Form 10-Q
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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, D. C. 20549

 

 

FORM 10-Q

 

 

 

x QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For Quarterly Period Ended June 30, 2012

OR

 

¨ TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the transition period from              to             

Commission File Number 1-12658

 

 

ALBEMARLE CORPORATION

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

 

VIRGINIA   54-1692118

(State or other jurisdiction of

incorporation or organization)

 

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)

451 FLORIDA STREET

BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA

  70801
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code - (225) 388-8011

 

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.    Yes  x    No  ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).    Yes  x    No  ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act. (Check one):

 

Large accelerated filer   x    Accelerated filer   ¨
Non-accelerated filer   ¨    Smaller reporting company   ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).    Yes  ¨    No  x

Number of shares of common stock, $.01 par value, outstanding as of July 13, 2012: 89,496,336

 

 

 


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ALBEMARLE CORPORATION

INDEX – FORM 10-Q

 

     Page
Number(s)

PART I.

 

FINANCIAL INFORMATION

  

Item 1.

 

Financial Statements (Unaudited)

  
 

Consolidated Statements of Income – Three Months and Six Months Ended June 30, 2012 and 2011

   3
 

Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income – Three Months and Six Months Ended June 30, 2012 and 2011

   4
 

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets – June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011

   5
 

Consolidated Statements of Changes in Equity – Six Months Ended June 30, 2012 and 2011

   6
 

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows – Six Months Ended June 30, 2012 and 2011

   7
 

Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

   8-18

Item 2.

 

Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

   19-36

Item 3.

 

Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

   36

Item 4.

 

Controls and Procedures

   37

PART II.

 

OTHER INFORMATION

  

Item 1.

 

Legal Proceedings

   37

Item 1A.

 

Risk Factors

   37

Item 2.

 

Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds

   38

Item 6.

 

Exhibits

   38

SIGNATURES

   39

EXHIBITS

  

 

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PART I. FINANCIAL INFORMATION

 

Item 1. Financial Statements (Unaudited).

ALBEMARLE CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

(In Thousands, Except Per Share Amounts)

(Unaudited)

 

     Three Months Ended
June 30,
    Six Months Ended
June 30,
 
     2012     2011     2012     2011  

Net sales

   $ 684,894      $ 742,108      $ 1,396,598      $ 1,438,638   

Cost of goods sold

     442,209        490,159        906,026        953,673   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Gross profit

     242,685        251,949        490,572        484,965   

Selling, general and administrative expenses (Note 13)

     74,624        82,907        155,316        155,946   

Research and development expenses

     20,911        19,947        39,960        37,562   

Restructuring and other charges

     94,703        —          94,703        —     
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Operating profit

     52,447        149,095        200,593        291,457   

Interest and financing expenses

     (8,486     (9,274     (17,220     (18,866

Other expenses, net

     (688     (760     (806     (422
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income before income taxes and equity in net income of unconsolidated investments

     43,273        139,061        182,567        272,169   

Income tax expense

     14,747        30,154        50,213        62,326   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income before equity in net income of unconsolidated investments

     28,526        108,907        132,354        209,843   

Equity in net income of unconsolidated investments (net of tax)

     12,712        14,787        21,298        27,618   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income

     41,238        123,694        153,652        237,461   

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

     (3,506     (9,535     (7,877     (16,722
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income attributable to Albemarle Corporation

   $ 37,732      $ 114,159      $ 145,775      $ 220,739   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Basic earnings per share

   $ 0.42      $ 1.24      $ 1.63      $ 2.41   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Diluted earnings per share

   $ 0.42      $ 1.23      $ 1.62      $ 2.38   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Weighted-average common shares outstanding – basic

     89,414        91,713        89,206        91,673   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Weighted-average common shares outstanding – diluted

     90,051        92,795        89,999        92,656   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash dividends declared per share of common stock

   $ 0.20      $ 0.165      $ 0.40      $ 0.33   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

See accompanying Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

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ALBEMARLE CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

(In Thousands)

(Unaudited)

 

     Three Months Ended
June 30,
    Six Months Ended
June 30,
 
     2012     2011     2012     2011  

Net income

   $ 41,238      $ 123,694      $ 153,652      $ 237,461   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Other comprehensive (loss) income, net of tax:

        

Foreign currency translation

     (55,882     22,559        (26,870     96,536   

Pension and postretirement benefits

     12,203        378        18,242        4,623   

Other

     31        58        66        92   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total other comprehensive (loss) income, net of tax

     (43,648     22,995        (8,562     101,251   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Comprehensive (loss) income

     (2,410     146,689        145,090        338,712   

Comprehensive income attributable to non-controlling interests

     (3,516     (9,532     (8,032     (16,419
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Comprehensive (loss) income attributable to Albemarle Corporation

   $ (5,926   $ 137,157      $ 137,058      $ 322,293   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

See accompanying Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

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ALBEMARLE CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In Thousands)

(Unaudited)

 

     June 30,
2012
    December 31,
2011
 

Assets

    

Current assets:

    

Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 461,751      $ 469,416   

Trade accounts receivable, less allowance for doubtful accounts (2012 – $1,568; 2011 – $2,709)

     379,260        355,372   

Other accounts receivable

     36,887        36,199   

Inventories

     499,680        431,495   

Other current assets

     74,097        63,138   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total current assets

     1,451,675        1,355,620   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment, at cost

     2,725,084        2,619,428   

Less accumulated depreciation and amortization

     1,548,114        1,489,948   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net property, plant and equipment

     1,176,970        1,129,480   

Investments

     196,095        198,427   

Other assets

     115,156        116,871   

Goodwill

     265,649        273,145   

Other intangibles, net of amortization

     97,162        130,281   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total assets

   $ 3,302,707      $ 3,203,824   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Liabilities And Equity

    

Current liabilities:

    

Accounts payable

   $ 194,905      $ 184,472   

Accrued expenses

     184,657        175,257   

Current portion of long-term debt

     12,572        14,416   

Dividends payable

     17,554        15,237   

Income taxes payable

     3,615        11,796   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total current liabilities

     413,303        401,178   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Long-term debt

     742,252        749,257   

Postretirement benefits

     53,184        57,588   

Pension benefits

     116,902        127,964   

Other noncurrent liabilities

     112,921        111,107   

Deferred income taxes

     70,501        77,903   

Commitments and contingencies (Note 8)

    

Equity:

    

Albemarle Corporation shareholders’ equity:

    

Common stock, $.01 par value, issued and outstanding – 89,484 in 2012 and 88,841 in 2011

     895        888   

Additional paid-in capital

     28,257        15,194   

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

     (231,639     (222,922

Retained earnings

     1,908,177        1,798,117   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total Albemarle Corporation shareholders’ equity

     1,705,690        1,591,277   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Noncontrolling interests

     87,954        87,550   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total equity

     1,793,644        1,678,827   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total liabilities and equity

   $ 3,302,707      $ 3,203,824   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

See accompanying Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CHANGES IN EQUITY

(Unaudited)

 

    Common Stock     Additional
Paid-in
   

Accumulated

Other
Comprehensive

    Retained    

Total

Albemarle
Shareholders’

    Non-controlling     Total  

(In Thousands, Except Share Data)

  Shares     Amounts     Capital     (Loss) Income     Earnings     Equity     Interests     Equity  

Balance at January 1, 2012

    88,841,240      $ 888      $ 15,194      $ (222,922 )   $ 1,798,117      $ 1,591,277      $ 87,550      $ 1,678,827   

Net income

            145,775        145,775        7,877        153,652   

Other comprehensive (loss) income

          (8,717       (8,717     155        (8,562

Cash dividends declared

            (35,715     (35,715     (7,628     (43,343

Stock-based compensation and other

        10,004            10,004          10,004   

Exercise of stock options

    656,235        7        13,423            13,430          13,430   

Shares repurchased

    (215,000     (2     (13,693         (13,695       (13,695

Tax benefit related to stock plans

        12,329            12,329          12,329   

Issuance of common stock, net

    339,620        3        (3         —            —     

Shares withheld for withholding taxes associated with common stock issuances

    (137,759     (1     (8,997         (8,998       (8,998
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Balance at June 30, 2012

    89,484,336      $ 895      $ 28,257      $ (231,639   $ 1,908,177      $ 1,705,690      $ 87,954      $ 1,793,644   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Balance at January 1, 2011

    91,593,984      $ 916      $ 18,835      $ (164,196 )   $ 1,560,519      $ 1,416,074      $ 59,672      $ 1,475,746   

Net income

            220,739        220,739        16,722        237,461   

Other comprehensive income (loss)

          101,554          101,554        (303     101,251   

Cash dividends declared

            (30,260     (30,260       (30,260

Stock-based compensation and other

        12,917            12,917          12,917   

Exercise of stock options

    86,850        —          1,082            1,082          1,082   

Tax benefit related to stock plans

        5,694            5,694          5,694   

Issuance of common stock, net

    86,713        1        (1         —            —     

Shares withheld for withholding taxes associated with common stock issuances

    (29,557     —          (1,772         (1,772       (1,772
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Balance at June 30, 2011

    91,737,990      $ 917      $ 36,755      $ (62,642 )   $ 1,750,998      $ 1,726,028      $ 76,091      $ 1,802,119   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

See accompanying Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

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CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(In Thousands)

(Unaudited)

 

     Six Months Ended
June 30,
 
     2012     2011  

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year

   $ 469,416      $ 529,650   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash flows from operating activities:

    

Net income

     153,652        237,461   

Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash flows from operating activities:

    

Depreciation and amortization

     49,449        47,310   

Restructuring and other charges

     94,703        —     

Stock-based compensation

     10,730        13,892   

Excess tax benefits realized from stock-based compensation arrangements

     (12,329     (5,694

Equity in net income of unconsolidated investments (net of tax)

     (21,298     (27,618

Dividends received from unconsolidated investments and nonmarketable securities

     16,769        13,054   

Pension and postretirement expense

     19,070        13,671   

Pension and postretirement contributions

     (4,612     (55,751

Unrealized gain on investments in marketable securities

     (470     (1,910

Deferred income taxes

     (5,826     18,388   

Working capital changes, net of effects of restructuring and other charges

     (122,146     (98,796

Other, net

     7,217        (7,837
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash provided by operating activities

     184,909        146,170   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash flows from investing activities:

    

Capital expenditures

     (126,623     (67,627

Cash payments related to acquisitions and other

     (2,384     (5,908

(Investments in) sales of marketable securities, net

     (1,235     1,807   

Long-term advances to joint venture

     (10,000     —     

Investments in equity and other corporate investments

     —          (10,868
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash used in investing activities

     (140,242     (82,596
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities:

    

Repayments of long-term debt

     (9,383     (105,206

Proceeds from borrowings

     614        14,558   

Dividends paid to shareholders

     (33,399     (27,960

Dividends paid to noncontrolling interests

     (7,628     —     

Repurchases of common stock

     (13,695     —     

Proceeds from exercise of stock options

     13,430        1,082   

Excess tax benefits realized from stock-based compensation arrangements

     12,329        5,694   

Withholding taxes paid on stock-based compensation award distributions

     (8,998     (1,772
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash used in financing activities

     (46,730     (113,604
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net effect of foreign exchange on cash and cash equivalents

     (5,602     11,095   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Decrease in cash and cash equivalents

     (7,665     (38,935
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

   $ 461,751      $ 490,715   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

See accompanying Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

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Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

NOTE 1—Basis of Presentation:

In the opinion of management, the accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements of Albemarle Corporation and our wholly-owned, majority-owned and controlled subsidiaries (collectively, “Albemarle,” “we,” “us,” “our” or “the Company”) contain all adjustments necessary for a fair statement, in all material respects, of our condensed consolidated balance sheets as of June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, our consolidated statements of income and consolidated statements of comprehensive income for the three-month and six-month periods ended June 30, 2012 and 2011 and our condensed consolidated statements of cash flows and consolidated statements of changes in equity for the six-month periods ended June 30, 2012 and 2011. All adjustments are of a normal and recurring nature. These unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and notes thereto included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011, which was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, or the SEC, on February 22, 2012. The December 31, 2011 consolidated balance sheet data herein was derived from audited financial statements, but does not include all disclosures required by generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, in the United States, or the U.S. The results of operations for the three-month and six-month periods ended June 30, 2012 are not necessarily indicative of the results to be expected for the full year. Certain reclassifications have been made to the accompanying consolidated financial statements and the notes thereto to conform to the current presentation.

NOTE 2—Foreign Exchange:

Our consolidated statements of income include foreign exchange transaction losses of $1.6 million and $3.4 million for the three-month and six-month periods ended June 30, 2012, respectively, and $1.5 million and $2.1 million for the three-month and six-month periods ended June 30, 2011, respectively.

NOTE 3—Income Taxes:

The effective income tax rate for the three-month and six-month periods ended June 30, 2012 was 34.1% and 27.5%, respectively, compared to 21.7% and 22.9% for the three-month and six-month periods ended June 30, 2011, respectively. The Company’s effective income tax rate fluctuates based on, among other factors, our level and location of income. The difference between the U.S. federal statutory income tax rate and our effective income tax rate for the 2012 and 2011 periods is mainly due to the impact of earnings from outside the U.S. Our effective income tax rate for the 2012 periods was also impacted by $94.7 million in pre-tax charges ($73.6 million after income taxes) associated with our exit of the phosphorous flame retardants business (see Note 13).

 

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Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements—(Continued)

(Unaudited)

 

NOTE 4—Earnings Per Share:

Basic and diluted earnings per share for the three-month and six-month periods ended June 30, 2012 and 2011 are calculated as follows:

 

     Three Months Ended
June 30,
     Six Months Ended
June 30,
 
     2012      2011      2012      2011  
     (In thousands, except per share amounts)  

Basic earnings per share

           

Numerator:

           

Net income attributable to Albemarle Corporation

   $ 37,732       $ 114,159       $ 145,775       $ 220,739   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Denominator:

           

Weighted-average common shares for basic earnings per share

     89,414         91,713         89,206         91,673   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Basic earnings per share

   $ 0.42       $ 1.24       $ 1.63       $ 2.41   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Diluted earnings per share

           

Numerator:

           

Net income attributable to Albemarle Corporation

   $ 37,732       $ 114,159       $ 145,775       $ 220,739   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Denominator:

           

Weighted-average common shares for basic earnings per share

     89,414         91,713         89,206         91,673   

Incremental shares under stock compensation plans

     637         1,082         793         983   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total shares

     90,051         92,795         89,999         92,656   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Diluted earnings per share

   $ 0.42       $ 1.23       $ 1.62       $ 2.38   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

On February 15, 2012, the Company increased the regular quarterly dividend by 14% to $0.20 per share. On May 9, 2012, the Company declared a cash dividend of $0.20 per share, which was paid on July 1, 2012 to shareholders of record at the close of business as of June 15, 2012. On July 12, 2012, the Company declared a cash dividend of $0.20 per share, which is payable on October 1, 2012 to shareholders of record at the close of business as of September 14, 2012.

During the three and six months ended June 30, 2012, we repurchased 215,000 shares of our common stock for $13.7 million pursuant to the terms of our share repurchase program. As of June 30, 2012, there were 4,785,000 shares available for repurchase under our authorized share repurchase plan.

NOTE 5—Inventories:

The following table provides a breakdown of inventories at June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011:

 

     June 30,
2012
     December 31,
2011
 
     (In thousands)  

Finished goods

   $ 369,466       $ 311,869   

Raw materials

     85,598         74,809   

Stores, supplies and other

     44,616         44,817   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total inventories

   $ 499,680       $ 431,495   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

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Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements—(Continued)

(Unaudited)

 

NOTE 6—Investments:

During the second quarter of 2012, we and our joint venture partner each advanced $10.0 million to our 50%-owned joint venture, Saudi Organometallic Chemicals Company (SOCC), pursuant to a long-term loan arrangement whereby the joint venture partners are equally committed to provide funding up to a maximum of $22.5 million each. The proceeds under this arrangement are for the construction of SOCC’s aluminum alkyls manufacturing facility. Our loan bears quarterly interest at the London Inter-Bank Offered Rate (LIBOR) plus 1.275% per annum (1.74% as of June 30, 2012), with interest receivable on a semi-annual basis on January 1 and July 1. Principal repayments on amounts outstanding under this arrangement are required as mutually agreed upon by the joint venture partners, but with any outstanding balances receivable in full no later than December 31, 2021. The $10.0 million loan receivable outstanding at June 30, 2012 has been recorded in Other assets in our condensed consolidated balance sheet. The recorded value of this receivable approximates fair value as it bears interest based on prevailing variable market rates.

Additionally, during the six months ended June 30, 2011, we made approximately $10.9 million in capital contributions to SOCC. We have made no additional capital contributions to SOCC during the year 2012.

The carrying value of our unconsolidated investment in Stannica LLC, a variable interest entity for which we are not the primary beneficiary, was $6.5 million and $7.3 million at June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively. Our maximum exposure to loss in connection with our continuing involvement with Stannica LLC is limited to our investment carrying value.

NOTE 7—Long-Term Debt:

Long-term debt at June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011 consisted of the following:

 

     June 30,
2012
     December 31,
2011
 
     (In thousands)  

Variable-rate domestic bank loans

   $ 7       $ —     

5.10% Senior notes, net of unamortized discount of $86 at June 30, 2012 and $103 at December 31, 2011

     324,914         324,897   

4.50% Senior notes, net of unamortized discount of $2,657 at June 30, 2012 and $2,814 at December 31, 2011

     347,343         347,186   

Fixed rate foreign borrowings

     22,180         24,778   

Capital lease obligation

     —           2,006   

Variable-rate foreign bank loans

     59,986         64,326   

Miscellaneous

     394         480   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total long-term debt

     754,824         763,673   

Less amounts due within one year

     12,572         14,416   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Long-term debt, less current portion

   $ 742,252       $ 749,257   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

NOTE 8—Commitments and Contingencies:

We had the following activity in our recorded environmental liabilities for the six months ended June 30, 2012, as follows (in thousands):

 

Beginning balance at December 31, 2011

   $ 12,359   

Expenditures

     (755

Changes in estimates recorded to earnings and other

     127   

Exit of phosphorous flame retardants business

     8,700   

Foreign currency translation

     (343
  

 

 

 

Ending balance at June 30, 2012

     20,088   

Less amounts reported in Accrued expenses

     1,622   
  

 

 

 

Amounts reported in Other noncurrent liabilities

   $ 18,466   
  

 

 

 

The amounts recorded represent our future remediation and other anticipated environmental liabilities. Approximately $7.9 million of our recorded liability is related to the closure and post-closure activities at a former landfill associated with our

 

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(Unaudited)

 

Bergheim, Germany site, which was recorded at the time of our acquisition of this site in 2001. This closure project has been approved under the authority of the governmental permit for this site and is scheduled for completion in 2017, with post-closure monitoring to occur for 30 years thereafter. The remainder of our recorded liability is associated with sites that are being evaluated under governmental authority but for which final remediation plans have not yet been approved. These liabilities typically arise during the normal course of our operational and environmental management activities or at the time of acquisition of the site, and are based on internal analysis as well as input from outside consultants. As evaluations proceed at each relevant site, changes in risk assessment practices, remediation techniques and regulatory requirements can occur, therefore such liability estimates may be adjusted accordingly. The timing and duration of remediation activities at these sites will be determined when evaluations are completed. Although it is difficult to quantify the potential financial impact of these remediation liabilities, management estimates (based on the latest available information) that there is a reasonable possibility that future environmental remediation costs associated with our past operations, in excess of amounts already recorded, could be up to approximately $15 million before income taxes.

In connection with the remediation activities at our Bergheim, Germany site as required by the German environmental authorities, we have pledged certain of our land and housing facilities at this site with a recorded value of $5.6 million.

During the second quarter of 2012, the Company recorded $8.7 million in estimated site remediation liabilities at our Avonmouth, United Kingdom site as part of the charges associated with our exit of the phosphorus flame retardant business. Included in these estimated charges are anticipated costs of site investigation, remediation and cleanup activities. We are in the process of reviewing our investigation and remediation plans with local government authorities. Based on current information about site conditions, we anticipate this investigation and remediation program to be substantially complete by the end of 2013.

We believe that any sum we may be required to pay in connection with environmental remediation matters in excess of the amounts recorded should occur over a period of time and should not have a material adverse effect upon our results of operations, financial condition or cash flows on a consolidated annual basis, although any such sum could have a material adverse impact on our results of operations, financial condition or cash flows in a particular quarterly reporting period.

On July 3, 2006, we received a Notice of Violation (the 2006 NOV) from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 4, or EPA, regarding the implementation of the Pharmaceutical Maximum Achievable Control Technology standards at our plant in Orangeburg, South Carolina. The alleged violations involve (i) the applicability of the specific regulations to certain intermediates manufactured at the plant, (ii) failure to comply with certain reporting requirements, (iii) improper evaluation and testing to properly implement the regulations and (iv) the sufficiency of the leak detection and repair program at the plant. In the second quarter of 2011, the Company was served with a complaint by the EPA in the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, based on the alleged violations set out in the 2006 NOV seeking civil penalties and injunctive relief. The complaint was subsequently amended to add the State of South Carolina as a plaintiff. We intend to vigorously defend this action. Any settlement or finding adverse to us could result in the payment by us of fines, penalties, capital expenditures, or some combination thereof. At this time, it is not possible to predict with any certainty the outcome of this litigation or the financial impact which may result therefrom. However, we do not expect any financial impact to have a material adverse effect on the Company’s results of operations, financial condition or cash flows.

In addition, we are involved from time to time in legal proceedings of types regarded as common in our business, including administrative or judicial proceedings seeking remediation under environmental laws, such as the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, commonly known as CERCLA or Superfund, products liability, breach of contract liability and premises liability litigation. Where appropriate, we may establish financial reserves as estimated by our general counsel for such proceedings. We also maintain insurance to mitigate certain of such risks. Costs for legal services are generally expensed as incurred.

We have contracts with certain of our customers, which serve as guarantees on product delivery and performance according to customer specifications that can cover both shipments on an individual basis as well as blanket coverage of multiple shipments under customer supply contracts that are executed through certain financial institutions. The financial coverage provided by these guarantees is typically based on a percentage of net sales value.

 

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Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements—(Continued)

(Unaudited)

 

NOTE 9—Operating Segments:

Segment income represents operating profit (adjusted for significant non-recurring items) and equity in net income of unconsolidated investments and is reduced by net income attributable to noncontrolling interests. Segment data includes intersegment transfers of raw materials at cost and allocations for certain corporate costs.

Summarized financial information concerning our reportable segments is shown in the following table. Corporate & other includes corporate-related items not allocated to the reportable segments.

 

     Three Months Ended
June 30,
    Six Months Ended
June 30,
 
     2012     2011     2012     2011  
     (In thousands)  

Net sales:

        

Polymer Solutions

   $ 247,016      $ 290,450      $ 475,147      $ 548,673   

Catalysts

     229,144        266,851        522,666        527,808   

Fine Chemistry

     208,734        184,807        398,785        362,157   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total net sales

   $ 684,894      $ 742,108      $ 1,396,598      $ 1,438,638   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Segment operating profit:

        

Polymer Solutions

   $ 61,811      $ 78,850      $ 114,523      $ 148,681   

Catalysts

     56,304        53,438        131,719        115,569   

Fine Chemistry

     47,583        42,635        89,507        76,594   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total segment operating profit

     165,698        174,923        335,749        340,844   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Equity in net income of unconsolidated investments:

        

Polymer Solutions

     1,913        2,650        3,758        5,139   

Catalysts

     10,799        12,165        17,540        22,626   

Fine Chemistry

     —          —          —          —     

Corporate & Other

     —          (28     —          (147
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total equity in net income of unconsolidated investments

     12,712        14,787        21,298        27,618   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net (income) loss attributable to noncontrolling interests:

        

Polymer Solutions

     349        (4,333     (653     (7,179

Catalysts

     —          —          —          —     

Fine Chemistry

     (3,832     (5,225     (7,204     (9,650

Corporate & Other

     (23     23        (20     107   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

     (3,506     (9,535     (7,877     (16,722
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Segment income:

        

Polymer Solutions

     64,073        77,167        117,628        146,641   

Catalysts

     67,103        65,603        149,259        138,195   

Fine Chemistry

     43,751        37,410        82,303        66,944   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total segment income

     174,927        180,180        349,190        351,780   

Corporate & other

     (18,571     (25,833     (40,473     (49,427

Restructuring and other charges(a)

     (94,703     —          (94,703     —     

Interest and financing expenses

     (8,486     (9,274     (17,220     (18,866

Other expenses, net

     (688     (760     (806     (422

Income tax expense

     (14,747     (30,154     (50,213     (62,326
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income attributable to Albemarle Corporation

   $ 37,732      $ 114,159      $ 145,775      $ 220,739   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

(a) The three-month and six-month periods ended June 30, 2012 include charges amounting to $94,703 ($73,590 after income taxes) in connection with our exit of the phosphorous flame retardants business.

 

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(Unaudited)

 

NOTE 10—Pension Plans and Other Postretirement Benefits:

The following information is provided for domestic and foreign pension and postretirement defined benefit plans:

 

     Three Months Ended
June 30,
    Six Months Ended
June 30,
 
     2012     2011     2012     2011  
     (In thousands)  

Net Periodic Pension Benefit Cost (Credit):

        

Service cost

   $ 3,044      $ 3,503      $ 6,217      $ 6,435   

Interest cost

     7,982        8,385        16,195        16,461   

Expected return on assets

     (11,649     (12,167     (23,279     (24,286

Amortization of prior service benefit

     (225     (231     (486     (476

Amortization of net loss

     8,996        6,614        18,100        13,107   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total net periodic pension benefit cost

   $ 8,148      $ 6,104      $ 16,747      $ 11,241   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net Periodic Postretirement Benefit Cost (Credit):

        

Service cost

   $ 87      $ 7      $ 137      $ 132   

Interest cost

     736        852        1,586        1,697   

Expected return on assets

     (119     (144     (244     (255

Amortization of prior service benefit

     (23     (250     (48     (349

Amortization of net loss

     217        639        892        1,205   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total net periodic postretirement benefit cost

   $ 898      $ 1,104      $ 2,323      $ 2,430   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total net periodic pension and postretirement benefit cost

   $ 9,046      $ 7,208      $ 19,070      $ 13,671   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

We have made contributions of $1.3 million and $2.7 million to our qualified and nonqualified pension plans during the three-month and six-month periods ended June 30, 2012, respectively. Also, we made $2.8 million and $53.6 million in contributions to our qualified and nonqualified pension plans during the three-month and six-month periods ended June 30, 2011, respectively.

We paid $0.8 million and $1.9 million in premiums to the U.S. postretirement benefit plan during the three-month and six-month periods ended June 30, 2012, respectively. Also, we paid $0.9 million and $2.1 million in premiums to the U.S. postretirement benefit plan during the three-month and six-month periods ended June 30, 2011, respectively.

NOTE 11—Fair Value of Financial Instruments:

In assessing the fair value of financial instruments, we use methods and assumptions that are based on market conditions and other risk factors existing at the time of assessment. Fair value information for our financial instruments is as follows:

Long-Term Debt—The carrying value of long-term debt reported in the accompanying condensed consolidated balance sheets, with the exception of the 4.50% and 5.10% senior notes and the foreign currency denominated debt at Jordan Bromine Company Limited, approximates fair value as substantially all of the long-term debt bears interest based on prevailing variable market rates currently available in the countries in which we have borrowings. The fair values of the 4.50% and 5.10% senior notes are estimated using Level 1 inputs and account for the majority of the difference between the recorded amount and fair value of our long-term debt.

 

     June 30, 2012      December 31, 2011  
     Recorded
Amount
     Fair Value      Recorded
Amount
     Fair Value  
     (In thousands)  

Long-term debt

   $ 754,824       $ 813,920       $ 763,673       $ 819,854   

 

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(Unaudited)

 

Foreign Currency Forward Contracts—We enter into foreign currency forward contracts in connection with our risk management strategies in an attempt to minimize the financial impact of changes in foreign currency exchange rates. These derivative financial instruments are used to manage risk and are not used for trading or other speculative purposes. The fair values of our foreign currency forward contracts are estimated based on current settlement values. At June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, we had outstanding foreign currency forward contracts with notional values totaling $175.8 million and $148.7 million, respectively. At June 30, 2012, $0.1 million was included in Other accounts receivable and $0.6 million was included in Accrued expenses associated with the fair value of our foreign currency forward contracts. At December 31, 2011, $0.9 million was included in Accrued expenses associated with the fair value of our foreign currency forward contracts.

Gains and losses on foreign currency forward contracts are recognized currently in Other expenses, net; further, fluctuations in the value of these contracts are generally offset by the changes in the value of the underlying exposures being hedged. For the three-month and six-month periods ended June 30, 2012, we recognized losses of $5.4 million and $4.1 million, respectively, in Other expenses, net in our consolidated statements of income related to the change in the fair value of our foreign currency forward contracts. For the three-month and six-month periods ended June 30, 2011, we recognized a loss of $0.1 million and a gain of $5.7 million, respectively, in Other expenses, net in our consolidated statements of income related to the change in the fair value of our foreign currency forward contracts. These amounts are substantially offset by changes in the value of the underlying exposures being hedged which are also reported in Other expenses, net. Also, for the six-month periods ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, we recorded $4.1 million and $(5.7) million, respectively, related to the change in the fair value of our foreign currency forward contracts, and cash settlements of $(4.5) million and $0.7 million, respectively, in Other, net in our condensed consolidated statements of cash flows.

NOTE 12—Fair Value Measurement:

Fair value is defined as the price that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date (exit price). The inputs used to measure fair value are classified into the following hierarchy:

 

Level 1    Unadjusted quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities
Level 2    Unadjusted quoted prices in active markets for similar assets or liabilities, or unadjusted quoted prices for identical or similar assets or liabilities in markets that are not active, or inputs other than quoted prices that are observable for the asset or liability
Level 3    Unobservable inputs for the asset or liability

We endeavor to utilize the best available information in measuring fair value. Financial assets and liabilities are classified in their entirety based on the lowest level of input that is significant to the fair value measurement. The following tables set forth our financial assets and liabilities that were accounted for at fair value on a recurring basis as of June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011 (in thousands):

 

         June 30,    
2012
     Quoted
Prices in
Active
Markets
for
Identical
Items

(Level 1)
     Quoted
Prices in
Active
Markets
for
Similar
Items

(Level 2)
 

Assets:

        

Investments under executive deferred compensation plan(a)

   $ 18,481       $ 18,481       $ —     

Equity securities(b)

   $ 27       $ 27       $ —     

Foreign currency forward contracts(c)

   $ 122       $ —         $ 122   

Liabilities:

        

Obligations under executive deferred compensation plan(a)

   $ 18,481       $ 18,481       $ —     

Foreign currency forward contracts(c)

   $ 557       $ —         $ 557   

 

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(Unaudited)

 

     December 31,
2011
     Quoted
Prices in
Active
Markets
for
Identical
Items

(Level 1)
     Quoted
Prices in
Active
Markets
for
Similar
Items

(Level 2)
 

Assets:

        

Investments under executive deferred compensation plan(a)

   $ 16,786       $ 16,786       $ —     

Equity securities(b)

   $ 17       $ 17       $ —     

Liabilities:

        

Obligations under executive deferred compensation plan(a)

   $ 16,786       $ 16,786       $ —     

Foreign currency forward contracts(c)

   $ 869       $ —         $ 869   

 

(a) We maintain an Executive Deferred Compensation Plan, or the Plan, that was adopted in 2001 and subsequently amended. The purpose of the Plan is to provide current tax planning opportunities as well as supplemental funds upon the retirement or death of certain of our employees. The Plan is intended to aid in attracting and retaining employees of exceptional ability by providing them with these benefits. We also maintain a Benefit Protection Trust, or the Trust, that was created to provide a source of funds to assist in meeting the obligations of the Plan, subject to the claims of our creditors in the event of our insolvency. Assets of the Trust are consolidated in accordance with authoritative guidance. The assets of the Trust consist primarily of mutual fund investments (which are accounted for as trading securities and are marked-to-market on a monthly basis through the consolidated statements of income) and cash and cash equivalents. As such, these assets and obligations are classified within Level 1.
(b) Our investments in equity securities are classified as available-for-sale and are reported in Investments in the condensed consolidated balance sheets. The changes in fair value are reported in Other within Other comprehensive income in our statements of comprehensive income. These securities are classified within Level 1.
(c) As a result of our global operating and financing activities, we are exposed to market risks from changes in interest and foreign currency exchange rates, which may adversely affect our operating results and financial position. When deemed appropriate, we minimize our risks from interest and foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations through the use of derivative financial instruments. The foreign currency forward contracts are valued using broker quotations or market transactions in either the listed or over-the-counter markets. As such, these derivative instruments are classified within Level 2.

 

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(Unaudited)

 

NOTE 13—Restructuring and Other

The three-month and six-month periods ended June 30, 2012 include charges amounting to $94.7 million ($73.6 million after income taxes) in connection with our exit of the phosphorous flame retardants business, whose products were sourced mainly at our Avonmouth, United Kingdom and Nanjing, China manufacturing sites. The charges are comprised mainly of non-cash items consisting of net asset write-offs of approximately $57 million and write-offs of foreign currency translation adjustments of approximately $12 million, as well as accruals for future cash costs associated with related severance programs of approximately $13 million, estimated site remediation costs of approximately $9 million and other estimated exit costs of approximately $4 million. Cash payments in connection with this business exit are anticipated to be made through the expected restructuring plan completion date during the year 2014.

We had the following activity in our recorded workforce reduction liabilities for the six months ended June 30, 2012 (in thousands):

 

Beginning balance at December 31, 2011

   $ 4,780   

Workforce reduction charges(a)

     13,141   

Payments

     (2,010

Amount reversed to income

     (19

Foreign currency translation

     (95
  

 

 

 

Ending balance at June 30, 2012

     15,797   

Less amounts reported in Accrued expenses

     13,931   
  

 

 

 

Amounts reported in Other noncurrent liabilities

   $ 1,866   
  

 

 

 

 

(a) The six months ended June 30, 2012 includes a charge of $13.1 million relating to reduction in force liabilities associated with our exit of the phosphorous flame retardants business noted above. The majority of the payments for this liability are expected to occur in 2012.

Also, the six months ended June 30, 2012 includes a gain of $8.1 million ($5.1 million after income taxes) resulting from proceeds received in connection with the settlement of certain commercial litigation (net of estimated reimbursement of related legal fees of approximately $0.9 million). The litigation involved claims and cross-claims relating to alleged breaches of a purchase and sale agreement. The settlement resolves all outstanding issues and claims between the parties and they agreed to dismiss all outstanding litigation and release all existing and potential claims against each other that were or could have been asserted in the litigation. The six months ended June 30, 2012 also includes an $8 million ($5.1 million after income taxes) charitable contribution to the Albemarle Foundation, a non-profit organization that sponsors grants, health and social projects, educational initiatives, disaster relief, matching gift programs, scholarships and other charitable initiatives in locations where our employees live and operate. These items are included in our consolidated Selling, general and administrative expenses for the six months ended June 30, 2012.

 

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(Unaudited)

 

NOTE 14—Other Comprehensive (Loss) Income:

The amount of income tax (expense) benefit allocated to each component of Other comprehensive income for the three-month and six-month periods ended June 30, 2012 and 2011 is provided in the following:

 

     Three Months Ended June 30,  
     2012     2011  
     (In thousands)  
     Foreign
Currency
Translation(a)
    Pension
and Post-
retirement
Benefits
    Other     Foreign
Currency
Translation
    Pension
and Post-
retirement
Benefits
    Other  

Other comprehensive (loss) income, before tax

   $ (57,622     19,248      $   51      $ 23,562      $    544      $   93   

Income tax (expense) benefit

     1,740        (7,045     (20     (1,003     (166     (35
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Other comprehensive (loss) income, net of tax

   $ (55,882     12,203      $ 31      $ 22,559      $ 378      $ 58   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

     Six Months Ended June 30,  
     2012     2011  
     (In thousands)  
     Foreign
Currency
Translation(a)
    Pension
and Post-
retirement
Benefits
    Other     Foreign
Currency
Translation
     Pension
and Post-
retirement
Benefits
    Other  

Other comprehensive (loss) income, before tax

   $ (28,702   $ 28,743      $ 106      $ 94,908       $ 7,242      $ 148   

Income tax (expense) benefit

     1,832        (10,501     (40     1,628         (2,619     (56
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Other comprehensive (loss) income, net of tax

   $ (26,870   $ 18,242      $ 66      $ 96,536       $ 4,623      $ 92   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

(a) The three-month and six-month periods ended June 30, 2012 include a non-cash write-off of foreign currency translation adjustments of $12.3 million from Accumulated other comprehensive loss in connection with our exit of the phosphorous flame retardants business (see Note 13) in accordance with current accounting guidance.

NOTE 15—Recently Issued Accounting Pronouncements:

In October 2009, the Financial Accounting Standards Board, or FASB, issued new accounting guidance relating to separating consideration in multiple-deliverable revenue arrangements. Under this guidance, multiple-deliverable arrangements will be accounted for separately (rather than on a combined basis) by selecting the best evidence of selling price among vendor-specific objective evidence, third-party evidence or estimated selling price. This new guidance, effective for fiscal years beginning on or after June 15, 2010, did not have a material effect on our consolidated financial statements.

In January 2010, new accounting guidance was issued by the FASB that requires additional disclosures about amounts of significant transfers in and out of Level 1 and Level 2 fair value measurements and the reasons therefor. Additionally, entities are now required to present information about purchases, sales, issuances and settlements separately in the reconciliation of fair value measurements using significant unobservable (Level 3) inputs. The amendments also clarified that entities should provide fair value measurement disclosures for each class, or subset, of assets or liabilities within a line item in the statement of financial position, and entities should disclose information about inputs and valuation techniques for Level 2 and Level 3 fair value measurements, whether recurring or nonrecurring. These amendments were effective for interim and annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2009, except for the disclosures about purchases, sales, issuances and settlements in the reconciliation of fair value measurements using Level 3 inputs, which were effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2010 and for interim periods within those fiscal years. The provisions of this guidance did not have a have a material effect on our consolidated financial statements.

In December 2010, the FASB amended its accounting guidance related to the disclosure of pro forma information for business combinations. Under the amended guidance, a public entity that presents comparative financial statements must

 

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ALBEMARLE CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements—(Continued)

(Unaudited)

 

disclose the revenue and earnings of the combined entity as though the business combination(s) that occurred during the current year had occurred as of the beginning of the prior annual reporting period. The amendments also require public entities to provide a description of the nature and amount of any material, nonrecurring pro forma adjustments directly attributable to business combination(s) that are included in the reported pro forma revenue and earnings. These amendments became effective for us on January 1, 2011 and did not have a material impact on our consolidated financial statements.

In May 2011, the FASB issued additional authoritative guidance relating to fair value measurement and disclosure requirements. For fair value measurements categorized in Level 3 of the fair value hierarchy, the new guidance requires: (1) disclosure of quantitative information about unobservable inputs; (2) a description of the valuation processes used by the entity; and (3) a qualitative discussion about the sensitivity of the fair value measurement to changes in unobservable inputs and the interrelationships between those unobservable inputs, if any. Entities must report the level in the fair value hierarchy of assets and liabilities that are not recorded at fair value in the statement of financial position but for which fair value is disclosed. The new requirements clarify that the concepts of highest and best use and valuation premise only apply to measuring the fair value of nonfinancial assets. The new requirements also specify that in the absence of a Level 1 input, a reporting entity should incorporate a premium or a discount in a fair value measurement if a market participant would take into account such an input in pricing an asset or liability. Additionally, the new guidance introduces an option to measure certain financial assets and financial liabilities with offsetting positions on a net basis if certain criteria are met. These amendments became effective for us on January 1, 2012 and did not have a material impact on our consolidated financial statements.

In June 2011, the FASB issued new accounting guidance which eliminates the current option to present other comprehensive income and its components in the statement of changes in equity. However, under the new guidance, comprehensive income and its components must still be presented under one of two new alternatives. Under the first alternative, the components of other comprehensive income and the components of net income may be presented in one continuous statement referred to as the statement of comprehensive income. Under the second alternative, a statement of other comprehensive income would immediately follow the statement of net income and must be shown with equal prominence as the other primary financial statements. Under either alternative, an entity is required to present each component of net income along with total net income, each component of other comprehensive income along with a total for other comprehensive income, and a total amount for comprehensive income. The Company adopted these new financial statement presentation requirements effective January 1, 2012 with retrospective application to all prior periods presented.

In September 2011, the FASB issued new accounting guidance intended to simplify how entities test goodwill for impairment. The new guidance gives entities the option to first assess qualitative factors to determine whether it is more likely than not that the fair value of a reporting unit is less than its carrying amount. If an entity believes, as a result of its qualitative assessment, that it is more likely than not that the fair value of a reporting unit is less than its carrying amount, the quantitative impairment test under existing accounting guidance is required to be performed. Otherwise, no further testing is required. These new provisions are effective for annual and interim goodwill impairment tests performed for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2011. The adoption of this new guidance did not have a material effect on our consolidated financial statements.

In December 2011, the FASB issued new accounting guidance that will require entities to disclose information about financial instruments (including derivatives) and transactions eligible for offset in the statement of financial position or subject to an agreement similar to a master netting arrangement. These new provisions are effective for annual reporting periods beginning on or after January 1, 2013, and interim periods within those annual periods, and should be applied retrospectively for all comparative periods presented. We are assessing the impact of these new requirements on our financial statements.

 

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Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.

The following is a discussion and analysis of our financial condition and results of operations since December 31, 2011. A discussion of consolidated financial condition and sources of additional capital is included under a separate heading “Financial Condition and Liquidity” on page 33.

Forward-looking Statements

Some of the information presented in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, including the documents incorporated by reference, 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. Therefore, there can be no assurance 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:

 

   

changes in economic and business conditions;

 

   

changes in financial and operating performance of our major customers, 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 our inability 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 of 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 jurisdictional mix of our earnings and changes in tax laws and rates;

 

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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; and

 

   

the other factors detailed from time to time in the reports we file with the SEC.

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. The following discussion should be read together with our consolidated financial statements and related notes included in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q.

Overview

We are a leading global developer, manufacturer and marketer of highly-engineered specialty chemicals that meet customer needs across an exceptionally diverse range of end markets including the petroleum refining, consumer electronics, plastics/packaging, construction, automotive, lubricants, pharmaceuticals, crop protection, food-safety and custom chemistry services markets. We are committed to global sustainability and are advancing responsible eco-practices and solutions in our three business segments. We believe that our commercial and geographic diversity, technical expertise, innovative capability, flexible, low-cost global manufacturing base, experienced management team and strategic focus on our core base technologies will enable us to maintain leading market positions in those areas of the specialty chemicals industry in which we operate.

Our diverse product portfolio, broad geographic presence and customer-focused solutions will continue to be key drivers to our future earnings growth. We continue to build upon our existing green solutions portfolio and our ongoing mission to provide innovative, yet commercially viable, clean energy products and services to the marketplace. We believe our disciplined cost reduction efforts, on-going productivity improvements and strong balance sheet position us well to take advantage of strengthening economic conditions while softening the negative impact of any temporary disruption in the economy.

Second Quarter 2012

During the second quarter of 2012:

 

   

We achieved quarterly earnings of $1.24 per share (on a diluted basis) before special items, up 1 percent over second quarter 2011 results.

 

   

Our net sales for the quarter were $684.9 million, down 8% from net sales of $742.1 million in the second quarter of 2011.

 

   

On April 12, 2012, we announced the expansion of our EarthwiseTM platform of sustainable products by introducing a new polymeric flame retardant for use in extruded and expanded polystyrene applications. The polymeric fire safety solution will be marketed under the trade name GreenCrestTM and will be manufactured at the Company’s Orangeburg, SC plant. This new technology, licensed from a subsidiary of the Dow Chemical Company, is expected to be commercialized in 2014.

 

   

On May 17, 2012, we announced our plan to exit the phosphorous flame retardants business (part of our Polymer Solutions business segment) which will result in the cessation of operations at our Avonmouth, United Kingdom and Nanjing, China manufacturing sites. We recorded a charge of $94.7 million ($73.6 million after income taxes) in the second quarter of 2012 in connection with the exit of this business.

 

   

On June 26, 2012, we announced the expansion of the active pharmaceutical manufacturing facility at our South Haven, MI plant.

 

   

Our board of directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.20 per share on May 9, 2012, which was paid on July 1, 2012 to shareholders of record at the close of business as of June 15, 2012.

 

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Outlook

Uncertainty persists regarding the condition of the global economy. We continue to monitor the economic indicators that generally forecast demand in the end markets that we serve. Some of these key indicators trended lower over the second quarter, particularly in the electronics sector, potentially signaling a slowing over the second half of 2012 which could adversely impact our top line performance as well as our profitability as we may run our production assets at rates lower than recent levels. Despite these uncertain times, our businesses remain fundamentally healthy and strategically well-positioned, and we remain focused on managing costs, increasing sales volumes, and delivering value to our customers. We believe that when the end markets we serve begin to stabilize, our businesses will be ready to respond quickly to the improved market conditions and new business opportunities.

Polymer Solutions: We have seen year-over-year volume softness unfavorably impact our net sales and profitability during the first half of 2012 versus the corresponding period of 2011, which we believe is attributable to end-market response to continuing global economic challenges. We are closely monitoring customer order patterns and other key indicators in our business during this period of uncertainty, with economic indicators, such as for the electronics sector, showing trends that indicate potential slowing over the second half of 2012. These trends could have adverse impacts on our net sales and profitability for the remainder of 2012, including impacts from running our production assets at rates lower than recent levels. Despite these year-over-year comparisons, we have seen sequential improvement in our segment operating results for the past two quarters stemming from the gradual improvement in demand through first half of 2012. Further, we believe our business has been strengthened by our exit from the phosphorus flame retardants business, announced in this quarter, which should yield improvements in our future profitability.

Despite these current trends and concerns, we believe that the combination of solid business fundamentals with our competitive position, product innovations, and management of raw material inventory inflation will enable this segment to manage through these periods of market uncertainty and to capitalize on opportunities that will come with a sustained economic recovery.

In the second quarter of 2012, we announced the second product in our Earthwise family, GreenCrest. This new product, based on technology we license from a subsidiary of the Dow Chemical Company, is a polymeric flame retardant that is expected to become the leading product for extruded and expanded polystyrene insulating foams over the next several years.

On a long-term basis, we continue to believe improving global standards of living, coupled with the potential for increasingly stringent fire safety regulations and global climate initiatives, should drive continued demand for fire safety products. Further, we continue to focus on globalization in this segment, with our antioxidants facilities in China positioning us well for growth in the Asia region. We have elected to delay the expansion of our flame retardant production capacity at our JBC joint venture in Safi, Jordan based on current bromine balances and end market demand.

Catalysts: Impacts from sales mix shifts from HPC to FCC in Refinery Catalysts, as well as unfavorable foreign currency effects, resulted in overall lower year-over-year net sales for our Catalysts segment during the first half of 2012. We continue to closely monitor the primary end markets for our products for performance indicators that could signal potential unfavorable impacts on our net sales and utilization of our manufacturing assets in the second half of the year. Further, we have seen significant declines in rare earth raw material pricing during the first half of 2012 relative to price levels in the second half of 2011. As a result of this decline, we expect our FCC refinery catalysts business will face significant headwinds toward achieving the net sales levels seen in 2011. We are maintaining our focus on cost management and operating discipline in this business to help counter these operating headwinds, and we will continue to monitor this situation closely over the remainder of 2012.

On a longer term basis, we believe increased global demand for petroleum products, the generally deteriorating quality of crude oil feedstock and implementation of more stringent fuel quality requirements are expected to drive growth in our refinery catalysts business. We expect growth in our Performance Catalyst Solutions (PCS) division to come from growing global demand for plastics, particularly in Asia and the Middle East, as well as from the LED and semiconductor markets.

 

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New market penetrations and introduction of innovative cost-effective products for the refining and polyolefins industries contributed to the segment’s performance in 2011 and continued to provide benefits through the first half of 2012. We believe our focus on advanced product development in Catalysts positions us well for commercial success, and we have introduced new value-added refining solutions and technologies that enable refiners to increase yields, a critical advantage for refiners. Our marketing and research groups are tightly aligned, enabling us to continue to bring innovative technologies to the market.

We expect to leverage our existing positions in the Middle East, Asia and Brazil, along with our joint ventures, to capitalize on growth opportunities and further develop our leading position in those emerging markets. Our joint venture in Saudi Arabia with SABIC, expected to be operational in late 2012, positions us to lead in the fast-growing Middle East polyolefins market. Construction at our Yeosu, South Korea site is progressing well, where existing assets have allowed us to rapidly develop research and small-scale production facilities, adding immediate value to the metallocene polyolefin markets. Intermediate commercial operations at the site began in 2011, with the commercial facility expected to be operational by year end to meet regional growth in metallocene polyolefins markets. Additionally, we are finalizing the design package for a future Brazilian hydroprocessing catalysts investment with Petrobras.

Fine Chemistry: In our Fine Chemistry segment, we have seen positive year-over-year net sales and income growth overall during the first half of 2012. This segment continues to benefit from the rapid pace of innovation and the introduction of new products, coupled with the movement by companies to outsource certain research, product development and manufacturing functions. We believe we can sustain healthy margins with continued focus on the two strategic areas in our Fine Chemistry segment – maximizing our bromine franchise value in the performance chemicals sector and continued growth of our fine chemistry services business.

In our performance chemicals sector, our completion fluids business showed signs of slowing drilling activity in Asia in the first quarter of 2012; although drilling rates appear to have improved over the second quarter, we continue to monitor these indicators very closely as we look forward into the second half of the year. Additionally, we remain encouraged by long-term drivers in the U.S. and China for our mercury control business and we are positioned to provide this market and other high growth bromine and derivatives markets with sensible and sustainable solutions.

On a longer term basis, we are focused on profitably growing our globally competitive bromine and derivatives production network to serve all major bromine consuming products and markets. We believe the global supply/demand gap will continue to tighten as demand for existing and new uses of bromine expand. We have commenced an expansion of our bromine and derivatives production capacity (excluding flame retardants) at our JBC joint venture in Safi, Jordan which is expected to come on-line in the second half of 2012.

Our fine chemistry services businesses have delivered strong net sales and profitability for the first half of 2012, and opportunities are expanding in the renewables, life sciences and electronic materials markets. Our pharmaceutical and crop protection businesses continue to deliver solid results. We expect product development opportunities to continue, such as partnering with ExxonMobil Corporation to make a specialty lubricant and with pharmaceutical developers like SIGA Technologies in their manufacture of the ST-246 smallpox drug.

Our technical expertise, manufacturing capabilities and speed to market allow us to develop a preferred outsourcing position serving leading chemical, renewable and life science innovators in diverse industries. We believe we will continue to generate growth in profitable niche products leveraged from this service business.

Corporate and Other: We continue to focus on cash generation, working capital management and process efficiencies. We expect our global effective tax rate for 2012 to be 25.7% excluding special items; however, our rate will vary based on the locales in which income is actually earned. Further, in 2012, we expect our noncash U.S. pension and postretirement expense could increase up to $20 million over 2011 expense amounts, including approximately $6.5 million in estimated settlement charges expected in the second half of 2012 associated with our supplemental executive retirement plan in connection with the retirement of our former CEO and executive chairman in February 2012.

In the first quarter of 2012, we increased our quarterly dividend payout to $0.20 per share. During the second quarter of 2012, we repurchased 215,000 shares of our common stock for approximately $14 million under our existing share repurchase program, and we may periodically repurchase shares in the future on an opportunistic basis.

 

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We remain committed to evaluating the merits of any opportunities that may arise for acquisitions or other business development activities that will complement our business footprint. Additional information regarding our products, markets and financial performance is provided at our web site, www.albemarle.com. Our web site is not a part of this document nor is it incorporated herein by reference.

Results of Operations

The following data and discussion provides an analysis of certain significant factors affecting our results of operations during the periods included in the accompanying consolidated statements of income.

Second Quarter 2012 Compared to Second Quarter 2011

Selected Financial Data (Unaudited)

 

     Three Months Ended     Percentage  
     June 30,     Change  
     2012     2011     2012 vs. 2011  
     (In thousands, except percentages and per share amounts)  

NET SALES

   $ 684,894      $ 742,108        (8 )% 

Cost of goods sold

     442,209        490,159        (10 )% 
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

GROSS PROFIT

     242,685        251,949        (4 )% 

GROSS PROFIT MARGIN

     35.4     34.0  

Selling, general and administrative expenses

     74,624        82,907        (10 )% 

Research and development expenses

     20,911        19,947        5

Restructuring and other charges

     94,703        —           
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

OPERATING PROFIT

     52,447        149,095        (65 )% 

OPERATING PROFIT MARGIN

     7.7     20.1  

Interest and financing expenses

     (8,486     (9,274     (8 )% 

Other expenses, net

     (688     (760     (9 )% 
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES AND EQUITY IN NET INCOME OF UNCONSOLIDATED INVESTMENTS

     43,273        139,061        (69 )% 

Income tax expense

     14,747        30,154        (51 )% 

Effective tax rate

     34.1     21.7  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

INCOME BEFORE EQUITY IN NET INCOME OF UNCONSOLIDATED INVESTMENTS

     28,526        108,907        (74 )% 

Equity in net income of unconsolidated investments (net of tax)

     12,712        14,787        (14 )% 
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

NET INCOME

     41,238        123,694        (67 )% 

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

     (3,506     (9,535     (63 )% 
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO ALBEMARLE CORPORATION

   $ 37,732      $ 114,159        (67 )% 
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

PERCENTAGE OF NET SALES

     5.5     15.4  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

Basic earnings per share

   $ 0.42      $ 1.24        (66 )% 
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

Diluted earnings per share

   $ 0.42      $ 1.23        (66 )% 
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

* Percentage calculation is not meaningful.

Net Sales

For the three-month period ended June 30, 2012, we recorded net sales of $684.9 million, a decrease of 8% compared to net sales of $742.1 million for the three-month period ended June 30, 2011. This decrease was due primarily to impacts of lower volumes, unfavorable sales mix and unfavorable impacts of foreign exchange (mainly the weaker Euro) as compared to second quarter 2011, offset in part by favorable pricing. Overall volume and sales mix impacts were unfavorable 7% while foreign currency was unfavorable 2%, partly offset by favorable pricing of 1%.

 

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Polymer Solutions net sales decreased $43.4 million, or 15%, for the three-month period ended June 30, 2012 compared to the same period in 2011, due mainly to the impact of lower volumes of 14% and unfavorable currency impacts of 2%, partly offset by improved pricing of 1%. Catalysts net sales decreased $37.7 million, or 14%, for the three-month period ended June 30, 2012, compared to the same period last year, due mainly to unfavorable sales mix impacts with partly offsetting higher overall volumes combining for a 12% unfavorable impact as well as unfavorable currency impacts of 2%. Fine Chemistry net sales increased $23.9 million, or 13%, for the three-month period ended June 30, 2012 as compared to the same period last year, primarily due to favorable volume impacts. For a detailed discussion of revenues and segment income for each segment, see “Segment Information Overview” below.

Gross Profit

For the three-month period ended June 30, 2012, our gross profit decreased $9.3 million, or 4%, from the corresponding 2011 period due mainly to lower volumes, higher manufacturing spending and unfavorable foreign currency impacts, partly offset by lower variable input costs (including raw materials and utilities) and favorable pricing. Our gross profit margin for the three-month period ended June 30, 2012 was 35.4%, up from 34.0% for the corresponding period in 2011.

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses

For the three-month period ended June 30, 2012, our selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses decreased $8.3 million, or 10%, from the three-month period ended June 30, 2011. This decrease was primarily due to lower personnel-related costs, lower sales commissions and favorable impacts of foreign currency. As a percentage of net sales, SG&A expenses were 10.9% for the three-month period ended June 30, 2012, compared to 11.2% for the corresponding period in 2011.

Research and Development Expenses

For the three-month period ended June 30, 2012, our research and development (R&D) expenses increased $1.0 million, or 5%, from the three-month period ended June 30, 2011 due mainly to higher spending offset by favorable impacts of foreign currency. As a percentage of net sales, R&D expenses were 3.1% for the three-month period ended June 30, 2012, compared to 2.7% for the corresponding period in 2011.

Restructuring and Other Charges

The three-month period ended June 30, 2012 includes charges amounting to $94.7 million ($73.6 million after income taxes) in connection with our plan to exit the phosphorous flame retardants business. The charges are comprised mainly of non-cash items consisting of net asset write-offs of approximately $57 million and write-offs of foreign currency translation adjustments of approximately $12 million, as well as accruals for future cash costs associated with related severance programs of approximately $13 million, estimated site remediation costs of approximately $9 million and other estimated exit costs of approximately $4 million. We expect to realize favorable profit impacts from this program beginning in the second half of 2012, and we expect to fund the majority of the obligations associated with this special charge (which is estimated to range from $5 million to $15 million in cash outflows after taxes) with cash generated from our ongoing operations.

Interest and Financing Expenses

Interest and financing expenses for the three-month period ended June 30, 2012 decreased $0.8 million to $8.5 million from the corresponding 2011 period, due mainly to increases in interest capitalized on higher average construction work in progress balances year-over-year.

Other Expenses, Net

Other expenses, net, for the three-month period ended June 30, 2012 were $0.7 million, roughly flat with the corresponding 2011 period.

Income Tax Expense

The effective income tax rate for the second quarter of 2012 was 34.1% compared to 21.7% for the second quarter of 2011. Our effective income tax rate for the 2012 period was impacted by $94.7 million in pre-tax charges ($73.6 million after taxes) associated with our exit of the phosphorous flame retardants business; excluding this special item, our effective income tax rate for the second quarter of 2012 was 26.0%. The remaining differences between the U.S. federal statutory income tax rate and our effective income tax rate for the three-month periods ended June 30, 2012 and 2011 are mainly due to the impact of earnings from outside the U.S.

 

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Equity in Net Income of Unconsolidated Investments

Equity in net income of unconsolidated investments was $12.7 million for the three-month period ended June 30, 2012 compared to $14.8 million in the same period last year. This decrease was due primarily to lower equity income amounts reporting from our Catalysts segment joint venture FCC SA as well as our Polymer Solutions joint venture Magnifin.

Net Income Attributable to Noncontrolling Interests

For the three-month period ended June 30, 2012, net income attributable to noncontrolling interests was $3.5 million compared to $9.5 million in the same period last year. This decrease of $6.0 million was due primarily to lower year-over-year profitability from our consolidated joint venture Jordan Bromine Company Limited (JBC) based on lower demand for the products in our bromine portfolio.

Net Income Attributable to Albemarle Corporation

Net income attributable to Albemarle Corporation decreased to $37.7 million in the three-month period ended June 30, 2012, from $114.2 million in the three-month period ended June 30, 2011, primarily due to restructuring and other charges in the current year, unfavorable sales volume impacts, higher manufacturing spending, net unfavorable foreign currency impacts and lower equity in net income of unconsolidated investments. These impacts were partly offset mainly by favorable pricing, lower SG&A expenses, lower income tax expense and lower net income attributable to noncontrolling interests.

Segment Information Overview. We have identified three reportable segments according to the nature and economic characteristics of our products as well as the manner in which the information is used internally by the Company’s key decision maker, our Chief Executive Officer, in accordance with current accounting guidance. Our Polymer Solutions segment is comprised of the flame retardants and stabilizers and curatives product areas. Our Catalysts segment is comprised of the refinery catalysts and PCS product areas. Our Fine Chemistry segment is comprised of the performance chemicals and fine chemistry services and intermediates product areas. Segment income represents operating profit (adjusted for significant non-recurring items) and equity in net income of unconsolidated investments and is reduced by net income attributable to noncontrolling interests. Segment data includes intersegment transfers of raw materials at cost and allocations for certain corporate costs.

 

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     Three Months Ended June 30,     Percentage
Change
 
     2012     % of
net sales
    2011     % of
net sales
    2012 vs. 2011  
     (In thousands, except percentages)  

Net sales:

  

Polymer Solutions

   $ 247,016        36.1   $ 290,450        39.1     (15 )% 

Catalysts

     229,144        33.4     266,851        36.0     (14 )% 

Fine Chemistry

     208,734        30.5     184,807        24.9     13
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

Total net sales

   $ 684,894        100.0   $ 742,108        100.0     (8 )% 
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

Segment operating profit:

          

Polymer Solutions

   $ 61,811        25.0   $ 78,850        27.1     (22 )% 

Catalysts

     56,304        24.6     53,438        20.0     5

Fine Chemistry

     47,583        22.8     42,635        23.1     12
  

 

 

     

 

 

     

Total segment operating profit

     165,698          174,923          (5 )% 
  

 

 

     

 

 

     

Equity in net income of unconsolidated investments:

          

Polymer Solutions

     1,913          2,650          (28 )% 

Catalysts

     10,799          12,165          (11 )% 

Fine Chemistry

     —            —            —  

Corporate & other

     —            (28       (100 )% 
  

 

 

     

 

 

     

Total equity in net income of unconsolidated investments

     12,712          14,787          (14 )% 
  

 

 

     

 

 

     

Net (income) loss attributable to noncontrolling interests:

          

Polymer Solutions

     349          (4,333       (108 )% 

Catalysts

     —            —            —  

Fine Chemistry

     (3,832       (5,225       (27 )% 

Corporate & other

     (23       23           
  

 

 

     

 

 

     

Total net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

     (3,506       (9,535       (63 )% 
  

 

 

     

 

 

     

Segment income:

          

Polymer Solutions

     64,073        25.9     77,167        26.6     (17 )% 

Catalysts

     67,103        29.3     65,603        24.6     2

Fine Chemistry

     43,751        21.0     37,410        20.2     17
  

 

 

     

 

 

     

Total segment income

     174,927          180,180          (3 )% 
  

 

 

     

 

 

     

Corporate & other

     (18,571       (25,833       (28 )% 

Restructuring and other charges

     (94,703       —             

Interest and financing expenses

     (8,486       (9,274       (8 )% 

Other expenses, net

     (688       (760       (9 )% 

Income tax expense

     (14,747       (30,154       (51 )% 
  

 

 

     

 

 

     

Net income attributable to Albemarle Corporation

   $ 37,732        $ 114,159          (67 )% 
  

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

* Percentage calculation is not meaningful.

Our segment information includes measures we refer to as “Segment operating profit” and “Segment income” which are financial measures that are not required by, or presented in accordance with, accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (GAAP). The Company has reported Segment operating profit and Segment income because management believes that these financial measures provide transparency to investors and enable period-to-period comparability of financial performance. Segment operating profit and Segment income should not be considered as an alternative to Operating profit or Net income attributable to Albemarle Corporation, respectively, as determined in accordance with GAAP.

 

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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
June 30,
 
     2012     2011  
     (In thousands)  

Total segment operating profit

   $ 165,698      $ 174,923   

Add (less):

    

Corporate & other(a)

     (18,548     (25,828

Restructuring and other charges

     (94,703     —     
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

GAAP Operating profit

   $ 52,447      $ 149,095   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total segment income

   $ 174,927      $ 180,180   

Add (less):

    

Corporate & other

     (18,571     (25,833

Restructuring and other charges

     (94,703     —     

Interest and financing expenses

     (8,486     (9,274

Other expenses, net

     (688     (760

Income tax expense

     (14.747     (30,154
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

GAAP Net income attributable to Albemarle Corporation

   $ 37,732      $ 114,159   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

(a) Excludes corporate equity income and noncontrolling interest adjustments of $(23) and $(5) for the three-month periods ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively.

Polymer Solutions

Polymer Solutions segment net sales for the three-month period ended June 30, 2012 were $247.0 million, down $43.4 million, or 15%, compared to the same period in 2011, due primarily to the impact of lower volumes of 14%, mainly in our flame retardants businesses due to volume softness resulting from end market buying patterns we believe are in response to the continued uncertainties in the global economic environment. Our stabilizers and curatives business net sales for the second quarter 2012 were roughly flat with the corresponding period of 2011. Also, foreign currency impacts were unfavorable on segment net sales by 2% but were offset by favorable pricing impacts of 1%. Segment income for Polymer Solutions was down 17%, or $13.1 million, to $64.1 million for the three-month period ended June 30, 2012 versus the same period in 2011, due mainly to the volume declines noted above as well as unfavorable foreign currency impacts, partly offset by favorable pricing impacts and lower input costs (mainly raw materials). Further, Polymer Solutions segment results for the second quarter 2012 were unfavorably impacted by higher SG&A/R&D spending (including net favorable foreign currency impacts) for the segment of $1.0 million as well as lower equity in net income from our unconsolidated investment in Magnifin of $0.7 million versus second quarter 2011. These unfavorable results were offset in part by $4.7 million in lower net income attributable to noncontrolling interests in our JBC joint venture.

Catalysts

Catalysts segment net sales for the three-month period ended June 30, 2012 were $229.1 million, a decrease of $37.7 million, or 14%, versus the three-month period ended June 30, 2011. This decrease was due mainly to unfavorable sales mix impacts of a mix shift from HPC to FCC more than offsetting higher overall volumes, resulting in an unfavorable impact of 12% on our net sales year-over-year. Also, foreign currency impacts on net sales were 2% unfavorable (mainly the weaker Euro). Further, overall pricing for the segment was flat year-over-year. Catalysts segment income increased 2%, or $1.5 million, to $67.1 million for the three-month period ended June 30, 2012 in comparison to the three-month period ended June 30, 2011, due mainly to favorable input costs (mainly raw materials in Refinery Catalysts) and lower SG&A/R&D spending (including lower sales commissions and favorable foreign currency impacts), offset in part by increases in manufacturing spending. Further, Catalysts segment income was unfavorably impacted by year-over-year declines in equity in net income from unconsolidated investments of $1.4 million, resulting mainly from unfavorable year-over-year performance in its refinery catalysts joint venture FCC SA.

 

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Fine Chemistry

Fine Chemistry segment net sales for the three-month period ended June 30, 2012 were $208.7 million, an increase of $23.9 million, or 13%, versus the three-month period ended June 30, 2011. This increase was primarily attributable to higher volumes of 13% (mainly in our services and intermediates business) as well as favorable pricing, offset by unfavorable foreign currency impacts. Segment income for the three-month period ended June 30, 2012 was $43.8 million, up 17% from the corresponding period in 2011. These favorable results were due mainly to improved volumes and pricing, partly offset by higher manufacturing and SG&A/R&D spending (including favorable foreign currency impacts), higher variable input costs (mainly raw materials) and unfavorable foreign currency impacts. Also, Fine Chemistry segment income results were favorably impacted by lower net income attributable to noncontrolling interests of $1.4 million associated with lower profitability from our JBC joint venture.

Corporate and other

For the three-month period ended June 30, 2012, our Corporate and other expense was $18.6 million versus $25.8 million for the corresponding period in 2011. This decrease was primarily due to lower employee-related costs including performance-based incentive compensation, reflected mainly in SG&A expenses.

Six Months 2012 Compared to Six Months 2011

Selected Financial Data (Unaudited)

 

     Six Months Ended
June 30,
    Percentage
Change
 
     2012     2011     2012 vs. 2011  
     (In thousands, except percentages and per share amounts)  

NET SALES

   $ 1,396,598      $ 1,438,638        (3 )% 

Cost of goods sold

     906,026        953,673        (5 )% 
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

GROSS PROFIT

     490,572        484,965        1

GROSS PROFIT MARGIN

     35.1     33.7  

Selling, general and administrative expenses

     155,316        155,946        —  

Research and development expenses

     39,960        37,562        6

Restructuring and other charges

     94,703        —           
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

OPERATING PROFIT

     200,593        291,457        (31 )% 

OPERATING PROFIT MARGIN

     14.4     20.3  

Interest and financing expenses

     (17,220     (18,866     (9 )% 

Other expenses, net

     (806     (422     91
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES AND EQUITY IN NET INCOME OF UNCONSOLIDATED INVESTMENTS

     182,567        272,169        (33 )% 

Income tax expense

     50,213        62,326        (19 )% 

Effective tax rate

     27.5     22.9  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

INCOME BEFORE EQUITY IN NET INCOME OF UNCONSOLIDATED INVESTMENTS

     132,354        209,843        (37 )% 

Equity in net income of unconsolidated investments (net of tax)

     21,298        27,618        (23 )% 
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

NET INCOME

     153,652        237,461        (35 )% 

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

     (7,877     (16,722     (53 )% 
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO ALBEMARLE CORPORATION

   $ 145,775      $ 220,739        (34 )% 
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

PERCENTAGE OF NET SALES

     10.4     15.3  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

Basic earnings per share

   $ 1.63      $ 2.41        (32 )% 
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

Diluted earnings per share

   $ 1.62      $ 2.38        (32 )% 
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

* Percentage calculation is not meaningful.

 

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Net Sales

For the six-month period ended June 30, 2012, we recorded net sales of $1.4 billion, a 3% decrease compared to net sales of $1.44 billion for the six-month period ended June 30, 2011. This decrease was due primarily to impacts of lower volumes, unfavorable sales mix impacts as well as unfavorable foreign currency impacts (mainly the weaker Euro) versus the first six months of 2011, partly offset by favorable pricing impacts. Volume and sales mix had an unfavorable impact on our net sales of 6% and foreign currency impacts were unfavorable 1%, while pricing was favorable 4%.

Polymer Solutions net sales decreased $73.5 million, or 13%, for the six-month period ended June 30, 2012 compared to the same period in 2011, due mainly to the impact of lower volumes of 15% and unfavorable foreign currency of 1%, partly offset by improved pricing of 3%. Catalysts net sales decreased $5.1 million, or 1%, for the six-month period ended June 30, 2012, compared to the same period last year due mainly to unfavorable mix impacts of 6% and unfavorable foreign currency impacts of 1%, partly offset by improved pricing of 6%. Fine Chemistry net sales increased $36.6 million, or 10%, for the six-month period ended June 30, 2012, as compared to the same period last year, primarily due to improved volumes contributing 8% of the increase as well as favorable pricing impacts of 3%, partly offset by unfavorable foreign currency impacts of 1%. For a detailed discussion of revenues and segment income for each segment, see “Segment Information Overview” below.

Gross Profit

For the six-month period ended June 30, 2012, our gross profit increased $5.6 million, or 1%, from the corresponding 2011 period due mainly to favorable pricing, partly offset by the impact of lower volumes, higher manufacturing spending, higher input costs (including raw materials) and unfavorable foreign currency impacts. Overall, these factors contributed to our improved gross profit margin for the six-month period ended June 30, 2012 of 35.1%, up from 33.7% for the corresponding period in 2011.

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses

For the six-month period ended June 30, 2012, our SG&A expenses decreased $0.6 million from the six-month period ended June 30, 2011. This decrease was primarily due to lower personnel-related costs including lower sales commissions as well as favorable impacts from foreign currency. Also, SG&A for the six months ended June 30, 2012 includes a gain of $8.1 million resulting from proceeds received in connection with the settlement of litigation (net of legal fees). The six months ended June 30, 2012 also includes an $8 million charitable contribution to the Albemarle Foundation, a non-profit organization that sponsors grants, health and social projects, educational initiatives, disaster relief, matching gift programs, scholarships and other charitable initiatives in locations where our employees live and operate.

As a percentage of net sales, SG&A expenses were 11.1% for the six-month period ended June 30, 2012, compared to 10.8% for the corresponding period in 2011.

Research and Development Expenses

For the six-month period ended June 30, 2012, our R&D expenses increased $2.4 million, or 6%, from the six-month period ended June 30, 2011, due mainly to higher spending while offset by favorable impacts from foreign currency. As a percentage of net sales, R&D expenses were 2.9% for the six-month period ended June 30, 2012, compared to 2.6% for the corresponding period in 2011.

Restructuring and Other Charges

The six-month period ended June 30, 2012 includes charges amounting to $94.7 million ($73.6 million after income taxes) in connection with our plan to exit the phosphorous flame retardants business. The charges are comprised mainly of non-cash items consisting of net asset write-offs of approximately $57 million and write-offs of foreign currency translation adjustments of approximately $12 million, as well as accruals for future cash costs associated with related severance programs of approximately $13 million, estimated site remediation costs of approximately $9 million and other estimated exit costs of approximately $4 million. We expect to realize favorable profit impacts from this program beginning in the second half of 2012 and we expect to fund the majority of the obligations associated with this special charge (estimated to range from $5 million to $15 million in cash outflows after taxes) with cash generated from our ongoing operations.

Interest and Financing Expenses

Interest and financing expenses for the six-month period ended June 30, 2012 decreased $1.6 million to $17.2 million from the corresponding 2011 period, due mainly to increases in interest capitalized on higher average construction work in progress balances year-over-year.

 

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Other Expenses, Net

Other expenses, net, for the six-month period ended June 30, 2012 were $0.8 million versus $0.4 million for the corresponding 2011 period. This change was due primarily to unfavorable net foreign exchange losses year-over-year, partly offset by favorable interest income and other miscellaneous items over the corresponding period in 2011.

Income Tax Expense

The effective income tax rate for the first six months of 2012 was 27.5% compared to 22.9% for the first six months of 2011. Our effective income tax rate for the 2012 period was impacted by $94.7 million in pre-tax charges ($73.6 million after taxes) associated with our exit of the phosphorous flame retardants business; excluding this special item, our effective income tax rate for the 2012 period was 25.7%. The remaining differences between the U.S. federal statutory income tax rate and our effective income tax rate for the six-month periods ended June 30, 2012 and 2011 are mainly due to the impact of earnings from outside the U.S.

Equity in Net Income of Unconsolidated Investments

Equity in net income of unconsolidated investments was $21.3 million for the six-month period ended June 30, 2012 compared to $27.6 million in the same period last year. This decrease was due primarily to lower equity income amounts reporting from our Catalysts segment joint ventures Nippon Ketjen Company Limited and FCC SA, as well as our Polymer Solutions joint venture Magnifin.

Net Income Attributable to Noncontrolling Interests

For the six-month period ended June 30, 2012, net income attributable to noncontrolling interests was $7.9 million compared to $16.7 million in the same period last year. This decrease of $8.8 million was due primarily to lower year-over-year profitability from our consolidated joint venture JBC based on lower demand for the products in our bromine portfolio.

Net Income Attributable to Albemarle Corporation

Net income attributable to Albemarle Corporation decreased to $145.8 million in the six-month period ended June 30, 2012, from $220.7 million in the six-month period ended June 30, 2011, primarily due to restructuring and other charges, impacts of lower volumes, higher variable input costs, higher manufacturing spending, higher R&D costs and lower equity in net income of unconsolidated investments. These impacts were partly offset by favorable pricing, lower interest and financing expenses, lower income tax expense and lower net income attributable to noncontrolling interests.

 

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Segment Information Overview

 

     Six Months Ended June 30,     Percentage
Change
 
     2012     % of
net sales
    2011     % of
net sales
    2012 vs. 2011  
     (In thousands, except percentages)  

Net sales:

  

Polymer Solutions

   $ 475,147        34.0   $ 548,673        38.1     (13 )% 

Catalysts

     522,666        37.4     527,808        36.7     (1 )% 

Fine Chemistry

     398,785        28.6     362,157        25.2     10
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

Total net sales

   $ 1,396,598        100.0   $ 1,438,638        100.0     (3 )% 
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

Segment operating profit:

  

Polymer Solutions

   $ 114,523        24.1   $ 148,681        27.1     (23 )% 

Catalysts

     131,719        25.2     115,569        21.9     14

Fine Chemistry

     89,507        22.4     76,594        21.1     17
  

 

 

     

 

 

     

Total segment operating profit

     335,749          340,844          (1 )% 
  

 

 

     

 

 

     

Equity in net income of unconsolidated investments:

  

Polymer Solutions

     3,758          5,139          (27 )% 

Catalysts

     17,540          22,626          (22 )% 

Fine Chemistry

     —            —            —  

Corporate & other

     —            (147       (100 )% 
  

 

 

     

 

 

     

Total equity in net income of unconsolidated investments

     21,298          27,618          (23 )% 
  

 

 

     

 

 

     

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests:

  

Polymer Solutions

     (653       (7,179       (91 )% 

Catalysts

     —            —            —  

Fine Chemistry

     (7,204       (9,650       (25 )% 

Corporate & other

     (20       107           
  

 

 

     

 

 

     

Total net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

     (7,877       (16,722       (53 )% 
  

 

 

     

 

 

     

Segment income:

  

Polymer Solutions

     117,628        24.8     146,641        26.7     (20 )% 

Catalysts

     149,259        28.6     138,195        26.2     8

Fine Chemistry

     82,303        20.6     66,944        18.5     23
  

 

 

     

 

 

     

Total segment income

     349,190          351,780          (1 )% 
  

 

 

     

 

 

     

Corporate & other

     (40,473       (49,427       (18 )% 

Restructuring and other charges

     (94,703       —             

Interest and financing expenses

     (17,220       (18,866       (9 )% 

Other expenses, net

     (806       (422       91

Income tax expense

     (50,213       (62,326       (19 )% 
  

 

 

     

 

 

     

Net income attributable to Albemarle Corporation

   $ 145,775        $ 220,739          (34 )% 
  

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

* Percentage calculation is not meaningful.

Our segment information includes measures we refer to as “Segment operating profit” and “Segment income” which are financial measures that are not required by, or presented in accordance with, GAAP. The Company has reported Segment operating profit and Segment income because management believes that these financial measures provide transparency to investors and enable period-to-period comparability of financial performance. Segment operating profit and Segment income should not be considered as an alternative to Operating profit or Net income attributable to Albemarle Corporation, respectively, as determined in accordance with GAAP.

 

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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.

 

     Six Months Ended
June  30,
 
     2012     2011  
     (In thousands)  

Total segment operating profit

   $ 335,749      $ 340,844   

Add (less):

    

Corporate & other(a)

     (40,453     (49,387

Restructuring and other charges

     (94,703     —     
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

GAAP Operating profit

   $ 200,593      $ 291,457   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total segment income

   $ 349,190      $ 351,780   

Add (less):

    

Corporate & other

     (40,473     (49,427

Restructuring and other charges

     (94,703     —     

Interest and financing expenses

     (17,220     (18,866

Other expenses, net

     (806     (422

Income tax expense

     (50,213     (62,326
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

GAAP Net income attributable to Albemarle Corporation

   $ 145,775      $ 220,739   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

(a) Excludes corporate equity income and noncontrolling interest adjustments of $(20) and $(40) for the six-month periods ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively.

Polymer Solutions

Polymer Solutions segment net sales for the six-month period ended June 30, 2012 were $475.1 million, down $73.5 million, or 13%, compared to the same period in 2011, due primarily to the impact of lower volumes of 15%, mainly in our flame retardants businesses, due to volume softness resulting from end market buying patterns we believe are in response to the continued uncertainties in the global economic environment. This volume decline was partly offset by improved pricing of 3% while foreign currency impact was unfavorable 1%. Our stabilizers and curatives business also showed unfavorable volume impacts in the first half of 2012 compared to the first half of 2011, partly offset by improved pricing. Segment income for Polymer Solutions was down 20%, or $29.0 million, to $117.6 million for the six-month period ended June 30, 2012 versus the same period in 2011, due mainly to the volume declines noted above as well as unfavorable foreign currency impacts, partly offset by favorable pricing and lower manufacturing spending. Further, Polymer Solutions segment results for the first half of 2012 were unfavorably impacted by higher SG&A/R&D spending for the segment of $3.1 million (net of favorable currency impacts) as well as lower equity in net income from our unconsolidated investment in Magnifin of $1.4 million compared to the corresponding period in 2011. These unfavorable results were offset in part by $6.5 million in lower net income attributable to noncontrolling interests in our JBC joint venture.

Catalysts

Catalysts segment net sales for the six-month period ended June 30, 2012 were $522.7 million, a decrease of $5.1 million, or 1%, versus the six-month period ended June 30, 2011. This decrease was due mainly to unfavorable mix impacts (offset by higher overall volumes) of 6% and foreign currency impacts of 1%, partly offset by favorable pricing of 6%. Impacts due to mix shift from HPC and alternative fuels to FCC refinery catalysts compared to the prior year attributed to an unfavorable sales mix impact for the segment despite overall higher volumes on a combined basis. Catalysts segment income increased 8%, or $11.1 million, to $149.3 million for the six-month period ended June 30, 2012 in comparison to the six-month period ended June 30, 2011. This increase was due primarily to improved pricing, partly offset by higher variable input costs and higher manufacturing spending. Further, Catalysts segment income was unfavorably impacted by higher SG&A/R&D spending of $1.4 million (net of favorable currency impacts) compared to the corresponding period of 2011. Catalysts segment income for the first half of 2012 was also unfavorably impacted by year-over-year declines in equity in net income from unconsolidated investments of $5.1 million, resulting mainly from unfavorable year-over-year performance in its refinery catalysts joint venture Nippon Ketjen and FCC SA.

 

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Fine Chemistry

Fine Chemistry segment net sales for the six-month period ended June 30, 2012 were $398.8 million, an increase of $36.6 million, or 10%, versus the six-month period ended June 30, 2011. This increase was primarily attributable to favorable volume impacts of 8% as well as improved pricing of 3%, partly offset by unfavorable foreign currency impacts of 1%. Segment income for the six-month period ended June 30, 2012 was $82.3 million, up 23% from the corresponding period in 2011. These improved results were due mainly to improved volumes and pricing in the segment, particularly in our services and intermediates businesses, offset in part by increases in manufacturing spending, higher variable input costs (mainly raw materials) and unfavorable impacts from foreign currency. Also, Fine Chemistry segment income results were unfavorably impacted by higher SG&A/R&D spending of $4.5 million (net of favorable currency impacts) but partly offset by lower net income attributable to noncontrolling interests of $2.4 million associated with lower profit results from our JBC joint venture.

Corporate and other

For the six-month period ended June 30, 2012, our Corporate and other expense was $40.5 million versus $49.4 million for the corresponding period in 2011. This decrease was primarily due to lower employee-related costs including performance-based incentive compensation, reflected mainly in SG&A expenses.

Financial Condition and Liquidity

Overview

The principal uses of cash in our business generally have been capital investments, funding working capital and repayment of debt. We also make contributions to our U.S. defined benefit pension plans, pay dividends to our shareholders and repurchase shares on an opportunistic basis. Historically, cash to fund the needs of our business has been principally provided by cash from operations, debt financing and equity issuances.

We are continually focused on improving working capital efficiency particularly in the areas of accounts receivable and inventory. We anticipate that cash on hand, cash provided by operating activities and long-term borrowings will be sufficient to pay our operating expenses, satisfy debt service obligations, fund capital expenditures and other investing activities, make pension contributions and make dividend payments for the foreseeable future.

Cash Flow

Our cash and cash equivalents decreased by $7.7 million to $461.8 million at June 30, 2012, down from $469.4 million at December 31, 2011. For the six-month period ended June 30, 2012, our operations provided $184.9 million of cash flows as compared to $146.2 million for the six-month period ended June 30, 2011. This increase was primarily due to lower pension and postretirement contributions and higher profitability before restructuring and other charges, offset primarily by unfavorable changes in working capital and lower benefits from deferred income taxes during the period.

The six-month period ended June 30, 2012 includes charges amounting to $94.7 million ($73.6 million after income taxes) in connection with our plan to exit the phosphorous flame retardants business. The charges are comprised mainly of non-cash items consisting of net asset write-offs of approximately $57 million and write-offs of foreign currency translation adjustments of approximately $12 million, as well as accruals for future cash costs associated with related severance programs of approximately $13 million, estimated site remediation costs of approximately $9 million and other estimated exit costs of approximately $4 million. We expect to realize favorable profit impacts from this program beginning in the second half of 2012 and we expect to fund the majority of the obligations associated with this special charge (expected to range from $5 million to $15 million in cash outflows after taxes) with cash generated from our ongoing operations.

Combined with cash on hand, our cash from operations for the first six months of 2012 funded capital expenditures for plant, machinery and equipment of $126.6 million, $10.0 million in loans to our 50% owned joint venture SOCC, repayments of long-term debt of $9.4 million, repurchases of shares of our common stock of $13.7 million, dividends to shareholders of $33.4 million and $9.0 million in withholding taxes paid on stock-based compensation amounts distributed during the period.

At June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, our cash and cash equivalents included $433.7 million and $420.4 million, respectively, held by our foreign subsidiaries. The majority of these foreign cash balances are associated with earnings that we have asserted are permanently reinvested and which we plan to use to support our continued growth plans outside the U.S. through funding of capital expenditures, acquisitions, research, operating expenses or other similar cash needs of our foreign

 

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operations. From time to time, we repatriate cash from our foreign subsidiaries to the U.S. for normal operating needs through intercompany dividends, but only from subsidiaries whose earnings we have not asserted to be permanently reinvested or whose earnings qualify as “previously taxed income” as defined by the Internal Revenue Code. For the three and six-month periods ended June 30, 2012, we repatriated approximately $30.3 million in cash as part of these foreign cash repatriation activities. For the six-month period ended June 30, 2011, we repatriated approximately $19.3 million in cash as part of these foreign cash repatriation activities. No such repatriations occurred during the three-month period ended June 30, 2011.

Net current assets increased to approximately $1.0 billion at June 30, 2012 from $954.4 million at December 31, 2011. This increase was due primarily to increases in accounts receivable and inventories, partly offset by increases in accounts payable, accrued expenses and decreases in cash and cash equivalents and income taxes payable.

Capital expenditures for the six-month period ended June 30, 2012 of $126.6 million were associated with property, plant and equipment additions. We expect our capital expenditures to range between $275 – $300 million in 2012 for capacity increases, cost reduction and continuity of operations projects.

While we continue to closely monitor our cash generation, working capital management and capital spending in light of continuing uncertainties in the global economy, we are optimistic that in 2012 we will have the financial flexibility and capability to opportunistically fund future growth initiatives. Additionally, we anticipate that future capital spending should be financed primarily with cash flow provided from operations with additional cash needed, if any, provided by borrowings, including borrowings under our September 2011 credit agreement. The amount and timing of any additional borrowings will depend on our specific cash requirements.

Long-Term Debt

We currently have outstanding $325.0 million of 5.10% senior notes due in 2015 and $350.0 million of 4.50% senior notes due in 2020, or the senior notes. The senior notes are senior unsecured obligations and rank equally with all of our other senior unsecured indebtedness from time to time outstanding. The senior notes will be effectively subordinated to any of our future secured indebtedness and to the existing and future indebtedness of our subsidiaries. We may redeem the senior notes before their maturity, in whole at any time or in part from time to time, at a redemption price equal to the greater of (i) 100% of the principal amount of the senior notes to be redeemed, or (ii) the sum of the present values of the remaining scheduled payments of principal and interest thereon (exclusive of interest accrued to the date of redemption) discounted to the redemption date on a semi-annual basis using the Treasury Rate (as defined in the indentures governing the senior notes) plus 15 basis points for the senior notes maturing in 2015 and 25 basis points for the senior notes maturing in 2020, plus, in each case, accrued interest thereon to the date of redemption. However, the 2020 senior notes are redeemable in whole or in part, at our option, at any time on or after three months prior to the maturity date, at a redemption price equal to 100% of the principal amount of the senior notes to be redeemed plus accrued and unpaid interest on the senior notes to be redeemed to the date of redemption. Holders of the 2020 senior notes may require us to purchase such notes at 101% upon a Change of Control Triggering Event, as defined in the related indenture.

The principal amounts of the senior notes become immediately due and payable upon the occurrence of certain bankruptcy or insolvency events involving us or certain of our subsidiaries and may be declared immediately due and payable by the trustee or the holders of not less than 25% of the senior notes upon the occurrence of an event of default. Events of default include, among other things: failure to pay principal or interest at required times; failure to perform or remedy a breach of covenants within prescribed periods; an event of default on any of our other indebtedness or certain indebtedness of our subsidiaries of $40.0 million or more that is caused by a failure to make a payment when due or that results in the acceleration of that indebtedness before its maturity; and certain bankruptcy or insolvency events involving us or certain of our subsidiaries. We believe that as of June 30, 2012, we were, and currently are, in compliance with all of the covenants of the indentures governing the senior notes.

For additional funding and liquidity purposes, we currently maintain a $750.0 million five-year, revolving, unsecured credit facility, which we refer to as the September 2011 credit agreement. The September 2011 credit agreement matures on September 22, 2016, provides for an additional $250.0 million in credit, if needed, subject to the terms of the agreement and provides for the ability to extend the maturity date under certain conditions. Borrowings bear interest at variable rates based on the LIBOR for deposits in the relevant currency plus an applicable margin which ranges from 0.900% to 1.400%, depending on the Company’s credit rating applicable from time to time. The applicable margin on the facility was 0.975% as of June 30, 2012. There were no borrowings outstanding under the September 2011 credit agreement during the six-month period ended June 30, 2012.

 

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Borrowings under the September 2011 credit agreement are conditioned upon compliance with the following covenants: (i) consolidated funded debt, as defined in the agreement, must be less than or equal to 3.50 times consolidated EBITDA, as defined in the agreement, (which reflects adjustments for certain non-recurring or unusual items such as restructuring charges, facility divestiture charges and other significant non-recurring items), or herein “consolidated adjusted EBITDA,” as of the end of any fiscal quarter; (ii) with the exception of liens specified in our new credit facility, liens may not attach to assets when the aggregate amount of all indebtedness secured by such liens plus unsecured subsidiary indebtedness, other than indebtedness incurred by our subsidiaries under the new credit facility, would exceed 20% of consolidated net worth, as defined in the agreement; and (iii) with the exception of indebtedness specified in our new credit facility, subsidiary indebtedness may not exceed the difference between 20% of consolidated net worth, as defined in the agreement, and indebtedness secured by liens permitted under the agreement. We believe that as of June 30, 2012, we were, and currently are, in compliance with all of our debt covenants.

The non-current portion of our long-term debt amounted to $742.3 million at June 30, 2012, compared to $749.3 million at December 31, 2011. This decrease was mainly attributable to repayments of long-term debt of $9.4 million during the first six months of 2012. In addition, at June 30, 2012, we had the ability to borrow $750.0 million under our September 2011 credit agreement and $218.4 million under other existing lines of credit, subject to various financial covenants under our September 2011 credit agreement. We have the ability to refinance our borrowings under our other existing credit lines with borrowings under the September 2011 credit agreement, as applicable. Therefore, the amounts outstanding under those credit lines are classified as long-term debt.

Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements

In the normal course of business with customers, vendors and others, we have entered into off-balance sheet arrangements, including bank guarantees and letters of credit, which totaled approximately $51.4 million at June 30, 2012. None of these off-balance sheet arrangements has, or is likely to have, a material effect on our current or future financial condition, results of operations, liquidity or capital resources.

Other Obligations

Total expected 2012 contributions and benefit payments to our domestic and foreign qualified and nonqualified pension plans, including our SERP, should approximate $20 million. We may choose to make additional pension contributions in excess of this amount. We have made $2.7 million in total contributions to our domestic and foreign pension plans (both qualified and nonqualified) during the six-month period ended June 30, 2012.

The liability related to uncertain tax positions, including interest and penalties, recorded in Other noncurrent liabilities totaled $35.1 million at June 30, 2012 and $30.7 million at December 31, 2011. Related assets for corresponding offsetting benefits recorded in Other assets totaled $27.6 million at June 30, 2012 and $21.8 million at December 31, 2011. We cannot estimate the amounts of any cash payments associated with these liabilities for the remainder of 2012 or the next twelve months, and we are unable to estimate the timing of any such cash payments in the future at this time.

We are subject to federal, state, local and foreign requirements regulating the handling, manufacture and use of materials (some of which may be classified as hazardous or toxic by one or more regulatory agencies), the discharge of materials into the environment and the protection of the environment. To our knowledge, we are currently complying and expect to continue to comply in all material respects with applicable environmental laws, regulations, statutes and ordinances. Compliance with existing federal, state, local and foreign environmental protection laws is not expected to have a material effect on capital expenditures, earnings or our competitive position, but the costs associated with increased legal or regulatory requirements could have an adverse effect on our results.

Among other environmental requirements, we are subject to the federal Superfund law, and similar state laws, under which we may be designated as a potentially responsible party, or PRP, and may be liable for a share of the costs associated with cleaning up various hazardous waste sites. Management believes that in cases in which we may have liability as a PRP, our liability for our share of cleanup is de minimis. Further, almost all such sites represent environmental issues that are quite mature and have been investigated, studied and in many cases settled. In de minimis situations, our policy generally is to negotiate a consent decree and to pay any apportioned settlement, enabling us to be effectively relieved of any further liability as a PRP, except for remote contingencies. In other than de minimis PRP matters, our records indicate that unresolved PRP exposures should be immaterial. We accrue and expense our proportionate share of PRP costs. Because management has been actively involved in evaluating environmental matters, we are able to conclude that the outstanding environmental liabilities for unresolved PRP sites should not have a material adverse effect upon our results of operations or financial condition.

 

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During the second quarter of 2012, we and our joint venture partner each advanced $10.0 million to our 50%-owned joint venture SOCC pursuant to a long-term loan arrangement whereby the joint venture partners are equally committed to provide funding up to a maximum of $22.5 million each. The proceeds under this arrangement are for the construction of SOCC’s aluminum alkyls manufacturing facility. Our loan bears quarterly interest at the LIBOR plus 1.275% per annum (1.74% as of June 30, 2012), with interest receivable on a semi-annual basis on January 1 and July 1. Principal repayments on amounts outstanding under this arrangement are required as mutually agreed upon by the joint venture partners, but with any outstanding balances receivable in full no later than December 31, 2021.

Liquidity Outlook

We anticipate that cash on hand, cash provided by operating activities and long-term borrowings will be sufficient to pay our operating expenses, satisfy debt service obligations, fund capital expenditures, make pension contributions and make dividend payments for the foreseeable future. In addition, as we have historically done, we will continue to evaluate the merits of any opportunities that may arise for acquisitions of businesses or assets, which may require additional liquidity.

While we maintain business relationships with a diverse group of financial institutions, an adverse change in their credit standing could lead them to not honor their contractual credit commitments, decline funding under existing but uncommitted lines of credit, renew their extensions of credit or provide new financing. While the corporate bond market remains strong, availability of bank debt is more limited than in prior years due to a variety of factors, including tighter bank regulations and more stringent bank capital requirements in the wake of the financial crisis, and continued unease regarding fallout from the European sovereign debt concerns particularly relating to Greece and Spain. If bank debt remains relatively less prevalent, we may incur increased borrowing costs and reduced credit capacity as our various credit facilities mature. It is also possible that our ability to access the capital markets in future periods may be limited by market or counterparty factors at a time when we would need or desire to do so, which could have an impact on our ability to finance our businesses or react to changing economic and business conditions. In addition, our cash flows from operations may be negatively affected by adverse consequences to our customers and the markets in which we compete as a result of moderating global economic conditions and reduced capital availability.

At June 30, 2012, we had the ability to borrow in excess of $968 million under our September 2011 credit agreement and other existing lines of credit, subject to various financial covenants under our September 2011 credit agreement. With generally strong cash-generative businesses and no significant debt maturities before 2015, we believe we have and will maintain a solid liquidity position.

We had cash and cash equivalents totaling $461.8 million as of June 30, 2012, which represents an important source of our liquidity. Our cash is invested in short-term investments including time deposits and readily marketable securities with relatively short maturities.

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

For a description of recent accounting pronouncements, see Item 1 Financial Statements – Note 15.

 

Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk.

There have been no significant changes in our interest rate risk, foreign currency exchange rate exposure, marketable securities price risk or raw material price risk from the information we provided in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011.

We had variable interest rate borrowings of $60.0 million outstanding at June 30, 2012, bearing a weighted average interest rate of 5.20% and representing approximately 8% of our total outstanding debt. A hypothetical 10% change (approximately 52 basis points) in the interest rate applicable to these borrowings would change our annualized interest expense by approximately $0.3 million as of June 30, 2012. We may enter into interest rate swaps, collars or similar instruments with the objective of reducing interest rate volatility relating to our borrowing costs.

Our financial instruments, which are subject to foreign currency exchange risk, consist of foreign currency forward contracts with an aggregate notional value of $175.8 million and with a fair value representing a minimal net asset position at June 30, 2012. Fluctuations in the value of these contracts are generally offset by the value of the underlying exposures being hedged. We conducted a sensitivity analysis on the fair value of our foreign currency hedge portfolio assuming an instantaneous 10% change in select foreign currency exchange rates from their levels as of June 30, 2012, with all other variables held constant. A 10% appreciation of the U.S. Dollar against foreign currencies that we hedge would result in an increase of approximately $6.3 million in the fair value of our foreign currency forward contracts. A 10% depreciation of the U.S. Dollar against these foreign currencies would result in a decrease of $8.5 million in the fair value of our foreign

 

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currency forward contracts. The sensitivity of the fair value of our foreign currency hedge portfolio represents changes in fair values estimated based on market conditions as of June 30, 2012, without reflecting the effects of underlying anticipated transactions. When those anticipated transactions are realized, actual effects of changing foreign currency exchange rates could have a material impact on our earnings and cash flows in future periods.

In addition, certain of our operations use natural gas as a source of energy which can expose our business to market risk when the price of natural gas changes suddenly. In an attempt to mitigate the impact and volatility of price swings in the natural gas market, from time to time we enter into natural gas hedge contracts with one or more major financial institutions for a portion of our 12-month rolling forecast for North American natural gas requirements. Such derivatives are held to secure natural gas at fixed prices and are not entered into for trading purposes. At June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, we had no natural gas hedge contracts outstanding.

 

Item 4. Controls and Procedures.

Under the supervision and with the participation of our management, including our principal executive officer and principal financial officer, we conducted an evaluation of the effectiveness of the design and operation of our disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or the Exchange Act), as of the end of the period covered by this report. Based on this evaluation, our principal executive officer and principal financial officer concluded that, as of the end of the period covered by this report, our disclosure controls and procedures are effective to ensure that information required to be disclosed by us in the reports that we file or submit under the Exchange Act, is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in the SEC’s rules and forms, and that such information is accumulated and communicated to our management, including our principal executive officer and principal financial officer, as appropriate, to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure.

No change in our internal control over financial reporting (as such term is defined in Exchange Act Rule 13a-15(f)) occurred during the fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2012 that materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.

PART II. OTHER INFORMATION

 

Item 1. Legal Proceedings.

We are involved from time to time in legal proceedings of types regarded as common in our business, including administrative or judicial proceedings seeking remediation under environmental laws, such as Superfund, products liability, breach of contract liability and premises liability litigation. Where appropriate, we may establish financial reserves as estimated by our general counsel for such proceedings. We also maintain insurance to mitigate certain of such risks. Additional information with respect to this Item 1 is contained in Note 8 to the Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q.

 

Item 1A. Risk Factors.

While we attempt to identify, manage and mitigate risks and uncertainties associated with our business to the extent practical under the circumstances, some level of risk and uncertainty will always be present. Item 1A of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 describes some of the risks and uncertainties associated with our business. These risks and uncertainties have the potential to materially affect our results of operations and our financial condition. We do not believe that there have been any material changes to the risk factors previously disclosed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011.

 

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Item 2. Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds.

The following table summarizes our repurchases of equity securities for the three-month period ended June 30, 2012:

 

Period

   Total
Number of
Shares
Repurchased
     Average
Price
Paid
Per
Share
     Total
Number of
Shares
Repurchased
as Part of
Publicly
Announced
Plans or
Programs*
     Maximum
Number of
Shares that
May Yet Be
Repurchased
Under the
Plans or
Programs*
 

April 1, 2012 to April 30, 2012

     —         $ —           —           5,000,000   

May 1, 2012 to May 31, 2012

     215,000         63.70         215,000         4,785,000   

June 1, 2012 to June 30, 2012

     —           —           —           4,785,000   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total

     215,000       $ 63.70         215,000         4,785,000   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

* Our stock repurchase plan, which was authorized by our Board of Directors, became effective on October 25, 2000 and included ten million shares. On February 27, 2008, after 98% of the originally authorized repurchase was executed, our Board of Directors approved an increase to five million shares authorized for repurchase under our stock repurchase plan. Following the repurchase of three million shares of our common stock during the third quarter of 2011, on October 13, 2011, our Board of Directors authorized another increase in the number of shares the Company is permitted to repurchase under the plan up to a maximum of five million shares. The stock repurchase plan will expire when we have repurchased all shares authorized for repurchase thereunder, unless the repurchase plan is earlier terminated by action of our Board of Directors or further shares are authorized for repurchase.

 

Item 6. Exhibits.

(a) Exhibits

 

31.1    Certification of Chief Executive Officer pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a).
31.2    Certification of Chief Financial Officer pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a).
32.1    Certification of Chief Executive Officer pursuant to Rule 13a-14(b) and 18 U.S.C. Section 1350.
32.2    Certification of Chief Financial Officer pursuant to Rule 13a-14(b) and 18 U.S.C. Section 1350.
101    Interactive Data File (Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, for the quarterly period ended June 30, 2012, furnished in XBRL (eXtensible Business Reporting Language)).

Attached as Exhibit 101 to this report are the following documents formatted in XBRL: (i) the Consolidated Statements of Income for the three months and six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, (ii) the Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income for the three months and six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, (iii) the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets at June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, (iv) the Consolidated Statements of Changes in Equity for the six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, (v) the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011 and (vi) the Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements. Users of this data are advised pursuant to Rule 406T of Regulation S-T that this interactive data file is deemed not filed or part of a registration statement or prospectus for purposes of sections 11 or 12 of the Securities Act of 1933, is deemed not filed for purposes of section 18 of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, and otherwise is not subject to liability under these sections.

 

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SIGNATURES

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 thereunto duly authorized.

 

  ALBEMARLE CORPORATION
  (Registrant)
Date: July 19, 2012   By:  

/s/    SCOTT A. TOZIER        

   

Scott A. Tozier

Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Risk Officer

(principal financial officer)

 

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Section 302 CEO Certification

Exhibit 31.1

CERTIFICATION OF CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

I, Luther C. Kissam IV, certify that:

 

  1. I have reviewed this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q of Albemarle Corporation for the period ended June 30, 2012;

 

  2. Based on my knowledge, this report does not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements made, in light of the circumstances under which such statements were made, not misleading with respect to the period covered by this report;

 

  3. Based on my knowledge, the financial statements, and other financial information included in this report, fairly present in all material respects the financial condition, results of operations and cash flows of the registrant as of, and for, the periods presented in this report;

 

  4. The registrant’s other certifying officer and I are responsible for establishing and maintaining disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e)) and internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f)) for the registrant and have:

 

  (a) Designed such disclosure controls and procedures, or caused such disclosure controls and procedures to be designed under our supervision, to ensure that material information relating to the registrant, including its consolidated subsidiaries, is made known to us by others within those entities, particularly during the period in which this report is being prepared;

 

  (b) Designed such internal control over financial reporting, or caused such internal control over financial reporting to be designed under our supervision, to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles;

 

  (c) Evaluated the effectiveness of the registrant’s disclosure controls and procedures and presented in this report our conclusions about the effectiveness of the disclosure controls and procedures, as of the end of the period covered by this report based on such evaluation; and

 

  (d) Disclosed in this report any change in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the registrant’s most recent fiscal quarter (the registrant’s fourth fiscal quarter in the case of an annual report) that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting; and

 

  5. The registrant’s other certifying officer and I have disclosed, based on our most recent evaluation of internal control over financial reporting, to the registrant’s auditors and the audit committee of the registrant’s board of directors (or persons performing the equivalent functions):

 

  (a) All significant deficiencies and material weaknesses in the design or operation of internal control over financial reporting which are reasonably likely to adversely affect the registrant’s ability to record, process, summarize and report financial information; and

 

  (b) Any fraud, whether or not material, that involves management or other employees who have a significant role in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting.

Date: July 19, 2012

 

/s/ LUTHER C. KISSAM IV

Luther C. Kissam IV

Chief Executive Officer and Director

Section 302 CFO Certification

Exhibit 31.2

CERTIFICATION OF CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

I, Scott A. Tozier, certify that:

 

  1. I have reviewed this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q of Albemarle Corporation for the period ended June 30, 2012;

 

  2. Based on my knowledge, this report does not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements made, in light of the circumstances under which such statements were made, not misleading with respect to the period covered by this report;

 

  3. Based on my knowledge, the financial statements, and other financial information included in this report, fairly present in all material respects the financial condition, results of operations and cash flows of the registrant as of, and for, the periods presented in this report;

 

  4. The registrant’s other certifying officer and I are responsible for establishing and maintaining disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e)) and internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f)) for the registrant and have:

 

  (a) Designed such disclosure controls and procedures, or caused such disclosure controls and procedures to be designed under our supervision, to ensure that material information relating to the registrant, including its consolidated subsidiaries, is made known to us by others within those entities, particularly during the period in which this report is being prepared;

 

  (b) Designed such internal control over financial reporting, or caused such internal control over financial reporting to be designed under our supervision, to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles;

 

  (c) Evaluated the effectiveness of the registrant’s disclosure controls and procedures and presented in this report our conclusions about the effectiveness of the disclosure controls and procedures, as of the end of the period covered by this report based on such evaluation; and

 

  (d) Disclosed in this report any change in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the registrant’s most recent fiscal quarter (the registrant’s fourth fiscal quarter in the case of an annual report) that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting; and

 

  5. The registrant’s other certifying officer and I have disclosed, based on our most recent evaluation of internal control over financial reporting, to the registrant’s auditors and the audit committee of the registrant’s board of directors (or persons performing the equivalent functions):

 

  (a) All significant deficiencies and material weaknesses in the design or operation of internal control over financial reporting which are reasonably likely to adversely affect the registrant’s ability to record, process, summarize and report financial information; and

 

  (b) Any fraud, whether or not material, that involves management or other employees who have a significant role in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting.

Date: July 19, 2012

 

/s/ SCOTT A. TOZIER

Scott A. Tozier

Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Risk Officer

Section 906 CEO Certification

Exhibit 32.1

CERTIFICATION PURSUANT TO

18 U.S.C. SECTION 1350,

AS ADOPTED PURSUANT TO

SECTION 906 OF THE SARBANES-OXLEY ACT OF 2002

In connection with the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q of Albemarle Corporation (the “Company”) for the period ended June 30, 2012 as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on the date hereof (the “Report”), I, Luther C. Kissam IV, Chief Executive Officer of the Company, certify, pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 1350, as adopted pursuant to § 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, that:

 

  (1) the Report fully complies with the requirements of Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended; and

 

  (2) the information contained in the Report fairly presents, in all material respects, the financial condition and results of operations of the Company.

 

/s/ LUTHER C. KISSAM IV

Luther C. Kissam IV

Chief Executive Officer and Director

July 19, 2012

Section 906 CFO Certification

Exhibit 32.2

CERTIFICATION PURSUANT TO

18 U.S.C. SECTION 1350,

AS ADOPTED PURSUANT TO

SECTION 906 OF THE SARBANES-OXLEY ACT OF 2002

In connection with the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q of Albemarle Corporation (the “Company”) for the period ended June 30, 2012 as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on the date hereof (the “Report”), I, Scott A. Tozier, Chief Financial Officer of the Company, certify, pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 1350, as adopted pursuant to § 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, that:

 

  (1) the Report fully complies with the requirements of Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended; and

 

  (2) the information contained in the Report fairly presents, in all material respects, the financial condition and results of operations of the Company.

 

/s/ SCOTT A. TOZIER

Scott A. Tozier

Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Risk Officer

July 19, 2012