Methanex Corporation ( MEOH Quick Quote MEOH - Free Report) logged a profit (attributable to shareholders) of $119 million or $1.60 per share in first-quarter 2022 versus $105 million or $1.19 per share in the year-ago quarter.
Adjusted earnings per share (barring one-time items) in the reported quarter were $2.16, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $2.09.
Revenues rose around 15.7% year over year to $1,176 million in the quarter. However, the top line missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1,178.7 million.
Adjusted EBITDA in the reported quarter surged 39.3% year over year to $337 million.
Production in the quarter totaled 1,789,000 tons, up around 12.1% year over year. Total sales volume in the first quarter totaled 2,758,000 tons, lower than the prior-year quarter’s figure of 2,793,000 tons.
The average realized price for methanol was $425 per ton in the quarter, up roughly 17.1% from $363 per ton in the prior-year quarter. In the first quarter, the company enjoyed strong industry conditions. Methanex’s impressive financial performance enabled it to return excess cash to shareholders through its raised dividend and increased share repurchase program.
Cash and cash equivalents increased around 31.4% year-over-year to $1,125 million at the end of the first quarter. The long-term debt at the end of the quarter was $2,144 million, down around 7% year over year.
Cash flow from operating activities was $325 million, up around 94.6% year over year. The company paid out dividends worth $9 million during the reported quarter.
Methanex forecasts production for 2022 to be roughly 1.5 million tons in New Zealand. It expects adequate gas to operate both Chile plants through April 2022. The company projects production in 2022 to be roughly 1 million tons in Chile. The construction of the Geismar 3 project is progressing according to plan and is on track to be completed on-time and within budget by late 2023 or early 2024.
Shares of Methanex have increased 31% in the past year against a 7.5% decline of the
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Methanex currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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