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|Spartech Corporation Updates Earnings Guidance for Fiscal 2007|
ST. LOUIS, July 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Spartech Corporation (NYSE: SEH) updated its earnings guidance for fiscal 2007 today to consider its performance through the third quarter to date and the impact of the separation agreement with its former Chief Executive Officer announced earlier today.
Spartech Chief Financial Officer and Interim President and Chief Executive Officer, Randy C. Martin, stated, "We indicated in our second quarter earnings release that our outlook for the rest of 2007 included an anticipation for a weaker overall demand environment, substantial weakness in the transportation and residential construction markets, and challenging comparisons to the prior year third quarter. We believe that in light of the other communication occurring today, it is appropriate to update our outlook and related guidance for the year."
Mr. Martin added, "Our fiscal 2007 volumes sold through the month of June continued to be negatively impacted by a challenging demand environment particularly from weakness in the transportation and residential construction markets, which combined with strong volumes in the first portion of our prior year third quarter, has resulted in a difficult comparison for sales volume in our third quarter to date of this year. Our sales volume for the first two months of our fiscal third quarter is down 7% from the prior year comparative period. In addition, our third quarter earnings to date have been adversely impacted from foreign currency losses due to the continued weakening of the U.S. dollar against the Canadian dollar. Based upon this start to our third quarter, we are refining our estimated range for fiscal 2007 diluted earnings per share to $1.45 to $1.50, from our previous guidance of $1.55 to $1.62 per share. This revision considers our change in estimate for our third quarter performance. This guidance does not include the impact of entering into a separation agreement with our former Chief Executive Officer announced earlier today. The impact of the terms of the severance agreement on fiscal 2007 diluted earnings per share will be approximately four cents and will be included in special items."
Spartech Corporation is a leading producer of engineered thermoplastic sheet materials, polymeric compounds and concentrates, and engineered product solutions. The Company has facilities located throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Europe with sales of approximately $1.5 billion, annually.
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SOURCE Spartech Corporation
CONTACT: Randy C. Martin, Chief Financial Officer, President and Chief
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