NewMarket Corporation Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2023 Results

Full Year Net Income of $389 Million and Earnings Per Share of $40.44
$134 Million Working Capital Improvement in 2023
$361 Million Repaid on Revolving Credit Facility in 2023
Acquired American Pacific Corporation (AMPAC) in January 2024
Richmond, VA, January 31, 2024 – 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 2023.

Net income for the fourth quarter of 2023 was $80.4 million, or $8.38 per share, compared to net income of $90.5 million, or $9.26 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2022. Net income for 2023 was $388.9 million, or $40.44 per share, compared to net income of $279.5 million, or $27.77 per share, for 2022.

Petroleum additives sales for the fourth quarter of 2023 were $642.0 million, compared to $680.3 million for the same period in 2022. Petroleum additives operating profit for the fourth quarter of 2023 was $110.4 million, compared to $117.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2022. The decrease in operating profit was mainly due to higher operating costs and lower shipments, partially offset by lower raw material costs. We also experienced lower selling prices offset by favorable product mix.

Sales for the petroleum additives segment for 2023 were $2.7 billion, compared to $2.8 billion in 2022. Petroleum additives operating profit for 2023 was $514.4 million, compared to $378.2 million for 2022. The increase in operating profit was a result of selling prices, including favorable product mix, partially offset by lower shipments and higher raw material and operating costs. Shipments decreased 10.7% when comparing 2023 to 2022, with decreases in both lubricant additives and fuel additives shipments in all regions except Europe, which reported a small increase in fuel additives shipments.
During 2023, our shipments were impacted by the overall global economic weakness and inventory rationalization which persists in the chemical industry. We remain challenged by the ongoing inflationary environment and continue to experience increased operating costs. We are maintaining our focus on managing our operating costs, our inventory levels, and our portfolio profitability, while continuing our investment in technology.

We are very pleased with the performance of our petroleum additives business during 2023 and the work done by our team to achieve four quarters of strong operating profit. We generated solid cash flows throughout the year, our working capital improved by $134.3 million, and we made payments of $361.0 million on our revolving credit facility. We returned $127.9 million to our shareholders through dividends of $85.0 million and share repurchases of $42.9 million (119,075 shares of our common stock). As of December 31, 2023, our Net Debt to EBITDA ratio was 0.9, which was a significant improvement over the December 31, 2022 ratio of 2.0.

On January 16, 2024, we completed the acquisition of AMPAC, for approximately $700 million. AMPAC is the leading North American manufacturer of critical performance additives used in solid rocket motors for space launch and military defense applications. The acquisition was funded by cash on hand and borrowings under our revolving credit facility. We expect that AMPAC will be accretive to our net income in 2024. The additional borrowing associated with the AMPAC acquisition increased our Net Debt to EBITDA ratio, but we remain within our target operating range of 1.5 to 2.0.

On January 22, 2024, we entered into a new five-year, $900 million revolving credit facility that replaced our prior $900 million facility and also entered into a two-year, $250 million unsecured term loan. This term loan gave us additional flexibility to repay borrowings under our revolving credit facility and support our business needs.

As we look ahead to 2024 and beyond, we anticipate continued strength in our petroleum additives segment. We also look forward to the integration of AMPAC into the NewMarket family of companies. 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 for the rolling four quarters ended as of the specified date. 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. ET on Thursday, February 1, 2024, to review fourth quarter and full year 2023 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, 2024, at 3:00 p.m. ET by dialing 1-877-481-4010 (domestic) or 1-919-882-2331 (international). The replay passcode number is 49638. 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 is a holding company operating through its subsidiaries, Afton Chemical Corporation (Afton), Ethyl Corporation (Ethyl), and American Pacific Corporation (AMPAC). The Afton and Ethyl companies develop, manufacture, blend, and deliver chemical additives that enhance the performance of petroleum products. AMPAC is a leading manufacturer of specialty chemicals used in solid rocket motors for the aerospace and defense industries. The NewMarket family of companies has a long-term commitment to its people, to safety, to providing innovative solutions for its customers, and to making the world a better place.

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 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 acquisitions, or our inability to successfully integrate 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 Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022, 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 us. 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,
2023 2022 2023 2022
Net Sales:
Petroleum additives $ 642,030  $ 680,292  $ 2,689,709  $ 2,754,310 
All other 1,320  2,267  8,710  10,489 
Total $ 643,350  $ 682,559  $ 2,698,419  $ 2,764,799 
Segment operating profit:
Petroleum additives $ 110,402  $ 117,114  $ 514,428  $ 378,244 
All other (2,225) (1,577) (4,986) (1,782)
Segment operating profit 108,177  115,537  509,442  376,462 
Corporate unallocated expense (6,457) (6,190) (26,147) (21,579)
Interest and financing expenses (7,110) (10,343) (37,359) (35,202)
Loss on early extinguishment of debt (7,545)
Other income (expense), net 10,012  9,286  43,026  35,598 
Income before income tax expense $ 104,622  $ 108,290  $ 488,962  $ 347,734 
Net income $ 80,410  $ 90,522  $ 388,864  $ 279,538 
Earnings per share – basic and diluted $ 8.38  $ 9.26  $ 40.44  $ 27.77 

(In thousands, except per-share amounts, unaudited)
Fourth Quarter Ended
December 31,
Twelve Months Ended
December 31,
2023 2022 2023 2022
Net sales $ 643,350  $ 682,559  $ 2,698,419  $ 2,764,799 
Cost of goods sold 466,224  503,008  1,925,906  2,124,302 
Gross profit 177,126  179,551  772,513  640,497 
Selling, general, and administrative expenses 36,799  35,803  151,470  145,106 
Research, development, and testing expenses 38,990  34,217  137,998  140,252 
Operating profit 101,337  109,531  483,045  355,139 
Interest and financing expenses, net 7,110  10,343  37,359  35,202 
Loss on early extinguishment of debt 7,545 
Other income (expense), net 10,395  9,102  43,276  35,342 
Income before income tax expense 104,622  108,290  488,962  347,734 
Income tax expense 24,212  17,768  100,098  68,196 
Net income $ 80,410  $ 90,522  $ 388,864  $ 279,538 
Earnings per share – basic and diluted $ 8.38  $ 9.26  $ 40.44  $ 27.77 
Cash dividends declared per share $ 2.25  $ 2.10  $ 8.85  $ 8.40 

(In thousands, except share amounts, unaudited)
December 31,
December 31,
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 111,936  $ 68,712 
Trade and other accounts receivable, less allowance for credit losses
432,349  453,692 
Inventories 456,234  631,383 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 39,051  38,338 
Total current assets 1,039,570  1,192,125 
Property, plant, and equipment, net 654,747  659,998 
Intangibles (net of amortization) and goodwill 124,642  126,069 
Prepaid pension cost 370,882  302,584 
Operating lease right-of-use assets, net 70,823  62,417 
Deferred charges and other assets 48,207  63,625 
Total assets $ 2,308,871  $ 2,406,818 
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 231,137  $ 273,289 
Accrued expenses 76,546  89,508 
Dividends payable 19,212  17,850 
Income taxes payable 6,131  16,109 
  Operating lease liabilities 15,074  15,569 
Other current liabilities 16,064  11,562 
Total current liabilities 364,164  423,887 
Long-term debt 643,622  1,003,737 
Operating lease liabilities – noncurrent 55,058  46,968 
Other noncurrent liabilities 168,966  169,819 
Total liabilities 1,231,810  1,644,411 
Shareholders’ equity:
Common stock and paid-in capital (with no par value; issued and outstanding shares – 9,590,086 at December 31, 2023 and 9,702,147 at December 31, 2022)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (21,071) (71,995)
Retained earnings 1,096,002  834,402 
Total shareholders’ equity 1,077,061  762,407 
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity $ 2,308,871  $ 2,406,818 

(In thousands, unaudited)
Twelve Months Ended
December 31,
2023 2022
Net income $ 388,864  $ 279,538 
Depreciation and amortization 78,010  82,285 
Cash pension and postretirement contributions (10,219) (9,748)
Working capital changes 134,280  (204,636)
Deferred income tax benefit (14,750) (42,645)
Capital expenditures (48,293) (56,169)
Net (repayments) borrowings under revolving credit facility (361,000) 213,000 
Repurchases of common stock (42,864) (207,470)
Dividends paid (85,034) (84,263)
Proceeds from sales and maturities of marketable securities 372,846 
Redemption of 4.10% senior notes (350,000)
Loss on early extinguishment of debt 7,545 
Cash costs of 4.10% senior notes redemption (7,099)
Loss on marketable securities 2,977 
Purchases of marketable securities (787)
All other 4,230  (9,966)
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents $ 43,224  $ (14,592)

(In thousands, unaudited)
Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization (EBITDA)
Fourth Quarter Ended December 31, Twelve Months Ended
December 31,
2023 2022 2023 2022
Net Income $ 80,410  $ 90,522  $ 388,864  $ 279,538 
Interest and financing expenses, net 7,110  10,343  37,359  35,202 
Income tax expense 24,212  17,768  100,098  68,196 
Depreciation and amortization 19,997  19,777  76,620  80,775 
EBITDA $ 131,729  $ 138,410  $ 602,941  $ 463,711 
Net Debt to EBITDA
December 31,
2023 2022
Long-term debt, including current maturities $ 643,622  $ 1,003,737 
Less: Cash and cash equivalents 111,936  68,712 
Net Debt $ 531,686  $ 935,025 
Net Debt to EBITDA 0.9 2.0