Consumer SpecialtiesConsumer Specialties delivered strong results in the quarter while positioning the business for enhanced future profitability through the rationalization of its manufacturing footprint with the closure of the Acetate facility at its Spondon site. Net sales in fourth quarter of 2012 were $281 million as compared to $306 million in the prior year period primarily due to 13 percent lower volumes as a result of the facility closure. Pricing was 5 percent higher than the prior year on continued strong global demand. Fourth quarter operating EBITDA was $86 million, a $13 million increase over the prior year as cost efficiencies from the footprint rationalization and higher pricing more than overcame lower volumes. Operating profit increased to $60 million from $59 million in fourth quarter of last year.
Celanese Corporation Reports Fourth Quarter 2012 Results, Adjusted Earnings Increased 16 Percent Over Prior Year, Expect 2013 Earnings Growth Of 12 To 14 Percent
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