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STAMFORD, Conn., Aug. 8, 2017 -- Tronox Limited (NYSE: TROX) reported revenue of $622 million for the second quarter 2017, up 16 percent compared to $538 million in the second quarter 2016 and up 9 percent compared to $569 million in the first quarter 2017. Income from operations of $55 million in the quarter increased from $9 million in the year-ago quarter and $16 million in the prior quarter. Net income attributable to Tronox Limited of $3 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, which included acquisition related expenses of $9 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, improved from a net loss attributable to Tronox Limited of $52 million, or ($0.44) per diluted share in the year-ago quarter and a net loss attributable to Tronox Limited of $41 million, or ($0.35) per diluted share in the prior quarter. Excluding the acquisition related expenses, adjusted net income attributable to Tronox Limited (Non-GAAP) was $12 million, or $0.09 per diluted share. Adjusted EBITDA of $140 million was 97 percent higher than the $71 million reported in the year-ago quarter and 39 percent higher than the $101 million reported in the prior quarter.

Peter Johnston, chief executive officer of Tronox, said: "As we pre-released last week, our performance in the second quarter was strong with revenue up 16 percent over prior year, adjusted EBITDA of $140 million and adjusted EPS of $0.09. Our TiO2 business led the way with revenue growth of 26 percent and adjusted EBITDA growth of 116 percent versus prior year. TiO2 achieved an adjusted EBITDA margin of 29 percent, a clear indication of the benefits of vertical integration with all our assets in full operation. Driving this performance in TiO2 were higher pigment sales volumes and selling prices, up 7 percent sequentially and 18 percent versus prior year, higher selling prices for titanium feedstock and co-products, as well as higher production efficiency and strong cost performance. Alkali Chemicals delivered adjusted EBITDA of $41 million, up 41 percent versus prior year, benefiting from higher production volumes and lower operating costs. Our cash generation performance further strengthened our balance sheet, as we closed the quarter with $303 million of cash on hand and liquidity of $484 million.

"We are making great progress toward reaching our goal of positioning Tronox as the global leader in TiO2. Last week, we signed a definitive agreement to sell Alkali Chemicals with closing expected in the second half of 2017. The proceeds will be used to fund the majority portion of the cash consideration for the Cristal TiO2 acquisition, which is expected to close by the end of the first quarter of 2018. We also announced our intent to refinance a portion of our capital structure with the expectation of lowering our overall cost of debt, extending the portfolio's weighted average years to maturity, improving our mix of secured and unsecured debt and providing additional pay down flexibility. We expect to complete this refinancing by mid-October. Cristal TiO2 integration planning is proceeding on schedule so that we can from day one begin to realize the substantial value creation enabled by our combination. We are confident that 2017 will continue to be a year of strong performance and that 2018 will be a transformational one for Tronox."

Second Quarter 2017

Tronox TiO2

TiO2 segment revenue of $421 million increased 26 percent compared to $333 million in the year-ago quarter, driven by higher pigment selling prices and sales volumes coupled with higher titanium feedstock and co-products selling prices. Pigment sales of $306 million increased 25 percent compared to $244 million in the year-ago quarter, as average selling prices increased 18 percent (19 percent on a local currency basis) and sales volumes increased 6 percent. Pigment selling prices were higher in all regions. Titanium feedstock and co-products sales of $99 million increased 36 percent from $73 million in the year-ago quarter, driven by higher selling prices in all major products and higher feedstock volumes. CP titanium slag selling prices increased 4 percent and sales volumes increased 144 percent. llmenite selling prices increased 20 percent and sales volumes increased 201 percent. Zircon selling prices increased 4 percent while sales volumes were 11 percent lower due to timing as a shipment originally scheduled for the second quarter shipped in the third quarter. Natural rutile selling prices increased 8 percent and sales volumes increased 34 percent. Pig iron selling prices increased 38 percent while sales volumes were 14 percent lower as a shipment moved from the second quarter to the third quarter.

Compared sequentially, TiO2 segment revenue of $421 million increased 11 percent versus $378 million in the first quarter, driven by higher pigment selling prices and sales volumes, higher feedstock and co-products selling prices, as well as higher CP titanium slag and ilmenite sales volumes. Pigment sales of $306 million were 12 percent higher than sales of $272 million in the prior quarter, as selling prices increased 7 percent (6 percent on a local currency basis) and sales volumes increased 6 percent. Selling prices were higher in all regions. Titanium feedstock and co-products sales of $99 million increased from $92 million in the first quarter. CP titanium slag sales were up 50 percent as selling prices increased 6 percent and sales volumes increased 47 percent. Ilmenite selling prices improved 9 percent and sales volumes increased 55 percent. Zircon selling prices increased 4 percent while sales volumes were 26 percent lower due to the timing of shipments. Natural rutile selling prices improved by 4 percent and sales volumes increased 36 percent. Pig iron selling prices were 10 percent higher and sales volumes increased 2 percent.

TiO2 segment adjusted EBITDA of $123 million was 116 percent, or $66 million, higher than $57 million in the year-ago quarter driven by higher selling prices and sales volumes for both pigment and feedstock and co-products coupled with the benefit of higher production efficiency and strong cost performance. Compared sequentially, segment adjusted EBITDA of $123 million improved by 45 percent from $85 million in the first quarter, driven by the same factors as the year-on-year performance. TiO2 segment income from operations of $61 million improved from $7 million in the year-ago quarter and $32 million in the prior quarter. TiO2 delivered free cash flow of $67 million in the second quarter, as cash provided by operating activities was $86 million and capital expenditures were $19 million.

Tronox Alkali

Alkali segment revenue of $201 million in the second quarter compared to $205 million in the year-ago quarter as sales volumes were level and selling prices were 1 percent lower. In the domestic market, selling prices were 1 percent higher than the prior-year quarter while sales volumes were 6 percent lower due to timing of shipments and lower demand in container glass and detergent markets. In export markets, sales volumes increased 5 percent driven by higher demand in Asia-Pacific and Latin America and selling prices were level to the year-ago quarter.

Compared sequentially, Alkali revenue of $201 million increased 5 percent from $191 million in the first quarter, as sales volumes increased 5 percent and selling prices increased 1 percent. Domestic sales volumes increased 5 percent while selling prices were 1 percent higher. Export sales volumes increased 4 percent with selling prices also 1 percent higher.

Alkali segment adjusted EBITDA of $41 million increased from $29 million in the year-ago quarter driven by higher production volumes and lower operating costs. The prior-year quarter included items totaling approximately $9 million that did not occur in the current quarter, which were the move of our longwall mining machine, the transition from a shared services agreement to a Tronox system and labor agreement supply reliability planning costs. Compared sequentially, Alkali segment adjusted EBITDA of $41 million increased from $38 million in the first quarter driven by higher sales volumes and selling prices. Alkali segment income from operations of $23 million compared to $12 million in the year-ago quarter and $19 million in the prior quarter. Alkali delivered free cash flow of $31 million in the second quarter, as cash provided by operating activities was $35 million and capital expenditures were $4 million.

Corporate

Corporate loss from operations was $29 million compared to a loss from operations of $10 million in the year-ago quarter and a loss from operations of $35 million in the first quarter. The loss from operations in the second quarter included professional fees of $11 million primarily related to the Cristal transaction and the process to market our Alkali business, as well as higher employee stock-based and other compensation costs of $5 million. Corporate adjusted EBITDA was ($24) million compared to adjusted EBITDA of ($15) million in the year-ago quarter and adjusted EBITDA of ($22) million in the prior quarter. Corporate cash used in operations was $44 million and capital expenditures were $1 million.

Consolidated

Selling, general and administrative expenses were $69 million in the second quarter compared to $51 million in the year-ago quarter and $74 million in the prior quarter. The selling, general and administrative expenses in the second quarter included professional fees of $11 million primarily related to the Cristal transaction and the process to market our Alkali business, as well as higher employee stock-based and other compensation costs of $7 million. Interest and debt expense of $46 million was level to the year-ago quarter and the prior quarter. On June 30, 2017, gross consolidated debt was $3,052 million, and debt, net of cash and cash equivalents, was $2,749 million. Liquidity was $484 million and cash and cash equivalents were $303 million. Capital expenditures were $24 million and depreciation, depletion and amortization expense was $62 million.

Webcast Conference Call

Tronox will conduct a conference call on Wednesday, August 9, 2017, at 8:30 a.m. ET (New York). The live call is open to the public via Internet broadcast and telephone.

Internet Broadcast: http://www.tronox.com/
Dial-in telephone numbers:
U.S. / Canada: +1.877.831.3840
International: +1.253.237.1184
Conference ID: 54296385

Conference Call Presentation Slides will be used during the conference call and are available on our website at http://www.tronox.com/

Webcast Conference Call Replay: Available via the Internet and telephone beginning on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. ET (New York), until 1:00 p.m. ET (New York), on Monday, August 14, 2017.

Internet Replay: www.tronox.com
Replay dial-in telephone numbers:
U.S. / Canada: +1.855.859.2056
International: +1.404.537.3406
Conference ID: 54296385

Upcoming Conferences

During the third quarter 2017 a member of management is scheduled to present at the following conferences:

UBS Chemicals Conference, New York, September 6, 2017
Credit Suisse Basic Materials Conference, New York, September 13, 2017
RBC Global Industrials Conference, Las Vegas, September 14, 2017

Accompanying conference materials will be available at http://investor.tronox.com

About Tronox

Tronox Limited operates two vertically integrated mining and inorganic chemical businesses. Tronox TiO2 mines and processes titanium ore, zircon and other minerals, and manufactures titanium dioxide pigments that add brightness and durability to paints, plastics, paper, and other everyday products. Tronox Alkali mines trona ore and manufactures natural soda ash, sodium bicarbonate, caustic soda, and other compounds which are used in the production of glass, detergents, baked goods, animal nutrition supplements, pharmaceuticals, and other essential products. For more information, visit www.tronox.com

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