Albemarle Corporation ALB recorded a profit of $133.6 million or $1.26 per share in the first quarter of 2019, up from $131.8 million or $1.18 per share it earned year ago. The bottom line in the reported quarter was aided by earnings growth in the company’s Bromine Specialties segment.Adjusted earnings for the reported quarter were $1.23 per share, topping the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.21.Revenues rose around 1% year over year to $832.1 million in the quarter. It also surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $807.8 million.Revenues were aided by favorable pricing across the board and higher sales volume across Bromine Specialties and Catalysts segments, offset by lower sales volume in the Lithium unit and the impact of the divestment of the polyolefin catalysts and components portion of the Performance Catalyst Solutions business. Segment HighlightsSales from the Lithium unit fell around 2% year over year to $291.9 million in the reported quarter as lower sales volume due to rain in Chile and unfavorable currency impact more than offset favorable pricing. Adjusted EBITDA dropped roughly 12% year over year to $115.6 million, hurt by higher costs of goods sold and lower vol...