Schulman A Inc  (SHLM)
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Business Segments III. Quarter
(in millions $)
(May 31 2018)
(of total Revenues)
III. Quarter
(in millions $)
(May 31 2018)
(Profit Margin)
722.24 100 % 5.28 0.73 %

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Growth rates by Segment III. Quarter
Y/Y Revenue
(May 31 2018)
Q/Q Revenue
III. Quarter
Y/Y Income
(May 31 2018)
Q/Q Income
27 % 11.1 % -1.12 % -7.05 %

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Custom Performance Colors

Custom Performance Colors ("CPC") offers powdered, pelletized, and liquid color concentrates that are custom-designed to enhance virtually all thermoplastic resins. These concentrates are available separately, or can be combined with additives as a complete package providing additional functionality such as weather resistance. In many instances, the Company’s products are designed to deliver multiple attributes to meet customer needs. During fiscal 2016, the CPC product family provided 7% of the Company's consolidated net sales.

The Company's expansive offering of color solutions includes:

A wide spectrum of standard and customized colors;

Organic and inorganic pigments;

High chroma colors in translucent or opaque formats; and

Special effects including but not limited to: metallic, pearlescent (shimmer), thermochromatic (heat sensitive), photochromatic (light sensitive), fluorescent, phosphorescent (glow-in-the-dark) and interference (color shift) technologies.

The Company first began expanding color concentrates through its European acquisition of Deltaplast in 2007. Since then, the Company aggressively grew its global network of Custom Performance Colors capabilities through acquisitions as well as strategic investment in key markets. CPC provides customers with a solution-based approach driven by technical understanding, responsive service, and consistent quality to address evolving market needs. The Company’s color business engages with customers at every stage of their product cycle, from color selection to product delivery and ongoing support. Color products are suitable for numerous processes, such as injection molding, blow molding, compression molding, profile extrusion, blown film, cast film, oriented film, rotational molding, sheet and thermoforming, among others.

The Company’s color concentrates excel in many of the same markets as its Masterbatch Solutions product family (food packaging, industrial packaging, consumer products, etc.) and its Engineered Plastics product family, which provides an excellent platform for cross utilization of technology. They are a trusted source for many of the world’s largest consumer products companies, providing aesthetic solutions for a wide range of bottles, containers, caps and closures providing a consistent brand identity for them.

Engineered Composites

Engineered Composites are comprised of highly filled compounds which include thermoset bulk molding compounds ("BMC"), sheet molding compounds ("SMC"), thick molding compounds ("TMC"), and high performance "Quantum" Engineered Structural Composites ("ESC") solutions for multi-national original equipment manufacturers and custom molders that use these products in injection and compression molding processes. Additionally, Engineered Composites include vertically integrated molding and value-added post molding services. The Company first began supplying Engineered Composites on a global basis through its acquisition of Citadel in June 2015. During fiscal 2016, the Engineered Composites product family provided 8% of the Company's consolidated net sales.

Engineered Composites products primarily serve customers in the mobility, industrial, building & construction, sports & leisure, consumer, electrical, energy & safety industries where their high strength-to-weight ratio, dimensional stability, chemical resistance and high temperature performance is required. Engineered Composites product offering also include carbon fiber compounds; chopped and continuous “Forged Preg” materials used by customers seeking to make their products lighter and stronger such as in automotive and aerospace. Additional features of the Company’s Engineered Composites products include qualities such as thermal and electrical conductivity, impact resistance, corrosion resistance and design flexibility.

The Company supplies Engineered Composites products to its customers through its global network of nine manufacturing facilities including an Innovation and Collaboration Center in Bay City, Michigan. Using a partnership approach with its customers, the Engineered Composites segment provides tailored solutions that enable its customers to maintain a competitive advantage in the markets in which they operate. Engineered Composites products are utilized in a wide range of applications such as automotive forward lighting, engine covers, roof bows, aircraft interior stow bins, electrical circuit breakers, oil and gas downhole fracking tool components, drain pans for HVAC units and heavy trucks, as well as heavy machinery structural parts.

Masterbatch Solutions

Masterbatches, which are also referred to as concentrates, are often the key ingredient in a successful application product formula. Masterbatches are combined with polymer resins by the Company’s customers at the point-of-process to provide a unique property portfolio that meets needed performance criteria for a given product application. During fiscal 2016, the Masterbatch Solutions product family provided 28% of the Company's consolidated net sales.

The Company first began supplying masterbatches through its application development center in Bornem, Belgium in the early 1960s. Since then, the Company has expanded its presence in Masterbatch Solutions globally. Recent acquisitions have broadened the Company’s product offerings in the high-quality masterbatch markets, provided capacity, flexibility and efficiency to advance our growth in targeted markets, and reduced dependence on large volume, commodity-type automotive applications. The Company’s manufacturing facilities and Innovation and Collaboration Centers are strategically positioned around the world to ensure that the Company meets the local and regional needs of its customers.

The Company's Masterbatch Solutions product offerings include:

Concentrates designed to improve the performance, appearance, and processing of plastics for intended applications such as white color, calcium carbonate concentrates and carbon black, among others;

Additive solutions to enhance performance such as antibacterial, flame retardants, ultra-violet (“UV”), anti-fog, anti-static, barrier (optimal heat and light transmittance), antioxidants (protection of foods) and processing (foaming agents, slip, process aids, release agents, and anti-blocking) properties; and

Application solutions that have a reduced impact on the environment such as those that minimize the use of plastics or incorporate the use of either recycled plastics or renewable-based polymers.

Film for agricultural and packaging applications continues to be a primary focus for these products. The Company’s film additives for food packaging are valued for their performance and cost benefits, and are commonly used in biaxially oriented films, biaxially oriented polypropylene, and biaxially oriented polyethylene terephthalate which are critical for protective packaging of shelf ready foods, snack foods, candy, as well as various consumer products and industrial applications. The Company also provides solutions for agriculture films, offering additives that provide UV control, barrier, and anti-fog solutions among others which increases yields and reduces waste.

Many of the Company’s masterbatch product offerings contain proprietary technology that plays a key role in providing application solutions that have a reduced impact on the environment. The Company’s technical team works with customers to design and develop products that assist customers in meeting their sustainability goals. The Company continues to advance its additive technologies to support its customer development of more sustainable solutions from packaging to durable goods.

Engineered Plastics

Engineered Plastics provide unique performance characteristics by combining high-performance polymer resins with various modifiers, reinforcements, additives and pigments, which result in a compound tailored to meet stringent customer specifications for durable applications. The Company’s products are often developed to replace metal or other traditional materials. During fiscal 2016, the Engineered Plastics product family provided 36% of the Company's consolidated net sales.

The Company’s Engineered Plastics products typically comprise 100% of the plastics material used by its customers in their end products. The Company began formulating a variety of compounds in the early 1950s, meeting the needs of a newly forming plastics industry and has evolved into its current market leader position.

The Company offers an extensive portfolio based on a variety of polymers within the Engineered Plastics product family, allowing customers to tailor solutions that meet their exact performance needs. The Company focuses on the ability to develop enhanced polymer solutions that provide:
Structural integrity such as strength, stiffness, low distortion, among others;
Multi-component blends that include polyolefins, nylons, polyesters and elastomers, among others; and

Formulating know-how with fiber reinforcements such as glass and carbon, nano-reinforcements, flame retardants, impact modifiers, and UV stabilization.

The Engineered Plastics product family uses the Company's state-of-the-art Innovation and Collaboration Centers to drive technology and innovation. These centers are highly focused on developing niche solutions that meet the needs of existing and developing markets.

The Company’s Engineered Plastics product family supplies numerous markets and applications. Durable consumer products and industrial applications are core markets where continued growth is planned, including such applications as building and construction materials, household appliances, electrical connectors, power tools, recreational items, and lawn and garden equipment. The Company also supplies materials for major, high-end, or specified automotive applications, working closely with major global manufacturers.

Specialty Powders

Specialty Powders includes size reduction services and material sales for applications such as rotational molding, oil and gas, sports and leisure, and other markets. During fiscal 2016, the Specialty Powders product family provided 10% of the Company's consolidated net sales.

Size reduction, or grinding, is a major component of the Company’s Specialty Powders product family and is a specialized process whereby polymer resins produced by chemical manufacturers in pellet form are reduced to a specified powder size and form, depending on the customer’s specifications. The majority of the Company’s size reduction services involve ambient grinding, a mechanical attrition milling process suitable for products which do not require ultrafine particle size and are not highly heat sensitive. The Company also provides jet milling services used for products requiring very fine particle size such as additives for printing ink, adhesives, waxes and cosmetics. Jet milling uses high velocity compressed air to reduce materials to sizes between 0.5 and 150 microns. For materials with specific thermal characteristics (such as heat sensitive materials) or which are soft and difficult to manage, the Company provides cryogenic milling services, which use liquid nitrogen to chill materials to extremely low temperatures to enable grinding and classification. The Company's cryogenic and jet milling capabilities are very unique in the grinding industry and give the Company a competitive advantage that customers value.

The Company supplies customers in the rotational molding market, while utilizing its compounding expertise and global footprint to add value in Specialty Powders (which includes custom size reduction service applications such as powder coatings, oil field services, cosmetic applications and additive manufacturing/3D printing). Specialty Powders products for the rotational molding markets include compounded resin powders for applications such as gas and storage tanks, high-end recreation and sport coolers, kayaks, playground slides, and other large applications.

Distribution Services

As a distributor, the Company works with leading global polymer producers to assist in servicing market segments that are not easily accessible to these producers, or does not fit into these producers' core customer segment or supply chain. As a merchant, the Company buys, repackages into A. Schulman labeled packaging, and resells producer grade polymers to our customers, providing sales, marketing and technical services where required. During fiscal 2016, the Distribution Services product family provided 11% of the Company's consolidated net sales.

The Company leverages its global supply relationships to fill customer needs around the world for a variety of olefinic and non-olefinic resins, as well as selected styrenics and engineering plastics. This consumption of large quantities of base resins also helps support the customers of our other product families by providing purchasing leverage to help keep costs down and providing reliable, convenient access to bulk resin supplies to customers.

The Company’s Distribution Services offerings include specialty polymers for all processing types, including injection molding, blow molding, thermoforming and film and sheet extruding. Offering various compliant grades, the Company has products that meet the most stringent of needs while allowing customers to optimize their cost-to-performance ratio. Most grades can be supplied in carton, bulk truck and rail car quantities, thus helping customers manage inventory levels and their working capital. The Company’s products are supplied into every major plastics market segment such as packaging, mobility, building and construction, electronics and electrical, and agriculture, among others.


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