|Calgon Carbon Announces First Quarter Results|
Board Declares Dividend
PITTSBURGH, April 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Calgon Carbon Corporation (NYSE: CCC) announced results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2005.
The 2004 comparisons include the operating results of the Specialty Products Division of Waterlink, Inc. from February 18, 2004, when the company acquired that business.
Sales for the first quarter of 2005 were $83.4 million versus first quarter 2004 sales of $71.2 million, a 17.1% increase. Currency translation had a $1.4 million positive impact on sales for the quarter due to the stronger Euro.
The company reported a net loss of $2.8 million for the first quarter of 2005, which included a restructuring charge for pension curtailment of $0.2 million, an impairment charge of $2.2 million for the cancellation of the construction of a reactivation facility on the U.S. Gulf Coast, and $1.3 million in severance related charges. These charges are in line with a previously disclosed re-engineering plan designed to adjust the company's commercial and logistical strategies and to reduce its asset and administrative cost base. For the first quarter of 2004, the company reported a net loss of $0.5 million. Fully diluted net loss per common share was $0.07 for the first quarter of 2005, versus a fully diluted net loss per common share of $0.01 for the first quarter of 2004.
For the first quarter of 2005, sales of Activated Carbon and Service increased 6.2% versus the comparable period in 2004. Strong demand in Europe for activated carbon for potable water and specialty applications was partially offset by weaker demand in the U.S. from the sweetener market and from the service portion of the perchlorate removal market.
Equipment sales increased 76.2% year-over-year, due to strong demand for ISEP(R) systems for food applications and increased sales of solvent recovery equipment.
Consumer sales were 35.5% higher for the first quarter of 2005 as compared to the first quarter of 2004. The increase was attributable to stronger sales in all product categories in the segment: charcoal, activated carbon cloth, and PreZerve(R) products.
Consolidated gross profit before depreciation and amortization as a percentage of net sales was 27.3%, versus 29.8% in the first quarter of 2004. Carbon and Service margins in the Americas and Asia were adversely affected by higher raw material, energy, and transportation costs. Although the company began passing through cost increases to customers in February, the impact realized during the quarter was not sufficient to offset the higher product costs.
Operating expenses in the first quarter of 2005 were $17.1 million versus $15.9 million in 2004. The $1.2 million increase was attributable primarily to severance costs associated with the re-engineering plan.
Calgon Carbon's board of directors declared a dividend of $0.03 per share. Dividends will be issued to shareholders of record as of May 19, 2005, and will be payable on June 2, 2005.
Commenting on the results, John Stanik, Calgon Carbon's president and chief executive officer, said, "I am pleased with the revenue growth in the first quarter and, excluding the charges related to the re-engineering, the year-over-year earnings improvement."
Mr. Stanik continued, "As expected, the re-engineering plan that we initiated in February did not have a substantial positive impact in the first quarter on margins or escalating costs. However, we made significant progress by beginning to adjust our carbon and equipment commercial strategies and by reducing headcount. The positive effects of the re-engineering plan should result in both margin and earnings improvement as the year progresses."
Calgon Carbon Corporation, headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is a global leader in services and solutions for making air and water cleaner and safer. The company employs approximately 1,150 people at 17 operating facilities and 22 sales and service centers worldwide.
The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides a "safe harbor" for forward-looking statements. This document contains certain statements that are forward-looking relative to the company's future strategy and performance. 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.
Calgon Carbon Corporation Condensed Consolidated Statement of Income (Dollars in thousands except per share data) (Unaudited) Quarter Ended March 31, 2005 2004 Net Sales $83,406 $71,243 Cost of Products Sold 60,613 50,012 Depreciation and Amortization 5,815 5,308 Selling, Administrative & Research 17,090 15,902 Gulf Coast Impairment Charge 2,200 - Restructuring Charge 210 - 85,928 71,222 Income (Loss) from Operations (2,522) 21 Interest Income (Expense) - Net (911) (471) Other Income (Expense) - Net (387) (788) Loss Before Income Taxes, Equity Income and Minority Interest (3,820) (1,238) Income Tax Benefit (726) (158) Loss Before Equity Income and Minority Interest (3,094) (1,080) Equity Income in Calgon Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation 273 520 Minority Interest - 11 Net Loss $(2,821) $(549) Net Loss per Common Share Basic and Diluted $(.07) $(.01) Weighted Average Shares Outstanding (Thousands) Basic 39,200 39,024 Diluted 39,848 39,405 Calgon Carbon Corporation Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet (Dollars in thousands) (Unaudited) March 31, December 31, 2005 2004 ASSETS Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents $7,742 $8,780 Receivables 61,035 61,598 Inventories 67,558 64,843 Other current assets 24,798 23,874 Total current assets 161,133 159,095 Property, plant and equipment, net 121,937 129,285 Other assets 73,752 75,518 Total assets $356,822 $363,898 LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY Current liabilities: Other current liabilities $60,109 $63,409 Total current liabilities 60,109 63,409 Long-term debt 87,700 84,600 Other liabilities 46,415 48,018 Total liabilities 194,224 196,027 Minority interest - - Total shareholders' equity 162,598 167,871 Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $356,822 $363,898 Calgon Carbon Corporation Segment Data Segment Sales 1Q05 1Q04 Carbon and Service 59,327 55,886 Equipment 14,167 8,041 Consumer 9,912 7,316 Total Sales (thousands) $83,406 $71,243 Segment Operating Income (loss)* 1Q05 1Q04 Carbon and Service 4,084 6,650 Equipment 70 (1,958) Consumer 1,549 637 Total Income from operations (thousands) $5,703 $5,329 * Before depreciation, amortization, impairment, and restructuring charges
SOURCE Calgon Carbon Corporation
CONTACT: Gail Gerono, vice president, investor relations of Calgon
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