Ashland Global Holdings Inc.
ASHLAND GLOBAL HOLDINGS INC (Form: 8-K, Received: 08/01/2017 17:27:58)



 
UNITED STATES
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FORM 8-K
 
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CURRENT REPORT
 
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of
the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
 
Date of report (Date of earliest event reported):  August 1, 2017
 
ASHLAND GLOBAL HOLDINGS INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
 
 
Delaware
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)
 

 
333-211719
 
 81-2587835
 
 
(Commission File Number) 
 
  (I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
 
 
 
 
 
 

                                                                       
50 E. RiverCenter Boulevard
Covington, Kentucky 41011
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code (859) 815-3333
 

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Item 2.02 .   Results of Operations and Financial Condition

On August 1, 2017, Ashland Global Holdings Inc. (“Ashland”) announced preliminary third quarter results, which are discussed in more detail in the news release (the “News Release”) attached to this Current Report on Form 8-K (“Form 8-K”) as Exhibit 99.1, which is incorporated herein by reference into this Item 2.02.
Item 7.01.    Regulation FD Disclosure

On August 1, 2017, Ashland will make available the News Release, a slide presentation and prepared remarks on the “Investor Center” section of Ashland’s website located at http://investor.ashland.com.  A copy of the slide presentation and the prepared remarks are attached to this Form 8-K as Exhibits 99.2 and 99.3, respectively, and are incorporated herein by reference solely for purposes of this Item 7.01 disclosure.
 
Item 9.01 .   Financial Statements and Exhibits
 
 
 (d)
 
Exhibits
 
 99.1
Earnings News Release dated August 1, 2017.
 
 99.2
Slide Presentation dated August 1, 2017.
 
 99.3
Prepared Remarks dated August 1, 2017.
 
In connection with the disclosures set forth in Items 2.02 and 7.01 above, the information in this Form 8-K, including the exhibits attached hereto, is being furnished and shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), or otherwise subject to the liabilities of such section. The information in this Form 8-K, including the exhibits, shall not be incorporated by reference into any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, regardless of any  incorporation by reference language in any such filing. This Form 8-K will not be deemed an admission as to the materiality of any information in this Form 8-K that is required to be disclosed solely by Regulation FD.

 







 
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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.
 
 
ASHLAND GLOBAL HOLDINGS INC.
 
(Registrant)
 
 
 
 
August 1, 2017
 /s/ J. Kevin Willis
 
J. Kevin Willis
 
Senior Vice President and
Chief Financial Officer
 
 

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EXHIBIT INDEX
 
 
 
News Release dated August 1, 2017.
Slide Presentation dated August 1, 2017.
Prepared Remarks dated August 1, 2017.
 




























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Exhibit 99.1
  News Release
 
Ashland reports preliminary financial results for third quarter of fiscal 2017
·
Loss from continuing operations attributable to Ashland was $0.26 per diluted share, compared to earnings of $0.38 per diluted share in the year-ago period; Operating income totaled $37 million, versus $57 million a year ago
·
Adjusted earnings per share attributable to Ashland were $0.83, up 6 percent from $0.78 a year ago; Adjusted EBITDA totaled $161 million, compared to $167 million a year ago
·
Acquisition of Pharmachem, completed ahead of schedule, was accretive to earnings in the quarter and strengthens Ashland’s specialty products portfolio

COVINGTON, KY, August 1, 2017 – Ashland Global Holdings Inc. (NYSE: ASH), a premier global specialty chemicals company serving customers in a wide range of consumer and industrial markets, today announced preliminary (1) financial results for the third quarter of fiscal 2017.

Quarterly Highlights
(in millions except per-share amounts)
 
Quarter Ended June 30,
 
   
2017
   
2016
 
Operating income (1)
 
$
37
   
$
57
 
Key items*
   
52
     
31
 
Adjusted operating income*
 
$
89
   
$
88
 
                 
Income (loss) from continuing operations
 
$
(16
)
 
$
24
 
Key items*
   
68
     
25
 
Adjusted income from continuing operations
 
$
52
   
$
49
 
                 
Net income (loss)
 
$
(30
)
 
$
71
 
                 
Adjusted EBITDA* (1)
 
$
161
   
$
167
 
                 
Diluted earnings per share (EPS)
               
                 
From net income (loss) attributable to Ashland
 
$
(0.54
)
 
$
1.13
 
                 
From continuing operations attributable to Ashland*
 
$
(0.26
)
 
$
0.38
 
Key items*
   
1.09
     
0.40
 
Adjusted EPS from continuing operations*
 
$
0.83
   
$
0.78
 
                 
Cash flows provided by operating activities from continuing operations
 
$
132
   
$
88
 
                 
Free cash flow*
 
$
79
   
$
27
 
                 
1 This includes $17 million of pension income, less $6 million of Valvoline stranded costs, in 2016, but not 2017.
*See Tables 5, 6 and 7 for Ashland definitions and U.S. GAAP reconciliations. Certain figures exclude Ashland’s non-controlling interest in Valvoline Inc.
         
 


“The Ashland team took action to drive year-over-year increases in sales and earnings during the third quarter, our first as a pure-play specialty chemicals company following the successful final separation of Valvoline in May,” said William A. Wulfsohn, Ashland chairman and chief executive officer. “Within Specialty Ingredients, the team delivered a 7 percent sales increase. The acquisition of Pharmachem, which was completed earlier than anticipated, was an important contributor to the sales gain in the quarter. Within Composites, sales grew by 20 percent, reflecting strong volume growth in numerous global end markets and disciplined pricing. Within Intermediates and Solvents, sales rose 9 percent amid improving global demand and a continued recovery in butanediol pricing. In the aggregate, the combined earnings results from the three operating segments exceeded the outlooks provided in late April.”

He continued: “We were excited to close the Pharmachem transaction and welcome their talented team to our organization. The integration is on track, with Pharmachem accretive to earnings in the third quarter, and we anticipate achieving meaningful cost synergies from leveraging combined capabilities, as well as tax synergies driven by the integration of Pharmachem into our global business structure. We also see a number of growth opportunities, as Pharmachem will enhance our position in fast-growing nutraceutical end markets, open a new opportunity within fragrances and flavors, and bolster Ashland’s food ingredient division by adding customized functional solutions.”

Third Quarter Fiscal 2017 Results
For the quarter ended June 30, 2017, the company reported a loss from continuing operations of $16 million on sales of $870 million. These results included six key items that together reduced income from continuing operations by approximately $68 million, net of tax, or $1.09 per diluted share. For the year-ago quarter, the company reported earnings from continuing operations of $24 million on sales of $790 million. There were four key items in the year-ago quarter that, on a combined basis, reduced income from continuing operations by $25 million after tax, or $0.40 per diluted share. (Please refer to Table 5 of the accompanying financial statements for details of key items.) For the remainder of this news release, financial results have been adjusted to exclude the effect of key items in both the current and prior-year quarters.

On an adjusted basis, Ashland’s income from continuing operations attributable to Ashland in the third quarter of fiscal 2017 was $0.83 per diluted share, versus $0.78 per diluted share for the year-ago quarter. The prior-year period included approximately $17 million of pension income and approximately $6 million of stranded costs related to Valvoline Inc. The net impact to adjusted EPS from these two items was approximately $0.12 per diluted prior-year share and is included in the prior-year adjusted EPS results.

Reportable Segment Performance
To aid in the understanding of Ashland’s ongoing business performance, the results of Ashland’s reportable segments are described below on an adjusted basis and EBITDA, or adjusted EBITDA, is reconciled to operating income in Table 7 of this news release. (For a more detailed review of the segment results, please refer to the Investor Relations section of ashland.com to review the slides and prepared remarks filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission in conjunction with this earnings release.) In addition, although Ashland provides forward-looking guidance for adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin and adjusted earnings per share, Ashland is not reaffirming or providing forward-looking guidance for U.S. GAAP-reported financial measures or a reconciliation of forward-looking non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable U.S. GAAP measure because it is unable to predict with reasonable certainty the ultimate outcome of certain significant items without unreasonable effort.

Following completion of the distribution of Valvoline Inc. during the third quarter, Ashland's operations are now managed within the following three reportable segments: Specialty Ingredients, Composites, and Intermediates and Solvents. In previous periods, Composites and Intermediates and Solvents were reporting units included within the Ashland Performance Materials reportable segment.
 
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Specialty Ingredients
Specialty Ingredients reported sales of $591 million for the third quarter, a 7 percent increase from prior year. Approximately six percentage points of this increase, or $36 million, was driven by the successful completion of the Pharmachem acquisition. The sales increase also was supported by pricing and mix improvements for Ashland’s value-added products sold into the Consumer Specialties and Industrial Specialties end markets. The Ashland team has made good progress in offsetting increased raw material costs through disciplined pricing plus price-to-value initiatives, and as a result maintained consistent gross margins when compared to the prior year. With the addition of approximately $7 million of EBITDA from Pharmachem in the third quarter, total adjusted EBITDA increased 2 percent, to $131 million, which was at the upper end of the outlook range.

Consumer Specialties sales and volumes grew by 16 percent and 11 percent, respectively, compared to the prior-year period. As previously noted, Pharmachem contributed strongly to these overall results. Ashland’s personal care team reported a strong quarter, led by disciplined volume and price execution within the oral and skin care end markets. In pharma, positive mix led to improved margins, despite a slight overall sales decline. Industrial Specialties’ sales increased by 1 percent and volumes declined by 1 percent when compared to the prior year. Recent softening of industry demand for architectural coatings ingredients was more than offset by year-over-year sales gains in energy.

For the fourth quarter, Specialty Ingredients’ sales are expected to be in the range of $590-$610 million, compared to $532 million in the year-ago quarter, as we expect to continue gaining momentum through pricing initiatives. Adjusted EBITDA is expected to be in the range of $135-$145 million, versus $126 million in the year-ago quarter. This outlook includes the full contribution of fourth-quarter results from Pharmachem and excludes sales of $9 million and EBITDA of $1 million from a joint venture in China, which primarily serves the construction end market, that Ashland chose to exit. Also during the quarter, year-over-year price increases are expected to be greater than year-over-year raw material cost increases.

For fiscal 2017, Specialty Ingredients expects adjusted EBITDA to be at the upper end of the previously communicated range of $485-$500 million, reflecting the continued progress in pricing initiatives and the strong earnings contribution from Pharmachem.

Composites
Composites reported sales of $209 million for the third quarter, a 20 percent increase from prior year. This was driven by a 10 percent increase in volumes resulting from strong demand for our value-added products in North America and Asia, as well as the addition of volumes from the facility in Etain, France, that Ashland recently acquired from Reichhold. The Etain facility contributed approximately three percentage points to the sales increase with a small EBITDA contribution given the timing of the acquisition. Disciplined pricing execution was necessary to offset a sharp rise in raw material prices – namely styrene – during the previous quarter. Composites reported adjusted EBITDA of $27 million, a 17 percent increase over the prior-year period.

For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017, Composites expects sales to be in the range of $200-$210 million, reflecting continued volume growth, disciplined pricing and a full-quarter contribution from the Etain composites facility, compared to $162 million in the year-ago quarter. Adjusted EBITDA is expected to be in the range of $20-$25 million, compared to $14 million in the year-ago quarter.

Intermediates and Solvents (I&S)
I&S reported sales of $70 million for the third quarter, a 9 percent increase from prior year. This strong growth was driven by the successful implementation of price increases for butanediol (BDO), consistent with improving global supply-demand dynamics. Mix also contributed to year-over-year sales growth due to strong execution by the I&S team. During the quarter, I&S reported adjusted EBITDA of $10 million, a 43 percent increase over the prior-year period.
 
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For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017, I&S expects sales to be in the range of $75-$85 million, reflecting continued mix and price improvements, compared to $60 million in the year-ago quarter. Adjusted EBITDA is expected to be in the range of $10-$15 million, compared to $3 million in the year-ago quarter.

On a combined basis, in the third quarter, the reported sales and adjusted EBITDA results for the Composites and Intermediates and Solvents reportable segments exceeded the outlook range provided at the beginning of the quarter for the former Ashland Performance Materials reportable segment.

Tax Rate
Ashland’s effective tax rate for the June 2017 quarter, after adjusting for key items, was 11 percent. The company currently expects the effective tax rate for the fourth quarter to be in the range of 15-20 percent, driven primarily by income mix and discrete items.

Pivot to Premier
“As we enter the fourth quarter, Ashland is squarely focused on delivering strong earnings growth in the quarter and beyond. Our teams have made good progress in offsetting higher raw-materials costs through successful price-to-value initiatives and, as expected, our recent acquisitions are already accretive to earnings,” Wulfsohn said.

“In addition, looking out over the longer term, we have established aggressive new financial targets for fiscal 2018 through fiscal 2021. As outlined at Ashland’s Investor Day in New York City in early May, these targets are: adjusted earnings per share growth (compound annual growth rate) of at least 15 percent; adjusted EBITDA margins for Specialty Ingredients of at least 25 percent, and cash generation of at least $1 billion. This growth will be driven by seven core levers. These levers include specific actions to sustain and grow Ashland’s premium mix, such as through new market strategies and successful product introductions. The levers also include new initiatives to improve our competitiveness, such as through better asset utilization, price-to-value initiatives and cost management. We are already making substantial progress toward executing on these strategic levers and look forward to sharing updates as we move forward. All of this will be against a backdrop of disciplined capital investment. I am confident that we have the right team and strategy in place to deliver against these commitments, which should create significant value for shareholders and position Ashland as the leading premier specialty chemicals company.”

Conference Call Webcast
Ashland will host a live webcast of its third-quarter conference call with securities analysts at 9 a.m. EDT Wednesday, August 2, 2017. The webcast will be accessible through Ashland’s website at http://investor.ashland.com . Following the live event, an archived version of the webcast and supporting materials will be available for 12 months.

Use of Non-GAAP Measures
Ashland believes that by removing the impact of depreciation and amortization and excluding certain non-cash charges, amounts spent on interest and taxes and certain other charges that are highly variable from year to year, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA provide Ashland’s investors with performance measures that reflect the impact to operations from trends in changes in sales, margin and operating expenses, providing a perspective not immediately apparent from net income and operating income. The adjustments Ashland makes to derive the non-GAAP measures of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA exclude items which may cause short-term fluctuations in net income and operating income and which Ashland does not consider to be the fundamental attributes or primary drivers of its business. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA provide disclosure on the same basis as that used by Ashland’s management to evaluate financial performance on a consolidated and reportable segment basis and provide consistency in our financial reporting, facilitate internal and external comparisons of Ashland’s historical operating performance and its business units and provide continuity to investors for comparability purposes.
 
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The free cash flow metric enables Ashland to provide a better indication of the ongoing cash being generated that is ultimately available for both debt and equity holders as well as other investment opportunities. Unlike cash flow provided by operating activities, free cash flow includes the impact of capital expenditures from continuing operations, providing a more complete picture of cash generation. Free cash flow has certain limitations, including that it does not reflect adjustment for certain non-discretionary cash flows such as mandatory debt repayments. The amount of mandatory versus discretionary expenditures can vary significantly between periods.

The non-GAAP information provided may not be consistent with the methodologies used by other companies. All non-GAAP amounts have been reconciled with reported GAAP results in Tables 5, 6 and 7 of the financial statements provided with this news release.

About Ashland
Ashland Global Holdings Inc. (NYSE: ASH) is a premier global specialty chemicals company serving customers in a wide range of consumer and industrial markets, including adhesives, architectural coatings, automotive, construction, energy, food and beverage, personal care and pharmaceutical. At Ashland, we are nearly 7,000 passionate, tenacious solvers – from renowned scientists and research chemists to talented engineers and plant operators – who thrive on developing practical, innovative and elegant solutions to complex problems for customers in more than 100 countries. Visit ashland.com to learn more.

C-ASH

Forward-Looking Statements
This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Ashland has identified some of these forward-looking statements with words such as “anticipates,” “believes,” “expects,” “estimates,” “is likely,” “predicts,” “projects,” “forecasts,” “objectives,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “plans” and “intends” and the negative of these words or other comparable terminology. Ashland may from time to time make forward-looking statements in its annual reports, quarterly reports and other filings with the SEC, news releases and other written and oral communications. These forward-looking statements are based on Ashland’s expectations and assumptions, as of the date such statements are made, regarding Ashland’s future operating performance and financial condition, as well as the economy and other future events or circumstances. Ashland’s expectations and assumptions include, without limitation, internal forecasts and analyses of current and future market conditions and trends, management plans and strategies, operating efficiencies and economic conditions (such as prices, supply and demand, cost of raw materials, and the ability to recover raw-material cost increases through price increases), and risks and uncertainties associated with the following: the impact of acquisitions and/or divestitures Ashland has made or may make, including the acquisition of Pharmachem (including the possibility that Ashland may not realize the anticipated benefits from such transactions); Ashland’s substantial indebtedness (including the possibility that such indebtedness and related restrictive covenants may adversely affect Ashland’s future cash flows, results of operations, financial condition and its ability to repay debt); the potential that Ashland does not realize all of the expected benefits of the separation of its Valvoline business; and severe weather, natural disasters, cyber events and legal proceedings and claims (including product recalls, environmental and asbestos matters). Various risks and uncertainties may cause actual results to differ materially from those stated, projected or implied by any forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, risks and uncertainties affecting Ashland that are described in Ashland’s most recent Form 10-K (including Item 1A Risk Factors) filed with the SEC, which is available on Ashland’s website at http://investor.ashland.com or on the SEC’s website at http://www.sec.gov. Ashland believes its expectations and assumptions are reasonable, but there can be no assurance that the expectations reflected herein will be achieved. Unless legally required, Ashland undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements made in this news release whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Information on Ashland’s website is not incorporated into or a part of this news release.

(1) Preliminary Results

Financial results are preliminary until Ashland’s Form 10-Q is filed with the SEC.

™ Trademark, Ashland or its subsidiaries, registered in various countries.
 
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:

Investor Relations:
Seth A. Mrozek
+1 (859) 815-3527
samrozek@ashland.com

Media Relations:
Gary Rhodes
+1 (859) 815-3047
glrhodes@ashland.com
 
 
 
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Ashland Global Holdings Inc. and Consolidated Subsidiaries
   
Table 1
 
STATEMENTS OF CONSOLIDATED INCOME
 
(In millions except per share data - preliminary and unaudited)
 
   
   
Three months ended
   
Nine months ended
 
   
June 30
   
June 30
 
   
2017
   
2016
   
2017
   
2016
 
                         
Sales
 
$
870
   
$
790
   
$
2,380
   
$
2,265
 
Cost of sales
   
635
     
554
     
1,727
     
1,581
 
GROSS PROFIT
   
235
     
236
     
653
     
684
 
Selling, general and administrative expense
   
182
     
160
     
493
     
481
 
Research and development expense
   
20
     
22
     
61
     
66
 
Equity and other income
   
4
     
3
     
9
     
7
 
OPERATING INCOME
   
37
     
57
     
108
     
144
 
Net interest and other financing expense
   
51
     
40
     
203
     
125
 
Net gain (loss) on acquisitions and divestitures
   
(6
)
   
3
     
(7
)
   
3
 
INCOME (LOSS) FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS
                               
BEFORE INCOME TAXES
   
(20
)
   
20
     
(102
)
   
22
 
Income tax benefit
   
(4
)
   
(4
)
   
(49
)
   
(39
)
INCOME (LOSS) FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS
   
(16
)
   
24
     
(53
)
   
61
 
Income (loss) from discontinued operations (net of taxes)
   
(14
)
   
47
     
138
     
186
 
NET INCOME (LOSS)
   
(30
)
   
71
     
85
     
247
 
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest
   
3
     
-
     
27
     
-
 
NET INCOME (LOSS) ATTRIBUTABLE TO ASHLAND
 
$
(33
)
 
$
71
   
$
58
   
$
247
 
                                 
DILUTED EARNINGS PER SHARE
                               
Income (loss) from continuing operations attributable to Ashland
 
$
(0.26
)
 
$
0.38
   
$
(0.85
)
 
$
0.95
 
Income (loss) from discontinued operations
   
(0.28
)
   
0.75
     
1.78
     
2.92
 
Net income (loss) attributable to Ashland
 
$
(0.54
)
 
$
1.13
   
$
0.93
   
$
3.87
 
                                 
AVERAGE DILUTED COMMON SHARES OUTSTANDING
   
62
     
63
     
62
     
64
 
                                 
SALES
                               
Specialty Ingredients
 
$
591
   
$
552
   
$
1,617
   
$
1,557
 
Composites
   
209
     
174
     
561
     
508
 
Intermediates and Solvents
   
70
     
64
     
202
     
200
 
   
$
870
   
$
790
   
$
2,380
   
$
2,265
 
                                 
OPERATING INCOME (LOSS)
                               
Specialty Ingredients
 
$
58
   
$
66
   
$
172
   
$
169
 
Composites
   
22
     
17
     
50
     
55
 
Intermediates and Solvents
   
2
     
(1
)
   
(8
)
   
5
 
Unallocated and other
   
(45
)
   
(25
)
   
(106
)
   
(85
)
   
$
37
   
$
57
   
$
108
   
$
144
 


Ashland Global Holdings Inc. and Consolidated Subsidiaries
       
Table 2
 
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
           
(In millions - preliminary and unaudited)
           
             
   
June 30
   
September 30
 
   
2017
   
2016
 
ASSETS
           
Current assets
           
Cash and cash equivalents
 
$
492
   
$
1,017
 
Accounts receivable
   
643
     
529
 
Inventories
   
631
     
539
 
Other assets
   
73
     
89
 
Current assets of discontinued operations
   
-
     
714
 
Total current assets
   
1,839
     
2,888
 
                 
Noncurrent assets
               
Property, plant and equipment
               
Cost
   
3,707
     
3,615
 
Accumulated depreciation
   
1,770
     
1,715
 
Net property, plant and equipment
   
1,937
     
1,900
 
                 
Goodwill
   
2,426
     
2,138
 
Intangibles
   
1,316
     
1,061
 
Restricted investments
   
299
     
292
 
Asbestos insurance receivable
   
211
     
196
 
Equity and other unconsolidated investments
   
32
     
31
 
Deferred income taxes
   
35
     
35
 
Other assets
   
411
     
406
 
Noncurrent assets of discontinued operations
   
-
     
1,053
 
Total noncurrent assets
   
6,667
     
7,112
 
                 
Total assets
 
$
8,506
   
$
10,000
 
                 
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
               
Current liabilities
               
Short-term debt
 
$
223
   
$
170
 
Current portion of long-term debt
   
6
     
-
 
Trade and other payables
   
392
     
376
 
Accrued expenses and other liabilities
   
274
     
313
 
Current liabilities of discontinued operations
   
-
     
379
 
Total current liabilities
   
895
     
1,238
 
                 
Noncurrent liabilities
               
Long-term debt
   
2,584
     
2,325
 
Employee benefit obligations
   
191
     
195
 
Asbestos litigation reserve
   
702
     
686
 
Deferred income taxes
   
374
     
315
 
Other liabilities
   
361
     
361
 
Noncurrent liabilities of discontinued operations
   
-
     
1,715
 
Total noncurrent liabilities
   
4,212
     
5,597
 
                 
Equity
               
Stockholders' equity
   
3,399
     
3,347
 
Noncontrolling interest
   
-
     
(182
)
Total equity
   
3,399
     
3,165
 
                 
Total liabilities and equity
 
$
8,506
   
$
10,000
 
 

Ashland Global Holdings Inc. and Consolidated Subsidiaries
                   
Table 3
 
STATEMENTS OF CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOWS
                       
(In millions - preliminary and unaudited)
                       
   
Three months ended
   
Nine months ended
 
   
June 30
   
June 30
 
   
2017
   
2016
   
2017
   
2016
 
CASH FLOWS PROVIDED (USED) BY OPERATING ACTIVITIES
                       
FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS
                       
Net income (loss)
 
$
(30
)
 
$
71
   
$
85
   
$
247
 
Loss (income) from discontinued operations (net of taxes)
   
14
     
(47
)
   
(138
)
   
(186
)
Adjustments to reconcile income from continuing operations to
                               
cash flows from operating activities
                               
Depreciation and amortization
   
83
     
77
     
218
     
227
 
Original issue discount and debt issuance cost amortization
   
11
     
3
     
108
     
9
 
Deferred income taxes
   
(4
)
   
(3
)
   
(4
)
   
-
 
Equity income from affiliates
   
-
     
(1
)
   
-
     
(1
)
Distributions from equity affiliates
   
1
     
-
     
1
     
1
 
Stock based compensation expense
   
5
     
7
     
14
     
23
 
Loss on early retirement of debt
   
11
     
-
     
9
     
-
 
Gain on available-for-sale securities
   
(2
)
   
(2
)
   
(9
)
   
(6
)
Net loss (gain) on divestitures
   
3
     
(3
)
   
4
     
(3
)
Pension contributions
   
(2
)
   
(9
)
   
(6
)
   
(24
)
Loss (gain) on pension and other postretirement plan remeasurements
   
-
     
-
     
(2
)
   
18
 
Change in operating assets and liabilities   (a)
   
42
     
(5
)
   
(166
)
   
(70
)
Total cash provided by operating activities from continuing operations
   
132
     
88
     
114
     
235
 
                                 
CASH FLOWS PROVIDED (USED) BY INVESTING ACTIVITIES
                               
FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS
                               
Additions to property, plant and equipment
   
(53
)
   
(61
)
   
(126
)
   
(150
)
Proceeds from disposal of property, plant and equipment
   
4
     
-
     
4
     
3
 
Purchase of operations - net of cash acquired
   
(680
)
   
-
     
(680
)
   
-
 
Proceeds from sale of operations or equity investments
   
5
     
2
     
4
     
18
 
Net purchase of funds restricted for specific transactions
   
-
     
(4
)
   
(2
)
   
(4
)
Reimbursements from restricted investments
   
7
     
1
     
19
     
24
 
Purchases of available-for-sale securities
   
-
     
-
     
(19
)
   
(4
)
Proceeds from sales of available-for-sale securities
   
-
     
-
     
19
     
4
 
Proceeds from the settlement of derivative instruments
   
1
     
1
     
5
     
8
 
Payments from the settlement of derivative instruments
   
-
     
(2
)
   
(3
)
   
(2
)
Total cash used by investing activities from continuing operations
   
(716
)
   
(63
)
   
(779
)
   
(103
)
                                 
CASH FLOWS PROVIDED (USED) BY FINANCING ACTIVITIES
                               
FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS
                               
Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt
   
1,100
     
-
     
1,100
     
-
 
Repayment of long-term debt
   
(659
)
   
(14
)
   
(913
)
   
(50
)
Premium on long-term debt repayment
   
(11
)
   
-
     
(17
)
   
-
 
Proceeds from short-term debt
   
220
     
21
     
69
     
389
 
Repurchase of common stock
   
-
     
-
     
-
     
(500
)
Debt issuance costs
   
(14
)
   
(1
)
   
(15
)
   
(2
)
Cash dividends paid
   
(14
)
   
(24
)
   
(62
)
   
(72
)
Excess tax benefits related to share-based payments
   
-
     
1
     
2
     
1
 
Total cash provided (used) by financing activities from continuing operations
   
622
     
(17
)
   
164
     
(234
)
CASH PROVIDED (USED) BY CONTINUING OPERATIONS
   
38
     
8
     
(501
)
   
(102
)
Cash provided (used) by discontinued operations
                               
Operating cash flows
   
63
     
86
     
123
     
170
 
Investing cash flows
   
(215
)
   
(20
)
   
(293
)
   
(104
)
Financing cash flows
   
-
     
-
     
(17
)
   
-
 
Effect of currency exchange rate changes on cash and
                               
cash equivalents
   
1
     
5
     
(8
)
   
(6
)
INCREASE (DECREASE) IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS
   
(113
)
   
79
     
(696
)
   
(42
)
Cash, beginning of period held by Ashland
   
470
     
1,136
     
1,017
     
1,257
 
Cash, beginning of period held by Valvoline and reported as discontinued operations
   
135
     
-
     
171
     
-
 
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS - BEGINNING OF PERIOD
   
605
     
1,136
     
1,188
     
1,257
 
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS - END OF PERIOD
 
$
492
   
$
1,215
   
$
492
   
$
1,215
 
                                 
DEPRECIATION AND AMORTIZATION
                               
Specialty Ingredients
 
$
70
   
$
61
   
$
178
   
$
184
 
Composites
   
5
     
6
     
16
     
16
 
Intermediates and Solvents
   
8
     
8
     
23
     
23
 
Unallocated and other
   
-
     
2
     
1
     
4
 
   
$
83
   
$
77
   
$
218
   
$
227
 
ADDITIONS TO PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT
                               
Specialty Ingredients
 
$
38
   
$
45
   
$
96
   
$
122
 
Composites
   
11
     
5
     
17
     
9
 
Intermediates and Solvents
   
2
     
4
     
7
     
9
 
Unallocated and other
   
2
     
7
     
6
     
10
 
   
$
53
   
$
61
   
$
126
   
$
150
 
                                 
(a) Excludes changes resulting from operations acquired or sold.
                               

Ashland Global Holdings Inc. and Consolidated Subsidiaries
                   
Table 4
 
INFORMATION BY INDUSTRY SEGMENT
                       
(In millions - preliminary and unaudited)
                       
                         
   
Three months ended
   
Nine months ended
 
   
June 30
   
June 30
 
   
2017
   
2016
   
2017
   
2016
 
SPECIALTY INGREDIENTS
                       
Sales per shipping day
 
$
9.2
   
$
8.6
   
$
8.6
   
$
8.2
 
Metric tons sold (thousands)
   
83.7
     
81.8
     
237.0
     
227.8
 
Gross profit as a percent of sales (a)
   
30.6
%
   
33.2
%
   
32.4
%
   
33.6
%
COMPOSITES
                               
Sales per shipping day
 
$
3.3
   
$
2.7
   
$
3.0
   
$
2.7
 
Metric tons sold (thousands)
   
88.5
     
80.2
     
251.6
     
233.9
 
Gross profit as a percent of sales (a)
   
21.0
%
   
23.3
%
   
20.2
%
   
23.6
%
INTERMEDIATES AND SOLVENTS
                               
Sales per shipping day
 
$
1.1
   
$
1.0
   
$
1.1
   
$
1.1
 
Metric tons sold (thousands)
   
34.4
     
34.5
     
109.8
     
103.2
 
Gross profit as a percent of sales (a)
   
14.3
%
   
9.0
%
   
6.7
%
   
13.3
%
                                 
(a) Gross profit as a percent of sales is defined as sales, less cost of sales divided by sales.
 
 

Ashland Global Holdings Inc. and Consolidated Subsidiaries
                         
Table 5
 
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP DATA - INCOME (LOSS) FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS
                   
(In millions - preliminary and unaudited)
                             
                               
   
Three Months Ended June 30, 2017
 
   
Specialty
         
Intermediates
   
Unallocated
       
   
Ingredients
   
Composites
   
and Solvents
   
& Other
   
Total
 
OPERATING INCOME (LOSS)
                             
Separation and restructuring costs
 
$
(13
)
 
$
-
   
$
-
   
$
(29
)
 
$
(42
)
Environmental reserve adjustment
   
-
     
-
     
-
     
(9
)
   
(9
)
Inventory fair value adjustment
   
(1
)
   
-
     
-
     
-
     
(1
)
All other operating income (loss)
   
72
     
22
     
2
     
(7
)
   
89
 
Operating income (loss)
   
58
     
22
     
2
     
(45
)
   
37
 
                                         
NET INTEREST AND OTHER FINANCING EXPENSE
                                       
Key items
                           
20
     
20
 
All other interest and other financing expense
                           
31
     
31
 
                                         
NET LOSS ON ACQUISITIONS AND DIVESTITURES
                                       
Key items
                           
(6
)
   
(6
)
All other net loss on acquisitions and divestitures
                           
-
     
-
 
                                         
INCOME TAX EXPENSE (BENEFIT)
                                       
Key items
                           
(21
)
   
(21
)
Discrete items
                           
11
     
11
 
All other income tax expense
                           
6
     
6
 
                             
(4
)
   
(4
)
INCOME (LOSS) FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS
 
$
58
   
$
22
   
$
2
   
$
(98
)
 
$
(16
)
                                         
   
Three Months Ended June 30, 2016
 
   
Specialty
           
Intermediates
   
Unallocated
         
   
Ingredients
   
Composites
   
and Solvents
   
& Other
   
Total
 
OPERATING INCOME (LOSS)
                                       
Separation and restructuring costs
 
$
(4
)
 
$
-
   
$
-
   
$
(28
)
 
$
(32
)
Environmental reserve adjustment
   
(2
)
   
-
     
-
     
(13
)
   
(15
)
Customer claim adjustment
   
5
     
-
     
-
     
-
     
5
 
Legacy benefit for former directors
   
-
     
-
     
-
     
11
     
11
 
All other operating income (loss)
   
67
     
17
     
(1
)
   
5
     
88
 
Operating income (loss)
   
66
     
17
     
(1
)
   
(25
)
   
57
 
                                         
NET INTEREST AND OTHER FINANCING EXPENSE
                           
40
     
40
 
                                         
NET GAIN ON DIVESTITURES
                           
3
     
3
 
                                         
INCOME TAX EXPENSE (BENEFIT)
                                       
Key items
                           
(6
)
   
(6
)
All other income tax expense
                           
2
     
2
 
                             
(4
)
   
(4
)
INCOME (LOSS) FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS
 
$
66
   
$
17
   
$
(1
)
 
$
(58
)
 
$
24
 

Ashland Global Holdings Inc. and Consolidated Subsidiaries
                   
Table 6
 
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP DATA - FREE CASH FLOW
                     
(In millions - preliminary and unaudited)
                         
                           
 
Three months ended
   
Nine months ended
 
 
June 30
   
June 30
 
Free cash flow (a)
2017
 
2016
   
2017
 
2016
 
Total cash flows provided by operating activities
                         
from continuing operations
 
$
132
   
$
88
     
$
114
   
$
235
 
Adjustments:
                                 
Additions to property, plant and equipment
   
(53
)
   
(61
)
     
(126
)
   
(150
)
Free cash flows
 
$
79
   
$
27
     
$
(12
)
 
$
85
 

(a)
Free cash flow is defined as cash flows provided by operating activities less additions to property, plant and equipment and other items Ashland has deemed non operational (if applicable).

Ashland Global Holdings Inc. and Consolidated Subsidiaries
       
Table 7
 
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP DATA - ADJUSTED EBITDA
           
(In millions - preliminary and unaudited)
           
             
   
Three months ended
 
   
June 30
 
Adjusted EBITDA - Ashland Global Holdings Inc.
 
2017
   
2016
 
Net income (loss)
 
$
(30
)
 
$
71
 
Income tax benefit
   
(4
)
   
(4
)
Net interest and other financing expense
   
51
     
40
 
Depreciation and amortization (a)
   
72
     
76
 
EBITDA
   
89
     
183
 
Loss (income) from discontinued operations (net of taxes)
   
14
     
(47
)
Net loss on acquisitons and divestitures
   
6
     
-
 
Operating key items (see Table 5)
   
52
     
31
 
Adjusted EBITDA
 
$
161
   
$
167
 
                 
Adjusted EBITDA - Specialty Ingredients
               
Operating income
 
$
58
   
$
66
 
Add:
               
Depreciation and amortization (a)
   
59
     
61
 
Key items (see Table 5)
   
14
     
1
 
Adjusted EBITDA
 
$
131
   
$
128
 
                 
Adjusted EBITDA - Composites
               
Operating income
 
$
22
   
$
17
 
Add:
               
Depreciation and amortization
   
5
     
6
 
Key items (see Table 5)
   
-
     
-
 
Adjusted EBITDA
 
$
27
   
$
23
 
                 
                 
Adjusted EBITDA - Intermediates and Solvents
               
Operating income (loss)
 
$
2
   
$
(1
)
Add:
               
Depreciation and amortization
   
8
     
8
 
Key items (see Table 5)
   
-
     
-
 
Adjusted EBITDA
 
$
10
   
$
7
 

(a)
Depreciation and amortization excludes accelerated depreciation of $11 million for Specialty Ingredients and $1 million for Unallocated and other for the three months ended June 30, 2017 and 2016, respectively, which are included as key items within this table.


Exhibit 99.2
 
 Third-Quarter Fiscal 2017 Earnings  August 1, 2017  / efficacy usability allure integrity profitability 
 

 Forward-Looking StatementsThis presentation contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Ashland has identified some of these forward-looking statements with words such as “anticipates,” “believes,” “expects,” “estimates,” “is likely,” “predicts,” “projects,” “forecasts,” “objectives,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “plans” and “intends” and the negative of these words or other comparable terminology. Ashland may from time to time make forward-looking statements in its annual reports, quarterly reports and other filings with the SEC, news releases and other written and oral communications. These forward-looking statements are based on Ashland’s expectations and assumptions, as of the date such statements are made, regarding Ashland’s future operating performance and financial condition, as well as the economy and other future events or circumstances. Ashland’s expectations and assumptions include, without limitation, internal forecasts and analyses of current and future market conditions and trends, management plans and strategies, operating efficiencies and economic conditions (such as prices, supply and demand, cost of raw materials, and the ability to recover raw-material cost increases through price increases), and risks and uncertainties associated with the following: the impact of acquisitions and/or divestitures Ashland has made or may make, including the acquisition of Pharmachem (including the possibility that Ashland may not realize the anticipated benefits from such transactions); Ashland’s substantial indebtedness (including the possibility that such indebtedness and related restrictive covenants may adversely affect Ashland’s future cash flows, results of operations, financial condition and its ability to repay debt); the potential that Ashland does not realize all of the expected benefits of the separation of its Valvoline business; and severe weather, natural disasters, cyber events and legal proceedings and claims (including product recalls, environmental and asbestos matters). Various risks and uncertainties may cause actual results to differ materially from those stated, projected or implied by any forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, risks and uncertainties affecting Ashland that are described in Ashland’s most recent Form 10-K (including Item 1A Risk Factors) filed with the SEC, which is available on Ashland’s website at http://investor.ashland.com or on the SEC’s website at http://www.sec.gov. Ashland believes its expectations and assumptions are reasonable, but there can be no assurance that the expectations reflected herein will be achieved. Unless legally required, Ashland undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements made in this presentation whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Information on Ashland’s website is not incorporated into or a part of this presentation.Regulation G: Adjusted ResultsThe information presented herein regarding certain unaudited adjusted results does not conform to generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (U.S. GAAP) and should not be construed as an alternative to the reported results determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP. Ashland has included this non-GAAP information to assist in understanding the operating performance of the company and its reportable segments. The non-GAAP information provided may not be consistent with the methodologies used by other companies. All non-GAAP information related to previous Ashland filings with the SEC has been reconciled with reported U.S. GAAP results.  2 
 

 Fiscal Third Quarter 2017Highlights1  Reported GAAP loss from continuing operations of $0.26 per diluted shareAdjusted earnings of $0.83 vs. $0.78 per diluted share in prior yearTotal sales growth of 10 percent to $870 millionClosed on the acquisition of Pharmachem Laboratories, Inc.Completed the final separation of Valvoline Inc.  Adj. EPS  $0.78   $0.70  $0.83  Q3 2016  Vol /Mix  Acq/Div Other2  Margin  SG&A  (4)  10  161  167  (1)  Q3 2017  2  ($, Millions)  ($, Millions)  Factors affecting year-over-year EBITDA  (11)  FX  293  Ashland‘s earnings releases dated August 1, 2017, and April 25, 2017, available on Ashland's website at http://investor.ashland.com, reconcile adjusted amounts to amounts reported under GAAP. Acquisitions include Pharmachem Laboratories, Inc. and the composites facility in Etain, France. The three months ended June 30, 2016 includes $17 million of pension income, less $6 million of stranded costs, related to Valvoline, Inc.  3  (2)  Pension /Stranded3 
 

 Fiscal Third Quarter – Continuing OperationsKey Items Affecting Income        Excluding intangible amortization, adjusted EPS would have been 23 cents higher, or $1.06 per diluted share  4 
 

 Ashland Global Holdings Inc.Adjusted Results Summary1  Ashland‘s earnings releases dated August 1, 2017, and April 25, 2017, available on Ashland's website at http://investor.ashland.com, reconcile adjusted amounts to amounts reported under GAAP. The three months ended June 30, 2016 includes $17 million of pension income, less $6 million of stranded costs, related to Valvoline, Inc.  Total sales of $870 million represents year-over-year growth of 10 percentAdjusted EBITDA of $161 million and adjusted EBITDA margin of 18.5 percent          5 
 

 Specialty IngredientsAdjusted Results Summary1  Sales increased $39 million, or 7 percent, to $591 million in the third quarterAdjusted EBITDA of $131 million increased 2 percent over the prior year          Ashland‘s earnings releases dated August 1, 2017, and April 25, 2017, available on Ashland's website at http://investor.ashland.com, reconcile adjusted amounts to amounts reported under GAAP.   6 
 

 CompositesAdjusted Results Summary1  Sales of $209 million represents year-over-year growth of 20 percentAdjusted EBITDA of $27 million increased 17 percent over the prior year  Ashland‘s earnings releases dated August 1, 2017, and April 25, 2017, available on Ashland's website at http://investor.ashland.com, reconcile adjusted amounts to amounts reported under GAAP.           7 
 

 Intermediates & SolventsAdjusted Results Summary1  Sales of $70 million represents year-over-year growth of 9 percentAdjusted EBITDA of $10 million increased 43 percent over the prior year  Ashland‘s earnings releases dated August 1, 2017, and April 25, 2017, available on Ashland's website at http://investor.ashland.com, reconcile adjusted amounts to amounts reported under GAAP.           8 
 

 Fiscal Third Quarter 2017Corporate Items  Adjusted corporate unallocated and other operating expense of $7 millionFiscal fourth quarter expectation of $10-$15 million expenseNet interest expense of $31 millionFiscal fourth quarter expectation of $30-$35 million expenseEffective tax rate of 11 percentFiscal fourth quarter expectation 15%-20%Trade Working Capital1 for the quarter was 23 percent of salesCapital expenditures totaled $53 millionFiscal fourth quarter expectation of $80-$85 millionOperating cash flow of $132 million; free cash flow2 of $79 millionFY 2017 expectation for free cash flow2 of $90-$100 million which includes approximately $75 million of one-time separation and severance-related payments  1 Trade Working Capital defined as trade accounts receivables plus inventories minus trade accounts payables.2 Definition of free cash flow: operating cash less capital expenditures and other items Ashland has deemed non-operational.   9 
 

 Ashland Investor Day, May 2017Financial targets to create shareholder value  10  Note: Adjusted EPS growth, Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow are forward looking non-GAAP financial measures. See Slide 26 for an explanation for why reconciliations are not available to the most directly comparable forward looking GAAP financial measure; 1. Cumulative Free Cash Flow generation over target period less certain key items; 2. New and Proprietary Product Sales defined as new products in the market for <= 5 years and patented products for life of patent * = 2021 Adjusted EBITDA Target    New actions to sustain and grow premium mixEvolve business portfolioImplement new market strategiesExpand new and proprietary product sales2 (NPI)New initiatives to improve competitivenessAsset utilization programsPrice to value effortsSG&A inflation initiatives      Ensure CapEx plus changes in working capital <6.5% per year        Adjusted Specialty Ingredients EBITDA (%) >25%*  Cashgeneration1$1B+   Adjusted EPS growth (CAGR)>15%  2018 – 2021 Performance Targets 
 

 Appendix A: Bridges 
 

 Ashland Q3 FY 2016 vs. Q3 FY 2017Sales and Adjusted EBITDA Bridges  2%  Q3 2016  Volume / Mix  790  870  ($ millions)Preliminary  Sales increased $80 million, or 10 percent, compared to the prior-year quarterAdjusted EBITDA of $161 million compared to $167 million in the prior-year quarterPrior-year adjusted EBITDA includes $11 million of pension income less stranded costs related to Valvoline   Acquisitions include Pharmachem Laboratories, Inc. and the composites facility in Etain, France.The three months ended June 30, 2016 includes $17 million of pension income, less $6 million of stranded costs, related to Valvoline, Inc.  4%  (1%)  5%  Sales  Price  FX  Acq/Div/Other1  Q3 2017  10  Q3 2016  Volume/ Mix  167  161  (4)  (1)  2  (11)  Adjusted EBITDA  Margin  SG&A  FX  Acq/Div/Other1  Q3 2017  12  (2)  Pension /Stranded2 
 

 Specialty IngredientsSales and Adjusted EBITDA Bridges  1%  Q3 2016  Volume / Mix  552  591  ($ millions)Preliminary  Sales increased $39 million, or 7 percent, to $591 million in the third quarterSales growth achieved through positive volume/mix, pricing and acquisitionsAdjusted EBITDA of $131 million increased 2 percent over the prior year  1%  (1%)  6%  Sales  Price  FX  Acq/Div/ Other1  Q3 2017  5  Q3 2016  Volume/ Mix  128  131  (5)  (1)  (2)  6  Adjusted EBITDA  Margin  SG&A  FX  Q3 2017  Acq/Div/ Other1  13  Acquisitions include Pharmachem Laboratories, Inc. 
 

 CompositesSales and Adjusted EBITDA Bridges  7%  Q3 2016  Volume / Mix  174  209  ($ millions)Preliminary  Sales increased $35 million, or 20 percent, to $209 million in the third quarterSales growth achieved through positive volume/mix, pricing and acquisitionsAdjusted EBITDA of $27 million increased 17 percent over the prior year  11%  (1%)  3%  Sales  Price  FX  Acq/Div/ Other1  Q3 2017  3  Q3 2016  Volume/ Mix  23  27  0  2  0  (1)  Adjusted EBITDA  Margin  SG&A  FX  Q3 2017  Acq/Div/ Other1  14  Acquisitions include the composites facility in Etain, France. 
 

 Intermediates & SolventsSales and Adjusted EBITDA Bridges  5%  Q3 2016  Volume / Mix  64  70  ($ millions)Preliminary  Sales increased $6 million, or 9 percent, to $70 million in the third quarterSales growth achieved through positive volume/mix and improved pricingAdjusted EBITDA of $10 million increased 43 percent over the prior year  6%  (2%)  0%  Sales  Price  FX  Acq/Div/Other  Q3 2017  2  Q3 2016  Volume/ Mix  7  10  1  0  0  0  Adjusted EBITDA  Margin  SG&A  FX  Q3 2017  Acq/Div/Other  15 
 

 Appendix B: Volume Trends and Liquidity and Net Debt 
 

 Period Ended  1 Excludes volumes associated with divestitures of biocides and exited redispersible powders (RDP) product line for all periods. Includes volumes associated with Pharmachem.  Rolling Four Quarters  Normalized Volume Trends1  17 
 

     Liquidity and Net Debt    ($ in millions)        18 
 

 Scheduled Debt Payments  ($ in millions)  19 
 

 Appendix C: Business Profiles  12 Months Ended June 30, 2017 
 

 Corporate Profile  By business unit  By geography  1 For 12 months ended June 30, 2017.2 Ashland includes only U.S. and Canada in its North America designation.  North America240%  Asia Pacific19%  LatinAmerica/Other - 9%  Europe 32%    SpecialtyIngredients69%  Intermediates and Solvents8%  Composites23%  Sales1 - $3.1 Billion  21   
 

 Corporate Profile  For 12 months ended June 30, 2017. See Appendix D for reconciliation to amounts reported under GAAP.  NYSE Ticker Symbol:  ASH  Total Employees:  ~7,000   Outside North America  ~50%  Number of Countries in Which Ashland Has Sales:  More than 100  SpecialtyIngredients83%  Intermediates and Solvents3%  Adjusted EBITDA1 - $552 Million  22   
 

 Specialty Ingredients  Salesby Market2  For 12 Months Ended June 30, 2017Sales: $2.1 billionAdjusted EBITDA: $479 million1Adjusted EBITDA Margin: 22.3%1  Salesby Product  Cellulosics 37%  PVP19%  Adhesives 16%  North America 39%  AsiaPacific 20%  Europe 31%  Latin America/Other – 10%  Actives – 6%  Vinyl Ethers6%  Salesby Geography3  1 See Appendix D for reconciliation to amounts reported under GAAP.2 Within the Sales by Market chart above, Industrial Specialties are presented in green and Consumer Specialties are presented in blue.3 Includes Pharmachem’s sales for the period May 17, 2017 through June 30, 2017, the period for which Pharmachem was owned.  23  A global leader of cellulose ethers, vinyl pyrrolidones and biofunctionals  Pharmachem3 2%  Pharmachem3 2% 
 

 Composites  Salesby Geography  For 12 Months Ended June 30, 2017Sales: $722 millionAdjusted EBITDA: $80 million1Adjusted EBITDA Margin: 11.1%1  Salesby Product  UPR/VER383%  Gel coats and other17%  Construction: Residential19%  Marine 23%  Construction:Industrial40%  Salesby Market  North America48%  Asia Pacific – 15%  Europe29%  Latin America/Other 8%  Transportation 11%  Construction: Infrastructure 7%  1 See Appendix D for reconciliation to amounts reported under GAAP.2 UPR stands for unsaturated polyester resins and VER stands for vinyl ester resins.  24  A global leader in unsaturated polyester resins, vinyl ester resins and gel coats 
 

 Intermediates and Solvents  Salesby Geography  For 12 Months Ended June 30, 2017Sales: $263 millionAdjusted EBITDA: $18 million1Adjusted EBITDA Margin: 6.8%1  Salesby Product  Butanediol39%  Derivatives61%  GeneralIndustrial 28%  Plastics/Polymers32%  Salesby Application  North America 22%  Asia Pacific 17%  Europe 58%  Latin America/Other 3%  1 See Appendix D for reconciliation to amounts reported under GAAP.  25  A global leader in butanediol and related derivatives  Pharma 16%  Agriculture7% 
 

 Appendix D: Non-GAAP Reconciliation1  Although Ashland provides forward looking guidance for adjusted EBITDA in this presentation, Ashland is not reaffirming or providing forward-looking guidance for U.S. GAAP reported financial measures or a reconciliation of forward-looking non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable U.S. GAAP measure because it is unable to predict with reasonable certainty the ultimate outcome of certain significant items without unreasonable effort. 
 

 Ashland Global Holdings Inc. and Consolidated SubsidiariesReconciliation of Non-GAAP Data for 12 Months Ended June 30, 2017  North America2__%  Asia Pacific__%  LatinAmerica/Other - _%  Europe __%  AshlandSpecialtyIngredients__%  AshlandPerformanceMaterials__%  Valvoline__%  1 Quarterly totals may not sum to actual results due to quarterly rounding conventions. Calculation of adjusted EBITDA for each quarter has been reconciled within certain financial filings with the SEC and posted on Ashland's website for each reportable segment.   27 
 

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Exhibit 99.3
 
Third Quarter Fiscal 2017 Earnings Prepared Comments

Ashland released results for the quarter ended June 30, 2017, at approximately 5 p.m. EDT today. These results are preliminary until we file our Form 10-Q with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). A copy of the news release, a slide presentation and these prepared remarks have been furnished to the SEC in a Form 8-K. These prepared remarks should be read in conjunction with the slide presentation and news release.

We will host a conference call and webcast on Wednesday, August 2, 2017, at 9 a.m. EDT to discuss these results.
 

Slide 2: Forward Looking Statements, Regulation G: Adjusted Results

Our remarks include forward-looking statements, as such term is defined under U.S. securities law.

We believe any such statements are based on reasonable assumptions, but cannot assure that such expectations will be achieved.

Please also note that we will be discussing adjusted results in this presentation. We believe this enhances understanding of our performance by more accurately reflecting our ongoing business.
 

Slide 3: Highlights

The Ashland team took action to drive year-over-year increases in sales and earnings during the third quarter, our first as a pure-play specialty chemicals company following the successful final separation of Valvoline in May. Within Specialty Ingredients, the team delivered a 7 percent sales increase. The acquisition of Pharmachem, which was completed earlier than anticipated, was an important contributor to the sales gain in the quarter. Within Composites, sales grew by 20 percent, reflecting strong volume growth in numerous global end markets and disciplined pricing. Within Intermediates and Solvents, sales rose 9 percent amid improving global demand and a continued recovery in butanediol pricing. In the aggregate, the combined earnings results from the three operating segments exceeded the outlooks provided in late April.

During the quarter, Ashland reported a GAAP loss from continuing operations of $0.26 per diluted share compared to earnings of $0.38 per diluted share in the year-ago period. Key items during the quarter amounted to $1.09 per diluted share composed primarily of separation and restructuring costs associated with the Valvoline separation, financing charges related to Ashland’s debt issuance and refinancing, and a discrete tax adjustment.

After adjusting for key items, earnings per share from continuing operations increased 6 percent to $0.83 versus $0.78 in the year-ago period. The $0.05 per share increase was due to greater operating income from Ashland’s three operating segments and lower overall interest expense. These items were partially offset by the net effect of pension-related income and stranded costs that are included in the prior-year period and a higher tax rate. Please note that adjusted EPS of $0.78 in the year-ago period include the following:

1) approximately $17 million of pension income related to pension assets and liabilities that were transferred to Valvoline as part of the Valvoline separation, and
2) approximately $6 million of stranded corporate costs that had previously been allocated to Valvoline.

Results for the year-ago period have been restated to reclassify all results directly related to Valvoline, except for these two items which were not directly attributable to Valvoline during 2016, to discontinued operations. The net impact to EPS from these two items was approximately $0.12 per diluted prior-year share and is included in the prior-year results.

During the quarter, Ashland closed the previously-announced acquisition of Pharmachem. We were excited to close the Pharmachem transaction and welcome their talented team to our organization. The integration is on track, with Pharmachem accretive to earnings in the third quarter, and we anticipate achieving meaningful cost synergies from leveraging combined capabilities, as well as tax synergies driven by the integration of Pharmachem into our global business structure. We also see a number of growth opportunities, as Pharmachem will enhance our position in fast-growing nutraceutical end markets, open a new opportunity within fragrances and flavors, and bolster Ashland’s food ingredient division by adding customized functional solutions.
 

Also during the quarter and in conjunction with the Pharmachem acquisition, Ashland refinanced a portion of its debt by entering into a new senior secured credit agreement which includes an $800 million five-year revolving facility, a $250 million three-year term loan A, and a $250 million five-year term loan A. In addition, Ashland obtained a new $600 million seven-year senior secured term loan B to retire the 3.875% senior notes due 2018.
 

Slide 4: Key Items Affecting Income

In total, six key items had a net unfavorable impact on EPS from continuing operations of $1.09 in the third quarter. These items were as follows:

·
$34 million after-tax costs primarily related to the Valvoline separation and the closure of a Specialty Ingredients plant;
·
$6 million after-tax charge related to an environmental reserve adjustment;
·
$1 million after-tax charge for an inventory fair market value step-up adjustment for active Pharmachem inventory;
·
$12 million after-tax costs related to financing charges;
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$4 million after-tax loss on acquisitions and divestitures;
·
$11 million after-tax charge related to discrete tax adjustments.

The year-ago quarter included four key items with a net unfavorable impact on EPS from continuing operations of $0.40.

Excluding intangible amortization, adjusted EPS would have been $0.23 higher or $1.06 per diluted share.
 

Slide 5: Adjusted Results Summary

Discontinued Operations
Results for the year-ago period have been recast on an Ashland-only basis such that all results directly related to Valvoline have been moved to discontinued operations. Pension income for plans transferred to Valvoline and stranded costs which were not directly attributable to Valvoline during 2016 are required to be maintained in continuing operations. The net impact to adjusted EBITDA from the pension income and stranded costs was approximately $11 million and is included in the prior-year results. Note that restated results for the fourth fiscal quarter of 2016 will also include pension income and stranded costs which were not directly attributable to Valvoline during 2016.

New Reportable Segments
Subsequent to completing the separation of Valvoline Inc. during the current quarter, Ashland's operations are now managed within the following three reportable segments: Specialty Ingredients, Composites and Intermediates and Solvents (I&S). In previous periods, Composites and I&S were reporting units included within the Ashland Performance Materials reportable segment.

June 2017 YTD Adjusted EPS “Baseline”
Beginning with this June quarter, we have revised the previous financial information due to the final distribution of Valvoline in May. The results for Valvoline are now included in discontinued operations. Consequently, the revised Ashland-only EPS from continuing operations for the first, second and third quarters of fiscal 2017 were a loss of $1.05, income of $0.46 and a loss of $0.26, respectively. In addition, the revised Ashland-only adjusted (for key items) EPS from continuing operations for the first, second and third quarters of fiscal 2017 was $0.14, $0.70 and $0.83, respectively.
 

Slide 6: Specialty Ingredients – Adjusted Results Summary

Specialty Ingredients Third-Quarter Performance Summary
Specialty Ingredients reported sales of $591 million for the third quarter, a 7 percent increase from prior year. Approximately six percentage points of this increase, or $36 million, was driven by the successful completion of the Pharmachem acquisition. The sales increase also was supported by pricing and mix improvements for Ashland’s value-added products sold into the Consumer Specialties and Industrial Specialties end markets. The Ashland team has made good progress in offsetting increased raw material costs through disciplined pricing plus price-to-value initiatives, and as a result maintained consistent gross margins when compared to the prior year. With the addition of approximately $7 million of EBITDA from Pharmachem in the third quarter, total adjusted EBITDA increased 2 percent, to $131 million, which was at the upper end of the outlook range.

Consumer Specialties sales and volumes grew by 16 percent and 11 percent, respectively, compared to the prior-year period. As previously noted, Pharmachem contributed strongly to these overall results. Ashland’s personal care team reported a strong quarter, led by disciplined volume and price execution within the oral and skin care end markets. In pharma, positive mix led to improved margins, despite a slight overall sales decline. Industrial Specialties’ sales increased by 1 percent while volumes declined by 1 percent when compared to the prior year. Recent softening of industry demand for architectural coatings ingredients was more than offset by year-over-year sales gains in energy.

Outlook
For the fourth quarter, Specialty Ingredients’ sales are expected to be in the range of $590-$610 million, compared to $532 million in the year-ago quarter, as we expect to continue gaining momentum through pricing initiatives. Adjusted EBITDA is expected to be in the range of $135-$145 million, versus $126 million in the year-ago quarter. This outlook includes the full contribution of fourth-quarter results from Pharmachem and exclude sales of $9 million and EBITDA of $1 million from a joint venture in China, which primarily serves the construction end market, that Ashland chose to exit. Also during the quarter, year-over-year price increases are expected to be greater than year-over-year raw material cost increases.

For fiscal 2017, Specialty Ingredients expects adjusted EBITDA to be at the upper end of the previously communicated range of $485-$500 million, reflecting the continued progress in pricing initiatives and the strong earnings contribution from Pharmachem.

The depreciation and amortization expense associated with the Pharmachem acquisition is estimated to be approximately $6 million in fourth quarter.
 

Slide 7: Composites – Adjusted Results Summary

Composites Third-Quarter Performance Summary
As noted earlier, in previous periods Composites was included within the Ashland Performance Materials reportable segment.

Composites reported sales of $209 million for the third quarter, a 20 percent increase from prior year. This was driven by a 10 percent increase in volumes resulting from strong demand for our value-added products in North America and Asia, as well as the addition of volumes from the facility in Etain, France, that Ashland recently acquired from Reichhold. The Etain facility contributed approximately three percentage points to the sales increase with a small EBITDA contribution given the timing of the acquisition. Disciplined pricing execution was necessary to offset a sharp rise in raw material prices – namely styrene – during the previous quarter. Composites reported adjusted EBITDA of $27 million, a 17 percent increase over the prior-year period.

Outlook
For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017, Composites expects sales to be in the range of $200-$210 million, reflecting continued volume growth, disciplined pricing and a full-quarter contribution from the Etain composites facility, compared to $162 million in the year-ago quarter. Adjusted EBITDA is expected to be in the range of $20-$25 million, compared to $14 million in the year-ago quarter.
 

Slide 8: Intermediates & Solvents – Adjusted Results Summary

Intermediates & Solvents (I&S) Third-Quarter Performance Summary
As noted earlier, in previous periods I&S was included within the Ashland Performance Materials reportable segment.

I&S reported sales of $70 million for the third quarter, a 9 percent increase from prior year. This strong growth was driven by the successful implementation of price increases for butanediol (BDO), consistent with improving global supply-demand dynamics. Mix also contributed to year-over-year sales growth due to strong execution by the I&S team. During the quarter, I&S reported adjusted EBITDA of $10 million, a 43 percent increase over the prior-year period.

On a combined basis, in the third quarter, the reported sales and adjusted EBITDA results for the Composites and Intermediates and Solvents reportable segments exceeded the outlook range provided at the beginning of the quarter for the former Ashland Performance Materials reportable segment.

Outlook
For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017, I&S expects sales to be in the range of $75-$85 million, reflecting continued mix and price improvements, compared to $60 million in the year-ago quarter. Adjusted EBITDA is expected to be in the range of $10-$15 million, compared to $3 million in the year-ago quarter.

As part of our ongoing thorough and focused assessment of the role of I&S in the Ashland portfolio, we feel that now is not the time to pursue any strategic action. First, there is an upgrade to the business outlook given improving market conditions. Second, we have the operational initiatives in place to drive further improvement. We remain committed to addressing the volatility associated with the business, though the timing for strategic action is unlikely in the next several quarters.
 

Slide 9: Fiscal Third Quarter 2017 – Corporate Items

Corporate unallocated and other expense
Ashland reported adjusted corporate unallocated operating expense of $7 million during the third quarter, consistent with the expected range of $7-$9 million and primarily composed of legacy costs and stranded cost related to Valvoline.

During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017, Ashland expects corporate unallocated operating expense in the range of $10-$15 million, composed primarily of environmental expense related to divested businesses and other legacy costs.

Net interest expense
Net interest expense in the quarter, after adjusted for key items totaled $31 million, consistent with the expectation of $31-$34 million due to lower debt balances.

During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017, Ashland expects net interest expense in the range of $30-$35 million.

Effective tax rate
Ashland’s effective tax rate for quarter, after adjusting for key items, was 11 percent, consistent with the expected range of 10-15 percent and reflecting Ashland’s global business platform.

For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017, Ashland expects an annual effective tax rate, after adjusting for key items, of 15-20 percent, reflecting income mix and discrete items. For fiscal 2017, Ashland continues to expect an annual effective tax rate, after adjusting for key items, of 10-15 percent, reflecting Ashland’s global business platform.

Trade working capital
Trade working capital for the quarter was 23 percent of sales.

Capital expenditures
Capital expenditures were $53 million during the quarter, compared to $61 million in the prior-year period. Ashland expects capital expenditures of $80-$85 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017, and continues to expect capex for fiscal 2017 to be in the range of $205-$215 million, excluding Valvoline.

Operating cash flow
Operating cash flow during the quarter was $132 million compared to $88 million in the prior-year period. The increase is primarily due to higher operating segment earnings and positive changes in balance sheet items.

Free cash flow
Free cash flow during the quarter was $79 compared to $27 million in the prior-year period. The increase is primarily due to higher operating segment earnings and positive changes balance sheet items.
 

Ashland continues to expect free cash flow in the range of $90-$100 million during fiscal 2017. This range includes approximately $75 million of one-time separation and severance-related payments.

Liquidity
Ashland’s liquidity position remains very strong. At the quarter end, Ashland had approximately $1.1 billion of available liquidity, including $492 million in cash. The majority of this cash is held outside the US.

Diluted share count
For adjusted EPS purposes, we expect weighted average diluted share count to be approximately 64 million shares for the fourth fiscal quarter of 2017.
 

Slide 10: Financial targets to create shareholder value
 
Looking out over the longer term, we have established aggressive new financial targets for fiscal 2018 through fiscal 2021. As outlined at Ashland’s Investor Day in New York City in early May, these targets are: adjusted earnings per share growth (compound annual growth rate) of at least 15 percent; adjusted EBITDA margins for Specialty Ingredients of at least 25 percent, and cash generation of at least $1 billion.

This growth will be driven by seven core levers. These levers include specific actions to sustain and grow Ashland’s premium mix, such as through new market strategies and successful product introductions. The levers also include new initiatives to improve our competitiveness, such as through better asset utilization, price-to-value initiatives and cost management.

We are already making substantial progress toward executing on these strategic levers and are committed to delivering these results to create shareholder value.
 

End of Prepared Remarks