Avient Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2023 Results

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Fourth quarter and full year GAAP EPS of $0.30 and $0.83 compared to $(0.19) and $0.90 from continuing operations in the prior year 
Fourth quarter and full year adjusted EPS of $0.52 and $2.36 exceeds guidance of $0.47 and $2.30 as a result of favorable sales as well as lower net interest expense
Fourth quarter adjusted EPS increased 24% over the prior year pro forma adjusted EPS primarily driven by improved margins from positive portfolio mix, raw material deflation and cost reduction actions
2024 full year adjusted EPS expected to range from $2.40 to $2.65 as destocking comes to an end and underlying demand starts to improve

CLEVELAND, Feb. 14, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Avient Corporation (NYSE:AVNT), a leading provider of specialized and sustainable materials solutions, today announced its fourth quarter and full year results for 2023. Fourth quarter and full year GAAP earnings per share (EPS) were $0.30 and $0.83, compared to $(0.19) and $0.90 from continuing operations in the prior year, respectively.

The company noted that fourth quarter 2023 GAAP EPS includes $0.06 of special items (see Attachment 3) and $0.16 of intangible amortization expense (see Attachment 1). Special items for the quarter were primarily related to adjustments to environmental reserves.

Fourth quarter and full year 2023 adjusted EPS were $0.52 and $2.36, respectively, exceeding previous guidance of $0.47 and $2.30

“I’m pleased to finish the year with fourth quarter adjusted EPS of $0.52, reflecting an increase of 24% over the prior year,” said Dr. Ashish Khandpur, President and Chief Executive Officer, Avient Corporation. “We delivered year-over-year earnings growth, much of which came from margin improvement in Europe and prudent cost control by our teams. Customer destocking was also less impactful during the quarter.”

The company also noted that it finished the year with cash flow from operations of $202 million; excluding $104 million of taxes paid on the sale of the Distribution business, cash flow from operations was $306 million. Adjusted free cash flow for 2023 was $186 million, slightly ahead of expectations.

2024 Outlook

“In the first quarter, we expect demand to continue to improve in our two largest end markets, packaging and consumer, as destocking comes to an end and our sustainable solutions portfolio expands. In addition, demand for Dyneema® in defense applications is expected to be strong. Conversely, we continue to see destocking in healthcare and telecommunications as customers reduce inventory levels, and we expect weak demand in transportation and building & construction due to higher interest rates,” said Jamie Beggs, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Avient Corporation. “Accordingly, we expect first quarter adjusted EPS of $0.68, up 8% from $0.63 in 2023.”

Ms. Beggs continued, “For the full year, we are providing a range for adjusted EBITDA and adjusted EPS between $505 million and $535 million and $2.40 to $2.65, respectively. We anticipate demand strengthening as we progress through the year as destocking fully comes to an end, interest rates begin to abate and consumer sentiment improves.”

Dr. Khandpur added, “This provides an encouraging backdrop as we begin 2024. We believe there are significant opportunities for us to drive profitable organic revenue growth and innovation, leveraging our culture of strong customer focus and portfolio of differentiated technologies. I’m excited to be leading this next chapter for Avient and building upon the great foundation established during the company’s transformative years.” 

Avient will provide additional details on its 2023 fourth quarter performance and 2024 outlook during its webcast scheduled for 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time on February 14, 2024.

Webcast Details

Avient will host a webcast on Wednesday, February 14, 2024 at 8:00 a.m. EST. The webcast can be viewed live at avient.com/investors, or by clicking on the webcast link here. Conference call participants in the question and answer session should pre-register using the link at avient.com/investors, or here, to receive the dial-in numbers and personal PIN. This information is required to access the conference call. The question and answer session will follow the company’s presentation and prepared remarks.

A recording of the webcast and the slide presentation will be available at avient.com/investors/events-presentations immediately following the conference call and will be accessible for one year.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The Company uses both GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles) and non-GAAP financial measures. The non-GAAP financial measures include adjusted EPS, adjusted operating income, adjusted gross margin, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted cash flow from operations and free cash flow. Avient’s chief operating decision maker uses these financial measures to monitor and evaluate the ongoing performance of the Company and each business segment and to allocate resources.

The Company does not provide reconciliations of forward-looking non-GAAP financial measures, such as adjusted EPS and adjusted EBITDA, to the most comparable GAAP financial measures on a forward-looking basis because the Company is 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, environmental remediation costs, mark-to-market adjustments associated with benefit plans, acquisition related costs, and other non-routine costs. Each of such adjustments has not yet occurred, are out of the Company’s control and/or cannot be reasonably predicted. For the same reasons, the Company is unable to address the probable significance of the unavailable information.

To access Avient’s news library online, please visit www.avient.com/news.

About Avient

Avient Corporation (NYSE:AVNT) provides specialized and sustainable materials solutions that transform customer challenges into opportunities, bringing new products to life for a better world. Examples include:

Dyneema®, the world’s strongest fiber™, enables unmatched levels of performance and protection for end-use applications, including ballistic personal protection, marine and sustainable infrastructure and outdoor sports
Unique technologies that improve the recyclability of products and enable recycled content to be incorporated, thus advancing a more circular economy
Light-weighting solutions that replace heavier traditional materials like metal, glass and wood, which can improve fuel efficiency in all modes of transportation and reduce carbon footprint
Sustainable infrastructure solutions that increase energy efficiency, renewable energy, natural resource conservation and fiber optic / 5G network accessibility

Avient is certified ACC Responsible Care®, a founding member of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste and certified Great Place to Work®. For more information, visit https://www.avient.com.

Forward-looking Statements 

In this press release, statements that are not reported financial results or other historical information are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements give current expectations or forecasts of future events and are not guarantees of future performance. They are based on management’s expectations that involve a number of business risks and uncertainties, any of which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by the forward-looking statements. They use words such as “will,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “expect,” “project,” “intend,” “plan,” “believe,” and other words and terms of similar meaning in connection with any discussion of future operating or financial condition, performance and/or sales. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those implied by these forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: disruptions, uncertainty or volatility in the credit markets that could adversely impact the availability of credit already arranged and the availability and cost of credit in the future; the effect on foreign operations of currency fluctuations, tariffs and other political, economic and regulatory risks; disruptions or inefficiencies in our supply chain, logistics, or operations; changes in laws and regulations in jurisdictions where we conduct business, including with respect to plastics and climate change; fluctuations in raw material prices, quality and supply, and in energy prices and supply; demand for our products and services; production outages or material costs associated with scheduled or unscheduled maintenance programs; unanticipated developments that could occur with respect to contingencies such as litigation and environmental matters; an inability to raise or sustain prices for products or services; our ability to pay regular quarterly cash dividends and the amounts and timing of any future dividends; information systems failures and cyberattacks; amounts for cash and non-cash charges related to restructuring plans that may differ from original estimates, including because of timing changes associated with the underlying actions; our ability to achieve strategic objectives and successfully integrate acquisitions, including the implementation of a cloud-based enterprise resource planning system, S/4HANA; and other factors affecting our business beyond our control, including without limitation, changes in the general economy, changes in interest rates, changes in the rate of inflation, geopolitical conflicts and any recessionary conditions. The above list of factors is not exhaustive.

Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which such statement is made, and we undertake no obligation to publicly update forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. You are advised to consult any further disclosures we make on related subjects in our reports on Form 10-Q, 8-K and 10-K that we provide to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

Attachment 1

Avient Corporation

Summary of Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income (Unaudited)

(In millions, except per share data)

Three Months Ended

December 31,

Year Ended

December 31,

2023

2022

2023

2022

Sales

$       719.0

$       790.4

$    3,142.8

$    3,396.9

Operating income

43.1

0.4

196.8

243.3

Net income (loss) from continuing operations attributable to Avient
shareholders

27.8

(17.0)

75.8

82.8

Diluted earnings (loss) per share from continuing operations attributable
to Avient shareholders

$         0.30

$        (0.19)

$         0.83

$         0.90

Senior management uses comparisons of adjusted net income from continuing operations attributable to Avient shareholders and diluted adjusted earnings per share (EPS) from continuing operations attributable to Avient shareholders, excluding special items, to assess performance and facilitate comparability of results. Senior management believes these measures are useful to investors because they allow for comparison to Avient’s performance in prior periods without the effect of items that, by their nature, tend to obscure Avient’s operating results due to the potential variability across periods based on timing, frequency and magnitude. Non-GAAP financial measures have limitations as analytical tools and should not be considered in isolation from, or solely as alternatives to, financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. Below is a reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable financial measures calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP. See Attachment 3 for a definition and summary of special items and Attachment 7 for a summary of pro forma adjustments associated with the APM Acquisition. 

 

Three Months Ended

December 31,

2023

2022

Reconciliation to Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income

$

EPS(1) 

$

EPS(1) 

Net income (loss) from continuing operations attributable to Avient shareholders

$         27.8

$         0.30

$       (17.0)

$       (0.19)

Special items, after tax (Attachment 3)

5.4

0.06

38.3

0.42

Amortization expense, after-tax

15.0

0.16

14.6

0.16

Adjusted net income / EPS

$         48.2

$         0.52

$         35.9

$         0.39

(1) Per share amounts may not recalculate from figures presented herein due to rounding

Year Ended

December 31,

2023

2022

Reconciliation to Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income

$

EPS(1) 

$

EPS(1) 

Net income from continuing operations attributable to Avient shareholders

$         75.8

$         0.83

$         82.8

$         0.90

Special items, after tax (Attachment 3)

79.3

0.86

116.2

1.26

Amortization expense, after-tax

61.5

0.67

49.0

0.53

Adjusted net income / EPS

$       216.6

$         2.36

$       248.0

$         2.69

(1) Per share amounts may not recalculate from figures presented herein due to rounding

 

 Attachment 2

Avient Corporation

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income (Unaudited)

(In millions, except per share data)

Three Months Ended
December 31,

Year Ended

December 31,

2023

2022

2023

2022

Sales

$        719.0

$        790.4

$    3,142.8

$    3,396.9

Cost of sales

510.1

618.4

2,250.3

2,514.2

Gross margin

208.9

172.0

892.5

882.7

Selling and administrative expense

165.8

171.6

695.7

639.4

Operating income

43.1

0.4

196.8

243.3

Interest expense, net

(26.8)

(49.4)

(115.3)

(119.8)

Other income (expense), net

4.3

(28.4)

5.8

(59.7)

Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes

20.6

(77.4)

87.3

63.8

Income tax benefit (expense)

7.0

60.8

(11.0)

19.3

Net income (loss) from continuing operations

27.6

(16.6)

76.3

83.1

Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of income taxes

0.8

561.5

(0.1)

620.3

Net income

28.4

544.9

76.2

703.4

Net loss (income) attributable to noncontrolling interests

0.2

(0.4)

(0.5)

(0.3)

Net income attributable to Avient common shareholders

$          28.6

$        544.5

$          75.7

$        703.1

Earnings (loss) per share attributable to Avient common shareholders – Basic:

Continuing operations

$          0.30

$        (0.19)

$          0.83

$          0.91

Discontinued operations

0.01

6.17

6.80

Total

$          0.31

$          5.98

$          0.83

$          7.71

Earnings (loss) per share attributable to Avient common shareholders – Diluted:

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