October 17, 2016
POLARIS ANNOUNCES Q3 SALES VOLUMES
VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Polaris Materials Corporation (TSX:PLS) (the “Company”, “Polaris” or “we”) today reported preliminary sales volumes for the quarter ended September 30, 2016.
Q3 2016 SALES VOLUMES
Sales volumes in Q3 2016 were 810,000 tons, an increase of 11% over Q3 2015. YTD sales volumes are 2.27 million tons, an increase of 7% over the same period in 2015, and consistent with our full-year guidance. Q3 sales volumes included 62,000 tons from our Long Beach terminal, bringing sales volumes through Long Beach to 155,000 tons since the start of operations in February. Shipments in the quarter were 788,000 tons, which was within our expected range of 0.7 to 0.9 million tons.
Volumes in the quarter were characterized by a slower pace at the start of the quarter with a significant ramp-up through September and a high pace of activity continuing into October. Our Richmond terminal in particular has shown very healthy levels of activity, including a year-to-date one day sales record of 3,712 tons. In Long Beach, we were awarded 100% of the concrete aggregate supply for a large project in South Park, LA, with work having already commenced in Q4 2016. Expected demand for this project is approximately 75,000 tons of aggregate over a 12-18 month build. We continue to see many other high and mid-rise residential and multi-use projects with designs that utilize high performance concrete for which Orca aggregates have unmatched benefits. There is a healthy sales pipeline in Long Beach as we look forward to 2017.
We are currently expecting shipments in Q4 2016 in the range of 700,000 to 900,000 tons, which is consistent with our full year expectations of sales volumes in the range of 3.0 to 3.2 million tons.
Ken Palko, President and CEO, commented: “Activity in Q3 was very healthy, and we continue to track well for our full year target of 3.0 to 3.2 million tons, which represents an increase of two to nine percent versus 2015. As we begin to focus on planning for 2017, we see a number of opportunities to achieve ‘same store’ volume growth, continue to demonstrate and achieve value for our high quality concrete aggregates, and diversify our product offering through the development of additional products. We intend to share more detail about these exciting developments in the coming months.”
About Polaris Materials Corporation:
Polaris Materials Corporation is engaged in the development and operation of construction aggregate quarries in Canada to supply distribution facilities in the United States through coastal shipping. The Company's active construction aggregate interests consist of its Orca Sand and Gravel Quarry in British Columbia and two associated receiving terminals in Richmond and Long Beach, California. The Company also owns the Black Bear Project located in close proximity to the Orca Quarry, and a controlling interest in the Eagle Rock Quarry Project, located on the south coast of Vancouver Island.
For further information, please contact:
Nicholas Van Dyk
Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Development
Polaris Materials Corporation
Tel: (604) 915-5000 Ext. 111
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