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Calgon Carbon Corporation (NYSE: CCC) announced results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2012.
Income from operations for the fourth quarter of 2012 was $14.7 million versus $8.2 million for the comparable period in 2011. Net income for the fourth quarter of 2012 was $9.1 million, or $0.16 per common share on a fully diluted basis, versus $4.9 million, or $0.09 per common share on a fully diluted basis, for the fourth quarter of 2011.
Commenting on the results, Randy Dearth, Calgon Carbon’s president and chief executive officer, said, “The Company’s performance for the quarter was solid despite a challenging business environment.
“In addition to growth from our traditional business in 2013, we will also realize positive impacts from our cost improvement program that we implemented in 2012. We will continue to focus on increasing profitability through process improvement, enhanced operating efficiencies, and worldwide cost reductions.”
“As for the long term, we continue to believe that emerging environmental markets, including mercury removal from coal-fired power plants, ballast water treatment, and control of disinfection byproducts in drinking water, will provide opportunities for significant growth throughout this decade.”
Net sales for the fourth quarter of 2012 were $141.8 million, an increase of 2.6% over sales of $138.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2011. Currency translation had a $1.0 million negative impact on sales for the fourth quarter of 2012 due to the stronger U.S. dollar.
For the fourth quarter of 2012, sales for the company’s Activated Carbon and Service segment were $127.2 million versus $122.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2011, a 4.2% increase. Higher demand for granular activated carbon (GAC) products for drinking water treatment and for GAC used in respirators was primarily responsible for the increase.
Equipment sales declined 15% in the fourth quarter of 2012 versus the comparable quarter of 2011 due to lower revenue recognition on ballast water treatment, ion exchange, and carbon adsorption systems. This was partially offset by higher revenue recognition on ultraviolet systems for drinking water treatment.