NewMarket Corporation Reports Third Quarter and Nine Months 2004 Results 
11/1/2004 
RICHMOND, Va.--Nov. 1, 2004--NewMarket Corporation (NYSE: NEU), President and Chief Executive Officer, Thomas E. Gottwald, released the following earnings report for the third quarter and nine months 2004 and an update of the company's operations.

Third quarter 2004 net income was $13.0 million or $.76 per share, compared to net income of $10.3 million or $.61 per share for the third quarter of 2003. This year's third quarter includes a nonrecurring benefit of $8.4 million, or $.50 per share from an environmental insurance settlement. Earnings from continuing operations, excluding the nonrecurring item for third quarter 2004 were $4.6 million or $.26 per share which are lower than the earnings for third quarter of 2003.

Net income for nine months this year was $30.1 million or $1.78 per share and net income for the same period last year was $32.3 million or $1.93 per share. Earnings from continuing operations for nine months 2004, excluding the nonrecurring item discussed below, improved to $21.7 million or $1.28 per share compared to earnings on the same basis for nine months last year of $15.9 million or $.95 per share. The nonrecurring item in 2004 was the third-quarter benefit of $8.4 million or $.50 per share from an environmental insurance settlement. The nonrecurring items in 2003, which occurred in the first quarter, were the gain on the sale of our phenolic antioxidant business of $14.8 million or $.88 per share and a $1.6 million gain or $.10 per share upon adoption of Statement of Financial Accounting Standard No. 143. A reconciliation of earnings from continuing operations excluding non-recurring items to net income under generally accepted accounting principles is included at the end of this earnings release for further clarification.

Petroleum Additives sales for the third quarter 2004 improved to $222.8 million, an increase of $28.7 million or 15 percent over third quarter 2003 sales of $194.1 million. The sales for nine months 2004 improved to $655.5 million, an increase of $110.8 million or 20 percent over the same period last year. These increases reflect the success of our efforts in this segment. Unfortunately, the improvement in volume and revenue is not also reflected in the segment operating profit. For the third quarter 2004, Petroleum Additives segment operating profit before nonrecurring items was $8.6 million compared to $16.5 million for the third quarter last year. For the first nine months of 2004, segment operating profit on this same basis was $38.8 million compared to $39.6 million for the first nine months of 2003. The key factors reducing our operating margins are higher raw material prices and increased research and development spending. As crude oil remains at record highs and the cost of many of our purchased chemicals remain equally high due to their own supply-demand situations, our price increases have not been sufficient to cover these cost increases. We are currently in the process of raising prices, but expect continuing margin pressure in the fourth quarter. Research, development and testing cost are also higher for the nine months and third quarter 2004 in support of new product specifications, our growth success, and our continuing commitment to enhance the value of our products to our customers.

TEL segment operating profit for the third quarter of this year was lower than third quarter last year reflecting lower shipments. TEL segment operating profit from operations improved for the nine months 2004 compared to the same period last year. The improvement includes the benefit of higher pricing as well as certain cost improvements. The segment results in TEL continue to be characterized by significant swings in shipping volume and profits from quarter to quarter.

We are pleased with the efforts and performance of our two operating subsidiaries, Afton Chemical Corporation and Ethyl Corporation. Ethyl continues to manage the decline of TEL so as to maximize its cash contribution to NewMarket. Afton Chemical has shown good progress in the marketplace through its strategy of providing goods and services to help its customers grow their businesses. While Afton Chemical's results are being adversely affected by the margin reduction associated with higher raw materials cost, its underlying performance remains strong.

Sincerely,

Thomas E. Gottwald

Please review our 10-Q filing for a more thorough discussion of the topics mentioned in this release.

Earnings for the third quarter 2004 and nine months 2004 and 2003 include significant nonrecurring items. The following reconciliation of earnings from continuing operations excluding non-recurring items to net income under generally accepted accounting principles is included as part of the earnings release.

Summary of earnings for the Third Quarter and Nine Months:
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(in millions except per share           Third Quarter   Nine Months
 amounts)                                    Ended          Ended
                                         September 30    September 30
                                       ----------------  -------------
                                         2004     2003    2004   2003
                                       --------- ------  ------  -----
Net income:
 Earnings excluding discontinued 
  operations and nonrecurring items:  $     4.6 $ 10.3  $ 21.7  $15.9
   2004 Benefit from insurance 
    settlement                              8.4      -     8.4      -
   2003 gain on sale of phenolic
    antioxidant business                      -      -       -   14.8
   2003 Gain upon adoption of SFAS
    No. 143                                   -      -       -    1.6
                                       --------- ------  ------  -----

    Net income                        $    13.0 $ 10.3  $ 30.1  $32.3
                                       ========= ======  ======  =====

Basic Earnings Per Share:
 Earnings excluding discontinued 
  operations and nonrecurring items:  $    0.26 $ 0.61  $ 1.28  $0.95
   2004 Benefit from insurance
    settlement                             0.50      -    0.50      -
   2003 gain on sale of phenolic
    antioxidant business                      -      -       -   0.88
   2003 Gain upon adoption of SFAS 
    No. 143                                   -      -       -   0.10
                                       --------- ------  ------  -----

    Net income                        $    0.76 $ 0.61  $ 1.78  $1.93
                                       ========= ======  ======  =====

As a reminder, a conference call and Internet web cast is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. EST on November 2, 2004 to review third quarter 2004 financial results. You can access the conference call live by dialing 800-322-0079 (domestic) or 973-935-2100 (international) and requesting the NewMarket conference call. To avoid delays, callers should dial in five minutes early. The call will also be broadcast via the Internet and can be accessed through the Company's website at www.NewMarket.com or www.vcall.com. A teleconference replay of the call will be available until November 5, 2004 by dialing 877-519-4471 (domestic) and 973-341-3080 (international). The replay passcode is 5330701. A webcast replay will be available for 30 days.

NewMarket Corporation through its subsidiaries, Afton Chemical Corporation and Ethyl Corporation, develops, manufactures, blends, and delivers chemical additives that enhance the performance of petroleum products. From custom-formulated chemical blends to market-general additive components, the NewMarket family of companies provides the world with the technology to make fuels burn cleaner, engines run smoother and machines last longer.

Some of the information contained in this press release constitutes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Although NewMarket's management believes its expectations are based on reasonable assumptions within the bounds of its knowledge of its business and operations, there can be no assurance that actual results will not differ materially from expectations.

Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations include, but are not limited to: timing of sales orders; gain or loss of significant customers; competition from other manufacturers; resolution of environmental liabilities; changes in the demand for our products; significant changes in new product introduction; increases in product cost; the impact of fluctuations in foreign exchange rates on reported results of operations; changes in various markets; geopolitical risks in certain of the countries in which we conduct business; the impact of consolidation of the petroleum additives industry; and other factors detailed from time to time in the reports that NewMarket files with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the risk factors in Item 7A, "Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk" of our 2003 Annual Report on Form 10-K, which is available to shareholders upon request.

You should keep in mind that any forward-looking statement made by NewMarket in the foregoing discussion speaks only as of the date on which such forward-looking statement is made. New risks and uncertainties come up from time to time, and it is impossible for us to predict these events or how they may affect the company. We have no duty to, and do not intend to, update or revise the forward-looking statements in this discussion after the date hereof, except as may be required by law. In light of these risks and uncertainties, you should keep in mind that the events described in any forward-looking statement made in this discussion, or elsewhere, might not occur.

To the extent that this press release contains non-GAAP financial measures, it also presents both the most directly comparable financial measures calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP and a quantitative reconciliation of the difference between any such non-GAAP measures and such comparable GAAP financial measures. For management's statement concerning the reasons why management believes that presentation of non-GAAP measures provides useful information to investors concerning NewMarket's financial condition and results of operations, see the Form 8-K furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 1, 2004.

For Investor Information, Contact:

     NewMarket Corporation, Richmond
     Investor Relations: David A. Fiorenza, 804-788-5555
     Fax: 804-788-5688
     investorrelations@newmarket.com
 
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