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VANCOUVER, British Columbia, June 03, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Methanex Corporation (TSX:MX) (NASDAQ:MEOH) announced today that it has amended its $300 million committed revolving credit facility and $800 million non-revolving construction facility. These changes amend and waive certain terms and conditions of the credit facilities, which will provide meaningful financial covenant relief and greater flexibility on the timeline to complete the Geismar 3 project.
The financial covenant relief is effective upon Methanex’s election and will provide, among other things, more flexibility in the calculation of the minimum EBITDA to interest coverage ratio through June 30, 2021 and an increase of the maximum debt to capitalization ratio through June 30, 2023.
John Floren, President & CEO of Methanex, commented, “We would like to thank our banking partners for their ongoing support during this challenging business environment. We have a strong liquidity position as we ended the first quarter of 2020 with over $800 million of cash on the balance sheet. These changes to our credit facilities will significantly increase Methanex’s financial flexibility to enable us to navigate through this difficult time and remain in a strong financial position.”
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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- expected cash flows, earnings capability and share price;
- availability of committed credit facilities and other financing;
- our ability to meet covenants or continue to obtain waivers associated with our long-term debt obligations;
- our financial strength and ability to meet future financial commitments; and
- 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.
However, forward-looking statements, by their nature, involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements. The risks and uncertainties primarily include those attendant with producing and marketing methanol and successfully carrying out major capital expenditure projects in various jurisdictions, including, without limitation:
- 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 First Quarter 2020 Management’s Discussion and Analysis.
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