Braskem announces 2Q13 Results

                        Braskem announces 2Q13 Results

  PR Newswire

  SAO PAULO, Aug. 8, 2013

SAO PAULO, Aug. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Braskem S.A. (BM&FBOVESPA: BRKM3,
BRKM5 and BRKM6; NYSE: BAK; LATIBEX: XBRK) announces today its results for


  *Braskem's resin sales came to 947 kton, increasing 3%. Compared to 2Q12,
    which was affected by local economic slowdown, the market grew 26%.
  *In the quarter, the average capacity utilization of Braskem's crackers
    stood at 94%, increasing 4 p.p. from 1Q13, explained by the improvement in
    operating efficiency between the periods. Capacity utilization also
    benefited from the provisional measure of May 8, which reduced the PIS and
    COFINS tax rates on raw material purchases.
  *EBITDA in 2Q13 reached R$1,051 million, increasing 12% from the previous
    quarter, driven by the higher sales volume, the better operating
    performance and the recovery in international resins spreads. In U.S.
    dollar, EBITDA amounted to US$506 million.
  *Regarding the Ethylene XXI Project in Mexico, the construction of the new
    petrochemical complex continued to advance, with the project's physical
    completion reaching 37.7%.
  *In July, the subsidiary Braskem-Idesa withdrew the first installment of
    the project finance in the amount of US$1,484 million, which enabled the
    subsidiary to reimburse the investments advanced by shareholders, which in
    the case of Braskem amounted to US$649 million.
  *As of May 1st, 2013, Braskem decided to designate a portion of its
    dollar-denominated liabilities as hedge for its future exports in order to
    better reflect the effects of exchange variation on the accounting result
    of the Company.
  *Braskem's leverage, as measured by the net debt/EBITDA ratio, continued
    its downward trend, and excluding the Mexico project from this analysis,
    whose financing is non-recourse to its balance sheet, it reached 3.01x,
    down 10% from 1Q13.

The full earnings release is available on the Company's IR website:

Braskem will host conference calls to discuss its Results on Friday , August
9, 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,
Fernando T. de Campos +55 (11) 3576-9479, Daniela
Balle de Castro, +55 (11) 3576-9615, Pedro Gomes de
Souza, +55 (11) 3576-9010,

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