High Liner Foods Reports Strong Second Quarter Results



    
    -  Fully diluted earnings increase to $0.18 per share from $0.05 per
       share for the same period last year -
    -  Integration of FPI businesses largely completed and most costs
       expended -
    -  Dividend increased by 10% -
    

    LUNENBURG, NS, July 31 /CNW/ - High Liner Foods Incorporated (TSX:HLF)
today reported financial results for the thirteen week period ended June 28,
2008. (All amounts are reported in Canadian dollars).

    
    Financial and operational highlights, which reflect the FPI acquisition,
for the second quarter, include:

    -  Integration of Canadian retail operations into one information
       technology platform and consolidation of High Liner and FPI sales
       offices in Montreal and Calgary, which follows the consolidation of
       the Toronto offices in the first quarter;
    -  Integration of U.S. retail operations into one information technology
       platform and combination of distribution warehouses;
    -  Combination of US Retail and Food service divisions into one business
       under the leadership of former FPI COO, Keith Decker;
    -  Sales of $140.0 million, including growth of 67.8% in the Canadian
       operations and growth of 244.4% in the U.S. operations;
    -  Adjusted EBITDA(1) from continuing operations of $9.0 million compared
       with $2.4 million for the second quarter of 2007;
    -  Net income from continuing operations of $3.3 million, an increase of
       $2.8 million from the second quarter of 2007;
    -  Fully diluted earnings per share, excluding one-time integration
       costs, were $0.23 per share for the second quarter and $0.46 per share
       year to date.

    "We are pleased with our strong financial results for the quarter and with
the progress of our integration program, which is now largely completed," said
Henry Demone, President and Chief Executive Officer, High Liner Foods Inc. Our
integration program has proceeded as planned, as we consolidated sales offices
in Montreal and in Calgary, and we integrated our IT platforms at both our
Canadian and U.S. retail operations."

    Financial Results

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    (Amounts in thousands of Canadian $ except per share amounts)
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                               Thirteen    Thirteen  Twenty-Six  Twenty-Six
                                  Weeks       Weeks       Weeks       Weeks
                                  ended       ended       ended       ended
                                June 28,    June 30,    June 28,    June 30,
                                   2008        2007        2008        2007

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    Sales                      $ 139,960   $  62,202   $ 289,198  $  143,537
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    Adjusted EBITDA                8,982       2,403      17,803       7,749
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    Net income from continuing
     operations                $   3,280   $     485   $   6,374  $    3,502
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    Net income (loss) from
     discontinued operations;
     net of income tax         $       0   $     307   $       0  $      290
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    Net income                 $   3,280   $     792   $   6,374  $    3,792
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    Basic earnings per Common
     Share:
      Net income from
       continuing operations   $    0.23   $    0.02   $    0.43  $     0.28
      Net income from
       discontinued operations $    0.00   $    0.03   $    0.00  $     0.03
      Net income               $    0.23   $    0.05   $    0.43  $     0.31
    Diluted earnings per
     Common Share:
      Net income from
       continuing operations
       excluding one-time
       integration costs       $    0.23   $    0.02   $    0.46  $     0.28
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    Sales for the second quarter and the year-to-date increased 125.0% to
$140.0 million and 101.5% to $289.2 million respectively. The higher sales
were primarily due to the acquisition of FPI's Manufacturing and Marketing
Group (the "Acquisition") late in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2007.
    Excluding the Acquisition, sales were essentially flat for the quarter
and down 9.5% for the year-to-date. When adjusted for the stronger Canadian
dollar, sales excluding the acquisition increased 2.4% for the quarter and
were down 4.4% on the year-to-date. The higher Canadian dollar reduced the
value of reported U.S. sales by approximately $1.7 million for the quarter and
$7.3 million over the first six months of the year. Sales volume for the first
half of 2008 has been dampened by price increases implemented in the latter
half of 2007.
    Adjusted EBITDA was $9.0 million for the quarter and $17.8 million for
the year-to-date, representing increases of 273.8% and 129.8% respectively
over the corresponding periods in 2007. The increases were largely
attributable to the Acquisition.
    Excluding the Acquisition, EBITDA was affected by the following items:
(1) input cost increases (including seafood), which were offset by price
increases implemented by the Company; (2) lower sales volumes relative to last
year due to higher selling prices; and (3) higher distribution costs driven by
higher fuel costs. Sales, marketing and administration costs increased as the
Company grew its sales force and corporate costs increased as a result of the
Acquisition.
    Net income from continuing operations for the second quarter was $3.3
million, or $0.23 per basic share, compared to $0.5 million, or $0.02 per
basic share, for the same quarter last year after deducting dividends on
preference shares. For the year-to-date, net income from continuing operations
was $6.4 million, or $0.43 per basic share, compared to $3.5 million, or $0.28
per basic share, for the same period last year. The Company incurred
integration costs of $0.8 million for the quarter and $2.3 million for the
year-to-date in relation to the Acquisition.
    Other factors affecting profitability included higher depreciation and
amortization resulting from the Acquisition's preliminary purchase price
allocation, and higher interest expense as a result of financing the
Acquisition.
    As part of the acquisition, new common shares were issued in December
2007, resulting in more shares outstanding and impacting basic earnings per
share for the second quarter of 2008 and the year-to-date. Additionally,
Series A Preference shares issued on the Acquisition and to the majority of
the holders of the Second Preference Shares, which are convertible into common
shares, further increasing the average number of dilutive shares, reducing the
dilutive income per common share. Diluted earnings per share from continuing
operations for the second quarter of 2008 was $0.18 per share, compared to
$0.02 per share, for the same quarter last year. For the year-to-date, diluted
earnings per share from continuing operations $0.36 per basic share, compared
to $0.28 per share, for the same period last year.

    Operational Highlights for the Second Quarter

    The acquired FPI business contributed significant growth in sales and
profitability to both Canadian and U.S. operations.

    Canada

    The Company's Canadian operations achieved sales of $70.6 million for the
quarter, an increase of 67.8% from the second quarter of last year. The
Acquisition contributed $29.5 million in sales to the Canadian operations
during the quarter. Excluding the acquisition, sales at the Canadian
operations were down 1.9%. Sales volume in pounds including the Acquisition
was up 62.0%(2) from the second quarter of last year. Excluding the
Acquisition, sales volume was down 2.6%(2) for the period.
    Canadian retail sales volume for the second quarter of fiscal 2008
increased 35.6%(2) compared with the second quarter of fiscal 2007, as a
result of the Acquisition. Excluding the Acquisition, sales volume increased
0.5%(2).
    Canadian food service sales volume, including the Acquisition, doubled
over last year. Excluding the Acquisition, sales volume for the quarter
decreased 5.3%(2). Higher selling prices have had some negative impact on
sales volume for both the retail and food service businesses.

    (2) As measured in volume (pounds).

    United States

    The Company's U.S. operations had sales of $69.4 million for the quarter,
an increase of 244.4% from the second quarter of 2007. The Acquisition
contributed $48.4 million in sales to the U.S. operations during the quarter.
Excluding the acquisition, the U.S. operations' sales in Canadian dollars
increased 4.0%, despite the strengthened Canadian dollar. In U.S. dollars,
sales increased by 4.9%. Sales volume including the Acquisition more than
doubled compared with the second quarter of 2007. Excluding the Acquisition,
sales volume was up 8.3%(2).
    Sales volume for the High Liner(R) brand in the U.S. decreased by
12.5%(2) compared with the second quarter of fiscal 2007, due to volume
decreases in the club store channel. As previously reported, the Company lost
some club store business when a customer split its business between High Liner
and two other suppliers as part of a test. Despite the fact that High Liner
outperformed the other suppliers, the customer has decided to have two
suppliers (including High Liner) on a go forward basis. In addition, sales
were down due to less activity by High Liner in the "limited time offer"
programs popular in club stores.
    Fisher Boy(R) sales volume for the quarter increased 16.4%(2), as the
brand gained additional market share of 3.3 share points in the breaded
category. The Company's U.S. private label seafood sales volume increased
6.3%(2). The Company's Fisher Boy and private label sales are benefiting from
rising prices on competitors national brands.

    Dividends

    The Company paid its nineteenth consecutive quarterly dividend of $0.05
per common share on June 15, 2008 to shareholders of record on June 1, 2008.
In conjunction with this, the Company also paid dividends on its Series A
Preference Shares in the amount of $0.125 per share.
    Subsequent to the end of the quarter, the Company's Board of Directors
resolved to pay a quarterly dividend in the amount of $0.055 per Common Share
payable on September 15, 2008 to shareholders of record on September 1, 2008.
This represents a 10% increase in the previous dividend.
    The Company expects that approximately 5,000,000 Series A Preference
Shares will be converted to Non-Voting Equity Shares and listed on the Toronto
Stock Exchange pursuant to a short form prospectus issued on July 15, 2008.

    Outlook

    "Overall, our results continue to prove the value of our combined
business, which is well positioned with leading market positions in multiple
channels and markets in North America," said Mr. Demone. "While largely
completed, we will finalize the successful integration of our operations
throughout the balance of the year and focus on leveraging the potential of
the combined business to maximize future growth. We are pleased with the
synergies realized thus far, while much of the synergies expected, including
from procurement, purchasing and distribution, will be achieved later in 2008
and into 2009. Importantly, the amalgamation of our businesses has made us a
much stronger company, improving our ability to handle market challenges such
as input cost inflation, and strengthening our relationships with customers
and suppliers. And, while the economic downturn in the U.S. and food inflation
are expected to have some impact on financial results for the rest of the
year, we should benefit from our strong value-priced offerings, including
Fisher boy and private label products in the U.S."

    Conference Call

    High Liner Foods will host a conference call on Friday, August 1, 2008 at
10:30 a.m. ET (11:30 a.m. AT) to discuss its second quarter fiscal 2008
results. To access the conference call by telephone, dial 416-644-3417 or
1-800-732-0232. Please connect approximately ten minutes prior to the
beginning of the call to ensure participation. The conference call will be
archived for replay until Friday, August 8, 2008 at midnight. To access the
archived conference call, dial 416-640-1917 or 1-877-289-8525 and enter the
reservation number 21278502 followed by the number sign.
    A live audio webcast of the conference call will be available at
www.highlinerfoods.com. Please connect at least 15 minutes prior to the
conference call to ensure adequate time for any software download that may be
required to join the webcast. The webcast will be archived at the above
website for 90 days.

    Financial Statements
    For convenience, this press release includes the Company's Fiscal Second
Quarter Balance Sheets and Statements of Income.


    
                        HIGH LINER FOODS INCORPORATED

                             As at June 28, 2008
     (with comparative figures as at June 30, 2007 and December 29, 2007)

                         CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
                                 (Unaudited)
                     (in thousands of Canadian dollars)

                                             June 28,    June 30,   December
                                                2008        2007    29, 2007
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    ASSETS
    Current:
      Cash                                     3,969         112       7,064
      Accounts receivable                     60,334      26,342      68,662
      Income tax receivable                    1,703          50       2,414
      Inventories                            109,012      39,635     107,589
      Prepaid expenses                         7,834       5,484       4,644
      Future income taxes                        435       1,023       1,302
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    Total current assets                     183,287      72,646     191,675
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    Property, plant and equipment             53,160      24,188      57,515
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    Other:
      Future income taxes                      1,288       2,723       1,677
      Other assets                                66         565          66
      Employee future benefits                 7,206       6,588       6,759
      Intangible assets                       20,783           -           -
      Goodwill                                29,018           -           -
      Intangible assets and goodwill               -           -      42,762
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                                              58,361       9,876      51,264
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                                             294,808     106,710     300,454
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    LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
    Current:
      Bank loans                              48,501       5,748      61,280
      Accounts payable and accrued
       liabilities                            48,997      24,687      51,068
      Income taxes payable                        91         186         437
      Current portion of capital lease
       obligations                               493         553         603
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    Total current liabilities                 98,082      31,174     113,388
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    Long-term debt                            53,172           -      51,709
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    Long-term capital lease obligations          501         458         259
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    Employee future benefits                   4,149       3,846       4,227
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    Shareholders' Equity:
      Preference shares                       50,236      20,000      50,270
      Common shares                           59,372      28,489      58,800
      Contributed surplus                        369         550         490
      Retained earnings                       44,330      38,265      40,112
      Accumulated other comprehensive income (15,403)    (16,072)    (18,801)
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                                             138,904      71,232     130,871
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                                             294,808     106,710     300,454
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                        HIGH LINER FOODS INCORPORATED

          For the thirteen and twenty-six weeks ended June 28, 2008
               (with comparative figures for the thirteen and
                    twenty-six weeks ended June 30, 2007)

                      CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
                                 (Unaudited)
         (in thousands of Canadian dollars, except per share amounts)

                                  Thirteen Weeks         Twenty-Six Weeks
                                 2008        2007        2008        2007
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    Sales                     $  139,960  $   62,202  $  289,198  $  143,537
    Cost of sales                110,225      46,114     225,707     105,158
    Distribution expenses          8,413       4,479      17,980      10,575
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    Gross profit                  21,322      11,609      45,511      27,804
    Commission income                355           -         464           -
    Selling, general and
     administrative expenses     (14,344)     (9,657)    (30,899)    (21,254)
    Foreign exchange gain (loss)     113        (307)       (289)       (318)
    Business acquisition costs      (802)          -      (2,295)          -
    Amortization of
     intangibles assets             (278)          -        (598)          -
    Loss on disposal of assets
     and other expense               (11)        (14)       (114)        (31)
    Interest expense
      Short-term                    (701)         34      (1,429)        (75)
      Long-term                     (866)        (14)     (1,741)        (26)
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    Income from continuing
     operations before
     income taxes                  4,788       1,651       8,610       6,100
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    Income taxes
      Current                     (1,211)     (1,190)     (1,845)     (2,423)
      Future                        (297)         24        (391)       (175)
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    Total income taxes from
     continuing operations        (1,508)     (1,166)     (2,236)     (2,598)
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    Net income from continuing
     operations                    3,280         485       6,374       3,502
    Net income from discontinued
     operations; net of
     income tax                        -         307           -         290
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    Net income                     3,280         792       6,374       3,792
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    PER SHARE INFORMATION
    Earnings per Common Share
      Basic from continuing
       operations                   0.23        0.02        0.43        0.28
      Basic from discontinued
       operations                      -        0.03           -        0.03
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      Basic, net income             0.23        0.05        0.43        0.31
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      Diluted from continuing
       operations                   0.18        0.02        0.36        0.28
      Diluted from discontinued
       operations                      -        0.03           -        0.03
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      Diluted, net income           0.18        0.05        0.36        0.31
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    Average shares outstanding
     for the period
      Basic                   13,458,103  10,373,638  13,427,250  10,346,748
      Diluted                 18,469,488  10,442,357  17,886,145  10,423,026
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                        HIGH LINER FOODS INCORPORATED

          For the thirteen and twenty-six weeks ended June 28, 2008
               (with comparative figures for the thirteen and
                    twenty-six weeks ended June 30, 2007)

           CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)
                                 (Unaudited)
                     (in thousands of Canadian dollars)

                                  Thirteen Weeks         Twenty-Six Weeks
                                 2008        2007        2008        2007
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    Net income for the period      3,280         792       6,374       3,792
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    Other comprehensive income,
     net of future income taxes
      Unrealized foreign exchange
       gains (losses) of self-
       sustained foreign
       operations (net of
       $0.1 million income
       tax recovery and nil for
       the thirteen and tweny-six
       weeks in  2008,
       respectively and nil
       taxes in 2007)               (464)     (1,286)      1,267      (1,471)
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      Net gain (loss) gain on
       derivative financial
       instruments designated
       as cash flow hedges
       (net of $0.1 million
       income tax recovery and
       a $0.8 million income
       tax expense for the
       thirteen and twenty-six
       weeks in 2008;
       $0.1 million and
       $0.4 million tax recovery
       for the thirteen and
       twenty-six weeks in 2007,
       respectively)                 325        (978)      1,873      (1,233)
      Net loss (gain) on
       derivatives designated
       as cash flow hedges in
       prior periods transferred
       to net income in the
       current period (net of
       $0.1 million and
       $0.1 million income
       tax expense for the
       thirteen and twenty-six
       weeks in 2008;
       $0.1 million and
       $0.1 million of income tax
       recovery for the
       thirteen and twenty-six
       weeks in 2007)                200        (107)        258        (239)
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      Change in gains and losses
       on derivatives designated
       as cash flow hedges           525      (1,085)      2,131      (1,472)
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    Other comprehensive income
     (loss)                           61      (2,371)      3,398      (2,943)
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    Comprehensive income (loss)    3,341      (1,579)      9,772         849
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                        HIGH LINER FOODS INCORPORATED

          For the thirteen and twenty-six weeks ended June 28, 2008
               (with comparative figures for the thirteen and
                    twenty-six weeks ended June 30, 2007)

                 CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF RETAINED EARNINGS
                                 (Unaudited)
                     (in thousands of Canadian dollars)

                                  Thirteen Weeks         Twenty-Six Weeks
                                 2008        2007        2008        2007
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    Balance, beginning of
     period                       41,972      38,294      40,112      36,106
    Net income for the period      3,280         792       6,374       3,792
    Dividends:
      Common shares                 (672)       (519)     (1,342)     (1,035)
      Series A preference shares    (250)          -        (500)          -
      Second preference shares         -        (302)       (166)       (598)
    Share issuance expenses            -           -        (148)          -
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    Balance, end of period        44,330      38,265      44,330      38,265
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                        HIGH LINER FOODS INCORPORATED

          For the thirteen and twenty-six weeks ended June 28, 2008
               (with comparative figures for the thirteen and
                    twenty-six weeks ended June 30, 2007)

                    CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
                                 (Unaudited)
                     (in thousands of Canadian dollars)

                                  Thirteen Weeks         Twenty-Six Weeks
                                 2008        2007        2008        2007
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    Cash provided by (used in)
     operations:
    Net income from continuing
     operations for the period     3,280         485       6,374       3,502
    Charges (credits) to income
     not involving cash from
     operations:
      Depreciation and
       amortization                1,919         744       3,827       1,518
      (Gain) loss on disposal
       of assets                      (1)          7          77           3
      Stock compensation expense    (136)         22         (21)        173
      Payments of employee
       future benefits
       in excess of expense         (542)          3        (541)        (52)
      Unrealized foreign
       exchange (gain) loss         (318)       (336)        382        (203)
      Future income taxes            297         (24)        391         175
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      Cash flow from operations
       before changes in
       non-cash working capital    4,499         901      10,489       5,116
      Net change in non-cash
       working capital balances   (2,075)      7,324         721      (1,221)
      Operating activities of
       discontinued operations         -         307           -         292
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                                   2,424       8,532      11,210       4,187
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    Cash provided by (used in)
     financing activities:
      Change in current bank
       loans                       2,151      (7,788)    (14,043)     (3,550)
      Repayment of long-term
       capital lease obligations    (197)       (114)       (323)       (224)
      Dividends paid
        Second Preference              -        (302)       (166)       (598)
        Common                      (672)       (519)     (1,342)     (1,035)
      Series A Preference           (250)          -        (500)          -
      Share issuance cost              -           -        (148)          -
      Share redemption                 -           -         (18)          -
      Issue of equity shares         248           -         451         378
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                                   1,280      (8,723)    (16,089)     (5,029)
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    Cash provided by (used in)
     investing activities:
      Purchase of property,
       plant and equipment (net
       of investment tax credits)   (519)       (258)     (1,019)       (311)
      Net expenditures on
       disposal of assets            (12)         (8)        (33)        (28)
      Use of investment tax
       credits                       493         732         752       1,475
      Business acquisition
       adjustment                     (5)          -       1,902           -
      Decrease in other
       receivables                     -        (546)          -        (586)
      Investing activities of
       discontinued operations         -          94           -         187
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                                     (43)         14       1,602         737
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    Foreign exchange impact
     on cash                         (20)        (20)        182         (23)
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    Increase (decrease) in cash
     during the period             3,641        (197)     (3,095)       (128)
    Cash, beginning of period        328         309       7,064         240
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    Cash, end of period            3,969         112       3,969         112
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    About High Liner Foods Incorporated

    High Liner Foods Incorporated is a leading North American processor and
marketer of prepared, value-added frozen seafood. High Liner's branded
products are sold throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico under the
High Liner(R), Fisher Boy(R), Mirabel(R) and Sea Cuisine(TM) labels, and are
available in most grocery and club stores. The Company also sells its High
Liner(R), FPI(R) and Mirabel(R) food service products to restaurants and
institutions, and is a major supplier of private label seafood products to
North American food retailers and food service distributors. High Liner Foods
is a publicly traded Canadian company, trading under the symbol HLF on the
Toronto Stock Exchange.

    This document contains forward-looking statements, including sales,
earnings, marketing, and profitability comments for 2008 and beyond. These
statements contain words such as "anticipate", "expect", "could", "should",
"may", "plans", "will", or similar expressions that are based on and arise out
of our experience, our perception of trends, current conditions and expected
future developments as well as other factors. The statements are not a
guarantee of future performance. By their nature, forward-looking statements
involve uncertainties and risks that the forecasts and targets will not be
achieved.
    Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking
statements, as a number of important factors, as discussed herein and in our
other continuous disclosure documents, could cause actual results to differ
materially from those expressed in such forward-looking statements. We include
in publicly available documents filed from time to time with securities
commissions and The Toronto Stock Exchange, a thorough discussion of the risk
factors that can cause anticipated outcomes to differ from actual outcomes. We
disclaim any intention or obligation to update or revise forward-looking
statements.

    For further information about the Company, please visit our Internet site
at www.highlinerfoods.com or send e-mail to investor@highlinerfoods.com.

    
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    (1) Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and
        amortization, business acquisition costs, other income and non-
        operating transactions as disclosed on the consolidated statements of
        income. Management believes that EBITDA is a useful performance
        measure as it approximates cash generated from operations, before
        capital expenditures and changes in working capital and excludes
        unusual items. EBITDA also assists comparison among companies as it
        eliminates the differences in earnings due to how a company is
        financed. The calculation of Adjusted EBITDA follows the February
        2008 draft general principles and guidance for reporting EBITDA
        issued by the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants.
    

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For further information:

For further information: Kelly Nelson, Vice President Corporate Services
& Chief Financial Officer, High Liner Foods Incorporated, Tel: (902) 634-8811,
investor@highlinerfoods.com; Trevor Heisler, Investor Relations, The Equicom
Group Inc., Tel: (416) 815-0700 ext.270, theisler@equicomgroup.com


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