NewMarket Corporation Reports Third Quarter And Nine Months 2009 Results 
10/22/2009 
 
  • Income Increased Significantly for Third Quarter and Nine Months 2009
  • Net Debt decreased to $102.6 Million at September 30, 2009

Richmond, VA, October 22, 2009 – NewMarket Corporation (NYSE – NEU) President and Chief Executive Officer, Thomas E. Gottwald, released the following earnings report of the company’s operations for the third quarter and nine months of 2009.

Net income for the third quarter of 2009 increased to $56.7 million, or $3.72 per share, compared to net income for the third quarter last year of $16.5 million, or $1.07 per share.  For the first nine months of 2009, net income increased to $116.0 million, or $7.61 per share, from net income for the same period last year of $53.9 million, or $3.48 per share.

Net income for both the third quarter and first nine months of this year included a charge from recording at fair value an interest rate swap agreement related to financing on Foundry Park.  The loss amounted to $2.4 million, or $.16 per share, for the third quarter, and $9.8 million, or $.64 per share for the first nine months of 2009.  Excluding this charge, third quarter earnings were $59.1 million, or $3.88 per share, and for the first nine months of 2009, $125.8 million, or $8.25 per share.

Petroleum Additives continues to perform well with third quarter 2009 operating profit improving to $96.3 million, compared to $28.1 million for third quarter 2008.  The results include improvement across all major product lines and all regions.  Shipments have improved throughout this year with third quarter 2009 shipments increasing 14 percent from this year’s second quarter. Petroleum additives shipments for the third quarter were 3 percent lower than third quarter 2008, reflecting significant recovery of the market from earlier this year.  Sales of petroleum additives for this year’s third quarter amounted to $413.7 million compared to sales of $437.2 million for the third quarter last year.

For the first nine months of 2009, petroleum additives profits improved to $214 million, compared to $97.5 million in the same period last year. The nine month improvement was broadly based on strong performance across all regions and most product areas.  While shipments for the first nine months of this year are 16 percent lower than the same period last year, our shipping volumes are now near normal rates that were typical before the market slowdown that we experienced in late 2008 and that continued in the first two quarters of 2009.  Sales for nine months 2009 were $1,116.7 million compared to sales for the same period last year of $1,238.8 million.   

Our liquidity position improved significantly during the first nine months of this year with cash increasing to $133.8 million, compared to $21.8 million at the end of 2008.  The increase in cash of $112.0 million during the first nine months of this year includes a reduction of $67.3 million in working capital requirements.  Also during the first nine months of 2009, we paid $41.9 million on our revolving credit agreement leaving this facility with no drawn debt outstanding at September 30, 2009.

Our project to construct a multi-story corporate headquarters for MeadWestvaco continues to progress as expected and will be completed on time and under budget later this year.  The receipt of rental income payments from this investment will begin in January 2010.  The construction of the petroleum additives supply facility in Singapore is on schedule with the majority of the expenditure in 2009 and production expected during the first half of 2010.

Our petroleum additives business continues to deliver improved results by delivering products and services that bring value to our customers. We are encouraged that demand going forward appears to have returned to levels more consistent with those seen before the world economic slowdown in late 2008. While our business is performing well, it is not without its challenges. We are experiencing increases in raw material cost and some tightness in the availability of certain raw materials.  Overall, we expect a general upward trend on raw material costs going forward. We are working diligently to ensure that our customers are fully supplied.  Additionally, we continue to spend heavily in R&D in support of our customers as the demand for new and differentiated products and technologies continues unabated. I am confident that our team will continue to perform well and deliver value to both our customers and shareholders. 

Sincerely,

Thomas E. Gottwald

Summary of Earnings for the Third Quarter and Nine Months 2009

As noted, net income for both the third quarter and first nine months of 2009 include noncash charges of $2.4 million and $9.8 million, respectively, for an unrealized loss on an interest rate swap agreement.  These charges result from the company valuing an interest rate swap agreement at its fair value on September 30, 2009. 

The company has reported net income including this loss, as well as income, excluding the loss and related per share amounts in this release.  The company believes that even though income, excluding this loss, 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 this item, enhance period to period comparability.  The company believes that income, excluding this loss, 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, excluding the unrealized loss on the interest rate swap agreement.

 

                         (In millions, except per-share amounts)
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                       Third Quarter Ended        Nine Months Ended
                          September 30              September 30
                     -----------------------------------------------
                         2009       2008          2009       2008
                       --------   --------      --------   --------  
Net Income
  Net income           $  56.7    $  16.5       $  116.0   $  53.9 
      Unrealized loss 
      on interest rate 
      swap agreement       2.4          -            9.8         - 
                         ------     ------         ------    ------
  Income excluding 
  loss on interest 
  rate swap            $  59.1    $  16.5       $  125.8   $  53.9 
                         ======     ======         ======    ======
Diluted Earnings Per Share:
  Net income           $  3.72    $  1.07        $  7.61   $  3.48 
      Unrealized loss 
      on interest rate
      swap agreement      0.16          -           0.64         - 
                         ------     ------         ------    ------
  Income excluding 
  loss on interest 
  rate swap            $  3.88    $  1.07        $  8.25   $  3.48 
                         ======     ======         ======    ======
The company has also disclosed its net debt position at September 30, 2009, as the company believes it is a meaningful disclosure of its outstanding debt obligations relative to its cash and cash equivalents on hand.  The company defines net debt as total and current long-term debt less cash and cash equivalents.  The GAAP financial measure most directly comparable to net debt is total debt as reported in the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements included in our Third Quarter Form 10-Q
                               (In millions)
                               -------------     
Total Current Debt                  $   86.0 
Total Noncurrent Debt                  150.4
                                    -------- 
     Total Debt                        236.4 
Less Cash and Cash Equivalents         133.8 
                                    --------
Net Debt                            $  102.6 
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As a reminder, a conference call and Internet webcast is scheduled for 10 a.m. EDT on Friday, October 23, 2009, to review third quarter 2009 financial results. You can access the conference call live by dialing 1-877-407-0782 (domestic) or 1-201-689-8567 (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 October 30, 2009 at 11:59 p.m. EDT by dialing 1-877-660-6853 (domestic) and 1-201-612-7415 (international).  The account number is 286.  The conference ID number is 334249.  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:  changes in the demand for our products; increases in product cost and our ability to increase prices; timing of sales orders; gain or loss of significant customers; competition from other manufacturers and resellers; resolution of environmental liabilities; significant changes in new product introduction; 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 to obtain replacement financing for the construction loan; changes in credit market conditions; 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 2008 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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