Pinetree Capital Ltd. Announces Unaudited Financial Results for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2010
May 13, 2010
TORONTO, Ontario (May 13, 2010) – Pinetree Capital Ltd. (“Pinetree”) (TSX: PNP) today announces its unaudited financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2010.
During the first quarter of fiscal 2010, Pinetree generated net income of $14.3 million, as compared to a net income of $28.6 million for the same quarter last year. Net income generated was primarily the result of net investment gains of $21.8 million in the quarter, comprised mainly of $16.9 million in unrealized gains on investments and realized gains on dispositions of investments of $5.2 million. Earnings per share was $0.11, as compared to $0.22 in the three months ended March 31, 2009.
The composition of Pinetree’s investment portfolio (accounted for at fair value) by sector at the end of the quarter as compared to the end of last year, is outlined in the following table:
|March 31, 2010||December 31, 2009|
|Sector||($’000)||% of Total||($’000)||% of Total|
|Uranium and Coal||75,494||19.5||49,066||13.4|
|Oil & Gas||31,386||8.1||34,404||9.4|
|Potash, Lithium and Rare Earths||21,870||5.6||27,103||7.4|
|Energy Related Technology||4,624||1.2||5,190||1.4|
As at March 31, 2010, total investments at fair value stood at $388.1 million, as compared to $366.7 million as at December 31, 2009, while the total number of investments remained relatively constant at 433 as compared to 429 as at the end of the last year. Three hundred and eighty-seven of the investments or 89.4% (December 31, 2009 – 89.3%), were in the resource sector, consistent with Pinetree’s primary investment strategy.
Net asset value per share increased 4.3% to $2.64 as at March 31, 2010, from $2.53 as at December 31, 2009.
“We are pleased with Pinetree’s results for the quarter, which saw an overall improvement in global conditions, but which remains a challenging environment to navigate”, commented Sheldon Inwentash, Pinetree’s Chairman and CEO. “We continue to look for opportunities for growth and are pleased with the progress made and milestones achieved by many of our investee companies”.
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Use of Non-GAAP Measures
“Net asset value per share” is a non-GAAP measure defined as shareholders’ equity divided by the total number of common shares of Pinetree outstanding. The term net asset value per share does not have any standardized meaning according to GAAP and therefore may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. We believe that the measure provides information useful to our shareholders in understanding our performance, facilitates the comparison of the quarterly and year-end results of our ongoing operations and provides a meaningful measure to evaluate our business relative to that of our peers.
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Pinetree Capital Ltd.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5X 1A9
Web Site: www.pinetreecapital.com