Univar Solutions Inc.it is (UNVR – Free Report), Univar BV, has announced the extension of its distribution agreement with Calumet Specialty Products for the latter’s range of naphthenic and paraffinic base oils throughout Europe. Univar customers across Europe can now access more Calumet products with a wide range of viscosity and solvency characteristics in the lubricants, greases, metalworking fluids and adhesives markets.
The new agreement extends an existing relationship built around white oil and petrolatum product portfolios across Europe and North America. It includes premium brands Calpar, Hydrocal and Calsol. Univar can now supply a wide range of specialty base oils for the lubricant and metalworking fluid markets while providing Calumet with a reliable, technical and market-leading partner.
Univar said it is pleased to expand its long-standing relationship with Calumet to provide lubricants and metalworking fluid customers greater access to packaged and bulk naphthenic base oils. Its product portfolio includes a wide range of specialty components and additives as well as mineral and synthetic base oils and solvents, which will help customers meet demand and develop next-generation products, the company noted. .
Shares of Univar have fallen 0.3% over the past year against an industry decline of 13.3%.
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In its latest earnings call, Univar said it expects adjusted EBITDA for the second quarter of 2022 to be $270 million to $290 million. For 2022, adjusted EBITDA is expected to be between $1,000 and $1,050 million. The guidance takes into account expected strong business conditions, market share growth and net synergy benefits from the acquisition of Nexeo.
The company also forecasts 2022 net free cash flow in the range of $400 million to $450 million.
Univar benefits from market share gains, operational execution, cost minimization and a strong liquidity position. Chemical price inflation and rising industrial demand also contributed to its sales growth. Univar also focuses on cost reduction, expense management and productivity actions, helping the company minimize operational costs and increase margins.
Zacks ranking and key picks
Univar currently carries a Zacks rank #4 (sell).
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