NewMarket Corporation Reports Strong Earnings Improvement in Second Quarter and First Half of 2007 
7/27/2007 
 
  • Petroleum additives operating profit up 35 percent in the second quarter and 24 percent for the first half of 2007.

RICHMOND, Va.--NewMarket Corporation (NYSE:NEU) President and Chief Executive Officer, Thomas E. Gottwald, released the following earnings report for the second quarter and six months 2007.

Income from continuing operations for the second quarter of 2007 increased to $17.4 million, or $1.00 per share, an increase of 22 percent over comparative income from continuing operations for the second quarter last year of $14.3 million, or $.82 per share, excluding special items. Including all items, net income for the second quarter 2007 was $30.9 million, or $1.78 per share, compared with net income for the second quarter of 2006 of $20.4 million, or $1.17 per share.

Income from continuing operations for the first six months of this year increased to $31.5 million, or $1.81 per share, an increase of 16 percent over comparative income from continuing operations for the same period last year of $27.2 million, or $1.56 per share, excluding special items. Including all items, net income for the first six months of 2007 was $47.2 million, or $2.71 per share, compared with net income for the first six months of 2006 of $34.1 million, or $1.96 per share.

Net income for the second quarter and first half of both 2007 and 2006 include significant special items. These special items are reflected separately for clarification in the summary of earnings at the end of this press release. The special item this year includes the gain associated with the termination of the tetraethyl lead (TEL) marketing agreements. Last years items were due to the sale of an asset and the gain on a settlement with the IRS.

Petroleum additives results improved significantly in the second quarter of this year with operating profit of $36.5 million, an increase of 35 percent over operating profit of $27.1 million in the second quarter of 2006. Net sales improved to $338.8 million compared to net sales in the second quarter of 2006 of $325.0 million. Petroleum additives volumes shipped in the second quarter of this year also improved over first quarter shipments this year. For the first six months of this year, petroleum additives profits also reflect improved results with operating profit increasing to $65.5 million, an improvement of 24 percent over operating profit of $52.8 million for the same period last year. The improvement in our petroleum additives operating profit comes from a variety of our product lines. The results continue to reflect the benefit of our progress in restoring margins through the introduction of new products including products utilizing more cost effective solutions for our customers. The results also benefit from price increases implemented in 2006; however, upward pricing pressure on several of our key raw materials continues.

The second quarter and first half of 2007 also continued to benefit from our debt restructuring in December of 2006. The benefit of lower debt cost was approximately $1.1 million before tax for the second quarter and $2.0 million before tax for the first half of this year.

Foundry Park I, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company, began the construction phase of the office building for MeadWestvaco during this second quarter. The project will be primarily funded through borrowing of approximately 85 percent of the cost of construction with project completion anticipated by the end of 2009. Following completion, we expect this project to make a positive contribution to our earnings.

We have made good progress in many areas during the first half of this year. Our petroleum additives business continues to deliver improved results. Our financial position continues to grow stronger enhancing our capability for future growth and improving shareholder value as we continue to assess the best use of our cash flow.

Sincerely,

Thomas E. Gottwald

Summary of Earnings for the Second Quarter and Six Months:

As noted, net income for both the second quarters and the first six months of 2007 and 2006 include certain special items. The 2007 special item relates to the settlement of the arbitration actions with Innospec and the resulting gain on termination of the TEL marketing agreements. The gain on settlement and termination of the TEL agreements and their previous operations are reflected as discontinued operations. Following the settlement and termination of the TEL marketing agreements, it was determined that the continuing operations of our TEL business no longer represented a significant segment. The company has reported net income including special items, as well as income from continuing operations, excluding special items, and related per share amounts in this release. The company believes that even though income from continuing operations, excluding special items, are not required by or presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) accepted in the United States, this additional measure enhances understanding of the companys performance. Earnings excluding these items enhances period to period comparability. The company believes that income from continuing operations, excluding special items, should not be considered an alternative to net income determined under GAAP. The following table is a reconciliation of net income under GAAP to income from continuing operations, excluding special items.

Second Quarter

Ended

Six Months

Ended

June 30 June 30
2007   2006 2007 2006
Net Income
Net income $ 30.9 $ 20.4 $ 47.2 $ 34.1
Special items:

Discontinued operations including 2007 gain on settlement and termination of TEL Marketing Agreements

(13.5 ) (1.2 ) (15.7 ) (2.0 )
Gain on sale of property

-

(2.0 ) - (2.0 )

Income tax settlement

  -     (2.9 )   -     (2.9 )
Income from continuing operations excluding special items $ 17.4   $ 14.3   $ 31.5   $ 27.2  
 
Diluted Earnings Per Share:
Net income $ 1.78 $ 1.17 $ 2.71 $ 1.96
Special items:

Discontinued operations including 2007 gain on settlement and termination of TEL Marketing Agreements

(0.78

) (0.07 )

(0.90

)

(0.12 )
Gain on sale of property

-

(0.12 ) - (0.12 )
Income tax settlement

-

    (0.16 )   -     (0.16 )
Income from continuing operations excluding special items $ 1.00   $ 0.82   $ 1.81   $ 1.56  

As a reminder, a conference call and Internet web cast is scheduled for 10 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, July 31, 2007, to review second quarter financial results. You can access the conference call live by dialing 877-407-8031 (domestic) or 201-689-8031 (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 companys website at www.NewMarket.com or www.investorcalendar.com. A teleconference replay of the call will be available until August 7, 2007 at 11:59 p.m. EDT by dialing 877-660-6853 (domestic) and 201-612-7415 (international). The account number is 286. The conference ID number is 248541. 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 NewMarkets 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; our ability to obtain financing for the construction of the office building for MeadWestvaco on favorable terms; our ability to complete construction of the office building for MeadWestvaco within budget and in a timely manner; 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 1A, Risk Factors of our 2006 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.

FOR INVESTOR INFORMATION CONTACT:
 David A. Fiorenza
 Investor Relations
 Phone: 804.788.5555
 Fax:  804.788.5688
 Email:  investorrelations@newmarket.com

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