Ashland reports strong financial results for third quarter of fiscal year 2022

Wilmington, DE – Ashland Global Holdings Inc. announced financial results for the third quarter of fiscal year 2022, which ended June 30, 2022. The global additives and specialty ingredients company holds leadership positions in high-quality, consumer-focused markets including pharmaceuticals, personal care and architectural coatings.

Sales were $644 million, up 19 percent versus the prior-year period. Each of the company’s reportable segments achieved double-digit sales growth compared to the prior year. Demand remains strong across the company’s resilient end markets. The year-over-year sales growth was driven primarily by disciplined pricing leading to cost recovery in a high-inflation environment and improved product mix. Foreign currency negatively impacted sales $26 million, or five percent.

Net income was $36 million compared to $80 million in the prior-year quarter. Income from continuing operations was $51 million compared to $72 million in the prior-year quarter, or $0.93 per diluted share compared to $1.17 in the prior-year quarter. Adjusted income from continuing operations excluding intangibles amortization expense was $104 million compared to $60 million in the prior-year quarter, or $1.89 per diluted share, up from $0.98 in the prior-year quarter. Adjusted EBITDA was $174 million, up 35 percent from $129 million in the prior-year quarter.

Average diluted shares outstanding totaled 55 million as of June 30, 2022, down from 62 million in the prior-year quarter, following the completion of the company’s approximately $650 million of share repurchase programs under the previous share repurchase authorization. Earlier in the quarter, Ashland’s Board of Directors approved a new $500 million evergreen share repurchase authorization.

Cash flows provided by operating activities totaled $(17) million compared to $195 million in the prior-year quarter. Ongoing free cash flow2 totaled $13 million compared to $112 million in the prior-year quarter primarily due to an increase in working capital reflecting higher raw-material costs impacting both inventories and accounts receivable balances, in addition to the ongoing rebuild of inventory levels.

“As we indicated in our earnings update on July 18, we are encouraged by the strong demand in each of our segments and the exceptional discipline throughout our global organization, especially pricing and product mix actions being demonstrated by our commercial teams to offset widespread cost inflation,” said Guillermo Novo, chair and chief executive officer, Ashland. “The Ashland team is executing well across the globe. The size of our company and global footprint, the focus on resilient consumer end markets and the lower overall exposure to petrochemical-based price volatility contributed to strong results during the third fiscal quarter.”

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