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Pinetree Capital Ltd. Announces Financial Results for the Year Ended December 31, 2012

Friday, March 08, 2013

Pinetree Capital Ltd. Announces Financial Results for the Year Ended December 31, 201216:03 EST Friday, March 08, 2013TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 8, 2013) -Pinetree Capital Ltd. ("Pinetree") (TSX:PNP) today announces its audited consolidated financial results for the year ended December 31, 2012.For the year ended December 31, 2012, Pinetree had a net loss of $146 million, as compared to $298 million last year. Net loss for the year ended December 31, 2012 was primarily the result of net investment losses of $134 million, comprised of $95 million in unrealized losses on investments and by realized losses on dispositions of investments of $39 million. Loss per share was $1.07 for the year ended December 31, 2012, as compared to $2.19 for the year ended December 31, 2011. The composition of Pinetree's investment portfolio by sector as at December 31, 2012 as compared to the end of last year is outlined in the following table: December 31, 2012December 31, 2011Sector($'000)% of Total($'000)% of TotalResources:Precious metals145,16953.7233,77154.7Base metals31,07511.561,05014.3Potash, lithium and rare earths27,73910.338,8409.1Oil and gas30,43311.243,12510.1Uranium18,8757.028,2726.6Coal2,1400.85,3201.2Total resources255,43194.5410,37896.0Technology and other14,7495.517,2914.0Total investments270,180100.0427,669100.0As at December 31, 2012, total investments at fair value was $270 million, as compared to $428 million as at December 31, 2011, a decrease of 37%. Net asset value per share decreased 41% to $1.55 as at December 31, 2012, from $2.61 as at December 31, 2011. About PinetreePinetree 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: Precious Metals, Base Metals, Oil and Gas, Potash, Lithium and Rare Earths, Uranium and Coal. 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. Pinetree is recognized as a value added partner in the resource industry.Pinetree discloses an unaudited monthly net asset value per share within 15 days after each month-end. For the latest month-end net asset value per share and for more details about Pinetree and its investments, please visit our website at www.pinetreecapital.com. Use of Non-GAAP MeasuresNAV (net asset value per share) is a non- GAAP (international financial reporting standards) measure calculated as the value of total assets less the value of total liabilities divided by the total number of common shares outstanding as at a specific date. The term NAV does not have any standardized meaning according to GAAP and therefore may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. There is no comparable GAAP measure presented in Pinetree's consolidated financial statements and thus no applicable quantitative reconciliation for such non-GAAP financial measure. The Company has calculated NAV consistently for many years and believes that NAV can provide information useful to its shareholders in understanding its performance, and may assist in the evaluation of its business relative to that of its peers.FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Contact Information: Pinetree Capital Ltd.Sheldon Inwentash, CPA, CAChairman & CEO416-643-3884Pinetree Capital Ltd.Gerry Feldman, CPA, CACFO & Vice President, Corporate Development416-643-3884feldman@pinetreecapital.comInvestor Relations: Pinetree Capital Ltd.Richard Patricio, LL.B.Vice President, Legal and Corporate Affairs416-941-9600ir@pinetreecapital.comwww.pinetreecapital.com