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Huntsman Releases 2009 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results

Please Click here for the PDF version of this release STRONG FOURTH QUARTER 2009 ADJUSTED EBITDA OF $165 MILLION; IMPROVING GLOBAL DEMANDTHE WOODLANDS, Texas, Feb 19, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- (NYSE: HUN)

Fourth Quarter 2009 Highlights

 

  • Revenues for the fourth quarter of 2009 were $2,096 million, an increase of 2% compared to $2,048 million for the same period in 2008 and a decrease of 1% compared to $2,108 million for the third quarter of 2009.
  • Volumes for the fourth quarter of 2009 increased 13% compared to the same period in 2008 and decreased 7% compared to the third quarter of 2009 consistent with historical seasonal patterns.
  • Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2009 was $165 million compared to $51 million for the same period in 2008 and $200 million for the third quarter of 2009.
  • Net income attributable to Huntsman Corporation for the fourth quarter of 2009 was $66 million or $0.26 per diluted share, impacted by favorable year end accounting for taxes of approximately $79 million. This compares to net income attributable to Huntsman Corporation of $598 million or $2.53 per diluted share for the same period in 2008 and a net loss attributable to Huntsman Corporation of $68 million or $0.29 loss per diluted share for the third quarter of 2009.
  • Adjusted net income for the fourth quarter of 2009 was $70 million or $0.27 per diluted share, impacted by favorable year end accounting for taxes of approximately $79 million. This compares to an adjusted net loss of $91 million or $0.38 loss per diluted share for the same period in 2008 and an adjusted net loss of $55 million or $0.24 loss per diluted share for the third quarter of 2009.

 

Full Year 2009 Highlights


 
  • Revenues for 2009 were $7,763 million compared to $10,215 million for 2008.
  • Adjusted EBITDA for 2009 was $511 million compared to $643 million for 2008.
  • Net income attributable to Huntsman Corporation for 2009 was $114 million or $0.48 per diluted share compared to $609 million or $2.60 per diluted share for 2008.
  • Adjusted net loss for 2009 was $323 million or $1.38 loss per diluted share compared to adjusted net loss of $57 million or $0.24 loss per diluted share for 2008.
  • Total cash and unused borrowing capacity as of December 31, 2009 was approximately $2.5 billion.
Summarized earnings are as follows: Three months ended Three months Year ended December 31, ended December 31, ----------------- -------------- ------------- In millions, except per September 30, share amounts 2009 2008 2009 2009 2008 ----------------------- ---- ---- ------------- ---- ---- Net income (loss) attributable to Huntsman Corporation $66 $598 $(68) $114 $609 Adjusted net income (loss)(1) $70 $(91) $(55) $(323) $(57) Diluted income (loss) per share $0.26 $2.53 $(0.29) $0.48 $2.60 Adjusted diluted income (loss) per share(1)(2) $0.27 $(0.38) $(0.24) $(1.38) $(0.24) EBITDA(1) $147 $984 $107 $1,158 $1,529 Adjusted EBITDA(1) $165 $51 $200 $511 $643 See end of press release for important explanations

Recent Highlights

 

  • On January 11, 2010, we repurchased all of our outstanding 7% convertible notes due 2018 for approximately $382 million. As these notes were convertible into approximately 31.8 million shares of common stock, our fully diluted outstanding share count was reduced to approximately 240 million shares.

 

Peter R. Huntsman, our President and CEO, stated:

"Results from our most recent fourth quarter are very encouraging; we have seen our business results improve from last year when we reported $51 million of Adjusted EBITDA to this year when we reported $165 million. During 2009, we eliminated more than $150 million of costs from our business and reduced working capital needs by nearly $500 million. Despite the challenging economic conditions in 2009, we were able to maintain consistent margins on a per unit basis throughout our business. During the fourth quarter of 2009 our volumes increased 13 percent compared to the prior year, but still fell short of normalized demand. As demand continues to improve, we expect to see improved earnings."

He added, "We look forward to improving market conditions in 2010. We have a number of innovative products in our pipeline that address energy concerns that will provide long term benefits. I expect our operational discipline, improving global market conditions and stronger capacity utilization to further enhance our earnings potential."

                               Huntsman Corporation
                                 Operating Results


                                            Three months ended  Year ended
                                               December 31,     December 31,
    In millions, except per share amounts      2009    2008    2009     2008
    -------------------------------------      ----    ----    ----     ----

    Revenues                                  $2,096  $2,048  $7,763  $10,215
    Cost of goods sold                         1,747   1,883   6,695    8,951
                                              ------  ------  ------  -------
    Gross profit                                 349     165   1,068    1,264
    Operating expenses                           277     256     987    1,063
    Restructuring, impairment and plant
     closing costs                                13      28     152       36
                                              ------  ------  ------  -------
    Operating income (loss)                       59    (119)    (71)     165
    Interest expense, net                        (60)    (64)   (238)    (263)
    Loss on accounts receivable
     securitization program                      (10)    (11)    (23)     (27)
    Equity in income of investment in
     unconsolidated affiliates                     2       4       3       14
    Loss on early extinguishment of debt           -       -     (21)      (1)
    Income associated with the Terminated
     Merger and related litigation                 -     815     835      780
    Other (loss) income                           (1)     (1)      -        1
                                              ------  ------  ------  -------
    (Loss) income before income taxes            (10)    624     485      669
    Income tax benefit (expense)                  79    (148)   (370)    (190)
                                              ------  ------  ------  -------
    Income from continuing operations             69     476     115      479
    (Loss) income from discontinued
     operations, net of tax(3)                    (7)    112      (9)     117
                                              ------  ------  ------  -------
    Income before extraordinary gain              62     588     106      596
    Extraordinary gain on the acquisition of
     a business, net of tax of nil(4)              6       4       6       14
                                              ------  ------  ------  -------
    Net income                                    68     592     112      610
    Less net (income) loss attributable to
     noncontrolling interests                     (2)      6       2       (1)
                                              ------  ------  ------  -------
    Net income attributable to Huntsman
     Corporation                                 $66    $598    $114     $609
                                              ======  ======  ======  =======


    Net income attributable to Huntsman
     Corporation                                 $66    $598    $114     $609
    Interest expense, net                         60      64     238      263
    Income tax (benefit) expense from
     continuing operations                       (79)    148     370      190
    Income tax (benefit) expense from
     discontinued operations(1)(3)                (4)     66      (6)      69
    Depreciation and amortization                104     108     442      398
                                               -----   -----  ------   ------
    EBITDA(1)                                   $147    $984  $1,158   $1,529

    Adjusted EBITDA(1)                          $165     $51    $511     $643

    Basic income per share                     $0.28   $2.56   $0.49    $2.62
    Diluted income per share(2)                $0.26   $2.53   $0.48    $2.60
    Adjusted diluted income (loss) per
     share(1)(2)                               $0.27  $(0.38) $(1.38)  $(0.24)

    Common share information:
      Basic shares outstanding                 234.0   233.6   233.9    232.0
      Diluted shares                           271.5   236.4   238.3    234.3
      Diluted shares for adjusted diluted
       income (loss) per share                 271.5   236.4   233.9    234.3

    See end of press release for footnote explanations



                                Huntsman Corporation
                                  Segment Results

                                 Three months ended           Year ended
                                    December 31,             December 31,
    In millions                    2009     2008            2009      2008
    ------------                   ----     ----            ----      ----

    Segment Revenues:
      Polyurethanes                  $841     $796          $3,005    $4,055
      Advanced Materials              274      301           1,059     1,492
      Textile Effects                 187      169             691       903
      Performance Products            568      606           2,090     2,703
      Pigments                        248      186             960     1,072
      Eliminations and other          (22)     (10)            (42)      (10)
                                   ------   ------          ------   -------

        Total                      $2,096   $2,048          $7,763   $10,215
                                   ======   ======          ======   =======

    Segment EBITDA(1):
      Polyurethanes                  $135      $13            $384      $382
      Advanced Materials               21       21              59       149
      Textile Effects                  (8)     (40)            (64)      (33)
      Performance Products             60       93             260       278
      Pigments                         27      (16)            (24)       17
      Corporate and other             (77)     735             558       550
      Discontinued operations(3)      (11)     178             (15)      186
                                   ------   ------          ------   -------

              Total                  $147     $984          $1,158    $1,529
                                   ======   ======          ======   =======

    Segment Adjusted EBITDA(1):
      Polyurethanes                  $135      $13            $386      $382
      Advanced Materials               21       22              71       150
      Textile Effects                 (13)     (20)            (56)      (10)
      Performance Products             60       94             260       279
      Pigments                         23      (13)             27        21
      Corporate and other             (61)     (45)           (177)     (179)
                                   ------   ------          ------   -------
        Total                        $165      $51            $511      $643
                                   ======   ======          ======   =======

    See end of press release for footnote explanations



                              Three months ended           Year ended
                                  December 31,             December 31,
                                 2009 vs. 2008            2009 vs. 2008
                                 -------------            -------------
    Period-Over-Period         Average       Sales      Average       Sales
     (Decrease) Increase    Selling Price   Volume   Selling Price    Volume
                            -------------   ------   -------------    ------

      Polyurethanes (a)          (4)%         10%        (22)%         (5)%
      Advanced Materials (b)     (1)%         (4)%        (9)%        (20)%
      Textile Effects (a)         2%           9%         (5)%        (20)%
      Performance Products (a)  (19)%         15%        (21)%         (3)%
      Pigments (a)                0%          36%         (5)%         (6)%
                                ---          ---         ---          ---
        Total Company
         (a)(b)(c)               (8)%         13%        (19)%         (6)%
                                ---          ---         ---          ---

    (a) Excludes revenues and sales volumes from tolling arrangements and
        bi-products
    (b) Excludes APAO business sold July 31, 2009
    (c) Excludes Australian styrenics operations which were closed
        January 2010

Three Months Ended December 31, 2009 Compared to Three Months Ended December 31, 2008

Revenues for the three months ended December 31, 2009 increased to $2,096 million from $2,048 million for the same period in 2008. Revenues increased primarily due to higher sales volumes in our Polyurethanes, Textile Effects, Performance Products and Pigments segments partially offset by lower average selling prices in our Polyurethanes, Advanced Materials and Performance Products segments.

For the three months ended December 31, 2009, EBITDA was $147 million compared to $984 million for the same period in 2008. Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended December 31, 2009 was $165 million compared to $51 million for the same period in 2008.

Polyurethanes

The increase in revenues in our Polyurethanes segment for the three months ended December 31, 2009 compared to the same period in 2008 was primarily due to higher sales volumes partially offset by lower average selling prices. Global MDI sales volumes increased primarily due to improved demand. Average MDI selling prices decreased due to lower raw material costs and competitive pressures. PO and MTBE sales volumes increased compared to the 2008 period, which was impacted by the 2008 U.S. Gulf Coast storms, and average selling prices increased due to favorable competitive conditions. The increase in EBITDA in our Polyurethanes segment was primarily the result of higher margins and sales volumes as well as the negative effects in the 2008 period caused by the 2008 U.S. Gulf Coast storms.

Advanced Materials

The decrease in revenues in our Advanced Materials segment for the three months ended December 31, 2009 compared to the same period in 2008 was due to lower sales volumes and lower average selling prices. Sales volumes decreased across all regions as a result of delayed effects from the worldwide economic slowdown on this portion of our business. Average selling prices in our base resins market decreased in response to lower raw material costs while average selling prices in our formulations and specialty components markets decreased primarily as a result of changes in our product mix and competitive pressure in the wind generation and coating systems markets. EBITDA was essentially unchanged as lower sales were offset by lower raw material and operating costs. During the three months ended December 31, 2009 and 2008, our Advanced Materials segment recorded restructuring and plant closing charges of nil and $1 million, respectively.

Textile Effects

The increase in revenues in our Textile Effects segment for the three months ended December 31, 2009 compared to the same period in 2008 was due to higher sales volumes and higher average selling prices. Sales volumes increased primarily due to higher demand for apparel, home and specialty textile products in Asia where the dyeing, printing and cotton knit businesses in China and the woven segment in Sri Lanka are experiencing a good market recovery. The increase in EBITDA was primarily due to higher margins resulting from lower operating and fixed costs as well as higher sales volumes. During the three months ended December 31, 2009 and 2008, our Textile Effects segment recorded restructuring and plant closing credits of $6 million and restructuring and plant closing charges of $21 million, respectively.

Performance Products

The decrease in revenues in our Performance Products segment for the three months ended December 31, 2009 compared to the same period in 2008 was due to lower average selling prices partially offset by higher sales volumes. The decrease in average selling prices was primarily due to lower raw material costs. Sales volumes increased primarily due to higher demand across most product groups. EBITDA decreased due to the effect of lower margins as selling prices decreased faster than raw materials costs, partially offset by higher sales volumes. During the three months ended December 31, 2009 and 2008, our Performance Products segment recorded restructuring and plant closing charges of nil and $1 million, respectively.

Pigments

The increase in revenues in our Pigments segment for the three months ended December 31, 2009 compared to the same period in 2008 was due to higher sales volumes. Sales volumes increased primarily due to greater demand in Europe and Asia. Average local currency selling prices decreased but were offset by the strength of the Euro against the US dollar, resulting in no change to average selling prices. The increase in EBITDA in our Pigments segment was primarily due to higher margins resulting from lower operating and fixed costs as well as higher sales volumes. During the three months ended December 31, 2009 and 2008, our Pigments segment recorded restructuring, impairment and plant closing charges of $6 million and $3 million, respectively.

Corporate and Other

Corporate and Other includes the results of our Australia styrenics business, unallocated foreign exchange gains and losses, unallocated corporate overhead, loss on our accounts receivable securitization program, income (expenses) associated with the terminated merger with Hexion and related litigation, loss on early extinguishment of debt, income (loss) attributable to non-controlling interests, unallocated restructuring costs, extraordinary gain on the acquisition of a business and non-operating income and expense. The decrease in EBITDA from Corporate and Other for the three months ended December 31, 2009 compared to the same period in 2008 resulted primarily from the lack of income associated with the Terminated Merger and related litigations costs in the 2009 period ($815 million in the 2008 period compared to nil in the 2009 period).

Income Taxes

During the three months ended December 31, 2009, we recorded an income tax benefit of $79 million compared to $148 million of income tax expense in the same period of 2008. In the fourth quarter of 2009, as a result of year end pension accounting, we were required to realize the tax benefit for some of the net operating losses in countries where we have valuation allowances in addition we recorded tax benefits from losses in countries where we do not have valuation allowances.

In 2009, we paid cash taxes of approximately $155 million, $15 million related to foreign taxable income and approximately $140 million related to U.S. taxable income approximately all of which was associated with the settlement of our litigation in Texas with Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank. We have significant non-U.S. net operating loss carryforwards most of which have an offsetting tax valuation allowance. As of December 31, 2009 we have fully utilized all of our U.S. federal regular tax net operating loss carryforwards.

Liquidity, Capital Resources and Outstanding Debt

As of December 31, 2009, we had $2,510 million of combined cash and unused borrowing capacity compared to $1,291 million at December 31, 2008. Excluding cash received from the Texas bank litigation settlement (net of taxes), a portion of which was used to repurchase certain of our long-term debt, our liquidity during 2009 improved despite the impact of the worldwide recession on earnings. This was largely due to effective working capital management, reduced capital expenditures and minimal scheduled debt maturities.

Our primary working capital (accounts receivable, including our off balance sheet securitization program, inventory and accounts payable) decreased which provided a cash benefit to us of $74 million in the fourth quarter of 2009 and $490 million for the full year 2009. Total capital expenditures were $49 million during the fourth quarter of 2009 compared to $93 million for the same period in 2008. For the year ended December 31, 2009, total capital expenditures were $189 million compared to $418 million for 2008. We expect to spend between $250 and $275 million on capital expenditures in 2010.

During the fourth quarter of 2009, we replaced our existing short term (364 day) accounts receivable securitization program that was scheduled to mature November 2009 with two new multi-year securitization programs (a U.S. program and a European program). The U.S. program provides for financing up to $250 million of which $125 million is for three years and $125 million is for two years. The European program provides for financing up to euro 225 million for two years. Availability under these programs is determined among other things by the level of eligible receivables.

We are currently seeking to amend our existing revolving credit facility to reduce the available borrowing limit to an amount not to exceed $300 million and extend the maturity to February, 2014.

In connection with our ongoing insurance claim related to the April 29, 2006 Port Arthur, Texas fire, we have received partial insurance proceeds to date of $365 million. We are currently in binding arbitration with the insurers. While a final ruling is not expected until after additional oral arguments scheduled for March 2010, based on preliminary rulings, we do not expect additional recoveries to exceed $200 million. Any additional anticipated recoveries will be used to repay secured debt.

On January 11, 2010, we repurchased all of our outstanding 7% convertible notes due 2018 which were held by funds controlled by Apollo Management, L.P. The convertible notes were issued to Apollo in December 2008 in connection with the settlement of litigation related to our terminated merger agreement with Hexion Specialty Chemicals, Inc. The total purchase amount was approximately $382 million. At the time of this repurchase, the notes were convertible into approximately 31.8 million shares of Huntsman common stock. This early extinguishment of the convertible notes will result in a loss on extinguishment of approximately $146 million in the first quarter of 2010.

In the future, depending on market conditions, we may from time to time, seek to repurchase or redeem debt securities in open market purchases, privately negotiated transactions, tender offers or otherwise. Any such repurchases or redemptions and the timing and amount thereof, will depend on prevailing market conditions, liquidity requirements, contractual restrictions and other factors. No assurance can be given that we will complete any such transaction.

    Below is our outstanding debt:


                                      December 31,    December 31,
    In millions                           2009            2008
    -----------                           ----            ----
    Debt:
        Senior Credit Facilities         $1,968        $1,540
        Secured Notes                         -           295
        Senior Notes                        434           198
        Subordinated Notes                1,294         1,285
        Other Debt                          280           329
        Convertible Notes                   236           235
                                         ------        ------
    Total Debt - excluding
     affiliates                           4,212         3,882
                                         ------        ------

    Total Cash                            1,750           662
                                         ------        ------

    Net Debt- excluding affiliates       $2,462        $3,220
                                         ======        ======

    Off-balance sheet accounts receivable
     securitization programs(a)            $254          $446


    (a) Effective January 1, 2010, our off-balance sheet accounts receivable
        securitization programs will be reported on balance sheet as
        secured debt



                              Huntsman Corporation
                          Reconciliation of Adjustments

                                               Net Income
                                                 (Loss)          Diluted
                                             Attributable to     Income
                                                 Huntsman        (Loss)
                                   EBITDA       Corporation     Per Share
                                ------------ ---------------   ------------
                                Three months   Three months    Three months
                                    ended          ended          ended
    In millions, except per      December 31,   December 31,    December 31,
     share amounts               2009    2008    2009  2008     2009    2008
    -----------------------      ----    ----    ----  ----     ----    ----

    GAAP(2)                      $147    $984    $66  $598     $0.26   $2.53
    Adjustments:
      Loss on accounts
       receivable securitization
       program                     10      11      -     -         -       -
      Unallocated foreign
       currency (gain) loss        (1)     25     (3)   12     (0.01)   0.05
      Loss on early
       extinguishment of debt       -       1      -     -         -       -
      Other restructuring,
       impairment and plant
       closing costs               13      28      7    25      0.03    0.11
      Income associated with
       the Terminated Merger and
       related litigation           -    (815)     -  (610)        -   (2.58)
      Discount amortization on
       settlement financing
       associated with the
       Terminated Merger            -       -      5     -      0.02       -
      Acquisition related
       income                      (9)      -     (6)    -     (0.02)      -
      Gain on disposition of
       businesses/assets            -      (1)     -     -         -       -
      Loss (income) from
       discontinued operations,
       net of tax(3)               11    (178)     7  (112)     0.03   (0.47)
      Extraordinary gain on the
       acquisition of a
       business, net of tax(4)     (6)     (4)    (6)   (4)    (0.02)  (0.02)
                                 ----    ----    ---  ----     -----  ------
    Adjusted(1)(2)               $165     $51    $70  $(91)    $0.27  $(0.38)
                                                               -----  ------

    Discontinued operations      $(11)   $178    $(7) $112    $(0.03)  $0.47
      Gain on disposition of
       assets                      (6)     (3)    (4)   (2)    (0.01)  (0.01)
      Loss (gain) on partial
       fire insurance settlement   17    (175)    11  (110)     0.04   (0.47)
                                 ----    ----    ---  ----     -----  ------
    Adjusted discontinued
     operations(1)(3)              $-      $-     $-    $-        $-      $-



                                                     Three months ended
    In millions                                      September 30, 2009
    -----------                                      ------------------

    Net loss attributable to Huntsman Corporation           (68)
    Interest expense, net                                    65
    Income tax expense from continuing operations             -
    Income tax benefit from discontinued operations(3)       (2)
    Depreciation and amortization                           112
                                                           ----
    EBITDA(1)                                              $107




                                        Net Income (Loss)    Diluted Income
                                         Attributable to         (Loss)
    In millions,         EBITDA        Huntsman Corporation     Per Share
     except per     Three months ended  Three months ended  Three months ended
     share             September 30,       September 30,       September 30,
     amounts               2009                2009                2009
    ------------    ------------------ -------------------- ------------------

    GAAP                  $107               $(68)              $(0.29)
    Adjustments:
      Loss on
       accounts
       receivable
       securitization
       program               3                  -                    -
      Unallocated
       foreign
       currency gain        (6)                (5)               (0.02)
      Loss on early
       extinguishment
       of debt              21                 13                 0.06
      Other
       restructuring,
       impairment and
       plant closing
       costs (credits)
                            62                 (7)               (0.03)
      Expenses
       associated with
       the Terminated
       Merger and
       related
       litigation            2                  1                    -
      Discount
       amortization on
       settlement
       financing
       associated with
       the Terminated
       Merger                -                  4                 0.02
      Acquisition
       related
       expenses              8                  6                 0.03
      Gain on
       disposition of
       businesses/
       assets               (1)                (1)                   -
      Loss from
       discontinued
       operations, net
       of tax(3)             4                  2                 0.01
                          ----               ----               ------
    Adjusted              $200               $(55)              $(0.24)
                                                                ------

    Discontinued
     operations            $(4)               $(2)              $(0.01)
      Loss on
       disposition of
       assets                4                  2                 0.01
                          ----               ----               ------
    Adjusted
     discontinued
     operations(3)          $-                 $-                   $-



                                       Net Income (Loss)   Diluted Income
                                        Attributable To        (Loss)
                          EBITDA     Huntsman Corporation    Per Share
                         --------    --------------------  --------------
    In millions,        Year ended       Year ended          Year ended
     except per share   December 31,    December 31,        December 31,
     amounts            2009    2008     2009  2008         2009    2008
    -----------------   ----    ----     ----  ----         ----    ----

    GAAP(2)            $1,158  $1,529    $114  $609         $0.48   $2.60
    Adjustments:
      Loss on
       accounts
       receivable
       securitization
       program             23      27       -     -             -       -
      Unallocated
       foreign
       currency (gain)
       loss               (16)     31      (5)    9         (0.02)   0.04
      Loss on early
       extinguishment
       of debt             21       1      13     -          0.06       -
      Other
       restructuring,
       impairment and
       plant closing
       costs              152      36      69    32          0.29    0.14
      Income
       associated with
       the Terminated
       Merger and
       related
       litigation        (835)   (780)   (526) (575)        (2.25)  (2.45)
      Discount
       amortization on
       settlement
       financing
       associated with
       the Terminated
       Merger               -       -       9     -          0.04       -
      Acquisition
       related
       expenses             -       -       1     -             -       -
      Gain on
       disposition of
       businesses/
       assets              (1)     (1)     (1)   (1)            -       -
      Loss (income)
       from
       discontinued
       operations, net
       of tax(3)           15    (186)      9  (117)         0.04   (0.50)
      Extraordinary
       gain on the
       acquisition of
       a business, net
       of tax(4)           (6)    (14)     (6)  (14)        (0.03)  (0.06)
                         ----    ----   -----  ----        ------  ------
    Adjusted(1)(2)       $511    $643   $(323) $(57)       $(1.38) $(0.24)
                                                           ------  ------

    Discontinued
     operations          $(15)   $186     $(9) $117        $(0.04)  $0.50
      Gain on
       disposition of
       assets              (2)    (11)     (2)   (7)        (0.01)  (0.03)
      Loss (gain) on
       partial fire
       insurance
       settlement          17    (175)     11  (110)         0.05   (0.47)
                         ----    ----   -----  ----        ------  ------
    Adjusted
     discontinued
     operations(1)(3)      $-      $-      $-    $-            $-      $-

    See end of press release for footnote explanations

Conference Call Information

We will hold a conference call to discuss our 2009 fourth quarter and full year results on Friday, February 19, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. ET

    Call-in number for U.S. participants:          (888) 679 - 8033
    Call-in number for international participants: (617) 213 - 4846
    Participant access code:                               72794443


In order to facilitate the registration process, you may use the following link to pre-register for the conference call. Callers who pre-register will be given a unique PIN to gain immediate access to the call and bypass the live operator. You may pre-register at any time, including up to and after the call start time. To pre-register, please go to:https://www.theconferencingservice.com/prereg/key.process?key=PTGP7XEM4

The conference call will be available via webcast and can be accessed from the investor relations portion of the company's website at http://www.huntsman.com/.

The conference call will be available for replay beginning February 19, 2010 and ending February 26, 2010.

    Call-in numbers for the
     replay:
        Within the U.S.:               (888) 286 - 8010
        International:                 (617) 801 - 6888
    Access code for replay:                    77218155


About Huntsman:

Huntsman is a global manufacturer and marketer of differentiated chemicals. Its operating companies manufacture products for a variety of global industries, including chemicals, plastics, automotive, aviation, textiles, footwear, paints and coatings, construction, technology, agriculture, health care, detergent, personal care, furniture, appliances and packaging. Originally known for pioneering innovations in packaging and, later, for rapid and integrated growth in petrochemicals, Huntsman has approximately 11,000 employees and operates from multiple locations worldwide. The Company had 2009 revenues of approximately $8 billion. For more information about Huntsman, please visit the company's website at www.huntsman.com.

Forward-Looking Statements:

Statements in this release that are not historical are forward-looking statements. These statements are based on management's current beliefs and expectations. The forward-looking statements in this release are subject to uncertainty and changes in circumstances and involve risks and uncertainties that may affect the company's operations, markets, products, services, prices and other factors as discussed in the Huntsman companies' filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Significant risks and uncertainties may relate to, but are not limited to, financial, economic, competitive, environmental, political, legal, regulatory and technological factors. The company assumes no obligation to provide revisions to any forward-looking statements should circumstances change, except as otherwise required by applicable laws.

    (1)  We use EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA from discontinued
         operations, Adjusted net income and Adjusted net income from
         discontinued operations. We believe that net income (loss)
         attributable to Huntsman Corporation is the performance measure
         calculated and presented in accordance with generally accepted
         accounting principles in the U.S. ("GAAP") that is most directly
         comparable to EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted net income. We
         believe that income (loss) from discontinued operations is the
         performance measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP
         that is most directly comparable to Adjusted EBITDA from discontinued
         operations and Adjusted net income from discontinued operations.
         Additional information with respect to our use of each of these
         financial measures follows:

         EBITDA is defined as net income (loss) attributable to Huntsman
         Corporation before interest, income taxes, and depreciation and
         amortization. EBITDA as used herein is not necessarily comparable to
         other similarly titled measures of other companies. The
         reconciliation of EBITDA to net income (loss) available to common
         stockholders is set forth in the operating results table above.

         Adjusted EBITDA is computed by eliminating the following from
         EBITDA:  gains and losses from discontinued operations;
         restructuring, impairment and plant closing (credits) costs; income
         and expense associated with the Terminated merger and related
         litigation; acquisition related expenses; losses on the sale of
         accounts receivable to our securitization program; unallocated
         foreign currency (gain) loss; certain legal and contract settlements;
         losses from early extinguishment of debt; extraordinary loss (gain)
         on the acquisition of a business; and loss (gain) on disposition of
         business/assets.  The reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to EBITDA is
         set forth in the Reconciliation of Adjustments table above.

         Adjusted EBITDA from discontinued operations is computed by
         eliminating the following from income (loss) from discontinued
         operations: income taxes; depreciation and amortization;
         restructuring, impairment and plant closing (credits) costs; losses
         on the sale of accounts receivable to our securitization program;
         unallocated foreign currency (gain) loss; gain on partial fire
         insurance settlement; and (gain) loss on disposition of
         business/assets. The following table provides a reconciliation of
         Adjusted EBITDA from discontinued operations to income (loss) from
         discontinued operations:



                                          Three months ended    Year ended
                                              December 31,     December 31,
         In millions                           2009  2008       2009  2008
         ------------                          ----  ----       ----  ----
         Net (loss) income from
          discontinued operations,
          net of tax                            $(7) $112       $(9) $117
           Income tax (benefit) expense          (4)   66        (6)   69
                                                ---  ----       ---  ----
         EBITDA from discontinued
          operations                            (11)  178       (15)  186
           Gain on disposition of assets         (6)   (3)       (2)  (11)
           Loss (gain) on partial fire
            insurance settlement                 17  (175)       17  (175)
                                                ---  ----       ---  ----
         Adjusted EBITDA from discontinued
          operations                             $-    $-        $-    $-
                                                ===  ====       ===  ====



         Adjusted net income (loss) is computed by eliminating the after tax
         impact of the following items from net income (loss) attributable to
         Huntsman Corporation: loss (income) from discontinued operations;
         restructuring, impairment and plant closing (credits) costs; income
         and expense associated with the Terminated merger and related
         litigation; discount amortization on settlement financing associated
         with the Terminated merger; acquisition related expenses; unallocated
         foreign currency (gain) loss;  certain legal and contract
         settlements; losses on the early extinguishment of debt;
         extraordinary loss (gain) on the acquisition of a business; and loss
         (gain) on disposition of business/assets.   The reconciliation of
         adjusted net income (loss) to net income (loss) attributable to
         Huntsman Corporation common stockholders is set forth in the
         Reconciliation of Adjustments table above.

         Adjusted net income (loss) from discontinued operations is computed
         by eliminating the after tax impact of the following items from
         income (loss) from discontinued operations: restructuring, impairment
         and plant closing (credits) costs; gain on partial fire insurance
         settlement; and (gain) loss on the disposition of business/assets.
         The reconciliation of Adjusted net income (loss) from discontinued
         operations to net income (loss) available to common stockholders is
         set forth in the Reconciliation of Adjustments table above.

    (2)  Diluted income (loss) per share for GAAP net income (loss)
         attributable to Huntsman Corporation and for adjusted net income
         (loss) attributable to Huntsman Corporation is calculated using the
         following information:



                                         Three months ended   Year ended
         In millions, except per            December 31,     December 31,
          share amounts                     2009   2008      2009    2008
         -----------------------            ----   ----      ----    ----

         GAAP
           Net income attributable
            to Huntsman Corporation          $66   $598      $114    $609
           Convertible notes
            interest expense,
            net of tax                         5      -         -       -
                                           -----  -----    ------  ------
           Net income attributable
            to Huntsman Corporation
            and assumed conversion of
            notes                            $71   $598      $114    $609
                                           =====  =====    ======  ======

           Diluted shares                  271.5  236.4     238.3   234.3

           Diluted income per share        $0.26  $2.53     $0.48   $2.60

         Adjusted
           Net income (loss)
            attributable to
            Huntsman Corporation             $70   $(91)    $(323)   $(57)
           Convertible notes interest
            expense, net of tax                4      -         -       -
                                           -----  -----    ------  ------
           Net income (loss)
            attributable to Huntsman
            Corporation and assumed
            conversion of notes              $74   $(91)    $(323)   $(57)
                                           =====  =====    ======  ======

           Diluted shares                  271.5  236.4     233.9   234.3

           Diluted income (loss) per
            share                          $0.27 $(0.38)   $(1.38) $(0.24)



    (3)  On August 1, 2007, we completed the sale of our U.S. polymers
         business to Flint Hills Resources.  On November 5, 2007, we completed
         the sale of our U.S. base chemicals business to Flint Hills
         Resources.  Results from these businesses are treated as discontinued
         operations.  Segment EBITDA from discontinued operations only
         includes the results of our U.S. base chemicals and U.S. polymers
         businesses.

    (4)  On June 30, 2006, we acquired the global textile effects business of
         Ciba Specialty Chemicals Inc. for approximately $172 million.
         Because the fair value of acquired current assets less liabilities
         assumed exceeded the acquisition price and planned restructuring
         costs, the excess was recorded as an extraordinary gain on the
         acquisition of a business.  The extraordinary gain recorded during
         the three months ended December 31, 2009 and 2008 was $6 million and
         $4 million respectively of which taxes were not applicable.


SOURCE Huntsman Corporation

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