Cabot CEO: Remain positive about the current business environment
CEO Sean Keohane said: "We are very pleased to deliver another excellent quarter, reflecting the strength of our global competitive position and we remain positive about the current business environment. Looking ahead to the fourth quarter, we anticipate that Reinforcement Materials will continue its robust performance supported by our advantaged leadership position and our strong operational and commercial execution. In Performance Chemicals, we expect to maintain margins and continued strong volumes in Specialty Carbons and Formulations, while we anticipate some impact on volumes and fixed costs in Metal Oxides due to coordinated turnarounds with two of our fumed silica feedstock providers in the quarter. Although the ongoing competitive pressures will continue to impact results in the Purification Solutions segment, we expect higher seasonal volumes in the fourth quarter to improve results sequentially. In the Specialty Fluids segment, we are expecting the continued ramp up of drilling activity on recently awarded projects to drive improved results in the fourth quarter. We continue to execute on our strategy and are poised to deliver a very successful 2018 fiscal year."