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Compass Minerals International (CMP)

Participants
Douglas Kris Senior Director of Investor Relations
Kevin Crutchfield President & Chief Executive Officer
Lorin Crenshaw Chief Financial Officer
George Schuller Chief Operations Officer
Jamie Standen Chief Commercial Officer
Chris Yandell Head of Lithium
David Begleiter Deutsche Bank
Emily Kech Goldman Sachs
Seth Goldstein Morningstar
Chris Shaw Monness Crespi
Alex Chen BMO Capital Markets
David Silver C.L. King
Roger Spitz Bank of America
Brian Dirubbio Baird
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Operator

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. My name is Julie and I will be your conference operator today. At this time, I would like to welcome everyone to Compass Minerals. I would now like to turn the call over to Douglas Kris, Senior Director of Investor Relations. Please, go ahead.

Douglas Kris

to call. Minerals welcome quarter XXXX and conference earnings morning, the fiscal Compass first Good will our we XXXX. Today, discuss for our fiscal outlook recent results and

will President from and We CFO, prepared Kevin our CEO, Crutchfield, our Crenshaw. Lorin with begin and remarks

question-and-answer Jamie in Officer; Head call will Chief our of Yandell, our Chief Commercial Lithium. of be Joining portion the Schuller, George the our Chris for Standen, Operations Officer; and

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Kevin Crutchfield

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Lorin Crenshaw

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Operator

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David Begleiter

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Lorin Crenshaw

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David Begleiter

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Lorin Crenshaw

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David Begleiter

you reduction? to what On projects that or the $XX achieve by have deferred reduction delayed CapEx million

Kevin Crutchfield

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Lorin Crenshaw

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David Begleiter

very much. you Thank

Lorin Crenshaw

Thank you.

Operator

from Please Your next Sachs. go comes Goldman from ahead. Bob question Koort

Emily Kech

This Hi. is In be? business C&I expect broad-based how Kech, sticky guys to Bob. mentioned the Emily the price you on for do increases

Kevin Crutchfield

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where to expect we forward. going across those in groups improve all we and stay So product place pricing can

Emily Kech

more. Okay, during talk great. the inventory levels quarter? to you And then Could manage about just guys actions one taken

Lorin Crenshaw

are upcoming the is season. have building Well quarter working inventory ourselves order the historically position this where quarter we just for the winter to is we where highest capital amount of in we closed, generally

there's And if don't so that's pattern. add. anything our more typical know, to I

Kevin Crutchfield

Anything unusual?

Lorin Crenshaw

unusual Nothing, typical seasonality.

Emily Kech

you Great. Thank

Operator

comes next Your Goldstein Please question from Morningstar. go Seth from ahead.

Seth Goldstein

Hi, taking my and morning, everyone, question. thanks good for

XXXX, does in in clarify snowfall and or winter early is based guidance January to the start we had the Midwest weather updated it in Just that factor February? to on the strong average

Lorin Crenshaw

normalized midpoint January season the weather so assumes on. from the the guidance Yeah, for at

our experience through midpoint experience February that not et December. does through so reflect It And January, our reflects cetera.

And so that's what that midpoint anticipates.

notice wider than guidance it If has our the guidance, you is at the look of been past. width you'll the in

winter normalized the snow deviation levels you've normal that a standard higher have to a and than of reflect or at snow of days. a lower got you of so either either roughly midpoint than normal And on side on days level side

Kevin Crutchfield

would amount I add have still of are off of start. pretty part fair just But that good a a Seth, left. we to winter and February first January

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Seth Goldstein

timeline Okay, process, And you the update the production the brine restored with great. clarification. be will I is us then appreciate you expect on when SOP fully or to an still ongoing work-in-process? for that

George Schuller

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Seth Goldstein

Thanks for Okay, questions. great. taking my

Kevin Crutchfield

Thank Seth. Yeah. you

Operator

go question ahead. Chris from from comes next Monness Crespi. Shaw Your Please

Chris Shaw

How everyone. doing? Hi, you good morning are

Kevin Crutchfield

Hi, Chris.

Chris Shaw

you the the lithium timeline -- decision decision partner asset. also the the -- been or it's of DLE the like which the out And It XXXX the just on sounds it for like playing three Just suggesting maybe on laid seems paths provider. on date out. are summer the

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Kevin Crutchfield

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Lorin Crenshaw

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Chris Shaw

Right.

I You misremembering last that of that push the remember all Maybe I done timeline? it -- call the just you've back you was that, or that just was it? forgot

Lorin Crenshaw

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Chris Shaw

right. Right,

Okay. I so all That's had. Thanks much.

Lorin Crenshaw

Yep. Thank you.

Operator

go Markets. Please Joel next from comes Jackson question ahead. BMO Your Capital from

Alex Chen

questions. for on Chen Alex Thanks for Hi. This Joe my taking is Jackson.

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Lorin Crenshaw

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Alex Chen

clarity. to the need far might achieving so Great. Thanks looking per second is is the not that snowfall cost my mean for company achieve? ton question that Goderich if below Will regard to the strategy, that even winter. the production reconsider with this And targets Compass average to

Kevin Crutchfield

question. Yes. Good

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to So to calibrate wants, market opposed what we trying we're building it. in as to the think overshoot that flexibility

Alex Chen

Perfect. Thank you.

Operator

David from comes ahead. question from next Silver King. go C.L. Please Your

David Silver

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couple a So questions. of

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Kevin Crutchfield

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Chris Yandell

Hey, thanks Kevin.

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David Silver

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Kevin Crutchfield

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David Silver

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Kevin Crutchfield

Yes. About million. BRLXX BRLXX million.

David Silver

Right.

Kevin Crutchfield

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David Silver

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Kevin Crutchfield

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Jamie Standen

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David Silver

much. That's great. Thank you very

Operator

Spitz from Your go America. next ahead. question comes from of Bank Please Roger

Roger Spitz

much. very Thanks

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Kevin Crutchfield

Yeah.

season. So yeah, this bid our commitments were in up last significantly

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Roger Spitz

$XX your salt of fiscal you of a million is spending that COGS salt see in release sales. it. and salt and QX press I shipping have that? What shipping – Do as handling? And the was or handling Got XXXX percent that in was XX%

Kevin Crutchfield

Director Compass Minerals President CEO International and Inc. Shipping handling - & costs.

Lorin Crenshaw

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Roger Spitz

by American methods do vessel it. And which various North probably then you. freight, for what Got you I guess have

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Lorin Crenshaw

barge. varies across into multi-year enter the on typically We it agreements modes. So different

can -- years, vessel are agreements Oftentimes five Sometimes inflationary it depends. they have in seven be years, built inflators.

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Kevin Crutchfield

spot Trucking everybody is of experiencing a more We're else's. probably cost like a year-to-year. type just pressure of range

Roger Spitz

it. Got

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Kevin Crutchfield

Yes.

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Operator

ahead. Baird. question your go from comes And last Brian from Please Dirubbio

Brian Dirubbio

morning. Good

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part? was So with did right I you hear primarily it trucking the

Kevin Crutchfield

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quite to So that season. impactful -- everybody obviously this experiencing was our be is this impactful winter our results results and will to

Lorin Crenshaw

costs. And pallets Jamie, our that cost well. pressure We've the to pressure in literally some that seen as bags one those to question. everything I related input just guess inflationary input we of have around inflationary that's

Jamie Standen

Absolutely.

Brian Dirubbio

those Got company experiencing it. is the same. and everybody misread Unfortunately

one part the on final Just truck.

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Jamie Standen

Yeah.

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different to we it. to we're headwind of things We facing And around lot of availability. truckers flip get So mitigate a do really just do this need in things geographies. to We national manage different get the But where that truck to try have up that pick and salt, we directly doing work. exercise. minimize we can. customers can we so And It's to we a don't geography-by-geography impacts. everything we're

Brian DiRubbio

then just final And a me. for Understood. question

about given of should headwinds facing, are say Just the season? the upcoming bid -- sort next you I approaching the or you're thinking how

Kevin Crutchfield

Yeah.

can from that at on so we to will again, markets or perspective, portfolio natural us side. make our so we we that And achieve to serving fair as to least think think we are about natural we'll that take look we're I have sure the finish and not then see want degree markets Jamie value us. and And that to supply margins that a that aren't demand we mentioned, drive salt balanced how at that our and appropriately to up. ensure the serving

that one. the price permits couple inflationary early pass and we then and and will that incurred to sure, what update you we've too would goal just costs be for the we in -- these that predict. next it's that months the raise looks beyond like, market So will to those of extent on the But recover on to

Brian DiRubbio

need way, another put guess to do? at those mine full run maximize guess which per anyway. your got I the Somewhat mines as profitability as it. Got to a preference you you sort or pretty can rate you high it of is I to to customer, run

Kevin Crutchfield

a always But end flat-out. to you kind either. at the Look, of the run mines want want overshoot your day, to Yeah. don't market you the of

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to that. we We And can we and are well. efficiency that ways prepared absolutely as have maintain do good do that

Operator

turn And the question I further call there no remarks. over to presenters the will for are closing this time. back at

Kevin Crutchfield

as Thanks We we what continued towards again is to you really an exciting Minerals. soon. forward engagement your believe everybody appreciate we to for participating We talking for today. work future Compass look

Operator

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