Compass Minerals Provides Preliminary Third-Quarter Salt Segment Update and Revised Full-Year Earnings Guidance

Compass Minerals (NYSE: CMP) announced today that production rates at its Goderich, Ontario, salt mine were lower-than-expected for the third quarter of 2018. As a result, the company now expects full-year earnings per share to range from $2.20 and $2.50.

“We are disappointed with our salt segment earnings, which were pressured this quarter by lower-than-expected production at our Goderich mine. Our employees are making improvements each month to ramp up production with our new continuous mining systems; however, the pace of improvement continues to be slower than expected since the end of the strike. Our new guidance reflects this slower ramp-up for the remainder of the year,” said Fran Malecha, Compass Minerals CEO and president. “While our Salt operations in North America have been challenged in the third quarter, our Plant Nutrition business has executed well and is expected to deliver strong third-quarter 2018 results.”

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