SOURCE: Terra Nostra Resources Corp.

October 05, 2007 15:28 ET

Terra Nostra Announces Year End Results: Record Revenue of $284.8 Million

LOS ANGELES, CA and ZIBO, CHINA--(Marketwire - October 5, 2007) - Terra Nostra Resources Corporation (OTCBB: TNRO), a majority owner of two joint venture companies in the copper and stainless steel industries in China, is pleased to announce financial results and highlights for the fiscal year ended May 31, 2007.

2007 Year End Highlights

--  Record revenue of $284.8 million;
--  Operating profits of $1.8 million as compared to an operating loss of
    $13.5 million for fiscal 2006;
--  Pre-selling production to meet strong market demand;
--  Ramping up of stainless steel production facilities; and
--  Inauguration of 150,000 metric ton ("MT") stainless steel rolling

Consolidated revenue for the fiscal year ended May 31, 2007 was $284.8 million, compared to $5.1 million in the 2006 fiscal period. The increase in revenue was driven primarily through increased sales in the stainless steel joint venture, and completion of the acquisition of the copper joint venture. Gross profit for the fiscal year was $18.1 million, as compared to a loss of $1.7 million for the same period a year ago. Operating profits were $1.8 million, as compared to a loss of $13.5 million in fiscal year 2006. Cost of sales for the year was $266.7 million as compared to a cost of sales of $6.8 million in 2006.

Additionally, management anticipates significant further improvements in gross margins as:

--  Larger volume contracted raw material purchases replace lower volume
    non-contracted purchases;
--  Continued increases in stainless steel and copper production allow
    fixed labor and overhead costs to be more broadly distributed;
--  Yield rates increase as a result of continued operating experience;
--  Lower maintenance and facility operating costs ensue from further
    optimization of production processes.

"At present, strong market conditions for our products exist in China. Demand for stainless steel and copper remains high, driven by continued economic growth and development in China. This market situation has allowed Terra Nostra to pre-sell certain production at premium contracted prices," stated Mr. Sun Liu James Po, Terra Nostra's Chief Executive Officer. "We expect these strong market conditions to remain for the foreseeable future while the Company continues to ramp up production at current facilities to full capacity to meet market demands."

Terra Nostra operates two majority owned Sino Foreign Joint Venture companies in the stainless steel and copper industries in China.


Shandong Quanxin Stainless Steel Co., Ltd. ("SQSS") is a 51% owned subsidiary of Terra Nostra which operates a new integrated stainless steel plant in Zibo City, Shandong Province, PRC. SQSS employs three electric-arc furnaces and two AOD refining furnaces in its casting mill with a peak production capability of 230,000 MT. The downstream strip rolling mill was phased-in over the past fiscal year and has a production capability of 150,000 MT per annum. SQSS also has advanced plans to develop a 30,000 MT capacity welded tube line and a 60,000 MT capacity rod line, subject to further feasibility analysis.


Shandong Terra Nostra Jinpeng Metallurgical Co., Ltd. ("STJMC"), also a 51% owned subsidiary of Terra Nostra, is a producer, seller, and distributor of electrolytic copper, value-added copper products, and precious metals with production locations in Changshan town and Dongying city, Shandong Province, PRC, both located one hour from Zibo city. STJMC currently sells approximately 16,000 MT per annum of electrolytic copper, 6,000 MT per annum of low-oxygen copper rod, and 6,000 MT per annum of no-oxygen copper rod. The amount of gold and silver sold varies from year to year based on the mix of scrap and ore used in the production process and precious mineral content of the raw materials.

About Terra Nostra Resources Corporation

Terra Nostra is one of the leading copper producers in China through its 51% interest in Shandong Terra Nostra Jinpeng Metallurgical Co., Ltd., which has an existing and under construction total production capacity of 170,000 MT of electrolytic copper, 20,000 MT of low-oxygen copper, and value-added copper rod and wire facilities. Terra Nostra is also emerging as a leading stainless steel producer in China through its 51% interest in Shandong Quanxin Stainless Steel Co., Ltd., a modern stainless steel production facility with a 230,000 MT capacity casting mill, and a 150,000 MT rolling mill. The two joint venture companies, which Terra Nostra recently entered into an agreement to increase its ownership up to 90%, with total assets of US$180 million and over 1,000 employees, are located in the highly industrialized coastal province of Shandong, midway between Beijing and Shanghai. More information on Terra Nostra can be found at

Forward-Looking Statements

Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters set forth in this press release, including statements with respect to expectations concerning (i) projects underway or under consideration, including production capacity and completion schedules; (ii) business and future potential of Terra Nostra Resources Corporation ("TNR0"); (iii) estimates or implications of future earnings, profits, EBITDA, and the sensitivity of earnings to metals prices; (iv) estimates of future metals production, sales and profitability; (v) estimates of future cash flows, and the sensitivity of cash flows to the other metals and ore costs as well as, but not limited to, fluctuations in fuel prices, scrap prices, and the availability of both, and statements related to these matters or which use words such as "may," "might," "should," "expect," "plan," "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "predict," "potential" or "continue," and the negative of these terms and other comparable terminology are all forward-looking statements within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Further risks, uncertainties and other factors, which affect the forward-looking statements included herein, and could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed, projected or implied by such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, completion of TNR0's capital contributions to the joint venture companies, working capital financing, metals price volatility, competition for projects, reserve acquisition costs, currency fluctuations, international economic uncertainty, sovereign risk, force majeure, changes in tax law or concession law, project scheduling delays, labor disputes, increased production costs and variances in ore grade, scrap grade or recovery rates from those assumed in production plans, political and operational risks in the countries in which TNR may operate and governmental regulation and judicial outcomes, and other risks detailed from time to time in TNR0's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-KSB for the year ended May, 31, 2007. Copies of each filing may be obtained from TNR0 or the SEC. Furthermore, metals operation, by their very nature, entail inherent cyclical, sectoral, and commodity risk and could expose an investor to the entire loss of all capital invested. TNR0 does not undertake any obligation to publicly release any revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, except as may be required under applicable securities laws.

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