Form 8-K

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

 


 

FORM 8-K

 


 

CURRENT REPORT

PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE

SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported) October 28, 2004

 


 

ALBEMARLE CORPORATION

(Exact name of Registrant as specified in charter)

 


 

Virginia   1-12658   54-1692118
(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation)
  (Commission file number)   (IRS employer
identification no.)

 

330 South Fourth Street, Richmond, Virginia   23219
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip code)

 

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code (804) 788-6000

 

Not applicable

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

 


 

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions (see General Instruction A.2. below):

 

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Section 2 — Financial Information

 

Item 2.02. Results of Operations and Financial Condition.

 

On October 28, 2004, Albemarle Corporation (the “Company”) issued a press release regarding its earnings for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2004. A copy of this release is being furnished as Exhibit 99.1 hereto and incorporated herein by reference. In addition, on October 28, 2004, the Company will hold a teleconference for analysts and media to discuss results for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2004. The teleconference will be webcast on the Company’s website at www.albemarle.com.

 

The press release attached as Exhibit 99.1 includes net income and related per share amounts for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2004 excluding certain special items. Net income excluding special items is a financial measure that is not required by, or presented in accordance with, accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (“GAAP”). The Company has reported net income excluding special items because management believes that this financial measure is more reflective of the Company’s performance as it presents investors with information about the impact of certain non-recurring items on the Company, including the Company’s recent acquisition of the refinery catalysts business of Akzo Nobel on July 31, 2004, and, in doing so, improves transparency to investors and enhances period-to-period comparability of financial performance. Net income excluding special items should not be considered as an alternative to net income determined in accordance with GAAP. The Company has included in the press release a reconciliation of net income excluding special items, a non-GAAP financial measure, to net income, the most directly comparable financial measure calculated and reported in accordance with GAAP, for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2004.

 

In accordance with General Instruction B.2 of Form 8-K, the information in this Current Report of Form 8-K, including Exhibit 99.1, shall not be deemed “filed” for the purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or otherwise subject to the liability of that section, nor shall it be deemed incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, except as shall be expressly set forth by specific reference in such a filing.

 

Section 9 — Financial Statements and Exhibits

 

Item 9.01. Financial Statement and Exhibits.

 

  (c) Exhibits.

 

99.1    Press release, dated October 28, 2004, issued by the Company.

 

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SIGNATURE

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

 

Date: October 28, 2004

 

ALBEMARLE CORPORATION
By:  

/s/ Paul F. Rocheleau


    Paul F. Rocheleau
    Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

 

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EXHIBIT INDEX

 

Exhibit

Number


 

Exhibit


99.1   Press release, dated October 28, 2004, issued by the Company.

 

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Press Release

Exhibit 99.1

 

LOGO    Contact:
     Laura Ruiz
     (804) 788-6005
     Danielle Paquette
     (804) 788-6045

 

Albemarle Announces Third-Quarter 2004 Results

 

  Earnings for the quarter reflect adjustments for special items, primarily related to the acquisition of the Akzo Nobel refinery catalysts business

 

  Net sales for the quarter, which included two months of results from the newly acquired refinery catalysts business, increased 49.7 percent versus 2003

 

  Excluding special items, net income increased 37.9 percent from third-quarter 2003

 

RICHMOND, Va., October 28 — Albemarle Corporation (NYSE: ALB) reported net income for the third quarter of 2004, excluding special items, of $20.3 million, or 48 cents per diluted share. Special items totaling $19.5 million after income taxes, or 46 cents per diluted share, are outlined in the reconciliation below. Third-quarter 2003 net income, excluding special items, was $14.7 million, or 35 cents per diluted share. Special items for third-quarter 2003 totaling $4.9 million after income tax, or 12 cents per diluted share, are outlined in the reconciliation below. Including adjustments for special items, third-quarter 2004 net income was $0.8 million, or 2 cents per diluted share.

 

Excluding special items, net income for the first nine months of 2004 was $56.1 million, or $1.32 per diluted share, compared to $48.4 million, or $1.15 per diluted share, in the same period of 2003. Inclusive of special items, net income for the first nine months of 2004 was $35.2 million, or $0.83 per diluted share, versus $55.2 million, or $1.31 on the same basis, for the first nine months of 2003.

 

Net sales for the third quarter ending September 30, 2004, which included August and September results for the newly acquired refinery catalysts business of Akzo Nobel, were $413.9 million, compared with net sales of $276.6 million for the same quarter last year. For the first nine months of 2004, net sales were $1.06 billion as compared with $815.1 million in the same period of 2003.

 

Average common shares used to compute third-quarter and nine-months 2004 diluted earnings per share were 42,544,000 and 42,342,000, up slightly from 42,137,000 and 42,156,000, respectively, for the corresponding periods in 2003, primarily due to the exercise of stock options.

 

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The Company has reported net income and related per share amounts for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2004 excluding certain special items. Net income excluding special items is a financial measure that is not required by, or presented in accordance with, accounting principles generally accepted in the United States, or GAAP. The Company has reported net income excluding special items because management believes that this financial measure is more reflective of the Company’s performance as it presents investors with information that excludes the impact of certain non-recurring items on the Company, including the Company’s recent acquisition of the refinery catalysts business of Akzo Nobel on July 31, 2004, and, in doing so, improves transparency to investors and enhances period-to-period comparability of financial performance. Net income excluding special items should not be considered as an alternative to net income determined in accordance with GAAP. See pages 14 and 15 for a complete reconciliation of reported results to GAAP.

 

Set forth below is select data related to our net income and related per share amounts for the third quarter ended September 30, 2004. See pages 14 and 15 for a complete reconciliation of reported results to GAAP.

 

In thousands except per- share amounts

(Unaudited)

 

   Third Quarter Ended September 30, 2004

    Third Quarter Ended September 30, 2003

 
   As
Reported


    Special
Items


    *

  Excluding
Special Items


    As
Reported


    Special
Items


   *

  Excluding
Special Items


 

Net sales

   $ 413,904     $ —           $ 413,904     $ 276,551     $ —          $ 276,551  

Cost of goods sold (c)

     (324,396 )     (3,549 )   (a,b)     (327,945 )     (220,543 )     —            (220,543 )

Acquisition related cost

     (13,400 )     13,400     (d)     —         —         —            —    

Reduction in force adj.

     199       (199 )   (e)     —         (7,503 )     7,503    (e)     —    

Acquired in-process R & D

     (3,000 )     3,000     (f)     —         —         —            —    

Operating profit **

     21,131       12,652           33,783       15,770       7,503          23,273  

Interest and financing exp.

     (6,250 )     528     (g)     (5,722 )     (1,449 )     —            (1,449 )

Other income (expense), net including minority interest

     (16,977 )     15,712     (h)     (1,265 )     (1,733 )     1,593          (140 )

Income (loss) before income taxes

     (270 )     28,892           28,622       11,658       9,096          20,754  

Net income

   $ 827     $ 19,493         $ 20,320     $ 9,856     $ 4,879        $ 14,735  

Diluted earnings per share

   $ 0.02     $ 0.46         $ 0.48     $ 0.23     $ 0.12        $ 0.35  

*See footnotes to the condensed financial statements

                                                       

**Operating profit by segment:

                                                       

Polymer Additives

   $ 24,279     $ (3,583 )       $ 20,696     $ 14,083     $ 2,931        $ 17,014  

Catalysts

     (2,962 )     16,400           13,438       2,985       —            2,985  

Fine Chemicals

     9,830       (165 )         9,665       6,199       1,814          8,013  

Corporate and other expenses

     (10,016 )     —             (10,016 )     (7,497 )     2,758          (4,739 )
    


 


     


 


 

      


Total

   $ 21,131     $ 12,652         $ 33,783     $ 15,770     $ 7,503        $ 23,273  
    


 


     


 


 

      


 

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Quarterly Results

 

On July 31, 2004, the Company acquired the refinery catalysts business of Akzo Nobel N.V. Following this acquisition, the Company transferred its existing polyolefin catalysts business from its Polymer Chemicals segment, which was renamed Polymer Additives, to a newly created Catalysts segment, which includes the assets the Company acquired from Akzo Nobel. The Company’s operations are now managed and reported as three operating segments: Polymer Additives, Catalysts and Fine Chemicals.

 

Polymer Additives segment net sales, which now exclude the polyolefin catalyst business, were up 31.3 percent for third-quarter 2004 as compared to the corresponding period in 2003, due to strong volume gains across flame retardants and plastic, fuel and lube additives, improved pricing on key products such as CP-2000 ® brominated flame retardants and mineral flame retardants, and the favorable effects of foreign exchange. Polymer Additives operating profit improved 72.4 percent to $24.3 million. Excluding special items, Polymer Additives operating profit improved by $3.7 million or 21.6 percent.

 

Catalysts segment net sales were up $85.8 million for third-quarter 2004 as compared to the corresponding period in 2003, due primarily to the acquisition of the refinery catalysts business from Akzo Nobel. These net sales reflect refinery catalysts sales for August and September and polyolefin catalysts sales for the full three months. Catalysts operating loss was ($3.0 million). Excluding the initial purchase price adjustments for the step-up accounting values assigned to the acquired refinery catalysts business inventory totaling $13.4 million and the write-off of $3.0 million of acquired in-process research and development charges associated the acquisition, Catalysts operating profit was $13.4 million. The results were better than anticipated in both the refinery and polyolefins sectors due to growth in end markets, cost control, and strong demand for fuels.

 

Fine Chemicals segment net sales were up 6.4 percent for third-quarter 2004 as compared to the corresponding period in 2003, driven by strong demand and improved pricing in bromine and derivatives, increased volume and improved product mix in the Fine Chemistry Services and Intermediates product area and the favorable effects of foreign exchange. Fine Chemicals operating profit was up 58.6 percent to $9.8 million compared to third-quarter 2003. Excluding special items, Fine Chemicals operating profit improved by $1.7 million or 20.6 percent.

 

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Other income and expenses for the 2004 third quarter reflects additional acquisition-related charges of $15.7 million on contracts executed to hedge the purchase price for the refinery catalysts business.

 

Commenting on the 2004 third quarter results, Mark C. Rohr, President and CEO of Albemarle Corporation said, “ We are pleased with the progress made in integrating the refinery catalysts business of Akzo Nobel in the third quarter. We believe that these results show strong performance and that we are beginning to see benefits in supply chain and R&D activities. We believe that our heritage Albemarle business performed well in the face of significant headwinds in raw material and energy costs, in addition to the ongoing stranded costs of the zeolite business. Also, our price increase program is contributing to improved margins across each business segment versus one year ago.”

 

The Company’s performance for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2004 will be discussed on a conference call at 1:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time on October 28, 2004, which can be accessed through Albemarle’s Web Page at www.albemarle.com.

 

Albemarle Corporation, headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, is a leading global developer, manufacturer and marketer of highly-engineered specialty chemicals for consumer electronics; petroleum and petrochemical processing; transportation and industrial products; pharmaceuticals; agricultural products; construction and packaging materials. The Company operates in three business segments, Polymer Additives, Catalysts and Fine Chemicals, and serves customers in approximately 100 countries.

 

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Forward-Looking Statements

 

Some of the information presented herein may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations, which are in turn based on assumptions that we believe are reasonable based on our current knowledge of our business and operations. We have used words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “should,” “will” and variations of such words and similar expressions to identify such forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions, which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond our control. There can be no assurance, therefore, that our actual results will not differ materially from the results and expectations expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include, without limitation: 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; changes in our margins; increases in the cost of raw materials and energy, and our inability to pass through such increases; changes in our manufacturing processes; changes in our markets in general; fluctuations in foreign currencies; changes in new product introductions resulting in increases in capital project requests and approvals leading to additional capital spending; changes in laws and regulations; the occurrence of claims or litigation; 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; changes in accounting standards; the integration of the Akzo Nobel refinery catalysts business into our operations; the inability to achieve results from our global manufacturing cost reduction initiatives as well as our ongoing continuous improvement

 

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and rationalization programs; changes in interest rates, to the extent they (1) affect our ability to raise capital or increase our cost of funds, (2) have an impact on the overall performance of our pension fund investments and (3) increase our pension expense and funding obligations; and the other factors detailed from time to time, in the reports we file with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

We assume no obligation to provide revisions to any forward-looking statements should circumstances change, except as otherwise required by securities and other applicable laws.

 

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Albemarle Corporation and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income

(In thousands, except per share amounts) (Unaudited)

 

     Third Quarter Ended September 30

     2004

        2003

     

Net sales

   $ 413,904         $ 276,551      

Cost of goods sold

     324,396     (a,b,c)     220,543     (c)

Acquisition-related cost

     13,400     (d)     —        
    


     


   

Gross profit

     76,108           56,008      

Selling, general and administrative expenses

     43,075           27,965      

Research and development expenses

     9,101           4,770      

Reduction in force adjustments

     (199 )   (e)     7,503     (e)

Acquired in-process research and development charges

     3,000     (f)     —        
    


     


   

Operating profit

     21,131           15,770      

Interest and financing expenses

     (6,250 )   (g)     (1,449 )    

Equity in unconsolidated investments

     1,826           (930 )    

Other income (expense), net including minority interest

     (16,977 )   (h)     (1,733 )    
    


     


   

Income (loss) before income taxes

     (270 )         11,658      

Income taxes (benefits)

     (1,097 )         1,802     (i)
    


     


   

Net income

   $ 827         $ 9,856      
    


     


   

Basic earnings per share:

                        

Net income

   $ 0.02         $ 0.24      
    


     


   

Shares used to compute basic earnings per share

     41,588           41,177      
    


     


   

Diluted earnings per share:

                        

Net income

   $ 0.02         $ 0.23      
    


     


   

Shares used to compute diluted earnings per share

     42,544           42,137      
    


     


   

 

See accompanying notes to the condensed consolidated financial statements following the balance sheets.

 

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Albemarle Corporation and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income

(In thousands, except per share amounts) (Unaudited)

 

     Nine Months Ended September 30

     
     2004

        2003

     

Net sales

   $ 1,062,672         $ 815,113      

Cost of goods sold

     845,952     (a,b,c)     640,331     (c)

Acquisition-related cost

     13,400     (d)     —        
    


     


   

Gross profit

     203,320           174,782      

Selling, general and administrative expenses

     106,078           85,026      

Research and development expenses

     18,768           14,133      

Reduction in force adjustments

     4,858     (e)     7,503     (e)

Acquired in-process research and development charges

     3,000     (f)     —        
    


     


   

Operating profit

     70,616           68,120      

Interest and financing expenses

     (9,168 )   (g)     (4,043 )    

Equity in unconsolidated investments

     2,494           (1,148 )    

Other income (expense), net including minority interest

     (16,026 )   (h)     1,742      
    


     


   

Income before income taxes and cumulative effect of a change in accounting principle, net

     47,916           64,671      

Income taxes

     12,714           7,294     (i)
    


     


   

Income before cumulative effect of a change in accounting principle, net

     35,202           57,377      

Cumulative effect of a change in accounting principle, net

     —             (2,220 )   (j)
    


     


   

Net income

   $ 35,202         $ 55,157      
    


     


   

Basic earnings per share:

                        

Income before cumulative effect of a change in accounting principle

   $ 0.85         $ 1.39      

Cumulative effect of a change in accounting principle, net

     —             (0.05 )   (j)
    


     


   

Net income

   $ 0.85         $ 1.34      
    


     


   

Shares used to compute basic earnings per share

     41,497           41,293      
    


     


   

Diluted earnings per share:

                        

Income before cumulative effect of a change in accounting principle

   $ 0.83         $ 1.36      

Cumulative effect of a change in accounting principle, net

     —             (0.05 )   (j)
    


     


   

Net income

   $ 0.83         $ 1.31      
    


     


   

Shares used to compute diluted earnings per share

     42,342           42,156      
    


     


   

 

See accompanying notes to the condensed consolidated financial statements following the balance sheets.

 

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Albemarle Corporation and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Summary of Segment Results

(In thousands) (Unaudited)

 

     Third Quarter Ended September 30

       
     2004

          2003 (l)

       
     Net Sales

   Income

          Net Sales

   Income

       

Polymer Additives

   $ 185,902    $ 24,279           $ 141,605    $ 14,083        

Catalysts

     106,518      (2,962 )           20,768      2,985        

Fine Chemicals

     121,484      9,830             114,178      6,199        
    

  


       

  


     

Segment totals

   $ 413,904      31,147     (a,b,c,
d,e,f)
 
 
  $ 276,551      23,267     (c,e)  
    

                

              

Corporate and other expenses

            (10,016 )   (c)              (7,497 )   (c)  
           


              


     

Operating profit

            21,131                    15,770        

Interest and financing expenses

            (6,250 )   (g)              (1,449 )      

Equity in unconsolidated investments

            1,826                    (930 )      

Other income (expense), net including minority interest

            (16,977 )   (h)              (1,733 )      
           


              


     

Income (loss) before income taxes

          $ (270 )                $ 11,658        
           


              


     
     Nine Months Ended September 30

       
     2004

          2003 (l)

       
     Net Sales

   Income

          Net Sales

   Income

       

Polymer Additives

   $ 538,631    $ 65,687           $ 397,002    $ 44,064        

Catalysts

     153,795      2,227             62,970      8,244        

Fine Chemicals

     370,246      25,885             355,141      33,924        
    

  


       

  


     

Segment totals

   $ 1,062,672      93,799     (a,b,c,
d,e,f
 
)
  $ 815,113      86,232     (c,e )
    

                

              

Corporate and other expenses

            (23,183 )   (c)              (18,112 )   (c)  
           


              


     

Operating profit

            70,616                    68,120        

Interest and financing expenses

            (9,168 )   (g)              (4,043 )      

Equity in unconsolidated investments

            2,494                    (1,148 )      

Other income (expense), net including minority interest

            (16,026 )   (h)              1,742        
           


              


     

Income before income taxes and cumulative effect of a change in accounting principle, net

          $ 47,916                  $ 64,671        
           


              


     

 

See accompanying notes to the condensed consolidated financial statements following the balance sheets.

 

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Albemarle Corporation and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(In thousands) (Unaudited)

 

     Nine Months Ended
September 30


 
     2004

    2003

 

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year

   $ 35,173     $ 47,784  
    


 


Cash flows from operating activities:

                

Net income

     35,202       55,157  

Cumulative effect of a change in accounting principle, net (j)

     —         2,220  
    


 


Income before cumulative effect of a change in accounting principle, net

     35,202       57,377  

Adjustments to reconcile net income before cumulative effect of a change in accounting principle to cash flows from operating activities:

                

Depreciation and amortization

     69,288       61,765  

Purchased in-process research & development charge

     3,000       —    

Working capital changes, net of the effects of acquisitions

     15,090       4,084  

Increase in income tax receivable (i)

     —         (9,685 )

Increase in prepaid pension assets

     (3,923 )     (5,108 )

Other, net

     12,560       (646 )
    


 


Net cash provided from operating activities

     131,217       107,787  
    


 


Cash flows from investing activities:

                

Capital expenditures

     (37,602 )     (30,307 )

Investments in joint ventures and nonmarketable securities

     (6,742 )     (6,967 )

Acquisition of assets/business, net of cash acquired (k,m)

     (762,378 )     (106,603 )

Payments on hedging of anticipated acquisition purchase price

     (12,848 )     —    

Proceeds from liquidation of investment

     —         4,419  
    


 


Net cash used in investing activities

     (819,570 )     (139,458 )
    


 


Cash flows from financing activities:

                

Proceeds from borrowings

     1,050,946       102,378  

Proceeds from exercise of stock options

     6,762       1,446  

Repayments of long-term debt

     (325,806 )     (53,658 )

Purchases of common stock

     (827 )     (17,588 )

Dividends paid

     (17,982 )     (17,426 )

Dividends paid to minority interest

     (3,269 )     (2,700 )
    


 


Net cash provided from financing activities

     709,824       12,452  
    


 


Net effect of foreign exchange on cash

     4,173       6,419  
    


 


Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

     25,644       (12,800 )
    


 


Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

   $ 60,817     $ 34,984  
    


 


Supplemental noncash disclosures due to change in accounting principle (j):

                

Increase in property, plant and equipment

     —       $ (6,520 )

Increase in accumulated depreciation

             3,083  

Increase in other noncurrent liabilities

     —         6,922  

Decrease in deferred tax liabilities

     —         (1,265 )
    


 


Total

     —       $ 2,220  
    


 


 

See accompanying notes to the condensed consolidated financial statements following the balance sheets.

 

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Albemarle Corporation and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands) (Unaudited)

 

    

September 30,

2004


   December 31,
2003


ASSETS

             

Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 60,817    $ 35,173

Other current assets

     679,549      446,196
    

  

Total current assets

     740,366      481,369
    

  

Property, plant and equipment

     2,019,845      1,605,048

Less accumulated depreciation and amortization

     1,130,671      1,078,043
    

  

Net property, plant and equipment

     889,174      527,005

Other assets and intangibles

     799,600      378,917
    

  

     $ 2,429,140    $ 1,387,291
    

  

LIABILITIES & SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

             

Current liabilities

   $ 817,391    $ 210,071

Long-term debt

     458,219      228,389

Other noncurrent liabilities

     253,775      168,945

Deferred income taxes

     236,152      143,665

Shareholders’ equity

     663,603      636,221
    

  

     $ 2,429,140    $ 1,387,291
    

  

Notes (in thousands, except per share amounts and footnote k):


(a) On August 26, 2004, the Company and an historic insurer settled a dispute related to payments to be made to the Company in connection with insurance coverage for the period 1950 through 2000. Pursuant to the agreement, the Company will receive $6,945 ($4,424 after income taxes, or 10 cents per diluted share) with $4,208 paid at the settlement date and two future payments to be made on February 1, 2005 and 2006.
(b) Cost of goods sold for the three- and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2004 include a charge amounting to $3,396 ($2,163 after income taxes, or five cents per diluted share) related to the establishment of a valuation reserve for the potential recoverability of a claim.
(c) Includes foreign exchange transaction losses of ($625) and ($901), and ($258) and ($92), for the three- and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2004, and 2003, respectively.
(d) Acquisition-related cost totaling $13,400 ($8,536 after income taxes, or 20 cents per diluted share) for the three- and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2004, is made up of the preliminary purchase price allocation increase in inventory associated with the July 31, 2004 acquisition of the Akzo Nobel refinery catalysts business.

 

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(e) Reduction in force adjustments for the three- and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2004, include a $199 adjustment of a reserve for work force reduction. Nine-months period ended September 30, 2004, also includes a second-quarter 2004 charge totaling $550 ($350 after income taxes or one cent per diluted share) related to the cleanup of the Pasadena plant zeolite facility and a first-quarter 2004 charge totaling $4,507 ($2,871 after income taxes or seven cents per diluted share) for layoffs at the zeolite facility and their related SFAS 88 curtailment charge. Reduction in force adjustments for the three- and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2003 totaled $7,503 ($4,780 after income taxes or 12 cents per diluted share) resulted from the acceptance of a voluntary separation package offered by the Company to certain domestic salaried employees.
(f) Acquired in-process research and development charges amounting to $3,000, or seven cents per diluted share, for the three- and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2004, are comprised of the estimated write-off of the deferred research and development costs associated with the acquisition of the Akzo Nobel refinery catalysts business.
(g) Interest and financing expenses for the three- and nine-months periods ended September 30, 2004 include the write off of deferred financing expenses totaling $528 ($336 net of income taxes, or one cent per diluted share) related to the refinancing of the Company’s previous revolving credit agreement.
(h) Other income (expense), net for the three- and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2004 include foreign exchange hedging charges totaling $15,712 ($10,009 after income taxes, or 24 cents per share) and $12,848 ($8,184 after income taxes, or 19 cents per diluted share), respectively associated with contracts exacted by the Company to hedge the purchase price for the acquisition of the Akzo Nobel refinery catalysts business.
(i) Income tax expense for the three- and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2003 benefited from the settlement and internal adjustments related to federal tax years 1996-1999 totaling $916 and $11,988, respectively.
(j) On January 1, 2003, the Company implemented SFAS No. 143, “Accounting for Asset Retirement Obligations,” which addresses financial accounting and reporting for obligations associated with the retirement of tangible long-lived assets and the associated asset retirement costs. The cumulative effect of the implementation of this change in accounting principle was $2,220 net of taxes of $1,265, or five cents per diluted share.
(k) On July 31, 2004, the Company completed the acquisition of the refinery catalysts business of Akzo Nobel for EUR 615.7 million (approximately $763 million at applicable exchange rates) in cash in accordance with an International Share and Business Sale Agreement, dated as of July 16, 2004. In connection with the acquisition, the Company entered into (i) a five-year senior credit agreement, dated as of July 29, 2004 (the “Multi-Year Credit Agreement”), consisting of a $300 million revolving credit facility and a five-year $450 million term loan facility and (ii) a $450 million 364-day loan agreement, dated as of July 29, 2004 (the “364-Day Credit Agreement”). The Company used initial borrowings under the senior Multi-Year Credit Agreement and the 364-Day Credit Agreement to consummate the acquisition, refinance its then-existing credit agreement and pay fees and expenses in connection therewith.

 

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(l) Following the completion of the refinery catalysts business acquisition on July 31, 2004, the Company transferred its existing polyolefin catalysts business from the Polymer Chemicals segment, which was renamed Polymer Additives, to a newly created Catalysts segment, which includes the assets that were acquired from Akzo Nobel. Thereafter, the operations of the Company are managed and reported as three operating segments: Polymer Additives, Catalysts, and Fine Chemicals. Accordingly, certain reclassifications and changes in allocations have been restated in the reported segment results of previous periods herein to conform to the current presentations now being used in three segment operations.
(m) On January 21, 2003, Albemarle acquired Ethyl Corporation’s fuel and lubricant antioxidants working capital, patents and other intellectual property for approximately $27,000 in cash. On July 23, 2003, the Company acquired the phosphorus-based polyurethane flame retardants businesses of Rhodia S.A. for $80,024. On December 2, 2003, the Company acquired the bromine fine chemicals business of Atofina Chemicals, Inc. for $10,146. Effective January 1, 2004, Albemarle announced the formation of Albemarle Korea Corporation and the acquisition of the business and intangible assets of Taerim International Corporation for $1,237 in cash and the assumption of long-term payables amounting to $2,400 on a discounted basis.

 

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Additional information:

 

Set forth below is a reconciliation of net income excluding special items, a non-GAAP financial measure, to net income, the most directly comparable financial measure calculated and reported in accordance with GAAP, for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2004. Certain amounts and percentages may not recalculate due to rounding.

 

For a description of the other non-GAAP financial measures, and reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable financial measures calculated and reported in accordance with GAAP, used by the Company from time to time to assess its operations, please refer to “Disclosure of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” on the Company’s website at www.albemarle.com.

 

In thousands except per-share amounts

(Unaudited)

 

   Third Quarter Ended September 30, 2004

    Third Quarter Ended September 30, 2003

 
   As
Reported


    Special
Items


    *

  Excluding
Special Items


    As
Reported


    Special
Items


   *

  Excluding
Special Items


 

Net sales

   $ 413,904     $ —           $ 413,904     $ 276,551     $ —          $ 276,551  

Cost of goods sold (c)

     (324,396 )     (3,549 )   (a,b)     (327,945 )     (220,543 )     —            (220,543 )

Acquisition related cost

     (13,400 )     13,400     (d)     —         —         —            —    
    


 


     


 


 

      


Gross profit

     76,108       9,851           85,959       56,008                  56,008  

Selling, general and administrative expenses (including FAS No.2 R&D)

     (52,176 )     —             (52,176 )     (32,735 )     —            (32,735 )

Reduction in force adjustments

     199       (199 )   (e)     —         (7,503 )     7,503    (e)     —    

Acquired in process research and development charges

     (3,000 )     3,000     (f)     —         —         —            —    
    


 


     


 


 

      


Operating profit **

     21,131       12,652           33,783       15,770       7,503          23,273  

Interest and financing expenses

     (6,250 )     528     (g)     (5,722 )     (1,449 )     —            (1,449 )

Equity in unconsolidated investments

     1,826       —             1,826       (930 )     —            (930 )

Other income (expense), net including minority interest

     (16,977 )     15,712     (h)     (1,265 )     (1,733 )     1,593          (140 )
    


 


     


 


 

      


Income (loss) before income taxes

     (270 )     28,892           28,622       11,658       9,096          20,754  

Income tax (benefit) expense

     (1,097 )     9,399           8,302       1,802       4,217    (i)     6,019  
    


 


     


 


 

      


Net income

   $ 827     $ 19,493         $ 20,320     $ 9,856     $ 4,879        $ 14,735  
    


 


     


 


 

      


Diluted earnings per share

   $ 0.02     $ 0.46         $ 0.48     $ 0.23     $ 0.12        $ 0.35  
    


 


     


 


 

      



*       See footnotes to condensed financial statements

         

**     Operating profit by segment:

 

                                                       

Polymer Additives

   $ 24,279     $ (3,583 )       $ 20,696     $ 14,083     $ 2,931        $ 17,014  

Catalysts

     (2,962 )     16,400           13,438       2,985       —            2,985  

Fine Chemicals

     9,830       (165 )         9,665       6,199       1,814          8,013  

Corporate and other expenses

     (10,016 )     —             (10,016 )     (7,497 )     2,758          (4,739 )
    


 


     


 


 

      


Total

   $ 21,131     $ 12,652         $ 33,783     $ 15,770     $ 7,503        $ 23,273  
    


 


     


 


 

      


 

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In thousands except per- share amounts

(Unaudited)

   Nine Months Ended September 30, 2004

    Nine Months Ended September 30, 2003

 
    

As

Reported


   

Special

Items


    *

    Excluding
Special Items


    As
Reported


    Special
Items


    *

    Excluding
Special Items


 

Net sales

   $ 1,062,672     $ —             $ 1,062,672     $ 815,113     $ —             $ 815,113  

Cost of goods sold (c)

     (845,952 )     (3,549 )   (a,b )     (849,501 )     (640,331 )     —               (640,331 )

Acquisition related cost

     (13,400 )     13,400     (d )     —         —         —               —    
    


 


       


 


 


       


Gross profit

     203,320       9,851             213,171       174,782                     174,782  

Selling, general and administrative expenses (including FAS No.2 R&D)

     (124,846 )     —               (124,846 )     (99,159 )     —               (99,159 )

Reduction in force adjustments

     (4,858 )     4,858     (e )     —         (7,503 )     7,503     (e )     —    

Acquired in process research and development charges

     (3,000 )     3,000     (f )     —         —         —               —    
    


 


       


 


 


       


Operating profit **

     70,616       17,709             88,325       68,120       7,503             75,623  

Interest and financing expenses

     (9,168 )     528     (g )     (8,640 )     (4,043 )     —               (4,043 )

Equity in unconsolidated investments

     2,494       —               2,494       (1,148 )     —               (1,148 )

Other income (expense), net including minority interest

     (16,026 )     12,848     (h )     (3,178 )     1,742       (2,715 )           (973 )
    


 


       


 


 


       


Income before income taxes and cumulative effect

     47,916       31,085             79,001       64,671       4,788             69,459  

Income tax expense

     12,714       10,196             22,910       7,294       13,725     (i )     21,019  
    


 


       


 


 


       


Income before cumulative effect

     35,202       20,889             56,091       57,377       (8,937 )           48,440  

Cumulative effect, net of taxes

     —         —               —         (2,220 )     2,220     (j )     —    
    


 


       


 


 


       


Net income

   $ 35,202     $ 20,889           $ 56,091     $ 55,157     $ (6,717 )         $ 48,440  
    


 


       


 


 


       


Diluted earnings per share

   $ 0.83     $ 0.49           $ 1.32     $ 1.31     $ (0.16 )         $ 1.15  
    


 


       


 


 


       



*  See footnotes to condensed financial statements

    

 

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