NewMarket Corporation Reports Earnings Improvement for the Third Quarter and Nine Months of 2007 
10/30/2007 
 • Third Quarter Recurring Income from Operations Up 69% from $11.9 Million to $20.1 Million
 • Third Quarter Petroleum Additives Recurring Profit Up 27% from $27.8 Million to $35.2 Million
 • $50 Million Share Repurchase Completed in Third Quarter

Richmond, VA, October 30, 2007 – NewMarket Corporation (NYSE – NEU) President and Chief Executive Officer, Thomas E. Gottwald, released the following earnings report for the third quarter and first nine months 2007.

Income from continuing operations for the third quarter of 2007 improved significantly reaching $20.1 million, or $1.19 per share.  This represents an increase of 69 percent over income on the same basis for the third quarter last year of $11.9 million, or $0.69 per share, excluding special items.  Including all items, net income for the third quarter 2007 was $21.2 million, or $1.25 per share, compared with net income for the third quarter of 2006 of $18.9 million, or $1.09 per share.

Income from continuing operations for the first nine months of 2007 of $51.5 million, or $2.99 per share, was also up significantly, reflecting a 31 percent improvement over comparative earnings for the same period last year of $39.2 million, or $2.25 per share, excluding special items.  Including all items, net income for the first nine months of 2007 was $68.3 million, or $3.96 per share, compared to net income for the same period last year of $53.1 million, or $3.05 per share.

Net income for the third quarter and first nine months of both 2007 and 2006 include certain special items.  The items are reflected separately for clarification in the summary of earnings at the end of this press release.  The items this year include the gain associated with the termination of the marketing agreements with Innospec Corporation.  Last year’s items include the benefit of certain settlement gains, a gain on the sale of property and the benefit of an earn-out agreement.

Petroleum additives continues its strong performance with operating profit for the third quarter of this year improving to $35.2 million, an increase of 27 percent over comparative operating profit for the same period last year of $27.8 million, excluding the $2.6 million benefit of a special item.  Net sales of petroleum additives for the third quarter 2007 improved to $352.5 million compared to net sales in the third quarter 2006 of $323.9 million.  For the first nine months of this year, petroleum additives operating profits also improved, with operating profit increasing to $100.7 million, an improvement of 25 percent over comparative operating profit of $80.6 million for the first nine months of 2006, excluding the $2.6 million benefit of a special item.  Net sales of petroleum additives for the first nine months of this year reached $998.6 million compared to $948.4 million for the same period last year.  There are many factors which account for the excellent performance in this segment this year: 1) our efforts and focus to deliver the services and products in support of our customers’ marketing initiatives, 2) our focus on delivering more cost effective products, which benefits both our customers and ourselves, and 3) the benefit from price increases that were instituted in 2006.

The third quarter and first nine months of 2007 also continue to benefit from our debt restructuring completed in December of 2006.  The benefit of lower debt cost was approximately $0.9 million before tax for the third quarter and $2.7 million before tax for the first nine months of the year.

During this third quarter, the company repurchased $50 million of its common stock.  The company purchased 1,117,104 shares at an average price of $44.76 including transactions fees.  The purchase was accomplished using company funds with no additional borrowing involved.

We are very pleased with the improved operating results through the first nine months of this year and the progress made in activities the company has initiated.  Our approach of remaining focused to help our customers grow in their marketplace continues to prove its value.

Sincerely,

Thomas E. Gottwald
 

Summary of Earnings for the Third Quarter and Nine Months:

As noted, net income for both the third quarters and the first nine 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, is 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 company’s 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.

Third Quarter Ended   Nine Months Ended
September 30 September 30
2007   2006 2007   2006
Net Income
Net income $ 21.2 $ 18.9 $ 68.3 $ 53.1
Special items:

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

(1.1 ) (2.1 ) (16.8 ) (4.1 )
Transportation issue settlement - (1.6 ) - (1.6 )
Earn-out agreement income - (3.3 ) - (3.3 )
Gain on sale of property - - - (2.0 )
Income tax settlement -   -   -   (2.9 )
Income from continuing operations excluding special items $ 20.1   $ 11.9  

$ 51.5   $ 39.2  
 
Diluted Earnings Per Share:
Net income $ 1.25 $ 1.09 $ 3.96 $ 3.05
Special items:

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

(0.06 ) (0.12 ) (0.97 ) (0.24 )
Transportation issue settlement - (0.09 ) - (0.09 )
Earn-out agreement income - (0.19 ) - (0.19 )
Gain on sale of property - - - (0.12 )
Income tax settlement -   -   -   (0.16 )
Income from continuing operations excluding special items $ 1.19   $ 0.69  

$ 2.99   $ 2.25  

As a reminder, a conference call and Internet web cast is scheduled for 10 a.m. EDT on Thursday, November 1, 2007, to review third quarter 2007 financial results. You can access the conference call live by dialing 1-877-407-8031 (domestic) or  1-201-689-8031 (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 company’s website at www.NewMarket.com or www.investorcalendar.com.   A teleconference replay of the call will be available until November 8, 2007 at 11:59 p.m. EST by dialing 1-877-660-6853 (domestic) and 1-201-612-7415 (international).  The account number is 286.  The conference ID number is 258216.  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; 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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