Innospec Q2 net income jumps 105% to US$24.6M as sales rise 11% to US$186.5M on record performance from Active Chemicals, Octane Additives units

LITTLETON, Colorado , August 8, 2011 (press release) – Innospec Inc. (Nasdaq:IOSP - News) today announced its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2011.

Total net sales for the quarter were $186.5 million, an 11% increase from $168.4 million in the corresponding period last year. Net income was $24.6 million, or $1.00 per diluted share, more than double the $12.0 million, or $0.48 per diluted share, reported a year ago. EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and impairment) for the quarter was $34.2 million, nearly twice the $17.8 million a year ago.

Results for the second quarter include after-tax foreign exchange gains of $6.3 million, or $0.25 per diluted share. The results also include other special items, which are summarized in the table below. For the second quarter of 2011, these items had a combined positive impact on net income of $3.8 million, or $0.15 per diluted share; a year ago, special items reduced net income by $4.4 million, or $0.18 per diluted share. Excluding these items, diluted earnings per share for the second quarter of 2011 were $0.85, a 29% increase from $0.66 a year ago.

EBITDA and net income excluding special items, and related per share amounts, are non-GAAP financial measures that are defined and reconciled with GAAP results herein and in the schedules below.

  Quarter ended June 30, 2011 Quarter ended June 30, 2010
  After-tax (in millions) Per diluted share After-tax (in millions) Per diluted share
         
Net income $ 24.6 $ 1.00 $ 12.0 $ 0.48
         
Foreign exchange (gains)/losses (6.3) (0.25) 7.7 0.31
Civil complaint legal and professional expenses 2.4 0.10 -- --
Pension charge 0.1 -- 1.5 0.06
Adjustment of income tax provisions -- -- (5.0) (0.20)
Restructuring charge -- -- 0.2 0.01
  (3.8) (0.15) 4.4 0.18
         
Net income excluding special items $ 20.8 $ 0.85 $ 16.4 0.66

For the first six months of 2011, total net sales of $371.8 million increased 12% from $331.9 million in the corresponding period last year. Net income for the first half was $46.1 million, or $1.88 per diluted share, up sharply from $19.4 million, or $0.78 per diluted share, a year ago. Excluding special items, diluted earnings per share for the first six months of 2011 were $1.59, a 20% increase from $1.33 a year ago. EBITDA for the first half of 2011 was $67.7 million, compared with $33.2 million in last year's first half.

"Against the backdrop of a continued challenging economic environment, Innospec's 29% increase in second quarter earnings excluding special items was an outstanding performance," said Patrick Williams, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Fuel Specialties' sales momentum remains strong across most of its markets, and while its gross margins did not improve as expected in the second quarter, recent price increases and declines in crude oil-related costs have set the stage for higher margins in the second half of the year. Our Active Chemicals segment delivered another all-time record quarter, with sharply higher margins and operating income more than double a year ago. Octane Additives also turned in solid results, with sales and adjusted operating income up significantly from the first quarter and only slightly below the exceptionally strong levels in last year's second quarter."

Net sales in Fuel Specialties for the second quarter were $113.3 million, up 9% from $104.2 million in last year's second quarter. By region, sales increased 14% in the Americas and 16% in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), but were down 20% in Asia-Pacific due to the timing of shipments and some raw material supply tightening. The segment's gross margin was 27.4%, compared with 30.8% a year ago. Its operating income for the quarter was $12.3 million, compared with $17.1 million a year ago.

In Active Chemicals, net sales were $48.7 million for the quarter, a 28% increase from $38.1 million a year ago. By region, sales rose 11% in the Americas, 38% in EMEA, and 48% in Asia-Pacific. Active Chemicals' gross margin was 28.1% for the quarter, up sharply from 21.3% a year ago. The segment's operating income was $9.1 million, compared with $3.6 million in last year's second quarter.

Octane Additives' net sales for the quarter were $24.5 million, down 6% from $26.1 million a year ago. The segment's gross margin was 54.3%, compared with 52.9% a year ago. Operating income for the quarter was $8.1 million (including a $3.0 million accrual for civil complaint legal and professional expenses), compared with $11.6 million a year ago.

Corporate costs for the quarter were $6.5 million, compared with $4.8 million a year ago. The increase primarily reflects higher accruals for share based compensation expense, driven by the increase in Innospec's share price during the quarter. As expected, the charge related to the Company's pension plan of $0.1 million was down significantly from $2.1 million (pre-tax) a year ago. The effective tax rate for the quarter was 16.6%, compared to 7.0% in last year's second quarter. Excluding the positive tax adjustment in last year's second quarter, the effective tax rate was 26.2%.

Net cash generated from operations was $5.8 million for the quarter, primarily due to continued strong operating income, partly offset by increased working capital requirements of $17.6 million. As of June 30, 2011, Innospec had $103.4 million in cash and cash equivalents, exceeding its total debt of $33.0 million by $70.4 million.

Mr. Williams concluded, "We remain confident that our core businesses in Fuel Specialties and Active Chemicals are well-positioned to drive significant growth and value for our shareholders in the years ahead. We also continue to explore opportunities to leverage our leading market positions and financial resources through potential strategic acquisitions that could further enhance our growth and profitability over the longer term."

Revision to Classification of Certain Items

During the quarter, the Company revised the classification of certain amortization of intangible assets expenses in its results for 2011 and comparable information for 2010. Previously, these expenses were disclosed separately within operating expenses and are now charged to cost of goods sold or selling expenses. This has no impact on 2011 or any prior periods' reported net sales, income before income taxes, net income, EBITDA, earnings per share, net cash provided by operating activities or any balance sheet category.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The information presented in this press release includes financial measures that are not calculated or presented in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles in the United States (GAAP). These non-GAAP financial measures comprise EBITDA and net income excluding special items, and related per share amounts. EBITDA is net income per our consolidated financial statements adjusted for the exclusion of charges for interest expense (net), income taxes, depreciation, amortization and impairment of Octane Additives segment goodwill. Net income excluding special items is net income per our consolidated financial statements adjusted for the exclusion of foreign exchange (gains)/losses, civil complaint legal and professional expenses, pension charge, adjustment of income tax provisions and restructuring charge. Reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable GAAP financial measures are provided herein and in the schedules below. The Company believes that such non-GAAP financial measures provide useful information to investors and may assist them in evaluating the Company's underlying performance and identifying operating trends. In addition, management uses these non-GAAP financial measures internally to allocate resources and evaluate the performance of the Company's operations. While the Company believes that such measures are useful in evaluating the Company's performance, investors should not consider them to be a substitute for financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. In addition, these non-GAAP financial measures may differ from similarly-titled non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies and do not provide a comparable view of the Company's performance relative to other companies in similar industries. Management believes the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure is GAAP net income and has provided a reconciliation of EBITDA and net income excluding special items, and related per share amounts, to GAAP net income herein and in the schedules below.

About Innospec Inc.

Innospec Inc. is an international specialty chemicals company with approximately 850 employees in 20 countries. Innospec manufactures and supplies a wide range of specialty chemicals to markets in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific. Innospec's Fuel Specialties business specializes in manufacturing and supplying the fuel additives that help improve fuel efficiency, boost engine performance and reduce harmful emissions. Innospec's Active Chemicals business provides effective technology-based solutions for our customers' processes or products focused in the Personal Care; Household, Industrial & Institutional; and Fragrance Ingredients markets. Innospec's Octane Additives business is the world's only producer of tetra ethyl lead.

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