/R E P E A T/ - Major Drilling Reports Record Third Quarter Profits



    Revenue up 54%, Earnings from continuing operations of $0.25 per share

    MONCTON, NB, March 4 /CNW/ - Major Drilling Group International Inc.
(TSX: MDI) today reported results for its third quarter of fiscal year 2007,
ended January 31, 2007.

    Financial Highlights

    
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    $ millions                                          12 months  12 months
     (except                                                   to         to
     earnings per                                         January    January
     share)     Q3-07      Q3-06     YTD-07     YTD-06   31, 2007   31, 2006
                -----      -----     ------     ------  ---------  ---------
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    Revenue     $90.1      $58.4     $286.4     $227.5     $375.3     $303.4
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    Gross
     profit      25.2       12.7       89.6       64.5      115.5       87.2
      As
      percentage
      of sales   28.0%      21.8%      31.3%      28.3%      30.8%      28.7%
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    Earnings
     (loss) from
     continuing
     ops          5.7       (1.0)      28.7       15.9       38.0       24.3
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    Earnings
     (loss) per
     share from
     continuing
     ops         0.25      (0.05)      1.24       0.70       1.65       1.07
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    Cash flow
     from
     continuing
     ops ((*))   14.9        5.5       50.5       32.2       65.1       43.0
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    ((*)) before changes in non-cash working capital items

    -  Revenue increased over 54 percent in the third quarter at
       $90.1 million, compared to $58.4 million recorded in the same period
       last year. This represents the highest level of third quarter revenues
       in the Company's history.

    -  Gross margins for the quarter were 28.0 percent, compared to
       21.8 percent for the corresponding period last year. Gross profit for
       the quarter was $25.2 million compared to $12.7 million for the prior
       year quarter.

    -  Record third quarter earnings from continuing operations at
       $5.7 million or $0.25 per share, up from a loss of $1.0 million or
       $0.05 per share for the prior year quarter.

    -  Net earnings for the quarter, after loss on discontinued operations,
       were $5.0 million or $0.22 per share compared to a net loss, after
       gain on discontinued operations, of $0.7 million or $0.03 per share
       for the prior year quarter.

    -  Increase of 171 percent in cash from operations, before changes in
       non-cash working capital items, at $14.9 million for the quarter,
       compared to $5.5 million for the same quarter last year.

    "The third quarter is typically our weakest while exploration companies
shut down operations, often for extended periods, over the holidays, and the
Company has historically shown a loss in the third quarter. This year for the
first time in ten years, the Company posted a profit in its third quarter, at
$5.7 million on continuing operations, a record for this period. We also had
our best revenue month ever in November," said Francis McGuire, President and
CEO of Major Drilling. "As discussed in our press release dated January 22,
2007, shorter than expected shutdowns, generally improved pricing, and an
increased number of rigs in the field, contributed to these strong results,"
said Mr. McGuire. "Drilling programs that would typically end during November
were extended well into December. Also, January was exceptionally strong with
early startups in most of our operations. Finally, rigs that were delivered
late at the end of the second quarter made a contribution this quarter. All of
this combined to produce not only record revenues for the third quarter, but
also the Company's third largest overall quarterly revenue in its history,
trailing only the first and second quarters of fiscal 2007."
    "During the quarter, we announced the purchase of the operations of the
Longstaff group, which carries on drilling operations in South Africa,
Botswana and Namibia. As discussed on December 1, 2006, these operations were
primarily conducted on a single shift basis, and we intend to gradually
increase utilization of these rigs. The Company is already making good
progress on that front with an expansion of the labour force since the
acquisition was announced," Mr. McGuire observed. "Pricing in these countries
has tended to lag trends in other parts of the world but demand is increasing
significantly. As the months go by, we expect pricing and utilization to
continue to improve."
    "We continued to see an overall increase in demand for the Company's
services during the quarter, creating a favorable pricing environment for the
upcoming year. Nickel, copper, gold, silver, uranium and zinc prices remain
well above economical thresholds for exploration," commented Mr. McGuire.
"Given this environment and the Company's favorable financial position, we
expanded our capital expenditures program this quarter, spending
$14.5 million, bringing in 11 new rigs. With these additional rigs, the
African acquisition, and increased pricing, the Company's positive momentum is
expected to continue into the fourth quarter and beyond."

    Third quarter ended January 31, 2007

    Total revenue for the third quarter was $90.1 million, up 54.3 percent
from the $58.4 million recorded for the prior year period. Year-over-year
revenue and profit comparisons were not affected by the variations of the
Canadian dollar against both the U.S. and Australian dollars.
    Revenues from Canada-U.S. drilling operations were up $12.0 million or
65.6 percent to $30.3 million for the quarter compared to $18.3 million for
the same period last year. In Canada, improved winter conditions, as compared
to last year, allowed early startups for most of the Company's contracts. Last
year, warm weather conditions slowed the development of the winter roads
required to gain access to many project sites, which caused delays or
cancellation of a certain number of projects. In the U.S., the Company had up
to five rigs working in the energy sector during the quarter with good pricing
and good performance.
    In South and Central America, revenue for the quarter was $29.6 million,
up 91.0 percent from $15.5 million recorded in the prior year quarter. This
strong year-over-year quarterly growth was driven primarily by very strong
demand in Mexico, Chile and Argentina. Also, operations in Venezuela made a
significant contribution to the region's growth.
    Australasian/African drilling operations reported revenues of
$30.2 million, up some 22.3 percent from $24.7 million reported in the same
period last year. This growth was led by Tanzania, where revenues almost
doubled compared to the prior year quarter, as well as by revenue from the new
African acquisition. Revenue grew moderately in Indonesia and was relatively
flat in Mongolia and Australia.
    The overall gross margin percentage for the quarter was 28.0 percent, up
from 21.8 percent for the same period last year. Gross margin percentages
improved year-over-year in all three regions due to generally improved pricing
and much shorter shutdowns over the holidays. Margins were still somewhat
impacted by mobilizations, demobilizations and increased repairs during this
period.
    General and administrative costs were $8.8 million for the quarter,
compared to $7.3 million for the prior year period. The increase was primarily
due to additions to management to accommodate growth and the administrative
costs relating to the African acquisition.
    Other expenses were $2.0 million for the quarter compared to $0.9 million
for the same period last year, due to higher incentive compensation expenses
given the Company's improved profitability in the current year and increased
provision for bad debt, muted by a gain on sale of investments.
    Foreign exchange gain was nil for the quarter compared to a loss of
$0.2 million for the prior year period.
    Short-term interest revenue was $0.3 million for the quarter compared to
an expense of $0.1 million last year, while interest on long-term debt was
$0.7 million compared to $0.6 million for the prior year quarter.
    Amortization expense increased to $5.2 million for the quarter compared to
$4.5 million for the same quarter last year, as a result of increased
investment in equipment.
    The Company's tax expense was $3.2 million for the quarter, reflecting the
Company's profitability compared to nil for the same period last year as the
Company still had non-tax effected Canadian losses.
    Earnings from continuing operations for the quarter were $5.7 million or
$0.25 per share ($0.24 per share diluted) compared to a loss of $1.0 million
or $0.05 per share ($0.05 per share diluted) in the prior year period.
    Loss from discontinued operations was $0.7 million or $0.03 per share
compared to a gain of $0.4 million or $0.02 per share for the same period last
year. Discontinued operations include the sale of the manufacturing division
and the termination of operations in China. The loss from discontinued
operations in the third quarter of 2007 reflects adjustments to the tax
provision from the sale of the manufacturing division and ongoing costs as the
Company was closing its Chinese operations and redeploying rigs to other
operations. Gain from discontinued operations for the third quarter of 2006
represents operating results from the discontinued operations that have been
reclassified from continuing operations.
    Resulting net earnings were $5.0 million or $0.22 per share ($0.21 per
share diluted) compared to a loss of $0.7 million or $0.03 per share ($0.03
per share diluted) for the same period last year.
    On a rolling 12-month basis to January 31, 2007, revenues from continuing
operations increased over 23.7 percent to $375.3 million compared to
$303.4 million for the prior year period. Earnings from continuing operations,
on the same rolling 12-month basis, increased by 56.4 percent to $38.0 million
from $24.3 million for the corresponding period last year.

    Year to date ended January 31, 2007

    Revenues for the nine-month period ending January 31, 2007 increased
25.9 percent to $286.4 million from $227.5 million for the corresponding
period last year. More than half of this increase in revenues is related to
Latin America.
    Gross margins for the nine-month period were 31.3 percent compared to 28.3
percent last year due mainly to an improving pricing environment. With the
increase in revenues and improving gross margins, gross profit for the
nine-month period increased by 38.9 percent to $89.6 million compared to
$64.5 million for the prior year period.
    General and administrative expenses increased to $23.6 million compared to
$20.9 million for the same period last year. The increase is primarily due to
additions to management to accommodate growth and salary increases across the
operations.
    Other expenses were $7.1 million for the nine-month period compared to
$5.3 million for the same period last year due, in part, to an increase in
incentive provisions as a result of improved profitability and increased
provision for bad debt, muted by a gain on sale of investments.
    Foreign exchange loss was $0.4 million for the nine-month period compared
to $0.8 million in the prior year period.
    Short-term interest revenue was $0.3 million for the nine-month period
compared to an expense of $0.6 million last year, while interest on long-term
debt was $1.9 million compared to $2.1 million for the same period last year.
    Amortization expense increased to $14.6 million for the nine-month period,
compared to $12.9 million for the same period last year, as a result of
increased investment in equipment.
    The provision for income tax for the nine-month period was $13.6 million
compared to $5.9 million for the prior year period reflecting the increase in
pre-tax earnings.
    Earnings from continuing operations for the nine-month period were
$28.7 million or $1.24 per share ($1.22 per share diluted) compared to
$15.9 million or $0.70 per share ($0.69 per share diluted) for the same period
last year.
    Gain from discontinued operations was $12.2 million or $0.53 per share
compared to a gain of $1.0 million or $0.05 per share for the same period last
year. Discontinued operations include the sale of the manufacturing division
and the termination of operations in China.
    Resulting net earnings were $41.0 million or $1.77 per share ($1.74 per
share diluted) compared to $17.0 million or $0.75 per share ($0.73 per share
diluted) for the same period last year.

    Some of the statements contained in this press release may be
forward-looking statements, such as estimates and statements that describe or
are with respect to the future price of minerals and metals, the Company's
future plans, objectives or goals, including words to the effect that the
Company or management expects a stated condition to exist or occur. Since
forward-looking statements address future events and conditions, by their very
nature, they involve inherent risks and uncertainties. Actual results in each
case could differ materially from those currently anticipated in such
statements by reason of factors such as, but not limited to, the factors set
out in the discussion starting on pages 20 to 23 of the 2006 Annual Report
entitled "General Risks and Uncertainties", as augmented by the section
entitled "General Risks and Uncertainties" in the discussion of the Company's
second and third quarter MD&A, each as filed with the Canadian Securities
Commission (available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com). All such factors should be
considered carefully when making decisions with respect to the Company. The
Company does not undertake to update any forward-looking statements, including
those statements that are incorporated by reference herein, whether written or
oral, that may be made from time to time by or on its behalf, except in
accordance with applicable securities laws.

    Based in Moncton, New Brunswick, Major Drilling Group International Inc.
is one of the world's largest metals and minerals contract drilling service
companies. To support its customers' mining operations and mineral exploration
activities, Major Drilling maintains operations in Canada, the United States,
Mexico, South and Central America, Australia, Indonesia, Africa and Mongolia.

    Financial statements are attached.

    Major Drilling will provide a simultaneous web cast of its quarterly
conference call on Monday, March 5, 2007 at 9:00 AM (EST). To access the web
cast please go to the Major Drilling website at www.majordrilling.com and
click the attached link, or go directly to the CNW Group website at
www.newswire.ca for directions. Participants will require Windows MediaPlayer,
which can be downloaded prior to accessing the call. Please note that this is
listen only mode.

                   Major Drilling Group International Inc.
                    Consolidated Statements of Operations
       (in thousands of Canadian dollars, except per share information)
                                 (unaudited)

                                   Nine months ended      Three months ended
                                          January 31              January 31

                                    2007        2006        2007        2006
                               ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
                                           (restated               (restated
                                            - note 4)               - note 4)

    TOTAL REVENUE              $ 286,388   $ 227,521   $  90,092   $  58,448

    DIRECT COSTS                 196,838     163,043      64,870      45,725
                               ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
    GROSS PROFIT                  89,550      64,478      25,222      12,723
                               ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
                                    31.3%       28.3%       28.0%       21.8%

    OPERATING EXPENSES

      General and
       administrative             23,616      20,887       8,756       7,322
      Other expenses               7,076       5,308       1,956         941
      Foreign exchange
       loss (gain)                   366         802         (47)        237
      Interest (revenue)
       expense                      (340)        567        (294)         96
      Interest expense on
       long-term debt              1,931       2,147         684         648
      Amortization                14,584      12,939       5,209       4,480
                               ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
                                  47,233      42,650      16,264      13,724
                               ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------

    EARNINGS (LOSS) BEFORE
     INCOME TAX AND
     DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS      42,317      21,828       8,958      (1,001)
                               ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------

    INCOME TAX - PROVISION
     (RECOVERY)
      Current                      7,472       3,774        (578)     (1,773)
      Future                       6,099       2,108       3,799       1,808
                               ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
                                  13,571       5,882       3,221          35
                               ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------

    EARNINGS (LOSS) FROM
     CONTINUING OPERATIONS        28,746      15,946       5,737      (1,036)

    GAIN (LOSS) FROM
     DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS
     (note 4)                     12,248       1,007        (735)        351
                               ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------

    NET EARNINGS (LOSS)        $  40,994   $  16,953   $   5,002   $    (685)
                               ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
                               ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------

    EARNINGS (LOSS) PER
    -------------------
    SHARE FROM CONTINUING
    ---------------------
    OPERATIONS
    ----------
    Basic (*)                  $    1.24   $    0.70   $    0.25   $   (0.05)
                               ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
                               ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
    Diluted (xx)               $    1.22   $    0.69   $    0.24   $   (0.05)
                               ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
                               ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------

    EARNINGS (LOSS) PER SHARE
    -------------------------
    Basic (*)                  $    1.77   $    0.75   $    0.22   $   (0.03)
                               ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
                               ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
    Diluted (xx)               $    1.74   $    0.73   $    0.21   $   (0.03)
                               ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
                               ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------

    (*)  Based on 23,098,106 and 22,701,935 daily weighted average shares
         outstanding for the fiscal year to date 2007 and 2006, respectively,
         and on 23,127,430 and 22,830,021 daily weighted average shares for
         the quarter ended January 31, 2007 and 2006, respectively.  The
         total number of shares outstanding on January 31, 2007 was
         23,161,567.

    (xx) Based on 23,575,166 and 23,108,919 daily weighted average shares
         outstanding for the fiscal year to date 2007 and 2006, respectively,
         and on 23,645,789 daily weighted average shares for the quarter
         ended January 31, 2007. For the third quarter ended 2006, the effect
         of stock options potentially exercisable on loss per share was anti-
         dilutive; therefore, basic and diluted loss per share are the same.


                   Major Drilling Group International Inc.
                 Consolidated Statements of Retained Earnings
                     (in thousands of Canadian dollars)
                                 (unaudited)

                                                           Nine months ended
                                                                  January 31

                                                            2007        2006
                                                       ----------  ----------

    RETAINED EARNINGS, BEGINNING OF THE PERIOD         $  49,635   $  20,993

    Net earnings                                          40,994      16,953
                                                       ----------  ----------

    RETAINED EARNINGS, END OF THE PERIOD               $  90,629   $  37,946
                                                       ----------  ----------
                                                       ----------  ----------


                   Major Drilling Group International Inc.
                    Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
                     (in thousands of Canadian dollars)
                                 (unaudited)

                                   Nine months ended      Three months ended
                                          January 31              January 31

                                    2007        2006        2007        2006
                               ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
                                           (restated               (restated
                                            - note 4)               - note 4)

    OPERATING ACTIVITIES
    Earnings (loss) from
     continuing operations     $  28,746   $  15,946   $   5,737   $  (1,036)
    Operating items not
     involving cash
      Amortization                14,584      12,939       5,209       4,480
      Loss on disposal
       of assets                     355         256          58          70
      Future income tax            6,099       2,108       3,799       1,808
      Stock-based
       compensation                  663         967         131         194
                               ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
                                  50,447      32,216      14,934       5,516
    Changes in non-cash
     operating working
     capital items                (2,252)      5,543       1,660       5,096
                               ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
                                  48,195      37,759      16,594      10,612

    (Loss) earnings from
     discontinued operations,
     adjusted for non-cash
     items                        (2,706)      1,007        (212)        351
    Changes in non-cash
     operating working
     capital items from
     discontinued operations       3,644      (4,627)        (84)     (3,921)
                               ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------

    Cash flow from operating
     activities                   49,133      34,139      16,298       7,042
                               ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------

    FINANCING ACTIVITIES
    Repayment of long-term debt  (11,508)    (11,517)     (4,727)     (4,761)
    Additional long-term debt        459       2,052           -           -
    (Repayment of) increase
     in demand loans             (16,721)    (12,051)       (280)      3,642
    Issuance of common shares        913       2,247         531       1,388
                               ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
    Cash flow from (used in)
     financing activities        (26,857)    (19,269)     (4,476)        269
                               ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------

    INVESTING ACTIVITIES
    Net proceeds from sale of
     discontinued operations      28,755           -           -           -
    Business acquisitions
     (note 3)                    (13,058)          -     (13,058)          -
    Acquisition of capital
     assets, net of direct
     financing                   (24,329)    (19,564)     (9,250)     (8,711)
    Proceeds from disposal
     of capital assets             2,588       2,542         876         937
    Discontinued operations        1,693         661       1,677        (133)
                               ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
    Cash flow used in
     investing activities         (4,351)    (16,361)    (19,755)     (7,907)
                               ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------

    OTHER ACTIVITIES
    Foreign exchange
     translation adjustment       (1,314)      1,101        (123)        508
                               ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------

    INCREASE (DECREASE) IN CASH   16,611        (390)     (8,056)        (88)

    CASH POSITION, BEGINNING
     OF THE PERIOD                11,987       6,523      36,654       6,221
                               ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------

    CASH POSITION, END OF
     THE PERIOD                $  28,598   $   6,133    $ 28,598   $   6,133
                               ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
                               ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------



                   Major Drilling Group International Inc.
                         Consolidated Balance Sheets
                  As at January 31, 2007 and April 30, 2006
                     (in thousands of Canadian dollars)
                                 (unaudited)


    ASSETS                                               January       April
                                                            2007        2006
                                                       ----------  ----------
                                                                   (restated
                                                                    - note 4)

    CURRENT ASSETS
      Cash                                             $  28,598   $  11,987
      Accounts receivable                                 56,777      56,328
      Income tax receivable                                3,179       3,947
      Inventories                                         50,779      45,054
      Prepaid expenses                                     8,491       3,746
      Future income tax assets                             1,616       3,647
      Assets from discontinued operations (note 4)         3,202      20,923
                                                       ----------  ----------
                                                         152,642     145,632

    CAPITAL ASSETS                                       158,408     117,887

    FUTURE INCOME TAX ASSETS                                 997       3,810

    OTHER ASSETS                                           1,281       1,049

    ASSETS FROM DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS (note 4)               -       1,898
                                                       ----------  ----------

                                                       $ 313,328   $ 270,276
                                                       ----------  ----------
                                                       ----------  ----------

    LIABILITIES

    CURRENT LIABILITIES
      Demand loans                                     $       -   $  16,721
      Accounts payable and accrued charges                48,092      39,510
      Income tax payable                                   1,264       2,953
      Current portion of long-term debt                   15,882      12,220
      Liabilities from discontinued operations
       (note 4)                                            9,575      10,396
                                                       ----------  ----------
                                                          74,813      81,800

    LONG-TERM DEBT                                        22,078      22,651

    FUTURE INCOME TAX LIABILITIES                          7,291       6,354

    DEFERRED GAIN                                            570         619

    LIABILITIES FROM DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS (note 4)          -          18

    NON-CONTROLLING INTEREST FROM
     DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS (note 4)                          -         434
                                                       ----------  ----------
                                                         104,752     111,876
                                                       ----------  ----------

    SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
      Share capital                                      135,963     135,050
      Contributed surplus                                  4,627       3,964
      Retained earnings                                   90,629      49,635
      Cumulative translation adjustments                 (22,643)    (30,249)
                                                       ----------  ----------
                                                         208,576     158,400
                                                       ----------  ----------

                                                       $ 313,328   $ 270,276
                                                       ----------  ----------
                                                       ----------  ----------
    Commitments (notes 5)


    MAJOR DRILLING GROUP INTERNATIONAL INC.
    NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (UNAUDITED)
    NINE MONTHS ENDED JANUARY 31, 2007 AND 2006
    (in thousands of Canadian dollars)

    1. BASIS OF PRESENTATION
       ---------------------

    These interim financial statements were prepared using accounting policies
and methods consistent with those used in the preparation of the Company's
audited financial statements for the year ended April 30, 2006. These interim
financial statements conform in all respects to the requirements of Canadian
generally accepted accounting principles for annual financial statements, with
the exception of certain note disclosures. As a result, these interim
financial statements should be read in conjunction with the Company's audited
financial statements and notes for the year ended April 30, 2006 contained in
the Company's 2006 annual report.

    2. SEASONALITY OF OPERATIONS
       -------------------------

    The geographic distribution of our growth is having an impact on our
historical seasonal patterns. With the exception of the third quarter, the
Company exhibits comparatively less seasonality in quarterly revenues than in
the past since a relatively higher proportion of revenues is coming from
regions with more temperate or tropical climates that are not impacted by
winter weather conditions, and strong cyclical growth tends to mute normal
seasonal patterns. Historically, the Company's operations tended to exhibit a
seasonal pattern whereby its fourth quarter (February to April) was its
strongest. The third quarter (November to January) is normally the Company's
weakest quarter due to the shutdown of mining and exploration activities for
extended periods over the holiday season, particularly in South and Central
America.

    3. BUSINESS ACQUISITIONS
       ---------------------

    Effective December 1, 2006, the Company acquired 55 conventional drill
rigs, together with related support equipment, inventory, and contracts owned
by the Longstaff group's drilling operations in southern Africa. These include
the operations of Raldril (Pty) Limited in South Africa, RA Longstaff
(Botswana) (Pty) Ltd in Botswana, and R.A. Longstaff Namibia (Pty) Limited in
Namibia. The total purchase price including post closing adjustments was
$15,369.

    Net assets acquired at fair market value at acquisition are as follows:

    Assets acquired
    Inventories           $     637
    Capital assets           14,311
    Other assets                421
                          ----------
    Net assets            $  15,369
                          ----------
                          ----------

    Consideration
    Cash                  $  13,058
    Accounts payable          2,311
                          ----------
                          $  15,369
                          ----------
                          ----------


    4. DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS
       -----------------------

    On June 7, 2006, the Company sold its manufacturing subsidiary ("UDR") for
A$46.8 million (C$39.2 million). The consideration for the sale was
A$43.3 million (C$36.2 million) cash and a holdback due in 18 months in the
amount of A$3.5 million (C$3.0 million). The net gain before income taxes is
C$22.3 million, being the proceeds of C$39.2 million less the book value of
the assets of C$13.3 million and expenses relating to the sale of C$3.6
million. UDR previously constituted the Company's entire manufacturing
segment. The Company made the strategic decision to focus its corporate
resources on the mineral drilling business, where it competes as one of the
world's largest contract drillers.

    The gain from discontinued operations of UDR is summarized as follows:

                                2007 YTD    2006 YTD     2007 Q3     2006 Q3
                               ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------

    Revenue                    $   4,291   $  23,517   $       -   $   7,034
                               ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
                               ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------

    Earnings (loss) before
     income tax                      231       3,328         (49)      1,104
    Gain from disposal of
     discontinued operations
     before income tax            22,262           -           -           -
    Income tax expense            (6,989)     (2,065)       (415)       (775)
                               ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
    Gain (loss) from
     discontinued operations   $  15,504   $   1,263   $    (464)  $     329
                               ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
                               ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------


    The Company made the strategic decision to close its operations in China
in July, 2006. The Company opened a branch in China with the goal of quickly
developing a large pool of Chinese drillers. Having shown little progress to
date in building a local driller pool in China, the Company decided to close
the operation. Chinese operations were previously reported within the
Australasian and African segment.
    The loss from discontinued operations of the branch in China is summarized
as follows:

                                2007 YTD    2006 YTD     2007 Q3     2006 Q3
                               ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------

    Revenue                    $     820   $   1,031   $       -   $     420
                               ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
                               ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------

    (Loss) earnings               (2,466)       (256)       (262)         22
    Loss on disposition
     including write-down
     of assets                      (790)          -          (9)          -
    (Loss) gain from
     discontinued operations   $  (3,256)  $    (256)  $    (271)  $      22
                               ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
                               ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------


    The assets and liabilities of discontinued operations of UDR and China are
summarized as follows:

                                          January                      April
                            UDR    China     2007      UDR    China     2006
                        -------  -------  -------  -------  -------  --------
    Current Assets
      Accounts
       receivable       $     -  $     -  $     -  $ 6,048  $ 1,167  $ 7,215
      Other receivable    3,202        -    3,202        -        -        -
      Inventories             -        -        -   13,587        -   13,587
      Other assets            -        -        -      113        8      121
                        -------  -------  -------  -------  -------  --------
                          3,202        -    3,202   19,748    1,175   20,923
                        -------  -------  -------  -------  -------  --------
                        -------  -------  -------  -------  -------  --------

    Long-Term Assets
      Capital assets          -        -        -    1,167      731    1,898
                        -------  -------  -------  -------  -------  --------
                              -        -        -    1,167      731    1,898
                        -------  -------  -------  -------  -------  --------
                        -------  -------  -------  -------  -------  --------

    Current Liabilities
      Accounts payable  $ 3,855  $    83  $ 3,938  $ 9,162  $   329  $ 9,491
      Income tax
       payable            5,637        -    5,637      406       11      417
                        -------  -------  -------  -------  -------  --------
                          9,492       83    9,575    9,568      340    9,908
                        -------  -------  -------  -------  -------  --------
                        -------  -------  -------  -------  -------  --------

    Long-Term
     Liabilities              -        -        -       18        -       18
                        -------  -------  -------  -------  -------  --------
                        -------  -------  -------  -------  -------  --------

    Non-Controlling
     Interest                 -        -        -      434        -      434
                        -------  -------  -------  -------  -------  --------
                        -------  -------  -------  -------  -------  --------


    The comparative figures have been restated to reflect the discontinuation
of these components.

    5. COMMITMENTS
       -----------

    The Company, as part of the sale of its manufacturing division, UDR,
entered into a Strategic Cooperation and Supply Agreement with Sandvik AB.
Pursuant to this Agreement and subject to certain carry-over rights, the
Company is required to make minimum purchases from Sandvik of certain products
and services totaling at least A$10.5 million during the first year of the
Agreement, A$9.2 million during the second year, and A$7.9 million during the
third year. The third year commitment will be increased by A$1.0 million
should certain products be available. Additionally, the minimum purchase
amounts are subject to downward adjustments if certain products are not
available, and/or if there are significant decreases in annual worldwide
exploration expenditures.
    The Company also has various commitments, primarily for rental of
premises, with arms-length parties as follows: 2007 - $339, 2008 - $833, 2009
- $540, 2010 - $424, 2011 - $426, thereafter - $392.

    6. SEGMENTED INFORMATION
       ---------------------

                                2007 YTD    2006 YTD     2007 Q3     2006 Q3
                               ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
                                           (restated               (restated
                                            - note 4)               - note 4)
    Revenue
      Canada - U.S.            $ 104,181   $  85,521   $  30,292   $  18,325
      South and Central
       America                    86,275      55,366      29,647      15,460
       Australasia and Africa     95,932      86,634      30,153      24,663
                               ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
                               $ 286,388   $ 227,521   $  90,092   $  58,448
                               ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
                               ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------

    Earnings (loss) from
     continuing operations
      Canada - U.S.            $  19,756   $  12,901   $   3,727   $    (286)
      South and Central
       America                    19,432       4,973       6,782         163
       Australasia and Africa     14,277      12,981         890       1,233
                               ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
                                  53,465      30,855      11,399       1,110
    Eliminations                    (905)       (321)       (316)       (126)
                               ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
                                  52,560      30,534      11,083         984
    Interest expense, net          1,591       2,714         390         744
    General corporate expenses     8,652       5,992       1,735       1,241
    Income taxes                  13,571       5,882       3,221          35
                               ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
    Earnings (loss) from
     continuing operations        28,746      15,946       5,737      (1,036)

    Gain (loss) from
     discontinued operations      12,248       1,007        (735)        351
                               ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
    Net earnings (loss)        $  40,994   $  16,953   $   5,002   $    (685)
                               ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
                               ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
    




For further information:

For further information: Denis Larocque, Chief Financial Officer, (506)
857-8636, Fax: (506) 857-9211, ir@majordrilling.com

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