PPG Reports High Flat Glass Volumes for First Quarter

April 18th, 2013 by DWM Magazine

PPG Industries has reported that its glass segment sales were $256 million for the first quarter of 2013, matching the prior year’s sales for the same quarter. Company officials say higher flat glass volumes were more than offset by lower fiberglass pricing, resulting from reduced demand.

For the glass segment, the company reports earnings of $5 million for the quarter, down $3 million from the prior year-quarter, due to lower fiber glass pricing, reduced equity earnings and the negative impact of inflation, including higher natural gas costs, which officials say offset strong manufacturing cost improvements.

Overall, the company reports first-quarter net sales of $3.3 billion, also equal with the prior year. First-quarter 2013 adjusted net income from continuing operations, excluding nonrecurring charges was $235 million, compared with $216 million from the same period last year—an 8.1 percent drop.

“During the quarter, we delivered strong performance in our coatings portfolio, as we grew aggregate coatings segment earnings by 13 percent versus last year’s record level,” says PPG chair and CEO Charles Bunch. “We continued to experience notable demand divergence among the major regional economies, with activity generally strong in North America, broad growth improvement in Asia and persistent weakness in Europe.

“Looking to the second quarter, we anticipate positive momentum in the United States and Asia to continue, while conditions in Europe remain challenging with limited prospects for near-term improvement,” Bunch said. “We expect our earnings growth trend will continue based on our geographic and end-use market diversity, additional cost improvements from our restructuring program, and continued aggressive management of our businesses which is a hallmark of PPG. Finally, we are working to capitalize on our strong balance sheet as we continue to analyze opportunities to increase earnings though prudent cash deployment.”

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