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 NewMarket Corporation Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2015 Results
   Monday, February 01, 2016 5:01:00 PM ET

--Petroleum Additives Fourth Quarter Operating Profit of $75.3 Million, Down 11.9%, and Full Year Operating Profit of $374.9 Million, Down 2.6%

--Continuing Investment in R&D and Capital Spending to Fuel Long-Term Growth

--501,261 Shares Repurchased in 2015

NewMarket Corporation (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 2015.

Net income for the fourth quarter of 2015 was $53.9 million, or $4.50 per share, compared to net income of $52.1 million, or $4.17 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2014. Net income for 2015 was $238.6 million, or $19.45 per share, compared to net income of $233.3 million, or $18.38 per share, for 2014. Net income for all periods included the impact of valuing an interest rate swap at fair value. Excluding this item, fourth quarter 2015 earnings were $53.2 million, or $4.44 per share, compared to $53.7 million, or $4.30 per share, last year. On the same basis, earnings for the year 2015 were $240.6 million, or $19.61 per share, compared to $237.6 million, or $18.72 per share, last year (see Summary of Earnings table below).

Sales for the petroleum additives segment for the fourth quarter of 2015 were $476.7 million, down 13.0% versus the same period last year, due to lower shipments, foreign currency exchange and changes in selling prices and mix. Petroleum additives operating profit for the fourth quarter of 2015 was $75.3 million, an 11.9% decrease over fourth quarter operating profit last year of $85.5 million. The decrease was due to lower sales volume, changes in foreign currency exchange and increases in research and development investments, partially offset by lower raw material costs.

For the year, petroleum additives sales were $2,125 million compared to sales in 2014 of $2,325 million, a decrease of 8.6%. This decrease was primarily due to foreign currency exchange, changes in selling prices and mix. Operating profit for petroleum additives for 2015 declined 2.6% to $374.9 million, compared to $385.1 million for 2014. Changes in foreign currency overshadowed strong operating performance in the Americas and, to a lesser extent, the Asia Pacific region. The decrease in operating profit was also due to increases in research and development investments and lower sales volume, partially offset by lower raw material costs.

Petroleum additives shipments for the fourth quarter of 2015 were down 4.3% from the same period last year. This decline, which represents the lowest level of quarterly shipments in three years, was primarily due to decreases in lubricant and fuel additives shipments in North America. For the year, shipments declined 1.2% versus 2014, with increases in fuel additives shipments, primarily in North America, offset by declines in lubricant additives in all regions except Latin America. Shipments were below our expectations for both the quarter and full year periods, as demand for lubricant products trended lower in the face of a continued general weakness in the global economy. In addition, we believe the rapid decline in crude oil prices in the fourth quarter may have led some customers to reduce stock levels in anticipation of lower base oil prices.

The effective income tax rate for the fourth quarter of 2015 was 20.3%, down from the rate of 28.8% in the same period last year. The effective rate for 2015 was 29.6%, down slightly from the rate in 2014 of 31.2%. The rate in the fourth quarter of 2015 was lower primarily due to decreases in tax rates for certain of our foreign subsidiaries and an increase in tax benefits associated with our research and development activities in the US and Europe. The research and development tax credit in the US was passed during the fourth quarter of 2015, retroactive to the beginning of the year.

Our business continues to generate strong cash flows. During the year, we paid dividends of $70.8 million, funded capital expenditures of $126.5 million and repurchased 501,261 shares of our common stock for a total of $197.9 million, including 44,778 shares in the fourth quarter. At the end of 2015, we had $482.8 million remaining on our stock repurchase authorization.

Construction continues on our new manufacturing facility in Singapore. We expect commercial production to begin by mid-year 2016. In August, we announced the second phase of construction which will include additional component production units. Phase two will more than double our investment in the Singapore facility and is scheduled to be completed in 2017.

Our stated goal is to provide a 10% return per year for our shareholders over any five year period (defined by EPS growth plus dividends). We may not necessarily achieve a 10% return each year, and 2015 was such a year. Unfavorable exchange rates and softer industry demand have worked against us at a time when we have a great need to invest in developing products to meet new, upcoming specifications and pursue specific growth opportunities. Our increased investments in 2015, evidenced by our more than $125 million of capital expenditures and 14% higher spending in research and development, reinforces that we are making decisions to promote the greatest long term value for our shareholders and customers, and we remain focused on our long term objectives.

As we look forward to 2016 and beyond, we believe the fundamentals of the 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 are making investments to position ourselves for the future. Our capital spending is creating the capacity we need to grow and support our customers worldwide; our research and development investments are positioning us well to provide added value to our customers; and our stock repurchases and dividend policy have been effective ways to use cash flow and modest leverage to improve shareholder return.

                                                 
                                                                                                                                                    Summary of Earnings
                                                                                                                                          (In millions, except per-share amounts)
                                                                     ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                  Fourth Quarter Ended                                                             Twelve Months Ended
                                                                                                      December 31,                                                                                       December 31,
                                                                     -------------------------------------------------------------------------------                     -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                 2015                           2014                                               2015                          2014
                                                                     -----------------------------                     -----------------------------                     -------------------------------                     -------------------------
Net Income:
  Net income                                                          $ 53.9                                            $ 52.1                                             $ 238.6                                             $                233.3
    Loss (gain) on interest rate swap agreement                         (0.7 )                                             1.6                              2.0                                             4.3
                                                                     ----------------------------                      ----------------------------                      ------------------------------                      -------------------------
  Income excluding the above special item                             $ 53.2                         $ 53.7                          $ 240.6                          $                237.6
                                                                     == ==== ====================                      == ==== ====================                      === ===== ====================                      === ====================
Diluted Earnings Per Share:
  Net income                                                          $ 4.50                                            $ 4.17                                             $ 19.45                                             $                18.38
    Loss (gain) on interest rate swap agreement                        (0.06 )                                            0.13                             0.16                                            0.34
                                                                     ----------------------------                      ----------------------------                      ------------------------------                      -------------------------
  Income excluding the above special item                             $ 4.44                         $ 4.30                          $ 19.61                          $                18.72
                                                                     == ==== ====================                      == ==== ====================                      === ===== ====================                      === ====================
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Sincerely,

Thomas E. Gottwald

The results for this year and last year include the impact of valuing an interest rate swap at fair value. The Company is reporting net income and related per share amounts including this item, as well as excluding it, in the Summary of Earnings table 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 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. EST on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 to review fourth quarter and year-end 2015 financial results. 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 February 9, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. EST by dialing 1-877-660-6853 (domestic) and 1-201-612-7415 (international). The conference ID number is 13628106. 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 distribution systems; disruptions at manufacturing facilities, including single-sourced facilities; the ability to respond effectively to technological changes in our industry; failure to protect our intellectual property rights; the failure to attract and retain a highly-qualified workforce; hazards common to chemical businesses; competition from other manufacturers; sudden or sharp raw material price increases; gains or losses of significant customers; the occurrence or threat of extraordinary events, including natural disasters and terrorist attacks; risks related to operating outside of the United States; the impact of fluctuations in foreign exchange rates; an information technology system failure; political, economic, and regulatory factors concerning our products; future governmental regulation; resolution of environmental liabilities or legal proceedings; and the 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 2014 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)
 
                                                                                          Fourth Quarter Ended                                                                        Twelve Months Ended
                                                                                                                 December 31,                                                                                                  December 31,
                                                                            ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------                     -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                          2015                               2014                                                   2015                                 2014
                                                                            ---------------------------------                     ---------------------------------                     -----------------------------------                     -----------------------------------
Revenue:
  Petroleum additives                                                         $ 476,683                                             $ 547,915                                             $ 2,124,995                                             $ 2,325,082
  All other (a)                                                                   2,939                                963                               15,835                               10,323  
                                                                            --------------------------------                      --------------------------------                      ----------------------------------                      ----------------------------------
    Total                                                                     $ 479,622                          $ 548,878                          $ 2,140,830                          $ 2,335,405  
                                                                            === ======= ====================                      === ======= ====================                      === ========= ====================                      === ========= ====================
Segment operating profit:
  Petroleum additives                                                         $  75,342                                             $  85,506                                             $   374,934                                             $   385,084
  All other (a)                                                                     850                               (513 )                                                 4,372                                1,279  
                                                                            --------------------------------                      --------------------------------                      ----------------------------------                      ----------------------------------
    Segment operating profit                                                     76,192                                                84,993                                                 379,306                                                 386,363
  Corporate unallocated expense                                                  (6,028 )                                              (4,949 )                                               (22,779 )                                               (23,397 )
  Interest and financing expenses                                                (3,716 )                                              (3,889 )                                               (14,652 )                                               (16,567 )
  Other income (expense), net                                                        20                               (294 )                                                   317                                 (175 )
                                                                            --------------------------------                      --------------------------------                      ----------------------------------                      ----------------------------------
    Income before special items and income tax expense                           66,468                                                75,861                                                 342,192                                                 346,224
  Gain (loss) on an interest rate swap agreement (b)                              1,144                             (2,735 )                                                (3,221 )                                                (7,125 )
                                                                            --------------------------------                      --------------------------------                      ----------------------------------                      ----------------------------------
    Income before income tax expense                                          $  67,612                          $  73,126                          $   338,971                          $   339,099  
                                                                            === ======= ====================                      === ======= ====================                      === ========= ====================                      === ========= ====================
    Net income                                                                $  53,914                          $  52,055                          $   238,603                          $   233,255  
                                                                            === ======= ====================                      === ======= ====================                      === ========= ====================                      === ========= ====================
    Earnings per share - basic and diluted                                    $    4.50                          $    4.17                          $     19.45                          $     18.38  
                                                                            === ======= ====================                      === ======= ====================                      === ========= ====================                      === ========= ====================
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
Notes to Segment Results and Other Financial Information
 
(a)                  "All other" includes the results of our tetraethyl lead (TEL)
                                        business, as well as certain contracted manufacturing and services
                                        associated with 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.
                                         
 
NEWMARKET CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(In thousands, except per-share amounts, unaudited)
 
                                                                                 Fourth Quarter Ended                                                                         Twelve Months Ended
                                                                                                        December 31,                                                                                                   December 31,
                                                                   ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------                     ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                 2015                               2014                                                    2015                                  2014
                                                                   ---------------------------------                     ---------------------------------                     ------------------------------------                     ------------------------------------
Net sales                                                            $ 479,622                                             $ 548,878                                              $ 2,140,830                                              $ 2,335,405
Cost of goods sold                                                     326,317                            391,350                             1,461,774                             1,669,982  
                                                                   --------------------------------                      --------------------------------                      -----------------------------------                      -----------------------------------
  Gross profit                                                         153,305                                               157,528                                                  679,056                                                  665,423
Selling, general, and administrative expenses                           43,320                                                41,683                                                  164,082                                                  163,520
Research, development, and testing expenses                             39,602                             35,810                               158,254                               139,183  
                                                                   --------------------------------                      --------------------------------                      -----------------------------------                      -----------------------------------
  Operating profit                                                      70,383                                                80,035                                                  356,720                                                  362,720
Interest and financing expenses, net                                     3,716                                                 3,889                                                   14,652                                                   16,567
Other income (expense), net (a)                                            945                             (3,020 )                                                 (3,097 )                                                 (7,054 )
                                                                   --------------------------------                      --------------------------------                      -----------------------------------                      -----------------------------------
Income before income tax expense                                        67,612                                                73,126                                                  338,971                                                  339,099
Income tax expense                                                      13,698                             21,071                               100,368                               105,844  
                                                                   --------------------------------                      --------------------------------                      -----------------------------------                      -----------------------------------
Net income                                                           $  53,914                          $  52,055                           $   238,603                           $   233,255  
                                                                   === ======= ====================                      === ======= ====================                      ==== ========= ====================                      ==== ========= ====================
Earnings per share - basic and diluted                               $    4.50                          $    4.17                           $     19.45                           $     18.38  
                                                                   === ======= ====================                      === ======= ====================                      ==== ========= ====================                      ==== ========= ====================
Cash dividends declared per share                                    $    1.60                          $    1.40                           $      5.80                           $      4.70  
                                                                   === ======= ====================                      === ======= ====================                      ==== ========= ====================                      ==== ========= ====================
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Notes to Consolidated Statements of Income
 
(a)              On June 25, 2009, we entered into an interest rate swap. Other
                                    income (expense), net includes a gain on the interest rate swap of
                                    $1.1 million for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2015 and a
                                    loss of $2.7 million for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2014.
                                    The loss on the interest rate swap was $3.2 million for the twelve
                                    months ended December 31, 2015 and $7.1 million for the twelve
                                    months ended December 31, 2014. 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.
                                     
 
NEWMARKET CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands except share amounts, unaudited)
 
                                                                                  December 31,                             December 31,
                                                                                                         2015                                                        2014
                                                                                        ---------------------------------------                     ---------------------------------------
ASSETS
Current assets:
  Cash and cash equivalents                                                                   $    93,424                                                 $   103,003
  Trade and other accounts receivable, less allowance for doubtful                                287,967                                                     302,803
  accounts ($487 - 2015; $443 - 2014)
  Inventories                                                                                     351,631                                                     348,420
  Deferred income taxes                                                                             6,375                                                       7,837
  Prepaid expenses and other current assets                                                        35,370                                   35,128  
                                                                                        --------------------------------------                      --------------------------------------
    Total current assets                                                                          774,767                                  797,191  
                                                                                        --------------------------------------                      --------------------------------------
Property, plant, and equipment, at cost                                                         1,128,989                                                   1,016,868
  Less accumulated depreciation and amortization                                                  726,543                                  709,009  
                                                                                        --------------------------------------                      --------------------------------------
    Net property, plant, and equipment                                                            402,446                                  307,859  
                                                                                        --------------------------------------                      --------------------------------------
Prepaid pension cost                                                                               20,430                                                      16,082
Deferred income taxes                                                                              38,354                                                      48,499
Intangibles (net of amortization) and goodwill                                                     10,907                                                      16,859
Deferred charges and other assets                                                                  43,011                                   45,435  
                                                                                        --------------------------------------                      --------------------------------------
Total assets                                                                                  $ 1,289,915                              $ 1,231,925  
                                                                                        ======= ========= ====================                      ======= ========= ====================
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Current liabilities:
  Accounts payable                                                                            $   128,745                                                 $   137,688
  Accrued expenses                                                                                 99,511                                                      86,539
  Dividends payable                                                                                17,594                                                      15,721
  Income taxes payable                                                                             12,773                                                       6,462
  Other current liabilities                                                                         5,057                                   13,264  
                                                                                        --------------------------------------                      --------------------------------------
    Total current liabilities                                                                     263,680                                  259,674  
                                                                                        --------------------------------------                      --------------------------------------
Long-term debt                                                                                    494,586                                                     363,526
Other noncurrent liabilities                                                                      144,085                                  187,684  
                                                                                        --------------------------------------                      --------------------------------------
Total liabilities                                                                                 902,351                                  810,884  
                                                                                        --------------------------------------                      --------------------------------------
Shareholders’ equity:
  Common stock and paid-in capital (without par value); issued and                         --                                              --
  outstanding shares - 11,948,446 in 2015 and 12,446,365 in 2014
  Accumulated other comprehensive loss                                                           (144,526 )                                                  (139,160 )
  Retained earnings                                                                               532,090                                  560,201  
                                                                                        --------------------------------------                      --------------------------------------
Total shareholders’ equity                                                                        387,564                                  421,041  
                                                                                        --------------------------------------                      --------------------------------------
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity                                                    $ 1,289,915                              $ 1,231,925  
                                                                                        ======= ========= ====================                      ======= ========= ====================
                                                                                                                                                                       
 
NEWMARKET CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
SELECTED CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOW DATA
(In thousands, unaudited)
 
                                                                              Twelve Months Ended
                                                                                                    December 31,
                                                                    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                            2015                          2014
                                                                    ---------------------                     -----------------------------------
Net income                                                                $ 238,603                              $  233,255
Depreciation and amortization                                                42,265                                  41,538
Cash pension and postretirement contributions                               (26,813 )                               (26,505 )
Noncash pension and postretirement expense                                   22,037                                  16,751
Working capital changes                                                     (15,021 )                               (54,982 )
Capital expenditures                                                       (126,499 )                               (59,716 )
Net borrowings under revolving credit facility                              131,000                                  14,000
Repurchases of common stock                                                (194,924 )                              (248,509 )
Dividends paid                                                              (70,763 )                               (59,400 )
Proceeds from legal settlement                                       --                                   5,150
All other                                                                    (9,464 )                                 2,718  
                                                                    --------------------                      ----------------------------------
Decrease in cash and cash equivalents                                     $  (9,579 )                            $ (135,700 )
                                                                    ======= ======= ====                      ==== ======== ====================
 
NEWMARKET CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION
(In thousands, unaudited)
 
                                                                                           Fourth Quarter Ended                                                           Twelve Months Ended
                                                                                                                  December 31,                                                                                     December 31,
                                                                              -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------                     ------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                            2015                              2014                                                 2015                     2014
                                                                              --------------------------------                     --------------------------------                     ---------------------------------                     ------------
Net Income                                                                      $ 53,914                                             $ 52,055                                             $ 238,603                                             $ 233,255
  Add:
    Interest and financing expenses, net                                           3,716                                                3,889                                                14,652                                                16,567
    Income tax expense                                                            13,698                                               21,071                                               100,368                                               105,844
    Depreciation and amortization                                                 10,615                             9,999                             41,178                             40,177
                                                                              -------------------------------                      -------------------------------                      --------------------------------                      ------------
EBITDA                                                                            81,943                                               87,014                                               394,801                                               395,843
(Less) plus: (Gain) loss on interest rate swap agreement                          (1,144 )                                              2,735                              3,221                              7,125
                                                                              -------------------------------                      -------------------------------                      --------------------------------                      ------------
EBITDA, as adjusted                                                             $ 80,799                          $ 89,749                          $ 398,022                          $ 402,968
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SOURCE: NewMarket Corporation

NewMarket Corporation 
Brian D. Paliotti 
Investor Relations 
804-788-5555 
Fax: 804-788-5688 
investorrelations@newmarket.com


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