Why Tronox's Shares Dropped
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What: Shares of titanium dioxide maker Tronox (NYS: TROX) fell as much as 25% today, after the company released earnings.
So what: In the third quarter, revenue rose 5%, to $487.3 million, and income from continuing operations was $25.6 million, or $0.21 per share. But analysts had expected revenue of $532.1 million and earnings of $0.45 per share, so these results were a huge disappointment to investors.
Now what: An earnings miss is never good, but this was a huge miss on both the top and bottom line. Management said that it was still purchasing feedstock from prior contracts, and cost of goods sold will fall when the company is operating on a more vertically integrated basis. To make matters worse, the company bought back 12.6 million shares at an average price of $25.85, about $10 above today's price.
Earnings have swung wildly in recent quarters and, while I have hope for the company's value in the future, I simply can't be a buyer after such a disappointing profit.
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