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Monday 15 January, 2018

Richland Resources

Sales Update and Proposed Board Changes

RNS Number : 8069B
Richland Resources Ltd
15 January 2018
 

15 January 2018

Richland Resources Ltd

("Richland" or the "Company")

Sales Update and Proposed Board Changes

 

Richland (AIM: RLD), the gemstones producer and developer, is pleased to announce a sales update in respect of rough and cut sapphires sold by its wholly owned subsidiary Capricorn Sapphire Pty Limited since its prior market update of 13 November 2017 and certain proposed Board changes. All figures are unaudited.

 

Capricorn Sapphire Sales Highlights:

·    US$183,399, in total achieved from the sale of 278,270 carats ("cts") of cut and rough sapphires in the period from 4 November to 31 December 2017 (the "November to December Sales Period")

·     Sapphire sales during the period were classified into three categories as follows:

Lower Quality Sapphire / Corundum

Higher Quality Sapphire

Cut sapphire

·    Total sales of US$545,025 achieved in Q4 2017 from the sale of, in aggregate, 2,648,540 cts of cut and rough sapphires

·     Significant sapphire stock remains available for sale when market demand improves and the Company's minimum reserve prices are met

 

During the November to December Sales Period, the rough heated and unheated sapphires, as well as cut sapphires, that were sold included seven parcels but no commercial quality sapphires.

 

A summary of the sales revenue of US$183,399 achieved during the November to December Sales Period is set out below.

 

Category

US$ Value

Carats Sold

US$ / Ct

Lower Quality Sapphire / Corundum

9,056

238,850

0.04

Higher Quality Sapphire

156,300

39,095

4.00

Cut Sapphire

18,043

325

55.52


183,399

278,270


A summary of the total sales revenue of US$545,025 achieved during Q4 2017 is as follows:

 

Category

US$ Value

Carats Sold

US$ / Ct

Lower Quality Sapphire / Corundum

85,627

2,449,581

0.035

Commercial Quality Sapphire

175,312

119,122

1.47

Higher Quality Sapphire

266,043

79,513

3.35

Cut Sapphire

18,043

325

55.52


545,025

2,648,540


 

Proposed Board Changes

Dr. Bernard Olivier has advised the Company of his intention to resign as Chief Executive Officer to pursue his other interests. He will remain as a director of the Company whilst the Board finalises the appointment of a new Chief Executive Officer. The appointment process for his successor is well advanced and the Company will make a further announcement in due course. During the transition period the Company's Chairman will be leading shareholder communication.

 

 

Edward Nealon, Non-Executive Chairman of Richland, today commented:

"Whilst sapphire prices remain affected by buyers sourcing gemstones derived from illegal mining activity in Madagascar, we will continue to sell where our reserve prices are met, maintain a flexible production model and conduct exploration work to identify higher grade areas on our Capricorn Sapphire licence area.

"I would like to thank Bernard for his significant contribution to the Company from his early days as an exploration geologist through to his more recent role as Chief Executive Officer, and I look forward to announcing his successor in the near future."

 

 

For further information, please contact:

 

Edward Nealon

Chairman

+61 409 969 955

 

Mike Allardice

Group Company Secretary

+852 91 864 854

 


Nominated Adviser

Strand Hanson Limited

James Harris

Matthew Chandler

James Dance

+44 (0) 20 7409 3494

 

 

Broker

Shore Capital Stockbrokers Ltd

Jerry Keen (corporate broking)

Toby Gibbs / Mark Percy (corporate finance)

+44 (0) 20 7408 4090

 

 

The information contained within this announcement is deemed by the Company to constitute inside information as stipulated under the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) No. 596/2014.

 

Further information is available on the Company's website: www.richlandresourcesltd.com. Neither the contents of the Company's website nor the contents of any website accessible from hyperlinks on the Company's website (or any other website) is incorporated into, or forms part of, this announcement.

 

 

 

 


This information is provided by RNS
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