Livent Provides Revised 2019 Guidance and Additional Comment
PHILADELPHIA, Pa., Jan. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Livent Corporation (NYSE: LTHM) has revised its fourth quarter and full-year 2019 financial guidance. The company now expects full-year 2019 revenue in the range of $385 million to $390 million, with Adjusted EBITDA of $98 million to $101 million and adjusted earnings per share of 40 cents to 42 cents. For the fourth quarter 2019, revenue in the range of $75 million to $80 million is expected, with Adjusted EBITDA of $14 million to $17 million and adjusted earnings per share of 4 cents to 6 cents.
Compared to earlier guidance, fourth quarter performance was negatively impacted by lower than forecasted realized pricing and by reduced lithium hydroxide volumes due to delayed customer orders.
Lower pricing is expected to continue through 2020, with average realized price for lithium hydroxide in 2020 anticipated to be low-to-mid-teens percent lower than 2019. Livent maintains its prior 2020 volume outlook and plans to purchase up to 7,000 MT of third-party lithium carbonate to support these higher hydroxide sales volumes. Based upon the anticipated lower expected average realized price and the incremental cost of consuming third-party lithium carbonate versus Livent-produced carbonate from Argentina, the Company expects 2020 Adjusted EBITDA to be lower than 2019.
"Current market conditions remain challenging, with lower prices seen across all regions and most end markets," said Paul Graves, president and chief executive officer of Livent. "While we remain committed to our long-term strategy, in light of these market conditions we are reviewing our current capacity expansion plans."
Livent will provide further details on the fourth quarter of 2019 and its outlook for 2020, as well an update on its capital expansion plans, when it releases its full-year 2019 results in late February.
For more than six decades, Livent has partnered with its customers to safely and sustainably use lithium to power the world. Livent is one of only a small number of companies with the capability, reputation, and know-how to produce high-quality finished lithium compounds that are helping meet the growing demand for lithium. The company has one of the broadest product portfolios in the industry, powering demand for green energy, modern mobility, the mobile economy, and specialized innovations, including light alloys and lubricants. Livent employs approximately 800 people throughout the world and operates manufacturing sites in the United States, England, India, China and Argentina. For more information, visit livent.com.
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