Form 8-K

 

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

 

FORM 8-K

 

 

CURRENT REPORT

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): December 18, 2013

 

 

ALBEMARLE CORPORATION

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)

 

 

 

Virginia   001-12658   54-1692118

(State or Other Jurisdiction

of Incorporation)

 

(Commission

File Number)

 

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification Number)

451 Florida Street, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70801

(Address of Principal Executive Offices, including Zip Code)

Registrant’s Telephone Number, including Area Code: (225) 388-8011

Not Applicable

(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)

 

 

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:

 

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Item 2.05. Costs Associated with Exit or Disposal Activities.

As previously disclosed, the assets and businesses of Albemarle Corporation (the “Company”) will be realigned effective January 1, 2014, for the purposes of increasing customer focus, improving efficiency, enhancing innovation and accelerating growth for the Company. The realignment will result in the Company operating with two global business units (GBUs): the Performance Chemicals GBU, which will include Fire Safety Solutions, Specialty Chemicals and Fine Chemistry Services, and the Catalyst Solutions GBU, which will include Refinery Catalyst Solutions, Performance Catalyst Solutions and Antioxidants.

As part of this effort, the Company committed to a workforce reduction plan on October 7, 2013. The plan will result in a reduction of approximately 230 employees worldwide. The reduction is being communicated to affected employees on various dates within the months of November and December of 2013, and all such notifications are expected to be completed by December 31, 2013. Employees who are separated, either voluntarily or involuntarily, will generally receive separation benefits that include a lump sum payment based on earnings and length of service, subject to conditions that may apply in certain jurisdictions based on local labor regulations and/or negotiation. The workforce reduction will be substantially completed by the end of the first quarter of 2014.

The Company will record expenses for termination benefits related to the workforce reduction in the fourth quarter of 2013 in accordance with ASC Topic 420, Exit or Disposal Cost Obligations. The Company estimates that it will incur an aggregate of approximately $30 million to $35 million of cash expenses associated with such employee termination benefits (inclusive of $15 million to $20 million of voluntary separation expenses previously disclosed) in the first quarter of 2014. The Company does not anticipate a significant reduction in future operating expenses as a result of the workforce reduction because the Company plans to redeploy resources to research and development, sales and business development in support of its strategic objectives to more rapidly develop and commercialize new applications for bromine, protect and grow the Company’s flame retardants business and more aggressively expand its catalyst business into new markets.

 

Item 7.01 Regulation FD Disclosure.

On December 18, 2013, the Company issued a press release regarding its expected earnings for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2013. A copy of this release is being furnished as Exhibit 99.1 hereto and incorporated herein by reference.

In accordance with General Instruction B.2 of Form 8-K, the information in this Item 7.01 shall not be deemed “filed” for the purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or otherwise subject to the liability of that section, nor shall it be deemed incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, except as shall be expressly set forth by specific reference in such a filing.

Item 7.01 of this Current Report on Form 8-K includes the non-GAAP financial measure of diluted earnings per share, excluding special items. Management believes this non-GAAP measure provides useful supplemental information to assess the Company’s operating performance and financial position. The inability to predict the amount of future special items makes a detailed reconciliation impracticable.

 

Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.

 

  (d) Exhibits.

 

99.1    Press release, dated December 18, 2013, issued by the Company.


Note on Forward-looking Statements

Items 2.05 and 7.01 of this Current Report on Form 8-K include “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 that give the Company’s current expectations or forecasts of future events. These include statements regarding the anticipated future earnings, charges and cash expenditures related to the workforce reductions described above. Although we believe the expectations, intentions and forecasts reflected in our forward-looking statements are reasonable, we can give no assurance they will prove to have been correct. They can be affected by inaccurate assumptions or by known or unknown risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ from the expectations expressed, including the financial impact of our workforce reduction plan. We caution you not to place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this Current Report, and we undertake no obligation to update this information.


SIGNATURE

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

 

    ALBEMARLE CORPORATION
Date: December 18, 2013     By:  

/s/ Karen G. Narwold

      Karen G. Narwold
      Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate & Government Affairs, and Corporate Secretary


EXHIBIT INDEX

 

Exhibit
Number

  

Exhibit

99.1    Press release, dated December 18, 2013, issued by the Company.
EX-99.1

Exhibit 99.1

 

LOGO    Press Release

Albemarle Updates 2013 Business Outlook

BATON ROUGE, La., Dec. 18, 2013 — Albemarle Corporation (NYSE: ALB) today announced that the company expects to report earnings for the fourth quarter of 2013 in the range of $83 million to $88 million in net income, or $1.02 to $1.07 per diluted share, excluding special items, resulting in full year earnings of $4.00 to $4.05 per diluted share. This lower guidance is due to the impact of more cautious inventory management by customers in fluid cracking catalysts, clear completion fluids and flame retardants, weaker than expected demand for brominated flame retardants, and certain orders slipping into 2014. The IPC North America PCB Book-to-Bill ratio slipping from 0.98 in September to 0.94 in October is broadly indicative of the weakening of demand observed across most electronics end markets the company serves. The company also announced that it expects to incur a pre-tax special charge of between $30 million and $35 million during the fourth quarter in connection with a restructuring of the company’s workforce from three global business units to two and consistent with its previously announced intent to redeploy greater resources to R&D, business development and sales to spur growth.

“We have experienced a slower than expected quarter due to weaker than expected demand for flame retardants and more cautious working capital management by customers across a number of our critical product lines,” stated Luke Kissam, Albemarle’s president and chief executive officer. “The underlying fundamentals of these markets, however, remain solid. With the restructuring largely complete by year end, we expect to grow earnings in 2014, and our cash generation and strong balance sheet will allow us to continue returning cash to shareholders via our dividends and stock repurchase program. We look forward to providing details in January.”

The company will release earnings on January 28, 2014 and hold a conference call on January 29, 2014 at 9 a.m. EST to discuss fourth quarter financial results and management’s outlook for 2014.

About Albemarle

Albemarle Corporation, headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is a leading global developer, manufacturer, and marketer of highly-engineered specialty chemicals for consumer electronics, petroleum refining, utilities, packaging, construction, automotive/transportation, pharmaceuticals, crop protection, food-safety and custom chemistry services. The Company is committed to global sustainability and is advancing its eco-practices and solutions in its three business segments, Polymer Solutions, Catalysts and Fine Chemistry. Corporate Responsibility Magazine selected Albemarle to its prestigious “100 Best Corporate Citizens” list for 2010, 2011 and 2013. Albemarle employs

 

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LOGO    Press Release

 

approximately 3,900 people and serves customers in approximately 100 countries. Albemarle regularly posts information to www.albemarle.com, including notification of events, news, financial performance, investor presentations and webcasts, Regulation G reconciliations, SEC filings, and other information regarding the Company, its businesses and the markets we serve.

Media Contact: Ashley Mendoza, (225) 388-7137, Ashley.Mendoza@albemarle.com

Investor Relations Contact: Lorin Crenshaw, (225) 388-7322, Lorin.Crenshaw@albemarle.com

“Safe Harbor” Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Statements in this press release regarding Albemarle Corporation’s business that are not historical facts are “forward-looking statements” that involve risks and uncertainties. For a discussion of such risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K.

 

Albemarle Corporation

451 Florida Street

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

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