October 19, 2009

A. Schulman Reports Fiscal Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2009 Results; Strong Margins and Excellent Liquidity Position

AKRON, Ohio, Oct 19, 2009 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ --

    --  Reported net loss of $7.9 million for quarter; net earnings of $5.4
        million excluding unusual items
    --  Gross margin reaches 16.3% for the quarter compared with 12.1% last year
    --  North America approaches break-even for the quarter in spite of lower
        volumes

    --  Cash on hand exceeds $228 million, with more than $300 million of credit
        lines available

A. Schulman, Inc. (Nasdaq: SHLM) announced today gross margins improved for the fiscal fourth quarter ended August 31, 2009, compared with the same period last year, and sequential improvement continued from March through the end of the 2009 fiscal year. Gross margin for the quarter was 16.3% of net sales, an increase of 420 basis points from 12.1% for the fourth quarter of last year. The fiscal fourth quarter's margin rate was up 70 basis points from 15.6% for the third quarter of fiscal 2009, which was reflective of the Company's continued efforts to drive margin improvements and favorable mix.

Excluding discontinued operations, income from continuing operations was $3.2 million for the fiscal fourth quarter. During the fourth quarter of 2009, the Company completed the closing of its Invision(R) sheet manufacturing operation which formerly was a segment for the Company. The Company reflected the results of Invision as discontinued operations for all periods presented.

The Company reported a net loss of $7.9 million, or $0.30 per diluted share, for the quarter compared with net income of $4.7 million or $0.17 per diluted share for the comparable period last year. The translation effect of foreign currencies decreased net income by $1.6 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009.

The fiscal 2009 fourth quarter included unusual charges of approximately $13.3 million, after tax, primarily related to the Company's ongoing restructuring activities and asset impairments. Last year's fourth quarter included after-tax unusual charges of $2.1 million related to restructuring activities, asset impairments and curtailment gains. Excluding these unusual charges, net income for the 2009 fourth quarter was $5.4 million, or $0.21 per diluted share, compared with $6.8 million, or $0.26 per diluted share, for the prior-year period.

Net sales for the fiscal fourth quarter were $320.6 million, a 35.3% decline, compared with $495.8 million last year. Tonnage declined 21.8% for the quarter, which reflected the continuation of weak end markets and efforts in the North American Engineered Plastics segment to move away from low-margin business. In comparison with the third quarter of 2009, tonnage increased approximately 2.0% highlighting a very gradual recovery over the last few months. Additionally, the translation effect of foreign currency, primarily the euro, reduced sales by an incremental 6.8%. Price had the effect of reducing sales by 6.7% for the quarter reflecting lower market resin prices.

Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expense for the fiscal 2009 fourth quarter was $43.0 million, a decrease of $1.4 million compared with last year's fourth quarter. Foreign exchange reduced SG&A by $3.6 million for the quarter. The remaining increase was primarily related to implementation costs at the Company's European shared service center and incremental bad debt expense.

Additionally, the Company's strong liquidity position has continued to improve with cash at $228.7 million at the end of the fourth quarter compared with $202.5 million at the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2009.

"We are encouraged that, despite significantly lower volumes, our strategic efforts to focus on higher-value-added products and reduce operating costs have resulted in strong margin gains compared with the fiscal third quarter and the prior-year fourth quarter," said Joseph M. Gingo, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Our balance sheet and cash flow remain strong, and we benefited from an unexpected rise in demand in August, especially for engineered plastics products, as a result of the impact of the global auto incentive programs."

Europe - In the fiscal 2009 fourth quarter, sales in Europe were $236.1 million, a decrease of $129.0 million or 35.3% compared with $365.1 million for the prior-year period. Tonnage for the quarter decreased 19.8%; the translation effect of foreign currency, primarily the euro, reduced sales by an incremental 7.3%; and changes in prices decreased sales by 8.2%. The price decline was related to significant declines in resin prices.

Gross margin improved to 17.6% of sales for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009 compared with 13.6% for the same period last year. The improved gross margin was driven by mix and the realization of cost-reduction initiatives. Operating income for the fiscal 2009 fourth quarter was $13.4 million compared with $23.5 million in the same quarter last year. Foreign exchange accounted for $1.3 million of the decline, and the remainder of the decline was primarily due to demand weakness resulting in lower gross profit, costs related to the Company's European shared service center and an increase in bad debt expense.

North America - During the fiscal 2009 fourth quarter, North America's performance improved dramatically despite the unfavorable economic environment this year. Operating losses for the quarter were $0.6 million compared with operating losses of $4.0 million for the fourth quarter of last year. The translation effect of foreign currencies, primarily the Mexican peso, decreased operating income by $0.9 million in the quarter.

Restructuring and other cost-reduction initiatives introduced during fiscal 2008 and the first three quarters of fiscal 2009 resulted in the Company's ability to completely offset the 32.1% decline in volume in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009 compared with the same quarter in 2008. These restructuring activities resulted in significantly improved gross margins for the North America segments in the quarter compared with both the prior-year quarter and earlier fiscal 2009 quarters.

Asia - Sales were up 2.9% for the fiscal 2009 fourth quarter compared with the same period last year. Gross margins increased to 17.4% of sales compared with 12.5% for the prior-year period and volume increased 16.6%. The increase in gross margins reflects a favorable product mix and the results of continuous efforts to reduce higher-cost inventories. For the fiscal 2009 fourth quarter, Asia reported operating income of $1.1 million compared with $0.8 million for the prior-year quarter, continuing the trend of increased operating income that began during the third quarter of 2009.

"Our improved performance in North America under difficult economic conditions clearly shows that our strategy is taking us in the right direction," Gingo said. "We continue to see promising growth in Asia as well as continued margin improvement in our masterbatch and engineered plastics businesses in Europe."

Fiscal 2009 Full-Year Results

For the full year ended August 31, 2009, net sales were $1.28 billion, a 35.5% decline compared with $1.98 billion last year. Gross margin increased to 13.3% of net sales compared with 11.8% a year ago, with the increase occurring in the third and fourth quarters.

Income from continuing operations was $11.2 million for the full year which excludes discontinued operations related to the Company's closing of its Invision sheet manufacturing.

Reported net loss for fiscal 2009 was $2.8 million or $0.11 per diluted share, compared with net income of $18.0 million or $0.66 per diluted share for fiscal 2008. The translation effect of foreign currencies reduced net income by $7.3 million for the year ended August 31, 2009.

The reported net loss for fiscal 2009 included approximately $19.2 million of unusual charges, net of tax, related to the ongoing restructuring activities, asset impairments, curtailment gains and other employee termination costs. Excluding these unusual items, net income would have been $16.4 million or $0.64 per diluted share.

Reported net income for fiscal 2008 included after-tax charges of $19.1 million related to restructuring activities, asset and goodwill impairments, curtailment gains, CEO transition costs and other unusual costs. Excluding these unusual items, net income for fiscal 2008 would have been $37.1 million or $1.36 per diluted share.

Also included in net income for fiscal 2009 are the following significant items that are not included in the unusual items outlined above:

    --  A $2.9 million after-tax ($3.3 million pre-tax in SG&A) decline in
        equity compensation costs, primarily as a result of changes in estimated
        forfeiture rates and mark-to-market adjustments, compared with the
        prior-year period;
    --  A $1.6 million pre- and after-tax decrease in expense, primarily in
        SG&A, in the North American business units and Corporate segment
        reflecting a reduction in contributions the Company is making to its
        U.S. employee retirement plan;
    --  A $1.2 million tax benefit recorded during the fiscal 2009 third quarter
        for the reversal of taxes and interest previously accrued for primarily
        during the second half of fiscal 2006, related to the resolution of
        uncertain international tax positions;
    --  $0.9 million in pre- and after-tax start-up costs recorded during the
        first six months of the fiscal year in cost of sales associated with the
        Company's new Akron plant;
    --  A $1.2 million after-tax benefit ($1.8 million pre-tax included in other
        income) recorded during the third quarter from the cancellation of
        European supplier distribution agreements;
    --  $2.7 million of after-tax charges ($4.2 million pre-tax included in
        SG&A) for costs associated with European shared service center
        implementation consulting and temporary duplicate overhead; and

    --  $4.0 million in after-tax foreign currency transaction gains ($5.6
        million pre-tax).

Cash Flow From Operations

Cash flow from operations was $181.5 million for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2009, compared with $155.8 million for fiscal 2008. The increase in cash flow continued to be driven by the Company's multi-year ongoing working capital initiative. Cash and cash equivalents continued to increase for the sixth quarter in a row, reaching $228.7 million at the end of August 2009 compared with $202.5 million at May 31, 2009, and $97.7 million at August 31, 2008.

Total days of working capital decreased 10 days from May 31, 2009 to 60 days and compares very favorably with the 72 days the Company reported at August 31, 2008. The Company's net debt, defined as debt minus cash, was in a net positive cash position of $123.9 million at the end of August 2009, an improvement of $25.4 million compared with May 31, 2009, and an improvement of $140.0 million compared with August 31, 2008, reflecting the positive effects of the increased cash flow from operations. At August 31, 2009, the Company had more than $300 million available to borrow on its credit lines.

Business Outlook

"We were pleased with the stronger-than-expected performance during the quarter for our global Engineered Plastics divisions," Gingo said. "And although we attribute some of the uptick to the bubble created by the global auto incentive programs, our fourth-quarter and full-year results indicate that we've made substantial progress to improve our operations. For fiscal 2010, we anticipate continuing gradual improvement in our masterbatch operations and a possible return to lower levels in our Engineered Plastics division until the economy reflects a sustained upswing in durable goods consumption. We will remain keenly focused on cash flow. As the economy recovers, our enviable cash position and performance-driven processes will help us meet demand and execute on our acquisition strategy."

Conference Call on the Web

A live Internet broadcast of A. Schulman's conference call regarding fiscal 2009 fourth-quarter earnings can be accessed at 11:00 a.m. Eastern time on Monday, October 19, 2009, on the Company's website, www.aschulman.com. An archived replay of the call will also be available on the website.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This earnings release includes the use of both GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles) and non-GAAP financial measures. The non-GAAP financial measures are net income excluding unusual items and net income per diluted share excluding unusual items. The most directly comparable GAAP financial measures are net income and net income per diluted share. A table included in this news release reconciles each non-GAAP financial measure with the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure.

A. Schulman uses these financial measures to monitor and evaluate the ongoing performance of the Company and to allocate resources, and believes that the additional non-GAAP measures are useful to investors for financial analysis. In addition, the Company believes that providing this information is in the best interest of our investors so that they can accurately consider the non-GAAP financial information. However, non-GAAP measures are not in accordance with, nor are they a substitute for, GAAP measures.

While management believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide useful supplemental information to investors, there are limitations associated with the use of these measures. These non-GAAP financial measures are not prepared in accordance with GAAP, may not be reported by all of the Company's competitors and may not be directly comparable to similarly titled measures of the Company's competitors due to potential differences in the exact method of calculation. The Company compensates for these limitations by using these non-GAAP financial measures as supplements to GAAP financial measures and by reviewing the reconciliations of the non-GAAP financial measures to their most comparable GAAP financial measures.

The Company's non-GAAP financial measures are not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for comparable GAAP financial measures, and should be read only in conjunction with the Company's consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP.

About A. Schulman, Inc.

Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, A. Schulman is a leading international supplier of high-performance plastic compounds and resins. These materials are used in a variety of consumer, industrial, automotive and packaging applications. The Company employs about 2,000 people and has 16 manufacturing facilities in North America, Europe and Asia. Revenues for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2009, were $1.3 billion. Additional information about A. Schulman can be found at www.aschulman.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this release may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Federal securities laws. These statements can be identified by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historic or current facts. They use such words as "anticipate," "estimate," "expect," "project," "intend," "plan," "believe," and other words and terms of similar meaning in connection with any discussion of future operating or financial performance. These forward-looking statements are based on currently available information, but are subject to a variety of uncertainties, unknown risks and other factors concerning the Company's operations and business environment, which are difficult to predict and are beyond the control of the Company. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those suggested by these forward-looking statements, and that could adversely affect the Company's future financial performance, include, but are not limited to, the following:

    --  Worldwide and regional economic, business and political conditions,
        including continuing economic uncertainties in some or all of the
        Company's major product markets;
    --  Fluctuations in the value of currencies in major areas where the Company
        operates, including the U.S. dollar, Euro, U.K. pound sterling, Canadian
        dollar, Mexican peso, Chinese yuan and Indonesian rupiah;
    --  Fluctuations in the prices of sources of energy or plastic resins and
        other raw materials;
    --  Changes in customer demand and requirements;
    --  Escalation in the cost of providing employee health care;
    --  The outcome of any legal claims known or unknown;
    --  The performance of the global auto market;
    --  The global financial market turbulence; and

    --  The global or regional economic slowdown or recession.

Additional risk factors that could affect the Company's performance are set forth in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K. In addition, risks and uncertainties not presently known to the Company or that it believes to be immaterial also may adversely affect the Company. Should any known or unknown risks or uncertainties develop into actual events, or underlying assumptions prove inaccurate, these developments could have material adverse effects on the Company's business, financial condition and results of operations.

This release contains time-sensitive information that reflects management's best analysis only as of the date of this release. A. Schulman does not undertake an obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect new events, information or circumstances, or otherwise. Further information concerning issues that could materially affect financial performance related to forward-looking statements can be found in A. Schulman's periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.




                              A. SCHULMAN, INC.
                     CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
                      (In thousands except per share data)

                                    Three months ended        Year ended
                                   August 31, August 31, August 31, August 31,
                                      2009      2008       2009        2008
                                      ----      ----       ----        ----
    Net sales                       $320,639  $495,752 $1,279,248  $1,983,595
    Cost of sales                    268,409   435,972  1,109,211   1,749,065
    Selling, general and
     administrative expenses          43,038    44,469    148,143     169,275
    Minority interest                    208       251        349         872
    Interest expense                   1,198     1,884      4,785       7,814
    Interest income                     (388)     (941)    (2,348)     (2,338)
    Foreign currency transaction
     (gains) losses                      573      (448)    (5,645)      1,133
    Other (income) expense               405      (263)    (1,826)         (9)
    Curtailment gains                   (196)   (1,696)    (2,805)     (4,009)
    Goodwill impairment                    -         -          -         964
    Asset impairment                     146       (21)     2,608       5,399
    Restructuring expense              2,435       510      8,665       6,817
                                       -----       ---      -----       -----
                                     315,828   479,717  1,261,137   1,934,983
                                     -------   -------  ---------   ---------
    Income from continuing
     operations before taxes           4,811    16,035     18,111      48,612
    Provision for U.S. and foreign
     income taxes                      1,607     7,453      6,931      17,944
                                       -----     -----      -----      ------
    Income from continuing operations  3,204     8,582     11,180      30,668
    Loss from discontinued
     operations, net of tax of $0    (11,086)   (3,916)   (13,956)    (12,619)
                                     -------    ------    -------     -------
    Net income (loss)                $(7,882)   $4,666    $(2,776)    $18,049

    Less: Preferred stock dividends      (13)      (13)       (53)        (53)
                                         ---       ---        ---         ---
    Net income (loss) applicable to
     common stock                    $(7,895)   $4,653    $(2,829)    $17,996
                                     =======    ======    =======     =======


    Weighted average number of
     shares outstanding:
                  Basic               25,812    25,973     25,790      26,795
                  Diluted             26,202    26,323     26,070      27,098

    Earnings (losses) per share of
     common stock - Basic:
    Income from continuing operations  $0.12     $0.33      $0.43       $1.14
    Loss from discontinued operations,
     net of tax                        (0.43)    (0.15)     (0.54)      (0.47)
                                       -----     -----      -----       -----
    Net income (loss)                 $(0.31)    $0.18     $(0.11)      $0.67
                                      ======     =====     ======       =====

    Earnings (losses) per share of
     common stock - Diluted:
    Income from continuing operations  $0.12     $0.32      $0.43       $1.13
    Loss from discontinued operations,
     net of tax                        (0.42)    (0.15)     (0.54)      (0.47)
                                       -----     -----      -----       -----
    Net income (loss)                 $(0.30)    $0.17     $(0.11)      $0.66
                                      ======     =====     ======       =====



                              A. SCHULMAN, INC.
                        CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

                                                         August 31, August 31,
                                                             2009      2008
                                                             ----      ----
                                                             (In thousands
                         ASSETS                            except share data)

    Current assets:
    Cash and cash equivalents                              $228,674   $97,728
    Accounts receivable, less allowance for doubtful
     accounts of $10,279 in 2009 and $8,316 in 2008         206,450   320,926
    Inventories, average cost or market, whichever is
     lower                                                  133,536   224,964
    Prepaid expenses and other current assets                20,779    18,499
                                                             ------    ------
      Total current assets                                  589,439   662,117
                                                            -------   -------

    Other assets:
    Cash surrender value of life insurance                    3,101     2,665
    Deferred charges and other assets                        23,715    23,017
    Goodwill                                                 11,577    10,679
    Intangible assets                                           217       195
                                                                ---       ---
                                                             38,610    36,556
                                                             ------    ------

    Property, plant and equipment, at cost:
    Land and improvements                                    16,236    17,026
    Buildings and leasehold improvements                    147,121   156,465
    Machinery and equipment                                 345,653   346,999
    Furniture and fixtures                                   39,581    41,272
    Construction in progress                                  4,546     9,726
                                                              -----     -----
                                                            553,137   571,488
    Accumulated depreciation and investment grants of
     $988 in 2009 and $1,123 in 2008                        383,697   379,740
                                                            -------   -------
      Net property, plant and equipment                     169,440   191,748
                                                            -------   -------
                                                           $797,489  $890,421
                                                           ========  ========

             LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

    Current liabilities:
    Notes payable                                            $2,519    $9,540
    Accounts payable                                        147,476   174,226
    U.S. and foreign income taxes payable                     8,858     3,212
    Accrued payrolls, taxes and related benefits             36,207    37,686
    Other accrued liabilities                                32,562    34,566
                                                             ------    ------
      Total current liabilities                             227,622   259,230
                                                            -------   -------

    Long-term debt                                          102,254   104,298
    Other long-term liabilities                              92,688    90,585
    Deferred income taxes                                     3,954     5,544
    Minority interest                                         4,901     5,533
    Commitments and contingencies                                 -         -
    Stockholders' equity:
    Preferred stock, 5% cumulative, $100 par value,
     authorized, issued and outstanding - 15 shares in
     2009 and 10,564 shares in 2008                               2     1,057
    Special stock, 1,000,000 shares authorized, none
     outstanding                                                  -         -
    Common stock, $1 par value, authorized - 75,000,000
     shares, issued - 42,295,492 shares in 2009 and
     42,231,341 shares in 2008                               42,295    42,231
    Other capital                                           115,358   112,105
    Accumulated other comprehensive income                   38,714    79,903
    Retained earnings                                       492,513   511,101
    Treasury stock, at cost, 16,207,011 shares in 2009 and
     16,095,491 shares in 2008                             (322,812) (321,166)
                                                           --------  --------
    Common stockholders' equity                             366,068   424,174
                                                            -------   -------
      Total stockholders' equity                            366,070   425,231
                                                            -------   -------
                                                           $797,489  $890,421
                                                           ========  ========



                              A. SCHULMAN, INC.
                   CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

                                                         Year Ended August 31,
                                                            2009      2008
                                                            ----      ----
                                                            (In thousands)
    Provided from (used in) operating activities:
      Net income (loss)                                    $(2,776)  $18,049
      Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash
       provided from (used in) operating activities:
        Depreciation and amortization                       23,632    27,721
        Deferred tax provision                              (2,974)   (2,597)
        Pension and other deferred compensation              3,955     3,259
        Postretirement benefit obligation                      773     2,839
        Net losses on asset sales                              740       318
        Minority interest in net income of subsidiaries        349       872
        Restructuring charges, including accelerated
         depreciation of $1,326 and $0 in 2009 and 2008,
         respectively                                       10,011     6,817
        Goodwill impairment                                      -       964
        Asset impairment                                    12,925    11,699
        Curtailment gains                                   (2,805)   (4,009)
      Changes in assets and liabilities:
        Accounts receivable                                 91,218    16,614
        Inventories                                         78,756    54,682
        Accounts payable                                   (17,856)   25,838
        Restructuring payments                              (6,684)   (6,384)
        Income taxes                                         3,720    (5,247)
        Accrued payrolls and other accrued liabilities      (1,582)    1,704
        Changes in other assets and other long-term
         liabilities                                        (9,905)    2,646
                                                            ------     -----
          Net cash provided from operating activities      181,497   155,785
                                                           -------   -------
    Provided from (used in) investing activities:
      Expenditures for property, plant and equipment       (24,787)  (26,070)
      Proceeds from the sale of assets                         950     3,700
          Net cash used in investing activities            (23,837)  (22,370)
                                                           -------   -------
    Provided from (used in) financing activities:
      Cash dividends paid                                  (15,812)  (16,091)
      Increase (decrease) in notes payable                  (7,344)    5,997
      Borrowings on revolving credit facilities             19,000   119,557
      Repayments on revolving credit facilities            (19,000) (145,112)
      Cash distributions to minority shareholders             (980)     (900)
      Preferred stock redemption                            (1,055)        -
      Common stock issued                                      370     3,828
      Purchases of treasury stock                           (1,646)  (42,002)
                                                            ------   -------
          Net cash used in financing activities            (26,467)  (74,723)
                                                           -------   -------
    Effect of exchange rate changes on cash                   (247)   (4,009)
                                                              ----    ------
    Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents   130,946    54,683
                                                           -------    ------
    Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year          97,728    43,045
                                                            ------    ------
    Cash and cash equivalents at end of year              $228,674   $97,728
                                                          --------   -------



                              A. SCHULMAN, INC.
                      SUPPLEMENTAL SEGMENT INFORMATION

                                   Three months ended         Year ended
                                        August 31,            August 31,
                                     2009      2008        2009        2008
                                   ------------------    --------------------
                                         (In thousands, except for %)
    Net sales to unaffiliated customers
    Europe                         $236,065  $365,088    $935,895  $1,454,635
    NAMB                             30,263    36,046     108,474     136,124
    NAEP                             25,917    46,594     121,701     211,259
    NADS                             14,122    34,158      67,920     131,811
    Asia                             14,272    13,866      45,258      49,766
                                     ------    ------      ------      ------
      Total net sales to
       unaffiliated customers      $320,639  $495,752  $1,279,248  $1,983,595
                                   --------  --------  ----------  ----------

    Segment gross profit
    Europe                          $41,470   $49,680    $141,051    $192,910
    NAMB                              3,592     2,242       8,279      12,231
    NAEP                              2,796     3,237       7,665      13,846
    NADS                              1,891     2,888       6,670      10,013
    Asia                              2,481     1,733       6,372       5,530
                                      -----     -----       -----       -----
      Total segment gross profit    $52,230   $59,780    $170,037    $234,530
                                    -------   -------    --------    --------

    Segment operating income
    Europe                          $13,354   $23,457     $48,725     $95,105
    NAMB                              1,926       579       2,809       5,507
    NAEP                               (657)   (2,070)     (5,562)     (6,865)
    NADS                              1,116     1,551       3,082       5,288
    Asia                              1,127       753       2,195       1,507
    All other North America          (3,024)   (4,028)    (11,266)    (15,061)
                                     ------    ------     -------     -------
      Total segment operating
       income                       $13,842   $20,242     $39,983     $85,481

    Corporate and other              (4,858)   (5,182)    (18,438)    (21,098)
    Interest expense, net              (810)     (943)     (2,437)     (5,476)
    Foreign currency transaction
     gains (losses)                    (573)      448       5,645      (1,133)
    Other income (expense)             (405)      263       1,826           9
    Curtailment gains                   196     1,696       2,805       4,009
    Goodwill impairment                   -         -           -        (964)
    Asset impairment                   (146)       21      (2,608)     (5,399)
    Restructuring expense            (2,435)     (510)     (8,665)     (6,817)
                                     ------      ----      ------      ------
      Income from continuing
       operations before taxes       $4,811   $16,035     $18,111     $48,612
                                     ======   =======     =======     =======

    Capacity utilization
    Europe                               82%       77%         75%         89%
    NAMB                                 79%       95%         67%        101%
    NAEP                                 74%       72%         63%         75%
    Asia                                 81%       64%         61%         66%
    Worldwide                            81%       77%         72%         85%



                              A. SCHULMAN, INC.
                 Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
               Net Income and Earnings Per Share Reconciliation
                     (In thousands except per share data)

                                               Three months    Three months
                                                  ended           ended
                                                August 31,      August 31,
                                                   2009            2008
                                              --------------  --------------
                                                     Diluted         Diluted
                                              Income   EPS    Income   EPS
                                              (loss)  Impact  (loss)  Impact
                                              ------  ------  ------  ------
    Income from continuing operations
     applicable to common stock               $3,191   $0.12  $8,569   $0.32
    Loss from discontinued operations        (11,086)  (0.42) (3,916)  (0.15)
                                             -------   -----  ------   -----
    Net income applicable to common stock    $(7,895) $(0.30) $4,653   $0.17

    Adjustments, net of tax:
      Restructuring expense                    2,040    0.08     476    0.02
      Accelerated depreciation, included in
       cost of sales                              47    0.00       -       -
      Asset impairment                        10,421    0.40   2,900    0.11
      Other employee termination costs           903    0.03     439    0.02
      Curtailment gain                          (129)  (0.00) (1,696)  (0.06)

                                              ------   -----  ------   -----
    Net income applicable to common stock
     before unusual items                     $5,387   $0.21  $6,772   $0.26
                                              ======   =====  ======   =====

    Weighted-average number of shares
     outstanding - Diluted                            26,202          26,323


                                                Year ended      Year ended
                                                August 31,      August 31,
                                                   2009            2008
                                              --------------  --------------
    Net income from continuing operations
     applicable to common stock              $11,127   $0.43  $30,615   $1.13
    Loss from discontinued operations        (13,956)  (0.54) (12,619)  (0.47)
                                             -------   -----  -------   -----
    Net income applicable to common stock    $(2,829) $(0.11) $17,996   $0.66

    Adjustments, net of tax:
      Restructuring expense                    7,254    0.28    5,524    0.20
      Accelerated depreciation, included in
       cost of sales                           1,243    0.05        -       -
      Asset impairment                        12,472    0.48   10,815    0.40
      Curtailment gain                        (2,737)  (0.10)  (4,009)  (0.15)
      Other employee termination costs           999    0.04    1,245    0.05
      Goodwill impairment                          -       -      964    0.04
      Termination of lease for an airplane         -       -      640    0.02
      CEO transition costs                         -       -    3,582    0.13
      Insurance claim settlement adjustment        -       -      368    0.01

                                             -------   -----  -------   -----
    Net income applicable to common stock
     before unusual items                    $16,402   $0.64  $37,125   $1.36
                                             =======   =====  =======   =====

    Weighted-average number of shares
     outstanding - Diluted                            26,070           27,098

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