Motley Fool  Jan 10  Comment 
Frack sand producers posted jaw-dropping gains last year, and there may still be room to run.
Motley Fool  Jan 4  Comment 
Shares of CARBO Ceramics, Fairmount Santrol Holdings, U.S. Silica Holdings, Hi-Crush Partners, and Smart Sand all saw big gains last month.
Benzinga  Dec 12  Comment 
Shares of U.S. Silica Holdings Inc (NYSE: SLCA) have surged nearly 200 percent year-to-date and are trading at a substantial premium to other more traditional sub-sector stocks. “We believe the trade has more than run its course,” D.A....
Forbes  Nov 30  Comment 
Looking at options trading activity among components of the Russell 3000 index, there is noteworthy activity today in Intuitive Surgical Inc (NASD: ISRG), where a total volume of 1,766 contracts has been traded thus far today, a contract volume...
Motley Fool  Nov 30  Comment 
Lower production from OPEC means more production from the U.S., right?
Motley Fool  Nov 4  Comment 
Growing frack sand demand is probably the first sign in a long time that the U.S. oil and gas industry is starting to recover, and U.S. Silica Holdings is one of the first to benefit from this trend.
Motley Fool  Oct 5  Comment 
A slightly improving outlook for U.S. oil and gas drilling and an OPEC decision helped give shares of U.S. Silica Holdings, Emerge energy Services, Hi-Crush Partners, and Fairmount Santrol Holdings a decent boost in September.
Benzinga  Sep 23  Comment 
RBC expects U.S. Silica Holdings Inc (NYSE: SLCA) to benefit from fundamental tailwinds and sees potential for pricing power, share gains, and additional M&A as it maintained its Outperform rating on the stock. The tailwinds include "growing...
Forbes  Sep 9  Comment 
Looking at the universe of stocks we cover at Dividend Channel, on 9/13/16, Albemarle Corp. (NYSE: ALB), US Silica Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SLCA), and EnCana Corp (NYSE: ECA) will all trade ex-dividend for their respective upcoming dividends....


U.S Silica (NYSE:SLCA) produces and sells silica for commercials uses. The company makes money by selling its end product to oil and gas, glass making, chemical, solar panel, and other industries. However, US Silica's largest customers are oil and gas companies which use the silica in hyrdofracking. US Silica mines and distributes its products within the United States.[1]

Business Overview

For the first nine months of 2011, US Silica reported a total sales of $212M. This compares to $20.2M in net income. For comparison, the same period in 2010 resulted in $185M in sales and $7.6M in net income.[2]

New Updates

The company's initial public offering of stock on the NYSE occurred on January 31, 2012. The company offered 11.8M shares each for $17. This was within the $16-$18 initial price range. The deal raised a total of $200M. The lead mangers of the deal were Morgan Stanley (MS), BofA, and Jefferies Group (JEF).[3]

Trends & Forces

Reliance on Oil & Gas

US Silica's largest end market is the oil and gas industry which uses the silica as "frac sand." This sand is injected with water under high pressure in order to generate fractures in the rock. These fractures improve the well's oil or gas output.[4] However, this practice, known as hyrdofracking, has undergone scrutiny both by the public and by regulatory officials. The fear is that such practices can contaminate the water streams. If this practice is regulated, US Silica's largest market will likely decrease its demand for silica.[5]

  1. SLCA S-1/A 2012 PROSPECTUS SUMMARY "Our Company" pg. 1-2
  2. SLCA S-1/A 2012 PROSPECTUS SUMMARY "Summary Historical Combined Financial and Operating Data" pg. 11-12
  3. Renaissance Capital - IPO Home "U.S. Silica prices IPO at $17 midpoint" 1 Feb 2012
  4. SLCA S-1/A 2012 PROSPECTUS SUMMARY "Risk Factors" pg. 15-18
  5. New York Times "Extracting Natural Gas from Rock" 26 Feb 2011
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