• 2nd Quarter EPS From Continuing Operations Up 13% Over 2Q07
• Raw Material Increases Ahead Of Price Increases
Richmond, VA, July 31, 2008 – NewMarket Corporation (NYSE – NEU) President and Chief Executive Officer, Thomas E. Gottwald, released the following earnings report of the company’s operations for the second quarter and first six months of 2008.
Income from continuing operations for the second quarter of 2008 was $17.6 million, slightly above comparative income for the second quarter of last year of $17.4 million. Earnings per share from continuing operations for the second quarter of 2008 were $1.13, an improvement of 13 percent over comparable second quarter 2007 earnings per share of $1.00. Including the 2007 discontinued operations, net income for the second quarter of 2007 was $30.9 million, or $1.78 per share.
Income from continuing operations for the first six months of this year improved to $37.4 million, an improvement of 19 percent over comparative income from continuing operations for the same period last year of $31.5 million. Earnings per share from continuing operations for the first six months of this year were $2.40, an improvement of 33 percent over comparable 2007 earnings per share of $1.81. Including the 2007 discontinued operations, net income for the first six months of last year was $47.2 million, or $2.71 per share.
The improvement in earnings per share from continuing operations in the second quarter and first six months of 2008 reflects the benefit of the share repurchases made in 2007, as well as in the first quarter of 2008. The discontinued operations in 2007 are the second quarter gain associated with the termination of the tetraethyl lead (TEL) marketing agreements, as well as the after tax operating earnings from these agreements in the first quarter of 2007.
Petroleum additives operating profit for the second quarter of 2008 was $31.6 million, a decrease of 13 percent from operating profit of $36.5 million in the second quarter of 2007. Net sales of petroleum additives for the second quarter of this year increased 24 percent to $421 million. The revenue increase benefited from a 15% increase in volumes shipped in this comparison.
For the first six months of this year, petroleum additives operating profit was $69.4 million, an improvement of 6 percent compared to operating profit of $65.5 million for the first six months of 2007. The six month 2008 results include the benefit of a $3.2 million gain on a legal settlement in the first quarter of this year. Excluding the benefit of this settlement gain, petroleum additives profit for the first six months of this year was slightly ahead of the same period last year. Net sales of petroleum additives increased to $801.6 million for the first six months of this year, an increase of 24 percent over net sales of $645.1 million for the same period last year. The revenue increase benefited from a 17% increase in volumes shipped in this comparison.
As 2008 has progressed, we have experienced unprecedented increases in the cost of many of our petroleum additive raw materials, and while we have implemented price increases, the time lag between cost increase and price increase has reduced our profit margins. This lag is the driving force behind our second quarter 2008 operating margin of 7.5%, compared to 9.9% in the first quarter of 2008 and 10.8% in the second quarter of 2007. We are also seeing increases in energy related manufacturing costs, and we are spending more in R&D in support of our customers’ programs. Our efforts to restore our margins are continuing.
We are committed to provide our customers with top quality products and services, as well as marketing solutions which enhance their positions in the marketplace. This focus has resulted in solid growth in volume and market position. The fundamentals of our business are strong, and we expect to restore profit margins lost due to cost increases. Our financial position remains strong and enhances our ability to meet challenges and take advantage of opportunities for future growth.
Thomas E. Gottwald
As a reminder, a conference call and Internet web cast is scheduled for 10 a.m. EDT on Friday, August 1, 2008, to review second quarter 2008 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 August 8, 2008 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 290543. 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: 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; changes in the demand for our products; 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 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 2007 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.
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