Methanex Corporation ( MEOH Quick Quote MEOH - Free Report) logged a profit (attributable to shareholders) of $125 million or $1.41 per share in second-quarter 2022 versus $107 million or $1.31 per share in the year-ago quarter.
Adjusted earnings per share (barring one-time items) in the reported quarter were $1.16, missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.85.
Revenues rose around 6.5% year over year to $1,137.2 million in the quarter. However, the top line missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1,183 million.
Adjusted EBITDA in the reported quarter fell 7.3% year over year to $243 million.
Production in the quarter totaled 1,551,000 tons, up around 3.1% year over year. Total sales volume in the second quarter totaled 2,692,000 tons, lower than the prior-year quarter’s figure of 2,830,000 tons.
The average realized price for methanol was $422 per ton in the quarter, up roughly 12.2% from $376 per ton in the prior-year quarter.
Cash and cash equivalents increased 15% to $878 million at the end of the second quarter from $763.8 million at the end of the year-ago quarter. Long-term debt at the end of the quarter was $2,142 million, almost flat year over year.
Cash flow from operating activities was $105 million, down around 56.8% year over year. The company paid out dividends worth $10 million during the reported quarter.
Methanex forecasts production for 2022 to be roughly 1.3 million tons in New Zealand. The company projects production in 2022 to be roughly 1 million tons in Chile. The construction of the Geismar 3 project is progressing and is expected to be operational in the fourth quarter of 2023.
Shares of Methanex have increased 7.3% in the past year against an 8.7% decline of the
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Methanex currently carries a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell).
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