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Monday 24 February, 2020

Gemfields Group Ltd

Lusaka Emerald Auction Results

RNS Number : 8218D
Gemfields Group Limited
24 February 2020
 

   

 

GEMFIELDS GROUP LIMITED

(Incorporated in Guernsey)

(Guernsey registration Number: 47656)

(South African external company registration number 2009/012636/10)

Share code on JSE:GML  / AIM:GEM / BSX:GML.BH

  ISIN: GG00BG0KTL52  LEI: 21380017GAVXTCYS5R31

("Gemfields" or the "Company")

 

24 February 2020 

Lusaka Emerald Auction Results

Gemfields is pleased to announce the result of an auction of predominantly commercial quality rough emerald held in Lusaka, Zambia from 18-21 February 2020. The emeralds were extracted by Kagem Mining Ltd in Zambia ("Kagem", which is 75% owned by Gemfields and 25% by the Industrial Development Corporation of Zambia). The proceeds of this auction will be fully repatriated to Kagem in Zambia, with all royalties due to the Government of the Republic of Zambia being paid on the full sales prices achieved at the auction.

 

Highlights - Emerald Auction

 

· Auction revenues of USD 11.5 million

· Of the 25 lots offered, 19 were sold (76%)

· Average price of USD 4.01 per carat

· 64% of the carats offered were sold

· The 35 auctions of Kagem gemstones held since July 2009 have generated USD 647 million in total revenues

 

The auction saw 29 companies placing bids, generating total revenues of USD 11.5 million with an overall average value of USD 4.01 per carat. The auction saw 64% of the offered carats being sold (or 76% of the number of lots offered).

 

Gemfields' 35 auctions of emeralds and beryl mined at Kagem since July 2009 have generated USD 647 million in total revenues. The results of the five most recent commercial quality Kagem auctions are summarised in the table below:

 

 

AUCTION RESULTS

(COMMERCIAL QUALITY)

 

Feb '18

AUCTION

Jul-Aug '18

AUCTION

Feb '19

AUCTION

Aug '19

AUCTION

Feb '20

AUCTION

 

Dates

19-22 Feb

2018

30 Jul - 2 Aug

2018

18-20 Feb

2019

19-22 Aug

2019

18-21 Feb

2020

Location

Jaipur, India

Lusaka, Zambia

Lusaka, Zambia

Lusaka, Zambia

Lusaka, Zambia

 

Type

Commercial Quality

Commercial Quality

Commercial Quality

Commercial Quality

Commercial Quality

Carats offered

3.73 million

2.89 million

4.15 million

10.68 million (*)

4.49 million

Carats sold

3.55 million

2.59 million

2.46 million

3.92 million

2.86 million

No. of companies placing bids

31

22

24

34

29

Average no. of bids per lot

5

6

5

6

6

No. of lots offered

21

21

23

35

25

No. of lots sold

19

17

16

26

19

Percentage of lots sold

90%

81%

70%

74%

76%

Percentage of lots sold by weight

95%

90%

59%

37% (*)

64%

Total sales realised at auction

USD 10.8 million

USD 10.9 million

USD 10.8 million

USD 18.6 million

USD 11.5 million

Average per carat sales value

USD 3.05/carat

USD 4.21/carat

USD 4.39/carat

USD 4.75/carat

USD 4.01/carat

(*) Unlike the other auctions tabulated above, August 2019 included beryl. The single lot of beryl (of 5 million carats) was unsold.

The specific auction mix and the quality of the lots offered at each auction vary in characteristics such as size, colour and clarity on account of variations in mined production and market demand. Therefore the results of each auction are not always directly comparable.

 

Adrian Banks, Gemfields' Managing Director of Product & Sales, commented:

 

"The results of our first auction of 2020 are in line with prior auctions of commercial quality emeralds and demonstrate a stable underlying market. It was however evident that the fallout of COVID-19 - the corona virus - dampened what might otherwise have been a buoyant result. Firstly, the uncertainty surrounding Chinese consumer demand in the wake of COVID-19 has understandably created negative sentiment in the mid-stream market. Secondly, a handful of our key auction customers did not travel to Lusaka as a result of the increased risk associated with COVD-19 and thirdly, the Hong Kong market - important for both gemstones and jewellery - has had to endure multiple successive misfortunes".

 

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Enquiries:

 

 

Gemfields

Nominated Adviser and Broker (AIM)

Sean Gilbertson / David Lovett / Mark Lawrie

finnCap

Tel: +44(0) 20 7518 3400

Scott Mathieson / Edward Whiley

 

Tel: +44(0) 20 7220 0500

 

 

Sponsor (JSE)

IR / Financial PR

Investec Bank Limited

Camarco

 

Gordon Poole / Jennifer Renwick / Nick Hennis

 

Tel: +44(0) 20 3757 4980

 

Additional information on Gemfields

 

Gemfields is a world leading supplier of responsibly sourced coloured gemstones. Gemfields is the operator and 75% owner of both the Kagem emerald mine in Zambia (believed to be the world's single largest producing emerald mine) and the Montepuez ruby mine in Mozambique (one of the most significant recently discovered ruby deposits in the world). In addition, Gemfields also holds controlling interests in various other gemstone mining and prospecting licenses in Zambia, Mozambique, Ethiopia and Madagascar.

 

Gemfields' outright ownership of Fabergé - an iconic and prestigious brand of exceptional heritage - enables Gemfields to optimise positioning, perception and consumer awareness of coloured gemstones, advancing the wider group's "mine and market" vision.

 

Gemfields has developed a proprietary grading system and a pioneering auction and trading platform to provide a consistent supply of coloured gemstones to downstream markets, a key component of Gemfields' business model and has played an important role in the growth of the global coloured gemstone sector.

 

 


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