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Compass Minerals International (CMP)

Participants
Theresa Womble Director of Investor Relations
Kevin Crutchfield Chief Executive Officer
Jamie Standen Chief Financial Officer
Brad Griffith Chief Commercial Officer
George Schuller Chief Operating Officer
Vincent Anderson Stifel
Mark Connelly Stephens
Joel Jackson BMO Capital Markets
David Silver CL King
Chris Shaw Monness, Crespi
Call transcript
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Operator

Good day, and welcome to the Compass Minerals' First Quarter Earnings Conference. Today's conference is being recorded. At this time, I would like to turn the conference over to Theresa Womble. Please go ahead.

Theresa Womble

Good morning everyone.

to and this unprecedented glad during with very challenging these times. are be call hosting you We

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Kevin Crutchfield

Thanks, Theresa, and everyone. good morning,

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Jamie Standen

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session. Q&A ask I'll to operator begin the Operator? the Now,

Operator

can from Stifel. Please Anderson ahead. our first question go Vincent Instructions] take now [Operator We from

Vincent Anderson

thanks Yes, good morning. and

to you And $X cost of mentioned ton miner continuous cash? think expect that do decommissioning was per a I going much incur the this charges forward? quarter. from similar How impact you

James Standen

No.

morning. So, there. noncash Vincent. Good was thanks expense that Yes,

little bit. a out cut You

were decommissioning referring the Goderich? and the said you at the cost you think -- I to

Vincent Anderson

Yes.

James Standen

right? that Yes. Is

those of noncash we was parts able CT it service when of So and refurbishment, giving got came there so older out and that And we behind some to or -- those expense we depreciable to into on that its for in wouldn't now another a that expect us -- the life will and parts four years so. have match put first And related of were taking that. upgrade that. parts kind refurbishment with kind some there of those

again. that see to expect don't we So

Vincent Anderson

going of? capitalized on these that up aren't into following new being putting fully these disposed was there then development? unit Okay. the expenses and for that related decommissioned on roadways And just are use with that, mine mine development? be the are carving then to that into is And out going area being Or this

James Standen

the out in thanks. The add older machine fact purpose things. roads you XX% pulled and conveyance and the very previously new want Those there? We service we the to in operating the not anything A Crutchfield talked improvement Okay, Kevin, the that driving system is are do two different we flexible started roadways. service to it took that at just that unit is built for have conveyor now train. of - referred that's well Kevin Yes. Kevin versus new machine that's the about

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that of the So that work part last calls. is plan long-term mine several we has which the referenced now commenced on

Vincent Anderson

not Perfect. And cash it's being spoke Okay. at that's Goderich about cost XX% just inventory, by what the is the of going you I we'll to as in so see comparable clarification. today? measured a assume as the in appreciate point a directly into mine quickly then you see I term. average as But rate it down clarification, XXXX. your year-end savings run at that near exclusively unit or XXXX

James Standen

mine. That cash savings XXXX would XXXX the at versus savings, be our cost average

Vincent Anderson

Perfect. Thank you.

Operator

from next Stephens. We ahead. take can go Please Mark from Connelly our question now

Mark Connelly

relation terrible? is described Kevin Goderich you where that tell us Two you relations relative to at union took Can today you Thanks. things. when you over think as terrible.

Kevin Crutchfield

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Jamie Standen

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Kevin Crutchfield

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Mark Connelly

the prices Second the changing. very producers. now to be disappointing question some And upgrading means in commodity might of economics performance is XXXs, potash seeing we're low from that are which SOP those

MOP upgraded to to that think going the is available, of about maybe more you sulfur Do more guys that on pressure obviously we're know upgrading but Now that SOP some than else. putting market? easily probably economics you anybody not see

Kevin Crutchfield

answer Brad let please. that I'll

Brad Griffith

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almonds make world's example million XX% you X.X of in almond investment. so the California, And supply you're acres you're for going of when that supplying and have to

of now. right seeing And the so experiencing that's that in terms strength we're what we're

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Jamie Standen

just add there. something would I And

probably sulfuric a which for could benefit bit is a think down be convert. somebody to wanting price acid I

side other would global a that and the course, credit the need That's the of Of upgraders, of is byproduct by of construction and many for is whatnot. PVC HCL the driven which down. be

if HCL So construction slower the weaker is is then too.

point main a for then and to the selling about So those Brad goes that us. that kind made of bit it back value here offset

Mark Connelly

if I Right. in. about one next winter the Will one bag. sounds could last you. more Yes. like same? carry be And or inventory Definitely a you Thank mixed looking squeeze just into to

Jamie Standen

Yes.

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million, the so of bid we capital be in kind on of on at year terms So And that cash would working upwards look right winter. season. to the get course, inventories always levels upcoming draw bid of $XX of how or plan for XXXX average at draw in a this those based we a

Mark Connelly

Sure. much. That's And great. imports. no with you Thank very also

Kevin Crutchfield

Thanks, Mark.

Operator

you. Thank

will Markets. Capital next go Joel Jackson from We now from take question our Please BMO ahead.

Joel Jackson

questions for few A everyone. morning, good me. Hi,

with so that be inventory how in seems Jamie early? I be about for channel customers? or expect the little elaborate consistent bid situation average you And below somewhat Jamie its you and bid Can a the The any bit? can for or think, spoke far the what you coming Kevin to seeing you season to in volumes this governments winter. on volume what about might spoke and this expect give information season you're municipalities you down the we bids a

Kevin Crutchfield

reactions think Jamie kind normal. high and look to participate typical us. they Midwest not after to a are as just hit Brad we but – of me Canadian to had, of weak Let a at affect winter. I I of in. going that's the characterize and market markets there don't And markets mean, over I we after so fill kind level, mild winter it's Eastern then Northeastern that kind the pretty weak

So, Anything that? guys nothing all to front to would seen mildish bid a a add to season you Brad normal COVID of following on and shaping that kind up at Jamie, very like winter. be related we've to this

Jamie Standen

at ago, season, extremely we bid for XX% or historic and back look extremely saw years we mild XX%. mild so. winter you If around were were mild Requests winters quotes down just down following a few

ago, X%. three down a Just two about was or years it mild typical season

seeing So range. bid that commitment we're requests in

Brad Griffith

to nothing add. No Yes.

And nailed now. it. think in the we're throes of right you the I season

So going in…

Joel Jackson

of about levels? helpful. continuous Very Brad. you seeing perspective cost comp in right me $XX about pre-strike Can Goderich XXXX do you helpful, some and in operating XX%, the numbers rate That's versus costs mining At and compare excuse Goderich expect you -- run down on you to pre gave now Goderich talked a running plan. where above

Kevin Crutchfield

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George Schuller

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Kevin Crutchfiel

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George Schuller

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Joel Jackson

not basis before just of for winter. prices question. they're oil begin bid I and over one swings wild pricing compensate more diesel happens the season risk on lot a -- the contracts, the well season your bid in I wild as and had delivered And Obviously, a freight reduction for the with we this think

freight oil special next nine a taking if make more end don't prices figure the up sure, Thanks. V-shaped about you do a some it able costs are? bidding to be you'll to about the months? Or really levels because take get to here bit risk basically matter you, it little recovery you for process? can in have Does transportation out where you So we across talk through the

Jamie Standen

Thanks Joel. Yes.

question. So, good

for through end to works ship up to right year way this around and some of as its our So the into of use quarter Brent assumption the and with we now, to full as We've and Crude winter. ready rail XX. kind Brent would our Brent impact barge the that year of be fourth a at vessels now look summer the -- about down extent XX built XX and lot at that we plan stays by

our So, a significant pretty full year That's guidance. change. in

and about talked haven't guidance we'll yet, specific We the to segment second quarter. in half back get that

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at we look through looking, make as bids optimize the season appropriately our we include So we that forward estimate in and to obviously, every ton bid always fuel produce. prices, of our the go value

Joel Jackson

you. Thank

Operator

Please We next take our question can David go… King. Silver CL from now from

David Silver

you. Thank preface have my away. did step to going Okay. just I'm to I remarks,

my fourth I when it it or I repeat little year quarter, EBITDA the margin apologies. it on seems guess, by cash you high make did and found first was sales struck your volumes. a be unusual and if the My ago, I adjusted ton. And per results, just a business So I yourself margin segment I SOP I to that question to the the a compare when given compare bit like really contract would the

attractive pretty more down just of you line the was if of fall at walk you. segment? that to wondering Thank volume why didn't I through the a kind So EBITDA could seemingly in price

Jamie Standen

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prices talked lower it. plays I about. did think generally, into we see mix We geographic the

product SOP. three groups within have We

highest got and our production. produce that of unaffected Wynyard actually we've year. So was We out highest last quality price,

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year, the wet The other lower refer or the two weather. -- categories compacted because versus Last standard. we of non-compacted tonnage And and year-over-year. cold to as was granular compacted or

So, lower margin business bit little that there. is a

part to of Brad, you impact. want the So add that's bit? do a little

Brad Griffith

other that is thing X,XXX only had another The ex-U.S. we went tons probably Yeah.

on So price... net impact an your that has sort sales of

Jamie Standen

sure. And for margin,

Brad Griffith

Potassium+, I Yeah. we actually on ton the we've at a versus basis. prior year themselves margins pretty as pleased with per margins And been look the think on

Jamie Standen

be mixing in that into of the other North America. would micronutrients business Yeah. factor is And the then kind

Brad Griffith

quite has well. done Yeah. I our micronutrients business mean

XX%. Our Jamie so don't volumes there mentioned stronger are as margins seeing We're and and -- up well, adjusted gross Kevin and ... again, in up as remarks, are XX% think their over I sales

David Silver

So hear I if you can don't okay. me, know

Brad Griffith

Yeah.

David Silver

Sorry.

kind were You of out. in and cutting

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something fairly to thinking question, and been my this and So head it's more I've theoretical, one going is I'm about. ask but scratching

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Brad Griffith

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David Silver

Thank Jamie Thank you. and again I much, earlier. that with very all apologize covered you

Jamie Standen

No worries.

Operator

Shaw next can go We Crespi. ahead. Monness, question now take from Chris our Please from

Chris Shaw

shipping everyone. morning, lower costs doing? on I to question oil. How you’re good follow-up Hi, and on want earlier the

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Jamie Standen

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on through side headwinds, there's as got the coming well here we've optimization about I that program, I enterprise-wide example. barge freight for element work one to our benefits of that, So, some talked would offset as -- those other and we

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than we it way. see now. just to kind the depending expect -- on that, we would how -- rest generally, I better where That back in how see would the fourth -- fuel quarter behaves or the of would it the in flat, be particularly right So, of

Chris Shaw

And headwinds? the reason costs what's are barge the

Jamie Standen

It's…

Kevin Crutchfield

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Jamie Standen

trade to and has we grain do It with where are.

Brad Griffith

Yeah.

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of So for the these the year our kinds supply enterprise-wide mentioned, in chain identify to optimization, we've our effort teams to the second diligently opportunities as of had Jamie logistics through worked savings and other with half thing. best offsetting

Chris Shaw

some the on in there industry with and Is have sort at then, Salt the into the from been know of production season don't I it the now issues. in right having is years were issues, any scuttlebutt Got you the supply past of? there point any side competitors there know restrictions competitors -- that the this few supply heading

Brad Griffith

well And To us None execution, goal as you the own to this particularly on sites and displace run enough to we've first through target longer and imports and Blanche operations can running I gets on operator, but what please? here. before run C&I us going successful runs addition that, normal optimization. And you're our the we we're we focused into now. as was aware said produce Could our which that mute Hey I in can stable. we're you up other in Goderich that we're quite region. enterprise-wide well our doing imports term of, tell with think then, year. to is, our just for Cote well mean call be the making

we this a said, the is yeah soft season So, as winter. given weak

will the the lack just will take be on because that the relative positioned it well the are I more, think of nose served folks markets. of imports first supply that it the to to margin

Chris Shaw

That’s Okay. helpful. Thanks.

Operator

now further are to questions There at time. the closing the or on remarks. any for additional I turn Theresa back no to like call line, would this

Theresa Womble

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Operator

may Thank and Ladies you. for participation. your Thank disconnect. today's now That you you concludes conference. gentlemen,