Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by, and welcome to the Calgon Carbon Corporation's Fourth Quarter 2012 Results Call. All lines have been placed on mute to prevent any background noise. After the speakers' remarks, there will be a question-and-answer session.
I will now like to turn the call over to Gail Gerono, Vice President of Investor Relations. Please go ahead.
Gail Gerono - VP, IR
Thank you. Good morning and thank you for joining us. Our speakers today are Randy Dearth, Calgon Carbon’s CEO, Bob O'Brien our Chief Operating Officer and Steve Schott our CFO.
Before we begin, I would like to remind you that the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides a Safe Harbor for forward-looking statements. Today's presentations or perhaps some of the comments that Calgon Carbon’s executives make during the Q&A may contain statements that are forward-looking. Forward-looking statements typically contain words such expect, believe, estimate, anticipate, or similar words indicating that future outcomes are uncertain.
Statements looking forward in time including statements regarding future growth and profitability, price increases, cost savings, broader product lines, enhanced competitive posture and acquisitions are included in the Company's most recent annual report pursuant to the Safe Harbor provision of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. They involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause the Company's actual results in future periods to be materially different from any future performance suggested during the webcast.
Further, the Company operates in an industry sector where securities values may be volatile and may be influenced by economic and other factors beyond the Company's control. Some of the factors that could affect the future performance of the company are changes in or delays in the implementation of regulations that cause the market for our products, acquisitions high energy and raw material costs, costs of imports and related tariffs, labor relations, capital and environmental requirements, changes in foreign currency exchange rates, borrowing restrictions, validity of patents and other intellectual property, and pension costs.
In the context of the forward-looking information provided in this webcast, please refer to the discussions of risk factors and other information detailed in, as well as the other information contained in the Company's most recent Annual Report. Randy?
Randy Dearth - President and CEO
Thanks, Gail and welcome everyone to the call. First I would like to reiterate what I said in our press release that was issued earlier today. Calgon Carbon’s financial performance for the fourth quarter of 2012 was solid, generating earnings per share of $0.16. We had a good quarter and we also made excellent progress on our corporate initiatives, especially in reducing cost.
I will review that progress and discuss future initiatives a bit later. First, Steve will review the company’s financial performance for the fourth quarter and then Bob will provide a review of operations. So, Steve?
Thanks, Randy. Good morning, everyone. Total sales for the fourth quarter of 2012 were $141.8 million compared to $138.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2011, the sales increase of $3.6 million or 2.6% was primarily due to higher sales in the Activated Carbon and Service segment of $5.1 million in spite of $1 million of unfavorable foreign exchange effects. The increased sales in the Activated Carbon and Service segment were partially offset by a decline in the Equipment segment sales of $2.1 million.