Methanex Reports Record Results

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VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Jan 29, 2014) - For the fourth quarter of 2013, Methanex ( MX.TO )( MEOH )(SANTIAGO:Methanex) reported Adjusted EBITDA (1) of $245 million and Adjusted net income (1) of $167 million ($1.72 per share on a diluted basis (1) ). This compares with Adjusted EBITDA (1) of $184 million and Adjusted net income (1) of $117 million ($1.22 per share on a diluted basis (1) ) for the third quarter of 2013. For the year ended December 31, 2013, Methanex reported Adjusted EBITDA (1) of $736 million and Adjusted net income of $471 million ($4.88 per share on a diluted basis (1) ). This compares with Adjusted EBITDA (1) of $429 million and Adjusted net income of $180 million ($1.90 per share on a diluted basis (1) ) for the year ended December 31, 2012.

John Floren, President and CEO of Methanex commented, "Demand remained healthy in the fourth quarter, driving methanol pricing higher amidst industry supply constraints. Increased production from our plants in New Zealand and Chile, together with strong methanol pricing, contributed to robust EBITDA and earnings results. We are pleased to report that 2013 Adjusted net income and annual sales volume were the highest in the Company's history."

Mr. Floren added, "2014 will be an exciting time for our business. We recently added one million tonnes of operating capacity through the growth projects completed in New Zealand and Medicine Hat. We continue to progress our Geismar relocation projects and all of the major equipment pieces for Geismar 1 are now on site in Louisiana. We are targeting to be producing methanol from Geismar 1 in late 2014 and from Geismar 2 in early 2016. These key projects support the 3 million tonne increase in our operating capacity to 8 million tonnes by 2016, a time when new market supply is expected to be limited."

Mr. Floren concluded, "With over $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."

A conference call is scheduled for January 30, 2014 at 12:00 noon ET (9:00 am PT) to review these fourth quarter results. To access the call, dial the conferencing operator ten minutes prior to the start of the call at (416) 340-2218 , or toll free at (866) 226-1793 . A playback version of the conference call will be available until February 20, 2014 at (905) 694-9451 , or toll free at (800) 408-3053 . The passcode for the playback version is 4459948. Presentation slides summarizing Q4-13 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 Fourth Quarter 2013 press release contains forward-looking statements with respect to us and the chemical industry. Refer to Forward-Looking Information Warning in the attached Fourth Quarter 2013 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 items considered by management to be non-operational. Refer to Additional Information - Supplemental Non-GAAP Measures section of the attached Interim Report for the three months ended December 31, 2013 for reconciliations to the most comparable GAAP measures.

Interim Report for the Three Months Ended December 31, 2013

At January 29, 2014 the Company had 96,156,491 common shares issued and outstanding and stock options exercisable for 1,737,606 additional common shares.

Share Information

Methanex Corporation's common shares are listed for trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol MX and on the Nasdaq Global Market under the symbol MEOH.

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FOURTH QUARTER MANAGEMENT'S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS

Except where otherwise noted, all currency amounts are stated in United States dollars.

FINANCIAL AND OPERATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

  • A reconciliation from net income attributable to Methanex shareholders to Adjusted net income 1 and the calculation of Adjusted net income per common share 1 is as follows:
Three Months Ended Years Ended
($ millions except number of shares and per share amounts) Dec 31
2013
Sep 30
2013
Dec 31
2012
Dec 31
2013
Dec 31
2012
Net income (loss) attributable to Methanex shareholders $ 128 $ 87 $ (140) $ 329 $ (68)
Mark-to-market impact of share-based compensation, net of tax 34 30 8 101 14
Write-off of oil and gas rights, net of tax 5 - - 19 -
Geismar project relocation expenses, net of tax - - - 22 41
Asset impairment charge, net of tax - - 193 - 193
Adjusted net income 1 $ 167 $ 117 $ 61 $ 471 $ 180
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding (millions) 97 97 94 96 94
Adjusted net income per common share 1 $ 1.72 $ 1.22 $ 0.64 $ 4.88 $ 1.90
  • We recorded Adjusted EBITDA 1 of $245 million for the fourth quarter of 2013 compared with $184 million for the third quarter of 2013. The increase in Adjusted EBITDA 1 was primarily due to an increase in our average realized price to $493 per tonne for the fourth quarter of 2013 from $438 per tonne for the third quarter of 2013 and an increase in sales of Methanex-produced methanol.
  • Production for the fourth quarter of 2013 was 1,194,000 tonnes compared with 1,035,000 tonnes for the third quarter of 2013. Refer to the Production Summary section.
  • Sales of Methanex-produced methanol were 1,190,000 tonnes in the fourth quarter of 2013 compared with 1,045,000 in the third quarter of 2013.
  • During the fourth quarter of 2013, we completed a planned major refurbishment at the Motunui 2 facility. Our New Zealand operations are now capable of producing at the site's full annual production capacity of up to 2.4 million tonnes, depending on natural gas composition.
  • We continue to progress our Geismar relocation projects and during the fourth quarter we reached an important milestone with all of the major equipment pieces for Geismar 1 now on site in Louisiana. We are targeting to be producing methanol from Geismar 1 in late 2014 and from Geismar 2 in early 2016.
  • In December 2013, we completed an agreement to sell a 10% equity interest in the Methanex Egypt facility for $110 million. As we retained control of the entity, the $62.9 million gain realized on the sale has been recognized as an increase in shareholders' equity.
  • During the fourth quarter of 2013, we paid a $0.20 per share dividend to shareholders for a total of $19 million.
1 These items are non-GAAP measures that do not have any standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP and therefore are unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. Refer to Additional Information - Supplemental Non-GAAP Measures section for a description of each non-GAAP measure and reconciliations to the most comparable GAAP measures.

This Fourth Quarter 2013 Management's Discussion and Analysis ("MD&A") dated January 29, 2014 for Methanex Corporation ("the Company") should be read in conjunction with the Company's condensed consolidated interim financial statements for the period ended December 31, 2013 as well as the 2012 Annual Consolidated Financial Statements and MD&A included in the Methanex 2012 Annual Report. Unless otherwise indicated, the financial information presented in this interim report is prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB). The Methanex 2012 Annual Report and additional information relating to Methanex is available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on EDGAR at www.sec.gov .

Effective January 1, 2013, we adopted new IFRS standards related to consolidation and joint arrangement accounting. Under these new standards, our 63.1% interest in the Atlas entity, which was previously proportionately consolidated in our financial statements, is accounted for using the equity method. This change has been applied retrospectively. As a result, amounts related to Atlas are no longer included in individual line items in our consolidated financial statements and the net assets and net earnings are presented separately. For purposes of analyzing our consolidated financial results in this MD&A, the Adjusted EBITDA from our 63.1% interest in the Atlas entity is included in Adjusted EBITDA.

FINANCIAL AND OPERATIONAL DATA

Three Months Ended Years Ended
($ millions, except per share amounts and where noted) Dec 31
2013
Sep 30
2013
Dec 31
2012
Dec 31
2013
Dec 31
2012
Production (thousands of tonnes) (attributable to Methanex shareholders) 1,194 1,035 1,067 4,344 4,071
Sales volumes (thousands of tonnes):
Methanex-produced methanol (attributable to Methanex shareholders) 1,190 1,045 1,059 4,304 4,039
Purchased methanol 663 715 664 2,715 2,565
Commission sales 274 237 176 972 855
Total sales volumes 1 2,127 1,997 1,899 7,991 7,459
Methanex average non-discounted posted price ($ per tonne) 2 557 502 450 507 443
Average realized price ($ per tonne) 3 493 438 389 441 382
Adjusted EBITDA (attributable to Methanex shareholders) 4 245 184 119 736 429
Cash flows from operating activities 162 181 80 586 416
Adjusted net income (attributable to Methanex shareholders) 4 167 117 61 471 180
Net income (loss) attributable to Methanex shareholders 128 87 (140) 329 (68)
Adjusted net income per common share (attributable to Methanex shareholders) 4 1.72 1.22 0.64 4.88 1.90
Basic net income (loss) per common share (attributable to Methanex shareholders) 1.33 0.91 (1.49) 3.46 (0.73)
Diluted net income (loss) per common share (attributable to Methanex shareholders) 1.32 0.90 (1.49) 3.41 (0.73)
Common share information (millions of shares):
Weighted average number of common shares 96 95 94 95 94
Diluted weighted average number of common shares 97 97 94 96 94
Number of common shares outstanding, end of period 96 96 94 96 94
1 Methanex-produced methanol includes volumes produced by Chile using natural gas supplied from Argentina under a tolling arrangement. Commission sales represent volumes marketed on a commission basis related to the 36.9% of the Atlas methanol facility and the portion of the Egypt methanol facility that we do not own.
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 http://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 volumes of Methanex-produced (attributable to Methanex shareholders) and purchased methanol.
4 These items are non-GAAP measures that do not have any standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP and therefore are unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. Refer to Additional Information - Supplemental Non-GAAP Measures section for a description of each non-GAAP measure and reconciliations to the most comparable GAAP measures.

PRODUCTION SUMMARY

Annual 2013 2012 Q4 2013 Q3 2013 Q4 2012
(thousands of tonnes) Capacity 1 Production Production Production Production Production
New Zealand 2 2,430 1,419 1,108 400 349 378
Atlas (Trinidad) (63.1% interest) 1,125 971 826 268 254 180
Titan (Trinidad) 875 651 786 173 128 189
Egypt (50% interest) 3 630 623 557 159 168 129
Medicine Hat 560 476 481 86 130 132
Chile I and IV 1,800 204 313 108 6 59
Geismar 1 and 2 (Louisiana, USA) 4 - - - - - -
7,420 4,344 4,071 1,194 1,035 1,067
1 The production capacity of our facilities may be higher than original nameplate capacity as, over time, these figures have been adjusted to reflect ongoing operating efficiencies. Actual production for a facility in any given year may be higher or lower than annual production capacity due to a number of factors, including natural gas composition or the age of the facility's catalyst.
2 The annual production capacity of New Zealand represents the two Motunui facilities and the Waitara Valley facility (refer to New Zealand section below).
3 On December 9, 2013, we completed the sale of a 10% equity interest in the Egypt facility. Production figures prior to December 9, 2013 reflect a 60% interest.
4 We are relocating two idle Chile facilities to Geismar, Louisiana and are targeting to be producing methanol from Geismar 1 in late 2014 and Geismar 2 by early 2016.

New Zealand

Our New Zealand methanol facilities produced 400,000 tonnes of methanol in the fourth quarter of 2013 compared with 349,000 tonnes in the third quarter of 2013. We completed a major refurbishment at the Motunui 2 facility during the fourth quarter of 2013. With all three facilities now operating, we are able to produce at the New Zealand site's full annual production capacity of up to 2.4 million tonnes, depending on natural gas composition.

Trinidad

In Trinidad, we own 100% of the Titan facility with an annual production capacity of 875,000 tonnes and have a 63.1% interest in the Atlas facility with an annual production capacity of 1,125,000 tonnes (63.1% interest). The Titan facility produced 173,000 tonnes in the fourth quarter of 2013 compared with 128,000 tonnes in the third quarter of 2013. The Titan facility underwent a planned turnaround in the third quarter of 2013 and returned to operation in early October. The Titan facility also experienced an unplanned outage during the fourth quarter which resulted in lost production of approximately 15,000 tonnes. The Atlas facility produced 268,000 tonnes in the fourth quarter of 2013 compared with 254,000 tonnes in the third quarter of 2013.

We continue to experience some natural gas curtailments to our Trinidad facilities due to a mismatch between upstream commitments to supply the Natural Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago (NGC) and downstream demand from NGC's customers, which becomes apparent when an upstream supplier has a technical issue or planned maintenance that reduces gas delivery. We are engaged with key stakeholders to find a solution to this issue, but in the meantime expect to continue to experience gas curtailments to the Trinidad site.

Egypt

On December 9, 2013, we completed the sale of a 10% equity interest in the Egypt methanol facility to Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (APICORP) for $110 million. The production from this facility attributable to Methanex reflects a 50% interest after December 9, 2013.

On a 100% basis, the Egypt methanol facility produced 273,000 tonnes in the fourth quarter of 2013 (Methanex share of 159,000 tonnes) compared with 280,000 tonnes (Methanex share of 168,000 tonnes) in the third quarter of 2013. The Egypt facility experienced an unplanned outage during the fourth quarter of 2013 which resulted in lost production of approximately 35,000 tonnes (100% basis).

The Egypt facility has experienced periodic natural gas supply restrictions since mid-2012 which have resulted in production below full capacity. This situation may persist in the future and become more acute during the summer months when electricity demand is at its peak. Refer to page 25 of our 2012 Annual Report for further details.

Medicine Hat, Canada

During the fourth quarter of 2013, we produced 86,000 tonnes at our Medicine Hat facility compared with 130,000 tonnes during the third quarter of 2013. The Medicine Hat facility experienced an unplanned outage which resulted in lost production of approximately 50,000 tonnes during the fourth quarter of 2013. The facility restarted on January 10, 2014 and is currently operating.

Chile

After idling our Chile operations during the southern hemisphere winter as a result of insufficient natural gas feedstock, we restarted the Chile I facility in September 2013. During the fourth quarter of 2013, we produced 108,000 tonnes in Chile operating the facility at approximately 50% of production capacity, supported by natural gas supplies from both Chile and Argentina through a tolling arrangement.

The future of our Chile operations is primarily dependent on the level of natural gas exploration and development in southern Chile and our ability to secure a sustainable natural gas supply to our facilities on economic terms from Chile and Argentina.

Geismar, Louisiana

We continue to progress our two Geismar relocation projects and during the fourth quarter we reached an important milestone with all of the major equipment pieces for Geismar 1 now on site in Louisiana. We are targeting to be producing methanol from the 1.0 million tonne Geismar 1 facility in late 2014 and from the 1.0 million tonne Geismar 2 facility in early 2016. During the fourth quarter of 2013, we incurred $145 million of capital expenditures related to these projects, excluding capitalized interest.

FINANCIAL RESULTS

For the fourth quarter of 2013 we recorded Adjusted EBITDA of $245 million and Adjusted net income of $167 million ($1.72 per share on a diluted basis). This compares with Adjusted EBITDA of $184 million and Adjusted net income of $117 million ($1.22 per share on a diluted basis) for the third quarter of 2013. For the year ended December 31, 2013, we reported Adjusted EBITDA of $736 million and Adjusted net income of $471 million ($4.88 per share on a diluted basis) compared with Adjusted EBITDA of $429 million and Adjusted net income of $180 million ($1.90 per share on a diluted basis) for the year ended December 31, 2012.

For the fourth quarter of 2013, we reported net income attributable to Methanex shareholders of $128 million ($1.32 per share on a diluted basis) compared with net income attributable to Methanex shareholders for the third quarter of 2013 of $87 million ($0.90 income per share on a diluted basis).

On December 9, 2013, we completed the sale of a 10% equity interest in the Egypt methanol facility to APICORP for $110 million. The transaction decreases Methanex's ownership interest to approximately 50% with Methanex retaining control. As we retain control of the entity, under IFRS accounting standards, this is considered a transaction between equity holders and the $62.9 million gain realized on the sale is recognized as an increase in shareholders' equity.

We calculate Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted net income by including amounts related to our equity share of the Atlas (63.1% interest) and Egypt (50% interest as of December 9, 2013) facilities and by excluding the mark-to-market impact of share-based compensation as a result of changes in our share price and items which are considered by management to be non-operational. Refer to Additional Information - Supplemental Non-GAAP Measures section for a further discussion on how we calculate these measures. Our analysis of depreciation and amortization, finance costs, finance income and other expenses and income taxes is consistent with the presentation of our consolidated statements of income and excludes amounts related to Atlas.

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

...
Three Months Ended Years Ended
($ millions except number of shares and per share amounts) Dec 31
2013
Sep 30
2013
Dec 31
2012
Dec 31
2013
Dec 31
2012
Net income (loss) attributable to Methanex shareholders $ 128 $ 87 $ (140) $ 329 $ (68)
Mark-to-market impact of share-based compensation, net of tax 34 30 8 101 14
Write-off of oil and gas rights, net of tax 5 - - 19 -
Geismar project relocation expenses, net of tax - - - 22 41
Asset impairment charge, net of tax - - 193 - 193
Adjusted net income 1 $ 167 $ 117 $ 61 $ 471 $ 180
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding (millions) 97 97 94 96 94
Adjusted net income per common share 1 $ 1.72 $ 1.22 $ 0.64 $ 4.88 $ 1.90
1These items are non-GAAP measures that do not have any standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP and therefore are unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. Refer to Additional Information - Supplemental Non-GAAP Measures section for a description of each non-GAAP measure and reconciliations to the most comparable GAAP measures.

We review our financial results by analyzing changes in Adjusted EBITDA, mark-to-market impact of share-based compensation, depreciation and amortization, write-off of oil and gas rights, finance costs, finance income and other expenses and income taxes. A summary of our consolidated statements of income is as follows:

Three Months Ended Years Ended
($ millions) Dec 31
2013
Sep 30
2013
Dec 31
2012
Dec 31
2013
Dec 31
2012
Consolidated statements of income:
Revenue $ 881 $ 758 $ 668 $ 3,024 $ 2,543
Cost of sales and operating expenses, excluding mark-to-market impact of share-based compensation (634) (565) (546) (2,267) (2,075)
Adjusted EBITDA of associate (Atlas) 1 26 15 10 68 34
273 208 132 825 502
Comprised of:
Adjusted EBITDA (attributable to Methanex shareholders) 2 245 184 119 736 429
Attributable to non-controlling interests 28 24 13 89 73
273 208 132 825 502
Mark-to-market impact of share-based compensation (37) (33) (8) (110) (16)
Depreciation and amortization (35) (29) (35) (123) (149)
Write-off of oil and gas rights (8) - - (25) -
Geismar project relocation expenses and charges - - - (34) (65)
Asset impairment charge - - (297) - (297)
Earnings of associate, excluding amount included in Adjusted EBITDA 1 (9) (9) (10) (38) (34)
Finance costs (13) (14) (13) (57) (61)
Finance income and other expenses 2 2 3 5 1
Income tax expense (29) (24) 93 (66) 85
Net income (loss) $ 144 $101 $(135) $ 377 $ (34)
Net income (loss) attributable to Methanex shareholders $ 128 $ 87 $(140) $ 329 $ (68)
1Earnings of associate has been divided into an amount included in Adjusted EBITDA and an amount excluded from Adjusted EBITDA. The amount excluded from Adjusted EBITDA represents depreciation and amortization, finance costs, finance income and other expenses and income tax expense relating to earnings of associate.

2This item is a non-GAAP measure that does not have any standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP and therefore is unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. Refer to Additional Information - Supplemental Non-GAAP Measures section for a description of the non-GAAP measure and reconciliation to the most comparable GAAP measure.

Adjusted EBITDA (Attributable to Methanex Shareholders)

Our operations consist of a single operating segment - the production and sale of methanol. We review the results of operations by analyzing changes in the components of Adjusted EBITDA. For a discussion of the definitions used in our Adjusted EBITDA analysis, refer to the How We Analyze Our Business section.

The changes in Adjusted EBITDA resulted from changes in the following:

($ millions) Q4 2013
compared with
Q3 2013
Q4 2013
compared with
Q4 2012
2013
compared with
2012
Average realized price $ 99 $ 188 $ 423
Sales volume 5 7 32
Total cash costs (43) (69) (148)
Increase in Adjusted EBITDA $ 61 $ 126 $ 307

Average realized price

Three Months Ended Years Ended
($ per tonne) Dec 31
2013
Sep 30
2013
Dec 31
2012
Dec 31
2013
Dec 31
2012
Methanex average non-discounted posted price 557 502 450 507 443
Methanex average realized price 493 438 389 441 382

Methanol market conditions remained healthy during the fourth quarter and pricing increased amidst industry supply constraints (refer to Supply/Demand Fundamentals section). Our average non-discounted posted price for the fourth quarter of 2013 was $557 per tonne compared with $502 per tonne for the third quarter of 2013 and $450 per tonne for the fourth quarter of 2012. Our average realized price for the fourth quarter of 2013 was $493 per tonne compared with $438 per tonne for the third quarter of 2013 and $389 per tonne for the fourth quarter of 2012. The change in average realized price for the fourth quarter of 2013 increased Adjusted EBITDA by $99 million compared with the third quarter of 2013 and increased Adjusted EBITDA by $188 million compared with the fourth quarter of 2012. Our average realized price for the year ended December 31, 2013 was $441 per tonne compared with $382 per tonne for the same period in 2012 and this increased Adjusted EBITDA by $423 million.

Sales volume

Methanol sales volumes excluding commission sales volumes were higher for all periods presented and this increased Adjusted EBITDA by the amounts noted in the table above.

Total cash costs

The primary drivers of changes in our total cash costs are changes in the cost of methanol we produce at our facilities (Methanex-produced methanol) and changes in the cost of methanol we purchase from others (purchased methanol). All of our production facilities except Medicine Hat are underpinned by natural gas purchase agreements with pricing terms that include base and variable price components. We supplement our production with methanol produced by others through methanol offtake contracts and purchases on the spot market to meet customer needs and support our marketing efforts within the major global markets.

We have adopted the first-in, first-out method of accounting for inventories and it generally takes between 30 and 60 days to sell the methanol we produce or purchase. Accordingly, the changes in Adjusted EBITDA as a result of changes in Methanex-produced and purchased methanol costs primarily depend on changes in methanol pricing and the timing of inventory flows.

The impact on Adjusted EBITDA from changes in our cash costs are explained below:

($ millions) Q4 2013
compared with
Q3 2013
Q4 2013
compared with
Q4 2012
2013
compared with
2012
Methanex-produced methanol costs $ (22) $ (23) $ (62)
Proportion of Methanex-produced methanol sales 13 5 (4)
Purchased methanol costs (43) (69) (138)
Logistics costs (3) 14 38
Other, net 12 4 18
$ (43) $ (69) $ (148)

Methanex-produced methanol costs

We purchase natural gas for the New Zealand, Trinidad, Egypt and Chile methanol facilities under natural gas purchase agreements where the unique terms of each contract include a base price and a variable price component linked to the price of methanol to reduce our commodity price risk exposure. The variable price component of each gas contract is adjusted by a formula related to methanol prices above a certain level. For the fourth quarter of 2013 compared with the third quarter of 2013, Methanex-produced methanol costs were higher by $22 million primarily due to the impact of higher realized methanol prices on the variable portion of our natural gas costs and changes in the mix of production sold from inventory. For the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2013 compared with the same periods in 2012, Methanex-produced methanol costs were higher by $23 million and $62 million, respectively, primarily due to the impact of higher realized methanol prices on the variable portion of our natural gas costs and changes in the mix of production sold from inventory.

Proportion of Methanex-produced methanol sales

The cost of purchased methanol is directly linked to the selling price for methanol at the time of purchase and the cost of purchased methanol is generally higher than the cost of Methanex-produced methanol. Accordingly, an increase in the proportion of Methanex-produced methanol sales results in a decrease in our overall cost structure for a given period. For the fourth quarter of 2013 compared with the third quarter of 2013 and the fourth quarter of 2012, a higher proportion of Methanex-produced methanol sales increased Adjusted EBITDA by $13 million and $5 million, respectively. Sales of Methanex-produced methanol increased in the fourth quarter of 2013 primarily as a result of higher production from New Zealand.

Purchased methanol costs

Changes in purchased methanol costs for all periods presented are primarily as a result of changes in methanol pricing.

Logistics costs

Logistics costs vary from period to period depending on the levels of production from each of our production facilities and the resulting impact on our supply chain. Over the past year, we have completed several initiatives that have reduced logistics costs and improved the efficiency of our supply chain. Logistics costs in the fourth quarter of 2013 were $14 million lower than the fourth quarter of 2012 and logistics costs for the twelve month period were $38 million lower than in the same period in 2012.

Other, net

We have commenced the process of building a manufacturing organization in Geismar, Louisiana. Under IFRS, costs incurred related to organizational build-up are not eligible for capitalization and are charged directly to earnings as incurred. During 2013, we incurred approximately $7 million of Geismar organizational build-up costs and the remaining organizational build-up costs are estimated to be approximately $25 million. The remaining change in other, net for the periods presented primarily relates to an insurance settlement recorded in the fourth quarter of 2013 and the impact of a restructuring of our Chile operations completed in 2012.

Mark-to-Market Impact of Share-based Compensation

We grant share-based awards as an element of compensation. Share-based awards granted include stock options, share appreciation rights, tandem share appreciation rights, deferred share units, restricted share units and performance share units. For all the share-based awards, share-based compensation is recognized over the related vesting period for the proportion of the service that has been rendered at each reporting date. Share-based compensation includes an amount related to the grant-date value and a mark-to-market impact as a result of subsequent changes in the Company's share price. The grant-date value amount is included in Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted net income. The mark-to-market impact of share-based compensation as a result of changes in our share price is excluded from Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted net income and analyzed separately.

Three Months Ended Years Ended
($ millions except share price) Dec 31
2013
Sep 30
2013
Dec 31
2012
Dec 31
2013
Dec 31
2012
Methanex Corporation share price 1 $ 59.24 $ 51.27 $ 31.87 $ 59.24 $ 31.87
Grant-date fair value expense included in Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted net income 4 5 3 21 20
Mark-to-market impact due to change in share price 37 33 8 110 16
Total share-based compensation expense $ 41 $ 38 $ 11 $ 131 $ 36
1US dollar share price of Methanex Corporation as quoted on NASDAQ Global Market on the last trading day of the respective period.

The Methanex Corporation share price increased from $51.27 per share at September 30, 2013 to $59.24 per share at December 31, 2013. As a result of the increase in the share price and the resulting impact on the fair value of the outstanding units, we recorded a $37 million mark-to-market expense on share-based compensation in the fourth quarter of 2013. For the year ended December 31, 2013, we recorded a $110 million mark-to-market share-based compensation expense as a result of the increase in the share price from $31.87 at December 31, 2012 to $59.24 at December 31, 2013.

Depreciation and Amortization

Depreciation and amortization was $35 million for the fourth quarter of 2013 compared with $29 million for the third quarter of 2013 and $35 million for the fourth quarter of 2012. Depreciation and amortization was higher in the fourth quarter of 2013 compared with the third quarter of 2013 primarily due to high sales volumes of Methanex-produced methanol. Depreciation and amortization for the year ended December 31, 2013 was $123 million compared with $149 million for the same period in 2012. Depreciation and amortization is lower for the year ended December 31, 2013 compared with the year ended December 31, 2012 primarily as a result of the lower carrying value of our Chile assets due to the asset impairment charge recorded in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Write-off of Oil and Gas Rights

Over the past few years, we have participated with international oil and gas companies in exploration activities in southern Chile. Based on the outlook for natural gas deliveries under certain of these arrangements, we have recorded a non-cash $8 million ($5 million after-tax) charge to earnings in the fourth quarter of 2013 to write off the carrying value of the assets. The only remaining oil and gas activity for the Company relates to a producing property, Dorado Riquelme, in southern Chile.

Finance Costs

Three Months Ended Years Ended
($ millions) Dec 31
2013
Sep 30
2013
Dec 31
2012
Dec 31
2013
Dec 31
2012
Finance costs before capitalized interest $ 16 $ 16 $ 14 $ 65 $ 63
Less capitalized interest (3) (2) (1) (8) (2)
Finance costs $ 13 $ 14 $ 13 $ 57 $ 61

Finance costs before capitalized interest primarily relate to interest expense on the unsecured notes and limited recourse debt facilities. Capitalized interest relates to interest costs capitalized for the Geismar projects.

Finance Income and Other Expenses

Three Months Ended Years Ended
($ millions) Dec 31
2013
Sep 30
2013
Dec 31
2012
Dec 31
2013
Dec 31
2012
Finance income and other expenses $ 2 $ 2 $ 3 $ 5 $ 1

The change in finance income and other expenses for all periods presented was primarily due to the impact of changes in foreign exchange rates.

Income Taxes

A summary of our income taxes for the year ended December 31, 2013 compared with 2012 is as follows:

Year Ended
December 31, 2013
Year Ended
December 31, 2012
($ millions, except where noted) Net Income Adjusted Net
Income
1
Net Income Adjusted Net
Income 1
Amount before income tax $ 443 $ 562 $ (119) $ 217
Income tax recovery (expense) (66) (91) 85 (37)
Amount after income tax $ 377 $ 471 $ (34) $ 180
Effective tax rate 15% 16% 71% 17%
1This item is a non-GAAP measure that does not have any standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP and therefore is unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. Refer to Additional Information - Supplemental Non-GAAP Measures section for a description of the non-GAAP measure and reconciliation to the most comparable GAAP measure.

For the year ended December 31, 2013, the effective tax rate was 15% compared with 71% for the year ended December 31, 2012. Adjusted net income represents the amount that is attributable to Methanex shareholders and excludes the mark-to-market impact of share-based compensation and items that are considered by management to be non-operational. The effective tax rate related to Adjusted net income was 16% for the year ended December 31, 2013 compared with 17% for the year ended December 31, 2012.

We earn the majority of our pre-tax earnings in Trinidad, Egypt, Chile, Canada and New Zealand. In Trinidad and Chile, the statutory tax rate is 35% and in Egypt, the statutory tax rate is 25%. As the Atlas entity is accounted for using the equity method, any income taxes related to Atlas are included in earnings of associate and therefore excluded from total income taxes. The statutory rates in Canada and New Zealand are 25% and 28%, respectively. As of December 31, 2013, we have used substantially all previously unrecognized tax benefits in Canada and New Zealand and as a result the effective tax rates expected to be realized in these jurisdictions in the future will more closely reflect their statutory rates.

SUPPLY/DEMAND FUNDAMENTALS

We estimate that methanol demand, excluding methanol demand from integrated methanol to olefins facilities, is currently approximately 57 million tonnes on an annualized basis.

The outlook for methanol demand growth continues to be strong. Traditional chemical derivatives consume about 60% of global methanol demand and growth is correlated to industrial production.

Methanex Non-Discounted Regional Posted Prices 1
(US$ per tonne) Jan
2014
Dec
2013
Nov
2013
Oct
2013
United States 632 632 599 549
Europe 2 610 539 539 539
Asia Pacific 590 550 520 490
1Discounts from our posted prices are offered to customers based on various factors.
2EUR450 for Q1 2014 (Q4 2013 - EUR408) converted to United States dollars.

Energy-related applications consume the remaining 40% of global methanol demand, and the wide disparity between the price of crude oil and that of natural gas and coal has resulted in an increased use of methanol in energy-related applications, such as direct methanol blending into gasoline and DME and biodiesel production. Growth of direct methanol blending into gasoline in China has been particularly strong and we believe that future growth in this application is supported by numerous provincial and national fuel-blending standards, such as M15 or M85 (15% methanol and 85% methanol, respectively).

China is also leading the commercialization of methanol's use as a feedstock to manufacture olefins. The use of methanol to produce olefins, at current energy prices, is proving to be cost competitive relative to the traditional production of olefins from naphtha. There are now three methanol-to-olefins (MTO) plants operating in China which are dependent on merchant methanol supply and which have the capacity to consume over 3 million tonnes of methanol annually. There are other MTO plants which are integrated and purchase methanol to supplement their production when required. We believe demand potential into energy-related applications and olefins production will continue to grow.

During the fourth quarter of 2013, demand remained healthy and prices increased amidst industry supply constraints. Our average non-discounted price in the fourth quarter was $557 per tonne compared with $502 per tonne in the third quarter. We recently announced rolls in our North American and Asia Pacific non-discounted prices for February at $632 per tonne and $590 per tonne, respectively.

The methanol price will ultimately depend on the strength of the global economy, industry operating rates, global energy prices, new supply additions and the strength of global demand. Over the next few years, there is a modest level of new capacity expected to come on-stream relative to demand growth expectations. A 0.8 million tonne plant in Channelview, Texas was recently restarted and a 0.7 million tonne plant in Azerbaijan is expected to start exporting methanol in 2014. We are relocating two idle Chile facilities to Geismar, Louisiana and are targeting to be producing methanol from the first 1.0 million tonne facility by late 2014 and the second 1.0 million tonne facility in early 2016. We expect that production from new capacity in China will be consumed in that country and that higher cost production capacity in China will need to operate in order to satisfy demand growth.

LIQUIDITY AND CAPITAL RESOURCES

Cash flows from operating activities in the fourth quarter of 2013 decreased by $19 million to $162 million compared with $181 million for the third quarter of 2013 and increased by $82 million compared to $80 million for the fourth quarter of 2012. Cash flows from operating activities for the year ended December 31, 2013 increased by $170 million to $586 million compared with $416 million for the same period in 2012. The changes in cash flows from operating activities resulted from changes in the following:

($ millions) Q4 2013
compared with
Q3 2013
Q4 2013
compared with
Q4 2012
2013
compared with
2012
Change in Adjusted EBITDA (attributable to Methanex shareholders) $ 61 $ 126 $ 307
Exclude change in Adjusted EBITDA of associate (Atlas) (11) (16) (34)
Cash flows attributable to non-controlling interests 4 15 16
Non-cash working capital (51) (29) (79)
Income taxes paid (3) 1 (15)
Share-based payments (15) (20) (31)
Other (4) 5 6
Increase in cash flows from operating activities $ (19) $ 82 $ 170

During the fourth quarter of 2013, we paid a quarterly dividend of $0.20 per share, or $19 million.

We operate in a highly competitive commodity industry and believe it is appropriate to maintain a conservative balance sheet and retain financial flexibility. Our cash generation is strong in the current methanol price environment and we recently completed the sale of a 10% equity interest in the Egypt methanol facility for $110 million. At December 31, 2013, our cash balance was $733 million, including $59 million related to the non-controlling interest in Egypt. We invest our cash only in highly rated instruments that have maturities of three months or less to ensure preservation of capital and appropriate liquidity. We have a strong balance sheet and an undrawn $400 million credit facility provided by highly rated financial institutions that expires in mid-2016.

Our planned capital maintenance expenditure program directed towards maintenance, turnarounds and catalyst changes for existing operations is currently estimated to total approximately $70 million to the end of 2014. Capital expenditures during the fourth quarter, excluding the Geismar projects, were $72 million, primarily related to the major refurbishment of the Motunui 2 facility in New Zealand. We are relocating two methanol plants from our Chile site to Geismar, Louisiana. During the fourth quarter of 2013, capital expenditures related to the Geismar projects were $145 million, excluding capitalized interest. The remaining budgeted capital expenditures related to the Geismar projects are $635 million, excluding capitalized interest.

We believe we are well positioned to meet our financial commitments, invest to grow the Company and continue to deliver on our commitment to return excess cash to shareholders.

SHORT-TERM OUTLOOK

Entering the first quarter, market conditions remain healthy and methanol prices are stable.

The methanol price will ultimately depend on the strength of the global economy, industry operating rates, global energy prices, new supply additions and the strength of global demand. We believe that our financial position and financial flexibility, outstanding global supply network and competitive-cost position will provide a sound basis for Methanex to continue to be the leader in the methanol industry and to invest to grow the Company.

CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES

For the three months ended December 31, 2013, no changes were made in our internal control over financial reporting that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION - SUPPLEMENTAL NON-GAAP MEASURES

In addition to providing measures prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), we present certain supplemental non-GAAP measures. These are Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted net income, Adjusted net income per common share and operating income. These measures do not have any standardized meaning prescribed by generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and therefore are unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. These supplemental non-GAAP measures are provided to assist readers in determining our ability to generate cash from operations and improve the comparability of our results from one period to another. We believe these measures are useful in assessing operating performance and liquidity of the Company's ongoing business on an overall basis. We also believe Adjusted EBITDA is frequently used by securities analysts and investors when comparing our results with those of other companies.

Adjusted EBITDA (attributable to Methanex shareholders)

Adjusted EBITDA differs from the most comparable GAAP measure, net income attributable to Methanex shareholders, because it excludes depreciation and amortization, finance costs, finance income and other expenses, income tax expense, mark-to-market impact of share-based compensation, Geismar project relocation expenses and charges and write-off of oil and gas rights. Adjusted EBITDA includes an amount representing our 63.1% interest in the Atlas facility and our 50% interest in the methanol facility in Egypt.

Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted net income exclude the mark-to-market impact of share-based compensation related to the impact of changes in our share price on share appreciation rights, tandem share appreciation rights, deferred share units, restricted share units and performance share units. The mark-to-market impact related to performance share units that is excluded from Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted net income is calculated as the difference between the grant date value determined using a Methanex total shareholder return factor of 100% and the fair value recorded at each period end. As share-based awards will be settled in future periods, the ultimate value of the units is unknown at the date of grant and therefore the grant date value recognized in Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted net income may differ from the total settlement cost.

The following table shows a reconciliation from net income attributable to Methanex shareholders to Adjusted EBITDA:

Three Months Ended Years Ended
($ millions) Dec 31
2013
Sep 30
2013
Dec 31
2012
Dec 31
2013
Dec 31
2012
Net income (loss) attributable to Methanex shareholders $ 128 $ 87 $(140) $ 329 $ (68)
Mark-to-market impact of share-based compensation 37 33 8 110 16
Depreciation and amortization 35 29 35 123 149
Write-off of oil and gas rights 8 - - 25 -
Geismar project relocation expenses and charges - - - 34 65
Asset impairment charges - - 297 - 297
Finance costs 13 14 13 57 61
Finance income and other expenses (2) (2) (3) (5) (1)
Income tax expense (recovery) 29 24 (93) 66 (85)
Earnings of associate, excluding amount included in Adjusted EBITDA 1 9 9 10 38 34
Non-controlling interests adjustment 1 (12) (10) (8) (41) (39)
Adjusted EBITDA (attributable to Methanex shareholders) $ 245 $ 184 $ 119 $ 736 $ 429
1These adjustments represent depreciation and amortization, finance costs, finance income and other expenses and income tax expense associated with the non-controlling interest in the methanol facility in Egypt and our 63.1% interest in the Atlas methanol facility.

Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Net Income per Common Share

Adjusted net income and Adjusted net income per common share are non-GAAP measures because they exclude the mark-to-market impact of share-based compensation and items that are considered by management to be non-operational, including Geismar project relocation expenses and charges and write-off of oil and gas rights. The following table shows a reconciliation of net income attributable to Methanex shareholders to Adjusted net income and the calculation of Adjusted net income per common share:

Three Months Ended Years Ended
($ millions except number of shares and per share amounts) Dec 31
2013
Sep 30
2013
Dec 31
2012
Dec 31
2013
Dec 31
2012
Net income (loss) attributable to Methanex shareholders $ 128 $ 87 $ (140) $ 329 $ (68)
Mark-to-market impact of share-based compensation 37 33 8 110 16
Write-off of oil and gas rights 8 - - 25 -
Geismar project relocation expenses and charges - - - 34 65
Asset impairment charge - - 297 - 297
Income tax recovery related to above items (6) (3) (104) (27) (130)
Adjusted net income $ 167 $ 117 $ 61 $ 471 $ 180
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding (millions) 97 97 94 96 94
Adjusted net income per common share $ 1.72 $ 1.22 $ 0.64 $ 4.88 $ 1.90

Operating Income

Operating income is reconciled directly to a GAAP measure in our consolidated statements of income.

QUARTERLY FINANCIAL DATA (UNAUDITED)

A summary of selected financial information for the prior eight quarters is as follows:

Three Months Ended
($ millions, except per share amounts) Dec 31
2013
Sep 30
2013
Jun 30
2013
Mar 31
2013
Revenue $ 881 $ 758 $ 733 $ 652
Adjusted EBITDA 1,2 245 184 157 149
Net income 1 128 87 54 60
Adjusted net income 1,2 167 117 99 88
Basic net income per common share 1 1.33 0.91 0.57 0.64
Diluted net income per common share 1 1.32 0.90 0.56 0.63
Adjusted net income per share 1,2 1.72 1.22 1.02 0.92
Three Months Ended
($ millions, except per share amounts) Dec 31
2012
Sep 30
2012
Jun 30
2012
Mar 31
2012
Revenue $ 668 $ 608 $ 613 $ 654
Adjusted EBITDA 1,2 119 104 113 93
Net income (loss) 1 (140) (3) 52 22
Adjusted net income 1,2 61 36 44 39
Basic net income (loss) per common share 1 (1.49) (0.03) 0.56 0.24
Diluted net income (loss) per common share 1 (1.49) (0.03) 0.50 0.23
Adjusted net income per share 1,2 0.64 0.38 0.47 0.41
1Attributable to Methanex Corporation shareholders.
2These items are non-GAAP measures that do not have any standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP and therefore are unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. Refer to Additional Information - Supplemental Non-GAAP Measures section for a description of each non-GAAP measure and reconciliations to the most comparable GAAP measures.

FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION WARNING

This Fourth Quarter 2013 Management's Discussion and Analysis ("MD&A") as well as comments made during the Fourth Quarter 2013 investor conference call contain forward-looking statements with respect to us and our industry. These statements relate to future events or our future performance. All statements other than statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements. Statements that include the words "believes," "expects," "may," "will," "should," "potential," "estimates," "anticipates," "aim," "goal" or other comparable terminology and similar statements of a future or forward-looking nature identify forward-looking statements.

More particularly and without limitation, any statements regarding the following are forward-looking statements:

  • expected demand for methanol and its derivatives,
  • expected new methanol supply or restart of idled capacity and timing for start-up of the same,
  • expected shutdowns (either temporary or permanent) or restarts of existing methanol supply (including our own facilities), including, without limitation, the timing and length of planned maintenance outages,
  • expected methanol and energy prices,
  • expected levels of methanol purchases from traders or other third parties,
  • expected levels, timing and availability of economically priced natural gas supply to each of our plants,
  • capital committed by third parties towards future natural gas exploration and development in the vicinity of our plants,
  • our expected capital expenditures, including, without limitation, those to support natural gas exploration and development for our plants,
  • anticipated operating rates of our plants,
  • expected operating costs, including natural gas feedstock costs and logistics costs,
  • expected tax rates or resolutions to tax disputes,
  • expected cash flows, earnings capability and share price,
  • availability of committed credit facilities and other financing,
  • ability to meet covenants or obtain waivers associated with our long-term debt obligations, including, without limitation, the Egypt limited recourse debt facilities that have conditions associated with upstream natural gas development and the finalization of certain land title registration and related mortgages that require action by Egyptian governmental entities,
  • our shareholder distribution strategy and anticipated distributions to shareholders,
  • commercial viability and timing of, or our ability to execute, future projects, plant restarts, capacity expansions, plant relocations, or other business initiatives or opportunities, including the planned relocation of idle Chile methanol plants to Geismar, Louisiana ("Geismar"),
  • our financial strength and ability to meet future financial commitments,
  • expected global or regional economic activity (including industrial production levels),
  • expected outcomes of litigation or other disputes, claims and assessments,
  • expected actions of governments, government agencies, gas suppliers, courts, tribunals or other third parties, and
  • expected impact on our operations in Egypt or our financial condition as a consequence of civil unrest or actions taken or inaction by the Government of Egypt and its agencies.

We believe that we have a reasonable basis for making such forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements in this document are based on our experience, our perception of trends, current conditions and expected future developments as well as other factors. Certain material factors or assumptions were applied in drawing the conclusions or making the forecasts or projections that are included in these forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, future expectations and assumptions concerning the following:

  • the supply of, demand for, and price of methanol, methanol derivatives, natural gas, coal, oil and oil derivatives,
  • the success of our natural gas exploration and development in Chile,
  • our ability to procure natural gas feedstock on commercially acceptable terms,
  • operating rates of our facilities,
  • receipt of remaining required permits in connection with our Geismar projects,
  • receipt or issuance of third-party consents or approvals, including, without limitation, governmental registrations of land title and related mortgages in Egypt, governmental approvals related to natural gas exploration rights or rights to purchase natural gas,
  • the establishment of new fuel standards,
  • operating costs including natural gas feedstock and logistics costs, capital costs, tax rates, cash flows, foreign exchange rates and interest rates,
  • the availability of committed credit facilities and other financing,
  • timing of completion and cost of our Geismar projects,
  • global and regional economic activity (including industrial production levels),
  • absence of a material negative impact from major natural disasters,
  • absence of a material negative impact from changes in laws or regulations,
  • absence of a material negative impact from political instability in the countries in which we operate,
  • enforcement of contractual arrangements and ability to perform contractual obligations by customers, natural gas and other suppliers and other third parties, and
  • satisfaction of conditions precedent contained in the Geismar 1 natural gas supply agreement.

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 for and price of methanol and its derivatives, including demand for methanol for energy uses,
  • the price of natural gas, coal, oil and oil derivatives,
  • the success of natural gas exploration and development activities in southern Chile,
  • our ability to obtain natural gas feedstock on commercially acceptable terms to underpin current operations and future production growth opportunities,
  • the ability to successfully carry out corporate initiatives and strategies,
  • actions of competitors, suppliers and financial institutions,
  • conditions within the natural gas delivery systems that may prevent delivery of our natural gas supply requirements,
  • our ability to meet timeline and budget targets for our Geismar projects, including cost pressures arising from labour costs,
  • competing demand for natural gas, especially with respect to domestic needs for gas and electricity in Chile and Egypt,
  • actions of governments and governmental authorities, including, without limitation, the implementation of policies or other measures that could impact the supply of or demand for methanol or its derivatives,
  • changes in laws or regulations,
  • import or export restrictions, anti-dumping measures, increases in duties, taxes and government royalties, and other actions by governments that may adversely affect our operations or existing contractual arrangements,
  • world-wide economic conditions,
  • satisfaction of conditions precedent contained in the Geismar 1 natural gas supply agreement, and
  • other risks described in our 2012 Management's Discussion and Analysis and this Fourth Quarter 2013 Management's Discussion and Analysis.

Having in mind these and other factors, investors and other readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. They are not a substitute for the exercise of one's own due diligence and judgment. The outcomes anticipated in forward-looking statements may not occur and we do not undertake to update forward-looking statements except as required by applicable securities laws.

HOW WE ANALYZE OUR BUSINESS

Our operations consist of a single operating segment - the production and sale of methanol. We review our results of operations by analyzing changes in the components of Adjusted EBITDA (refer to the Additional Information - Supplemental Non-GAAP Measures section for a description of each non-GAAP measure and reconciliations to the most comparable GAAP measures).

In addition to the methanol that we produce at our facilities ("Methanex-produced methanol"), we also purchase and re-sell methanol produced by others ("purchased methanol") and we sell methanol on a commission basis. We analyze the results of all methanol sales together, excluding commission sales volumes. The key drivers of changes in Adjusted EBITDA are average realized price, cash costs and sales volume which are defined and calculated as follows:

PRICE

The change in Adjusted EBITDA as a result of changes in average realized price is calculated as the difference from period to period in the selling price of methanol multiplied by the current period total methanol sales volume excluding commission sales volume plus the difference from period to period in commission revenue.

CASH COST

The change in Adjusted EBITDA as a result of changes in cash costs is calculated as the difference from period to period in cash costs per tonne multiplied by the current period total methanol sales volume excluding commission sales volume in the current period. The cash costs per tonne is the weighted average of the cash cost per tonne of Methanex-produced methanol and the cash cost per tonne of purchased methanol. The cash cost per tonne of Methanex-produced methanol includes absorbed fixed cash costs per tonne and variable cash costs per tonne. The cash cost per tonne of purchased methanol consists principally of the cost of methanol itself. In addition, the change in Adjusted EBITDA as a result of changes in cash costs includes the changes from period to period in unabsorbed fixed production costs, consolidated selling, general and administrative expenses and fixed storage and handling costs.

VOLUME

The change in Adjusted EBITDA as a result of changes in sales volume is calculated as the difference from period to period in total methanol sales volume excluding commission sales volumes multiplied by the margin per tonne for the prior period. The margin per tonne for the prior period is the weighted average margin per tonne of Methanex-produced methanol and margin per tonne of purchased methanol. The margin per tonne for Methanex-produced methanol is calculated as the selling price per tonne of methanol less absorbed fixed cash costs per tonne and variable cash costs per tonne. The margin per tonne for purchased methanol is calculated as the selling price per tonne of methanol less the cost of purchased methanol per tonne.

We own 63.1% of the Atlas methanol facility and market the remaining 36.9% of its production through a commission offtake agreement. A contractual agreement between us and our partners establishes joint control over Atlas. As a result, we account for this investment using the equity method of accounting, which results in 63.1% of the net assets and net earnings of Atlas being presented separately in the consolidated statements of financial position and consolidated statements of income, respectively. For purposes of analyzing our business, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted net income and Adjusted net income per common share include an amount representing our 63.1% equity share in Atlas.

On December 9, 2013, we completed the sale of a 10% equity interest in the Egypt methanol facility. At December 31, 2013, we own 50% of the 1.26 million tonne per year Egypt methanol facility and market the remaining 50% of its production through a commission offtake agreement. We account for this investment using consolidation accounting, which results in 100% of the revenues and expenses being included in our financial statements with the other investors' interests in the methanol facility being presented as "non-controlling interests". For purposes of analyzing our business, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted net income and Adjusted net income per common share exclude the amount associated with the other investors' non-controlling interests.

Methanex Corporation

Consolidated Statements of Income (unaudited)

(thousands of U.S. dollars, except number of common shares and per share amounts)

Three Months Ended Years Ended
Dec 31 Dec 31 Dec 31 Dec 31
2013 2012 2013 2012
(As adjusted - note 13) (As adjusted - note 13)
Revenue $ 880,900 $ 667,407 $ 3,024,047 $ 2,542,664
Cost of sales and operating expenses (671,460) (555,430) (2,378,204) (2,090,969)
Depreciation and amortization (35,594) (34,636) (123,335) (149,411)
Write-off of oil and gas rights (note 4) (7,939) - (24,798) -
Geismar project relocation expenses and charges - - (33,867) (64,543)
Asset impairment charge - (296,976) - (296,976)
Operating income (loss) 165,907 (219,635) 463,843 (59,235)
Earnings (loss) of associate (note 6) 17,528 (1) 30,799 (214)
Finance costs (note 8) (12,582) (12,495) (56,407) (61,464)
Finance income and other expenses 1,776 2,962 4,446 1,068
Income (loss) before income taxes 172,629 (229,169) 442,681 (119,845)
Income tax recovery (expense):
Current (43,812) (8,489) (83,618) (29,770)
Deferred 15,086 102,682 17,937 115,040
(28,726) 94,193 (65,681) 85,270
Net income (loss) $ 143,903 $ (134,976) $ 377,000 $ (34,575)
Attributable to:
Methanex Corporation shareholders 127,795 (139,853) 329,167 (68,105)
Non-controlling interests 16,108 4,877 47,833 33,530
$ 143,903 $ (134,976) $ 377,000 $ (34,575)
Income per share for the period attributable to Methanex Corporation shareholders
Basic net income (loss) per common share $ 1.33 $ (1.49) $ 3.46 $ (0.73)
Diluted net income (loss) per common share $ 1.32 $ (1.49) $ 3.41 $ (0.73)
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding (note 9) 95,890,700 94,092,591 95,259,066 93,755,509
Diluted weighted average number of common shares outstanding (note 9) 96,824,404 94,092,591 96,430,842 93,755,509
See accompanying notes to condensed consolidated interim financial statements.

Methanex Corporation

Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income (unaudited)

(thousands of U.S. dollars)

Three Months Ended Years Ended
Dec 31 Dec 31 Dec 31 Dec 31
2013 2012 2013 2012
Net income (loss) $ 143,903 $ (134,976) $ 377,000 $ (34,575)
Other comprehensive income, net of taxes:
Items that may be reclassified to income:
Change in fair value of forward exchange contracts (1,348) 23 (57) (320)
Change in fair value of interest rate swap contracts (34) (690) (936) (5,794)
Realized loss on interest rate swap contracts reclassified to finance costs 2,680 2,777 10,808 11,198
Actuarial gains (losses) on defined benefit pension plans 5,362 (1,135) 5,362 (1,135)
6,660 975 15,177 3,949
Comprehensive income (loss) $ 150,563 $ (134,001) $ 392,177 $ (30,626)
Attributable to:
Methanex Corporation shareholders 133,579 (139,712) 340,577 (66,317)
Non-controlling interests 16,984 5,711 51,600 35,691
$ 150,563 $ (134,001) $ 392,177 $ (30,626)
See accompanying notes to condensed consolidated interim financial statements.

Methanex Corporation

Consolidated Statements of Financial Position (unaudited)

(thousands of U.S. dollars)

Dec 31 Dec 31
AS AT 2013 2012
(As adjusted - note 13)
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 732,736 $ 727,385
Trade and other receivables 534,130 417,156
Inventories (note 2) 313,809 256,340
Prepaid expenses 20,533 25,588
1,601,208 1,426,469
Non-current assets:
Property, plant and equipment (note 3) 2,230,938 1,762,873
Investment in associate (note 6) 216,095 184,665
Other assets 65,253 68,554
2,512,286 2,016,092
$ 4,113,494 $ 3,442,561
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Trade, other payables and accrued liabilities $ 618,181 $ 377,666
Current maturities on long-term debt (note 7) 41,504 38,290
Current maturities on other long-term liabilities 85,648 30,322
745,333 446,278
Non-current liabilities:
Long-term debt (note 7) 1,126,802 1,156,081
Other long-term liabilities 188,520 200,212
Deferred income tax liabilities 147,506 162,253
1,462,828 1,518,546
Equity:
Capital stock 531,573 481,779
Contributed surplus 4,994 15,481
Retained earnings 1,126,700 805,661
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (5,544) (13,045)
Shareholders' equity 1,657,723 1,289,876
Non-controlling interests 247,610 187,861
Total equity 1,905,333 1,477,737
$ 4,113,494 $ 3,442,561
See accompanying notes to condensed consolidated interim financial statements.

Methanex Corporation

Consolidated Statements of Changes in Equity (unaudited)

(thousands of U.S. dollars, except number of common shares)

...

Number of
Common
Shares


Capital
Stock


Contributed
Surplus


Retained
Earnings
Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive
Loss


Shareholders'
Equity

Non-
Controlling
Interests


Total
Equity
Balance, December 31, 201193,247,755 455,434 22,281 942,978 (15,968) 1,404,725 197,238 1,601,963
Net income (loss)- - - (68,105) - (68,105) 33,530 (34,575)
Other comprehensive income (loss)- - - (1,135) 2,923 1,788 2,161 3,949
Compensation expense recorded for stock options- - 726 - - 726 - 726
Issue of shares on exercise of stock options1,062,215 18,819 - - - 18,819 - 18,819
Reclassification of grant date fair value on exercise of stock options
Contact:
Sandra Daycock
Director, Investor Relations
Methanex Corporation
604-661-2600
www.methanex.com

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