Polaris announces 2008 second quarter results and conference call



    VANCOUVER, Aug. 12 /CNW/ - Polaris Minerals Corporation (TSX:PLS) today
reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2008. All
financial results are in US Dollars, unless otherwise noted.
    During the quarter the Company generated an adjusted EBITDA of $266,000
(2007: loss of $279,000) and a gross margin from operations of $397,000, or
$0.79 per ton. Revenues increased 49% in the quarter to $6.57 million compared
with $4.40 million for the quarter ending June 30, 2007, which was the second
operating quarter for the Company. Cash used for operations during the quarter
has reduced to $220,000 from $1.8 million in the first quarter of 2008. At
June 30, 2008, the Company had cash and cash equivalents on hand of
$8.27 million and, with the exception of capital leases on certain items of
mobile plant, had no debt.
    Loss from operations for the quarter, net of stock-based compensation,
was $1.41 million, compared with a loss of $868,000 in the quarter ended
June 30, 2007. The Company's net loss reported was $1.93 million, ($0.05 per
share) compared with a net loss of $1.21 million ($0.03 per share) for the
quarter ended June 30, 2007. This increased loss is attributable to higher
staffing and business development costs as the Company maintains its high rate
of activity in terminal and market development.
    Marco Romero, Polaris President & CEO, said: "We had a solid second
quarter, with a substantial improvement in cash used by operations and an
improved gross margin. The margin improvements were principally due to price
increases realized in the market and the 63% increase in volume throughput at
the Richmond Terminal during the quarter, which were tempered by increasing
fuel costs in shipping. Our sales contracts allow for the recovery of these
increased fuel costs during the following year, and there is therefore a
timing delay in the recovery of these expenses."
    Commenting on 2008, Mr. Romero said: "Our strong growth continued despite
the slowdown in construction activity in California. We sold 500,000 tons of
sand and gravel in the second quarter, bringing our sales total for the first
two quarters to 1.02 million tons. Third quarter sales have been strong and we
will ship more than 700,000 tons during the period. We anticipate shipping
between 2.1 to 2.5 million tons in 2008, an increase of approximately
100 percent over 2007 shipments, at the mid point of this range. Our
previously announced acquisition of the Pier B land in the Port of Long Beach,
in collaboration with our Strategic Alliance partner, is due to close on or
about August 18th, and will create a strategic point of entry into the massive
Los Angeles metropolitan area market beginning early in 2011. We are
increasingly well-positioned to benefit from the ongoing depletion of
indigenous aggregate sources in California and the eventual increase in demand
generated by infrastructure, commercial and residential construction
activity."
    This financial summary should be read in conjunction with the Company's
June 30, 2008 unaudited consolidated financial statements and Management's
Discussion and Analysis, both of which will be available on www.sedar.com.

    Conference Call

    The Company will host a conference call at 7 am PT on Wednesday,
August 13, 2008. Investors and other interested parties may access the
teleconference live by calling 416.644.3430 or 800.814.4853 in North America
or internationally and 00 800 2288 3501 from the United Kingdom.
    A live webcast of the conference call will be available through the link
below: http://www.newswire.ca/en/webcast/viewEvent.cgi?eventID=2382160
    The webcast will be archived for 90 days following the call.
    The conference call will be recorded and available for replay at 10 am PT
and will be available until August 27. In North America dial 416.640.1917, and
for international calls, dial 877.289.8525. The access code to hear the
recording is 21280416 followed by the pound sign.

    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 west coast 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, BC and Hawaii.

    This press release contains "forward-looking statements" and
"forward-looking information" within the meaning of applicable securities
laws. These statements and information appear in this document and include
estimates, forecasts, information and statements as to management's
expectations with respect to, among other things the future financial or
operating performance of the Company, costs and timing of the development of
the construction aggregate quarry, the timing and amount of estimated future
production, costs of production, capital and operating expenditures,
requirements for additional capital, government regulation of quarrying
operations, environmental risks, reclamation expenses, and title disputes.
Often, but not always, forward-looking statements and information can be
identified by the use of words such as "may", "will", "should", "plans",
"expects", "intends", "anticipates", "believes", "budget", and "scheduled" or
the negative thereof or variations thereon or similar terminology.
Forward-looking statements and information are necessarily based upon a number
of estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by management,
are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive
uncertainties and contingencies. Readers are cautioned that any such
forward-looking statements and information are not guarantees and there can be
no assurance that such statements and information will prove to be accurate
and actual results and future events could differ materially from those
anticipated in such statements. Important factors that could cause actual
results to differ materially from the Company's expectations are disclosed
under the heading "Risks and Uncertainties" in the Company's Annual Report and
under the heading "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Information Form
(AIF) in respect of its financial year-ended December 31, 2007, both of which
are filed with Canadian regulators on SEDAR (www.sedar.com). The Company
expressly disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any
forward-looking statements and information whether as a result of new
information, future events or otherwise. All written and oral forward-looking
statements and information attributable to us or persons acting on our behalf
are expressly qualified in their entirety by the foregoing cautionary
statements.





For further information:

For further information: Marco Romero, President & CEO or Mike
Westerlund, Director, Corporate Development, Polaris Minerals Corporation,
Tel: (604) 915-5000, info@polarmin.com

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