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Quaker Chemical Announces Record Second Quarter 2005 Sales

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., Aug. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Quaker Chemical Corporation (NYSE: KWR) today announced record quarterly sales of $107.0 million and diluted earnings per share of $0.18 for the second quarter of 2005.

Second Quarter 2005 Summary

Net sales for the second quarter were $107.0 million, up 8% from $98.7 million for the second quarter of 2004. Foreign exchange rate translation favorably impacted net sales by approximately $3.4 million, with a remaining net sales increase of approximately 5%, primarily due to higher selling prices. The higher sales prices were a reflection of the Company's actions throughout 2004 and 2005 to mitigate higher raw material costs. Volume increases in Asia/Pacific were offset by softer demand in the Company's other regions.

Net income for the second quarter was $1.8 million compared to $2.8 million for the second quarter of 2004. Significantly higher product purchase costs and higher selling, general and administrative expenses were largely responsible for the shortfall in earnings compared to the second quarter of 2004.

Gross margin as a percentage of sales was 30.6% for the second quarter of 2005 compared to 33.0% for the second quarter of 2004, but represented an improvement over the first quarter of 2005 gross margin percentage of 29.7%. Higher prices for the Company's raw materials, particularly crude oil derivatives, and higher third-party product purchase costs with respect to its CMS contracts outpaced the Company's price increases, as compared to the prior year.

Selling, general and administrative expenses for the quarter increased $1.9 million compared to the second quarter of 2004. Foreign exchange rate translation accounted for approximately 40% of the increase. The remaining increase was primarily a result of inflationary increases, reduced incentive compensation expense in the prior year, as well as spending on higher growth areas.

The increase in other income compared to the second quarter of 2004 was due to foreign exchange gains associated with the declining relative strength of the Euro. The higher net interest expense compared to the second quarter of 2004 was attributable to higher average borrowings and higher interest rates on the Company's short-term debt. The decrease in minority interest was primarily attributable to the Company's first quarter 2005 acquisition of the remaining 40% interest in its Brazilian affiliate, as previously announced on March 7, 2005.

Year-to-Date Summary

Net sales for the first half of the year increased to a record $211.2 million, up 7% from $196.8 million for the first half of 2004. Foreign exchange rate translation favorably impacted net sales by $6.2 million or 3%, with the remaining increase of 4% primarily attributable to higher sales prices. Price increases implemented across the Company's regions more than offset lower volumes and partially offset higher raw material costs. Volume increases in Asia/Pacific were offset by softer demand in the Company's other regions.

Net income for the first half of 2005 was $4.9 million compared to $6.2 million for the first half of 2004. Contributing to these earnings were the $4.2 million of pre-tax proceeds received in the first quarter from the Company's real estate joint venture and higher selling prices. These positives were partially offset by higher product purchase costs, selling, general and administrative expenses, and a net $1.2 million of pre-tax restructuring costs.

Gross margin as a percentage of sales was 30.1% in the first half of 2005 compared to 33.0% in the first half of 2004, and was attributable to higher prices for the Company's raw materials and higher third-party product costs with respect to the Company's CMS contracts, as discussed in the second quarter summary.

Selling, general and administrative expenses for the first half of the year increased $3.5 million as compared to the first half of 2004. Foreign exchange rate translation accounted for approximately half of the increase with the remainder of the increase primarily attributable to higher professional fees, pension costs, investments in higher growth areas, and other inflationary increases. Such increases were partially offset by reduced incentive compensation expense and reduced spending related to the Company's global ERP implementation. As previously disclosed, during the first quarter of 2005, the Company furthered its restructuring efforts resulting in a net pre-tax charge of $1.2 million related to a reduction in its workforce. The Company expects to realize $1.4 to $1.6 million in annual savings as a result of this restructuring effort. These savings will be reinvested in higher growth areas such as Asia/Pacific and in the continuing development of new complementary businesses.

The increase in other income was reflective of the $4.2 million of proceeds received from the Company's real estate joint venture, previously announced on February 17, 2005, as well as foreign exchange gains. The higher net interest expense compared to the first half of 2004 was attributable to higher average borrowings and higher interest rates on the Company's short-term debt. The decrease in minority interest was the result of the Company's first quarter 2005 acquisition of the remaining 40% interest in its Brazilian affiliate, as previously announced on March 7, 2005.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow Items

The Company's net debt increased from December 2004, primarily to fund the acquisition noted above, as well as to fund working capital needs associated with the Company's growth initiatives. The Company's net debt-to-total capital ratio was 31% at June 30, 2005, compared to 33% at March 31, 2005, and 28% at the end of 2004. The Company's credit lines total $94.0 million, including $40.0 million committed and $54.0 million uncommitted. At June 30, 2005, the Company had approximately $52.0 million outstanding on its credit lines.

Ronald J. Naples, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "We were very pleased to see the beginnings of gross margin percentage recovery in the second quarter compared to our first quarter, achieved in the face of continued oil price escalation. The solid quarterly sales increase was also a good sign, achieved as it was against the backdrop of demand declines in key market segments, particularly as steel mills in the U.S. and Europe dramatically curtailed production. Both of these point to our strong and growing market position and are the reasons for significant improvement in sequential quarter-over-quarter operating earnings, that is, before items such as real estate gains and restructuring charges in the first quarter."

Mr. Naples added, "The disappointing negative, however, is that percentage gross margins are still below prior year. This, combined with still high and unpredictable raw material costs and the expected continuation of the demand slackness noted above, cloud the outlook for the year as a whole. We anticipate that our operating earnings for the second half will show improvement over the first half, as our recent and impending pricing actions take fuller effect and as we more fully benefit from the March acquisition of our Brazilian partner's minority ownership interest. However, we no longer anticipate that operating earnings for the year will improve over 2004. This less optimistic view flows from the lack of market indications of an imminent pickup in the weak steel demand experienced in the first half of the year. We remain focused on margin improvement, customer penetration, and growth in market share, as we step up efforts to lower costs and reposition the Company to restore our profit growth."

Quaker Chemical Corporation, headquartered in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, is a worldwide developer, producer, and marketer of custom-formulated chemical specialty products and a provider of chemical management services for manufacturers around the globe, primarily in the steel and automotive industries.

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 to discuss second quarter results is scheduled for August 2, 2005 at 2:30 p.m. (ET). Access the conference by calling 877-269-7756 (toll free) 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)           (Unaudited)

                                    Three Months Ended      Six Months Ended
                                          June 30,              June 30,
                                      2005       2004       2005       2004

    Net sales                       $107,042    $98,683   $211,203   $196,814

    Cost of goods sold                74,333     66,139    147,567    131,815

    Gross margin                      32,709     32,544     63,636     64,999
      %                                30.6%      33.0%      30.1%      33.0%

    Selling, general and
     administrative                   29,120     27,209     57,337     53,807

    Restructuring and related
     activities, net                     -          -        1,232        -

    Operating income                   3,589      5,335      5,067     11,192
      %                                 3.4%       5.4%       2.4%       5.7%

    Other income, net                    648        208      5,516        767
    Interest expense, net               (740)      (349)    (1,174)      (664)
    Income before taxes                3,497      5,194      9,409     11,295

    Taxes on income                    1,136      1,636      3,057      3,558
                                       2,361      3,558      6,352      7,737

    Equity in net income of
     associated companies                153        186        206        335
    Minority interest in net
     income of subsidiaries             (719)      (897)    (1,637)    (1,916)

    Net income                        $1,795     $2,847     $4,921     $6,156
      %                                 1.7%       2.9%       2.3%       3.1%

    Per share data:
       Net income - basic              $0.19      $0.30      $0.51      $0.64
       Net income- diluted             $0.18      $0.29      $0.50      $0.62

    Shares Outstanding:
       Basic                       9,676,463  9,604,142  9,660,163  9,587,393
       Diluted                     9,795,798  9,983,809  9,826,166  9,981,999


                           Quaker Chemical Corporation
                      Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet
            (Dollars in thousands, except par value and share amounts)

                                                          (Unaudited)

                                                   June 30,       December 31,
                                                     2005             2004*
    ASSETS

    Current assets
       Cash and cash equivalents                    $17,107           $29,078
       Accounts receivable, net                      86,738            87,527
       Inventories, net                              41,058            41,298
       Prepaid expenses and other current assets     12,955            13,284
          Total current assets                      157,858           171,187

    Property, plant and equipment                   142,426           146,900
       Less accumulated depreciation                 83,172            84,012
          Net property, plant and equipment          59,254            62,888
    Goodwill                                         35,308            34,853
    Other intangible assets, net                      9,264             8,574
    Investments in associated companies               6,407             6,718
    Deferred income taxes                            18,842            18,825
    Other assets                                     20,876            21,848
          Total assets                             $307,809          $324,893

    LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

    Current liabilities
       Short-term borrowings and current
        portion of long-term debt                   $54,904           $60,695
       Accounts and other payables                   43,510            42,262
       Accrued compensation                           6,150             8,692
       Other current liabilities                     15,302            13,969
          Total current liabilities                 119,866           125,618
    Long-term debt                                   14,133            14,848
    Deferred income taxes                             5,660             5,588
    Other non-current liabilities                    42,894            43,828
          Total liabilities                         182,553           189,882

    Minority interest in equity of subsidiaries       7,695            12,424

    Shareholders' equity
       Common stock, $1 par value;
        authorized 30,000,000 shares;
        issued 9,711,550 shares                       9,712             9,669
       Capital in excess of par value                 2,979             2,632
       Retained earnings                            118,736           117,981
       Unearned compensation                           (177)             (355)
       Accumulated other comprehensive loss         (13,689)           (7,340)
          Total shareholders' equity                117,561           122,587
             Total liabilities and
              shareholders' equity                 $307,809          $324,893

    *  Condensed from audited financial statements.


                           Quaker Chemical Corporation
                 Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows
                        For the six months ended June 30,
                              (Dollars in thousands)

                                                           (Unaudited)

                                                      2005              2004
    Cash flows from operating activities
      Net income                                     $4,921            $6,156
      Adjustments to reconcile net income
       to net cash provided by (used in)
       operating activities:
        Depreciation                                  4,548             4,098
        Amortization                                    646               575
        Equity in net income of associated companies   (206)             (335)
        Minority interest in earnings of
         subsidiaries                                 1,637             1,916
        Deferred compensation and other, net            298               245
        Restructuring and related activities          1,232               -
        Gain on sale of partnership assets           (2,989)              -
        Pension and other postretirement benefits      (368)              411
      Increase (decrease) in cash from changes in
       current assets and current liabilities,
       net of acquisitions:
        Accounts receivable                          (2,481)           (4,824)
        Inventories                                    (721)           (6,110)
        Prepaid expenses and other current assets      (171)           (3,318)
        Accounts payable and accrued liabilities      2,718              (213)
        Change in restructuring liabilities          (1,382)             (327)
          Net cash provided by (used in)
           operating activities                       7,682            (1,726)

    Cash flows from investing activities
      Capital expenditures                           (3,196)           (4,915)
      Dividends and distributions from
       associated companies                             234               233
      Payments related to acquisitions               (6,700)              -
      Proceeds from partnership
       disposition of assets                          2,989               -
      Proceeds from disposition of assets               670               -
      Other, net                                        -                  28
          Net cash used in investing activities      (6,003)           (4,654)

    Cash flows from financing activities
      Net (decrease) increase in short-
       term borrowings                               (5,217)           11,165
      Proceeds from long-term debt                      -               2,463
      Repayments of long-term debt                     (518)             (255)
      Dividends paid                                 (4,163)           (4,091)
      Stock options exercised, other                    181               716
      Distributions to minority shareholders         (2,205)             (245)
          Net cash (used in) provided by
           financing activities                     (11,922)            9,753

      Effect of exchange rate changes on cash        (1,728)             (818)
        Net (decrease) increase in cash
         and cash equivalents                       (11,971)            2,555
        Cash and cash equivalents at the
         beginning of the period                     29,078            21,915
        Cash and cash equivalents at the
         end of the period                          $17,107           $24,470
SOURCE  Quaker Chemical Corporation
    -0-                             08/01/2005
    /CONTACT:  Neal E. Murphy, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer,
Quaker Chemical, +1-610-832-4189/
    /Web site:  http://www.quakerchem.com /
    (KWR)

CO:  Quaker Chemical Corporation
ST:  Pennsylvania
IN:  CHM
SU:  ERN CCA

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