Parsippany, N.J., November 4, 2022 – AdvanSix (NYSE: ASIX) today announced its financial results for the third quarter ending September 30, 2022. Overall, results were impacted by the previously announced extended planned plant turnaround.
Third Quarter 2022 Summary
- Sales up approximately 7% versus prior year driven by 18% favorable impact of market-based pricing, 4% higher raw material pass-through pricing, and 3% contribution from acquisitions, partially offset by 18% lower volume
- Net Income of $10.0 million, a decrease of $33.9 million versus the prior year
- Adjusted EBITDA of $33.3 million, a decrease of $44.4 million versus the prior year
- Cash Flow from Operations of $58.9 million, a decrease of $17.6 million versus the prior year
- Capital Expenditures of $22.2 million, an increase of $9.2 million versus the prior year
- Free Cash Flow of $36.7 million, a decrease of $26.8 million versus the prior year
- Repurchased 362,609 shares for approximately $13 million in 3Q22; Year-to-date repurchases of approximately $24 million
- Increased 3Q22 quarterly dividend by 16% to $0.145 per share
“Our third quarter performance reflects the resilience of our business model and our ability to navigate challenging conditions,” said Erin Kane, president and CEO of AdvanSix. “Despite the unfavorable impact of the extended plant turnaround as previously announced on October 7, sales grew year-over-year as our commercial execution offset lower sales volume. Our healthy cash flow performance continued to support smart and disciplined deployment of capital in the quarter into reinvestment in the business, $17 million of cash returned to shareholders in the form of dividends and share repurchases, and further debt reduction.”
Summary third quarter 2022 financial results for the Company are included below:
Sales of $479 million in the quarter increased approximately 7% versus the prior year. Market-based pricing was favorable by 18% compared to the prior year driven by higher pricing across our ammonium sulfate and nylon product lines. Raw material pass-through pricing was favorable by 4% following a net cost increase in benzene and propylene (inputs to cumene which is a key feedstock to our products). The acquisition of U.S. Amines contributed approximately 3% to sales in the quarter. Sales volume decreased approximately 18% driven primarily by the unfavorable impact of the extended plant turnaround and lower production output overall compared to the prior year.
Sales by product line and approximate percentage of total sales are included below:
Adjusted EBITDA of $33.3 million in the quarter decreased $44.4 million versus the prior year primarily due to the unfavorable impact of the extended planned plant turnaround, lower sales volume, inflation, and higher utilities cost driven by natural gas prices, partially offset by higher market-based pricing, net of increased raw material costs.
Adjusted earnings per share of $0.43 decreased $1.15 versus the prior year driven primarily by the factors discussed above, partially offset by a lower effective tax rate in the quarter versus the prior year.
Cash flow from operations of $58.9 million in the quarter decreased $17.6 million versus the prior year primarily due to lower net income, partially offset by the favorable impact of changes in working capital. Capital expenditures of $22.2 million in the quarter increased $9.2 million versus the prior year.
The Company’s Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.145 per share on the Company’s common stock. The dividend is payable on November 29, 2022 to stockholders of record as of the close of business on November 15, 2022.
- 4Q22 expected performance rebounding towards results demonstrated in 1Q22 and 2Q22 as well as continued strong cash flow generation
- Expect strong underlying agriculture and fertilizer industry fundamentals to continue
- North American demand for nylon and chemical intermediates mixed overall; softness in consumer durables and building and construction end markets
- Targeting our typical high plant utilization rates as supported by our global competitive position
- Capital Expenditures tracking to approximately $95 million for the full year 2022
- Expect pre-tax income impact of planned plant turnarounds to be $28 million to $33 million in 2023 versus approximately $50 million in 2022
“Our outlook is supported by our diverse product portfolio, advantage of our business model, and strong underlying agriculture and fertilizer industry fundamentals. The growth prospects of AdvanSix remain robust, and we are committed to delivering long-term value to our shareholders. We’ve demonstrated our ability to successfully perform through all market conditions and expand our earnings base while generating robust cash flow and look forward to closing out 2022 with another strong quarter,” concluded Kane.
Conference Call Information
AdvanSix will discuss its results during its investor conference call today starting at 9:00 a.m. ET. To participate on the conference call, dial (844) 855-9494 (domestic) or (412) 858-4602 (international) approximately 10 minutes before the 9:00 a.m. ET start, and tell the operator that you are dialing in for AdvanSix’s third quarter 2022 earnings call. The live webcast of the investor call as well as related presentation materials can be accessed at http://investors.advansix.com. Investors can hear a replay of the conference call from 12 noon ET on November 4 until 12 noon ET on November 11 by dialing (877) 344-7529 (domestic) or (412) 317-0088 (international). The access code is 3129770.
AdvanSix plays a critical role in global supply chains, innovating and delivering essential products for our customers in a wide variety of end markets and applications that touch people’s lives, such as building and construction, fertilizers, agrochemicals, plastics, solvents, packaging, paints, coatings, adhesives and electronics. Our reliable and sustainable supply of quality products emerges from the integrated value chain of our five U.S.-based manufacturing facilities. AdvanSix strives to deliver best-in-class customer experiences and differentiated products in the industries of nylon solutions, chemical intermediates, and plant nutrients, guided by our core values of Safety, Integrity, Accountability and Respect. More information on AdvanSix can be found at http:// www.advansix.com.
Forward Looking Statements
This release contains certain statements that may be deemed “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, that address activities, events or developments that our management intends, expects, projects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements may be identified by words such as “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “outlook,” “project,” “strategy,” “intend,” “plan,” “target,” “goal,” “may,” “will,” “should” and “believe” and other variations or similar terminology and expressions. Although we believe forward-looking statements are based upon reasonable assumptions, such statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are beyond our control and difficult to predict, which may cause the actual results or performance of the Company to be materially different from any future results or performance expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: general economic and financial conditions in the U.S. and globally, including the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and any resurgences; the potential effects of inflationary pressures, labor market shortages and supply chain issues; instability or volatility in financial markets or other unfavorable economic or business conditions caused by geopolitical concerns, including as a result of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine; the scope, shape and pace of recovery of the pandemic including the impact of social and economic restrictions and other containment measures taken to combat virus transmission; the effect on our customers’ demand for our products and our suppliers’ ability to manufacture and deliver our raw materials, including implications of reduced refinery utilization in the U.S.; our ability to sell and provide our goods and services; the ability of our customers to pay for our products; any closures of our and our customers’ offices and facilities; risks associated with increased phishing, compromised business emails and other cybersecurity attacks and disruptions to our technology infrastructure; risks associated with employees working remotely or operating with a reduced workforce; risks associated with our indebtedness including compliance with financial and restrictive covenants, and our ability to access capital on reasonable terms, at a reasonable cost, or at all, due to economic conditions; the impact of scheduled turnarounds and significant unplanned downtime and interruptions of production or logistics operations as a result of mechanical issues or other unanticipated events such as fires, severe weather conditions, natural disasters, pandemics and geopolitical conflicts and related events; price fluctuations, cost increases and supply of raw materials; our operations and growth projects requiring substantial capital; growth rates and cyclicality of the industries we serve including global changes in supply and demand; failure to develop and commercialize new products or technologies; loss of significant customer relationships; adverse trade and tax policies; extensive environmental, health and safety laws that apply to our operations; hazards associated with chemical manufacturing, storage and transportation; litigation associated with chemical manufacturing and our business operations generally; inability to acquire and integrate businesses, assets, products or technologies; protection of our intellectual property and proprietary information; prolonged work stoppages as a result of labor difficulties or otherwise; cybersecurity, data privacy incidents and disruptions to our technology infrastructure; failure to maintain effective internal controls; our ability to declare and pay quarterly cash dividends and the amounts and timing of any future dividends; our ability to repurchase our common stock and the amount and timing of any future repurchases; disruptions in supply chain, transportation and logistics; potential for uncertainty regarding qualification for tax treatment of our spin-off; fluctuations in our stock price; and changes in laws or regulations applicable to our business.
You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release. Such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, and actual results, developments and business decisions may differ from those envisaged by such forward-looking statements. We identify the principal risks and uncertainties that affect our performance in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including the risk factors in Part 1, Item 1A of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021, as updated in subsequent reports filed with the SEC.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
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