Sales in Asia declined 28 per cent (down 23 per cent organically) as continued destocking across the region negatively impacted volumes
FMC Corporation reported third quarter 2023 revenue of US$982 million, a decrease of 29 per cent versus third quarter 2022 and down 29 per cent organically. On a GAAP basis, the company reported a net loss of $0.03 per diluted share in the third quarter, down 103 percent versus third quarter 2022. Adjusted earnings were $0.44 per diluted share, a decrease of 64 percent versus third quarter 2022.
"Our results were significantly below the prior year driven by volume headwinds from a continuation of channel destocking behavior that began in the prior quarter. Destocking was much worse than anticipated in Brazil. Despite this, on-the-ground application remains steady as growers continue to protect their crops," said Mark Douglas, FMC president and chief executive officer.
"Branded diamides and our new products outperformed the overall portfolio, which illustrates robustness for differentiated and higher value products even in challenging environments."
Revenue in the quarter was driven by a 26 per cent decline in volume. Price increases in North America, EMEA and Asia were more than offset by price decreases in Latin America. FX impacts were neutral to revenue. While overall sales were down 29 percent, sales of products launched in the last five years were up 4 percent year-over-year, with growth in all regions.
Sales in all regions declined versus the prior-year period as partners, the distribution channel and growers continued to reduce inventory levels. In North America, revenue was down 34 per cent year-over-year (down 34 per cent organically). EMEA revenue declined 1 percent (down 4 per cent organically) compared to third quarter 2022, as higher pricing and FX tailwinds mostly offset lower volumes.
Sales in Asia declined 28 per cent (down 23 per cent organically) as continued destocking across the region negatively impacted volumes. The region reported 16 per cent growth in products launched in the last five years. In Latin America, revenue was down 33 per cent (down 36 per cent organically) year-over-year driven mainly by lower volumes primarily due to severe destocking in Brazil and, to a lesser extent, drought conditions in Argentina. Globally, Plant Health revenue was down 20 percent (down 17 percent organically) versus prior year driven by similar, but less severe channel destocking dynamics.
Third quarter adjusted EBITDA was $175 million, a decrease of 33 percent from the prior-year period as lower sales more than offset favorable costs, mostly from inputs. Operating expenses were slightly favorable to prior year due to increased cost discipline.
Full-Year 2023 Outlook
Consistent with the company's release on October 23, FMC is forecasting full-year 2023 revenue to be in the range of $4.48 billion to $4.72 billion, reflecting a 21 percent decline at the midpoint versus 2022. Full-year adjusted EBITDA is expected to be in the range of $0.97 billion to $1.03 billion, representing 29 percent decline year-over-year at the midpoint. The forecast for the 2023 adjusted earnings range is lowered to $3.57 to $4.13 per diluted share, representing a year-over-year decrease of 48 percent at the midpoint. The company is lowering full-year free cash flow guidance to a range of negative $860 million to negative $640 million due to the reduction in expected second half EBITDA and the impacts to working capital from higher inventory and lower payables.
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