Press Release

Calgon Carbon Announces Third Quarter 2015 Results

PITTSBURGH, PA  –  11/05/2015

  • Board Declares Dividend of $0.05 per share
  • Q3 2015 Results versus Q3 2014 Results:

            – Net sales total $133.0 million, including a $5.9 million negative impact from foreign exchange, versus $137.7 million last year
            – Mercury control market revenues increase 162% to $19.3 million, compared to $7.4 million in last year’s third quarter
            – Gross margin (before depreciation and amortization) increased to 36.2% from 34.6% last year
            – Fully diluted EPS was $0.23, unchanged from last year


Income from operations for the third quarter of 2015 was $17.0 million versus $18.9 million for the third quarter of 2014. Net income was $12.1 million for the third quarter of 2015 versus $12.2 million for the comparable period in 2014. On a fully diluted share basis, net income per common share for the third quarter of 2015 was $0.23, unchanged from $0.23 reported for the third quarter of 2014.

Net sales for the third quarter of 2015 were $133.0 million, as compared to $137.7 million for the comparable period in 2014. Currency translation had a $5.9 million negative impact on third quarter 2015 sales due to the weaker euro, British pound sterling, and yen.

For the third quarter of 2015, sales for the Activated Carbon and Service segment were $121.3 million, a decline of $3.0 million from the same period a year ago. Excluding a $5.8 million negative impact from currency translation, sales increased $2.8 million. Sales of FLUEPAC® products to the environmental air market in North America for mercury removal were substantially higher. This increase was partially offset by lower sales in the food, potable water, environmental water and specialty carbon markets, primarily in the Americas.

Equipment segment sales in the third quarter of 2015 were $9.7 million compared to $10.8 million for the same period a year ago. The decline was primarily due to lower ballast water treatment system sales that were partially offset by higher sales of ion exchange systems.

Sales in the Consumer segment declined to $2.0 million in the third quarter of 2015 compared to $2.5 million in the last year’s third quarter primarily due to the fulfillment of a single large order during the prior year third quarter.

Net sales less the cost of products sold (excluding depreciation and amortization), as a percentage of net sales for the third quarter of 2015 was 36.2%, compared to 34.6% reported for the third quarter of 2014. The improvement was attributable to several factors, including a more favorable mix of higher margin activated carbon product sales, lower coal costs, and the impact of the Company’s focus on cost and operational efficiency improvements.

Selling, administrative and research expense for the third quarter of 2015 was $22.6 million versus $21.2 million in last year’s third quarter. Higher costs in the current quarter related to the Company’s SAP re-implementation project, a pension plan settlement charge related to retiree lump sum payments, and higher outside consulting expenses were partially offset by the favorable impact of foreign currency translation.

Other income (expense) – net for the third quarter of 2015 was income of $0.9 million which represents an improvement of $1.3 million from last year’s third quarter primarily as a result of favorable foreign exchange gains.
The effective income tax rate for the third quarter of 2015 was 31.3% compared to 33.8% in last year’s third quarter. For the first nine months of 2015, the effective tax rate was 33.0%.

The Company continued its open market stock repurchase program and repurchased 872 thousand shares of Calgon Carbon common stock during the third quarter. Including the repurchase of an additional 308 thousand shares of common stock in October, the Company has used approximately $28 million to repurchase a total of 1.6 million shares in the current year, and has approximately $79.4 million of remaining authorization for additional common stock repurchases.

On November 3, 2015, Calgon Carbon’s Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.05 per share, payable on December 15, 2015, to shareholders of record on December 4, 2015.

Commenting on the quarter, Randy Dearth, Calgon Carbon’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “Our results for the quarter were mixed. Our FLUEPAC mercury removal product volumes were strong, as were our pre-depreciation and amortization gross margins which once again surpassed 36%; and quarterly diluted earnings per share were on par with last year.”

“However, our third quarter sales were short of our expectations. Customer postponements of anticipated carbon installation and exchange volumes contributed to the lower than expected sales. In addition, more sluggish global economic conditions continued to dampen sales, particularly in certain areas of our industrial end markets.”

“Despite the slower than expected pace of demand we are seeing in several of our markets, our position in these markets remains solid. Looking forward, I continue to be excited about our opportunities for future growth, including areas in which we are well established – such as mercury removal – as well as executing on our global expansion and new product outsourcing initiatives. I expect the combination of our strong balance sheet and expected solid cash flows will enable us to fuel this growth, and continue returning value to shareholders. I believe the business realignment we announced last month will focus and enhance our efforts to generate growth for Calgon Carbon on multiple fronts, and identify opportunities for profitability improvements,” concluded Dearth.

Pure Water. Clean Air. Better World.
Calgon Carbon Corporation (NYSE:CCC) is a global leader in innovative solutions, high quality products and reliable services designed to protect human health and the environment from harmful contaminants in water, and air. As a leading manufacturer of activated carbon, with broad capabilities in ultraviolet light disinfection, the Company provides purification solutions for drinking water, wastewater, pollution abatement, and a variety of industrial and commercial manufacturing processes.
Calgon Carbon is the world’s largest producer of granular activated carbon and supplies more than 100 types of activated carbon products – in granular, powdered, pelletized and cloth form – for more than 700 distinct applications. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Calgon Carbon Corporation employs approximately 1,100 people at more than 15 manufacturing, reactivation, and equipment fabrication facilities in the U.S., Asia, and in Europe, where Calgon Carbon is known as Chemviron Carbon. The company also has more than 27 sales and service centers throughout the world.

For more information about Calgon Carbon’s leading activated carbon and ultraviolet technology solutions for municipalities and industries, visit

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Dan Crookshank
Director – Investor Relations
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