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Compass Minerals: Mild winter cuts into fourth-quarter earnings

9:54 AM MST | February 6, 2013 | Clay Boswell

Compass Minerals (Overland Park, KS) on Wednesday reported net earnings for the fourth quarter 2012 of $30.1 million, down 31% from $43.9 million in the year-ago period. Sales for the quarter of $267.1 million fell $39.0 million year-on-year (YOY). Net earnings were 90 cts/share, down from $1.31/share in the year-ago quarter and short of the average earnings estimate of 98 cts/share. Excluding special items, net earnings were $1.02/share, down 38% from the year-ago quarter. Mild winter weather in North America limited sales of deicing salt, although higher sales...

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