SQM reports Earnings for the third quarter 2012

Santiago, Chile, November 20, 2012 – Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile S.A (SQM) (NYSE: SQM; Santiago Stock Exchange: SQM-B, SQM-A) reported today earnings for the first nine months of 2012 of US$507.4 million (US$1.93 per ADR), an increase of 31.2% with respect to the same period of 2011, when earnings totaled US$386.9 million (US$1.47 per ADR). Gross margin reached US$794.3 million (43.4% of revenues), 24.3% higher than the US$638.9 million (39.8% of revenues) recorded during the first nine months of 2011. Revenues totaled US$1,828.2 million for the first nine months, representing an increase of 13.8% over the US$1,606.4 reported in the same period of 2011.
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The Board of Director has agreed to pay and distribute interim dividend on December 12, 2012.

We hereby inform you that the Board of Directors of Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile S.A. (SQM), which met today in an Ordinary Board Meeting, unanimously agreed to pay and distribute the interim dividend on December 12, 2012
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