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Methanex Q1 adjusted EBITDA up 4%
Apr '14
For the first quarter of 2014, Methanex reported Adjusted EBITDA of $255 million and Adjusted net income of $160 million ($1.65 per share on a diluted basis). These figures compare with Adjusted EBITDA of $245 million and Adjusted net income of $167 million ($1.72 per share on a diluted basis) for the fourth quarter of 2013. 
John Floren, President and CEO of Methanex commented, "This was another excellent quarter. Increased production resulting from our 2013 capacity growth initiatives in New Zealand and Medicine Hat, together with higher methanol pricing, contributed to robust EBITDA and earnings results this quarter." 
Mr. Floren added, "The methanol industry environment remains favorable. In Q4 2013, we saw methanol prices rise rapidly as a result of industry supply constraints. Late in Q1 2014, several idle plants resumed operation which resulted in methanol pricing moderating to levels seen prior to the supply disruptions. Industry demand remains steady, particularly for methanol into energy, and limited new supply additions are expected in the near to medium term." 
Mr. Floren added, "We continue to target methanol production from our Geismar 1 facility in late 2014 and Geismar 2 in early 2016. These two facilities are expected to provide a two million tonne increase in our operating capacity to eight million tonnes by 2016, at a time when new market supply is expected to be limited." 
Mr. Floren concluded, "With approximately $700 million of cash on hand, an undrawn credit facility, robust balance sheet, and strong cash flow generation, we are well positioned to deliver on our growth projects, continue to grow our business and deliver on our commitment to return excess cash to shareholders. Our announcement today of a new 5% normal course issuer bid share repurchase program, along with a 25% increase in our quarterly dividend, reflects that commitment." 


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