Humboldt Reports Financial Results for the Year Ended December 31, 2007

2008-04-01 06:00:00

Humboldt Reports Financial Results for the Year Ended December 31, 2007

CALGARY, ALBERTA–( EMWPresswire – April 1, 2008) – Humboldt Capital Corporation (TSX VENTURE:HMB) announces that effective December 31, 2006, the Corporation reported a net asset value of $4.42 per share compared with $4.56 per share at the end of September 2007.

The value of Humboldt’s net asset value decreased by 25% during 2007, primarily as a result of the decline in the value of its interests in its major holdings, a group of companies in which Humboldt has significant interests.

These major holdings, described further in the Company’s annual report, are primarily Canadian natural gas producers. In the past two years, their share prices have been adversely affected by a number of factors including the royalty trust tax revisions, declining natural gas prices, and the Alberta royalty review decision, all adversely affecting Alberta-based energy companies. Humboldt, however, is of the opinion that substantial value can be demonstrated by each of these holdings and is confident that with prudent management and a recovery in market outlook for junior energy companies, their stock prices will significantly recover.

At December 31, 2007, the net asset value of the Company totaled $56.4 million after tax and fully diluted, equaling $4.42 per share compared with $5.47 per share at December 31, 2006.

During the year, the Company realized a gain of $5.9 million and proceeds of $20.6 million on sales of portfolio investments. Humboldt reinvested only $13.3 million of the proceeds in the equities market, and was repaid the $3.4 million loaned to associated companies. As a result, Humboldt increased it working capital to $9.5 million and at the end of the year working capital represented 17% of its asset value.

The gains realized on these sales were offset by a decline in unrealized gains on investments held at the end of the year and Humboldt incurred a loss of $14.6 million for the year, compared with a loss of $12.0 million during 2006.



Years Ended December 31

(Thousands, except per share amounts) 2007 2006 2005
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Earnings (loss) $ (14,575) $ (11,964) $ 31,961
Earnings (loss) per share, diluted $ (1.17) $ (0.94) $ 2.56

Share capital $ 2,072 $ 2,056 $ 1,908
Retained earnings $ 53,110 $ 67,798 $ 79,800
Shareholders' equity $ 56,397 $ 70,529 $ 81,947

Cash and term deposits $ 9,458 $ 780 $ 1,875

Shares outstanding 12,350 12,381 12,349
Net asset value per share, diluted $ 4.42 $ 5.47 $ 6.48
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SEDAR Filings

Further information regarding financial and operating results may be obtained at www.sedar.com, where the Company’s MD&A and financial statements have been filed.

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.

Investment Valuation – Humboldt records its investments on its balance sheet on the basis of their quoted market value, as of the balance sheet date. Humboldt reports unrealized gains or losses on shares based on the Company’s estimate of the value of the shares held at the end of the period. The estimates are based on a quoted market price at the date of the report. By their nature, quoted market prices change daily and the content of the portfolio changes from time to time. Companies in which Humboldt holds shares have varying degrees of liquidity and there is no assurance that the investments can be sold at the quoted market price. Markets on which the shares held by the Company trade may experience significant fluctuations on the valuation date and therefore the market value of the holdings may change significantly after the valuation date.

The TSX Venture Exchange has not reviewed and does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

For more information, please contact

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

or

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

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