SWM Schweitzer-Mauduit International

Jeff Kramer Chief Executive Officer
Andrew Wamser Chief Financial Officer
Mark Chekanow Director-Investor Relations
Chris McGinnis Sidoti and Company
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Welcome to SWM's First Quarter 2021 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 this afternoon. participant the been for floor following presentation. all listen-only in your time, the and mode, will this lines placed have a questions At be open floor now to [Operator my It Mr. is turn Instructions] the over to pleasure Chekanow. the Sir, is yours. floor Chekanow. Mark

Mark Chekanow

morning. joining Thank for Director of Thank to earnings results. discuss our Mark Investor you, I'm Chekanow, at Relations Tina. SWM. XXXX Good us you first quarter

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Jeff Kramer

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we customers strength Tekra including as and protection growth seeing in were in sales and of transportation XX% over quarter. our In COVID between access restocking and recovery, and of across particularly to the encouraged overall the XX% business Despite paint current continue increase, demand with long-term. of especially are We see to end the this Global benefit high, consistent market the the XX% our transportation, acquisition, films, increased product by of growth the organic profitable increasingly Asia. the after for sales sales are over we some breadth in up in impacts to the while increased in demand returns are the continues overall as AMS, portfolio. XXXX. For XX% high consumer swings consumers choppy a the remains aware offering business becoming distribution normalized

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for Marcellus well Shale first used materials farms. gas increased as controls focus the region, and the Lastly, in on quarter. activity construction industry in an in also as sales oil Higher the year-over-year increased gains drove solar perimeter

saw constructions and netting highway acquisition as we business gains our specialty will addition, grew In well-regarded infrastructure area to in for to construction our an also nicely. products, building its drive value the expect Further, bring projects we tapes we customers. also from Scapa other through to

it and global is think we I the pressures budding experience which expect also economy chain most important year during are the address seeing supply awakens. remainder to that industries the as the to of

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in we this sales As to and part cost customer worked first contributing going is this which plan from impact realizing transition in through product, The new segment of the restocking legacy total quarter, before a transition inventories are now XX%. a initiative. of temporary decline with had savings that

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Andrew Wamser

the Jeff. Starting the with Tegra XXXX, quarter XX%. rather The you, entire with we partial organic assumed, Thank sales ownership. growth at organic for of owned than had calculation XX% growth period increased quarter AMS, first first

areas. end our of our Jeff we and discussed, in two margin transportation most had filtration, higher of demand strong particularly As markets,

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the continue basis we and achieved pulp impacts to quarter, higher prices, the support to material from XXX the mostly in currency the a we quarter operating The initial of actions due offered On raw strong offset, to broader positive AMS, and though mainly to wood cost points reductions shutdown margin rising saw margins, slightly During segment cost XX.X%. expansion similar SG&A euro. of Spotswood still operating profitability.

our to pulp we raising and to timing contracts some price increases will where ability are avenues recapture customers we possible of price with limit our some prices. Although contracts, multiple large our have higher on offset exploring costs where higher of

an during of expenses, million timing approximately allocated quarter, we $X saw on administrative Regarding the to expenses. increase mostly adjusted due of

all organic versus prior related year a The Scapa that close as essentially percentage of an with other expenses consolidated advisory, acquisition. total the to out profit the financials. quarter increased adjusted and for quarters, and to as X% However, we our related costs expenses from included basis. XX%. XX% adjusted exclude were XX% we will operating prepared sales or a unchanged In upcoming also we diligence Adjusted the the to the and adjusted On EBITDA will sales book on one-time were due quarter. additional deal, which basis, transaction increased increased

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to $X.XX Scapa transaction acquisition, the XXXX will issued expected from three of the own EPS with which we includes However, This quarters. $X.XX adjusted accretion guidance $X.XX. we of for approximately essentially had closed, guidance

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Now back Jeff. to

Jeff Kramer

may made creation AMS. of some acquisitions Thanks, strategic XXXX the SWM comments. and to set key have first and of series out Scapa our of we closing growth reposition now strategic expansion before diversify highly reiterate a back in Andy. and I'd in for the to acquisition highlights We like

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sustainable organization. We our drive positive our please are of results. Scapa concludes better earnings than another to look line solid course to and open remarks. the growth, long-term ever Tina, global positioned of into questions. welcoming execution, We year for That forward


from Our question Chris Sidoti and is first Instructions] McGinnis [Operator Company. with

Chris McGinnis

start to questions morning. Thanks nice for and Good Yes. year. taking the my

Jeff Kramer

Chris. Thanks,

Chris McGinnis

of start talk is just maybe still How quarter? little a – of pent-up you demand components demand of that you of exited filtration on you about some some rebounding we the just those economy? as Also know. versus much that trend think kind Can that Thanks. at double-digit end Can or with bit those products? do the you increase about in the it – drove in the did markets rate talk you

Jeff Kramer


have So, really Chris, one to be it's of going things, just confidence to high a that confident a couple even COVID we're before that. continues be going still do those is grower segments it's Yes, in we to for us. It's that. of performer that to a long-term been continue and filtration great

the exiting as as quarter discussed it's strong results. think I in as the it's – we

that And demand there. is so have I confidence that

is a answer. it but pent-up demand of Some bit hard question a I think, to of little it's

increases in normal to going think instance, strong I the for our that see. water back that we demand water, is

I that demand trend isn't for going change. think et that to purity, cetera,

to filtration the going to to think increase. is been has demand days. the of positioned we're think advantage market there I go that. in well think fundamental don't change to take going we're back old air And I a where I

the material mask remain some on you'll less will filtration think see think strong. the I I but material, demand

filtration automotive, back process goes into our cetera. is that industrial, et overall, snapping So fluids because

of think I liked year. for we strong the and remain remainder to the So it's going that position

Chris McGinnis

a Great. sense. appreciate lot of that, I makes

improving. Just on it's the been obviously, transportation,

for You as expectations, given at just just that? this can your kind throughout had that on think the about of it year, impact we Or the talk COVID year it growth? I go last stays year, the guess, on you

Jeff Kramer

that lot. another that's area like we Again, transportation Yes. whole marketplace a

one a my now. for has still lot protection play mentioned in up one and long-term industry surface comments we positioned I a we think of transportation that paint retention It's growth. with think that well a think XX% marketplace well lot component that we whole a little into the the that demand, of bit of is penetration for that seeing long-term we're probably And it double-digit as but high protection saw a growth. I is

Chris McGinnis

guess just Last on of of a your bit out you maybe how around a then year. remainder though. played for the the little could year Spotswood? impact little weaker, EP, And down about talk I the was Great. quarter, the just that thoughts And

could you on you year how help way us the in the side. think about remainder If for the on any that volume of

Jeff Kramer

sure. Yes,

to smooth, you product, that One, the have So, you you we going smooth in The a major that business new a inventory down. work announced facility, and ensure really that case. – up transition always close transition a to one transition – when the is that by decrease build for for normal in always but just we inventory for just XX% you driven move segment, a was just but factors. material two

And on LIP-type materials. so our that's some had pressure

The had a for a as drop-off of printing business filler. second papers, is low we in use margin a which us. volume It's material we

a same had way. but didn't it wise, a the profitability material have impact, wise it in volume impact So big

why versus that's bottom terms we still the So top line had line. leverage of in

to a was that's we're builds our seeing. expected in part extraordinary that people comments consistent. or cash as the handling think, in that EP we've long-term that inventory were flows, been We that last year to think normal very over profitability. revert the – to chain it we business consistent what very supply trend said, material and is five we we've part reverting very constraints I to years, results think shown the build and four Last consistent was just I of the

Chris McGinnis

go how with a early, to Scapa the numbers, you you're it, Okay, how your is and and the How in-filling providing change market healthcare? on know maybe thanks on that changes? it medical that couple very about I as million $XXX XXXX? great. in strategy? One, just rebounds on closing accretion does Thanks. can guess the in deck improve just but the for Scapa. talk there of it's it confidence one, revenue renaming $X.XX especially I And then And does just just that slide how the leeway much Congrats that. things

Andrew Wamser


of address think So It's don't at let our I a it changes an things. our couple me strategy strategy. all. of evolution

the need are So right, company, have of type bring been custom to us. that we a solutions to which we we always provide means things to doing, – more performance problems that our customers

our And bring. reinforce bring customers to solutions so, us strategy capabilities has been that and additional that are our orientation to always asking

established So overlaps. strong Scapa as very used our in is had relationships through lot leading very position healthcare exactly customer that. to we business. has always with the a outsourcing for company call a industry a We've medical Scapa strong what of itself

the they been so, bring on And that healthcare leverage. medical business has to medical additional to I strategy And capabilities our side. our going able think to that we're be

look and the we about you complementary side, knowledge many industrial the at bring us and their it On talk but our ability that Scapa marketplaces. to adhesive don't capabilities of skills to highly industrial and markets much, as if brings

asking us markets exposure customers. additional consistent capabilities our a that giving to additional us strategy customers So the additional bringing and them to again, bring and of very with then are greater to

that. about excited very I'm So,

skis our accretion our I we tries in, we're in a of terms In think, tend giving forecast. not to optimistic, out to over but company be, estimates, get that

confidence think surgeries we think, to mentioned, think back great And what we a is get there down, coming as Andy starts if that is COVID some have you we settle I I upside So to in. see elective that number. can forecast

Chris McGinnis

in my good luck taking for and questions Thanks Great. QX.

Andrew Wamser

Chris. Thanks,


Dr. turn questions. And over closing to further remarks. for call I'll now have no the we back Kramer

Jeff Kramer

you want thank welcome want you Well, team. to they appreciate everyone. right. a Scapa to thank employees us. global want us I that the as everything into to again, we team. my with, join to I All support close do I

best to can execute to counting positively to globally. add You grow you our this going do to organically. And to continue we're and tell valuable company we're on us contributions

thank So much. very you


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