Orion Engineered Carbons S.A. Announces Second Quarter 2019 Financial Results

HOUSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–$OEC #OEC–Orion Engineered Carbons S.A. (NYSE: OEC), a worldwide supplier of Specialty and High-Performance Carbon Black, today announced second quarter 2019 financial results.

Second Quarter 2019 Highlights

  • Net sales increased by $7.4 million to $399.0 million compared to $391.6 million in the second quarter of 2018
  • Net Income of $24.7 million and basic EPS of $0.41 versus $53.1 million and $0.89 in second quarter of 2018.

    Prior year includes restructuring gains net of tax of $20.8 million and an EPS impact of $0.35
  • Adjusted EPS1 of $0.53 versus $0.66 in second quarter of 2018
  • Net cash provided by operating activities increased by $48.0 million during second quarter of 2019 to $74.1 million for the first six months of 2019 versus $38.8 million for the first six months of 2018
  • Total Carbon Black volumes decreased year over year by 1.9% to 270.5 kmt against a record second quarter in 2018 but increased by 1.0% taking plant consolidation in South Korea into account
  • Sequentially volumes increased 2.9% compared to first quarter 2019 volumes of 262.8 kmt
  • Adjusted EBITDA1 of $71.5 million compared to $81.1 million in the second quarter of 2018
  • Specialty Carbon Black Adjusted EBITDA of $31.0 million and record Rubber Carbon Black Adjusted EBITDA of $40.5 million in the second quarter of 2019

1) See below for a reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable US-GAAP measures

“Our performance in this quarter delivered results that improved strongly over prior quarter despite a challenging market environment. The results were down as compared to the prior year’s record second quarter, but generally in line with what we had expected when we released our first quarter 2019 results. Nonetheless, while we delivered increases in Specialty volumes both year over year and sequentially compared to Q1, product mix continued to be weaker based on end market performance and as customers manage their supply chains to minimize volumes in premium products in an uncertain trading environment. However, despite these tougher market conditions, our Rubber Carbon Black business performed very well delivering record quarterly results with growth in Adjusted EBITDA, due to price increases and stable volumes, along with an improved mechanical rubber goods mix. Even with these results our Rubber segment, however, remains short of earning its cost of capital. As a result, we have implemented surcharges and announced price increases to continue the upward progression of this business segment to financially satisfactory results.

We remain mobilized around actions within our control, as we stepped up our efforts to qualify new products with our customers, progressed a number of key marketing programs, and continued to build out a strong management team with three new executives joining Orion during the quarter. In addition, subsequent to the quarter end, Orion was admitted into the Russell 2000 Index, and the Company published its first sustainability report. Most importantly, we are proactively managing our capital investments with a clear line of sight on delivering strong free cash flow, to support our strong commitment to our dividend while providing the business with the necessary cash for ongoing business,” said Corning Painter, Chief Executive Officer.

ORION ENGINEERED CARBONS

 

Q2 2019

Q2 2018

Y-o-Y Comparison in %

Volume (kmt)

270.5

275.6

(1.9)%

Net sales in USD million

399.0

391.6

1.9%

Contribution Margin in USD million

143.4

155.1

(7.5)%

Contribution Margin per metric ton in USD

530.3

562.8

(5.8)%

Income from Operations (EBIT) in USD million (excluding land sale) (1)

41.5

52.7

(21.3)%

Income from Operations (EBIT) in USD million

41.5

82.5

(49.7)%

Adjusted EBITDA in USD million

71.5

81.1

(11.9)%

Net Income in USD million (excluding land sale) (1)

24.7

32.3

(23.3)%

Net Income in USD million

24.7

53.1

(53.4)%

Basic EPS in USD (2)

0.41

0.89

$(0.48)

Adjusted EPS in USD (3)

0.53

0.66

$(0.13)

(1)

Impact of Rubber restructuring/land sale gain in South Korea (USD 29.8 million pre-tax and USD 20.8 net of tax assuming a corporate tax rate of 30%) is excluded from the Q2 2018 figures to provide for a comparison on a like-to-like basis.

(2)

Basic EPS calculated using Net Income and weighted number of shares outstanding in the respective quarter.

(3)

Adjusted EPS calculated using Net Income for the respective quarter adjusted for amortization of acquired intangible assets, amortization of transaction costs and foreign currency effects impacting financial results and other adjustment items and restructuring expenses (all adjustments on a net of tax basis assuming group tax rate) and weighted number of shares outstanding in the respective quarter.

Second Quarter 2019 Overview

Adjusted for the plant consolidation in South Korea, volumes increased by 1.0% versus the same period in the prior year. The growth was principally due to stronger demand in the Specialty segment largely from improved Asian demand. Excluding the impact of the Korean plant closure, total volumes decreased by 1.9%, or 5.2 kmt, to 270.5 kmt compared to the same period in the prior year. On a sequential quarterly basis, volumes increased by 2.9%, primarily due to improved demand in the Specialty segment.

Net sales increased by $7.4 million, or 1.9%, to $399.0 million versus the same period in the prior year primarily as a result of the pass through of higher feedstock costs to customers and base price increases, offset by mix and foreign exchange translation effects. Net sales increased by 3.7% versus the first quarter of 2019.

Contribution Margin decreased by $11.7 million, or 7.5%, to $143.4 million compared to the same period in the prior year despite base price increases in Rubber and increase in volumes in Specialty. The decrease reflects negative foreign exchange rate translation effects, negative product and regional mix in Specialty, negative feedstock differentials and lower overhead cost recovery associated with inventory reductions. Sequentially versus the first quarter of 2019, Contribution Margin rose by 5.2% reflecting mainly volume increase.

Income from operations decreased by $11.2 million, or 21.3%, to $41.5 million from the same period in the prior year excluding the net gain of $29.8 million on the land sale in South Korea in 2018. This adjusted decrease is mainly driven by the decrease in Contribution Margin. Unadjusted for the land sale in South Korea, income from operations decreased from $82.5 million to $41.5 million.

Adjusted EBITDA decreased by $9.6 million, or 11.9% to $71.5 million compared the same period in the prior year, reflecting the decrease in Contribution Margin partially offset by positive foreign exchange translation effects associated with fixed costs. On a sequential basis Adjusted EBITDA increased by $7.0 million, or 10.8%, from $64.6 million in the first quarter of 2019 on the back of increased volumes and lower feedstock timing effects.

Net Income in the second quarter of 2019 decreased by $7.5 million compared to the same period in the prior year before considering the gain on the sale of the land in South Korea associated with the plant consolidation in South Korea which amounted to $20.8 million net of tax. Not excluding the land sale gain, the second quarter 2019 net income decreased by $28.3 million to $24.7 million compared to the same period in the prior year.

Quarterly Business Segment Results

SPECIALTY CARBON BLACK

 

Q2 2019

Q2 2018

Y-o-Y Comparison in %

Volume (kmt)

69.9

67.8

3.0%

Net sales in USD million

139.3

142.7

(2.4)%

Gross Profit in USD million

44.4

58.0

(23.5)%

Gross Profit/metric ton in USD

635.7

856.1

(25.8)%

Adjusted EBITDA in USD million

31.0

45.2

(31.4)%

Adjusted EBITDA/metric ton in USD

444.2

667.0

(33.4)%

Adjusted EBITDA Margin (%)

22.3

31.7

 

Volumes for the Specialty Carbon Black business increased by 3.0% in the second quarter of 2019 from 67.8 kmt in the second quarter of 2018, as a result of improvement in market demand mainly in Asia. On a sequential basis, volumes increased by 9.2% against the first quarter of 2019 as a result of improved market demand.

Net sales decreased 2.4% to $139.3 million in the second quarter of 2019 as compared to the second quarter of 2018, mainly due to mix and negative foreign exchange rate translation effects, partially offset by higher volumes and base price improvements. Net sales sequentially against the first quarter of 2019 increased by 5.9%.

Gross profit decreased by $13.6 million, or 23.5% to $44.4 million, in the second quarter of 2019 as compared to the second quarter of 2018, due to the negative product mix, negative foreign exchange rate translation effects and lower overhead absorption due to decreases in inventory, partially offset by improved sales volumes. Sequentially gross profit was up 7.3% due to improved sales volumes versus the first quarter of 2019.

Specialty Adjusted EBITDA decreased by $14.2 million, or 31.4%, to $31.0 million, in the second quarter of 2019 as compared to the second quarter of 2018, reflecting the decrease in gross profit and slightly increased fixed costs year over year. Accordingly, the Adjusted EBITDA margin decreased 940 basis points to 22.3%. Compared to the first quarter of 2019, Adjusted EBITDA, however, increased sequentially by 5.6%.

RUBBER CARBON BLACK

 

Q2 2019

Q2 2018

Y-o-Y Comparison in %

Volume (kmt)

200.6

207.8

(3.5)%

Volume (kmt) adjusted for plant consolidation in South Korea (1)

200.6

200.0

0.3%

Net sales in USD million

259.7

248.9

4.3%

Gross Profit in USD million

59.6

54.7

9.0%

Gross Profit/metric ton in USD

297.3

263.3

12.9%

Adjusted EBITDA in USD million

40.5

35.9

12.7%

Adjusted EBITDA/metric ton in USD

201.9

172.9

16.8%

Adjusted EBITDA Margin (%)

15.6

14.4

 

(1)

Prior year volumes adjusted by 7.8 kmt sold by the closed South Korean plant to provide for a comparison on a like-to-like basis.

Rubber Carbon Black volumes increased 0.3%, in the second quarter of 2019 as compared to the second quarter of 2018, allowing for the impact on volumes of the consolidation of our plants in South Korea. On an unadjusted basis volumes declined by 7.2 kmt, or 3.5% from the second quarter of 2018 to the second quarter of 2019. On a sequential basis, volumes increased by 0.9% versus the first quarter of 2019.

Net sales increased by $10.8 million, or 4.3% to $259.7 million, in the second quarter of 2019 as compared to the second quarter of 2018, primarily due the pass through of higher feedstock costs to customers, base price and surcharge increases, offset by lower volumes and negative foreign exchange rate translation effects. Sequentially net sales increased by 2.6%.

Gross profit increased by $4.9 million, or 9.0% to $59.6 million as a result of base price increases partially offset by negative foreign exchange rate translation effects and feedstock differentials. Sequentially gross profit increased versus the first quarter of 2019 by 5.4%.

Rubber Adjusted EBITDA increased by $4.6 million, or 12.7%, to $40.5 million, in the second quarter of 2019 compared to the second quarter of 2018, reflecting the benefit of higher gross profit. Adjusted EBITDA margin was 15.6% in the second quarter of 2019 compared to 14.4% in the second quarter of 2018. Sequentially, Adjusted EBITDA was up by $5.3 million, or 15.2%, versus the first quarter of 2019, again essentially in line with the change in gross profit.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow

As of June 30, 2019, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $53.2 million, a decrease of $3.8 million from December 31, 2018. Net Debt increased slightly to $651.8 million from $635.5 million at year ended December 31, 2018. The Net Debt represents a multiple of 2.39 times LTM Adjusted EBITDA, compared to 2.16 times at the year ended December 31, 2018.

The following table shows our current net debt position as of June 30, 2019 compared to December 31, 2018:

 

 

June 30, 2019

 

December 31, 2018

 

 

(In million)

Term loans

 

$

643.8

 

 

$

650.0

 

Capitalized transaction costs (long-term)

 

(5.5

)

 

(6.3

)

Long-term financial debt, net

 

$

638.3

 

 

$

643.7

 

Term loans (current)

 

$

8.1

 

 

$

8.1

 

Capitalized transaction costs (current)

 

(1.4

)

 

(1.5

)

Short term local bank loans

 

53.0

 

 

28.6

 

Other short term financial liabilities

 

 

 

5.7

 

Short-term financial debt, net

 

$

59.7

 

 

$

41.0

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

53.2

 

 

$

57.0

 

add-back capitalized transaction costs (long-term and current)

 

$

(7.0

)

 

$

(7.7

)

Net Debt 1)

 

$

651.8

 

 

$

635.5

 

1)

Long-term financial debt, net plus short-term financial debt, net less cash and cash equivalents and add back of capitalized transaction costs

Capitalized transaction costs as well as non-current debt from financial derivatives and other non-current liabilities are disregarded in computing net indebtedness under our lending agreements.

Cash inflows from operating activities in the second quarter of 2019 amounted to $48.0 million, consisting in particular of a consolidated profit for the period of $24.7 million, adjusted for depreciation and amortization of $25.4 million with other impacts mostly offsetting each other. Net working capital totaled $291.2 million as of June 30, 2019, compared to $282.9 million as of December 31, 2018. Net Working Capital at the end of the second quarter of 2019 ended at 68 days.

Cash outflows from investing activities in the second quarter of 2019 amounted to $38.4 million reflecting capital expenditure for improvements in the manufacturing network and the Specialty expansion in Ravenna, Italy as well as investments in order to comply with the settlement agreement with the US EPA, which is subject to a claim for reimbursement from Evonik AG.

Cash outflows from financing activities for the second quarter of 2019 amounted to $17.2 million and included local short-term borrowings, less the quarterly dividend, regular interest and debt payments.

2019 Outlook

“We are encouraged by the sequential improvement we have seen as the year progressed and with it our performance in the second quarter. The macroeconomic environment remains however somewhat more challenging than we anticipated at the end of the last quarter, especially in the automotive markets. Therefore, for the second half of the year, we anticipate that customers will continue running at conservative production and inventory levels for the remainder of 2019. Our revised guidance for 2019 also takes in to account a continued negative effect of product mix in Specialty, as well as the negative impact of feedstock differentials in both Rubber and Specialty described above,” Mr. Painter said. “Given this change in outlook for the second half of 2019, we are trimming our guidance for full year Adjusted EBITDA for 2019 to the range of $265 million to $285 million, from our previous guidance of $280 million to $300 million.”

Mr. Painter continued, “With this economic backdrop, we continue to focus on actions within our control, making progress on our profit improvement program, continuing to work on pricing excellence, gaining qualifications on new products, and debottlenecking targeted products. In terms of other areas of guidance, we are currently pacing our cash capital expenditures excluding US EPA settlement capex to be in the range of $75 to $80 million consisting of base capex and the already announced specialty line investment in Ravenna, Italy. We expect the US EPA settlement related capex for 2019 to be in the range of an additional $60 to $65 million, before any reimbursement to us by Evonik for this expenditure.”

CFO Transition

Charles Herlinger, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) plans to retire after his successor has been identified and transitioned into the role. A search has been launched and the Company expects to appoint a new CFO by the end of 2019. Mr. Herlinger has been the CFO of Orion since July 2011.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors and the management team, I would like the thank Charles for his leadership, his many years of service and numerous contributions to Orion. Charles was instrumental in laying the foundation for the company’s success in entering the public markets. During his time as CFO, he has built a strong finance organization that has played a key role in delivering solid financial returns for our shareholders,” said Corning Painter, Chief Executive Officer. “I am pleased that Charles is committed to helping us ensure a smooth transition to new leadership and I wish him all the best in his well-earned retirement.”

In announcing his plans, Charles Herlinger said, “I have enjoyed a fulfilling career with Orion, helping to build a leading carbon black business. I have worked with many wonderful and capable people, and I admire them for their dedication to the Company and their contributions to our success. Now we have successfully completed a number of longer-term finance projects, including the conversion to US GAAP, US dollar reporting, and the admission to the Russell indices, it is the right time to pass the baton on to new leadership. I look forward to working closely with Corning and the Board in selecting my successor and helping that individual to smoothly transition into the role.”

 

 

U.S. Toll Free:

1-877-407-4018

International:

1-201-689-8471

U.K. Toll Free:

0 800 756 3429

Germany Toll Free:

0 800 182 0040

Luxembourg Toll Free:

800 28 522

Luxembourg Local:

352 2786 0689

A replay of the conference call may be accessed by phone at the following numbers through August 9th, 2019:

 

 

U.S. Toll Free:

1-844-512-2921

International:

1-412-317-6671

Conference ID:

13692636

Additionally, an archived webcast of the conference call will be available on the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at: www.orioncarbons.com.

To learn more about Orion, visit the Company’s website at www.orioncarbons.com. Orion uses its website as a channel of distribution for material Company information. Financial and other material information regarding Orion is routinely posted on the Company’s website and is readily accessible.

About Orion Engineered Carbons

Orion is a worldwide supplier of Carbon Black. We produce a broad range of Carbon Blacks that include high-performance Specialty Gas Blacks, Acetylene Blacks, Furnace Blacks, Lamp Blacks, Thermal Blacks and other Carbon Blacks that tint, colorize and enhance the performance of polymers, plastics, paints and coatings, inks and toners, textile fibers, adhesives and sealants, tires, and mechanical rubber goods such as automotive belts and hoses. Orion runs 14 global production sites. The group has approximately 1,450 employees worldwide. For more information, please visit our website www.orioncarbons.com.

Forward Looking Statements

This document contains and refers to certain forward-looking statements with respect to our financial condition, results of operations and business. These statements constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”). Forward-looking statements are statements of future expectations that are based on management’s current expectations and assumptions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results, performance or events to differ materially from those expressed or implied in these statements. Forward-looking statements include, among others, statements concerning the potential exposure to market risks, statements expressing management’s expectations, beliefs, estimates, forecasts, projections and assumptions and statements that are not limited to statements of historical or present facts or conditions. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “objectives,” “outlook,” “probably,” “project,” “will,” “seek,” “target” and other words of similar meaning.

These forward-looking statements include, without limitation, statements about the following matters: • our strategies for (i) strengthening our position in specialty carbon blacks and rubber carbon blacks, (ii) increasing our rubber carbon black margins and (iii) strengthening the competitiveness of our operations; • the installation of pollution control technology in our U.S. manufacturing facilities pursuant to the EPA consent decree described herein; • the outcome of any in-progress, pending or possible litigation or regulatory proceedings; and • our expectation that the markets we serve will continue to grow.

All these forward-looking statements are based on estimates and assumptions that, although believed to be reasonable, are inherently uncertain. Therefore, undue reliance should not be placed upon any forward-looking statements. There are important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by such forward-looking statements. These factors include, among others: • negative or uncertain worldwide economic conditions;• volatility and cyclicality in the industries in which we operate; • operational risks inherent in chemicals manufacturing, including disruptions as a result of severe weather conditions and natural disasters; • our dependence on major customers; • our ability to compete in the industries and markets in which we operate; • our ability to develop new products and technologies successfully and the availability of substitutes for our products; • our ability to implement our business strategies; • volatility in the costs and availability of raw materials(including but not limited to any and all effects from restrictions imposed by the MARPOL convention and respective International Maritime Organization (IMO) regulations in particular to reduce sulphur oxides (SOx) emissions from ships) and energy; • our ability to realize benefits from investments, joint ventures, acquisitions or alliances; • our ability to realize benefits from planned plant capacity expansions and site development projects and the potential delays to such expansions and projects; • information technology systems failures, network disruptions and breaches of data security; • our relationships with our workforce, including negotiations with labor unions, strikes and work stoppages; • our ability to recruit or retain key management and personnel; • our exposure to political or country risks inherent in doing business in some countries; • geopolitical events in the European Union, and in particular a “no-deal Brexit” which may impact the Euro; • environmental, health and safety regulations, including nanomaterial and greenhouse gas emissions regulations, and the related costs of maintaining compliance and addressing liabilities; • possible future investigations and enforcement actions by governmental or supranational agencies; • our operations as a company in the chemical sector, including the related risks of leaks, fires and toxic releases; • market and regulatory changes that may affect our ability to sell or otherwise benefit from co-generated energy; • litigation or legal proceedings, including product liability and environmental claims; • our ability to protect our intellectual property rights and know-how; • our ability to generate the funds required to service our debt and finance our operations; • fluctuations in foreign currency exchange and interest rates; • the availability and efficiency of hedging; • changes in international and local economic conditions, including with regard to the Euro, dislocations in credit and capital markets and inflation or deflation; • potential impairments or write-offs of certain assets; • required increases in our pension fund contributions; • the adequacy of our insurance coverage; • changes in our jurisdictional earnings mix or in the tax laws or accepted interpretations of tax laws in those jurisdictions; • our indemnities to and from Evonik ; • challenges to our decisions and assumptions in assessing and complying with our tax obligations; • our status as a foreign private issuer; and • potential difficulty in obtaining or enforcing judgments or bringing actions against us in the United States.

Contacts

INVESTOR CONTACT:

Diana Downey

Investor Relations

+1 832-589-2285

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