FMC Corporation Updates Fourth Quarter 2020 Outlook

Jan 19, 2021
-- North America business impacted by supply chain disruptions in December.
-- Latin America business impacted by severe drought in Brazil and import challenges in Argentina.
-- Impacts partially offset by strong sales in Europe and Asia.
-- Full-year free cash flow guidance1 for 2020 ($475 to $525 million) unchanged.
-- Expect solid 2020 full-year results, with approximately 7 percent organic2 revenue growth and 2 to 3 percent adjusted EBITDA1 growth, despite approximately $250 million FX headwinds.
-- Expect 2021 outlook at or somewhat above long-range plan targets of 5 to 7 percent revenue growth and 7 to 9 percent adjusted EBITDA growth.

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 19, 2021 /PRNewswire/ --  

FMC Corporation (NYSE: FMC) today announced that the company is reducing its fourth quarter 2020 outlook.  The company is proceeding through its quarterly close, and based on preliminary results expects fourth quarter revenue of approximately $1.15 billion as compared with prior guidance of $1.23 to $1.29 billion, and fourth quarter adjusted EBITDA in the range of $285 to $295 million as compared with prior guidance of $335 to $355 million.  Full-year free cash flow guidance of $475 to $525 million in 2020 remains unchanged.  The company expects 2021 outlook at or somewhat above long-range plan targets of 5 to 7 percent revenue growth and 7 to 9 percent adjusted EBITDA growth. 

In North America, sales were impacted due to supply chain disruptions, including COVID-related factors associated with logistics and a tolling partner.  These events occurred during the traditionally busy month of December, resulting in some products not being delivered to customers by quarter end.  The company expects a large proportion of those sales will be recognized in first quarter 2021.  In Brazil, sales were lower than forecasted due to severe drought that persisted throughout the fourth quarter, resulting in lower demand.  The company expects these conditions to continue through first quarter 2021.  In Argentina, substantial product inventory located in bonded warehouses was not released by customs officials in a timely manner.  This inventory is expected to be released, and sales completed, in first quarter 2021. 

"Despite the global pandemic and these near-term operational challenges, we delivered a solid 2020 and remain highly confident in our 2021 outlook and our ability to deliver FMC's long-range growth plan targets," said Mark Douglas, FMC president and CEO.

Details will be discussed during FMC's fourth quarter earnings conference call.  FMC will release its fourth quarter 2020 earnings and 2021 outlook on February 9, 2021, after the stock market close via PR Newswire and on the company's website at:  The company will host a webcast conference call on Wednesday, February 10, 2021, at 9:00 a.m. ET, that is open to the public via internet broadcast and telephone.

About FMC

FMC Corporation, an agricultural sciences company, provides innovative solutions to growers around the world with a robust product portfolio fueled by a market-driven discovery and development pipeline in crop protection, plant health, and professional pest and turf management. This powerful combination of advanced technologies includes leading insect control products based on Rynaxypyr® and Cyazypyr® active ingredients; Authority®, Boral®, Centium®, Command® and Gamit® branded herbicides; Talstar® and Hero® branded insecticides; and flutriafol-based fungicides. The FMC portfolio also includes biologicals such as Quartzo® and Presence® bionematicides. FMC Corporation employs approximately 6,400 employees around the globe. To learn more, please visit

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FMC cautions readers not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. Forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by the above cautionary statement. FMC undertakes no obligation, and specifically disclaims any duty, to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances arising after the date on which they were made, except as otherwise required by law.

This press release contains certain "non-GAAP financial terms" which are defined on our website In addition, we have also provided on our website reconciliations of non-GAAP terms to the most directly comparable GAAP term.

  1. Although we provide forecasts for adjusted earnings per share, adjusted EBITDA, and free cash flow (non-GAAP financial measures), we are not able to forecast the most directly comparable measures calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP. Certain elements of the composition of the GAAP amounts are not predictable, making it impractical for us to forecast. Such elements include, but are not limited to, restructuring, acquisition charges, and discontinued operations. As a result, no GAAP outlook is provided.
  2. Organic revenue growth (non-GAAP) excludes the impact of foreign currency changes.


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