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Mega Uranium Ltd.
211 Yonge Street, Suite 502
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2009 News Releases
Mega Uranium Ltd. Releases Unaudited Results For The Three Months Ended December 31, 2008
February 13, 2009
TORONTO, Ontario (February 13, 2009) – Mega Uranium Ltd. ("Mega") (TSX: "MGA") announces its unaudited results for the three months ended December 31, 2008.
SUMMARY FINANCIAL RESULTS
As at December 31, 2008, Mega had cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities totaling $41.4 million, as compared to $49.0 million at the end of September 30, 2008, a decrease of 16%. The decrease reflects Mega's continuing exploration activity during the period, primarily on its properties in Australia, Canada, South America and Cameroon.
As at December 31, 2008, the Company had mineral properties and related expenditures of $286.8 million, as compared to $283.1 million as at September 30, 2008, reflecting expenditures on our properties in the quarter.
Summary results for the three months ended December 31, 2008, as compared to the three months ended December 31, 2007:
"We continue to be very optimistic about the long term prospects for uranium", commented Sheldon Inwentash, Chairman and CEO of Mega. "And with the recent change in government policies in Western Australia that remove a long-standing ban on uranium mining in that state, we are looking forward to advancing our Lake Maitland property towards production as quickly as we can".
- Loss from financial and trading activities for the quarter was $2.2 million, most of which relates to unrealized losses on investments in public companies, as compared to a financial loss of $17 thousand last year.
- Total expenses were $8.7 million in the quarter as compared to $6.8 million in the prior year's first quarter.
- Net loss in the quarter was $10.4 million ($.06 per common share), as compared to a net loss of $1.9 million in the previous year' quarter ($0.01 per common share).
In the last three months of 2008, Mega continued its feasibility studies of the Lake Maitland project in Western Australia and progressed exploration of priority projects in Argentina and Cameroon. Elsewhere, some of the scheduled exploration activities in Australia, Canada, Colombia, Bolivia and Mongolia were cancelled or delayed in order to preserve the Company's cash resources.
In mid–October of 2008, Mega announced the positive results from a preliminary scoping study of the Lake Maitland project – refer to the news release of October 21, 2008.
In late December 2008, Mega provided an update on its exploration activities in the Central Mineral Belt of Labrador and the Athabasca Basin of Saskatchewan – refer to the news release of December 24, 2008.
Stewart Taylor, Mega's President and Qualified Person under NI 43-101, has reviewed the technical information in this release and has verified the contents disclosed.
ABOUT MEGA URANIUM
Mega Uranium Ltd. is a Toronto-based mineral resources company with a focus on uranium properties in Australia, Argentina, Bolivia, Cameroon, Canada, Colombia and Mongolia. Further information on Mega can be found on the company's website at www.megauranium.com. Mega Uranium's Australian uranium properties, other than those located in Western Australia, including without limitation the Ben Lomond and Maureen properties, are subject to state policies which presently prohibit the mining of uranium.
For further information, please contact:
Mega Uranium Ltd.
VP Corporate and Legal Affairs
T: (416) 643-7630
NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION
Certain information contained in this press release constitutes "forward-looking information", which is information regarding possible events, conditions or results of operations that is based upon assumptions about future economic conditions and courses of action. All information other than matters of historical fact may be forward-looking information. In some cases, forward-looking information can be identified by the use of words such as "seek", "expect", "anticipate", "budget", "plan", "estimate", "continue", "forecast", "intend", "believe", "predict", "potential", "target", "may", "could", "would", "might", "will" and similar words or phrases (including negative variations) suggesting future outcomes or statements regarding an outlook. Forward-looking information in this press release includes, but is not limited to, statements about our plans regarding future acquisitions and property development, our expectations regarding the uranium market, global growth and the use of nuclear power, our drill results, commodity prices and core intersection lengths, in that they constitute estimates, based on certain assumptions of mineralization that may be encountered if a deposit were to be mined.
By its nature, forward-looking information involves known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause our actual results, performance or achievements, or industry results, to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking information. Some of the risks and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking information contained in this release include, but are not limited to: risks and uncertainties relating to the interpretation of drill results, the geology, grade and continuity of mineral deposits and conclusions of economic evaluations; results of initial feasibility, pre-feasibility and feasibility studies, and the possibility that future exploration, development or mining results will not be consistent with the Company's expectations; risks relating to possible variations in reserves, grade, planned mining dilution and ore loss, or recovery rates and changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined; mining and development risks, including risks related to accidents, equipment breakdowns, labour disputes (including work stoppages and strikes) or other unanticipated difficulties with or interruptions in exploration and development; the potential for delays in exploration or development activities or the completion of feasibility studies; risks related to the inherent uncertainty of production and cost estimates and the potential for unexpected costs and expenses; risks related to commodity price and foreign exchange rate fluctuations; the uncertainty of profitability based upon the cyclical nature of the industry in which the Company operates; risks related to failure to obtain adequate financing on a timely basis and on acceptable terms or delays in obtaining governmental approvals or in the completion of development or construction activities; risks related to environmental regulation and liability; political and regulatory risks associated with mining and exploration; and other risks and uncertainties related to the Company's prospects, properties and business strategy.
Although we have attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking information, readers are cautioned that this list is not exhaustive and there may be other factors that we have not identified. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking information contained in this release. Forward-looking information is based upon our beliefs, estimates and opinions as at the date of this release, which we believe are reasonable, but no assurance can be given that these will prove to be correct. Furthermore, we undertake no obligation to update or revise forward-looking information if these beliefs, estimates and opinions or other circumstances should change, except as otherwise required by applicable law.
All forward-looking information contained in this release is expressly qualified by this cautionary note.
NOTE REGARDING DISCLOSURE FOR MINERAL PROJECTS
This press release contains disclosure regarding our mineral resources. Mineral resources are not mineral reserves and do not have demonstrated economic viability. Mineral resources may never be converted into reserves. Furthermore, inferred resources are considered too speculative geologically to have the economic considerations applied to them that would enable them to be categorized as mineral reserves. Further exploration will be required to upgrade the inferred resources to a higher resource category.