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

Net income for the third quarter of 2014 was $56.9 million, or $4.53 per share, compared to net income of $78.9 million, or $5.94 per share, for the third quarter of 2013. For the first nine months of 2014, net income was $181.2 million, or $14.20 per share, compared to net income of $210.7 million, or $15.81 per share, for the same period last year. Earnings for last year included the results from operations of a discontinued business and the related gain on the sale of the discontinued business. All periods also included the impact of valuing an interest rate swap at fair value. Excluding these items, earnings between the quarter and nine month periods were comparable, reflecting the continued strong performance of our business. On this basis, third quarter 2014 earnings were $56.8 million, or $4.52 per share, compared to $57.4 million, or $4.32 per share, and earnings for the first nine months of the year were $183.9 million, or $14.41 per share, compared to $185.2 million, or $13.90 per share, last year (see Summary of Earnings table below).

The petroleum additives segment had another solid quarterly performance, as petroleum additives sales for the third quarter of this year were $585.6 million, an improvement of 1.4% over sales for the same period last year of $577.6 million. Shipments were up 3.1%. Sales of petroleum additives for the first nine months of this year were $1,777.2 million, an increase of 3.5% compared to sales in the first nine months of last year of $1,717.3 million. Shipments were up 5.4%. Segment operating profit remained relatively consistent between the third quarter periods, at $94.3 million in the third quarter of 2014 versus $95.5 million in the prior year third quarter. For the first nine months of this year, petroleum additives operating profit was $299.6 million compared to operating profit for the same period last year of $295.3 million.

During the third quarter, we repurchased 114,210 shares of our stock at a cost of $44.7 million. At the end of September, we had 12.5 million shares outstanding and $293.2 million remaining on our stock repurchase authorization.

Our Company continues to perform consistent with our expectations, and our financial position remains strong. We are continuing our investments in research, development and facilities to ensure we meet our customers’ worldwide needs. We believe our business fundamentals, including a long-term view, safety-first culture, customer-focused solutions, technology-driven product offerings, world-class supply chain capability and a regional organizational structure to better understand our customers’ needs, will help us continue our solid operating performance for the remainder of 2014 and beyond.

Summary of Earnings
(In millions, except per-share amounts)
Third Quarter Ended Nine Months Ended
September 30 September 30
2014 2013 2014 2013
Net Income:
Net income $ 56.9 $ 78.9 $ 181.2 $ 210.7
(Income) from operations of discontinued business (0.5 )
(Gain) on sale of discontinued business (21.9 ) (21.9 )
(Gain) loss on interest rate swap agreement (0.1 ) 0.4 2.7 (3.1 )
Income excluding discontinued operations and special items $ 56.8 $ 57.4 $ 183.9 $ 185.2
Diluted Earnings Per Share:
Net income $ 4.53 $ 5.94 $ 14.20 $ 15.81
(Income) from operations of discontinued business (0.04 )
(Gain) on sale of discontinued business (1.65 ) (1.64 )
(Gain) loss on interest rate swap agreement (0.01 ) 0.03 0.21 (0.23 )
Income excluding discontinued operations and special items $ 4.52 $ 4.32 $ 14.41 $ 13.90

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

Sincerely,

Thomas E. Gottwald

The results for all periods included the impact of valuing an interest rate swap at fair value, while the prior year periods included the results from operations of a discontinued business and the related gain on the sale of the 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 Segment Results and Other Financial Information table included in this earnings release includes a non-GAAP financial measure, Income from Continuing Operations before Special Items and Income Tax Expense, which is reconciled to a GAAP measure. 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 10:00 a.m. EDT on Thursday, October 30, 2014, to review the financial results for the third quarter and first nine months of 2014. 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 November 6, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. EST by dialing 1-877-660-6853 (domestic) and 1-201-612-7415 (international). The conference ID number is 13592733. 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: 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)
Third Quarter Ended Nine Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
2014 2013 2014 2013
Revenue:
Petroleum additives $ 585,618 $ 577,596 $ 1,777,167 $ 1,717,335
All other (a) 4,049 2,859 9,360 6,649
Total $ 589,667 $ 580,455 $ 1,786,527 $ 1,723,984
Segment operating profit:
Petroleum additives $ 94,310 $ 95,491 $ 299,578 $ 295,309
All other (a) 399 (1,614 ) 1,792 (1,832 )
Segment operating profit 94,709 93,877 301,370 293,477
Corporate unallocated expense (6,320 ) (6,850 ) (18,448 ) (17,255 )
Interest and financing expenses (4,168 ) (4,259 ) (12,678 ) (13,614 )
Other (expense) income, net (73 ) 91 119 765

Income from continuing operations before special items and income tax expense

84,148 82,859 270,363 263,373
Gain (loss) on an interest rate swap agreement (b) 113 (659 ) (4,390 ) 5,116

Income from continuing operations before income tax expense

$ 84,261 $ 82,200 $ 265,973 $ 268,489
Net income:
Income from continuing operations $ 56,913 $ 57,021 $ 181,200 $ 188,346
Gain on sale of discontinued business (c) 21,855 21,855

Income from operations of discontinued operations (c)

20 540
Net income $ 56,913 $ 78,896 $ 181,200 $ 210,741
Basic and diluted earnings per share:
Income from continuing operations $ 4.53 $ 4.29 $ 14.20 $ 14.13
Discontinued operations (c) 1.65 1.68
Basic and diluted earnings per share $ 4.53 $ 5.94 $ 14.20 $ 15.81
Notes to Segment Results and Other Financial Information
(a) “All other” includes the results of our tetraethyl lead (TEL) business, as well as certain contract manufacturing performed by Ethyl Corporation.
(b) The gain (loss) 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)
Third Quarter Ended Nine Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
2014 2013 2014 2013
Net sales $ 589,667 $ 580,455 $ 1,786,527 $ 1,723,984
Cost of goods sold 424,448 416,632 1,278,632 1,222,326
Gross profit 165,219 163,823 507,895 501,658
Selling, general, and administrative expenses 41,376 40,886 121,837 121,748
Research, development, and testing expenses 35,799 35,865 103,373 103,315
Operating profit 88,044 87,072 282,685 276,595
Interest and financing expenses 4,168 4,259 12,678 13,614
Other income (expense), net (a) 385 (613 ) (4,034 ) 5,508

Income from continuing operations before income tax expense

84,261 82,200 265,973 268,489
Income tax expense 27,348 25,179 84,773 80,143
Income from continuing operations 56,913 57,021 181,200 188,346
Discontinued operations:
Gain on sale of discontinued business (net of tax) (b) 21,855 21,855

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

20 540
Net income $ 56,913 $ 78,896 $ 181,200 $ 210,741
Basic and diluted earnings per share:
Income from continuing operations $ 4.53 $ 4.29 $ 14.20 $ 14.13
Discontinued operations (b) 1.65 1.68
Basic and diluted earnings per share $ 4.53 $ 5.94 $ 14.20 $ 15.81
Cash dividends declared per share $ 1.10 $ 0.90 $ 3.30 $ 2.70
Notes to Consolidated Statements of Income
(a) On June 25, 2009, we entered into an interest rate swap. The gain on the interest rate swap was $100 thousand for the quarter ended September 30, 2014 and loss on the interest rate swap was $4.4 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2014. The loss on the interest rate swap was $0.7 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2013 and the gain on the interest rate swap was $5.1 million for the nine months ended September 30, 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)
September 30, December 31,
2014 2013
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 141,536 $ 238,703

Trade and other accounts receivable, less allowance for doubtful accounts ($517 – 2014; $564 – 2013)

327,641 309,847
Inventories 333,596 307,518
Deferred income taxes 6,498 8,267
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 34,871 32,984
Total current assets 844,142 897,319
Property, plant, and equipment, at cost 1,003,510 985,196
Less accumulated depreciation and amortization 706,063 700,160
Net property, plant, and equipment 297,447 285,036
Prepaid pension cost 65,812 55,087
Deferred income taxes 20,913 22,961
Intangibles (net of amortization) and goodwill 18,538 23,319
Deferred charges and other assets 41,466 43,552
Total assets $ 1,288,318 $ 1,327,274
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 128,834 $ 134,132
Accrued expenses 87,865 77,992
Dividends payable 12,446 12,996
Income taxes payable 8,339 11,419
Other current liabilities 13,097 11,075
Total current liabilities 250,581 247,614
Long-term debt 384,512 349,467
Other noncurrent liabilities 158,708 157,745
Shareholders’ equity

Common stock and paid-in capital (without par value); issued and outstanding – 12,531,045 in 2014 and 13,099,356 in 2013

Accumulated other comprehensive loss (66,932 ) (60,086 )
Retained earnings 561,449 632,534
494,517 572,448
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity $ 1,288,318 $ 1,327,274
NEWMARKET CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
SELECTED CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOW DATA
(In thousands, unaudited)
Nine Months Ended
September 30,
2014 2013
Net income $ 181,200 $ 210,741
Depreciation and amortization 31,244 35,926
Cash pension and postretirement contributions (17,449 ) (25,447 )
Noncash pension and postretirement expense 12,607 16,388
Working capital changes (58,699 ) (988 )
Capital expenditures (38,949 ) (47,163 )
Net borrowings (repayments) under revolving credit agreement 35,000 (75,000 )
Repurchases of common stock (209,336 ) (41,156 )
Dividends paid (41,962 ) (35,914 )
Proceeds from legal settlement 5,150 5,100
Proceeds from sale of discontinued business 140,011
Gain on sale of discontinued business (35,770 )
All other 4,027 11,408
(Decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents $ (97,167 ) $ 158,136
NEWMARKET CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION
(In thousands, unaudited)
Third Quarter Ended Nine Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
2014 2013 2014 2013
Income from continuing operations $ 56,913 $ 57,021 $ 181,200 $ 188,346
Add:
Interest and financing expenses 4,168 4,259 12,678 13,614
Income tax expense 27,348 25,179 84,773 80,143
Depreciation and amortization 10,169 9,689 30,178 30,198
EBITDA from continuing operations 98,598 96,148 308,829 312,301
(Less) plus: (gain) loss on interest rate swap agreement (113 ) 659 4,390 (5,116 )
EBITDA from continuing operations, as adjusted $ 98,485 $ 96,807 $ 313,219 $ 307,185

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