Humboldt Capital Corporation
TSX VENTURE : HMB

Humboldt Capital Corporation

May 29, 2012 09:00 ET

Humboldt Reports Earnings for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2012

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - May 29, 2012) - Humboldt Capital Corporation (TSX VENTURE:HMB) is pleased to report that for the three months ended March 31, 2012, Humboldt's shareholder's equity increased by 9% to $48 million or $3.95 per share, fully diluted, compared with $44.1 million or $3.64 at the end of 2011. Shareholders' equity totaled $62.8 million or $5.04 per share at March 31, 2011. Almost all of the increase in shareholders' equity during the quarter resulted from capital gains realized on the disposition of investments in the international oil sector. With the proceeds from the dispositions Humboldt's available capital was increased to almost $6 million at the end of the quarter.

The market is presently entering another cyclical downturn or "sell in May" event. This has been triggered by concerns over European sovereign debt and uncertainty regarding worldwide growth prospects. Humboldt is in excellent financial condition to benefit from this storm with a cash balance of over $8 million and no long term liabilities at the date of this report.

Humboldt also announces that it has agreed to loan Paris Energy Inc. up to $250,000, through a secured demand loan with interest at a rate of Prime plus 5.5%. The proceeds of the loan will be used to provide Paris with the necessary working capital for current operations and to establish a new business plan.

Robert W. Lamond owns 71% of the outstanding shares of Humboldt. Mr. Lamond and Humboldt collectively hold, directly and indirectly, an aggregate of 10,107,735 common shares of Paris, or an aggregate of 57% of the issued and outstanding Common Shares.

Humboldt Financial Statements and Management's Discussion and Analysis for the three months ended March 31, 2012 have been filed on SEDAR and can be found on Humboldt's website at www.humboldtcapital.com.

HIGHLIGHTS
Three Months Ended March 31
(Thousands, except per share amounts) 2012 2011 2010
Net gain on sale of investments $ 3,299 $ 2,475 $ 30
Unrealized increase (decrease) in investment value $ 627 $ (2,175 ) $ 1,061
Earnings and comprehensive earnings for the period $ 3,876 $ 220 $ 642
Earnings per share, diluted $ 0.32 $ 0.02 $ 0.05
Share capital $ 2,062 $ 2,012 $ 2,033
Retained earnings $ 45,352 $ 60,184 $ 43,283
Shareholders' equity $ 48,003 $ 62,803 $ 47,336
Cash and cash equivalents $ 6,419 $ 7,465 $ 9,408
Shares outstanding 11,957 11,990 12,115
Net asset value per share, diluted $ 3.95 $ 5.04 $ 3.86

Forward-looking statements - the press release today contains "forward-looking" information. Actual results could differ materially from the conclusions, forecasts or projections in the forward-looking information. Certain material factors and assumptions were applied in drawing the conclusions or making the forecasts or projections as reflected in the forward-looking information. Additional information about the material factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the conclusion, forecast or projection in the forward-looking information and the material factors or assumptions that were applied in drawing the conclusion or making the forecast or projection as reflected in the forward- looking information is contained in the press release.

Where amounts are expressed on a barrel of oil equivalent (boe) basis, natural gas volumes have been converted to barrels of oil at six thousand cubic feet (mcf) per barrel (bbl). Boe figures may be misleading, particularly if used in isolation. A boe conversion of six thousand cubic feet per barrel is based on an energy equivalency conversion method primarily applicable at the burner tip and does not represent a value equivalency at the wellhead. References to oil in this discussion include crude oil and natural gas liquids (NGLs).

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Contact Information

  • Humboldt Capital Corporation
    R.W. Lamond
    Chairman of the Board
    (403) 269-9889
    (403) 269-9890 (FAX)

    Humboldt Capital Corporation
    C.A. (Tony) Teare
    Executive Vice President
    (403) 269-9889
    (403) 269-9890 (FAX)
    www.humboldtcapital.com