SWM Schweitzer-Mauduit International

Mark Chekanow Director, Investor Relations
Jeffrey Kramer Chief Executive Officer
Andrew Wamser Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Chris McGinnis Sidoti & Company
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Welcome to SWM's Second 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. you Sir, begin. may

Mark Chekanow

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Jeffrey Kramer

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Andrew Wamser

you, Starting AMS. Jeff. Thank with

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Jeff. Now back to

Jeffrey Kramer

Thanks, Andy.

So demand and across proud delivered the up, the of expanded results we are of to our portfolio. wrap we strength

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if Misty, So that the could for line concludes questions. please you our remarks. open


with from [Operator Instructions] line You Sidoti the Company. have & of Chris a McGinnis question

Chris McGinnis

the for Thanks I guess around Yeah. nice a my GOOD inflationary questions, results. detail the for of morning. impact thanks environment, that. taking just and lot then --

could that kind going all? -- any continued there as increases the Thanks. you of at kind see about demand growth of thinking and you I impact that, Just that guess price forward, implement impede

Jeffrey Kramer

always good question. It's a Yeah.

it. the raising we're seeing is we're is not people impacted everybody prices, because only what by think, I universally,

to some loss. I part, customers be there's to about think value some this shedding see most is always environment. watch customers. going and a some added impact if carefully our short-lived understand really We value for need probably think I of our But the you might share low relationship

but So, at to pressures it. that I'm point, now huge right real staying close not seeing we're

able of the the to only might with be to continue challenge might supply to be we're see TPU think to continue expecting resins. but fulfill I we're will those coming see all that mean, specialty constraints of going to quarter some -- around see. seeing some we see we the I in growth, that we're demand not good the

Chris McGinnis

of may have correct. just this, thinking Scapa, on missed you you -- then, -- just if business track, I'm like how if that it around rebounding. can sounds trending I And are And it mentioned still your targets just Great. and is

Jeffrey Kramer


and said, rebounding year-on-year side. in like the of brought we year-on-year. think, the I what are in much really I It's we're in We're seeing we're As really about pretty side, we they're that to AMS. good market complementary the ours be demand strong the also mean, just industrial applications business. seeing from to and similar healthcare all industrial excited comparisons

the COVID, to environment had year. care wound cautioned that at to that we've in expecting in are discretionary rate from hoped cetera. return the of normalized sensitivity this more one that visits, is but the moderating, place we coming the had advanced uptick the et slowly be always not hospital some levels we to think I to because COVID but That seems

Andrew Wamser

bit maybe for add just you. Chris, more little a to And color

in they where $XX had kind we year-over-year, million if in in And quarter. were Jeff about at up mentioned the context, XX%, script. that's as his of look for sales just So, you

right the what XXXX book is about about to even we of And like, terms order we're sort to strong. levels, thinking the looks there. in industrial, if exactly order exceptionally book talk their particularly thought the in returning sort we business business as of back So, the of

challenges supply lot we would So, some results chain we've SWM challenges I say, the mostly a supply as and even well. even be that had chain talked Scapa's at would even but their having, legacy of stronger about business, some

XX% in the track. on and say they were is where being thinking I year-over-year. the of good XXXX particularly in is punch-line the would up business second that quarter, A So, in context really

bottom it's track. on So, line,

Chris McGinnis

next taking quarter. Great. Thanks good my for questions, luck and

Jeffrey Kramer

Chris. Thanks, Great.


There are at further no this time. questions

Andrew Wamser

let comments. wrap couple then with me up closing Well, of Okay. a

specifically You proud heard the the comments I'm we're challenges year. team during turned make call, all aware incredibly didn't think the that over COVID the seeing the performance of globally. because of I we're I has in

team supply other other, making benefiting to each our of of our think great able taking each I of continues to a sure care we're do and customers. job

outstanding be So, job I just to call thanking really again, team. they our the global want I'm do. of close the to this part teams proud for

thank all. So, you


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