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PolyOne Announces Third Quarter 2018 Results
CLEVELAND, Oct. 24, 2018 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Copyright (C) 2018 PR Newswire. All rights reserved

PolyOne Corporation (NYSE: POL) today reported its third quarter results for 2018. GAAP earnings per share was $0.62 in the third quarter of 2018 compared to $0.49 in the third quarter of 2017. Adjusted earnings per share expanded to $0.62 in the third quarter of 2018 from $0.58 in the third quarter of 2017. Special items for the third quarter of 2018 primarily included environmental costs offset by one-time tax benefits associated with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, resulting in a net after-tax gain of $0.2 million (see Attachment 1).

"Our investments in commercial resources and specialty acquisitions continue to drive our growth, as we delivered an 8% increase in revenue and a 7% increase in adjusted EPS for the third quarter," said Robert M. Patterson, chairman, president and chief executive officer, PolyOne Corporation. "Color, Additives & Inks led the way, with revenue and operating income up 11% and 13% respectively over the prior year quarter. Engineered Materials also had a very good quarter, driven by growth in composites, which led to an expansion of profitability for the segment as a whole."

The company reported organic sales growth of 6.1% while acquisitions added 2.3%. Weaker foreign currencies offset sales growth by 0.5%.

Mr. Patterson added, "I am pleased with these results considering that higher raw material and freight costs and weaker foreign currencies negatively impacted us in the quarter. In addition, in September we also experienced a demand slowdown in certain end markets such as building and construction and appliance as well as slower growth in Asia."

The company noted customers are citing concerns over tariffs and persistent inflation as possible drivers of these demand conditions, which most heavily impacted the Performance Products and Solutions (PP&S) and Distribution segments. Based on customer feedback, this is likely to continue for the balance of the year. If so, lower operating income from PP&S and Distribution could offset continued growth in Color, Additives & Inks and Engineered Materials in the fourth quarter.

"We remain focused on providing our customers exemplary service and helping them navigate these near-term dynamics. Our additional investments in commercial resources and specialty acquisitions position us well to support our customers and capture additional long term growth," said Mr. Patterson.

Conference Call

The company will conduct a conference call at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time on October 24, 2018. To participate in the conference call, dial 1-844-835-7433 (domestic) or 1-914-495-8589 (international) and provide conference ID number 6594369. A simultaneous webcast of the call will be accessible via the company's website at www.polyone.com/investor.

A recording of the call will also be available for one week, beginning at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time on October 24, 2018. To listen to this recording, dial 1-855-859-2056 (domestic) or 1-404-537-3406 (international) and enter conference ID number 6594369.

About PolyOne

PolyOne Corporation (NYSE: POL), with 2017 revenues of $3.2 billion, is a premier provider of specialized polymer materials, services and solutions. The company is dedicated to serving customers in diverse industries around the globe, by creating value through collaboration, innovation and an unwavering commitment to excellence. Guided by its Core Values, Sustainability Promise and No Surprises PledgeSM, PolyOne is an ACC Responsible CareĀ® certified company committed to its customers, employees, communities and shareholders through ethical, sustainable and fiscally responsible principles. For more information, visit www.polyone.com.

To access PolyOne's news library online, please visit www.polyone.com/news.

Forward-looking Statements

In this press release, statements that are not reported financial results or other historical information are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements give current expectations or forecasts of future events and are not guarantees of future performance. They are based on management's expectations that involve a number of business risks and uncertainties, any of which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by the forward-looking statements. They use words such as "will," "anticipate," "estimate," "expect," "project," "intend," "plan," "believe," and other words and terms of similar meaning in connection with any discussion of future operating or financial condition, performance and/or sales. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those implied by these forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: disruptions, uncertainty or volatility in the credit markets that could adversely impact the availability of credit already arranged and the availability and cost of credit in the future; the effect on foreign operations of currency fluctuations, tariffs and other political, economic and regulatory risks; changes in polymer consumption growth rates and laws and regulations regarding the disposal of plastic in jurisdictions where we conduct business; changes in global industry capacity or in the rate at which anticipated changes in industry capacity come online; fluctuations in raw material prices, quality and supply and in energy prices and supply; production outages or material costs associated with scheduled or unscheduled maintenance programs; unanticipated developments that could occur with respect to contingencies such as litigation and environmental matters; an inability to raise or sustain prices for products or services; information systems failures and cyberattacks; and other factors affecting our business beyond our control, including, without limitation, changes in the general economy, changes in interest rates and changes in the rate of inflation. The above list of factors is not exhaustive.

We undertake no obligation to publicly update forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. You are advised to consult any further disclosures we make on related subjects in our reports on Form 10-Q, 8-K and 10-K that we provide to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Senior management uses comparisons of adjusted net income from continuing operations attributable to PolyOne shareholders and diluted adjusted earnings per share (EPS) from continuing operations attributable to PolyOne shareholders, excluding special items, to assess performance and facilitate comparability of results. Senior management believes these measures are useful to investors because they allow for comparison to PolyOne's performance in prior periods without the effect of items that, by their nature, tend to obscure PolyOne's operating results due to the potential variability across periods based on timing, frequency and magnitude. Non-GAAP financial measures have limitations as analytical tools and should not be considered in isolation from, or solely as alternatives to, financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. Below is a reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable financial measures calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP. See Attachment 3 for a definition and summary of special items.

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