AdvanSix (NYSE: ASIX) announced a preliminary update on its third quarter planned turnaround activities and its expected third quarter 2022 financial results. The Company expects third quarter 2022 Adjusted EBITDA to be in the range of $31 to $34 million.
“During the planned multi-site plant turnaround in September, additional required maintenance at our Frankford phenol plant contributed to reduced production across our integrated value chain and a delayed ramp to full operating rates at our Hopewell and Chesterfield sites, resulting in an incremental approximately $15 million unfavorable impact to pre-tax income inclusive of fixed cost absorption, higher maintenance expense and lost sales. Despite the unfavorable impact of the extended turnaround, cash generation remained robust in the quarter enabling a previously announced 16% increase in our dividend payout, opportunistic share repurchases of approximately $13 million in the quarter and further debt paydown,” said Erin Kane, president and CEO of AdvanSix.
“While quarterly operational performance overall did not meet our expectations, I’m encouraged that our planned plant turnaround activities are now behind us, supporting future performance, and expect our facilities to operate at our typical high utilization rates for the remainder of the year. Consistent with others in the industry, we are seeing signs of slowing growth in consumer durables and building and construction end markets. We have a proven track record of navigating through challenging macro conditions and continue to believe we are well positioned going forward. Our outlook for the fourth quarter remains favorable, with expected performance rebounding towards results demonstrated in the first and second quarters of this year, supported by our diverse product portfolio, advantage of our business model, and strong underlying agriculture and fertilizer industry fundamentals,” concluded Kane.
The Company will issue its third quarter 2022 financial results before the opening of the New York Stock Exchange on Friday, November 4. The company will also hold a conference call with investors at 9:00 a.m. ET that day.
Conference Call Details
To participate on the conference call, dial (844) 855-9494 (domestic) or (412) 858-4602 (international) approximately 10 minutes before the 9:00 a.m. ET start and tell the operator that you are dialing in for AdvanSix’s third quarter 2022 earnings call. A replay of the conference call will be available from 12 noon ET on November 4 until 12 noon ET on November 11. You can listen to the replay by dialing (877) 344-7529 (domestic) or (412) 317-0088 (international). The access code is 3129770.
Presentation Materials / Webcast Details
A real-time audio webcast of the presentation can be accessed at http://investors.advansix.com. Related materials will be posted prior to the presentation at that site, and a replay of the webcast will be available on the AdvanSix investor website following the presentation.
AdvanSix plays a critical role in global supply chains, innovating and delivering essential products for our customers in a wide variety of end markets and applications that touch people’s lives, such as building and construction, fertilizers, agrochemicals, plastics, solvents, packaging, paints, coatings, adhesives and electronics. Our reliable and sustainable supply of quality products emerges from the integrated value chain of our five U.S.-based manufacturing facilities. AdvanSix strives to deliver best-in-class customer experiences and differentiated products in the industries of nylon solutions, chemical intermediates, and plant nutrients, guided by our core values of Safety, Integrity, Accountability and Respect. More information on AdvanSix can be found at http://www.advansix.com.
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