EX-99.1 2 neu-2020930exx991earni.htm EX-99.1 Document


NewMarket Corporation Reports Results for Third Quarter and First Nine Months of 2020
Net Income of $95.8 Million and Earnings Per Share of $8.77 for the Third Quarter
Strong Market Recovery in Petroleum Additives
Third Quarter Net Income Includes $16.5 Million for Sale of Non-Operating Real Estate
Richmond, VA, October 28, 2020 – 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 2020.
Net income for the third quarter of 2020 was $95.8 million, or $8.77 per share, compared to net income of $67.8 million, or $6.06 per share, for the third quarter of 2019. Third quarter net income includes a gain of $16.5 million related to the sale of a non-operating parcel of real estate. For the first nine months of 2020, net income was $203.7 million, or $18.52 per share, compared to net income of $204.2 million or $18.26 per share, for the first nine months of last year.
Petroleum additives operating profit for the third quarter of 2020 was $102.2 million, compared to $94.8 million for the same period last year. The increase was due to lower raw material costs, selling, general, and administrative costs, and research and development costs, partially offset by changes in selling prices, higher conversion costs, and lower shipments. Petroleum additives operating profit for the first nine months of the year was $248.9 million compared to $285.6 million for the first nine months of 2019. The decrease was due to lower shipments, higher conversion costs, and changes in selling prices, partially offset by lower raw material costs, selling, general, and administrative costs, and research and development costs.
Sales for the petroleum additives segment for the third quarter of 2020 were $510.3 million, down from $550.6 million in the third quarter of 2019. The decrease was due mainly to lower shipments and selling prices. Shipments decreased 3.2% between periods, mainly driven by decreases in fuel additives shipments. Petroleum additives sales for the first nine months of the year were $1.5 billion compared to sales in the first nine months of last year of $1.6 billion. The decrease was due mainly to lower shipments and selling prices. Shipments decreased 7.5% between periods, with decreases in both lubricant additives and fuel additives shipments.
Our third quarter 2020 operating results reflected continued improvement in some of the key drivers that affect the performance of our business, consistent with what we began to see near the end of the second quarter. With gasoline consumption and miles driven continuing to show improvement and industrial production beginning to rebound, specifically related to automobile plants reopening and producing vehicles, demand for both our lubricant and fuel additives has increased steadily throughout the quarter. While our second quarter results were significantly impacted by the economic disruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the related government restrictions, these improvements in the third quarter of 2020 helped to drive an increase in shipments compared to the second quarter of over 25%. The pace and stability of improvement will depend heavily on economic recovery and the rate at which government restrictions are lifted and remain lifted.
During the first nine months of 2020, we funded capital expenditures of $60.1 million, paid dividends of $62.7 million, and repurchased 270,963 shares of our common stock for a total of $101.4 million.
Throughout the economic downturn associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, the chemical industry and our products have been recognized as essential for the transportation of goods and services. Our operating facilities have continued to function safely during 2020. We have procedures in place at each of our facilities to help ensure the well-being of our employees, as we see our responsibility to protect their health and safety as a top priority. Because of the commitment and dedication of our employees and our ability to remain operational throughout 2020, we have been able to work closely with our customers to ensure their supply demands are met throughout this unusual period.
As we navigate the current economic downturn, our business decisions will continue to be focused on the long-term success of our company, including emphasis on satisfying customer needs, generating solid operating results, and promoting the greatest long-term value for our shareholders, customers and employees. Those decisions include

investing in capital improvements and research and development in support of our customers, using cash prudently to provide shareholder value, including dividends and repurchases of common stock, and ensuring we are well-positioned to stay the course with a strong balance sheet, conservative fiscal policies, and a dedicated team. We believe the fundamentals of how we run our business – a long-term view, safety and people first culture, customer-focused solutions, technology-driven product offerings, and a 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. EDT on Thursday, October 29, 2020, to review third quarter 2020 financial results. You can access the conference call live by dialing 1-844-407-9500 (domestic) or 1-862-298-0850 (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 November 5, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. EST by dialing 1-877-481-4010 (domestic) or 1-919-882-2331 (international). The replay ID number is 38031. The call will also be broadcast via the Internet and can be accessed through the Company’s website at www.NewMarket.com or www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/2001/38031. 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 or sharp 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 2019 Annual Report on Form 10-K and Part II. Item 1A. “Risk Factors” of our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended March 31, 2020, which are 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
Email: investorrelations@newmarket.com

(In thousands, except per-share amounts, unaudited)
Third Quarter Ended
September 30,
Nine Months Ended
September 30,
Petroleum additives$510,280 $550,626 $1,476,355 $1,644,129 
All other 2,589 5,191 6,795 11,721 
Total$512,869 $555,817 $1,483,150 $1,655,850 
Segment operating profit:
Petroleum additives$102,186 $94,765 $248,918 $285,620 
All other 2,015 (77)1,951 92 
Segment operating profit104,201 94,688 250,869 285,712 
Corporate unallocated expense(5,565)(6,473)(15,263)(15,842)
Interest and financing expenses(6,466)(6,987)(20,575)(22,740)
Other income (expense), net25,448 6,230 39,933 17,827 
Income before income tax expense$117,618 $87,458 $254,964 $264,957 
Net income$95,794 $67,805 $203,684 $204,184 
Earnings per share - basic and diluted$8.77 $6.06 $18.52 $18.26 

(In thousands, except per-share amounts, unaudited)
Third Quarter Ended
September 30,
Nine Months Ended
September 30,
Net sales$512,869 $555,817 $1,483,150 $1,655,850 
Cost of goods sold346,262 393,090 1,038,898 1,169,421 
Gross profit166,607 162,727 444,252 486,429 
Selling, general, and administrative expenses34,690 38,122 105,837 109,916 
Research, development, and testing expenses33,113 36,387 102,168 106,748 
Operating profit98,804 88,218 236,247 269,765 
Interest and financing expenses, net6,466 6,987 20,575 22,740 
Other income (expense), net25,280 6,227 39,292 17,932 
Income before income tax expense117,618 87,458 254,964 264,957 
Income tax expense21,824 19,653 51,280 60,773 
Net income$95,794 $67,805 $203,684 $204,184 
Earnings per share - basic and diluted$8.77 $6.06 $18.52 $18.26 
Cash dividends declared per share$1.90 $1.90 $5.70 $5.40 

(In thousands except share amounts, unaudited)
September 30,
December 31,
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents$117,701 $144,397 
Trade and other accounts receivable, less allowance for credit losses
328,677 335,826 
Inventories370,104 365,938 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets37,880 33,237 
Total current assets854,362 879,398 
Property, plant, and equipment, net648,685 635,439 
Intangibles (net of amortization) and goodwill130,423 131,880 
Prepaid pension cost145,450 133,848 
Operating lease right-of-use assets58,420 60,505 
Deferred charges and other assets42,782 44,062 
Total assets$1,880,122 $1,885,132 
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable$187,572 $178,773 
Accrued expenses74,797 77,350 
Dividends payable18,444 19,217 
Income taxes payable5,362 10,632 
  Operating lease liabilities 13,270 14,036 
Other current liabilities9,454 8,887 
Total current liabilities308,899 308,895 
Long-term debt608,702 642,941 
Operating lease liabilities - noncurrent45,004 46,792 
Other noncurrent liabilities193,991 203,406 
Total liabilities1,156,596 1,202,034 
Shareholders' equity:
Common stock and paid-in capital (with no par value; issued and outstanding shares - 10,921,389 at September 30, 2020 and 11,188,549 at December 31, 2019)
287 1,965 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss(162,898)(162,748)
Retained earnings886,137 843,881 
Total shareholders' equity723,526 683,098 
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity$1,880,122 $1,885,132 

(In thousands, unaudited)
Nine Months Ended
September 30,
Net income$203,684 $204,184 
Depreciation and amortization63,045 65,500 
Cash pension and postretirement contributions(7,717)(7,308)
Working capital changes(33,493)(35,997)
Deferred income tax expense5,405 3,982 
Capital expenditures(60,133)(37,132)
Net repayments under revolving credit facility(34,678)(126,262)
Repurchases of common stock(101,434)
Dividends paid(62,667)(60,418)
Proceeds from sale of land20,000 
Gain on sale of land(16,483)
All other(2,225)382 
(Decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents$(26,696)$6,931 

(In thousands, unaudited)
Third Quarter Ended
September 30,
Nine Months Ended
September 30,
Net Income$95,794 $67,805 $203,684 $204,184 
Interest and financing expenses, net6,466 6,987 20,575 22,740 
Income tax expense21,824 19,653 51,280 60,773 
Depreciation and amortization20,414 21,500 61,982 64,646 
EBITDA$144,498 $115,945 $337,521 $352,343