Operating profit from ongoing operations in the third quarter of 2012 increased in comparison to the third quarter of the prior year as a result of operating profit generated from the addition of Terphane and higher volumes for surface protection products, partially offset by lower volumes and margins for personal care materials and an unfavorable change in the U.S. dollar value of currencies for operations outside the U.S. Higher volumes for surface protection products may indicate improving conditions in the display market, although operating results are expected to fluctuate from quarter-to-quarter. As noted in previous quarters, consumer trends toward value-segment products and low growth rates in developed markets have impacted volumes in the markets that utilize our premium personal care materials. We are experiencing margin compression as we compete in these markets, and cost reductions will be critical to mitigating the impact of these trends.

Operating profit from ongoing operations for the first nine months of 2012 increased versus the prior year, primarily due to the addition of Terphane and a favorable change in the estimated impact of the quarterly lag in the pass-through of average resin costs, partially offset by lower volumes, compressed margins for personal care materials and surface protection products and an unfavorable change in the U.S. dollar value of currencies for operations outside the U.S.

Terphane had operating profit from ongoing operations of $6.2 million and $12.8 million in the third quarter and first nine months of 2012, respectively, which included amortization expense of $1.2 million and $3.8 million, respectively. Improved market conditions helped to increase margins for our flexible packaging films, particularly in the Brazilian market. We continue to make progress on addressing production efficiency issues associated with the upgrade of an existing production line, as discussed in previous quarters.

The estimated impact on operating profit from ongoing operations of the quarterly lag in the pass-through of average resin costs was a positive $2.1 million in the third quarter of 2012 compared to a positive $2.5 million in the third quarter of 2011. The change in the U.S. dollar value of currencies for operations outside the U.S. had an unfavorable impact of approximately $0.5 million in the third quarter of 2012 compared to the third quarter of 2011. The estimated impact on operating profit from ongoing operations of the quarterly lag in the pass-through of average resin costs was a positive $0.5 million for the first nine months of 2012 compared to a negative $1.8 million for the first nine months of 2011. The change in the U.S. dollar value of currencies for operations outside the U.S. had an unfavorable impact of approximately $1.0 million in the first nine months of 2012 compared to the first nine months of 2011.

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