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Lyondellbasell Industries NV
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Earnings Details
Quarter December 2020
Friday, January 29, 2021 6:30:00 AM
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Lyondellbasell Industries NV Beats

Lyondellbasell Industries NV (LYB) reported Quarter December 2020 earnings of $2.19 per share on revenue of $7.9 billion. The consensus earnings estimate was $1.31 per share on revenue of $7.0 billion. The Earnings Whisper number was $1.47 per share. Revenue fell 3.0% compared to the same quarter a year ago.

LyondellBasell Industries NV is a plastics, chemical and refining company. The Company produces polypropylene and polypropylene compounds, propylene oxide, polyethylene, ethylene and propylene. It also provides technology licenses.

Results
Reported Earnings
$2.19
Earnings Whisper
$1.47
Consensus Estimate
$1.31
Reported Revenue
$7.94 Bil
Revenue Estimate
$7.01 Bil
Growth
Earnings Growth
Revenue Growth
Power Rating
Grade
Earnings Release

LyondellBasell Reports 2020 Earnings

HOUSTON and LONDON, Jan. 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ --  

Full Year 2020 Highlights

Resilient Earnings

  • Net Income: $1.4 billion, $1.9 billion excluding LCM and Impairment1
  • Diluted earnings per share: $4.24 per share, $5.61 per share excluding LCM and Impairment
  • EBITDA: $3.3 billion, $3.9 billion excluding LCM and Impairment

Advanced Growth Initiatives

  • Expanded polyethylene capacity with new 500 kt per year Hyperzone plant in Texas
  • New joint ventures in China and Louisiana; both accretive to earnings in the fourth quarter
  • Expanded circular polymers joint venture capacity by 20 kt in Belgium

Strong Cash Conversion and Dividends

  • 88% conversion of EBITDA (excluding LCM and Impairment) to cash from operating activities
  • Paid $4.20 per share in dividends; our tenth consecutive year of increasing total quarterly dividends

Fourth Quarter 2020 Highlights

  • Net Income: $0.9 billion, $0.7 billion excluding LCM and Impairment
  • Diluted earnings per share: $2.55 per share, $2.19 per share excluding LCM and Impairment
  • Highest fourth quarter EBITDA since 2017: $1.4 billion, $1.3 billion excluding LCM and Impairment
  • Refinanced $2.4 billion of debt to extend maturities and capture attractive interest rates
  • Liquidity of $5.2 billion as of December 31, 2020

Comparisons with the prior quarter, fourth quarter 2019 and year ended 2019 are available in the following table:

Table 1 - Earnings Summary

Millions of U.S. dollars (except share data)

Three Months Ended

Year Ended

December 31,
2020

September 30,
2020

December 31,
2019

December 31,
2020

December 31,
2019

Sales and other operating revenues

$7,937

$6,776

$8,179

$27,753

$34,727

Net income

855

114

612

1,427

3,397

Diluted earnings per share

2.55

0.33

1.83

4.24

9.58

Weighted average diluted share count

334

334

334

334

353

EBITDA (a)

1,413

446

1,172

3,285

5,692


Excluding LCM and Impairment1

Net income

$736

$427

$637

$1,884

$3,422

Diluted earnings per share

2.19

1.27

1.90

5.61

9.65

LCM (benefits) charges, pre-tax

(147)

(160)

33

16

33

Impairment, pre-tax

582

582

EBITDA

1,266

888

1,205

3,883

5,725


(a)  See the end of this release for an explanation of the Company's use of EBITDA and Table 9 for reconciliations of net income to EBITDA, including and excluding LCM and impairment. 







LCM stands for "lower of cost or market." Impairment is related to the Refining segment.  An explanation of LCM and why we have excluded LCM and impairment from certain financial information can be found under "Information Related to Financial Measures."

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.

OUTLOOK

"Improving trends seen in the closing weeks of December are continuing into the first quarter of 2021 and providing a bridge to the seasonal upticks typically seen in our businesses during the second and third quarters.  Elevated export demand to China and Latin America combined with tight markets are supporting strong margins for our Olefins and Polyolefins businesses.  Increased demand from automotive and construction markets has pushed the January order book for our Advanced Polymer Solutions segment to higher levels than the fourth quarter 2020 average.  With wider deployment of coronavirus vaccines, we anticipate that increasing mobility and transportation fuel demand could provide significant upside for our oxyfuels and refining businesses during the latter half of this year."

"LyondellBasell's measured approach to advancing value-driven growth is delivering results.  The Advanced Polymer Solutions platform is serving broader markets and beginning to capture the benefits from more than $200 million in synergies.  Our next-generation Hyperzone high-density polyethylene technology expanded our U.S. capacity and is establishing new benchmarks for differentiated product performance.  We formed two integrated cracker joint ventures that are quickly delivering accretive returns from high-quality assets benefiting from advantaged feedstocks and growing markets.  In January 2021, we continued on this strategy to form a new joint venture to build our second world-scale propylene oxide and styrene monomer unit in China." 

"In the near term, the top priority for our balance sheet is debt reduction.  In January, we repaid $500 million of debt outstanding with more deleveraging planned for the remainder of 2021.  We are well-poised to harvest profitability from our disciplined growth initiatives that should increase free cash flow and allow us to further strengthen our investment grade balance sheet," said Patel.

LYONDELLBASELL BUSINESS RESULTS DISCUSSION BY REPORTING SEGMENT

LyondellBasell manages operations through six operating segments: 1) Olefins and Polyolefins - Americas; 2) Olefins and Polyolefins - Europe, Asia and International; 3) Intermediates and Derivatives; 4) Advanced Polymer Solutions; 5) Refining; and 6) Technology. 

Comments and analysis represent underlying business activity and are exclusive of LCM and impairment.

Olefins & Polyolefins - Americas (O&P-Americas) - Our O&P-Americas segment produces and markets Olefins & Co-products, polyethylene and polypropylene.

Table 2 - O&P-Americas Financial Overview

Millions of U.S. dollars

Three Months Ended

Year Ended

December 31,
2020

September 30,
2020

December 31,
2019

December 31,
2020

December 31,
2019

Operating income

$516

$309

$365

$1,170

$1,777

EBITDA

722

474

498

1,810

2,302

LCM (benefits) charges, pre-tax

(70)

25

3

25

EBITDA excluding LCM

722

404

523

1,813

2,327


Three months ended December 31, 2020 versus three months ended September 30, 2020 - EBITDA increased $318 million versus the third quarter 2020, excluding an unfavorable $70 million variance due to LCM inventory benefits in the third quarter.  Fourth quarter 2020 results benefited approximately $70 million due to last-in, first out (LIFO) inventory valuation changes relative to the prior period.  Olefins results increased $185 million with higher margins and volumes.  Margins increased primarily due an increase in the prices of ethylene and propylene, while volumes increased due to higher demand.  Polyolefin results increased about $65 million driven by improved margins with a spread increase of polyethylene over ethylene and of polypropylene over propylene. 

Three months ended December 31, 2020 versus three months ended December 31, 2019 - EBITDA increased $199 million versus the fourth quarter 2019, excluding a favorable $25 million variance due to LCM inventory charges in the fourth quarter 2019.  Fourth quarter 2020 results decreased approximately $15 million due to LIFO inventory valuation changes relative to the prior period.  Olefins results increased approximately $65 million due to an increase in ethylene volumes from increased demand partially offset by lower margins. Polyolefin results increased $140 million driven by increased demand.  Margin improved due to an increase in the price of polyethylene and an increase in polyolefin volumes.

Full year ended December 31, 2020 versus full year ended December 31, 2019 - EBITDA decreased $514 million versus 2019, excluding a favorable $22 million variance due to LCM inventory charges.  2020 results decreased approximately $75 million due to LIFO inventory changes relative to the prior period.  Olefins results decreased about $220 million versus 2019 with a significant decrease in margin partially offset by an increase in volume.  Margins decreased driven by lower co-product prices outpacing reduced feedstock costs.  Volumes increased driven by strong demand.  Polyolefin results decreased approximately $215 million driven by a spread decrease in polyethylene and polypropylene over monomer partially offset by an increase in polyethylene volume.  Volume increased due to increased demand and start-up of the Hyperzone plant.

Olefins & Polyolefins - Europe, Asia, International (O&P-EAI) - Our O&P-EAI segment produces and markets Olefins & Co-products, polyethylene and polypropylene.

Table 3 - O&P-EAI Financial Overview

Millions of U.S. dollars

Three Months Ended

Year Ended

December 31,
2020

September 30,
2020

December 31,
2019

December 31,
2020

December 31,
2019

Operating income

$144

$52

$59

$412

$673

EBITDA

304

148

144

826

1,062

LCM (benefits) charges, pre-tax

(53)

(17)

EBITDA excluding LCM

251

131

144

826

1,062


Three months ended December 31, 2020 versus three months ended September 30, 2020 - EBITDA increased $120 million versus the third quarter 2020, excluding a favorable $36 million variance due to LCM inventory benefits.  Fourth quarter 2020 results benefited approximately $40 million due to LIFO inventory valuation changes relative to the prior period.  Olefins results were relatively unchanged compared to the third quarter 2020.  Margin declined due to increased maintenance expense offset by increased ethylene volume.  Combined polyolefins results increased $20 million driven by higher polyolefin volumes due to our new Bora joint venture production coupled with higher demand.  Joint venture equity income increased approximately $60 million with over half of the increase attributable to our Bora joint venture.

Three months ended December 31, 2020 versus three months ended December 31, 2019 - EBITDA increased $107 million versus the fourth quarter 2019, excluding a favorable $53 million variance due to LCM inventory benefits in the fourth quarter 2020.  Compared with the prior period, olefins results increased $25 million primarily driven by increased margins and volumes.  Margins were higher driven by lower feedstock prices partially offset by lower ethylene prices.  Combined polyolefins results increased more than $20 million largely due to higher polyolefin volumes and polyethylene margin partially offset by a decrease in polypropylene spread.  Joint venture equity income increased $65 million driven by Bora.

Full year ended December 31, 2020 versus full year ended December 31, 2019 - EBITDA decreased $236 million versus 2019.  Full year 2020 results include the impact of approximately $30 million due to LIFO inventory changes and a benefit of approximately $25 million due to an increase in the euro versus the U.S. dollar exchange rate relative to 2019.  Compared with the prior period, olefins results decreased $140 million due to lower margins driven by declining ethylene prices outpacing lower feedstock costs.  Combined polyolefins results decreased about $115 million due to lower margins partially offset by increased polyolefin volumes from the start-up of Bora.  Polyolefin margins declined driven by spread decreases in polyethylene and polypropylene over monomer.  Joint venture equity income increased approximately $15 million driven by the start-up of Bora partially offset by lower polyethylene margins.

Intermediates & Derivatives (I&D) - Our I&D segment produces and markets Propylene Oxide & Derivatives, Oxyfuels & Related Products and Intermediate Chemicals, such as styrene monomer, acetyls, ethylene oxide and ethylene glycol.

Table 4 - I&D Financial Overview

Millions of U.S. dollars

Three Months Ended

Year Ended

December 31,
2020

September 30,
2020

December 31,
2019

December 31,
2020

December 31,
2019

Operating income

$166

$180

$249

$501

$1,249

EBITDA

262

267

329

833

1,557

LCM (benefits) charges, pre-tax

(66)

(22)

10

EBITDA excluding LCM

196

245

329

843

1,557


Three months ended December 31, 2020 versus three months ended September 30, 2020 - EBITDA decreased $49 million versus the third quarter 2020, excluding a favorable $44 million variance due to LCM inventory benefits.  Results for the fourth quarter decreased approximately $70 million due to LIFO inventory changes relative to the prior quarter.  Compared to the prior period, Propylene Oxide & Derivatives results increased more than $25 million driven by higher margins due to strong Asia demand and market tightness.  Intermediate Chemicals results were relatively unchanged.  Oxyfuels & Related Products results decreased approximately $10 million driven by lower margins partially offset by an increase in volumes.  Margins declined due to higher butane feedstock prices and further weakening of gasoline spreads.

Three months ended December 31, 2020 versus three months ended December 31, 2019 - EBITDA decreased $133 million versus the fourth quarter 2019.  Results for the fourth quarter decreased approximately $55 million due to LIFO inventory changes relative to the prior quarter.  Propylene Oxide & Derivatives results increased approximately $40 million with improved margins and higher volumes due to strong Asia demand and market tightness.  Intermediate Chemicals results increased about $50 million driven by improved volumes and higher margins in most products, primarily styrene.  Volumes increased due to higher demand for most products and absence of planned maintenance in the fourth quarter 2019.  Oxyfuels & Related Products results decreased $175 million driven by lower margins due to reduced gasoline prices and lower octane blend premiums.

Full year ended December 31, 2020 versus full year ended December 31, 2019 - EBITDA decreased $714 million versus 2019, excluding an unfavorable $10 million variance due to LCM inventory charges in 2020.  Results for 2020 decreased approximately $40 million due to LIFO inventory changes relative to the prior year.  Propylene Oxide & Derivatives results decreased $15 million due to lower margins partially offset by higher volumes due to strong Asia demand.  Intermediate Chemicals results decreased about $185 million driven by margin declines in most businesses.  Oxyfuels & Related Products decreased approximately $465 million with a significant decrease in margins driven by reduced gasoline prices and lower octane blend premiums. 

Advanced Polymer Solutions (APS) - Our Advanced Polymer Solutions segment produces and markets in two lines of business: Compounding & Solutions and Advanced Polymers.  Compounding & Solutions includes polypropylene compounds, engineered plastics, masterbatches, engineered composites, colors and powders.  Advanced Polymers consists of Catalloy and polybutene-1. 

Table 5 - Advanced Polymer Solutions Financial Overview

Millions of U.S. dollars

Three Months Ended

Year Ended

December 31,
2020

September 30,
2020

December 31,
2019

December 31,
2020

December 31,
2019

Operating income

$123

$116

$13

$226

$290

EBITDA

152

157

54

378

424

LCM (benefits) charges, pre-tax

(26)

(40)

8

3

8

EBITDA excluding LCM

126

117

62

381

432


Three months ended December 31, 2020 versus three months ended September 30, 2020 - EBITDA increased $9 million versus the third quarter 2020, excluding an unfavorable $14 million variance due to LCM inventory benefits.  Results for the fourth quarter increased approximately $15 million due to LIFO inventory changes relative to the prior quarter.  Compounding & Solutions results were relatively unchanged with higher volumes due to continued automotive manufacturing recovery offset by lower margins.  Advanced Polymers results were relatively unchanged.

Three months ended December 31, 2020 versus three months ended December 31, 2019 - EBITDA increased $64 million versus the fourth quarter 2019, excluding a favorable $34 million variance due to LCM inventory changes.  Results for the fourth quarter benefited from a variance in integration costs of $38 million and were impacted by LIFO inventory changes of approximately $10 million compared to the prior period.  Compounding & Solutions results increased $40 million primarily driven by improved margins due to product mix.  Advanced Polymers results were relatively unchanged.

Full year ended December 31, 2020 versus full year ended December 31, 2019 - EBITDA decreased $51 million versus 2019, excluding a favorable $15 million variance due to LCM inventory changes.  Compared to the prior period, results benefited from a variance in integration costs of $80 million.  Results for 2020 decreased approximately $25 million due to LIFO inventory changes relative to the prior year.  Compounding & Solutions results decreased approximately $70 million driven by significantly lower volumes due to automotive and appliance sector shutdowns partially offset by higher margins due to product mix.  Advanced Polymers results decreased about $35 million due to lower margins and volumes driven by reduced construction market demand.

Refining - Our Refining segment produces and markets gasoline and distillates, including diesel fuel, heating oil and jet fuel.

Table 6 - Refining Financial Overview

Millions of U.S. dollars

Three Months Ended

Year Ended

December 31,
2020

September 30,
2020

December 31,
2019

December 31,
2020

December 31,
2019

Operating income (loss)

$(93)

$(733)

$(19)

$(1,024)

$(240)

EBITDA

(72)

(692)

22

(871)

(65)

LCM (benefits) charges, pre-tax

(2)

(11)

Impairment, pre-tax

582

582

EBITDA excluding LCM and impairment

(74)

(121)

22

(289)

(65)


Three months ended December 31, 2020 versus three months ended September 30, 2020 - EBITDA increased $47 million versus the third quarter 2020, excluding an unfavorable variance of $11 million due to LCM benefits and an impairment of $582 million for the Houston Refinery in the third quarter.  Margins improved due to lower fixed costs and improved margin capture.  A small improvement in the Maya 2-1-1 industry benchmark crack spread to $10.11 per barrel was more than offset by increased costs for renewable identification number credits (RINs).  The Houston Refinery operated at 80% utilization rate or an average crude throughput of 214,000 barrels per day matching reduced demand.

Three months ended December 31, 2020 versus three months ended December 31, 2019 - EBITDA decreased $96 million versus the fourth quarter 2019, excluding a favorable variance of $2 million due to LCM benefits in the fourth quarter 2020.  Margin declined as the Maya 2-1-1 industry benchmark decreased by $9.35 per barrel relative to same period last year.  The Houston Refinery operated at 214,000 barrels per day, 53,000 barrels per day lower than prior period due to sluggish demand for refined products.

Full year ended December 31, 2020 versus full year ended December 31, 2019 - EBITDA decreased $224 million versus 2019, excluding an impairment of $582 million for the Houston Refinery in the third quarter 2020.  Margins decreased driven by a decline in the Maya 2-1-1 industry benchmark from $17.52 per barrel to $12.63 per barrel.  Crude throughput averaged 223,000 barrels per day, 40,000 barrels per day lower than prior period in response to market demand.

Technology - Our Technology segment develops and licenses chemical and polyolefin process technologies and manufactures and sells polyolefin catalysts.

Table 7 - Technology Financial Overview

Millions of U.S. dollars

Three Months Ended

Year Ended

December 31,
2020

September 30,
2020

December 31,
2019

December 31,
2020

December 31,
2019

Operating income

$35

$101

$132

$287

$374

EBITDA

45

111

138

324

411

LCM (benefits) charges, pre-tax

EBITDA excluding LCM

45

111

138

324

411


Three months ended December 31, 2020 versus three months ended September 30, 2020 - EBITDA decreased $66 million versus the third quarter 2020. Compared to the prior period, results were driven by a lower number of licenses reaching revenue recognition milestones. Catalyst margins increased due to inventory mix partially offset by a decrease in volumes as customers managed inventories at year-end.

Three months ended December 31, 2020 versus three months ended December 31, 2019 - EBITDA decreased $93 million versus the fourth quarter 2019 primarily due to reduced licensing revenue.

Full year ended December 31, 2020 versus full year ended December 31, 2019 - EBITDA decreased $87 million versus 2019 driven by lower licensing revenue. 

Capital Spending and Cash Balances

Capital expenditures, including growth projects, maintenance turnarounds, catalyst and information technology-related expenditures, were $274 million during the fourth quarter 2020 and $1.9 billion for the full year 2020.  Our cash and liquid investment balance was $2.5 billion at December 31, 2020.  There were 334 million common shares outstanding as of December 31, 2020.  The company paid dividends of $1.4 billion during 2020.

Reconciliations and Additional Information

Quantitative reconciliations of net income, the most comparable GAAP measure, to EBITDA are provided in Table 9 at the end of this release.  Additional operating and financial information, including reconciliations of non-GAAP measures, may be found on our website at www.LyondellBasell.com/investorrelations

CONFERENCE CALL

LyondellBasell will host a conference call January 29 at 11 a.m. EST.  Participants on the call will include Chief Executive Officer Bob Patel, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Michael McMurray and Director of Investor Relations David Kinney.

The toll-free dial-in number in the U.S. is 1-800-475-8402. A complete listing of toll-free numbers by country is available at www.LyondellBasell.com/teleconference for international callers. The passcode for all numbers is 6934553.

The slides and webcast that accompany the call will be available at www.LyondellBasell.com/earnings.

A replay of the call will be available from 1:00 p.m. EST January 29 until February 28 at 11:59 p.m. EST.  The replay dial-in numbers are 1-800-846-0305 (U.S.) and 1-402-998-0543 (international).  The passcode for each is 6541.

ABOUT LYONDELLBASELL

LyondellBasell (NYSE: LYB) is one of the largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies in the world. Driven by its employees around the globe, LyondellBasell produces materials and products that are key to advancing solutions to modern challenges like enhancing food safety through lightweight and flexible packaging, protecting the purity of water supplies through stronger and more versatile pipes, improving the safety, comfort and fuel efficiency of many of the cars and trucks on the road, and ensuring the safe and effective functionality in electronics and appliances. LyondellBasell sells products into more than 100 countries and is the world's largest producer of polypropylene compounds and the largest licensor of polyolefin technologies. In 2020, LyondellBasell was named to Fortune magazine's list of the "World's Most Admired Companies" for the third consecutive year.  More information about LyondellBasell can be found at www.LyondellBasell.com.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

The statements in this release and the related teleconference relating to matters that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based upon assumptions of management of LyondellBasell which are believed to be reasonable at the time made and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. When used in this release, the words "estimate," "believe," "continue," "could," "intend," "may," "plan," "potential," "predict," "should," "will," "expect," and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain such identifying words. Actual results could differ materially based on factors including, but not limited to, market conditions, the business cyclicality of the chemical, polymers and refining industries; the availability, cost and price volatility of raw materials and utilities, particularly the cost of oil, natural gas, and associated natural gas liquids; uncertainties related to the extent and duration of the pandemic-related decline in demand, or other impacts due to the COVID-19 pandemic in geographic regions or markets served by us, or where our operations are located, including the risk of prolonged recession; competitive product and pricing pressures; labor conditions; our ability to attract and retain key personnel; operating interruptions (including leaks, explosions, fires, weather-related incidents, mechanical failure, unscheduled downtime, supplier disruptions, labor shortages, strikes, work stoppages or other labor difficulties, transportation interruptions, spills and releases and other environmental risks); the supply/demand balances for our and our joint ventures' products, and the related effects of industry production capacities and operating rates; our ability to achieve expected cost savings and other synergies; our ability to successfully execute projects and growth strategies; future financial and operating results; benefits and synergies of any proposed transactions; legal and environmental proceedings; tax rulings, consequences or proceedings; technological developments, and our ability to develop new products and process technologies; potential governmental regulatory actions; political unrest and terrorist acts; risks and uncertainties posed by international operations, including foreign currency fluctuations; and our ability to comply with debt covenants and to amend, extend, repay, redeem, service, and reduce our debt. Additional factors that could cause results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements can be found in the "Risk Factors" sections of our Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019, and our Forms 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 2020, and September 30, 2020. which can be found at www.LyondellBasell.com on the Investor Relations page and on the Securities and Exchange Commission's website at www.sec.gov. There is no assurance that any of the actions, events or results of the forward-looking statements will occur, or if any of them do, what impact they will have on our results of operations or financial condition. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they were made and are based on the estimates and opinions of management of LyondellBasell at the time the statements are made. LyondellBasell does not assume any obligation to update forward-looking statements should circumstances or management's estimates or opinions change, except as required by law.

INFORMATION RELATED TO FINANCIAL MEASURES

This release makes reference to certain non-GAAP financial measures as defined in Regulation G of the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.

We report our financial results in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, but believe that certain non-GAAP financial measures, such as EBITDA, net income and diluted EPS exclusive of adjustments for lower of cost or market ("LCM") and impairment, and certain liquidity measures provide useful supplemental information to investors regarding the underlying business trends and performance of the company's ongoing operations and are useful for period-over-period comparisons of such operations. Non-GAAP financial measures should be considered as a supplement to, and not as a substitute for, or superior to, the financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP.

EBITDA, as presented herein, may not be comparable to a similarly titled measure reported by other companies due to differences in the way the measure is calculated. We calculate EBITDA as income from continuing operations plus interest expense (net), provision for (benefit from) income taxes, and depreciation & amortization. EBITDA should not be considered an alternative to profit or operating profit for any period as an indicator of our performance, or as an alternative to operating cash flows as a measure of our liquidity. We also present EBITDA, net income and diluted EPS exclusive of adjustments for LCM and impairment.  LCM is an accounting rule consistent with GAAP related to the valuation of inventory. Our inventories are stated at the lower of cost or market. Cost is determined using the last-in, first-out ("LIFO") inventory valuation methodology, which means that the most recently incurred costs are charged to cost of sales and inventories are valued at the earliest acquisition costs. Fluctuation in the prices of crude oil, natural gas and correlated products from period to period may result in the recognition of charges to adjust the value of inventory to the lower of cost or market in periods of falling prices and the reversal of those charges in subsequent interim periods as market prices recover. Property, plant and equipment are recorded at historical costs. If it is determined that an asset or asset group's undiscounted future cash flows will not be sufficient to recover the carrying amount, an impairment charge is recognized to write the asset down to its estimated fair value.

Conversion of EBITDA excluding LCM and impairment to cash from operating activities is a measure that provides an indicator of a company's operational efficiency and management and may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies due to differences in the way the measures are calculated. For purposes of this release, conversion of EBITDA excluding LCM and impairment to cash from operating activities means cash from operating activities divided by EBITDA excluding LCM and impairment.

Free cash flow is a measure of profitability commonly used by investors to evaluate performance and may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies due to differences in the way the measure is calculated.  For the purposes of this release, free cash flow means net cash provided by operating activities minus capital expenditures.

Additionally, liquidity is a measure that provides an indicator of value to investors. For purposes of this release, liquidity includes cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash and restricted cash equivalents, short term investments, and availability under our Senior Revolving Credit Facility and our Receivables Facility.

Additional operating and financial information, including reconciliations of non-GAAP measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measure, may be found in Table 9 at the end of this release and on our website at www.LyondellBasell.com/investorrelations

OTHER FINANCIAL MEASURE PRESENTATION NOTES

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Table 8 - Reconciliation of Segment Information to Consolidated Financial Information








2019


2020

(Millions of U.S. dollars)


Q1


Q2


Q3


Q4


Total


Q1


Q2


Q3


Q4


Total

Sales and other operating revenues:





















Olefins & Polyolefins - Americas


$

2,111


$

2,114


$

2,137


$

2,073


$

8,435


$

1,792


$

1,433


$

1,840


$

2,210


$

7,275

Olefins & Polyolefins - EAI


2,535


2,505


2,309


2,155


9,504


2,224


1,702


1,982


2,459


8,367

Intermediates & Derivatives


1,894


2,062


2,046


1,832


7,834


1,770


1,157


1,538


1,804


6,269

Advanced Polymer Solutions


1,339


1,258


1,186


1,067


4,850


1,096


705


1,004


1,108


3,913

Refining


1,882


2,180


2,134


2,055


8,251


1,448


919


1,101


1,259


4,727

Technology


141


173


146


203


663


122


177


193


167


659

Other/Eliminations


(1,124)


(1,244)


(1,236)


(1,206)


(4,810)


(958)


(547)


(882)


(1,070)


(3,457)

  Continuing Operations


$

8,778


$

9,048


$

8,722


$

8,179


$

34,727


$

7,494


$

5,546


$

6,776


$

7,937


$

27,753






















Operating income (loss):





















Olefins & Polyolefins - Americas


$

384


$

504


$

524


$

365


$

1,777


$

238


$

107


$

309


$

516


$

1,170

Olefins & Polyolefins - EAI


186


226


202


59


673


135


81


52


144


412

Intermediates & Derivatives


314


372


314


249


1,249


131


24


180


166


501

Advanced Polymer Solutions


119


91


67


13


290


70


(83)


116


123


226

Refining


(59)


(110)


(52)


(19)


(240)


(314)


116


(733)


(93)


(1,024)

Technology


73


96


73


132


374


47


104


101


35


287

Other



(2)


(4)


(1)


(7)


(3)


(10)


(2)


2


(13)

  Continuing Operations


$

1,017


$

1,177


$

1,124


$

798


$

4,116


$

304


$

339


$

23


$

893


$

1,559






















Depreciation and amortization:





















Olefins & Polyolefins - Americas


$

115


$

117


$

118


$

120


$

470


$

124


$

133


$

134


$

134


$

525

Olefins & Polyolefins - EAI


53


52


51


52


208


53


53


55


53


214

Intermediates & Derivatives


72


74


75


74


295


70


74


79


82


305

Advanced Polymer Solutions


29


30


32


42


133


44


39


40


29


152

Refining


43


44


41


41


169


42


49


40


21


152

Technology


10


11


10


6


37


9


8


10


10


37

  Continuing Operations


$

322


$

328


$

327


$

335


$

1,312


$

342


$

356


$

358


$

329


$

1,385






















EBITDA:(a)





















Olefins & Polyolefins - Americas


$

516


$

635


$

653


$

498


$

2,302


$

366


$

248


$

474


$

722


$

1,810

Olefins & Polyolefins - EAI


296


331


291


144


1,062


189


185


148


304


826

Intermediates & Derivatives


390


448


390


329


1,557


203


101


267


262


833

Advanced Polymer Solutions


148


120


102


54


424


113


(44)


157


152


378

Refining


(15)


(66)


(6)


22


(65)


(272)


165


(692)


(72)


(871)

Technology


83


107


83


138


411


56


112


111


45


324

Other


10


4



(13)


1


(9)


(7)


1



(15)

  Continuing Operations


$

1,428


$

1,579


$

1,513


$

1,172


$

5,692


$

646


$

760


$

466


$

1,413


$

3,285






















Capital, turnarounds and IT deferred spending:





















Olefins & Polyolefins - Americas


$

276


$

257


$

295


$

271


$

1,099


$

204


$

190


$

130


$

19


$

543

Olefins & Polyolefins - EAI


64


39


45


65


213


42


34


38


52


166

Intermediates & Derivatives


179


238


317


330


1,064


353


305


103


119


880

Advanced Polymer Solutions


16


11


14


18


59


13


10


18


22


63

Refining


43


53


41


12


149


16


21


15


11


63

Technology


17


17


26


34


94


30


26


24


31


111

Other


4


7


4


1


16


2


2


97


20


121

  Continuing Operations


$

599


$

622


$

742


$

731


$

2,694


$

660


$

588


$

425


$

274


$

1,947























(a) See Table 9 for the reconciliation of net income to EBITDA, including and excluding LCM and impairment.

 

Table 9 - Reconciliation of Net Income to EBITDA, including and excluding LCM and Impairment


2019


2020

(Millions of U.S. dollars)

Q1


Q2


Q3


Q4


Total


Q1


Q2


Q3


Q4


Total

Net income

$

817


$

1,003


$

965


$

612


$

3,397


$

144


$

314


$

114


$

855


$

1,427

add: LCM charges (benefits), after-tax




25


25


351


(88)


(133)


(119)


11

add: Impairment of long-lived assets, after-tax








446



446

Net income excluding LCM and impairment

817


1,003


965


637


3,422


495


226


427


736


1,884

less: LCM (charges) benefits, after-tax




(25)


(25)


(351)


88


133


119


(11)

less: Impairment of long-lived assets, after-tax








(446)



(446)

Net income

817


1,003


965


612


3,397


144


314


114


855


1,427

Loss (income) from discontinued operations, net of tax


3


4



7


(1)


1



2


2

Income from continuing operations

817


1,006


969


612


3,404


143


315


114


857


1,429

Provision for (benefit from) income taxes(a)

203


169


136


140


648


75


(32)


(125)


39


(43)

Depreciation and amortization

322


328


327


335


1,312


342


356


358


329


1,385

Interest expense, net

86


76


81


85


328


86


121


119


188


514

add: LCM charges (benefits), pre-tax




33


33


419


(96)


(160)


(147)


16

EBITDA excluding LCM

1,428


1,579


1,513


1,205


5,725


1,065


664


306


1,266


3,301

add: Impairment of long-lived assets, pre-tax








582



582

EBITDA excluding LCM and impairment

1,428


1,579


1,513


1,205


5,725


1,065


664


888


1,266


3,883

less: LCM (charges) benefits, pre-tax




(33)


(33)


(419)


96


160


147


(16)

less: Impairment of long-lived assets, pre-tax








(582)



(582)

EBITDA

$

1,428


$

1,579


$

1,513


$

1,172


$

5,692


$

646


$

760


$

466


$

1,413


$

3,285






















(a) The third quarter of 2019 includes a non-cash benefit of $85 million, from the release of unrecognized tax benefits and associated accrued interest.

 

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