Westlake Corporation's Q2 2023 results revealed a mixed performance. The company reported net sales of $3.3 billion, net income of $297 million, and EBITDA of $690 million.

The Housing and Infrastructure Products (HIP) segment saw a 13% increase in sales volumes from Q1 2023, benefiting from seasonal residential construction demand and lower raw material costs. Conversely, the Performance and Essential Materials (PEM) segment faced challenges, including a 6% decrease in average sales prices and unplanned outages impacting income and EBITDA.

Overall, the company's sales prices decreased 4% compared to Q1 2023, while sales volumes increased 1%. Year-over-year, there was a 15% overall sales price decline and a 13% sales volume decline.

PEM's EBITDA margin dropped to 20% from 26% in Q1 2023, while HIP's increased to 22% from 20%. Net income decreased by $97 million compared to Q1 2023, mainly due to lower sales prices and margins in PEM, partially offset by higher volumes in HIP.

Albert Chao, President and CEO, acknowledged the global manufacturing weakness affecting the PEM segment but expressed optimism for HIP. He emphasized the company's focus on improving costs, commercializing innovation, and redeploying free cash flow to enhance shareholder value.

The company's forward-looking statements include a commitment to addressing customer sustainability challenges and positioning itself well for market improvements. Westlake's diverse product offerings and robust free cash flow of $315 million are seen as key strengths moving forward.

--The Plastic Exchange