Calgon Carbon's CEO Discusses Q2 2012 Results - Earnings Call Transcript

Calgon Carbon Corp. (CCC)

Q2 2012 Earnings Call

August 8, 2012 10:30 am ET

Executives

Gail Gerono - VP, IR

Randy Dearth - President and CEO

Bob O'Brien - COO

Steve Schott - CFO

Analysts

Ben Kallo - Baird

Tim Feron - Janney Montgomery Scott

Dan Mannes - Avondale

Steve Schwartz - First Analysis

Jinming Liu - Ardour Capital

Nick Prendergast - BB&T Capital Markets

Doug Thomas - JET Investment Research

David Rose - Wedbush

Presentation

Operator

Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by, and welcome to Calgon Carbon Corporation's Second Quarter 2012 Earnings Call. All lines have been placed on mute to prevent any background noise. After the speakers' remarks, there will be a question-and-answer session. (Operator Instructions)

I would now like to turn the conference over to Gail Gerono, Vice President of Investor Relation. You may begin your conference.

Gail Gerono

Thank you. Good morning everyone and thank you for joining us.

This quarterly call is the first for two of our speakers, Randy Dearth and Bob O'Brien. Randy joined Calgon Carbon as President and CEO on August 1. So, this is his one week anniversary. He had been President and CEO of LANXESS, an international chemical manufacturer, and has also been a member of Calgon Carbon board of directors since 2007.

Many of you know Bob O'Brien. Bob has been with the company for more than 35 years and he was named Chief Operating Officer earlier this year. Steve Schott, our CFO, will be our first speaker providing a review of Calgon Carbon second quarter financials.

Before Steve begins, I would like to remind you that the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides a Safe Harbor for forward-looking statements. Today's presentations or perhaps some of the comments that Calgon Carbon's executives make during the Q&A may contain certain statements that are forward-looking. Forward-looking statements typically contain words such 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 saving, 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 in the presentation or during the Q&A.

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 are high energy and raw material costs, costs of imports and related tariffs, labor relations, availability of capital and environmental requirements as they relate both to the operation and to our customers.

In the context of the forward-looking information provided in this webcast, 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 and 10-K. Steve?

Steve Schott

Thanks Gail. Good morning everyone. Total sales for the second quarter of 2012 were $148.4 million versus $135.3 million in the second quarter of 2011, an increase of $13.1 million or 9.7%. Sales in each of our three segments increased in the second quarter of 2012 as compared to 2011. Currency translation had a negative impact of $3 million on sales for the second quarter of 2012 due to the stronger dollar.

Regarding our segments. Sales in the Activated Carbon and Service segment increased $4.8 million or 4% for the second quarter of 2012 compared to 2011's second quarter. Contributing to this quarter over quarter increase was a higher demand in the potable water market and the higher pricing the metals recovery market.

Equipment sales increased $8.2 million or 70.3% for the second quarter of 2012 compared to 2011's second quarter primarily due to higher revenue recognition from ballast water treatment Systems.

Consumer sales increased slightly by approximately $68,000 or 3.2% for the second quarter of 2012 compared to 2011's second quarter as a result of higher demand for activated carbon cloth products.

Consolidated gross profit before depreciation and amortization as a percent of net sales was 31% in the second quarter of 2012 compared to 32.8% in the second quarter of 2011, a decrease of 1.8 percentage points. The decline was primarily in the activated carbon and service segment as a result of higher coal and plant maintenance costs.

Depreciation and amortization expense was $6.4 million in the second quarter of 2012 compared to $5.7 million in the second quarter of 2011. The increase of $700,000 or 12.3% is primarily the result of additional depreciation related to capital improvements made at the company's Feluy, Belgium and Catlettsburg, Kentucky facilities.

Selling, administrative and research expenses were $23.1 million during the second quarter of 2012 versus $22.5 million in 2011, an increase of $600,000 or 2.7%. This increase was primarily related an increase in advance product testing costs related both to mercury removal from flu gas and the use of activated carbon in ultra capacitors. As a percent of sales, these expenses were 15.6% in the second quarter of 2012 as compared to 16.6% for the second quarter of 2011, a 1 percentage point improvement, as well as a 1.9% point improvement over the first quarter of 2012 which was 17.5%.

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