Calgon Carbon Announces First Quarter Results

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Calgon Carbon Corporation (CCC) announced results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2014.

Income from operations for the first quarter of 2014 was $15.6 million versus $15.0 million for the first quarter of 2013. Net income of $9.8 million for the first quarter of 2014 was comparable to net income for the first quarter of 2013. On a fully diluted share basis, earnings per common share for both the first quarter of 2014 and the first quarter of 2013 were $0.18.

Net sales for the first quarter of 2014 were $131.6 million, versus $135.0 million for the comparable period in 2013, a decline of 2.5%. Currency translation had a $0.5 million negative impact on sales for the first quarter of 2014 due to the weaker yen.

For the first quarter of 2014, sales for the Activated Carbon and Service segment declined 1.0% as compared to the first quarter of 2013. The slight decrease was due to lower sales of activated carbon products and services in the municipal drinking water market in the U.S., the environmental air market in Asia, and the industrial process market in Europe. These decreases were largely offset by higher demand in all three regions for granular activated carbon in the food market. Sales of activated carbon used in respirators also increased in the first quarter of 2014.

Equipment sales declined 24.7% in the first quarter of 2014 versus the comparable period of 2013 due to lower revenue from ballast water treatment and traditional UV systems.

The $1.2 million, or 54.0%, increase in consumer sales for the first quarter of 2014 was attributed to higher demand for the Company’s activated carbon cloth from a single, large customer.

Net sales less the cost of products sold (excluding depreciation and amortization), as a percentage of net sales for the first quarter of 2014 was 33.6%, versus 31.6% for the first quarter of 2013. The improvement was attributable to several factors, including price increases on activated carbon and service products that were initiated in 2013 and the positive impact of the Company’s global cost improvement program.

Selling, administrative and research expenses for the first quarter of 2014 were $21.6 million versus $20.9 million for the comparable period of 2013. The increase was due to an SAP re-engineering project that should significantly improve the functionality of our enterprise resource planning system (ERP) when it is completed in 2015.

The income tax rate for the first quarter of 2014 was 34.4% versus 30.4% for the first quarter of 2013. The lower tax rate for the first quarter of 2013 was due to activity related to the company’s Datong, China, subsidiary which was sold in March of 2013.

Commenting on the quarter, Randy Dearth, Calgon Carbon’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “I am pleased with our first quarter results and our operating income improvement year-over-year. The significant increase in margin in the first quarter of 2014 as compared to last year’s first quarter clearly demonstrates that our strategic initiatives continue to be effective in building a stronger Calgon Carbon.”

Mr. Dearth continued, “Sales in the second quarter are typically strong, and based on April’s actual sales, as well as pending and forecasted orders, the second quarter of 2014 could be one of the best sales quarters in our Company’s history.”

Pure Water. Clean Air. Better World.

Calgon Carbon Corporation (CCC) is a global leader in innovative solutions, high quality products and reliable services designed to protect human health and the environment from harmful contaminants in water, and air. As a leading manufacturer of activated carbon, with broad capabilities in ultraviolet light disinfection, the Company provides purification solutions for drinking water, wastewater, pollution abatement, and a variety of industrial and commercial manufacturing processes.

Calgon Carbon is the world’s largest producer of granular activated carbon and supplies more than 100 types of activated carbon products - in granular, powdered, pelletized and cloth form – for more than 700 distinct applications. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Calgon Carbon Corporation employs approximately 1,100 people at more than 15 manufacturing, reactivation, and equipment fabrication facilities in the U.S., Asia, and in Europe, where Calgon Carbon is known as Chemviron Carbon. The company also has more than 27 sales and service centers throughout the world.

For more information about Calgon Carbon’s leading activated carbon and ultraviolet technology solutions for municipalities and industries, visit

This news release contains historical information and forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements typically contain words such as “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 savings, 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 herein. 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 of the company are higher energy and raw material costs, costs of imports and related tariffs, labor relations, availability of capital and environmental requirements as they relate both to our operations and to our customers, changes in foreign currency exchange rates, borrowing restrictions, validity of patents and other intellectual property, and pension costs. In the context of the forward-looking information provided in this news release, please refer to the discussions of risk factors.

Calgon Carbon Corporation
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income
(Dollars in thousands except per share data)
  Quarter Ended
March 31,
2014   2013
Net Sales $ 131,632   $ 135,040  
Cost of Products Sold (Excluding Depreciation and Amortization) 87,463 92,415
Depreciation and Amortization 7,029 6,747
Selling, Administrative & Research 21,642 20,928
Restructuring   (103 )   (24 )
  116,031     120,066  
Income from Operations 15,601 14,974
Interest Expense - Net (99 ) (53 )
Other Expense - Net   (546 )   (828 )
Income Before Income Tax Provision 14,956 14,093
Income Tax Provision   5,147     4,279  
Net Income 9,809 9,814
Other Comprehensive Income (Loss), Net of Tax
Foreign Currency Translation 124 (6,288 )
Derivatives (206 ) 574
Employee Benefit Plans   202     (378 )
Comprehensive Income $ 9,929   $ 3,722  
Net Income per Common Share
Basic $ .18 $ .18
Diluted $ .18 $ .18

Weighted Average Shares Outstanding (Thousands)

Basic 53,608 53,620
Diluted 54,525 54,200
Calgon Carbon Corporation

Segment Data (unaudited):

(in thousands)

Segment Sales

1Q14 1Q13
Activated Carbon and Service 117,724 118,897
Equipment 10,467 13,908
Consumer   3,441     2,235
Net Sales $ 131,632 $ 135,040

Operating Income (loss)*

1Q14 1Q13
Activated Carbon and Service 22,669 20,899
Equipment (987 ) 393
Consumer   845     405
Income from Operations * $ 22,527 $ 21,697

*Before depreciation and amortization and restructuring.

Calgon Carbon Corporation
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet
(Dollars in thousands)
March 31, December 31,
2014 2013
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 36,215 $ 32,942
Receivables 100,349 96,996
Inventories 108,621 109,517
Other current assets   40,360   41,995
Total current assets 285,545 281,450
Property, plant and equipment, net 266,949 266,849
Other assets   41,702   41,779
Total assets $ 594,196 $ 590,078
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity
Current liabilities:
Short-term debt $ 3,612 $ 2,172
Other current liabilities   73,164   80,024
Total current liabilities 76,776 82,196
Long-term debt 52,043 32,114
Other liabilities   58,353   59,263
Total liabilities 187,172 173,573
Total shareholders' equity   407,024   416,505
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 594,196 $ 590,078

Calgon Carbon Corporation
Gail A. Gerono, Vice President – Investor Relations and Communications, 412-787-6795
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