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): May 17, 2012




(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 2.05 Costs Associated with Exit or Disposal Activities.

On May 17, 2012, Albemarle Corporation (the “Company”) announced that the Company plans to exit its existing phosphorous flame retardants business in order to restructure its business portfolio and address underperforming assets. The Company currently produces phosphorus flame retardants, part of its Polymer Solutions business segment, at its Avonmouth, United Kingdom and Nanjing, China manufacturing sites. The proposal to exit the business and cease operations at the Avonmouth, UK site is subject to consultation with its employees, which has begun. In addition, the process to cease operations at the Nanjing, China site has also begun.

As a consequence of these plans, the Company would expect to incur a one-time pre-tax accounting charge in the range of $100 million to $120 million ($80 million to $95 million after income taxes) in the second quarter 2012, which would include estimated pre-tax charges for asset write-downs ($75 million to $85 million), severance ($10 million to $15 million) and other related items. The cash outlay related to these plans is expected to be in the range of $5 million to $15 million. Subject to the conclusion of the consultation process in the UK, production at both facilities will cease upon completion of customer contracts, currently estimated to be no later than the end of the first quarter 2013.

A copy of the press release announcing the exit is filed as Exhibit 99.1 attached to this Current Report on Form 8-K and is incorporated herein by reference.


Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.


  (d) Exhibits.


  99.1 Press release dated May 17, 2012


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: May 17, 2012   By:  

/s/ Karen G. Narwold

    Name: Karen G. Narwold

Title: Senior Vice President, General Counsel

and Corporate Secretary






99.1    Press release dated May 17, 2012.