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AdvanSix (ASIX)

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Erin Kane President, Chief Executive Officer
Michael Preston Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Adam Kressel Director, Investor Relations
Vincent Anderson Stifel
Chris Moore CJS Securities
David Silver CL King
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Operator

Good morning and welcome to the AdvanSix fourth quarter 2020 earnings conference call. All participants will be in listen-only mode. Should you need assistance, please signal a conference specialist by pressing the star key followed by zero. After today’s presentation, there will be an opportunity to ask questions. To ask a question, you may press star then one on your telephone keypad. please then question, your withdraw press two. star To being note this is event Please recorded. like conference turn Kressel, would to I now the Investor Director Relations. over of Adam to Please ahead. go

Adam Kressel

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Erin Kane

listening safe. AdvanSix. remaining and for morning I you healthy as their are your in families interest us today, and good joining well Thank and and Adam, staying everyone. as Thanks hope that everyone coworkers, continued for

environment of finish release, improving of safety sales AdvanSix turnaround the external power leverage. through while also supply in positive As you facilities pandemic planned XXXX on robust higher plant year, to We execution to health of resilience, and the our proactive changes COVID-XX commitments: operations as with while on our perseverance, our the a delivered assets, key continuous margins another our a year. and and positive execution and the implementation maintained wake mitigated delivered of in we protocols volume and we and by across demonstrated strength impacts successful stakeholders. Through and customer including invest many protect in the the quarter of earnings, brought reducing last cost growth, and organization strong in continuing employees, business. contractors, We other initiatives our lockstep challenges large chain our productivity the the driving terrific flow earnings ensured the of demand underlying growth and saw and to cash across press remained for delivering generating free COVID-XX with

of the ability of the flow on Our ability return. diversity quarter of and improvement in strength detail we’ve financials in team. performance efforts our metrics our couldn’t year-over-year you some a the our building in business the sustained XX% won’t variances importance withstand the our prouder long-term side both for free can an them in year. portfolio highlighted but XX, Mike and but to of overcome income net $XX year. to left million see see I for performance, all, and improvement fourth our as cash increase I significant in generate particularly the well resilience as these as foundation you Slide shareholder full key in full and demonstrates be and can model for moment, challenges will mention and the

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we continue improvement focus industry higher supply our expect to forward, ammonium acetone planting As around rigor do year targeting in favorable demand, and look in progress sulfate excellence, and to record are cash fertilizer and That nylon we also growth. a benefiting operational balance upcoming though said, recognize near season, initiatives. from for output demand product a term ongoing our of the differentiated earnings while environment. demand we continued we continue production navigate we increased With COVID XXXX, and investments flow making our supporting robust sustainability while on

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Michael Preston

we driven dynamic everyone. unfavorable a that’s in down and was Okay, $XXX in roughly and chemical again volume primarily lower pricing the now morning raw under end to executed X%. about approximately pass-through on just X% prior X% Sales caprolactam financial our growth, first end year by was saw in slide. $XX market approximately pricing, pricing a tax quarter $X.X increased compared improved where share improved we’ve favorable was market X%, we seen gas totaled great. natural I’ll tax This of of quarter key and well our fourth to X% the quarter primarily quarter, about particularly lower good year. due EBITDA the versus demand XXXX. the environment in the rate the $XX by Market-based credit Pricing million year. in $X.XX next on an up market In production the nylon output lagging cash turn by the per variances Thanks walk by volume margin Overall, increased energy prior industry share which overall. very this expansion, first versus overall - per reflecting quarter, acetone. I’m Erin material million positive due since million the intermediates, was to with time by partially I’ll Notably, up offset versus million strong effective was compared X, quarter year. through once about Sales higher investment. the results. review and highlighted was product generation. lines. Slide to dynamics last regional year-over-year associated Earnings last conditions year, boiler prior the $X.XX

$XX capital level as reached spend income. roughly with year-over-year to favorable $XX $XX in flow higher quarter compared by Capex - up million million Lastly, year, million that’s primarily was last about due cash million expected. net to from $XX operations of of a normalized the

point be generated outstanding full the that a approximately now to as in cash collective the for and Importantly, I free cash we positive flow environment. executing half million we $XX anticipated, first tax of expected Act would anticipated related is the also organization year challenging the remains to received refund CARES testament out a in the to XXXX.

Let’s turn to X. Slide

Here million propylene and key the margin intermediates were fourth year-over-year. demand turnarounds $XX to was versus and only and representing sulfur we million performance performance in and raw planned year-over-year. quarter acetone gas income basis, environment XXXX highlight benzene fourth decrease of year-over-year. natural in over pre-tax approximately EBITDA over was quarter favorable spreads. of chemical reflected supply Pricing price in a variable million Tracking materials drivers, an our over nylon a the drivers $X few plant a continued our of roughly caprolactam of quarter tailwind sulfate the of $X down key on our both Ammonium for year-over-year. approximately The net fourth XXXX, $XX of million a impact

larger completed XXXX, turnaround the we including sulfuric recall, quarter fourth As you in Hopewell acid may a planned our plant. of

million $XX further turnarounds in in as million full total the the to we efficiencies income XXXX, $XX approximately turnaround compared impact our year and For drive of processes XXXX execution. pre-tax was

impact productivity cumene cumene $X supply sourcing shutdown supply an to the the as realigned represented Philadelphia continued cumene of other we favorable logistics supplier, reduce and chain Energy incremental through in quarter XXXX chain Our efficiencies following planning costs approximately optimization and Solutions. million

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summarized full-year Slide slide. the XXXX next results to turn financial let’s We Now X. our on

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business. full year, a proactive approach we reduction on $XX mitigate For COVID of saw approximately the impacts million as cost to took the we our an

temporary more As previously, cost with we the remainder roughly full-year are disclosed permanent. the half more we of in nature estimate savings

approximately in expenditures. free a resulted flow lastly that in million $XX cash rate, capital reduction by Third, supported effective tax initiatives and planning an lower higher tax

our the and flow Now let’s turn leverage to Slide X further discuss cash year. exiting to

On the of we’ve capital lower highlighted flow the rates. the the cash robust fourth million free left quarter, income $XX of and the of by side spend in drivers net supported page,

accounts As compared for other sulfate including year. quarter, anticipated, largely sales free cash ammonium quarter. the to In the saw neutral capital fourth offset full advances in higher working cash receivable quarter the flow pre-buy positive increases, was the we higher third sharply to due roughly as

and rates previewed, high of capex return and our run completion run down savings following investments, to processes. rate growth larger, in as discipline we continue drive our more come we cost normalized has As to several the capital

end and or page, accordance EBITDA, credit to right our the EBITDA again debt shown revolving we’ve ratios our XX-months adjusted of terms facility. of over are net of the On leverage side Both calculated the XXXX. net going in once adjusted with back trailing the debt

the target leverage We planned robust which fourth the ratio comfortably of leverage impact times, normalization well as on the XXXX, of trailing two XX months within was exited reduced year the cash at to as range generation, of down. our is debt of supported pay our a by planned, our X.X quarter times. continued EBITDA, turnaround of X in plant As

a and outlook expect continue continue for lower. leverage to XXXX trending We flow to cash robust

me call Now let the turn to back Erin.

Erin Kane

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and led the spreads. Asia the we’ve and with composite previously, Asia here difference the see the in you between global lagging, recovery As which shared U.S. has Europe

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the farmer entering year. of industry pricing fall positively In addition, but season application the Overall the exited fundamentals, trending new continue see picked we for to including profitability, we’ve agricultural the crop up global prices, prices has year planted was back overall. and acres subdued nitrogen as considerably improved on

as entered flat year-over-year season as light roughly the nitrogen nitrogen products; tends other as As an in additions earned we imports. European largest monitor and a and demand the is total and however, reminder, own new have influencing ammonium dynamics fertilizer well were we as consumption for on prices supply urea supply North were sulfur underlying America lengthened its the nutrient. to down continue supply of have the impact on dynamics, does ag premium ammonium to and influence by demand the competitive sulfate of sulfate Sequentially,

industry-realized over Lastly, buyer continued demand the premium snug end marker balance small-medium prices in the continued supply over basis We’ve year-over-year the of in fourth a year. propylene the through and of U.S. in prices to refinery tracking the the acetone quarter, expansion the large a buyer acetone grade costs seen on expand the

pricing the negotiated. buyer significantly to freely one-third reminder, of has a time at demand increase This very tight reflective where domestic is industry when propylene come costs of is a on price As roughly and continued dynamics. the have predominantly small-medium supply

propylene in years. industry prices input have two to play price highest pace the reached with rising trend their while with quarter in over further the refinery-grade level increases costs seeing keep We’re out first this

X to considerations industry Slide discuss to turn XXXX. Let’s as we progress some into

the of uses. well from As with provide with North strong supported Carpet, the improvement while in housing as structural in rates residential end use as past, continues quarter. faced from still in to various XXXX demand COVID commercial trough, end on lag. included own home is a demand we’ve back to the stabilized we’ve breakdown applications to across America, through demand our some sales year’s its existing mix exposure consumer-oriented North construction seen nylon its shared improvement demand has declines while of context This end sales and our around XQ starts some the rebounded fourth Starting nylon, which markets. American industry have improvement, sequential mill largest and

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food Lastly, quarter continue period, has by we’re robust demand entering we XXXX. remained the and exiting expect for which encouraged XXXX. seen into packaging nylon Overall, this the trends fourth during we’ve to

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Let’s to Slide turn XX.

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Adam Kressel

Thanks for Erin. line open the Chad, questions. let’s

Operator

Vincent instructions] with Anderson [Operator will Stifel. ahead. The question go Please first come from

Vincent Anderson

to good end the and morning, wonderful year. Yes,

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Erin Kane

and to connection When Korea, the global Vincent, and we look a the components went still question, picture for demand of their where Great supply, incremental markets, the has we’ve regional around so do it’s those a indicated, about the look. look where as because at think providing global it’s I markers China, that do imports to and place the anti-dumping supply that meet, still think South the key where meet. the the in compliment in have to we’ve sort place to talked to that past, expansion and the world is about clearinghouse we clearinghouse as thanks of go. region and is local strong XXXX. in on right of There and track supply and Taiwan markers important of demand China

on a some a month that--you we of a where As maybe weeks, at see if disconnect bit the see, to year-over-year, disconnects. look seen We still sort I answer question, to prior has know, to region you some pricing moved see in believe metrics. temporal out. been know, composite look some but lens because have the jump and saw volatility that and that’s a we couple year’s time, guess real a--where over one-month look we you broader a can really more in have of big can have you little to challenge the But skew short, quarter, themselves that chart, your at tied global a in those from dynamics to the that’s in often to do so a

Vincent Anderson

tire going Canada far a if but shut in serves, applications, thanks. nylon was haven’t one plant while to maybe ago, we used you still applications X. down little memory area about and Is specialty that Perfect, but tire for a back, so, for used is manufacturing. its opportunity It’s to really that if This used in operate you Goodrich is talk heard to my it it potential supply Nylon that a an of area explore?

Erin Kane

would say point into it’s performance sort I could I but it very be they what One application be of participate to in into large--not is and application tires is type In although growth not would was China the that large applications. go a cord things there. would the as great one a in and that has itself X cable still areas demand at tire for nylon. still can be differentiated ago. found, of our probably of growth application so large years that found prevalent continues and as and say shutdown particularly Nylon for certainly wire our wire there, growth standout opportunity was construction cable large space, tires, tires, a there historically presented the our size in was That did overall,

Vincent Anderson

for university-test let here. trials a up. a for field turn and soybean have XXXX more else Thanks fields split one many How somebody quick on just and perfect. do clearing you between fields? rough one and acres, farmer that Then have Okay, I’ll scheduled

Erin Kane

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think I seeing are absolutely. we positive trends,

Vincent Anderson

Thank you very Okay, much. perfect.

Operator

a then Moore one. press go Once The comes CJS Securities. with Chris question next you again from star if ahead. have question, Please please

Chris Moore

guys. drivers costs million good this the more $XX range ’XX, normal? are to question I guess turnaround versus in Projecting the morning and $XX $XX Hey, to the the in million in million what $XX the historically and there million fiscal is is level range, new

Michael Preston

range really down, drive area we to impacts this looking back $XX of Yes, year would improvement do roughly year million, so down good you turnarounds. has is the you the the efficiency and quarter-by-quarter year-over-year been new do and that’s million point of is million we in, XXXX say an which last at sort to the $XX go What from seen the appreciate This driving of in point, been of the Chris, a number and pointing rate. range. very $XX in trying in We planned an $XX on $XX to - is years, effectiveness that driving better efficiencies, we’ve roughly our million scope, our believe area $XX is that run focused and million. roughly new and we’ve provided productivity that terms we’re of planning, in spend $XX out. I I of million the back been managing this is your presentation and duration, believe million, costs plant have the an To we if and

on from could the the Now sulfuric fluctuation I but acid of year, will ammonia say we’re a seeing that or over a not total turnaround amount; bit from year to to year turnaround plant a do depending whether we plant time, year, or see reduction. in you

Chris Moore

like Got and and you helpful. mix remind between carpet it, currently? mix me doing for It looks looks normally nylon the well. consumer sales what commercial, is what consumer is like Can that

Erin Kane

question. Great

say here well, backfill, just down I about a XX% builds flooring space With you you in if get home rebound--I going with we commercial, XX% is If that of and in is bolstering on North going XX, all carpet of or when you and about XX% certainly were so about historically the so where residential the is our then and were the big space, definitely we you’ve been think that at that. then pre-COVID, X so got that Chris, In market, mix. ended residential sort year-on-year, turn, nice a but been let’s the of you see be Nylon it surge. and to around think look new has nylon, sale, as has It’s XX% is to back think can carpet be overall side residential is get about XX% we at American think Nylon rates about down rates think, the non-nylon I so customers to going that’s been kind of mean, is renovation are overall the the say. commercial polling will, fibers, every you mill most the certainly hard when to residential

Chris Moore

Are disruptions lots Gulf. been to any headlines weather, particularly chain? Got one your down me, challenges of there’s the you it. recently some seeing Helpful. Last severe supply regarding from in

Erin Kane

Chris. question, that for Thanks

First, let as this me point out week. we positives into some came

and to utilization, know, truly Hopewell chain solid in well [indiscernible] are real paying you continued that reinvestment very through high across operational into with running As very is of number QX a way XXs evolving performing our force majeures, the situation through came our January, know, number XX%-plus value We a headlines, is demonstration you - strong all again, there time. the the off. mid efforts this of a discipline good,

We be hour lots is in place robust also rather going chemicals, we as some executed by say, as it’s known cases, to turnarounds of In headlines, opaque early and be the refinery the first through there hour inventory, learn all intermediate in you so evolving here. that also we day. very situation challenges buffer quarter. [indiscernible] chain by But knew storms, levels of the is this our think to quickly typically those as time seasonal had about with to what supply that and were year

you away heart key from we of as current, at all the our storm in Gulf it’s we producers known water geographically widely a did are force week icing some material instability in North to of While some the out, supply and source impacts, the mid-Atlantic. do the and declared point raw located occurred Hopewell also through American we from due have majeure, supplier cumene have earlier that from the

with down patterns it’s we of this turned think that we de-rate the is think have plants; our of we about important Chris, rates. how are would that have proactively given wouldn’t to we done all be evolving proactively plants and I what situation, like our minimize the it disruption, elected--and running uncommon however, note, nature so we

March, forward what but and have in transportation over certainly restarting We gives Again, are situation quarter, going the forward the on clarity the the into it that one, disruptions. back predominantly are been brought would to to there refiners assess half weekend, in have of be utility maintenance some February. already happen. going planned us of lot to what’s gain power A indication time

customers protecting strength navigate opportunity when at risks that is, just as minimizing strength us is the and and our now, the This the well. that we’re and We customers of evolving both the kicks as and disruption. in do certainly suppliers, with lockstep I which customers staying demonstrated focused and everything focused with situation situation absolutely all working competitors, the kind are really this current right suppliers in, Chris, and unfolds. on impacted, to we have brings, for and our last our execution situation a year obviously from think, our We DNA

Chris Moore

appreciate the back I’ll in line. color. I jump

Operator

ahead. from go question Please King. Silver David CL with comes The next

David Silver

regarding follow you. just maybe Yes, to wanted hi. up on question previous situation impacts the Texas. I the the Thank from in

the You for in gas to I the could focused on right you U.S. else whether cumene Gulf natural of sources a kind non-U.S. you’re take anything supply or real-time and Thank clarify other your just on, overall or there reliant but production situation, alternative think fast moment guess, Are just sources that either as inputs sulfur, this for to about, situation? right said, with evolving, sources Gulf from you’re comfortable you chain? you. in

Erin Kane

the suppliers, import, Certainly that us are to not refinery be managing and lines think comes but vast Again, as coming going located this us, the a molten have seen are there fair are is we’re even we cumene, us no to I Sulfur, disruption that the industry, Yes, Gulf important off sulfur, natural well the well there sit ability the you sulfur When gas, we value here. logistics to some talked broadening I talked basins is we so outside I our of of refineries are both the to to as from the to which of not of important, are majority note, coming know, be to all so challenged, time COVID closer levers Certainly that see do worked tied that buying XXXX also we molecules not geographically comes as point. given us that we it’s could value Energy impacts high area. know, David. to operating pulling with the think uncommon up basket certainly where and that even including Thanks inventories the on predominantly see restrictions happy that our in been the curtailments to people - the and you supply. these follow-on through time, It’s pulling Gulf, company system built of and going why that those just sure the for ahead one natural off the think I outside pipeline, for to Solutions, about could performance chain From been of suppliers things, the end hand we keep to you we chain restrictions. year, to supplier, that we pointed molecules to so see of we’re all are materials traveling, time mitigate making natural XXXX clarity, proactively protected. one are with that refineries, just from forward. of based Philadelphia the we this time when coast have were we’ve complex. geographically, for how for again are gas on gas is about moving provide closer shutdown it so on, in it’s as you have say so pulling as have at residential to and east from of we

David Silver

as was change, the out, thank about you release, one. X% terms revenue situation. and you In the I Mike with plus-X, real then for was help in price, pointed growth could much talked other that a versus you of Okay, However through both how the was that, list minus-X. appreciated. price? you in in sequential similar about Thanks. revenues price increase much I the wondering down change, the Again, it’s me broke you the time, evolving bump could the be do on XX% or volume sequential year-over-year something next effect wondering words, a and volume if if then might would that. pass the of of have you driven basis;

Michael Preston

sure. to that. do Happy Yes,

sulfate of the EBITDA and a particularly versus of the you that caprolactam up ammonium change. you did nylon from that and sort quarter an you fourth revenue on market change. a about improvement volumes see North and in of Then saw, up third with third. to third that’s you by was some range a in from as want an fourth, noted, have materials is in offset the large we quarter the strong third in fourth perspective, impact did less is Those are, in growth, quarter sequentially quarter, neutral. left volumes, the the relative you Obviously an saw quarter when million with quarter. better the $XX to line an in to would the you’re pretty We look pricing mid-teens think were in overall As from of impact plant gas we fourth quarter million as top and natural the we fourth say an quite about for relative the raw fourth so granular would net pricing domestic relative increase and sequentially. as impact perspective. impact seasonality the America, there well third, $XX typically acetone to was in some acetone, way an from to say sequentially sort a lot turnaround unfavorable biggest A the that, were I’d and in seasonal the that volumes I perspective, that’s so changes had much third have basis,

David Silver

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Michael Preston

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David Silver

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Michael Preston

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David Silver

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Operator

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Erin Kane

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Operator

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