Polaris Subsidiary Executes Agreement to Sell Long Beach Freehold Property
May 23, 2012
VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Polaris Minerals Corporation (TSX:PLS) (the "Company") advises that its joint venture subsidiary, Cemera Long Beach LLC ("Cemera"), has entered into a Purchase and Sale Agreement ("PSA") in respect of the freehold land that it jointly owns on Pier B in the Port of Long Beach, California.
The parties to the PSA are Cemera and Baker Cold Storage, Inc. dba Castle & Cooke Cold Storage - Vernon, a large California-based operator of cold storage facilities which requires the land for business development purposes. The PSA is subject to customary closing conditions for a sale of this nature, including due diligence and the assignment of the AB389 indemnity agreement held by Cemera. It is expected that the sale can be completed during this financial year, at which time the Company will receive approximately $12 million from the sale, net of closing costs and commissions. Under the terms of the Company's recent debt financing, $5 million of the proceeds will be used to pay down one third of the Company's outstanding debt without penalty.
David Singleton, President of Eagle Rock Aggregates, commented: "We are very pleased to have executed this purchase and sale agreement with a well-established local group that has been considering this purchase since the intention to proceed with a sale was first announced by Cemera.
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:
David Singleton, President
Eagle Rock Aggregates, Inc.
Tel: (770) 993-7692
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