Polaris Strengthens Cash Reserves and Advances Land Sale
November 9, 2010
VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Polaris Minerals Corporation (TSX:PLS) today announced that it has secured a Cnd$5 million, non-revolving secured term loan to be used for working capital and general corporate purposes. The Company is also pleased to announce that its subsidiary, Cemera Long Beach, LLC, has now entered into a Purchase and Sale Agreement for the sale of its freehold land at Pier B, within the Port of Long Beach, at a price of US$22.75 million.
The one year, second priority, term loan, provided by a private syndicate of lenders, has a 15% coupon. The lenders have a one-time option to require repayment of the loan, when the Company sells the Pier B land, at the face value of the note plus accrued interest. The Company can repay the loan at any time at the face value of the note plus accrued interest with a 5% interest penalty. The Company will issue 625,000 common share purchase warrants to the lenders, exercisable at a price of $1.50 per share for a period of five years.
The Purchase and Sale Agreement of the Pier B land is subject to the satisfactory completion of due diligence by the purchaser and closing is anticipated by the end of January 2011. Net proceeds to the Company, after selling costs, are expected to be approximately US$14.0 million of which US$1 million will be used to reduce the outstanding debt with CSL.
Herb Wilson, President & CEO of Polaris, said: "The one year term loan addresses the Company's liquidity while we await the completion of the Pier B land sale for which we have high expectations. We are also continuing with negotiations in respect of the promissory note held by the Company that would further improve the cash position. These steps should provide a significant measure of stability to our situation while we await the much anticipated recovery in the construction markets".
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.
For further information, please contact:
Herb Wilson, President & Chief Executive Officer
Lisa Dea, VP, Finance & Chief Financial Officer
Polaris Minerals Corporation
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