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NL Reports Second Quarter 2014 Results

August 7, 2014

DALLAS, TEXAS - August 7, 2014 - NL Industries, Inc. (NYSE:NL) today reported net income attributable to NL stockholders of $5.5 million, or $.11 per share, in the second quarter of 2014 compared to a net loss attributable to NL stockholders of $14.3 million, or $.29 per share, in the second quarter of 2013.  For the first six months of 2014, NL reported net income attributable to NL stockholders of $9.2 million, or $.19 per share, compared to a net loss attributable to NL stockholders of $16.4 million, or $.34 per share in the first six months of 2013. Net sales increased 12% in the second quarter of 2014 and 16% in the first six months of 2014 compared to the same periods in 2013, primarily due to strong demand within CompX's security products business line, including new products for an existing government customer, increased market penetration in electronic locks and strong demand in transportation markets.  Income from operations attributable to CompX increased to $3.9 million in the second quarter of 2014 compared to $2.9 million in the second quarter of 2013, and to $7.2 million in the first six months of 2014 compared to $4.4 million in the first six months of 2013, primarily due to improved coverage of fixed manufacturing costs over increased production volumes to meet the higher demand for CompX's products, partially offset by higher medical expenses in the second quarter of 2014. Kronos' net sales of $443.5 million in the second quarter of 2014 were $37.6 million, or 8%, lower than in the second quarter of 2013. Net sales of $863.6 million in the first six months of 2014 were $81.1 million, or 9%, lower than in the first six months of 2013.  Net sales decreased in 2014 primarily due to lower average TiO(2) selling prices and lower sales volumes.  Kronos' average TiO(2) selling prices were 4% lower in the second quarter of 2014 as compared to the second quarter of 2013, and were 5% lower in the first six months of the year as compared to the same prior year period.  Kronos' average TiO(2) selling prices at the end of the second quarter of 2014 were 5% lower than at the end of 2013, with most of the decline occurring in the first quarter of 2014 and with lower prices in most major markets, most notably in certain export markets. TiO(2 )sales volumes in the second quarter and first six months of 2014 were approximately 8% lower than in each of the comparable periods of 2013 due to lower sales primarily in certain export and European markets.  Fluctuations in currency exchange rates also impacted net sales, increasing net sales by approximately $13 million in the second quarter and approximately $20 million in the first six months of 2014.  The table at the end of this press release shows how each of these items impacted the overall decrease in Kronos' sales. Kronos' income from operations increased by $92.0 million from a loss of $47.7 million in the second quarter of 2013 to income of $44.3 million in the second quarter of 2014.  Kronos' income from operations increased by $164.9 million from a loss of $94.6 million in the first six months of 2013 to income of $70.3 million in the first six months of 2014.  Kronos' income from operations increased in 2014 primarily due to the net effects of lower raw materials and other production costs, lower average TiO(2 )selling prices and sales volumes and higher production volumes.  Kronos' TiO(2) production volumes were 9% higher in the second quarter of 2014 as compared to the second quarter of 2013, and were 3% higher in the year-to-date period.  Kronos' production capacity utilization rates in the first half of 2014 were impacted by the lockout at its Canadian production facility that ended in December 2013, as restart of production at the facility did not begin until February 2014.  Kronos operated its production facilities at overall average capacity utilization rates of 93% in the first half of 2014 (90% in the first quarter and 97% in the second quarter), primarily as a result of the restart of production at its Canadian facility.  Fluctuations in currency exchange rates also impacted Kronos' net sales, increasing income from operations by approximately $12 million in the second quarter and by approximately $20 million in the year-to-date period, respectively. Kronos' income tax expense in the second quarter of 2014 includes an aggregate non-cash income tax benefit of $5.7 million (NL's equity interest was $1.1 million, or $.02 per share, net of income taxes) related to a net reduction of its reserve for uncertain tax positions. As previously reported, In February 2013, Kronos recognized an aggregate $6.6 million pre-tax charge (NL's equity interest was $.9 million, or $.02 per share, net of income taxes) consisting of the write-off of unamortized original issue discount and deferred financing costs related to the voluntary prepayment of $290 million of its prior term loan. Insurance recoveries reflect, in part, amounts we received from certain of our former insurance carriers and relate to the recovery of prior lead pigment and asbestos litigation defense costs incurred by us.  Such insurance recoveries aggregated $1.2 million ($.8 million, or $.02 per share, net of income taxes) in the first six months of 2014 compared to $1.5 million ($1 million, or $.02 per share, net of income taxes) in the first six months of 2013. Corporate expenses decreased $7.2 million in the second quarter of 2014 as compared to the second quarter of 2013, and decreased $7.9 million in the first six months of 2014 as compared to 2013, primarily due to lower environmental remediation and related costs in 2014. The statements in this release relating to matters that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements that represent management's beliefs and assumptions based on currently available information. Although NL believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot give any assurances that these expectations will prove to be correct. Such statements by their nature involve substantial risks and uncertainties that could significantly impact expected results, and actual future results could differ materially from those described in such forward-looking statements. While it is not possible to identify all factors, we continue to face many risks and uncertainties. Among the factors that could cause actual future results to differ materially include, but are not limited to: * Future supply and demand for our products * The extent of the dependence of certain of our businesses on certain market sectors * The cyclicality of our businesses (such as Kronos' TiO(2 )operations) * Customer inventory levels * Unexpected or earlier-than-expected industry capacity expansion (such as the TiO(2 )industry) * Changes in raw material and other operating costs (such as energy, ore, zinc and brass costs) and our ability to pass those costs on to our customers or offset them with reductions in other operating costs * Changes in the availability of raw material (such as ore) * General global economic and political conditions (such as changes in the level of gross domestic product in various regions of the world and the impact of such changes on demand for, among other things, TiO(2 )and component products) * Competitive pricing, products, and substitute products * Customer and competitor strategies * Potential consolidation of Kronos' competitors * Potential consolidation of Kronos' customers * The impact of pricing and production decisions * Competitive technology positions * Potential difficulties in integrating future acquisitions * Potential difficulties in implementing new manufacturing and accounting software systems * The introduction of trade barriers * Possible disruption of Kronos' or CompX's business, or increases in our cost of doing business resulting from terrorist activities or global conflicts * The impact of current or future government regulations (including employee healthcare benefit related regulations) * Fluctuations in currency exchange rates (such as changes in the exchange rate between the U.S. dollar and each of the euro, the Norwegian krone and the Canadian dollar), or possible disruptions to our business resulting from potential instability resulting from uncertainties associated with the euro * Operating interruptions (including, but not limited to, labor disputes, leaks, natural disasters, fires, explosions, unscheduled or unplanned downtime, transportation interruptions and cyber attacks) * Decisions to sell operating assets other than in the ordinary course of business * Kronos' ability to renew or refinance debt * Our ability to maintain sufficient liquidity * The timing and amounts of insurance recoveries * The extent to which our subsidiaries or affiliates were to become unable to pay us dividends * Uncertainties associated with CompX's development of new product features * The ultimate outcome of income tax audits, tax settlement initiatives or other tax matters * Our ability to utilize income tax attributes or changes in income tax rates related to such attributes, the benefits of which have been recognized under the more-likely-than-not recognition criteria * Environmental matters (such as those requiring compliance with emission and discharge standards for existing and new facilities or new developments regarding environmental remediation at sites related to our former operations) * Government laws and regulations and possible changes therein (such as changes in government regulations which might impose various obligations on former manufacturers of lead pigment and lead-based paint, including us, with respect to asserted health concerns associated with the use of such products) * The ultimate resolution of pending litigation (such as our lead pigment and environmental matters) * Possible future litigation. Should one or more of these risks materialize (or the consequences of such a development worsen), or should the underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results could differ materially from those currently forecasted or expected. We disclaim any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement whether as a result of changes in information, future events or otherwise. NL Industries, Inc. is engaged in the component products (security products and performance marine components), chemicals (TiO(2)) and other businesses. NL INDUSTRIES, INC. CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (In millions, except earnings per share) (Unaudited)     Three months ended     Six months ended     June 30,     June 30, -------------------- ---------------------     2013     2014     2013     2014 --------- -------- --------- --------- Net sales   $ 24.0     $ 26.8     $ 45.5     $ 52.6 Cost of sales     16.4       18.2       31.9       36.2 --------- -------- --------- ---------      Gross margin     7.6       8.6       13.6       16.4 Selling, general and administrative expense     4.7       4.7       9.2       9.2 Other operating income (expense):      Insurance recoveries     .9       .4       1.5       1.2      Other income, net     -       -       -       .1      Corporate expense     (16.2 )     (9.0 )     (21.2 )     (13.3 ) --------- -------- --------- ---------           Loss from operations     (12.4 )     (4.7 )     (15.3 )     (4.8 ) Equity in earnings (loss) of Kronos Worldwide, Inc.     (10.3 )     10.1       (22.8 )     14.4 General corporate items:      Interest and dividend income     .7       .3       1.5       1.0      Interest expense     (.1 )     -       (.1 )     - --------- -------- --------- ---------           Income (loss) before taxes     (22.1 )     5.7       (36.7 )     10.6 Income tax expense (benefit)     (8.0 )     (.1 )     (20.7 )     .8 --------- -------- --------- ---------          Net income (loss)     (14.1 )     5.8       (16.0 )     9.8 Noncontrolling interest in net income of subsidiary     .2       .3       .4       .6 --------- -------- --------- --------- Net income (loss) attributable to NL stockholders   $ (14.3 )   $ 5.5     $ (16.4 )   $ 9.2 --------- -------- --------- --------- Net income (loss) per share attributable to NL stockholders   $ (.29 )   $ .11     $ (.34 )   $ .19 --------- -------- --------- --------- Weighted average shares used in the      calculation of net income (loss) per share     48.7       48.7       48.7       48.7 NL INDUSTRIES, INC. COMPONENTS OF LOSS FROM OPERATIONS (In millions) (Unaudited)     Three months ended     Six months ended     June 30,     June 30, -------------------- ---------------------     2013     2014     2013     2014 --------- -------- --------- --------- CompX - component products   $ 2.9     $ 3.9     $ 4.4     $ 7.2 Insurance recoveries     .9       .4       1.5       1.2 Other income, net     -       -       -       .1 Corporate expense     (16.2 )     (9.0 )     (21.2 )     (13.3 ) --------- -------- --------- ---------       Loss from operations   $ (12.4 )   $ (4.7 )   $ (15.3 )   $ (4.8 ) --------- -------- --------- --------- CHANGE IN KRONOS' TiO(2) SALES (Unaudited)   Three months   Six months ended ended   June 30,   June 30,   2014 vs. 2013   2014 vs. 2013 ---------------- ------------- Percentage change in sales:       TiO(2) product pricing   (4) %     (5) %       TiO(2) sales volume   (8)       (8)       TiO(2) product mix   1       2       Changes in currency exchange rates   3       2 ----- -----            Total   (8) %     (9) % ----- ----- Source: NL Industries, Inc. Contact: Gregory M. Swalwell, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, 972-233-1700 This announcement is distributed by GlobeNewswire on behalf of GlobeNewswire clients. The owner of this announcement warrants that: (i) the releases contained herein are protected by copyright and other applicable laws; and (ii) they are solely responsible for the content, accuracy and originality of the information contained therein. Source: NL Industries via GlobeNewswire [HUG#1846719]


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