The Chemours Company (CC - Free Report) reported profit of $76 million or 46 cents per share in the third quarter of 2019, down roughly 72.4% from profit of $275 million or $1.51 per share a year ago.
Adjusted earnings were 59 cents per share for the quarter, which surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 56 cents.
Net sales fell around 14.6% year over year to $1,390 million, hurt by lower volume in the company’s Titanium Technologies unit, and reduced volume and prices in the Fluoroproducts unit. Revenues lagged the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1,393 million.
The Chemours Company Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise
Revenues in the Fluoroproducts segment fell 6.8% year over year to $636 million in the reported quarter. The favorable impact of the adoption of Opteon refrigerants was more than offset by illegal imports of HFC refrigerants into the European Union and weaker demand for base refrigerants.
Revenues in the Chemical Solutions unit were $140 million, down 9.7% year over year. The company saw lower prices in the quarter mainly on account of mix and lower cost pass-throughs in Performance Chemicals and Intermediates.
Revenues in the Titanium Technologies division were $614 million, down around 22.4% from the prior-year quarter. The decline is attributable to lower volume of Ti-Pure TiO2.
Chemours ended the quarter with cash and cash equivalents of $694 million, down roughly 45.6% year over year. Long-term debt was $4,007 million, up around 0.6% year over year.
Cash flows provided by operating activities were $288 million for the third quarter of 2019, down 15.8% year over year.
The company expects to witness weaker economic activity, moving ahead. It anticipates initiatives such as application development work in Fluoroproducts and Ti-Pure Value Stabilization to strengthen its relationship with customers.
Chemours’ shares have lost around 36.7% year to date, underperforming roughly 17.1% decline recorded by its industry.
Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider
Chemours currently carries a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell).
Some better-ranked stocks in the basic materials space are Kinross Gold Corporation (KGC - Free Report) , Franco-Nevada Corporation (FNV - Free Report) and Agnico Eagle Mines Limited (AEM - Free Report) , each currently sporting a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
Kinross has an expected earnings growth rate of 210% for 2019. The company’s shares have surged 77.1% in the past year.
Franco-Nevada has a projected earnings growth rate of 39.3% for 2019. The company’s shares have rallied 47.6% in a year.
Agnico Eagle has an estimated earnings growth rate of 168.6% for the current year. Its shares have moved up 65.7% in the past year.
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