KEMET Reports First Quarter of Fiscal Year 2011 Results

- Net sales up 14.5% to $243.8 million compared to $213.0 million for the prior quarter ended March 31, 2010

- Gross margin up significantly to 25.0% compared to 20.2% for the prior quarter ended March 31, 2010

- Non-GAAP Adjusted net income of $0.28 per basic share and $0.15 per diluted share for the current quarter

- Adjusted EBITDA of $45.2 million

GREENVILLE, S.C., July 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- KEMET Corporation (NYSE Amex: KEM) today reported preliminary results for the first fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2010.  Net sales for the quarter ended June 30, 2010 were $243.8 million, which is a 62.3% increase over the same quarter last fiscal year and a 14.5% increase over the prior fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2010.

On a U.S. GAAP basis, the net loss was $20.1 million, or $(0.25) per basic and diluted share for the first quarter of fiscal year 2011 compared to net income of $25.1 million or $0.31 per basic and diluted share for the same quarter last year and compared to net income of $0.3 million or $0.00 per basic and diluted share for the prior fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2010.  The current fiscal quarter includes a $38.2 million non-cash loss on early extinguishment of debt and $1.8 million of restructuring charges primarily associated with the relocation of equipment.  Conversely, the first quarter of fiscal year 2010 included a $38.9 million non-cash gain on early extinguishment of debt.  

Non-GAAP Adjusted net income was $22.3 million or $0.28 per basic share and $0.15 per diluted share for the current fiscal quarter compared to an Adjusted net loss of $10.3 million, or $(0.13) per basic and diluted share for the same quarter last year and compared to an Adjusted net income of $8.8 million, or $0.11 per basic share and $0.06 per diluted share for the prior fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2010.  

"It was a great quarter as we saw our revenue return to pre-recession levels and our gross margins increase significantly," said Per Loof, KEMET's Chief Executive Officer.  "Our efforts to improve operating efficiencies, maintain our cost controls established over the past year, reestablish a strong Balance Sheet, and our ability to meet the strong volume demands of our customers have combined to drive our financial results," continued Loof.

About KEMET

As announced on June 21, 2010, the Company's common stock was approved for listing on the NYSE Amex. Trading commenced on the NYSE Amex on Tuesday, June 22, 2010 under the ticker symbol 'KEM' (NYSE Amex: KEM).  At the Investor Relations section of our web site at http://www.KEMET.com/IR, users may subscribe to KEMET news releases and find additional information about our Company.  KEMET applies world class service and quality to deliver industry leading, high performance capacitance solutions to its customers around the world and offers the world's most complete line of surface mount and through hole capacitor technologies across tantalum, ceramic, film, aluminum, electrolytic, and paper dielectrics. Additional information about KEMET can be found at http://www.kemet.com.

In this news release, the Company makes reference to certain Non-GAAP financial measures, including "Adjusted net income (loss)", "Adjusted net income (loss) per share" and "Adjusted EBITDA".  Management believes that investors may find it useful to review the Company's financial results as adjusted to exclude items as determined by management.  "Adjusted net income (loss)" and "Adjusted net income (loss) per share" represent net income/loss and net income/loss per share excluding gain/loss on early extinguishment of debt, ERP integration costs, restructuring charges related primarily to equipment moves and employee severance, gain/loss on sales and disposals of assets, and amortization related to debt issuance costs and debt discount.  Management believes that these Non-GAAP financial measures are useful to investors because they provide a supplemental way to understand the underlying operating performance of the Company.  Management uses these Non-GAAP financial measures to evaluate operating performance.  Non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered as an alternative to net income, operating income or any other performance measures derived in accordance with GAAP.

The following table provides reconciliation from GAAP net income/loss to Non-GAAP adjusted net income/loss:


                          Quarters Ended

                          June 30, 2010  March 31, 2010  June 30, 2009

                          (Unaudited) (Amounts in thousands, except per share
                          data)



Net sales                 $ 243,794      $ 212,980       $ 150,167



Net income (loss)         $ (20,099)     $ 317           $ 25,090

Basic net income (loss)
per share                 $ (0.25)       $ -             $ 0.31

Diluted net income (loss)
per share                 $ (0.25)       $ -             $ 0.31



Excluding the following
items (Non-GAAP)



Net income (loss)         $ (20,099)     $ 317           $ 25,090

Adjustments:

Restructuring charges     1,792          6,609           -

Amortization included in
interest expense          1,924          3,806           2,564

(Gain) loss on early
extinguishment of debt    38,248         -               (38,921)

(Gain) loss on sales and
disposals of assets       335            (1,501)         206

ERP integration costs     280            -               -

Income tax effect of
non-GAAP adjustments (1)  (155)          (462)           738

Adjusted net income
(loss) (excluding

adjustments)              $ 22,325       $ 8,769         $ (10,323)

Adjusted net income
(loss) per share
(excluding

adjustments)

Basic                     $ 0.28         $ 0.11          $ (0.13)

Diluted                   $ 0.15         $ 0.06          $ (0.13)



(1) The income tax effect of the excluded items is calculated by applying the
applicable jurisdictional income tax rate, considering the deferred tax
valuation for each applicable jurisdiction.







QUIET PERIOD

Beginning October 1, 2010, we will observe a quiet period during which the information provided in this news release and our quarterly report on Form 10-Q will no longer constitute our current expectations. During the quiet period, this information should be considered to be historical, applying prior to the quiet period only and not subject to update by management. The quiet period will extend until the day when our next quarterly earnings release is published.

CAUTIONARY STATEMENT ON FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

Certain statements included herein contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of federal securities laws about KEMET Corporation's (the "Company") financial condition and results of operations that are based on management's current expectations, estimates and projections about the markets, in which the Company operates, as well as management's beliefs and assumptions. Words such as "expects," "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," variations of such words and other similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions, which are difficult to predict. Therefore, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed or forecasted in, or implied by, such forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which reflect management's judgment only as of the date hereof. The Company undertakes no obligation to update publicly any of these forward-looking statements to reflect new information, future events or otherwise.

Factors that may cause actual outcome and results to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, these forward-looking statements include, but are not necessarily limited to the following: (i) continued uncertainty of the economy could impact the Company's ability to realize operating plans if the demand for the Company's products declines and could adversely affect the Company's liquidity and ability to continue to operate; (ii) adverse economic conditions could cause further reevaluation and the write down of long-lived assets; (iii) an increase in the cost or a decrease in the availability of the Company's principle raw materials; (iv) changes in  the competitive environment of the Company; (v) uncertainty of the timing of customer product qualifications in heavily regulated industries; (vi) economic, political, or regulatory changes in the countries in which the Company operates; (vii) difficulties, delays or unexpected costs in completing the Company's restructuring plan; (viii) the ability to attract, train and retain effective employees and management; (ix) the ability to develop innovative products to maintain customer relationships; (x) the impact of environmental issues, laws, and regulations; (xi) volatility of financial and credit markets which would affect the Company's access to capital; (xii) exposure to foreign exchange gains and losses; (xiii) need to reduce costs to offset downward price trends; (xiv) potential limitation on use of net operating losses to offset possible future taxable income; (xv) dilution as a result of the warrant held by K Equity, LLC; and (xvi) exercise of the warrant by K Equity, LLC may result in the existence of a controlling stockholder.


KEMET CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(Unaudited - Amounts in thousands, except per share data)





                                                Quarters Ended

                                                June 30, 2010  June 30, 2009

Net sales                                       $ 243,794      $ 150,167



Operating costs and expenses:

Cost of sales                                   182,886        129,661

Selling, general and administrative expenses    24,215         18,022

Research and development                        6,031          4,779

Restructuring charges                           1,792          -

Net loss on sales and disposals of assets       335            206

Total operating costs and expenses              215,259        152,668



Operating income (loss)                         28,535         (2,501)



Other (income) expense:

Interest income                                 (21)           (31)

Interest expense                                7,458          5,819

(Gain) loss on early extinguishment of debt     38,248         (38,921)

Other expense, net                              1,674          4,512

Income (loss) before income taxes               (18,824)       26,120



Income tax expense                              1,275          1,030



Net income (loss)                               $ (20,099)     $ 25,090



Net income (loss) per share (basic and diluted) $ (0.25)       $ 0.31










KEMET CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Amounts in thousands, except per share data)





                                                June 30, 2010  March 31, 2010

ASSETS                                          (Unaudited)

Current assets:

 Cash and cash equivalents                      $ 65,968       $ 79,199

 Accounts receivable, net                       156,897        141,795

 Inventories, net                               152,387        150,508

 Prepaid expenses and other                     10,675         14,380

 Deferred income taxes                          2,260          2,129

       Total current assets                     388,187        388,011

 Property and equipment, net of accumulated
 depreciation of $719,045

 and $686,958 as of June 30, 2010 and March 31,
 2010, respectively                             301,666        319,878

 Intangible assets, net                         19,967         21,806

 Other assets                                   9,201          11,266

Total assets                                    $ 719,021      $ 740,961



LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

Current liabilities:

 Current portion of long-term debt              $ 4,959        $ 17,880

 Accounts payable, trade                        69,363         78,829

 Accrued expenses                               61,142         63,606

 Income taxes payable                           955            1,096

       Total current liabilities                136,419        161,411

 Long-term debt, less current portion           267,440        231,629

 Other non-current obligations                  54,180         55,626

 Deferred income taxes                          7,335          8,023



Stockholders' equity:

 Common stock, par value $0.01, authorized
 300,000 shares, issued 88,525

  shares at June 30, 2010 and March 31, 2010    885            885

 Additional paid-in capital                     479,363        479,115

 Retained deficit                               (170,888)      (150,789)

 Accumulated other comprehensive income         1,216          11,990

 Treasury stock, at cost (7,390 shares at June
 30, 2010 and March 31, 2010)                   (56,929)       (56,929)

Total stockholders' equity                      253,647        284,272



Total liabilities and stockholders' equity      $ 719,021      $ 740,961








KEMET CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(Amounts in thousands)

(Unaudited)





                                                    Quarters Ended June 30,

                                                    2010        2009

Sources (uses) of cash and cash equivalents

 Operating activities:

  Net income (loss)                                 $ (20,099)  $ 25,090

  Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net
  cash provided by

   operating activities:

   (Gain) loss on early extinguishment of debt      38,248      (38,921)

   Depreciation and amortization                    14,510      12,264

   Amortization of debt discount and debt issuance
   costs                                            1,924       2,564

   Net loss on sales and disposals of assets        335         206

   Stock-based compensation expense                 149         241

   Change in deferred income taxes                  (65)        (390)

   Change in operating assets                       (23,018)    4,523

   Change in operating liabilities                  (7,898)     (1,946)

   Other                                            (148)       344

    Net cash provided by operating activities       3,938       3,975



 Investing activities:

  Capital expenditures                              (6,857)     (1,387)

    Net cash used in investing activities           (6,857)     (1,387)



 Financing activities:

  Proceeds from issuance of debt                    226,975     47,873

  Payments of long-term debt                        (228,544)   (47,563)

  Net borrowings (payments) under other credit
  facilities                                        (1,688)     (324)

  Debt issuance costs                               (6,593)     (4,206)

  Debt extinguishment costs                         (207)       (3,605)

    Net cash used in financing activities           (10,057)    (7,825)

         Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents  (12,976)    (5,237)

 Effect of foreign currency fluctuations on cash    (255)       168

 Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of fiscal
 period                                             79,199      39,204

 Cash and cash equivalents at end of fiscal period  $ 65,968    $ 34,135





Adjusted EBITDA-Non-GAAP Financial Measure

Adjusted EBITDA represents net income/loss before income tax expense, interest expense, and depreciation and amortization expense, adjusted to exclude restructuring charges, share-based compensation expense, loss on sales and disposals of assets, loss on early extinguishment of debt, ERP integration costs, and foreign exchange transaction gain/loss.  We use Adjusted EBITDA to monitor and evaluate our operating performance and to facilitate internal and external comparisons of the historical operating performance of our business.  We present Adjusted EBITDA as a supplemental measure of our performance and ability to service debt.  We also present Adjusted EBITDA because we believe such measure is frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties in the evaluation of companies in our industry.

We believe Adjusted EBITDA is an appropriate supplemental measure of debt service capacity, because cash expenditures on interest are, by definition, available to pay interest, and tax expense is inversely correlated to interest expense because tax expense goes down as deductible interest expense goes up; depreciation and amortization are non-cash charges. The other items excluded from Adjusted EBITDA are excluded in order to better reflect our continuing operations.

In evaluating Adjusted EBITDA, you should be aware that in the future we may incur expenses similar to the adjustments noted below.  Our presentation of Adjusted EBITDA should not be construed as an inference that our future results will be unaffected by these types of adjustments.  Adjusted EBITDA is not a measurement of our financial performance under U.S. GAAP and should not be considered as an alternative to net income, operating income or any other performance measures derived in accordance with U.S. GAAP or as an alternative to cash flow from operating activities as a measure of our liquidity.

Our Adjusted EBITDA measure has limitations as an analytical tool, and you should not consider it in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under U.S. GAAP.  Some of these limitations are:

    --  it does not reflect our cash expenditures, future requirements for
        capital expenditures or contractual commitments;


    --  it does not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, our working
        capital needs;


    --  it does not reflect the significant interest expense or the cash
        requirements necessary to service interest or principal payment on our
        debt;


    --  although depreciation and amortization are non-cash charges, the assets
        being depreciated and amortized will often have to be replaced in the
        future, and our Adjusted EBITDA measure does not reflect any cash
        requirements for such replacements;


    --  it is not adjusted for all non-cash income or expense items that are
        reflected in our statements of cash flows;


    --  it does not reflect the impact of earnings or charges resulting from
        matters we consider not to be indicative of our ongoing operations;


    --  it does not reflect limitations on or costs related to transferring
        earnings from our subsidiaries to us; and


    --  other companies in our industry may calculate this measure differently
        than we do, limiting its usefulness as a comparative measure.


Because of these limitations, Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered as a measure of discretionary cash available to us to invest in the growth of our business or as a measure of cash that will be available to us to meet our obligations.  You should compensate for these limitations by relying primarily on our U.S. GAAP results and using Adjusted EBITDA only supplementally.

The following table provides reconciliation from U.S. GAAP net loss to Adjusted EBITDA (amounts in thousands):






                                      Q1 FY11

Net loss                              $ (20,099)

Income tax expense                    1,275

Interest expense, net                 7,437

Depreciation and amortization expense 14,510

Share-based compensation expense      149

Loss on sales and disposals of assets 335

Loss on early extinguishment of debt  38,248

Foreign exchange transaction loss     1,272

ERP integration costs                 280

Restructuring charges                 1,792

Adjusted EBITDA                       $ 45,199






Contact: Dean W. Dimke

         Director of Corporate and

         Investor Communications

         deandimke@KEMET.com

         954-766-2800



         William M. Lowe, Jr.

         Executive Vice President and

         Chief Financial Officer

         williamlowe@KEMET.com

         864-963-6484





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