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TOR Minerals International Announces Second Quarter Financials

Published on 2004-08-19. Author : SpecialChem


Corpus Christi, Texas -- TOR Minerals International (NASDAQ: TORM) producer of natural titanium dioxide pigments and specialty aluminas announced that for the second quarter ended June 30, 2004 it earned $ 190,000 as compared with a profit of $329,000 in the second quarter of 2003. Results for the six months ended June 30, 2004 were a profit of $431,000 against a profit of $435,000 for the first half of 2003. Sales for the six month period were $12,390,000 as against $9,902,000 a year earlier, an increase of 25% and sales for the quarter were $6,386,000 compared to $5,506,000 for the second quarter of 2003.

Richard Bowers, President and C.E.O said that the Company experienced unusual difficulty supplying pigment feedstock to its Corpus Christi facility due to a scarcity of space in the dry bulk, ocean vessel, charter market. As a consequence TOR was forced to ship containers of feedstock to Corpus Christi at a very high cost for two months of the quarter. TOR also supplied some North American customers by shipping finished pigment from its Malaysian plant, again at a higher cost than normal. Additionally, the Company did not make anticipated shipments of synthetic rutile to third party customers during the quarter for the same reason – lack of bulk cargo space. Mr. Bowers said that the delayed synthetic rutile shipments would take place in the last half of the year and that bulk delivery of pigment feedstock, sufficient for eight months production, was received at Corpus Christi July 4th. He said that he believed the shipping problem would not be repeated. He further stated that sales continued to grow significantly and that he anticipated gross revenues for the third quarter of 2004 to exceed $9,000,000.

Based in Corpus Christi, Texas, TOR Minerals manufactures pigments in Texas, Malaysia, and the Netherlands which are marketed worldwide

This statement provides forward-looking information as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and, therefore, is subject to certain risks and uncertainties. There can be no assurance that the actual results, business conditions, business developments, losses and contingencies and local and foreign factors will not differ materially from those suggested in the forward-looking statements as a result of various factors, including market conditions, general economic conditions, including the risks of a general business slow down or recession, the increasing cost of energy, raw materials and labor, competition, advances in technology, changes in foreign currency rates, freight price increases, commodity price increases, delays in delivery of requirement equipment and other factors.

Source: TOR Minerals

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