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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

FORM 10-K

ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020
or
TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the transition period from to
Commission file number: 001-38441
ChampionX Corporation
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
Delaware82-3066826
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
2445 Technology Forest Blvd
Building 4, 12th Floor
The Woodlands,Texas77381
(Address of principal executive offices)(Zip Code)
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code) (281) 403-5772
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Title of each classTrading Symbol(s)Name of each exchange on which registered
Common stock, $0.01 par valueCHXThe Nasdaq Stock Market LLC
Securities registered pursuant to section 12(g) of the Act: None
Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act. Yes   No  
Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Act. Yes   No  
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days. Yes   No  
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit such files). Yes   No  
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, a smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company. See definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company,” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.
Large accelerated filerAccelerated filer
Non-accelerated filerSmaller reporting company
Emerging growth company
If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has filed a report on and attestation to its management’s assessment of the effectiveness of its internal control over financial reporting under Section 404(b) of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (15 U.S.C. 7262(b)) by the registered public accounting firm that prepared or issued its audit report.
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined by Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act). Yes  No 
The aggregate market value of the registrant’s common stock held by non-affiliates of the registrant, determined by multiplying the outstanding shares on June 30, 2020, by the closing price on such day of $9.76 as reported on the New York Stock Exchange, was $1,948,052,871. The registrant, solely for the purpose of this required presentation, deemed its Board of Directors and executive officers to be affiliates, and deducted their stockholdings in determining the aggregate market value.
The registrant had 200,463,940 shares of common stock, $0.01 par value, outstanding as of February 22, 2021.




DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE
Portions of the registrant’s definitive proxy statement relating to its 2021 annual meeting of stockholders are incorporated by reference into Part III of this Annual Report on Form 10-K where indicated, or such information will be included in an amendment to this Form 10-K in accordance with Instruction G(3) of Form 10-K.



CHAMPIONX CORPORATION

TABLE OF CONTENTS

PART IPage
PART II
PART III
PART IV

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Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This Annual Report on Form 10-K contains “forward-looking statements” intended to qualify for the safe harbors from liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements other than statements of historical fact contained in this report are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”). Forward-looking statements usually relate to future events and anticipated revenues, earnings, cash flows or other aspects of our operations or operating results. Forward-looking statements are often identified by the words “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “plan,” “intend,” “foresee,” “should,” “would,” “could,” “may,” “estimate,” “outlook,” “guidance,” “potential,” “target,” “forecast” and similar expressions, including the negative thereof. The absence of these words, however, does not mean that the statements are not forward-looking. These forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations, beliefs, and assumptions concerning future developments and business conditions and their potential effect on us. While management believes that these forward-looking statements are reasonable as and when made, there can be no assurance that future developments affecting us will be those that we anticipate.

All of our forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties (some of which are significant or beyond our control) and assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially from our historical experience and our present expectations or projections. Known material factors that could cause our actual results to differ from those in the forward-looking statements are those described in Part I, Item 1A, “Risk Factors” of this Annual Report on Form 10-K. We caution you not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any of our forward-looking statements after the date they are made, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except to the extent required by law.
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PART I

ITEM 1. BUSINESS

OVERVIEW

ChampionX Corporation, a Delaware Corporation (“ChampionX,” “we,” “us,” “our,” or “Company”) 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 and safe operations throughout the lifecycle of a well with a focus on the production phase of wells.

On May 9, 2018, we became an independent, publicly traded company as a result of the spin-off (“Separation”) from Dover Corporation (“Dover”) and our common stock began “regular-way” trading on the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) under the “APY” symbol.

On June 3, 2020, the Company and Ecolab Inc. (“Ecolab”) completed a Reverse Morris Trust transaction in which Ecolab transferred their upstream energy business to ChampionX Holding Inc. (“legacy ChampionX”) and, thereafter, distributed all of the shares of legacy ChampionX common stock to certain Ecolab stockholders (“the Distribution”). Immediately following the Distribution, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company merged with and into legacy ChampionX, with legacy ChampionX continuing as the surviving company in the Merger and as a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company (“the Merger”). In association with the completion of the Merger, the Company changed its name from Apergy Corporation to ChampionX Corporation and its ticker symbol to “CHX”. See Note 3—Merger Transaction, Acquisitions, And Dispositions in Part II, Item 8.—Financial Statements and Supplementary Data of this Annual Report on Form 10-K for more information.

At the opening of trading on January 4, 2021, the Company transferred its listing from NYSE to The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC.

In connection with the Merger, we re-evaluated our reportable segments. As a result, we identified two new reportable segments, Production Chemical Technologies and Reservoir Chemical Technologies, which include the results of operations of legacy ChampionX. The legacy Apergy reportable segments remain unchanged. The results of operations of legacy ChampionX are reflected in our accompanying consolidated financial statements from the closing date of the Merger through December 31, 2020. Results for the periods prior to June 3, 2020 reflect the financial and operating results of legacy Apergy and do not include the financial and operating results of legacy ChampionX. As such, our historical results of operations are not comparable from period to period and may not be comparable to our financial results of operations in future periods.

BUSINESS STRATEGY

ChampionX has five clear strategic priorities, which drive our organization and are aligned with our operating principles of being customer advocates, people-oriented, delivering technology with impact, and being driven to improve.

Our strategic priorities include:

Realize Better Together Potential by continuing to build on our purpose of Improving Lives and maintaining a purpose-driven culture, seeking opportunities to leverage our production-optimization expertise into broader production solutions, and remaining focused on cost synergy initiatives.

Accelerate Digital and Digitally-enabled Revenue Streams by identifying opportunities to expand digitally-enabled products and digital revenue streams, and seeking to establish partnerships to leverage the industry digital ecosystem.

Leverage Global Footprint to Expand International Sales with a focus on opportunities to expand artificial lift products in targeted international areas and develop greater adoption of our artificial lift and chemical offerings by international oil companies and national oil companies.

Build Enterprise-wide Continuous Improvement Rigor expanding upon our ChampionX Operational Excellence model, further integrating productivity improvements, and automating workflows to eliminate waste in business processes.

Evolve Portfolio for Sustained Growth by seeking opportunities to leverage our core capabilities across the energy industry and natural adjacencies, developing an Environmental, Social and Governance framework and roadmap, and continuing to allocate capital consistent with our value creation framework.
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BUSINESS SEGMENTS

Our business is organized into four reportable segments: Production Chemical Technologies, Production & Automation Technologies, Drilling Technologies, and Reservoir Chemical Technologies.

Production Chemical Technologies

Production Chemical Technologies offers products and services that cover a broad range of onshore and offshore chemical solutions in production and midstream operations that are built upon our foundation of deep expertise and capabilities in applications across the oil and natural gas value chain. The largest product lines in Production Chemical Technologies include corrosion inhibitors, scale inhibitors, emulsion breakers, and biocides. These offerings enhance the integrity of customer assets, ensure flow through pipelines and equipment, and effectively maximize production via efficiently separating oil, water, and gas. Our Production Chemical Technologies offerings include proprietary digital tools that monitor and optimize chemical treatment programs and enhance performance along with remotely connecting technical experts with field personnel to leverage our real-time expertise across the world.

Our reservoir modeling capability and chemistry expertise provides enhanced oil recovery solutions to oil producers. These solutions are intended to enable our customers to increase oil recovery in mature oilfields and improve return on investment by extending the economic life of such fields in a safe and responsible manner, both onshore and offshore.

The products and services within Production Chemical Technologies are sold and supported by our on-site experts and customer account leaders, as well as through distributors, sales agents, and joint ventures. More than half of our employees work directly with customers to provide expertise and support at their production sites or remotely. We support our customers directly by leveraging a global laboratory network and a team of more than 400 scientists, engineers, and technologists. Production Chemical Technologies has an extensive portfolio of intellectual property and provides differentiated solutions as a central theme of our commercial offering.

We help enable our customers to achieve their sustainability goals through maximizing production, minimizing environmental footprint, reducing emissions, and lowering fresh-water usage.

Production & Automation Technologies

Production & Automation Technologies offers products, technologies, and services that facilitate the safe, efficient, and cost-effective extraction of oil and gas through artificial lift and digital automation applications. We design, manufacture, market, and service a full range of artificial lift equipment, end-to-end automation and digital solutions, as well as other production equipment. Artificial lift equipment is critical to oil and gas operators for increasing pressure within the reservoir and improving oil and gas production. Our product offerings include electrical submersible pumping systems (“ESP”), gas lift systems, jet pumps, and multiplex surface pumps supporting hydraulic lift, plunger lift equipment, progressive cavity pumping (“PCP”) systems, and downhole rod lift systems.

Artificial lift is a key technology for increasing oil and gas production throughout the lifecycle of a producing well and is therefore directly linked to operator economics. Our comprehensive offering provides customers with cost effective solutions tailored to a well’s specific characteristics and production volumes. With sales, operations, and distribution networks around the globe, we offer all types of downhole equipment and industry-leading automation and optimization hardware and software to customers operating within the major oil and gas basins throughout the world.

Our proprietary digital products are aimed at creating an end-to-end production-optimization platform that enables oil and gas operators to monitor, predict, and optimize well performance and drive a higher return on investment during the production lifecycle. We are a leading provider of productivity tools and performance management software for artificial lift and asset integrity management. We provide advanced controls technology that allows operators to adjust the operation of downhole artificial lift systems to production rates either at the wellsite or remotely. Our optimization software has modular architecture that enables specific solutions to be tailored to meet exact customer needs. Real-time data is used by our customers to drive decisions, enhance well servicing and obtain an accurate picture of a well’s performance over time, resulting in a more connected, digital wellsite that operates more efficiently and safely. For operators that require support, we provide optimization teams that monitor customer wells and make timely adjustments to equipment operation to extend the life of the artificial lift system and mitigate production down time. In the current oil and gas industry, particularly in the current down cycle, operators are focused on lowering their total operating costs over the life of a well. We believe our combination of digital products and strong artificial lift presence enables us to drive continued adoption of digital solutions by our customers and will improve our long-term revenues.
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We also offer other production equipment including chemical injection systems, flow control valves, and gauges. These products are complementary to our artificial lift and digital technologies offerings. A portion of Production & Automation Technologies revenue is derived from activity-based consumable products, as customers routinely replace items such as sucker rods, plunger lift, and pump parts.

Drilling Technologies

Drilling Technologies offers innovative, top-quality polycrystalline diamond cutter (“PDC”) inserts, bearings, valves, and mining tools to help customers drill the world’s most demanding oil exploration and development projects, and for use in other industries. These highly specialized products are developed and produced based on more than 40 years of innovation and intellectual property development in material science applications. We press our own synthetic diamonds, known as polycrystalline diamonds, that meet the highest standards and match the requirements of the most demanding engineering projects. Our highly trained team members work with customers to develop custom-designed PDC inserts and bearings through a consultative process, ensuring that we tailor the products to generate the best outcomes for their operations.

We believe our highly engineered PDCs are distinguished by their quality, durability, rate of penetration, and longevity. PDCs are a relatively small cost to the oil and gas operator in the context of overall drilling costs, but are critical to cost-effective and efficient drilling. Our PDCs are primarily custom designed to meet unique customer requirements and are finished to exact customer specification to ensure optimal performance. PDCs are utilized in both vertical and horizontal drilling and are replaced as they wear during the drilling process.

We manufacture long-lasting diamond bearings for down-hole drilling motors, pumps, and turbines running in the most challenging environments. These diamond bearings are also used by customers in renewable energy applications, mixers, and agitators. These bearings have a high thermal conductivity to reduce localized temperature extremes that lead to bearing degradation, and they are very resistant to wear from abrasive particles in lubricants or process fluids. These process-fluid lubricated applications include underwater applications, downhole drilling tools, and industrial pumps.

We also manufacture high-density ceramic roof bolt mining tools focused on improving the production and safety of underground mining operations. The technically advanced and unique diamond technology of these products makes these tools incredibly long lasting for their respective applications.

Reservoir Chemical Technologies

Reservoir Chemical Technologies offers chemistry-oriented solutions and technologies to help customers meet their performance, efficiency, sustainability, and financial objectives for well drilling, cementing, fracturing, acidizing, and other well interventions. For example, we design high performance integrated fracturing fluid systems to improve the customer’s operational efficiency, lower chemical program costs and enhance well productivity. We assist our customers in achieving their sustainability goals relating to fresh-water usage by increasing their ability to use recycled water, while mitigating the impact of fluid problems that can shorten the life of the well (e.g., scale, emulsion, and microbial growth).

We offer a range of fluid solutions that help our customers achieve more successful and efficient drilling and cementing operations and enhance well productivity. We also leverage our deep experience in water treatment and processing to offer our customers products that help to control scale and inhibit microbial growth and corrosion. Our expertise involves designing tailored products that help our customers create optimized fluid packages based on individual well dynamics. The largest product lines in Reservoir Chemical Technologies include fracturing fluid packages, drilling additives, cement additives and products that support acidizing activities.

See Note 5—Revenue in Part II, Item 8.—Financial Statements and Supplementary Data of this Annual Report on Form 10-K for revenue by geography for each of our reportable segments.

OTHER BUSINESS INFORMATION

Competition

The businesses in which we operate are highly competitive. Key competitive factors in our businesses are customer service, product availability, quality, and performance, price, breadth of product offering, local content and geographic footprint, market expertise and innovation. We believe we differentiate ourselves from our competitors through our model of high customer
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intimacy, differentiated technology, innovation, supply assurance, a superior level of customer service, and a culture of continuous improvement.

We face competition from other manufacturers and suppliers of oil and gas production and drilling equipment. Key competitors for our Production Chemical Technologies and Reservoir Chemical Technologies segments include Baker Hughes Company; Clariant AG; Multi-Chem, a Halliburton Service; and M-I SWACO, a Schlumberger company. Production & Automation Technologies segment key competitors include Weatherford International plc, Baker Hughes, Halliburton, Schlumberger Ltd., BORETS, Tenaris, Novomet and Emerson. Drilling Technologies segment key competitors include DeBeers (Element 6), Schlumberger Ltd. (Mega Diamond) and various suppliers in China.

Customers, Sales and Distribution

We have built our businesses through high customer intimacy and high-touch customer service, and we view our intense customer focus as being central to the goal of creating value for all of our stakeholders. Drawing on our industry experience, application engineering expertise, and technical expertise, we strive to develop close, collaborative relationships with our customers to help them achieve peak performance throughout the life cycle of their assets by identifying and managing the challenges they face. We work closely with our customers’ engineering teams to develop technologies and applications that help improve efficiency, reliability and productivity. Our business is sensitive to changes in customers’ capital and operational expenditure budgets, including as they relate more directly to the exploration and development of new oil and natural gas reserves.

We have long-standing customer relationships with some of the largest operators in oil and gas drilling and production. Our customers include national oil and gas companies, large integrated operators as well as independent oil and gas companies, major oilfield equipment and service providers, and pipeline companies.

We market and sell our products and technologies through a combination of field sales personnel and corporate account leaders, technical seminars, trade shows, and various digital and print advertising. We sell directly to customers through our direct sales force and indirectly through independent distributors and sales representatives. Our sales employees partner with our customers to understand the customer’s technical challenges and needs, and proactively work with customers to provide solutions and advise our customers on the advantages of our technologies and product offerings. We have developed an extensive network of sales and service locations globally to better serve our customers. In certain markets, we utilize joint ventures and independent third-party distributors and sales agents to sell and market products and services. We also host forums and training sessions, such as our Artificial Lift Academy, where our customers can share their experiences, learn best practices and accelerate the application of our technologies.

Our customer base is diverse. No single customer accounted for 10% or more of our 2020 consolidated revenue.

Intellectual Property

We own a large portfolio of patents, trademarks, licenses and other forms of intellectual property, which we acquired over many years and, to the extent applicable, expire at various times. A large portion of our intellectual property consists of patents, unpatented technology and proprietary information constituting trade secrets that we seek to protect in various ways, including confidentiality agreements with employees, customers, and suppliers where appropriate. We occasionally license third-party intellectual property to supplement our product and service offerings. We also have an active program to protect our intellectual property by filing for patents and registering trademarks around the world and pursuing legal action, when appropriate, to prevent infringement. While our intellectual property is important to our success, the loss or expiration of any of these rights, or any group of related rights, is not likely to materially affect our results of operations on a consolidated basis. We believe that our commitment to continuous engineering improvements, new product development and improved manufacturing techniques, as well as sales, marketing and service expertise, are significant to our leadership positions in the markets we serve.

Research and Development

We operate in markets that are characterized by changing technology and frequent new product introductions. As a result, our success is dependent on our ability to develop and introduce new technologies and products for our customers. Technology has become increasingly critical in our industry as global oil and natural gas reservoirs mature, depletion of production accelerates, customers utilize increasingly complex well designs, the industry witnesses an aging oil and gas industry workforce, while customers continue to stress higher operational efficiency from existing infrastructure and systems. Despite fluctuations in the number of wells drilled, Exploration & Production (E&P) companies have consistently increased their expenditures on technology to improve oil and natural gas recovery and lower their costs. We have invested substantially in building our research, development, and engineering capabilities and digital and other technology offerings, all of which we believe help our customers minimize risk, achieve production targets, extend field life and maximize profitability in a safe and responsible manner.
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Our research and development program focuses on the following activities:

Developing next-generation technology for all aspects of oil and natural gas production, including both conventional and unconventional, and across the entire life cycle of a producing asset.
Accelerating digitally-enabled solutions to automate workflows and eliminate waste in business processes.
Enhancing our ability to predict, identify and solve our customers’ operational challenges with our portfolio of products and services.
Increasing product reliability and decreasing the cost of the products and services that we bring to market by using innovation to drive operational efficiency.
Expanding revenue opportunities domestically and internationally.
Maintaining or extending competitive advantages.

Our key research and development disciplines include analytical and material science, chemical synthesis, formulation science, microbiology, reservoir engineering, software engineering, process and equipment. We also have a robust external innovation program that leverages the capabilities and knowledge of key suppliers and joint development programs with start-up companies. Furthermore, we have a number of technical specialists embedded in key geographies to provide an efficient channel to deploy our new technologies in the major oil and natural gas basins around the world. We believe maintaining a robust innovation and product pipeline will allow us to continue to increase our market share in key businesses and with key customers.

Raw Materials

We use a wide variety of raw materials in manufacturing our products, including inorganic chemicals such as alkalis, acids, biocides, phosphonates, phosphorous materials, silicates and salts. We also use organic chemicals, such as acids, alcohols, amines, fatty acids, surfactants, solvents, monomers, polymers, metals, and semi-processed or finished components. We also purchase packaging materials for our manufactured products and components for our specialized dispensing equipment and systems. We have not historically experienced material impacts to our financial results due to shortages or the loss of any single supplier. Although the required raw materials are generally available, commodity pricing for metals, such as nickel, chrome, molybdenum, vanadium, manganese, and steel scrap fluctuate with market conditions. Recently, tariffs have increased our material input costs, and further trade restrictions, retaliatory trade measures, or additional tariffs implemented could result in higher input costs to our products. Although cost increases in commodities may be recovered through increased prices to customers, our operating results are exposed to such fluctuations. We attempt to control such costs through short-duration, fixed-price contracts with suppliers and various other programs, such as our global supply chain initiatives. We source material internationally to achieve the most competitive cost structure. Our global supply chain is intended to provide us with cost-effective solutions for raw materials, however, our supply chain could be exposed to logistical disruptions. We maintain domestic suppliers in most cases to provide for contingencies and back-up sources. Despite contingencies and back-up supply optionality, sustained inflation and unpredictable disruptions to supply could have an adverse impact on our business.

Human Capital

We are a purpose-driven company with a distinctive strategic vision that is focused on improving the lives of our customers, our employees, our shareholders, and the communities where we live and work. We bring more than a century of expertise and the unique skills, perspectives, and experiences of our global team members enable us to realize opportunities for growth, drive unmatched excellence, and contribute exponentially to our success.

Health & Safety; COVID-19

The safety of our employees, customers, shareholders, and communities is vitally important. From the way we operate, to the products we develop, to how we partner with customers, our goal is zero: zero accidents, zero incidents, and zero environmental releases. ChampionX’s Health, Safety, and Environmental (HSE) policy is to conduct business in a manner that protects people, assets, and the environment. All employees are committed to embody our safety culture through personal leadership, engagement, and empowerment. Our organization provides training and a culture of support for our employees to ensure they are equipped and prepared to do their jobs safely every day.

Our businesses are classified as critical infrastructure and it is important to us to protect the health and safety of our employees as we continue to support vital oil and gas infrastructure around the world. We responded to the novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”) pandemic with a comprehensive plan including enacting social distancing policies, equipping employees with additional personal protective equipment, and following government and health authority recommended protocols, including those of the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization. Employee surveys demonstrated positive feedback regarding our implementation of protocols, proactive communications and maintaining the safety and health of our employees. Our comprehensive plan included additional paid leave for our employees who needed to recover from the virus or provide care
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to family members, adjusting the healthcare plan for employees and dependents for any COVID-19 related testing or healthcare expenditures, and implementing flexible-work programs to accommodate personal and family needs, especially as schools transitioned to remote learning, while maintaining business continuity. For additional information, refer to “Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations-Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.”

Merger Integration – Better Together

The Merger brought significant scale and depth to our leadership capabilities and talent bench. Our Driven to Improve principle is about eliminating waste, finding efficiencies, and getting better every day. To help us improve, employee feedback is important. We proactively engage with employees through surveys, including inquiries designed towards helping us measure our progress with integration efforts and maintaining our people-oriented, purpose-driven culture, which received positive results. We also created a “Pipeline to the CEO” for employees to give feedback and ask questions, which they may do anonymously if they choose. Our Chief Executive Officer is committed to reading and responding to every message submitted and these are made available to all employees through our internal intranet.

Employee Footprint

In the Merger, we grew our employee population and global footprint. At December 31, 2020, we had approximately 6,600 employees in 38 countries, with 66% in North America, approximately 10% in each of Latin America and Middle East/Africa, 9% in Europe and approximately 5% in Asia Pacific. Hiring and retaining top talent is important to our success and we believe our purpose-driven culture differentiates us as an employer of choice.

Diversity & Inclusion

ChampionX is committed to building and fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace where all employees feel a sense of belonging and alignment to our organization’s culture and purpose. We recognize the value of diversity and inclusion in increasing performance and cultivating strong teams. ChampionX currently supports several Employee Resource Groups (“ERG”) that are voluntary employee-led and leadership-supported groups representing unique cultures, experiences, backgrounds and ethnicities. ERGs allow for more purposeful alignment with our business strategy, enhance recruitment efforts and our talent pipeline, support professional development and improve retention, provide skill building and training and mentorship and guidance, and enhance engagement levels across the organization as well as with the communities in which our employees live and work. We are proud that nearly 700 employees are involved in our ERGs and participate in elevating our goal of creating a workplace culture where everyone feels a sense of belonging.

Training & Development

We invest in engaging and developing employees to enable us to realize opportunities for growth and contribute to advancing progress on our strategic priorities. Our ongoing efforts and initiatives are aimed at attracting, engaging, and developing employees in a thoughtful and meaningful way to support a diverse and inclusive culture. Training programs are deployed across the organization in technical skills, product expertise, and health and safety measures, as well as in soft skill development such as communication and other interpersonal skills. All employees participate in annual ethics and compliance training at least once a year and we sponsor advanced training in manager essentials and leadership development. We recognize employee performance through incentives tied to our financial goals and strategic objectives, together with employee’s individual achievement.

Regulatory Requirements and Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety Matters

Our operations are subject to a variety of international, national, state, and local laws and regulations, including those relating to the safety of the sale and distribution of chemical substances, the manufacture and use of certain substances, discharge of materials into the environment, costs associated with transporting and managing hazardous materials, waste disposal and plant site cleanup, worker health and safety, or otherwise relating to human health and environmental protection. While we cooperate with governmental authorities and take what we believe are appropriate measures to meet regulatory requirements and avoid or limit environmental effects, environmental risks are inherent in our businesses. Failure to comply with these laws or regulations may result in the assessment of administrative, civil, and criminal penalties, imposition of remedial or corrective action requirements, and the imposition of injunctions to prohibit certain activities or force future compliance.

In addition, we depend on the demand for our products and services from the oil and gas industry and, therefore, are affected by changing taxes, price controls, tariffs and trade restrictions, and other laws and regulations relating to the oil and gas industry in general, including those specifically directed to hydraulic fracturing, onshore production, and air pollution. The adoption of laws and regulations curtailing exploration, drilling, or production in the oil and gas industry, or the imposition of more stringent enforcement of existing regulations, could adversely affect our operations by limiting demand for our products and
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services or restricting our customers’ operations. Refer to Item 1A, Risk Factors for additional information related to certain risks regarding regulations and environmental matters.

We utilize behavioral-based safety practices to promote a safe working environment for all of our employees. Safety is prioritized, measured and promoted throughout all levels of our organization. We continued our “Journey to Zero” program which teaches that all incidents are preventable. The core tenets of our program advocate (i) constant awareness and education of safety principles, (ii) consistent safety behaviors and practices, and (iii) preventing and learning from incidents. Additionally, our operations are subject to a number of federal, state, and foreign laws and regulations relating to workplace safety and worker health, such as the Occupational Safety and Health Act and regulations promulgated thereunder.

Along with numerous other potentially responsible parties (“PRP”), we are currently involved with site clean-up activities pursuant to the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (“CERCLA”, also known as “Superfund”) or state equivalents at 11 locations, the majority of which are in the U.S. Based on our experience with such environmental proceedings, and an analysis of the estimated share of investigation and remediation costs payable by the PRPs, we have accrued our best estimate of probable future costs relating to these sites. In establishing accruals, potential insurance reimbursements are not included in accruals and the accruals are not discounted. We are unable to predict when, or if, the amounts accrued will be paid due to the uncertainties inherent in the environmental remediation and associated regulatory processes.

We have incurred and will continue to incur operating and capital expenditures to comply with environmental, health and safety laws and regulations. Historically, there were no material effects upon our earnings and competitive position resulting from our compliance with such laws or regulations; however, there can be no assurance that such costs will not be material in the future or that such future compliance will not have a material adverse effect on our business or operational costs.

Website Access to Reports

Our Internet website address is https://championx.com. Our Annual Reports on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K, and amendments to each of those reports, are available free of charge through our website as soon as reasonably practicable after such material is electronically filed with, or furnished to, the SEC. Alternatively, our reports may be accessed through the website maintained by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) at www.sec.gov. Unless expressly noted, the information on our website or any other website is not incorporated by reference in this Annual Report on Form 10-K and should not be considered part of this Annual Report on Form 10-K or any other information we file with or furnish to the SEC.

Since January 4, 2021, our common stock has been listed and traded on The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC (“Nasdaq”) under the symbol “CHX.” Before January 4, 2021, our common stock was listed and traded on the NYSE.
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INFORMATION ABOUT OUR EXECUTIVE OFFICERS

NameAgeCurrent Position and Business Experience
Sivasankaran Somasundaram55President and Chief Executive Officer (2018)
Vice President of Dover Corporation and President and Chief Executive Officer of Dover Energy (2013)
Kenneth M. Fisher59Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (2021)
Chief Financial Officer, Noble Energy, Inc. (2009)
Deric Bryant48
Chief Operating Officer and President, Chemical Technologies (2020)
Executive Vice President and President, Upstream—Nalco Champion, an Ecolab company (2019)
Executive Vice President and General Manager, Oilfield Chemicals—Nalco Champion, an Ecolab company (2017)
Senior Vice President, Oilfield Chemicals—Nalco Champion, an Ecolab company (2016)
Vice President, Oilfield Chemicals for Gulf of Mexico, West Africa and Latin America—Nalco Champion, an Ecolab company (2014)
Robert K. Galloway54President, Drilling Technologies (2018)
President—US Synthetic of Dover Corporation (2010)
Paul E. Mahoney56President, Production & Automation Technologies (2018)
President—Dover Artificial Lift of Dover Corporation (2014)
William O’Dell, Jr.50
President, Oilfield and Specialty Performance (2020)
Vice President, Oilfield Chemicals for Gulf of Mexico, Sub Sahara Africa and Latin America—Nalco Champion, an Ecolab company (2017)
General Manager, Downstream Americas—Nalco Champion, an Ecolab company (2014)
Syed Raza54Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Officer (2018)
President—Dover Energy Automation of Dover Corporation (2016)
Vice President and General Manager—Advanced Solutions of Honeywell Process Solutions (2014)
Julia Wright45Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary (2018)
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary—Dover Energy of Dover Corporation (2018)
Vice President and General Counsel of Nabors Industries Ltd. (2016)
Interim General Counsel of Nabors Industries Ltd. (2016)
Assistant General Counsel of Nabors Industries Ltd. (2013)
Jordan Zweig51Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer (2020)
Vice President and Head of Global Human Resources—ChampionX, an Ecolab company (2020)
Vice President, Global Human Resources—Ecolab Inc. (2019)
Vice President and Head of Global Human Resources—Ecolab Inc. (2017)
Vice President and Head of Global Human Resources—Nalco Champion, an Ecolab company (2013)

No family relationships exist among any of the above-listed officers, and there are no arrangements or understandings between any of the above-listed officers and any other person pursuant to which they serve as an officer. During the past ten years, none of the above-listed officers was involved in any legal proceedings as defined in Item 401(f) of Regulation S-K. All officers are elected by the Board of Directors to hold office until their successors are elected and qualified.
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ITEM 1A. RISK FACTORS

In addition to other information in this Annual Report on Form 10-K, you should carefully consider the following risk factors. Each of these risk factors could materially and adversely affect our business, results of operations and financial condition, as well as affect the value of an investment in our common stock.

Risks Related to Our Business

Trends in crude oil and natural gas prices may affect the drilling and production activity, profitability and financial stability of our customers and therefore the demand for, and profitability of, our products and services.

The oil and gas industry is cyclical in nature and experiences periodic downturns of varying length and severity. The industry experienced a significant downturn in 2015 and 2016 as a result of a sharp decline in crude oil prices, followed by a slight recovery in late 2016 and into 2017, and a volatile decline again in late 2018. Price volatility continued throughout 2019 and, partially due to the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic and failure of OPEC and other major producers to agree on production cuts, became more extreme in 2020. Demand for our products and services is sensitive to the level of capital spending by global oil and natural gas companies and the corresponding drilling and production activity. The level of drilling and production activity is directly affected by trends in crude oil and natural gas prices, which are influenced by numerous factors affecting the supply and demand for oil and gas, including:
worldwide economic activity, including potential disruption to global trade;
the level of exploration and production activity;
the industry cost of, and access to, capital;
environmental regulation;
domestic and global political and economic uncertainty, socio-political unrest and instability, terrorism or hostilities;
U.S. federal, state and foreign government policies and regulations regarding current and future exploration and development of oil and gas;
the ability and/or desire of OPEC and other major international producers to set and maintain production levels and influence pricing;
the cost of exploring and producing oil and gas;
the availability, expiration date and price of onshore and offshore leases;
the discovery rate of new oil and gas reserves in onshore and offshore areas;
the success of drilling for oil and gas in unconventional resource plays such as shale formations;
the depletion rate of existing oil and gas wells in productions;
takeaway capacity within oil and gas producing basins;
alternative investments in onshore exploration and production opportunities;
shifts in business and personal travel with increased adoption of remote work arrangements;
the COVID-19 pandemic or other health pandemics and epidemics;
exceptional weather conditions, including severe weather events in the U.S. Gulf Coast; and
the pace of adoption and cost of developing alternative energy sources.

We expect continued volatility in both crude oil and natural gas prices (including the possibilities that such prices could remain at current levels or decline further for an extended period of time), as well as in the level of drilling and production related activities as a result of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, decisions of OPEC and other oil exporting nations regarding production, and the other factors listed above. Our ability to modify and adopt our operating activities in response to lower oilfield service activity levels during periodic industry downturns or in the transition to a lower carbon economy is important to our business, results of operations and prospects. However, a significant further decline and/or extended continuation of the recent downturn in the industry could continue to impact demand for our products and services and could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations, financial condition and cash flows, and could result in asset impairments, including an impairment of the carrying value of our goodwill, along with other accounting charges.

We might be unable to successfully compete with other companies in our industry.

The business in which we operate is highly competitive. The principal competitive factors are customer service, product quality and performance, price, breadth of product offering, local content and geographic footprint, technical expertise and innovation. In some of our product and service offerings, we compete with the oil and gas industry’s largest oilfield service providers. These large national and multi-national companies may have longer operating histories, greater brand recognition, and a stronger presence in geographies than us. They may also have more robust organizational and technical capabilities. In addition, we compete with many smaller companies capable of effectively competing on a regional or local basis. Our competitors may be able to respond more quickly to new or emerging technologies and services and for changes in customer requirements. Many
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contracts are awarded on a bid basis, which further increases competition based on price. As a result of the competitive environment in which we operate, we may lose competitive share, be unable to maintain or increase prices for our products and services, or be unable to develop new business opportunities, which could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations, financial condition and cash flows.

If we are unable to develop new products and technologies, our competitive position may be impaired, which could materially and adversely affect our sales and market share.

The businesses in which we operate are characterized by changing technologies and the introduction of new products and services. As a result, our success is dependent upon our ability to develop or acquire new products and services on a cost-effective basis, to introduce them into the marketplace in a timely manner, and to protect and maintain critical intellectual property assets related to these developments. Difficulties or delays in research, development or production of new products and technologies, or failure to gain customer acceptance of new products and technologies, may significantly reduce future revenue and materially and adversely affect our competitive position. While we intend to continue to commit financial resources and effort to the development of new products and services, our ability to do so may be impacted by the prolonged industry downturn and/or we may not be able to successfully differentiate our products and services from those of our competitors. Our customers may not consider our proposed products and services to be of value to them or may not view them as superior to our competitors’ products and services. In addition, our competitors or customers may develop new technologies which are similar to, or improvements on, our existing technologies.

Further, we may not be able to adapt to evolving customer needs and technologies, including the transition to a lower-carbon economy and energy system by our customers, develop new products, and achieve and maintain technological advantages in developing products and services in support of the evolving industry. If we do not successfully compete through the development and introduction of new products and technologies, our business, results of operations, financial condition and cash flows could be materially adversely affected.

We could lose customers or generate lower revenue, operating profits and cash flows if there are significant increases in the cost of raw materials or if we are unable to obtain raw materials.

We purchase raw materials, sub-assemblies and components for use in manufacturing operations, which exposes us to volatility in prices for certain commodities. Significant price increases for these commodities could adversely affect our operating profits. While we generally attempt to mitigate the impact of increased raw material prices by endeavoring to make strategic purchasing decisions, broadening our supplier base and passing along increased costs to customers, there may be a time delay between the increased raw material prices and the ability to increase the prices of our products. Additionally, we may be unable to increase the prices of products due to the terms of existing contracts, a competitor’s pricing pressure or other factors. The inability to obtain necessary raw materials on acceptable terms could affect our ability to meet customer commitments and satisfy demand for certain products. Certain of our product lines depend on a limited number of third-party suppliers and vendors. The ability of these third parties to deliver raw materials may be affected by events beyond our control. In addition, public health threats, such as COVID-19, severe influenza and other highly communicable viruses or diseases could limit access to vendors and their facilities, or the ability to transport raw materials from our vendors, which would adversely affect our ability to obtain necessary raw materials for certain of our products or increase the costs of such materials. A significant price increase in, raw materials of, tariffs imposed on, or unavailability of, may result in a loss of customers and/or adversely impact our business, results of operations, financial condition and cash flows, and could result in asset impairments, including an impairment of the carrying value of our goodwill.

Our growth and results of operations may be adversely affected if we are unable to complete third party acquisitions on acceptable terms and integrate such acquisitions.

Over time, it is expected that we will acquire value creating, bolt-on capabilities that broaden our existing technological, geographic and cost position, thereby complementing our businesses. However, there can be no assurance that we will be able to find suitable opportunities to purchase or acquire such capabilities on acceptable terms. If we are unsuccessful in our acquisition efforts, our revenue growth could be adversely affected. In addition, we face the risk that a completed acquisition may underperform relative to expectations. We may not achieve the synergies originally anticipated, may become exposed to unexpected liabilities, or may not be able to sufficiently integrate completed acquisitions into our then current business and growth model. These factors could potentially have an adverse impact on our business, results of operations, financial condition and cash flows.

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Our products are used in operations that are subject to potential hazards inherent in the oil and gas industry and, as a result, we are exposed to potential liabilities that may affect our financial condition and reputation.

Our products are used in potentially hazardous drilling, completion and production applications in the oil and gas industry where an accident or a failure of a product can potentially have catastrophic consequences. Risks inherent in these applications, such as equipment malfunctions and defects, failures, equipment misuse, explosions, blowouts and uncontrollable flows of oil, natural gas or well fluids can cause personal injury, loss of life, suspension of operations, damage to formations, damage to facilities, business interruption and damage to or destruction of property, surface and drinking water resources, equipment and the environment. While we currently maintain insurance protection against some of these risks and seek to obtain indemnity agreements from our customers requiring them to hold us harmless from some of these risks, our current insurance and contractual indemnity protection may not be sufficient or effective enough to protect us under all circumstances or against all risks. The occurrence of a significant event not fully insured or indemnified against, or the failure of a customer to meet its indemnification obligations to us could adversely affect our business, results of operations, financial condition and cash flows.

A chemical spill or release could materially and adversely affect our business.

As a manufacturer and supplier of chemical products, there is a potential for chemicals to be accidentally spilled, released or discharged, either in liquid or gaseous form, during production, transportation, storage or use. Such a release could result in environmental contamination as well as a human or animal health hazard, and result in significant remediation costs for us and potential disruption for, and damage to, our manufacturing facilities, customers, communities, and other stakeholders. Accordingly, such a release could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations and cash flows.

Our industry is undergoing continuing consolidation that may impact our results of operations.

The oil and gas industry continues to experience business consolidations and as a result, some of our largest customers have combined and are using their size and purchasing power to seek economies of scale and pricing concessions. This consolidation may result in reduced capital spending by some of our customers or the acquisition of one or more of our primary customers, which may lead to decreased demand for our products and services. There is no assurance that we will be able to maintain our level of sales to a customer that has consolidated, or replace that revenue with increased business activity with other customers. As a result, the acquisition of one or more of our primary customers may have a significant adverse impact on our business, results of operations, financial condition and cash flows. We are unable to predict what effect consolidations in the industry may have on prices, capital spending by our customers, our selling strategies, our competitive position, our ability to retain customers or our ability to negotiate favorable agreements with our customers.

The credit risks of our customer base could result in losses.

The majority of our customers are oil and gas companies that have faced or may in the future face liquidity constraints during adverse commodity price environments. These customers are also affected by prolonged changes in economic and industry conditions such as the COVID-19 pandemic and the current downturn in the oil and gas industry as a result of the lower crude oil and nature gas price environment. If a significant number of our customers experience prolonged business declines, disruptions, or bankruptcies, we may incur increased exposure to credit risk and losses from bad debts.

The loss of one or more significant customers could have an adverse impact on our financial results.

Our customers represent a combination of some of the largest operators in the oil and gas drilling and production markets, including major integrated, large, medium and small independents, and foreign national oil and gas companies, as well as oilfield equipment and service providers. While no single customer accounted for net sales equal to 10 percent or more of total revenues for the previous four years, and we are not dependent on any one customer or group of customers, the loss of one or more of our significant customers could have an adverse effect on our business, results of operations, financial condition and cash flows.

We are subject to information technology, cybersecurity and privacy risks.

We depend on various information technologies and other products and services to store and process business information and otherwise support our business activities. We also manufacture and sell hardware and software to provide monitoring, controls and optimization of customer critical assets in oil and gas production and distribution. In addition, certain of our customer offerings include digital components, such as remote monitoring of certain customer operations. We also provide services to maintain these systems. Additionally, our operations rely upon partners, suppliers and other third-party providers of information
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technology and other products and services. If any of these information technologies, products or services are damaged, cease to properly function, are breached due to employee error, malfeasance, system errors, or other vulnerabilities, or are subject to cybersecurity attacks, such as those involving unauthorized access, malicious software and/or other intrusions, we and our partners, suppliers or other third parties could experience: (i) production downtimes, (ii) operational delays, (iii) the compromising of confidential, proprietary or otherwise protected information, including personal and customer data, (iv) destruction, corruption, or theft of data, (v) security breaches, (vi) other manipulation, disruption, misappropriation or improper use of our systems or networks, (vii) hydrocarbon pollution from loss of containment, (viii) financial losses from remedial actions, (ix) loss of business or potential liability, (x) adverse media coverage, and (xi) legal claims or legal proceedings, including regulatory investigations and actions, and/or damage to our reputation. While we attempt to mitigate these risks by employing a number of measures, including employee training, technical security controls and maintenance of backup and protective systems, the Company’s and our customers’, partners’, vendors’ and other third- parties’ systems, networks, products and services remain potentially vulnerable to known or unknown cybersecurity attacks and other threats, any of which could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations, financial condition and cash flows.

We are subject to risks relating to existing international operations and expansion into new geographical markets.

We continue to focus on expanding sales globally as part of our overall growth strategy and expect sales from outside the United States to continue to represent a significant and growing portion of our revenue. Our international operations and global expansion strategy are subject to general risks related to such operations, including:
political, social and economic instability and disruptions;
export controls, economic sanctions, embargoes or trade restrictions;
the imposition of duties and tariffs and other trade barriers;
limitations on ownership and on repatriation or dividend of earnings;
transportation delays and interruptions;
labor unrest and current and changing regulatory environments;
increased compliance costs, including costs associated with disclosure requirements and related due diligence;
difficulties in staffing and managing multi-national operations;
limitations on our ability to enforce legal rights and remedies;
access to or control of networks and confidential information due to local government controls and vulnerability of local networks to cyber risks; and
fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates.

If we are unable to successfully manage the risks associated with expanding our global business or adequately manage operational risks of our existing international operations, these risks could have a material adverse effect on our growth strategy into new geographical markets, our reputation, our business, results of operations, financial condition and cash flows.

Dependence on joint ventures and other local partners could adversely affect our profits.

We conduct some operations through joint ventures in which unaffiliated third parties may control or have significant influence on the operations of the joint venture. As with any joint venture arrangement, differences in views among the joint venture participants may result in the joint venture operating in a manner that is contrary to our preference, delayed decisions or in failures to agree on major issues. These factors could have a material adverse effect on the business and results of operations of our joint ventures and, in turn, our business and consolidated results of operations.

In addition to joint ventures, we rely on local third-party partners in a number of foreign jurisdictions to provide various services in support of our product sales, including sales and distribution, installation, field service, technical support, and the provision of equipment and personnel. If a local partner is unwilling or unable to deliver its services for any reason including, but not limited to, a dispute with us, the deterioration of its financial condition or a loss of personnel, we may be unable to engage an alternative partner or subcontractors to perform the same services, or on terms substantially similar to those with our existing partners. The failure to do so may cause us to breach the terms of existing contracts, impede our ability to complete orders, and/or result in damage to our customer relationships in that jurisdiction, any of which may damage our reputation and have a material adverse effect on our business in the impacted jurisdiction.

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The COVID-19 pandemic and related economic repercussions have had, and are expected to continue to have, a significant impact on our business, and depending on the duration of the pandemic and its effect on the oil and gas industry, could have a material adverse effect on our business, liquidity, consolidated results of operations and consolidated financial condition.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a significant reduction in demand for oil and gas commodities as various jurisdictions have attempted to implement or have implemented measures designed to contain the spread of the virus, including travel restrictions, stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders and shutdowns of non-essential business. Oil demand has significantly deteriorated as a result of the virus outbreak and corresponding preventative measures taken around the world to mitigate the spread of the virus. Due to the uncertainty of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, production cuts may not be sufficient to support and stabilize commodity prices, and there is no assurance that any production cuts will be extended.

While the full impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is not yet known, potential risks associated with the COVID-19 outbreak could adversely impact our business, results of operations, financial condition and cash flows and include, but are not limited to:
disruptions to our supply chain resulting from our limited access to our vendors, our vendors’ limited access to their facilities or our ability to transport raw materials from our vendors, adversely affecting the price of, or our ability to obtain, materials essential to our products and our business which could result in a loss of customers and revenue;
reduction in revenues as a result of lower demand for our products as upstream oil and gas companies across the industry reduce their drilling activities, lower budgeted capital expenditures and institute additional capital discipline measures;
liquidity challenges, including impacts related to delayed customer payments and payment defaults associated with customer liquidity issues and bankruptcies, and, if a significant number of our customers experience a prolonged business decline or disruption, we may incur increased exposure to credit risk and bad debts;
a credit rating downgrade of our corporate debt if COVID-19 and the current oil market have a significant impact on our long-term profitability, which could result in higher borrowing costs or reduced availability of sources of financing;
workforce availability resulting from reductions to adjust to market conditions or due to restrictions that we and our customers impose, including limiting worksite access and facility shutdowns, to ensure the safety of employees and others, which could adversely affect our ability to timely fulfill customer orders and service requests;
costs associated with the rationalization of our portfolio of real estate facilities, including possible exit of leases and facility closures to align with expected activity and workforce capacity;
additional asset impairments, including an impairment of the carrying value of our goodwill, along with other accounting charges as demand for our services and products decreases;
continuation of measures taken by various governments to try to contain the virus, such as travel bans and restrictions, quarantines, shelter in place orders, and shutdowns, as well as increased acceptance of remote work arrangements and decreased levels of personal travel; and
compliance with financial covenants in the terms of our debt instruments if we experience a significant and prolonged decrease in our earnings before income tax, depreciation and amortization which would cause amounts borrowed to become due and payable.

Failure to attract, retain and develop personnel for key management could have an adverse effect on our results of operations, financial condition and cash flows.

Our growth, profitability and effectiveness in conducting our operations and executing our strategic plans depend in part on our ability to attract, retain and develop qualified personnel, and align them with appropriate opportunities for key management positions. Additionally, during periods of increased investment in the oil and gas industry, competition for qualified personnel may increase and the availability of qualified personnel may be challenged. If we are unsuccessful in our efforts to attract and retain qualified personnel, our business, results of operations, financial condition, cash flows, market share and competitive position could be adversely affected. Additionally, we could miss opportunities for growth and business efficiencies.

The inability to protect or obtain patent and other intellectual property rights could adversely affect our revenue, operating profits and cash flows.

We own patents, trademarks, licenses and other intellectual property related to our products and services, and we continuously invest in research and development that may result in innovations and intellectual property rights. We employ various measures to develop, maintain and protect our innovations and intellectual property rights. These measures may not be effective in capturing intellectual property rights, and they may not prevent our intellectual property from being challenged, invalidated, circumvented, infringed, misappropriated or otherwise violated, particularly in countries where intellectual property rights are
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not highly developed or protected. Unauthorized use of our intellectual property rights and any potential litigation we may initiate or have initiated against us in respect of our intellectual property rights could adversely impact our competitive position and have a negative impact on our business, results of operations, financial condition and cash flows.

Natural disasters and unusual weather conditions could have an adverse impact on our business.

Our business could be materially and adversely affected by natural disasters or severe weather conditions. Hurricanes, tropical storms, flash floods, blizzards, cold weather and other natural disasters or severe weather conditions could result in evacuation of personnel, curtailment of services, damage to equipment and facilities, interruption in transportation of products and materials and loss of productivity. For example, certain of our manufactured products and components are manufactured at a single facility, and disruptions in operations or damage to any such facilities could reduce our ability to manufacture our products and satisfy customer demand. If our customers are unable to operate or are required to reduce operations due to natural disasters or severe weather conditions, our business could be adversely affected as a result of curtailed deliveries of our products and services. Our headquarters and certain manufacturing facilities are located in the U.S. Gulf Coast and this region is also home to many of our customers and suppliers. Hurricanes or other severe weather events impacting the Gulf Coast could materially and adversely affect our operations, our ability to obtain raw materials at reasonable cost, or at all, and our customers in the region.

Risks Related to Financial Condition and Markets

Restrictions imposed by our debt instruments may limit the ability of our subsidiaries to operate their business and to finance their future operations or capital needs or to engage in other business activities.

The terms of our debt instruments restrict certain of our subsidiaries from engaging in specified types of transactions. These covenants restrict the ability of the Company and our restricted subsidiaries, among other things, to:
incur or guarantee additional indebtedness;
pay dividends on capital stock or redeem, repurchase or retire capital stock or indebtedness, as applicable;
make investments, loans, advances and acquisitions;
engage in transactions with our affiliates;
sell assets, including capital stock of subsidiaries; and
consolidate or merge.

In addition, the debt instruments contain certain financial maintenance covenants. Our ability to comply with these restrictions can be affected by events beyond our control, and we may not be able to maintain compliance with them. A breach of any of these covenants would be an event of default.

In the event of a default under any of the debt instruments, the lenders could elect to declare all amounts outstanding under such debt instruments to be immediately due and payable, or in the case of our revolving credit facility, may terminate their commitments to lend additional money. If the indebtedness under any of our debt instruments were to be accelerated, our assets may not be sufficient to repay such indebtedness in full. In addition, our senior secured credit facilities are secured by substantially all of our and our domestic subsidiaries’ assets. If an event of default occurs under our debt instruments, the lenders could exercise their rights under the related security documents, and an event of default may be triggered under other debt instruments. Any acceleration of amounts due under our debt instruments or the substantial exercise by the lenders of their rights under the security documents would have a material adverse effect on us.

Our indebtedness could adversely affect our financial condition and operating flexibility.

Our ability to make payments on, and to refinance, our indebtedness, as well as any future indebtedness that we may incur, will depend upon the level of cash flows generated by our operations, our ability to sell assets, availability under our revolving credit facility and our ability to access the capital markets and/or other sources of financing. Our ability to generate cash is subject to general economic, industry, financial, competitive, legislative, regulatory and other factors that are beyond our control. If we are not able to repay or refinance our indebtedness as it becomes due, we may be forced to sell assets or take other disadvantageous actions, including (i) reducing financing in the future for working capital, capital expenditures, acquisitions and general corporate purposes or (ii) dedicating an unsustainable level of cash flow from operations to the payment of principal and interest on the indebtedness. In addition, our ability to withstand competitive pressures and to react to changes in the oil and gas industry could be impaired.

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Disruptions in the capital and credit markets, low commodity prices, our debt level and other factors may restrict our ability to raise capital on favorable terms, or at all.

Disruptions in the capital and credit markets, in particular with respect to companies in the energy sector, could limit our ability to access these markets or may significantly increase our cost to borrow. Continued low commodity prices, among other factors, have caused some lenders to increase interest rates, enact tighter lending standards which we may not satisfy as a result of our debt level or otherwise, refuse to refinance existing debt at maturity on favorable terms, or at all, and in certain instances have reduced or ceased to provide funding to borrowers. If we are unable to access the capital and credit markets on favorable terms or at all, it could adversely affect our business, financial condition, results of operations and cash flows.

Our exposure to exchange rate fluctuations on cross-border transactions and the translation of local currency results into U.S. dollars could negatively impact our results of operations.

A portion of our business is transacted and/or denominated in foreign currencies, and fluctuations in currency exchange rates or the inability to exchange or repatriate foreign currencies could have a significant impact on our results of operations, financial condition and cash flows, which are presented in U.S. dollars. Cross-border transactions, both with external parties and intercompany relationships, result in increased exposure to foreign exchange effects. Although the impact of foreign currency fluctuations on our results of operations has historically not been material, significant changes in currency exchange rates, could negatively affect our results of operations. Additionally, a future strengthening of the U.S. dollar potentially exposes us to competitive threats from lower cost producers in other countries and could result in unfavorable translation effects as the results of foreign locations are translated into U.S. dollars for reporting purposes.

Risks Related to the Merger

We may not realize the anticipated cost synergies and growth opportunities from the Merger.

We expect to realize cost synergies, growth opportunities and other financial and operating benefits as a result of the Merger. Our success in realizing these benefits, and the timing of this realization, depends on the successful integration of the business operations of legacy ChampionX with the Company. Even if we are able to integrate legacy ChampionX successfully, we cannot predict with certainty if or when these cost synergies, growth opportunities and benefits will occur, or the extent to which they will actually be achieved. For example, the benefits from the Merger may be offset by costs incurred in integrating the companies. Realization of any benefits and synergies could be affected by the factors described in other risk factors and a number of factors beyond our control, including, without limitation, general economic conditions, further consolidation in the industry in which we operate, increased operating costs and regulatory developments.

The integration of legacy ChampionX following the Merger may present significant challenges.
There is a significant degree of difficulty inherent in the process of integrating legacy ChampionX with the Company. These difficulties include:
the integration of legacy ChampionX with our current businesses while carrying on the ongoing operations of all businesses;
managing a significantly larger company than before the consummation of the Merger;
coordinating geographically separate organizations;
integrating the business cultures of each of legacy ChampionX and the Company, which may prove to be incompatible;
creating uniform standards, controls, procedures, policies and information systems and controlling the costs associated with such matters;
ability to ensure the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting;
integrating certain information technology, purchasing, accounting, finance, sales, billing, human resources, payroll and regulatory compliance systems; and
the potential difficulty in retaining key officers and personnel.
The process of integrating operations could cause an interruption of, or loss of momentum in, the Company’s activities. Members of senior management may be required to devote considerable amounts of time to this integration process, which will decrease the time they will have to manage business operations, serve the business, or develop new products or strategies. If our senior management is not able to effectively manage the integration process, or if any significant business activities are interrupted as a result of the integration process, our business could suffer.

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The successful or cost-effective integration of legacy ChampionX cannot be assured. The failure to do so could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition or results of operations.

The Separation and Distribution Agreement limits our ability to engage in certain activities competitive with Ecolab.

The Separation and Distribution Agreement includes non-compete provisions pursuant to which the legacy ChampionX business is restricted from competing in the water and downstream fields of use for three years following the Distribution subject to certain exceptions set forth in the Separation and Distribution Agreement. In addition, Ecolab may have the ability to terminate certain rights, including patent licenses, if legacy ChampionX businesses begin to compete in the downstream or water fields of use even after the expiration of the non-compete period. These restrictions may limit our ability to engage in certain activities, may potentially lead to disputes and may materially and adversely affect our business, financial condition and results of operations.

The Distribution could result in significant tax liability, and we may be obligated to indemnify Ecolab for any such tax liability imposed on Ecolab.

Prior to the Distribution, Ecolab received an opinion of its counsel (the “Distribution Tax Opinion”), substantially to the effect that the contribution of Ecolab’s upstream energy business to legacy ChampionX (the “Contribution”) and the Distribution, taken together, will qualify as a transaction described in Sections 355 and 368(a)(1)(D) of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”), and an opinion from KPMG LLP (“KPMG”), that addressed the tax treatment of certain aspects of the Contribution, Distribution and the Merger (the “KPMG Tax Opinion”). Except for taxable income or gain possibly arising as a result of certain internal restructuring transactions undertaken in its separation of the upstream energy business (the “ChampionX Separation”), and with respect to any “intercompany transaction” required to be taken into account by Ecolab under the Treasury Regulations related to consolidated federal income tax returns, Ecolab will not recognize any gain or loss. None of Ecolab, legacy ChampionX or the Company has requested or intends to request any ruling from the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) as to the U.S. federal income tax consequences of the Contribution, the ChampionX Separation, the Distribution or the Merger. Neither the Distribution Tax Opinion nor the KPMG Tax Opinion are binding on the IRS (or any applicable foreign taxing authorities) or the courts, and the IRS (or any applicable foreign taxing authorities) or the courts may not agree with the conclusions reached therein. There can be no assurance that the IRS (or any applicable foreign taxing authorities) will not successfully assert that the Distribution, or certain internal restructuring transactions undertaken in the Separation, are taxable transactions, and that a court will not sustain such assertion, which could result in tax being incurred by Ecolab.

If the Contribution and Distribution, taken together, were determined not to qualify as a transaction described in Sections 355 and 368(a)(1)(D) of the Code, for U.S. federal income tax purposes, Ecolab would generally recognize gain with respect to the transfer of ChampionX common stock in the Distribution if the value of ChampionX stock transferred exceeds Ecolab’s tax basis in such ChampionX stock.

Even if the Contribution and Distribution, taken together, otherwise qualify as a transaction described in Sections 355 and 368(a)(1)(D) of the Code, the Distribution will nonetheless be taxable to Ecolab pursuant to Section 355(e) of the Code if one or more persons acquire a 50% or greater interest (measured by vote or value) in the stock of Ecolab or legacy ChampionX, directly or indirectly (including through acquisitions of the stock of the Company after the Merger), as part of a plan or series of related transactions that includes the Distribution. For purposes of this test, the Merger will be treated as part of a plan that includes the Distribution, but it is expected that the Merger, standing alone, will not cause the Distribution to be taxable to Ecolab under Section 355(e) of the Code because holders of legacy ChampionX common stock own more than 50% of the common stock of the Company following the Merger. However, if the IRS were to determine that other acquisitions of Ecolab stock, either before or after the Distribution, or the Company’s stock after the Merger, are part of a plan or series of related transactions that includes the Distribution, such determination could result in the recognition of gain by Ecolab for U.S. federal income tax purposes, and the amount of taxes on such gain could be substantial.

Under the Tax Matters Agreement, we may be obligated, in certain cases, to indemnify Ecolab against taxes and certain tax-related losses of the Contribution, Separation, Distribution or Merger (collectively, the “Transactions”) that arise as a result of our actions, or failure to act. Any such indemnification obligation would likely be substantial and would likely have a material adverse effect on us.

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Under the Tax Matters Agreement, we are restricted from taking certain actions that could adversely affect the intended tax treatment of the Transactions, and such restrictions could significantly impair our ability to implement strategic initiatives that otherwise would be beneficial.

The Tax Matters Agreement generally restricts us from taking certain actions after the Distribution that could adversely affect the intended tax treatment of the Transactions. Failure to adhere to these restrictions could result in tax being imposed on Ecolab for which we could bear responsibility and for which we could be obligated to indemnify Ecolab. Any such indemnification obligation would likely be substantial and would likely have a material adverse effect on us. In addition, even if we are not responsible for tax liabilities of Ecolab under the Tax Matters Agreement, legacy ChampionX nonetheless could be liable under applicable tax law for such liabilities if Ecolab were to fail to pay such taxes. Because of these provisions in the Tax Matters Agreement, we are restricted from taking certain actions, particularly for the two (or, in certain cases three) years following the Merger, including (among other things) the ability to freely issue stock, to make acquisitions and to raise additional equity capital. These restrictions could have a material adverse effect on our liquidity and financial condition, and otherwise could impair our ability to implement strategic initiatives. Also, our indemnity obligation to Ecolab might discourage, delay or prevent a change of control that our shareholders may consider favorable.

The legacy ChampionX business may be negatively impacted if we are unable to provide benefits and services, or access to equivalent financial strength and resources, to legacy ChampionX that historically have been provided by Ecolab.

The legacy ChampionX business has historically received benefits and services from Ecolab and has benefited from Ecolab’s financial strength and corporate support services. After the Transactions, legacy ChampionX as a subsidiary of the Company, no longer benefits from Ecolab’s services, financial strength or business relationships to the extent not otherwise addressed in the other transaction documents contemplated by the Separation and Distribution Agreement, referred to as the Transaction Documents. While Ecolab has agreed to provide certain transition services to legacy ChampionX for a period of time following the consummation of the Transactions, it cannot be assured that we will be able to adequately replace or provide resources formerly provided by Ecolab or replace them at the same or lower cost. If we are not able to replace the resources provided by Ecolab or are unable to replace them without incurring significant additional costs, or are delayed in replacing the resources provided by Ecolab, our results of operations may be negatively impacted.

Legal and Regulatory Risks

War, terrorism or civil unrest could harm our business.

Due to the unsettled political conditions in many natural gas and oil-producing countries, our operations, revenue and profits are subject to adverse consequences of war, terrorism, civil unrest, strikes, currency controls, and governmental actions. These risks could result in the loss of our personnel or assets, cause us to evacuate our personnel from certain countries, cause us to increase spending on security worldwide, cause us to cease operating in certain countries, disrupt financial and commercial markets, including the supply of and pricing for oil and natural gas, and generate political and economic instability in some of the geographic areas in which we operate. Areas where we operate that have significant risks include, but are not limited to, the Middle East, North Africa, West Africa, the Caspian Sea region, Southeast Asia and Indonesia, Mexico, Russia, and Venezuela and other countries in South America. In addition, any possible reprisals as a consequence of military or other action, such as acts of terrorism in the United States or elsewhere, could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations and financial condition.

Federal, state and local legislative and regulatory initiatives relating to oil and gas development and the potential for related litigation could result in increased costs and additional operating restrictions or delays for our customers, which could reduce demand for our products.

Environmental laws and regulations could limit our customers’ exploration and production activities. Although we do not directly engage in drilling or hydraulic fracturing activities, we provide products and services to operators in the oil and gas industry. There has been significant growth in opposition to oil and gas development both in the United States and globally. This opposition is focused on attempting to limit or stop hydrocarbon development in certain areas. Examples of such opposition include: (i) efforts to reduce access to public and private lands, (ii) delaying or canceling permits for drilling or pipeline construction, (iii) limiting or banning industry techniques such as hydraulic fracturing, and/or adding restrictions on the use of water and associated disposal, (iv) delaying or denying air-quality permits, and (v) advocating for increased regulations, punitive taxation, or citizen ballot initiatives or moratoriums on industry activity.

In addition, various state and local governments have implemented, or are considering, increased regulatory oversight of oil and gas development through additional permitting requirements, operational restrictions, including on the time, place and
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manner of drilling activities, disclosure requirements and temporary or permanent bans on hydraulic fracturing or other facets of crude oil and natural gas exploration and development in certain areas such as environmentally sensitive watersheds. Increased regulation and opposition to oil and gas activities could increase the potential for litigation concerning these activities, and could include companies who provide products and services used in hydrocarbon development, such as us.

The adoption of new laws or regulations at the federal, state, or local levels imposing reporting obligations, or otherwise limiting or delaying hydrocarbon development, could make it more difficult for our customers to complete oil and gas wells, increase our customers’ costs of compliance and doing business, and otherwise adversely affect the oil and gas activities they pursue. Such developments could negatively impact demand for our products and services. In addition, heightened political, regulatory and public scrutiny, including lawsuits, could expose us or our customers to increased legal and regulatory proceedings, which could be time-consuming, costly, or result in substantial legal liability or significant reputational harm. We could be directly affected by adverse litigation or indirectly affected if the cost of compliance or the risks of liability limit the ability or willingness of our customers to operate. Such costs and scrutiny could directly or indirectly, through reduced demand for our products and services, have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations, financial condition and cash flows.

We and our customers are subject to extensive environmental and health and safety laws and regulations that may increase our costs, limit the demand for our products and services or restrict our operations.

Our operations and the operations of our customers are subject to numerous and complex federal, state, local and foreign laws and regulations relating to the protection of human health, safety and the environment. These laws and regulations may adversely affect us by limiting or curtailing our customers’ exploration, drilling and production activities, impacting the products and services we design, market and sell and the facilities where we manufacture our products. For example, our operations and the operations of our customers are subject to numerous and complex laws and regulations that, among other things: may regulate the management and disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous wastes; may require acquisition of environmental permits related to our operations; may restrict the types, quantities and concentrations of various materials that can be released into the environment; may limit or prohibit operational activities in certain ecologically sensitive and other protected areas; may regulate specific health and safety criteria addressing worker protection; may require compliance with operational and equipment standards; may impose testing, reporting and record-keeping requirements; and may require remedial measures to mitigate pollution from former and ongoing operations. Sanctions for noncompliance with such laws and regulations may include revocation of permits, corrective action orders, administrative or civil penalties, criminal prosecution and the imposition of injunctions to prohibit certain activities or force future compliance.

Some environmental laws and regulations provide for joint and several strict liability for remediation of spills and releases of hazardous substances. In addition, we or our customers may be subject to claims alleging personal injury or property damage as a result of alleged exposure to hazardous substances, as well as damage to natural resources. These laws and regulations may expose us or our customers to liability for the conduct of or conditions caused by others, or for our acts or for the acts of our customers that were in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations at the time such acts were performed. Any of these laws and regulations could result in claims, fines or expenditures that could be material to our business, results of operations, financial condition and cash flows.

Environmental laws and regulations, and the interpretation and enforcement thereof, frequently change, and have tended to become more stringent over time. New laws, regulations treaties, or international agreements related to greenhouse gases and climate change, including incentives to conserve energy or use alternative energy sources, may have a material adverse effect on our customers by limiting or curtailing their exploration, drilling, and production activities, which may adversely affect our operations by limiting demand for our products and services. Additionally, the implementation of new laws and regulations may have a material adverse effect on our operating results by requiring us to modify our operations or products or shut down some or all of our facilities.

Various laws and regulations exist or are under development that seek to regulate the emission of greenhouse gases (“GHG”), including establishing GHG “cap and trade” programs, increased efficiency standards, participation in international climate agreements, issuance of executive orders by the U.S. presidential administration and incentives or mandates for pollution reduction, use of renewable energy sources, or use of alternative fuels with lower carbon content. Any regulation of GHG emissions could result in increased compliance costs or additional operating restrictions for us and/or our customers and limit or curtail exploration, drilling and production activities of our customers, which could directly or indirectly, through reduced demand for our products and services, adversely affect our business, results of operations, financial condition and cash flows.

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Our reputation, ability to do business and results of operations may be impaired by violations of U.S. and international laws and regulations regarding, anti-bribery, trade control, trade sanctions, anti-corruption and similar laws.

Our operations require us to comply with a number of U.S. and international laws and regulations, including those relating to anti-corruption, anti-bribery, fair competition, export and import compliance, money laundering and data privacy. In particular, our international operations are subject to the regulations imposed by the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the United Kingdom Bribery Act 2010 as well as anti-bribery and anti-corruption laws of various jurisdictions in which we operate. While we strive to maintain high ethical standards and robust internal controls, we cannot provide assurance that our internal controls and compliance systems will always protect us from acts committed by our employees, agents or business partners that would violate such U.S. or international laws or regulations. Any such violations of law or improper actions could subject us to civil or criminal investigations in the United States or other jurisdictions, could lead to substantial civil or criminal, monetary and non-monetary penalties and related shareholder lawsuits, could lead to increased costs of compliance and could damage our reputation, business, results of operations, financial condition and cash flows.

Tariffs and other trade measures could adversely affect our results of operations, financial position and cash flows.

In 2020, the U.S. government continued to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum and a broad range of other products imported into the United States. In response to the tariffs imposed by the U.S. government, a number of jurisdictions, including the European Union, Canada, Mexico, India and China announced tariffs on U.S. goods and services. These tariffs have increased our material input costs, and any further trade restrictions, retaliatory trade measures and additional tariffs could result in higher input costs for our products. We may not be able to fully mitigate the impact of these increased costs or pass price increases on to our customers. While tariffs and other retaliatory trade measures imposed by other countries on U.S. goods have not yet had a significant impact on our business or results of operations, we cannot predict further developments, and such existing or future tariffs could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations, financial position and cash flows.

Changes in domestic and foreign governmental laws, regulations and policies, risks associated with emerging markets, changes in statutory tax rates and laws, and unanticipated outcomes with respect to tax audits could adversely affect our business, profitability and reputation.

Our domestic and international sales and operations are subject to risks associated with changes in laws, regulations and policies (including environmental and employment regulations, export/import laws, local content and local ownership requirements, tax policies such as export subsidy programs and research and experimentation credits, carbon emission regulations and other similar programs). Failure to comply with any of the foregoing laws, regulations and policies could result in civil and criminal, monetary and non-monetary penalties, as well as damage to our reputation. In addition, we cannot provide assurance that costs of complying with new and evolving regulatory reporting requirements and current or future laws, including environmental protection, employment, data security, data privacy and health and safety laws, will not exceed our estimates. In addition, we have made investments in certain countries, and we may in the future invest in other countries, which may carry high levels of currency, political, compliance, or economic risk. While these risks or the impact of these risks are difficult to predict, any one or more of them could adversely affect our business, results of operations and reputation.

We are subject to taxation in a number of jurisdictions. Accordingly, our effective tax rate is impacted by changes in the mix among earnings in countries with differing statutory tax rates. A material change in the statutory tax rate or interpretation of local law in a jurisdiction in which we have significant operations could adversely impact our effective tax rate and impact our financial results. For example, the U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Tax Reform Act”), enacted in December 2017, significantly changed U.S. tax law by, among other things, imposing a repatriation tax on deemed repatriated earnings of foreign subsidiaries and imposing limitations on the ability to deduct interest expense.

Our tax returns are subject to audit and taxing authorities could challenge our operating structure, taxable presence, application of treaty benefits or transfer pricing policies. If changes in statutory tax rates or laws or audits result in assessments different from amounts estimated, then our business, results of operations, financial condition and cash flows may be adversely affected. In addition, changes in tax laws could have an adverse effect on our customers, resulting in lower demand for our products and services.

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Certain of our subsidiaries are defendants in pending lawsuits alleging negligence and injury resulting from the use of COREXIT™ dispersant in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which could expose us to monetary damages or settlement costs.

As described in Note 9—Commitments And Contingencies in Part II, Item 8.—Financial Statements and Supplementary Data, certain of our subsidiaries (collectively the “COREXIT Defendants”) are among the defendants in a number of class action and individual plaintiff lawsuits arising from the use of COREXIT™ dispersant in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which could expose the Company to monetary damages or settlement costs. The plaintiffs in these matters have claimed damages under products liability, tort and other theories.

While three cases remain pending against the COREXIT Defendants and are expected to be dismissed pursuant to a November 28, 2012 order granting the COREXIT Defendants’ motion for summary judgment, we cannot predict whether there will be an appeal of the dismissal, the involvement we might have in these matters in the future or the potential for future litigation. Although we believe we have rights to contribution and/or indemnification from third parties in connection with these lawsuits, if an appeal by plaintiffs in these lawsuits is brought and won, these suits could have a material adverse effect on us and our financial condition, results of operations or cash flows.

The COREXIT Defendants continue to sell the COREXIT™ oil dispersant product and previously sold product remains in the inventories of individual customers and oil spill response organizations. We cannot predict the potential for future litigation with respect to such sales or inventory. However, if one or more of such lawsuits are brought and won, these suits could have a material adverse impact on our financial results.
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ITEM 1B. UNRESOLVED STAFF COMMENTS

None.

ITEM 2. PROPERTIES

We lease our corporate headquarters in The Woodlands, Texas. We lease or own technical customer support offices and operating facilities in North America, Australia, the Middle East, Asia Pacific, and Latin America. We operate research and technology centers in Sugar Land, Texas; Calgary, Canada; Aberdeen, Scotland; and Kazan, Russia. We have significant regional administrative facilities located in Singapore, The Republic of Singapore; Moscow, Russia; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Aberdeen, Scotland; and Kazan, Russia. We also have a network of small leased sales offices around the world.

We believe our properties and facilities are suitable for their present and intended purposes and are operating at a level consistent with the requirements of the industry in which we operate.

ITEM 3. LEGAL PROCEEDINGS

We are involved in various pending or potential legal actions in the ordinary course of our business. Management is unable to predict the ultimate outcome of these actions because of the inherent uncertainty of litigation. However, management believes the most probable, ultimate resolution of these matters will not have a material adverse effect on our consolidated financial position, results of operations or cash flows. See Note 9—Commitments And Contingencies in Part II, Item 8.—Financial Statements and Supplementary Data for a description of such proceedings.

ITEM 4. MINE SAFETY DISCLOSURES

Not applicable.
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PART II

ITEM 5. MARKET FOR REGISTRANT’S COMMON EQUITY, RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS AND ISSUER PURCHASES OF EQUITY SECURITIES

Our common stock is listed on Nasdaq under the “CHX” symbol. At January 31, 2021, our number of common stockholders of record was 1,135.

We have not declared or paid cash dividends in 2020, and we do not currently have a plan to pay cash dividends in the future.

We had no unregistered sales of equity securities during the year ended December 31, 2020. We had no repurchases of our common stock during the year ended December 31, 2020.

The following performance graph and related information shall not be deemed “soliciting material” or “filed” with the SEC, nor shall such information be incorporated by reference into any future filing under the Securities Act of 1933 or the Exchange Act, each as amended, except to the extent that we specifically incorporate it by reference into such filing.

Comparison of Cumulative Total Return
Among ChampionX Corporation, the S&P 500 Index, and
the PHLX Oil Service Sector Index

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The chart compares the percentage change in the cumulative stockholder return on our common stock against the cumulative total return of the Philadelphia Oil Service Sector Index, and the S&P Composite 500 Stock Index. The comparison is for a period beginning May 9, 2018 and ending December 31, 2020. The chart assumes the investment of $100 on the closing price of May 9, 2018, and the reinvestment of all dividends.

ITEM 6. (REMOVED AND RESERVED)

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ITEM 7. MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

This discussion includes forward-looking statements. See “Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” for certain cautionary information regarding forward-looking statements and see “Risk Factors” in Part I, Item 1A, for certain factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those predicted in those statements. This discussion should also be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements included in “Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data.”

EXECUTIVE OVERVIEW

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 and safe operations throughout the lifecycle of a well with a focus on the production phase of wells.

On May 9, 2018, we became an independent, publicly traded company as a result of our Separation from Dover.

A discussion of our consolidated results of operations and the results of operations of each of our reportable segments for the year ended December 31, 2020 compared to 2019 is contained herein. For discussion related to our consolidated results of operations and results of operations for each of our reportable segments for the year ended December 31, 2019 compared to 2018, please refer to Part II, Item 7 “Management's discussion and analysis of financial condition and results of operations” on Form 10-K for our fiscal year ended December 31, 2019, filed with the SEC on March 2, 2020.

Merger

On June 3, 2020, the Company and Ecolab completed a Reverse Morris Trust transaction in which Ecolab transferred their upstream energy business to legacy ChampionX and, thereafter, distributed all of the shares of legacy ChampionX common stock to certain Ecolab stockholders. Immediately following the Distribution, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company merged with and into legacy ChampionX, with legacy ChampionX continuing as the surviving company in the Merger and as a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company. The Merger constitutes a business combination, with the Company (formerly known as Apergy) treated as the accounting acquirer and legacy ChampionX treated as the acquired company for accounting purposes. In association with the completion of the Merger, the Company changed its name from Apergy Corporation to ChampionX Corporation. See Note 3—Merger Transaction, Acquisitions, And Dispositions to our consolidated financial statements included in Part II, Item 8 of this Annual Report on Form 10-K for more information.

In connection with the Merger, we re-evaluated our reportable segments. As a result, we have identified two new reportable segments, Production Chemical Technologies and Reservoir Chemical Technologies, which include the results of operations of legacy ChampionX. The legacy Apergy reportable segments remain unchanged. The results of operations of legacy ChampionX are reflected in our accompanying consolidated financial statements from the closing date of the Merger through December 31, 2020. Results for the periods prior to June 3, 2020 reflect the financial and operating results of legacy Apergy and do not include the financial and operating results of legacy ChampionX. As such, our historical results of operations are not comparable from period to period and may not be comparable to our financial results of operations in future periods.

Business Environment

We focus on economic- and industry-specific drivers and key risk factors affecting our business segments as we formulate our strategic plans and make decisions related to allocating capital and human resources. Our business segments provide a broad range of technologies and products for the oil and gas drilling and production industry and, as a result, are substantially dependent upon activity levels in the oil and gas industry. Demand for our products, technologies and services is impacted by overall global demand for oil and gas, ongoing depletion rates of existing wells which produce oil and gas, and our customers’ willingness to invest in the development and ongoing production of oil and gas resources. Our customers determine their operating and capital budgets based on current and future crude oil and natural gas prices, U.S. and worldwide rig count and U.S. well completions, among other factors. Crude oil and natural gas prices are impacted by supply and demand, which are influenced by geopolitical, macroeconomic, and local events, and have historically been subject to substantial volatility and cyclicality. Rig count, footage drilled, and exploration and production (E&P) investment by oil and gas operators have often been used as leading indicators for the level of drilling and development activity in the oil and gas sector.


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Market Conditions and Outlook

During the first half of 2020, certain unprecedented events caused a rapid decline of oil prices. Decisions by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (“OPEC”) and other oil producing nations resulted in an oversupply of crude oil. Compounding this situation, demand for oil and gas commodities declined significantly as the world was impacted by the novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”) outbreak, which resulted in a sharp decline in crude oil prices. In response to the significant reduction in oil prices, customer spending associated with drilling and E&P activity deteriorated at a rapid pace due to significantly reduced capital and operating expenditures and cost cutting initiatives.

Although oil prices rebounded moderately, prices remain below the average oil price during 2019. We expect market conditions to remain challenging into 2021 as we believe it will take time for global oil demand to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

In response to impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, we implemented a set of immediate actions to reduce operating costs and capital spending during fiscal year 2020, which included:

reduction in total ChampionX headcount;
temporary company-wide salary reductions, including steeper reductions for executive management and the highest reduction for our chief executive officer; and
facility rationalization and elimination of non-essential expenses.

Additionally, during 2020, we significantly reduced capital expenditures within our Production & Automation Technologies and Digital Technologies segments by approximately $41 million. Within our Chemical Technologies business, we reduced capital spend during 2020 by approximately 50% against prior year levels. Should we experience further declines in oilfield service activities as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we will take additional restructuring actions as necessary.

Ensuring the health and safety of our employees is paramount. As our businesses are classified as critical infrastructure, our manufacturing and field locations continue to operate and support the vital oil and gas infrastructure around the world. In order to protect our employees during this period, we mobilized our crisis management team and adopted a comprehensive response plan, which included:

taking precautions consistent with local, state, and national government health authority guidelines, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization;
meetings between the crisis management team and executive management to ensure real-time understanding of developments as they occur such that our communications and responses are appropriate and timely;
equipping our employees with additional personal protective equipment;
introducing new employee screening procedures in our operations; and
enacting social distancing procedures, including staggering shifts, implementing rotating work schedules, and modifying workspaces and break areas.

As COVID-19 vaccines become available in the jurisdictions in which we have facilities and employees, we are making information available to employees about vaccine availability and encouraging employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19 where eligible.
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CONSOLIDATED RESULTS OF OPERATIONS
YEARS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2020 AND 2019

 Years Ended December 31,
2020 vs. 2019
(dollars in thousands)20202019$%
Revenue$1,899,996 $1,131,251 $768,745 68 %
Cost of goods and services1,490,824 754,147 736,677 98 %
Gross profit409,172 377,104 32,068 %
Selling, general and administrative expense463,767 274,268 189,499 69 %
Goodwill impairment616,271 — 616,271 *
Long-lived asset impairment40,980 1,746 39,234 *
Interest expense, net51,731 39,301 12,430 32 %
Other (income) expense, net(828)2,603 (3,431)(132)%
Income (loss) before income taxes(762,749)59,186 (821,935)*
Provision for (benefit from) income taxes(20,396)6,226 (26,622)*
Net income (loss)(742,353)52,960 (795,313)*
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest1,577 796 781 98 %
Net income (loss) attributable to ChampionX$(743,930)$52,164 $(796,094)*
Gross profit margin21.5 %33.3 %(1,180) bps.
SG&A expense, percent of revenue24.4 %24.2 %20 bps.
Effective tax rate2.7 %10.5 %(780) bps.
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* Not meaningful

Outside of incremental revenues associated with the Merger, we experienced an increase in revenue in North America across all our business segments in the second half of 2020 as compared to the first half of 2020. This increase was driven by higher activity levels as customer spending began to recover from the compressed levels experienced during the second quarter, coupled with higher demand for our polycrystalline diamond cutters as U.S. land rig count activity began to increase later in the year. Internationally, markets were more resilient during 2020 given the longer sales cycles relative to North America.

Revenue. Revenue for the consolidated entity increased $768.7 million, or 68%, in 2020 compared to the prior year driven by $1.2 billion of incremental revenues associated with our acquired Chemical Technologies business. The increase in revenue was offset by a decrease in Drilling Technologies revenue of $130.7 million year-over-year due to lower volumes and pricing pressure. Additionally, Production & Automation Technologies revenue decreased $268.4 million year-over-year, driven by lower volumes in North America and internationally, and the disposition of our pressure vessel manufacturing business in the second quarter of 2019.

Gross profit. Gross profit increased $32.1 million, or 9%, year-over year, primarily due to $251.8 million generated subsequent to the Merger date by our acquired Chemical Technologies business. This was offset by lower sales volumes in our Production & Automation Technologies and Drilling Technologies segments as well as an increase in consolidated depreciation expense of $74.1 million. The increase in depreciation expense is primarily due to a change in salvage value estimate for certain of our leased assets.

Selling, general and administrative expense. Selling, general and administrative expense increased $189.5 million, or 69%, year-over-year, primarily due to $168.5 million of incremental expenses associated with our acquired Chemical Technologies business as well as acquisition and integration costs of $83.6 million related to the Merger. The increase also includes $7.8 million for restructuring costs and $5.8 million for professional fees incurred related to material weakness remediation. The increase in selling, general and administrative expense was largely offset by cost savings from restructuring actions taken in the second half of 2019 to mitigate the impact of lower drilling activity levels and the second quarter of 2020 to address the energy downturn and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Interest expense, net. Interest expense, net increased $12.4 million, or 32%, year-over-year primarily due to incremental interest expense related to the term loan assumed as part of the Merger, partially offset by repayments of approximately $125.0 million of the Company’s term loan during the year.

Provision for (benefit from) income taxes. The effective tax rates for 2020 and 2019 were 2.7% and 10.5% respectively. The tax benefit recognized during 2020 reflects the loss before income taxes, largely due to goodwill and intangible asset impairment charges recorded during the first quarter. The effective tax rate was primarily impacted by the tax effects of impairment of non-taxable goodwill of $560.1 million. Other items impacting the rate include the effects of valuation allowances in loss jurisdictions, foreign branch earnings, transaction costs associated with the Merger, and the impact of rates in foreign jurisdictions.

SEGMENT RESULTS OF OPERATIONS
YEARS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2020 AND 2019

Production Chemical Technologies
(dollars in thousands)
Year Ended
December 31, 2020 (1)
Revenue$992,805 
Operating profit94,294 
Operating profit margin9.5 %
Depreciation and amortization$58,328 
Restructuring and other related charges5,241 
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(1) The results of operations of the Production Chemical Technologies segment are reflected in the table above from the closing date of the Merger through December 31, 2020. As such, there are no results presented for the year ended December 31, 2019.

Revenue. Production Chemical Technologies revenue is primarily generated from providing E&P and other customers in the oil and natural gas production and midstream markets with solutions to manage and control corrosion, oil and water separation, flow assurance, sour gas treatment and a host of water-related issues. Revenue was $992.8 million for the period. Deteriorating market conditions during 2020 have significantly impacted customer demand; however, as Production Chemical Technologies mostly supports existing production, sales are somewhat less sensitive to changes in customers’ capital and operating expenditure budgets related to the exploration for and development of new oil and natural gas reserves, which are more directly affected by trends in oil and natural gas prices.

Operating profit. Production Chemical Technologies generated operating profit of $94.3 million during the year ended December 31, 2020, which includes depreciation and amortization expense of $58.3 million and an increase to cost of goods sold related to the step-up of inventory as part of the purchase price allocation as a result of the Merger of $13.9 million.

Production & Automation Technologies
 Years Ended December 31,
2020 vs. 2019
(dollars in thousands)20202019$%
Revenue$615,918 $884,364 $(268,446)(30)%
Operating profit (loss)(697,937)54,024 (751,961)*
Operating profit margin(113.3)%6.1 %(11,940) bps
Depreciation and amortization$130,725 $110,131 20,594 19 %
Goodwill impairment616,271 — 616,271 *
Long-lived asset impairment40,980 1,746 39,234 *
Restructuring and other related charges11,814 8,562 3,252 38 %
Environmental costs— 1,988 (1,988)(100)%
Acquisition transaction costs1,173 589 584 99 %
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* Not meaningful
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Revenue. Production & Automation Technologies revenue decreased $268.4 million, or 30%, in 2020 compared to the prior year, driven by lower volumes in North America and internationally due to the impact of deteriorating market conditions during the year, and the disposition of our pressure vessel manufacturing business in the second quarter of 2019.

Operating profit. Production & Automation Technologies operating profit decreased $752.0 million in 2020 primarily driven by goodwill and long-lived asset impairment charges of $616.3 million and $41.0 million, respectively, in the first quarter of 2020. Excluding impairment charges, operating profit decreased $96.5 million, primarily due to lower sales volume and an increase in depreciation and amortization expense of $20.6 million, primarily related to a change in salvage value estimate for certain of our leased assets. These costs were partially offset by cost savings from restructuring actions as well as other cost reduction efforts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Drilling Technologies
 Years Ended December 31,
2020 vs. 2019
(dollars in thousands)20202019$%
Revenue$116,186 $246,887 $(130,701)(53)%
Operating profit2,574 73,497 (70,923)(97)%
Operating profit margin2.2 %29.8 %(2,760) bps
Depreciation and amortization$7,940 $9,263 $(1,324)(14)%
Restructuring and other related charges5,521 710 4,811 *
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* Not meaningful

Revenue. Drilling Technologies revenue decreased $130.7 million, or 53%, in 2020 compared to the prior year, primarily due to a steep decline in U.S. land-based rig count and associated decline in customer spending on drilling activities, which negatively impacted sales volumes of our polycrystalline diamond cutters and diamond bearings products.

Operating profit. Drilling Technologies operating profit decreased $70.9 million, or 97%, in 2020 compared to the prior year due to lower revenue and increased restructuring charges of $4.8 million associated with employee severance and related benefits, partially offset by productivity savings.

Reservoir Chemical Technologies
(dollars in thousands)
Year Ended
December 31, 2020 (1)
Revenue$61,507 
Operating profit (loss)(6,198)
Operating profit (loss) margin(10.1)%
Depreciation and amortization$5,741 
Restructuring and other related charges348 
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(1) The results of operations of the Reservoir Chemical Technologies segment are reflected in the table above from the closing date of the Merger through December 31, 2020. As such, there are no results presented for the year ended December 31, 2019.

Revenue. Reservoir Chemical Technologies revenue is primarily comprised of the sale of specialty products that support well stimulation, construction (including drilling and cementing), and remediation needs to service and equipment companies that support global E&P companies. Revenue was $61.5 million for the period. Reservoir Chemical Technologies products are sensitive to changes in its customers’ capital expenditure budgets as they relate closely to the exploration and development of new oil and natural gas reserves. This exploration and development activity is affected by trends in oil and natural gas prices and its customers’ corresponding levels of drilling activity, capital investment and well development.

Operating profit/loss. Reservoir Chemical Technologies generated operating loss of $6.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2020, which includes depreciation and amortization expense of $5.7 million and an increase in cost of goods sold related to the step-up of inventory as part of the purchase price allocation as a result of the Merger of $0.6 million.

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CAPITAL RESOURCES AND LIQUIDITY

As of December 31, 2020, approximately $88.0 million, or 44%, of our cash balances were held outside the U.S. for the primary purpose of working capital and operational support needs. All of our cash held outside the U.S. could be repatriated and could be subject to foreign withholding taxes; however, we have determined that such earnings are indefinitely reinvested. In addition, we have approximately $15.7 million in deferred tax liabilities associated with foreign withholding taxes on our foreign earnings from jurisdictions which are not asserted to be permanently reinvested.

Cash Flows
 Years Ended December 31,
(in thousands)20202019
Cash provided by operating activities$310,040 $155,899 
Cash provided by (used for) investing activities22,130 (49,876)
Cash used for financing activities(175,366)(112,403)
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents9,327 (162)
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents$166,131 $(6,542)

Operating Cash Flows

Cash provided by operating activities in 2020 increased $154.1 million compared to 2019. The increase in cash provided by operating activities was primarily driven by increases from changes in our operating assets and liabilities in 2020 as compared to 2019, largely due to collection of trade receivables and a reduction in our cash outflows for inventory procurement and cash outflows on leased assets due to strict adherence to cost and capital discipline.

Expenditures for assets that are placed into our leased asset program expected to be recovered through sale are reported in leased assets in the operating section of our consolidated statements of cash flows. All other capitalizable expenditures for assets that are placed into our leased asset program are classified as capital expenditures in the investing section of our consolidated statements of cash flows.

Investing Cash Flows

Cash provided by investing activities was $22.1 million in 2020 and was primarily comprised of cash acquired in the Merger of $57.6 million and $9.7 million of cash proceeds on sale of fixed assets, partially offset by capital expenditures of $45.2 million. See Note 3—Merger Transaction, Acquisitions, And Dispositions in Part II, Item 8.—Financial Statements and Supplementary Data of this Annual Report on Form 10-K for additional information on the Merger.

Cash used for investing activities was $49.9 million in 2019 and was primarily comprised of capital expenditures of $39.8 million, a $12.5 million payment to acquire a provider of digital technology strategic to our artificial lift product offering and a $2.2 million payment to dispose of our pressure vessel manufacturing business. These cash outflows were partially offset by $4.6 million of cash proceeds on sale of fixed assets, primarily due to the sale of two of our properties during 2019. See Note 3—Merger Transaction, Acquisitions, And Dispositions in Part II, Item 8.—Financial Statements and Supplementary Data of this Annual Report on Form 10-K for additional information related to these acquisitions and dispositions.

Capital expenditures in the investing cash flows section of our consolidated statement of cash flows include expenditures for long-term equipment expected to be placed into our leased asset program. During the years ended December 31, 2020 and 2019, capital expenditures consisted mostly of infrastructure related capital spending and investment in assets for our leased asset program of $20.9 million and $16.0 million, respectively.

Financing Cash Flows

Cash used for financing activities of $175.4 million in 2020 was primarily the result of repayments totaling $161.5 million on our long-term debt, $4.4 million in debt issuance costs related to the amendment of the credit agreement in contemplation of the Merger, $5.1 million of payments of finance lease obligations, and a distribution of $2.2 million to non-controlling interest. Net borrowings under our revolving credit facility totaled zero in 2020 as we borrowed and fully repaid the borrowing within the same period. See Note 8—Debt included in Part II, Item 8.—Financial Statements and Supplementary Data of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

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Cash used for financing activities of $112.4 million in 2019 was primarily the result of $105.0 million of debt repayment on the principal balance of our term loan and payments totaling $5.6 million for finance lease obligations. Net borrowings under our revolving credit facility totaled zero in 2019.

Debt and Liquidity

Total borrowings were comprised of the following:
December 31,
(in thousands)20202019
2018 Credit Facility$— $— 
2018 Term Loan Facility140,000 265,000 
2020 Term Loan Facility523,575 — 
6.375% Senior Notes due 2026277,041 300,000 
Total borrowings$940,616 $565,000 

2018 Credit Facility

On May 9, 2018, we entered into a credit agreement (“credit agreement”) governing the terms of our senior secured credit facilities, consisting of (i) a 7-year senior secured term loan B facility (“term loan facility”) and (ii) a 5-year senior secured revolving credit facility (“revolving credit facility,” and together with the term loan facility, the “senior secured credit facilities”), with JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. as administrative agent. The net proceeds of the senior secured credit facilities were used (i) to pay fees and expenses in connection with the Separation from Dover, (ii) partially fund the cash payment to Dover and (iii) provide for working capital and other general corporate purposes. The senior secured credit facilities are jointly and severally guaranteed by ChampionX and certain of ChampionX’s wholly owned U.S. subsidiaries, including, upon the consummation of the Merger, certain legacy ChampionX wholly owned U.S. subsidiaries, (“guarantors”), on a senior secured basis, and are secured by substantially all tangible and intangible assets of ChampionX and the guarantors, except for certain excluded assets.

At our election, outstanding borrowings under the senior secured credit facilities will accrue interest at a per annum rate of (i) LIBOR plus a margin or (ii) a base rate plus a margin. Interest on borrowings in which interest is accrued at a base rate plus an applicable margin is payable on the last business day of each quarter. The senior secured credit facilities contain a number of customary covenants that, among other things, limit or restrict the ability of ChampionX and the restricted subsidiaries to, subject to certain qualifications and exceptions, perform certain activities which include, but are not limited to (i) incur additional indebtedness, (ii) make acquisitions and (iii) pay dividends or other payments in respect of our capital stock. Additionally, ChampionX is required to maintain (a) a minimum interest coverage ratio, as defined in the credit agreement, of 2.50 to 1.00 and (b) a maximum total leverage ratio, as defined in the credit agreement, of 4.00 to 1.00 through the fiscal quarter ending March 31, 2021, then 3.75 to 1.00 thereafter.

On February 14, 2020, the Company entered into an amendment to the credit agreement (as amended, the “2018 Credit Facility”), which (i) provided for the incurrence of an additional $150.0 million of revolving commitments under the 2018 Credit Facility, upon consummation of the Merger with legacy ChampionX, (ii) permitted the consummation of the Merger and the incurrence of a senior secured term loan facility (“2020 Term Loan Facility”) in an aggregate amount up to $537.0 million by legacy ChampionX, and (iii) continued to provide that all obligations under the 2018 Credit Facility are guaranteed by the guarantors. The weighted average interest rate on borrowings during the period was 4.00%.

The revolving credit facility consists of a 5-year senior secured facility with aggregate commitments in an amount equal to $400.0 million, of which up to $100.0 million is available for the issuance of letters of credit. Amounts repaid under the revolving credit facility may be re-borrowed. The revolving credit facility matures in May 2023.

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A summary of our revolving credit facility as of December 31, 2020 was as follows:
(in millions)AmountDebt
Outstanding
Letters
of
Credit
Unused CapacityMaturity
Five-year revolving credit facility$400.0 $— $50.4 $349.6 May 2023

As of December 31, 2020, we were in compliance with all restrictive covenants under our revolving credit facility.

2018 Term Loan Facility

The term loan facility had an initial commitment of $415.0 million. The full amount of the term loan facility was funded on May 9, 2018. Amounts borrowed under the term loan facility that are repaid or prepaid may not be re-borrowed. The term loan facility matures in May 2025. Net proceeds of $408.7 million from the term loan facility were utilized to partially fund the cash payment to Dover at the Separation and to pay fees and expenses incurred in connection with the Separation.

The term loan is subject to mandatory amortization payments of 1% per annum of the initial commitment of $415.0 million paid quarterly. Additionally, subject to certain exceptions, the term loan facility is subject to mandatory prepayments, including the amount equal to: 100% of the net cash proceeds of all non-ordinary course asset sales subject to (i) reinvestment periods and (ii) step-downs to 75% and 50% based on certain leverage targets; and 50% of excess cash flow, as defined in the credit agreement, with step-downs to 25% and 0% based on certain leverage targets. ChampionX may voluntarily prepay amounts outstanding under the term loan facility in whole or in part at any time without premium or penalty, as defined in the credit agreement. The weighted average interest rate on borrowings during the period was 3.18%.

2020 Term Loan Facility

On June 3, 2020, legacy ChampionX entered into a term loan facility for $537.0 million (“2020 Term Loan Facility”). Proceeds from the 2020 Term Loan Facility were utilized to fund a cash payment of $527.4 million from legacy ChampionX to Ecolab upon the completion of the Merger. We assumed the 2020 Term Loan Facility upon completion of the Merger, which is fully and unconditionally guaranteed by the Company and the guarantors, which also guarantee the obligations under the 2018 Credit Facility. The 2020 Term Loan Facility matures at the earlier of (i) June 3, 2027 or (ii) January 30, 2026 in the event the Company’s senior unsecured notes due May 1, 2026 remain outstanding. Amounts outstanding under the 2020 Term Loan Facility bear interest, at the option of the Company, at a rate equal to (a) LIBOR plus 5.0% for eurocurrency rate loans (to the extent LIBOR is less than 1%, the LIBOR rate will be deemed to be 1%) or (b) the highest of (i) the Federal Funds Rate plus 1/2 of 1%, (ii) the “prime rate” quoted by Bank of America, N.A., (iii) LIBOR plus 1.00% and (iv) 1.00%, plus 4.0%. The 2020 Term Loan Facility contains customary representations and warranties, covenants, and events of default for loan facilities of this type. The weighted average interest rate on borrowings during the period was 6.02%.

The term loan is subject to mandatory amortization payments of $6.7 million paid quarterly, which began on September 30, 2020. Any voluntary prepayment of the 2020 Term Loan Facility which occurs prior to June 3, 2022, is subject to a make-whole prepayment premium on the aggregate prepaid principal amount of the 2020 Term Loan Facility.

Senior Notes

On May 3, 2018, and in connection with the Separation, we completed the offering of $300.0 million in aggregate principal amount of 6.375% senior notes due May 2026 (“Senior Notes”). Interest on the Senior Notes is payable semi-annually in arrears on May 1 and November 1 of each year and commenced on November 1, 2018. Net proceeds of $293.8 million from the offering were utilized to partially fund the $700.0 million cash payment to Dover at the Separation and to pay fees and expenses incurred in connection with the Separation.

Payment obligations of the Senior Notes are fully and unconditionally guaranteed by the guarantors on a joint and several basis. On June 18, 2020, the wholly owned subsidiaries of legacy ChampionX that guarantee the 2018 Credit Facility and the 2020 Term Loan Facility, delivered a Supplemental Indenture to join as guarantors of the Senior Notes.

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The terms of the Senior Notes are governed by the indenture dated as of May 3, 2018, between the Company and Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., as trustee, and are guaranteed, on a senior unsecured basis, by the guarantors. At any time prior to May 1, 2021, we may redeem all or part of the Senior Notes at a redemption price equal to 100% of the principal amount of the Senior Notes redeemed plus a premium, as defined in the indenture, plus accrued and unpaid interest. Beginning on or after May 1, 2021, we may redeem the Senior Notes, in whole or in part, at certain tiered redemption prices as defined in the indenture, plus accrued and unpaid interest. The Senior Notes are our senior unsecured obligations. The Senior Notes rank equally in right of payment with our future and existing senior debt but are effectively subordinated to our future and existing debt to the extent of the assets securing such senior debt. The Senior Notes rank senior in right of payment to all of our future subordinated debt.

Tender Offer

During the fourth quarter of 2020, the Company initiated a tender offer to purchase certain of the Senior Notes (the “Tender Offer”). Approximately $23.0 million in aggregate principal amount of the Senior Notes was repurchased for $23.4 million in cash, including principal, and $0.2 million in accrued interest. In connection with these repurchases, we recognized a net loss of approximately $0.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2020 and is included in other expense, net in our consolidated statement of income (loss).

See Note 8—Debt included in Part II, Item 8.—Financial Statements and Supplementary Data of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

Outlook

Our primary source of cash is from operating activities. We have historically generated, and expect to continue to generate, positive cash flow from operations. Cash generated from operations is generally allocated to working capital requirements, investments in facilities and systems, acquisitions that create value with bolt-on capabilities that broaden our existing business offerings and overall growth strategy, and debt repayments.

We expect to generate our liquidity and capital resources through operations and, when needed, through our revolving credit facility. The volatility in credit, equity and commodity markets resulting from current market conditions can create uncertainty for our businesses. However, the Company believes, based on our current financial condition and current expectations of future market conditions, that we will meet our short- and long-term needs with a combination of cash on hand, cash generated from operations, our use of our revolving credit facility and access to capital markets.

Over the next year, we expect to fund our capital expenditures and reduce outstanding debt through earnings and working capital improvements. In 2021, we project capital spending to be approximately three percent of revenue for infrastructure related capital expenditures, inclusive of capital investments directed at expanding our portfolio of electric submersible pump leased assets.

Additionally, we have other purchase obligations as well as operating and finance leases for real estate, vehicles and equipment that include future minimum payments with initial terms of one year or more. Our lease terms may include options to extend or terminate the lease when it is reasonably certain that we will exercise that option. See Note 9—Commitments And Contingencies and Note 10—Leases included in Part II, Item 8.—Financial Statements and Supplementary Data of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

We continue to evaluate acquisitions that meet our strategic priorities, expand our technology and product portfolio, improve our cost position or productivity, or broaden our geographic reach.

As of December 31, 2020, we had approximately $88.8 million in outstanding letters of credit, surety bonds, and guarantees which expire at various dates through 2026. These financial instruments are primarily maintained as security for insurance, warranty, and other performance obligations. Generally, we would only be liable for the amount of these letters of credit and surety bonds in the event of default in the performance of our obligations, the probability of which we believe is remote.
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CONDENSED CONSOLIDATING FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Senior Notes

See Note 8—Debt, included in Part II, Item 8.—Financial Statements and Supplementary Data of this Annual Report on Form 10-K, for information related to our Senior Notes, which are fully and unconditionally guaranteed by certain wholly owned subsidiaries (the “Guarantors”) of ChampionX on a joint and several basis. On June 18, 2020, the wholly owned subsidiaries of legacy ChampionX that guarantee the 2018 Credit Facility and the 2020 Term Loan Facility, delivered a Supplemental Indenture to join as guarantors of the Senior Notes.

The Senior Notes indenture restricts the ability of the Guarantors to pay dividends or other distributions, make loans or advances, or sell, lease or otherwise transfer property and other assets to certain restricted subsidiaries or the Company.
As part of the Senior Notes indenture, a guarantee of the Senior Notes by ChampionX or a Guarantor is subject to release in the following circumstances:

the sale, exchange or transfer (by merger or otherwise) of (i) the capital stock of the Guarantor after which the Guarantor is no longer a restricted subsidiary or (ii) all or substantially all of the assets of such Guarantor made in a manner not in violation of the indenture;
the release or discharge of the guarantee by, or direction obligation of, such Guarantor with respect to the senior secured credit facilities or capital markets debt securities that resulted in the creation of such guarantee, except a discharge by or as a result of payment under such guarantee;
the designation of the subsidiary as an unrestricted subsidiary under the indenture;
the legal defeasance or covenant defeasance of the Senior Notes in accordance with the terms of the indenture;
the merger or consolidation of any Guarantor with and into the Company or another Guarantor that is the surviving person in such merger or consolidation, or upon the liquidation of such Guarantor following the transfer of all its assets to the Company or another Guarantor; or
an amendment of the Senior Note indenture agreement.

The obligations of each Guarantor under its note guarantee are limited as necessary to prevent such note guarantee from constituting a fraudulent conveyance under applicable law.

The following summarized financial information presents the Company and Guarantors (collectively and together with the Parent, the “Obligor Group”) on a combined basis:

Condensed Combined Statement of Loss of the Obligor Group

(dollars in thousands)Year Ended
December 31, 2020
Total Revenue$1,791,463 
Cost of goods and services1,399,575 
Selling, general and administrative expense447,127 
Goodwill impairment396,017 
Long-lived asset impairment40,980 
Loss before income taxes(541,394)
Net loss$(502,990)









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Condensed Combined Balance Sheets of the Obligor Group

December 31,
(dollars in thousands)20202019
Current assets:
Current assets$1,195,251 $419,692 
Noncurrent assets:
Goodwill631,184 639,280 
Advances due from affiliates16,558 18,534 
Other non-current assets1,473,605 430,553 
Total assets$3,316,598 $1,508,059 
Current liabilities:
Current liabilities$591,625 $173,372 
Noncurrent liabilities:
Advances due to affiliates91,495 87,682 
Other non-current liabilities1,210,016 664,581 
Total Liabilities$1,893,136 $925,635 

CRITICAL ACCOUNTING ESTIMATES

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles requires management to make certain estimates, judgments and assumptions about future events that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements, the reported amounts of revenue and expenses during the periods presented and the related disclosures in the accompanying notes to the consolidated financial statements. Management reviewed these critical accounting estimates with the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors. We believe the following critical accounting estimates used in preparing our consolidated financial statements address all important areas where the nature of the estimates or assumptions is material due to the levels of subjectivity and judgment necessary to account for highly uncertain matters or the susceptibility of such matters to change. See Note 1—Basis Of Presentation And Summary Of Significant Accounting Policies in Part II, Item 8.—Financial Statements and Supplementary Data of this Annual Report on Form 10-K for a description of our significant accounting policies.

Determination of Fair Value in Business Combinations

Accounting for the acquisition of a business requires allocation of the purchase price to the various assets acquired and liabilities assumed at their respective fair values. The determination of fair value requires the use of significant estimates and assumptions, and in making these determinations management uses all available information. If necessary, we have up to one year after the acquisition closing date to finalize these fair value determinations. For tangible and identifiable intangible assets acquired in a business combination, the determination of fair value utilizes several valuation methodologies including discounted cash flows which has assumptions with respect to the timing and amount of future revenue and expenses associated with an asset. The assumptions made in performing these valuations include, but are not limited to, discount rate, future revenues and operating costs, projections of capital costs, royalty rate, and other assumptions believed to be consistent with those used by principal market participants. Due to the specialized nature of these calculations, we engage third-party specialists to assist management in evaluating our assumptions as well as appropriately measuring the fair value of assets acquired and liabilities assumed.

Inventory Valuation

Inventory is recorded at the lower of cost or net realizable value. We evaluate the components of inventory on a regular basis for excess and obsolescence. We record the decline in the carrying value of estimated excess or obsolete inventory as a reduction of inventory and as an expense included in cost of goods and services in the period in which it is identified. Our estimate of excess and obsolete inventory is susceptible to change from period to period and requires management to make judgments about the future demand of inventory. Factors that could materially impact our estimate include changes in crude oil prices and its effect on the oil and gas industry, which would impact the demand for our products and services, as well as
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changes in the pattern of demand for the products that we offer. We believe our inventory valuation reserve is adequate to properly value potential excess and obsolete inventory as of December 31, 2020. However, any significant changes to the factors mentioned above could lead our estimate to change. See Note 1—Basis Of Presentation And Summary Of Significant Accounting Policies in Part II, Item 8.—Financial Statements and Supplementary Data of this Annual Report on Form 10-K for additional information related to inventory.

Long-Lived and Intangible Assets Valuation

Long-lived assets to be held and used, including property, plant and equipment, identifiable intangible assets being amortized and capitalized software costs are reviewed for impairment whenever events or circumstances indicate the carrying amount of the long-lived asset may not be recoverable. The carrying amount of a long-lived asset is not recoverable if it exceeds the sum of the undiscounted cash flows expected to result from the use and eventual disposition of the asset. If it is determined that an impairment loss occurred, the loss is measured as the amount by which the carrying amount of the long-lived asset exceeds its fair value. The determination of future cash flows as well as the estimated fair value of long-lived assets involves significant estimates on the part of management. Because there usually is a lack of quoted market prices for long-lived assets, the fair value of impaired assets is typically determined based on the present values of expected future cash flows using discount rates believed to be consistent with those used by principal market participants, or based on a multiple of operating cash flow validated with historical market transactions of similar assets, where possible. The expected future cash flows used for impairment reviews and related fair value calculations are based on judgmental assessments of future productivity of the asset, operating costs and capital decisions and all available information at the date of review. If future market conditions deteriorate from our current expectations or assumptions, impairment of long-lived assets may be identified if we conclude that the carrying amounts are no longer recoverable. Long-lived assets classified as held for sale are reported at the disposal group’s fair value, less cost to sell, beginning in the period in which the held-for-sale criteria have been met. An impairment loss is recognized in the amount in which the carrying amount of the disposal group exceeds its fair value. The fair value of a disposal group is measured based on market information when available, such as negotiated selling price. Because there usually is a lack of quoted market prices for long-lived assets, the fair value of impaired held for sale assets is typically determined based on the present values of expected future cash flows using discount rates believed to be consistent with those used by principal market participants. In the first quarter of 2020, we determined that certain events as discussed below in Valuation of Goodwill constituted a triggering event which caused us to review all asset groups within our Artificial Lift and Automation reporting units. As a result of this analysis, we recorded a long-lived asset impairment charge of $41.0 million, related to definite-lived intangible assets during 2020. During 2019 and 2018, we recognized impairment charges of $1.7 million and $1.0 million, respectively, related to tangible long-lived assets.

Valuation of Goodwill

Goodwill is not subject to amortization but is tested for impairment on an annual basis, or more frequently if impairment indicators arise. Goodwill is tested at the reporting unit level, which is at or one level below our operating segments. We have established October 1 as the date of our annual test for impairment of goodwill for the legacy Apergy reporting units which consist of (i) Artificial Lift, (ii) Automation, and (iii) Drilling Technologies. Artificial Lift and Automation are reported in our Production & Automation Technologies reportable segment, and Drilling Technologies in our Drilling Technologies reportable segment. As a result of the Merger, we added two reporting units (i) Production Chemical Technologies and (ii) Reservoir Chemical Technologies for which the goodwill annual testing date is May 31.

Determining the fair value of a reporting unit is judgmental in nature and involves the use of significant estimates and assumptions. The goodwill impairment test involves comparing management’s estimate of fair value of a reporting unit with its carrying value, including goodwill. If the fair value of the reporting unit is less than the carrying value, then goodwill is impaired to the extent of the difference; however, the impairment may not exceed the balance of goodwill assigned to that reporting unit.

Fair value of reporting units is determined using a combination of two valuation methods: an income approach and a market approach, with each method given equal weight in determining the fair value assigned to each reporting unit. Absent an indication of fair value from a potential buyer or similar specific transaction, we believe the use of these two methods provides a reasonable estimate of a reporting unit’s fair value.

The income approach is based on forecasted future debt-free cash flows that are discounted to present value using factors that consider timing and risk of future cash flows. We believe this approach is appropriate because it provides a fair value estimate based upon the reporting unit’s expected long-term operating cash flow performance. Discounted cash flow projections are based on financial forecasts developed from operating plans and economic outlooks, growth rates, estimates of future expected changes in operating margins, terminal value growth rates, future capital expenditures and changes in working capital
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requirements. Estimates of discounted cash flows may differ from actual cash flows due to, among other things, changes in economic conditions which are inherently uncertain, unpredictable, and do not reflect unanticipated events and circumstances that may occur, changes to business models, regulatory or political environment changes, changes in customer demand, changes in our weighted average cost of capital (“WACC”), or changes in operating performance. The discount rate applied to the estimated future cash flows is one of the most significant assumptions utilized under the income approach. We determine the appropriate discount rate for each reporting unit based on the WACC for each individual reporting unit. The WACC takes into account both the pre-tax cost of debt and cost of equity, as well as, company-specific risks associated with each reporting unit.

The market approach estimates fair value by first determining earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”) multiples for comparable publicly traded companies with similar characteristics of the reporting unit. The EBITDA multiples for comparable companies are based upon current enterprise value. The enterprise value is based upon current market capitalization and includes a control premium. We believe this approach is appropriate as it provides a fair value estimate using multiples from entities with operations and economic characteristics comparable to its reporting unit; however, past performance may not be indicative of future performance, especially in our current market environment.

Certain of the inherent estimates and assumptions used in determining fair value of the reporting units are outside of the control of management. While the Company believes it has made reasonable estimates and assumptions to calculate the fair values of the reporting units, actual results may differ from those used in the Company’s valuations and could result in impairment charges. The Company will continue to monitor its reporting units for any triggering events or other signs of impairment. The Company may be required to perform interim impairment tests based on changes in the economic environment, further sustained deterioration of the Company’s market capitalization, and other factors in the future.

During the first quarter of 2020, we performed an interim quantitative analysis as certain events, such as the COVID-19 pandemic and the unprecedented decline in oil prices, impacted our future revenues and cash flows and were deemed to be a triggering event. In performing the quantitative assessment, we estimated the fair value of each of our reporting units using a combination of the income and market approaches, which determined that the fair values were less than the respective carrying values for our Artificial Lift and Automation reporting units. Significant assumptions used in our March 31, 2020 goodwill impairment review included: (i) WACC ranging from 14.5% to 16.5%; (ii) annual revenue growth rates generally ranging from (56%) to 42% in the short term and 3% to 25% in the long term; (iii) operating margins ranging from (11%) to 25% in the short term associated with market declines, but sustained or slightly increased gross margins long term; (iv) terminal values for each reporting unit using a long-term growth rate of 3%; and (v) peer group EBITDA multiples. As a result, we recorded a goodwill impairment charge totaling $616.3 million, which consisted of a $539.2 million charge in Artificial Lift and a $77.1 million charge in Automation. As part of our annual goodwill impairment analysis, on October 1, we performed a qualitative goodwill impairment analysis for each of our legacy Apergy reporting units. We concluded that goodwill related to those reporting units was not impaired and further quantitative testing was not required. In addition, there were no negative conditions, or triggering events, that occurred subsequent to our annual goodwill impairment analysis requiring us to perform additional impairment reviews.

Accounting for Income Taxes

Our income tax expense, and deferred tax asset and liability balances reflect management’s best assessment of estimated future taxes to be paid. We are subject to income taxes in the United States and certain foreign jurisdictions. Significant judgments and estimates are required in determining our consolidated income tax expense. In determining our current income tax provision, we assess temporary differences resulting from differing treatments of items for tax and accounting purposes. These differences result in deferred tax assets and liabilities, which are recorded on our consolidated balance sheets. Deferred tax assets and liabilities are measured using the tax rates that are expected to apply to taxable income for the years in which those tax assets and liabilities are expected to be realized or settled. When we maintain deferred tax assets, we must assess the likelihood that these assets will be recovered through adjustments to future taxable income. To the extent we believe recovery is not likely, we establish a valuation allowance to reduce the asset to a value we believe will be recoverable based on our expectation of future taxable income. We believe the accounting estimate related to the valuation allowance is a critical accounting estimate because it is susceptible to change from period to period, requires management to make assumptions about our future income over the lives of the deferred tax assets, and because the impact of increasing or decreasing the valuation allowance is potentially material to our results of operations.

The calculation of our income tax expense involves dealing with uncertainties in the application of complex tax laws and regulations in numerous jurisdictions in which we operate. We recognize tax benefits related to uncertain tax positions when, in our judgment, it is more likely than not that such positions will be sustained on examination, including resolutions of any related appeals or litigation, based on the technical merits. We adjust our liabilities for uncertain tax positions when our judgment changes as a result of new information previously unavailable. We routinely monitor the potential impact of these
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situations. The total amount of unrecognized tax benefits at December 31, 2020 was $0.9 million. The total balance of unrecognized tax benefit would impact the Company’s future effective income tax rate if recognized.

Recently Issued Accounting Standards

See Note 2—New Accounting Standards in Part II, Item 8.—Financial Statements and Supplementary Data of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

ITEM 7A. QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK

We may be exposed to certain market risks arising from the use of financial instruments in the ordinary course of business. This risk arises primarily as a result of potential changes in the fair value of financial instruments due to adverse fluctuations in commodity prices, foreign currency exchange rates, and interest rates as discussed below. We do not use derivative financial instruments where the objective is to generate profits solely from trading activities.

Commodity Price Risk

We use a variety of raw materials, primarily metals and semi-processed or finished components, that are generally available from various sources. Commodity pricing for metals, such as nickel, chrome, molybdenum, vanadium, manganese and steel scrap, fluctuate with the market. As a result, our earnings are exposed to commodity market price fluctuations. Although some cost increases may be recovered through increased prices to customers, we attempt to control such costs through fixed-price contracts with suppliers and various other programs, such as our global supply chain activities.

Foreign Currency Risk

We conduct operations around the world in a number of different currencies. Many of our foreign subsidiaries have designated the local currency as their functional currency. Our earnings are therefore subject to change due to fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates when the earnings in foreign currencies are translated into U.S. dollars. We do not hedge this translation impact on earnings. A 10% increase or decrease in the average exchange rates of all foreign currencies would have changed our revenue and income before income taxes by approximately 3.3% and 0.2%, respectively, for the year ended December 31, 2020.

When transactions are denominated in currencies other than our subsidiaries’ respective functional currencies, both with external parties and intercompany relationships, these transactions result in increased exposure to foreign currency exchange effects. The Company uses foreign currency forward contracts to manage risks associated with foreign currency exchange rates. As of December 31, 2020, the amount of gain or loss in the fair value of derivative instruments that would have resulted from a 10% increase or decrease in the underlying price of the contracts was not material.

Interest Rate Risk

Our use of fixed- or variable-rate debt directly exposes us to interest rate risk. Fixed-rate debt, such as the Senior Notes, exposes us to changes in the fair value of our debt due to changes in market interest rates. Fixed-rate debt also exposes us to the risk that we may need to refinance maturing debt with new debt at higher rates, or that we may be obligated to pay rates higher than the current market rate. Variable-rate debt, such as our term loans or borrowings under our revolving credit facility, exposes us to short-term changes in market rates that impact our interest expense.

As of December 31, 2020, we had unhedged variable rate debt of $140.0 million related to our 2018 Term Loan Facility with a weighted average interest rate of 3.18%. A hypothetical 10% adverse movement in the interest rate, or 32 basis points, would result in an increase to interest expense of $0.8 million on an annualized basis.

We also had unhedged variable rate debt of $523.6 million related to our 2020 Term Loan Facility with an interest rate of 6.02%. A hypothetical 10% adverse movement in the interest rate, or 60 basis points, would result in an increase to interest expense of $1.1 million. As the 2020 Term Loan Facility was acquired as part of the Merger on June 3, 2020, we have calculated the interest rate sensitivity on the interest expense expected to be incurred for the period subsequent to the Merger date through December 31, 2020.

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Fair Value of Financial Instruments

The fair value of our fixed-rate long-term debt and variable rate debt is estimated based on quoted market prices or prices quoted from third-party financial institutions. We do not currently intend to enter into any interest rate hedging agreements, but will continue to monitor interest rate exposure. See Note 16—Fair Value Measurements in Part II, Item 8.—Financial Statements and Supplementary Data of this Annual Report on Form 10-K for further discussion of our financial instruments.
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ITEM 8. FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTARY DATA



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Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

To the Board of Directors and Stockholders of ChampionX Corporation

Opinions on the Financial Statements and Internal Control over Financial Reporting

We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheets of ChampionX Corporation and its subsidiaries (the “Company”) as of December 31, 2020 and 2019, and the related consolidated statements of income (loss), comprehensive income (loss), changes in stockholders’ equity and cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended December 31, 2020, including the related notes and schedule of valuation and qualifying accounts for each of the three years in the period ended December 31, 2020 appearing under Item 16 (collectively referred to as the “consolidated financial statements”). We also have audited the Company's internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2020, based on criteria established in Internal Control - Integrated Framework (2013) issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO).

In our opinion, the consolidated financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the Company as of December 31, 2020 and 2019, and the results of its operations and its cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended December 31, 2020 in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. Also in our opinion, the Company maintained, in all material respects, effective internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2020, based on criteria established in Internal Control - Integrated Framework (2013) issued by the COSO.

Change in Accounting Principle

As discussed in Note 2 to the consolidated financial statements, the Company changed the manner in which it accounts for leases in 2019.

Basis for Opinions

The Company's management is responsible for these consolidated financial statements, for maintaining effective internal control over financial reporting, and for its assessment of the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting, included in Management’s Annual Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting appearing under Item 9A. Our responsibility is to express opinions on the Company’s consolidated financial statements and on the Company's internal control over financial reporting based on our audits. We are a public accounting firm registered with the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States) (PCAOB) and are required to be independent with respect to the Company in accordance with the U.S. federal securities laws and the applicable rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the PCAOB.

We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the PCAOB. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audits to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the consolidated financial statements are free of material misstatement, whether due to error or fraud, and whether effective internal control over financial reporting was maintained in all material respects.

Our audits of the consolidated financial statements included performing procedures to assess the risks of material misstatement of the consolidated financial statements, whether due to error or fraud, and performing procedures that respond to those risks. Such procedures included examining, on a test basis, evidence regarding the amounts and disclosures in the consolidated financial statements. Our audits also included evaluating the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the consolidated financial statements. Our audit of internal control over financial reporting included obtaining an understanding of internal control over financial reporting, assessing the risk that a material weakness exists, and testing and evaluating the design and operating effectiveness of internal control based on the assessed risk. Our audits also included performing such other procedures as we considered necessary in the circumstances. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinions.

As described in Management’s Annual Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting, management has excluded ChampionX Holding Inc. (“legacy ChampionX”) from its assessment of internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2020, because it was acquired by the Company in a purchase business combination during 2020. We have also excluded legacy ChampionX from our audit of internal control over financial reporting. Legacy ChampionX, whose total assets and total revenues excluded from management’s assessment and our audit of internal control over financial reporting, represent approximately 62% and 53%, respectively, of the related consolidated financial statement amounts as of and for the year ended December 31, 2020.
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Definition and Limitations of Internal Control over Financial Reporting

A company’s internal control over financial reporting is a process designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. A company’s internal control over financial reporting includes those policies and procedures that (i) pertain to the maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the company; (ii) provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and that receipts and expenditures of the company are being made only in accordance with authorizations of management and directors of the company; and (iii) provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use, or disposition of the company’s assets that could have a material effect on the financial statements.

Because of its inherent limitations, internal control over financial reporting may not prevent or detect misstatements. Also, projections of any evaluation of effectiveness to future periods are subject to the risk that controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate.

Critical Audit Matters

The critical audit matters communicated below are matters arising from the current period audit of the consolidated financial statements that were communicated or required to be communicated to the audit committee and that (i) relate to accounts or disclosures that are material to the consolidated financial statements and (ii) involved our especially challenging, subjective, or complex judgments. The communication of critical audit matters does not alter in any way our opinion on the consolidated financial statements, taken as a whole, and we are not, by communicating the critical audit matters below, providing separate opinions on the critical audit matters or on the accounts or disclosures to which they relate.

Goodwill and Long-lived Intangible Asset Interim Impairment Assessments – Artificial Lift and Automation Reporting Units and Artificial Lift Customer Relationships Intangible Assets

As described in Note 7 to the consolidated financial statements, the Company’s consolidated goodwill balance was $680.6 million as of December 31, 2020, of which $191.5 million relates to the Production & Automation Technologies reportable segment. The Company’s consolidated net carrying amount of definite-lived intangible assets was $475.4 million as of December 31, 2020, of which $271.8 million relates to customer relationships. As disclosed by management, goodwill is tested for impairment on an annual basis, or more frequently if impairment indicators arise. Goodwill is tested at the reporting unit level, which is at or one level below the operating segments. The goodwill impairment test involves comparing management’s estimate of fair value of a reporting unit with its carrying value, including goodwill. If the fair value of the reporting unit is less than the carrying value, then goodwill is impaired to the extent of the difference; however, the impairment may not exceed the balance of goodwill assigned to that reporting unit. Fair value of reporting units is determined by management using a combination of two valuation methods: an income approach and a market approach. As disclosed by management, long-lived assets to be held and used, including identifiable intangible assets being amortized, are reviewed for impairment whenever events or circumstances indicate the carrying amount of the long-lived asset may not be recoverable. If it is determined that an impairment loss has occurred, the loss is measured as the amount by which the carrying amount of the long-lived asset exceeds its fair value. The fair value of impaired assets is typically determined by management using an income approach based on the present values of expected future cash flows using discount rates believed to be consistent with those used by principal market participants, or based on a multiple of operating cash flow validated with historical market transactions of similar assets where possible. Management determined that events and negative market indicators and their related impact to future revenues and cash flows constituted a triggering event in the first quarter of 2020, requiring management to perform a recoverability test of the long-lived assets and an interim impairment assessment of goodwill as of March 31, 2020. As a result of these analyses, during the first quarter of 2020, management recorded a long-lived asset impairment charge of $40.4 million to customer relationships and an impairment charge to goodwill consisting of $539.2 million and $77.1 million in the Artificial Lift reporting unit and the Automation reporting unit, respectively, both of which are part of the Production & Automation Technologies reportable segment. Determining the fair value of a reporting unit as well as estimating the fair value of long-lived intangible assets is judgmental in nature and involves the use of significant estimates and assumptions on the part of management. Management’s significant assumptions used in estimating the reporting unit fair values under the income-based valuation method include the annual revenue growth rates, operating margins, risk-adjusted discount rate, and terminal value determined using a long-term growth rate. Under the
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market approach, management estimated fair value based on comparable companies’ market multiples of revenues and earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. Management’s significant assumptions used in determining the fair value of long-lived intangible assets include operating margins, peer group EBITDA multiples, and the discount rate.

The principal considerations for our determination that performing procedures relating to the interim goodwill and long-lived intangible asset impairment assessments, specifically related to the Artificial Lift and Automation reporting units and Artificial Lift customer relationships intangible assets, is a critical audit matter are (i) the significant judgment by management when determining the fair value measurements of the reporting units and customer relationships intangible assets; (ii) a high degree of auditor judgment, subjectivity, and effort in performing procedures and evaluating management’s significant assumptions related to the annual revenue growth rates, operating margins, and the risk-adjusted discount rate for goodwill and the operating margins and discount rate for customer relationships; and (iii) the audit effort involved the use of professionals with specialized skill and knowledge.

Addressing the matter involved performing procedures and evaluating audit evidence in connection with forming our overall opinion on the consolidated financial statements. These procedures included testing the effectiveness of controls relating to management’s goodwill and long-lived intangible asset impairment assessments, including controls over the valuation of the Artificial Lift and Automation reporting units and Artificial Lift customer relationships intangible assets. These procedures also included, among others, testing management’s process for determining the fair value estimates, including evaluating the appropriateness of the income approaches; testing the completeness and accuracy of the underlying data used in the income approaches; and evaluating the significant assumptions used by management related to the annual revenue growth rates, operating margins, and the risk-adjusted discount rate for goodwill and the operating margins and discount rates for customer relationships. Evaluating management’s significant assumptions related to the annual revenue growth rates and operating margins for goodwill and the operating margins for customer relationships involved evaluating whether the assumptions used by management were reasonable considering (i) the current and past performance of the reporting units; (ii) the consistency with external market and industry data; and (iii) whether these assumptions were consistent with evidence obtained in other areas of the audit. Professionals with specialized skill and knowledge were used to assist in the evaluation of the Company’s valuation methods and the risk-adjusted discount rate significant assumption for goodwill and discount rate for customer relationships.

Consolidated Financial Statements - Impact of Resources and Controls Related to Control Environment and Risk Assessment

The completeness and accuracy of the consolidated financial statements, including the financial condition, results of operations and cash flows, is dependent on, in part, (i) maintaining a sufficient complement of personnel with the appropriate level of knowledge, experience and training in financial reporting, (ii) designing and maintaining effective information technology general controls for systems used in the preparation of the financial statements, including access to system capabilities and (iii) journal entries being completely and accurately recorded to the appropriate accounts.

The principal considerations for our determination that performing procedures relating to the consolidated financial statements—impact of resources and controls related to control environment and risk assessment is a critical audit matter are the high degree of auditor judgment, subjectivity and effort in performing procedures and evaluating audit evidence related to business processes and information systems, which affect substantially all financial statement account balances and disclosures. As disclosed by management, material weaknesses existed during the year related to this matter.

Addressing the matter involved performing procedures and evaluating audit evidence in connection with forming our overall opinion on the consolidated financial statements. These procedures included testing the effectiveness of controls relating to segregation of duties around creation and posting of journal entries and review of manual journal entries. These procedures included, among others, (i) evaluating and determining the nature and extent of audit procedures performed and evidence obtained that are responsive to the material weaknesses previously identified, and (ii) testing transactions to evaluate whether segregation of duties was maintained with respect to the Company’s information technology systems. Professionals with specialized skill and knowledge were used to assist in selecting journal entries for purposes of examining the underlying documentation and evaluating the appropriateness of the journal entries recorded.

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Leased Asset Program - ESP

As described in Notes 1, 10 and 20 to the consolidated financial statements, the Company had $64.6 million of leased assets in the electric submersible pump (“ESP”) leased asset program, which is reported in the Production & Automation Technologies segment as of December 31, 2020. At the time of purchase, assets are recorded to inventory and are transferred to property, plant, and equipment when a customer contracts for an asset under the leased asset program and are depreciated over their estimated useful lives. During the year ended December 31, 2020, management transferred $15.3 million of inventory into property, plant, and equipment as a result of assets entering the Company’s lease program. The lease arrangements generally allow customers to rent equipment on a daily basis with no stated end date. Management accounts for these arrangements as a daily renewal option beginning on the lease commencement date, with the lease term determined as the period in which it is reasonably certain the option will be exercised. The lease arrangements generally include lease and non-lease components for which revenue is recognized based on each component’s standalone price. Lease revenue is recognized on a straight-line basis over the term of the lease and is included in lease and other revenue in the consolidated statement of income (loss). Certain contracts allow for leased equipment damaged in operation to be charged to the customer. Charges for damaged leased equipment is recorded as product revenue and the remaining net book value of the leased asset is expensed as costs of goods and services in the consolidated statements of income (loss).

The principal considerations for our determination that performing procedures relating to the ESP leased asset program is a critical audit matter are the high degree of auditor judgment, subjectivity, and effort in performing procedures and in evaluating the audit evidence obtained related to management’s accounting for ESP leased assets. As disclosed by management, material weaknesses existed during the year related to this matter.

Addressing the matter involved performing procedures and evaluating audit evidence in connection with forming our overall opinion on the consolidated financial statements. These procedures included testing the effectiveness of controls relating to the ESP leased asset program. These procedures included, among others, for a selection of leased asset arrangements: (i) evaluating the terms and conditions of leased asset arrangements, (ii) confirmation of leased asset arrangements with customers, (iii) performing physical inventory observations for a sample of assets not currently included in lease asset arrangements, (iv) evaluating the timing of revenue recognition for damaged leased equipment, and (v) evaluating the period end reserve related to product revenue from damaged leased equipment.

Merger with Legacy ChampionX – Valuation of Intangible Assets

As described in Note 3 to the consolidated financial statements, on June 3, 2020 the Company completed the acquisition of the legacy ChampionX business through the merger of one of its wholly owned subsidiaries with legacy ChampionX. The fair value of consideration transferred was $1,294.9 million and resulted in $290.0 million of identifiable intangible assets being recognized. As disclosed by management, accounting for the acquisition of a business requires allocation of the purchase price to the various assets acquired and liabilities assumed at their respective fair values. The determination of fair value requires the use of significant estimates and assumptions by management. For identifiable intangible assets acquired in a business combination, the determination of fair value utilizes valuation methodologies including discounted cash flows. The assumptions made by management in performing these valuations include the discount rate, future revenues and operating costs, projections of capital costs, and the royalty rate.

The principal considerations for our determination that performing procedures relating to the merger with legacy ChampionX is a critical audit matter are (i) the high degree of auditor judgment and subjectivity in applying procedures relating to the fair value measurement of intangible assets acquired due to the significant judgment by management when developing the estimate; (ii) significant audit effort in evaluating the significant assumptions relating to the estimate, such as the future revenues, operating costs, and the discount rate; and (iii) the audit effort involved the use of professionals with specialized skill and knowledge.

Addressing the matter involved performing procedures and evaluating audit evidence in connection with forming our overall opinion on the consolidated financial statements. These procedures included testing the effectiveness of controls relating to the accounting for the merger, including controls over the significant assumptions used in management’s valuation of the intangible assets. These procedures also included, among others reading the purchase agreement and testing management’s process for estimating the fair value of intangible assets. Testing management’s process included evaluating the appropriateness of the valuation methods, testing the completeness and accuracy of data provided by management, and evaluating the reasonableness of significant assumptions related to the future revenues, operating costs, and the discount rate for the intangible assets. Evaluating the reasonableness of the future revenues and operating costs involved considering the past performance of the acquired business, as well as economic and industry forecasts. Professionals with specialized skill and knowledge
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were used to assist in the evaluation of the Company’s discounted cash flows method and the discount rate significant assumption.

/s/ PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Houston, Texas
March 1, 2021

We have served as the Company’s auditor since 2017.



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CHAMPIONX CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (LOSS)

Years Ended December 31,
(in thousands, except per share data)202020192018
Product revenue$1,623,464 $986,341 $1,072,917 
Service revenue218,089 96,310 100,634 
Lease and other revenue58,443 48,600 44,605 
Total revenue1,899,996 1,131,251 1,218,156 
Cost of goods and services1,490,824 754,147 801,152 
Gross profit409,172 377,104 417,004 
Selling, general and administrative expense463,767 274,268 263,957 
Goodwill impairment616,271   
Long-lived asset impairment40,980 1,746 990 
Interest expense, net51,731 39,301 27,648 
Other expense, net(828)2,603 3,056 
Income (loss) before income taxes(762,749)59,186 121,353 
Provision for (benefit from) income taxes(20,396)6,226 28,162 
Net income (loss)(742,353)52,960 93,191 
Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest1,577 796 454 
Net income (loss) attributable to ChampionX$(743,930)$52,164 $92,737 
Earnings (losses) per share attributable to ChampionX: *
Basic$(5.01)$0.67 $1.20 
Diluted$(5.01)$0.67 $1.19 
Weighted-average shares outstanding: *
Basic148,370 77,427 77,342 
Diluted148,370 77,624 77,692 
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* See Note 15—Earnings Per Share.

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the consolidated financial statements.
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CHAMPIONX CORPORATION 
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)
 Years Ended December 31,
(in thousands)202020192018
Net income (loss)$(742,353)$52,960 $93,191 
Other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax:
Foreign currency translation adjustments (1)
20,245 936 (14,210)
Cash flow hedges(2,320)  
Pension and other post-retirement benefit plans:
Net actuarial gain (loss) arising during period(5,526)(2,521)856 
Prior service cost arising during period22 (190) 
Reclassification adjustment for net actuarial loss included in net income356 272 247 
Reclassification adjustment for prior service costs included in net income 1  
Reclassification adjustment for settlement losses included in net income505 371 353 
Total pension and other post-retirement benefit plans (2)
(4,643)(2,067)1,456 
Other comprehensive income (loss)13,282 (1,131)(12,754)
Comprehensive income (loss)(729,071)51,829 80,437 
Less: Comprehensive income attributable to noncontrolling interest1,577 796 454 
Comprehensive income (loss) attributable to ChampionX$(730,648)$51,033 $79,983 
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(1) Net of income tax (expense) benefit of nil for the years ended December 31, 2020, 2019, and 2018, respectively.
(2) Net of income tax (expense) benefit of $1,878, $347, and $352 for the years ended December 31, 2020, 2019, and 2018, respectively.

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the consolidated financial statements.
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CHAMPIONX CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

December 31,
(in thousands)20202019
Assets
Cash and cash equivalents$201,421 $35,290 
Receivables, net559,545 219,874 
Inventories, net430,112 211,342 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets74,767 26,934 
Total current assets1,265,845 493,440 
Property, plant and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation854,536 248,181 
Operating lease right-of-use assets122,481 24,289 
Goodwill680,594 911,113 
Intangible assets, net479,009 238,707 
Other non-current assets73,311 7,095 
Total assets$3,475,776 $1,922,825 
Liabilities and Equity
Current portion of long-term debt$26,850 $ 
Accounts payable299,666 120,291 
Accrued compensation and employee benefits70,303 38,470 
Current portion of operating lease liabilities33,234 7,620 
Accrued distributor fees37,465  
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities155,042 33,300 
Total current liabilities622,560 199,681 
Long-term debt905,764 555,291 
Deferred income taxes156,283 84,060 
Operating lease liabilities83,553 19,419 
Other long-term liabilities95,041 28,160 
Total liabilities1,863,201 886,611 
Stockholders’ equity:
Common stock (2.5 billion shares authorized, $0.01 par value)
200.4 million shares and 77.5 million shares issued and outstanding in 2020 and 2019, respectively
2,004 775 
Capital in excess of par value of common stock2,293,179 969,174 
Retained earnings (accumulated deficit)(638,457)107,048 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss(30,755)(44,037)
ChampionX stockholders’ equity1,625,971 1,032,960 
Noncontrolling interest(13,396)3,254 
Total equity1,612,575 1,036,214 
Total liabilities and equity$3,475,776 $1,922,825 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the consolidated financial statements.
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CHAMPION X CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
 Years Ended December 31,
(in thousands)202020192018
Cash provided by (used for) operating activities:  
Net income (loss)$(742,353)$52,960 $93,191 
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation142,647 68,557 72,569 
Amortization71,715 51,381 51,892 
Stock-based compensation19,536 10,250 5,375 
Loss (gain) on disposal of fixed assets8,037 (2,046)113 
Loss on goodwill and long-lived asset impairment657,251 1,746 990 
Loss (gain) on sale of business 2,475 (1,286)
Provision for losses on accounts receivable3,523 4,955 2,007 
Provision for inventory obsolescence and write-downs23,841 (141)1,457 
Amortization of deferred loan costs and accretion of discount3,799 2,590 1,671 
Deferred income taxes(41,998)(13,874)1,492 
Employee benefit plan expense3,054 1,883 3,340 
Other3,306 3,733 428 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities (net of effects of acquisitions and foreign exchange):
Receivables58,210 25,948 (55,378)
Inventories85,893 19,065 (