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A. Schulman Reports Fiscal 2018 Second Quarter Results
AKRON, Ohio, Mar 28, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE via COMTEX) -- (C) Copyright 2018 GlobeNewswire, Inc. All rights reserved.

A. Schulman, Inc. (Nasdaq:SHLM) today announced its financial results for the fiscal 2018 second quarter ended February 28, 2018. The Company reported quarterly net income available to common stockholders of $3.5 million, or $0.12 per diluted share. Last year the Company reported second quarter comparable net income of $3.2 million, or $0.11 per diluted share.

Consolidated net sales for the three months ended February 28, 2018 were $650.1 million, a 14.3% increase compared with $568.7 million for the prior period. Excluding the favorable impact of foreign currency of $43.1 million, net sales increased by 6.7% with positive contributions from all segments primarily due to improved mix and efforts to offset increased raw material prices.

Working Capital/Cash Flow

Net cash used in operations was $12.6 million for the six months ended February 28, 2018, compared to a source of $40.1 million for the six months ended February 28, 2017. Working capital days were 54 at the end of the second quarter compared with 45 days at the end of fiscal 2017, driven by inventory build, higher raw material prices, and the impact of foreign currency translation.

Capital expenditures for the six months ended February 28, 2018 were $13.1 million compared with $24.5 million in the prior year period. Additionally, the Company declared and paid quarterly cash dividends to common stockholders of $6.0 million, or $0.205 per common share, and also paid quarterly dividends of $1.9 million to holders of the convertible special stock. Total debt rose by $33 million since the end of fiscal 2017.

Income Taxes

As a result of U.S. Tax Reform, the Company will be subject to a U.S. federal statutory tax rate of 25.7% for its fiscal year ending August 31, 2018, which reflects a blended federal statutory rate of 35% for its first four months and 21% for the remaining eight months.

For the quarter, the Company's effective tax rate was significantly lower than the blended U.S. federal statutory rate of 25.7% primarily due to the discrete impacts of U.S. Tax Reform. In the second quarter of fiscal 2018, as a result of U.S. Tax Reform, the Company recorded a discrete non-cash tax benefit of $6.8 million due to the remeasurement of U.S deferred tax assets and liabilities.

In addition, the Company analyzed the impact of the one-time transition tax on deemed repatriated earnings of certain non-U.S. subsidiaries, which should be fully offset by foreign tax credits carried forward from prior years and the related release of valuation allowance previously recorded against those credits. Additional detail is available in the Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended February 28, 2018.

Pending Merger

On February 15, 2018, LyondellBasell (NYSE:LYB), and A. Schulman, Inc. announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which LyondellBasell will purchase 100 percent of A. Schulman common stock for (i) $42.00 per share in cash, without interest and subject to any applicable withholding taxes (the "Per-Share Amount"), and (ii) one contractual contingent value right per share without interest and less applicable withholding taxes (a "CVR"), which will represent the right to receive certain net proceeds, if any, resulting from the Lucent matter (in each case subject to the terms and conditions of the CVR agreement to be entered into in accordance with the Merger Agreement). There is no guaranty that any payment will be received with respect to the contingent value rights. The proposed acquisition, which has been unanimously approved by the respective boards of LyondellBasell and A. Schulman, is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals and approval by A. Schulman stockholders. The acquisition is expected to close in the second half of calendar year 2018.

Additional Information

In light of the pending merger, the Company has suspended its fiscal 2018 guidance. The Company will not host an investor conference call this quarter. For additional information, including the recently-filed Form 10-Q, please refer to the Company's website, www.aschulman.com.

About A. Schulman

A. Schulman, Inc. is a leading international supplier of high-performance plastic compounds, composites and resins headquartered in Akron, Ohio. Since 1928, the Company has been providing innovative solutions to meet its customers' demanding requirements. The Company's customers span a wide range of markets such as packaging, mobility, building & construction, electronics & electrical, agriculture, personal care & hygiene, sports, leisure & home, custom services and others. The Company employs approximately 5,200 people and has 54 manufacturing facilities globally. A. Schulman reported net sales of approximately $2.5 billion for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2017. Additional information about A. Schulman can be found at www.aschulman.com.

Cautionary Statements

A number of the matters discussed in this document that are not historical or current facts deal with potential future circumstances and developments and may constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historic or current facts and relate to future events and expectations. Forward-looking statements contain such words as "anticipate," "estimate," "expect," "project," "intend," "plan," "believe," "forecast," "foresee," "likely," "may," "should," "goal," "target," "might," "will," "could," "predict," "continue," and other words and terms of similar meaning in connection with any discussion of future operating or financial performance. Forward-looking statements are based on management's current expectations and include known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which management is unable to predict or control, that may cause actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those suggested by these forward-looking statements, and that could adversely affect the Company's future financial performance, include, but are not limited to, the following:

-- worldwide and regional economic, business and political conditions, including continuing economic uncertainties in some or all of the Company's major product markets or countries where the Company has operations;

-- risks and uncertainties posed by international operations, including foreign currency fluctuations;

-- the business cyclicality of the chemical, polymers and refining industries;

-- the effectiveness of the Company's efforts to improve operating margins through sales growth, price increases, productivity gains, and improved purchasing techniques;

-- competitive factors, including intense price competition;

-- fluctuations in the value of currencies in areas where the Company operates;

-- volatility of prices and availability of the supply of energy and raw materials that are critical to the manufacture of the Company's products, particularly plastic resins derived from oil and natural gas;

-- changes in customer demand and requirements;

-- the supply/demand balances for our and our joint ventures' products, and the related effects of industry production capacities and operating rates;

-- effectiveness of the Company to achieve the level of cost savings, productivity improvements, growth and other benefits anticipated from acquisitions and the integration thereof, joint ventures and restructuring initiatives;

-- labor conditions;

-- our ability to attract and retain key personnel;

-- escalation in the cost of providing employee health care;

-- uncertainties and unanticipated developments regarding contingencies, such as pending and future litigation and other claims, including legal and environmental proceedings, potential governmental regulatory actions, tax rulings and developments that would require increases in our costs and/or reserves for such contingencies;

-- the performance of the global automotive market as well as other markets served;

-- further adverse changes in economic or industry conditions, including global supply and demand conditions and prices for products;

-- operating problems with our information systems as a result of system security failures such as viruses, cyber-attacks or other causes;

-- operating interruptions (including leaks, explosions, fires, weather-related incidents, mechanical failure, unscheduled downtime, supplier disruptions, labor shortages, strikes, work stoppages or other labor difficulties, transportation interruptions, spills and releases and other environmental risks);

-- our current debt position could adversely affect our financial health and prevent us from fulfilling our financial obligations;

-- failure of counterparties to perform under the terms and conditions of contractual arrangements, including suppliers, customers, buyers and sellers of a business and other third parties with which the Company contracts; and

-- the announcement and pendency of the LyondellBasell merger, including risks arising from the effect thereof on our business relationships (including employees, customers and suppliers), operating results, business generally, and the diversion of management's attention from our ongoing business operations, risks of failing to consummate the merger in a timely manner, if at all, and risks related to obtaining the requisite consents to the merger could have an adverse effect on our business.

The risks and uncertainties identified above are not the only risks the Company faces. Additional risk factors that could affect the Company's performance are set forth in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2017.

These risks, as well as other risks associated with the proposed merger, are more fully discussed in the preliminary proxy statement, dated March 26, 2018, that the Company filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") in connection with the proposed transaction. The list of factors presented here is, and the list of factors presented in the preliminary proxy statement should not be considered to be a complete statement of all potential risks and uncertainties. In addition, risks and uncertainties not presently known to the Company or that it believes to be immaterial also may adversely affect the Company. Should any known or unknown risks or uncertainties develop into actual events, or underlying assumptions prove inaccurate, these developments could have material adverse effects on the Company's business, financial condition and results of operations. The Company is under no obligation, and expressly disclaims any obligation, to update, alter, or otherwise revise any forward-looking statements, whether written or oral, that may be made from time to time, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Persons reading this communication are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements which speak only as of the date hereof.

Additional Information and Where to Find It

This communication does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities or a solicitation of any vote or approval. This communication may be deemed to be solicitation material in respect of the proposed merger between LyondellBasell and A. Schulman. In connection with the proposed transaction, A. Schulman has filed a preliminary proxy statement on Schedule 14A with the SEC. STOCKHOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE PRELIMINARY PROXY STATEMENT (INCLUDING ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS THERETO ANY DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE THEREIN) AND OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED OR TO BE FILED WITH THE SEC (INCLUDING THE DEFINITIVE PROXY STATEMENT) WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION AND THE PARTIES TO THE TRANSACTION. Stockholders and investors will be able to obtain free copies of these documents at the SEC's web site at www.sec.gov. Copies of the definitive proxy statement (when they become available) and the filings that will be incorporated by reference therein may also be obtained, without charge, from A. Schulman's website, www.aschulman.com, under the heading "Investors", or by contacting A. Schulman's Investor Relations at 330-668-7346 or jennifer.beeman@aschulman.com.

Participants in the Solicitation

LyondellBasell, A. Schulman, their directors, executive officers and certain employees may be deemed, under SEC rules, to be participants in the solicitation of proxies in respect of the proposed merger. Information regarding LyondellBasell's directors and executive officers is available in its proxy statement filed with the SEC on April 6, 2017. Information regarding A. Schulman's directors and executive officers is available in its proxy statement filed with the SEC on October 27, 2017. Other information regarding the participants in the proxy solicitation and a description of their direct and indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, is contained in the preliminary proxy statement and other relevant materials filed with the SEC in connection with the proposed merger. These documents can be obtained free of charge from the sources indicated above.

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Contact

Jennifer K. Beeman

Vice President, Corporate Communications & Investor Relations

A. Schulman, Inc.

3637 Ridgewood Road

Fairlawn, Ohio 44333

Tel: 330-668-7346

Email: Jennifer.Beeman@aschulman.com

www.aschulman.com

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