Quaker Chemical Corporation's ( KWR Quick Quote KWR - Free Report) recorded profits of $19.8 million or $1.11 per share in the first quarter of 2022, down from $38.6 million or $2.15 a year ago. Barring one-time items, earnings came in at $1.42 per share for the reported quarter, matching the Zacks Consensus Estimate. Net sales rose around 10% year over year to $474.2 million in the quarter. It missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $478.2 million. Higher selling price and product mix as well as additional net sales from acquisitions were partly offset by lower organic sales volumes and the unfavorable impact from foreign currency swings. The increase in selling price and product mix was mainly attributable to the company’s actions to implement broad price increases in an effort to offset raw material cost inflation and supply-chain and logistics cost pressures. Selling prices increased 17% year over year in the first quarter. Segment Highlights
Sales from the Americas segment rose 14% year over year to $154.1 million in the reported quarter. The same for the EMEA unit was up around 5% year over year $125.7 million. The Asia/Pacific unit logged sales of $104.2 million, up around 8% year over year. Sales from the Global Specialty Businesses division went up around 15% year over year to $90.1 million.
All four segments gained from double-digit increases in selling price and product mix and additional net sales from acquisitions in the reported quarter. Financials
The company ended the quarter with cash and cash equivalents of around $161.6 million, down roughly 1% year over year. Long-term debt was $858.3 million, essentially flat year over year.
Net operating cash outflow was $6.3 million for the quarter, improving from $12.6 million a year ago. Outlook
Quaker Chemical said that it is implementing further price actions to mitigate the impact of the ongoing and expected cost pressures. Although uncertainties associated with pandemic-related restrictions in China and the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict prevail, the company is encouraged by the favorable demand environment and its ability to capture price.
Quaker Chemical’s shares are down 33% in the past year compared with
industry’s 18.7% decline.
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Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider
Quaker Chemical carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell).
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