SQM Reports Earnings for the First Nine Months of 2010

By Sqm, PRNE
Monday, November 22, 2010

SANTIAGO, Chile, November 24, 2010 - Sociedad Quimica 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
2010 of US$276.3 million (US$1.05 per ADR), an increase of 6.5% with respect
to the same period of 2009, when earnings totaled US$259.4 million (US$0.99
per ADR). Gross Margin reached US$454.4 million (34.3% of revenues), 11.5%
higher than the US$407.5 million (38.7% of revenues) recorded during the
first nine months of 2009. Revenues totaled US$1,324.7 million for the first
nine months, representing an increase of 25.9% over the US$1,052.2 million
reported in the same period of 2009.

The Company also announced a year-over-year earnings increase of 11.3%
for the third quarter of 2010, reporting quarterly net income of US$94.8
(US$0.36 per ADR) compared to the 2009 figure of US$85.2 million
(US$0.32 per ADR). Gross Margin for the third quarter reached US$151.2
, 15.3% higher than the US$131.1 million recorded for the same period
of 2009. Revenues totaled US$459.5 million, an increase of approximately
19.7% with respect to the third quarter of 2009, when revenues amounted to
US$383.8 million.

Patricio Contesse, SQM's Chief Executive Officer, stated, "We have
continued to observe positive demand recovery across all of our business
lines as markets move passed 2009 lows. The market uncertainty that
characterized 2009 has dissipated and consumer confidence has returned to
markets, as the global economic situation improves."

Mr. Contesse continued, "During the first nine months of 2010 demand for
all of our business segments has recovered more robustly than initially
expected, reflecting the strong, underlying fundamentals in each market. We
anticipate that this momentum will continue during the remaining months of
the year and through next year, and considering that the Company is in a
unique position to capture growth in each of its markets, we remain
optimistic about the long term prospects for SQM."

For the complete version of this press release, please visit our Web
site: www.sqm.com.

SQM is an integrated producer and distributor of specialty plant
nutrients, iodine and lithium. Its products are based on the development of
high quality natural resources that allow the Company to be leader in costs,
supported by a specialized international network with sales in over 100
countries. SQM's development strategy aims to maintain and strengthen the
Company's world leadership in its three core businesses: Specialty Plant
Nutrition, Iodine and Lithium.

    For further information, contact:
    Mary Laverty, +56-2-4252074 / mary.laverty@sqm.com
    Mark Fones, +56-2-4252485 / mark.fones@sqm.com

    For media inquiries, contact:
    Fernanda Guerra, +56-2-4252027 / fernanda.guerra@sqm.com

Statements in this press release concerning the Company's business
outlook, future economic performances, anticipated profitability, revenues,
expenses, or other financial items, anticipated cost synergies and product or
service line growth, together with other statements that are not historical
facts, are "forward-looking statements" as that term is defined under Federal
Securities Laws.

Any forward-looking statements are estimates, reflecting the best
judgment of SQM based on currently available information and involve a number
of risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to
differ materially from those stated in such statements. Risks, uncertainties,
and factors that could affect the accuracy of such forward-looking
statements, are identified in the public filing made with the Securities and
Exchange Commission, and forward-looking statements should be considered in
light of those factors.

Mary Laverty, +56-2-4252074, mary.laverty at sqm.com, or Mark Fones, +56-2-4252485, mark.fones at sqm.com, or Fernanda Guerra, +56-2-4252027, fernanda.guerra at sqm.com

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