In the Aromatics segment, net sales increased to $247.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2012 from $162.4 million during the fourth quarter of 2011, due primarily to higher sales prices and higher sales volumes for all products. During the fourth quarter of 2012, the segment recorded operating income of $18.3 million, compared to an operating loss of $3.7 million during the same quarter in 2011. The increase in operating income was primarily due to an inventory holding gain in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to a large inventory holding loss in the fourth quarter of 2011 as well as higher volumes and sales prices in the fourth quarter of 2012.
The company will discuss fourth-quarter financial results and business developments via conference call and webcast on Wednesday, February 13, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time. To access the company's fourth-quarter conference call, please dial (800) 374-1453 (domestic) or (706) 679-9856 (international). Playbacks will be available from 11:00 a.m. Eastern time on Wednesday, February 13, until 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on Wednesday, February 27. Playback numbers are (855) 859-2056 (domestic) or (706) 679-9856 (international). The conference call ID number is 88108007.About Axiall Axiall Corporation is a leading integrated chemicals and building products company. It is an international manufacturer of chlor-alkali and derivatives, chlorovinyls and aromatics products including chlorine, caustic soda, vinyl chloride monomer, chlorinated solvents, calcium hypochlorite, ethylene dichloride, muriatic acid, phosgene derivatives, polyvinyl chloride, vinyl compounds, acetone, cumene and phenol. It also manufactures vinyl-based building and home improvement products that are marketed under Royal Building Products and Exterior Portfolio brands, including window and door profiles, mouldings, siding, pipe and pipe fittings, and decking. Axiall, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, has manufacturing facilities located throughout North America and in Asia to provide industry-leading materials and services to customers.