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KEMET Completes Acquisition of Niotan Incorporated

February 21, 2012

GREENVILLE, S.C., Feb. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — KEMET Corporation (NYSE: KEM), a leading manufacturer of tantalum, ceramic, aluminum, film, paper and electrolytic capacitors, announced today that it has completed its acquisition of all of the outstanding shares of Niotan Incorporated (“Niotan“), a leading manufacturer of tantalum powders, from an affiliate of Denham Capital Management LP.

As previously announced, KEMET paid an initial purchase price of $30 million at the closing of the transaction, and will make additional deferred payments of $45 million over a thirty month period after the closing. KEMET will also be required to make quarterly royalty payments for tantalum powder produced by Niotan after the closing of the transaction, in an aggregate amount equal to $10 million by December 31, 2014.

This new KEMET subsidiary, which will be named KEMET Blue Powder Corp., has its headquarters and principle operating location in Carson City, Nevada. KEMET Blue Powder Corp. is the largest western hemisphere production location for tantalum capacitor powder and has demonstrated world- class powder quality which has resulted in exceptionally high level qualification with the world’s capacitor manufacturers.

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://www.KEMET.com/IR, 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 Corporation’s (the “Company”) financial condition and results of operations that are based on management’s current expectations, estimates and projections about the markets in which the Company 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. The Company undertakes no obligation to update publicly any of these forward-looking statements to reflect new information, future events or otherwise.

Factors that may cause 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 the Company’s ability to realize operating plans if the demand for the Company’s products declines, and such conditions could adversely affect the Company’s liquidity and ability to continue to operate; (ii) adverse economic conditions could cause further reevaluation and the write down of long-lived assets; (iii) an increase in the cost or a decrease in the availability of the Company’s principal raw materials; (iv) changes in the competitive environment of the Company; (v) uncertainty of the timing of customer product qualifications in heavily regulated industries; (vi) economic, political, or regulatory changes in the countries in which the Company operates; (vii) difficulties, delays or unexpected costs in completing the Company’s restructuring plan; (viii) the inability to attract, train and retain effective employees and management; (ix) the inability to develop innovative products to maintain customer relationships and offset potential price erosion in older products; (x) exposure to claims alleging product defects; (xi) the impact of laws and regulations that apply to the Company’s business, including those relating to environmental matters; (xii) volatility of financial and credit markets affecting the Company’s access to capital; (xiii) the need to reduce the total costs of the Company’s products to remain competitive; (xiv) potential limitation on the use of net operating losses to offset possible future taxable income; (xv) restrictions in the Company’s debt agreements that limit the Company’s flexibility in operating its business; and (xvi) 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. Other risks and uncertainties may be described from time to time in the Company’s other reports and filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Contact:

Dean W. Dimke
Director of Corporate and
Investor Communications
deandimke@kemet.com
954-766-2806

William M. Lowe, Jr.
Executive Vice President and
Chief Financial Officer
williamlowe@kemet.com
864-963-6484

SOURCE KEMET Corporation


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