Calgon Carbon Corporation CCC swung to profit in fourth-quarter 2017. The company reported net income of $9.4 million or 19 cents per share against a net loss of $5.9 million or 12 cents recorded a year ago.
Barring one-time items, adjusted earnings were 16 cents per share that surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 14 cents.
Calgon Carbon recorded net sales of $161.5 million in the reported quarter, up around 17.5% year over year. The figure beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $158 million. Full-Year 2017 Highlights
For 2017, Calgon Carbon recorded net income of $21.1 million or 42 cents per share compared with $13.8 million or 27 cents recorded a year ago.
Net sales jumped roughly 20.5% to $619.8 million.
Calgon Carbon Corporation Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise
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Revenues from the company's Activated Carbon segment increased 14.5% year over year to $143.9 million in the fourth quarter. The results were mainly driven by increase in New Business as well as gains in legacy business resulting from increased food and beverage, environmental air and specialty end market demand in Asia and higher potable water end market demand in North America and Europe.
The Alternative Material segment's revenues surged around 80.3% to $13.7 million as the perlite filtration and diatomaceous earth media products of New Business contributed significantly during the quarter.
Sales from the Advanced Water Purification segment declined slightly to $4.1 million from $3.9 million a year ago.
Calgon Carbon ended 2017 with cash and cash equivalents of roughly $42.3 million, up around 11.6% year over year.
Long-term debt was up roughly 3.9% to $228.5 million.
Calgon Carbon stated that despite facing a slow and challenging market, the company was able to reach a number of achievements that will benefit it moving ahead. These include completion of the integration of the New Business and exceeding sales target of $100 million for 2017 and winning a $13.2 million water treatment contract for the removal of the 1,2,3-TCP contaminant in California. The company is also executing a number of actions to improve profitability such as business realignment strategies and disposing previously idled assets in the United Kingdom.
Notably, Calgon Carbon has also reached an agreement to merge with Kuraray of Japan and expects to complete the deal in the first quarter of 2018.
Shares of Calgon Carbon have lost 0.5% over the last three months, outperforming the 2.1% decline of its industry .
Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider
Calgon Carbon currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
Some better-ranked stocks in the industrial products space are Axon Enterprise, Inc. AAXN , Encore Wire Corporation WIRE and Deere & Company DE , each sporting a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today's Zacks #1 Rank stocks here .
Axon has an expected long-term earnings growth rate of 25%. Its shares have moved up 73.5% over the past six months.
Encore Wire has an expected long-term earnings growth rate of 10%. Its shares have rallied 20% over the last six months.
Deere has an expected long-term earnings growth rate of 8.2%. Its shares have soared 35.1% over the last six months.
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