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Sprott Resource Corp. Announces First Quarter Results


TORONTO, June 10, 2011 /CNW/ - (TSX: SCP) - Sprott Resource Corp. ("SRC" or the "Company") today announced its financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2011. This is the first period that the Company has reported its results under International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") rather than Canadian generally accepted accounting principles ("Canadian GAAP").

"We are pleased with the continued progress of our investee companies and the transactions we have been able to complete to date this year," said Kevin Bambrough, President and CEO of SRC.

"One Earth Farms Corp. ("One Earth Farms") significantly increased its acreage under management this year, making it Canada's largest crop and cattle farm," said Stephen Yuzpe, Chief Financial Officer of SRC and Chairman of One Earth Farms. "One Earth Farms has raised nearly $40 million of outside capital this year through a number of private placements at a 40% premium to SRC's investment cost. We are very pleased that other investors have recognized our value creation and the future potential of One Earth Farms."

"Our oil and gas segment showed strong growth year over year and is well positioned for additional growth and value creation," said Paul Dimitriadis, Chief Operating Officer of SRC and Director of Orion Oil & Gas Corporation ("Orion") and Waseca Energy Ltd. ("Waseca"). "The proposed merger between Orion and WestFire Energy Ltd. ("WestFire") will create a uniquely positioned, intermediate-sized producer focusing on the world class Viking oil resource play in Alberta and west central Saskatchewan. Waseca is advancing on its 62 well program for 2011, which we expect will increase Waseca's production to between 2,800 boe/d and 3,300 boe/d by year-end."

"We believe that the transactions we have completed to date this year, including the significant profit realized from our secondary offering of shares in Stonegate Agricom Ltd. ("Stonegate Agricom"), demonstrate the continued success of our business plan. This is a difficult investment environment, full of economic and monetary uncertainty. We continue to examine numerous investment opportunities in the resource space, but will have the discipline to wait for attractively priced acquisitions that will be accretive to our shareholders," concluded Kevin Bambrough.

Achievements by SRC Subsidiaries in Q1 2011 (and subsequent to the quarter):

Orion (TSX: OIP)

  • Average rate of production during the quarter increased 60% compared to the first quarter of 2010, to approximately 5,300 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d).
  • Drilled 12 development wells with a 100% success rate.
  • Recorded $22.3 million in net oil and gas and sulphur revenue, an increase of 70% compared to the first quarter of 2010.
  • Subsequent to the quarter, Orion entered into an arrangement agreement with WestFire (TSX: WFE) whereby WestFire will acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of Orion at a ratio of eight Orion shares for each WestFire share. Closing of the transaction is expected to occur in late June or early July, 2011, subject to customary TSX, court and regulatory approvals and the requisite approval of WestFire and Orion shareholders. Upon closing of the transaction, SRC will own approximately 34% of WestFire on a fully diluted basis and will be the largest shareholder.


  • Average rate of production during the quarter increased 187% compared to the first quarter of 2010, to approximately 1,250 barrels of oil per day (bbls/d).
  • Drilled 19 wells, resulting in 16 wells being cased and put into production.
  • Recorded $5.0 million in net oil sales, an increase of 159% compared to the first quarter of 2010.

One Earth Farms

  • Recorded $1.5 million in revenues, a 294% increase compared to the first quarter of 2010
  • Increased crop and pasture land under management to approximately 191,000 acres, positioning One Earth Farms to be the largest crop and cattle farm in Canada in 2011.
  • Increased total livestock to 5,500 cows, excluding bulls and calves.
  • On February 4, SRC exercised its remaining 20 million warrants in One Earth Farms for $20 million, which increased the Company's invested capital to $57.5 million.
  • On March 17, One Earth Farms completed the first tranche of a $35 million private placement to outside shareholders. The first tranche consisted of the issue and sale of 22.2 million common shares for aggregate gross proceeds of approximately $31.1 million. On May 2, One Earth Farms closed the second tranche for an additional 2.8 million common shares for aggregate gross proceeds of $3.9 million. Also on May 2, One Earth Farms issued shares under the agent's over-allotment option, resulting in the issuance of a further 3.2 million common shares resulting in aggregate gross proceeds of the private placement of approximately $39.5 million.

Stonegate Agricom (TSX: ST)

  • On March 10, SRC sold 25 million common shares of Stonegate Agricom by way of a secondary offering for aggregate gross proceeds of $43.8 million. Subsequent to the quarter, the underwriters of the secondary offering exercised their over-allotment in full, resulting in SRC's sale of an additional 3.8 million common shares for aggregate gross proceeds of $6.6 million.

One Earth Oil & Gas Inc. ("OEOG")

  • Drilled two wells and completed and tested two other wells, one of which was brought into production on April 1, 2011.

SRC Q1 2011 Financial Highlights

  • SRC reported IFRS net earnings attributable to the shareholders of the Company of $16.1 million in the first quarter of 2011, or $0.14 per common share, compared to a net loss of $7.5 million, or $0.08 per common share, in the same time period in 2010.
  • The Company continues to maintain a strong balance sheet as highlighted in the table below:
            As at
(in thousands)           Mar. 31, 2011           Dec. 31, 2010     % Change
Unconsolidated current assets                            
  Cash and cash equivalents         $ 83,155         $ 59,512     40%
  Gold bullion           103,006           105,597     -2%
  Other current assets           1,622           1,478     10%
Total         $ 187,783         $ 166,587     13%
Unconsolidated working capital                              
  Current assets         $ 187,783         $ 166,587     13%
  Current liabilities           (2,628)           (1,088)     142%
Total         $ 185,155         $ 165,499     12%
Unrealized mark-to-market and realized gains on public subsidiaries / liquid holdings
  Orion - unrealized mark-to-market gains1           120,650           122,943     -2%
  Stonegate Agricom - unrealized mark-to-market gains1 2           62,181           102,701     -39%
Total         $ 182,831         $ 225,645     -19%
Portfolio investments                              
  Public investments         $ 6,731         $ 9,334     -28%
  Private investments           50,355           56,723     -11%
Total         $ 57,086         $ 66,057     -14%
  1. Mark-to-market gains calculated as market value at the applicable valuation date less book (carrying) value.
  2. During the first quarter of 2011, SRC sold 25 million shares (of 75.7 million common shares) for gross proceeds of $44 million. After giving effect to the transaction, excluding the agents' over-allotment option, the Company retains approximately 36% on an undiluted basis. The Company realized a gain of approximately $31.2 million on the transaction.

As at March 31, 2011, the Company had 113,376,783 common shares issued and outstanding. In January, the Company purchased and canceled 29,100 common shares under its normal course issuer bid. The Company believes it is in the best interest of its shareholders to purchase shares for cancellation when management believes they are trading at a significant discount relative to their value.

About Sprott Resource Corp.

SRC is a Canadian based company, the primary purpose of which is to invest, directly and indirectly, in natural resources. Through acquisitions, joint ventures and other investments, SRC seeks to provide its shareholders with exposure to the natural resource sector for the purposes of capital appreciation and real wealth preservation. SRC is well positioned to draw upon the considerable experience and expertise of both its Board of Directors and Sprott Consulting Limited Partnership ("SCLP"), of which Sprott Inc. is the sole limited partner. Pursuant to a management services agreement between SCLP and SRC, SCLP provides day-to-day business management for SRC as well as other management and administrative services.

Forward Looking Statements

This news release includes certain forward-looking statements respecting the future performance of SRC's business, its operations, management's objectives, strategies, beliefs and intentions, including the closing of the Orion and WestFire transaction and Waseca's future oil and gas production. These forward-looking statements represent management's best judgment based on current facts and assumptions that management considers reasonable including the assumption that the transaction between WestFire and Orion will close and that Waseca will drill its forecast number of wells the remainder of this year and that the production rates from such wells when combined with existing production will generate total production that will meet target estimates.

All forward-looking information is inherently uncertain and subject to a variety of risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause SRC's actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from those expressed or implied from such information, including, but not limited to, production rates from new wells drilled by Waseca not meeting expectations, Waseca's existing production decreasing above expectations and the inability to drill the expected number of oil and gas wells due to weather, labour disruptions or lack of capital, and the transaction between WestFire and Orion not closing due to a material breach of an agreement or the failure to obtain all required regulatory and shareholder approvals.

SRC has attempted to identify important factors that could cause its actual results, performance and achievements to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking statements. However, there can be other factors that cause results, performance and achievements not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that such information will prove to be accurate or that management's expectations or estimates of future developments, circumstances or results will materialize. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements and the information contained therein. SRC does not intend, and does not assume any obligation, to update these forward-looking statements except as required by law.

Barrels of Oil Equivalent

Where amounts are expressed in a barrel of oil equivalent ("boe"), or barrel of oil equivalent per day ("boe/d"), natural gas volumes have been converted to barrels of oil equivalent on the basis that 6 thousand cubic feet ("mcf") is equal to one barrel of oil. Use of the term boe may be misleading, particularly if used in isolation. This boe conversion ratio is based on an energy equivalence methodology, and does not represent a value equivalency. Indeed, the energy and value relationships may differ widely with market conditions. The conversion conforms to the Canadian Securities Regulators' National Instrument 51-101 - Standards of Disclosure for Oil and Gas Activities.

International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS)

The quarter ending March 31, 2011 is the first period that the Company has reported its results under International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") rather than Canadian GAAP. The Canadian Accounting Standards Board requires publicly accountable enterprises to adopt IFRS for fiscal years beginning on or after January 1, 2011. We have applied IFRS retrospectively as of January 1, 2010 for comparative purposes.

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