SLCA
$9.70
U.S. Silica Holdings
($.30)
(3.00%)
Earnings Details
3rd Quarter September 2021
Friday, October 29, 2021 6:00:00 AM
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Summary

U.S. Silica Holdings (SLCA) Recent Earnings

U.S. Silica Holdings (SLCA) reported a 3rd Quarter September 2021 loss of $0.22 per share on revenue of $267.3 million. The consensus estimate was a loss of $0.30 per share on revenue of $276.3 million. Revenue grew 51.5% on a year-over-year basis.

US Silica Holdings Inc together with its subsidiaries is a domestic producer of commercial silica, a specialized mineral that is a critical input into an end markets. Its products include Oil & Gas Proppants, Fine Ground Silica, FLORISIL & Aplite.

Results
Reported Earnings
($0.22)
Earnings Whisper
-
Consensus Estimate
($0.30)
Reported Revenue
$267.3 Mil
Revenue Estimate
$276.3 Mil
Growth
Earnings Growth
Revenue Growth
Power Rating
Grade
Earnings Release

U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. Announces Third Quarter 2021 Results

KATY, Texas, Oct. 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SLCA), a diversified industrial minerals company and the leading last-mile logistics provider to the oil and gas industry (the "Company"), today announced a net loss of $20.0 million, or $0.27 per diluted share, for the third quarter ended September 30, 2021. This compared with net income of $26.0 million, or $0.34 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2021 which benefited from a pre-tax customer settlement of $48.9 million.

The third quarter results were negatively impacted by $4.8 million pre-tax, or $0.05 per diluted share after-tax, of charges related to merger and acquisition related expense, plant startup and expansion costs, and other adjustments, resulting in adjusted EPS for the third quarter of $(0.22) per diluted share.   

Bryan Shinn, Chief Executive Officer, commented, "I am proud of our team's execution and ability to deliver on our strategy to generate strong cash flow and strengthen our balance sheet. In the third quarter, we paid off our revolver balance and increased our cash on hand to over $250 million.

"In our Industrial & Specialty Products segment, we continue to enjoy robust customer demand and continued success with new offerings including several product launches and successful customer scale up trials during the quarter. We are also moving quickly and aggressively to combat macro headwinds associated with logistical and supply chain constraints, overall cost inflation, and higher natural gas prices through the implementation of additional price increases and surcharges.

"In our Oil & Gas segment, sand and logistics demand moderated slightly during the quarter as completions activity slowed due to annual budget exhaustion at some customers. Additionally, this segment experienced a shift in customer mix with more spot sales at lower margins and higher costs, including higher natural gas prices and accelerated plant maintenance.  Sandbox was a bright spot during the quarter with improved sequential profitability from increased pricing.

"Earlier this month, we announced that we have commenced a review of strategic alternatives for our Industrial & Specialty Products segment. We are considering a broad range of options, including a potential sale or separation of this segment. Both our Industrial & Specialty Products and Oil & Gas segments are industry leaders, and it is from a position of strength that we believe a separation or sale of the Industrial & Specialty Products segment has the potential to unlock significant value and maximize returns for all of our shareholders and other stakeholders.

"Looking ahead, we are well positioned for strong growth in our Industrial & Specialty Products segment, driven by new opportunities in several fast growing end-uses, new product adoption, expected GDP expansion and planned price increases. In our Oil & Gas segment, we are forecasting robust proppant and logistics demand in 2022 as energy company budgets reset and completions activity increases to levels consistent with very supportive commodity prices. We also expect improved pricing and increased contract coverage with potential upside if commodity prices rise further."  

Third Quarter 2021 Highlights

Total Company

  • Revenue of $267.3 million for the third quarter of 2021 increased 51% when compared with the third quarter of 2020 and decreased 16% compared with $317.3 million in the second quarter of 2021. However, excluding the $48.9 million benefit in the Oil & Gas segment related to a customer settlement, revenues were flat sequentially.
  • Overall tons sold of 3.989 million for the third quarter of 2021 decreased 3% compared with 4.104 million tons sold in the second quarter of 2021 and increased 78% when compared with the third quarter of 2020.
  • Contribution margin of $66.7 million for the third quarter of 2021 decreased 10% when compared with the third quarter of 2020 and decreased 48% compared with $128.6 million in the second quarter of 2021. However, excluding the $48.9 million benefit in the Oil & Gas segment, contribution margin decreased 16% sequentially.
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $39.8 million for the third quarter of 2021 decreased 62% compared with $103.3 million in the second quarter of 2021. However, excluding the $48.9 million benefit in the Oil & Gas segment, adjusted EBITDA decreased 27% sequentially.

Industrial & Specialty Products (ISP)

  • Revenue of $125.5 million for the third quarter of 2021 increased 1% compared with $124.0 million in the second quarter of 2021, and increased 14% when compared with the third quarter of 2020.
  • Tons sold totaled 1.08 million for the third quarter of 2021, flat compared with 1.08 million tons sold in the second quarter of 2021, and increased 13% when compared with the third quarter of 2020.
  • Segment contribution margin of $41.0 million, or $38.07 per ton, for the third quarter of 2021 decreased 11% compared with $45.9 million in the second quarter of 2021, and decreased 3% when compared with the third quarter of 2020. These results were impacted by logistical and supply chain constraints, as well as cost inflation, particularly for higher natural gas prices during the third quarter of 2021.
  • The company has implemented price increases and surcharges to combat recent cost inflation.

Oil & Gas

  • Revenue of $141.8 million for the third quarter of 2021 decreased 27% when compared with $193.3 million in the second quarter of 2021 and increased 114% when compared with the third quarter of 2020. However, excluding the $48.9 million customer settlement, revenue decreased 2% when compared with the second quarter of 2021.
  • Tons sold of 2.912 million for the third quarter of 2021 decreased 4% compared with 3.024 million tons sold in the second quarter of 2021, and increased 127% when compared with the third quarter of 2020.
  • Segment contribution margin of $25.7 million, or $8.83 per ton, decreased 69% when compared with $82.7 million in the second quarter of 2021 and decreased 18% when compared with the third quarter of 2020. However, excluding the $48.9 million customer settlement, segment contribution margin decreased 24% when compared with the second quarter of 2021, and was impacted by a shift in customer mix with more spot sales at lower margins and higher costs, including higher natural gas prices and accelerated plant maintenance.

Capital Update

As of September 30, 2021, the Company had $250.6 million in cash and cash equivalents and total debt was $1.216 billion. The Company's $100.0 million Revolver had zero drawn, with $22.2 million allocated for letters of credit, and availability of $77.8 million. Capital expenditures in the third quarter totaled $8.3 million. During the third quarter of 2021, the Company generated $74.8 million in cash flow from operations, which included the remaining $45.0 million cash payment from the customer settlement which was received in July.  

Outlook and Guidance

Looking forward to the fourth quarter and into 2022, the Company's two business segments remain well positioned for sustainable, long-term growth in their respective markets. The Company has a strong portfolio of industrial and specialty products that serve numerous essential, high growth and attractive end markets, supported by a robust pipeline of new products under development as well as pricing increases and surcharges.

The oil and gas industry is progressing through a transitional year of what is anticipated to be a multi-year growth cycle. Strength in commodity prices, particularly WTI crude oil prices, along with forecasted increases in customer spending, are promising for an active well completions environment in 2022.

The Company continues to expect to generate positive free cash flow in 2022 and further strengthen its balance sheet.

Conference Call

U.S. Silica will host a conference call for investors today, October 29, 2021 at 7:30 a.m. Central Time to discuss these results. Hosting the call will be Bryan Shinn, Chief Executive Officer and Don Merril, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.  Investors are invited to listen to a live webcast of the conference call by visiting the "Investors- Events & Presentations" section of the Company's website at www.ussilica.com.  The webcast will be archived for one year.  The call can also be accessed live over the telephone by dialing (877) 869-3847 or for international callers, (201) 689-8261.  A replay will be available shortly after the call and can be accessed by dialing (877) 660-6853 or for international callers, (201) 612-7415.  The conference ID for the replay is 13723834. The replay will be available through November 29, 2021.

About U.S. Silica

U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. is a performance materials company and is a member of the Russell 2000. The Company is a leading producer of commercial silica used in the oil and gas industry, and in a wide range of industrial applications.  Over its 121-year history, U.S. Silica has developed core competencies in mining, processing, logistics and materials science that enable it to produce and cost-effectively deliver over 600 diversified products to customers across our end markets.  U.S. Silica's wholly-owned subsidiaries include EP Minerals and SandBox Logistics™.  EP Minerals is an industry leader in the production of products derived from diatomaceous earth, perlite, engineered clays, and non-activated clays. SandBox Logistics™ is a state-of-the-art leader in proppant storage, handling and well-site delivery, dedicated to making proppant logistics cleaner, safer and more efficient.  The Company currently operates 24 mines and production facilities and is headquartered in Katy, Texas.

Forward-looking Statements

This third quarter 2021 earnings release, as well as other statements we make, contain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the federal securities laws - that is, statements about the future, not about past events. Forward-looking statements give our current expectations and projections relating to our financial condition, results of operations, plans, objectives, future performance and business. These statements may include words such as "anticipate," "estimate," "expect," "project," "plan," "intend," "believe," "may," "will," "should," "could," "can have," "likely" and other words and terms of similar meaning. Forward-looking statements made include any statement that does not directly relate to any historical or current fact and may include, but are not limited to, statements regarding U.S. Silica's growth opportunities, strategy, future financial results, forecasts, projections, plans and capital expenditures, technological innovations, the impacts of COVID-19 on the Company's operations, and the commercial silica industry. Forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations and assumptions, which may not prove to be accurate.  These statements are not guarantees and are subject to risks, uncertainties and changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict.  Many factors could cause actual results to differ materially and adversely from these forward-looking statements. Among these factors are global economic conditions; the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on markets the Company serves; supply chain and logistics constraints for our company and our customers, fluctuations in demand for commercial silica, diatomaceous earth, perlite, clay and cellulose; fluctuations in demand for frac sand or the development of either effective alternative proppants or new processes to replace hydraulic fracturing; the entry of competitors into our marketplace; changes in production spending by companies in the oil and gas industry and changes in the level of oil and natural gas exploration and development; changes in oil and gas inventories; general economic, political and business conditions in key regions of the world; pricing pressure; cost inflation; weather and seasonal factors; the cyclical nature of our customers' business; our inability to meet our financial and performance targets and other forecasts or expectations; our substantial indebtedness and pension obligations, including restrictions on our operations imposed by our indebtedness; operational modifications, delays or cancellations; prices for electricity, natural gas and diesel fuel; our ability to maintain our transportation network; changes in government regulations and regulatory requirements, including those related to mining, explosives, chemicals, and oil and gas production; silica-related health issues and corresponding litigation; and other risks and uncertainties detailed in this press release and our most recent Forms 10-K, 10-Q, and 8-K filed with or furnished to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. If one or more of these or other risks or uncertainties materialize (or the consequences of such a development changes), or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual outcomes may vary materially from those reflected in our forward-looking statements.  The forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof, and we disclaim any intention or obligation to update publicly or revise such statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

 

U.S. SILICA HOLDINGS, INC.

SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA FROM CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(Unaudited; dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)



Three Months Ended


September 30,
2021


June 30, 2021


September 30,
2020

Total sales

$

267,298



$

317,301



$

176,472


Total cost of sales (excluding depreciation, depletion and amortization)

207,448



192,955



107,592


Operating expenses:






Selling, general and administrative

30,956



27,509



27,216


Depreciation, depletion and amortization

39,981



41,165



40,069


Goodwill and other asset impairments

11





222


Total operating expenses

70,948



68,674



67,507


Operating (loss) income

(11,098)



55,672



1,373


Other (expense) income:






Interest expense

(17,796)



(17,918)



(19,274)


Other income (expense), net, including interest income

2,580



(186)



(409)


Total other expense

(15,216)



(18,104)



(19,683)


(Loss) income before income taxes

(26,314)



37,568



(18,310)


Income tax benefit (expense)

6,140



(11,666)



4,094


Net (loss) income

$

(20,174)



$

25,902



$

(14,216)


Less: Net loss attributable to non-controlling interest

(179)



(126)



(254)


Net (loss) income attributable to U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc.

$

(19,995)



$

26,028



$

(13,962)








(Loss) earnings per share attributable to U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc.:






Basic

$

(0.27)



$

0.35



$

(0.19)


Diluted

$

(0.27)



$

0.34



$

(0.19)


Weighted average shares outstanding:






Basic

74,523



74,339



73,688


Diluted

74,523



76,136



73,688


Dividends declared per share

$



$



$


 

 

U.S. SILICA HOLDINGS, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

Unaudited; dollars in thousands)



September 30,
2021


December 31,
2020





ASSETS

Current Assets:




Cash and cash equivalents

$

250,587



$

150,920


Accounts receivable, net

176,759



206,934


Inventories, net

116,405



104,684


Prepaid expenses and other current assets

29,204



23,147


Income tax deposits



628


Total current assets

572,955



486,313


Property, plant and mine development, net

1,277,133



1,368,092


Lease right-of-use assets

44,866



37,469


Goodwill

185,649



185,649


Intangible assets, net

152,445



159,582


Other assets

7,567



9,842


Total assets

$

2,240,615



$

2,246,947



LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

Current Liabilities:




Accounts payable and accrued expenses

$

157,082



$

121,920


Current portion of operating lease liabilities

15,846



17,388


Current portion of long-term debt

20,484



42,042


Current portion of deferred revenue

6,744



13,545


Total current liabilities

200,156



194,895


Long-term debt, net

1,195,092



1,197,660


Deferred revenue

17,045



20,147


Liability for pension and other post-retirement benefits

38,923



48,169


Deferred income taxes, net

48,033



49,386


Operating lease liabilities

76,806



76,361


Other long-term liabilities

36,552



33,538


Total liabilities

1,612,607



1,620,156


Stockholders' Equity:




Preferred stock




Common stock

837



827


Additional paid-in capital

1,213,165



1,200,023


Retained deficit

(410,233)



(395,496)


Treasury stock, at cost

(183,483)



(181,615)


Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(2,562)



(8,479)


Total U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. stockholders' equity

617,724



615,260


Non-controlling interest

10,284



11,531


Total stockholders' equity

628,008



626,791


Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

2,240,615



$

2,246,947


Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Segment Contribution Margin

Segment contribution margin is a key metric that management uses to evaluate our operating performance and to determine resource allocation between segments. Segment contribution margin excludes selling, general, and administrative costs, corporate costs, plant capacity expenses, and facility closure costs.

The following table sets forth a reconciliation of net (loss) income, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure, to segment contribution margin. 

 (All amounts in thousands)

Three Months Ended


September 30,
2021


June 30, 2021


September 30,
2020

Sales:






Oil & Gas Proppants

$

141,848



$

193,298



$

66,343


Industrial & Specialty Products

125,450



124,003



110,129


Total sales

267,298



317,301



176,472


Segment contribution margin:






Oil & Gas Proppants

25,723



82,676



31,478


Industrial & Specialty Products

41,003



45,939



42,353


Total segment contribution margin

66,726



128,615



73,831


Operating activities excluded from segment cost of sales

(6,876)



(4,269)



(4,951)


Selling, general and administrative

(30,956)



(27,509)



(27,216)


Depreciation, depletion and amortization

(39,981)



(41,165)



(40,069)


Goodwill and other asset impairments

(11)





(222)


Interest expense

(17,796)



(17,918)



(19,274)


Other income (expense), net, including interest income

2,580



(186)



(409)


Income tax benefit (expense)

6,140



(11,666)



4,094


Net (loss) income

$

(20,174)



$

25,902



$

(14,216)


Less: Net loss attributable to non-controlling interest

(179)



(126)



(254)


Net (loss) income attributable to U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc.

$

(19,995)



$

26,028



$

(13,962)


Adjusted EBITDA

Adjusted EBITDA is not a measure of our financial performance or liquidity under GAAP and should not be considered as an alternative to net income (loss) as a measure of operating performance, cash flows from operating activities as a measure of liquidity or any other performance measure derived in accordance with GAAP. Additionally, Adjusted EBITDA is not intended to be a measure of free cash flow for management's discretionary use, as it does not consider certain cash requirements such as interest payments, tax payments and debt service requirements. Adjusted EBITDA contains certain other limitations, including the failure to reflect our cash expenditures, cash requirements for working capital needs and cash costs to replace assets being depreciated and amortized, and excludes certain charges that may recur in the future. Management compensates for these limitations by relying primarily on our GAAP results and by using Adjusted EBITDA only supplementally. Our measure of Adjusted EBITDA is not necessarily comparable to other similarly titled captions of other companies due to potential inconsistencies in the methods of calculation.

The following table sets forth a reconciliation of net income (loss), the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure, to Adjusted EBITDA:

(All amounts in thousands)

Three Months Ended


September 30,
2021


June 30, 2021


September 30,
2020

Net (loss) income attributable to U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc.

$

(19,995)



$

26,028



$

(13,962)


Total interest expense, net of interest income

17,778



17,902



19,801


Provision for taxes

(6,140)



11,666



(4,094)


Total depreciation, depletion and amortization expenses

39,981



41,165



40,069


EBITDA

31,624



96,761



41,814


Non-cash incentive compensation (1)

5,450



3,954



5,523


Post-employment expenses (excluding service costs) (2)

(2,140)



363



161


Merger and acquisition related expenses (3)

504



109



285


Plant capacity expansion expenses (4)

782



19



744


Goodwill and other asset impairments (5)

11





222


Business optimization projects (6)

33



4



24


Facility closure costs (7)

218



490



1,881


Other adjustments allowable under the Credit Agreement (8)

3,279



1,586



675


Adjusted EBITDA

$

39,761



$

103,286



$

51,329





(1)

Reflects equity-based and other equity-related compensation expense.



(2)

Includes net pension cost and net post-retirement cost relating to pension and other post-retirement benefit obligations during the applicable period, but in each case excluding the service cost relating to benefits earned during such period. Non-service net periodic benefit costs are not considered reflective of our operating performance because these costs do not exclusively originate from employee services during the applicable period and may experience periodic fluctuations as a result of changes in non-operating factors, including changes in discount rates, changes in expected returns on benefit plan assets, and other demographic actuarial assumptions.



(3)

Merger and acquisition related expenses include legal fees, consulting fees, bank fees, severance costs, certain purchase accounting items such as the amortization of inventory fair value step-up, information technology integration costs and similar charges. While these costs are not operational in nature and are not expected to continue for any singular transaction on an ongoing basis, similar types of costs, expenses and charges have occurred in prior periods and may recur in the future as we continue to integrate prior acquisitions and pursue any future acquisitions.



(4)

Plant capacity expansion expenses include expenses that are not inventoriable or capitalizable as related to plant expansion projects greater than $5 million in capital expenditures or plant start up projects.  While these expenses are not operational in nature and are not expected to continue for any singular project on an ongoing basis, similar types of expenses have occurred in prior periods and may recur in the future if we continue to pursue future plant capacity expansion.



(5)

The three months ended September 30, 2021 and September 30, 2020 reflect impairment charges of $11 thousand and $0.2 million, respectively.



(6)

 

Reflects costs incurred related to business optimization projects within our corporate center, which aim to measure and improve the efficiency, productivity and performance of our organization. While these costs are not operational in nature and are not expected to continue for any singular project on an ongoing basis, similar types of expenses may recur in the future.



(7)

 

Reflects costs incurred related to idled sand facilities and closed corporate offices, including severance costs and remaining contracted costs such as office lease costs, maintenance, and utilities. While these costs are not operational in nature and are not expected to continue for any singular event on an ongoing basis, similar types of expenses may recur in the future.



(8)

Reflects miscellaneous adjustments permitted under the Credit Agreement, such as recruiting fees and relocation costs. The three months ended September 30, 2021 also included $3.3 million of transload shortfall and exit fees. The three months ended June 30, 2021 also included $1.0 million related to expenses incurred with severe winter storms during the first quarter and costs related to a power interruption at a plant location of $0.5 million.

 

U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc.

Investor Contact
Patricia Gil
Vice President, Investor Relations
(281) 505-6011
gil@ussilica.com

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