SWM Schweitzer-Mauduit International

Mark Chekanow Director, Investor Relations
Jeff Kramer Chief Executive Officer
Andrew Wamser Chief Financial Officer
Chris McGinnis Sidoti & Company
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Welcome to SWM's Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Earnings Conference Call. Hosting the call today from SWM is Dr. Jeff Kramer, Chief Executive Officer. He is joined by Andrew Wamser, Chief Financial Officer; and Mark Chekanow, Director of Investor Relations. Today's call is being recorded and will be available for replay later this afternoon. participants floor placed questions will presentation. all mode a following time, the and be this have in been listen-only the At open for Instructions] turn pleasure Mr. [Operator now over floor to to is It the my Chekanow. you Sir, begin. may

Mark Chekanow

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Jeff Kramer

and good morning Thank you Mark, everyone.

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Andrew Wamser

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Now to back Jeff.

Jeff Kramer

Thanks, Andy.

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strategic about on please comment at transaction yet Andy cannot the That remarks. we our open our excited and sharing line items, the While our many for our questions. are base to business point. we and we other forward outlook, outlook to on closing efforts concludes details financial look than referenced, the XXXX that directional Janica, grow


comes Our the Chris Instructions] first of [Operator line Sidoti & McGinnis question from of Company.

Chris McGinnis

year? about much [Technical Thanks get it that you seeing just Just can and Difficulty] of morning. obviously of normalized taking the part start -- just Maybe, more is the a that's to of a very, of organic trying you're Do within was to in And bit of of sense in nice if back strength the mean, think, in you Good know half talked a pent-up it, that I you I demand in that for but could the the feel little and growth. strong maybe that get big question quarter AMS you around growth transportation trend. quarter. maybe you very a just near-term, waiting? that how my was that obviously.

Jeff Kramer

to part fourth and try was to in happy said, we strength Certainly, you the be like the you I'll that you color with quarter, of hard exact to some give demand. had it's the Chris. back-up sure, incredible Yes as give -- interpretation.

So, reduced. the indicated many consumption a as about bit their normal. year as chains had everybody supply in earlier And was returned was we suppliers of of to then, rapidly how I surprised lowered the the our think some marketplace

quite bit If fast you market marketplace recall, a of is that growing recovered in that earlier. and China

And trying so chains. we a fill supply rapid saw people increase in to

overall, always have our that at all. I of one with and fastest-growing this don't those said think said, Now markets trend have we lines is changed

supply continue of levels long-term restocking seeing combination So normal opportunities we a to marketplace. of of bit bit see growth you're I and a chains think strong this little for both little to then

Chris McGinnis

Very cost to highlight at Thanks on in just guess, for pressures XXXX, cost side about when materials? helpful. the Great. for that. thinking out I raw look anything you And

Jeff Kramer


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from that's things cetera. other We're operations So doing contractual efficiency around everything increases. scrap on increases also of price to et price the side reduction types

globally of have the amount that, the certainly most year, would we way start numerous it's this wanted beginning unexpected. people you programs to been has the So say because of but of is not polypropylene offset the I to rise think –

our seeing the our to and cost that of resin the of pressures those to not think are industry, I the costs is on we're continue resins. for types films, thermoplastic emphasize those transportation other point majority though polyurethane

Chris McGinnis

the you can't year sounds was acquisition, more XXXX half? it And as any can so you much demand Is what's the that as impact, Okay. as year, know you you year out of anything or about Thanks or at How trends? year think guess, pending in playing that for – just guess about because different about think I but in go the the think be about you for just And the talk should I back there you growth given say for forward-loaded is the cadence manageable I that. growth out? terms more you for of that And least. expectation highlighted?

Andrew Wamser


first I'll stab that. the take So, at

a The highlight is kind and just it's and this is a always would we first reemphasize thing, portfolio I effect. of portfolio that,

mentioning it was And what So takes. We medical say, look have just significantly. market would was say air. roared we're we now back of and I quarter Water the fourth in Jeff up sort in let's and at would like all pretty a weaker been in like of even that the in really specifically. year, quarter. fourth quarter for happened year was bit water the It a and little up filtration in last had the And now really outlook. then still that sort puts high-growth and bullish fourth year,

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look so in XX% it the mentioned bullish for at was growth say I fourth up we're XXXX, that, we the lines And transportation would exceptionally I on. when quarter.

strong Now Air that's growth still tough but have expect to really should expect really We segment. that filtration a not water will sustainable, it grow, still but year. strong we be next comparison. in

able And of really still films. I you about about, about optimistic year. more at growth. get we'll a growth UK We're to our of when percentage So of because really us. about of to we know Scapa limitations color filtration. and for QX hear because we range drivers are – call more specific for We're talk love about some we'll the key outlook the the certainly transportation hopefully into would sort We're medical. be our color, of end optimistic markets takeover provide optimistic close sort we something panel, or of that really kind But,

Chris McGinnis

side, for maybe and EP, and there. of the color for thought understand change portfolio set just that playing I talked demand the process the the trend against, I appreciate AMS, outlook guess up price walk different you're how know profit maybe But little side, you just obviously in mix a XXXX? turning year? -- to Can just think you, the just out regulations, the our but versus in I through for you and a you technical. given margin to do

Andrew Wamser

years. growth last going Yeah. much past really I a two line on even versus continue number. you've think -- it's here, I mean, top over been change. creep we that's that's seen the been years, effort probably our the to over conscious to the And more continue we've where why don't of and margin focused profit up couple

is I were tracking fairly significantly thing think the you see from moderate, through one XXXX rate XXXX. to from did from the that attrition where note, we XXXX

changes of be of to that lot expect Recon, how the So in that products rate whether it's a is good seen products. the still all high-value those But our there. at a LIP continue and are the really XXXX. have end day, Remains continue the business wrapper tempered. we focus to really products, the we binder papers, to And Heat-not-Burn, stable to high-value on solid

Chris McGinnis

QX. Great. appreciate of for, working the I best And luck color,

Andrew Wamser

Chris. Thanks, Great.


at further And over call are I'll the Jeff, closing And to time, now for queue. remarks. questions this there in back no turn

Jeff Kramer

Janica. We that about, Okay. people say story. positive everyone, our for Thank of in with I make many contributions the you and Well the close to our people. times just you, share again to listening comments tuning difference. want again, thank

absolute I is of global I'm saw teams, these you But proud our our really for I'm impossible have think results. of results. proud global Without even proof more year it team. us to achieved this that. the of

So to again. everyone. I you. And in Thank forward QX. And thank information want them look more to thank sharing


concludes This conference call. today's

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