NewMarket Corporation Reports Third Quarter And First Nine Months 2010 Results 
10/28/2010 
  • Petroleum Additives Posts Highest Quarterly Profits for the Year 
  • Nine Months Net Income up 10 Percent

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 first nine months of 2010.

Net income for the third quarter of 2010 was $45.7 million, or $3.18 per share. For the first nine months of 2010, net income was $127.7 million, or $8.64 per share. Net income for the third quarter and first nine months of this year included charges to earnings from recording at fair value an interest rate swap agreement related to financing on Foundry Park.  Excluding these charges, earnings for the third quarter and first nine months of 2010 were $49 million, or $3.41 per share, and $138.4 million, or $9.37 per share, respectively.

Petroleum additives operations in the third quarter of this year continued to grow from the first and second quarters with operating profit of $80 million.  Sales of petroleum additives for the third quarter of this year improved to $465.1 million, an increase of 12 percent over sales for the third quarter last year of $413.7 million.  The improvement in sales included the benefit of a 6 percent increase in shipments for the quarter and the benefit of the acquisition we made earlier in the year.

Petroleum additives operating profit for the first nine months of this year improved to $227 million, an increase of 6 percent over operating profit for the same period last year of $214 million.  The improvements in the nine months results for this year reflect the continuing strong performance of the lubricant additives product line.  Sales of petroleum additives for the first nine months of this year improved to $1,319.4 million, an increase of 18 percent over sales for the same period last year of $1,116.7 million.  Shipments of petroleum additives for the first nine months of 2010 have increased 16 percent over the same period last year. 

Net income for the third quarter of 2009 was $56.7 million, or $3.72 per share. For the first nine months of 2009, net income was $116.0 million, or $7.61 per share.  The following Summary of Earnings reflects net income including the losses on the agreement related to financing on Foundry Park, as well as earnings excluding the losses and the related per-share amounts.

Our petroleum additives business continues to deliver excellent results and is performing as we expected.  Our overall demand leveled off in the third quarter compared to the second, which is in line with a recovering industry as demand for our products returns to the levels seen before the recession.  We are able to deliver this excellent performance by continuing to deliver new and differentiated products and services to our customers that enhance their position in the marketplace. Our plants are running well and operating at high rates.   

During the first quarter of this year, we utilized our strong financial position to acquire Polartech, a leading metalworking additives company.  Year to date, we have purchased 925,241 shares (98,903 shares in the third quarter) of our common stock for $89 million and reduced total debt by $12.8 million.

Our business is performing well as our continuing investment in research and development and geographic expansion enhance our ability to service our customers in the marketplace.  We plan to continue to invest in the people, technology, and facilities that it will take to excel in this market.

Sincerely,

Thomas E. Gottwald


Summary of Earnings for the 2010 and 2009 Periods

As noted, net income for the third quarter and first nine months periods for both 2010 and 2009 includes charges on an interest rate swap agreement.  These amounts result from the company valuing an interest rate swap agreement at its fair value on both September 30, 2010 and 2009. 

The company has reported net income including these amounts, as well as income excluding them, and related per share amounts in this release.  The company believes that even though income, excluding these amounts, 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 item, should not be considered an alternative to net income determined under GAAP. 

As a reminder, a conference call and Internet webcast is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. EDT on Friday, October 29, 2010, to review third quarter financial results. You can access the conference call live by dialing 1-877-407-9210 (domestic) or 1-201-689-8049 (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 5, 2010 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 358015.  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:  availability of raw materials and transportation systems; ability to respond effectively to technological changes in our industry; supply disruptions at single sourced facilities; failure to protect our intellectual property rights; political, economic, and regulatory factors concerning our products; hazards common to chemical businesses; occurrence or threat of extraordinary events, including natural disasters and terrorist attacks; competition from other manufacturers; sudden or sharp raw materials price increases; gain or loss of significant customers;  risks related to operating outside of the United States; the impact of fluctuations in foreign exchange rates; future governmental regulation; resolution of environmental liabilities or legal proceedings; inability to complete future acquisitions or successfully integrate future acquisitions into our business 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 2009 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. 

NEWMARKET CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
SEGMENT RESULTS AND OTHER FINANCIAL INFORMATION
(In millions except per share amounts, unaudited)
Third Quarter Ended Nine Months Ended
September 30 September 30
2010 2009 2010 2009
Revenue:
Petroleum additives $ 465.1 $ 413.7 $ 1,319.4 $ 1,116.7
Real estate development 2.9 - 8.6 -
All other (a) 3.8 4.1 8.7 9.2
Total $ 471.8 $ 417.8 $ 1,336.7 $ 1,125.9
Segment operating profit:
Petroleum additives $ 80.0 $ 96.3 $ 227.0 $ 214.0
Real estate development 1.8 (0.2 ) 5.3 (0.5 )
All other (a) 1.2 1.2 3.2 (0.8 )
Segment operating profit 83.0 97.3 235.5 212.7
Corporate unallocated expense (5.6 ) (3.3 ) (14.5 ) (12.1 )
Interest and financing expenses (4.5 ) (2.9 ) (12.7 ) (8.7 )
Loss on an interest rate swap agreement (b) (5.5 ) (3.8 ) (17.6 ) (15.7 )
Other income (expense), net 0.2 (0.3 ) (0.2 ) 0.2
Income before income tax expense $ 67.6 $ 87.0 $ 190.5 $ 176.4
Net income $ 45.7 $ 56.7 $ 127.7 $ 116.0
Basic earnings per share $ 3.19 $ 3.73 $ 8.66 $ 7.63
Diluted earnings per share $ 3.18 $ 3.72 $ 8.64 $ 7.61
Notes to Segment Results and Other Financial Information
(a) "All other" includes the results of our TEL business, as well as certain contract manufacturing of Ethyl Corporation.
(b) The loss on an interest rate swap agreement represents the change, since the beginning of the reporting period, in the fair value of an interest rate swap which we entered into on June 25, 2009. We are not using hedge accounting to record the interest rate swap and, accordingly, any change in the fair value is immediately recognized in earnings.
NEWMARKET CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(In thousands except per share amounts, unaudited)
Third Quarter Ended Nine Months Ended
September 30 September 30
2010 2009 2010 2009
Revenue:
Net sales - product $ 468,919 $ 417,832 $ 1,328,170 $ 1,125,881
Rental revenue 2,858 - 8,574 -
471,777 417,832 1,336,744 1,125,881
Costs:
Cost of goods sold - product 334,766 274,865 944,968 780,427
Cost of rental 1,089 - 3,245 -
335,855 274,865 948,213 780,427
Gross profit 135,922 142,967 388,531 345,454
Selling, general, and administrative expenses 35,711 27,618 102,478 83,141
Research, development, and testing expenses 22,719 21,602 65,866 61,448
Operating profit 77,492 93,747 220,187 200,865
Interest and financing expenses 4,465 2,909 12,728 8,704
Other expense, net (a) 5,453 3,804 16,974 15,734
Income before income tax expense 67,574 87,034 190,485 176,427
Income tax expense 21,855 30,347 62,772 60,394
Net income $ 45,719 $ 56,687 $ 127,713 $ 116,033
Basic earnings per share $ 3.19 $ 3.73 $ 8.66 $ 7.63
Diluted earnings per share $ 3.18 $ 3.72 $ 8.64 $ 7.61
Shares used to compute basic earnings per share 14,353 15,208 14,756 15,205
Shares used to compute diluted earnings per share 14,383 15,245 14,788 15,243
Cash dividends declared per share $ 0.375 $ 0.25 $ 1.125 $ 0.70
Notes to Consolidated Statements of Income

(a)

On June 25, 2009 we entered into an interest rate swap. The loss on the interest rate swap was $5.5 million for the third quarter ended September 30, 2010 and $17.6 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2010. We are not using hedge accounting to record the interest rate swap, and accordingly, any change in the fair value is immediately recognized in earnings.
NEWMARKET CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands, unaudited)
September 30 December 31
2010 2009
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 50,283 $ 151,831
Short-term investments 300 300

Trade and other accounts receivable, less allowance for doubtful accounts ($717 - 2010; $1,195 - 2009)

266,513 214,887
Inventories 261,866 192,903
Deferred income taxes 5,208 4,118
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 17,959 39,100
Total current assets 602,129 603,139
Property, plant and equipment, at cost 980,486 934,382
Less accumulated depreciation and amortization 648,487 631,967
Net property, plant and equipment 331,999 302,415
Prepaid pension cost 5,522 2,430
Deferred income taxes 35,589 34,670
Other assets and deferred charges 55,412 37,475
Intangibles (net of amortization) and goodwill 48,706 45,063
Total assets $ 1,079,357 $ 1,025,192
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 113,300 $ 88,186
Accrued expenses 67,796 63,775
Dividends payable 4,662 4,992
Book overdraft 2,657 2,230
Long-term debt, current portion 3,038 33,881
Income taxes payable 10,919 4,988
Total current liabilities 202,372 198,052
Long-term debt 234,246 216,200
Other noncurrent liabilities 164,112 152,755
Shareholders' equity

Common stock and paid in capital (without par value) Issued and Outstanding - 14,291,122 in 2010 and 15,209,989 in 2009

- 275
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (76,831 ) (74,784 )
Retained earnings 555,458 532,694
478,627 458,185
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 1,079,357 $ 1,025,192

 

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