U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. SLCA reported a net income of $32.1 million or 41 cents per share in third-quarter 2022 compared with a loss of $20 million or 27 cents per share in the year-ago quarter.
Barring one-time items, the adjusted earnings were 43 cents, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 38 cents.
U.S. Silica generated revenues of $418.8 million, up around 57% year over year. The figure surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $415.2 million.
The company benefited from strong customer demand across its business segments and a full quarter of price increases to counter inflationary impacts in its Industrial & Specialty Products segment.
U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise
Revenues in the Oil & Gas division amounted to $267.5 million in the reported quarter, up 89% year over year and 10% sequentially. Sales volume increased 20% year over year to 3.498 million tons. The Oil & Gas contribution margin rose 10% sequentially and 232% year over year to $85.3 million or $24.38 per ton.
Revenues in the Industrial & Specialty Products division amounted to $151.4 million in the quarter, up 21% year over year and 5% sequentially. Sales volume increased 5% year over year to 1.126 million tons. The segment’s contribution margin was $46.5 million or $41.32 per ton in the quarter, up 1% sequentially and 13% year over year.
At the end of the quarter, the company’s cash and cash equivalents were $267.1 million, up around 7% year over year. Long-term debt was $1,089.7 million, down around 9% year over year.
For the fourth quarter of 2022, U.S. Silica noted that its two business segments are well-placed in their respective markets. It has a strong portfolio of Industrial and Specialty Products that serve several essential, high-growth and attractive end markets, backed by a strong pipeline of new products under development, the company noted. It also sees growth in its underlying base business along with pricing hikes and surcharges to continue to combat inflationary impacts.
In the Oil & Gas segment, the company expects a multi-year growth cycle. The strength in WTI crude oil and natural gas prices supports an active well completions environment in the balance of 2022 and into 2023.
The company is focused on delivering free cash flow in 2022, deleveraging its balance sheet and plans to be operating cash flow positive in 2022. It forecasts capital expenditures in the range of $40-50 million.
Shares of U.S. Silica have gained 29.5% in the past year against a 17.1% decline of the industry.
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U.S. Silica currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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