Olin lowers Q2 2023 EBITDA forecast due to extended vinyl chloride plant maintenance works in Freeport, Texas; company to restructure epoxy resin operations with reduced staffing, plans to cease all operations at Gumi, South Korea, facility

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June 20, 2023 (press release) –

CLAYTON, Mo., June 20, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Olin Corporation (NYSE: OLN) announced today an updated outlook for the second quarter 2023. Olin's second quarter 2023 adjusted EBITDA is expected to be in the $350 to $360 million range, which is lower than previously expected mainly due to an approximately $50 million impact from an extended vinyl chloride monomer plant turnaround and additionally due to a lower market participation rate by Olin in the face of deteriorating market conditions. The planned vinyl chloride monomer plant maintenance turnaround at the Freeport, Texas facility required an extension of approximately seven weeks and resulted in higher unabsorbed fixed manufacturing costs, reduced profit from lost sales, and higher turnaround expense. The vinyl chloride monomer plant has returned to operations at a reduced rate.

Olin also announced the decision to cease all operations at its Gumi, South Korea facility, reduce epoxy resin and upstream capacity at its Freeport, Texas facility, and reduce our sales and support staffing across Asia. Olin's second quarter 2023 results are forecast to include approximately $12 million of restructuring charges associated with these plans of which approximately $6 million represents non-cash asset impairment charges. The cash component of these charges is expected to be paid over the next year.

"The restructuring actions announced on March 21, 2023, and in this announcement will complete the rightsizing of the Epoxy business and are expected to deliver $50 million of improved annual EBITDA beginning in fourth quarter 2023 continuing our commitment to elevate our Epoxy business earnings to a more sustainable level. Through these actions, we will have configured our global Epoxy asset capability to improve profitability through future recessions," remarked Scott Sutton, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer. "Both of our chemical businesses continue to experience a challenging demand environment. Our team remains focused on demonstrating our winning model's resilience and ability to deliver significantly higher trough level adjusted EBITDA compared to Olin's historical approach."


Olin Corporation is a leading vertically-integrated global manufacturer and distributor of chemical products and a leading U.S. manufacturer of ammunition. The chemical products produced include chlorine and caustic soda, vinyls, epoxies, chlorinated organics, bleach, hydrogen, and hydrochloric acid. Winchester's principal manufacturing facilities produce and distribute sporting ammunition, law enforcement ammunition, reloading components, small caliber military ammunition and components, and industrial cartridges.

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Business, Industry and Operational Risks
  • 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;
  • declines in average selling prices for our products 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;
  • unsuccessful execution of our strategic operating model, which prioritizes Electrochemical Unit (ECU) margins over sales volumes;
  • failure to control costs and inflation impacts or failure to achieve targeted cost reductions;
  • our reliance on a limited number of suppliers for specified feedstock and services and our reliance on third-party transportation;
  • the occurrence of unexpected manufacturing interruptions and outages, including those occurring as a result of labor disruptions, production hazards and weather-related events;
  • availability of and/or higher-than-expected costs of raw material, energy, transportation, and/or logistics;
  • the failure or an interruption of our information technology systems;
  • failure to identify, attract, develop, retain and motivate qualified employees throughout the organization;
  • our inability to complete future acquisitions or joint venture transactions or successfully integrate them into our business;
  • risks associated with our international sales and operations, including economic, political or regulatory changes;
  • the negative impact from a public health crisis, such as a pandemic, epidemic or outbreak of infectious disease, including the COVID-19 pandemic and the global response to the pandemic, including without limitation adverse impacts in complying with governmental mandates;
  • our indebtedness and debt service obligations;
  • weak industry conditions affecting our ability to comply with the financial maintenance covenants in our senior credit facility;
  • adverse conditions in the credit and capital markets, limiting or preventing our ability to borrow or raise capital;
  • the effects of any declines in global equity markets on asset values and any declines in interest rates or other significant assumptions used to value the liabilities in, and funding of, our pension plans;
  • our long-range plan assumptions not being realized causing a non-cash impairment charge of long-lived assets;
Legal, Environmental and Regulatory Risks
  • changes in, or failure to comply with, legislation or government regulations or policies, including changes regarding our ability to manufacture or use certain products and changes within the international markets in which we operate;
  • new regulations or public policy changes regarding the transportation of hazardous chemicals and the security of chemical manufacturing facilities;
  • unexpected outcomes from legal or regulatory claims and proceedings;
  • costs and other expenditures in excess of those projected for environmental investigation and remediation or other legal proceedings;
  • various risks associated with our Lake City U.S. Army Ammunition Plant contract and performance under other governmental contracts; and
  • failure to effectively manage environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues and related regulations, including climate change and sustainability.

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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