November 9, 2010
POLARIS ANNOUNCES THIRD QUARTER FINANCIAL RESULTS AND CONFERENCE CALL
VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Polaris Minerals Corporation (TSX:PLS) today reported financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2010. All financial results are in US dollars unless otherwise noted.
Revenue in the third quarter increased by 22% compared with last year principally due to a 13% increase in sales volume. For the first nine months of 2010 revenue increased 11% and sales volumes increased by 7% compared with the prior period.
The Company incurred a net loss in the quarter of $3.8 million ($0.07 loss per share), due primarily to continuing low sales volumes, compared with a net loss of $5.2 million ($0.10 loss per share) in the comparative quarter last year. For the nine months ending September 30, 2010, the Company incurred a net loss of $13.6 million ($0.25 loss per share) compared with a net loss of $10.0 million ($0.19 loss per share) in the prior year. The loss for the quarter was negatively impacted by an accrual of $0.9 million (nine months total $1.2 million) for annual minimum volume penalties to the Company's shipper, a direct consequence of the lower volumes than anticipated. The nine month loss was also impacted by a one-time net charge of $4.2 million as a result of restructuring the Company's shipping contracts.
At September 30, 2010, the Company had working capital of $4.5 million including cash of $0.8 million. Subsequent to the quarter end, the Company secured a CAD$5 million, one year, bridge loan and entered into a purchase and sale agreement for the sale of the freehold Pier B site in the Port of Long Beach, subject to satisfactory due diligence. Upon completion of this sale, the Company will realize approximately $14 million of cash after costs.
Herb Wilson, President and CEO, commented: "Third quarter sales were encouraging and in common with the industry, we believe that the bottom of this severe recession has been reached. Next year should see the beginning of a sustained recovery, the pace of which will be reassessed as the impacts of the recent political changes become apparent. Shipments in the final quarter of 2010, however, will be less than last year as reduced shipping capacity is available because of routine dry docking requirements." He continued: "We are very pleased to have signed a Purchase and Sale Agreement for the Pier B land in the Port of Long Beach and have a high expectation that the sale will be successfully closed following the purchaser's due diligence. We were also pleased to ensure liquidity, pending completion of the Pier B sale, through the recently secured CAD$5 million, one year, term loan provided by a private investor group."
This financial summary should be read in conjunction with the Company's September 30, 2010 Consolidated Financial Statements and Management's Discussion and Analysis, both of which are available on www.sedar.com as well as the Company's website, www.polarmin.com.
The Company will host a conference call on Wednesday, November 10, 2010 at 8:00 am Pacific Standard Time. Details to access the call live are as follows:
- Via telephone by calling 888-231-8191 in North America or 647-427-7450 internationally
- Via webcast at: http://www.newswire.ca/en/webcast/viewEvent.cgi?eventID=3263920
The webcast will be archived for 90 days following the call at the above noted link. The conference call will also be recorded and available for replay at 11:00 am PST and will be available until November 24, 2010. To access the replay, dial 1-800-642-1687 or 416-849-0833 and use access code 18305145 to hear the recording.
Polaris Minerals Corporation is exclusively focused on the development of quarries and the production of construction aggregates in British Columbia for marine transport to urban markets on the Pacific coasts of North America to meet growing local supply deficits. In 2007, Polaris began shipping sand and gravel from the Orca Quarry to San Francisco Bay, Vancouver and Hawaii.
For further information, please contact:
Herb Wilson, President and CEO
Lisa Dea, VP Finance and CFO
Polaris Minerals Corporation
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