Calgon Carbon Announces First Quarter Results

Board Declares Dividend of $0.05 Per Share

Highlights of Q1 2015 results versus Q1 2014 results:

  • Net sales increased 3.1%, including a $6.3 million negative impact from foreign exchange
  • Gross margin (before depreciation and amortization) increased to 35.7% from 33.6%
  • Operating income increased 10.8%
  • Fully diluted EPS increased 16.7% to $0.21

PITTSBURGH--()--Calgon Carbon Corporation (NYSE: CCC) announced results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2015.

Income from operations for the first quarter of 2015 was $17.3 million versus $15.6 million for the first quarter of 2014. Net income was $11.1 million for the first quarter of 2015 versus $9.8 million for the comparable period in 2014. On a fully diluted share basis, earnings per common share for the first quarter of 2015 were $0.21 versus $0.18 for the first quarter of 2014.

Net sales for the first quarter of 2015 were $135.7 million, as compared to $131.6 million for the comparable period in 2014, an increase of 3.1%. Currency translation had a $6.3 million negative impact on sales for the first quarter of 2015 due to the weaker euro, British pound sterling, and yen.

For the first quarter of 2015, sales for the Activated Carbon and Service segment increased 4.3% as compared to the first quarter of 2014. The improvement was primarily due to higher sales of activated carbon products and services for the potable water market in the U.S., as well as in the environmental air market, principally in North America for mercury removal. These increases were partially offset by decreases in demand for activated carbon products and services for the food, respirator, and environmental water markets.

Equipment sales increased 2.3% in the first quarter of 2015 versus the comparable period of 2014 principally due to higher sales of ballast water treatment systems. This increase was partially offset by lower sales of traditional carbon adsorption equipment.

A $1.2 million, or 34.7%, decline in the Consumer segment was attributed to lower demand for the Company’s activated carbon cloth. The segment’s results for the first quarter of 2014 included one significant sale that was not repeated in 2015.

Net sales less the cost of products sold (excluding depreciation and amortization), as a percentage of net sales for the first quarter of 2015 was 35.7%, versus 33.6% for the first quarter of 2014. The improvement was attributable to several factors, including increased sales of higher margin activated carbon products, lower coal costs, and lower diesel fuel costs.

Selling, administrative and research expenses for the first quarter of 2015 were $22.5 million versus $21.6 million for the comparable period of 2014. The increase was primarily due to the Company’s SAP re-engineering project to improve the functionality of its enterprise resource planning system, which should be completed in 2015. The timing of certain employee expenses also contributed to the increase.

The income tax rate for the first quarter of 2015 was 33.5% versus 34.4% for the first quarter of 2014.

The Company continued its open market stock repurchase program and purchased 80,500 shares of Calgon Carbon stock during the first quarter.

On May 5, 2015, Calgon Carbon’s Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.05 per share, payable on June 15, 2015, to shareholders of record on June 5, 2015.

Commenting on the quarter, Randy Dearth, Calgon Carbon’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “Calgon Carbon’s solid performance for the first quarter reflects our ongoing commitment to sustained growth. Higher sales, gross margin expansion, and increased operating income contributed to profitability improvement versus last year’s first quarter.”

“I am especially pleased with the growth in sales, considering the sizable negative impact of foreign currency on sales in the quarter.”

“A major driver of top-line growth in the first quarter of 2015 was the sale of FLUEPAC® powdered activated carbon for mercury removal from the flue gas of coal-fired power plants. Sales of $11.6 million represent a 72% increase over the first quarter of 2014.”

“The increase in FLUEPAC sales resulted from state regulations for mercury control and the April 16 compliance date for the EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards. Calgon Carbon’s strong position in this market reflects our successful strategy of offering electric utilities unique products with superior mercury capture and the lowest total treatment cost available.”

“The growing demand for FLUEPAC carbon confirms Calgon Carbon’s position as a leader in mercury control, and strengthens our belief that we should capture at least 30% of the value of this significant, emerging market.”

“I am pleased with Calgon Carbon’s performance in the first quarter. Going forward, we will sharpen our focus on profitable sales growth, while continuing to emphasize cost improvement.”

Pure Water. Clean Air. Better World.

Calgon Carbon Corporation (NYSE:CCC) is a global leader in innovative solutions, high quality products and reliable services designed to protect human health and the environment from harmful contaminants in water, and air. As a leading manufacturer of activated carbon, with broad capabilities in ultraviolet light disinfection, the Company provides purification solutions for drinking water, wastewater, pollution abatement, and a variety of industrial and commercial manufacturing processes.

Calgon Carbon is the world’s largest producer of granular activated carbon and supplies more than 100 types of activated carbon products - in granular, powdered, pelletized and cloth form – for more than 700 distinct applications. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Calgon Carbon Corporation employs approximately 1,100 people at more than 15 manufacturing, reactivation, and equipment fabrication facilities in the U.S., Asia, and in Europe, where Calgon Carbon is known as Chemviron Carbon. The company also has more than 27 sales and service centers throughout the world.

For more information about Calgon Carbon’s leading activated carbon and ultraviolet technology solutions for municipalities and industries, visit www.calgoncarbon.com.

This news release contains historical information and forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements typically contain words such as “expect,” “believe,” “estimate,” “anticipate,” or similar words indicating that future outcomes are uncertain. Statements looking forward in time, including statements regarding future growth and profitability, price increases, cost savings, broader product lines, enhanced competitive posture and acquisitions, are included in the company’s most recent Annual Report pursuant to the “safe harbor” provision of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. They involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause the company’s actual results in future periods to be materially different from any future performance suggested herein. Further, the company operates in an industry sector where securities values may be volatile and may be influenced by economic and other factors beyond the company’s control. Some of the factors that could affect future performance of the company are higher energy and raw material costs, costs of imports and related tariffs, labor relations, availability of capital and environmental requirements as they relate both to our operations and to our customers, changes in foreign currency exchange rates, borrowing restrictions, validity of patents and other intellectual property, and pension costs. In the context of the forward-looking information provided in this news release, please refer to the discussions of risk factors and other information detailed in, as well as the other information contained in the company’s most recent Annual Report.

           
Calgon Carbon Corporation
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income
(Dollars in thousands except per share data)
(Unaudited)
Quarter Ended
March 31,
2015 2014
 
Net Sales $ 135,703   $ 131,632  
 
Cost of Products Sold (Excluding Depreciation and Amortization) 87,218 87,463
 
Depreciation and Amortization 8,701 7,029
 
Selling, Administrative & Research 22,494 21,642
 
Restructuring   -     (103 )
 
  118,413     116,031  
 
Income from Operations 17,290 15,601
 
Interest Expense - Net (120 ) (99 )
 
Other Expense - Net   (548 )   (546 )
 
Income Before Income Tax Provision 16,622 14,956
 
Income Tax Provision   5,561     5,147  
 
Net Income 11,061 9,809
 
Other Comprehensive Income (Loss), Net of Tax
Foreign Currency Translation (10,296 ) 124
Defined Benefit Pension Plans 810 202
Derivatives   244     (206 )
 
Comprehensive Income $ 1,819   $ 9,929  
 
Net Income per Common Share
Basic $ .21 $ .18
Diluted $ .21 $ .18
 
Dividends per Common Share $ .05 $ -
 
Weighted Average Shares
Outstanding (Thousands)
Basic 52,451 53,608
 
Diluted 53,330 54,525
 

           
Calgon Carbon Corporation
 
 
 

Segment Data (unaudited):

(in thousands)
 

Segment Sales

1Q15 1Q14
 
Activated Carbon and Service 122,747 117,723
Equipment 10,708 10,468
Consumer   2,248     3,441  
 
Net Sales $ 135,703 $ 131,632
 
Segment

Operating Income (loss)*

1Q15 1Q14
 
Activated Carbon and Service 25,890 22,669
Equipment (447 ) (987 )
Consumer   548     845  
 
Income from Operations * $ 25,991 $ 22,527
 
 
 
*Before depreciation and amortization and restructuring.
 

           
Calgon Carbon Corporation
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet
(Dollars in thousands)
(Unaudited)
 
March 31, December 31,
2015 2014
 
Assets
 
Current assets:
 
Cash and cash equivalents $ 48,414 $ 53,133
 
Receivables 97,480 95,232
 
Inventories 101,761 98,446
 
Other current assets   42,958   46,151
 
Total current assets 290,613 292,962
 
Property, plant and equipment, net 292,149 290,586
 
Other assets   37,359   38,113
 
Total assets $ 620,121 $ 621,661
 
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity
 
Current liabilities:
 
Short-term debt $ - $ 833
 
Current portion of long-term debt 1,125 -
 
Other current liabilities   68,802   74,586
 
Total current liabilities 69,927 75,419
 
Long-term debt 78,636 70,448
 
Other liabilities   67,186   70,321
 
Total liabilities 215,749 216,188
 
Total shareholders' equity   404,372   405,473
 
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 620,121 $ 621,661
 

Contacts

Calgon Carbon Corporation
Gail A. Gerono, 412-787-6795
Vice President – Investor Relations
ggerono@calgoncarbon.com

Contacts

Calgon Carbon Corporation
Gail A. Gerono, 412-787-6795
Vice President – Investor Relations
ggerono@calgoncarbon.com