Exhibit 99.1
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AdvanSix.com                                    
News Release



ADVANSIX ANNOUNCES THIRD QUARTER 2017 FINANCIAL RESULTS

Sales of $367 million, up 13% versus prior year

Cash Flow from Operations of $38 million, up $13 million versus prior year

Earnings Per Share of $0.68, up 26% versus prior year

Parsippany, N.J., November 7, 2017 - AdvanSix (NYSE: ASIX) today announced its financial results for the third quarter ending September 30, 2017. The Company generated strong results across a number of metrics including sales volume, income and operating cash flow.

Third Quarter 2017 Highlights
Sales up 13% versus prior year, including 5% volume increase, 4% favorable impact of market-based pricing, and 4% higher raw material pass-through pricing
Net Income of $21.3 million, an increase of $4.8 million or 29% versus the prior year
EBITDA of $50.3 million, an increase of $12.2 million or 32% versus the prior year
EBITDA Margin of 13.7%, up 190 bps versus the prior year
Results include $4.4 million unfavorable pre-tax income impact from LIFO reserve adjustment
Capital Expenditures of $19.4 million, an increase of $1.9 million versus the prior year
Free Cash Flow of $18.3 million, an increase of $11.2 million versus the prior year

“AdvanSix delivered another strong quarter of sales volume, margin expansion and earnings growth. Continued high plant utilization rates and a favorable supply and demand environment supported a 5% sales volume increase and EBITDA margin expansion of 190 basis points in the quarter. We remain focused on safe and stable operations while driving higher-value product mix and improved cash generation. It has been an outstanding year since our spin-off and we continue to build momentum across the organization,” said Erin Kane, president and CEO of AdvanSix.

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Summary third quarter 2017 financial results for the Company are included below:
Third Quarter 2017 Results
($ in Thousands, Except Earnings Per Share)
3Q 2017
 
3Q 2016
Sales
$366,660
 
$323,953
Net Income
21,274
 
16,460
Earnings Per Share (Diluted)
$0.68
 
$0.54
EBITDA (1)
50,338
 
38,109
EBITDA Margin % (1)
13.7%
 
11.8%
Cash Flow from Operations
37,679
 
24,614
Free Cash Flow (1)(2)
18,258
 
7,047
(1)
See “Non-GAAP Measures” included in this press release for non-GAAP reconciliations
(2)
Net cash provided by operating activities less capital expenditures

Sales volume in the quarter increased 5% versus the prior year driven by continued high utilization rates at our manufacturing sites. Pricing overall increased 8% versus the prior year, including a 4% favorable impact from raw material pass-through pricing driven by increases in benzene and propylene costs (inputs to cumene which is a key feedstock to our products). Market-based pricing was a 4% benefit compared to the prior year driven by favorable industry supply and demand dynamics in our nylon and caprolactam product lines partially offset by a decline in ammonium sulfate pricing.

Sales by product line represented the following approximate percentage of our total sales:
 
3Q 2017
 
3Q 2016
Nylon
28%
 
29%
Caprolactam
19%
 
16%
Ammonium Sulfate Fertilizers
20%
 
22%
Chemical Intermediates
33%
 
33%

EBITDA of $50.3 million in the quarter increased $12.2 million from EBITDA of $38.1 million in the prior year primarily due to higher sales volume and the favorable impact of market-based pricing. The Company recorded a non-cash $4.4 million LIFO inventory reserve adjustment (unfavorable pre-tax income impact) due to a reduction in inventories since December 31, 2016 primarily associated with overall lower raw material levels.

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Outlook
Continued benefits from strong operating rates
4Q 2017 planned turnaround impact on pre-tax income expected to be approximately $20 million, consistent with prior outlook
2018 global nylon industry conditions expected to be similar to 2017
Ammonium sulfate fertilizer prices expected to increase seasonally; Challenging agriculture fundamentals expected through 2018 spring planting season
Capital Expenditures tracking to approximately $90 million for the full year 2017; Reinvestment priorities in safe and stable operations expected to continue in 2018 with incremental investments in high-return growth and cost savings projects

“Operational and financial performance has been robust on a year-to-date basis with sales volume up 4% and cash flow from operations increasing by $32 million. We are in the process of completing our fall turnarounds in the fourth quarter with a relentless focus on safety and productivity. Building upon this foundational year, we will enhance our focus on longer term value creation in 2018 through a maturing pipeline of high-return growth and cost savings investments, all while ensuring end-to-end business efficiency,” said Kane.

Conference Call Information
AdvanSix will discuss its results during its investor conference call today starting at 9:00 a.m. ET. To participate on the conference call, dial (844) 855-9494 (domestic) or (412) 858-4602 (international) approximately 10 minutes before the 9:00 a.m. ET start, and tell the operator that you are dialing in for AdvanSix’s third quarter 2017 earnings call. The live webcast of the investor call as well as related presentation materials can be accessed at http://investors.advansix.com. Investors can hear a replay of the conference call from 12 noon ET on November 7 until 12 noon ET on November 14 by dialing (877) 344-7529 (domestic) or (412) 317-0088 (international). The access code is 10112796.

About AdvanSix
AdvanSix is a leading manufacturer of Nylon 6, a polymer resin which is a synthetic material used by our customers to produce engineered plastics, fibers, filaments and films that, in turn, are used in such end-products as automotive and electronic components, carpets, sports apparel, fishing nets and food and industrial packaging. As a result of our backward integration and the configuration of our manufacturing facilities, we also sell caprolactam, ammonium sulfate fertilizer, acetone and other intermediate chemicals, all of which are produced as part of our Nylon 6 integrated manufacturing chain. More information on AdvanSix can be found at http://www.advansix.com.

Forward Looking Statements
This release contains certain statements that may be deemed “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, that address activities, events or developments that our management intends, expects, projects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements may be identified by words like "expect," "anticipate," "estimate," “outlook”, "project," "strategy," "intend," "plan," "target," "goal," "may," "will," "should" and "believe" or other variations or similar terminology. Although we believe forward-looking statements are based upon reasonable assumptions, such statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may cause the actual results or performance of the company to be materially different from any future results or performance expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: our inability to achieve some or all of the anticipated benefits of the spin-off from Honeywell including uncertainty regarding qualification for expected tax treatment, indebtedness incurred in connection with the spin-off, and operating as an independent, publicly traded company; fluctuations in our stock price; general economic and

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financial conditions in the U.S. and globally; growth rates and cyclicality of the industries we serve; the impact of scheduled turnarounds and significant unplanned downtime and interruptions of production or logistics operations as a result of mechanical issues or other unanticipated events such as fires, severe weather conditions, and natural disasters; price fluctuations and supply of raw materials; adverse trade and tax policies; extensive environmental, health and safety laws that apply to our operations; litigation associated with chemical manufacturing and our business operations generally; loss of significant customer relationships; protection of our intellectual property and proprietary information; cybersecurity incidents; failure to maintain effective internal controls; and prolonged work stoppages as a result of labor difficulties. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release. Such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, and actual results, developments and business decisions may differ from those envisaged by such forward-looking statements. We identify the principal risks and uncertainties that affect our performance in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This press release includes certain non-GAAP financial measures intended to supplement, not to act as substitutes for, comparable GAAP measures. Reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures to GAAP financial measures are provided in this press release. Investors are urged to consider carefully the comparable GAAP measures and the reconciliations to those measures provided. Non-GAAP measures in this press release may be calculated in a way that is not comparable to similarly-titled measures reported by other companies.

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Contacts:
 
Media
Investors
Debra Lewis
Adam Kressel
(973) 526-1767
(973) 526-1700
debra.lewis@advansix.com
adam.kressel@advansix.com


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AdvanSix Inc.
Condensed Consolidated and Combined Balance Sheets
(Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
 
September 30, 2017
 
December 31, 2016
Assets
 
 
 
Current assets:
 
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents
$
39,986

 
$
14,199

Accounts and other receivables – net
152,511

 
131,671

Inventories – net
100,474

 
128,978

Other current assets
8,684

 
7,690

Total current assets
301,655

 
282,538

 
 
 
 
Property, plant and equipment – net
597,877

 
575,375

Goodwill
15,005

 
15,005

Other assets
35,105

 
32,039

Total assets
$
949,642

 
$
904,957

 
 
 
 
Liabilities
 
 
 
Current liabilities:
 
 
 
Accounts payable
$
177,688

 
$
222,929

Accrued liabilities
27,630

 
25,396

Income taxes payable
18

 
86

Deferred income and customer advances
801

 
25,567

Current portion of long-term debt
10,125

 

Total current liabilities
216,262

 
273,978

 
 
 
 
Deferred income taxes
147,461

 
114,200

Long-term debt
254,995

 
264,838

Postretirement benefit obligations
25,372

 
33,544

Other liabilities
2,941

 
3,035

Total liabilities
647,031

 
689,595

 
 
 
 
Equity
 
 
 
Common stock, par value $0.01; 200,000,000 shares authorized and 30,482,966 shares issued and outstanding
305

 
305

Preferred stock, par value $0.01; 50,000,000 shares authorized and 0 shares issued and outstanding

 

Additional paid in capital
255,709

 
242,806

Retained earnings/(accumulated deficit)
49,617

 
(24,714
)
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)
(3,020
)
 
(3,035
)
Total equity
302,611

 
215,362

Total liabilities and equity
$
949,642

 
$
904,957


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AdvanSix Inc.
Condensed Consolidated and Combined Statements of Operations
(Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

 
Three Months Ended
September 30,
 
Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 
2017
 
2016
 
2017
 
2016
Sales
$
366,660

 
$
323,953

 
$
1,104,805

 
$
932,201

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Costs, expenses and other:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Costs of goods sold
309,629

 
285,091

 
923,268

 
804,471

Selling, general and administrative expenses
19,086

 
11,695

 
54,022

 
33,949

Other non-operating expense (income), net
2,133

 
(635
)
 
6,381

 
(1,792
)
 
330,848

 
296,151

 
983,671

 
836,628

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Income before taxes
35,812

 
27,802

 
121,134

 
95,573

Income taxes
14,538

 
11,342

 
46,803

 
36,712

Net income
$
21,274

 
$
16,460

 
$
74,331

 
$
58,861

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Earnings per common share
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic
$
0.70

 
$
0.54

 
$
2.44

 
$
1.93

Diluted
$
0.68

 
$
0.54

 
$
2.40

 
$
1.93

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Weighted average common shares outstanding
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic
30,482,966

 
30,482,966

 
30,482,966

 
30,482,966

Diluted
31,159,710

 
30,482,966

 
31,013,606

 
30,482,966





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AdvanSix Inc.
Condensed Consolidated and Combined Statements of Cash Flows
(Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands)
 
Three Months Ended
September 30,
 
Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 
2017
 
2016
 
2017
 
2016
Cash flows from operating activities:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net income
$
21,274

 
$
16,460

 
$
74,331

 
$
58,861

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash (used for) provided by operating activities:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Depreciation and amortization
12,565

 
10,307

 
35,524

 
29,964

Loss on disposal of assets
47

 
630

 
1,236

 
1,246

Deferred income taxes
19,978

 
4,510

 
40,478

 
29,206

Stock based compensation
2,067

 

 
5,686

 

Accretion of deferred financing fees
148

 

 
444

 

Changes in assets and liabilities:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Accounts and other receivables
(12,880
)
 
(5,344
)
 
(20,825
)
 
(20,117
)
Inventories
31,013

 
(2,346
)
 
28,504

 
13,581

Accounts payable
(19,736
)
 
3,698

 
(33,893
)
 
(161
)
Income taxes payable
(5,017
)
 

 
(68
)
 

Accrued liabilities
2,461

 
(2,788
)
 
2,234

 
(9,690
)
Deferred income and customer advances
(784
)
 
(966
)
 
(24,766
)
 
(23,501
)
Other assets and liabilities
(13,457
)
 
453

 
(10,414
)
 
(12,922
)
Net cash provided by operating activities
37,679

 
24,614

 
98,471

 
66,467

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cash flows from investing activities:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Expenditures for property, plant and equipment
(19,421
)
 
(17,567
)
 
(67,206
)
 
(56,859
)
Other investing activities
(1,325
)
 
(133
)
 
(5,387
)
 
(461
)
Net cash used for investing activities
(20,746
)
 
(17,700
)
 
(72,593
)
 
(57,320
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cash flows from financing activities:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Proceeds from long term debt

 
270,000

 

 
270,000

Payment of debt issuance costs

 
(1,770
)
 

 
(1,770
)
Borrowings from revolving credit facility
32,500

 
40,000

 
308,500

 
40,000

Payments to revolving credit facility
(32,500
)
 

 
(308,500
)
 

Payment of revolving credit facility fees

 
(1,016
)
 

 
(1,016
)
Distribution to Honeywell in connection with the Spin-Off

 
(269,347
)
 

 
(269,347
)
Principal payments of capital leases
(21
)
 

 
(91
)
 

Net decrease in invested equity

 
(6,817
)
 

 
(9,050
)
Net cash (used for) provided by financing activities
(21
)
 
31,050

 
(91
)
 
28,817

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents
16,912

 
37,964

 
25,787

 
37,964

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period
23,074

 

 
14,199

 

Cash and cash equivalents at the end of period
$
39,986

 
$
37,964

 
$
39,986

 
$
37,964

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Non-Cash Investing Activities:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Capital expenditures included in accounts payable
 
 
 
 
$
17,228

 
$
19,935


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AdvanSix Inc.
Non-GAAP Measures
(Dollars in thousands)
 
Reconciliation of Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities to Free Cash Flow
 
Three Months Ended
September 30,
 
Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 
2017
 
2016
 
2017
 
2016
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities
$
37,679

 
$
24,614

 
$
98,471

 
$
66,467

Expenditures for Property, Plant and Equipment
(19,421
)
 
(17,567
)
 
(67,206
)
 
(56,859
)
Free Cash Flow (1)
$
18,258

 
$
7,047

 
$
31,265

 
$
9,608

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(1) Free Cash Flow is a non-GAAP measure and defined as Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities less Expenditures for Property, Plant and Equipment

The Company believes that this metric is useful to investors and management as a measure to evaluate our ability to generate cash flow from business operations and the impact that this cash flow has on our liquidity.


Reconciliation of Net Income to EBITDA
 
Three Months Ended
September 30,
 
Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 
2017
 
2016
 
2017
 
2016
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net Income
$
21,274

 
$
16,460

 
$
74,331

 
$
58,861

Interest Expense
1,961

 

 
5,373

 

Income Taxes
14,538

 
11,342

 
46,803

 
36,712

Depreciation and Amortization
12,565

 
10,307

 
35,524

 
29,964

EBITDA (2)
$
50,338

 
$
38,109

 
162,031

 
125,537

Prior Year One-Time Benefit (3)
 
 
 
 

 
15,500

EBITDA Excluding Prior Year One-Time Benefit
 
 
 
 
$
162,031

 
$
110,037

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sales
$
366,660

 
$
323,953

 
$
1,104,805

 
$
932,201

EBITDA Margin (4)
13.7%
 
11.8%
 
14.7%
 
13.5%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
EBITDA Margin Excluding Prior Year One-Time Benefit
 
 
 
 
14.7%
 
11.8%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(2) EBITDA is a non-GAAP measure and defined as Net Income before Interest, Income Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization
(3) Prior Year One-Time Benefit reflects the $15.5 million one-time benefit in 1Q 2016 related to the termination of a long-term supply agreement
(4) EBITDA Margin is defined as EBITDA divided by Sales

The Company believes these non-GAAP financial measures provide meaningful supplemental information as they are used by the Company’s management to evaluate the Company’s operating performance, enhance a reader’s understanding of the financial performance of the Company, and facilitate a better comparison among fiscal periods and performance relative to its competitors, as these non-GAAP measures exclude items that are not considered core to the Company’s operations.

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