Form 10-K - Cytec Industries Inc.
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UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

Form 10-K

ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE

SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010

Commission file number 1-12372

CYTEC INDUSTRIES INC.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

Delaware    22-3268660

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation or organization)

  

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No).

Five Garret Mountain Plaza

Woodland Park, New Jersey

  07424
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code (973) 357-3100

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

 

Title of each class   Name of exchange on which registered
Common Stock, par value $.01 per share   New York Stock Exchange

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act:

None

(Title of Class)

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act.    Yes  x    No  ¨

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Act.    Yes  ¨    No  x

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to the filing requirements for at least the past 90 days.    Yes  x    No  ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).    Yes  x    No  ¨.

Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K (§229.405 of this chapter) is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of registrant’s knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K.  ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, or a non-accelerated filer. See definition of “accelerated filer and large accelerated filer” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act. Large accelerated filer  x    Accelerated filer  ¨    Non-accelerated filer  ¨.

Indicate by check mark whether the Registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).    Yes  ¨    No  x

At June 30, 2010 the aggregate market value of common stock held by non-affiliates was $1,924,241,903 based on the closing price ($39.99 per share) of such stock on such date.

There were 49,450,765 shares of common stock outstanding on February 15, 2011.

DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE

 

Documents  

Part of Form 10-K

Portions of Cytec’s Proxy Statement for 2011 Annual Meeting Parts III, IV of Common Stockholders to be held on April 21, 2011.   Parts III, IV

 

 

 


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CYTEC INDUSTRIES INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Form 10-K

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Part 1.     
Item 1.    Business     2   
Item 1A.    Risk Factors     11   
Item 1B.    Unresolved Staff Comments     12   
Item 2.    Properties     13   
Item 3.    Legal Proceedings     13   
Item 4.    Submission Of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders     13   
Part II.     
Item 5.    Market For Registrant’s Common Equity and Related Stockholder Matters     14   
Item 6.    Selected Financial Data     16   
Item 7.    Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results Of Operations     18   
Item 7A.    Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk     32   
Item 8.    Financial Statements and Supplementary Data     41   
Item 9.    Changes In and Disagreements With Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure     86   
Item 9A.    Controls and Procedures     86   
Item 9B.    Other Information     86   
Part III.     
Item 10.    Directors and Executive Officers of the Registrant     87   
Item 11.    Executive Compensation     88   
Item 12.    Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters     88   
Item 13.    Certain Relationships and Related Transactions     88   
Item 14.    Principal Accountant Fees and Services     88   
Part IV.     
Item 15.    Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedules     89   
   Signatures     93   


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COMMENTS ON FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

 

A number of the statements made by us in our Annual Report on Form 10-K, in other documents, including but not limited to the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer’s and Vice President and Chief Financial Officer’s letters to stockholders and stakeholders, respectively, in our press releases and in other reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission, may be regarded as “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements in this report, including those made by the management of Cytec, other than historical statements, are forward-looking statements.

Forward-looking statements include, among others, statements concerning: our or any of our segments outlook for the future, anticipated results of acquisitions and divestitures, selling price and raw material cost trends, anticipated changes in currency rates and their effects, economic forces within the industry we operate, anticipated costs, target completion dates and expenditures for capital projects, expected sales growth, operational excellence strategies and their results, expected annual tax rates, our long-term goals, future legal settlements and other statements of expectations, beliefs, future plans and strategies, anticipated events or trends and similar expressions concerning matters that are not historical facts. Such statements are based upon our current beliefs and expectations and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties including those discussed in Item 1A, “Risk Factors” below and elsewhere in this report. Actual results may vary materially from those set forth in the forward-looking statements.

The following factors, among others, could affect our anticipated results: our ability to successfully complete planned or ongoing restructuring and capital expansion projects, including realization of the anticipated results from such projects; our ability to maintain or improve current ratings on our debt; our ability to obtain financing or borrow fully against committed lines, changes in financial conditions or the financial status of our existing lenders markets; changes in global and regional economies; the financial well-being of our customers and the end consumers of our products; changes in demand for our products or in the quality, costs and availability of our raw materials and energy; customer inventory reductions; the actions of competitors; currency and interest rate fluctuations; technological change; our ability to renegotiate expiring long-term contracts; our ability to raise our selling prices when our product costs increase; changes in employee relations, possible strikes or work stoppages at our facilities or at the facilities of our customers or suppliers; new laws and regulations or changes in their interpretation, including those related to taxation, global warming and those particular to the purchase, sale, storage and manufacture of chemicals or operation of chemical plants; governmental funding for those military programs that utilize our products; litigation, including its inherent uncertainty and changes in the number or severity of various types of claims brought against us and changes in the laws applicable to these claims; quality problems; difficulties in plant operations and materials transportation, including those caused by hurricanes or other natural forces; short or long term climate changes; environmental matters; returns on employee benefit plan assets and changes in the discount rates used to estimate employee benefit liabilities; changes in the medical cost trend rate; changes in accounting principles or new accounting standards; political instability or adverse treatment of foreign operations in any of the significant countries in which we or our customers operate; war, terrorism or sabotage; epidemics; and other unforeseen circumstances. Unless indicated otherwise, the terms “Cytec,” “Company,” “we,” “us,” and “our” each refer collectively to Cytec Industries Inc. and its subsidiaries.

AVAILABLE INFORMATION

 

We maintain a website that contains various information on our Company and products. It is accessible at www.Cytec.com. Through our website, stockholders and the general public may access free of charge (other than any connection charges from internet service providers) filings we make with the Securities and Exchange Commission as soon as practicable after filing. Filing accessibility in this manner includes our Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K and amendments to those reports filed or furnished pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

 

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PART I

(Currencies in millions, except per share amounts)

Item 1.

BUSINESS

We are a global specialty chemicals and materials company focused on developing, manufacturing and selling value-added products. Our products serve a diverse range of end markets including aerospace composites, structural adhesives, automotive and industrial coatings, electronics, inks, mining and plastics. We use our technology and application development expertise to create chemical and material solutions that are formulated to perform specific and important functions for our customers. We operate on a global basis with 34% of our 2010 revenues in North America, 39 % in Europe, Middle East, and Africa, 20 % in Asia-Pacific and 7% in Latin America. We have manufacturing and research facilities located in 16 countries. We had net sales of $2,748.3 and earnings from operations of $233.9 in 2010. Cytec was incorporated as an independent public company in December 1993.

Pending Sale of Building Block Chemicals Business

On January 28, 2011, we entered into an Asset Purchase Agreement (the “Agreement”) with Television Acquisition Corp., an affiliate of HIG Capital, LLC (the “Purchaser”). Pursuant to the terms of the Agreement, we have agreed to sell to the Purchaser substantially all of the assets and certain liabilities of our Building Block Chemicals business (the “Business”) for a total consideration of $180.0, including cash consideration of $165.0 at closing and a promissory note for $15.0. The assets to be sold to the Purchaser include our Fortier plant located in Westwego, Louisiana, personal property, inventory, accounts receivable, contract rights and certain other assets that are used in or relate to the Business, all as further specified in the Agreement.

Liabilities to be assumed by the Purchaser include accounts payable, contract liabilities, certain environmental and product liabilities, and certain other liabilities that relate to the Business and are as specified in the Agreement. Certain liabilities relating to the Business will be retained by us, including certain environmental, pension and post-retirement healthcare liabilities. The transaction is subject to a post-closing adjustment based on the amount of Target Net Working Capital and Closing Inventory Amount (each as defined in the Agreement) on the closing date in accordance with the Agreement. We expect to record a gain on the sale of the Building Block Chemicals business when the transaction closes.

The Agreement contains customary representations, warranties, covenants and indemnification obligations of the parties thereto as set forth therein. In addition, we agree that we will not, and will not cause or permit our affiliates to, compete with the Business (with certain exceptions) for a period of five years after the closing date, under the terms specified in the Agreement.

The consummation of the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, and the Agreement contains certain termination rights, including the right of either party to terminate the Agreement if the closing has not occurred before March 31, 2011.

In connection with the transaction, we and the Purchaser have agreed to enter into long term agreements for the supply of melamine and acrylonitrile by the Purchaser to us.

Change in segment presentation

In the fourth quarter of 2010, we committed to a plan to sell the assets and liabilities of what was formerly our Building Block Chemicals segment. The results of operations of the former Building Block Chemicals segment are now reported as discontinued operations. All previously reported financial information has been revised to conform to the current presentation.

We have four reportable business segments: Coating Resins, Additive Technologies, In Process Separation, and Engineered Materials. Coating Resins, Additive Technologies, and In Process Separation are managed under one executive leader, and are referred to collectively as Cytec Specialty Chemicals. The Coating Resins segment includes the following product lines: radiation-cured resins (Radcure resins), powder coating resins, and liquid coating resins. Included in the liquid coating resins product line are waterborne resins, amino cross-linkers, solventborne resins, and urethane resins. Additive Technologies includes polymer additives and specialty additives. In Process Separation includes mining chemicals and phosphines. Engineered Materials principally includes advanced composites, carbon fiber, structural film and pressure sensitive adhesives, and formulated resins.

We regularly review our segment reporting and classifications and may periodically change our reportable segments to align with operational changes.

Our corporate vision is to deliver technology beyond our customers’ imagination. To achieve our corporate vision, our strategy includes the following initiatives:

 

 

Achieve sustainable and profitable growth by providing innovative solutions to meet customer

 

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needs. We seek to collaborate closely with our customers to understand their needs and provide them with a superior value proposition, whether through improvement in product quality, performance, cost or a new enabling technology. We seek to market our specialty products in terms of the value they provide and focus on delivering a high level of technical service to our customers as we work with them on solving problems and providing them with better products for their applications.

 

 

Provide a culture that challenges, engages and rewards our employees. We know that progress and growth depend on every employee taking responsibility, being creative, and contributing to our overall successful performance. We strive to have employees be challenged and to enjoy success as we continue to build a stronger Cytec. As part of this process, employees have opportunities to embark on career paths geared towards advancement in various areas of our organization. Our goal is to attract, retain and develop employees to their highest potential and be recognized as a global employer of choice.

 

 

Be universally recognized as the technology leader in our markets. We are dedicated to creating a sustainable competitive advantage through superior technology. We believe our technology is the ultimate engine of our growth and success. To that end we focus on our new product pipeline and delivering value-added products to our customers every year. We continued to invest in our three growth platforms (i.e. Engineered Materials, In-Process Separation, and Coatings (radiation cured and waterborne resins)).

 

 

Positively impact society by our commitment to safety, health, and environmental stewardship. We focus our innovation on the development of environmentally sustainable products, and demonstrate our respect for the communities in which we operate. We operate on a global basis with manufacturing plants and research facilities located in 16 countries including high growth emerging markets where we will continue to expand sales as markets develop. Our global operations add to the vitality and the economy of the regions in which we operate.

We are focused on operational excellence. To develop and implement best practices, we benchmark our performance against our competitive peer group. This has had a significant positive impact in terms of our safety and environmental performance. Manufacturing has the largest impact on our costs and we use various techniques such as six-sigma and lean manufacturing to reduce our product costs by improving process yields, reducing batch times, increasing capacity and improving and/or streamlining our manufacturing processes. We continuously review our operational footprint versus current and projected market demand and accordingly, from time to time, we may also expand, shutdown parts of, or close certain manufacturing or laboratory facilities.

Over the years, in the course of our ongoing operations, we have made a number of other strategic business and product line acquisitions and dispositions.

Our management team regularly reviews our product line portfolio in terms of strategic fit and capital allocation based on financial performance which includes factors such as growth, profitability and return on invested capital. From time to time, we may also dispose of or withdraw certain product lines. We may also acquire additional product lines or technologies. We conduct regular reviews of our plant sites’ cost effectiveness, including individual facilities within such sites to insure our long-term competitiveness.

 

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SEGMENT INFORMATION

 

Revenues from external customers, earnings from operations, and total assets for each of our four reportable segments can be found in Note 17 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

Coating Resins

Set forth below are our primary product lines and major products in this segment and their principal applications.

 

Product Line   Major Products   Principal Applications
Radcure resins   Oligomers, monomers, photo-initiators   Coatings and inks used in industrial metal, wood and plastic coatings including parquet, furniture, safety glass interlayer, printing varnishes and inks
Powder coating resins   Conventional and ultraviolet curable powder coating resins   Powder coatings for industrial and heavy duty metal applications, appliance, white goods, architecture and wood
Liquid coating resins   Waterborne resins, solventborne resins, amino cross-linkers, and urethane resins   Industrial coatings for automobiles, packaging, coil, metal fixtures, metal and wood furniture, and heavy-duty industrial machinery, architectural applications, products used in abrasives, tires, electronics, marine, sanitary and swimming pools

 

We market our coating resins chemicals through specialized sales and technical service staffs for each of our product lines. Sales are typically made directly to large customers and through distributors to smaller customers. Certain of our products in this segment, primarily amino cross-linkers, are manufactured using melamine that is manufactured by our former Building Block Chemicals segment, for which we have committed to a plan to sell in the fourth quarter and entered into a definitive agreement to sell in January 2011. For further discussion of raw materials, refer to “Customers and Suppliers.”

Radcure Resins

We are a leading producer of radiation-cured resins for high-performance coatings and graphics applications. These resins are cured (dried and hardened) by exposing them to ultraviolet or electron-beam radiation, rather than heat which typically reduces processing costs, lowers energy use and increases productivity. Products such as inks, compact discs, DVDs, flat panel displays, credit cards, packaging, parquet and furniture utilize advanced resins like the ones we have developed.

Powder Coating Resins

Our polyester powder resin technologies account for a significant portion of the industrial finishing market. We offer innovations such as powder resins for super durable clear coats, weather-resistant finishes and ultraviolet-curing powder coating resins systems for heat-sensitive substrates such as plastic and wood. These powder coatings provide original equipment manufacturers with a number of cost and environmental benefits compared to traditional coating systems.

Liquid Coating Resins

We manufacture a broad range of waterborne and solventborne resins. We are a market leader in resins for high-solids and waterborne coating systems. Our extensive portfolio includes products based on seven chemistries: acrylics, amino cross-linkers, epoxy systems, alkyds and polyesters, urethanes, phenolics and unsaturated polyesters.

We also market a broad range of additives to assist customers in formulating high-performance coatings for protective and decorative applications.

 

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Additive Technologies

Set forth below are our primary product lines and major products in this segment and their principal applications.

 

Product Line    Major Products    Principal Applications
Polymer additives    Ultraviolet light stabilizers and absorbers, high performance antioxidants and antistatic agents    Plastics, coatings, and fibers for: agricultural films, automotive parts, architectural lighting, housewares, packaging, outdoor furniture, sporting goods, toys and apparel
Specialty additives    Surfactants, specialty monomers, resin amines, and PTZ® Phenothiazine (acrylic acid stabilizers)    Textiles, non-wovens and adhesives, super absorbent polymers, pharmaceuticals and acrylic acid

 

We market our Additive Technologies chemicals through specialized sales and technical service staffs for each of our product lines. Sales are usually made directly to large customers and through distributors to smaller customers. For a discussion of raw materials, refer to “Customers and Suppliers.”

Polymer Additives

We are a global supplier to the plastics industry of specialty additives which protect plastics from the ultraviolet radiation of sunlight and from oxidation. We seek to enhance our position with new products based on proprietary chemistries combined with our technical support. In certain cases, we use a combination of additives to achieve a level of efficiency not previously achieved in polymer applications.

Specialty Additives

We are a leading global supplier of sulfosuccinate surfactants, Docusate sodium, acrylamide-based specialty monomers, and PTZ® phenothiazine. Sulfosuccinate surfactants and acrylamide-based specialty monomers products are used in emulsion polymers, paints, paper coatings, printing inks, and other diverse customer applications. Docusate is a pharmaceutical grade product used as both an active ingredient and excipient/formulating aid. PTZ® phenothiazine is primarily used as an acrylic acid, acrylic ester and methacrylate monomer stabilizer.

 

In Process Separation

Set forth below are our primary product lines and major products in this segment and their principal applications.

 

Product Line   Major Products   Principal Applications
Mining chemicals   Flotation promoters, collectors, frothers, dispersants and depressants, solvent extractants, flocculants, filter and dewatering aids, antiscalants, and defoamers   Mineral separation and processing for copper, alumina, cobalt, nickel, and other minerals
Phosphines   Flame retardants, catalyst ligands, high purity phosphine gas and biocides   Pharmaceutical, chemical and electronic manufacturing, and fumigation

 

We market our In Process Separation chemicals through specialized sales and technical service staffs for each of our product lines. Sales are usually made directly to large customers and through distributors to smaller customers. For a discussion of raw materials, refer to “Customers and Suppliers.”

Mining Chemicals

Our mining chemicals product line is primarily used in applications to separate desired minerals from host ores. We have a leading position in the base metal processing industry, particularly in the flotation and solvent extraction of copper and associated metals. Our phospine based specialty products are used primarily in the flotation of complex sulfide ores and the solvent extraction of cobalt/nickel. We also have a leading position in the alumina processing industry, where our patented HxPAMs are particularly effective at the flocculation of “red mud” and our patented MaxHT™ antiscalant is sold for suppressing sodalite scale formation. Demand for mining chemicals varies with industry conditions such as global demand, inventory levels and prices for the particular minerals with respect to which our products have processing applications. We strive to develop new technologies as well as new formulations tailored for specific applications.

Phosphines

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high purity phosphine gas, used in semiconductor manufacturing and light emitting diode applications, and have significant positions in various phosphine derivative products including phosphonium salts used in pharmaceutical catalysts and biocides. Included in the phosphine line are organo phosphorus compounds. The compounds are used primarily as intermediates and catalyst ligands for organic and chemical synthesis in the pharmaceutical and chemical industries.

 

Engineered Materials

Our Engineered Materials segment is a global provider of technologically advanced materials for aerospace, high-performance industrial and other extreme-demand markets.

Its primary product lines and products are:

 

Product Line   Major Products   Principal Applications

Advanced aerospace composites

and structural adhesives

  Aerospace-qualified prepregs, resin infusion systems, structural/surfacing adhesives   Large commercial airliners, regional and business jets, military aircraft (including rotorcraft, satellites and launch vehicles), automotive racing (F1) and specialty applications
High performance industrial materials   Industrial-grade prepregs, resin infusion systems, structural/surfacing adhesives; pressure sensitive adhesives; formulated resins   Industrial markets including high performance and luxury low-rate serial automotive, defense, alternative energy, construction and marine; pressure sensitive adhesives for signage, labels, tapes, graphics and medical applications; formulated resins for bonding and/or sealing of electrical and electronic components, tooling applications and specialty adhesives and sealants
Carbon fibers   High performance fiber reinforcements for advanced composite materials   Raw material input for aerospace and industrial advanced composite materials

 

We typically market Engineered Materials products and services directly to our customers using our dedicated sales and technical support team. Sales are largely dependent on commercial and military aircraft build-rates and the number of aircraft programs that identify and specify us as a qualified supplier. A large majority of global commercial aircraft programs qualified and specify our products for use in primary and secondary structure applications. We have a number of long-term agreements, expiring over various periods, to supply aerospace customers with various qualified engineered materials, with the prices generally being fixed by year.

Military aircraft were early adopters of advanced composite technology. Advanced composites generally account for a higher percentage of structural weight on military aircraft. We are a major supplier to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and C-17 military transport aircraft. Newer designed commercial aircraft, such as the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the Airbus A380, have adopted a higher percentage of advanced composites to design and manufacture aircraft with greater fuel efficiency. We are also a leading supplier for the business and regional jet market, supporting new programs such as Bombardier’s CSeries and LearJet85, and for the emerging aerospace markets in China and Russia. We expect the demand for advanced composites, structural adhesives and carbon fiber reinforcement to continue to increase as new aerospace designs, applications and programs are developed and introduced.

Advanced Composites, Structural Adhesives and Carbon Fibers

Advanced composites are exceptionally strong and lightweight materials (prepregs) we manufacture by impregnating fabrics and tapes made from high performance fibers (like carbon fiber) with epoxy, bismaleimide, phenolic, polyimide and other resins formulated or purchased by us.

Our customers use composites made from carbon fibers and epoxy or bismaleimide resins for primary structural aircraft applications such as wing, tail and rudder assemblies, engine housings and fuselage components. Composites made from fiberglass or aramid materials and phenolic resins are suited for secondary structure applications such as fairings and aircraft interiors (sidewall, ceiling and floor panels and storage and cargo bins). Specific industries use our ablatives for rocket nozzles and launch components and our carbon/carbon products to make aircraft and other high performance brakes.

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automotive components. Our adhesives utilize resin chemistries similar to our advanced composites, such as epoxy and bismaleimide resins. We also manufacture various specialty adhesive forms to support complex assemblies, such as honeycomb and sandwich structures and special surfacing films to provide a smooth, paintable surface for aerospace and high performance automotive parts.

We manufacture and sell various high-performance grades of both polyacrylonitrile (“PAN”) type and pitch type carbon fibers used as a reinforcement material for aerospace and other extreme-demand and high-performance composites. Carbon fiber has many advantageous characteristics in the manufacture of advanced composites, such as lightweight properties, high strength, long fatigue life and enhanced heat and corrosion resistance.

We purchase all of the aramid and glass fibers and much of the carbon fibers and base resins used to manufacture our composites from third parties. We utilize approximately 70% of our carbon fiber production internally (which represents approximately 35% of our demand for carbon fiber) and sell the balance to third parties.

We began construction on a new carbon fiber line in South Carolina (forecasted to cost between $200.0 and $250.0) in early 2008, of which $161.0 has been spent as of December 31, 2010. On completion, the new production line will increase PAN carbon fiber capacity by over 50%. In the first quarter of 2009, we decided to delay the completion of the carbon fiber expansion project for at least eighteen months based on the market’s projected demand profile. Taking into account our expectations of the future business environment, we are evaluating different market dynamics and the global carbon fiber demand profile to outline both our options and expected timing for project completion. To further advance carbon fiber reinforced composite materials technology, we entered into a strategic business collaboration with Mitsubishi Rayon Co., Ltd. (“MRC”), combining and sharing the technologies and engineering efforts for selected high-performance carbon composites applications in the structural materials aerospace market.

High Performance Industrial Materials (“HPIM”)

Our HPIM product line strategy is to leverage our composites, adhesives and resin technologies across multiple industrial markets. We supply composites and adhesives to a wide spectrum of markets, such as high performance and luxury low-rate serial automotive, defense, alternative energy, construction and marine. This product line addresses the increasing requirements for weight, strength and cost optimized products and materials within the markets where composites adoption is growing.

As an extension of our industrial-focused product line, we established our Engineered Adhesives product portfolio, which includes pressure sensitive adhesives (“PSAs”) and formulated resins.

We manufacture and sell specialty pressure sensitive adhesives for waterborne, solventborne and radiation cured systems, featuring innovative products such as high-performance emulsions, adhesives for medical (transdermal patch) applications and removable adhesives. Our customers apply our adhesives to a variety of substrates to utilize them in applications for signage, labels, tapes (high performance automotive, aerospace and other specialty markets), graphics and medical systems. We design formulations for broad market use and customer-specific applications.

Our formulated resins products include formulated high technology, specialty polyurethane and epoxy resin systems tailored to suit the individual needs of our customers. Common uses for this technology include tooling industry, electronics encapsulate and protection, conformal coating printed circuit boards and components and adhere/seal filters. We also formulate and sell urethane and epoxy systems for adhesive applications to bond metal to composite materials, laminate composite layers and adhere and/or seal filtration membranes.

Associated Company and Minority Interests

We own a 50% interest in SK Cytec Co., Ltd. and a majority share of two consolidated entities. All make products for principal applications similar to those listed in our Coating Resins segment. Each of the entities is immaterial to the results of our operations.

Competition

We actively compete with companies producing the same or similar products and, in some instances, with companies producing different products designed for the same uses. We encounter competition in price, delivery, service, performance, product innovation, product recognition and quality, depending on the product involved. For some of our products, our competitors are larger and have greater financial resources than we do. As a result, these competitors may be better able to withstand a change in conditions within the industries in which we operate, a change in the prices of raw materials without increasing their prices or a change in the economy as a whole.

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which could cause a decline in market acceptance of our products. Current and future consolidation among our competitors and customers may also cause a loss of market share as well as put downward pressure on pricing. Our competitors could cause a reduction in the prices for some of our products as a result of intensified price competition. Competitive pressures can also result in the loss of major customers.

In general, we compete by maintaining a broad range of products, focusing our resources on products in which we have a competitive advantage and fostering our reputation for quality products, competitive prices and excellent technical service and customer support. To help increase sales and margins, we are seeking to leverage our research and development efforts to develop value-added products and products based on proprietary technologies. If we cannot compete successfully, our businesses, financial condition, results of operations, and cash flows could be adversely affected.

Customers and Suppliers

Sales derived from any single customer did not exceed 10% of our consolidated revenues for fiscal years 2010, 2009, and 2008. Sales to one of our customers, including sales to that customer’s subcontractors, are significant to our Engineered Materials segment. The loss of this customer and related subcontractors would have a material adverse effect on the operating results of our Engineered Materials segment. Sales to one customer of our Coating Resins segment are significant to this segment and, if such sales were lost, would have a material adverse effect on the operating results of our Coating Resins segment. A summary of various long-term customer supply agreements is disclosed in Note 12 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements which is incorporated by reference herein.

A number of our customers operate in cyclical industries such as the aerospace, automotive, construction and mining. This in turn, causes demand for our products to also be cyclical.

Key raw materials for the Cytec Specialty Chemicals segments are propylene derivatives such as acrylic acid and epoxy resins, methanol derivatives and natural gas for energy. Key raw materials for the Engineered Materials segment are carbon fiber and various resins. These are typically available although we have experienced tight markets for certain raw materials from time to time.

Oil and natural gas are important indirect raw materials for many of our products. The prices of both of these commodities have been volatile over time. Sudden price swings can adversely affect our ability to recover increased costs from our customers or demand for our products. Because natural gas is not easily transported, the price may vary widely between geographic regions. As a result of this, many of our products could compete with similar products made with less expensive natural gas available elsewhere and we may not be able to recover any or all of the increased cost of gas in manufacturing our products.

To minimize reliance on any one supplier, we generally attempt to retain multiple sources for high volume raw materials. We are dependent on a limited number of suppliers for carbon fibers that are used in many of our advanced composite products. As we manufacture some of our own carbon fibers, the risk of future carbon fiber supply limitations is somewhat reduced. There can be no assurance that the risk of encountering supply limitations can be entirely eliminated.

Changes to raw material costs year on year are an important factor in profitability. Raw material prices can increase or decrease based on supply and demand and other market forces. We have from time to time experienced difficulty procuring several key raw materials, such as but not limited to, methanol derivatives, propylene, natural gas and carbon fiber, due to general market conditions or conditions unique to a significant supplier. We may experience supply disruptions of these and other materials in the future. Such conditions, if protracted, could result in our inability to manufacture our products, resulting in lower than anticipated revenues. If we are unable to raise our selling prices to recover the increased costs of raw materials driven by higher energy costs or other factors, our profit margins will be adversely affected. In other cases, we may have to reduce the selling prices of our products due to competitive pressures and may not be able to retain the additional profitability from the reduced raw material costs.

International

We operate on a global basis, with manufacturing and research facilities located in 16 countries. Through our sales forces, third party distributors and agents, we market our products internationally. Geographical information is contained in Note 17 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.

International operations are subject to various risks which may or may not be present in U.S. operations. These risks include political instability, the possibility of expropriation, restrictions on royalties, dividends and remittances, exchange rate fluctuations, requirements for governmental approvals for new ventures and local participation in operations such as local equity ownership and workers’ councils. Since we conduct business

 

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through subsidiaries in many different countries, fluctuations in currency exchange rates could have a significant impact on our reported revenues, which are reported in U.S. dollars. In 2010, approximately 68% of our consolidated net sales occurred outside of the U.S., a significant portion of which are denominated in foreign currencies. However, we have material operations outside the U.S. which tend to offset some of the impact on earnings. Accordingly, changes in currency exchange rates could cause favorable or unfavorable fluctuations in our reported results of operations. Cross border transactions, both with external parties and intercompany relationships result in increased exposure to foreign exchange effects. Such fluctuations between the various currencies in which we do business have caused and will continue to cause currency transaction gains and losses, which may be material. While we may periodically enter into currency forward contracts to hedge currency fluctuations of transactions denominated in currencies other than the functional currency of the respective entity, it is not always cost effective to hedge all foreign currency exposures in a manner that would completely eliminate the effects of changes in foreign currency exchange rates on our results of operations or cash flows. Further, our international sales are translated into U.S. dollars for reporting purposes. The strengthening or weakening of the U.S. dollar could result in favorable or unfavorable translation effects as the results of our foreign operations are translated into U.S. dollars. Foreign currency translation unfavorably impacted our sales and favorably impacted our income from operations for the year ended December 31, 2010 by approximately $26.3 and $1.6, respectively as compared to fiscal 2009. While we do not currently believe that we are likely to suffer a material adverse effect on our results of operations in connection with our existing international operations, any of these events could have an adverse effect on our international operations in the future by reducing the demand for our products, affecting the prices at which we can sell our products or otherwise having an adverse effect on our operating performance.

Research and Process Development

During 2010, 2009 and 2008, we invested $72.5, $75.0 and $81.5, respectively, into research and process development expense.

Trademarks and Patents

We have approximately 1,800 patents issued in various countries around the world. We also have trademark applications and registrations for approximately 240 product names. We do not believe that the loss of patent or trademark protection on any one product or process would have a material adverse effect on our company. While the existence of a patent is presumptive evidence of its validity, we cannot assure that any of our patents will not be challenged, nor can we predict the outcome of any challenge.

Employees

We employ approximately 6,000 employees of whom about 46% are represented by unions. This includes approximately 445 employees under our Building Block Chemicals business, who would be offered employment by the Purchaser of the business. We believe that our relations with employees and unions are generally good.

Operating Risks

Our revenues are largely dependent on the continued operation of our various manufacturing facilities. There are many risks involved in operating chemical manufacturing plants, including the breakdown, failure or substandard performance of equipment, operating errors, natural disasters, the need to comply with directives of, and maintain all necessary permits from, government agencies, and potential terrorist attack. Our operations can be adversely affected by labor force shortages or work stoppages and events impeding or increasing the cost of transporting our raw materials and finished products. The occurrence of material operational problems, including but not limited to the above events, may have a material adverse effect on the productivity and profitability of a particular manufacturing facility. With respect to certain facilities, such events could have a material effect on our company as a whole.

Our operations are also subject to various hazards incident to the production of industrial chemicals. These include the use, handling, processing, storage and transportation of certain hazardous materials. Under certain circumstances, these hazards could cause personal injury and loss of life, severe damage to and destruction of property and equipment, environmental damage and suspension of operations. Claims arising from any future catastrophic occurrence at one of our locations may result in Cytec being named as a defendant in lawsuits asserting potentially large claims.

We typically seek to utilize third party insurance. This insurance covers portions of certain of these risks to the extent that coverage is available and can be obtained on terms we believe are economically justified.

Environmental Matters and REACH

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and abatement of pollutants and contaminants and the manufacture, transportation, storage, handling and disposal of hazardous substances, hazardous wastes, pollutants and contaminants.

In particular, under various laws in the U.S. and certain other countries in which we operate, a current or previous owner or operator of a facility may be liable for the removal or remediation of hazardous materials at the facility and nearby areas. Such laws typically impose liability without regard to whether the owner or operator knew of, or was responsible for, the presence of such hazardous materials. In addition, under various laws governing the generation, transportation, treatment, storage or disposal of solid and hazardous wastes, owners and operators of facilities may be liable for removal or remediation, or other corrective action at areas where hazardous materials have been released. The costs of removal, remediation or corrective action may be substantial. The presence of hazardous materials in the environment at any of our facilities, or the failure to abate such materials promptly or properly, may adversely affect our ability to operate such facilities. Certain of these laws also impose liability for investigative, removal and remedial costs on persons who dispose of or arrange for the disposal of hazardous substances at facilities owned or operated by third parties. Liability for such costs is retroactive, strict, and joint and several.

We are required to comply with laws that govern the emission of pollutants into the ground, waters and the atmosphere and with laws that govern the generation, transportation, treatment, storage, and disposal of solid and hazardous wastes. We are also subject to laws that regulate the manufacture, processing, and distribution of chemical substances and mixtures, as well as the disposition of certain hazardous substances. In addition, certain laws govern the abatement, removal, and disposal of asbestos-containing materials and the maintenance of underground storage tanks and equipment which contains or is contaminated by polychlorinated biphenyls. The costs of compliance with such laws and related regulations may be substantial, and regulatory standards tend to evolve towards more stringent requirements. These requirements might, from time to time, make it uneconomic or impossible to continue operating a facility. Non-compliance with such requirements at any of our facilities could result in substantial civil penalties or our inability to operate all or part of the facility, or our ability to sell certain products.

Global warming could have an adverse impact on our operations, particularly in hurricane prone or low lying areas near the ocean. At this time, we are not able to speculate as to the potential timing or impact from potential global warming, however we believe we currently have adequate insurance coverage related to natural disasters at our sites. There are several initiatives in the United States and other countries to regulate certain industries and actions to reduce the impact of global warming. Some of these initiatives, if made effective, could have a direct adverse impact on our operations or an indirect adverse impact by affecting our suppliers or customers. In September 2009, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) promulgated a new regulation regarding the registry of greenhouse gas emissions for certain facilities. Currently we have two sites that are required to report such emissions under the new EPA climate registry rule. We do not expect the regulation to have a significant impact from a cost or operations perspective, as we already have systems in place to measure and report our emissions. We continue to monitor proposed legislation and regulation and its impact.

Further discussion of environmental matters is discussed in Note 12 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.

The Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals (“REACH”) legislation became effective in the European Union on June 1, 2007. This legislation requires manufacturers and importers of certain chemicals to register certain chemicals and evaluate their potential impact on human health and the environment. Under REACH, where warranted by a risk assessment, specified uses of some hazardous substances may be restricted. All Tier I covered substances were registered as of the November 30, 2010 deadline. Subsequently, registration is required based on volume for covered substances manufactured or imported into the European Union in quantities greater than one metric ton per year. REACH is expected to take effect in three primary stages over eleven years following the effective date. The registration, evaluation and authorization phases would require expenditures and resource commitments, for example, in order to compile and file comprehensive reports, including testing data, on each chemical substance and perform chemical safety assessments. We did not incur significant costs for REACH compliance in 2008, 2009 and 2010, and do not expect to incur significant costs in 2011. However, the overall cost of compliance over the next 10-15 years could be substantial although at this time, we do not expect costs to be substantial. In addition, it is possible that REACH may affect raw material supply, customer demand for certain products, and our decision to continue to manufacture and sell certain products in the European Union.

 

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Item 1A.

RISK FACTORS

 

 

A significant increase in our indebtedness could adversely affect our financial condition, limit our ability to grow and compete and prevent us from fulfilling our obligations under our notes and our other indebtedness.

As of December 31, 2010, we had $647.6 of total debt outstanding. While our debt profile remains favorable, a significant increase in our indebtedness could adversely affect our financial condition, limit our ability to grow and compete and prevent us from fulfilling our obligations under our notes and our other indebtedness. A discussion of our debt is contained in Note 11 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.

There is $400.0 of availability under our $400.0 five-year revolving credit facility, which expires June 2012, and $56.2 of availability under various non-U.S. credit facilities. The requirement to meet certain financial ratios described in this facility could limit our ability to plan for or react to market conditions or meet extraordinary capital needs and could otherwise restrict our financing activities. Our ability to comply with these covenants will depend on our future operating performance. If we fail to comply with these covenants and terms, we will be in default. In this case, we would be required to obtain waivers from our lenders in order to maintain compliance. If we were unable to obtain any necessary waivers, the amounts outstanding under the facility could be accelerated, and become immediately due and payable, and we would not be able to borrow any additional funds under the facility while such default continued. Our ability to fully utilize our facility is limited by our actual calculated Debt Covenant Ratios as compared to the maximum Debt Covenant Ratio permitted under the facility. We would be required to obtain waivers from our lenders in order to maintain the full use of the revolving credit facility if our actual calculated Debt Covenant Ratios were expected to exceed the maximum Debt Covenant Ratios permitted under the facility, and as a result, we believe our financing costs would be significantly higher.

 

 

Disposition or restructuring charges, goodwill impairment, acquisition intangible impairment, or other asset impairment charges may affect our results of operations in the future.

Management regularly reviews our business portfolio in terms of strategic fit and financial performance and may from time to time dispose of or withdraw certain product lines. Additionally, management regularly reviews the cost effectiveness of its plant sites and/or assets at such sites. Long-lived assets with determinable useful lives are reviewed for impairment whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amount of an asset may not be recoverable. We may find it necessary to record disposition, restructuring or asset impairment charges in connection with such reviews. For example, we recorded restructuring charges of approximately $8.8 in 2010 principally related to plant closures and employee severance. See Note 4 of the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements for further details. Such charges could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations in the period in which they are recorded.

We test goodwill for impairment on an annual basis each October 1st and more often if events occur or circumstances change that would likely reduce the fair value of a reporting unit to an amount below its carrying value. We also test for other possible acquisition intangible impairments if events occur or circumstances change that would indicate that the carrying amount of such intangible asset may not be recoverable. Any resulting impairment loss would be a non-cash charge and may have a material adverse impact on our results of operations in any future period in which we record a charge. For example, in connection with our annual goodwill impairment test in the fourth quarter of 2008, we recorded a $385.0 ($358.3 after-tax) non-cash goodwill impairment charge related to our Coating Resins reporting unit. In total, we had goodwill of $685.7 and acquisition intangibles with a net carrying value of $347.0 at December 31, 2010. See Critical Accounting Policies for further discussion on our goodwill impairment testing.

 

 

We may be adversely impacted by increased costs related to our defined benefit pension plans.

We sponsor defined benefit pension plans for employees in the United States and various foreign locations. The major defined benefit pension plans are funded with trust assets invested in a globally diversified portfolio of securities and other investments. Changes in regulatory requirements or the market value of plan assets, investment returns, interest rates and mortality rates may affect the funded status of our defined benefit pension plans and cause volatility in the net periodic benefit cost and future funding requirements of these plans. A significant increase in our obligations or future funding requirements could have an adverse effect on our financial results and financial position.

 

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Prices and availability of raw materials could adversely affect our operations.

Our ability to recover increased raw material costs, timely or at all, particularly in our Coating Resins segment could materially impact our operating results. Our Coating Resins segment purchases a number of raw materials such as acrylic acid and methanol derivatives, which are derivatives of propylene. Propylene is primarily derived from oil and the cost of oil materially impacts the cost of propylene.

 

 

Loss of certain significant customers may have an adverse effect on results of the affected segment and loss of several significant customers may have an adverse effect on our consolidated results.

See “Item 1. BUSINESS – Customers and Suppliers”

 

 

We face active competition from other companies, which could adversely affect our revenue and financial condition.

See “Item 1. BUSINESS – Competition”

 

 

We face numerous risks relating to our international operations that may adversely affect our results of operations.

See “Item 1. BUSINESS – International”

Our production facilities are subject to operating risks that may adversely affect our operations.

See “Item 1. BUSINESS – Operating Risks” 

 

 

We are subject to significant environmental and product regulatory expenses and risks.

See “Item 1. BUSINESS – Environmental Matters”

 

 

We are subject to significant litigation expense and risk.

See “Item 3. LEGAL PROCEEDINGS”

 

 

A downturn in global economic conditions coupled with a lack of credit availability from the credit markets could adversely impact our customers’ demand for our products, their ability to pay their accounts receivable with us and/or their viability.

During 2009, certain customers in our Specialty Chemicals segments and Building Block Chemicals segment experienced financial difficulties. Certain customers filed for bankruptcy protection as a result of the prevailing economic conditions of 2009, especially in the first half of the year. We attempt to mitigate the risks associated with extending credit to our customers by maintaining detailed credit procedures and routinely updating customer credit limits. It is possible that these procedures will not fully mitigate customer collectability risk. Our results of operations in 2010 and 2009 were not significantly impacted by the inability of our customers to pay. However, the risks associated with extending credit to our customers could increase if global economic conditions or the financial viability of our customers worsen.

 

 

A downturn in global economic conditions could also adversely impact our suppliers’ ability to supply our raw materials requirements.

The economic conditions that prevailed for most of 2009 impacted our suppliers in many of the same ways that such conditions impacted us. If economic conditions further deteriorate or the financial viability of our suppliers worsens, our suppliers may not be able to meet their raw material commitments to us, could request shortened payment terms, or could reduce or in extreme cases eliminate the amount of credit they extend to us. Our operations in 2010 and 2009 were not significantly impacted by these factors due to the diversity of our supplier base and our materials sourcing strategies. However, it is possible that such procedures and strategy may not completely eliminate these risks.

 

 

If the current global economic recovery weakens, it could significantly impact our results of operations and cash flows. This could impact our ability to fund certain investments for growth, could cause a significant reduction in global operations, our ability to borrow and impact our current credit rating.

The economic conditions of 2009 and the resulting downturn in the global economy especially impacted the automotive, construction and general industrial markets that we serve and led to a significant reduction in our sales and operating profitability. If economic conditions further deteriorate we may be forced to take additional cost reduction initiatives that could lead to further reductions in profitability and could jeopardize our ability to fund growth programs designed to position us for success when economic conditions improve. Further, the reduced profitability and cash generation that would be triggered by a further weakening of economic conditions, could limit the amounts we can borrow under our primary credit facility due to the covenants contained in the agreement and could unfavorably impact our credit rating. In both instances, our ability to borrow could be limited and thus our liquidity adversely impacted.

Item 1B.

UNRESOLVED STAFF COMMENTS

None.

 

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Item 2.

PROPERTIES

We operate manufacturing and research facilities in 16 countries. Capital spending for the years ended December 31, 2010, 2009 and 2008 was $115.6, $175.5 and $180.0, respectively, excluding amounts for our former Building Block Chemicals segment.

Our capital expenditures are intended to provide increased capacity, to improve the efficiency of production units, to improve the quality of our products, to modernize or replace older facilities, or to install equipment for protection of employees, neighboring communities and the environment.

Our manufacturing and research facilities and the segments served by each such facility are as follows:

 

FACILITY   SEGMENTS SERVED

Anaheim, California

 

Engineered Materials

Antofagasta, Chile

 

In Process Separation

Atequiza, Mexico

 

In Process Separation; Additive Technologies

Avondale (Fortier), Louisiana

 

Building Block Chemicals

Bassano, Italy

 

Coating Resins

Belmont (Willow Island), West Virginia

 

Coating Resins; Additive Technologies

D’Aircraft (Anaheim), California

 

Engineered Materials

Drogenbos, Belgium

 

Coating Resins; Additive Technologies; Engineered Materials

Graz, Austria

 

Coating Resins

Greenville, South Carolina

 

Engineered Materials

Greenville, Texas

 

Engineered Materials

Hamburg, Germany

 

Coating Resins

Havre de Grace, Maryland

 

Engineered Materials

Indian Orchard, Massachusetts

 

Engineered Materials

Kalamazoo, Michigan

 

Coating Resins; Additive Technologies; In Process Separation; Engineered Materials

Langley, South Carolina

 

Coating Resins; Engineered Materials

Lillestrom, Norway

 

Coating Resins

Mount Pleasant, Tennessee

 

Additive Technologies; In Process Separation

North Augusta, South Carolina

 

Coating Resins

Oestringen, Germany

 

Engineered Materials

Olean, New York

 

Engineered Materials

Orange, California

 

Engineered Materials

Rayong, Thailand

 

Coating Resins; In Process Separation; Engineered Materials

Rock Hill, South Carolina

 

Engineered Materials

San Fernando, Spain

 

Coating Resins

Schoonaarde, Belgium

 

Coating Resins

Seremban, Malaysia

 

Coating Resins

Shanghai, China

 

Coating Resins, Engineered Materials

Shimonoseki, Japan

 

Coating Resins

Smyrna, Georgia

 

Coating Resins

Stamford, Connecticut

 

Coating Resins; In Process Separation; Additive Technologies

Suzano, Brazil

 

Coating Resins

Wallingford, Connecticut

 

Coating Resins; Additive Technologies

Welland, Canada

 

In Process Separation

Werndorf, Austria

 

Coating Resins

Wiesbaden, Germany

 

Coating Resins

Winona, Minnesota

 

Engineered Materials

Wrexham, U. K.

 

Engineered Materials

We own all of the foregoing facilities and their sites except for the land at the Indian Orchard, Lillestrom, Shanghai and Shimonoseki facilities and the land and the facilities at the Smyrna and Wiesbaden sites. We have long-term leases and/or operating agreements for the Indian Orchard, Lillestrom, Smyrna, Shanghai, Shimonoseki and Wiesbaden sites. We lease our corporate headquarters in Woodland Park, New Jersey, our Cytec Specialty Chemicals headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, our Engineered Materials headquarters located in Tempe, Arizona, and our shared services offices in Riga, Latvia. In the fourth quarter of 2010, we reached an agreement with the municipal authorities in San Fernando, Spain for the transfer of the site to the local municipality in exchange for monetary consideration. The transfer is expected to occur in mid-2012. In January 2011, we entered into a purchase agreement to sell our Building Block Chemicals business; included in the agreement is the manufacturing facility located in Avondale (Fortier), Louisiana,

Item 3.

LEGAL PROCEEDINGS

Information regarding legal proceedings is included in Note 12 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.

Item 4.

SUBMISSION OF MATTERS TO A VOTE OF SECURITY HOLDERS

Not applicable.

 

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PART II

(Currencies in millions, except per share amounts)

Item 5.

MARKET FOR REGISTRANT’S

COMMON EQUITY AND RELATED

STOCKHOLDER MATTERS.

Our stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange. On February 15, 2011, there were approximately 5,632 registered holders of our Common Stock.

The high and low closing stock prices and declared dividends per share for each quarter were:

 

      1Q      2Q      3Q      4Q  

2010

           

High

   $ 47.36       $ 50.14       $ 56.82       $ 60.85   

Low

   $ 36.42       $ 38.42       $ 37.73       $ 45.53   

Dividends

   $ 0.0125       $ 0.0125       $ 0.0125       $ 0.0125   

2009

           

High

   $ 23.87       $ 24.67       $ 34.84       $ 39.20   

Low

   $ 10.58       $ 13.95       $ 17.59       $ 30.52   

Dividends

   $ 0.125       $ 0.0125       $ 0.0125       $ 0.0125   

On January 27, 2011, our Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.1250 per common share, payable on February 25, 2011, to stockholders of record as of February 10, 2011. This restores the dividend to the level it was in April 2009, prior to the dividend being reduced due to the economic uncertainty at the time.

See Part III, Item 12. “Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters” for information relating to our equity compensation plans.

 

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Performance Graph

The graph set forth below is based on the assumption that $100 had been invested in our common stock and in each index on December 31, 2005, with reinvestment of dividends at market prices. The total cumulative dollar returns represent the value such investments would have had on December 31, 2010.

LOGO

 

      Dec-05      Dec-06      Dec-07      Dec-08      Dec-09      Dec-10  

Cytec Industries Inc.

   $ 100       $ 120       $ 131       $ 46       $ 79       $ 115   

S&P 500

   $ 100       $ 116       $ 122       $ 77       $ 97       $ 112   

S&P Specialty Chemicals

   $ 100       $ 123       $ 142       $ 118       $ 169       $ 207   

Copyright © 2011 Standard & Poor’s, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies Inc. All rights reserved.

 

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Item 6.

SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA

FIVE-YEAR SUMMARY

 

 

      2010     2009     2008     2007     2006  

Statements of income data:

          

Net sales

   $ 2,748.3      $ 2,429.3      $ 3,128.2      $ 3,046.6      $ 2,990.3   

Earnings/(loss) from operations

   $ 233.9 (1)    $ 15.5 (3)    $ (132.4 )(5)    $ 293.3 (7)    $ 280.2 (9) 

Earnings/(loss) from continuing operations before accounting change

   $ 142.0 (2)    $ (12.2 )(4)    $ (207.1 )(6)    $ 185.7 (8)    $ 165.7 (10) 

Earnings from discontinued operations, net of taxes

   $ 30.3      $ 9.7      $ 8.3        20.8        30.7   

Cumulative effect of accounting change, net of taxes

     0.0        0.0        0.0        0.0      $ (1.2 )(11) 

Net earnings/(loss) attributable to Cytec Industries Inc.

   $ 172.3      $ (2.5   $ (198.8   $ 206.5      $ 195.2   

Basic net earnings/(loss) per share attributable to Cytec Industries Inc.:

          

Earnings/(loss) per share attributable to Cytec Industries Inc. before discontinued operations and accounting change

   $ 2.88      $ (0.25   $ (4.33   $ 3.86      $ 3.48   

Earnings per share from discontinued operations, net of taxes

     0.61        0.20        0.17        0.43        0.65   

Cumulative effect of accounting change, net of taxes

     0.00        0.00        0.00        0.00        (0.02

Net earnings/(loss) per share attributable to Cytec Industries Inc.

   $ 3.49      $ (0.05   $ (4.16   $ 4.29      $ 4.11   

Diluted net earnings/(loss) per share attributable to Cytec Industries Inc.:

          

Earnings/(loss) per share attributable to Cytec Industries Inc. before discontinued operations and accounting change

   $ 2.85      $ (0.25   $ (4.33   $ 3.78      $ 3.40   

Earnings per share from discontinued operations, net of taxes

     0.61        0.20        0.17        0.42        0.63   

Cumulative effect of accounting change, net of taxes

     0.0        0.00        0.00        0.00        (0.02

Net earnings/(loss) per share attributable to Cytec Industries Inc.

   $ 3.46      $ (0.05   $ (4.16   $ 4.20      $ 4.01   

Cash dividends declared and paid per common share

   $ 0.05      $ 0.16      $ 0.50      $ 0.40      $ 0.40   

Balance sheet data:

          

Total assets

   $ 3,673.9      $ 3,559.4      $ 3,640.0      $ 4,085.6      $ 3,830.5   

Long-term debt

   $ 641.5      $ 658.4      $ 806.4      $ 705.3      $ 900.4   

In the fourth quarter of 2010, we committed to a plan to sell our assets and liabilities of what was formerly our Building Block Chemicals segment. The results of operations of the former Building Block Chemicals segment are now reported as discontinued operations. All previously reported financial information has been revised to conform to the current presentation.

 

(1) Includes a net pre-tax charge of $3.2 ($2.2 after-tax) for various restructuring initiatives including consolidation and a closure of manufacturing operations in Europe, and a pre-tax charge of $5.5 ($3.4 after-tax) related to the exit of certain phosphorus derivative products at our Mt. Pleasant, TN facility.

 

(2) In addition to the items in Note (1) above, includes a net pre-tax charge of $4.7 ($2.9 after-tax) related to increases in environmental liabilities at two inactive locations for a change in estimate for operating and maintenance costs, a tax charge of $8.3 related to the impact of health care legislation, and a tax benefit of $9.7 related to a valuation allowance reversal in two international jurisdictions.

 

(3) Includes pre-tax charge of $90.2 ($63.7 after-tax) for various manufacturing and organizational restructuring initiatives across the Specialty Chemical segments and Engineered Materials segment and within corporate operations as well as restructuring charges related to the shared services initiative. Also includes a net pre-tax loss of $1.4 ($1.9 after-tax) related to the exit of the polyurethane product line in Europe and Asia.

 

(4) In addition to items in Note (3) above, includes a net pre-tax loss of $8.6 ($5.2 after-tax) associated with the premium for the debt tender, a pre-tax, non-cash gain of $8.9 ($5.5 after-tax) as a result of a land sale for which the proceeds were received in 2004, a pre-tax gain of $6.2 ($3.8 after-tax) related to a legal settlement, a pre-tax, non-cash charge of $12.2 ($9.1 after-tax) relating to a pension settlement in an international jurisdiction, and a benefit of $4.0 related to a favorable tax adjustment for an audit settlement in an international jurisdiction.

 

(5) Includes a pre-tax charge of $5.6 ($3.6 after-tax) for incremental accelerated depreciation related to our exit of Radcure manufacturing at our leased facility in Pampa, Texas, a pre-tax goodwill impairment charge of $385.0 ($358.3 after-tax), and a pre-tax charge of $14.9 ($10.4 after-tax) for additional restructuring costs primarily associated with various organizational restructuring initiatives across the Specialty Chemicals segments.

 

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(6) In addition to items in Note (5) above, includes a pre-tax gain of $6.1 ($4.0 after-tax) for a legal settlement and an income tax benefit of $2.6 related to a favorable tax development related to the sale of the water treatment business in 2007.

 

(7) Includes a pre-tax restructuring charge of $6.2 ($5.0 after-tax) for restructuring initiatives and a pre-tax gain of $13.6 ($13.3 after-tax) for the sale of certain product lines.

 

(8) In addition to the items in Note (7) above, includes $6.3 related to various income tax rate changes in various jurisdictions.

 

(9) Includes pre-tax restructuring charges of $19.3 ($16.1 after-tax) primarily related to plant closures, pre-tax impairment charges of $29.3 ($24.6 after-tax) related to two unprofitable manufacturing sites in Europe, a pre-tax charge of $2.6 ($1.9 after-tax) related to a change in employee benefit plans in the U.K., a pre-tax charge of $2.2 ($1.6 after-tax) related to a contingent liability study update, pre-tax integration costs of $1.7 ($1.3 after-tax) related to the Surface Specialties acquisition and a pre-tax gain of $75.5 ($59.6 after-tax) for the sale of certain product lines.

 

(10) In addition to the items in Note (9) above, includes a pre-tax $15.7 ($12.4 after-tax) gain related to resolution of a legal dispute and an income tax benefit of $3.5 related to the completion of prior years tax audits, partially offset by a $1.7 tax charge related to a taxable capital reduction at our Thailand subsidiary.

 

(11) 2006 cumulative effect of accounting change represents the cumulative effect of adopting accounting pronouncement on share-based payments. The pronouncement requires that all share-based payments be recorded at a fair value to compensation costs. Pre-tax expenses resulting from the application of this pronouncement included in Earnings from Operations were $6.6, $9.1, $11.6, and $10.4 in 2009, 2008, 2007, and 2006, respectively.

 

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Item 7.

MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

The following discussion and analysis should be read in conjunction with the Consolidated Financial Statements and Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements. It is assumed that the reader is familiar with the description of our business and risk factors contained in Part I of this report. Currency amounts are in millions, except per share amounts. Percentages are approximate.

GENERAL

 

We are a global specialty chemicals and materials company and sell our products to diverse major markets for aerospace, adhesives, automotive and industrial coatings, inks, mining and plastics. Sales price and volume by region and the impact of exchange rates on our reporting segments are important measures that are analyzed by management and are provided in our segment analysis. We report net sales in four geographic regions: North America, Latin America, Asia/Pacific and Europe/Middle East/Africa. The destination of the sale determines the region under which it is reported consistent with management’s view of the business. North America consists of the United States and Canada. Latin America includes Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean Islands. Asia/Pacific is comprised of Asia, Australia and the islands of the South Pacific Rim.

Selling price changes and raw material cost changes year on year are an important factor in profitability especially in years of high volatility. Global oil and natural gas costs in certain countries are highly volatile and many of our raw materials are derived from these two commodities. Discussion of the year to year impact of raw materials and energy is provided in our segment discussion. In addition, higher global demand levels and, occasionally, operating difficulties at suppliers, have limited the availability of certain of our raw materials.

The downturn in the global economy during the fourth quarter of 2008 led to a dramatic reduction in demand for our products across many of our industrial markets, which resulted in a significant decrease in earnings starting in the fourth quarter of 2008. Beginning in January 2009, we initiated various restructuring initiatives within our Specialty Chemical segments and corporate service functions. We have substantially completed these actions to reduce our structural costs and the elimination of certain positions as of December 31, 2009. In addition, in the second and third quarters of 2009, we also initiated restructuring actions within our Engineered Materials segment to respond to lower demand due to inventory destocking and sharper than expected decline in business and regional jet build rates. We estimate that the aforementioned structural cost reduction actions as well as actions initiated in prior years improved our 2009 results by approximately $50.0 and the expected full year annualized rate of savings is approximately $120.0. In addition to these restructuring initiatives, we implemented additional short-term cost reduction and liquidity measures across our operations in 2009. These short-term measures include the implementation of furloughs in certain production facilities in order to better align our cost structure with the reduced demand in 2009, a global salary freeze and bonus limitations, except as required by local law and contracts, and suspension of the company matching contributions to the 401(k) savings program for all U.S. salaried and non-bargaining employees effective May 1, 2009. We estimate that these short-term actions improved our 2009 operating earnings by approximately $76.0. As a result of improved profitability and cash flow, we reinstated our annual merit increase and matching contributions to the 401(k) savings program for all U.S. salaried and non-bargaining employees effective April 1, 2010.

In the fourth quarter of 2010, we committed to a plan to sell the assets and liabilities of our Building Block Chemicals segment. The total assets and liabilities that are held for sale are approximately $164.4 and $71.5, respectively, as of December 31, 2010, and $154.3 and $63.8, respectively, as of December 31, 2009. Beginning in the fourth quarter of 2010, the results of operations of the Building Block Chemicals business are reported as discontinued operations. All previously reported financial information has been revised to conform to the current presentation.

 

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RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

 

The following table sets forth the percentage relationship that certain items in our Consolidated Statements of Income bear to net sales:

 

Years Ended December 31,   2010     2009     2008  

Net sales

    100.0     100.0     100.0

Manufacturing cost of sales

    75.5       81.3       77.2  

Gross profit

    24.5       18.7       22.8  

Selling and technical services

    7.5        8.1        7.3   

Research and process development

    2.6        3.1        2.6   

Administrative and general

    4.6        5.1        3.6   

Amortization of acquisition intangibles

    1.3        1.6        1.3   

Asset impairment charge

           0.2          

Goodwill impairment charge

                  12.3   

Earnings/(loss) from operations

    8.5        0.6        (4.2

Net earnings (loss) attributable to Cytec Industries Inc.

    6.3        (0.1     (6.4

 

NET SALES BY SEGMENT AND GEOGRAPHIC AREA

 

 

Net Sales    North America      Latin America      Pacific
Asia/
     Europe/
Middle East/
Africa
     Total  

2010

              

Coating Resins

   $ 303.9       $ 64.1       $ 346.1       $ 708.5       $ 1,422.6   

Additive Technologies

     101.5         19.7         64.7         73.5         259.4   

In Process Separation

     76.8         90.1         66.1         59.2         292.2   

Engineered Materials

     456.7         7.2         69.0         241.2         774.1   

Total

   $ 938.9       $ 181.1       $ 545.9       $ 1,082.4       $ 2,748.3   

2009

              

Coating Resins

   $ 260.0       $ 50.5       $ 274.3       $ 622.1       $ 1,206.9   

Additive Technologies

     90.8         19.7         55.4         73.2         239.1   

In Process Separation

     69.0         79.7         69.5         47.6         265.8   

Engineered Materials

     432.9         4.3         50.4         229.9         717.5   

Total

   $ 852.7       $ 154.2       $ 449.6       $ 972.8       $ 2,429.3   

2008

              

Coating Resins

   $ 340.9       $ 73.7       $ 306.6       $ 930.8       $ 1,652.0   

Additive Technologies

     125.8         21.1         62.2         101.4         310.5   

In Process Separation

     71.5         107.2         63.8         55.9         298.4   

Engineered Materials

     511.9         5.2         63.4         286.8         867.3   

Total

   $ 1,050.1       $ 207.2       $ 496.0       $ 1,374.9       $ 3,128.2   

 

Net sales in the United States were $877.8, $794.1, and $969.5, or 32%, 33% and 31% of total net sales for 2010, 2009 and 2008, respectively. International net sales were $1,870.5, $1,635.2, and $2,158.7, or 68%, 67% and 69% of total net sales, for 2010, 2009 and 2008, respectively.

We now have four reportable business segments: Coating Resins, Additive Technologies, In Process Separation, and Engineered Materials. Coating Resins, Additive Technologies, and In Process Separation are managed under one executive leader, and are referred to collectively as Cytec Specialty Chemicals. The Coating Resins includes the following product lines: radiation-cured resins (Radcure resins), powder coating resins, and liquid coating resins. Included in the liquid coating resins product line are waterborne resins, amino cross-linkers, solventborne resins and urethane resins. Additive Technologies includes polymer additives and specialty additives. In Process Separation includes mining chemicals and phosphines. Engineered Materials principally includes advanced composites, carbon fiber, structural film and pressure sensitive adhesives, and formulated resins.

For more information on our segments, refer to Note 17 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements and further discussions in “Segment Results” below.

 

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YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2010,

COMPARED WITH YEAR ENDED

DECEMBER 31, 2009

 

Consolidated Results

Net sales for 2010 were $2,748.3 compared with $2,429.3 for 2009. Overall, sales increased 13%, driven by volume increases of 12% and price increases of 2%, offset by unfavorable changes in exchange rates of 1%. Selling volumes increased in all segments in 2010 compared to 2009. Higher selling prices increased sales in Coatings Resins, Additive Technologies, and Engineered Materials, by 4%, 2% and 1%, respectively, compared to the 2009 period. Overall selling prices for In Process Separation was flat as higher mineral processing product prices were offset by lower prices in phosphine and alumina products. For a detailed discussion on sales refer to the Segment Results section below.

Manufacturing cost of sales was $2,074.0 or 75.5% of sales for 2010 compared with $1,975.3 or 81.3% of sales for 2009. The 5.8% decrease in manufacturing cost of sales as a percent of sales is primarily attributable to improved manufacturing cost leverage on the increased volume and lower restructuring charges. The increase in manufacturing cost of sales of $98.7 includes $164.6 related to the increased raw materials volume, $50.5 related to higher raw material costs, $32.0 of increased period costs resulting from the elimination of the 2009 short term cost reduction initiatives and to support improved sales volume in 2010, and $18.7 related to higher freight also due to higher volumes as well as rate increases. These increases were partially offset by favorable fixed cost absorption of $62.4 related to increased production as well as the initiative to lower inventory levels in 2009, $59.5 of lower restructuring charges, $20.2 due to the exit of certain product lines in 2009, and the favorable impact of changes in exchange rates of $21.9, of which $19.7 relates to raw materials. Manufacturing cost of sales for 2010 also includes $3.6 of lower expenses related to environmental contingent liabilities compared with 2009. Restructuring charges included in 2010 were $9.3 of costs primarily related to the exit of a phosphorus product at out Mt. Pleasant manufacturing facility, and additional restructurings at our European manufacturing locations. Manufacturing cost of sales for 2009 includes restructuring charges of $68.9 which includes manufacturing cost savings initiatives launched within our Specialty Chemical and Engineered Materials segments and corporate functions throughout 2009.

Selling and technical services expenses were $205.4 for 2010 versus $197.0 for 2009. Research and process development expenses were $72.5 versus $75.0 in the prior year. Administrative and general expenses were $125.4 versus $124.2 in the prior year. Overall operating expenses increased by $7.1. This increase is primarily related to higher 2010 operating costs of $26.0, including the elimination of the 2009 short term cost reductions previously discussed, partially offset by lower restructuring charges in 2010 of $17.7.

Amortization of acquisition intangibles was $37.1 for 2010 versus $38.2 for 2009 mostly due to decreases in Coating Resins amortization as a result of changes in exchange rates.

Net gain on sale of assets of $0.2 in 2009 includes a gain of $1.5 associated with the sale in the first quarter of 2009 of certain of our polyurethane product line assets in Europe and a loss of $1.3 associated with the sale of our polyurethane product line assets in Asia in the second quarter of 2009. See Note 3 of the Consolidated Financial Statements for further information.

Asset impairment charge of $4.3 in 2009 relates to the write down of the land at our closed facility in La Llagosta, Spain to its estimated fair value.

Other (expense)/income, net was an expense of $5.6 for 2010 versus an expense of $2.6 for 2009. Included in 2010 are environmental accruals related to inactive locations totaling $8.3 and losses on cross currency swaps of $3.0. Also included in 2010 are a gain on the sale of a parcel of land of $2.3, a gain from the settlement of a legal claim of $2.4, and transaction exchange gains of $1.7. Included in 2009 are a loss of $12.2 associated with a partial settlement of an existing pension plan in an international jurisdiction, losses on cross currency swaps of $4.5, environmental accruals related to inactive locations totaling $2.1 and transaction exchange losses of $2.1. Also included in 2009 are a gain of $8.9 resulting from a sale of land for which the proceeds were received in 2004, favorable adjustments to certain asset retirement obligations of $1.3 and a gain of $6.2 related to a legal settlement associated with our Engineered Materials Segment.

The 2010 loss on early extinguishment of debt of $0.8 relates to the loss incurred on the repurchase of portions of our 4.6% notes due July 1, 2013, with a total carrying value of $16.5 for a total purchase price of $17.3 including accrued interest. The 2009 loss on early extinguishment of debt of $9.1 consists of the loss incurred on the repurchase of $234.6 principal amount of our 5.5% notes with an

 

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original maturity of October 1, 2010 for a purchase price of $242.8 plus accrued interest of $3.7 and $15.4 principal amount of our 4.6% notes with an original maturity of July 1, 2013 for a purchase price of $14.6. Both of the 2009 debt repurchases were completed under an offer to repurchase the notes that expired during the third quarter of 2009. Also during 2009, we repurchased portions of our 4.6% notes due July 1, 2013 with a total carrying value of $16.5 for a total purchase price of $16.9 plus accrued interest of $0.3, resulting in a loss of $0.5.

Equity in earnings of associated companies was $1.0 in 2010 versus $0.9 in 2009.

Interest expense, net was $33.2 for 2010 compared with $24.2 for 2009. Interest expense increased as the result of $11.5 of higher interest associated with our 8.95% notes due 2017, and $5.6 of lower capitalized interest as compared to 2009 due to a lower level of capital expenditures in 2010. These increases were partially offset by $7.2 of lower interest associated with our 2009 repurchase of 5.5% notes due 2010, and $1.8 of lower interest related to our repurchase of 4.6% notes due 2013.

The effective income tax rate for 2010 was a tax provision of 25.9% ($50.5) compared to a tax benefit of 45.8% ($8.9) for 2009. The 2010 effective tax rate was unfavorably impacted by an $8.3 charge to tax expense related to the enactment of U.S. health care legislation (as discussed in Note 13 of the Consolidated Financial Statements). The rate was favorably impacted by a tax benefit of $15.7 related to valuation allowance reversals, of which $11.8 was primarily attributable to the remeasurement of the future utilization of deferred tax assets in three European tax jurisdictions.

Earnings from discontinued operations, net of tax was $30.3 in 2010 compared with $9.7 in 2009 and reflects the results of our former Building Block Chemicals segment. The improved earnings is attributable to higher margin spreads on acrylonitrile and melamine.

Net income for 2010 was $172.3 ($3.46 per diluted share) compared with a net loss in 2009 of $2.5 ($0.05 per basic share). Included in 2010 was an after-tax charge of $5.6 related to various restructuring initiatives including consolidation and a closure of manufacturing operations in Europe, and the exit of certain phosphorus derivative products at our Mt. Pleasant, TN facility. Our 2010 results also include an after-tax charge of $2.9 related to an increase in environmental liabilities at two inactive locations for a change in estimate for operating and maintenance costs, a tax charge of $8.3 related to the impact of health care legislation, and a tax benefit of $15.7 related to a valuation allowance reversal in international jurisdictions. Included in 2009 was an after-tax charge of $63.7 related to restructuring costs, of which $19.8 and $3.4 relate to accelerated depreciation and asset impairment charge, respectively. Our 2009 results also include an after-tax charge of $9.1 related to a pension settlement in an international jurisdiction, an after-tax loss of $5.2 associated with the repurchase of debt under a tender offer during the third quarter of 2009, and an after-tax loss of $1.9 associated with the sale of our polyurethane product line assets in Asia and Europe. In addition, our 2009 results include a non-cash after-tax gain of $5.5 associated with the transfer of ownership of land to a third party, an after-tax benefit of $3.8 related to a legal settlement related to our Engineered Materials segment, and a tax benefit of $4.0 related to a favorable tax adjustment for an audit settlement in an international jurisdiction.

 

Segment Results (Sales to external customers)

Year-to-year comparisons and analyses of changes in net sales by segment and region are set forth below:

Coating Resins

 

                             % Change Due to  
     2010      2009      Total
% Change
    Price     Volume/Mix     Currency  

North America

   $ 303.9       $ 260.0         17     3     14     0

Latin America

     64.1         50.5         27     1     26     0

Asia/Pacific

     346.1         274.3         26     4     19     3

Europe/Middle East/Africa

     708.5         622.1         14     4     15     -5

Total

   $ 1,422.6       $ 1,206.9         18     4     16     -2

 

Overall net sales were up 18% primarily due to increased selling volumes of 16% across all regions and all product lines due to the continued recovery from the global recession that had significantly impacted sales in 2009. Overall selling prices increased net sales by 4%, with increased pricing

 

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across all product lines in response to the higher raw material costs. Unfavorable changes in exchange rates decreased net sales by 2%.

Earnings from operations were $68.2 or 5% of sales in 2010, compared with losses from operations of $3.2 or -0.3% of sales in 2009. The $71.4 increase in earnings is principally due to the positive impacts of $80.6 due to higher selling volumes, $28.8 of higher fixed cost absorption due to higher production volumes supporting the increased sales demand and the 2009 initiative to reduce inventory levels, and $47.0 due to higher selling prices. These positive impacts were partially offset by unfavorable impacts of $58.2 from higher raw material costs, $14.5 from higher operating expenses and the elimination of the 2009 short term cost savings initiatives, $11.4 from higher freight costs related to higher selling volumes and rate increases, and $0.8 from unfavorable changes in exchange rates.

 

Additive Technologies

 

                             % Change Due to  
     2010      2009      Total %
Change
    Price     Volume/Mix     Currency  

North America

   $ 101.5       $ 90.8         12     2     10     0

Latin America

     19.7         19.7         0     -1     1     0

Asia/Pacific

     64.7         55.4         17     2     12     3

Europe/Middle East/Africa

     73.5         73.2         0     2     2     -4

Total

   $ 259.4       $ 239.1         8     2     6     0

 

Overall sales increased 8% primarily due to increased selling volumes of 6% reflecting higher demand in both the polymer additive and the specialty additive product lines due to continued improvement in global economic conditions. Excluding the impact of the divested polyurethanes product line in 2009, overall sales increased by 17%. Selling prices increased 2% with increases occurring in all regions except Latin America, where selling prices decreased by 1%.

Earnings from operations were $36.9, or 14%, of sales in 2010, compared with $11.0, or 5%, of sales in 2009. The $25.9 increase in earnings is principally due to the positive impacts of $14.7 related to higher selling volumes and favorable product mix, $6.7 of higher fixed cost absorption due to higher production volumes from increased demand, $4.2 due to higher selling prices, and $1.0 of lower raw material costs predominately in the specialty additive business. These positive impacts were partially offset by increased freight costs of $2.3 due to increased sales volumes and rate increases. The divestiture of the polyurethanes product line in 2009 increased earnings from operations in 2010 by $1.6.

 

In Process Separation

 

                             % Change Due to  
     2010      2009      Total %
Change
    Price     Volume/Mix     Currency  

North America

   $ 76.8       $ 69.0         11     -1     12     0

Latin America

     90.1         79.7         13     -1     14     0

Asia/Pacific

     66.1         69.5         -5     -1     -8     4

Europe/Middle East/Africa

     59.2         47.6         24     3     22     -1

Total

   $ 292.2       $ 265.8         10     0     9     1

 

Overall sales were up 10% primarily due to increased selling volumes of 9% as a result of higher demand in both the mining and phosphine markets. The favorable changes in exchange rates increased sales by 1%. Lower selling prices due to lower raw material cost represented less than 1% of a change.

 

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Earnings from operations were $55.2 or 19% of sales in 2010, compared with $34.6 or 13% in 2009. The $20.6 increase in earnings is principally due to increased sales volumes of $15.3, lower raw material costs of $10.1, and $6.1 of higher fixed cost absorption due to higher production volumes. These positive impacts were partially offset by the elimination of the short term savings initiatives and higher manufacturing and operating expenses of $4.4 mostly due to increased staffing for new business opportunities, unfavorable changes in exchange rates of $3.1, increased freight costs of $2.9 due to higher volumes and rate increases, and lower selling prices of $0.7.

 

Engineered Materials

 

                             % Change Due to  
     2010      2009      Total %
Change
    Price     Volume/Mix     Currency  

North America

   $ 456.7       $ 432.9         6     1     5     0

Latin America(1)

     7.2         4.3                                

Asia/Pacific

     69.0         50.4         37     1     36     0

Europe/Middle East/Africa

     241.2         229.9         5     1     5     -1

Total

   $ 774.1       $ 717.5         8     1     7     0

 

(1) Due to the level of sales in this geographic region, percentage comparisons are not meaningful.

 

Overall sales increased 8% primarily due to increased selling volumes of 7%. In 2010, selling volumes increased due to new large commercial aircraft programs and higher sales in our high performance industrial materials product lines as a result of the improved economy. These benefits were partially offset by decreases in military sales due to the wind down of certain programs in advance of new programs. Rotorcraft sales were also lower due to the decline in overall civilian aircraft build rates. Higher selling prices increased sales by 1%.

Earnings from operations were $115.6 or 15% of sales in 2010, compared with $96.3, or 13% in 2009. The $19.3 increase in earnings includes increased selling volumes of $34.3, $20.8 of benefits primarily associated with higher fixed cost absorption due to increased production levels and the initiative to lower inventories in 2009, increased selling prices of $7.2, and favorable impact of changes in exchange rates of $1.9. These positive impacts were partially offset by $39.4 due to the elimination of 2009 short term cost savings initiatives and higher manufacturing and operating expenses to meet the increasing demand levels and new business opportunities, $3.4 due to higher raw materials costs, and $2.1 due to increased freight costs.

YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2009, COMPARED WITH YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2008

 

Consolidated Results

Net sales for 2009 were $2,429.3 compared with $3,128.2 for 2008. Overall, sales decreased 22% driven by volume decreases of 19%, price decreases of 2%, and unfavorable changes in exchange rates of 1%. Coating Resins sales decreased 27% primarily due to volume decreases and to a lesser extent price decreases and unfavorable changes in exchange rates. Additive Technologies sales decreased 23%, In Process Separation sales decreased 11%, and Engineered Materials sales decreased 17%; the decline in sales for each of these segments is primarily due to lower volumes.

For a detailed discussion on revenues refer to the Segment Results section below.

Manufacturing cost of sales was $1,975.3 or 81.3% of sales in 2009, compared with $2,414.6, or 77.2% of sales in 2008. Manufacturing costs decreased $439.3, which includes $367.9 associated with lower volumes and lower costs associated with product line exits, $110.3 related to lower material costs, $50.5 related to reduced spending and cost savings initiatives, and $48.0 due to changes in exchange rates partially offset by $76.6 of unfavorable fixed cost absorption. Manufacturing cost of sales for 2009 also includes $3.7 of higher expenses related to environmental contingent liabilities compared with 2008 and $1.2 of accelerated depreciation related to our polyurethane product line assets in Asia that were sold in the second quarter of 2009. Manufacturing cost of sales for 2009 includes restructuring charges of $68.9 which includes manufacturing cost savings initiatives launched within our Specialty Chemical and Engineered Materials segments and corporate functions throughout 2009. Included in 2008 was $5.6 of pre-tax restructuring charges primarily related to various organization restructuring initiatives across our Specialty Chemical segments and our manufacturing sites in West Virginia and Connecticut and $5.6 of incremental accelerated depreciation on assets at

 

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our Pampa, Texas site that we exited. See Note 4 to the Consolidated Financial Statements for additional detail.

Selling and technical services expenses were $197.0 in 2009 versus $228.1 in 2008. Research and process development expenses were $75.0 in 2009 versus $81.5 in 2008. Administrative and general expenses were $124.2 in 2009 versus $111.8 in 2008. Overall operating expenses decreased by $25.2. This decrease includes $35.0 related to reduced spending and cost savings initiatives, $11.2 related to changes in exchange rates, $3.4 related to the exit of several commodity products and product line divestiture. These decreases were partially offset by $10.0 of consulting costs incurred related to working capital reduction and other cost savings initiatives, $7.7 of higher costs associated with restructuring initiatives, $5.8 of increased employee incentive costs, and $1.2 of higher credit facility fees.

Amortization of acquisition intangibles was $38.2 in 2009 versus $39.6 in 2008 mostly due to decreases in Coating Resins amortization as a result of changes in exchange rates.

Net gain on sale of assets of $0.2 in 2009 includes a gain of $1.5 associated with the sale in the first quarter of 2009 of certain of our polyurethane product line assets in Europe and a loss of $1.3 associated with the sale of our polyurethane product line assets in Asia in the second quarter of 2009. See Note 3 of the Consolidated Financial Statements for further information.

The asset impairment charge of $4.3 in 2009 relates to the write down of the land at our closed facility in La Llagosta, Spain to its estimated fair value.

Goodwill impairment charge of $385.0 in 2008 is related to our former Surface Specialties segment (which now substantially forms the Coating Resins segment) which resulted from the adverse impact that 2008 macroeconomic conditions had on forecasted volume growth and thus reduced profitability of certain product lines. For further details see Note 10 to the Consolidated Financial Statements.

Other income/(expense), net was an expense of $2.6 in 2009 compared with income of $2.5 in 2008. Included in other income/(expense), net for 2009 is a loss of $12.2 associated with a partial settlement of an existing pension plan in an international jurisdiction and $3.0 of additional unrealized losses on currency swaps, partially offset by a gain of $8.9 resulting from the sale of land for which the proceeds were received in 2004, and $2.0 of lower costs associated with environmental contingent liabilities. Included in 2008 is a gain of $3.9 from the sale of real estate and a favorable insurance settlement of $2.2. Other income/(expense) in 2009 and 2008 includes gains of $6.2 and $6.1, respectively, related to legal settlements associated with our Engineered Materials segment.

Net loss on early extinguishment of debt of $9.1 in 2009 consists of the loss incurred on the repurchase of $234.6 principal amount of our 5.5% notes with an original maturity of October 1, 2010 for a purchase price of $242.8 plus accrued interest of $3.7 and $15.4 principal amount of our 4.6% notes with an original maturity of July 1, 2013 for a purchase price of $14.6. Both of the debt repurchases in 2009 were completed under an offer to repurchase the notes that expired during the third quarter of 2009. Also during 2009, we repurchased portions of our 4.6% notes due July 1, 2013 with a total carrying value of $16.5 for a total purchase price of $16.9 plus accrued interest of $0.3, resulting in a loss of $0.5. Included in 2008 is a net gain on the early extinguishment of debt of $1.9 as we repurchased a portion of our 4.6% notes due July 1, 2013 with a carrying value of $11.2 (including accrued interest) at a purchase price of $9.3.

Equity in earnings of associated companies was $0.9 in 2009 versus $1.5 in 2008 with the decrease primarily due to reduced demand.

Interest expense, net was $24.2 in 2009 compared with $35.2 in 2008. The decrease is partially attributable to a $7.4 benefit related to the 2009 purchase of our 5.5% notes under the tender offer referenced above and a portion of our 4.6% notes, as well as the repayment of our revolving credit facility balance during 2009. This benefit was more than offset by $10.9 of increased interest expense associated with our 8.95% notes due 2017, the proceeds of which were received and used during the third quarter to repurchase a portion of our 5.5% and 4.6% notes as discussed above. In addition, interest expense in 2009 is $1.5 lower than 2008 as we repaid the principal balance of our 6.75% notes in March of 2008. Interest expense in 2009 also includes the benefits of $5.7 of additional interest capitalized as compared to 2008 due to a higher level of capital expenditures in 2009 eligible for interest capitalization. Interest expense, net in 2009 includes $6.0 of benefits associated with our cross currency swap of which $1.9 represents the impact of favorable changes in exchange rates on Euro-denominated interest payments and $4.1 represents the amortization of unrealized gains related to certain cross currency swaps previously designated as hedging instruments. See Note 7 of the consolidated financial statements for further information of amortization related to cross currency swaps.

 

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Our effective income tax rate for continuing operations for 2009 was a tax benefit of 45.8% ($8.9) compared to a tax provision of 27.0% ($43.6) for 2008. Included in the 2009 tax benefit rate is a $4.0 ($3.8 net after related unrecognized tax benefit adjustment) tax benefit due to a favorable resolution of a tax matter in an international subsidiary offset by a reduced tax benefit on the Company’s restructuring charges. The 2008 effective tax rate was unfavorably impacted primarily by the portion of the goodwill impairment charge for which no tax benefit was given, partially offset by a $2.6 tax benefit recorded due to a favorable audit resolution regarding an international subsidiary.

Earnings from discontinued operations, net of tax was $9.7 in 2009 compared with $8.3 in 2008 and reflects the results of our Building Block Chemicals segment.

Our net loss for 2009 was $2.5 ($0.05 per basic share) compared with our net loss of $198.8 ($4.16 per basic share) in 2008. Included in 2009 was an after-tax charge of $63.7 related to restructuring costs, of which $19.8 and $3.4 relate to accelerated depreciation and asset impairment charge, respectively. Our 2009 results also include an after-tax charge of $9.1 related to a pension settlement in an international jurisdiction, an after-tax loss of $5.2 associated with the repurchase of debt under a tender offer during the third quarter of 2009, and an after-tax loss of $1.9 associated with the sale of our polyurethane product line assets in Asia and Europe. In addition, our 2009 results include a non-cash after-tax gain of $5.5 associated with the transfer of ownership of land to a third party, an after-tax benefit of $3.8 related to a legal settlement related to our Engineered Materials segment, and a tax benefit of $4.0 related to a favorable tax adjustment for an audit settlement in an international jurisdiction.

Included in 2008 results were an after-tax goodwill impairment charge of $358.3 in our Coating Resins segment and an after-tax restructuring charge of $10.4 for various organizational restructuring initiatives across Specialty Chemicals segments and restructuring costs at our Additive Technologies manufacturing facility in West Virginia and Coating Resins manufacturing facilities in Connecticut and France. Included in our 2008 results was an after-tax $3.6 charge related to incremental accelerated depreciation on our Pampa, Texas Coating Resins manufacturing site that we exited and relocated the manufacturing to one of our other existing facilities. Our 2008 results also include an after-tax $4.0 gain related to a legal settlement related to our Engineered Materials segment and an income tax benefit of $2.6 related to a favorable tax development related to the sale of the water treatment business in 2007.

 

Segment Results (Sales to external customers)

Year-to-year comparisons and analyses of changes in net sales by segment and region are set forth below:

Coating Resins

 

                             % Change Due to  
     2009      2008      Total %
Change
    Price     Volume/Mix     Currency  

North America

   $ 260.0       $ 340.9         -24     -4     -20     0

Latin America

     50.5         73.7         -32     -3     -29     0

Asia/Pacific

     274.3         306.6         -11     -5     -7     1

Europe/Middle East/Africa

     622.1         930.8         -33     -5     -25     -3

Total

   $ 1,206.9       $ 1,652.0         -27     -4     -21     -2

 

Overall sales were down 27% primarily due to decreased selling volumes of 21%, reflecting lower volumes across all regions and all product lines due to reduced demand resulting from weak global economic conditions as well as destocking by our customers, the impact of which was primarily reflected during the first six months of 2009. Overall selling prices were down 4% with decreases essentially across all product lines. Selling prices for powders were down reflecting lower raw material prices and price competition particularly in Europe and Asia. Radcure selling prices were slightly down primarily due to lower raw material costs and price competition. Unfavorable changes in exchange rates decreased sales 2%.

Loss from operations was $3.2 or -0.3% of sales in 2009, compared with loss from operations of $340.2 or -21% of sales in 2008. Our 2008 operating loss includes a goodwill impairment charge of $385.0. Excluding the impairment charge, 2008 earnings from operations were $44.8. See Note 10 of the Consolidated Financial Statements for additional details on goodwill impairment. Earnings from operations in 2009, excluding the aforementioned

 

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goodwill impairment charge in 2008, decreased by $48.0. The negative impacts on earnings from operations were as follows: $127.9 due to lower selling volumes, $74.1 due to lower selling prices, and $37.3 from lower fixed cost absorption due to lower production volumes as a result of reduced demand and our initiative to reduce inventory levels. These negative impacts were partially offset by favorable impacts of $111.5 from lower raw material costs, $46.6 from lower manufacturing and operating expenses due to reduced spending and cost savings initiatives, $20.6 from lower freight costs related to lower selling volumes, and $8.1 from changes in exchange rates. Manufacturing cost of sales in 2008 also included $5.6 of incremental accelerated depreciation of assets at our Pampa, Texas site given our decision to exit the site and consolidate production.

 

Additive Technologies

 

                             % Change Due to  
     2009      2008      Total %
Change
    Price     Volume/Mix     Currency  

North America

   $ 90.8       $ 125.8         -28     2     -30     0

Latin America

     19.7         21.1         -7     1     -6     -2

Asia/Pacific

     55.4         62.2         -11     2     -12     -1

Europe/Middle East/Africa

     73.2         101.4         -28     -3     -21     -4

Total

   $ 239.1       $ 310.5         -23     0     -21     -2

 

Overall sales were down 23%, primarily due to decreased selling volumes of 21%, reflecting lower volumes across all regions and most product lines due to reduced demand resulting from weak global economic conditions and price competition. In addition, the exit of our polyurethane product line in 2009, the exit of certain polymer additives commodity product lines and the divestiture of the water treatment product line, which were both completed in 2008 also adversely impacted sales volumes. Selling volumes were up 2% in Asia/Pacific and Latin America in the polymer additives product line mainly due to improved demand and new business from the automotive and other industrial sectors. Overall selling prices were flat as increases in the specialty and polymer additive product lines in North America and Asia/Pacific were offset by decreases in Europe. Unfavorable changes in exchange rates decreased sales 2%.

Earnings from operations were $11.0 or 5% of sales in 2009, compared with $17.9, or 6% of sales in 2008. The $6.9 decrease in earnings is principally due to the negative impacts of $30.0 related to lower selling volumes and $8.7 of lower fixed cost absorption due to lower production volumes as a result of reduced demand and our initiative to reduce inventory levels. These negative impacts were partially offset by favorable impacts of $10.3 from lower manufacturing and operating expenses due to reduced spending and cost savings initiatives, $9.7 from lower manufacturing and operating expenses as a result of the aforementioned exit of certain product lines and divestitures, $7.3 from lower raw material costs, $3.9 from lower freight costs due to lower volumes, and $1.1 from higher selling prices.

 

In Process Separation

 

                             % Change Due to  
     2009      2008      Total %
Change
    Price     Volume/Mix     Currency  

North America

   $ 69.0       $ 71.5         -3     3     -6     0

Latin America

     79.7         107.2         -26     2     -28     0

Asia/Pacific

     69.5         63.8         9     4     7     -2

Europe/Middle East/Africa

     47.6         55.9         -15     -2     -11     -2

Total

   $ 265.8       $ 298.4         -11     2     -12     -1

 

Overall sales were down 11%, primarily due to decreased selling volumes of 12%, driven by lower mining chemicals selling volumes across all regions except Asia/Pacific due to customer destocking, the impact of which was primarily in the first half of 2009 and weak global economic conditions. Selling volumes were up 5% within the phosphine product lines primarily due to improved demand in North America related to new business captured during the year. Overall selling prices were up 2% across all product lines and most regions. Unfavorable changes in exchange rates decreased sales 1%.

 

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Earnings from operations were $34.6 or 13% of sales in 2009, compared with $51.5, or 17% in 2008. The $16.9 decrease in earnings is principally due to the negative impacts of $14.7 related to lower selling volumes, $11.6 of higher raw material prices, $7.6 of lower fixed cost absorption due to lower production volumes as a result of reduced demand and our initiative to reduce inventory levels. These negative impacts were partially offset by favorable impacts of $5.6 from increases in selling prices, $4.6 from changes in exchange rates, $4.5 from lower freight costs due to lower volumes, and $3.9 from lower operating expenses due to reduced spending and cost savings initiatives.

 

Engineered Materials

 

                             % Change Due to  
     2009      2008      Total %
Change
    Price     Volume/Mix     Currency  

North America

   $ 432.9       $ 511.9         -15     1     -16     0

Latin America(1)

     4.3         5.2                                

Asia/Pacific

     50.4         63.4         -21     0     -21     0

Europe/Middle East/Africa

     229.9         286.8         -20     2     -19     -3

Total

   $ 717.5       $ 867.3         -17     2     -18     -1

 

(1) Due to the level of sales in this geographic region, percentage comparisons are not meaningful.

 

Overall sales were down 17% due to decreased selling volumes, driven primarily by destocking actions by customers mostly in the large commercial transport, business jet and high performance industrial sectors. In addition, the business jet and high performance industrial markets have significantly lower build rates than the prior year. Pressure sensitive adhesive product line selling volumes were adversely impacted by weak global economic conditions. These negative impacts were partially offset by higher selling volumes from increased build rates in the military aircraft sector. Overall selling prices were up 2% with increases across most regions and market sectors. Unfavorable changes in exchange rates decreased sales 1%.

Earnings from operations were $96.3 or 13% of sales in 2009, compared with $163.2, or 19% of sales in 2008. The $66.9 decrease in earnings is principally due to the negative impacts of $98.2 due to lower selling volumes and $23.0 of lower fixed cost absorption due to lower production volumes as a result of reduced demand and our initiative to reduce inventory levels. These negative impacts were partially offset by favorable impacts of $32.5 from lower manufacturing and operating expenses primarily due to reduced spending and cost savings initiatives, $14.4 from increased selling prices, $3.1 from lower raw material costs, $2.5 from lower freight costs due to lower volumes, and $1.8 from changes in exchange rates.

RESTRUCTURING ACTIVITIES

 

In accordance with our accounting policy, restructuring costs are included in our corporate unallocated operating results for segment reporting purposes consistent with management’s view of its businesses.

Details of our 2010 restructuring initiatives are as follows:

In the fourth quarter of 2010, we initiated restructuring actions in our Coating Resins segment at our San Fernando, Spain facility after reaching agreement for the transfer of the site to the local municipality in exchange for monetary consideration. These actions resulted in pre-tax restructuring charges of $6.6 for the severance of 38 positions, offset by credits of $3.6 primarily related to the reversal of asset retirement obligations. We will cease operations at the facilities in the first half of 2011, and will clean and prepare the site and land for transfer to the municipality in the first half of 2012. Proceeds from the sale of the land will be approximately 13.5 (approximately $18.0 using exchange rates as of December 31, 2010), and will be received in 2011 and 2012. Any potential gain from the sale of the land will be deferred until our continuing involvement in environmental remediation is complete; estimated to be by the end of 2012.

In September 2010, we approved plans to consolidate manufacturing activities at one of our European sites in the Coating Resins segment. These plans resulted in a restructuring charge of $4.0, of which $1.5 relates to the severance of nine positions, and $2.5 relates to the write-down of certain manufacturing assets.

In May 2010, we approved plans to exit the production of certain phosphorus derivative products at our Mt. Pleasant, Tennessee facility. These plans resulted in a restructuring charge of $5.5, of which $0.4 relates to the severance of 10 positions, $1.7 relates to asset write-offs, and $3.4 relates to decommissioning activities, which were charged to our In Process Separation segment.

 

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We realized an estimated $1.5 of cost savings in 2010 related to these initiatives and expect to realize an estimated $5.4 of pre-tax savings annually, beginning in 2011. The aforementioned initiatives are expected to be completed in waves throughout 2011.

The remaining reserve at December 31, 2010 of $8.7 relating to 2010 restructuring initiatives is expected to be paid through 2012.

Details of our 2009 restructuring initiatives are as follows:

In 2009, we initiated restructuring actions across all segments and corporate functions. These actions were taken in response to the downturn in the global economy, which especially impacted the automotive, construction and general industrial markets that we serve, and led to a significant reduction in our sales and operating profitability. The following summarizes the details of the restructuring initiatives launched in 2009, which resulted in $91.9 of restructuring charges for the twelve months ended December 31, 2009.

In 2009, we launched restructuring initiatives at several of our Specialty Chemical manufacturing locations, which resulted in restructuring charges totaling $70.4 of which $40.4 is associated with severance and other employee benefits and $30.0 is associated with asset write-downs and accelerated depreciation. The manufacturing locations impacted by these initiatives are as follows:

 

 

Closure of our manufacturing facility in La Llagosta, Spain and the transfer of manufacturing of most of the liquid coating resins products produced at the site to our facility in Werndorf, Austria.

 

 

Transfer of the manufacturing of our powder coating resins product line from Drogenbos, Belgium to our manufacturing facility in Bassano, Italy and consolidate or eliminate supply chain, sales, marketing and administrative functions at the site.

 

 

Transfer of the manufacturing of certain liquid coating resins products from our Hamburg, Germany site to our facility in Werndorf, Austria and consolidate or eliminate certain manufacturing, supply chain, and administrative functions at the site.

 

 

Conversion of our manufacturing facility in Antofagasta, Chile into a blending and distribution facility to support the Mining business and eliminate manufacturing functions at the site.

 

 

Closure of our manufacturing facility in Bogota, Colombia.

The above manufacturing restructuring initiatives include the elimination 365 positions. During 2010 we recorded a net favorable adjustment of $0.9; we realized an estimated $9.3 of cost savings in 2009 and $33.0 of cost savings in 2010 related to these initiatives.

We launched restructuring initiatives across our Engineered Materials segment in response to inventory destocking by parts manufacturers that supply large commercial aircraft manufacturers as well as a sharper than expected decline in business and regional jet production rates. These initiatives resulted in $4.4 of restructuring charges for severance and employee benefits related to the elimination of 239 positions. During 2010 we recorded a net favorable adjustment of $0.5; we realized an estimated $6.0 of cost savings in 2009 and $20.0 of annualized pre-tax savings in 2010 related to these initiatives.

We launched several initiatives throughout 2009 in our Specialty Chemical segments and corporate functions across sales, marketing, manufacturing, supply chain, research and development, and administrative functions, including our initiative to establish a shared services center. These initiatives resulted in $17.1 of charges related to severance and employee benefits associated with the elimination of 388 positions. During 2010 we recorded a net favorable adjustment of $2.4; we realized $16.4 of estimated cost savings in 2009 related to these initiatives and an estimated $30.2 of annualized pre-tax savings in 2010. Incremental annualized savings of $6.1 and $2.7 are projected to be realized in 2011 and 2012, respectively.

The majority of the aforementioned initiatives are substantially complete as of December 31, 2010, with some components expected to be completed in waves throughout 2011.

The remaining reserve at December 31, 2010 of $10.7 relating to 2009 restructuring initiatives is expected to be paid through 2013.

Details of 2008 restructuring initiatives are as follows:

In 2008, as a cost reduction initiative and to align our cost structure to the declining demand environment at that time, we decided to restructure certain activities of our Coating Resins segment. These initiatives resulted in restructuring charges of $11.1 for the twelve months ended December 31, 2008, which primarily relates to severance for the 93 eliminated positions. Savings of $2.1 from these restructuring initiatives were realized in 2008 and $10.8 of annualized pre-tax savings was realized in 2009 and 2010. These initiatives were completed in

 

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2008. In 2009, the remaining balance of $0.9 was reversed. All costs were paid in full as of December 31, 2009.

See Note 4 of the Consolidated Financial Statements for a further summary of the restructuring charges.

LIQUIDITY AND FINANCIAL CONDITION

 

At December 31, 2010, our cash balance was $383.3, compared with $261.7 at year end 2009. As of December 31, 2010, $152.9 of our cash was in the U.S. and $230.4 was held by our subsidiaries outside the U.S.

Net Cash provided by Continuing Operations

Cash flows provided by operating activities of continuing operations for 2010 were $239.7 compared with $519.1 for 2009. The 2009 cash flow benefitted significantly from the favorable progress from our working capital initiative, and the benefits have been maintained through 2010. The following working capital descriptions exclude our Building Block Chemicals business, which is being accounted for as discontinued operations. For 2010, trade accounts receivable increased $39.0 primarily reflecting increased sales in 2010 compared to 2009, offset by a continued reduction in days outstanding decreased from 50 days at December 31, 2009 to 49 days at December 31, 2010. Inventory increased $21.5 reflecting increased demand year over year, as the inventory days outstanding declined from 70 days at December 31, 2009 to 66 days at December 31, 2010. Accounts payable increased $41.1 primarily due to increased purchases in the fourth quarter of 2010 versus the prior year quarter. Days outstanding increased modestly from 46 days at December 31, 2009 to 48 days at December 31, 2010. Accrued expenses increased $29.6 primarily due to increased accrued compensation and benefit expenses, partially offset by lower restructuring costs in 2010. Other liabilities decreased $72.5 during 2010, primarily due to contributions of $96.4 we made to our defined benefit plans.

Cash flows used in investing activities were $110.2 in 2010 compared to $168.5 in 2009. In 2010, we sold certain real estate for which we received cash proceeds of $5.4. In 2009, we sold our polyurethane product line assets in Europe and Asia for cash proceeds totaling $7.0. Capital spending for 2010 was $115.6, of which approximately half is related to the Engineered Materials segment, which includes spending related to equipment purchases and work on our new carbon fiber line in Greenville, South Carolina, and expansion work at our composite facility in Greenville, Texas. In the first quarter of 2009, we decided to delay the completion of the carbon fiber expansion project for at least eighteen months based on the market’s projected demand profile. Taking into account our expectations of the future business environment, we are evaluating different market dynamics and the global carbon fiber demand profile to outline both our options and expected timing for project completion. We are continuing to evaluate the timing of the carbon fiber project as market conditions change. The remaining half is related to Specialty Chemicals for maintenance of business capital, cost reduction and work on certain expansion projects. Our capital spending for 2011 is expected to be in the range of $170.0 to $190.0.

Net cash flows used by financing activities were $33.6 in 2010 compared with $174.3 in 2009. In 2010, we reduced our debt by approximately $39.2, as we have continued to focus on using the cash generated from our working capital reduction initiatives to lower our debt levels. Additionally, cash outflows included $14.0 related to the net cash settlement of certain cross currency swaps in the fourth quarter of 2010, and cash dividends of $3.8. Cash flows provided by financing activities consisted primarily of $20.5 of proceeds from the exercise of stock options due to a larger number of shares exercised at a higher average strike price compared to 2009, and $2.9 related to the excess tax benefits from the share based compensation programs.

Net Cash Provided by Discontinued Operations

Cash provided by operating activities of discontinued operations for 2010 was $39.1 compared to $46.2 for 2009. In 2010, cash flows consisted primarily of the net earnings from discontinued operations from what was formerly our Building Block Chemicals segment.

Cash flows used in investing activities of discontinued operations were $15.3 in 2010 compared to $18.4 in 2009. These activities related to capital spending at our Building Block Chemicals facilities.

Dividends

During 2010, we paid four quarterly cash dividends of $0.0125 per common share, which aggregated to $2.5. On January 27, 2011, our Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.125 per common share, payable on February 25, 2011 to stockholders of record as of February 10, 2011. This restores the dividend to the level it was in April 2009, prior to the dividend being reduced due to the economic uncertainty at the time. Also during 2010, our majority owned subsidiary paid cash dividends to their minority shareholders which aggregated to $1.3.

 

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Credit Facility

There were no borrowings outstanding under the $400.0 unsecured five-year revolving credit facility at December 31, 2010 and 2009. This facility contains covenants that are customary for such facilities including two financial covenants: the ratio of consolidated total debt to consolidated earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”) and the ratio of consolidated EBITDA to consolidated interest expense. We are in compliance with these covenants and expect to be in compliance for the remainder of the current facility which matures in June 2012.

Debt Offering

On July 6, 2009 we closed on an offering of $250.0 aggregate principal amount of 8.95% senior unsecured notes due July 1, 2017, which resulted in $247.7 in net proceeds after original issue discount and underwriting fees. In addition, on June 30, 2009, we commenced offers to purchase our 5.5% notes due October 1, 2010 and our 4.6% notes due July 1, 2013. In July 2009, we applied the net proceeds from the issuance of the 8.95% notes and corporate cash to repurchase $234.6 principal amount of our 5.5% notes due October 1, 2010 for a purchase price of $242.8 plus accrued interest of $3.7 and $15.4 principal amount of our 4.6% notes due July 1, 2013 for a purchase price of $14.6. We raised the additional debt and launched the tender offer to improve our debt maturity profile and further mitigate any liquidity concerns associated with debt maturities. The repurchase of the notes through the tender offer resulted in a net loss of $8.6, including transaction costs, recognized in the third quarter of 2009.

Approximately $44.0 remained authorized under our stock buyback program as of December 31, 2010. We did not repurchase any shares during 2010. In addition to the amount that remained authorized as of December 31, 2010 under our stock buyback program, on January 27, 2011 our Board of Directors approved a new stock buyback authorization in the amount of $150.0.

We believe that we have the ability to fund our operating cash requirements and planned capital expenditures as well as the ability to meet our debt service requirements for the foreseeable future from existing cash and from internal cash generation. However, from time to time, based on such factors as local tax regulations, prevailing interest rates and our plans for capital investment or other investments, it may make economic sense to utilize our existing credit lines in order to meet those cash requirements, which may include debt-service related disbursements. We are required to meet financial ratios under our $400.0 five-year revolving credit agreement, including a maximum permitted ratio of Total Consolidated Debt (as defined) to Consolidated EBITDA (as defined) and a minimum consolidated EBITDA (as defined) to interest expense ratio. Complying with these ratios could limit our ability to plan for or react to market conditions or meet extraordinary capital needs and could otherwise restrict our financing activities. Our ability to comply with the covenants will depend on our future operating performance. If we fail to comply with those covenants and terms, we will be in default. In this case, we would be required to obtain waivers from our lenders in order to maintain compliance. If we were unable to obtain any necessary waivers, the amounts outstanding under this agreement could be accelerated, and become immediately due and payable, and we would not be able to borrow any additional funds under the agreement while such default continued. We are in compliance with these covenants and expect to be in compliance for the remainder of the current facility which matures in June 2012. We have no borrowings outstanding under the agreement as of December 31, 2010. Our ability to fully utilize our revolving credit agreement can be limited by our actual calculated Debt Covenant Ratio as compared to the maximum Debt Covenant Ratio permitted under the agreement. At December 31, 2010 the full amount of the facility is available to us, and we expect that the full amount will continue to be available based on our current forecasts.

Use of Cash

With the significant amount of cash generated in 2009 and 2010, plus the anticipated proceeds from the sale of our Building Block Chemicals segment in the first quarter of 2011, our use of cash priority will be to invest in the typical maintenance of business capital spending projects and pension contributions. This is followed by expansion/cost reduction capital in our growth product lines and fast payback/margin improvement capital in our cash product lines. In addition, if available at a reasonable price, we will pursue bolt-on acquisitions for our growth product lines. We also will continue to pursue debt reductions when available at a reasonable price. In January 2011, our Board of Directors increased the cash dividend paid in February 2011 to the pre-economic crisis level of $0.125 per share, and approved a new stock buyback authorization of $150.0, bringing the aggregate buyback authorization to $194.0.

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Inflation at this time is not considered significant although higher costs for energy and commodities could impact our future operating expenses and capital spending. The impact of increasing raw material costs are discussed under “Customers and Suppliers” in “Business” in Item 1, herein.

We estimate that pension and postretirement plan funding will be approximately $71.6 in 2011 as compared to $96.4 in 2010.

 

Contractual Obligations and Commercial Commitments

The following table sets forth our contractual obligations under long-term agreements as of December 31, 2010:

 

(In Millions)    Payments Due by Period  
Contractual Obligations    Total      Less Than
1 Year
     1-3 Years      3-5 Years      More than
5 Years
 

Long-term debt

   $ 641.5       $ 0.0       $ 141.0       $ 249.7       $ 250.8   

Interest payments(1)

     239.9         41.6         83.1         70.2         45.0   

Operating leases(2)

     40.1         9.4         12.3         7.6         10.8   

Pension and postretirement plans obligations(3)

     71.6         71.6         0.0         0.0         0.0   

Purchase obligations(4)

     15.3         9.7         5.5         0.1         0.0   

Other noncurrent liabilities(5):

              

Environmental liabilities(3)

     5.5         5.5         0.0         0.0         0.0   

Cross currency swap(6)

     28.3         0.0         0.0         28.3         0.0   

Total

   $ 1,042.2       $ 137.8       $ 241.9       $ 355.9       $ 306.6   

 

(1) Based on the Euro exchange rate at December 31, 2010.

 

(2) Excludes $5.8 of operating leases attributable to our discontinued operations.

 

(3) Expected cash flows for our pension and postretirement plans obligations and environmental liabilities for years beyond 2010 were excluded as specific payment dates could not be reasonably estimated. Amounts reflected to be paid in less than one year are based on our budget and actual amounts paid in 2010 and may vary significantly for pension. See Notes 12 (environmental) and 14 (pension) of the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements for more information on these liabilities.

 

(4) Excludes $27.0 of purchase obligations attributable to our discontinued operations.

 

(5) Included in other noncurrent liabilities on our consolidated balance sheet at December 31, 2010, were $57.4 of contingent liabilities (principally asbestos related liabilities) and $36.0 of asset retirement obligations. As specific payment dates for these items are unknown, the related balances have not been reflected in the “Payments due by Period” section of the table above.

 

(6) Related balances are based on principal components using the Euro exchange rate at December 31, 2010.

 

As of December 31, 2010, the amount of unrecognized tax benefits was $38.3. As specific payment dates cannot be reasonably estimated, the related balances have not been reflected in the “Payments due by Period” section of the table above.

At December 31, 2010, we had net contractual commitments under currency forward contracts in U.S. dollar equivalent notional amounts of $196.2, that all settle in less than one year. (Refer to Item 7A as well as Note 7 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements included herein).

We had $34.0 of outstanding letters of credit, surety bonds and bank guarantees at December 31, 2010 that are issued on our behalf in the ordinary course of business to support certain of our performance obligations and commitments. The instruments are typically renewed on an annual basis.

We do not have any unconsolidated limited purpose entities or any undisclosed material transactions or commitments involving related persons or entities.

 

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Item 7A.

QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK

The following discussion provides forward-looking quantitative and qualitative information about our potential exposures to market risk arising from changes in currency rates, commodity prices and interest rates. Actual results could differ materially from those projected in this forward-looking analysis. Currencies are in millions.

Market risk represents the potential loss arising from adverse changes in the value of financial instruments. The risk of loss is assessed based on the likelihood of adverse changes in fair values, cash flows or future earnings.

In the ordinary course of business, we are exposed to various market risks, including fluctuations in currency rates, commodity prices and interest rates. To manage the exposure related to these risks, we may engage in various derivative transactions in accordance with our established policies. We do not hold or issue financial instruments for trading or speculative purposes. Moreover, we enter into financial instrument transactions with either major financial institutions or highly-rated counterparties and make reasonable attempts to diversify transactions among counterparties, thereby limiting exposure to credit-related and performance-related risks.

Currency Risk: We periodically enter into currency forward contracts primarily to hedge currency fluctuations of transactions denominated in currencies other than the functional currency of the respective entity. At December 31, 2010, the principal transactions hedged involved accounts receivable, accounts payable and intercompany loans. When hedging currency exposures, our practice is to hedge such exposures with forward contracts denominated in the same currency and with similar critical terms as the underlying exposure, and therefore, the instruments are effective at generating offsetting changes in the fair value, cash flows or future earnings of the hedged item or transaction.

 

At December 31, 2010, the currency and net notional amounts of forward contracts outstanding translated into U.S. dollar equivalent amounts were as follows:

 

      Buy  
Sell    U.S. Dollar      Euro      Canadian
Dollar
     Australian
Dollar
     Chilean
Peso
    Thai Baht     Pound
Sterling
    Mexican
Peso
    Norwegian
Krone
 

U.S. Dollar

     0.0       $ 34.5       $ 28.1       $ 21.8       $ 9.4      $ 6.4      $ 4.4      $ 3.0      $ 0.4   

Chinese Yuan

   $ 17.9         0.0         0.0         0.0         0.0        0.0        0.0        0.0        0.0   

Brazilian Real

   $ 2.9         0.0         0.0         0.0         0.0        0.0        0.0        0.0        0.0   

Korean Won

   $ 2.5         0.0         0.0         0.0         0.0        0.0        0.0        0.0        0.0   

Taiwan Dollar

   $ 1.1         0.0         0.0         0.0         0.0        0.0        0.0        0.0        0.0   

Pound Sterling

     0.0       $ 0.8         0.0         0.0         0.0        0.0        0.0        0.0        0.0   

Japanese Yen

     0.0       $ 14.9         0.0         0.0         0.0        0.0        0.0        0.0        0.0   

Norwegian Krone

     0.0       $ 48.1         0.0         0.0         0.0        0.0        0.0        0.0        0.0   

 

The net unfavorable fair value of currency contracts, based on exchange rates at December 31, 2010, was $0.4. Assuming that year-end exchange rates between the underlying currencies of all outstanding contracts and the various hedged currencies were to adversely change by a hypothetical 10%, the fair value of all outstanding contracts at year-end would decrease by approximately $10.5. However, since these contracts hedge specific transactions, any change in the fair value of the contracts would be offset by changes in the underlying value of the transaction being hedged.

We used cross currency swaps to hedge the changes in the cash flows of certain Euro denominated intercompany loans receivable (“Euro loans”) held by U.S. entities and to hedge a portion of our net investment in Cytec Surface Specialties SA/NV (our largest Euro functional currency subsidiary). The swaps included an initial exchange of $500.0 on October 4, 2005 and require final principal exchanges of $250.0 on each settlement date of the five-year and ten-year notes (October 1, 2010 and October 1, 2015), respectively. At the initial principal exchange, we paid USDs to counterparties and received Euros. Upon final exchange, we provided, or will provide, Euros to counterparties and received, or will receive, USDs. The swaps also called for a semi-annual exchange of fixed Euro interest payments for fixed USD interest receipts. With respect to the cross currency swaps that matured on October 1, 2010 (“five year

 

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swaps”), we received 5.5% per annum and paid 3.78% per annum on each April 1 and October 1, through the maturity date. With respect to the cross currency swaps that mature on October 1, 2015 (“ten year swaps”), we receive 6.0% per annum and pay 4.52% per annum on each April 1 and October 1, through the maturity date. Certain currency swaps were originally designated as cash flow hedges of the changes in value of the future Euro interest and principal receipts that results from changes in the USD to Euro exchange rates on certain Euro denominated intercompany loans receivable we have with one of our subsidiaries. In November 2008, the 207.9 five year cross currency swaps were de-designated as cash flow hedges due to our decision to execute new off-setting cross currency swaps (“two year swaps”) to lock-in the Euro forward exchange rate for the principal exchange on the five year swaps that were due on October 1, 2010.

Prospective changes in the fair value of the five year swaps since the date of de-designation were reported in earnings. The two year swaps covered an identical notional amount of 207.9 and also called for a semi-annual exchange of fixed Euro interest receipts for fixed USD interest payments. With respect to the two year swaps, we received 3.78% per annum and paid 3.69% per annum on each April 1 and October 1, through the maturity date, which was also on October 1, 2010. The two year swaps were not designated as cash flow hedges. The fair value of the two year swaps was calculated each quarter with changes in fair value reported in earnings. On October 1, 2010, the two and five year swaps were settled according to their terms.

In September 2010, we de-designated our ten year swaps as hedging instruments due to the early settlement of a 41.6 portion of these swaps by one of our counterparties effective October 1, 2010. As a result of this termination, we executed a new cross currency swap effective October 1, 2010 to maintain the total notional amount of the ten year swaps at 207.9. With respect to this replacement swap, we will pay 4.52% per annum on the Euro notional amount and will receive 5.80% per annum on the USD notional amount on each April 1 and October 1, through the maturity date of the swap, which is also on October 1, 2015. We concurrently designated all the ten year swaps as a net investment hedge of the value of one of our U.S. subsidiaries’ net investment in our Belgium-based subsidiary, Cytec Surface Specialties SA/NV, against the risk of adverse foreign exchange movements in the USD value of the Euro. Since the critical terms of the ten year swaps match the critical terms of the net investment in Cytec Surface Specialties SA/NV, the ten year swaps are highly effective in offsetting the changes in the value of the net investment attributable to the change in USD value of the Euro.

At December 31, 2010, the unfavorable fair value of the ten year swaps was $16.5. At December 31, 2009, the favorable/(unfavorable) fair values of the two, five, and ten year swaps were $34.8, $(44.7), and $(41.6), respectively. Assuming other factors are held constant, a hypothetical increase/decrease of 10% in the Euro exchange rate would cause an increase/decrease of approximately $31.2 in the total value of the hedging instrument referred to above.

Commodity Price Risk: We use natural gas forwards to hedge a portion of our utility requirements at certain of our North American manufacturing facilities. The maturities of these swaps correlate highly to the actual purchases of the commodity and have the effect of securing predetermined prices that we pay for the underlying commodity. While these contracts are structured to limit our exposure to increases in commodity prices, they can also limit the potential benefit we might have otherwise received from decreases in commodity prices. These swaps are recognized on the balance sheet at fair value, which will be reclassified into manufacturing cost of sales through June 2011 as the hedged natural gas purchases affect earnings. For a detailed discussion on natural gas swaps, see Critical Accounting Policies – Derivative Financial Instruments and Certain Hedging Activities, Commodity Price Risk section below.

At December 31, 2010, we had outstanding natural gas forwards with an unfavorable fair value of $0.8. Assuming that year-end natural gas prices were to decrease by a hypothetical 10%, the value of these contracts would decrease by approximately $0.5.

Interest Rate Risk: At December 31, 2010, our outstanding borrowings consisted of $6.1 of short-term variable rate borrowings and long-term fixed rate debt, which had a carrying value of $641.5, a face value of $642.0 and a fair value, of $726.9. The fair value is based on a discounted cash flow analysis which incorporates the contractual terms of the notes and observable market-based inputs that include time value, interest rate curves, and credit spreads.

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value of the fixed rate long-term debt would increase/decrease by approximately $29.6.

SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING ESTIMATES / CRITICAL ACCOUNTING POLICIES

 

Accounting principles generally accepted in the United States require management to make certain estimates and assumptions. These estimates and assumptions affect the reported amounts in the consolidated financial statements and the notes thereto. The areas discussed below involve the use of significant judgment in the preparation of our consolidated financial statements and changes in the estimates and assumptions used may impact future results of operations and financial condition.

Share-based Compensation

U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”) requires recognition of compensation cost in an amount equal to the fair value of share-based payments. Compensation cost for performance stock is recorded based on the market value on the original date of grant (which is the fair value). Compensation cost for stock appreciation rights payable in cash (“cash-settled SARS”) is recognized based on the fair value of the award at the end of each period through the date of settlement. Compensation cost for stock appreciation rights payable in shares (“stock-settled SARS”) and stock options is recognized over the vesting period based on the estimated fair value on the date of the grant.

GAAP also requires that we estimate a forfeiture rate for all share-based awards. We monitor share option exercise and employee termination patterns to estimate forfeiture rates within the valuation model. The estimated fair values are based on assumptions, including estimated lives of the instruments, historical and implied volatility, dividend yield on our common stock, and risk-free interest rates. We also consider the probability that the options and stock-settled SARS will be exercised prior to the end of their contractual lives and the probability of termination or retirement of the holder. These assumptions are based on reasonable facts but are subject to change based on a variety of external factors. Changes in assumptions from period to period may materially affect the amount of share-based compensation cost we recognize in income.

Environmental and Other Contingent Liabilities

Accruals for environmental remediation and operating and maintenance costs directly related to remediation, and other contingent liabilities are recorded when it is probable that a liability has been incurred and the amount of the liability can be reasonably estimated. Accruals are recorded at management’s best estimate of the ultimate expected liabilities, without any discount to reflect the time value of money. These accruals are reviewed periodically and adjusted, if necessary, as additional information becomes available.

The amount accrued for environmental remediation reflects our assumptions about remediation requirements at the contaminated site, the nature and cost of the remedy, the outcome of discussions with regulatory agencies and other potentially responsible parties at multi-party sites, and the number and financial viability of other potentially responsible parties.

Included in other contingent liabilities are workers’ compensation, product liability and toxic tort claims. The amount accrued for other contingent liabilities reflects our assumptions about the incidence, severity, indemnity costs and dismissal rates for existing and future claims.

Our asbestos related contingent liabilities and related insurance receivables are based on a study. The study estimated our gross asbestos liabilities using a frequency/severity approach. With this approach, the cost of future claim filings due to asbestos-related diseases are estimated as the product of the future number of claims filed and the average value of those claims on a nominal as opposed to discounted basis. Future claim frequency has been estimated using our claims history and the Stallard/Manton Epidemiological Decay Model, a widely used industry study. The Decay model assumes that future levels of claims activity will gradually decrease from current levels by applying model-specific decay factors that project this claim activity to wind down over the next 35 to 40 years. Our current levels are estimated based on our risk profile and our historical claim experience. The estimated cost per claim is based on our historical paid claims adjusted for inflation. Although these estimates and assumptions are based on reasonable facts, they are subject to change based on the actual outcome and a variety of external factors. A sustained 1% change in the annual number of future asbestos claims filed against us will increase or decrease the liability and related receivable by $0.4 and $0.2, respectively. A sustained 1% change in the average value of asbestos claims paid will increase or decrease the liability and related receivable by $0.4 and $0.2, respectively.

Accruals for environmental remediation and other contingent liabilities can change substantially if our assumptions are not realized or due to actions by governmental agencies or private parties. We cannot estimate any additional amount of loss or range of loss in excess of the recorded amounts.

 

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Moreover, environmental and other contingent liabilities are paid over an extended period, and the timing of such payments cannot be predicted with any certainty. Accruals for environmental and other contingent liabilities are recorded as other noncurrent liabilities with any amounts expected to be paid out in the next twelve months classified as accrued expenses.

Probable insurance recoveries for past and probable future indemnity costs are recorded at management’s best estimate of the ultimate expected receipts without discounting to reflect the time value of money and are recorded as other assets. A number of factors impact the estimates of insurance reimbursements. These factors include the financial viability of the insurance companies, the method in which losses will be allocated to the various insurance policies, how legal and defense costs will be covered by the insurance policies, the interpretation of the effect on coverage of various policy terms and limits and their interrelationships, and historical recovery rates over the past ten years.

Defense and processing costs are expensed as incurred. Insurance recoveries for defense and processing costs are recognized when the recovery is probable and related costs are incurred and are recorded as other assets.

Retirement Plans

We sponsor defined benefit pension and other postretirement benefit plans. The postretirement plans provide medical and life insurance benefits to retirees who meet minimum age and service requirements. Our most significant pension plans are in the U.S., and constituted over 79% of our consolidated pension assets and 75% of projected benefit obligations as of December 31, 2010. The calculation of our pension expense and pension liability associated with our defined benefit pension plans requires the use of a number of assumptions. Changes in these assumptions can result in different pension expense and liability amounts, and actual experience can differ from the assumptions. We believe that the most critical assumptions are the discount rate, the expected rate of return on plan assets and healthcare cost trend rates. Our U.S. salaried pension plan was frozen on December 31, 2007.

At the end of each year, we determine the discount rate to be used for pension liabilities. In estimating this rate, we look to yields on high quality, long-term corporate bonds that receive one of the two highest ratings given by a recognized ratings agency. Future expected actuarially determined cash flows of our major U.S. plans are matched against a yield curve encompassing such bonds to arrive at a single discount rate by plan. We discounted our U.S. future pension and postretirement medical liabilities using a rate of 5.4% and 5.0%, respectively, at December 31, 2010. The discount rate used to determine the value of liabilities has a significant effect on expense. A 1% increase to the discount rate for our U.S. pension plans would decrease our 2011 expected annual expense by $5.5 and decrease our liability by $75.6. A 1% decrease to the discount rate for our U.S. pension plans would increase our 2011 expected annual expense by $5.1 and increase our liability by $84.9. A 1% increase to the discount rate for our U.S. postretirement medical plan would decrease our 2011 expected annual expense by $0.7 and decrease our liability by $18.2. A 1% decrease to the discount rate for our U.S. postretirement medical plan would increase our 2011 expected annual expense by $0.4 and increase our liability by $19.9.

The expected rate of return on our U.S. plan assets, which was 7.50% for 2010, reflects the long-term average rate of return expected on funds invested or to be invested in the pension plans to provide for the benefits included in the pension liability. We establish the expected rate of return at the beginning of each fiscal year based upon information available to us at that time, including the historical returns of major asset classes, the expected investment mix of the plans’ assets, and estimates of future long-term investment returns. A 1% change to the expected rate of return on plan assets of our U.S. pension plans would increase or decrease our 2011 expected annual expense by $6.0. The U.S. pension plans’ investment mix at December 31, 2010 approximated 53% equities and 47% fixed income securities. Any differences between actual experience and assumed experience are deferred as an unrecognized actuarial gain or loss. The unrecognized net actuarial gain or loss is amortized into pension expense in accordance with GAAP.

The assumed rate of future increases in the per capita cost of healthcare benefits (healthcare cost trend rate) is 8.0% in 2010, decreasing to ultimate trend of 5.0% in 2017. The healthcare cost trend rate has a significant effect on the reported amounts of accumulated postretirement benefit obligation (“APBO”) and related expense. A 1% decrease to the assumed healthcare cost trend rate for our postretirement benefit plans would decrease our expense by $0.8 and decrease our postretirement benefit obligation by $15.0. A 1% increase to the assumed healthcare cost trend rate for our postretirement benefit plans would increase our expense by $0.8 and increase our postretirement benefit obligation by $15.6.

 

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Impairment of Goodwill

We have defined our segments as our reporting units. Our four business segments are Coating Resins, Additive Technologies, In Process Separation, and Engineered Materials. Additive Technologies and In Process Separation serve large, global industrial markets. Coating Resins serves the large, global coatings market. Engineered Materials serves principally aerospace markets. The segments above reflect how we run our Company, manage the assets and view our customers.

We test goodwill for impairment on an annual basis. Goodwill of a reporting unit will be tested for impairment between annual tests if events occur or circumstances change that would likely reduce the fair value of the reporting unit below its carrying value. We use a two-step process to test goodwill for impairment. We initially use a market multiple approach (1A) to estimate a range of fair values by reporting unit, and then use a discounted cash flow approach (1B) if the market multiple approach indicates that a potential impairment might exist to refine and reaffirm the results of the first test. The market multiple approach provides a straightforward, cost effective and relatively simple method to readily determine if an impairment might exist by utilizing EBITDA (Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization) information by reporting unit multiplied by average current industry valuation factors or multiples to easily determine an estimated range of fair value. Due to the cyclical nature of our reporting units, we utilize a three year EBITDA average of historical and forecasted EBITDA for the reportable segment times the range of EBITDA multiple factors. The three year period is comprised of the prior year, current year and one year projected amounts. The market multiple range utilizes an average lower and upper multiple limit based on recent industry acquisition average EBITDA multiples paid by financial and strategic purchasers. We obtain this information from a third party investment bank. If the reporting unit’s estimated fair value using the low end of the range is close to, in our judgment, or below the reporting unit’s carrying value, we refine the calculation using cash flows to calculate a point estimate of the reporting unit’s fair value, as opposed to a range. If the discounted cash flow approach yields a fair value estimate less than the reporting unit’s carrying value, we would proceed to step two of the impairment test. In the second step, the implied fair value of the reporting unit’s goodwill is determined by allocating the reporting unit’s fair value to all of its assets and liabilities other than goodwill in a manner similar to a purchase price allocation. The resulting implied fair value of the goodwill that results from the application of this second step is then compared to the carrying amount of the goodwill and an impairment charge is recorded for the difference.

In the fourth quarter of 2010, we completed our annual goodwill impairment test. For the market multiple approach, we used an EBITDA range of between 6.0X and 8.0X. All of our reporting units passed step 1A with the exception of the Coating Resins reporting unit. The Coating Resins EBITDA of $143.8 was a three year average of the 2009 actual, 2010 actual or forecast, and the 2011 budgeted EBITDA amounts. The market multiple approach (Step 1A) for the Coating Resins reporting unit resulted in a fair value range of $862.7 to $1,150.3. Since the carrying value was in the upper range of the range of the estimated fair values using the multiples, we refined the estimate of the fair value using a discounted cash flow approach in accordance with our aforementioned policy which resulted in a fair value of $1,407.5. The discounted cash flow approach fair value exceeded the carrying value by $272.5, or 24%, indicating that there was no impairment of Coating Resins’ goodwill. The discounted cash flow approach considered a weighted average cost of capital (“WACC”) rate of 11.0% as the discount rate and an estimated net cash flow for a ten-year period from 2011 to 2020. The WACC calculation considered a risk-free rate of return, cost of debt and expected equity premium. The risk-free rate of return equaled the yield on long-term United States Treasury bonds. The cost of debt represented the yield of a BBB rated U.S. bond. The cost of equity included an estimate of the return on typical long-term investments required to induce investment in a diversified portfolio of U.S. publicly traded stocks adjusted for specific risk and size premiums of the reporting unit. The risk premium reflects the specific risks associated with the current business and future performance estimates. The cost of equity and debt were weighted based on the observed capital structures of companies with characteristics similar to the reporting unit. The discounted cash flow model also reflects a terminal value that assumes 2020 net cash flows will continue to grow at a rate of 2.75% in perpetuity, which we believe is reasonable for this business. These evaluations involve amounts that are based on management’s best estimates and judgments.

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2020 amounts were based on forecasted average revenue growth factor of approximately 3%. The projections included average annual capital expenditures of $59.4 and net working capital increases corresponding to the revenue growth assumed. We assumed an average tax rate of 31% for the discounted cash flow approach which we believe is a realistic approximation of our future annual effective tax rate for this business.

The following table summarizes the approximate impact that a change in certain critical assumptions would have on the goodwill impairment. The approximate impact of the change in each critical assumption assumes all other assumptions and factors remain constant.

 

Critical Factors    Change    

Approximate

Increase/(Decrease)

on Fair Value

 

Weighted Average Cost of Capital

     +0.50   $ (75.0 )

Weighted Average Cost of Capital

     -0.50     84.0   

Terminal Value Growth Rate

     +0.25     20.0   

Terminal Value Growth Rate

     -0.25     (18.0

Annual Capital Expenditures

     +$10.0        (48.0 )

Annual Capital Expenditures

     -$10.0        48.0   

Annual Sales Volume Growth Rate

     +0.25     48.0   

Annual Sales Volume Growth Rate

     -0.25     (48.0

Operating Profit Margin

     +1     148.0  

Operating Profit Margin

     -1     (149.0 )

Because of the uncertainty inherent in such estimates, actual results may differ from these estimates. We are not aware of reasonably likely events or circumstances that would result in different amounts being estimated that would have a material impact on these assessments for impairment.

Impairment of Long-Lived Assets, Intangible Assets and Assets to be Disposed

Long-lived assets and intangible assets with determinable useful lives are reviewed for impairment whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amount of an asset or asset group may not be recoverable. Recoverability of assets to be held and used is measured by a comparison of the carrying amount of the assets or asset group to the future undiscounted net cash flows expected to be generated by the asset or asset group. If such assets are considered to be impaired, the impairment to be recognized is measured by the amount by which the carrying amount of the assets exceeds the fair value of the assets and would be charged to earnings. Intangible assets with determinable useful lives are amortized over their respective estimated useful lives. Assets to be disposed of are reported at the lower of the carrying amount or fair value less the costs to sell.

Income Taxes

Income taxes are accounted for under the asset and liability method. Deferred tax assets and liabilities are recognized for the future tax consequences attributable to differences between the financial statement carrying amounts of existing assets and liabilities and their respective tax basis and operating loss and tax credit carryforwards. A valuation allowance is provided when it is more likely than not that some portion or all of the deferred tax assets will not be realized. Deferred tax assets and liabilities are measured using enacted tax rates expected to apply to taxable income in the years in which those temporary differences are expected to be recovered or settled. The effect on deferred tax assets and liabilities of a change in tax rates is recognized in earnings in the period that includes the enactment date.

We intend to reinvest the unremitted earnings of international subsidiaries. Accordingly, no provision has been made for U.S. or additional non-U.S. taxes with respect to these earnings. In the event of repatriation to the U.S., such earnings would be subject to U.S. income taxes in most cases. Foreign tax credits would be available to substantially reduce the amount of U.S. tax otherwise payable in future years.

Our annual effective tax rate is based on expected income, statutory tax rates and tax planning opportunities available in various jurisdictions in which we operate. Significant judgment is required in determining the annual effective tax rate and in evaluating our tax positions.

We establish accruals for tax contingencies when, notwithstanding the reasonable belief that our tax return positions are fully supported, we believe that certain filing positions are likely to be challenged and moreover, that such filing positions may not be fully sustained. We recognize a tax benefit from an uncertain tax position only if it is more likely than not that the tax position will be sustained on examination by the taxing authorities based on the technical merits of the position. We continually evaluate our uncertain tax positions and will adjust such amounts in light of changing facts and circumstances including but not limited to emerging

 

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case law, tax legislation, rulings by relevant tax authorities, and the progress of ongoing tax audits. Settlement of a given tax contingency could impact the income tax provision in the period of resolution. Our accruals for gross uncertain tax positions are presented in the balance sheet within income taxes payable and other noncurrent liabilities.

Derivative Financial Instruments and Certain Hedging Activities

We use derivative instruments in accordance with our established policies to manage exposure to fluctuations in currency rates, interest rates and natural gas prices in North America. We do not hold or issue derivative financial instruments for trading or speculative purposes. We enter into financial instrument transactions with either major financial institutions or highly-rated counterparties and make reasonable attempts to diversify transactions among counterparties, thereby limiting exposure to credit-related and performance-related risks.

Foreign Currency Risk: We use currency forward contracts and cross currency swaps to manage our exposure to fluctuations in currency rates on third party and intercompany transactions denominated in currencies other than the functional currency of the legal entity. We hedge such exposures with currency forward contracts and cross currency swaps denominated in the same currency and with similar terms as the underlying exposure, and therefore, the instruments are effective at generating offsetting changes in the fair value or cash flows of the hedged item or transaction. All derivative contracts used to manage foreign currency risk are measured at fair value and reported as assets or liabilities on the balance sheet. Changes in fair value are reported in earnings or deferred, depending on the nature and effectiveness of the hedging relationship. Ineffectiveness, if any, in a hedging relationship is recognized immediately into earnings. If the hedging relationship is not highly effective in generating offsetting cash flows or changes in fair value, we would recognize the change in the fair value of the currency forward contract in other income (expense), net. There was no ineffectiveness in 2010, 2009 or 2008.

We used cross currency swaps to hedge certain future cash flows from Euro receipts on certain Euro denominated intercompany loans receivable we had with certain subsidiaries against changes in the U.S. dollar to Euro exchange rates. The swaps fixed the U.S. dollar equivalent cash flows of these Euro denominated intercompany loans and eliminated foreign exchange variability since the notional amounts of the swaps equaled that of the loans, and all cash flow dates and interest rates coincided between the swaps and the loans, therefore no ineffectiveness was expected. These swaps had been designated as cash flow hedges. In November 2008, the 207.9 five year cross currency swaps were de-designated as cash flow hedges, due to our decision to execute new off-setting cross currency swaps (“two year cross currency swaps”) to lock-in the Euro forward exchange rate for the principal exchange on the five year cross currency swaps that were due on October 1, 2010. The two year swaps were not designated as cash flow hedges, therefore all changes in fair value were reported in interest expense, net, and other (expense)/income, net. The two and five year swaps were settled on October 1, 2010.

In September 2010, we de-designated our ten year swaps as hedging instruments due to the early settlement of a portion of these swaps by one of our counterparties effective October 1, 2010. As a result of this termination, we executed a new cross currency swap effective October 1, 2010 to maintain the total notional amount of the ten year swaps at 207.9. We concurrently designated all the ten year swaps as a net investment hedge of the value of one of our U.S. subsidiaries’ net investment in our Belgium-based subsidiary, Cytec Surface Specialties SA/NV, against the risk of adverse foreign exchange movements in the USD value of the Euro. Since the critical terms of the ten year swaps match the critical terms of the net investment in Cytec Surface Specialties SA/NV, the ten year swaps are highly effective in offsetting the changes in the value of the net investment attributable to the change in USD value of the Euro.

All cross currency swaps are recorded at fair value as either assets or liabilities and we accrue the periodic net swap interest payments due each period in the consolidated income statement. Each period we record the change in the fair value of the ten year swaps in accumulated other comprehensive income. For the ten year swaps, prior to de-designation as cash flow hedges in September 2010, we reclassified an amount out of accumulated other comprehensive income to the income statement to offset the foreign currency gain or loss on the remeasurement to USD of the Euro intercompany loans. The amount of such reclassification depended on changes in the USD/Euro exchange rate occurred during the period. We also accounted for the five year swaps in this manner until de-designation as cash flow hedges in November 2008.

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calculated each period with changes in fair value reported in foreign currency translation adjustments within accumulated other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax. Such amounts reclassified to a translation adjustment will remain in other comprehensive income/(loss) until the complete or substantially complete liquidation of our investment in Cytec Surface Specialties SA/NV. The fair values of the two year swaps and, since its de-designation, the five year swaps, were calculated each period with changes in fair value reported in interest expense, net, and other (expense)/income, net. We monitor the counterparty credit risk and, while designated as cash flow hedges, the continued probability of the hedged cash flows as to amount and timing.

Commodity Price Risk: We use natural gas forwards to hedge a portion of our utility requirements at certain of our North American manufacturing facilities. These forward contracts, which are highly effective at achieving offsetting cash flows of the underlying natural gas purchases, have been designated as cash flow hedges and are reported on the consolidated balance sheets at fair value, with the effective portion of the hedged item included in accumulated other comprehensive income/(loss) on an after-tax basis. Gains and losses are reclassified into earnings, as a component of manufacturing cost of sales, in the period the hedged natural gas purchases affect earnings. If the derivative is no longer highly effective in achieving offsetting cash flows, subsequent changes in fair value are recorded in other income (expense), net. Any ineffectiveness is recognized in other income (expense), net in the current period. If the hedging relationship is terminated we continue to defer the related gain or loss in accumulated other comprehensive income and include it as a component of the cost of the underlying hedged item. If the forecasted transaction is no longer likely to occur we recognize the related gain or loss in other income (expense), net in that period. We did not terminate any hedges during 2010, 2009 and 2008. All hedged transactions that were forecasted to occur in 2010, 2009 and 2008 occurred as forecasted. Ineffectiveness during these years was insignificant. Our gas forwards and currency forwards are valued based on readily available published indices for commodity prices and currency exchange rates.

Fair Value Measurements

On January 1, 2008 we adopted a new accounting standard regarding fair value measurements for financial assets and liabilities, as well as for any other assets and liabilities that are carried at fair value on a recurring basis in the financial statements. The FASB issued a one-year deferral of the new fair value measurement requirements for non-financial assets and liabilities that are not required or permitted to be measured at fair value on a recurring basis at the time of issuance and accordingly, we adopted the remainder of the new standard on January 1, 2009. Included among our non-financial assets and liabilities that are not required to be measured at fair value on a recurring basis are plant, equipment and facilities, goodwill, acquisition intangibles, and asset retirement obligations. As a result of the adoption, we are required to determine the appropriate level in the fair value hierarchy for each fair value measurement. The fair value hierarchy prioritizes the inputs, which refer broadly to assumptions market participants would use in pricing an asset or liability, into three levels. It gives the highest priority to quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities and the lowest priority to unobservable inputs. The level in the fair value hierarchy within which a fair value measurement in its entirety falls is determined based on the lowest level input that is significant to the fair value measurement in its entirety. Level 1 inputs are quoted prices (unadjusted) in active markets for identical assets or liabilities that we have the ability to access at the measurement date. Level 2 inputs are inputs other than quoted prices within Level 1 that are observable for the asset or liability, either directly or indirectly, such as quoted prices for similar assets or liabilities in active markets, interest rates, exchange rates, and yield curves observable at commonly quoted intervals. Level 3 inputs are unobservable inputs for the asset or liability.

All of our derivatives are valued based on Level 2 inputs. Our gas forwards and currency forwards are valued based on readily available published indices for commodity prices and currency exchange rates. Our cross currency swaps are valued using an income approach based on industry-standard techniques. This model includes a discounted cash flow analysis that nets the discounted future cash receipts and the discounted expected cash payments resulting from the swap. The analysis is based on the contractual terms of the swaps including the period to maturity and observable market-based inputs that include time value, interest rate curves, foreign exchange rates, implied volatilities, as well as other relevant economic measures. We incorporate credit valuation adjustments to appropriately reflect both our own nonperformance risk and the counterparty’s nonperformance risk in the fair value measurements.

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valuation adjustments associated with our derivatives utilize Level 3 inputs, such as estimates of current credit spreads, to evaluate the likelihood of default by us and our counterparties. However, as of December 31, 2010, we have determined that the credit valuation adjustments are not significant to the overall valuation of our derivatives. As a result, we have determined that our derivative valuations in their entirety are classified in Level 2 of the fair value hierarchy.

At December 31, 2010, the unfavorable fair value of the ten year swaps was $16.5. The following table summarizes the approximate impact that a change in certain critical inputs would have on the fair values of our ten year swaps. The approximate impact of the change in each critical input assumes all other inputs and factors remain constant. See Note 7 of the Consolidated Financial Statements for additional details on fair value disclosures.

 

Critical Factors   Change    

Approximate

Impact On

Ten Year Swaps

Favorable/(Unfavorable)

Fair Value

 

Euro interest rate curve

    +10   $ 3.0   

Euro interest rate curve

    -10     (3.0

USD interest rate curve

    +10     (2.5

USD interest rate curve

    -10     2.5   

Euro/USD exchange rate

    +10     (31.2

Euro/USD exchange rate

    -10     31.2   

 

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Item 8.

FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTARY DATA

CYTEC INDUSTRIES INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

 

 

December 31,        
(Dollars in millions, except per share amounts)    2010     2009  

Assets

    

Current assets

    

Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 383.3      $ 261.7   

Trade accounts receivable, less allowance for doubtful accounts of $4.2 and $5.8 in 2010 and 2009, respectively

     370.6        338.4   

Other accounts receivable

     51.4        44.9   

Inventories

     350.0        327.6   

Deferred income taxes

     40.6        41.3   

Currency swap receivable

     0.0        34.4   

Other current assets

     22.4        18.8   

Current assets held for sale

     93.1        73.9   

Total current assets

     1,311.4        1,141.0   

Investment in associated companies

     19.7        21.5   

Plants, equipment and facilities, at cost

     1,937.5        1,886.0   

Less: accumulated depreciation

     (811.3     (772.4

Net plant investment

     1,126.2        1,113.6   

Acquisition intangibles, net of accumulated amortization of $245.9 and $214.8 in 2010 and 2009, respectively

     347.0        399.5   

Goodwill

     685.7        701.9   

Deferred income taxes

     24.1        11.9   

Other assets

     88.5        89.6   

Non-current assets held for sale

     71.3        80.4   

Total assets

   $ 3,673.9      $ 3,559.4   

Liabilities

    

Current liabilities

    

Accounts payable

   $ 263.6      $ 226.9   

Short-term borrowings

     6.1        10.4   

Current maturities of long-term debt

     0.0        16.7   

Accrued expenses

     223.2        195.2   

Income taxes payable

     19.7        19.2   

Currency swap payable

     0.0        45.3   

Deferred income taxes

     3.1        5.2   

Current liabilities held for sale

     63.9        56.5   

Total current liabilities

     579.6        575.4   

Long-term debt

     641.5        658.4   

Pension and other postretirement benefit liabilities

     364.2        388.8   

Other noncurrent liabilities

     272.8        302.4   

Deferred income taxes

     71.3        64.0   

Non-current liabilities held for sale

     7.6        7.3   

Stockholders’ equity

    

Preferred stock, 20,000,000 shares authorized; none issued and outstanding

     0.0        0.0   

Common stock, $.01 par value per share, 150,000,000 shares authorized; issued 49,445,350 in 2010 and 49,316,913 in 2009

     0.5        0.5   

Additional paid-in capital

     451.5        451.0   

Retained earnings

     1,293.0        1,123.2   

Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income

     (14.4     16.0   

Treasury stock, at cost, 767 shares in 2010 and 594,134 shares in 2009

     0.0        (31.8

Total Cytec Industries Inc. stockholders’ equity

     1,730.6        1,558.9   

Noncontrolling interests

     6.3        4.2   

Total equity

     1,736.9        1,563.1   

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

   $ 3,673.9      $ 3,559.4   

See accompanying Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

 

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CYTEC INDUSTRIES INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

 

 

Years ended December 31,

(Dollars in millions, except per share amounts)

   2010     2009     2008  

Net sales

   $ 2,748.3      $ 2,429.3      $ 3,128.2   

Manufacturing cost of sales

     2,074.0        1,975.3        2,414.6   

Selling and technical services

     205.4        197.0        228.1   

Research and process development

     72.5        75.0        81.5   

Administrative and general

     125.4        124.2        111.8   

Amortization of acquisition intangibles

     37.1        38.2        39.6   

Net gain on sale of assets

     0.0        0.2        0.0   

Asset impairment charge

     0.0        4.3        0.0   

Goodwill impairment charge

     0.0        0.0        385.0   

Earnings (loss) from operations

     233.9        15.5        (132.4

Other (expense)/income, net

     (5.6     (2.6     2.5   

Net (loss) gain on early extinguishment of debt

     (0.8     (9.1     1.9   

Equity in earnings of associated companies

     1.0        0.9        1.5   

Interest expense, net

     33.2        24.2        35.2   

Earnings (loss) from continuing operations before income tax provision

     195.3        (19.5     (161.7

Income tax provision (benefit)

     50.5        (8.9     43.6   

Net earnings (loss) from continuing operations

     144.8        (10.6     (205.3

Earnings from discontinued operations, net of tax

     30.3        9.7        8.3   

Net earnings (loss)

     175.1        (0.9     (197.0

Less: Net earnings attributable to noncontrolling interests

     (2.8     (1.6     (1.8

Net earnings (loss) attributable to Cytec Industries Inc.

   $ 172.3      $ (2.5   $ (198.8

Earnings/(loss) per common share attributable to Cytec Industries Inc.

      

Basic earnings (loss) per common share

      

Continuing operations

   $ 2.88      $ (0.25   $ (4.33

Discontinued operations

     0.61        0.20        0.17   
     $ 3.49      $ (0.05   $ (4.16

Diluted earnings (loss) per common share

      

Continuing operations

   $ 2.85      $ (0.25   $ (4.33

Discontinued operations

     0.61        0.20        0.17   
     $ 3.46      $ (0.05   $ (4.16

Dividends per common share

   $ 0.05      $ 0.16      $ 0.50   

See accompanying Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

 

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CYTEC INDUSTRIES INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

 

 

Years ended December 31,

(Dollars in millions, except per share amounts)

   2010     2009     2008  

Cash flows provided by (used in) operating activities

      

Net earnings (loss)

   $ 175.1      $ (0.9   $ (197.0

Earnings from discontinued operations

     (30.3     (9.7     (8.3

Earnings (loss) from continuing operations

     144.8        (10.6     (205.3

Noncash items included in earnings (loss) from continuing operations:

      

Depreciation

     85.6        114.6        93.6   

Amortization

     44.6        44.7        45.6   

Share-based compensation

     10.2        7.7        10.2   

Deferred income taxes

     18.5        (41.6     (17.9

Gain on sale of assets

     (2.3     (0.2     0.0   

Non-cash gain on transfer of land

     0.0        (8.9     (3.9

Non-cash pension settlement charge

     0.0        12.2        0.0   

Asset impairment charges

     0.0        4.3        385.0   

Loss (gain) on early extinguishment of debt

     0.8        9.1        (1.9

Unrealized (gain) loss on derivative instruments

     (0.8     (5.7     8.4   

Other

     0.3        1.1        0.7   

Changes in operating assets and liabilities (excluding effects of divestiture):

      

Trade accounts receivable

     (39.0     100.3        79.5   

Other receivables

     (6.2     19.6        3.0   

Inventories

     (21.5     219.4        (65.9

Other assets

     2.5        5.5        (10.4

Accounts payable

     41.1        17.6        (49.9

Accrued expenses

     29.6        26.6        (16.8

Income taxes payable

     4.0        13.2        (1.4

Other liabilities

     (72.5     (9.8     (41.8

Net cash provided by operating activities of continuing operations

     239.7        519.1        210.8   

Net cash provided by operating activities of discontinued operations

     39.1        46.2        20.1   

Net cash provided by operating activities

     278.8        565.3        230.9   

Cash flows provided by (used in) investing activities:

      

Additions to plants, equipment and facilities

     (115.6     (175.5     (180.0

Net proceeds received on sale of assets

     5.4        7.0        2.4   

Net cash used in investing activities of continuing operations

     (110.2     (168.5     (177.6

Net cash used in investing activities of discontinued operations

     (15.3     (18.4     (15.8

Net cash used in investing activities

     (125.5     (186.9     (193.4

Cash flows provided by (used in) financing activities:

      

Proceeds from long-term debt

     0.0        390.2        282.0   

Payments on long-term debt

     (34.3     (532.8     (278.7

Change in short-term borrowings

     (4.9     (29.9     (3.0

Cash dividends

     (3.8     (9.2     (24.6

Proceeds from the exercise of stock options

     20.5        7.4        11.2   

Purchase of treasury stock

     0.0        0.0        (46.4

Excess tax benefits from share-based payment arrangements

     2.9        0.0        5.3   

Net cash settlement of cross currency swaps

     (14.0     0.0        0.0   

Net cash used in financing activities

     (33.6     (174.3     (54.2

Effect of currency rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

     1.9        2.3        (4.8

Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

     121.6        206.4        (21.5

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

     261.7        55.3        76.8   

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

   $ 383.3      $ 261.7      $ 55.3   

See accompanying Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

 

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CYTEC INDUSTRIES INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

 

     Cytec Industries Inc. Stockholders’ Equity                

Years ended December 31,
2010, 2009 and 2008

(Dollars in millions)

  Common
Stock
    Additional
Paid-in
Capital
    Retained
Earnings
    Pension
Liabilities
    Unrealized
net
(losses)
gains on
cash flow
hedges
    Cumulative
Translation
Adjustments
    Treasury
Stock
    Noncont-
rolling
interests
    Total  

Balance at December 31, 2007

  $ 0.5      $ 438.0      $ 1,356.6      $ (49.8   $ 23.8      $ 183.5      $ (38.6   $ 2.7      $ 1,916.7   

Net loss

                  (198.8                                 1.8        (197.0

Benefit plan measurement date adjustment(1)

                  (0.3                                        (0.3

Other comprehensive income:

                 

Pension liability adjustment, net of taxes of $76.5

                         (127.8                                 (127.8

Unrealized net loss on derivative instruments, net of taxes of $1.9

                                (2.6                          (2.6

Translation adjustments

                                       (66.3            0.4        (65.9

Comprehensive income

                $ 2.2      $ (393.6

Dividends – noncontrolling interests

                                                     (0.8     (0.8

Dividends:

                      

Common stock outstanding

                  (23.8                                        (23.8

Deferred and unvested common stock

           0.2        (0.2                                          

Purchase of treasury stock

                                              (46.4            (46.4

Share-based compensation

           6.8                                    3.4               10.2   

Exercise of stock options

           (13.2                                 24.4               11.2   

Excess tax benefit on stock options

           5.3                                                  5.3   

Balance at December 31, 2008

  $ 0.5      $ 437.1      $ 1,133.5      $ (177.6   $ 21.2      $ 117.2      $ (57.2   $ 4.1      $ 1,478.8   

Net earnings

                  (2.5                                 1.6        (0.9

Other comprehensive income:

                 

Pension liability adjustment, net of taxes of $8.3

                         14.4                                    14.4   

Unrealized net loss on derivative instruments, net of taxes of $9.7

                                (15.2                          (15.2

Translation adjustments

                                       56.0                      56.0   

Comprehensive income

                $ 1.6      $ 54.3   

Dividends – noncontrolling interests

                                                     (1.5     (1.5

Dividends:

                      

Common stock outstanding

                  (7.7                                        (7.7

Deferred and unvested common stock

           0.1        (0.1                                          

Share-based compensation

           (1.0                                 8.7               7.7   

Shares contribution to pension plans

           22.5                                                  22.5   

Exercise of stock options

           (9.3                                 16.7               7.4   

Excess tax benefit on stock options

           1.6                                                  1.6   

Balance at December 31, 2009

  $ 0.5      $ 451.0      $ 1,123.2      $ (163.2   $ 6.0      $ 173.2      $ (31.8   $ 4.2      $ 1,563.1   

 

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CYTEC INDUSTRIES INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY (CONTINUED)

 

 

     Cytec Industries Inc. Stockholders’ Equity                

Years ended
December 31,

2010, 2009 and 2008

(Dollars in millions)

  Common
Stock
    Additional
Paid-in
Capital
    Retained
Earnings
    Pension
Liabilities
    Unrealized
net
(losses)
gains on
cash flow
hedges
    Cumulative
Translation
Adjustments
    Treasury
Stock
    Noncont-
rolling
interest
    Total  

Balance at December 31, 2009

  $ 0.5      $ 451.0      $ 1,123.2      $ (163.2   $ 6.0      $ 173.2      $ (31.8   $ 4.2      $ 1,563.1   

Net earnings

                  172.3                                    2.8        175.1   

Other comprehensive income:

                 

Pension liability adjustment, net of taxes of $24.7

                         (21.8                                 (21.8

Unrealized net gain on derivative instruments, net of taxes of $1.0

                                1.6                             1.6   

Translation adjustments

                                       (10.2            0.6        (9.6

Comprehensive income

                $ 3.4      $ 145.3   

Dividends – noncontrolling interests

                                                     (1.3     (1.3

Dividends:

                      

Common stock outstanding

                  (2.5                                        (2.5

Deferred and unvested common stock

                                                              

Share-based compensation

           7.7                                    2.5               10.2   

Exercise of stock options

           (8.8                                 29.3               20.5   

Excess tax benefit on stock options

           1.6                                                  1.6   

Balance at December 31, 2010

  $ 0.5      $ 451.5      $ 1,293.0      $ (185.0   $ 7.6      $ 163.0      $      $ 6.3      $ 1,736.9   

 

(1) In September 2006, the FASB issued a new accounting pronouncement which requires an employer to measure plan assets and benefit obligations as of the date of the employer’s statement of financial position, as opposed to at an earlier measurement date as allowed previously. Prior to 2008, we used a measurement date of November 30 when valuing our pension obligations for the majority of our non-U.S. defined benefit pension plans. The provisions of this pronouncement requiring that the measurement date be the same as the date of the statement of financial position became effective for the year ended December 31, 2008 and as a result, we changed our measurement date for certain non-U.S. defined benefit pension plans to December 31 from November 30. We adopted the measurement date requirement in 2008 using the 13-month approach. In accordance with this approach, we recorded an additional one month of net periodic benefit cost covering the period between the previous measurement date of November 30, 2007 and December 31, 2008 as an adjustment to retained earnings.

See accompanying Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

 

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CYTEC INDUSTRIES INC.

NOTES TO THE CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(Currencies in millions, except per share amounts, unless otherwise indicated)

1. SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES

 

A. Nature of Business and Consolidation Policy: We are a global specialty chemicals and materials company focused on developing, manufacturing and selling value-added products. Our products serve a diverse range of end markets including aerospace composites, structural adhesives, automotive and industrial coatings, electronics, inks, mining and plastics. We use our technology and application development expertise to create chemical and material solutions that are formulated to perform specific and important functions for our customers. We operate on a global basis with 34% of our 2010 revenues in North America, 39% in Europe, Middle East, and Africa, 20% in Asia-Pacific and 7% in Latin America. We have manufacturing and research facilities located in 16 countries. The consolidated financial statements include the accounts of Cytec Industries Inc. and our subsidiaries on a consolidated basis. Intercompany transactions and balances have been eliminated. The equity method of accounting is used for investments in associated companies that we do not control, but for which we have the ability to exercise significant influence on operating and financial policy.

B. Inventories: Inventories are stated at the lower of cost or market. We determine cost using the first-in, first-out method.

C. Currency Translation: Operations in our international subsidiaries are recorded in local currencies which are also the functional currencies for financial reporting purposes. The results of operations for our international subsidiaries are translated from local currencies into U.S. dollars (“USD”) using the average currency rate during each period which approximates the results that would be obtained using actual currency rates on the dates of individual transactions. Assets and liabilities are translated using currency rates at the end of the period with translation adjustments recorded in accumulated translation adjustments and recognized as a component of accumulated other comprehensive income. Gains and losses on foreign currency transactions, which represent the translation of transactions denominated in currencies other than the functional currency of the impacted legal entity, are recorded as incurred in other (expense) income, net.

D. Depreciation: Depreciation is provided on either the straight-line or the straight-line composite method. Certain assets in the United States and all assets outside the United States and Canada are depreciated on a straight-line basis over the estimated useful lives of the assets. When these assets are retired or disposed of, the net book value of assets are removed from the consolidated balance sheet and the net gain or loss is included in the determination of earnings from operations. Depreciation for the remainder of our assets in the United States and Canada is recorded primarily on a straight-line composite method over the estimated useful lives of various classes of assets, with rates periodically reviewed and adjusted if necessary. When such depreciable assets are sold or otherwise retired from service, unless a major change in the composition of an asset class has occurred, their costs plus demolition costs less amounts realized on sale or salvage are charged or credited to the accumulated depreciation account. Expenditures for maintenance and repairs are charged to current operating expenses. Acquisitions, additions and betterments, either to provide necessary capacity, improve the efficiency of production units, modernize or replace older facilities or to install equipment for protection of the environment, are capitalized. We capitalize interest costs incurred during the period of construction of plants and equipment.

E. Impairment of Long-Lived Assets, Intangible Assets, and Long-Lived Assets to Be Disposed: Long-lived assets and intangible assets with determinable useful lives are reviewed for impairment whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amount of an asset or asset group may not be recoverable. Recoverability of assets to be held and used is measured by a comparison of the carrying amount of the assets to the future undiscounted net cash flows expected to be generated by the assets. If such assets are considered to be impaired, the impairment to be recognized is measured by the amount by which the carrying amount of the assets exceeds the fair value of the assets and would be charged to income. Assets to be disposed of are reported at the lower of the carrying amount or fair value less the costs to sell. Intangible assets are amortized on a straight-line basis over their respective estimated useful lives.

F. Goodwill: We have defined our reportable segments as our reporting units for our goodwill accounting. We test goodwill for impairment on an annual basis as of October 1st and more often if events occur or circumstances change that would likely reduce the fair value of a reporting unit to an amount below its carrying value. When necessary,

 

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we record charges for goodwill impairments for the amount by which the implied fair value of goodwill is less than its carrying value.

We use a two-step process to test goodwill for impairment. First, the reporting unit’s fair value is compared to its carrying value. We initially use a market multiple approach (1A) to estimate a range of fair values by reporting unit, and then use a discounted cash flow approach (1B) if the market multiple approach indicates that a potential impairment might exist to refine and reaffirm the results of the first test. Due to the cyclical nature of our reporting units, market multiple values are determined utilizing a three-year average. The three-year period is comprised of the prior year, current year and one year of projected amounts. If the reporting unit’s estimated fair value at the low end of the range is close to, in our judgment, or below the reporting unit’s carrying value, we refine the calculation using discounted cash flows to calculate a point estimate of the reporting unit’s fair value, as opposed to a range. If the discounted cash flow approach yields a fair value estimate less than the reporting unit’s carrying value, we would proceed to step two of the impairment test which is used to measure the amount of the impairment loss. In the second step, the implied fair value of the reporting unit’s goodwill is determined by allocating the reporting unit’s fair value to all of its assets and liabilities other than goodwill in a manner similar to a purchase price allocation. The resulting implied fair value of the goodwill that results from the application of this second step would then be compared to the carrying amount of the goodwill and an impairment charge would be recorded for the difference.

G. Cash and Cash Equivalents: Securities with maturities of three months or less when purchased are considered to be cash equivalents.

H. Financial Instruments: On January 1, 2008 we adopted a new accounting standard regarding fair value measurements for financial assets and liabilities, as well as for any other assets and liabilities that are carried at fair value on a recurring basis in financial statements. Certain financial instruments are recorded at cost which approximates fair value such as cash and cash equivalents, receivables, certain other assets, accounts payable, and certain other liabilities. Fair values are determined through a combination of management estimates and information obtained from third parties using the latest available market data. Long-term debt is carried at amortized cost.

I. Derivative Instruments and Hedging Activities: We use derivative instruments in accordance with our established policies to manage exposure to fluctuations in currency rates, interest rates and natural gas prices in North America. We do not hold or issue derivative financial instruments for trading or speculative purposes. We enter into financial instrument transactions with either major financial institutions or highly-rated counterparties and make reasonable attempts to diversify transactions among counterparties, thereby limiting exposure to credit-related and performance-related risks.

Foreign Currency Risk: We use currency forward contracts and cross currency swaps to manage our exposure to fluctuations in currency rates on third party and intercompany transactions denominated in currencies other than the functional currency of the legal entity. We hedge such exposures with currency forward contracts and cross currency swaps denominated in the same currency and with similar terms as the underlying exposure, and therefore, the instruments are effective at generating offsetting changes in the fair value or cash flows of the hedged item or transaction. All derivative contracts used to manage foreign currency risk are measured at fair value and reported as assets or liabilities on the balance sheet. Changes in fair value are reported in earnings or deferred, depending on the nature and effectiveness of the hedging relationship. Ineffectiveness, if any, in a hedging relationship is recognized immediately into earnings. If the hedging relationship is not highly effective in generating offsetting cash flows or changes in fair value, we recognize the change in the fair value of the currency forward contract in other (expense) income, net.

We used cross currency swaps to hedge certain future cash flows from Euro receipts on certain Euro denominated intercompany loans receivable we had with certain subsidiaries against changes in the U.S. dollar to Euro exchange rates. The swaps fixed the U.S. dollar equivalent cash flows of these Euro denominated intercompany loans and eliminated foreign exchange variability since the notional amounts of the swaps equaled that of the loans, and all cash flow dates and interest rates coincided between the swaps and the loans, resulting in no ineffectiveness. These swaps had been designated as cash flow hedges. In November 2008, the 207.9 five year cross currency swaps were de-designated as cash flow hedges, due to our decision to execute new off-setting cross currency swaps (“two year cross currency swaps”) to lock-in the Euro forward exchange rate for the principal exchange on the five year cross currency swaps that were due on October 1, 2010. The two year swaps were not designated as cash flow hedges, therefore all changes in fair value were reported in interest expense, net, and other (expense)/income,

 

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net. Two and five year swaps were settled on October 1, 2010 upon their maturity.

In September 2010, we de-designated our ten year swaps as hedging instruments due to the early settlement of a portion of these swaps by one of our counterparties effective October 1, 2010. As a result of this termination, we executed a new cross currency swap effective October 1, 2010 to maintain the total notional amount of the ten year swaps at 207.9. We concurrently designated all the ten year swaps as a net investment hedge of the value of one of our U.S. subsidiaries’ net investment in our Belgium-based subsidiary, Cytec Surface Specialties SA/NV, against the risk of adverse foreign exchange movements in the USD value of the Euro. Since the critical terms of the ten year swaps match the critical terms of the net investment in Cytec Surface Specialties SA/NV, the ten year swaps are highly effective in offsetting the changes in the value of the net investment attributable to the change in USD value of the Euro.

All cross currency swaps are recorded at fair value as either assets or liabilities and we accrue the periodic net swap interest payments due each period in the consolidated income statement. Each period we record the change in the fair value of the ten year swaps in accumulated other comprehensive income. For the ten year swaps, prior to de-designation as cash flow hedges in September 2010, we reclassified an amount out of accumulated other comprehensive income to the income statement to offset the foreign currency gain or loss on the remeasurement to USD of the Euro intercompany loans. The amount of such reclassification depended on changes in the USD/Euro exchange rate occurring during the period. We also accounted for the five year swaps in this manner until de-designation as cash flow hedges in November 2008.

For cross currency swaps designated as a hedge of our net investment in Cytec Surface Specialties SA/NV, the fair value of the ten year swaps is calculated each period with changes in fair value reported in foreign currency translation adjustments within accumulated other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax. Such amounts reclassified to a translation adjustment will remain in other comprehensive income/(loss) until the complete or substantially complete liquidation of our investment in Cytec Surface Specialties SA/NV. The fair values of the two year swaps and, since de-designation, the five year swaps, were calculated each period with changes in fair value reported in interest expense, net, and other (expense)/income, net. We monitor the counterparty credit risk and, while designated as cash flow hedges, the continued probability of the hedged cash flows as to amount and timing.

Commodity Price Risk: We use natural gas forwards to hedge a portion of our utility requirements at certain of our North American manufacturing facilities. These forward contracts, which are highly effective at achieving offsetting cash flows of the underlying natural gas purchases, have been designated as cash flow hedges and are reported on the consolidated balance sheets at fair value, with the effective portion of the hedged item included in accumulated other comprehensive income/(loss) on an after-tax basis. Gains and losses are reclassified into earnings, as a component of manufacturing cost of sales, in the period the hedged natural gas purchases affect earnings. If the derivative is no longer highly effective in achieving offsetting cash flows, subsequent changes in fair value are recorded in other (expense) income, net. Any ineffectiveness is recognized in other (expense) income, net in the current period. If the hedging relationship is terminated, we continue to defer the related gain or loss in accumulated other comprehensive income and include it as a component of the cost of the underlying hedged item. If the forecasted transaction is no longer likely to occur, we recognize the related gain or loss in other (expense) income, net in that period. We did not terminate any hedges during 2010, 2009 and 2008. All hedged transactions that were forecasted to occur in 2010, 2009 and 2008 occurred as forecasted. Ineffectiveness during these years was insignificant. The fair values of all of these instruments are based on a readily available published index for commodity prices.

J. Environmental and Other Contingent Liabilities: Accruals for environmental remediation, maintenance and operating costs directly related to remediation, and other contingent liabilities are recorded when it is probable that a liability has been incurred and the amount of the liability can be reasonably estimated.

It is our practice to conduct an analysis of our self-insured and insured contingent liabilities annually and whenever circumstances change significantly. Included in these liabilities are workers’ compensation, product liability and toxic tort claims.

Accruals for environmental liabilities and other contingent liabilities are recorded as other liabilities with amounts expected to be paid out in the next twelve months classified as accrued expenses at undiscounted amounts.

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estimate of the ultimate expected receipts at undiscounted amounts. Defense and processing costs are expensed as incurred. Probable insurance recoveries for defense and processing costs are recognized only as actual costs are incurred.

In addition, we recognize the fair value of the liability for an asset retirement obligation in the period in which it is incurred if a reasonable estimate of fair value can be made. The fair value of the liability is added to the carrying amount of the associated asset and this additional carrying amount is depreciated over the life of the asset. The liability is accreted at the end of each period through charges to operating expense. If the obligation is settled for other than the carrying amount of the liability we recognize a gain or loss on settlement.

K. Income Taxes: Income taxes are accounted for under the asset and liability method. Deferred tax assets and liabilities are recognized for the future tax consequences attributable to differences between the financial statement carrying amounts of existing assets and liabilities and their respective tax basis and operating loss and tax credit carryforwards. A valuation allowance is provided when it is more likely than not that some portion or all of the deferred tax assets will not be realized. We measure deferred tax assets and liabilities using enacted tax rates expected to apply to taxable income in the years in which those temporary differences are expected to be recovered or settled. The effect on deferred tax assets and liabilities of a change in tax rates is recognized in earnings in the period that includes the enactment date. If repatriation of the undistributed income of our international subsidiaries and associated companies is anticipated then income taxes are provided for such earnings.

We recognize the tax benefit from an uncertain tax position only if it is more likely than not that the tax position will be sustained on examination by the taxing authorities, based on the technical merits of the position. The tax benefits recognized in the financial statements from such a position are measured based on the largest benefit that has a greater than fifty percent likelihood of being realized upon settlement with the tax authorities. We recognize interest and penalties related to unrecognized tax benefits in income tax expense in the consolidated statements of income.

L. Postretirement Benefits: Costs of postretirement benefits are recognized as employees render the services necessary to earn the related benefits. We recognize an asset or liability for the overfunded or underfunded status of postretirement plans that we sponsor. Additionally, we record all unrecognized prior service costs and credits, unrecognized actuarial gains and losses and any unrecognized transition obligations or assets in accumulated other comprehensive income. Such amounts are reclassified into earnings as components of net periodic benefit cost/income pursuant to the recognition and amortization provisions of the current applicable accounting literature. Finally, we measure plan assets and benefit obligations as of the date of the employer’s statement of financial position, as opposed to at an earlier measurement date as allowed previously. Prior to 2008, we used a measurement date of November 30 when valuing our pension obligations for the majority of our non-U.S. defined benefit pension plans. The provisions of the accounting pronouncement that required that the measurement date be the same as the date of the statement of financial position became effective for the year ended December 31, 2008. As a result, we changed our measurement date for certain non-U.S. defined benefit pension plans to December 31 from November 30. The pronouncement allowed employers to choose one of two transition methods to adopt the measurement date requirement. We adopted the measurement date requirement in 2008 using the 13-month approach. In accordance with this approach, we recorded an additional one month of net periodic benefit cost of $0.3 net of tax in December 2008 covering the period between the previous measurement date of November 30, 2007 and December 31, 2008 as an adjustment to retained earnings. This pronouncement does not alter the basic approach to measuring plan assets, benefit obligations, or net periodic benefit cost. The adoption of this provision of the accounting pronouncement in 2008 had no effect on our consolidated statements of income and cash flows.

M. Revenue Recognition: We recognize revenue when persuasive evidence of an arrangement exists, the selling price is fixed or determinable, collection is reasonably assured and title and risk of loss has passed to our customers. Customer rebates are estimated and recognized as a reduction of sales as such rebates are being earned.

N. Stock-Based Compensation: We recognize our share-based compensation cost in an amount equal to the fair value of share-based payments and estimate a forfeiture rate for all share-based awards. We monitor share option exercise and employee termination patterns to estimate forfeiture rates within the valuation model.

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management to make estimates and assumptions. These estimates or assumptions affect the reported amounts and disclosures. For example, estimates are used when accounting for allowance for doubtful accounts, inventory valuations, useful lives of tangible and intangible assets, recoverability of goodwill, accrued expenses, environmental and other contingent liabilities, pension and other postretirement benefits, income tax valuation allowances and assumptions utilized in determining share-based compensation. Actual results could differ from these estimates. Accounting estimates require the use of judgment regarding uncertain future events and their related effects and, accordingly, may change as additional information is obtained.

2. DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS

 

In the fourth quarter of 2010, we committed to a plan to sell the assets and liabilities of our Building Block Chemicals business. The results of operations of the former Building Block Chemicals segment are now reported as discontinued operations. The total assets and liabilities that are held for sale are approximately $164.4 and $71.5, respectively, as of December 31, 2010, and are included as held-for sale in our consolidated balance sheets as of December 31, 2010 and 2009. All previously reported financial information has been revised to conform to the current presentation.

In January 2011, we entered into an agreement to sell the assets and liabilities of the Building Block Chemicals business, which is discussed in more detail in Note 19.

The following table displays summarized activity in our condensed consolidated statements of operations for discontinued operations during the years ended December 31, 2010, 2009 and 2008.

 

      2010      2009      2008  

Net sales

   $ 599.7       $ 360.2       $ 511.7   

Operating earnings

     44.2         15.5         11.4   

Earnings before income taxes

     44.3         15.7         12.1   

Income tax expense

     14.0         6.0         3.8   

Earnings from discontinued operations, net of tax

     30.3         9.7         8.3   

 

The assets and liabilities of the Building Block Chemicals business are reported as assets and liabilities held for sale in the applicable periods presented. The following table displays a summary of the assets and liabilities held for sale as of December 31, 2010 and 2009.

 

      December 31, 2010      December 31, 2009  

Assets

     

Trade accounts receivable, net

   $ 47.5       $ 35.8   

Other accounts receivable

     20.8         13.5   

Inventories, net

     24.6         24.3   

Other current assets

     0.2         0.3   

Plants, equipment and facilities, net

     60.7         62.5   

Other assets

     10.6         17.9   
     $ 164.4       $ 154.3   

Liabilities

     

Accounts payable

   $ 56.1       $ 49.4   

Accrued liabilities

     7.8         7.1   

Other liabilities

     7.6         7.3   
     $ 71.5       $ 63.8   

 

3. DIVESTITURES

 

In the fourth quarter of 2010, we entered into an agreement to sell our site in San Fernando, Spain to the local municipality for 13.5 (approximately $18.0 using exchange rates as of December 31, 2010). We will cease operations at the facilities in the first half of 2011, and will clean and prepare the site and land, which we expect to transfer to the municipality in mid-2012. Proceeds from the sale of the land will be received in 2011 and 2012. Any potential gain from the sale of the land will be deferred until our continuing involvement in environmental remediation is complete, estimated to be in 2012.

In the first quarter of 2009, we sold certain of our European polyurethane product line assets for cash proceeds totaling $5.7 and recognized a pre-tax gain on sale of $1.5 ($1.0 after-tax). The gain is recorded in net gain on sales of assets in the accompanying statement of income.

 

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Also in the first quarter of 2009, we decided to sell and began negotiations to sell our polyurethane product line assets in Asia. Accordingly, we revised the estimated remaining useful life of the assets to reflect the period we expected to continue to use the assets and recognized incremental depreciation expense in the first quarter of 2009 of $1.2 which is recorded in manufacturing cost of sales. We also recorded a charge of $0.4 during the first quarter of 2009 for additional costs that were incurred as a result of this decision, which are recorded in selling and technical services. In the second quarter of 2009, we sold our polyurethane product line assets in Asia for $1.8 of which $1.2 was received in cash and $0.6 represents a promissory note from the purchaser. The net loss of $1.4 ($1.4 after-tax) resulting from this sale is recorded in net gain on sale of assets in the accompanying statements of income.

4. RESTRUCTURING OF OPERATIONS

 

In accordance with our accounting policy, restructuring costs are included in our corporate unallocated operating results for segment reporting purposes consistent with management’s view of its businesses.

Aggregate restructuring charges included in the statements of income were recorded by line item as follows:

 

      2010     2009      2008  

Manufacturing cost of sales

   $ 9.4      $ 68.9       $ 5.6   

Selling and technical services

     0.4        4.4         6.6   

Research and process development

     (0.2     3.2         1.6   

Administrative and general

     (0.8     9.4         1.1   

Asset impairment charge

     0.0        4.3         0.0   

Total

   $ 8.8      $ 90.2       $ 14.9   

Details of our 2010 restructuring initiatives are as follows:

In the fourth quarter of 2010, we initiated restructuring actions in our Coating Resins segment at our San Fernando, Spain facility after reaching agreement for the transfer of the site to the local municipality in exchange for monetary consideration, discussed in Note 3. These actions resulted in a restructuring charge of $6.6 related to the severance of 38 positions, offset by credits of $3.6 primarily related to the reversal of asset retirement obligations.

In September 2010, we approved plans to consolidate manufacturing activities at one of our European sites. These plans resulted in a restructuring charge of $4.0 in 2010, of which $1.5 relates to the severance of nine positions, and $2.5 relates to the write-down of certain manufacturing assets. These charges were included in our Coating Resins segment.

In May 2010, we approved plans to exit the production of certain phosphorus derivative products at our Mt. Pleasant, Tennessee facility. These plans resulted in a restructuring charge of $5.5 in 2010, of which $0.4 relates to the severance of 10 positions, $1.7 relates to asset write-offs, and $3.4 relates to decommissioning activities, all of which fell under our In-Process Separation segment.

The remaining reserve of $8.7 at December 31, 2010 for our 2010 restructuring initiatives is expected to be paid through 2012.

Details of our 2009 restructuring initiatives are as follows:

In 2009, we initiated restructuring actions across all segments and corporate functions. These actions were taken in response to the downturn in the global economy, which especially impacted the automotive, construction and general industrial markets that we serve, and led to a significant reduction in our sales and operating profitability. The following summarizes the details of the restructuring initiatives launched in 2009, which resulted in $91.9 of restructuring charges for the year ended December 31, 2009.

In 2009, we launched restructuring initiatives at several of our Specialty Chemical manufacturing locations, which resulted in restructuring charges totaling $70.4 of which $40.4 is associated with severance and other employee benefits and $30.0 is associated with asset write-downs and accelerated depreciation. The manufacturing locations impacted by these initiatives are as follows:

 

   

Closure of our manufacturing facility in La Llagosta, Spain and transfer of the manufacturing of most of the liquid coating resins products produced at the site to our facility in Werndorf, Austria.

 

   

Transfer the manufacturing of our powder coating resins product line from Drogenbos, Belgium to our manufacturing facility in Bassano, Italy and consolidate or eliminate supply chain, sales, marketing and administrative functions at the site.

 

   

Transfer the manufacturing of certain liquid coating resins products from our Hamburg, Germany site to our facility in Werndorf, Austria and consolidate or eliminate certain manufacturing, supply chain, and administrative functions at the site.

 

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Conversion of our manufacturing facility in Antofagasta, Chile into a blending and distribution facility to support the Mining business and eliminate manufacturing functions at the site.

 

   

Closure of our manufacturing facility in Bogota, Colombia.

The above manufacturing restructuring initiatives include the elimination 365 positions. During 2010 we recorded a net favorable adjustment of $0.9.

We launched restructuring initiatives across our Engineered Materials segment in response to inventory destocking by parts manufacturers that supply large commercial aircraft manufacturers as well as a sharper than expected decline in business and regional jet production rates. These initiatives resulted in $4.4 of restructuring expenses for severance and employee benefits related to the elimination of 239 positions; during 2010 we recorded a net favorable adjustment of $0.5.

We launched several initiatives throughout 2009 in our Specialty Chemical segments and corporate functions across sales, marketing, manufacturing, supply chain, research and development, and administrative functions, including our initiative to establish a shared services center. These initiatives resulted in $17.1 of charges related to severance and employee benefits associated with the elimination of 388 positions; during 2010 we recorded a net favorable adjustment of $2.4.

All of the aforementioned initiatives are substantially complete as of December 31, 2009, with the exception of the shared services initiative, which is expected to be completed in waves throughout 2010 and 2011.

The remaining reserve at December 31, 2010 of $10.7 relating to 2009 restructuring initiatives is expected to be paid through 2013.

Details of our 2008 restructuring initiatives are as follows:

In 2008, as a cost reduction initiative and to align our cost structure to the declining demand environment at that time, we decided to restructure certain activities of our Coating Resins segment. These initiatives resulted in restructuring charges of $11.1 for the twelve months ended December 31, 2008, which primarily relates to severance for the 93 eliminated positions. These initiatives were completed in 2008. In 2009, the remaining balance of $0.9 was reversed. All costs have been paid in full as of December 31, 2010.

 

Details of our 2007 restructuring initiatives are as follows:

In 2007, we initiated restructuring actions across our Specialty Chemicals segments to exit several mature product lines manufactured at our Willow Island, West Virginia and Wallingford, Connecticut facilities. As a result, we recorded total restructuring charges of $7.0 in 2007 and 2008. These initiatives were completed in 2008. In 2009, the remaining balance of $0.6 was reversed. All costs have been paid in full as of December 31, 2010.