ChampionX Reports Third Quarter 2021 Results

  • Revenue of $818.8 million increased 9% sequentially
  • Net income attributable to ChampionX of $56.8 million; adjusted net income of $31.3 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $123.6 million
  • Cash from operating activities of $88.7 million and free cash flow of $67.3 million

THE WOODLANDS, Texas, Oct. 27, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --  ChampionX Corporation (NASDAQ: CHX) (“ChampionX” or the “Company”) today announced third quarter of 2021 results. Revenue was $818.8 million, net income attributable to ChampionX was $56.8 million, and adjusted EBITDA was $123.6 million. Income before income taxes margin was 10.3%, and adjusted EBITDA margin was 15.1%. Cash provided by operating activities was $88.7 million, and free cash flow was $67.3 million.

CEO Commentary

“We could not be more proud of how remarkably well our organization continues to perform and adapt to the short-term supply chain and logistics bottlenecks that have emerged this year as global economic activity rebounds from pandemic levels. Our employees around the world have remained laser-focused on improving the lives of our customers and communities, and I want to thank each of them for their continued dedication and commitment,” ChampionX’s President and Chief Executive Officer Sivasankaran “Soma” Somasundaram said.

“During the third quarter of 2021, we once again delivered solid results driven by robust topline growth in each of our businesses. We generated revenue of $819 million, which increased 9% sequentially for the second consecutive quarter, driven by strong demand growth in both our international and North American markets. This solid topline growth demonstrates the strong organic growth potential and execution capabilities of our global business. We delivered net income attributable to ChampionX of $57 million, and adjusted EBITDA of $124 million, which represented a sequential increase of 17%. Our teams remained highly focused on executing well and delivered these strong third quarter results despite continued raw material and logistics inflation challenges, as evidenced by the 102 basis points sequential expansion in our adjusted EBITDA margin during the period.

“We continued to demonstrate our strong free cash flow profile as we generated free cash flow of $67 million. We further strengthened our balance sheet by repaying $97 million of debt during the third quarter, and we ended the period with $613 million of liquidity, including $254 million of cash and $359 million of available capacity on our revolving credit facility.

“We continue to deliver on merger integration synergies. We exited the third quarter at a $118 million cost-synergy annualized run-rate, and we fully expect to deliver the targeted annualized cost synergies of $125 million within 24 months of the merger closing.

“As we look to the fourth quarter, we expect our topline momentum to continue. We also expect volume improvements, price increase realization and cost synergy delivery to offset the continued raw material cost inflation, and we still anticipate exiting this year with a higher adjusted EBITDA margin rate than our 2020 exit rate. On a consolidated basis, in the fourth quarter we expect revenue to be between $820 million and $860 million, driven by our production-oriented businesses. We expect adjusted EBITDA of $130 million to $140 million.

“We are encouraged by the constructive demand tailwinds in our businesses, and we expect 2022 to be another year of positive growth across our portfolio. We are particularly excited about the margin expansion potential in the coming years as raw materials and other inflationary factors ease and our pricing realization and productivity efforts gain further traction. We are excited about our Scientific Aviation acquisition, which is well aligned with our energy transition priorities, and we are focused on expanding our emissions management portfolio to help our customers achieve their emissions reduction objectives. ChampionX has never been better positioned than we are today for the evolving energy industry, and I am honored to lead such a talented and motivated team.”

Production Chemical Technologies

Production Chemical Technologies revenue in the third quarter of 2021 was $487.7 million, an increase of $40.6 million, or 9%, sequentially, due to higher international volumes and continued sales increases in our North America business.

Segment operating profit was $45.7 million and adjusted segment EBITDA was $71.1 million. Segment operating profit margin was 9.4%, an increase of 179 basis points, sequentially, and adjusted segment EBITDA margin was 14.6%, an increase of 78 basis points, sequentially, in each case due to higher sales volumes and pricing, partially offset by certain raw materials inflation.

Production & Automation Technologies

Production & Automation Technologies revenue in the third quarter of 2021 was $204.5 million, an increase of $16.3 million, or 9%, sequentially, due to continued positive demand momentum for our shorter-cycle North American land-oriented product lines, and the acquisition of Scientific Aviation during the third quarter of 2021.

Revenue from digital products, which includes our Scientific Aviation acquisition, was $41.6 million in the third quarter of 2021, an increase of $9.2 million, or 28%, compared to $32.4 million in the second quarter of 2021.

Segment operating profit was $14.4 million, and adjusted segment EBITDA was $40.0 million. Segment operating profit margin was 7.0%, an increase of 51 basis points, sequentially, due to higher sales volumes. Adjusted segment EBITDA margin was 19.6%, a decrease of 59 basis points, sequentially, due to certain raw materials and logistics inflation.

Drilling Technologies

Drilling Technologies revenue in the third quarter of 2021 was $49.4 million, an increase of $11.8 million, or 31%, sequentially, due to the continued increase in North American and international land drilling activity.

Segment operating profit was $11.1 million, and adjusted segment EBITDA was $15.3 million. Segment operating profit margin was 22.6%, an increase of 1,227 basis points, sequentially, and adjusted segment EBITDA margin was 31.0%, an increase of 836 basis points, sequentially, in each case due to higher sales volumes and favorable product mix.

Reservoir Chemical Technologies

Reservoir Chemical Technologies revenue in the third quarter of 2021 was $38.2 million, an increase of $5.0 million, or 15%, sequentially, driven by higher U.S. volumes and direct sales to E&P companies.

Segment operating profit was $37.8 million, and adjusted segment EBITDA was $0.6 million. Segment operating profit reflects the net gain on the sale of our manufacturing plant in Corsicana of $39.9 million. Segment operating profit margin was 99.0%, as compared to a segment operating loss margin of 7.8% in the prior quarter. Adjusted segment EBITDA margin was 1.4%, an increase of 83 basis points, sequentially, due to higher sales volumes.

Other Business Highlights

  • During the third quarter, ChampionX completed the acquisition of Scientific Aviation, Inc., which is an industry leader in developing methods and technologies for fast, accurate, and cost-effective solutions for methane leak detection, emissions quantification and air quality research, helping customers to achieve their greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals.
  • During the third quarter, ChampionX completed an investment in PingThings, Inc., which has developed an advanced sensor AI platform that enables its customers to manage tremendous volumes of time series data at scale, helping achieve their system reliability, decarbonization and capital efficiency goals. This investment aligns with our long-term strategic priority of accelerating digital revenue streams and expanding our digital offering to other industries by establishing relationships to leverage the digital ecosystem.
  • During the third quarter, ChampionX completed the sale of its Corsicana, Texas, chemical manufacturing plant. The sale is consistent with our ongoing initiatives to optimize our global supply chain and improve the cost structure in our Reservoir Chemical Technologies business for enhanced flexibility.
  • ChampionX has been named one of ALLY Energy’s Best Energy Workplaces in recognition of our continuous improvement culture, employee survey feedback, our suite of benefits programs, our continuing education and development programs, our flex-work and family-friendly programs, our D&I programs, including Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), as well as our community projects.
  • Production Chemical Technologies launched a novel paraffin dispersant used for successful paraffin prevention and remediation treatments. This technology has been rolled out and is being used by customers in the U.S. land market.
  • During the third quarter, Production & Automation Technologies won artificial lift and digital contracts with E&P operators in multiple international markets, including Latin America, the Middle East and Asia Pacific.
  • Production & Automation Technologies was awarded a contract for 25 chemical injection skid systems by a leading E&P operator in the Permian Basin.
  • ChampionX’s Spotlight EDGE has received Microsoft’s “Azure Certified Device” and “Edge Managed” certifications. This device is the only Class 1 Division 2 and ATEX finished product featured in the Microsoft Azure Certified Device Catalog. Spotlight EDGE enables our customers to deploy a scalable and modular solution that optimizes cost, increases edge computing and analytics capabilities, and provides a fit-for-purpose solution to meet business requirements.
  • Last month, ChampionX Digital announced Compressor Leak Insights, a first of its kind offering for the midstream gas processing industry. This is the only Commercial-Off-The-Shelf Artificial Intelligence model used by midstream companies to detect leaks on reciprocating compressors. Our model detects 86% of compressor valve leaks experienced within a customer’s fleet and reduces catastrophic failures by 91%. This product offering was jointly developed with midstream leader, DCP Midstream, working with their DCP Tech Ventures business unit.
  • During the third quarter, 79% of Drilling Technologies revenue was generated from products that were less than three years old.
  • ChampionX was a finalist for World Oil’s Best Health, Safety, Environment / Sustainable Development - Onshore Award, recognizing internal processes, programs, and digital technologies that have helped lower our carbon footprint, as well as our water treatment and environmentally sustainable chemistries that are helping our customers lower their environmental impact.

Conference Call Details

ChampionX Corporation will host a conference call on Thursday, October 28, 2021, to discuss its third quarter 2021 financial results and outlook. The call will begin at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time. Presentation materials that supplement the conference call will be available on ChampionX’s website at

To listen to the call via a live webcast, please visit ChampionX’s website at The call will also be available for 30 days by dialing 1-888-424-8151 in the United States and Canada or 1-847-585-4422 for international calls. Please call approximately 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time and reference ChampionX conference call number 9163658.

A replay of the conference call will be available on ChampionX’s website or at ChampionXThirdQuarter2021CallReplay. Enter passcode 50239455.

About Non-GAAP Measures

In addition to financial results determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (“GAAP”), this news release presents non-GAAP financial measures. Management believes that adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, adjusted net income attributable to ChampionX and adjusted diluted earnings per share attributable to ChampionX, provide useful information to investors regarding the Company’s financial condition and results of operations because they reflect the core operating results of our businesses and help facilitate comparisons of operating performance across periods. In addition, free cash flow, free cash flow to adjusted EBITDA ratio, and free cash flow to revenue ratio are used by management to measure our ability to generate positive cash flow for debt reduction and to support our strategic objectives. Although management believes the aforementioned non-GAAP financial measures are good tools for internal use and the investment community in evaluating ChampionX’s overall financial performance, the foregoing non-GAAP financial measures should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for or superior to, other measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. A reconciliation of these non-GAAP measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures is included in the accompanying financial tables.

This press release contains certain forward-looking non-GAAP financial measures, including adjusted EBITDA. The Company has not provided projected net income attributable to ChampionX or a reconciliation of projected adjusted EBITDA. Management cannot predict with a reasonable degree of accuracy certain of the necessary components of net income attributable to ChampionX, such as depreciation and amortization expense. As such, a reconciliation of projected adjusted EBITDA to projected net income attributable to ChampionX is not available without unreasonable effort. The actual amount of depreciation and amortization, in particular, and other amounts excluded from adjusted EBITDA will have a significant impact on net income attributable to ChampionX.

About ChampionX

ChampionX is a global leader in chemistry solutions and highly engineered equipment and technologies that help companies drill for and produce oil and gas safely and efficiently around the world. ChampionX’s products provide efficient functioning throughout the lifecycle of a well with a focus on the production phase of wells. To learn more about ChampionX, visit our website at

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains statements relating to future actions and results, which are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements relate to, among other things, ChampionX's market position and growth opportunities.  Forward-looking statements include statements related to ChampionX’s expectations regarding the performance of the business, financial results, liquidity and capital resources of ChampionX. Forward-looking statements are subject to inherent risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations, including, but not limited to, changes in economic, competitive, strategic, technological, tax, regulatory or other factors that affect the operations of ChampionX’s businesses. You are encouraged to refer to the documents that ChampionX files from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), including the “Risk Factors” in ChampionX’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020, and in ChampionX’s other filings with the SEC. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on ChampionX’s forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the day they are made and ChampionX undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required by applicable law.

Investor Contact: Byron Pope 

Media Contact: John Breed 


 Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
 September 30, June 30,  September 30, September 30,
(in thousands, except per share amounts)2021 2021 2020 2021 2020
Revenue$818,785  $749,172  $633,526  $2,252,845   $1,193,874 
Cost of goods and services623,162  569,167  505,066  1,714,885   950,845 
Gross profit195,623  180,005  128,460  537,960   243,029 
Selling, general and administrative expense135,089  152,341  122,156  430,908   330,956 
Goodwill and long-lived asset impairment         657,251 
Interest expense, net12,849  14,064  15,935  40,884   36,236 
Other (income) expense, net(36,876) 2,251  1,663  (36,561)  342 
Income (loss) before income taxes84,561  11,349  (11,294) 102,729   (781,756)
Provision for (benefit from) income taxes25,910  3,563  (3,962) 32,255   (31,922)
Net income (loss)58,651  7,786  (7,332) 70,474   (749,834)
Less: Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interest1,823  536  582  624   1,453 
Net income (loss) attributable to ChampionX$56,828  $7,250  $(7,914) $69,850   $(751,287)
Earnings (loss) per share attributable to ChampionX:         
Basic$0.28  $0.04  $(0.04) $0.35   $(5.73)
Diluted$0.27  $0.03  $(0.04) $0.34   $(5.73)
Weighted-average shares outstanding:         
Basic201,852  201,467  199,809  201,329   131,064 
Diluted208,545  208,541  199,809  208,173   131,064 


(in thousands)September 30, 2021 December 31, 2020
Cash and cash equivalents$253,855  $201,421 
Restricted cash3,500   
Receivables, net590,777  559,545 
Inventories, net497,473  430,112 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets72,123  74,767 
Total current assets1,417,728  1,265,845 
Property, plant and equipment, net780,686  854,536 
Goodwill701,475  680,594 
Intangible assets, net413,279  479,009 
Other non-current assets189,834  195,792 
Total assets$3,503,002  $3,475,776 
Current portion of long-term debt$26,850  $26,850 
Accounts payable430,576  299,666 
Other current liabilities299,253  296,044 
Total current liabilities756,679  622,560 
Long-term debt743,572  905,764 
Other long-term liabilities290,999  334,877 
ChampionX stockholders’ equity1,726,997  1,625,971 
Noncontrolling interest(15,245) (13,396)
Total liabilities and equity$3,503,002  $3,475,776 


 Nine Months Ended September 30,
(in thousands)2021 2020
Cash flows from operating activities:   
Net income (loss)$70,474  $(749,834)
Depreciation113,213  101,434 
Amortization65,592  47,827 
(Gain) loss on disposal of fixed assets(35,393) 3,685 
Goodwill and long-lived asset impairment  657,251 
Receivables(35,435) 91,204 
Inventories(74,641) 62,225 
Accounts payable130,607  (48,519)
Leased assets(4,496) (7,799)
Other9,879  31,958 
Net cash provided by operating activities239,800  189,432 
Cash flows from investing activities:   
Proceeds from sale of fixed assets73,698  9,295 
Capital expenditures(67,027) (32,169)
Acquisitions, net of cash acquired(9,957) 57,588 
Purchase of investments(4,874)  
Net cash (used for) provided by investing activities(8,160) 34,714 
Cash flows from financing activities:   
Repayment of long-term debt(174,392) (206,713)
Proceeds from long-term debt  125,000 
Debt issuance costs  (4,356)
Other677  (7,376)
Net cash used for financing activities(173,715) (93,445)
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash(1,991) 5,471 
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash55,934  136,172 
Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of period201,421  35,290 
Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period$257,355  $171,462 


 Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
 September 30, June 30,  September 30, September 30,
(in thousands)2021 2021 2020 2021 2020
Segment revenue:         
Production Chemical Technologies$487,670   $447,049   $410,151   $1,347,090   $546,153  
Production & Automation Technologies204,473   188,173   136,921   559,491   457,141  
Drilling Technologies49,415   37,589   15,715   121,998   92,618  
Reservoir Chemical Technologies38,192   33,222   21,264   101,305   30,570  
Corporate and other39,035   43,139   49,475   122,961   67,392  
Total revenue$818,785   $749,172   $633,526   $2,252,845   $1,193,874  
Income (loss) before income taxes:        
Segment operating profit (loss):         
Production Chemical Technologies$45,696   $33,871   $35,172   $109,924   $45,094  
Production & Automation Technologies14,407   12,292   (7,454)  32,061   (693,213) 
Drilling Technologies11,146   3,868   (5,127)  21,400   2,421  
Reservoir Chemical Technologies37,800   (2,594)  (3,819)  31,979   (6,630) 
Total segment operating profit (loss)109,049   47,437   18,772   195,364   (652,328) 
Corporate and other11,639   22,024   14,131   51,751   93,192  
Interest expense, net12,849   14,064   15,935   40,884   36,236  
Income (loss) before income taxes$84,561   $11,349   $(11,294)  $102,729   $(781,756) 
Operating profit margin / income (loss) before income taxes margin:         
Production Chemical Technologies9.4 % 7.6 % 8.6 % 8.2 % 8.3 %
Production & Automation Technologies7.0 % 6.5 % (5.4)% 5.7 % (151.6)%
Drilling Technologies22.6 % 10.3 % (32.6)% 17.5 % 2.6 %
Reservoir Chemical Technologies99.0 % (7.8)% (18.0)% 31.6 % (21.7)%
ChampionX Consolidated10.3 % 1.5 % (1.8)% 4.6 % (65.5)%
Adjusted EBITDA         
Production Chemical Technologies$71,116   $61,708   $71,505   $188,849   $93,936  
Production & Automation Technologies39,987   37,903   24,995   113,402   79,518  
Drilling Technologies15,297   8,494   (2,782)  31,083   14,788  
Reservoir Chemical Technologies550   202   (1,432)  194   (1,746) 
Corporate and other(3,397)  (2,926)  (5,464)  (10,348)  (11,955) 
Adjusted EBITDA$123,553   $105,381   $86,822   $323,180   $174,541  
Adjusted EBITDA margin         
Production Chemical Technologies14.6 % 13.8 % 17.4 % 14.0 % 17.2 %
Production & Automation Technologies19.6 % 20.1 % 18.3 % 20.3 % 17.4 %
Drilling Technologies31.0 % 22.6 % (17.7)% 25.5 % 16.0 %
Reservoir Chemical Technologies1.4 % 0.6 % (6.7)% 0.2 % (5.7)%
ChampionX Consolidated15.1 % 14.1 % 13.7 % 14.3 % 14.6 %


 Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
 September 30, June 30, September 30, September 30,
(in thousands)2021 2021 2020 2021 2020
Net income (loss) attributable to ChampionX$56,828  $7,250  $(7,914) $69,850  $(751,287)
Pre-tax adjustments:         
Gain on sale of Corsicana plant(39,876)     (39,876)  
Merger integration costs4,227  12,665  8,411  29,082  18,020 
Acquisition-related adjustments (1)(3,512) (3,512) 3,511  (10,536) 9,342 
Acquisition costs    254  530  60,905 
Restructuring and other related charges2,087  3,775  3,426  10,118  18,320 
Loss on extinguishment of debt5,402  3,305    8,707   
Intellectual property defense2,365  2,790  408  4,146  800 
Latin America tax matters(2,968)     (2,968)  
Separation and supplemental benefit costs  1,559  383  1,559  434 
Professional fees related to material weakness remediation (2)    940    5,728 
Goodwill and long-lived asset impairment (3)        657,251 
Tax impact of adjustments6,778  (4,322) (3,968) (160) (61,298)
Adjusted net income (loss) attributable to ChampionX31,331  23,510  5,451  70,452  (41,785)
Tax impact of adjustments(6,778) 4,322  3,968  160  61,298 
Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interest1,823  536  582  624  1,453 
Depreciation and amortization58,418  59,386  64,848  178,805  149,261 
Provision for (benefit from) income taxes25,910  3,563  (3,962) 32,255  (31,922)
Interest expense, net12,849  14,064  15,935  40,884  36,236 
Adjusted EBITDA$123,553  $105,381  $86,822  $323,180  $174,541 


(1)  Includes revenue associated with the amortization of a liability established as part of the Merger, representing unfavorable terms under the Cross Supply Agreement. For the nine months ended September 30, 2020, in association with the Merger of legacy ChampionX, we recorded an increase to the fair value of inventory which is subsequently amortized to cost of sales over the period that the related product is sold.
(2)  Includes professional fees related to the remediation of material weaknesses identified during 2019.
(3) Represents charges for goodwill and long-lived asset impairments in our Production & Automation Technologies segment.

 Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
 September 30, June 30, September 30, September 30,
(in thousands)2021 2021 2020 2021 2020
Diluted earnings (loss) per share attributable to ChampionX$0.27  $0.03  $(0.04) $0.34  $(5.73)
Per share adjustments:         
Gain on sale of Corsicana plant(0.19)     (0.19)  
Merger integration costs0.02  0.06  0.04  0.14  0.15 
Acquisition-related adjustments(0.02) (0.02) 0.02  (0.05) 0.07 
Acquisition costs        0.45 
Restructuring and other related charges0.01  0.02  0.02  0.05  0.14 
Loss on extinguishment of debt0.03  0.02    0.04   
Intellectual property defense0.01  0.01    0.02  0.01 
Latin America tax matters(0.01)     (0.01)  
Separation and supplemental benefit costs  0.01    0.01   
Professional fees related to material weakness remediation and impairment analysis        0.04 
Goodwill and long-lived asset impairment        5.01 
Tax impact of adjustments0.03  (0.02) (0.01) (0.01) (0.46)
Adjusted diluted earnings (loss) per share attributable to ChampionX$0.15  $0.11  $0.03  0.34  (0.32)

Free Cash Flow

 Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
 September 30, June 30, September 30, September 30,
(in thousands)2021 2021 2020 2021 2020
Free Cash Flow         
Cash provided by operating activities$88,662   $60,924   $111,399   $239,800   $189,432  
Less: Capital expenditures(21,347)  (20,101)  (12,847)  (67,027)  (32,169) 
Free cash flow$67,315   $40,823   $98,552   $172,773   $157,263  
Cash From Operating Activities to Revenue Ratio         
Cash provided by operating activities$88,662   $60,924   $111,399   $239,800   $189,432  
Revenue$818,785   $749,172   $633,526   $2,252,845   $1,193,874  
Cash from operating activities to revenue ratio11 % 8 % 18 % 11 % 16 %
Free Cash Flow to Revenue Ratio         
Free cash flow$67,315   $40,823   $98,552   $172,773   $157,263  
Revenue$818,785   $749,172   $633,526   $2,252,845   $1,193,874  
Free cash flow to revenue ratio8 % 5 % 16 % 8 % 13 %
Free Cash Flow to Adjusted EBITDA Ratio         
Free cash flow$67,315   $40,823   $98,552   $172,773   $157,263  
Adjusted EBITDA$123,553   $105,381   $86,822   $323,180   $174,541  
Free cash flow to adjusted EBITDA ratio54 % 39 % 114 % 53 % 90 %