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Exhibit 99.1

PQ Group Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Results from Continuing Operations;
Achieved Significant Milestones on Strategic Transformation to a Pure-Play Catalyst and Services Company

Solid quarter performance driven by demand recovery across many end uses and benefit of Performance Chemicals business transformation plan;
Year results reflect lower volumes from global pandemic, offset by cost actions undertaken at all businesses;
Net cash provided by operating activities of $223.6 million and Adjusted free cash flow of $152.5 million for the year;
Portfolio transformation accelerated with agreement for the sale of the Performance Chemicals business for $1.1 billion and the completed sale of Performance Materials for $650 million; and
Closed strategic acquisition of fast-growing catalyst activation company

Financial results are on a continuing operations basis, which excludes the Performance Materials business from all quarterly and yearly results presented, unless otherwise indicated.
Financial results and outlook include non-GAAP financial measures. These non-GAAP measures are more fully described and are reconciled from the respective measures determined under GAAP in “Presentation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” and the attached appendix.

MALVERN, PA, March 9, 2021
-- PQ Group Holdings Inc. (NYSE:PQG) (“PQ” or the “Company”) reported results from continuing operations1 for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2020.

For the fourth quarter, sales of $281.5 million matched the fourth quarter of 2019, reflecting a rebound in demand. Net loss was $182.8 million with $1.35 diluted loss per share and Adjusted net income was $82.5 million with Adjusted diluted EPS of $0.61 per share. The fourth quarter and year end results included the impact of a non-cash goodwill impairment charge for Performance Chemicals of $260.0 million, or $1.92 per share, and the recognition of deferred tax assets associated with foreign tax credits of $56.3 million, or $0.42 per share. Adjusted EBITDA totaled $81.8 million, with Performance Chemicals benefiting from demand recovery and the successful implementation of its business transformation plans, which were offset by refiners recalibrating their activity and delaying change outs in the Catalysts segment.

For the year, lower sales demand due to the global COVID-19 pandemic impacted sales volumes, partially offset by aggressive cost actions undertaken at all the business segments. Sales were $1,107.4 million, a decrease of 7.7 percent from 2019. Net loss was $176.3 million with $1.30 diluted loss per share. Adjusted net income was $136.9 million with Adjusted diluted EPS of $1.00 per share. Adjusted EBITDA totaled $338.0 million.

“Within the confines of the pandemic-influenced year, PQ delivered solid results in 2020, generated $153 million of adjusted free cash flow and drove an Adjusted EBITDA margin of more than 27 percent. The PQ team demonstrated steadfast character dealing with the uncertainties and complexities of the situation, supporting customers, protecting the business continuity, while tightly managing operations,” said Belgacem Chariag, PQ Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are also excited at our growth prospects for 2021 and beyond, as we stand at the cusp of our most notable accomplishments within our ‘Simpler + Stronger’ portfolio transformation. As the economy begins to turn the corner, we are now positioning to be a high growth pure-play catalyst and services company that enables customer transitions to cleaner fuels and a circular economy for plastics.”


(1) Continuing operations for 2020 include the Company’s Refining Services, Catalysts and Performance Chemicals businesses.


PQ Group Holdings Fourth Quarter and Year 2020 Earnings Release
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