International Minerals Corporation
Swiss : IMZ

International Minerals Corporation

May 15, 2006 18:28 ET

International Minerals Reports Third Quarter Financial Results

SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA--(CCNMatthews - May 15, 2006) - International Minerals Corporation (the "Company") (TSX:IMZ)(SWISS:IMZ)(FWB:MIW) has filed its unaudited, management-prepared March 31, 2006 interim financial statements and management discussion and analysis ("MD&A") on SEDAR. Highlights of these financials for the third quarter of the Company's 2006 fiscal year are shown below (all numbers are reported in US Dollars):

- The Company's consolidated loss for the three-month period ended March 31, 2006 (the "current period") was $120,621 or $0.001 per share. This compares to a loss of $292,076 or $0.004 per share for the same quarter in 2005. The reduced loss for the current period is primarily due to a $93,950 "swing" in the non-cash foreign exchange category, from a non-cash loss of $82,130 in last year's equivalent period to a non-cash gain of $11,820 in the current period due to a strengthening of the Canadian dollar versus the US dollar during the current period.

- Cash and short-term investments decreased by $5,975,862 (from $10,211,242 at fiscal year-end June 30, 2005) to $4,235,380 as at March 31, 2006, due primarily to exploration and feasibility study expenditures on the Company's three principal resource projects - the Rio Blanco and Gaby gold properties in Ecuador and the Pallancata silver-gold property in Peru.

- Working capital was $4,740,249 at March 31, 2006, a reduction of $5,510,499 from year end June 30, 2005, resulting from exploration and development expenditures on properties and corporate expenses for the nine-month period. The Company has no long-term debt.

- Capitalized resource property expenditures for the current period increased slightly to $2,345,622 compared to expenditures of $2,197,220 for the same period last year, reflecting a similar level of exploration activities at the Company's Rio Blanco, Gaby and the Pallancata properties. These expenditures continued to advance the Company's projects towards various important objectives including: (a) advancement of the Rio Blanco project towards production in 2008, together with additional exploration and development drilling, (b) completion of the (on- going since March 2006) feasibility study at Gaby by 2008, and (c) the completion of a joint venture agreement for the Pallancata property with Hochschild to fast-track development permitting and production at Pallancata (see news release dated January 23, 2006 for details).

- Subsequent to quarter end, the Company announced that it had filed a final short form prospectus with the securities regulatory authorities in all of the provinces of Canada in connection with a previously announced underwritten public offering of units and convertible unsecured subordinated debentures (collectively the "Offering"). The Offering totals Cdn$92.2 million (approximately $84 million) before brokerage commissions and other expenses (please see News Release dated May 10, 2006 for details).


Stephen J. Kay, President and CEO

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