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[July 29, 2014]

LyondellBasell Reports Second-Quarter 2014 Results

(ENP Newswire Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) ENP Newswire - 29 July 2014 Release date- 25072014 - HOUSTON and LONDON - LyondellBasell Industries (NYSE: LYB) today announced earnings from continuing operations for the second quarter 2014 of $2.22 diluted earnings per share, or $1.17 billion.


Second quarter 2014 EBITDA was $1.94 billion. The increase from the first quarter 2014 was primarily due to Olefins and Polyolefins - Americas segment results.

'We had record earnings this quarter of $2.22 per share, while our EBITDA approached $2 billion. Importantly, every segment contributed to this achievement. Of particular note was the strength in our Olefins and Polyolefins- Americas segment which generated nearly $1 billion of EBITDA even while we were performing significant scheduled maintenance at our La Porte ethylene site.

In addition to the strong quarterly earnings, we repurchased approximately 19 million of our shares during the second quarter, completing the initial 10 percent share repurchase authorization. We also initiated repurchases under the second 10 percent authorization,' said Jim Gallogly, LyondellBasell Chief Executive Officer.

'As encouraging as these results are, we did not fully deliver on our reliability expectations, and the quarterly earnings could have been better. Specifically, we were late in completing our La Porteethylene turnaround in part due to a mechanical issue with a compressor. Both supplier upsets and mechanical issues impacted our Intermediates and Derivatives business as well. Despite these temporary setbacks, our commitment to Operational Excellence continues to be the foundation of our success,' Gallogly said.

'Industry fundamentals remain strong, and we continue to execute on our investment program. During the third quarter we expect to begin production from the 800 million pound per year La Porteethylene expansion. This is the first of three ethylene expansions and continues to put us well ahead of new greenfield plants pursued by others in the industry,' Gallogly added.

OUTLOOK 'During the first weeks of the third quarter, industry conditions have been similar to the second quarter environment. U.S. oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids production remain strong. Together these support margins in our Olefins and Polyolefins - Americas, Intermediates and Derivatives, and Refining segments. However, our results in the next quarter will be negatively impacted by the delayed start-up of our La Porte ethylene plant,' Gallogly noted.

LYONDELLBASELL BUSINESS RESULTS DISCUSSION BY REPORTING SEGMENT LyondellBasell manages operations through five operating segments: 1) Olefins and Polyolefins - Americas; 2) Olefins and Polyolefins - Europe, Asia and International (EAI); 3) Intermediates and Derivatives; 4) Refining and 5) Technology.

Olefins and Polyolefins - Americas (O&P-Americas) - The primary products of this segment include ethylene and its co-products (propylene, butadiene and benzene), polyethylene, polypropylene and Catalloy process resins.

Three months ended June 30, 2014 versus three months ended March 31, 2014 - The segment achieved record EBITDA results in the second quarter of 2014. EBITDA increased $242 million versus the first quarter 2014. Compared to the prior period, olefins results increased approximately $220 million. The first quarter was negatively impacted by ethylene purchases and inventory build in preparation for the second quarter La Porte plant turnaround.

The second quarter was also negatively impacted, but to a lesser extent, by the delayed restart of the La Porte olefin plant and the subsequent purchase of ethylene. This impacted results by approximately $50 million. Olefins benefited in the second quarter from lower NGL costs and improved co-product values. Combined polyolefin results increased by approximately $20 million from the first quarter 2014 driven by higher polyethylene margins. The ethylene to polyethylene price spread increased 2 cents per pound.

Three months ended June 30, 2014 versus three months ended June 30, 2013 - EBITDA increased $27 million versus the second quarter 2013. Olefins results declined approximately $130 million compared to the prior year period. Olefins sales and production volumes declined. However, margins benefited from lower NGL costs and higher co-product values. The price of ethylene decreased by approximately 2 cents per pound compared to the prior year period.

Polyethylene results increased by approximately $150 million as the ethylene to polyethylene price spread improved by 10 cents per pound and sales volumes increased approximately 4 percent versus the prior year period. Polypropylene results increased by approximately $15 million due to slightly higher margins.

Olefins and Polyolefins - Europe, Asia, International (O&P-EAI) - The primary products of this segment include ethylene and its co-products (propylene and butadiene), polyethylene, polypropylene, global polypropylene compounds, Catalloy process resins and polybutene-1 resins.

Three months ended June 30, 2014 versus three months ended March 31, 2014 - EBITDA decreased $37 million versus the first quarter 2014. Excluding the benefits of a $52 million environmental settlement in the first quarter, EBITDA increased by $15 million. Olefins results increased modestly. Naphtha cost increases and a decline in the price of ethylene of approximately 2 cents per pound were more than offset by increased co-product prices and from cracking more advantaged feedstocks.

Approximately 55 percent of our ethylene production was sourced from advantaged raw materials. Combined polyolefin results increased from higher volumes. Combined polypropylene compounds and polybutene-1 results were unchanged.

Three months ended June 30, 2014 versus three months ended June 30, 2013 - EBITDA increased $24 million versus the second quarter 2013. Olefins results declined by approximately $20 million as a result of margins that were lower by approximately 3 cents per pound. This was partially mitigated by higher operating rates and from higher butadiene volumes following a 2013 expansion project.

Combined polyolefin results increased primarily as a result of higher polyethylene and polypropylene margins of approximately 1 cent per pound. Polypropylene compounds and polybutene-1 results decreased by approximately $10 million from the prior year period as a result of lower polypropylene compound margins. Equity income from joint ventures increased $32 million from the second quarter 2013.

Intermediates and Derivatives (I&D) - The primary products of this segment include propylene oxide (PO) and its co-products (styrene monomer, tertiary butyl alcohol (TBA), isobutylene and tertiary butyl hydroperoxide), and derivatives (propylene glycol, propylene glycol ethers and butanediol), acetyls (acetic acid, vinyl acetate monomer and methanol), ethylene oxide and its derivatives, and oxyfuels.

Three months ended June 30, 2014 versus three months ended March 31, 2014 - EBITDA increased $55 million versus the first quarter 2014. Results for PO and PO derivatives decreased by approximately $20 million. Seasonally lower sales of propylene glycol sold into aircraft deicing were offset by higher sales of propylene oxide. Solvent margins declined. Intermediate chemicals results increased by approximately $10 million as styrene and ethylene glycol volumes improved.

Additionally, acetic acid, vinyl acetate, and styrene margins improved but lower margins from methanol and ethylene glycol pricing partially offset the benefit. Oxyfuels results improved by approximately $70 million due to seasonal increases in both volume and margin. Equity income from joint ventures decreased by $4 million.

Three months ended June 30, 2014 versus three months ended June 30, 2013 - EBITDA increased $92 million compared to the second quarter 2013. Results for PO and PO derivatives increased by approximately $25 million primarily due to higher volumes.

Intermediate chemicals results were higher by approximately $60 million due to higher methanol and styrene volumes, and higher methanol and vinyl acetate margins. Oxyfuels results increased by approximately $10 million. Equity income from joint ventures decreased by $5 million from the second quarter in 2013.

Refining - The primary products of this segment include gasoline, diesel fuel, heating oil, jet fuel, and petrochemical raw materials.

Three months ended June 30, 2014 versus three months ended March 31, 2014 - EBITDA increased $8 million versus the first quarter 2014. The refinery processed 257,000 barrels per day, up 10,000 barrels per day from the prior quarter. Compared to the prior quarter, the Maya 2-1-1 benchmark crack spread declined by $1.25 per barrel, averaging $27.01 per barrel. The corresponding Houston refinery spread was relatively unchanged. The cost of Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) to meet U.S. renewable fuel standards was relatively unchanged versus the first quarter 2014.

Three months ended June 30, 2014 versus three months ended June 30, 2013 - EBITDA increased $117 million versus the second quarter 2013. The refinery processed 257,000 barrels per day, down 8,000 barrels per day from the prior year period. Compared to the second quarter 2013, the Maya 2-1-1 benchmark spread increased $5.43 per barrel, and we benefited from improved yields and higher margins on secondary products. The cost of RINs decreased by approximately $20 million compared to the same quarter last year.

Technology - The principal products of the Technology segment include polyolefin catalysts and production process technology licenses and related services.

Three months ended June 30, 2014 versus three months ended March 31, 2014 - EBITDA decreased by $5 million.

Three months ended June 30, 2014 versus three months ended June 30, 2013 - EBITDA increased by $12 million from higher catalyst and licensing results.

Capital spending and cash balances Capital expenditures, including growth projects, maintenance turnarounds, catalyst and information technology-related expenditures, were $415 million in the second quarter 2014. Our cash and short-term securities balance was $3.5 billion at June 30, 2014. We repurchased approximately 19 million of our outstanding ordinary shares and paid $370 million in dividends during the second quarter of 2014. There were 515 million common shares outstanding as of June 30th.

ABOUT LYONDELLBASELL LyondellBasell (NYSE: LYB) is one of the world's largest plastics, chemical and refining companies and a member of the S&P 500. LyondellBasell (www.lyondellbasell.com) manufactures products at 55 sites in 18 countries. LyondellBasell products and technologies are used to make items that improve the quality of life for people around the world including packaging, electronics, automotive parts, home furnishings, construction materials and biofuels.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS The statements in this release and the related teleconference relating to matters that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based upon assumptions of management which are believed to be reasonable at the time made and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties.

Actual results could differ materially based on factors including, but not limited to, the business cyclicality of the chemical, polymers and refining industries; the availability, cost and price volatility of raw materials and utilities, particularly the cost of oil, natural gas, and associated natural gas liquids; competitive product and pricing pressures; labor conditions; our ability to attract and retain key personnel; operating interruptions (including leaks, explosions, fires, weather-related incidents, mechanical failure, unscheduled downtime, supplier disruptions, labor shortages, strikes, work stoppages or other labor difficulties, transportation interruptions, spills and releases and other environmental risks); the supply/demand balances for our and our joint ventures' products, and the related effects of industry production capacities and operating rates; our ability to achieve expected cost savings and other synergies; our ability to successfully execute projects and growth strategies; legal and environmental proceedings; tax rulings, consequences or proceedings; technological developments, and our ability to develop new products and process technologies; potential governmental regulatory actions; political unrest and terrorist acts; risks and uncertainties posed by international operations, including foreign currency fluctuations and our ability to comply with debt covenants and service our debt.

Additional factors that could cause results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements can be found in the 'Risk Factors' section of our Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013, which can be found at www.lyondellbasell.com on the Investor Relations page and on the Securities and Exchange Commission's website at www.sec.gov.

NON-GAAP MEASURES This release makes reference to certain 'non-GAAP' financial measures, such as EBITDA, as defined in Regulation G of the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. We report our financial results in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, but believe that certain non-GAAP financial measures, such as EBITDA, provide useful supplemental information to investors regarding the underlying business trends and performance of the company's ongoing operations and are useful for period-over-period comparisons of such operations.

These non-GAAP financial measures should be considered as a supplement to, and not as a substitute for, or superior to, the financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP.

EBITDA, as presented herein, may not be comparable to a similarly titled measure reported by other companies due to differences in the way the measure is calculated. We calculate EBITDA as income from continuing operations plus interest expense (net), provision for (benefit from) income taxes, and depreciation & amortization. EBITDA should not be considered an alternative to profit or operating profit for any period as an indicator of our performance, or as alternative to operating cash flows as a measure of our liquidity.

OTHER FINANCIAL MEASURE PRESENTATION NOTES This release contains time sensitive information that is accurate only as of the time hereof. Information contained in this release is unaudited and subject to change. LyondellBasell undertakes no obligation to update the information presented herein except to the extent required by law.

Media Contact: Stan Sehested Tel: +1 713 309 4125 (c) 2014 Electronic News Publishing -

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