Quest Capital Corp.

Quest Capital Corp.

March 23, 2010 06:30 ET

Quest Capital Reports Full Year Audited Results for 2009

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 23, 2010) - Quest Capital Corp. ("Quest" or the "Company") (TSX:QC)(NYSE Amex:QCC), a Canadian mortgage investment corporation ("MIC"), today reported its financial results for the year ended December 31, 2009.

"In retiring virtually all of its debt and all of its Preferred Shares, the financial health of Quest has substantially improved over the course of 2009 leaving Quest with a book value of $274 million or $1.81 per share" said A. Murray Sinclair, Quest Chairman. "In line with our expectations, Quest's loan monetization has accelerated and allowed the Company to repurchase and retire all of its $40 million First Preferred Shares, Series A and subsequent to December 31, 2009, the Company's non-recourse loan syndication, which is recorded as debt, has been reduced to a balance of $2.9 million, which is expected to be reduced to nil shortly. To date, further cash has also been used to repurchase and cancel 1.8 million common shares under our normal course issuer bid. The future cash generated from our loan monetization and operations will allow us to recommence lending and continue to pursue our normal course issuer bid."


- The Company was able to fully repay all bank indebtedness and Preferred Shares during 2009 through loan monetization and cash from operations.

- Debt-facility-and-preferred-share-liability to equity ratio was nil at December 31, 2009, a significant improvement from the ratio of 0.31 to 1 a year earlier.

- Interest income was $25.0 million compared to $46.8 million a year ago reflecting a reduction in performing loans upon which interest is recognized.

- The Company recorded a net loss in 2009 due to specific loan loss provisions of $31.1 million (21 cents per share) compared to $13.7 million in 2008. Net loss was $21.6 million (14 cents per share) compared to net income of $22.8 million (16 cents per share) a year earlier. Including preferred share liability interest and fees, the Company incurred one time charges of $11.1 million during 2009.


As anticipated due to weak economic and credit market fundamentals during 2009, the Company had impaired loans with a gross principal of $177.8 million (17 borrowers) at December 31, 2009 compared to $103.1 million (14 borrowers) at December 31, 2008. During the fourth quarter, a specific loan loss provision of $16.2 million was recorded which increased the total allowance for loan losses to $36.1 million as at December 31, 2009.

Jim Grosdanis, CFO stated "As the loan remediation process continues, Quest continues to increase its ability to legally control and market many of the properties under enforcement proceedings. With the continued improvement in the credit and real estate markets, Quest is beginning to see comparable real estate activity as well as receiving purchase offers on properties under our control. This has aided us in setting realistic values for properties and a better timeline for receiving disposition proceeds of properties."


"While the risk of further loan impairments remains" said Brian Bayley, Quest President and CEO, "we're confident in our strategy for preserving capital and realizing shareholder value. To that end, where borrowers are addressing the economic realities of today's marketplace and providing additional security, guarantees and/or principal reductions to Quest, Quest has and will extend the terms of its loans to allow borrowers to arrange alternate financing, conduct an orderly sale of the properties or generally maximize the value of the properties. While Quest continues to manage and monetize its impaired loans, recommencing lending activities and a continued pursuit of our normal course issuer bid, should realize shareholder value."


Quest's common share dividend policy is guided by its status as a MIC. This status allows the Company to reduce its taxable income to a negligible amount through the payment of dividends to common and preferred shareholders after first utilizing any tax losses and other tax deduction carry-forwards. At December 31, 2009, there are $33.4 million of non-capital tax losses available from 2009 and carried forward from prior years which may be utilized in future years. Quest did not have taxable income in 2009 to utilize these tax losses. At this time, under the current economic circumstances, Quest cannot reasonably determine the precise timing, in the short term, of the utilization of its tax loss carry-forwards and it is unlikely a dividend will be paid during 2010 or in the immediate future.


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 March 24, 2010 and can be accessed by dialing (416) 644-3414. The call will be recorded and a replay made available for one week ending Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at midnight. The replay can be accessed about one hour after the call by dialing (416) 640-1917 or toll free at (877)289-8525 and entering passcode 4260802 followed by the number sign.


Quest Capital Corp. is a publicly traded mortgage investment corporation. For more information about Quest, please visit our website ( or SEDAR (

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Contact Information

  • Quest Capital Corp.
    A. Murray Sinclair
    (604) 687-8378 (Toll Free): (800) 318-3094
    Quest Capital Corp.
    Jim Grosdanis
    Chief Financial Officer
    (604) 687-8378 (Toll Free): (800) 318-3094