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Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc. Announces First Quarter 2013 Results

May 1, 2013

HOUSTON, May 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc. (NYSE: KRA), a leading global producer of styrenic block copolymers, announces financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2013.

OVERVIEW
The company’s first quarter 2013 results reflect the significant shift in butadiene pricing dynamics relative to the prior period in 2012, in which record sales volume reflected a recovery in demand from a butadiene-driven destocking in the fourth quarter 2011, pull forward of volumes from the second quarter 2012 associated with rapidly rising butadiene prices and favorable weather conditions in North America and Europe, which elevated paving and roofing sales. In the first quarter 2013, relative stability in feedstock prices, particularly for butadiene, translated into market demand that was less driven by customer inventory management and more reflective of core market fundamentals. In addition, adverse weather limited upside in paving & roofing sales volumes. The company believes the stability in feedstock prices should continue in the second quarter 2013, and expects that second quarter 2013 sales volume will increase compared to the second quarter 2012. As such, the company believes that a first half 2013 vs. first half 2012 comparison of sales volume will be a more informative period-to-period comparison as it will normalize for quarter-specific variation in sales volume attributable to raw material prices and other factors.

2013 FIRST QUARTER REVIEW

  • Sales volume was 78.2 kilotons, down 12.7% compared to 89.6 kilotons in the first quarter 2012.
  • Sales revenue was $340.1 million, down $68.2 million compared to $408.3 million in the first quarter 2012. Lower first quarter 2013 sales volume, compared to the atypical first quarter 2012, accounted for $51.9 million or approximately 76% of the year-on-year revenue decline, while lower average sales prices, which move directionally with raw material prices as the company adjusts product sales prices, accounted for $9.6 million or approximately 14% of the revenue decline.
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $28.7 million, compared to $43.0 million in the first quarter 2012. Adjusted EBITDA at ECRC was $29.2 million, compared to $39.6 million in the first quarter 2012. Production issues, which began in the fourth quarter of 2012, and which were essentially resolved in the first quarter 2013, negatively impacted profitability in the quarter by approximately $3.0 million.
  • Adjusted earnings per diluted share were $0.07, compared to $0.49 in the first quarter 2012.
  • Net loss attributable to Kraton was $3.7 million or $0.12 per diluted share, compared to net income of $16.4 million or $0.50 per diluted share in the first quarter 2012. The first quarter 2013 net loss includes a $7.6 million or $0.24 per diluted share negative impact arising from the company’s inability to recognize a tax benefit associated with net operating losses generated during the quarter.
  • Cash used in operating activities was $20.8 million in the first quarter 2013, compared to cash provided by operating activities of $56.1 million in the first quarter 2012. In addition, during the quarter the company funded its initial investment of $15.2 million in the Asia joint venture.
  • During the first quarter 2013 the company completed a refinancing of its senior credit facility which will result in increased financial flexibility and a lower cost of capital.

“Our first quarter 2013 sales volume was 78 kilotons, an increase of 16% compared to the fourth quarter 2012, but down 13% from the record 90 kilotons we reported in the first quarter 2012. Sales volume in Q1 2012 was atypical, particularly in our Paving & Roofing end use, in which demand reflected aggressive building of inventories following the butadiene-driven destocking in the fourth quarter of 2011, a rapid increase in butadiene prices, which were up over 50% from December 2011 to April 2012, and an early start to the paving season due to favorable weather,” said Kevin M. Fogarty, Kraton’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “In contrast to last year, the relative stability of butadiene prices throughout the fourth quarter 2012 and first quarter 2013 resulted in first quarter 2013 sales volume in our Advanced Materials and Adhesives, Sealants and Coatings end use markets that was more reflective of underlying demand and less a function of customer inventory management, whereas adverse weather limited upside in paving and roofing sales. As a result, the first quarter 2013 represented a challenging year-on-year sales volume comparison against the record sales volume in the first quarter 2012,” said Fogarty. “Nevertheless, our Cariflex(TM) end use, which is immune to the effects of butadiene volatility, had a strong quarter, with revenue growth driven by increased innovation sales, expansion of the customer base and an increase in average selling prices. We remain optimistic about the prospects for continued growth in demand for our Cariflex products, as well as for many of our newer HSBC-based innovation grades, such as our NEXAR(TM) membrane technology, which was commercialized in the second half of 2012,” Fogarty added. “Our joint venture with Formosa Petrochemical Corporation is now operational, and following the execution of venture documents in late February, Kraton and Formosa have provided the initial capital contributions for the venture. We are now working diligently to achieve mechanical completion and start-up of our 30 kiloton HSBC plant which we expect to occur in the second half of 2015.”

                                     Three Months Ended
                                          March 31,
                                    -------------------

    (US $ in thousands, except
     per share amounts)                  2013                 2012
                                         ----                 ----

    Revenues                         $340,107             $408,313

    Adjusted EBITDA(1)                $28,677              $42,961

    Adjusted EBITDA at ECRC (1)       $29,184              $39,589

    Net income (loss)
     attributable to Kraton           $(3,748)             $16,353

    Adjusted net income(1)             $2,108              $15,821

    Net income (loss) per diluted
     share                             $(0.12)               $0.50

    Adjusted earnings per diluted
     share(1)                           $0.07                $0.49

    Net cash provided by (used
     in) operating activities        $(20,774)             $56,076

             (1)   A reconciliation of net income
                   (loss) attributable to Kraton and
                   net income (loss) per diluted
                   share to adjusted EBITDA, adjusted
                   EBITDA at ECRC, adjusted net
                   income and adjusted earnings per
                   diluted share is included in the
                   accompanying financial tables.

1Q 2013 VERSUS 1Q 2012 RESULTS
Sales revenue was $340.1 million in the first quarter 2013, down $68.2 million compared to $408.3 million in the first quarter 2012. Sales volume in the first quarter 2013 was 78.2 kilotons compared to 89.6 kilotons in the first quarter 2012. The 12.7% decrease in sales volume resulted in decreased revenue of $51.9 million. Sales revenue also decreased $9.6 million due to a decrease in average selling prices, primarily due to lower raw material costs. The balance of the revenue decline was primarily due to changes in foreign currency exchange rates.

Adjusted EBITDA in the first quarter 2013 was $28.7 million, or 8.4% of revenue, compared to $43.0 million, or 10.5% of revenue in the first quarter 2012. Adjusted EBITDA at ECRC was $29.2 million, or 8.6% of revenue in the first quarter 2013, compared to $39.6 million, or 9.7% of revenue in the first quarter 2012. Production issues, which began in the fourth quarter of 2012, and which were essentially resolved in the first quarter 2013, negatively impacted profitability in the quarter by approximately $3.0 million.

Our effective tax rate was (60.8) % and 14.3% for the three months ended March 31, 2013 and 2012, respectively. In the first quarter of 2013, we increased the valuation allowance associated with deferred tax assets by $7.6 million due to our inability to recognize a tax benefit on net operating losses generated during the period.

First quarter 2013 net loss attributable to Kraton was $3.7 million or $0.12 per diluted share, compared to the first quarter 2012 net income of $16.4 million or $0.50 per diluted share. The first quarter 2013 net loss includes charges totaling $5.9 million, net of tax, which increased net loss by $0.19 per diluted share. The first quarter 2012 net income includes non-recurring and other items of $0.5 million, net of tax, which increased net income by $0.01 per diluted share. The first quarter 2013 net loss also includes a $7.6 million or $0.24 per diluted share negative impact arising from the company’s inability to recognize a tax benefit associated with net operating losses generated during the quarter. In the first quarter of 2012, the company reduced the valuation allowance associated with deferred tax assets, which increased the net income by $0.1 million and had no effect on diluted earnings per share.

During the first quarter of 2013, net cash used in operating activities was $20.8 million compared to net cash provided by operating activities of $56.1 million in the first quarter of 2012. The decline in operating cash flow is associated with a build of inventory, which the company expects will be reduced over the course of the second quarter. Net capital expenditures in the first quarter 2013 were $15.2 million compared to $10.4 million in the first quarter 2012. In addition, during the first quarter 2013 the company made an initial capital contribution of $15.2 million to our Asia joint venture.

End Use Market Information

Cariflex(TM)
Sales revenue increased $4.4 million or 19.4% to $27.0 million for the three months ended March 31, 2013 from $22.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2012. Excluding the $0.9 million negative impact from changes in foreign currency exchange rates, sales revenue would have increased $5.3 million or 23.3%. The revenue increase reflects higher sales volume, mainly in surgical glove, other medical and innovation sales, as well as increased average selling prices across the Cariflex portfolio.

Advanced Materials
Sales revenue decreased $9.1 million or 8.6% to $96.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2013 from $105.7 million for the three months ended March 31, 2012. Excluding the $1.0 million negative impact from changes in foreign currency exchange rates, the decline in sales revenue would have been $8.1 million or 7.8%. The decline in sales revenue was primarily driven by lower average selling prices, reflective of lower average raw material costs, primarily butadiene, as sales volumes were essentially unchanged. With respect to innovation sales volume, we experienced growth in personal care and medical applications, offset by lower sales volumes into consumer and wire & cable applications.

Adhesives, Sealants and Coatings
Sales revenue decreased $18.6 million or 12.4% to $131.5 million for the three months ended March 31, 2013 from $150.0 million for the three months ended March 31, 2012. Excluding the $2.7 million negative impact from changes in foreign currency exchange rates, the decline in sales revenue would have been $15.9 million or 10.6% due to lower average selling prices indicative of lower raw material costs, primarily butadiene, and lower sales volume. The 6.8% decline in sales volume reflects the timing of sales into lubricant additive applications and lower sales into pressure sensitive adhesive and elastic nonwoven applications.

Paving and Roofing
Sales revenue decreased $43.7 million or 34.1% to $84.7 million for the three months ended March 31, 2013 from $128.4 million for the three months ended March 31, 2012. Excluding the $0.7 million negative impact from changes in foreign currency exchange rates, sales revenue would have declined $43.0 million or 33.5%. The largest driver of the sales revenue decline was lower sales volumes, which were down 26.9% compared to the year-ago quarter, primarily in the North American and European paving markets and to a lesser extent the European roofing market. Demand in the first quarter 2012 was atypically strong driven by favorable weather conditions and increasing butadiene costs which in turn resulted in volume pulled forward from the second quarter of 2012. In contrast, cold and wet weather limited upside in first quarter 2013 sales volume. The decrease in sales revenue also reflects lower average selling prices resulting from lower average raw material costs compared to the first quarter 2012.

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS

Formation of Joint Venture to Expand Hydrogenated Styrenic Block Copolymer (“HSBC”) Capacity in Asia On February 27, 2013, we executed definitive agreements providing for a 50/50 joint venture with Formosa Petrochemical Corporation (“FPCC”) to build, own and operate a 30 kiloton HSBC plant at FPCC’s petrochemical site in Mailiao, Taiwan. Each of Kraton and FPCC will fund 50% of the capital needs of the joint venture that are not satisfied through the joint venture’s debt financing. Kraton has exclusive rights to purchase all production from the plant, which it intends to market world-wide, through its global sales and distribution network. Additionally, Kraton will be obligated to purchase a minimum volume each year, with the minimum obligation increasing over the first three years the plant is operational. The joint venture is a Taiwan entity, with each of Kraton and FPCC having equal representation on the board. For reporting purposes, the joint venture is treated as a consolidated subsidiary and as such, FPCC’s share of the joint venture’s net income or loss is reflected as a noncontrolling interest.

Senior Secured Credit Facilities – In March 2013, we entered into an asset-based revolving credit facility consisting of a U.S. senior secured revolving credit facility of $150.0 million and a Dutch senior secured revolving credit facility of $100.0 million, to replace the then existing senior secured credit facility, and repaid in full all outstanding amounts payable under the previously existing indebtedness. Availability under the senior secured credit facilities will be subject to a borrowing base and the facilities will be secured by receivables and inventory. The senior secured credit facilities include a $100.0 million uncommitted accordion feature that, subject to borrowing base availability and approval of the bank syndicate, could increase aggregate availability to $350.0 million. We believe this new credit facility will provide us with greater financial flexibility, while also lowering our cost of capital.

Raw Material Volatility – Based upon current trends for raw material prices, we currently anticipate that our gross profit will reflect a negative spread between FIFO and ECRC of approximately $3.0 million in the second quarter of 2013. This expectation is based on numerous complex and interrelated assumptions with respect to monomer costs, and ending inventory levels in the second quarter and the actual results may be significantly different based on second quarter results.

USE OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

This earnings release includes the use of both GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures. The non-GAAP financial measures are EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA at ECRC, Gross Profit at ECRC and Adjusted Net Income (or earnings per share). A table included in this earnings release reconciles each of these non-GAAP financial measures with the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure.

We consider these non-GAAP financial measures important supplemental measures of our performance and believe they are frequently used by investors, securities analysts and other interested parties in the evaluation of our performance and/or that of other companies in our industry, including period-to-period comparisons. Further, management uses these measures to evaluate operating performance, and our executive compensation plan bases incentive compensation payments on our Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA at ECRC performance, along with other factors.

These non-GAAP financial measures have limitations as analytical tools and in some cases can vary substantially from other measures of our performance. You should not consider them in isolation, or as a substitute for analysis of our results under GAAP in the United States. For EBITDA, these limitations include: EBITDA does not reflect our cash expenditures, or future requirements for capital expenditures or contractual commitments; EBITDA does not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, our working capital needs; EBITDA does not reflect the significant interest expense, or the cash requirements necessary to service interest or principal payments, on our debt; although depreciation and amortization are non-cash charges, the assets being depreciated and amortized will often have to be replaced in the future, and EBITDA does not reflect any cash requirements for such replacements; EBITDA calculations under the terms of our debt agreements may vary from EBITDA presented herein, and our presentation of EBITDA herein is not for purposes of assessing compliance or non-compliance with financial covenants under our debt agreements; and other companies in our industry may calculate EBITDA differently from how we do, limiting its usefulness as a comparative measure. As an analytical tool, Adjusted EBITDA is subject to all the limitations applicable to EBITDA. In addition, we prepare Adjusted EBITDA by adjusting EBITDA to eliminate the impact of a number of items we do not consider indicative of our on-going performance, but you should be aware that in the future we may incur expenses similar to the adjustments in this presentation. Our presentation of Adjusted EBITDA should not be construed as an inference that our future results will be unaffected by unusual or non-recurring items. As an analytical tool, Adjusted EBITDA at ECRC is subject to all the limitations applicable to EBITDA, as well as the following limitations: due to volatility in raw material prices, Adjusted EBITDA at ECRC may, and often does, vary substantially from EBITDA and other performance measures, including net income calculated in accordance with GAAP; and Adjusted EBITDA at ECRC may, and often will, vary significantly from EBITDA calculations under the terms of our debt agreements and should not be used for assessing compliance or non-compliance with financial covenants under our credit agreement. Because of these and other limitations, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and ECRC Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered as a measure of discretionary cash available to us to invest in the growth of our business. As a measure of our performance, Gross Profit at ECRC is limited because it often varies substantially from gross profit calculated in accordance with GAAP due to volatility in raw material prices. Finally, we prepare Adjusted Net Income by adjusting net income to eliminate the impact of a number of items we do not consider indicative of our on-going performance, but you should be aware that in the future we may incur expenses similar to the adjustments in this presentation. Our presentation of Adjusted Net Income should not be construed as an inference that our future results will be unaffected by unusual or non-recurring items.

CONFERENCE CALL AND WEBCAST INFORMATION
Kraton has scheduled a conference call on Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. (Eastern Time) to discuss first quarter 2013 financial results. Kraton invites you to listen to the conference call, which will be broadcast live over the internet at www.kraton.com, by selecting the “Investor Relations” link at the top of the home page and then selecting “Events” from the Investor Relations menu on the Investor Relations page.

You may also listen to the conference call by telephone by contacting the conference call operator 5 to 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time and asking for the “Kraton Conference Call – Passcode: Earnings Call.” U.S./Canada dial-in #: 888-989-5214. International dial-in #: 517-308-9285.

For those unable to listen to the live call, a replay will be available beginning at approximately 11:00 a.m. (Eastern Time) on May 2, 2013 through 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 16, 2013. To hear a replay of the call over the Internet, access Kraton’s Website at www.kraton.com by selecting the “Investor Relations” link at the top of the home page and then selecting “Events” from the Investor Relations menu on the Investor Relations page. To hear a telephonic replay of the call, dial 800-873-2012 and International callers dial 203-369-3375.

ABOUT KRATON
Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc., through its operating subsidiary Kraton Polymers LLC and its subsidiaries (collectively, “Kraton”), is a leading global producer of engineered polymers and one of the world’s largest producers of styrenic block copolymers (SBCs), a family of products whose chemistry was pioneered by Kraton almost 50 years ago. Kraton’s polymers are used in a wide range of applications, including adhesives, coatings, consumer and personal care products, sealants and lubricants, and medical, packaging, automotive, paving, roofing and footwear products. The company offers products to more than 800 customers in over 60 countries worldwide. We manufacture products at five plants globally, including our flagship plant in Belpre, Ohio, which we believe is the most diversified SBC plant in the world, as well as plants in Germany, France, Brazil and Japan. The plant in Japan is operated by an unconsolidated manufacturing joint venture. For more information on the company, please visit www.kraton.com.

Kraton, the Kraton logo and design, and the “Giving Innovators their Edge” tagline are all trademarks of Kraton Polymers LLC.

FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

This press release includes forward-looking statements that reflect our plans, beliefs, expectations and current views with respect to, among other things, future events and financial performance. Forward-looking statements are often characterized by the use of words such as “outlook,” “believes,” “estimates,” “expects,” “projects,” “may,” “intends,” “plans” or “anticipates,” or by discussions of strategy, plans or intentions, including statements regarding anticipated stability in feedstock prices and related market demand and other effects; the anticipated costs, capital structure of, and prospects for our joint venture with FPCC.

All forward-looking statements in this press release are made based on management’s current expectations and estimates, which involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties are more fully described in in our latest Annual Report on Form 10-K, including but not limited to “Part I, Item 1A. Risk Factors” and “Part I, Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” therein, and in our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and include, but are not limited to, risks related to: conditions in the global economy and capital markets; declines in raw material costs; limitations in the availability of raw materials we need to produce our products in the amounts or at the prices necessary for us to effectively and profitably operate our business; competition in our end-use markets, from other producers of SBCs and from producers of products that can be substituted for our products; our investment in the joint venture with FPCC; and other risks, factors and uncertainties described in this press release and our other reports and documents; and other factors of which we are currently unaware or deem immaterial. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and we assume no obligation to update such information in light of new information or future events.

For Further Information:
Investors: H. Gene Shiels 281-504-4886

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                       KRATON PERFORMANCE POLYMERS, INC.

                CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

                     (In thousands, except per share data)

                                  (Unaudited)

                                                                 Three months ended

                                                                    March 31,
                                                                    ---------

                                                                    2013           2012
                                                                    ----           ----

    Sales revenue                                               $340,107       $408,313

    Cost of goods sold                                           280,196        332,794
                                                                 -------        -------

    Gross profit                                                  59,911         75,519
                                                                  ------         ------

    Operating expenses:

    Research and development                                       7,913          7,560

    Selling, general and administrative                           26,114         26,463

    Depreciation and amortization                                 15,098         15,849
                                                                  ------         ------

    Total operating expenses                                      49,125         49,872
                                                                  ------         ------

    Earnings of unconsolidated joint
     venture                                                         134            137

    Interest expense, net                                         13,298          6,699
                                                                  ------          -----

    Income (loss) before income taxes                             (2,378)        19,085

    Income tax expense                                             1,446          2,732
                                                                   -----          -----

    Consolidated net income (loss)                                (3,824)        16,353

      Net loss attributable to noncontrolling
       interest                                                      (76)             0
                                                                     ---            ---

    Net income (loss) attributable to
     Kraton                                                      $(3,748)       $16,353
                                                                 =======        =======

    Earnings (loss) per common share:

    Basic                                                         $(0.12)         $0.51

    Diluted                                                       $(0.12)         $0.50

    Weighted average common shares outstanding:

    Basic                                                         32,062         31,908

    Diluted                                                       32,062         32,248

                                                    KRATON PERFORMANCE POLYMERS, INC.

                                                  CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

                                                    (In thousands, except par value)

                                                               (Unaudited)

                                                                          March 31,                December 31,

                                                                                             2013                     2012
                                                                                             ----                     ----

    ASSETS

    Current assets:

    Cash and cash equivalents                                                            $136,118                 $223,166

    Receivables, net of allowances of $485 and
     $401                                                                                 153,747                  124,635

    Inventories of products                                                               349,788                  340,323

    Inventories of materials and supplies                                                  10,469                   10,331

    Deferred income taxes                                                                   7,779                    7,869

    Other current assets                                                                   26,952                   28,363
                                                                                           ------                   ------

    Total current assets                                                                  684,853                  734,687

    Property, plant and equipment, less
     accumulated depreciation of $320,521 and
     $311,779                                                                             378,542                  381,205

    Intangible assets, less accumulated
     amortization of $71,026 and $68,531                                                   61,539                   63,393

    Investment in unconsolidated joint venture                                             12,989                   13,582

    Debt issuance costs                                                                    10,533                   10,846

    Deferred income taxes                                                                      67                       79

    Other long-term assets                                                                 26,226                   25,397
                                                                                           ------                   ------

    Total assets                                                                       $1,174,749               $1,229,189
                                                                                       ==========               ==========

    LIABILITIES AND  EQUITY

    Current liabilities:

    Current portion of long-term debt                                                          $0                  $15,074

    Accounts payable-trade                                                                107,960                   99,167

    Other payables and accruals                                                            32,439                   50,978

    Deferred income taxes                                                                     511                      513

    Due to related party                                                                   22,421                   16,080
                                                                                           ------                   ------

    Total current liabilities                                                             163,331                  181,812

    Long-term debt, net of current portion                                                391,104                  432,943

    Deferred income taxes                                                                  20,787                   22,273

    Other long-term liabilities                                                           101,488                   99,946
                                                                                          -------                   ------

    Total liabilities                                                                     676,710                  736,974
                                                                                          -------                  -------

    Equity:

    Kraton stockholders' equity:

    Preferred stock, $0.01 par value; 100,000
     shares authorized; none issued                                                             0                        0

    Common stock, $0.01 par value; 500,000 shares
     authorized; 32,528 shares issued and
     outstanding at March 31, 2013; 32,277 shares
     issued and outstanding at December 31, 2012                                              325                      323

    Additional paid in capital                                                            357,788                  354,957

    Retained earnings                                                                     167,697                  171,445

    Accumulated other comprehensive loss                                                  (43,169)                 (34,510)
                                                                                          -------                  -------

    Total Kraton stockholders' equity                                                     482,641                  492,215

    Noncontrolling interest                                                                15,398                        0
                                                                                           ------                      ---

    Total equity                                                                          498,039                  492,215
                                                                                          -------                  -------

    Total liabilities and equity                                                       $1,174,749               $1,229,189
                                                                                       ==========               ==========
                                      KRATON PERFORMANCE POLYMERS, INC.

                               CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

                                               (In thousands)

                                                 (Unaudited)

                                                                                               Three months ended

                                                                                                  March 31,
                                                                                                  ---------

                                                                                                  2013            2012
                                                                                                  ----            ----

    CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES

    Consolidated net income (loss)                                                             $(3,824)        $16,353

    Adjustments to reconcile consolidated net income (loss) to net cash provided by (used in) operating
     activities:

    Depreciation and amortization                                                               15,098          15,849

    Amortization of debt premium                                                                   (38)              0

    Amortization of debt issuance costs                                                          5,781             668

    Gain (loss) on property, plant and equipment                                                   (16)            358

    Earnings from unconsolidated joint venture, net of dividends
     received                                                                                      288             263

    Deferred income tax benefit                                                                   (921)           (412)

    Share-based compensation                                                                     2,523           1,880

    Decrease (increase) in:

    Accounts receivable                                                                        (32,078)       (42,411 )

    Inventories of products, materials and supplies                                            (14,148)         41,958

    Other assets                                                                                  (588)         (3,342)

    Increase (decrease) in:

    Accounts payable-trade                                                                      12,926          13,124

    Other payables and accruals                                                                (15,767)         (2,402)

    Other long-term liabilities                                                                  2,196             251

    Due to related party                                                                         7,794          13,939
                                                                                                 -----          ------

    Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities                                        (20,774)         56,076
                                                                                               -------          ------

    CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES

    Purchase of property, plant and equipment                                                  (14,455)        (8,786 )

    Purchase of software                                                                         (707 )        (1,643 )

    Settlement of net investment hedge                                                          (2,225)              0
                                                                                                ------             ---

    Net cash used in investing activities                                                     (17,387 )        (10,429)
                                                                                              --------         -------

    CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES

    Proceeds from debt                                                                          40,000         101,250

    Repayments of debt                                                                         (96,875)        (1,875 )

    Capital lease payments                                                                        (950)              0

    Contribution from  noncontrolling interest                                                  15,174               0

    Proceeds from the exercise of stock options                                                    310             260

    Debt issuance costs                                                                         (3,117)         (2,728)
                                                                                                ------          ------

    Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities                                        (45,458)         96,907
                                                                                               -------          ------

    Effect of exchange rate differences on cash                                                 (3,429)          2,343
                                                                                                ------           -----

    Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents                                       (87,048)        144,897

    Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period                                             223,166          88,579
                                                                                               -------          ------

    Cash and cash equivalents, end of period                                                  $136,118        $233,476
                                                                                              ========        ========

    Supplemental disclosures:

    Cash paid during the period for income taxes, net of refunds
     received                                                                                   $4,643          $1,281

    Cash paid during the period for interest, net of capitalized
     interest                                                                                  $13,639          $9,976

    Capitalized interest                                                                          $961            $483

    Supplemental non-cash disclosures:

    Non-cash capital accruals                                                                   $3,495            $199
                                                                              KRATON PERFORMANCE POLYMERS, INC.

                                                      RECONCILIATION OF NET INCOME (LOSS) ATTRIBUTABLE TO KRATON TO ADJUSTED NET INCOME

                                                                          (In thousands, except per share amounts)

                                                                                         (Unaudited)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Three months ended                           Three months ended

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     March 31, 2013                               March 31, 2012
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     --------------                               --------------

                                                                                                                                                                                            After Tax      Per      After Tax                   Per

                                                                                                                                                                                          Diluted Share           Diluted Share
                                                                                                                                                                                          -------------           -------------  -------------

    Net income (loss) attributable to Kraton and
     net income (loss) per diluted share                                                                                                                                                        $(3,748)  $(0.12)       $16,353                             $0.50

    Settlement gain(a)                                                                                                                                                                                0     0.00         (6,909)                            (0.21)

    Property tax dispute(b)                                                                                                                                                                           0     0.00          6,211                              0.19

    Restructuring and related charges(c)                                                                                                                                                            136     0.00             40                              0.00

    Debt offering(d)                                                                                                                                                                                  0     0.00            126                              0.00

    Settlement of interest rate swap(e)                                                                                                                                                             697     0.02              0                              0.00

    Write-off of debt issuance cost(f)                                                                                                                                                            5,023     0.16              0                              0.00
                                                                                                                                                                                                  -----     ----            ---                              ----

    Adjusted net income and adjusted earnings per
     diluted share                                                                                                                                                                               $2,108    $0.07        $15,821                             $0.49
                                                                                                                                                                                                 ======    =====        =======                             =====
    (a)            Reflects the benefit of the LBI
                   settlement, which is recorded in
                   cost of goods sold.

    (b)            Reflects a charge associated with
                   the resolution of the property
                   tax dispute in France, of which
                   $5,646 is recorded in cost of
                   goods sold and $565 is recorded
                   in selling, general and
                   administrative expenses.

    (c)            Includes charges related to
                   severance expense and evaluation
                   of acquisition transactions.

    (d)            Includes costs related to the
                   public offering of our senior
                   notes.

    (e)            Reflects interest expense related
                   to the termination and settlement
                   of an interest rate swap
                   agreement in connection with the
                   refinancing of our credit
                   facility.

    (f)            Reflects interest expense related
                   to the write-off of unamortized
                   debt issuance costs in connection
                   with the refinancing of our
                   credit facility.

                    KRATON PERFORMANCE POLYMERS, INC.

    RECONCILIATION OF NET INCOME (LOSS) ATTRIBUTABLE TO KRATON TO EBITDA, ADJUSTED EBITDA AND ADJUSTED
                              EBITDA AT ECRC

                              (In thousands)

                               (Unaudited)

                                                          Three months ended

                                                               March 31,
                                                               ---------

                                                               2013            2012
                                                               ----            ----

    Net income (loss) attributable
     to Kraton                                              $(3,748)        $16,353

      Net loss attributable to
       noncontrolling interest                                  (76)              0
                                                                ---             ---

    Consolidated net income (loss)                           (3,824)         16,353

    Add:

    Interest expense, net                                    13,298           6,699

    Income tax expense                                        1,446           2,732

    Depreciation and amortization
     expenses                                                15,098          15,849
                                                             ------          ------

    EBITDA                                                  $26,018         $41,633
                                                            -------         -------

    Add (deduct):

    Settlement gain (a)                                           0          (6,819)

    Property tax dispute (b)                                      0           6,211

    Restructuring and related
     charges (c)                                                136              56

    Non-cash compensation expense                             2,523           1,880
                                                              -----           -----

    Adjusted EBITDA                                          28,677          42,961

    Add (deduct):

    Spread between FIFO and ECRC                                507          (3,372)
                                                                ---          ------

    Adjusted EBITDA at ECRC                                 $29,184         $39,589
                                                            =======         =======
    (a)            Reflects the benefit of the LBI
                   settlement, which is recorded in
                   cost of goods sold.

    (b)            Reflects a charge associated with
                   the resolution of the property
                   tax dispute in France, of which
                   $5,646 is recorded in cost of
                   goods sold and $565 is recorded
                   in selling, general, and
                   administrative expenses.

    (c)            Includes charges related to
                   severance expenses, fees
                   associated with the public
                   offering of our senior notes and
                   evaluation of acquisition
                   transactions.

               KRATON PERFORMANCE POLYMERS, INC.

    RECONCILIATION OF GROSS PROFIT TO GROSS PROFIT AT ECRC

                         (In Thousands)

                          (Unaudited)

                                                  Three months ended

                                                     March 31,
                                                     ---------

                                                     2013            2012
                                                     ----            ----

    Gross profit                                  $59,911         $75,519

    Add (deduct):

    Spread between FIFO and ECRC                      507          (3,372)
                                                      ---          ------

    Gross profit at ECRC                          $60,418         $72,147
                                                  =======         =======

SOURCE Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc.


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