Methanex Takes Additional Steps to Strengthen Balance Sheet and Liquidity
- Negotiated covenant flexibility for the Company’s existing credit facilities
- Reduced quarterly cash dividend to $0.0375 per share
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VANCOUVER, British Columbia, April 29, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Methanex Corporation (TSX:MX) (NASDAQ:MEOH) announced today that, in addition to the actions previously announced, it is taking additional measures to enable greater financial flexibility and preserve liquidity in response to the current uncertain market conditions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and low oil price environment.
The Company is working with its banking partners to obtain flexibility on certain financial covenants in its existing $300 million committed revolving credit facility and $800 million non-revolving construction facility. The Company has agreed on key parameters with its lead bank and is working with the other members of the bank syndicate to finalize these changes to the credit facilities, which is expected in the second half of May.
In addition, the board of directors approved a 90 percent reduction in the quarterly cash dividend to $0.0375 per share from $0.36 per share. The reduction of our dividend represents approximately $100 million in annualized cash savings. The new dividend declared will be payable on June 30, 2020 to holders of common shares of record on June 16, 2020.
John Floren, President & CEO, commented, “We remain committed to creating long-term value for our shareholders while maintaining a strong financial position. We believe that the changes to our credit facilities and taking the prudent decision to reduce the dividend will provide us with enhanced financial flexibility and will preserve liquidity to enable us to navigate the current challenging business and commodity price environment and emerge financially strong.”
As previously announced, Methanex will report its Q1 2020 earnings results on May 5, 2020 and hold its earnings conference call on May 6, 2020 at 11:00AM Eastern Time (08:00AM Pacific Time).
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”. Methanex can be visited online at www.methanex.com.
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More particularly and without limitation, any statements regarding the following are forward-looking statements:
- expected demand for methanol and its derivatives;
- expected cash flows, earnings capability and share price;
- availability of committed credit facilities and other financing;
- our ability to meet covenants or obtain or continue to obtain waivers associated with our long-term debt obligations;
- our shareholder distribution strategy and anticipated distributions to shareholders;
- our financial strength and ability to meet future financial commitments;
- the potential future impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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- the supply of, demand for and price of methanol, methanol derivatives, natural gas, coal, oil and oil derivatives; and
- the availability of committed credit facilities and other financing.
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- conditions in the methanol and other industries including fluctuations in the supply, demand and price for methanol and its derivatives, including demand for methanol for energy uses;
- actions of competitors, suppliers and financial institutions;
- worldwide economic conditions;
- the future impact of the COVID-19 pandemic; and
- other risks described in our 2019 Annual Management’s Discussion and Analysis and our Fourth Quarter 2019 Management’s Discussion and Analysis.
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