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Braskem Announces 1Q13 Results

                        Braskem Announces 1Q13 Results

  PR Newswire

  SAO PAULO, May 9, 2013

SAO PAULO, May 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Braskem S.A. (BM&FBOVESPA: BRKM3, BRKM5
and BRKM6; NYSE: BAK; LATIBEX: XBRK announces today its results for 1Q13.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  *Braskem's resins sales in 1Q13 increased by 6.2% and 8.8% from 4Q12 and
    1Q12, respectively, amounting to 921 kton, while its market share reached
    71%.
  *The crackers operated at an average capacity utilization rate of 90%,
    compared to 82% in the prior quarter, which was affected by electricity
    supply problems.
  *EBITDA in 1Q13 was R$937 million, growing by 6% from the recurring EBITDA
    in 4Q12, which is explained by the higher sales volume, the recovery in
    international spreads and the gains in operating efficiency. In U.S.
    dollar, EBITDA was US$470 million.
  *In response to the proposal submitted by the Chemical Industry
    Competitiveness Council, the government approved on May 2013 a reduction
    in the rate of PIS and COFINS taxes on feedstock purchases by the first-
    and second-generation of chemical producers.
  *The construction of the new petrochemical complex - Ethylene XXI - in
    Mexico remains on schedule and the project's physical completion reached
    26%.
  *As part of its strategy to increase the value of its cracker streams,
    Braskem has already begun the construction of the pipeline to supply
    propylene to the Basf acrylic complex, scheduled to start operations in
    the second half of 2014.
  *The basic engineering studies related to Comperj are on schedule and the
    conceptual design is expected to be concluded within the new few months.
  *Receipt of the first installment of R$163 million from the divestment of
    the assets of the Water Treatment Unit.

The full earnings release is available on the Company's IR website:
www.braskem.com.br/ir

Braskem will host conference calls to discuss its Results next Monday , May
13, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. ET in English and 9:00 a.m. ET in Portuguese. See
connecting details on the Company's IR website.

For further information, contact Braskem's Investor Relations Area:

Roberta Pimphari Varella, +55 (11) 3576-9266, roberta.varella@braskem.com
Fernando T. de Campos +55 (11) 3576-9479, fernando.campos@braskem.com
Daniela Balle de Castro, +55 (11) 3576-9615, daniela.castro@braskem.com
Pedro Gomes de Souza, +55 (11) 3576-9010, pedro.gomes@braskem.com

Website: http://www.braskem.com.br/ir
 
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