March 31, 2010

A. Schulman Reports Improved Fiscal 2010 Second-Quarter Results

AKRON, Ohio, March 31, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX News Network/ --

  • Reported a net loss of $6.8 million for the quarter compared with a loss of $10.5 million in last year's second quarter
  • Excluding certain one-time charges, net income for the quarter was $3.2 million, or $0.12 per share, a $9.9 million improvement compared with a loss of $6.7 million, or $0.26 per share, for the prior-year period
  • Excluding certain one-time items and a bad debt expense item, fiscal second-quarter earnings would have been $0.24 per diluted share
  • Company's second-half earnings, excluding non-operating items, are expected to closely approach fiscal 2008 second-half levels

A. Schulman, Inc. (Nasdaq: SHLM) announced today earnings for the fiscal 2010 second quarter ended February 28, 2010. The Company reported a net loss for the second quarter of $6.8 million or $0.26 per diluted share, compared with a net loss of $10.5 million or $0.41 per share for the comparable period last year. The translation effect of foreign currencies favorably impacted the net loss by $0.9 million in the quarter.

The fiscal 2010 second quarter included certain after-tax charges of approximately $10.0 million primarily related to asset impairments, acquisition-related costs and restructuring expenses. Last year's second quarter included certain after-tax charges of $3.8 million related to restructuring-related activities. Excluding these charges, net income for the fiscal 2010 second quarter was $3.2 million, or $0.12 per diluted share, compared with a loss of $6.7 million, or $0.26 per diluted share, for the prior-year period.

"Our earnings improvement, excluding non-operating items, indicates that our multi-year strategic plan launched in 2008, and the additional restructuring actions we took in 2009, are working as we continue to focus on higher-margin businesses globally and improve our profitability in North America," said Joseph M. Gingo, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. "We anticipate further opportunities ahead for profit growth as our efficiency gains continue and global economic conditions gradually rebound."

Net sales for the fiscal 2010 second quarter were $331.0 million, up 21.4% compared with $272.7 million last year. Tonnage was slightly up for the quarter, which reflected the continuation of weak end markets, particularly in Europe, and the Company's ongoing focus on higher-margin business globally. Increased volume in the Company's manufacturing businesses offset the declines in its lower-margin distribution businesses. In fact, higher pricing and mix increased sales by 14.1%. The translation effect of foreign currency, primarily the euro, increased sales by 6.8% for the quarter.

Gross margin for the quarter was 15.5%, an increase of 480 basis points from 10.7% for the second quarter of last year. As expected, gross margin decreased 190 basis points in the fiscal 2010 second quarter compared with the fiscal 2010 first quarter, which reflects the typically slower pace of business in the fiscal second quarter as well as some pressure on margins due mostly to mix and to a lesser extent higher raw material prices and unabsorbed fixed manufacturing costs. The Company expects to offset higher raw material costs through price increases whenever possible as well as leveraging its global purchasing power to pre-buy additional lower-cost inventory in advance of escalating prices.

Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expense for the fiscal 2010 second quarter was $48.8 million, an increase of $11.3 million compared with $37.4 million in last year's second quarter. Foreign exchange increased SG&A by $2.2 million. Additionally, the Company recorded $1.4 million of primarily ICO-related transaction costs in the second quarter of fiscal 2010. The remaining $7.7 million increase in SG&A was partially related to incremental bad debt expense which includes $4.5 million related to one large customer in Italy. SG&A also was affected by increased incentive compensation and mark-to-market equity compensation adjustments resulting from improved performance.

The Company's liquidity position remained strong. Although cash decreased from $237.0 million at the end of the fiscal 2010 first quarter to $215.6 million at the end of the fiscal 2010 second quarter, the weakening euro accounted for almost the entire decline.

"Excluding certain one-time items and the Italian bad debt expense item, our second-quarter earnings would have been $0.24 per diluted share," Gingo said. "I believe this quarter's results demonstrate that while we continue to operate in a slowly recovering global market environment, our unwavering focus on improving product mix, reducing costs and protecting cash is driving our better year-over-year results."

For the 2010 fiscal year to date, the Company reported net income of $10.3 million or $0.39 per diluted share compared with a loss of $2.4 million or $0.09 per share for the same period last year. Excluding the effect of certain items including acquisition-related costs and restructuring-related charges, net income was $22.9 million, or $0.87 per diluted share, compared with $2.0 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, a year ago. Sales volume was down 2.1% for the six-month period reflecting the continued weak economic conditions as well as the strength of the fiscal 2009 first quarter. The profitability improvement was driven by the significant increase in gross profit reflecting cost reductions, margin improvement initiatives and market improvement, particularly in comparison with last year's second quarter when the effects of the global economic downturn were most severe.

Europe - In the fiscal 2010 second quarter, sales in Europe were $247.4 million, an increase of $48.7 million or 24.5% compared with the prior-year period. Tonnage for the quarter increased slightly by 1.1%; the translation effect of foreign currency, primarily the euro, increased sales by 8.1%; and changes in prices and product mix increased sales by 15.3%. The Company is seeing gradual price increases in the market as well as mix shifts toward higher-margin and higher-priced products.

Gross margin improved to 16.8% of sales for the quarter compared with 13.4% for the same period last year. The improved gross margin was driven by mix, both by business and product lines, and the realization of cost-reduction initiatives. In addition, the Company's distribution business continues to focus on value-added products rather than tonnage which benefits the Company's margins even as distribution decreases as a percentage of the total business. Operating income for the fiscal 2010 second quarter was $9.2 million compared with $4.8 million in the same quarter last year. Foreign exchange accounted for $0.6 million of the increase.

North America - North America combined operating income, including discontinued operations, was $0.2 million during the quarter, compared with last year's second-quarter loss of $7.9 million. Volume was down 8.4% from the fiscal 2009 second quarter, reflecting the Company's efforts to rationalize the product portfolio and move toward higher-margin business, along with the continued effect of weak economic conditions. Gross margin for the second quarter increased to 11.1% of sales from 1.9% of sales for the prior-year period. For the year-to-date period, North America reported a total operating profit of $3.1 million compared with a loss of $11.3 million last year.

Asia - Sales were $14.4 million, up 60% for the quarter compared with the same period last year as tonnage increased more than 50%. Gross margin increased to 14.7% of sales compared with 6.9% for the prior-year period. The increase in gross margin reflects a favorable product mix; results of the Company's continuous efforts to reduce higher-cost inventories; and a much more profitable capacity utilization of 74%. Operating income was $0.6 million compared with an operating loss of $0.3 million for the prior-year quarter, continuing the positive trend that began during the third quarter of 2009.

"We are pleased with our sustained earnings improvement in North America and will continue to move forward and drive growth in gross margins and operating income worldwide, especially considering that the second quarter is typically our slowest quarter of the year," Gingo said. "We remain keenly focused on our strategic efforts to improve the profitability of our operations in North America and drive volume growth worldwide."

Cash Flow From Operations and Working Capital

Cash flow from operations was $8.1 million for the quarter, compared with $94.7 million during the same period last year. Total days of working capital increased five days from November 30, 2009 to 67 days at February 28, 2010. The increase was in part related to inventory pre-buying, primarily in Europe, given increased demand and difficulty in obtaining materials and in anticipation of higher resin pricing. The Company's net debt, defined as total debt less cash and cash equivalents, was in a net positive cash position of $109.7 million, down from $128.9 million as of the end of the first quarter. The key drivers of the decrease were the weakness in the euro and pre-buying activity.

Acquisition Updates

  • As previously announced on December 2, 2009, the Company signed a definitive agreement to acquire all of the outstanding stock of ICO, Inc. (Nasdaq: ICOC) (ICO). The Company has received the necessary regulatory approvals to complete the transaction. A special meeting of ICO stockholders to vote on the agreement is scheduled for April 28, 2010. Under the terms of the agreement, the total consideration to be paid is comprised of $105.0 million in cash and 5.1 million shares of A. Schulman common stock. The merger agreement was filed as an exhibit to the Company's Form 8-K dated December 3, 2009. If the agreement is approved, ICO stockholders will own approximately 16% of the combined company and be represented by two additional directors. The transaction is not subject to a financing contingency. A. Schulman intends to pay the cash portion of the purchase price out of its available liquidity. The transaction is expected to close during the Company's fiscal 2010 third quarter ending May 31, 2010.
  • On March 1, 2010, A. Schulman announced the acquisition of McCann Color, Inc., a producer of high-quality color concentrates, based in North Canton, Ohio, for less than $10 million in cash. The acquisition is the latest step in the Company's growth strategy to be a leading global manufacturer in the masterbatch business, and is expected to advance the profitable growth of its North American color operations. The Company also has decided to close its Polybatch Color Center located in Sharon Center, Ohio, and consolidate production to the McCann facility in North Canton. The closure and consolidation of production are expected to be completed by August 31, 2010. The fiscal 2010 second quarter included impairment charges of $5 million and restructuring charges of $0.8 million related to this closure.

Business Outlook

"We are optimistic that markets will gradually improve in the remaining half of fiscal 2010, and we expect North America's performance to continue to be significantly favorable compared with last year. While our performance in Europe is steadily improving, it is not likely to approach 2008 levels until market volumes recover significantly," stated Gingo. "However, I am confident that our second-half earnings, excluding non-operating items, will closely approach fiscal 2008 second-half levels as a result of our strategic progress in all our businesses."

Conference Call on the Web

A live Internet broadcast of A. Schulman's conference call regarding fiscal 2010 second-quarter earnings can be accessed at 4 p.m. Eastern time on Thursday, April 1, 2010, 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 certain items and net income per diluted share excluding certain 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 17 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.

"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

A number of the matters discussed in this document that are not historical or current facts deal with potential future circumstances and developments, in particular, information regarding expected synergies resulting from the merger of A. Schulman and ICO, combined operating and financial data, the combined company's plans, objectives, expectations and intentions and whether and when the transactions contemplated by the merger agreement will be consummated. The discussion of such matters is qualified by the inherent risks and uncertainties surrounding future expectations generally, and also may materially differ from actual future experience involving any one or more of such matters. Such risks and uncertainties include: the risk that the businesses will not be integrated successfully; the risk that the cost savings and any other synergies from the transaction may not be fully realized or may take longer to realize than expected; disruption from the transaction making it more difficult to maintain relationships with customers, employees or suppliers; the failure to obtain governmental approvals of the transaction on the proposed terms and schedule, and any conditions imposed on the combined company in connection with consummation of the merger; the failure to obtain approval of the merger by the stockholders of ICO and the failure to satisfy various other conditions to the closing of the merger contemplated by the merger agreement; and the risks that are described from time to time in A. Schulman's and ICO's respective reports filed with the SEC, including Schulman's annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended August 31, 2009 and ICO's annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 30, 2009, in each case, as such reports may have been amended. This document speaks only as of its date, and A. Schulman and ICO each disclaims any duty to update the information herein.

Additional Information and Where to Find It

In connection with the proposed transaction, Schulman has filed a registration statement on Form S-4 with the SEC (Registration No. 333-164085) on December 30, 2009, containing a preliminary proxy statement/prospectus, and Amendment Nos. 1, 2, and 3 to the registration statement on February 8, 2010, March 11, 2010 and March 22, 2010, respectively. STOCKHOLDERS OF ICO ARE ENCOURAGED TO READ THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC, INCLUDING THE DEFINITIVE PROXY STATEMENT/ PROSPECTUS THAT IS PART OF THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT, BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED MERGER. The definitive proxy statement/prospectus has been mailed to stockholders of ICO. Investors and security holders may obtain the documents free of charge at the SEC's web site, www.sec.gov, from A. Schulman at its web site, www.aschulman.com, or from ICO at its web site, www.icopolymers.com, or 1811 Bering Drive, Suite 200, Houston, Texas, 77057, attention: Corporate Secretary.

Participants In Solicitation

A. Schulman and ICO and their respective directors and executive officers, other members of management and employees and the proposed directors of the combined company, may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies in respect of the proposed merger. Information concerning the proposed directors of the combined company, A. Schulman's and ICO's respective directors and executive officers and other participants in the proxy solicitation, including a description of their interests, is included in the proxy statement/prospectus contained in Schulman's Registration Statement on Form S-4 (Reg. No. 333-164085), as amended, filed with the SEC and in each company's Form 10-K, as amended, for the year ended August 31, 2009 in respect of A. Schulman and for the year ended September 30, 2009 in respect of ICO.

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

                                Three months ended           Six months ended
                                   February 28,                February 28,
                                   ------------                ------------
                                 2010           2009      2010           2009
                                 ----           ----      ----           ----
                                    Unaudited                   Unaudited
                                    ---------                   ---------

    Net sales                $331,023       $272,648  $693,883       $660,964
    Cost of sales             279,686        243,375   579,389        589,689
    Selling, general and
     administrative
     expenses                  48,764         37,448    89,515         72,244
    Interest expense            1,136          1,146     2,190          2,395
    Interest income              (198)          (582)     (451)        (1,431)
    Foreign currency
     transaction (gains)
     losses                      (180)        (1,342)      (77)        (8,648)
    Other (income) expense       (659)          (790)   (1,886)        (1,012)
    Curtailment gain                -         (2,609)        -         (2,609)
    Asset impairment            5,281          2,179     5,331          2,179
    Restructuring expense       1,218          4,648     1,647          5,249
                                -----          -----     -----          -----
                              335,048        283,473   675,658        658,056
                              -------        -------   -------        -------
    Income (loss) from
     continuing operations
     before taxes              (4,025)       (10,825)   18,225          2,908
    Provision for U.S. and
     foreign income taxes       2,794           (982)    7,906          3,353
                                -----           ----     -----          -----
    Income (loss) from
     continuing operations     (6,819)        (9,843)   10,319           (445)
    Income (loss) from
     discontinued
     operations, net of
     tax of $0                     12           (980)        9         (2,047)
                                  ---           ----       ---         ------
    Net income (loss)          (6,807)       (10,823)   10,328         (2,492)
    Noncontrolling
     interests                     32            308       (70)           150
                                  ---            ---       ---            ---
    Net income (loss)
     attributable to A.
     Schulman, Inc.            (6,775)       (10,515)   10,258         (2,342)
    Preferred stock
     dividends                      -            (13)        -            (26)
    Net income (loss)
     attributable to A.
     Schulman, Inc. common
     stockholders             $(6,775)      $(10,528)  $10,258        $(2,368)
                              =======       ========   =======        =======

    Weighted-average
     number of shares
     outstanding:
      Basic                    25,916         25,753    25,880         25,781
      Diluted                  25,916         25,753    26,346         25,781

    Earnings (losses) per
     share of common stock
     attributable to A.
     Schulman, Inc. -
     Basic:
      Income (loss) from
       continuing operations   $(0.26)        $(0.37)    $0.40         $(0.01)
      Income (loss) from
       discontinued
       operations                   -          (0.04)        -          (0.08)
      Net income (loss)
       attributable to
       common stockholders     $(0.26)        $(0.41)    $0.40         $(0.09)
                               ======         ======     =====         ======

    Earnings (losses) per
     share of common stock
     attributable to A.
     Schulman, Inc. -
     Diluted:
      Income (loss) from
       continuing operations   $(0.26)        $(0.37)    $0.39         $(0.01)
      Income (loss) from
       discontinued
       operations                   -          (0.04)        -          (0.08)
      Net income (loss)
       attributable to
       common stockholders     $(0.26)        $(0.41)    $0.39         $(0.09)
                               ======         ======     =====         ======


                             A. SCHULMAN, INC.
                        CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

                                             February 28,       August 31,
                                                 2010               2009
                                            -------------      -----------
                                                        Unaudited
                                                        ---------
                                                (In thousands except share
                    ASSETS                                 data)
    Current assets:
    Cash and cash equivalents                    $215,603          $228,674
    Accounts receivable, less allowance
     for doubtful accounts of $15,678 at
     February 28, 2010 and $10,279 at
     August 31, 2009                              210,769           206,450
    Inventories, average cost or market,
     whichever is lower                           160,392           133,536
    Prepaid expenses and other current
     assets                                        15,713            20,779
                                                   ------            ------
      Total current assets                        602,477           589,439
                                                  -------           -------

    Other assets:
    Cash surrender value of life insurance          3,509             3,101
    Deferred charges and other assets              22,710            23,715
    Goodwill                                       11,282            11,577
    Intangible assets                                 291               217
                                                      ---               ---
                                                   37,792            38,610
                                                   ------            ------

    Property, plant and equipment, at
     cost:
    Land and improvements                          15,029            16,236
    Buildings and leasehold improvements          136,990           147,121
    Machinery and equipment                       324,430           345,653
    Furniture and fixtures                         38,111            39,581
    Construction in progress                        6,924             4,546
                                                    -----             -----
                                                  521,484           553,137
    Accumulated depreciation and
     investment grants of $863 at February
     28, 2010 and $988 at August 31, 2009         364,786           383,697
                                                  -------           -------
      Net property, plant and equipment           156,698           169,440
                                                  -------           -------
    Total assets                                 $796,967          $797,489
                                                 ========          ========

            LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

    Current liabilities:
    Revolver and notes payable                     $7,520            $2,519
    Accounts payable                              153,277           147,476
    U.S. and foreign income taxes payable          10,596             8,858
    Accrued payrolls, taxes and related
     benefits                                      32,448            36,207
    Other accrued liabilities                      38,624            32,562
                                                   ------            ------
      Total current liabilities                   242,465           227,622
                                                  -------           -------

    Long-term debt                                 98,350           102,254
    Other long-term liabilities                    88,950            92,688
    Deferred income taxes                           4,807             3,954
    Commitments and contingencies                       -                 -
    Stockholders' equity:
    Preferred stock, 5% cumulative, $100
     par value, authorized, issued and
     outstanding -15 shares at February
     28, 2010 and August 31, 2009                       2                 2
    Common stock, $1 par value, authorized
     -75,000,000 shares, issued -
     42,435,098 shares at February 28,
     2010 and 42,295,492 shares at August
     31, 2009                                      42,435         42,295
    Other capital                                 117,805           115,358
    Accumulated other comprehensive income         25,177            38,714
    Retained earnings                             494,817           492,513
    Treasury stock, at cost, 16,207,011
     shares at February 28, 2010 and
     August 31, 2009                             (322,812)         (322,812)
                                                 --------          --------
    Total A. Schulman, Inc. stockholders'
     equity                                       357,424           366,070
    Noncontrolling interests                        4,971             4,901
    Total equity                                  362,395           370,971
                                                  -------           -------
    Total liabilities and equity                 $796,967          $797,489
                                                 ========          ========



                              A. SCHULMAN, INC.
                    CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

                                                         Six months ended
                                                           February 28,
                                                           ----------------
                                                      2010               2009
                                                      ----               ----
                                                            Unaudited
                                                            ---------
                                                          (In thousands)
    Provided from (used in) operating
     activities:
      Net income (loss)                            $10,328            $(2,492)
      Adjustments to reconcile net income
       to net cash
        provided from (used in) operating
         activities:
        Depreciation and amortization,
         including $69 and $474 of
         accelerated depreciation related
         to restructuring in fiscal 2010
         and 2009, respectively                     11,281          12,292
        Deferred tax provision                        (379)               143
        Pension and other deferred
         compensation                                3,366               (228)
        Postretirement benefit obligation              (61)                68
        Net (gains) losses on asset sales             (298)               176
        Curtailment gain                                 -             (2,609)
        Asset impairment                             5,331              2,179
      Changes in assets and liabilities:
        Accounts receivable                       (11,495)             77,545
        Inventories                               (33,281)             63,002
        Accounts payable                            11,457            (52,518)
        Restructuring accrual                         (181)             2,152
        Income taxes                                 3,681              4,796
        Accrued payrolls and other accrued
         liabilities                                 4,929             (8,429)
        Changes in other assets and other
         long-term liabilities                       3,427             (1,344)
                                                     -----             ------
          Net cash provided from operating
           activities                                8,105             94,733
                                                     -----             ------
    Provided from (used in) investing
     activities:
      Expenditures for property, plant
       and equipment                                (8,608)           (17,051)
      Proceeds from the sale of assets               1,415                349
                                                     -----                ---
          Net cash used in investing
           activities                               (7,193)           (16,702)
                                                    ------            -------
    Provided from (used in) financing
     activities:
      Cash dividends paid                           (7,954)            (7,899)
      Increase (decrease) in notes
       payable                                         (48)            (7,208)
      Borrowings on revolving credit
       facilities                                   10,000             19,000
      Repayments on revolving credit
       facilities                                   (5,000)           (19,000)
      Common stock issued, net                         252                 12
      Purchases of treasury stock                        -             (1,646)
                                                       ---             ------
          Net cash used in financing
           activities                               (2,750)           (16,741)
                                                    ------            -------
    Effect of exchange rate changes on
     cash                                         (11,233)            (17,764)
                                                   -------            -------
    Net increase (decrease) in cash and
     cash equivalents                             (13,071)             43,526
                                                   -------             ------
    Cash and cash equivalents at
     beginning of period                           228,674             97,728
                                                                       ------
    Cash and cash equivalents at end of
     period                                       $215,603           $141,254
                                                  ========           ========


                            A. SCHULMAN, INC.
                     SUPPLEMENTAL SEGMENT INFORMATION

                              Three months ended           Six months ended
                                  February 28,               February 28,
                                  ------------               ------------
                               2010           2009      2010            2009
                               ----           ----      ----            ----
                                   Unaudited                  Unaudited
                                   ---------                  ---------
                             (In thousands, except       (In thousands, except
                                     for %)                    for %)
    Net sales to
     unaffiliated
     customers
    Europe                 $247,374       $198,646  $519,317        $479,492
    NAMB                     26,869         23,245    54,703          51,290
    NAEP                     28,778         25,379    63,420          69,646
    NADS                     13,581         16,384    27,434          42,355
    Asia                     14,421          8,994    29,009          18,181
       Total net sales to
        unaffiliated
        customers          $331,023       $272,648  $693,883        $660,964
                           --------       --------  --------        --------

    Segment gross profit
    Europe                  $41,525        $26,552   $92,057         $60,950
    NAMB                      3,141            230     6,643           2,520
    NAEP                      2,916            572     7,612           3,328
    NADS                      1,637          1,300     3,401           3,145
    Asia                      2,118            619     4,781           1,332
       Total segment gross
        profit              $51,337        $29,273  $114,494         $71,275
                            -------        -------  --------         -------

    Segment operating
     income (loss)
    Europe                   $9,235         $4,795   $34,390         $18,827
    NAMB                      1,419           (835)    3,909            (143)
    NAEP                        538         (3,386)    2,710          (4,311)
    NADS                        932             15     1,810             938
    Asia                        564           (315)    1,678            (462)
    All other North
     America                 (2,673)        (2,699)   (5,342)         (5,708)
                             ------         ------    ------          ------
       Total segment
        operating income
        (loss)              $10,015        $(2,425)  $39,155          $9,141

    Corporate and other      (7,442)        (5,750)  (14,176)        (10,110)
    Interest expense,
     net                       (938)          (564)   (1,739)           (964)
    Foreign currency
     transaction gains
     (losses)                   180          1,342        77           8,648
    Other income
     (expense)                  659            790     1,886           1,012
    Curtailment gain              -          2,609         -           2,609
    Asset impairment         (5,281)        (2,179)   (5,331)         (2,179)
    Restructuring
     expense                 (1,218)        (4,648)   (1,647)         (5,249)
       Income (loss) from
        continuing
        operations before
        taxes               $(4,025)      $(10,825)  $18,225          $2,908
                            =======       ========   =======          ======

    Capacity utilization
    Europe                       87%            65%       92%             69%
    NAMB                         66%            49%       68%             66%
    NAEP                         65%            45%       74%             66%
    Asia                         74%            44%       80%             44%
    Worldwide                    82%            59%       86%             67%


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

                                       Three months ended
                                       ------------------
                                        February 28, 2010
                                        -----------------
                                                   Diluted
                                     Income           EPS
                                     (loss)         impact
                                    -------       --------
    Net income (loss)
     attributable to A. Schulman,
     Inc. common stockholders        $(6,775)        $(0.26)

    Adjustments, net of tax, per
     diluted share:
       Asset impairment                5,187
       Tax valuation allowance         2,252
       Costs related to proposed
        acquisitions                   1,421
       Restructuring expense           1,083
       Accelerated depreciation,
        included in cost of sales          -
      Curtailment gain                     -
    Net income (loss)
     attributable to A. Schulman,
     Inc. common stockholders
     before certain items             $3,168          $0.12
                                      ======

    Weighted-average number of
     shares outstanding -
     Diluted                                         25,916



                                       Three months ended
                                       ------------------
                                       February 28, 2009
                                       -----------------
                                                   Diluted
                                    Income            EPS
                                    (loss)          impact
                                   -------        --------
    Net income (loss)
     attributable to A. Schulman,
     Inc. common stockholders       $(10,528)        $(0.41)

    Adjustments, net of tax, per
     diluted share:
       Asset impairment                1,863
       Tax valuation allowance             -
       Costs related to proposed
        acquisitions                       -
       Restructuring expense           4,070
       Accelerated depreciation,
        included in cost of sales        474
      Curtailment gain                (2,609)
    Net income (loss)
     attributable to A. Schulman,
     Inc. common stockholders
     before certain items            $(6,730)        $(0.26)
                                     =======

    Weighted-average number of
     shares outstanding -
     Diluted                                         25,753



                                        Six months ended
                                        ----------------
                                        February 28, 2010
                                        -----------------
                                                   Diluted
                                    Income           EPS
                                    (loss)          impact
                                   -------        --------
    Net income (loss)
     attributable to A. Schulman,
     Inc. common stockholders       $10,258           $0.39

    Adjustments, net of tax, per
     diluted share:
       Asset impairment               5,237
       Costs related to proposed
        acquisitions                  3,687
       Tax valuation allowance        2,252
       Restructuring expense          1,382
       Accelerated depreciation,
        included in cost of sales        48
       Curtailment gain                   -
       Other employee termination
        costs                             -
    Net income (loss)
     attributable to A. Schulman,
     Inc. common stockholders
     before certain items           $22,864           $0.87
                                    =======

    Weighted-average number of
     shares outstanding -
     Diluted                                         26,346



                                        Six months ended
                                        ----------------
                                        February 28, 2009
                                        -----------------
                                                   Diluted
                                     Income           EPS
                                     (loss)         impact
                                    -------       --------
    Net income (loss)
     attributable to A. Schulman,
     Inc. common stockholders        $(2,368)        $(0.09)

    Adjustments, net of tax, per
     diluted share:
       Asset impairment                1,863
       Costs related to proposed
        acquisitions                       -
       Tax valuation allowance             -
       Restructuring expense           4,505
       Accelerated depreciation,
        included in cost of sales        474
       Curtailment gain               (2,609)
       Other employee termination
        costs                            101
    Net income (loss)
     attributable to A. Schulman,
     Inc. common stockholders
     before certain items             $1,966          $0.07
                                      ======

    Weighted-average number of
     shares outstanding -
     Diluted                                         25,781



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