KEMET Comments on European Commission Announcement of TOKIN Corporation Fine


GREENVILLE, S.C., March 21, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- KEMET Corporation (“KEMET” or the “Company”) (NYSE:KEM), a leading global supplier of passive electronic components, announced today that the European Commission (the “Commission”) has completed its investigation into alleged aluminum and tantalum electrolytic capacitor cartel activities, and assessed penalties to eight capacitor manufacturers, including TOKIN Corporation (“TOKIN”), according to a March 21 Commission press release.  KEMET Electronics Corporation (“KEC”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company, acquired TOKIN on April 19, 2017. KEMET and KEC were not a part of the investigation by the Commission.

The Commission assessed TOKIN fines of €8.8 million directly (approximately $10.7 million) and €5.0 million (approximately $6.1 million) jointly and severally with NEC Corporation.  The fines are subject to payment within 90 days of notification to TOKIN.  The Company has previously accrued approximately $15 million for this liability and therefore does not expect a material impact to its financial statements because of this assessment.  The total accrued liability expected at March 31, 2018 for antitrust issues is approximately $77.0 million, a decrease of $6.4 million from $83.4 million at March 31, 2017.

“We are pleased to have one more jurisdiction complete its review and announce its findings concerning our subsidiary TOKIN, as it removes more uncertainty related to the total liability.  We anticipated this range of settlement, and previously accrued a liability to the TOKIN Balance Sheet related to the European Union as well as included it in our future cash flow expectations,” stated Per Loof, KEMET's Chief Executive Officer. “This settlement brings the TOKIN group closer to closing this chapter in its history. Several of the previous fines assessed to TOKIN permit payments over time, between five and eight years, and will not have a material impact on our operating cash flows in future periods,” continued Loof.


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Factors that may cause actual outcomes 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 and cause a write down of long-lived assets or goodwill; (ii) an increase in the cost or a decrease in the availability of our principal or single-sourced purchased raw materials; (iii) changes in the competitive environment; (iv) uncertainty of the timing of customer product qualifications in heavily regulated industries; (v) economic, political, or regulatory changes in the countries in which we operate; (vi) difficulties, delays or unexpected costs in completing the restructuring plans; (vii) acquisitions and other strategic transactions expose us to a variety of risks; (viii) acquisition of TOKIN may not achieve all of the anticipated results; (ix) our business could be negatively impacted by increased regulatory scrutiny and litigation; (x) difficulties associated with retaining, attracting and training effective employees and management; (xi) the need to develop innovative products to maintain customer relationships and offset potential price erosion in older products; (xii) exposure to claims alleging product defects; (xiii) the impact of laws and regulations that apply to our business, including those relating to environmental matters and cyber security; (xiv) the impact of international laws relating to trade, export controls and foreign corrupt practices; (xv) changes impacting international trade and corporate tax provisions related to the global manufacturing and sales of our products may have an adverse effect on our financial condition and results of operations; (xvi) volatility of financial and credit markets affecting our access to capital; (xvii) the need to reduce the total costs of our products to remain competitive; (xviii) potential limitation on the use of net operating losses to offset possible future taxable income; (xix) restrictions in our debt agreements that could limit our flexibility in operating our business; (xx) disruption to our information technology systems to function properly or control unauthorized access to our systems may cause business disruptions; (xxi) any economic and demographic experience for our pension plans and other post-retirement benefit plans that is less favorable than our assumptions; (xxii) fluctuation in distributor sales could adversely affect our results of operations; and (xxiii) earthquakes and other natural disasters could disrupt our operations and have a material adverse effect on our financial condition and results of operations. 

Our acquisition accounting, including the acquisition gains, are preliminary as management continues to evaluate the fair value of the net assets acquired and consideration transferred. In addition, the allocation of the purchase price is based on estimates and assumption that are subject to change with the measurement period.

Contact: William M. Lowe, Jr.
  Executive Vice President and
  Chief Financial Officer

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