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Canexus Corporation Announces Third Quarter Results


Canexus Corporation Announces Third Quarter Results

Strong Cash Operating Profit Across All Business Units

CALGARY, ALBERTA -- (Marketwire) -- 11/06/12 -- Canexus Corporation (TSX:CUS) (the "Corporation" or "Canexus") today announced its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2012.

Highlights:


 
--  Cash operating profit improved in all three business units in the third
    quarter, resulting in total cash operating profit of $35.6 million
    ($98.8 million year-to-date). Improved demand for both hydrochloric acid
    and chlorine and higher metric electrochemical unit ("MECU") realized
    netback prices in the third quarter contributed to significantly higher
    operating rates and cash operating profit in our North America chlor-
    alkali business unit at North Vancouver ($16.2 million for the third
    quarter as compared to $4.3 million for the second quarter). We expect
    full year 2012 cash operating profit of $135 million to $140 million
    (the low end of our guidance range). Our preliminary expectation for
    2013 cash operating profit is $155 million to $160 million, which
    reflects the start of benefits from our hydrochloric acid growth
    projects at North Vancouver and the expanded diluted bitumen and crude
    oil ("DBCO") transload capacity at Bruderheim. Formal guidance for 2013
    will be announced in mid-December. 
    
--  Distributable cash was $25.9 million ($0.21 per share) and $61.4 million
    ($0.51 per share) for the three and nine months ended September 30,
    2012, resulting in payout ratios of 65% and 81%, respectively. 
    
--  The tie-in of the upgraded power line at our low-cost Brandon sodium
    chlorate plant was completed during the quarter and is expected to
    increase capacity modestly (2-3%). It also paves the way for a
    meaningful potential future debottleneck expansion. Production losses of
    3,800 metric tonnes ("MT") in September, due to a transformer failure on
    startup of the upgraded power line, impacted cash operating profit in
    the quarter by about $1.3 million. Record daily production levels of 915
    MT have been achieved consistently since we returned to full capacity at
    the Brandon plant in late September. 
    
--  The Corporation continues to make noticeable 
progress at its North
    American Terminal Operation ("NATO") at Bruderheim, both in the DBCO
    transload business and with connecting our Bruderheim terminal to nearby
    diluted bitumen and diluent pipelines. Canexus continues to expect our
    DBCO transload capacity to reach 35,000 bbls/day (current capacity is
    approximately 18,000 bbls/day), however, this is likely to be delayed
    into the first quarter of 2013 due to the timing of tank deliveries. 
    
--  The Corporation's hydrochloric acid capacity expansion projects at its
    North Vancouver chlor-alkali facility will each add an additional
    110,000 wet metric tonnes ("WMT") of capacity, increasing our total
    hydrochloric acid capacity to 370,000 WMT's per year. The output from
    the first of the two expansions is sold out under multi-year contracts.
    Startup of the expansions are scheduled for the first and fourth
    quarters of 2013. 
    
--  The Board declared the regular quarterly dividend of $0.1368 per common
    share payable January 15, 2013 to shareholders of record on December 31,
    2012. 

"Our businesses are performing well in tepid economic conditions, and we are positioned for continued growth," said Gary Kubera, President and CEO. "We are seeing the benefits of past investments and are continuing to make solid progress on our growth projects at both North Vancouver and Bruderheim resulting in record cash operating profits in 2012, with higher expectations for 2013."

To facilitate a meaningful analysis and discussion of the Corporation's financial performance for the nine months ended September 30, 2012, the following financial information for the nine months ended September 30, 2011 has been prepared on a proforma basis to include the 100% financial results of Canexus Limited Partnership ("Canexus LP") for the period January 1, 2011 to February 6, 2011. On February 7, 2011, the Corporation's predecessor, Canexus Income Fund, indirectly acquired Nexen Inc's interest in Canexus LP and consolidated the 100% financial results of Canexus LP from that date.

Distributable Cash

Distributable cash of Canexus Corporation was $25.9 million ($0.21 per share) and $61.4 million ($0.51 per share) for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012, resulting in payout ratios of 65% and 81%, respectively.


 
                                                                            
                                  Three Months Ended    Nine Months Ended   
                                     September 30          September 30     
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CAD thousands                         2012       2011       2012       2011 
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Cash Operating Profit               35,566     36,384     98,796     86,681 
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  Interest Expense                  (4,860)    (5,975)   (15,499)   (17,820)
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  Realized Currency Translation                                             
   Gains (Losses)                     (755)       511       (777)     3,884 
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  Maintenance Capital                                                       
   Expenditures                     (2,335)    (4,328)   (13,835)   (11,810)
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  Provision for Current Income                                              
   Taxes                              (981)    (1,057)    (3,712)    (3,385)
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  DTU Plan Settlement                    -     (1,505)         -     (1,505)
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  TCP Severance Costs Paid               -          -       (888)    (2,133)
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  Other                               (704)      (305)    (2,658)      (213)
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Distributable Cash                  25,931     23,725     61,427     53,699 
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Distributable Cash Per Share          0.21       0.20       0.51       0.46 
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Dividends Declared Per Share        0.1368     0.1368     0.4104     0.4104 
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Payout Ratio                            65%        67%        81%        88%
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Below is a reconciliation of net cash generated from operating activities to Distributable Cash of the Corporation for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011.


 
                                                                            
                                  Three Months Ended    Nine Months Ended   
                                     September 30          September 30     
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CAD thousands                         2012       2011       2012       2011 
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Net Cash Generated from                                                     
 Operating Activities               32,850     32,472     65,948     62,402 
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  Changes in Non-Cash Operating                                             
   Working Capital                  (5,300)    (2,524)    13,669      7,963 
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  Non-Cash Change in Income Tax                                             
   Payable and Interest Payable      2,004       (807)    (1,758)    (1,618)
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  Interest Income                      114        220        309        453 
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  Maintenance Capital                                                       
   Expenditures                     (2,335)    (4,328)   (13,835)   (11,810)
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  Realized Foreign Currency                                                 
   Translation Losses on Cash         (542)      (552)      (517)      (126)
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  TCP Severance Costs Paid               -          -       (888)    (2,133)
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  Amortization of the Purchase                                              
   Cost of Foreign Exchange                                                 
   Options                            (662)      (278)    (1,571)      (571)
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  Expenditures on                                                           
   Decommissioning Liabilities         (73)        (5)      (466)       (82)
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  Operating Non-Cash Items            (125)      (473)       536       (779)
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Distributable Cash                  25,931     23,725     61,427     53,699 
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Segmented Information for the Three Months Ended September 30, 2012 and 2011

Canexus has a total of six manufacturing plants - four in Canada and two at one site in Brazil - organized into three business units. Canexus also provides fee-for-service hydrocarbon transloading at its terminal in Alberta. NATO results are included in the North America Chlor-alkali results. Below is our third quarter performance by segment.


 
                                                                            
CAD thousands, except as                                                    
 noted                          North America                               
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Three Months Ended             Sodium      Chlor-    South                  
September 30, 2012           Chlorate  alkali (2)  America   Other    Total 
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Sales Revenue                  58,697      67,248   25,112       -  151,057 
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Cost of Sales                  36,007      34,930   19,836    (177)  90,596 
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Distribution, Selling and                                                   
 Marketing                      7,537      19,676      287     789   28,289 
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General and Administrative                                                  
 (1)                            2,323       2,944      795   2,363    8,425 
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Operating Profit (Loss)        12,830       9,698    4,194  (2,975)  23,747 
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Add:                                                                        
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Depreciation and                                                            
 Amortization included in                                                   
 Cost of Sales                  3,133       6,492    1,873    (354)  11,144 
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Depreciation and                                                            
 Amortization included in                                                   
 General and Administrative         -           -       12     171      183 
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Share-based Compensation                                                    
 Expense                            -           -        -     492      492 
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Cash Operating Profit (Loss)   15,963      16,190    6,079  (2,666)  35,566 
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Cash Operating Profit                                                       
 Percentage                        27%         24%      24%              24%
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CAD thousands, except as                                                    
noted                           North America                               
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Three Months Ended             Sodium      Chlor-    South                  
September 30, 2011           Chlorate  alkali (2)  America   Other    Total 
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Sales Revenue                  54,610      57,375   27,293       -  139,278 
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Cost of Sales  
                32,348      28,540   21,043      95   82,026 
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Distribution, Selling and                                                   
 Marketing                      6,729      14,777      359     801   22,666 
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General and Administrative                                                  
 (1)                            2,561       3,245    1,151   3,012    9,969 
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Operating Profit (Loss)        12,972      10,813    4,740  (3,908)  24,617 
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Add:                                                                        
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Depreciation and                                                            
 Amortization included in                                                   
 Cost of Sales                  3,043       5,695    1,335       -   10,073 
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Depreciation and                                                            
 Amortization included in                                                   
 General and Administrative         -           -       11     231      242 
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Share-based Compensation                                                    
 Expense                            -           -        -   1,452    1,452 
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Cash Operating Profit (Loss)   16,015      16,508    6,086  (2,225)  36,384 
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Cash Operating Profit                                                       
 Percentage                        29%         29%      22%              26%
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Notes:                                                                      
                                                                            
(1)  General and administrative expenses are for functional areas such as   
     human resources, finance, information technology and legal and are     
     allocated to the operating segments based on production volumes.       
                                                                            
(2)  Revenues and costs for NATO are included in North America Chlor-alkali.

Business Unit Highlights

North America Sodium Chlorate:


 
--  Q3 2012 versus Q2 2012: Sales revenue increased 5% to $58.7 million for
    the three months ended September 30, 2012 from $56.1 million for the
    three months ended June 30, 2012. Sales volumes increased 3% and
    realized netback prices increased 2% for the three months ended
    September 30, 2012, as compared to the three months ended June 30, 2012.
    Cash operating profit percentage decreased from 28% to 27% as a result
    of lower production volumes (primarily at our low-cost Brandon plant)
    and higher fixed costs as a result of a planned shutdown at Brandon to
    perform regularly scheduled maintenance at the same time the plant was
    down to tie-in the upgraded power line. The decrease was partially
    offset by higher realized netback prices, lower salt costs and somewhat
    lower general and administrative expense allocated to this segment. 
--  Q3 2012 versus Q3 2011 Sales revenue increased 7% to $58.7 million for
    the three months ended September 30, 2012 from $54.6 million for the
    three months ended September 30, 2011 as a result of a 7% increase in
    realized netback prices. Realized netback prices were positively
    affected by the weaker Canadian dollar (three months ended September 30,
    2012 - US $0.99 as compared to US $1.03 for the three months ended
    September 30, 2011). Cash operating profit percentage decreased from 29%
    for the three months ended September 30, 2011 to 27% for the three
    months ended September 30, 2012 as a result of lower production volumes
    (10%) and higher fixed costs, partially offset by higher realized
    netback prices and lower salt costs.  

North America Chlor-alkali:


 
--  Q3 2012 versus Q2 2012: Sales revenue increased 13% to $67.2 million for
    the three months ended September 30, 2012 from $59.7 million for the
    three months ended June 30, 2012. The increase in sales revenue was
    primarily due to higher sales volumes of hydrochloric acid (46%),
    chlorine (3%) and caustic soda (2%) and higher MECU realized netback
    prices (6%). Cash operating profit percentage increased from 7% to 24%
    for the three months ended September 30, 2012 as a result of higher
    production volumes (23%), higher MECU realized netback prices (6%) and
    lower fixed costs, partially offset by slightly higher salt costs. The
    decrease in fixed costs was due to the planned maintenance shutdown for
    two weeks in April 2012. 
--  Q3 2012 versus Q3 2011: Sales revenue increased 17% to $67.2 million for
    the three months ended September 30, 2012 from $57.4 million for the
    three months ended September 30, 2011 due to higher sales volumes of
    chlorine (5%) and caustic soda (6%) and higher realized netback prices
    for hydrochloric acid (88%) and caustic soda (5%). The increase was
    partially offset by lower hydrochloric acid sales volumes (10%) and
    lower chlorine realized netback prices (83%). Cash operating profit
    decreased from $16.5 million for the three months ended September 30,
    2011 to $16.2 million for the three months ended September 30, 2012 as a
    result of higher electricity and salt costs and higher fixed costs,
    partially offset by higher MECU realized netback prices (3%). 

South America:


 
--  Q3 2012 versus Q2 2012: Sales revenue decreased 1% to $25.1 million for
    the three months ended September 30, 2012 from $25.4 million for the
    three months ended June 30, 2012 on lower realized netback prices for
    all products, partially offset by higher chlor-alkali product sales
    volumes. Cash operating profit increased from $4.3 million for the three
    months ended June 30, 2012 to $6.1 million for the three months ended
    September 30, 2012, primarily as a result of higher production and sales
    volumes and lower fixed costs. There were planned maintenance shutdowns
    at both the sodium chlorate and chlor-alkali plants during the second
    quarter. 
--  Q3 2012 versus Q3 2011: Sales revenue decreased 8% to $25.1 million for
    the three months ended September 30, 2012 from $27.3 million for the
    three months ended September 30, 2011 as a result of lower sales volumes
    and realized netback prices for sodium chlorate and lower realized
    netback prices for hydrochloric acid and caustic soda, partially offset
    by higher hydrochloric acid and caustic soda sales volumes. Cash
    operating profit was $6.1 million for the three months ended September
    30, 2012 and 2011 with lower sodium chlorate sales volumes and lower
    hydrochloric acid netback prices in the third quarter of 2012 being
    offset by lower fixed costs. 

Market Fundamentals

North America Sodium Chlorate: As expected, pulp pricing experienced moderate downward pressure in the third quarter as inventories increased. Some pulp grades have achieved new lows for the year, and are currently at levels equal to fourth quartile cash costs. Industry experts seem to agree that pricing has most likely bottomed for the year. Despite the challenging envi ronment, the North American pulp industry saw very limited (if any) market related downtime. After increasing for four of the last five months, pulp inventories were down at 33 days (September), suggesting that a trend reversal could be building. Softwood pulp inventories were down for the same month, and are now at comfortable levels (27 days). Global pulp shipments continued their positive trend for the year, increasing by 1.8% year-to-date. Most, if not all of this growth is being fuelled by strong Chinese imports, which are higher by 16.7% year-to-date. Based on the expected pick-up in seasonal demand and on improving fundamentals, all major pulp producers have announced price increases for most grades which are slated to be implemented in the fourth quarter.

Production of bleached pulp was strong throughout the quarter, and consequently, the demand for sodium chlorate was equally strong. With new demand starting up early in the third quarter, coupled with further new demand scheduled for the fourth quarter, the North American sodium chlorate industry is poised to maintain its high operating rates (about 95%) for the foreseeable future.

North America Chlor-alkali: The North American chlor-alkali industry operated at an estimated 85% of capacity in the third quarter of 2012, as compared to 80% in the second quarter of 2012 and 83% in the third quarter of 2011. The increase in industry capacity utilization was due to seasonal demand improvement for water treatment and increased production of Polyvinyl Chloride ("PVC") for export. Industry operating rates are expected to decline moderately in the fourth quarter due to reduced seasonal water treatment demand and typical year-end producer inventory reductions for construction related products such as PVC and Urethanes.

North American hydrochloric acid production was negatively impacted by Hurricane Isaac in the third quarter of 2012, resulting in a more balanced market. Hydrochloric acid demand was strong from most consuming segments with an increase from oil well fracturing activity in Western Canada. Supply in the fourth quarter is expected to decline due to several planned maintenance outages in the US gulf coast region.

North American caustic soda production increased in the third quarter of 2012 consistent with higher chlorine operating rates. Demand remained strong from most consuming segments with further strength in demand from export markets taking advantage of the low cost position of US gulf coast production compared with Asia. Supply is expected to decline in the fourth quarter resulting in a balanced to tight market situation.

MECU prices increased during the third quarter of 2012 due to caustic price improvement, offset partially by modest reductions in chlorine and hydrochloric acid values. Price increases for caustic soda and hydrochloric acid have been announced for the fourth quarter in anticipation of lower supply conditions.

South America: Brazilian pulp exports were stable during the first eight months of 2012 (0.5% lower than the same period in 2011). Domestic sales were 6.8% higher than the same period last year. Canexus Brazil's major sodium chlorate customer's pulp production has been aligned with our estimate and our overall sodium chlorate sales are close to 2012 budget.

The September year-to-date Brazilian chlor-alkali capacity utilization rate was 83.5% (approximately 1.5% higher than the same period last year). Brazilian industry operating rates were lower in 2011 due to power outages and planned outages at several chlor-alkali facilities during the year. Canexus Brazil's September year-to-date chlor-alkali capacity utilization was 96%. The key driver was higher hydrochloric acid sales as a result of lower spent acid availability in north east Brazil and market share gains.

Western Canadian Oil and Gas: Crude oil prices rose during the third quarter of 2012 amid optimism for improved economic performance resulting from monetary stimulus in the U.S. and supply concerns in the Middle East. Global supply has been impacted by the removal of Iranian supply as a result of economic sanctions but oil inventory levels in the U.S. and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development ("OECD") region remain generally healthy. Price differentials between Western Canadian grades and other key benchmarks remain wide supporting demand for oil transportation services based on rail.

Natural gas prices improved modestly during the quarter due to higher demand driven by fuel switching (from coal) and reduced production. Reduced injections to storage brought inventories down from well above the normal range to the upper end of the five-year average range. While inventories remain high, production is expected to continue to gradually fall in North America into 2013 as drilling rigs are directed to oil wells and until gas prices begin to recover.

Drilling activity picked up in Western Canada in the third quarter following the seasonal slowdown in the second quarter due to the spring thaw and is predominantly focused on oil production due to lower prices for natural gas.

Financial Updates


 
--  Long-term Debt and Finance Income (Expense): 
    
    --  We borrow in US dollars, which creates unrealized currency
        translation gains as the Canadian dollar strengthens. A substantial
        portion of our revenues are denominated in or referenced to the US
        dollar. During the third quarter of 2012, we recorded an unrealized
        currency translation gain of $10.7 million as a result of the
        stronger Canadian dollar at the end of the quarter compared to the
        end of Q2 2012 (Q3/11 - $21.5 million unrealized loss) and $0.4
        million of realized gains (Q3/11 - $0.9 million of realized gains).
        These amounts are included in finance income (expense). 
    --  Interest expense in the quarter was $4.9 million (Q3/11 - $6.0
        million). Interest capitalized on major projects was $0.4 million in
        Q3 2012 ($0.2 million in Q3/11). 
    --  We recorded mark-to-market changes in fair value of convertible
        debentures of $3.7 million (loss) in Q3 2012 ($4.9 million gain in
        Q3/11). 
        
--  Other Income (Expense): 
    
    --  In the third quarter, mark-to-market fair value losses of $0.5
        million (Q3/11 - $0.6 million losses) and realized gains of $0.8
        million (Q3/11 - $0.1 million of realized gains) were recorded on
        foreign exchange option contracts. 
    --  We recorded mark-to-market fair value gains of $0.3 million (Q3/11 -
        $0.2 million gains) on interest rate swaps and realized losses of
        $0.4 million (Q3/11 - $0.4 million losses). 
    --  In the third quarter, we recorded mark-to-market fair value gains on
        a cross currency swap of $0.6 million (Q3/11 - $1.9 million losses)
        as a result of the stronger Canadian dollar at the end of the
        quarter compared to the end of Q2 2012. In Q3 2011, we entered into
        a cross currency swap to effect the payment of interest on the
        Series IV Convertible Debentures issued on June 30, 2011 in US
        dollars. 
        
        
--  Capital Expenditures: Capital expenditures for the three months ended
    September 30, 2012 were $39.6 million, of which $2.3 million was spent
    on maintenance projects and the balance on continuous improvement ($1.0
    million) and expansion projects ($36.2 million). Expansion capital was
    spent on the continued development of our NATO site, the hydrochloric
    acid expansions at our North Vancouver facility and the upgrade of the
    fresh water supply system at our Brandon plant. 
    
--  Provision for Income Taxes: The provision for income taxes is higher in
    the third quarter of 2012, as compared to the same period in 2011, due
    to higher earnings in the quarter. As of September 30, 2012, Canexus has
    approximately $478.0 million of future tax deductions resulting
    predominantly from ca
pital expenditures which can be used to shelter
    future taxable income in Canada. 
    
--  Liquidity: As of September 30, 2012, total borrowings under committed
    credit facilities were $317.5 million with remaining available undrawn
    capacity of approximately $145.0 million. Cash on hand at September 30,
    2012 was $6.7 million. Our debt-to-EBITDA ratio is 2.4 times (3.4 times
    inclusive of convertible debentures). 
 
                                                                            
Operating Results for the Three and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2012    
 and 2011                                                                   
                                                                            
                                                                            
                                  Three Months Ended    Nine Months Ended   
                                     September 30          September 30     
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                                       2012      2011       2012       2011 
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Sales Revenue                       151,057   139,278    441,171    395,788 
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Cost of Sales (1)                    90,596    82,026    276,328    251,365 
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Gross Profit                         60,461    57,252    164,843    144,423 
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Distribution, Selling and                                                   
 Marketing                           28,289    22,666     74,472     65,847 
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General and Administrative (2)        8,425     9,969     27,099     26,135 
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Operating Profit                     23,747    24,617     63,272     52,441 
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Finance Income (Expense)              1,419   (22,782)   (22,170)   (23,858)
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Income before Other Income                                                  
 (Expense) and Income Taxes          25,166     1,835     41,102     28,583 
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Other Income (Expense)                  292    (2,418)      (599)    (1,875)
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Income (Loss) before Income Taxes    25,458      (583)    40,503     26,708 
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Provision for Income Taxes                                                  
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  Current                               981     1,057      3,712      3,385 
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  Deferred                            5,835     1,142     11,726      8,873 
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                                      6,816     2,199     15,438     12,258 
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Net Income (Loss)                    18,642    (2,782)    25,065     14,450 
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Notes:                                                                      
                                                                            
1.   Depreciation and amortization included for the three and nine months   
     ended September 30, 2012 - $11.1 million and $33.0 million             
     respectively; depreciation and amortization included for the three and 
     nine months ended September 30, 2011 of $10.1 million and $31.6 million
     respectively.                                                          
                                                                            
2.   Depreciation and amortization included for the three and nine months   
     ended September 30, 2012 - $0.2 million and $0.6 million respectively; 
     depreciation and amortization included for the three and nine months   
     ended September 30, 2011 of $0.2 million and $0.7 million respectively.

Financial Statements, Conference Call and Webcast

Financial Statements and Management's Discussion and Analysis will be posted on the Canexus web site at www.canexus.ca and filed on SEDAR when available. Management will host a conference call at 10:00 a.m. ET on Wednesday, November 7, 2012, to discuss the results. A Q3 2012 presentation will be available on our website to facilitate the conference call. Please dial 416-644-3414 or 1-800-814-4859. The conference call will also be accessible via webcast at www.canexus.ca. A replay of the conference call will be available until midnight November 14, 2012. To access the replay, call 416-640-1917 or 1-877-289-8525, followed by passcode 4567721#.

Non-GAAP Measures

Cash operating profit, cash operating profit percentage, payout ratio, distributable cash and gross profit are non-GAAP financial measures, but management believes they are useful in measuring the Corporation's performance. Readers are cautioned that these measures should not be construed as alternatives to net income or loss or other comparable measures determined in accordance with GAAP as an indicator of the Corporation's performance or as a measure of the Corporation's liquidity and cash flow. The Corporation's method of calculating non-GAAP measures may differ from the methods used by other issuers and accordingly, the Corporation's non-GAAP measures are unlikely to be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other issuers. Readers should consult the Corporation's 2012 MD&A filed on SEDAR for a complete explanation of how the Corporation calculates each such non-GAAP measure.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements and information relating to expected future events relating to Canexus and its subsidiaries, including with respect to: North American hydrochloric acid and caustic soda supply, production and pricing; North American chlor-alkali industry operating rates; North American sodium chlorate demand, plant utilization and pricing; Canexus' corporate performance, including as a result of the impact of hydrochloric acid growth projects at North Vancouver and expanded DBCO transload capacity at Bruderheim, and resultant expectations for cash operating profit; Brandon power line tie-in and its impact on plant capacity; the timing of and completion and capacity implications of capital projects at NATO; the timing of completion and capacity implications of the hydrochloric acid expansion projects at Canexus' North Vancouver chlor-alkali facility; and the impact of pricing and inventories on natural gas production in North America. The use of the words "expects", "anticipates", "continue", "estimates", "projects", "should", "believe", "plans", "intends", "may", "will" or similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other f actors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements for a variety of reasons, including market and general economic conditions, future costs, treatment under governmental regulatory, tax and environmental regimes and the other risks and uncertainties detailed under "Risk Factors" in the Corporation's Annual Information Form filed on the Corporation's SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com. Management believes the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are currently reasonable but no assurance can be given that these expectations will prove to be correct and such forward-looking statements should not be unduly relied upon. Due to the potential impact of these factors, Canexus disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, unless required by applicable law. Financial outlook information contained in this press release about prospective results of operations, financial position or cash flows is based on assumptions about future events, including economic conditions and proposed courses of action, based on management's assessment of the relevant information currently available. Such financial outlook information should not be used for purposes other than those for which it is disclosed herein.

About Canexus

Canexus produces sodium chlorate and chlor-alkali products largely for the pulp and paper and water treatment industries. Our four plants in Canada and two at one site in Brazil are reliable, low-cost, strategically-located facilities that capitalize on competitive electricity costs and transportation infrastructure to minimize production and delivery costs. Canexus also provides fee-for-service hydrocarbon transloading services to the oil and gas industry from its terminal at Bruderheim, Alberta. Canexus targets opportunities to maximize shareholder returns and delivers high-quality products to its customers. Canexus' common shares (CUS) and debentures (Series I - CUS.DB; Series III - CUS.DB.A; Series IV - CUS.DB.B) trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange. More information about Canexus is available at www.canexus.ca. Contacts: Canexus Corporation Gary Kubera President and CEO (403) 571-7300

Canexus Corporation Richard McLellan CFO (403) 571-7300 www.canexus.ca

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