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Fairmount Santrol Holdings Has Fallen 19% in 2018

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Fairmount Santrol Holdings’ YTD returns

Fairmount Santrol Holdings’ (FMSA) YTD (year-to-date) returns are -18.9% as of March 14, 2018. YTD, Fairmount Santrol Holdings has underperformed the US rig count (up 6%), West Texas Intermediate crude oil (1% higher), and the SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Equipment & Services ETF (XES) (10% down). XES tracks an index comprised of companies in the US oilfield equipment and services industry. So far in 2018, Fairmount Santrol Holdings has underperformed the SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Exploration & Production ETF (XOP) (down 7.1%). XOP tracks an index of companies in the US energy space.

Fairmount Santrol Holdings’ stock price was at its YTD minimum of $6.58 on January 2. Since then, the stock price improved until the last week of January and then declined.

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Fairmount Santrol Holdings’ performance in 2017

Fairmount Santrol Holdings’ revenues increased 79% in 2017—compared to 2016. In 2017, the company’s reported net income was $53.8 million—compared to a net loss of $140.2 million in 2016. Higher earnings in 2017 were driven by a greater demand for proppants in 2017, higher pricing for Fairmount Santrol Holdings’ offerings, and greater sales of higher priced value-added products. Fairmount Santrol Holdings’ FCF (free cash flow) turned positive in 2017, while its net debt fell 4% compared to 2016.

Despite improved revenues, higher earnings, a better FCF, and a lower debt level have caused Fairmount Santrol Holdings’ stock price to weaken in 2018. In December 2017, Fairmount Santrol Holdings announced a merger agreement with Unimin. Unimin provides mining and mineral processing facilities in the US and other countries. The transaction is expected to close in mid-2018. Investors’ sentiment about the merger could have led to Fairmount Santrol Holdings’ underperformance in the stock market.

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