Schweitzer-mauduit International, Inc.  (SWM)
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Schweitzer-mauduit International, Inc. Segments


Business Segments II. Quarter
(in millions $)
(Jun 30 2019)
(of total Revenues)
II. Quarter
(in millions $)
(Jun 30 2019)
(Profit Margin)
269.90 100 % 20.50 7.6 %

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Growth rates by Segment II. Quarter
Y/Y Revenue
(Jun 30 2019)
Q/Q Revenue
II. Quarter
Y/Y Income
(Jun 30 2019)
Q/Q Income
3.05 % 4.61 % 0 % 17.82 %

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  Schweitzer-mauduit International's

Business Segments Description

Engineered Papers

Products. Our EP segment produces both tobacco-related papers and non-tobacco-related papers. Our tobacco-related papers, which comprise a large majority of EP's sales, include various porous papers used to wrap parts of a cigarette (i.e, tobacco column, filter) and reconstituted tobacco leaf ("RTL"), which is often blended with virgin tobacco in a cigarette.

One of our key cigarette paper products is low ignition propensity ("LIP") cigarette paper. LIP cigarettes are designed to self-extinguish when they are not actively being smoked, thus offering a fire-safety feature. The U.S., the E.U., and several other smaller jurisdictions have mandated the use of LIP papers. The mandated design and quality standards used in the U.S. and the E.U. were largely based on SWM's technology, for which the Company maintains an extensive and active intellectual property portfolio. We operate in the LIP marketplace using our registered trademarks ALGINEX® and GLUCIGENTM. Our solutions pioneered this cigarette paper category, and we remain a leader in this cigarette paper sub-segment through either direct sales or through licensing agreements.

RTL is another key product line, accounting for a significant portion of EP's total sales and profits. Cigarette manufacturers primarily use RTL to blend with virgin tobacco to achieve certain attributes in the finished cigarettes, such as taste characteristics or reduced delivery of tar, nicotine, or other tobacco-related smoking constituents. Historically, the production of RTL has often been a cost-effective use for tobacco leaf scraps, though virgin leaf price volatility can shift that cost relationship during periods of high or low leaf prices. For the majority of our RTL products, we operate under "tolling" arrangements, through which our customers supply raw materials (tobacco scraps) for us to process into RTL and return. We also produce a similar line of reconstituted tobacco products, wrappers and binders, for use in machine-made cigars.

Our non-tobacco paper products include a mix of lightweight papers including low-volume, high-value, engineered materials such as alkaline battery separator papers, as well as high-volume commodity paper grades for printing and writing, flooring laminates, and food service packaging, which are intended to maximize machine utilization. We intend to make continued diversification investments in our EP segment to broaden its offerings. Specifically, we are exploring further end-segments that may represent attractive uses of our existing machine capacity, and/or may allow us to further monetize our paper making and reconstitution technologies.

Our wet-laid paper making technologies can be broadly classified into two main production processes: flat-wire production and incline wire production. Generally, our machines are flat-wire, meaning a liquid slurry of short pulp fibers and water are laid onto flat-wire conveyor belts, with the water draining through the wire as the fibers (wood, flax, tobacco, etc.) bond together to form a paper sheet. Incline-wire machines allow for increased drainage, enabling the use of longer fibers which bond into a more open web, increasing the porosity. Incline wire machines are typically associated with higher-value products given this added porosity, which is important in filtration and other specialty applications that tend to justify premium pricing.

Advanced Materials & Structures

Products. We manufacture and sell a variety of highly engineered resin-based, rolled goods such as films, nets, foams and other non-wovens. These products are used in high-performance filtration, surface protection, medical, and other industrial applications. Most of our production technologies. including those used to produce resin-based plastic netting, are extrusion-based, meaning resin pellets are heated, softened, and forced through a metal die to form continuous sheets or strands. We also produce certain meltblown products, machined plastic core tubes, and resin-based rolled products. We have significant technological expertise in proprietary die construction, which our competitors often outsource, and we consider this an advantage in protecting our technology and competitive position. However, unlike the EP segment which relies primarily on patent protection for key innovation protection, AMS relies more heavily on trade secrets and manufacturing "know-how".

We manufacture our thermoplastic polyurethane films ("TPU") to have combinations of the following attributes; UV, scratch, and water resistance, "breathability" (e.g., to allow air flow in a skin-contact medical application) and ultra-clarity. The ability to demonstrate these rare combinations make them ideally suited for demanding surface protection applications, primarily automotive paint protection and security reinforced glass, medical, and certain industrial applications such as graphics and laminated textiles. Other films, including apertured film products, are used in the wound care application sub-segment of the medical industry, such as finger bandages, wound dressings, and other hospital-setting products. Our apertured film products are also used in products for the filtration industry and niche applications in areas such as semiconductor manufacturing and food packaging.

Our thermoplastic nets are used in a variety of applications, the most prominent of which is as spacer netting in spiral wound reverse osmosis water filtration devices. We have established a strong presence in this niche application by customizing products to meet demanding customer specifications, such as thickness/weight, aperture performance, and heat and pressure resistance. Our nets are also used in a variety of industrial and life science filter applications such as fuel and hydraulic fluid filters, pharmaceutical filters, semiconductor filters, and food and beverage filters. They can also be found in a variety of packaging and protection applications.

Our non-wovens are resin fiber-based materials typically used in air and liquid filtration applications, and our foams are mainly sold as components in wound care products. In addition to rolled goods, SWM also manufactures rigid core tubing, an extruded resin product that also is primarily used in reverse osmosis water filtration devices.


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