Olin Lifts Force Majeure For Product Shipments From Freeport, Texas


Olin was forced to reduce production at the facility due to supply and logistic constraints from truck, railroad and marine transportation caused by severe flooding resulting from Hurricane Harvey.  Olin’s third quarter 2017 adjusted EBITDA will be reduced by approximately $40 million representing incremental costs to continue operations, unabsorbed fixed manufacturing costs and reduced profit from lost sales.

Isolated transportation, raw material and customers’ issues will continue to be experienced in both the Chlor Alkali Products and Vinyls and Epoxy segments into fourth quarter 2017.  The impact on fourth quarter 2017 adjusted EBITDA is expected to be significantly less than the third quarter 2017 impact.


Olin Corporation is a leading vertically-integrated global manufacturer and distributor of chemical products and a leading U.S. manufacturer of ammunition.  The chemical products produced include chlorine and caustic soda, vinyls, epoxies, chlorinated organics, bleach and hydrochloric acid.  Winchester’s principal manufacturing facilities produce and distribute sporting ammunition, law enforcement ammunition, reloading components, small caliber military ammunition and components, and industrial cartridges.

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The risks, uncertainties and assumptions involved in our forward-looking statements, many of which are discussed in more detail in our filings with the SEC, including without limitation the “Risk Factors” section of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016, include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • sensitivity to economic, business and market conditions in the United States and overseas, including economic instability or a downturn in the sectors served by us, such as ammunition, vinyls, urethanes, and pulp and paper, and the migration by United States customers to low-cost foreign locations;
  • the cyclical nature of our operating results, particularly declines in average selling prices in the chlor alkali industry and the supply/demand balance for our products, including the impact of excess industry capacity or an imbalance in demand for our chlor alkali products;
  • higher-than-expected raw material and energy, transportation, and/or logistics costs;
  • our substantial amount of indebtedness and significant debt service obligations;
  • weak industry conditions could affect our ability to comply with the financial maintenance covenants in our senior credit facilities and certain tax-exempt bonds;
  • our reliance on a limited number of suppliers for specified feedstock and services and our reliance on third-party transportation;
  • failure to control costs or to achieve targeted cost reductions;
  • the occurrence of unexpected manufacturing interruptions and outages, including those occurring as a result of labor disruptions and production hazards;
  • new regulations or public policy changes regarding the transportation of hazardous chemicals and the security of chemical manufacturing facilities;
  • changes in legislation or government regulations or policies;
  • economic and industry downturns that result in diminished product demand and excess manufacturing capacity in any of our segments and that, in many cases, result in lower selling prices and profits;
  • complications resulting from our multiple enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems;
  • the failure or an interruption of our information technology systems;
  • unexpected litigation outcomes;
  • costs and other expenditures in excess of those projected for environmental investigation and remediation or other legal proceedings;
  • the integration of the Acquired Business may not be successful in realizing the benefits of the anticipated synergies;
  • the effects of any declines in global equity markets on asset values and any declines in interest rates used to value the liabilities in our pension plan;
  • fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates;
  • adverse conditions in the credit and capital markets, limiting or preventing our ability to borrow or raise capital;
  • failure to attract, retain and motivate key employees;
  • our assumptions included in long range plans not realized causing a non-cash impairment charge of long-lived assets;
  • the effects of restrictions imposed on our business following the transaction with TDCC in order to avoid significant tax-related liabilities; and
  • differences between the historical financial information of Olin and the Acquired Business and our future operating performance.

All of our forward-looking statements should be considered in light of these factors.  In addition, other risks and uncertainties not presently known to us or that we consider immaterial could affect the accuracy of our forward-looking statements.


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