VANCOUVER, March 2, 2012 /CNW/ - Polaris Minerals Corporation (TSX:PLS) (the "Company" or Polaris") announces that it has completed the debt refinancing announced in January and has issued an aggregate of $15 million in Senior Secured Notes (the "Notes") that mature December 31, 2016. (Financial values are in Canadian Dollars unless otherwise noted).
The net proceeds from the issue of the Notes were used to repay all existing indebtedness of the Company, including interest, under a US$6.35 million credit facility with the Company's exclusive shipper and a $5.0 million bridge loan secured in November 2010. The balance of the proceeds will be used for general working capital purposes.
The Notes are senior secured obligations of the Company that have a first charge against the assets of the Company other than cash and accounts receivable. The Notes bear interest at a rate of 12% per annum, payable semiannually and may be redeemed by the Company at any time without penalty. In conjunction with the issue of the Notes, Polaris issued an aggregate of 13,200,000 common share purchase warrants (the "Warrants") that are exercisable at a price of $0.44 per share until December 31, 2012, at $0.50 per share until December 31, 2013, at $0.55 per share until December 31, 2014, at $0.60 per share until December 31, 2015 and at $0.65 per share until December 31, 2016.
Herb Wilson, President and CEO, commented: "We are pleased to have completed this refinancing step and to have consolidated the Company's debt into a single, 5-year term facility."
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.
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, 2010, 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:
Herb Wilson, President and CEO
Polaris Minerals Corporation
Tel: (604) 915-5000