Eastman Chemical Company : Eastman Announces First-Quarter 2013 Financial Results

  Eastman Chemical Company : Eastman Announces First-Quarter 2013 Financial
                                   Results




KINGSPORT, Tenn., April 25, 2013 - Eastman Chemical Company (NYSE:EMN) today
announced earnings, excluding Solutia acquisition-related costs and charges in
both periods, of $1.62 per diluted share for first quarter 2013 versus $1.22
per diluted share for first quarter 2012. Reported earnings were $1.57 per
diluted share in first quarter 2013 versus $1.13 per diluted share in first
quarter 2012. For reconciliation to reported company and segment earnings, see
Tables 3 and 4 in the accompanying first-quarter 2013 financial tables.

"Our portfolio of specialty businesses continued to deliver strong earnings in
the first quarter despite uncertain global economic conditions," said Jim
Rogers, Chairman and CEO. "For full year 2013, we remain on track to achieve a
fourth consecutive year of double-digit earnings growth while also generating
strong cash flow." See "Outlook" paragraphs for items excluded from earnings
comparisons. 

(In millions, except per share amounts)                 1Q2013     1Q2012
Sales revenue                                           $2,307 $1,821
Pro forma combined sales revenue*                       $2,307     $2,319
Earnings per diluted share from                         $1.57      $1.13
continuing operations
Earnings per diluted share from                         $1.62      $1.22
continuing operations excluding Solutia
acquisition-related costs and charges**
Net cash provided by operating activities               $5         $19
*See Table 2.
**For reconciliation to reported company and segment
earnings, see Tables 3 and 4.



Corporate 1Q 2013 versus 1Q 2012

Sales revenue for first quarter 2013 was $2.3 billion, a 27 percent increase
compared with first quarter 2012. First quarter 2013 included sales revenue
from the acquired Solutia businesses. Pro forma combined sales revenue
declined 1 percent.

Operating earnings in first quarter 2013 were $393 million compared with $264
million in first quarter 2012. Excluding Solutia acquisition-related costs and
charges in both periods, operating earnings were $403 million in first quarter
2013 and $273 million in first quarter 2012. First quarter 2013 included
operating earnings from the acquired Solutia businesses. Pro forma combined
operating earnings, excluding Solutia acquisition-related costs and charges,
were $403 million in first quarter 2013 compared with $363 million in first
quarter 2012. Pro forma combined operating earnings increased primarily due to
lower raw material and energy costs partially offset by lower selling prices.
Operating earnings and pro forma combined operating earnings included the
"Other" operating losses detailed in Table 3.

Segment Results 1Q 2013 versus 1Q 2012

Additives & Functional Products - First quarter 2013 included sales revenue
and operating earnings from the acquired Solutia rubber additives product
lines. Pro forma combined sales revenue increased primarily due to higher
sales volume of solvents product lines attributed to strengthened coatings
demand in the U.S. building and construction market. First-quarter 2013 sales
revenue included revenue from sales of certain products primarily sold into
the tires market which were formerly reported in the Adhesives & Plasticizers
segment. Pro forma combined operating earnings increased to $98 million in
first quarter 2013 compared with $94 million in first quarter 2012. The
increase was primarily due to lower raw material and energy costs,
particularly for propane, and higher sales volume more than offsetting lower
selling prices. Also impacting first quarter 2013 operating earnings was
lower capacity utilization of rubber additives manufacturing facilities
compared to higher capacity utilization in first quarter 2012 to build
inventory. 

Adhesives & Plasticizers - Sales revenue declined primarily due to lower sales
volume attributed to weakened demand for adhesives resins sold into
consumables markets, particularly packaging. Substitution of phthalate
plasticizers with non-phthalate plasticizers continued during the quarter.
First-quarter 2012 sales revenue included revenue from sales of certain
products primarily sold into the tires market which now are reported in the
Additives & Functional Products segment. Operating earnings declined to $49
million in first quarter 2013 compared with $66 million in first quarter 2012
primarily due to lower sales volume in adhesives resins product lines and
resulting lower capacity utilization.

Advanced Materials - First quarter 2013 included sales revenue and operating
earnings from the acquired Solutia interlayers and performance films product
lines. Pro forma combined sales revenue increased primarily due to higher
sales volume of interlayers products, particularly in Asia, attributed to
strengthened demand in the transportation market, and higher sales volume for
Eastman Tritan(TM) copolyester. Excluding first-quarter 2012 restructuring
charges, pro forma combined operating earnings increased to $65 million in
first quarter 2013 compared with $61 million in first quarter 2012 primarily
due to slightly higher sales volume and increased sales of higher-margin
products, including interlayers with acoustic properties, Eastman Tritan(TM)
copolyester, and V-Kool^® brand window films.

Fibers - Sales revenue increased due to higher selling prices in response to
higher raw material and energy costs, particularly for wood pulp, and higher
sales volume due to customer buying patterns for acetate tow products.
Operating earnings increased to $114 million in first quarter 2013 compared
with $101 million in first quarter 2012 due to higher selling prices more than
offsetting higher raw material and energy costs.

Specialty Fluids & Intermediates - First quarter 2013 included sales revenue
and operating earnings from the acquired Solutia specialty fluids product
lines. Pro forma combined sales revenue declined primarily due to lower sales
volume resulting from increased internal use of olefins in the manufacture of
higher-value downstream derivatives. The decline was also due to lower selling
prices primarily for ethylene products due to lower raw material and energy
costs, particularly for propane. Pro forma combined operating earnings
increased to $95 million in first quarter 2013 compared with $73 million in
first quarter 2012. The increase was primarily due to lower raw material and
energy costs more than offsetting lower selling prices.

Cash Flow

Eastman generated $5 million in cash from operating activities during first
quarter 2013. Working capital increased by $235 million during first quarter
2013 primarily due to increased receivables resulting from higher sales
revenue. The company contributed $11 million to the U.S. defined benefit
pension plans during the quarter, and expects to contribute approximately $120
million in full year 2013. The fourth-quarter 2012 dividend of $45 million
($.30 per share) was paid in December 2012 rather than January 2013.Share
repurchases totaled $32 million during first quarter 2013.

Outlook

Commenting on the outlook for full year 2013, Rogers said: "We expect our
leadership positions in key end-markets, the diversity of the end-markets we
serve, and our broad geographic footprint to continue to position us well for
strong earnings growth.However, global economic uncertainty continues with
particular weakness in Europe, and raw material and energy costs remain
volatile.Taking all of these factors into consideration, we continue to
expect 2013 earnings per share to be between $6.30 and $6.40."Solutia
integration costs, any asset impairments and restructuring charges, and
mark-to-market pension and OPEB gains or losses are excluded from the earnings
per share projection.

The earnings for 2012, 2011, 2010, and 2009 referenced in the second paragraph
of this release are non-GAAP and exclude Solutia acquisition-related costs,
asset impairments and restructuring charges and gains, mark-to-market pension
and OPEB gains and losses, and early debt extinguishment costs.
Reconciliations to 2012, 2011, 2010, and 2009 GAAP earnings and other
associated disclosures, including descriptions of the excluded items, are
available in the "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition
and Results of Operations" section of the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K
for 2012 and 2011.

Forward-Looking Statements: This news release includes forward-looking
statements concerning current expectations for future economic, business, and
competitive conditions, financial impact and related costs and charges of the
Solutia acquisition, raw material and energy costs, pension and OPEB gains and
losses, defined benefit pension plan contributions, and earnings and cash flow
for full year 2013. Such expectations are based upon certain preliminary
information, internal estimates, and management assumptions, expectations, and
plans, and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties inherent in
projecting future conditions, events, and results. Actual results could differ
materially from expectations expressed in the forward-looking statements if
one or more of the underlying assumptions or expectations prove to be
inaccurate or are unrealized. Important factors that could cause actual
results to differ materially from such expectations are and will be detailed
in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission,
including the Form 10-K filed for 2012 available, and the Form 10-Q to be
filed for first quarter 2013 and to be available, on the SEC website at
www.sec.gov and the Eastman Chemical website at www.eastman.com in the
Investors, SEC filings section.

Eastman will host a conference call with industry analysts on April 26, 2013
at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time. To listen to the live webcast of the conference
call and view the accompanying slides, go to www.investors.eastman.com,
Presentations. To listen via telephone, the dial-in number is (913) 312-1514,
passcode number 9292143. A web and telephone replay will be available
continuously from 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time, April 26, to 11:00 a.m. Eastern
Time, May 6, 2013, at (888) 203-1112 or (719) 457-0820, passcode 9292143.

Eastman is a global specialty chemical company that produces a broad range of
products found in items people use every day. With a portfolio of specialty
businesses, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and
solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. Its
market-driven approaches take advantage of world-class technology platforms
and leading positions in attractive end-markets such as transportation,
building and construction, and consumables. Eastman focuses on creating
consistent, superior value for all stakeholders. As a globally diverse
company, Eastman serves customers in approximately 100 countries and had 2012
pro forma combined revenues, giving effect to the Solutia acquisition, of
approximately $9 billion. The company is headquartered in Kingsport,
Tennessee, USA and employs approximately 13,500 people around the world. For
more information, visit www.eastman.com.

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Contacts:

Media: Tracy Kilgore
423-224-0498 / tjkilgore@eastman.com

Investors: Greg Riddle
212-835-1620 / griddle@eastman.com

2013 Q1 Financial Tables

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