Tronox 2Q 2018 results: revenue up 17% from year ago to $492 million

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Tronox 2Q 2018 results: revenue up 17% from year ago to $492 million

August 02, 2018 - 04:03
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STAMFORD, CT , Aug. 1, 2018 (PRNewswire) -Second Quarter Highlights:

  • Strong performance reflects benefits of vertical integration and favorable market conditions across TiO2 pigment, feedstock and co-products
  • Revenue of $492 million up 17 percent versus prior year driven by pigment and zircon sales growth
  • Income from operations more than doubled to $65 million; adjusted EBITDA of $147 million up 48 percent versus prior year (Non-GAAP)
  • GAAP diluted EPS of $0.29; adjusted diluted EPS of $0.31 (Non-GAAP)
  • TiO2 income from operations of $108 million up 77 percent; adjusted EBITDA of $169 million up 37 percent versus prior year; TiO2 adjusted EBITDA margin of 34 percent (Non-GAAP)
  • TiO2 free cash flow of $93 million (1)

Cristal TiO2 acquisition:

  • European Commission granted approval of acquisition conditional upon paper laminate product grade divestiture; definitive agreement for divestiture to Venator Materials PLC submitted to Commission; awaiting final approval
  • Memorandum of Understanding signed for negotiation of definitive agreement to sell Cristal Ashtabula, Ohio TiO2 production complex to Venator Materials PLC if divestiture of Ashtabula required to secure final regulatory approval in the United States
  • Hearing in U.S. District Court on FTC's request for preliminary injunction scheduled for August 7, 2018

Tronox Limited reported revenue of $492 million for the second quarter 2018, an increase of 17 percent compared to $421 million in the second quarter 2017 and 11 percent compared to $442 million in the first quarter 2018. Income from operations of $65 million increased from $32 million in the year-ago quarter and $14 million in the prior quarter. Net income from continuing operations attributable to Tronox Limited of $36 million, or $0.29 per diluted share, increased from a net loss from continuing operations attributable to Tronox Limited of $19 million, or ($0.16) per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter and a net loss from continuing operations attributable to Tronox Limited of $44 million, or ($0.36) per diluted share in the prior quarter. Net income from continuing operations attributable to Tronox Limited in the second quarter 2018 included transaction costs primarily related to the Cristal acquisition, the release of tax valuation allowances, a share-based compensation reversal and a debt extinguishment loss that, combined, totaled $3 million or $0.02 per diluted share. Excluding these items, adjusted net income from continuing operations attributable to Tronox Limited (Non-GAAP) was $39 million, or $0.31 per diluted share. Adjusted EBITDA of $147 million increased 48 percent from $99 million in the year-ago quarter and 30 percent from $113 million in the prior quarter.

Jeffry Quinn, president and chief executive officer of Tronox said: "Our TiO2 business once again delivered strong results, posting revenue growth of 17 percent, adjusted EBITDA growth of 37 percent, an adjusted EBITDA margin of 34 percent and free cash flow of $93 million. This high level of performance clearly reflected the benefits of vertical integration with all our assets in full operation and favorable market conditions across pigment, feedstock and co-products. We continue to see balanced supply and demand and favorable market conditions across the entire value chain of our business. In pigment, we believe producers globally continue to run at high utilization rates and, though there may be transient inventory builds in some sales channels, we believe inventories, in aggregate, are at normal and not excessive levels across the industry. In addition, we are working successfully with our pigment customers on value stabilization initiatives with the intent to dampen margin volatility across the cycle. In feedstock and co-products, we see tightening supply-demand balances, particularly in zircon and high-grade feedstock. As a fully integrated producer, we expect to benefit at both feedstock and pigment levels.

Quinn continued, "The last several weeks have seen significant progress toward closing the Cristal TiO2 acquisition. We received approval from the European Commission conditional upon divestiture of a paper laminate product grade we supply from our facility in the Netherlands. We submitted to the Commission an executed definitive agreement with Venator Materials PLC to divest the paper laminate product grade and are awaiting final approval. We also entered into a binding Memorandum of Understanding with Venator for the negotiation of a definitive agreement to sell Cristal's Ashtabula, Ohio, TiO2 production complex to Venator if a divestiture of Ashtabula is required to secure final regulatory approval in the United States. This agreement enables us to vigorously defend the merits of the Cristal transaction in U.S. District Court, while ensuring we are prepared to move swiftly with a remedy transaction at a reasonable valuation if a divestiture of Ashtabula is required. We look forward to the opportunity to demonstrate at the preliminary injunction hearing in U.S. District Court, as we did in the recent Part 3 Hearing before the FTC's Administrative Law Judge, how this pro-competitive, output-enhancing combination will benefit customers throughout North America and around the world and position us to succeed in a fiercely competitive global market."

Second Quarter 2018

Tronox TiO2

TiO2 segment revenue of $492 million increased 17 percent compared to $421 million in the year-ago quarter, driven primarily by higher pigment and zircon selling prices. Foreign currency translation benefitted revenue growth by approximately 2 percent, or $8 million, due to strengthening of the Euro. Pigment sales of $354 million increased 16 percent compared to $306 million in the year-ago quarter, as average selling prices increased 17 percent (15 percent on a local currency basis) while sales volumes were 1 percent lower. Pigment selling prices were higher in all regions. Titanium feedstock and co-products sales of $123 million increased 23 percent from $100 million in the year-ago quarter, driven primarily by favorable zircon market conditions. Zircon sales of $78 million more than doubled from $38 million in the year-ago quarter, as selling prices increased 47 percent and sales volumes increased 39 percent. Pig iron sales of $20 million increased 54 percent from $13 million in the year-ago quarter, as selling prices increased 4 percent and sales volumes increased 52 percent. Feedstock and other products sales of $25 million declined from $49 million in the year-ago quarter due to the timing of shipments, as CP titanium slag sales were $4 million lower than in the year-ago quarter and there were no ilmenite sales in the second quarter compared to $11 million of ilmenite sales in the year-ago quarter.

Compared sequentially, TiO2 revenue of $492 million increased 11 percent from $442 million in the first quarter, driven primarily by higher pigment, zircon and CP titanium slag sales volumes. Pigment sales of $354 million increased 6 percent from $333 million in the prior quarter, as selling prices were level (1 percent higher on a local currency basis) and sales volumes increased 7 percent. Translation of the Euro was a $3 million headwind on pigment sales in the second quarter. Titanium feedstock and co-products sales of $123 million increased 27 percent from $97 million in the prior quarter, driven by higher zircon and CP titanium slag shipments. Zircon sales of $78 million increased 28 percent from $61 million in the first quarter, as selling prices were level and sales volumes increased 27 percent. Pig iron sales of $20 million increased 5 percent from $19 million in the prior quarter, as selling prices were 3 percent lower due to product mix and sales volumes increased 10 percent. Feedstock and other products sales of $25 million increased 47 percent from $17 million in the prior quarter, as CP titanium slag sales in the second quarter totaled $14 million compared to no sales in the prior quarter and, conversely, there were no ilmenite sales in the second quarter compared to $5 million in the prior quarter.

TiO2 adjusted EBITDA of $169 million increased 37 percent from $123 million in the year-ago quarter. Higher pigment and zircon selling prices were the primary drivers, partially offset by higher input costs which have since moderated and, to a lesser extent, unfavorable foreign exchange. Compared sequentially, TiO2 adjusted EBITDA of $169 million increased 22 percent from $138 million in the prior quarter, driven by higher pigment and zircon sales volumes and favorable foreign exchange, primarily the South African Rand. TiO2 income from operations of $108 million improved from $61 million in the year-ago quarter and $52 million in the prior quarter. TiO2 delivered free cash flow of $93 million in the second quarter, as cash provided by operating activities was $120 million and capital expenditures were $27 million.

Consolidated

Selling, general and administrative expenses were $79 million, which included $27 million of transaction costs primarily related to the Cristal acquisition, compared to $63 million in the year-ago quarter, which included $9 million of transaction costs primarily related to the Cristal acquisition, and $76 million in the prior quarter, which included $20 million related to the Cristal acquisition. Other income (expense), net, of $29 million benefited from significant foreign currency gains due to the strengthening of the U.S. dollar versus the South African Rand, compared to an expense of $3 million in the year ago quarter and an expense of $9 million in the first quarter. Interest expense of $48 million compared to $47 million in the year-ago quarter and $49 million in the prior quarter. On June 30, 2018, debt was $3,169 million and debt, net of cash and cash equivalents, was $1,477 million, including $656 million of cash restricted for the Cristal transaction. Liquidity was $2,004 million comprised of cash and cash equivalents of $1,692 million, including $656 million of restricted cash, and $312 million available under revolving credit agreements. Capital expenditures were $27 million and depreciation, depletion and amortization expense was $49 million.

About Tronox

Tronox Limited is a vertically integrated mining and inorganic chemical business. The Company mines and processes titanium ore, zircon and other minerals, and manufactures titanium dioxide pigments that add brightness and durability to paints, plastics, paper, and other everyday products.

1)Free cash flow equals cash flow provided by (used in) operating activities less capital expenditures (Non-GAAP)