NewMarket Corporation Reports Strong Improvement in Earnings and other Significant Achievements for the Year 2007 
1/31/2008 
 Recurring 2007 earnings up 42% over 2006
• Recurring Q4 2007 earnings up 64% over Q4 2006
• Record petroleum additives earnings achieved in 2007
• Repurchased $83.2 million of common stock without additional borrowing
• Began construction of multistory office building for MeadWestvaco Corporation
• Increased dividend 60% in fourth quarter 2007

Richmond, VA, January 31, 2008 – NewMarket Corporation (NYSE – NEU) President and Chief Executive Officer, Thomas E. Gottwald, released the following earnings report and update of the company’s operations for the fourth quarter and year 2007.

We are pleased to report to you that 2007 was a very successful year for NewMarket including a significant improvement in earnings.  The increase in earnings reflects the strong performance of the petroleum additives operations in 2007.

Earnings from continuing operations for the year 2007, excluding special items, improved to $69.0 million, or $4.07 per share, an increase of 42 percent over earnings on the same basis last year of $48.5 million, or $2.78 per share.  Including all items, net income for the year was $95.3 million, or $5.62 per share, compared to net income for the year 2006 of $57.5 million, or $3.30 per share.

Earnings from continuing operations, excluding special items, for the fourth quarter 2007 improved to $15.4 million, or $0.96 per share, an increase of 64 percent over earnings on the same basis for the fourth quarter 2006 of $9.4 million, or $0.53 per share.  Including all items, net income for the fourth quarter 2007 was $27.0 million, or $1.68 per share compared to net income in 2006 of $4.5 million, or $0.26 per share.

Net income for the fourth quarters and years 2007 and 2006 include significant special items.  The year 2007 special items include the gain of $16.8 million associated with the termination of the TEL marketing agreement with Innospec Inc. The year 2007 results also include a tax benefit of $9.5 million primarily associated with the adjustment of taxes previously provided on the undistributed earnings of certain of our foreign subsidiaries.  Last year’s special items include the benefit of certain settlement gains, a loss on extinguishment of debt and certain other gains totaling a net benefit of $9 million.  These special items are reflected separately for clarification in the Summary of Earnings schedule at the end of this press release.

The petroleum additives operations continued its strong performance in 2007 with sales increasing to $1.4 billion, an increase of nine percent over sales for 2006 of $1.3 billion.  Operating profit for 2007 of $129.4 million was up 29 percent over operating profit of $100.3 million before special items for the year 2006.  Petroleum additives operating profit for the fourth quarter of this year of $28.7 million represents an increase of 46 percent over fourth quarter 2006 operating profit of $19.6 million, before special items.  The improved results reflect our commitment to supply our customers with top quality products coupled with unique technical and marketing solutions.  These solutions include the introduction of new products including products which utilize more cost effective solutions for our customers.  This benefits both our customers and ourselves.  These actions, together with the benefit of price increases needed to reestablish margins, have contributed to the improved results.

The year and fourth quarter 2007 also continue to benefit from our debt restructuring completed in December 2006.  The benefit of lower debt cost was about $3.5 million before taxes for the year 2007, including a fourth quarter benefit of $0.7 million.

The company repurchased $83.2 million of its common stock during 2007, consisting of 1,739,700 shares at an average price of $47.82 per share.  Of that total, 622,596 shares were repurchased at a cost of $33.2 million during the fourth quarter of this year.  The purchases were accomplished using company funds with no additional borrowings.

On October 25, 2007, the Board of Directors of NewMarket Corporation declared a quarterly dividend in the amount of 20 cents per share on the common stock of the corporation.  That dividend represented an increase of 7.5 cents per share, or 60 percent over the previously paid dividend.

Also during this year, our wholly owned subsidiary, Foundry Park I LLC, began the construction phase of the multistory office building for MeadWestvaco.  The project will primarily be funded through additional borrowing.  We expect to borrow  approximately 85 percent of the construction costs.  The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2009 and begin making a positive contribution to our earnings.

Our outstanding results in 2007 are a result of the extraordinary efforts of the dedicated NewMarket employees around the world reflecting their commitment to partner with our customers through innovative products and services.  We are in a strong financial position supported by our core business in petroleum additives and are well positioned for the opportunities and challenges ahead.

Sincerely,

Thomas E. Gottwald

Summary of Earnings for the Fourth Quarter and Year:

As noted, net income for both the fourth quarters and years 2007 and 2006 include certain special items.  The 2007 special items include the settlement of the arbitration actions with Innospec and the resulting gain on termination of the TEL marketing agreements.  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 gain on settlement and termination of the TEL agreements and their previous operations are reflected as discontinued operations.  The other special item in 2007 primarily represents a reversal of deferred tax provisions previously provided on the undistributed earnings of certain of our subsidiaries following the company’s determination that no dividends would be paid by these foreign subsidiaries for the foreseeable future.  The special items for 2006 are also disclosed in the table below.

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.  The company believes 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.

  Fourth Quarter Ended  

Year Ended

December 31

December 31

2007   2006 2007   2006
Net Income
Net income $ 27 .0 $ 4 .5 $ 95 .3 $ 57 .5
Special items:

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

- (1 .1) (16 .8) (5 .2)
Adjustment of income tax provision (11 .6) - (9 .5) -
Earn-out agreement income - - - (3 .3)
Gain on sale of property - - - (2 .0)
Settlements-net benefit - (1 .0) - (5 .5)
Loss on extinguishment of debt -   7 .0 -   7 .0
Income from continuing operations excluding special items $ 15 .4 $ 9 .4

$ 69 .0 $ 48 .5
 
Diluted Earnings Per Share:
Net income $ 1 .68 $ 0 .26 $ 5 .62 $ 3 .30
Special items:

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

- (0 .07) (0 .99) (0 .30)
Adjustment of income tax provision (0 .72)

-

(0 .56)

-

Earn-out agreement income - - - (0 .19)
Gain on sale of property - - - (0 .12)
Settlements-net benefit - (0 .06) - (0 .31)
Loss on extinguishment of debt -   0 .40 -   0 .40
Income from continuing operations excluding special items $ 0 .96 $ 0 .53

$ 4 .07 $ 2 .78


As a reminder, a conference call and Internet web cast is scheduled for 10 a.m. EST on Friday, February 1, 2008, to review 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 February 8, 2008 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 268368.  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; 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 as revised in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2007, both of which are 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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