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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
FORM 8-K
CURRENT REPORT
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
     
Date of Report (Date of Earliest Event Reported):   November 16, 2005
KRATON Polymers LLC
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
         
Delaware   333-123747   94-2805249
         
         
(State or other jurisdiction of   (Commission   (I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
incorporation)   File Number)    
     
700 Milam Street, Suite 1300   77002
Houston, Texas    
     
     
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)
     
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code:   832-204-5400
Not Applicable
 
Former name or former address, if changed since last report
Polymer Holdings LLC
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
         
Delaware   333-123749   20-0411521
         
         
(State or other jurisdiction   (Commission   (I.R.S. Employer
of incorporation)   File Number)   Identification No.)
     
700 Milam Street, Suite 1300   77002
Houston, Texas    
     
     
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)
     
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code:   832-204-5400
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Item 7.01 Regulation FD Disclosure
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits
SIGNATURES
Presentation dated November 16, 2005


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Item 7.01 Regulation FD Disclosure.
On November 16, 2005 KRATON’s President and Chief Executive Officer, George Gregory presented an update at the Credit Suisse First Boston 10th Annual Leveraged Finance Chemical Conference in Houston, Texas. A copy of the presentation is attached as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated by reference into this item.
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.
The following exhibit is filed with this Current Report pursuant to Item 7.01.
(c)    Exhibits
99.1    Presentation dated November 16, 2005.

 


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SIGNATURES
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
         
  KRATON Polymers LLC
 
 
November 16, 2005  By:   Raymond K. Guba    
    Name:   Raymond K. Guba   
    Title:   Chief Financial Officer   
 
         
  Polymer Holdings LLC
 
 
November 16, 2005  By:   Raymond K. Guba    
    Name:   Raymond K. Guba   
    Title:   Chief Financial Officer   
 

 

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EXHIBIT 99.1
Credit Suisse First Boston 10th Annual Leveraged Finance Chemical Conference November 16, 2005


 

Agenda Overview of KRATON Polymers First Nine Months 2005 Performance Recent Developments Questions


 

Disclaimers Forward Looking Statements This presentation may include "forward-looking statements" which are statements other than statements of historical fact and are often characterized by the use of words such as "believes," "expects," "estimates," "projects," "may," "will," "intends," "plans" or "anticipates," or by discussions of strategy, plans or intentions. All forward-looking statements in this presentation are made based on management's current expectations and estimates, which involve risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause results to differ materially from those expressed in forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. We assume no obligation to update such information. GAAP Disclaimer This presentation includes non-GAAP financial measures, including EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and LTM Bank EBITDA. Investors should consider these measures, which we believe investors consider useful in assessing our performance and compliance with our financial covenants, together with the GAAP measures from our financial statements. A reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measures used in this presentation to the most directly comparable GAAP measure can be found on our website at www.kraton.com.


 

Overview of KRATON Polymers


 

Introduction to KRATON Polymers End Use Applications KRATON Background Inventor and world's leading producer of styrenic block copolymers ("SBCs") Serves a diverse set of end- use applications Sells to over 700 customers in 60 countries Produces over 1,000 products from six plants located around the world


 

Styrene Block Copolymers (SBCs) Stretch Soft-Touch Grip Adhesion Strength Durability Thickening Consumer Goods Personal Hygiene Adhesives Sealants/Coatings Packaging Paving Roofing Medical Automotive Footwear RAW MATERIALS Styrene Butadiene Isoprene KRATON D Unhydrogenated SBC SBS SIS KRATON G Hydrogenated SBC SEBS SEPS PRODUCTS CUSTOMER VALUE END-USE APPLICATIONS Isoprene Rubber And Latex


 

The Market Leader KRATON 3.1 Nearest Competitor 1 USBC (KRATON D) Market Share HSBC (KRATON G) Market Share Source: KRATON estimates KRATON 2.7 Nearest Competitor 1


 

CAPH A&S Asphalt Mod Footwear 0.37 0.34 0.25 0.04 Focus on Highest Value-Added Markets CAPS A&S Asphalt Mod Footwear 0.25 0.23 0.3 0.22 2004 Industry Revenue by End-Use KRATON 2004 Revenue by End-Use Footwear 22% Asphalt Modification 30% Adhesives and Sealants 23% Compounding & Polymer Systems 25% Asphalt Modification 24% Adhesives and Sealants 33% Compounding & Polymer Systems 39% Footwear 4% Source: KRATON estimates


 

Strong Consistent Growth $MM Sales Revenue Growth 2001 2002 2003 2004 YTD 2005 605 620 690 791 732 $605 $620 $690 $791 $732 CAGR 9.3% 2001 2002 2003 2004 YTD 2005 299 313 324 346 276 299 kT 313 kT 324 kT 346 kT 273 kT Volume Growth kT CAGR 5.0%


 

The Innovation Leader New products (introduced within the past 5 years) generate >30% of KRATON's revenues Revenue Composition Pipeline of New Products Existing Products <70% New Products > 30 % Polymers for medical applications (i.e. surgical gloves, PVC- replacement) Polymers for packaging films Polymers for high temperature applications (i.e. automotive) Polymers for foaming applications (i.e. automotive, sound) Polymers for fiber applications


 

North Am Europe Asia Pac % Industry 0.3 0.3 0.4 Global Sales Coverage 2004 Industry Revenues by Region Americas 30% Europe 30% Asia Pacific 40% North Am Europe Asia Pac % Industry 0.48 0.36 0.16 KRATON 2004 Revenue by Region Americas 48% Europe 36% Asia Pacific 16% Rest of world accounts for less than 1% of global revenue Source: KRATON estimates


 

Global Production Capabilities Six manufacturing facilities and five RD&T centers strategically located near global customers Houston, Texas U.S. Global Headquarters RD&T Center Belpre, Ohio U.S. Manufacturing Facility Amsterdam, Netherlands RD&T Center Pernis, Netherlands Manufacturing Facility Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium RD&T Center Wesseling, Germany Manufacturing Facility Kashima, Japan RD&T Center Manufacturing Facility Berre, France Manufacturing Facility Paulinia, Brazil RD&T Center Manufacturing Facility


 

KRATON Strategies Deliver Differentiation Execute with Excellence Fund the Future Generate Growth


 

KRATON Adjusted EBITDA as % of Sales Deliver Differentiation 2003 2004 2005 3 Qs Future Target 14 8 13 13 14% 8% 13%


 

Execute with Excellence 2004 2005e Future Target 3 20 30 $3 $20 $30 Cost-out Projects Are Generating Value


 

Fund the Future 2.6 3.6 ~4 ~5 Inventory Turns: Inventory (kT) Inventory Reduction Plan Future Target


 

Generate Growth Step One: Debottleneck System (2004-05) Step Two: Grow Sales Volumes (2006-08) Asia New Accounts New Products and Markets 2003 Sales Volume G1 Expansion Stable Ops Program Debottleneck Blank 0 324 336 376 East 324 12 40 10


 

Nine Months Ended September 30, 2005 Performance


 

First Nine Months 2005 Financial Results


 

2005 vs. 2004 Third Quarter Financials


 

2004 vs. 2005 Q1, Q2 and Q3 Comparison 1Q 2Q 3Q 2004 177 204 209 2005 202 261 269 1Q 2Q 3Q 2004 78 97 91 2005 73 96 104 1Q 2Q 3Q 2004 538 381 451 2005 699 688 481 1Q 2Q 3Q 2004 2269 2103 2297 2005 2767 2719 2587 (a) Excludes the impact of the inventory step-up of $14.6M, $11.4M, $6.6M, $1.1M, $0.5M and $0.1M for the 1st Q 2004, 2nd Q 2004, 3rd Q 2004, 1st Q 2005, 2nd Q 2005 and 3rd Q 2005, respectively.


 

Sufficient Debt Covenant Cushion & Liquidity Covenant Level September 2005 Actual 6.95 4 Covenant Level September 2005 Actual 2 3.58 Covenant Level 2005 Estimate 36 22 $49mm EBITDA Cushion Debt / LTM Adjusted Bank Covenant EBITDA $51mm EBITDA Cushion LTM Adjusted Bank Covenant EBITDA / Interest Expense $13-18mm Cushion Capital Expenditures ($mm) Total Liquidity ($mm) 6.95 4.00 3.58 2.0 $36 (a) $18-23 (a) Includes amount unused in 2004.


 

KRATON Recent Developments


 

Recent Developments S-4s Completed Management Team Update Supply Disruption Issues IR Latex Plant Construction in Brazil Capacity Expansion in Belpre, Ohio Price Increases Innovation


 

Questions


 

LTM EBITDA Reconciliations


 

LTM EBITDA Reconciliations


 

LTM EBITDA Reconciliations


 

LTM EBITDA Reconciliations


 

LTM EBITDA Reconciliations