SQM reported net income(1) for the twelve months ended December 31, 2022 of US$3,906.3 million compared to US$585.5 million for the same period the year before. Earnings per share totaled US$13.68 for the first twelve months ended December 31, 2022, significantly higher than the US$2.05 reported for the same period of 2021.
Revenues for the twelve months ended December 31, 2022, were US$10,710.6 million.
During the twelve months ended December 31, 2022, contributions to the Chilean treasury surpassed US$5.0 billion.
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SANTIAGO, Chile, March 2, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile S.A. (SQM) (NYSE: SQM; Santiago Stock Exchange: SQM-B, SQM-A) reported today earnings for the twelve months ended December 31, 2022, of US$3,906.3 million (US$13.68 per ADR), an increase from US$585.5 million (US$2.05 per ADR) for the twelve months ended December 31, 2021.
Gross profit(2) reached US$5,736.6 million (53.6% of revenues) for the twelve months ended December 31, 2022, higher than US$1,090.1 million (38.1% of revenues) recorded for the twelve months ended December 31, 2021. Revenues totaled US$10,710.6 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2022, representing an increase of over 274% compared to US$2,862.3 million reported for the twelve months ended December 31, 2021.
The Company also announced earnings for the fourth quarter of 2022, reporting net income of US$1,151.0 million (US$4.03 per ADR) compared to US$321.6 million (US$1.13 per ADR) for the fourth quarter of 2021. Gross profit(2) for the fourth quarter of 2022 reached US$1,641.9 million, higher than the US$542.8 million recorded for the fourth quarter of 2021. Revenues totaled US$3,133.6 million, an increase of approximately 189% compared to the fourth quarter of 2021, when revenues amounted to US$1,084.3 million.
SQM's Chief Executive Officer, Ricardo Ramos, stated: "We are well pleased with the extraordinary results that the company delivered in 2022. While the positive price environment during the year contributed to the record earnings that we published today, our long-term view of the lithium market, the investments we made in new capacity, the risk we took and the operational success, all of that well positioned us to benefit from the market conditions seen last year."
He continued, "The successful public-private alliance we have with CORFO is also yielding great results, allowing us to contribute more than US$5 billion to the Chilean treasury, along with important contributions to local governments and neighboring communities."
He went on by saying, "As electric vehicle sales continue to grow, we now expect the lithium demand to reach almost 1.5 million metric tons by 2025. This strong demand growth expectations give us confidence as we remain focused on expanding our lithium production capacity. In Chile, we have reached a run-rate of 180,000 metric tons of high-quality lithium products while working to further expand our lithium carbonate and lithium hydroxide capacity. With our lithium project in Australia in construction, we expect to be producing spodumene from the Mt. Holland site by the end of the year and lithium hydroxide during the first half of 2025. The Sichuan refinery is expected to be completed in the second quarter this year while we continue to invest in lithium exploration. Our 2023-2025 revised capital expenditure plan reflects our growth plans during this period."
The CEO closed by saying, "Last year, we announced our vision for the sustainable future of lithium mining operations in the Salar de Atacama. Our team is fully dedicated advancing on the technical documentation that we expect to submit for evaluation to the Chilean authorities in 2024. We remain very optimistic about the Salar Futuro project, which when implemented, will ensure that the lithium products from the Salar de Atacama are produced in the most sustainable way, setting new standards, not just for the lithium industry, but for the mining industry as a whole."
In line with our sustainability goals, during 2022, we continued with IRMA certification process and completed on-site certification audit (phase 2) in the Salar de Atacama operation. We expect to receive final report in the coming months.
In 2022, we participated in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) assessment and were accepted into the MILA and Chile indices for the third consecutive year and were included in the Sustainability Yearbook 2023. Additionally, we evaluated ourselves in Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) where we obtained category B, which is in the management band, higher than the South American region average (C) and higher than the Chemicals sector average (-B).
During 2022, we completed the phase 2 of ISO 14001 and 45001 certification process in Salar de Atacama and the Carmen chemical plant, and continued with the implementation process of ISO 50001 in the Salar de Atacama and Nueva Victoria to support decarbonization goals associated with energy management systems.
SQM is a global company that is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and the Santiago Stock Exchange (NYSE: SQM; Santiago Stock Exchange: SQM-B, SQM-A). SQM develops and produces diverse products for several industries essential for human progress, such as health, nutrition, renewable energy and technology through innovation and technological development. We aim to maintain our leading world position in the lithium, potassium nitrate, iodine and thermo-solar salts markets.
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