OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Compass Minerals (NYSE: CMP), a leading global provider of essential minerals, reported today that fourth-quarter 2019 winter weather activity in its North American-served market was above average, mainly driven by strong snow activity in November. In addition, the company reported a 4% increase in highway deicing salt sales volumes as increased winter demand in North America was partially offset by warm weather in the U.K.
Eleven representative cities in the company’s primary North American highway deicing service area reported 49 snow events during the fourth quarter of 2019 compared to 45 snow events in the fourth quarter of 2018 and the 10-year average of 41.8 events.
“We are pleased with the solid start to the 2019-2020 winter in North America and the year-over-year increase in our Salt sales volumes,” said Kevin Crutchfield, Compass Minerals president and CEO. “We also continue to be encouraged by the performance of both our North American salt mines and are well positioned to serve our customers’ deicing needs for the full 2019-2020 winter season.”
The company sold approximately 2.9 million tons of highway deicing salt products in the fourth quarter of 2019 compared to 2.8 million tons in the 2018 period. This total includes all highway maintenance products sold in the U.S., Canada and the U.K., as well as rock salt sold to the chemical industry. Sales of all Salt products totaled 3.6 million tons in the fourth quarter of 2019 compared to 3.5 million tons in the 2018 period.
Snow Events Note: The number of snow events reported may not directly correlate to Compass Minerals’ deicing results due to a variety of factors, including the relative significance to the company of the cities represented and differences in the amount of salt purchased by customers to establish their pre-season stockpiles. The weather data should be used only as an indicator of the year-to-year variations in winter weather conditions in these cities. Compass Minerals draws its weather data from the U.S. National Weather Service and National Climatic Data Center and Environment Canada without weighting or other adjustments.
About Compass Minerals
Compass Minerals is a leading provider of essential minerals that solve nature’s challenges, including salt for winter roadway safety and other consumer, industrial and agricultural uses, and specialty plant nutrition minerals that improve the quality and yield of crops. The company produces its minerals at locations throughout the U.S., Canada, Brazil and the U.K., operating 21 production facilities and employing more than 3,000 personnel worldwide. Compass Minerals’ mission is to be the best essential minerals company by safely delivering where and when it matters. For more information about Compass Minerals and its products, please visit www.compassminerals.com.
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