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Westaim announces 2008 second quarter results
Date:8/13/2008

CALGARY, Aug. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - The Westaim Corporation announced today that for the second quarter ended June 30, 2008, it recorded a consolidated net loss of $3.0 million or 3 cents per share, on revenues of $4.8 million. In the same quarter last year, the Company recorded a consolidated net loss of $7.4 million, or 8 cents per share, on revenues of $6.7 million.

The loss from continuing operations was $1.9 million for the quarter compared to income of $2.9 million in the same period last year. Included in 2007 income from continuing operations was an $8.6 million gain on the sale of the Company's real estate assets in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta. The loss from discontinued operations, which includes windup and operating costs at the Company's wholly owned subsidiary iFire Technology Ltd., declined significantly to $1.1 million compared to $10.3 million in the second quarter of 2007.

For the six months ended June 30, 2008, the Company posted revenues of $10.0 million and a consolidated net loss of $9.9 million or 10 cents per share. For the same period in 2007, Westaim reported revenues of $12.8 million and a net loss of $14.1 million or 15 cents per share.

Income from continuing operations for the six months ended June 30, 2008 was $1.3 million compared to income of $4.8 million in the same period last year. Results from continuing operating in 2008 benefited from a dilution gain of $6.0 million relating to the sale of a non-core subsidiary and in 2007 benefited from the $8.6 million gain on sale of the real estate and a dilution gain of $4.5 million. The loss from discontinued operations for the six months was $11.2 million, reflecting a write-down of capital assets of $7.1 million as well as severance and other windup costs at iFire, compared to a loss of $18.9 million for the first six months of 2007.

At June 30, 2008, Westaim had $40.1 million in consolidated cash and cash equivalents compared to $38.2 million at Ma
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