Univar (UNVR) to Distribute Cabot’s Carbon Black Products – June 1, 2022
Univar Solutions Inc. (UNVR – Free Report) has been appointed distributor of Cabot Corporationit is (CCT – Free report) specialty carbon black products for the plastics and battery markets in Brazil.
The agreement adds to the companies’ current relationship and will provide customers with innovative materials and solutions that help improve product durability and performance.
Cabot’s specialty carbon black products are used for several applications in the automotive market, including improving the efficiency, durability, performance and life of batteries in hybrid and electric vehicles. In addition to batteries, the utility of carbon black products makes them compatible with other specialty applications such as plastics, consumer electronics and industrial parts, delivering value through various features including color , ultraviolet protection, surface smoothness and conductivity.
Univar said it is confident its customers will benefit from its continued focus on the plastic compounds and battery markets, backed by strong local and technical support and commercial excellence.
Univar shares have gained 11.4% over the past year against an industry decline of 4.3%.
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In its latest earnings call, the company said it expects adjusted EBITDA for the second quarter of 2022 to be $270 million to $290 million. For 2022, adjusted EBITDA is projected in the range of $1,000 to $1,050 million. The forecast takes into account the expected strong business conditions, market share growth and the benefits of Nexeo’s net synergies. The company also forecasts net free cash flow for 2022 in the range of $400 million to $450 million.
Zacks ranking and other key picks
Univar currently sports a Zacks rank #1 (Strong Buy).
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