NewMarket Corporation Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2021 Results

  • Full Year Net Income of $190.9 Million and Earnings Per Share of $17.71
  • Petroleum Additives Full Year Shipments Strong, Up 11.7%
  • 566,671 Shares Repurchased in 2021

Richmond, VA, February 2, 2022 – NewMarket Corporation (NYSE:NEU) Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Thomas E. Gottwald, released the following earnings report of the Company’s operations for the fourth quarter and full year 2021.

Net income for the fourth quarter of 2021 was $17.2 million, or $1.65 per share, compared to net income of $66.9 million, or $6.12 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2020. Net income for 2021 was $190.9 million, or $17.71 per share, compared to $270.6 million or $24.64 per share, for 2020. Prior year net income includes a gain of $16.5 million related to the sale of a non-operating parcel of real estate.

Sales for the petroleum additives segment for the fourth quarter of 2021 were $573.4 million, up from $525.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2020. Shipments decreased 1.6% between periods, with decreases in both lubricant additives and fuel additives shipments. Petroleum additives operating profit for the fourth quarter of 2021 was $40.7 million, compared to $84.3 million for the same period last year. The decrease was mainly due to higher raw material and operating costs, partially offset by increased selling prices.

For the year, petroleum additives sales were $2.3 billion compared to sales in 2020 of $2.0 billion. The increase was mainly due to higher shipments, increased selling prices and changes in foreign currency. Shipments increased 11.7% between periods, with increases in both lubricant additives and fuel additives shipments across all regions except Europe, which reported a decrease in fuel additives shipments. Petroleum additives operating profit for 2021 was $281.1 million compared to $333.2 million for 2020. The decrease was due mainly to higher raw material and operating costs, partially offset by increased selling prices and higher shipments. Petroleum additives operating margin for 2021 was 12.0% compared to 16.7% in 2020.

Throughout the year, we have continued to see our operating margins decline mainly due to the prolonged period of escalating raw material costs. While we have made some progress in adjusting our selling prices to offset the effects of the higher costs, we have not been able to adjust sufficiently to offset the cost increases. We continue to see a lag between when price increases go into effect and when we begin to see margin recovery. This lag will continue until we see a period where raw material prices stabilize. We have also seen significant increases in many elements of our operating costs such as utilities, logistics, insurance, and third-party manufacturing services. In addition, the worldwide supply chain disruptions continue to negatively impact our business. Margin recovery and cost control will be priorities throughout 2022 so that we will return to our historical profit margin range. We will also be working hard to resolve continuing supply chain issues to meet our customers’ growing needs, and we expect to see improvement in the supply chain and in our performance as the year unfolds.

During 2021, we paid dividends of $85.9 million, repurchased 566,671 shares of our common stock for a total of $196.2 million and funded capital expenditures of $78.9 million.

As we look forward to 2022 and beyond, we expect continued strength in our petroleum additives sales and shipments. Our views toward the fundamentals of our industry remain unchanged with the petroleum additives market growing at 1% to 2% for the foreseeable future, and we expect to exceed that growth rate.

We continue to make decisions to promote long-term value for our shareholders and customers, and we remain focused on our long-term objectives. This is evidenced by our ongoing investments in supply capability and our technology- driven initiatives. We believe the fundamentals of how we run our business – a long-term view, safety-first culture, customer-focused solutions, technology-driven product offerings, and world-class supply chain capability – will continue to be beneficial for all our stakeholders.

Thomas E. Gottwald

The petroleum additives segment consists of the North America (the United States and Canada), Latin America (Mexico, Central America, and South America), Asia Pacific, and Europe/Middle East/Africa/India (Europe or EMEAI) regions.

The Company has disclosed the non-GAAP financial measure EBITDA and the related calculation in the schedules included with this earnings release. EBITDA is defined as income from continuing operations before the deduction of interest and financing expenses, income taxes, depreciation (on property, plant and equipment) and amortization (on intangibles and lease right-of-use assets). The Company believes that even though this item is not required by or presented in accordance with United States generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), this additional measure enhances understanding of the Company’s performance and period to period comparability. The Company believes that 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 3:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, February 3, 2022 to review fourth quarter and full year 2021 financial results. You can access the conference call live by dialing 1-888-506-0062 (domestic) or 1-973-528-0011 (international) and requesting the NewMarket conference call. To avoid delays, callers should dial in five minutes early. A teleconference replay of the call will be available until February 10, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. EST by dialing 1-877-481-4010 (domestic) or 1-919-882-2331 (international). The replay passcode number is 44141. The call will also be broadcast via the Internet and can be accessed through the Company’s website at or 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 to make 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, the availability of raw materials and distribution systems; disruptions at production facilities, including single-sourced facilities; hazards common to chemical businesses; the ability to respond effectively to technological changes in our industry; failure to protect our intellectual property rights; sudden, sharp or prolonged raw material price increases; competition from other manufacturers; current and future governmental regulations; the gain or loss of significant customers; failure to attract and retain a highly-qualified workforce; an information technology system failure or security breach; the occurrence or threat of extraordinary events, including natural disasters; terrorist attacks and health-related epidemics such as the COVID-19 pandemic; risks related to operating outside of the United States; political, economic, and regulatory factors concerning our products; the impact of substantial indebtedness on our operational and financial flexibility; the impact of fluctuations in foreign exchange rates; resolution of environmental liabilities or legal proceedings; limitation of our insurance coverage; our inability to realize expected benefits from investment in our infrastructure or from recent or future acquisitions, or our inability to successfully integrate recent or future acquisitions into our business; the underperformance of our pension assets resulting in additional cash contributions to our pension plans; 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 2020 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 arise 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.

Brian D. Paliotti
Investor Relations
Phone: 804.788.5555
Fax: 804.788.5688

(In thousands, except per-share amounts, unaudited)
    Fourth Quarter Ended
December 31,
  Twelve Months Ended
December 31,
    2021   2020   2021   2020
Petroleum additives   $ 573,387      $ 525,212      $ 2,343,942      $ 2,001,567   
All other   3,180      2,569      12,168      9,364   
Total   $ 576,567      $ 527,781      $ 2,356,110      $ 2,010,931   
Segment operating profit:                
Petroleum additives   $ 40,656      $ 84,323      $ 281,055      $ 333,241   
All other   (727)     (2,051)     (1,525)     (100)  
Segment operating profit   39,929      82,272      279,530      333,141   
Corporate unallocated expense   (4,623)     (6,481)     (21,214)     (21,744)  
Interest and financing expenses   (9,661)     (5,753)     (34,218)     (26,328)  
Other income (expense), net   4,325      6,285      23,453      46,218   
Income before income tax expense   $ 29,970      $ 76,323      $ 247,551      $ 331,287   
Net income   $ 17,206      $ 66,884      $ 190,908      $ 270,568   
Earnings per share – basic and diluted   $ 1.65      $ 6.12      $ 17.71      $ 24.64   

(In thousands, except per-share amounts, unaudited)
    Fourth Quarter Ended
December 31,
  Twelve Months Ended
December 31,
    2021   2020   2021   2020
Net sales   $ 576,567      $ 527,781      $ 2,356,110      $ 2,010,931   
Cost of goods sold   469,833      377,001      1,808,403      1,415,899   
Gross profit   106,734      150,780      547,707      595,032   
Selling, general, and administrative expenses   34,594      37,026      145,973      142,863   
Research, development, and testing expenses   36,711      38,199      143,952      140,367   
Operating profit   35,429      75,555      257,782      311,802   
Interest and financing expenses, net   9,661      5,753      34,218      26,328   
Other income (expense), net   4,202      6,521      23,987      45,813   
Income before income tax expense   29,970      76,323      247,551      331,287   
Income tax expense   12,764      9,439      56,643      60,719   
Net income   $ 17,206      $ 66,884      $ 190,908      $ 270,568   
Earnings per share – basic and diluted   $ 1.65      $ 6.12      $ 17.71      $ 24.64   
Cash dividends declared per share   $ 2.10      $ 1.90      $ 8.00      $ 7.60   

(In thousands, except share amounts, unaudited)
    December 31,
  December 31,
Current assets:        
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 83,304      $ 125,172   
Marketable securities   375,918       
Trade and other accounts receivable, less allowance for credit losses
  391,779      336,395   
Inventories   498,539      401,031   
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   38,633      35,480   
Total current assets   1,388,173      898,078   
Property, plant, and equipment, net   676,770      665,147   
Intangibles (net of amortization) and goodwill   127,752      129,944   
Prepaid pension cost   242,604      137,069   
Operating lease right-of-use assets   68,402      61,329   
Deferred charges and other assets   54,735      42,308   
Total assets   $ 2,558,436      $ 1,933,875   
Current liabilities:        
Accounts payable   $ 246,097      $ 189,937   
Accrued expenses   85,103      78,422   
Dividends payable   16,648      15,184   
Income taxes payable   4,442      3,760   
  Operating lease liabilities   15,709      13,410   
Current portion of long-term debt   349,434       
Other current liabilities   7,654      11,742   
Total current liabilities   725,087      312,455   
Long-term debt   789,853      598,848   
Operating lease liabilities – noncurrent   52,591      48,324   
Other noncurrent liabilities   228,776      214,424   
Total liabilities   1,796,307      1,174,051   
Shareholders’ equity:        
Common stock and paid-in capital (with no par value; issued and outstanding shares – 10,362,722 at December 31, 2021 and 10,921,377 at December 31, 2020)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (82,227)     (173,164)  
Retained earnings   844,356      932,271   
Total shareholders’ equity   762,129      759,824   
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity   $ 2,558,436      $ 1,933,875   

(In thousands, unaudited)
    Twelve Months Ended
December 31,
    2021   2020
Net income   $ 190,908      $ 270,568   
Depreciation and amortization   84,320      84,002   
Unrealized (gain) loss on marketable securities   7,440       
Cash pension and postretirement contributions   (10,342)     (10,655)  
Working capital changes   (116,355)     (54,089)  
Deferred income tax expense   1,978      7,554   
Purchases of marketable securities   (393,434)      
Proceeds from sales and maturities of marketable securities   10,957       
Capital expenditures   (78,934)     (93,316)  
Issuance of 2.70% senior notes   395,052       
Debt issuance costs   (3,897)     (1,349)  
Net borrowings (repayments) under revolving credit facility   148,000      (44,678)  
Repurchases of common stock   (196,220)     (101,434)  
Dividends paid   (85,910)     (83,417)  
Proceeds from sale of land       20,000   
Gain on sale of land       (16,483)  
All other   4,569      4,072   
Decrease in cash and cash equivalents   $ (41,868)     $ (19,225)  

(In thousands, unaudited)
    Fourth Quarter Ended
December 31,
  Twelve Months Ended
December 31,
    2021   2020   2021   2020
Net Income   $ 17,206      $ 66,884      $ 190,908      $ 270,568   
Interest and financing expenses, net   9,661      5,753      34,218      26,328   
Income tax expense   12,764      9,439      56,643      60,719   
Depreciation and amortization   20,752      20,684      82,532      82,666   
EBITDA   $ 60,383      $ 102,760      $ 364,301      $ 440,281