Kronos Worldwide, Inc. ( KRO Quick Quote KRO - Free Report) logged a profit of $8.1 million or 7 cents per share in third-quarter 2020, down from $17.9 million or 16 cents per share in the year-ago quarter. Earnings, however, beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 4 cents. The bottom line in the reported quarter was impacted by lower sales volumes and lower average titanium dioxide (TiO2) selling prices, partly masked by reduced production costs. Net sales fell roughly 5% year over year to $416.9 million, hurt by lower sales volumes and lower average TiO2 selling prices. However, the figure beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $373.3 million.
Volumes and Pricing
The company’s TiO2 sales volumes fell 6% year over year due to lower demand in European and export markets. TiO2 production volumes were down 11% year over year in the reported quarter.
Average TiO2 selling prices were down 4% year over year in the reported quarter. Financials
Kronos Worldwide ended the quarter with cash and cash equivalents of $348.4 million, down around 10% year over year. Long-term debt was $465.9 million, up roughly 7% year over year.
Net cash provided by operating activities was $56.1 million for the nine months ended Sep 30, 2020. Outlook
Kronos Worldwide said that the coronavirus pandemic impacted its operations through lower demand for the products, resulting in reduced sales and earnings for the third quarter. However, it saw improved sales volumes on a sequential comparison basis in the third quarter.
The company expects the U.S. and global gross domestic product to be considerably impacted for an indeterminate period. Factoring in the impacts of the pandemic on the world economy, it envisions its sales volumes and earnings to be lower than the year-ago period for the balance of 2020. Price Performance
Shares of Kronos Worldwide are up 3.4% year to date compared with a 3.4% decline of the
Zacks Rank & Key Picks
Kronos Worldwide currently carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell).
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