Albemarle reports first quarter 2014 results

                 Albemarle reports first quarter 2014 results  PR Newswire  BATON ROUGE, La., April 16, 2014  BATON ROUGE, La., April16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --  First quarter 2014 highlights:    oEarnings of $76.7 million, or $0.96 per share, excluding special and     non-operating items.   oNet sales of $656.7 million and EBITDA margin, excluding special and     non-operating items, of 21 percent.   oCash flow from operations of $149 million, an increase of 51% from 1st     quarter of 2013.   oInitiated reduction of high cost aluminum alkyls supply capacity.   oReached agreement to sell antioxidants and certain pharmaceuticals     businesses.    Albemarle Corp. Logo                                                            Three Months Ended                                                         March 31, In thousands, except per share amounts                  2014        2013 Net sales                                               $ 656,679   $ 641,625 Segment income                                          $ 128,418   $ 134,840 Net income attributable to Albemarle Corporation        $ 56,583    $ 83,987 Diluted earnings per share                              $ 0.71      $ 0.94  Non-operating pension and OPEB items^(a)             0.11        (0.01)  Special items^(b)                                    0.14        — Diluted earnings per share, excluding special and non-operating pension                                   $ 0.96      $ 0.93  and OPEB items See accompanying notes and reconciliations to the condensed consolidated financial information.  Albemarle Corporation (NYSE: ALB) reported first quarter 2014 earnings of $56.6 million, or $0.71 per share, compared to first quarter 2013 earnings of $84.0 million, or $0.94 per share. Excluding special and non-operating pension and OPEB items (see notes to the condensed consolidated financial information), first quarter 2014 earnings were $76.7 million, or $0.96 per share, compared to $82.7 million, or $0.93 per share, for the first quarter of 2013. The Company reported net sales of $656.7 million in the first quarter of 2014, up from net sales of $641.6 million in the first quarter of 2013, driven mainly by higher volumes in both operating segments partly offset by lower pricing in Performance Chemicals.  As previously announced, effective January 1, 2014, the Company's assets and businesses were aligned under two Global Business Units: Performance Chemicals, including Fire Safety Solutions, Specialty Chemicals and Fine Chemistry Services, and Catalyst Solutions, including Refinery Catalyst Solutions, Performance Catalyst Solutions and Antioxidants.  On April 15, 2014, the Company signed a definitive agreement to sell its antioxidant, ibuprofen and propofol businesses and assets to SI Group. Any potential impairment charge related to this agreement that may be reported in our Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended March 31, 2014 is not reflected in the financial results included herein as the outcome of such analysis is pending completion.  "Despite the impact of inclement weather on our operations, first quarter results were generally consistent with our expectations," stated Luke Kissam, President and CEO. "Cash generation was higher than our expectations, driven largely by improvements in working capital, pointing once again to the strength of our business portfolio. During the quarter, we used this cash to fund organic growth opportunities, repurchase approximately $50 million worth of stock and increase our dividend for the 20th year in a row. We also announced earlier today that we have entered into a contract with the SI Group for the sale of our antioxidants, ibuprofen and propofol businesses, a transaction that will, upon closing, increase our overall margin rates and allow us to continue to focus more sharply on our core businesses."  Quarterly Segment Results  Performance Chemicals reported net sales of $360.5 million in the first quarter of 2014, a decrease of less than 1 percent compared to net sales in the first quarter of 2013, on unfavorable pricing impacts mainly in Fire Safety Solutions, partly offset by higher volumes mainly in Specialty Chemicals. Segment income for Performance Chemicals was $71.2 million in the first quarter of 2014, an 11 percent decline from $79.7 million in the first quarter of 2013, driven by unfavorable pricing due to market conditions, unfavorable utilities pricing and higher manufacturing costs, partly offset by favorable sales volumes due to market demand.  Catalyst Solutions generated net sales of $296.1 million in the first quarter of 2014, a 6 percent increase from net sales in the first quarter of 2013, primarily on favorable volumes and pricing in Refinery Catalysts Solutions, partly offset by unfavorable Performance Catalyst Solutions pricing. Catalyst Solutions segment income was $57.2 million in the first quarter of 2014, up 4 percent from first quarter 2013 results of $55.1 million, due primarily to strong volumes and pricing in Refinery Catalyst Solutions partly offset by higher manufacturing costs and commissions.  Corporate and Other  Corporate and other expense was $34.8 million ($20.7 million excluding non-operating pension and OPEB items) for the first quarter of 2014. The $19.5 million increase from the comparable period in 2013 was due primarily to higher pension and OPEB costs and incentive compensation costs.  Interest and financing expenses were $8.8 million for the first quarter of 2014 compared to $5.2 million for the first quarter of 2013, due primarily to decreases in interest capitalized on lower average construction work in progress balances in the 2014 period.  Excluding special and non-operating pension and OPEB items, our effective income tax rates were 23.7 percent and 24.6 percent for the first quarter of 2014 and 2013, respectively. Our effective tax rate continues to be influenced by the level and geographic mix of income, and benefits from a favorable mix of income in lower tax jurisdictions.  During the first quarter of 2014 we initiated action to reduce high cost supply capacity of certain aluminum alkyl products, primarily through the termination of a third party manufacturing contract. Based on the contract termination, we estimate costs of approximately $14.0 million for contract termination and volume commitments. Additionally, we have recorded an impairment charge of $3.0 million for certain capital project costs also related to aluminum alkyls capacity which we do not expect to recover. After income taxes, these charges were approximately $11.1 million, or $0.14 per share.  Cash Flow  Our cash flow from operations was approximately $149 million for the three months ended March 31, 2014, up 51 percent from the same period in 2013, and we had $524 million in cash and cash equivalents at March31, 2014. During the first quarter of 2014, cash on hand and cash provided by operations funded capital expenditures for plant, machinery and equipment of approximately $24 million, dividends to shareholders of $19.6 million and $50.0 million for repurchases of approximately 0.6 million shares of our common stock pursuant to the terms of our accelerated share repurchase program entered into in the first quarter.  Earnings Call  The Company's performance for the first quarter ended March31, 2014 will be discussed on a conference call at 9:00 AM Eastern Daylight time on April17, 2014. The call can be accessed by dialing 888-713-4217 (International Dial-In # 617-213-4869), and entering conference ID 79868036. The Company's earnings presentation and supporting material can be accessed through Albemarle's website under Investors at www.albemarle.com.  About Albemarle  Albemarle Corporation, headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is a leading global developer, manufacturer, and marketer of highly-engineered specialty chemicals for consumer electronics, petroleum refining, utilities, packaging, construction, automotive/transportation, pharmaceuticals, crop protection, food-safety and custom chemistry services. The Company is committed to global sustainability and is advancing its eco-practices and solutions in its two global business units: Performance Chemicals and Catalyst Solutions. Corporate Responsibility Magazine selected Albemarle to its prestigious "100 Best Corporate Citizens" list for 2010, 2011 and 2013. Albemarle employs approximately 3,900 people and serves customers in approximately 100 countries. Albemarle regularly posts information to www.albemarle.com, including notification of events, news, financial performance, investor presentations and webcasts, Regulation G reconciliations, SEC filings, and other information regarding the Company, its businesses and the markets we serve.  Forward-Looking Statements  Some of the information presented in this press release and the conference call and discussions that follow, including, without limitation, statements with respect to product development, changes in productivity, market trends, price, volume and mix changes, expected growth and earnings, input costs, surcharges, tax rates, stock repurchases, dividends, economic trends, outlook and all other information relating to matters that are not historical facts may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. There can be no assurance that actual results will not differ materially. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include, without limitation: changes in economic and business conditions; changes in financial and operating performance of our major customers and industries and markets served by us; the timing of orders received from customers; the gain or loss of significant customers; competition from other manufacturers; changes in the demand for our products; limitations or prohibitions on the manufacture and sale of our products; availability of raw materials; changes in the cost of raw materials and energy and in our ability to pass through such increases; acquisitions and divestitures, and changes in performance of acquired companies; changes in our markets in general; fluctuations in foreign currencies; changes in laws and government regulation impacting our operations or our products; the occurrence of claims or litigation; the occurrence of natural disasters; the inability to maintain current levels of product or premises liability insurance or the denial of such coverage; political unrest affecting the global economy, including adverse effects from terrorism or hostilities; political instability affecting our manufacturing operations or joint ventures; changes in accounting standards; the inability to achieve results from our global manufacturing cost reduction initiatives as well as our ongoing continuous improvement and rationalization programs; changes in the jurisdictional mix of our earnings and changes in tax laws and rates; changes in monetary policies, inflation or interest rates that may impact our ability to raise capital or increase our cost of funds, impact the performance of our pension fund investments and increase our pension expense and funding obligations; volatility and substantial uncertainties in the debt and equity markets; technology or intellectual property infringement, including cyber security breaches, and other innovation risks; decisions we may make in the future; and the other factors detailed from time to time in the reports we file with the SEC, including those described under "Risk Factors" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K and our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.  Albemarle Corporation and Subsidiaries  Consolidated Statements of Income  (In Thousands Except Per Share Amounts) (Unaudited)                                                         Three Months Ended                                                         March 31,                                                         2014        2013 Net sales                                               $ 656,679   $ 641,625 Cost of goods sold^(a)                                  462,393     442,035 Gross profit                                            194,286     199,590 Selling, general and administrative expenses^(a)        79,310      64,750 Research and development expenses                       22,572      19,953 Restructuring and other charges, net^(b)                17,000      — Operating profit                                        75,404      114,887 Interest and financing expenses                         (8,773)     (5,231) Other income (expenses), net                            1,149       (4,209) Income before income taxes and equity in net income of  67,780      105,447 unconsolidated investments Income tax expense                                      12,446      26,192 Income before equity in net income of unconsolidated    55,334      79,255 investments Equity in net income of unconsolidated investments (net 8,901       10,261 of tax) Net income                                              64,235      89,516 Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests     (7,652)     (5,529) Net income attributable to Albemarle Corporation        $ 56,583    $ 83,987 Basic earnings per share                                $ 0.71      $ 0.95 Diluted earnings per share                              $ 0.71      $ 0.94 Weighted-average common shares outstanding – basic      79,735      88,719 Weighted-average common shares outstanding – diluted    80,112      89,236 See accompanying notes to the condensed consolidated financial information.      Albemarle Corporation and Subsidiaries  Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets  (In Thousands) (Unaudited)                                                 March 31,      December 31,                                                 2014           2013 ASSETS Cash and cash equivalents                       $  524,043     $ 477,239 Other current assets                            953,359        1,005,676 Total current assets                            1,477,402      1,482,915 Property, plant and equipment                   2,975,692      2,972,084 Less accumulated depreciation and amortization  1,635,354      1,615,015 Net property, plant and equipment               1,340,338      1,357,069 Other assets and intangibles                    740,988        744,813 Total assets                                    $  3,558,728   $ 3,584,797 LIABILITIES AND EQUITY Current portion of long-term debt               $  18,063      $ 24,554 Other current liabilities                       405,136        411,809 Total current liabilities                       423,199        436,363 Long-term debt                                  1,052,790      1,054,310 Other noncurrent liabilities                    227,535        222,160 Deferred income taxes                           127,603        129,188 Albemarle Corporation shareholders' equity      1,604,751      1,627,361 Noncontrolling interests                        122,850        115,415 Total liabilities and equity                    $  3,558,728   $ 3,584,797 See accompanying notes to the condensed consolidated financial information.      Albemarle Corporation and Subsidiaries  Selected Consolidated Cash Flow Data  (In Thousands) (Unaudited)                                                     Three Months Ended                                                     March 31,                                                     2014         2013 Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year      $  477,239   $ 477,696 Cash and cash equivalents at end of period          $  524,043   $ 434,904 Sources of cash and cash equivalents: Net income                                          $  64,235    $ 89,516 Proceeds from exercise of stock options             1,255        1,720 Working capital changes                             39,826       — Uses of cash and cash equivalents: Working capital changes                             —            (12,641) Capital expenditures                                (23,667)     (55,335) Repurchases of common stock                         (50,000)     (60,798) Repayments of long-term debt                        (101)        (3,604) Repayments of other borrowings                      (8,434)      — Dividends paid to shareholders                      (19,582)     (17,808) Pension and postretirement contributions            (2,540)      (1,741) Non-cash and other items: Depreciation and amortization                       27,809       25,244 Write-offs associated with restructuring and other  3,000        — Pension and postretirement expense                  16,669       1,582 Equity in net income of unconsolidated investments  (8,901)      (10,261) See accompanying notes to the condensed consolidated financial information.      Albemarle Corporation and Subsidiaries  Consolidated Summary of Segment Results  (In Thousands) (Unaudited)                                                         Three Months Ended                                                         March 31,                                                         2014        2013 Net sales: Performance Chemicals                                   $ 360,543   $ 361,941 Catalyst Solutions                                      296,136     279,684 Total net sales                                         $ 656,679   $ 641,625 Segment operating profit: Performance Chemicals                                   $ 75,923    $ 82,933 Catalyst Solutions                                      51,246      47,175 Total segment operating profit                          127,169     130,108 Equity in net income of unconsolidated investments: Performance Chemicals                                   2,917       2,308 Catalyst Solutions                                      5,984       7,953 Total equity in net income of unconsolidated            8,901       10,261 investments Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests: Performance Chemicals                                   (7,652)     (5,529) Total net income attributable to noncontrolling         (7,652)     (5,529) interests Segment income: Performance Chemicals                                   71,188      79,712 Catalyst Solutions                                      57,230      55,128 Total segment income                                    128,418     134,840 Corporate & other^(a)                                   (34,765)    (15,221) Restructuring and other charges, net^(b)                (17,000)    — Interest and financing expenses                         (8,773)     (5,231) Other income (expenses), net                            1,149       (4,209) Income tax expense                                      (12,446)    (26,192) Net income attributable to Albemarle Corporation        $ 56,583    $ 83,987 See accompanying notes to the condensed consolidated financial information.      Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Information     Non-operating pension and OPEB items, consisting of mark-to-market (MTM) (a) actuarial gains/losses as well as interest cost and expected return on     assets, are included in Corporate & other as follows:       oFor the three months ended March31, 2014 and 2013, net charges         (benefits) amounting to $14.1 million ($8.9 million after income         taxes, or $0.11 per share) and $(2.1) million ($1.3 million after         income taxes, or $0.01 per share), respectively. The MTM actuarial         loss in 2014 was $15.4 million ($9.8 million after income taxes, or         $0.12 per share) and resulted from a curtailment related to one of our         U.S. defined benefit pension plans and our supplemental executive         retirement plan which required a remeasurement of the related assets         and obligations during the first quarter. The curtailment was in         connection with our workforce reduction plan initiated in the fourth         quarter of 2013. There were no MTM actuarial gains/losses recorded         during the three months ended March 31, 2013.     Although non-operating pension and OPEB items are included in cost of     goods sold and selling, general and administrative expenses in accordance     with GAAP, we believe that these components of pension cost are mainly     driven by market performance, and we manage these separately from the     operational performance of our businesses. Non-operating pension and OPEB     items included in cost of goods sold and selling, general and     administrative expenses are as follows (in millions):                                                              Three Months Ended                                                             March 31,                                                             2014      2013   Cost of goods sold:   MTM actuarial loss                                        $  2.9    $ —   Interest cost and expected return on assets,              (0.5)     (0.7)   net   Total                                                     $  2.4    $ (0.7)   Selling, general and administrative expenses:   MTM actuarial loss                                        $  12.5   $ —   Interest cost and expected return on assets, net          (0.8)     (1.4)   Total                                                     $  11.7   $ (1.4)      The three month period ended March 31, 2014 includes net charges amounting (b) to $17.0 million ($11.1 million after income taxes, or $0.14 per share) in     connection with a reduction of aluminum alkyls high cost supply capacity.  Additional Information  It should be noted that Net income attributable to Albemarle Corporation ("earnings"), earnings per share and effective income tax rates which exclude special and non-operating pension and OPEB items, as well as presentations of segment operating profit, segment income, EBITDA, EBITDA excluding special and non-operating pension and OPEB items, EBITDA margin and EBITDA margin excluding special and non-operating pension and OPEB items are financial measures that are not required by, or presented in accordance with, accounting principles generally accepted in the United States, or GAAP. These measures are presented here to provide additional useful measurements to review our operations, provide transparency to investors and enable period-to-period comparability of financial performance.  A description of other non-GAAP financial measures that we use to evaluate our operations and financial performance, and reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable financial measures calculated and reported in accordance with GAAP, can be found in the Investors section of our website at www.albemarle.com, under "Non-GAAP Reconciliations" under "Financials." Also, see attached for a supplemental reconciliation of our segment operating profit and segment income amounts to GAAP Operating profit and GAAP Net income attributable to Albemarle Corporation, respectively, as well as for a supplemental reconciliation of Net income attributable to Albemarle Corporation excluding special and non-operating pension and OPEB items, EBITDA and EBITDA excluding special and non-operating pension and OPEB items to Net income attributable to Albemarle Corporation.    ALBEMARLE CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES  Non-GAAP Reconciliations  (In Thousands)  (Unaudited) Our segment information includes measures we refer to as "Segment operating profit," "Segment income," "EBITDA" and "EBITDA excluding special and non-operating pension and OPEB items," which are financial measures that are not required by, or presented in accordance with, GAAP. The Company has reported Segment operating profit, Segment income, EBITDA and EBITDA excluding special and non-operating pension and OPEB items because management believes that these financial measures provide transparency to investors and enable period-to-period comparability of financial performance. Segment operating profit, Segment income, EBITDA and EBITDA excluding special and non-operating pension and OPEB items should not be considered as alternatives to operating profit or net income attributable to Albemarle Corporation, as determined in accordance with GAAP. See below for a reconciliation of Segment operating profit and Segment income, the non-GAAP financial measures, to Operating profit and Net income attributable to Albemarle Corporation, respectively, the most directly comparable financial measures calculated and reported in accordance with GAAP.                           Three Months Ended                           March 31,                           2014                          2013 Total segment operating   $      127,169                $     130,108 profit Corporate & other         (34,765)                      (15,221) Restructuring and other   (17,000)                      — charges, net GAAP Operating profit     $      75,404                 $     114,887 Total segment income      $      128,418                $     134,840 Corporate & other         (34,765)                      (15,221) Restructuring and other   (17,000)                      — charges, net Interest and financing    (8,773)                       (5,231) expenses Other income (expenses),  1,149                         (4,209) net Income tax expense        (12,446)                      (26,192) GAAP Net income attributable to Albemarle $      56,583                 $     83,987 Corporation    See below for a reconciliation of Net income attributable to Albemarle Corporation excluding special and non-operating pension and OPEB items, EBITDA and EBITDA excluding special and non-operating pension and OPEB items, the non-GAAP financial measures, to Net income attributable to Albemarle Corporation, the most directly comparable financial measure calculated and reported in accordance with GAAP. EBITDA is defined as Net income attributable to Albemarle Corporation before interest and financing expenses, income taxes, depreciation and amortization. EBITDA excluding special and non-operating pension and OPEB items is defined as EBITDA before the special and non-operating pension and OPEB items as listed below.                                                        Three Months Ended                                                       March 31,                                                       2014         2013 Net income attributable to Albemarle Corporation      $ 56,583     $ 83,987 Add back:  Non-operating pension and OPEB items (net of tax)   8,944        (1,297)  Special items (net of tax)                          11,145       — Net income attributable to Albemarle Corporation excluding special                                     $ 76,672     $ 82,690   andnon-operating pension and OPEB items Net income attributable to Albemarle Corporation      $ 56,583     $ 83,987 Add back:  Interest and financing expenses                     8,773        5,231  Income tax expense                                  12,446       26,192  Depreciation and amortization                       27,809       25,244 EBITDA                                                105,611      140,654  Non-operating pension and OPEB items                14,070       (2,069)  Special items                                       17,000       — EBITDA excluding special and non-operating pensionand                                          $ 136,681    $ 138,585   OPEB items Net sales                                             $ 656,679    $ 641,625 EBITDA Margin                                         16.1      %  21.9      % EBITDA Margin excluding special and non-operating pension and                                           20.8      %  21.6      %   OPEB items    Logo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20111129/MM14279LOGO  SOURCE Albemarle Corporation  Website: http://www.albemarle.com Contact: Lorin Crenshaw, 225.388.7322