KEMET Corporation Announces Completion of Offering of $110,000,000 of 10 1/2% Senior Notes Due 2018


GREENVILLE, S.C., March 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- KEMET Corporation (NYSE: KEM) ("KEMET") today announced that it has completed a previously announced offering of $110 million of aggregate principal amount of 10 1/2% senior notes due 2018 (the "Senior Notes") to qualified institutional buyers within the United States pursuant to Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), and to persons outside the United States pursuant to Regulation S under the Securities Act.  The Senior Notes were issued at a price of 105.500% of their principal amount plus accrued interest from November 1, 2011. The Senior Notes have identical terms to, and are expected to be treated as a single class with, the $230 million in aggregate principal amount of 10 1/2% Senior Notes due 2018 issued on May 5, 2010.

The Senior Notes are senior obligations of KEMET and are guaranteed by each of KEMET's domestic restricted subsidiaries and secured by a first priority lien on 51% of the capital stock of certain of KEMET's foreign restricted subsidiaries.  KEMET intends to use the net proceeds from the sale of the Senior Notes to finance a portion of the acquisition of Niotan Incorporated, make the initial payment to acquire a portion of NEC TOKIN Corporation, pay related transactions fees and expenses and for general corporate purposes.

About KEMET

KEMET's common stock is listed on the NYSE under the symbol "KEM." At the Investor Relations section of our web site at http://ir.kemet.com, 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

CAUTIONARY STATEMENT ON FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

Certain statements included herein contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of federal securities laws about KEMET's financial condition and results of operations that are based on management's current expectations, estimates and projections about the markets in which KEMET 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. KEMET undertakes no obligation to update publicly any of these forward-looking statements to reflect new information, future events or otherwise. 

Factors that may cause the 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 the write down of long-lived assets; (iii) an increase in the cost or a decrease in the availability of our principal 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) risks associated with current and future acquisitions and other strategic transactions, including those involving Niotan Incorporated and NEC TOKIN Corporation; (ix) inability to attract, train and retain effective employees and management; (x) inability to develop innovative products to maintain customer relationships and offset potential price erosion in older products; (xi) exposure to claims alleging product defects; (xii) the impact of laws and regulations that apply to our business, including those relating to environmental matters, trade, export controls and foreign corrupt practices; (xiii) volatility of financial and credit markets affecting our access to capital; (xiv) needing to reduce the total costs of our products to remain competitive; (xv) potential limitation on the use of net operating losses to offset possible future taxable income; (xvi) restrictions in our debt agreements that limit our flexibility in operating our business; and (xvii) additional exercise of the warrant by K Equity, LLC, which could potentially result in the existence of a significant stockholder who could seek to influence our corporate decisions.

Contact:  

Dean W. Dimke

Director of Corporate and

Investor Communications

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954-766-2806

William M. Lowe, Jr.

Executive Vice President and

Chief Financial Officer

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864-963-6484  

SOURCE KEMET Corporation



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