VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Marketwired – July 29, 2015) – For the second quarter of 2015, Methanex (TSX:MX)(NASDAQ:MEOH) reported Adjusted EBITDA1 of $129 million and Adjusted net income1 of $51 million ($0.56 per share on a diluted basis1). This compares with Adjusted EBITDA1 of $97 million and Adjusted net income1 of $21 million ($0.23 per share on a diluted basis1) for the first quarter of 2015. Net income attributable to Methanex shareholders was $104 million in the second quarter compared to $9 million in the first quarter of 2015.
John Floren, President and CEO of Methanex commented, “Our second quarter Adjusted net income reflects higher average realized methanol pricing compared to the first quarter of 2015. Prices increased as the margins for most methanol energy applications improved relative to the first quarter, in alignment with higher oil and related product prices. These energy applications, especially methanol-to-olefins, have continued to drive growth in demand for our product. The higher average realized pricing in Q2 was partially offset by lower produced product sales volume relative to the first quarter. Net income attributable to Methanex shareholders of $104 million in the second quarter of 2015 includes a $57 million after tax gain related to the termination of a terminal services agreement.”
Mr. Floren continued, “Construction of our one million tonne Geismar 2 plant is proceeding very well, and if the pace achieved to date continues then we would expect to achieve first methanol by the end of 2015 and complete the project with no change to our total cost estimate. Production from our Geismar 1 facility continued to exceed our expectations, producing 276,000 tonnes during the second quarter of 2015. During the quarter, we also undertook a major refurbishment of our Medicine Hat facility and resumed operations in mid-July. We expect that this refurbishment will support increased production reliability of our plant for years to come.”
“We returned over $85 million to shareholders in the second quarter of 2015 in the form of dividends and share repurchases. With cash on hand, an undrawn credit facility, robust balance sheet, and strong future cash flow generation capability, we are well positioned to meet our financial commitments, invest to grow the Company and return excess cash to shareholders.”
A conference call is scheduled for July 30, 2015 at 12:00 noon ET (9:00 am PT) to review these second quarter results. To access the call, dial the conferencing operator ten minutes prior to the start of the call at (416) 340-8530, or toll free at (800) 769-8320. A playback version of the conference call will be available until August 20, 2015 at (905) 694-9451, or toll free at (800) 408-3053. The passcode for the playback version is 4843537. Presentation slides summarizing the Q2 2015 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 second quarter 2015 press release contains forward-looking statements with respect to us and the chemical industry. Refer to Forward-Looking Information Warning in the attached second quarter 2015 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 the impact of certain items associated with specific identified events. Refer to the Additional Information – Supplemental Non-GAAP Measures section of the attached Interim Report for the three months ended June 30, 2015 for reconciliations to the most comparable GAAP measures.|
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