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U.S. Silica (SLCA) Q1 Earnings and Sales Beat Estimates

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U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. (SLCA - Free Report) registered a loss in first-quarter 2019.  The company’s net loss of $19.3 million or 26 cents per share in the period came in against net income of $31.3 million or 39 cents a year ago.  

Barring one-time items, adjusted loss was 8 cents per share, narrower than the Zacks Consensus Estimate of a loss of 14 cents.

U.S. Silica generated revenues of $378.7 million, up around 2.6% year over year. The figure also beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $357 million.

Per the company, results were driven by Sandbox business along with a better-than-expected performance of the Oil and Gas sand business and a solid quarter from the Industrial business. It witnessed a recovery in volumes and pricing for Northern White sand. The same trend is projected in second-quarter 2019 as well.

U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise

U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise | U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. Quote

Segment Highlights

Revenues in the Oil & Gas division came in at $260.5 million, down 17% year over year. Overall sales volume rose 19% year over year to 3.864 million tons. Oil & Gas contribution margin declined 41% year over year to $58.6 million or $15.16 per ton.

Revenues in the Industrial and Specialty Products (“ISP”) division were $118.3 million in the quarter, up 110% year over year. Overall sales volume rose 10% year over year to 0.966 million tons. ISP contribution margin was $44.6 million or $46.12 per ton in the period under review, skyrocketing 117% year over year.

Financials

At the end of the first quarter, cash and cash equivalents more than doubled year over year to $161.6 million. Long-term debt was roughly $1,245.2 million in the quarter.

The company also generated operating cash flow of $10.9 million during the quarter.

Outlook

U.S. Silica has reaffirmed its previous guidance for 2019 capital expenditure. It projects capital expenditures in the range $100-$125 million for the year.

For Oil and Gas business, demand and pricing for Northern White sand started to strengthen in the first quarter. Going forward, the company is optimistic about the heightened activity around Northern White sand. It predicts Oil and Gas sand volumes to grow sequentially by low to mid-single digits. This is expected to be supported by a steady expansion in West Texas volumes along with the reactivation of some of Northern White sand capacity.

For Sandbox, the company envisions load volume to rise more than 15% sequentially. The company has a very robust pipeline of potential new opportunities.  

Price Performance

Shares of U.S. Silica have plunged 53.5% in the past year compared with the industry’s 2% decline.



Zacks Rank & Key Picks

U.S. Silica currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

Some better-ranked stocks in the basic materials space are Sandstorm Gold Ltd. (SAND - Free Report) , Flexible Solutions International Inc (FSI - Free Report) and Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. (RS - Free Report) .

Sandstorm Gold has an expected earnings growth rate of 200% for the current year and sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). The stock has gained around 8.9% in the past year.  You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

Flexible Solutions has an expected earnings growth rate of 171.4% for the current year and carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). Its shares have soared roughly 107.7% in the past year.

Reliance Steel has an expected earnings growth rate of 2.4% for the current year and holds a Zacks Rank #2. Its shares have inched up around 0.7% in the past year.

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