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CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., July 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Quaker Chemical Corporation (NYSE: KWR) today announced net sales for the second quarter 2008 of $158.2 million, a quarterly record, and net income of $4.3 million, increases of 15% and 4%, respectively, compared to the second quarter of 2007. Earnings per diluted share were $0.41 for the second quarter of 2008, the same as the second quarter of 2007. Included in second quarter 2008 results is a charge of approximately $1.9 million of incremental expense, or approximately $0.12 per diluted share, related to the upcoming retirement of the Company's chief executive officer.
"We had a fine second quarter in sales and profits, particularly in consideration of the much quickened escalation of raw material costs in the quarter and the CEO transition cost charged. Our raw material experience in the quarter dramatically outstripped even the unprecedented levels of the last couple of years," commented Ronald J. Naples, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Our second quarter profit was helped by considerable leverage in SG&A expenses. And, beyond the P&L, the second quarter showed excellent cash flow improvement, leading to about a $14 million reduction in net debt, our lowest level since the end of 2005. We are certainly mindful of the challenges and limited visibility of the current economic environment, but we remain committed to investing in key growth initiatives and continuing to work with our customers to recognize the value we deliver and our cost realities. We're on our way to a solid growth year, even in the face of today's well-known negatives, and are confident of our long-term future and the prospects for continued growth."
Second Quarter Summary
Net sales for the second quarter were $158.2 million, up 15% compared to $137.6 million for the second quarter of 2007. The increase in net sales was primarily due to higher sales prices and foreign exchange rate translation. Volume growth in Asia/Pacific and South America, as well as higher revenue from Chemical Management Services ("CMS"), was largely offset by volume declines in the Company's other regions. Foreign exchange rate translation increased revenues by approximately 8%. Selling price increases were realized, in part, as a result of an ongoing effort to offset higher raw material costs. CMS revenue was higher due to the impact of additional CMS accounts gained in 2007, as well as the renewal and restructuring of several of the Company's CMS contracts.
Gross margin dollars were up by approximately $2.2 million, or 5% over the second quarter of 2007. However, the gross margin percentage was 28.3%, compared to 31.0% in the second quarter of 2007. The Company's larger mix of CMS contracts reported on a gross versus pass-through basis decreased the gross margin percentage by approximately 0.5 percentage points. The remaining decline in the gross margin percentage is due to increased raw material costs in excess of price increases, as well as product and regional sales mix. The Company has announced and implemented a number of further price increases to aid in offsetting the significant rise in the Company's key raw material costs.
Selling, general and administrative expenses ("SG&A") increased $1.7 million, compared to the second quarter of 2007. Foreign exchange rate translation increased SG&A by $2.5 million. Investments in higher growth areas, as well as inflationary increases, were more than offset by lower legal and environmental costs and lower incentive compensation expense. SG&A as a percent of sales was 23.5% versus 25.7% in last year's second quarter.
As previously announced on May 7, 2008, Ronald J. Naples, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Quaker Chemical Corporation, announced his plan to retire as Quaker's Chief Executive Officer, effective October 3, 2008. As further discussed in the Company's 8-K filed on May 13, 2008, the Company is recognizing certain accelerated and other costs, in accordance with Mr. Naples' Employment, Transition and Consulting Agreement, which are expected to total $5.8 million over the 2008-2010 period. Of the $3.5 million in incremental costs estimated to be incurred in 2008, approximately $1.9 million, or approximately $0.12 per diluted share, was recognized in the second quarter of 2008.
Other income includes a net arbitration award of approximately $1.0 million, or approximately $0.04 per diluted share, related to litigation with one of the former owners of the Company's Italian subsidiary. The decrease in interest expense is due to lower average debt balances and interest rates, as well as higher interest income.
Net sales for the first half of 2008 were $305.9 million, up 16.5% from $262.5 million for the first half of 2007. The increase in net sales was attributable to volume growth, higher sales prices and foreign exchange rate translation. Volume growth was realized in virtually all the Company's regions, including higher revenue related to the Company's CMS channel. Foreign exchange rate translation increased revenues by approximately 8%. Selling price increases were realized, in part, as a result of an ongoing effort to offset higher raw material costs. CMS revenues were higher due to the impact of additional CMS accounts gained in 2007, as well as the renewal and restructuring of several of the Company's CMS contracts.
Gross margin dollars were up $7.3 million, or 9% for the first half of 2008, compared to the first half of 2007. However, gross margin percentage was 28.9% for the first half of 2008, compared to 30.9% in the first half of 2007. The Company's larger mix of CMS contracts reported on a gross versus pass-through basis decreased the gross margin percentage by approximately 0.5 percentage points. The remaining decline in the gross margin percentage is due to increased raw material costs in excess of price increases, as well as product and regional sales mix.
SG&A for the first half of 2008 increased $4.3 million, compared to the first half of 2007. Foreign exchange rate translation increased SG&A by $4.8 million. Investments in higher growth areas, as well as inflationary increases, were more than offset by lower legal and environmental costs and lower incentive compensation expense.
Other income includes the net arbitration award noted above. The decrease in interest expense is due to lower average debt balances and interest rates, as well as higher interest income.
Balance Sheet and Cash Flow Items
The Company's net debt-to-total-capital ratio has decreased to 28% from 32% at December 31, 2007, primarily on strong second quarter 2008 operating cash flow. Compared to the first quarter of 2008, operating cash flow improved $14.3 million.
Quaker Chemical Corporation is a leading global provider of process chemicals, chemical specialties, services, and technical expertise to a wide range of industries -- including steel, automotive, mining, aerospace, tube and pipe, coatings and construction materials. Our products, technical solutions, and chemical management services enhance our customers' processes, improve their product quality, and lower their costs. Quaker's headquarters is located near Philadelphia in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania.
This release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in such statements. A major risk is that the Company's demand is largely derived from the demand for its customers' products, which subjects the Company to downturns in a customer's business and unanticipated customer production shutdowns. Other major risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, significant increases in raw material costs, customer financial stability, worldwide economic and political conditions, foreign currency fluctuations, and future terrorist attacks such as those that occurred on September 11, 2001. Other factors could also adversely affect us. Therefore, we caution you not to place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements. This discussion is provided as permitted by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.
As previously announced, Quaker Chemical's investor conference call to discuss second quarter results is scheduled for July 31, 2008 at 3:30 p.m. (ET). Access the conference by calling 877-269-7756 or visit Quaker's Web site at http://www.quakerchem.com for a live webcast.
Quaker Chemical Corporation Condensed Consolidated Statement of Income (Dollars in thousands, except per share data and share amounts) (Unaudited) Three Months Ended Six Months Ended June 30, June 30, 2008 2007 2008 2007 Net sales $158,188 $137,598 $305,906 $262,489 Cost of goods sold 113,402 94,986 217,485 181,331 Gross margin 44,786 42,612 88,421 81,158 % 28.3% 31.0% 28.9% 30.9% Selling, general and administrative expenses 37,153 35,409 71,657 67,328 CEO Transition Costs 1,880 - 1,880 - Operating income 5,753 7,203 14,884 13,830 % 3.6% 5.2% 4.9% 5.3% Other income, net 1,687 909 1,848 1,236 Interest expense, net (979) (1,501) (2,161) (2,851) Income before taxes 6,461 6,611 14,571 12,215 Taxes on income 2,116 2,298 4,881 4,142 4,345 4,313 9,690 8,073 Equity in net income of associated companies 187 266 299 391 Minority interest in net income of subsidiaries (211) (428) (575) (776) Net income $4,321 $4,151 $9,414 $7,688 % 2.7% 3.0% 3.1% 2.9% Per share data: Net income - basic $0.42 $0.42 $0.92 $0.77 Net income - diluted $0.41 $0.41 $0.91 $0.76 Shares Outstanding: Basic 10,285,121 9,983,535 10,185,490 9,945,819 Diluted 10,559,449 10,118,653 10,366,569 10,074,060 Quaker Chemical Corporation Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet (Dollars in thousands, except par value and share amounts) (Unaudited) June 30, December 31, 2008 2007 ASSETS Current assets Cash and cash equivalents $22,170 $20,195 Construction fund (restricted cash) 9,325 - Accounts receivable, net 121,599 118,135 Inventories, net 66,560 60,738 Prepaid expenses and other current assets 14,516 14,433 Total current assets 234,170 213,501 Property, plant and equipment, net 66,760 62,287 Goodwill 47,129 43,789 Other intangible assets, net 7,480 7,873 Investments in associated companies 7,972 7,323 Deferred income taxes 30,480 30,257 Other assets 40,315 34,019 Total assets $434,306 $399,049 LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY Current liabilities Short-term borrowings and current portion of long- term debt $2,818 $4,288 Accounts and other payables 73,718 67,380 Accrued compensation 11,403 17,287 Other current liabilities 17,280 17,396 Total current liabilities 105,219 106,351 Long-term debt 87,405 78,487 Deferred income taxes 8,784 7,583 Other non-current liabilities 75,118 71,722 Total liabilities 276,526 264,143 Minority interest in equity of subsidiaries 4,883 4,513 Shareholders' equity Common stock, $1 par value; authorized 30,000,000 shares; issued 10,612,269 shares 10,612 10,147 Capital in excess of par value 19,029 10,104 Retained earnings 120,375 115,767 Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) 2,881 (5,625) Total shareholders' equity 152,897 130,393 Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $434,306 $399,049 Quaker Chemical Corporation Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows For the six months ended June 30, (Dollars in thousands) (Unaudited) 2008 2007 Cash flows from operating activities Net income $9,414 $7,688 Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities: Depreciation 5,457 5,500 Amortization 606 611 Equity in net income of associated companies, net of dividends (299) (26) Minority interest in earnings of subsidiaries 575 776 Deferred compensation and other, net 2,498 1,276 Stock-based compensation 1,762 561 (Gain) loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment (76) 6 Insurance settlement realized (685) (913) Pension and other postretirement benefits (3,311) (1,773) Increase (decrease) in cash from changes in current assets and current liabilities, net of acquisitions: Accounts receivable 1,013 (14,785) Inventories (3,806) (3,921) Prepaid expenses and other current assets (885) (989) Accounts payable and accrued liabilities (4,146) 3,123 Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities 8,117 (2,866) Cash flows from investing activities Capital expenditures (7,038) (4,180) Payments related to acquisitions (1,000) (1,527) Proceeds from disposition of assets 117 106 Insurance settlement received and interest earned 5,178 5,326 Change in restricted cash, net (13,818) (4,413) Net cash used in investing activities (16,561) (4,688) Cash flows from financing activities Net decrease in short-term borrowings (1,488) (2,841) Proceeds from long-term debt 10,000 10,921 Repayments of long-term debt (2,120) (448) Dividends paid (4,550) (4,304) Stock options exercised, other 7,628 2,605 Distributions to minority shareholders - (270) Net cash provided by financing activities 9,470 5,663 Effect of exchange rate changes on cash 949 346 Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 1,975 (1,545) Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period 20,195 16,062 Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period $22,170 $14,517
SOURCE Quaker Chemical Corporation -0- 07/30/2008 /CONTACT: Mark A. Featherstone, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Quaker Chemical Corporation, +1-610-832-4160/ /Web site: http://www.quakerchem.com / (KWR) CO: Quaker Chemical Corporation ST: Pennsylvania IN: CHM FIN SU: ERN CCA RB-AB -- NEW101A -- 1874 07/30/2008 17:00 EDT http://www.prnewswire.com