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REPORT OF FOREIGN PRIVATE ISSUER PURSUANT TO RULE 13a-16 OR 15d-16 UNDER THE
SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the month of March, 2019.
Commission File Number 33-65728
CHEMICAL AND MINING COMPANY OF CHILE INC.
(Translation of registrant’s name into English)
El Trovador 4285, Santiago, Chile (562) 2425-2000
(Address of principal executive office)
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Santiago, Chile, March 27, 2019 –Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile S.A. (SQM) (NYSE: SQM; Santiago Stock Exchange: SQM-B, SQM-A) announced today that in accordance with Articles 9 and 10, and General Rule N° 30 of the Commission for the Financial Market (CMF), it informs the following as an essential fact (hecho esencial):
Today, the Board of Directors of SQM in an Ordinary Board Meeting unanimously agreed to recommend to the shareholders at the next Annual Ordinary Shareholders’ Meeting which is to be held on April 25, 2019, the payment of a final dividend representing 100% of the Company’s 2018 net income. The final dividend will be calculated on a distributable net income of US$439,829,980, which corresponds to US$1.67111 per share. Nevertheless, US$1.25837 per share must be deducted from the final dividend, as it was already paid in the form of interim dividends, leaving balance due of US$0.41274 per share.
Said amount shall be paid in the equivalent in Chilean national currency according to the value of the "Observed Dollar” or "US Dollar” that appears published in the Official Gazette on April 25, 2019. The payment of these dividends shall be made in favor of the Company’s shareholders, in person or through their duly authorized representatives, starting at 9:00am on May 9, 2019, who are registered with the respective registry on the fifth business day before the day on which the payment shall be made.
SQM´s business strategy is to be a global company, with people committed to excellence, dedicated to the extraction of minerals and selectively integrated in the production and sale of products for the industries essential for human development (e.g. food, health, technology). This strategy was built on the following five principles:
|•||ensure availability of key resources required to support current goals and medium and long-term growth of the business;|
|•||consolidate a culture of lean operations (M1 excellence) through the entire organization, including operations, sales and support areas;|
|•||significantly increase nitrate sales in all its applications and ensure consistency with iodine commercial strategy;|
|•||maximize the margins of each business line through appropriate pricing strategy;|
|•||successfully develop and implement all lithium expansion projects of the Company, acquire more lithium and potassium assets to generate a competitive portfolio.|
These principles are based on the following key concepts:
|•||strengthen the organizational structure to supports the development of the Company's strategic plan, focusing on the development of critical capabilities and the application of the corporate values of Excellence, Integrity and Safety;|
|•||develop a robust risk control and mitigation process to actively manage business risk;|
|•||improve our stakeholder management to establish links with the community and communicate to Chile and worldwide our contribution to industries essential for human development.|
For further information, contact:
Gerardo Illanes 56-2-24252022 / email@example.com
Kelly O’Brien 56-2-24252074 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Irina Axenova 56-2-24252280 / email@example.com
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Tamara Rebolledo / email@example.com (Northern Region)
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This news release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as: “anticipate,” “plan,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “strategy,” “should,” “will” and similar references to future periods. Examples of forward-looking statements include, among others, statements we make concerning the Company’s business outlook, future economic performance, anticipated profitability, revenues, expenses, or other financial items, anticipated cost synergies and product or service line growth.
Forward-looking statements are neither historical facts nor assurances of future performance. Instead, they are estimates that reflect the best judgment of SQM management based on currently available information. Because forward-looking statements relate to the future, they involve a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors that are outside of our control and could cause actual results to differ materially from those stated in such statements. Therefore, you should not rely on any of these forward-looking statements. Readers are referred to the documents filed by SQM with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, specifically the most recent annual report on Form 20-F, which identifies important risk factors that could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements are based on information available to SQM on the date hereof and SQM assumes no obligation to update such statements, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.
|CHEMICAL AND MINING COMPANY OF CHILE INC.|
|Date: March 27, 2019||/s/ Gerardo Illanes|
|By: Gerardo Illanes|
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