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What: Shares of graphite maker GrafTech International (UNKNOWN:GTI.DL) jumped as much as 23% today after reporting earnings.
So what: Revenues dropped 5.5% from a year ago to $303.1 million, but were slightly ahead of estimates. Net income swung from a profit of $29.6 million to a loss of $7.6 million, or $0.06 per share. But on an adjusted basis, which takes out one-time items, earnings per share of $0.04 were $0.02 ahead of estimates.
Now what: Investors had already prepared for a bad quarter, so even the small adjusted profit was good news. Management was also fairly bullish on the U.S. and EU markets improving next year and construction picking up. Despite potential improvements, I don't like the trends we've already seen and lowering the top end of full-year EBTIDA guidance by $10 million to a range of $145 million-$155 million wasn't good news either. I'm not buying the pop and would rather see bottom-line improvement before buying in.
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