LyondellBasell News: Reports 2020 Earnings

(STL.News) LyondellBasell Industries (NYSE: LYB) today announced net income for the fourth quarter 2020 of $0.9 billion, or $2.55 per share.  The quarter included a $147 million non-cash, lower of cost or market (LCM) inventory valuation benefit that increased net income by $119 million or $0.36 per share. Fourth quarter EBITDA was $1.4 billion, or $1.3 billion excluding LCM.

Full year 2020 net income was $1.4 billion, or $4.24 per share. The full year results included a $582 million non-cash impairment charge related to the Houston refinery and $16 million of non-cash, LCM inventory valuation charges.  LCM and Impairment charges reduced full year 2020 net income by $457 million, or $1.37 per share.  Full year 2020 EBITDA was $3.3 billion, or $3.9 billion excluding LCM and impairment.  During 2020, costs for integration and restructuring impacted net income by $33 million or $0.10 per share.

“During 2020, LyondellBasell demonstrated financial and operational resilience against an extremely challenging backdrop of a global pandemic, the associated recession, volatile oil prices and significant capacity additions in our industry.  We moved swiftly to create a safe work environment for our employees and continuously supply customers with essential products throughout the pandemic.  Our strengths in operational excellence, cost management and capital discipline served us well as we quickly adapted to dynamic conditions by aggressively managing inventories, minimizing working capital and bolstering liquidity by rapidly accessing capital markets and efficiently generating cash. LyondellBasell honored commitments to investors by both maintaining an investment grade credit rating and continuing to fund dividends and capital investments with cash from operations.  Taken together, these actions enabled us to successfully navigate a challenging year and remain focused on our strategy to build a stronger company for our stakeholders,” said Bob Patel, LyondellBasell CEO.

“During the fourth quarter, strong and persistent consumer-driven demand, industry supply constraints and continued recovery in durable goods markets reduced the impact of typical end-of-year slowdowns for our businesses.  During this period, we operated well and met robust demand for polyolefins used in consumer packaging and healthcare applications.  Margins improved for Olefins and Polyolefins, Propylene Oxide & Derivatives and Intermediate Chemicals businesses driven by higher demand and tight markets.  Rebounding automotive manufacturing drove increased volumes for our Advanced Polymer Solutions businesses.  The Refining and Oxyfuels & Related Products businesses continued to face headwinds from low global mobility resulting in stagnant demand for transportation fuels.”

“LyondellBasell nimbly managed the challenges of 2020 and our team advanced on our goal to create a stronger company for the longer term. We expanded our participation in the rapidly growing Chinese market by forming a new integrated olefin and polyolefin joint venture with Bora.  In December, we expanded our manufacturing footprint on the U.S. Gulf Coast through the formation of an integrated polyethylene joint venture in Louisiana with Sasol.  Both joint ventures provided immediate benefits to our fourth quarter profitability without the project completion risks associated with the construction of greenfield projects.”

“Our company remained focused on the substantive and ambitious goals outlined in our most recent Sustainability Report to develop circular and sustainable business models for our products.  We took action to advance our goals of annually producing and marketing two million tons of recycled and renewable-based polymers, including the start-up of our MoReTec molecular recycling pilot plant in Ferrara, Italy and the expansion of our mechanical recycling capacity in Europe through our Quality Circular Polymers joint venture with SUEZ.  We are dedicated to disciplined and sustainable growth that ensures our chemical and polymer products will continue to provide value for society,” Patel said.

NOTE: this is NOT the complete release.

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