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Methanex Reports Second Quarter 2017 Earnings

/EIN News/ -- VANCOUVER, British Columbia, July 26, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- For the second quarter of 2017, Methanex (TSX:MX) (NASDAQ:MEOH) reported net income attributable to Methanex shareholders of $84 million ($0.89 per common share on a diluted basis) compared to net income of $132 million ($1.46 per common share on a diluted basis) in the first quarter of 2017. Adjusted EBITDA for the second quarter of 2017 was $174 million and Adjusted net income was $74 million ($0.85 per common share). This compares with Adjusted EBITDA of $267 million and Adjusted net income of $140 million ($1.56 per common share) for the first quarter of 2017.

John Floren, President and CEO of Methanex commented, "The lower Adjusted EBITDA and earnings in the second quarter reflects primarily the decline in methanol prices we saw during the quarter. Our average realized methanol price decreased $38 per tonne in the quarter to $327 per tonne, which compares to $365 per tonne realized in the first quarter of 2017. Sales of produced methanol in the second quarter were 1.79 million tonnes, relatively unchanged compared to the first quarter. Heading into the third quarter, we are encouraged to see some stability in global methanol prices."

"During the quarter we returned $141 million to shareholders through dividends and share repurchases. To date we have repurchased 3,755,000 common shares for approximately $168 million since commencement of our normal course issuer bid on March 13, 2017. We announced today that the Board of Directors approved an amendment to the normal course issuer bid which increases the number of common shares that may be purchased from 4,492,141 to 6,152,358 common shares, representing 10% of the public float at the time of the announcement of the bid and the maximum number of common shares that may be purchased under this bid. The increased bid illustrates the Company's commitment to return excess cash to shareholders."

"We continue to be optimistic that our underutilized 1.7 million tonne Chile facilities represent a very low capital cost growth opportunity for Methanex due to the significant progress in developing natural gas reserves in the area. We have low capital and financing requirements in the medium term, and we have the ability to generate significant free cash flow at a wide range of methanol prices. With $361 million of cash on hand at the end of the second quarter, a revolving credit facility, a robust balance sheet, and strong cash generation capability, we believe we are well positioned to meet our financial commitments, pursue our near-term growth opportunities in Chile and deliver on our commitment to return excess cash to shareholders through dividends and share repurchases," Floren said.

FURTHER INFORMATION
The information set forth in this news release summarizes Methanex's key financial and operational data for the second quarter of 2017. It is not a complete source of information for readers and is not in any way a substitute for reading the second quarter 2017 Management’s Discussion and Analysis ("MD&A") dated July 26, 2017 and the unaudited condensed consolidated interim financial statements for the period ended June 30, 2017, both of which are available from the Investor Relations section of our website at www.methanex.com. The MD&A and the unaudited condensed consolidated interim financial statements for the period ended June 30, 2017 are also available on the Canadian Securities Administrators' SEDAR website at www.sedar.com and on the United States Securities and Exchange Commission's EDGAR website at www.sec.gov.

FINANCIAL AND OPERATIONAL DATA

  Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended
($ millions except per share amounts and where noted) Jun 30
 2017
Mar 31
 2017
Jun 30
 2016
  Jun 30
 2017
Jun 30
 2016
Production (thousands of tonnes) (attributable to Methanex shareholders) 1,614   1,866   1,770     3,480   3,409  
Sales volume (thousands of tonnes)            
Methanex-produced methanol 1,790   1,756   1,689     3,546   3,218  
Purchased methanol 387   512   533     899   955  
Commission sales 297   304   140     601   308  
Total sales volume 1 2,474   2,572   2,362     5,046   4,481  
             
Methanex average non-discounted posted price ($ per tonne) 2 398   437   260     418   266  
Average realized price ($ per tonne) 3 327   365   223     347   227  
             
Revenue 669   810   468     1,480   903  
Adjusted revenue 716   832   496     1,548   946  
Adjusted EBITDA 174   267   38     441   74  
Cash flows from operating activities 250   221   34     470   104  
Adjusted net income (loss) 74   140   (31 )   214   (55 )
Net income (loss) (attributable to Methanex shareholders) 84   132   (3 )   216   (26 )
             
Adjusted net income (loss) per common share 0.85   1.56   (0.34 )   2.40   (0.62 )
Basic net income (loss) per common share 0.96   1.47   (0.03 )   2.43   (0.29 )
Diluted net income (loss) per common share 0.89   1.46   (0.08 )   2.39   (0.34 )
             
Common share information (millions of shares)            
Weighted average number of common shares 88   90   90     89   90  
Diluted weighted average number of common shares 88   90   90     89   90  
Number of common shares outstanding, end of period 87   89   90     87   90  
                       

1 Methanex-produced methanol represents our equity share of volume produced at our facilities and excludes volume marketed on a commission basis related to the 36.9% of the Atlas facility and 50% of the Egypt facility that we do not own. Methanex-produced methanol includes any volume produced by Chile using natural gas supplied from Argentina under a tolling arrangement ("Tolling Volume"). There has been no Tolling Volume produced since the fourth quarter of 2015.

2 Methanex average non-discounted posted price represents the average of our non-discounted posted prices in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific weighted by sales volume. Current and historical pricing information is available at www.methanex.com.

3 Average realized price is calculated as revenue, excluding commissions earned and the Egypt non-controlling interest share of revenue, but including an amount representing our share of Atlas revenue, divided by the total sales volume of Methanex-produced and purchased methanol, but excluding Tolling Volume.

A reconciliation from net income (loss) attributable to Methanex shareholders to Adjusted net income (loss) and the calculation of Adjusted net income (loss) per common share is as follows:

  Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended
($ millions except number of shares and per share amounts) Jun 30
 2017
Mar 31
 2017
Jun 30
 2016
  Jun 30
 2017
Jun 30
 2016
Net income (loss) (attributable to Methanex shareholders) $ 84   $ 132   $ (3 )   $ 216   $ (26 )
Mark-to-market impact of share-based compensation, net of tax (10 ) 8   (7 )   (2 ) (8 )
Argentina gas settlement, net of tax     (21 )     (21 )
Adjusted net income (loss) $ 74   $ 140   $ (31 )   $ 214   $ (55 )
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding (millions) 88   90   90     89   90  
Adjusted net income (loss) per common share $ 0.85   $ 1.56   $ (0.34 )   $ 2.40   $ (0.62 )
                                 
  • We recorded net income attributable to Methanex shareholders of $84 million during the second quarter of 2017 compared to net income of $132 million in the first quarter of 2017. The decrease in earnings is primarily due to a decrease in our average realized methanol price during the second quarter. Our average realized price decreased to $327 per tonne for the second quarter of 2017 from $365 per tonne for the first quarter of 2017.

  • We recorded Adjusted EBITDA of $174 million for the second quarter of 2017 compared with $267 million for the first quarter of 2017. Adjusted net income was $74 million for the second quarter of 2017 compared to Adjusted net income of $140 million for the first quarter of 2017.

  • Total sales volume for the second quarter of 2017 was 2,474,000 tonnes compared with 2,572,000 tonnes for the first quarter of 2017. Sales of Methanex-produced methanol were 1,790,000 tonnes in the second quarter of 2017 compared with 1,756,000 tonnes in the first quarter of 2017.

  • Cash flows from operating activities in the second quarter of 2017 were $250 million compared with $221 million for the first quarter of 2017, an increase of $29 million. Cash flows from operating activities in the quarter increased despite a decrease in Adjusted EBITDA primarily as a result of a reduction in non-cash working capital.

  • Our planned capital expenditures directed towards maintenance, turnarounds and catalyst changes for operations, including our 63.1% share of Atlas and 50% of Egypt, is currently estimated to be approximately $40 million to the end of 2017.

  • We announced today that the Board of Directors approved an amendment to the normal course issuer bid which increases the number of common shares that may be purchased from 4,492,141 to 6,152,358 common shares, representing 10% of the public float at the time of the announcement of the bid and the maximum number of common shares that may be purchased under this bid. To date we have repurchased 3,755,000 common shares under the current bid for approximately $168 million.

  • During the second quarter of 2017 we paid a $0.30 per common share dividend to shareholders for a total of $26 million.

PRODUCTION HIGHLIGHTS

    Q2 2017 Q1 2017 Q2 2016   YTD Q2 2017 YTD Q2 2016
(thousands of tonnes) Operating Capacity 1 Production Production Production   Production Production
New Zealand 2 608   350   533   577     883   1,086  
Geismar (USA) 500   437   493   527     930   1,010  
Trinidad (Methanex interest) 3 500   449   396   417     845   730  
Egypt (50% interest) 158   159   159   53     318   128  
Medicine Hat (Canada) 150   159   118   123     277   282  
Chile 4 220   60   167   73     227   173  
  2,136   1,614   1,866   1,770     3,480   3,409  
                           

1 Operating capacity includes only those facilities which are currently capable of operating, but excludes any portion of an asset that is underutilized due to a lack of natural gas feedstock over a prolonged period of time. Our current annual operating capacity is 8.5 million tonnes, including 0.9 million tonnes related to our Chile operations. The operating capacity of our production facilities may be higher than original nameplate capacity as, over time, these figures have been adjusted to reflect ongoing operating efficiencies at these facilities. Actual production for a facility in any given year may be higher or lower than operating capacity due to a number of factors, including natural gas composition or the age of the facility's catalyst.

2 The operating capacity of New Zealand is made up of the two Motunui facilities and the Waitara Valley facility.

3 The operating capacity of Trinidad is made up of the Titan (100% interest) and Atlas (63.1% interest) facilities.

4 The production capacity of our Chile I and IV facilities is 1.7 million tonnes annually assuming access to natural gas feedstock.

Key production and operational highlights during the second quarter include:

  • New Zealand production was 350,000 tonnes, impacted mainly as a result of a planned turnaround at the Motunui 1 facility.

  • Geismar production was 437,000 tonnes, impacted by planned maintenance activities.

  • Trinidad production was 449,000 tonnes. We continue to experience gas curtailments in Trinidad with gas availability in the second quarter of 2017 at improved levels compared to the first quarter of 2017.

  • Egypt production was 159,000 tonnes (Methanex share). The plant continued to run at high rates in the quarter.

  • Medicine Hat production was 159,000 tonnes. The plant was shut down for repairs for part of the first quarter of 2017 and since restart has operated at high rates.

  • Chile production was 60,000 tonnes, produced using only natural gas supply from Chile. Production was impacted by lower gas deliveries during the southern hemisphere winter months and a mechanical issue.

CONFERENCE CALL

A conference call is scheduled for July 27, 2017 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) 340-2216, or toll free at (800) 273-9672. A simultaneous audio-only webcast of the conference call can be accessed from our website at www.methanex.com. A playback version of the conference call will be available until August 10, 2017 at (905) 694-9451, or toll free at (800) 408-3053. The passcode for the playback version is 2610963#. The webcast will be available on our website for two weeks following the call.

ABOUT METHANEX

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 2017 press release contains forward-looking statements with respect to us and the chemical industry. By its nature, forward-looking information is subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, some of which are beyond the Company's control. Readers are cautioned that undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking information as actual results may vary materially from the forward-looking information. Methanex does not undertake to update, correct or revise any forward-looking information as a result of any new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required by applicable law. Refer to Forward-Looking Information Warning in the second quarter 2017 Management's Discussion and Analysis for more information which is available from the Investor Relations section of our website at www.methanex.com, the Canadian Securities Administrators' SEDAR website at www.sedar.com and on the United States Securities and Exchange Commission's EDGAR website at www.sec.gov.

NON-GAAP MEASURES

The Company has used the terms Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted net income (loss), Adjusted net income (loss) per common share, Adjusted revenue, and operating income throughout this document. These items are non-GAAP measures that 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 Additional Information - Supplemental Non-GAAP measures on page 12 of the Company's MD&A for the period ended June 30, 2017 for reconciliations to the most comparable GAAP measures. Unless otherwise indicated, the financial information presented in this release is prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board ("IASB").

For further information, contact:

Sandra Daycock
Director, Investor Relations
Methanex Corporation
604-661-2600

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