Tronox Holdings plc (TROX - Free Report) recorded profits (attributable to the company) of $32 million or 22 cents per share in first-quarter 2020 against a loss of $34 million or 27 cents per share a year ago.
Barring one-time items, adjusted earnings per share for the reported quarter were 29 cents, which surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 23 cents.
Revenues surged around 85% year over year to $722 million in the reported quarter, matching the Zacks Consensus Estimate. The upside can be attributed to higher titanium dioxide (TiO2) sales.
TiO2 sales shot up 109% year over year to $580 million. Sales included contributions from the acquired operations of Cristal.
Zircon sales rose 2% to $65 million in the reported quarter. Sales include revenues from the Cristal operations.
Feedstock and other products’ sales climbed 57% to $77 million, boosted by Cristal operations.
The company ended the quarter with cash and cash equivalents of $420 million, down around 61% year over year. Long-term debt was $2,954 million, down roughly 8% year over year. The company has no near-term maturities on its term loan or notes until 2024.
The company currently expects TiO2 volumes to decline in the high teens to low 20s percent range on a sequential comparison basis in second-quarter 2020. Zircon volumes are forecast to remain largely in line with first-quarter 2020.
Tronox also reduced its capital expenditures for full-year 2020 to $225 million from $275 million as well as working capital to $40-$50 million from $75-$100 million.
Shares of Tronox have lost 31.9% over a year, compared with the industry’s 24.4% decline.
Zacks Rank & Key Picks
Tronox currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
Better-ranked stocks worth considering in the basic materials space are The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (SMG - Free Report) , Franco-Nevada Corporation (FNV - Free Report) and Newmont Corporation (NEM - Free Report) .
Scotts Miracle-Gro has an expected earnings growth rate of 17.7% for the current fiscal year. The company’s shares have gained roughly 60% in the past year. It currently carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
Franco-Nevada has a projected earnings growth rate of 22% for the current year. It currently carries a Zacks Rank #2. The company’s shares have surged roughly 89% in a year.
Newmont has a projected earnings growth rate of 85.6% for the current year. The company’s shares have rallied around 109% in a year. It currently has a Zacks Rank #2.
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