SOURCE: FORTRESS FINANCIAL GROUP, INC.

March 19, 2008 12:12 ET

Fortress Financial Group, Inc. - Update on Acquisitions

Company Updates Stockholders on Its Acquisitions and Growth Strategy

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - March 19, 2008) - Fortress Financial Group, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: FFGO) announced on March 17, 2008 that the Company is aggressively pursuing its stated strategy of becoming a broadly based consumer finance products group; and is at this time, in negotiations with a significant number of parties which we expect to lead to the closure of several substantial acquisitions shortly.

The company can now confirm that is in very advanced discussions with a view to acquiring a small State Chartered Bank. The rationale for this acquisition is to grow the profits of our domestic debit card program at a substantial rate as the Company would receive all of the profits from these activities, as compared to existing partnership agreements. This acquisition will allow the Company to offer credit cards to the "financially challenged" as well being in a position offer to a larger range of "private-labeled" cards to various substantial organizations within the United States. This would lead to a very aggressive roll out and promotion of branded "Fortress" domestic credit and debit cards. The Company has no plans to enter the banking sector at this stage but intends to utilize the Bank as the "Engine Room" for the Company's domestic debit card operations and facilitate the introduction of the "Fortress" Credit Cards.

Furthermore, the Company is aggressively pursuing acquisitions in the Mortgage Lending Sector, focusing on companies operating in the "financially challenged" consumer sector whose FICO scores have dropped to a level where they are unable to obtain mortgages. These acquisitions will be coupled with a planned large scale acquisition of Independent Mortgage Brokers in specifically targeted areas where synergies exist to merge these operations, reduce their overhead costs and place them in a position to negotiate more favorable commission terms. In short, the Company is utilizing its strong balance sheet to acquire companies at the "bottom of the economic cycle."

In addition to the foregoing, the Company is negotiating a "Captive Insurance License," which would enable the Company to offer Insurance services on a broad range of its existing and its future consumer finance products portfolio. This is expected to be a significant contributor to earnings over the long term.

The Company has retained the services of individuals and companies with the required high level of expertise and experience in all of the sectors in which it is now expanding.

With the ever reducing cost of borrowings, the Company is comfortable with a significant extension of its credit facilities to continue with this aggressive growth model.

The Company expects to announce several of these acquisitions shortly, as well as the appointment of a CEO of the Group's newly formed "Mortgage Division." Additional Board appointments are extremely likely, given the nature and size of certain acquisitions being contemplated at this time.

The ever rising price of Gold, recently reaching its highest ever trading level in history, has resulted in the Company's portfolio of quoted and unquoted Gold Mining interests being revalued in excess of US$1.4 billion. This has resulted in the Company's Net Asset Value per share being valued at 2.7c, compared to its current trading price of US$0.0001 per share.

The Company's stockholding in quoted Hunt Gold Corporation is valued at circa US$1 billion at its current share price. The Company conservatively valued its interests in the "Bouse" and "South Copperstone" Gold Projects at circa US$400million.

The Company is in the final stages of exchanging its stockholdings in both the "Bouse" and "South Copperstone" Gold Projects for stock in a USA-quoted Gold Mining & Exploration Company. It is expected that these transactions will be completed in the next three weeks. The Company intends to retain these shares as a portfolio investment and as collateral for substantial loans to fund acquisitions in due course.

About Fortress Financial Group, Inc.

Fortress Financial Group, Inc. is primarily engaged in the issuing and marketing of prepaid debit and credit card and related payment solution activities. It has just announced the acquisition of Moneyworx, Inc., a reseller of MasterCard prepaid USA Domestic and International Prepaid Debit Cards. Fortress Financial Group, Inc. will be launching its own label "Fortress" International Debit Card in the second quarter of 2008.

The Company operates through Fortress Card Solutions, Inc. and Moneyworx, Inc. The Company will be shortly be establishing an office in Nassau, Bahamas; primarily to service our High Net Worth "offshore" cardholder base.

The Company is utilizing is substantial Balance Sheet to aggressively fund a large number of acquisitions in the consumer financial services sector.

Fortress Financial Group, Inc. (formerly Great West Gold, Inc.), was a gold mining exploration stage company, engaged in the acquisition and exploration of mining properties in the United States. The Company retained these Gold Mining Exploration interests as portfolio assets. The Company holds circa 48% of the outstanding stock in Hunt Gold Corporation as an investment.

The Company retains it interest in the "South Copperstone," and "Bouse" Gold Mining Exploration properties, at this time. These two remaining interests will be exchanged for shares of Common Stock in a USA Gold Mining & Exploration Company, in the immediate term.

This release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended and such forward-looking statements are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. "Forward-looking statements" describe future expectations, plans, results, or strategies and are generally preceded by words such as "may," "future," "plan" or "planned," "will" or "should," "expected," "anticipates," "draft," "eventually" or "projected." You are cautioned that such statements are subject to a multitude of risks and uncertainties that could cause future circumstances, events, or results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements, including the risks that actual results may differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements as a result of various factors, and other risks identified in a company's annual report on Form 10-K or 10-KSB and other filings made by such company with the SEC.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Fortress Financial Group, Inc.
    Alan Santini
    Chief Executive Officer
    Email Contact
    Tel: (954) 840-6961