VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA—(Marketwired – April 29, 2014) – For the first quarter of 2014, Methanex (TSX:MX)(NASDAQ:MEOH) reported Adjusted EBITDA1 of $255 million and Adjusted net income1 of $160 million ($1.65 per share on a diluted basis1). These figures compare with Adjusted EBITDA1 of $245 million and Adjusted net income1 of $167 million ($1.72 per share on a diluted basis1) for the fourth quarter of 2013.
John Floren, President and CEO of Methanex commented, “This was another excellent quarter. Increased production resulting from our 2013 capacity growth initiatives in New Zealand and Medicine Hat, together with higher methanol pricing, contributed to robust EBITDA and earnings results this quarter.” Mr. Floren added, “The methanol industry environment remains favorable. In Q4 2013, we saw methanol prices rise rapidly as a result of industry supply constraints. Late in Q1 2014, several idle plants resumed operation which resulted in methanol pricing moderating to levels seen prior to the supply disruptions. Industry demand remains steady, particularly for methanol into energy, and limited new supply additions are expected in the near to medium term.”
Mr. Floren added, “We continue to target methanol production from our Geismar 1 facility in late 2014 and Geismar 2 in early 2016. These two facilities are expected to provide a two million tonne increase in our operating capacity to eight million tonnes by 2016, at a time when new market supply is expected to be limited.”
Mr. Floren concluded, “With approximately $700 million of cash on hand, an undrawn credit facility, robust balance sheet, and strong cash flow generation, we are well positioned to deliver on our growth projects, continue to grow our business and deliver on our commitment to return excess cash to shareholders. Our announcement today of a new 5% normal course issuer bid share repurchase program, along with a 25% increase in our quarterly dividend, reflects that commitment.”
A conference call is scheduled for April 30, 2014 at 12:00 noon ET (9:00 am PT) to review these first quarter results. To access the call, dial the conferencing operator ten minutes prior to the start of the call at (416) 340-2218, or toll free at (866) 226-1793. A playback version of the conference call will be available until May 21, 2014 at (905) 694-9451, or toll free at (800) 408-3053. The passcode for the playback version is 3924003. Presentation slides summarizing Q1-14 results and a simultaneous audio-only webcast of the conference call can be accessed from our website at www.methanex.com. The webcast will be available on the website for three weeks following the call.
Methanex is a Vancouver-based, publicly traded company and is the world’s largest producer and supplier of methanol to major international markets. Methanex shares are listed for trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange in Canada under the trading symbol “MX” and on the NASDAQ Global Market in the United States under the trading symbol “MEOH”.
FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION WARNING
This First Quarter 2014 press release contains forward-looking statements with respect to us and the chemical industry. Refer to Forward-Looking Information Warning in the attached First Quarter 2014 Management’s Discussion and Analysis for more information.
|1||Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted net income and Adjusted net income per common share are non-GAAP measures which do not have any standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP. These measures represent the amounts that are attributable to Methanex Corporation shareholders and are calculated by excluding the mark-to-market impact of share-based compensation as a result of changes in our share price and items considered by management to be non-operational. Refer to Additional Information – Supplemental Non-GAAP Measures section of the attached Interim Report for the three months ended March 31, 2014 for reconciliations to the most comparable GAAP measures.|
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