U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. ( SLCA Quick Quote SLCA - Free Report) completed a $100-million voluntary term loan principal repayment. The debt was retired at a discount to par, utilizing excess cash on hand.
U.S. Silica stated that it is pleased to use a portion of its cash flow from very strong business performance to deliver on its commitment to strengthen the balance sheet and improve its leverage profile.
It continues to see strong performance across both of its business segments. The company is focused on executing a long-term strategy to create shareholder value by generating free cash flow, lowering balance sheet leverage and investing in high-return industrial growth projects, the company noted.
Shares of U.S. Silica have dropped 7.7% in the past year against a 27.4% decline of the
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In its last earnings call, the company stated that for the second quarter and the second half of 2022, two business segments are well-positioned for contribution margin expansion and growth in their respective markets. SLCA 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 and pricing increases and surcharges, the company noted.
In the Oil & Gas segment, the company expects a multi-year growth cycle. The strength in commodity prices, especially WTI crude oil and natural gas prices and consumer spending increase support active well completions in 2022.
The company is focused on delivering free cash flow in 2022, deleveraging its balance sheet and intends to be operating cash flow positively in 2022.
Zacks Rank & Key Picks
U.S. Silica currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
Some better-ranked stocks in the basic materials space are
Albemarle Corporation ( ALB Quick Quote ALB - Free Report) , Cabot Corporation ( CBT Quick Quote CBT - Free Report) and Allegheny Technologies Inc. ( ATI Quick Quote ATI - Free Report) .
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