SQM REPORTS EARNINGS FOR THE THIRD QUARTER OF 2012
SQM generated net income for the first nine months of 2012 of US$507.4 million, an increase of
31.2% over the first nine months of 2011.
Earnings per ADR totaled US$1.93 for the first nine months of 2012, compared to US$1.47 for the same period of 2011.
Revenues were 13.8% higher for the first nine months of 2012 than they were for the first nine months of 2011.
Santiago, Chile, November 20, 2012 - Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile S.A (SQM) (NYSE: SQM; Santiago Stock Exchange: SQM-B, SQM-A) reported today earnings for the first nine months of 2012 of US$507.4 million (US$1.93 per ADR), an increase of 31.2% with respect to the same period of 2011, when earnings totaled US$386.9 million (US$1.47 per ADR). Gross margin reached US$794.3 million (43.4% of revenues), 24.3% higher than the US$638.9 million (39.8% of revenues) recorded during the first nine months of 2011. Revenues totaled US$1,828.2 million for the first nine months, representing an increase of 13.8% over the US$1,606.4 reported in the same period of 2011.
The Company also reported quarterly net income of US$165.2 million (US$0.63 per ADR) compared with the 2011 figure of US$143.2 million (US$0.54 per ADR). Third quarter gross margin for 2012 reached US$262.3 million, 8.5% higher than the US$241.7 million recorded for the same period of 2011. Revenues for this quarter totaled US$615.3 million, an increase of approximately 7.1% with respect to the third quarter of 2011, when revenues amounted to US$574.7 million.
Patricio Contesse, SQM's Chief Executive Officer, stated, "Following the strong results posted in the first half of
2012, we are pleased to announce our financial results achieved during the third quarter. Margins have been driven primarily by increased prices in iodine and by increased sales volumes in the potassium, lithium, and industrial chemical business lines."
Mr. Contesse continued, "These strong results though, pose a new set of challenges for the next months. On one hand, potash price environment has been relatively unstable in the past weeks and difficult to predict for the near future. On the other hand, European economy slowdown is starting to show some effect in volumes across all our business lines. However, our unique commercial flexibility and operational synergies will allow us to continue maintaining our competitive advantage and to react and benefit to changing market needs."
For the first nine months of 2012, revenues from the SPN business line reached US$515.9 million, lower than the
US$547.1 million recorded for the same period of 2011.
Third quarter revenues reached US$162.0 million, a decrease of 11.6% over the US$183.2 recorded in the third quarter of 2011.
The SPN market saw increased supply during the first nine months of 2012 as a relevant competitor returned to normal production levels. We see potential opportunities in both the Latin American and Asian markets in the potassium nitrate market, and in Europe, modern farming techniques such as fertigation continue growing. Overall, during the first nine months of 2012, sales volumes from SQM decreased about 9% during the first nine months of
2012 when compared to the first nine months of 2011.
Prices slightly increased during the first nine months of 2012, when compared to the average prices for the same period of 2011.
SPN gross margin for the first nine months of 2012 contributed approximately 22% to SQM´s consolidated gross margin.
Iodine and derivatives
Revenues from the sales of iodine and derivatives during the first nine months of 2012 climbed to US$449.1 million, an increase of 36.7% over the US$328.4 million generated during the first nine months of 2011.
Iodine and derivatives revenues for the third quarter of 2012 amounted to US$148.2 million, an increase of 26.3%
compared to the US$117.3 million achieved during the third quarter of 2011.
SQM continues to be a world leader in the iodine market, and we expect total market demand to remain strong in
2012. As seen in recent quarters, demand growth is being led by x-ray contrast media and pharmaceutical applications.
These special market conditions have motivated prices increases throughout the past months. Prices during the third quarter of 2012 increased more than a 25% over the third quarter of 2011. This has created many opportunities for SQM, and for this same reason, SQM will maintain efforts to assure that world needs of iodine are met in the future.
Gross margin for the iodine and derivatives segment contributed approximately 36% to SQM's consolidated gross margin for the first nine months of 2012.
Lithium and Derivatives
Revenues for lithium and derivatives reached US$164.9 million during the first nine months of 2012, an increase of
24.8% compared to the US$132.2 million reached during the first nine months of 2011.
Third quarter 2012 lithium revenues reached US$51.4 million, an increase of 12.2% with respect to the revenues reported during the third quarter of 2011, US$45.8 million.
Demand growth continues to be led by the battery market, along with important growth in uses related to glass and grease. We believe that lithium market is positioned to grow in the short and long term resulting from the development of new technologies related to energy storage. Volumes increased over 14% in the third quarter when compared to the third quarter of 2011.
Increased demand has impacted market prices, which have increased over 10% in the first nine months of 2012 when compared to the first nine months in 2011.
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Gross margin for the lithium and derivatives segment accounted for approximately 10% of SQM's consolidated gross margin for the first nine months of 2012.
Potassium Chloride and Potassium Sulfate generated revenues of US$456.6 million for the first nine months of 2012, an increase of 7.2% over the first nine months of 2011, when revenues reached US$426.0 million.
Revenues for MOP & SOP fell about 14% during the third quarter of this year reaching US$131.3 million, compared to the US$152.7 posted in the same period of 2011.
Demand in South American markets remains stronger than markets such as India and China, where recent developments show that demand has been weakening. As a result of expansions, SQM volumes continue to grow, and in the first nine months of 2012 we saw over 5% increase in volumes when compared to the same period last year. We expect that overall volumes will be higher in 2012 than in 2011.
In recent months we have seen prices begin to fall in some potash markets. However, for SQM, the average price for the first nine months of 2012 compared to the first nine months of 2011 has remained stable.
Gross margin for potassium chloride and potassium sulfate accounted for approximately 24% of SQM's consolidated
gross margin for the first nine months of 2012.
Industrial Chemicals revenues for the first nine months of 2012 reached US$169.3 million, 49.4% higher than the
US$113.4 million recorded for the same period of 2011.
Revenues for the third quarter totaled US$ 85.6, an increase of 88.6% with respect to the third quarter 2011 figure of
US $45.4 million.
As expected, volumes increased significantly during the third quarter, resulting from increased sales of solar salts, products used for alternative energy sources. Industrial chemical demand for traditional applications such as explosives, detergents and glass, among others, has remained stable during the third quarter and throughout the first nine months of this year. We expect trends for sales of solar salts and traditional industrial chemicals to continue throughout the fourth quarter of 2012. Furthermore, we will likely see significant volume decreases in solar salts during 2013, as projects are delayed. These volume decreases should be temporary, and we remain confident in the long-term potential of the solar salt business.
Gross margin for the industrial chemical segment accounted for approximately 8% of SQM's consolidated gross
margin for the first nine months of 2011.
Other commodity Fertilizers
Revenues from sales of other commodity fertilizers and other income reached US$72.5 million in the first nine months of the year, compared to US $59.4 million for the same period of 2011.
Administrative expenses amounted to US$74.3 million (4.1% of revenues) for the first nine months of 2012, versus the US$66.7 million (4.2% of revenues) accounted during the first nine months of 2011.
Net Financial Expenses
Net financial expenses for the first nine months of 2012 totaled US$21.3 compared to the US$12.9 million recorded during the same period of 2011.
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1) Gross margin corresponds to consolidated revenues less total costs, including depreciation and amortization and excluding sales and administration expenses.
A significant portion of SQM's costs of goods sold are costs related to common productive processes (mining. crushing. leaching. etc.) which are distributed among the different final products. To estimate gross margins by business lines in both periods covered by this report, the Company employed similar criteria on the allocation of common costs to the different business areas. This gross margin distribution should be used only as a general and approximated reference of the margins by business line.
SQM is an integrated producer and distributor of specialty plant nutrients, iodine, lithium, potassium-related fertilizers and industrial chemicals. Its products are based on the development of high quality natural resources that allow the Company to be a leader in costs, supported by a specialized international network with sales in over 100 countries. SQM's development strategy aims to maintain and strengthen the Company's position in each of its businesses.
The leadership strategy is based on the Company's competitive advantages and on the sustainable growth of the
different markets in which it participates. SQM's main competitive advantages in its different businesses include:
Low production costs based on vast and high quality natural resources;
Know-how and its own technological developments in its various production processes; Logistics infrastructure and high production levels that allow SQM to have low distribution costs; High market share in all its core products;
International sales network with offices in more than 20 countries and sales in over 100 countries; Synergies from the production of multiple products that are obtained from the same two natural resources; Continuous new product development according to the specific needs of its different customers; Conservative and solid financial position.
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