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Pinetree Capital Ltd. Announces Unaudited Financial Results For The Three And Six Months Ended June 30, 2010


August 12, 2010

TORONTO, Ontario (August 12, 2010) – Pinetree Capital Ltd. (“Pinetree”) (TSX: PNP) today announces its unaudited financial results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2010.

During the second quarter, Pinetree had a net loss of $61.6 million, as compared to net income of $44.7 million for the same quarter last year.  The net loss was primarily from net investment losses of $72.6 million in the quarter, comprised of $78.3 million in unrealized losses on investments, partially offset by realized gains on dispositions of investments of $5.8 million.  Loss per share was $0.45, as compared to earnings per share of $0.34 in the three months ended June 30, 2009.

For the six months ended June 30, 2010, Pinetree had a net loss of $47.3 million, as compared to net income of $73.3 million in the same period last year.  The net loss was primarily from net investment losses of $50.7 million in the period, comprised of $61.4 million in unrealized losses on investments partially offset by realized gains on dispositions of investments of $11.0 million.  Loss per share was $0.35, as compared to earnings per share of $0.56 in the six months ended June 30, 2009.

The composition of Pinetree’s investment portfolio (accounted for at fair value) by sector as at June 30, 2010, as compared to December 31, 2009, is outlined in the following table: 

  June 30, 2010 December 31, 2009
Sector ($’000) % of Total ($’000) % of Total
Resources:        
        Precious Metals 129,262 40.6 158,027 43.1
        Base Metals 65,988 20.8 71,711 19.5
        Uranium and Coal 50,475 15.9 49,066 13.4
        Oil & Gas 30,391 9.6 34,404 9.4
        Potash, Lithium and Rare Earths 17,135 5.4 27,103 7.4
Total Resources 293,251 92.3 340,311 92.8
Technology/Other 19,131 6.0 16,745 4.6
Energy Related Technology 3,866 1.2 5,190 1.4
Biotechnology 1,696 0.5 4,478 1.2

As at June 30, 2010, total investments at fair value stood at $317.9 million, as compared to $366.7 million as at December 31, 2009, while the total number of investments remained constant at 429.  Three hundred and eighty-four of the investments or 89.5% (December 31, 2009 – 89.3%) were in the resource sector, consistent with Pinetree’s primary investment strategy.  

Net asset value per share decreased to $2.19 as at June 30, 2010, from $2.53 as at December 31, 2009.  

“During the quarter, we experienced some pullback in some of our investments in line with the softness in the overall TSX and TSX Venture Exchange markets”, commented Sheldon Inwentash, Pinetree’s Chairman and CEO.  “The global markets remain difficult, however, we remain cautiously optimistic in our continued ability to make quality investments over the longer term and remain bullish on the commodities sector in which we invest”.

 

About Pinetree
Pinetree Capital Ltd. ("Pinetree") was incorporated under the laws of the Province of Ontario and its shares are publicly-traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (“TSX”) under the symbol “PNP”.  Pinetree is a diversified investment and merchant banking firm focused on the small cap market.  Pinetree’s investments are primarily in the resources sector: Uranium and Coal, Oil & Gas, Precious Metals, Base Metals and Potash, Lithium and Rare Earths.  Pinetree’s investment approach is to develop a macro view of a sector, build a position consistent with the view by identifying micro-cap opportunities within that sector, and devise an exit strategy designed to maximize our relative return in light of changing fundamentals and opportunities.

For more details about Pinetree and its investments, please visit our website at www.pinetreecapital.com

Use of Non-GAAP Measures
“Net asset value per share” is a non-GAAP measure defined as shareholders’ equity divided by the total number of common shares of Pinetree outstanding.The term net asset value per share does not have any standardized meaning according to GAAP and therefore may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies.We believe that the measure provides information useful to our shareholders in understanding our performance, facilitates the comparison of the quarterly and year-end results of our ongoing operations and provides a meaningful measure to evaluate our business relative to that of our peers.

Investor Relations:                                                                  
Richard Patricio
Vice President, Legal and Corporate Affairs                              
Pinetree Capital Ltd.                                                                             
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5X 1A9                                                      
Phone: 416-941-9600                                                                            
Email: ir@pinetreecapital.com                                                                     
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