Huntsman Corporation ( HUN Quick Quote HUN - Free Report) recorded profits of $172 million or 70 cents per share in the second quarter of 2021 against a loss of $59 million or 28 cents in the year-ago quarter. Barring one-time items, adjusted earnings per share were 86 cents in the reported quarter against a loss of 14 cents in the year-ago quarter. The figure topped the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 82 cents. Revenues were $2,024 million, up 62.3% year over year from $1,247 million. The top line also surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1,893.3 million. The company witnessed higher sales across all segments in the reported quarter on accelerated economic recovery, higher average selling prices, synergies arising from its recent acquisitions and certain cost optimization initiatives that it has undertaken. Segment Highlights Polyurethanes: Revenues for the segment rose 58% year over year to $1,155 million in the reported quarter due to higher MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate) average selling prices mostly in China and Europe and higher volumes led by the ongoing market revival. However, it was partially offset by the turnaround at the company’s Rotterdam, Netherlands facility. Performance Products: Revenues surged 63% to $371 million due to increased average selling prices led by market recovery, higher raw-material costs and elevated volumes due to stronger demand. Advanced Materials: Revenues for the unit jumped 56% to $299 million on higher average selling prices, increased volumes and the benefits of the CVC Thermoset Specialties and Gabriel acquisitions and its recent divestiture. Sales volumes increased across all its specialty markets on the back of a global market recovery. Average selling prices increased largely due to the impact of a weaker U.S. dollar against major international currencies as well as in response to higher raw-material costs. Textile Effects: Revenues for the division skyrocketed 103% to $207 million. The increase was due to higher sales volumes led by market recovery, especially in Asia, partly offset by reduced average selling prices. Financials
Huntsman had total cash of $510 million at the end of the quarter, down around 24.2% year over year. Adjusted free cash flow used in continuing operations was $80 million compared with a positive free cash flow of $38 million a year ago. Long-term debt was $1,521 million, almost flat year over year.
Moving ahead, the company is focused on delivering a strong EBITDA performance and high free cash flow in the second half of 2021. It remains focused on maintaining a strong balance sheet and a balanced capital deployment.
Moreover, it is optimistic about its progress in organic capital investments, including the MDI splitter project in Geismar, LA, which is expected to commence in early 2022. Price Performance
Huntsman's shares have rallied 40.3% in the past year compared with the
industry’s 39.6% growth. Image Source: Zacks Investment Research Zacks Rank & Key Picks
Huntsman currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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