Form 8-K





Washington, D.C. 20549







Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the

Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): October 13, 2011




(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)




Virginia   001-12658   54-1692118

(State or Other Jurisdiction

of Incorporation)



File Number)


(I.R.S. Employer

Identification Number)

451 Florida Street, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70801

(Address of Principal Executive Offices, including Zip Code)

Registrant’s Telephone Number, including Area Code: (225) 388-8011

Not Applicable

(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)



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Item 8.01 Other Events.

On October 13, 2011, Albemarle Corporation (the “Company”) issued a press release announcing that its Board of Directors has approved an increase in the number of shares the Company is permitted to repurchase under its share repurchase program (the “Program”). The Board of Directors initially authorized the Program on February 8, 1994, permitting the Company to repurchase up to six million shares. Since then, the Company has regularly repurchased shares under the Program, resulting in the Board of Directors periodically authorizing additional shares for repurchase. The October 13, 2011 authorization permits the Company to repurchase up to five million shares, including those shares previously authorized, but not yet repurchased. The Program will expire when the Company has repurchased all the shares authorized under the updated Program or if the Board of Directors earlier terminates the Program. Should the Company repurchase all or most of the shares currently authorized, the Board, in the future, may decide to authorize additional shares under the Program.

The press release issued by the Company on October 13, 2011, announcing the increase in the share repurchase program, is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and incorporated herein by reference.


Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.

d) Exhibit.



   Press release dated October 13, 2011, relating to the Company’s increase to its share repurchase program.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.


Date: October 13, 2011     By:  

/s/ Karen G. Narwold


Senior Vice President, General Counsel &

Corporate Secretary






99.1    Press release dated October 13, 2011, relating to the Company’s increase to its share repurchase program.