.4)       0.1      (26.1)
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
      Income before Taxes       $    55.9  $    70.3  $   175.1  $   184.0
                                =========  =========  =========  =========

(a) Unaudited.

(b) Earnings of non-consolidated affiliates are included in the Chlor
    Alkali Products segment results consistent with management's monitoring
    of the operating segments. The earnings from non-consolidated
    affiliates were $7.1 million and $12.0 million for the three months
    ended September 30, 2009 and 2008, respectively, and $32.9 million and
    $31.1 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2009 and 2008,
    respectively.

(c) The service cost and the amortization of prior service cost components
    of pension expense related to the employees of the operating segments
    are allocated to the operating segments based on their respective
    estimated census data.  All other components of pension costs are
    included in Corporate/Other and include items such as the expected
    return on plan assets, interest cost and recognized actuarial gains and
    losses. Pension income for the nine months ended September 30, 2008
    included a curtailment charge of $0.8 million resulting from the
    conversion of our McIntosh, AL chlor alkali hourly workforce from a
    defined benefit pension plan to a defined contribution pension plan.

(d) Environmental income (expense) for the three and nine months ended
    September 30, 2009 included $44.3 million and $45.1 million,
    respectively, of recoveries from third parties for costs incurred and
    expensed in prior periods.

(e) Other operating income (expense) for the nine months ended September
    30, 2009 included a $3.7 million gain on the sale of land and $1.8
    million of gains on the disposal of assets primarily associated with
    the St. Gabriel, LA conversion and expansion project.

(f) Interest expense was reduced by capitalized interest of $3.6 million
    and $1.1 million for the three months ended September 30, 2009 and
    2008, respectively, and $9.1 million and $2.2 million for the nine
    months ended September 30, 2009 and 2008, respectively.

(g) Other income (expense) for the three and nine months ended September
    30, 2008 included an impairment charge of the full value of a $26.6
    million investment in corporate debt securities.  No tax benefit is
    expected to be realized from this impairment charge.




Olin Corporation
Consolidated Balance Sheets (a)
(In millions, except per share data)


                               September 30,  December 31,   September 30,
                                   2009           2008           2008
                               -------------  -------------  -------------
Assets:
  Cash & Cash Equivalents      $       376.6  $       246.5  $       200.2
  Accounts Receivable, Net             263.6          213.0          264.4
  Inventories                          126.0          131.4          146.1
  Current Deferred Income
   Taxes                                66.0           68.5           60.4
  Other Current Assets                  21.7           10.9           12.9
                               -------------  -------------  -------------
    Total Current Assets               853.9          670.3          684.0
  Property, Plant and
   Equipment
     (Less Accumulated
      Depreciation of $987.4,
      $956.0 and $950.3)               688.9          629.9          592.1
  Prepaid Pension Costs                 21.4              -          160.9
  Deferred Income Taxes                    -           48.4              -
  Other Assets                          71.2           70.8           66.2
  Goodwill                             300.3          300.3          303.7
                               -------------  -------------  -------------
Total Assets                   $     1,935.7  $     1,719.7  $     1,806.9
                               =============  =============  =============

Liabilities and Shareholders'
 Equity:
  Accounts Payable             $       113.2  $       145.6  $       138.5
  Income Taxes Payable                     -            0.6            0.1
  Accrued Liabilities                  209.1          253.6          237.6
                               -------------  -------------  -------------
    Total Current Liabilities          322.3          399.8          376.2
  Long-Term Debt                       399.6          252.4          249.7
  Accrued Pension Liability             47.7           51.5           51.2
  Deferred Income Taxes                 27.7            6.5           13.8
  Other Liabilities                    307.8          304.5          334.4
                               -------------  -------------  -------------
      Total Liabilities              1,105.1        1,014.7        1,025.3
                               -------------  -------------  -------------
Commitments and Contingencies
Shareholders' Equity:
      Common Stock, Par Value
       $1 Per Share,
       Authorized 120.0
       Shares:
          Issued and
           Outstanding 78.5
           Shares (77.3 and
           76.9 in 2008)                78.5           77.3           76.9
      Additional Paid-In
       Capital                         818.9          801.6          794.4
      Accumulated Other
       Comprehensive Loss             (229.5)        (269.4)        (153.5)
      Retained Earnings                162.7           95.5           63.8
                               -------------  -------------  -------------
      Total Shareholders'
       Equity                          830.6          705.0          781.6
                               -------------  -------------  -------------
Total Liabilities and
 Shareholders' Equity          $     1,935.7  $     1,719.7  $     1,806.9
                               =============  =============  =============

(a) Unaudited.




Olin Corporation
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (a)
(In millions)



Nine Months Ended September 30,                        2009        2008
                                                    ----------  ----------
Operating Activities:
Net Income                                          $    113.9  $    110.5
Earnings of Non-consolidated Affiliates                  (32.9)      (31.1)
(Gains) Losses on Disposition of Property, Plant
 and Equipment                                            (5.5)        0.6
Stock-Based Compensation                                   4.3         4.9
Depreciation and Amortization                             50.5        52.2
Deferred Income Taxes                                     51.1        (0.5)
Qualified Pension Plan Contributions                      (2.0)          -
Qualified Pension Plan Income                            (16.4)      (11.0)
Impairment of Investment in Corporate Debt
 Securities                                                  -        26.6
Common Stock Issued Under Employee Benefit Plans           1.6         2.2
Changes in:
       Receivables                                       (50.6)      (60.9)
       Inventories                                         5.4       (39.7)
       Other Current Assets                                0.9         1.3
       Accounts Payable and Accrued Liabilities          (21.2)      (60.8)
       Income Taxes Payable                               (5.6)       (1.5)
       Other Assets                                        2.5         1.6
       Other Noncurrent Liabilities                        5.7        11.1
Other Operating Activities                                (1.5)       (1.4)
                                                    ----------  ----------
       Net Operating Activities                          100.2         4.1
                                                    ----------  ----------
Investing Activities:
Capital Expenditures                                    (122.3)     (123.4)
Proceeds from Disposition of Property, Plant and
 Equipment                                                 7.1         0.9
Distributions from Affiliated Companies, Net              29.1        20.9
Other Investing Activities                                 3.3        (0.6)
                                                    ----------  ----------
       Net Investing Activities                          (82.8)     (102.2)
                                                    ----------  ----------
Financing Activities:
Long-Term Debt:
  Borrowings                                             150.3           -
  Repayments                                                 -        (9.8)
Issuance of Common Stock                                  12.2         9.1
Stock Options Exercised                                    0.1        31.9
Excess Tax Benefits from Stock Options Exercised           0.1         6.2
Dividends Paid                                           (46.7)      (45.1)
Deferred Debt Issuance Costs                              (3.3)          -
                                                    ----------  ----------
       Net Financing Activities                          112.7        (7.7)
                                                    ----------  ----------
Net Increase (Decrease) in Cash and Cash
 Equivalents                                             130.1      (105.8)
Cash and Cash Equivalents, Beginning of Year             246.5       306.0
                                                    ----------  ----------
Cash and Cash Equivalents, End of Period            $    376.6  $    200.2
                                                    ==========  ==========

(a) Unaudited.


Contact Information

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