SQM REPORTS EARNINGS FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED JUNE 30, 2022

Published: Aug. 17, 2022 at 9:34 PM CDT

Highlights

  • SQM will hold a hybrid Investor Day virtually and at the New York Stock Exchange on September 15, 2022. For more information or to register please visit https://sqm.connectid.cloud/.
  • As a result of our operations during the first half of the year, over US$2.2 billion will go to public coffers.
  • SQM reported net income for the six months ended June 30, 2022 of US$1,655.4 million.
  • Earnings per share totaled US$5.80 for the first half of 2022, higher than the US$0.55 reported for the first half of 2021.
  • Revenues for the first half of 2022 were US$4,618.6 million.

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SANTIAGO, Chile, Aug. 17, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile S.A. (SQM) (NYSE: SQM; Santiago Stock Exchange: SQM-B, SQM-A) today reported earnings for the six months ended June 30, 2022 of US$1,655.4 million (US$5.80 per share), an over 940% increase from US$157.8 million (US$0.55 per share) reported for the six months ended June 30, 2021. Gross profit reached US$2,462.1 million (53.3% of revenues) for the six months ended June 30, 2022, 663% higher than US$322.5 million (28.9% of revenues) recorded for the six months ended June 30, 2021. Revenues totaled US$4,618.6 million for the six months ended June 30, 2022, representing an increase of 314% compared to US$1,116.5 million reported for the six months ended June 30, 2021.

The Company also announced earnings for the second quarter of 2022 of US$859.3 million (US$3.01 per share), an increase of 857% compared to US$89.8 million (US$0.31 per share) for the second quarter of 2021. Gross profit for the second quarter of 2022 reached US$1,297.4 million, 598% higher than the US$185.9 million recorded for the second quarter 2021. Revenues totaled US$2,598.8 million for the second quarter 2022, an increase of approximately 342% compared to US$588.0 million for the second quarter of 2021.

SQM's Chief Executive Officer, Ricardo Ramos, stated: "We are very pleased with our results for the first half of the year. These results were related to favorable market conditions related to fertilizers, iodine and lithium and decades of investment, hard work, R&D and know-how. In fact, this year we are celebrating 25 years in the lithium industry. During this time, we have become a great partner to the government in this "public-private" alliance with CORFO. As a result of our operations during the first half of the year, over US$2.2 billion are going to public coffers due to the lithium operations. More than financial contributions, we are content that we have been able to develop the Salar de Atacama in such a way that we have become a world-renowned, integrated producer of value-added lithium products in Chile that are directly used in cutting edge batteries all over the world creating value to the local surrounding communities. All of this through a successful public-private partnership."

He closed by saying: "We are close to reach 180,000 metric tons of lithium carbonate capacity and as mentioned previously, we are not stopping there. Today, we are working to complete a lithium carbonate capacity of 210,000 metric ton of sought after, top quality, value-added product which will be produced right here in Chile. We remain committed to reducing our usage of brine and water through technology and continuous innovation. This new capacity will let us produce high value-added lithium products to power more than 5 million electric vehicles."

About SQM

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.

For further information, contact:

Gerardo Illanes 56-2-24252022 / gerardo.illanes@sqm.com
Kelly O'Brien 56-2-24252074 / kelly.obrien@sqm.com
Irina Axenova 56-2-24252280 / irina.axenova@sqm.com

For media inquiries, contact:

Maria Ignacia Lopez / ignacia.lopez@sqm.com
Pablo Pisani / pablo.pisani@sqm.com

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