ENDEAVOUR REPORTS NET INCOME OF US$22.5 MILLION FOR QUARTER ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2009
Toronto Stock Exchange: EDV
George Town, Grand Cayman, February 10, 2010 - Endeavour Financial Corporation ("Endeavour" or the "Corporation") today reported net income of US$22.5 million or US$0.23 per share for the quarter ended December 31, 2009.
Revenue for the quarter of US$35.6 million includes US$31.6 million investment income and US$4.0 million of advisory fees.
At December 31, 2009 the Corporation had cash and cash equivalents of US$84.6 million; general merchant banking investments of US$110.3 million; and gold-strategy investments of US$71.1 million.
During the quarter ended December 31, 2009 the Corporation completed its strategic investment in Etruscan Resources ("Etruscan"). Endeavour invested a total of US$58.3 million resulting in the Corporation holding 186,294,549 common shares representing 55% of the issued and outstanding common shares of Etruscan (see News Release, October 23, 2009). The value of the investment at December 31, 2009 was US$71.1 million. The investment in Etruscan was the Corporation's first strategic investment in the junior gold-sector as part of its gold-focused investment strategy.
Subsequent to December 31, 2009 Endeavour completed the second phase of its gold focused investment strategy by way of a strategic investment in Crew Gold Corporation ("Crew"). Endeavour invested US$91.8 million resulting in the Corporation holding 810,083,211 common shares, representing 38% of the issued and outstanding common shares of Crew Gold Corporation (see news release dated January 28, 2010).
Endeavour has a gold focused investment strategy to create value by investing in junior gold producers with a plan to build an intermediate sized gold company and the subsequent realization of this investment.
At December 31, 2009 approximately 68% of the Corporation's investment portfolio was invested in the gold sector. Following the completion of the Crew investment, approximately 75% of the Corporation's investment portfolio is invested in the gold sector.
The Corporation's book value at December 31, 2009 was US$316.5 million (or approximately CDN$3.41 per issued and outstanding share).
Neil Woodyer, Chief Executive Officer commented "the continued profitability of the Corporation for the second quarter is a direct result of our strategy to invest in both general merchant banking and gold-strategy investment opportunities. We continue to maximize returns and continue to generate new advisory mandates in both the mining and oil and gas sectors. In addition, subsequent to quarter end we are pleased to have acquired our investment in Crew which represents the second phase of our gold focused investment strategy".
During the quarter ended December 31, 2009, Endeavour was an advisor and earned transaction success fees on several resource transactions, including:
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- Arranged additional commitments totaling US$25 million for Pacific Rubiales Energy Corp. as part of the previously arranged US$250 million, senior secured revolving credit facility. During 2009, Endeavour advised Pacific Rubiales on a total of US$500 million in debt facilities.
- Arranged CDN$45 million private placement financing for Petroamerica Oil Corp. to acquire certain oil and gas interests in Colombia.
- Arranged a CDN$20 million private placement financing for Petroamerica Oil Corp. to advance exploration programs on its hydrocarbon projects in Colombia.
- Endeavour's subsidiary, Endeavour Financial International Corporation was appointed Project Finance advisor to Augusta Resource Corporation in October 2009 with respect to financing the Rosemont copper project in Arizona.
Management's discussion of the financial results for the quarter ending December 31, 2009 will be webcast by V-Call on Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 11:00am Eastern Standard Time and can be accessed from the Corporation's website at www.endeavourfinancial.com
by calling the operator at 201-689-8049 or toll free 1-877-407-9210 prior to the scheduled start time. The call will be archived for later playback on Endeavour's website until February 11, 2011.
About Endeavour Financial Corporation
Endeavour is an independent merchant banking company focused on the global natural resources sector. The Corporation offers advisory services in project, corporate and debt capital markets; equity financings; mergers and acquisitions; and strategic business development. Endeavour also has a gold-focused investment strategy and seeks maximum returns by identifying, investing in and consolidating junior gold mining companies.
Endeavour Financial Corporation is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange, symbol EDV. Listed warrants trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange, symbol EDV.WT.A.
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