Kronos Worldwide, Inc. ( KRO Quick Quote KRO - Free Report) logged profits of $45.9 million or 40 cents per share in second-quarter 2022, up from $25.7 million or 22 cents in the year-ago quarter. The figure missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 51 cents. The bottom line in the reported quarter was driven by higher income from operations resulting from increased average titanium dioxide (TiO2) selling prices and favorable currency swings that offset higher production costs. Net sales rose 18% year over year to $565.3 million, driven by higher average TiO2 selling prices. The top line surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $541.7 million.
Volumes and Pricing
TiO2 production volumes were down 4% year over year in the second quarter. TiO2 sales volumes fell 1% year over year.
TiO2 segment profit increased around 46% year over year to $69.5 million in the reported quarter. The upside was driven by a rise in average TiO2 selling prices, which were partly offset by increased production costs, including higher costs for raw materials and energy. Average TiO2 selling prices rose 26% year over year in the quarter. Financials
Kronos Worldwide ended the quarter with cash and cash equivalents of $371.2 million, up roughly 2% year over year. Long-term debt was $415.8 million, a roughly 12% year-over-year decline.
Kronos expects the long-term outlook for its industry to remain positive. It will continue to monitor current and expected near-term customer demand levels and will align its production and inventories accordingly.
The company saw higher feedstock costs on a year-over-year basis in the first six months of 2022, and expects its feedstock costs to continue to rise moderately for the balance of 2022. High energy costs and availability concerns have contributed to further cost increases and the company expects the disruptions to global markets to continue for the foreseeable future. These disruptions and other global events could also lead to weaker demand for TiO2 in the second half of 2022, the company noted. Price Performance
Shares of Kronos have gained 16.2% in the past year compared with a 9.8% fall of the
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Kronos currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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