VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, Aug. 5, 2010 (Marketwire) -- Quest Capital Corp. ("Quest" or the "Company") (TSX:QC)(NYSE Amex:QCC) today reported its financial results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2010, including substantial ongoing progress in monetizing its real estate loans.
"As a result of almost $30 million in loan monetizations in the second quarter and $87 million year to date, we are well on track with our stated recovery strategy," said A. Murray Sinclair, Quest Chairman. As previously announced in June, with approximately $64 million of cash, we are looking forward to completing our substantial issuer bid and start resource lending shortly after closing the Sprott transaction. If approved by our shareholders on August 17, 2010, the migration to resource lending is expected to significantly enhance the long-term earnings and growth potential of our business and result in the early resumption of dividends in 2011."
Mr. Sinclair added, "In simple terms, the plan would see Sprott manage a rebranded company, called Sprott Resource Lending Corp., that will finance a growing component of natural resource companies that is not served by conventional banks. Sprott will bring its considerable management expertise as well as deal flow, contacts and execution abilities to Sprott Resource Lending, and would invest up to $25 million by way of private placement in the rebranded Quest. It is our strongly held view that such a change is in the best interests of all Quest shareholders as a resource-based portfolio is expected to produce shorter-term loan durations with above average interest yields with the additional upside of bonus arrangements generally tied to the underlying resource properties or shares of the borrower."
SECOND QUARTER RESULTS
-- Net interest income in the second quarter was $3.8 million compared to
$3.9 million a year ago.
-- Loan loss in the quarter, net of recoveries, was $2.5 million compared
to $5.9 million a year ago.
-- Net loss was $0.9 million ($0.01 per share) compared to a loss of $4.3
million ($0.03 per share) in the second quarter of 2009.
-- Loan principal repaid and sold in the second quarter included $28.4
million in loan principal repayments and sale proceeds received in cash
as well as $5.7 million of principal transferred to other assets on the
sale of two loans.
SIX MONTH RESULTS
-- Net loss was reduced to $0.6 million ($0.00 per share) compared to net
loss of $2.9 million ($0.02 per share) a year ago even though net
interest income was $7.1 million compared to $10.5 million a year ago.
-- Loan loss in the period was reduced to $4.1 million from $8.5 million a
-- Loans receivable declined to $198.8 million from $274.2 million at year
end 2009 reflecting the decision to focus on loan monetizations rather
than new lending, which reduced the total number of loans receivable to
25 from 34 at the end of 2009.
-- Total liabilities decreased 86% to $3.4 million from $24.5 million at
2009 year end.
-- Book value per share at June 30, 2010 increased 2% to $1.85 compared to
$1.81 at December 31, 2009.
"Quest has ceased new real estate lending activity in anticipation of shareholder approval as a resource lender and a substantial issuer bid of up to $60 million of the Company's common shares set to expire on August 30, 2010," said Jim Grosdanis, Chief Financial Officer. "The substantial issuer bid will allow those shareholders focused solely on real estate investing an additional exit option prior to the change in strategy. Over the near term, the Company is expected to incur transition costs and a reduction in interest income which should result in temporary operating losses for the Company. Having said this, we are continuing to aggressively pursue our real estate loan monetization activities and increase our current cash balance to prepare Quest for the transition to a publicly traded resource lending institution. Sprott has assured us that once approved by our shareholders, investing of available funds in natural resource loans will be initiated without delay."
A conference call will be hosted by A. Murray Sinclair, Chairman, and Jim Grosdanis, Chief Financial Officer. It will begin at 11:00 am Eastern Daylight Savings Time on August 6, 2010 and can be accessed by dialing (416) 644-3417. The call will be recorded and a replay made available for one week ending Friday, August 13, 2009 at midnight. The replay can be accessed about one hour after the call by dialing (416) 640-1917 and entering passcode 4332954 followed by the number sign.
Quest is currently a publicly traded mortgage investment corporation. As a natural resource lender, Quest will ultimately cease to be a mortgage investment corporation. Accordingly, Quest will provide further guidance as to its ability or intention to remain a mortgage investment corporation for the remainder of the current fiscal year.
At a special meeting of shareholders on August 17, 2010, shareholders will consider the Sprott transaction, endorsed by Quest's Board of Directors, and to vote on the various resolutions to effect the Sprott transaction. Circulars and other documents relating to the substantial issuer bid and the special meeting of shareholders have been sent to shareholders and are available on the Company's website under the headings "Substantial Issuer Bid" and "Special Meeting", respectively, or alternatively, at www.sedar.com or www.sec.gov.
For more information about Quest, please visit our website (www.questcapcorp.com) or www.sedar.com.
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