NewMarket Corporation Reports First Quarter 2014 Results 
4/23/2014 
  • Petroleum Additives Reports Record Sales for a First Quarter
  • Shipments up 5.9%, Petroleum Additives Operating Profit Off 5.7%
  • 232,200 Shares Repurchased

NewMarket Corporation (NYSE:NEU) President and Chief Executive Officer, Thomas E. Gottwald, released the following earnings report of the Company’s operations for the first quarter of 2014. 

Net income for the first quarter of 2014 was $57.5 million, or $4.43 per share, compared to net income of $67.8 million, or $5.07 per share for the first quarter of last year.  Earnings for both the first quarter of this year and the first quarter of last year included the impact of valuing an interest rate swap at fair value, while the first quarter of last year also included income from operations of a discontinued business.  Excluding these items, EPS for the first quarter of 2014 was $4.54, compared to $4.97 for the first quarter of last year (see Summary of Earnings table below). 

Petroleum additives sales for this year’s first quarter were $574.0 million, up 2.8% versus the same period last year, and shipments were up 5.9%.  Petroleum additives operating profit for the quarter was $96.2 million, or 5.7% lower than last year’s very strong first quarter of $102.0 million.  Foreign currency exchange had a small unfavorable effect in the first quarter of 2014 versus a larger favorable effect in last year’s first quarter, resulting in a total decrease in operating profit between periods of about $6 million.  We also experienced an unfavorable product mix when comparing the two quarters.  The operating profit margin for the quarter was 16.8% and the margin for the four quarters ended March 31, 2014 was 16.2%.  Both amounts are in line with our expectations of the performance of our business over the long-term. 

The effective tax rate this quarter was 31.4% while last year’s first quarter rate was 27.6%.  Last year’s rate included the effects of the R&D tax credit for all of 2012 and the first quarter of 2013, as the R&D tax credit extension was not enacted until January 2013.  Congress has not yet enacted the R&D tax credit for 2014.  

During the first quarter, we repurchased 232,200 shares of our stock at a cost of $81.5 million, or an average cost per share of $350.95.  We ended the quarter with 12.9 million shares outstanding.   

We are pleased with the operating performance of our business.  The last few years have been marked by upward trends in costs as we have worked to meet our customers’ needs through technological advances in research and development, and through investments in facilities and human capital to drive our business forward.  Through these periods, we have continued to manage our business to satisfy our customers’ needs while maintaining profitability.  We expect to see increased demand in the petroleum additives market in 2014 and beyond, and we are optimistic about continuing to grow our business and to deliver increased shareholder value.

 

 
Summary of Earnings
(In millions, except per-share amounts)
First Quarter Ended
March 31
2014   2013
Net Income:
Net income $ 57.5 $ 67.8
Loss (gain) on interest rate swap agreement 1.4 (0.4 )
(Income) from operations of discontinued business   -   (0.9 )
Income excluding the above special items $ 58.9 $ 66.5  
 
Diluted Earnings Per Share:
Net income $ 4.43 $ 5.07
Loss (gain) on interest rate swap agreement 0.11 (0.03 )
(Income) from operations of discontinued business   -   (0.07 )
Income excluding the above special items $ 4.54 $ 4.97  
 

Please read our first quarter Form 10-Q for more details on operations of the Company.

Sincerely,

Thomas E. Gottwald

The results for this year and last year include the impact from valuing an interest rate swap agreement at fair value. Prior year results also include results from operations of a discontinued business. The Company is reporting net income including these items, as well as income excluding them, and related per share amounts in the Summary of Earnings included in the earnings release. The Company has also included the non-GAAP financial measure EBITDA in this earnings release. A schedule following the financial statements included in this earnings release is provided reflecting the calculation of EBITDA, defined as income from continuing operations, before the deduction of interest and financing expenses, income taxes, depreciation and amortization. EBITDA is shown on the schedule both including and excluding the interest rate swap agreement. The Company believes that even though these items are not required by or presented in accordance with United States generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), these additional measures enhance understanding of the Company’s performance and period to period comparability. The Company believes that these items should not be considered an alternative to net income determined under GAAP.

As a reminder, a conference call and Internet webcast is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, April 24, 2014, to review first quarter 2014 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 May 1, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. EDT by dialing 1-877-660-6853 (domestic) and 1-201-612-7415 (international). The conference ID number is 13579260. 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 additive packages to market-general additives, the NewMarket family of companies provides the world with the technology that makes engines run smoother, machines last longer and fuels burn cleaner.

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; supply disruptions at single sourced facilities; ability to respond effectively to technological changes in our industry; failure to protect our intellectual property rights; 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; political, economic, and regulatory factors concerning our products; 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 2013 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 thousands, except per-share amounts, unaudited)
   
 
 
Three Months Ended
March 31,
2014 2013
 
Revenue:
Petroleum additives $ 574,045 $ 558,400
All other (a)   2,377     1,350  
Total $ 576,422   $ 559,750  
 
Segment operating profit:
Petroleum additives $ 96,179 $ 102,028
All other (a)   535     (401 )
 
Segment operating profit 96,714 101,627
 
Corporate unallocated expense (6,553 ) (5,216 )
Interest and financing expenses (4,164 ) (4,782 )
Other income, net   31     103  

Income from continuing operations before special items and income tax expense

86,028 91,732
 
(Loss) gain on an interest rate swap agreement (b)   (2,233 )   678  

Income from continuing operations before income tax expense

$ 83,795   $ 92,410  
 
Net income:
Income from continuing operations $ 57,523 $ 66,941
Discontinued operations (c)   -     894  
Net income $ 57,523   $ 67,835  
 
Basic and diluted earnings per share:
Income from continuing operations $ 4.43 $ 5.00
Discontinued operations (c)   -     0.07  
Basic and diluted earnings per share $ 4.43   $ 5.07  
 
Notes to Segment Results and Other Financial Information
   
Prior periods have been reclassified to reflect the discontinued operations of the real estate development segment resulting from the July 2, 2013 sale of the building constructed by Foundry Park I and leased to MeadWestvaco Corporation.
 
(a) "All other" includes the results of our tetraethyl lead (TEL) business, as well as certain contract manufacturing performed by Ethyl Corporation.
 
(b) The (loss) gain 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 changes to fair value of the interest rate swap, and accordingly, any change in the fair value is immediately recognized in earnings.
 
(c) On July 2, 2013, Foundry Park I completed the sale of its real estate assets which comprised the entire real estate development segment. The operations of the real estate development segment are reported as discontinued operations.
 
   
NEWMARKET CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(In thousands, except per-share amounts, unaudited)
 
 
 
Three Months Ended
March 31,
2014 2013
 
Net sales $ 576,422 $ 559,750
Cost of goods sold   414,492     391,343
 
Gross profit 161,930 168,407
 
Selling, general, and administrative expenses 39,548 40,941
Research, development, and testing expenses   32,207     31,021
 
Operating profit 90,175 96,445
 
Interest and financing expenses 4,164 4,782
Other (expense) income, net (a)   (2,216 )   747
 

Income from continuing operations before income tax expense

83,795 92,410
Income tax expense   26,272     25,469
 
Income from continuing operations 57,523 66,941
 

 

Income from operations of discontinued business (net of tax) (b)

  -     894
 
Net income $ 57,523   $ 67,835
 
Basic and diluted earnings per share:
Income from continuing operations $ 4.43 $ 5.00
Discontinued operations (b)   -     0.07
Basic and diluted earnings per share $ 4.43   $ 5.07
 
Cash dividends declared per share $ 1.10   $ 0.90
 
Notes to Consolidated Statements of Income
 
Prior periods have been reclassified to reflect the discontinued operations of the real estate development segment resulting from the July 2, 2013 sale of the building constructed by Foundry Park I and leased to MeadWestvaco Corporation.
 
(a) On June 25, 2009, we entered into an interest rate swap. The loss on the interest rate swap was $2.2 million for the three months ended March 31, 2014 and the gain on the interest rate swap was $0.7 million for the three months ended March 31, 2013. We are not using hedge accounting to record the changes to fair value of the interest rate swap, and accordingly, any change in the fair value is immediately recognized in earnings.
 
(b) On July 2, 2013, Foundry Park I completed the sale of its real estate assets which comprised the entire real estate development segment. The operations of the real estate development segment are reported as discontinued operations. The income from operations for the 2013 period represents the after tax earnings of the discontinued business.
 
   
NEWMARKET CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands, unaudited)
 
 
 
March 31, December 31,
2014 2013
ASSETS
 

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents $ 146,657 $ 238,703

Trade and other accounts receivable, less allowance for doubtful accounts ($533 - 2014; $564 - 2013)

340,407 309,847
Inventories 324,519 307,518
Deferred income taxes 4,892 8,267
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   37,320     32,984  
Total current assets   853,795     897,319  
 
Property, plant, and equipment, at cost 990,703 985,196
Less accumulated depreciation and amortization   704,915     700,160  
Net property, plant, and equipment   285,788     285,036  
 
Prepaid pension cost 58,254 55,087
Deferred income taxes 20,772 22,961
Intangibles (net of amortization) and goodwill 21,787 23,319
Deferred charges and other assets   42,832     43,552  
Total assets $ 1,283,228   $ 1,327,274  
 
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
 
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 128,083 $ 134,132
Accrued expenses 66,047 77,992
Dividends payable 12,765 12,996
Income taxes payable 16,284 11,419
Other current liabilities   7,854     11,075  
Total current liabilities   231,033     247,614  
 
Long-term debt 355,482 349,467
Other noncurrent liabilities 160,228 157,745
 
Shareholders' equity

Common stock and paid-in capital (without par value); issued and outstanding - 12,867,035 in 2014 and 13,099,356 in 2013

- -
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (58,355 ) (60,086 )
Retained earnings   594,840     632,534  
  536,485     572,448  
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 1,283,228   $ 1,327,274  
 
 
NEWMARKET CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
SELECTED CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOW DATA
(In thousands, unaudited)
   
 
 
Three Months Ended
March 31,
2014 2013
 
Net income $ 57,523 $ 67,835
Depreciation and amortization 10,258 11,796
Cash pension and postretirement contributions (5,202 ) (8,031 )
Noncash pension and postretirement expense 3,654 5,446
Working capital changes (66,764 ) (55,707 )
Capital expenditures (9,251 ) (16,109 )
Net borrowings under revolving credit agreement 6,000 1,000
Repurchases of common stock (77,061 ) (22,508 )
Dividends paid (14,200 ) (11,998 )
All other   2,997     3,160  
 
Decrease in cash and cash equivalents $ (92,046 ) $ (25,116 )
 
   
NEWMARKET CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION
(In thousands, unaudited)
 
 
 
Three Months Ended
March 31,
2014 2013
 
Income from continuing operations $ 57,523 $ 66,941
 
Add:
Interest and financing expenses 4,164 4,782
Income tax expense 26,272 25,469
Depreciation and amortization   9,903   10,145  
 
EBITDA from continuing operations 97,862 107,337
 
Plus (less): loss (gain) on interest rate swap agreement   2,233   (678 )
 
EBITDA from continuing operations, as adjusted $ 100,095 $ 106,659  
 

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