KEMET Reports Second Quarter of Fiscal Year 2011 Results

GREENVILLE, S.C., Oct. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --

    --  Net sales up 43.5% to $248.6 million compared to $173.3 million for the
        same quarter last fiscal year
    --  Gross margin improved to 28.0% compared to 25.0% for the prior quarter
        ended June 30, 2010
    --  Earnings per Share of $0.43 per basic share and $0.23 per diluted share
    --  Adjusted EBITDA of $53.4 million


KEMET Corporation (NYSE Amex: KEM) today reported preliminary results for the second fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2010.  Net sales for the quarter ended September 30, 2010 were $248.6 million, which is a 43.5% increase over the same quarter last fiscal year and a 2.0% increase over the prior fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2010 of $243.8 million.

On a U.S. GAAP basis, net income was $34.9 million, or $0.43 per basic share and $0.23 per diluted share for the second quarter of fiscal year 2011 compared to a net loss of $93.1 million or $(1.15) per basic and diluted share for the same quarter last year and compared to a net loss of $20.1 million or $(0.25) per basic and diluted share for the prior fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2010.  The current fiscal quarter includes $2.3 million of restructuring charges primarily associated with the relocation of equipment, a $1.8 million net gain on sales of assets and a $2.0 million gain on licensing of patents.  Conversely, the second quarter of fiscal year 2010 included a $81.1 million non-cash charge related to the mark-to-market adjustment for the Platinum Closing Warrant and $1.3 million of restructuring charges.

Non-GAAP Adjusted net income was $34.3 million or $0.42 per basic share and $0.22 per diluted share for the current fiscal quarter compared to a Non-GAAP Adjusted net loss of $5.8 million, or $(0.07) per basic and diluted share for the same quarter last year and compared to a Non-GAAP Adjusted net income of $22.3 million, or $0.28 per basic share and $0.15 per diluted share for the prior fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2010.

"Traditionally, our second fiscal quarter reflects a slowdown related to the effects of European holidays.  This year demand remained strong throughout the period while we continued to improve our operating efficiencies, contain our operating expenses, and thus increase operating margins benefiting both our net earnings and our cash generation," said Per Loof KEMET's Chief Executive Officer.  "Our financial results today significantly exceed our performance prior to the recession and we remain focused on bringing our shareholders increasing value through continued execution of our strategies and strength in our markets," continued Loof.

About KEMET

The Company's common stock is listed on the NYSE Amex 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 increase in value of warrant, 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, amortization related to debt issuance costs and debt discount, cancellation of incentive plan, write off of capitalized advisor fee and gain on licensing of patents.  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                     Six Months Ended

                      Sept. 30,  June 30,    Sept. 30,   Sept. 30,  Sept. 30,

                      2010       2010        2009        2010       2009

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

GAAP



Net sales             $ 248,588  $ 243,794   $ 173,265   $ 492,382  $ 323,432



Net income (loss)     $ 34,911   $ (20,099)  $ (93,075)  $ 14,812   $ (67,985)

Basic net income      $ 0.43     $ (0.25)    $ (1.15)    $ 0.18     $ (0.84)
(loss) per share

Diluted net income    $ 0.23     $ (0.25)    $ (1.15)    $ 0.10     $ (0.84)
(loss) per share



Excluding the
following items

(Non-GAAP)



Net income (loss)     $ 34,911   $ (20,099)  $ (93,075)  $ 14,812   $ (67,985)

Adjustments:

Restructuring         2,303      1,792       1,267       4,095      1,267
charges

Amortization          830        1,924       3,319       2,754      5,883
included in interest
expense

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

(Gain) loss on sales  (1,770)    335         52          (1,435)    258
and disposals of
assets

ERP integration       375        280         -           655        -
costs

Gain on licensing of  (2,000)    -           -           (2,000)    -
patents

Cancellation of       -          -           1,161       -          1,161
incentive plan

Increase in value of  -          -           81,088      -          81,088
warrant

Write off of          -          -           413         -          413
capitalized advisor
fee

Income tax effect of  (364)      (155)       (67)        (632)      671

non-GAAP adjustments
(1)



Adjusted net income   $ 34,285   $ 22,325    $ (5,842)   $ 56,497   $ (16,165)
(loss) (excluding
adjustments)



Adjusted net income
(loss) per share
(excluding
adjustments)

Basic                 $ 0.42     $ 0.28      $ (0.07)    $ 0.70     $ (0.20)

Diluted               $ 0.22     $ 0.15      $ (0.07)    $ 0.37     $ (0.20)



(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 January 1, 2011, 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) adverse economic conditions could impact our ability to realize operating plans if the demand for our products declines, and such conditions could adversely affect our 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 our principle raw materials; (iv) changes in the competitive environment; (v) uncertainty of the timing of customer product qualifications in heavily regulated industries; (vi) economic, political, or regulatory changes in the countries in which we operate; (vii) difficulties, delays or unexpected costs in completing the restructuring plan; (viii) inability to attract, train and retain effective employees and management; (ix) the inability to develop innovative products to maintain customer relationships and offset potential price erosion in older products; (x) the impact of laws and regulations that apply to our business, including those relating to environmental matters; (xi) volatility of financial and credit markets which would affect our access to capital; (xii) needing to reduce costs of our products to remain competitive; (xiii) potential limitation on use of net operating losses to offset possible future taxable income; and (xiv) exercise of the warrant by K Equity, LLC which could potentially 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 September  Six Months Ended September
                           30,                       30,

                           2010       2009           2010       2009



Net sales                  $ 248,588  $ 173,265      $ 492,382  $ 323,432



Operating costs and
expenses:

 Cost of sales             178,870    148,751        361,756    278,412

 Selling, general and
 administrative expenses   24,999     20,513         49,214     38,535

 Research and development  6,224      5,569          12,255     10,348

 Restructuring charges     2,303      1,267          4,095      1,267

 Net (gain) loss on sales
 and disposals of assets   (1,770)    52             (1,435)    258

  Total operating costs
  and expenses             210,626    176,152        425,885    328,820

          Operating
          income (loss)    37,962     (2,887)        66,497     (5,388)



Other (income) expense:

 Interest income           (84)       (102)          (105)      (133)

 Interest expense          7,334      6,491          14,792     12,310

 Increase in value of
 warrant                   -          81,088         -          81,088

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

 Other (income) expense,
 net                       (4,792)    999            (3,118)    5,511

  Income (loss) before
  income taxes             35,504     (91,363)       16,680     (65,243)

Income tax expense         593        1,712          1,868      2,742

          Net income
          (loss)           $ 34,911   $ (93,075)     $ 14,812   $ (67,985)



Net income (loss) per
share (basic)              $ 0.43     $ (1.15)       $ 0.18     $ (0.84)

Net income (loss) per
share (diluted)            $ 0.23     $ (1.15)       $ 0.10     $ (0.84)






KEMET CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Amounts in thousands, except per share data)





                                             September 30, 2010  March 31, 2010

ASSETS                                       (Unaudited)

Current assets:

 Cash and cash equivalents                   $ 117,454           $ 79,199

 Accounts receivable, net                    154,289             141,795

 Inventories, net                            183,676             150,508

 Prepaid expenses and other                  10,749              14,380

 Deferred income taxes                       3,735               2,129

       Total current assets                  469,903             388,011

 Property and equipment, net of accumulated
 depreciation of $708,494

 and $686,958 as of September 30, 2010 and
 March 31, 2010, respectively                307,684             319,878

 Intangible assets, net                      20,501              21,806

 Other assets                                10,513              11,266

Total assets                                 $ 808,601           $ 740,961



LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

Current liabilities:

 Current portion of long-term debt           $ 5,457             $ 17,880

 Accounts payable, trade                     82,032              78,829

 Accrued expenses                            77,608              63,606

 Income taxes payable                        1,818               1,096

       Total current liabilities             166,915             161,411

 Long-term debt, less current portion        268,825             231,629

 Other non-current obligations               58,874              55,626

 Deferred income taxes                       9,282               8,023

                                             -                   -

Stockholders' equity:

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

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

 Additional paid-in capital                  478,518             479,115

 Retained deficit                            (135,967)           (150,789)

 Accumulated other comprehensive income      17,120              11,990

 Treasury stock, at cost (7,250 and 7,390
 shares at September 30, 2010 and

 March 31, 2010, respectively)               (55,851)            (56,929)

Total stockholders' equity                   304,705             284,272

                                             -                   -

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $ 808,601           $ 740,961








KEMET CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(Amounts in thousands)

(Unaudited)





                                                Six Months Ended September 30,

                                                2010       2009

Sources (uses) of cash and cash equivalents

 Operating activities:

  Net income (loss)                             $ 14,812   $ (67,985)

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

   operating activities:

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

   Increase in value of warrant                 -          81,088

   Depreciation and amortization                28,642     25,490

   Amortization of debt discount and debt
   issuance costs                               2,754      5,883

   Net (gain) loss on sales and disposals of
   assets                                       (1,435)    258

   Stock-based compensation expense             482        1,628

   Change in deferred income taxes              (418)      (13)

   Change in operating assets                   (39,109)   11,563

   Change in operating liabilities              14,376     2,111

   Other                                        (1,907)    (346)

     Net cash provided by operating activities  56,445     20,756



 Investing activities:

  Capital expenditures                          (13,821)   (3,730)

  Proceeds from sales of assets                 5,425      -

     Net cash used in investing activities      (8,396)    (3,730)



 Financing activities:

  Proceeds from issuance of debt                227,434    57,786

  Payments of long-term debt                    (228,543)  (47,719)

  Net payments under other credit facilities    (1,779)    (1,346)

  Debt issuance costs                           (7,461)    (4,206)

  Debt extinguishment costs                     (207)      (3,605)



    Net cash provided by (used in) financing
    activities                                  (10,556)   910



      Net increase in cash and cash
      equivalents                               37,493     17,936

 Effect of foreign currency fluctuations on
 cash                                           762        272

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

 Cash and cash equivalents at end of fiscal
 period                                         $ 117,454  $ 57,412





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, stock-based compensation expense, gain/loss on sales and disposals of assets, loss on early extinguishment of debt, ERP integration costs, foreign exchange transaction gain/loss and gain on licensing of patents.  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    Q2 FY11

Net income (loss)                             $ (20,099) $ 34,911

Income tax expense                            1,275      593

Interest expense, net                         7,437      7,250

Depreciation and amortization expense         14,510     14,132

Stock-based compensation expense              149        333

(Gain) loss on sales and disposals of assets  335        (1,770)

Loss on early extinguishment of debt          38,248     -

Foreign exchange transaction (gain) loss      1,272      (2,679)

ERP integration costs                         280        375

Restructuring charges                         1,792      2,303

Gain on licensing of patents                  -          (2,000)

Adjusted EBITDA                               $ 45,199   $ 53,448






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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