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AdvanSix Announces Second Quarter 2018 Financial Results

August 3, 2018

PARSIPPANY, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug 3, 2018--AdvanSix (NYSE: ASIX) today announced its financial results for the second quarter ending June 30, 2018. The Company generated strong results across a number of metrics including sales volume, income and operating cash flow.

Second Quarter 2018 Highlights

Sales up 11% versus prior year, including 4% volume increase and 7% higher raw material pass-through pricing Net Income of $28.4 million, an increase of $2.6 million versus the prior year EBITDA of $53.0 million, a decrease of $1.7 million versus the prior year Cash Flow from Operations of $33.2 million, an increase of $3.6 million versus the prior year Free Cash Flow of $10.4 million, a decrease of $4.6 million versus the prior year Initiated share repurchases under current $75 million authorization

“AdvanSix delivered another strong quarter capping off a dynamic first half of 2018. The performance this quarter, including a 4% sales volume increase, continued to be supported by high plant utilization rates and a favorable supply and demand environment. Our results demonstrate the strength of our business model and our ability to perform in a rising input and energy environment. In addition, we initiated share repurchases in June reflecting our maturing capital allocation strategy and confidence in continued cash flow generation,” said Erin Kane, president and CEO of AdvanSix.

Summary second quarter 2018 financial results for the Company are included below:

Sales volume in the quarter increased 4% versus the prior year primarily due to increases in our ammonium sulfate, caprolactam, and chemical intermediates product lines. Pricing overall increased 7% versus the prior year due to raw material pass-through pricing following cost increases in benzene and propylene (inputs to cumene which is a key feedstock to our products). Market-based pricing was approximately flat compared to the prior year. The pricing benefit of improved industry supply and demand dynamics in our nylon, caprolactam and ammonium sulfate product lines was offset by the unfavorable impact of elevated North America acetone imports on our chemical intermediates product line.

Sales by product line represented the following approximate percentage of our total sales:

EBITDA of $53.0 million in the quarter decreased $1.7 million versus the prior year primarily due to increased manufacturing costs, including purchases of feedstocks which are normally manufactured by the Company, partially offset by the favorable impact of higher sales volume. Earnings per share of $0.91 increased 10% versus the prior year driven by the factors discussed above as well as lower interest expense and the benefits of tax reform reducing our effective tax rate.

Cash flow from operations of $33.2 million in the quarter increased $3.6 million versus the prior year primarily due to higher net income, including the benefit of tax reform, and the favorable impact of changes in working capital, partially offset by a reduced benefit from deferred taxes. Capital expenditures of $22.7 million in the quarter increased $8.1 million versus the prior year.

Outlook

Current favorable nylon industry conditions expected to continue Expect new season ammonium sulfate fill pricing up approximately 10% year-over-year; typical seasonality expected to drive sequential pricing decline in 3Q 2018 North America acetone imports leveling off but near-term pricing headwind remains 3Q 2018 planned plant turnaround pre-tax income impact expected to be $25 to $28 million Capital Expenditures expected to be $110 to $115 million for the full year 2018, including previously announced $20 to $30 million incremental investment toward high-return growth and cost savings project pipeline

“We remain focused on the flawless execution of our third quarter plant turnaround, while driving performance in an improved market environment. Our strategies focused on operational and commercial excellence, improving mix, and executing against a maturing pipeline of high-return capital projects position us well to drive long-term shareholder value,” added Kane.

Conference Call Information

AdvanSix will discuss its results during its investor conference call today starting at 9:00 a.m. ET. To participate on the conference call, dial (844) 855-9494 (domestic) or (412) 858-4602 (international) approximately 10 minutes before the 9:00 a.m. ET start, and tell the operator that you are dialing in for AdvanSix’s second quarter 2018 earnings call. The live webcast of the investor call as well as related presentation materials can be accessed at http://investors.advansix.com. Investors can hear a replay of the conference call from 12 noon ET on August 3 until 12 noon ET on August 10 by dialing (877) 344-7529 (domestic) or (412) 317-0088 (international). The access code is 10121613.

About AdvanSix

AdvanSix is a leading manufacturer of Nylon 6, a polymer resin which is a synthetic material used by our customers to produce engineered plastics, fibers, filaments and films that, in turn, are used in such end-products as automotive and electronic components, carpets, sports apparel, fishing nets and food and industrial packaging. As a result of our backward integration and the configuration of our manufacturing facilities, we also sell caprolactam, ammonium sulfate fertilizer, acetone and other intermediate chemicals, all of which are produced as part of our Nylon 6 integrated manufacturing chain. More information on AdvanSix can be found at http://www.advansix.com.

Forward Looking Statements

This release contains certain statements that may be deemed “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, that address activities, events or developments that our management intends, expects, projects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements may be identified by words like “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “outlook”, “project,” “strategy,” “intend,” “plan,” “target,” “goal,” “may,” “will,” “should” and “believe” or other variations or similar terminology. Although we believe forward-looking statements are based upon reasonable assumptions, such statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may cause the actual results or performance of the company to be materially different from any future results or performance expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: general economic and financial conditions in the U.S. and globally; growth rates and cyclicality of the industries we serve; the impact of scheduled turnarounds and significant unplanned downtime and interruptions of production or logistics operations as a result of mechanical issues or other unanticipated events such as fires, severe weather conditions, and natural disasters; price fluctuations and supply of raw materials; our operations requiring substantial capital; failure to develop and commercialize new products or technologies; loss of significant customer relationships; adverse trade and tax policies; extensive environmental, health and safety laws that apply to our operations; hazards associated with chemical manufacturing, store and transportation; litigation associated with chemical manufacturing and our business operations generally; inability to acquire and integrate businesses, assets, products or technologies; protection of our intellectual property and proprietary information; prolonged work stoppages as a result of labor difficulties; cybersecurity and data privacy incidents; failure to maintain effective internal controls; our inability to achieve some or all of the anticipated benefits of the spin-off from Honeywell including uncertainty regarding qualification for expected tax treatment and indebtedness incurred in connection with the spin-off; fluctuations in our stock price; and tax reform or other changes in laws or regulations applicable to our business. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release. Such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, and actual results, developments and business decisions may differ from those envisaged by such forward-looking statements. We identify the principal risks and uncertainties that affect our performance in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017 and our subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release includes certain non-GAAP financial measures intended to supplement, not to act as substitutes for, comparable GAAP measures. Reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures to GAAP financial measures are provided in this press release. Investors are urged to consider carefully the comparable GAAP measures and the reconciliations to those measures provided. Non-GAAP measures in this press release may be calculated in a way that is not comparable to similarly-titled measures reported by other companies.

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