NewMarket Corporation Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2022 Results

Full Year Net Income of $279.5 Million and Earnings Per Share of $27.77
Petroleum Additives Full Year Operating Profit of $378.2 Million
Continued Focus on Margin Recovery and Cost Control

Richmond, VA, January 31, 2023 – 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 of 2022.

Net income for the fourth quarter of 2022 was $90.5 million, or $9.26 per share. Net income for 2022 was $279.5 million, or $27.77 per share, compared to net income of $190.9 million, or $17.71 per share, for 2021.

Petroleum additives sales for the fourth quarter were $680.3 million and reached $2.8 billion for 2022, compared to $2.3 billion for 2021. Petroleum additives operating profit for the fourth quarter was $117.1 million and for 2022 was $378.2 million, compared to $281.1 million in 2021. For the year, the operating profit increase was mainly due to increased selling prices partially offset by higher raw material and operating costs. Shipments decreased 2.9% between periods, primarily due to decreases in lubricant additives shipments. Supply chain disruptions and new sanctions introduced during 2022 as a result of the Russia-Ukraine war were the primary contributors to the decline in shipments.

During 2022, we funded capital expenditures of $56.2 million and returned $291.8 million to our shareholders through dividends ($84.3 million) and share repurchases (668,553 shares of our common stock for a total of $207.5 million). We continue to operate with low leverage, with a Net Debt to EBITDA ratio of 2.0 as of December 31, 2022.

The last three years have been characterized by unprecedented factors, including the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, worldwide supply chain disruptions, inflation, and war. Accordingly, we believe that it is useful to compare our 2022 results to 2019, the last full year before these factors. Petroleum additives sales in 2022 were $578.4 million higher than in 2019, an increase of 26%. Petroleum additives operating profit in 2022 was $19.0 million higher, an increase of 5% over 2019, and shipments in 2022 were 2.8% higher than 2019. Petroleum additives operating margin for 2022 was 13.7% versus 16.5% in 2019.

We are pleased by the performance of our petroleum additives business in 2022 and the work done by our team to navigate through the many challenges of the past three years. While our efforts to resolve supply chain issues to better meet our customers’ growing needs have shown improvement, we are still challenged by the inflationary environment and rising operating costs that we expect to continue into 2023. Margin recovery and cost control will remain priorities throughout 2023.

I want to thank our dedicated employees for their commitment to our business and to serving our customers. We continue to make decisions to promote long-term value for our shareholders and customers, and we remain focused on our long-term objectives. 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 measures EBITDA, Net Debt, and Net Debt to EBITDA, as well as the related calculations 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). Net Debt is defined as long-term debt, including current maturities, less cash and cash equivalents and marketable securities. Net Debt to EBITDA is defined as Net Debt divided by EBITDA. 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 our results determined under GAAP.

As a reminder, a conference call and Internet webcast is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, February 1, 2023, to review fourth quarter and full year 2022 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 8, 2023, at 3:00 p.m. EST by dialing 1-877-481-4010 (domestic) or 1-919-882-2331 (international). The replay passcode number is 47385. 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, wars 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 future acquisitions, or our inability to successfully integrate 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 2021 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.
William J. Skrobacz
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,
    2022   2021   2022   2021
Petroleum additives   $ 680,292      $ 573,387      $ 2,754,310      $ 2,343,942   
All other   2,267      3,180      10,489      12,168   
Total   $ 682,559      $ 576,567      $ 2,764,799      $ 2,356,110   
Segment operating profit:                
Petroleum additives   $ 117,114      $ 40,656      $ 378,244      $ 281,055   
All other   (1,577)     (727)     (1,782)     (1,525)  
Segment operating profit   115,537      39,929      376,462      279,530   
Corporate unallocated expense   (6,190)     (4,623)     (21,579)     (21,214)  
Interest and financing expenses   (10,343)     (9,661)     (35,202)     (34,218)  
Loss on early extinguishment of debt           (7,545)      
Other income (expense), net   9,286      4,325      35,598      23,453   
Income before income tax expense   $ 108,290      $ 29,970      $ 347,734      $ 247,551   
Net income   $ 90,522      $ 17,206      $ 279,538      $ 190,908   
Earnings per share – basic and diluted   $ 9.26      $ 1.65      $ 27.77      $ 17.71   

(In thousands, except per-share amounts, unaudited)
    Fourth Quarter Ended December 31,   Twelve Months Ended December 31,
    2022   2021   2022   2021
Net sales   $ 682,559      $ 576,567      $ 2,764,799      $ 2,356,110   
Cost of goods sold   503,008      469,833      2,124,302      1,808,403   
Gross profit   179,551      106,734      640,497      547,707   
Selling, general, and administrative expenses   35,803      34,594      145,106      145,973   
Research, development, and testing expenses   34,217      36,711      140,252      143,952   
Operating profit   109,531      35,429      355,139      257,782   
Interest and financing expenses, net   10,343      9,661      35,202      34,218   
Loss on early extinguishment of debt           7,545       
Other income (expense), net   9,102      4,202      35,342      23,987   
Income before income tax expense   108,290      29,970      347,734      247,551   
Income tax expense   17,768      12,764      68,196      56,643   
Net income   $ 90,522      $ 17,206      $ 279,538      $ 190,908   
Earnings per share – basic and diluted   $ 9.26      $ 1.65      $ 27.77      $ 17.71   
Cash dividends declared per share   $ 2.10      $ 2.10      $ 8.40      $ 8.00   

(In thousands, except share amounts, unaudited)
    December 31,
  December 31,
Current assets:        
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 68,712      $ 83,304   
Marketable securities       375,918   
Trade and other accounts receivable, less allowance for credit losses
  453,692      391,779   
Inventories   631,383      498,539   
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   38,338      38,633   
Total current assets   1,192,125      1,388,173   
Property, plant, and equipment, net   659,998      676,770   
Intangibles (net of amortization) and goodwill   126,069      127,752   
Prepaid pension cost   302,584      242,604   
Operating lease right-of-use assets, net   62,417      68,402   
Deferred charges and other assets   63,625      54,735   
Total assets   $ 2,406,818      $ 2,558,436   
Current liabilities:        
Accounts payable   $ 273,289      $ 246,097   
Accrued expenses   89,508      85,103   
Dividends payable   17,850      16,648   
Income taxes payable   16,109      4,442   
  Operating lease liabilities   15,569      15,709   
Current portion of long-term debt       349,434   
Other current liabilities   11,562      7,654   
Total current liabilities   423,887      725,087   
Long-term debt   1,003,737      789,853   
Operating lease liabilities – noncurrent   46,968      52,591   
Other noncurrent liabilities   169,819      228,776   
Total liabilities   1,644,411      1,796,307   
Shareholders’ equity:        
Common stock and paid-in capital (with no par value; issued and outstanding shares – 9,702,147 at December 31, 2022 and 10,362,722 at December 31, 2021)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (71,995)     (82,227)  
Retained earnings   834,402      844,356   
Total shareholders’ equity   762,407      762,129   
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity   $ 2,406,818      $ 2,558,436   

(In thousands, unaudited)
    Twelve Months Ended December 31,
    2022   2021
Net income   $ 279,538      $ 190,908   
Depreciation and amortization   82,285      84,320   
Loss on early extinguishment of debt   7,545       
Loss on marketable securities   2,977      7,440   
Cash pension and postretirement contributions   (9,748)     (10,342)  
Working capital changes   (204,636)     (116,355)  
Deferred income tax (benefit) expense   (42,645)     1,978   
Purchases of marketable securities   (787)     (393,434)  
Proceeds from sales and maturities of marketable securities   372,846      10,957   
Capital expenditures   (56,169)     (78,934)  
Redemption of 4.10% senior notes   (350,000)      
Issuance of 2.70% senior notes       395,052   
Cash costs of 4.10% senior notes redemption   (7,099)      
Debt issuance costs       (3,897)  
Net borrowings under revolving credit facility   213,000      148,000   
Repurchases of common stock   (207,470)     (196,220)  
Dividends paid   (84,263)     (85,910)  
All other   (9,966)     4,569   
(Decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents   $ (14,592)     $ (41,868)  

(In thousands, unaudited)
    Fourth Quarter Ended December 31,   Twelve Months Ended December 31,
    2022   2021   2022   2021
Net Income   $ 90,522      $ 17,206      $ 279,538      $ 190,908   
Interest and financing expenses, net   10,343      9,661      35,202      34,218   
Income tax expense   17,768      12,764      68,196      56,643   
Depreciation and amortization   19,777      20,752      80,775      82,532   
EBITDA   $ 138,410      $ 60,383      $ 463,711      $ 364,301   
            December 31,
            2022   2021
Long-term debt, including current maturities           $ 1,003,737      $ 1,139,287   
Cash and cash equivalents           68,712      83,304   
Marketable securities               375,918   
Net Debt           $ 935,025      $ 680,065   
Net Debt to EBITDA           2.0   1.9