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Interim Management Statement

Released 07:00 08-May-2013
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Petra Diamonds Limited
08 May 2013
 



 

 

8 May 2013

LSE: PDL

 

Petra Diamonds Limited

("Petra" or the "Company" or the "Group")

 

Interim Management Statement and Q3 FY 2013 Production and Sales Report

 

 

Petra Diamonds Limited announces its Interim Management Statement ("IMS") for the period from 1 January 2013 to 7 May 2013, covering production and sales from 1 January 2013 to 31 March 2013 ("Q3 FY 2013").

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

 

·     Production for Q3 FY 2013up 4% to 647,248 carats(Q3 FY2012: 622,509 carats).

·     Production for 9 months to 31 March 2013up 20% to 1,894,767 carats (9 months to 31 March 2012: 1,576,061 carats); Petra on track to meet FY2013 production target of circa 2.65 million carats.

·     The rough diamond market continued thefirmer trend experiencedsince November/December 2012; revenue for Q3 FY 2013 up 8% to US$105.7 million (Q3 FY2012: US$98.0 million).

·     As usual, revenue will be weighted towards the full FY 2013 H2 period due to the seasonal timing of Petra's diamond sales; two more tenders are to take place between the date of this IMS and financial year-end.

·     On 17 April 2013, Petra announced the recovery ofa 25.5 carat blue diamond at the Cullinan mine in South Africa; the Company is considering the various routes to market for this exceptionally rare and valuable high quality stone and will update the market in due course.

 

 

Q3 Production and Sales- Summary¹

 


Unit

Q3

FY 2013

Q3

FY 2012

Variance

Nine months to 31 March 2013

Nine months to 31 March 2012

Variance

Production








ROM² diamonds

Carats

485,916

522,934

-7%

1,466,769

1,340,094

+9%

Tailings and alluvial diamonds

Carats

161,332

99,574

+62%

427,998

235,967

+81%

Total diamonds

Carats

647,248

622,508

+4%

1,894,767

1,576,061

+20%









Sales








Diamonds sold

Carats

668,193

626,958

+7%

1,734,855

1,305,730

+33%

Gross revenue

US$M

105.7

98.0

+8%

262.0

199.3

+31%

 

Notes:

1.   For mine by mine production and sales data,please refer to the appendix to this announcement.

2.   'ROM' = run of mine.

 

 

Johan Dippenaar, Chief Executive Officer, commented:

"The Company has delivered a solid operational performance in Q3, and we are focused on achieving our stated full year production target for FY 2013. Likewise, we are encouraged by the firmer trend within the rough diamond market, giving a positive outlook for the remainder of this financial year."

 

 

CONFERENCE CALL

 

The Company will host a conference call on 8 May 2013 at 9:30am BST to discuss the IMS with investors and analysts. Participants may join the call by dialling one of the following three numbers shortly before the call:

 

From UK (toll free): 0808 237 0040                           

From South Africa (toll free): 0800 222 290

From rest of the world: +44 20 3428 1542

Participant passcode: 30236264#

 

A replay of the conference call will be available by dialling one of the following numbers:

 

From UK (toll free): 0808 237 0026

From rest of the world: +44 20 3426 2807

Playback pin code: 638183#

 

 

COMMENTARY

 

Production

·     Q3 production up 4% to 647,248carats (Q3 FY 2012: 622,508), illustrating the continued growth in combined production across Petra's operations.

·     Finsch delivered a solidperformance, contributing 343,988carats in Q3. ROM tonnes for Q3 were down on Q3 FY 2012 due to scheduled underground maintenance work. Though ROM grade was down 5% to 34.9 carats per hundred tonnes ("cpht") (Q3 FY 2012: 36.9 cpht), it is above that recorded for H1 (31.3 cpht) and remains above guidance of 30 cpht for FY 2013. During Q3, the tailings grade increased by 23% to 20.9 cpht (Q3 FY 2012: 17.0 cpht).

·     Cullinan'srecordedROM grade of 29.5 cpht (Q3 FY 2012: 31.5 cpht) remained in line with ROM grades achieved in H1 FY2013. The Company is managing the lower ROM grades by maximising ROM tonnages mined and treated and by developing access to tonnages from other production areas across the orebody. During Q3 FY 2013, mining of the BA5pillars commenced with a positiveimpact on ROM grades rising to levels above 30cpht.ROM grades are expected to remain variable until FY 2015, when the C-Cut expansion programme provides access to the new block of undiluted ore.

·     Petra is also ramping up the tailings operations at Cullinan, which will assist in gradually growing productionuntil the new C-Cut underground block comes into operation. Throughput of tailings material increased duringQ3 as part of the production ramp-up from the newly commissioned plant.Although grades were lower than previous guidance, animprovement in tailings grade is expected once the re-crush system has been incorporated into the new tailings plant. A grade comparison with Q3 FY 2012 is not appropriate as the new bulk treatment tailings plant is now in operation.

·     At Koffiefontein,ROM production remains constrainedfrom the underground operations and is being supplemented with production from the Ebenhaezer satellite pipe. Production from this opencast pit continued toincrease throughout Q3 as planned although recovered grades have not yet achieved the planned 2cpht. Increased access to higher grade Ebenhaezerore is being established through waste stripping activities in and around the pit.

·     At Kimberley Underground,the rampup of plant throughput continued throughout Q3. The ROM grade of 15.1 cpht was up 40% (Q3 FY 2012: 10.8 cpht) and above guidance of 14.3 cpht for FY 2013.

·    At Williamson, ROM production continued as planned, following commissioning of the rebuilt treatment plant, with ROM tonnages treated improving significantly during Q3 while the ROM grade of 5.6 cpht remained in line with guidance of 5.5 cpht.

 

 

Expansion projectsand exploration programme

·     Given the long-term nature of the Group's expansion projects at Finsch, Cullinan and Koffiefontein and the exploration programme in Botswana, quarterly updates are not relevant or practical;going forward the Company will givehalf yearly expansion project and exploration programme updates within its January and July Trading Updates.

 

 

Diamond market and sales

·     The rough diamond market continued thefirmer trend witnessed since November/December 2012.

·     Constrained global diamond supply and steady consumer demand supports this firmer trend.

·     Revenue for Q3 was up 8% to US$105.7 million (Q3 FY 2012: US$98.0 million).

·     Carats sold up 7% to 668,193 carats (Q3 FY 2012: 626,958).

·     Petra sold two 'special' stones exceeding US$1 million each during Q3 (one from Cullinan and one from Finsch) for total revenue of US$3.8 million.

·     As usual, revenue will be weighted towards the full FY 2013 H2 period, with two more tenders to take place between the date of this IMS and financial year-end.

·     The Company is considering the various routes to market for the exceptionally rare and valuable 25.5 carat blue diamond recovered in April 2013and will update the market in due course.

·     The table below sets out the average diamond prices achieved for Q3 by mine againstcomparative periods and original FY 2013 guidance. Prices are broadly in line or better than guidance, with the exception of Koffiefontein due to the current mix of production (decreasing contribution from underground), while Finsch's pricedeclined compared to Q3 FY2012 as a result of the increased contribution from tailings resources in line with expectations.

 

 

 

Mine

Average US$/carat

 

Q3 FY 2013

Average

U$/carat

 

Q3 FY 2012

Average US$/carat

 

9 months to

31 March 2013

Management guidance

 

FY 2013

Finsch

131

151

125

129

Cullinan

138

125

135

129

Koffiefontein

381

551

416

475

Kimberley Underground

315

355

285

300

Fissures

260

263

208

n/a

Williamson

248

n/a

248

220

 

Note:

All sales (both ROM and tailings/alluvials) including 'specials' (stones above US$1 million in value) were used to calculate the above average values.

 

 

Financial:

·     As at 31 March 2013, Petra had cash at bank of US$35.3 million (31 March 2012: US$66.4 million) and diamond inventories of circa US$40 million (380,294 carats) (31 March 2012: US$37 million, 372,105 carats). Diamond inventory carrying values are stated at the lower of cost of production on the weighted average basis or estimated net realisable value.

·     Loans and borrowings as at 31 March 2013 were US$122.9 million (31 March 2012: US$71.3 million), comprising bank loans and borrowings of US$122.4 million and utilisation of US$0.5 million of foreign exchange settlement lines; facilities undrawn and available to the Group at 31 March 2013 of US$110.8 million.

 

 

Corporate - Update re. the Fissure Mines:

·     As previously announced, Petra and its black economic empowerment partners have undertaken a sales process with regards to the Fissure Mines (Helam, Sedibeng and Star), which are no longer core to the Group's portfolio.

·     The formal sales process has now run its course and unfortunately has not resulted in any offers for the mines which are acceptable to Petra, taking into account mining expertise, funding capacity and other related issues. 

·     Petra will now downscale its Sedibeng and Star operations.  The Helam mine will continue to be operated within the Petra Group on a normal commercial basis. Petra will consider any further offers that may be received from suitable buyers following the conclusion of the formal process.

 

 

Health and safety:

·     Group LTIFR for Q3improved to0.43 (Q3 FY 2012: 1.00).

·     Health and safety remains the number one priority for Petra and all of the Company's efforts and initiatives in this regard are striving for a zero harm workplace.

 

 

Note

1. The following exchange rate has been used for the purposes of this announcement: 31 March 2013 R9.2251/US$1.

 

 

For further information, please contact:

 

Petra Diamonds, London

Telephone: +44 20 7494 8203

Cathy Malins

cathym@petradiamonds.com

 

Buchanan

(PR Adviser)

Telephone: +44 20 7466 5000

Bobby Morse

Louise Mason

Cornelia Browne

bobbym@buchanan.uk.com

louisem@buchanan.uk.com

corneliab@buchanan.uk.com

www.buchanan.uk.com 

 

RBC Capital Markets

(Joint Broker)

Telephone: +44 20 7653 4000

Martin Eales

martin.eales@rbccm.com

Jonathan Hardy

jonathan.hardy@rbccm.com

 

Canaccord Genuity Limited

(Joint Broker)

Telephone: +44  20 7523 8000

Andrew Chubb

achubb@canaccordgenuity.com

 

 

~ Ends ~

 

About Petra Diamonds Limited

Petra Diamonds is a leading independent diamond mining group and an increasingly important supplier of rough diamonds to the international market. The Company has interests in eight producing mines: seven in South Africa (Finsch, Cullinan, Koffiefontein, Kimberley Underground, Helam, Sedibeng and Star) and one in Tanzania (Williamson). It also maintains an exploration programme in Botswana.

 

Petra offers an exceptional growth profile, with a core objective to steadily increase annual production to 5 million carats by FY 2019. The Group has a major resource base in excess of 300 million carats.

 

Petra conducts all operations according to the highest ethical standards and will only operate in countries which are members of the Kimberley Process. Petra is quoted with a premium listing on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange under the ticker 'PDL' and is a member of the FTSE 250.

 

For more information, visit the Company's website at www.petradiamonds.com

 

 

APPENDIX - MINE BY MINE PRODUCTION TABLES

 

Finsch - South Africa

 


Unit

Q3

FY 2013

Q3

FY 2012

Variance

Nine months to 31 March 2013

Nine months to 31 March 2012

Variance

ROM Production








Tonnes treated

Tonnes

600,341

710,588

-16%

1,987,408

1,501,303

+32%

Diamonds produced

Carats

209,410

262,066

-20%

629,469

567,280

+11%

Grade

cpht

34.9

36.9

-5%

31.7

37.8

-16%

Tailings Production








Tonnes treated

Tonnes

644,322

476,378

+35%

1,891,512

1,118,468

+69%

Diamonds produced

Carats

134,578

80,985

+66%

357,172

190,333

+88%

Grade

cpht

20.9

17.0

+23%

18.9

17.0

+11%

Total Production








Tonnes treated

Tonnes

1,244,663

1,186,966

+5%

3,878,920

2,619,771

+48%

Diamonds produced

Carats

343,988

343,051

+0%

986,641

757,613

+30%

Sales








Diamonds sold

Carats

355,332

338,770

+5%

896,060

558,178

+61%

Average price per carat

US$

131

151

-13%

125

142

-12%

Revenue

US$M

46.4

51.1

-9%

112.3

79.3

+42%

 

 

Cullinan - South Africa

 


Unit

Q3

FY 2013

Q3

FY 2012

Variance

Nine months to 31 March 2013

Nine months to 31 March 2012

Variance

ROM Production








Tonnes treated

Tonnes

636,152

676,301

-6%

1,918,161

1,901,418

+1%

Diamonds produced

Carats

187,889

213,180

-12%

572,035

639,937

-11%

Grade

cpht

29.5

31.5

-6%

29.8

33.7

-12%

Tailings Production








Tonnes treated

Tonnes

441,415

142,310

+210%

1,010,344

512,654

+97%

Diamonds produced

Carats

18,955

9,016

+110%

43,573

26,299

+66%

Grade

cpht

4.3

6.3

-32%

4.3

5.1

-16%

Total Production








Tonnes treated

Tonnes

1,077,567

818,611

+32%

2,928,505

2,414,072

+21%

Diamonds produced

Carats

206,844

222,196

-7%

615,608

666,236

-8%

Sales








Diamonds sold

Carats

202,623

244,718

-17%

566,456

624,612

-9%

Average price per carat

US$

138

125

+10%

135

127

+6%

Revenue

US$M

27.9

30.6

-9%

76.5

79.3

-4%

 

 

Koffiefontein - South Africa

 


Unit

Q3

FY 2013

Q3

FY 2012

Variance

Nine months to 31 March 2013

Nine months to 31 March 2012

Variance

ROM Production








Tonnes treated

Tonnes

50,333

122,991

-59%

140,043

408,457

-66%

Diamonds produced

Carats

3,023

5,929

-49%

9,217

20,292

-55%

Grade

cpht

6.0

4.8

+25%

6.6

5.0

+32%

Tailings Production








Tonnes treated

Tonnes

283,318

237,249

+19%

982,118

711,373

+38%

Diamonds produced

Carats

4,337

3,974

+9%

16,672

11,148

+50%

Grade

cpht

1.5

1.7

-12%

1.7

1.6

+6%

Total Production








Tonnes treated

Tonnes

333,651

360,240

-7%

1,122,161

1,119,830

+0%

Diamonds produced

Carats

7,360

9,903

-26%

25,889

31,440

-18%

Sales








Diamonds sold

Carats

9,459

11,657

-19%

26,259

26,854

-2%

Average price per carat

US$

381

551

-31%

416

480

-13%

Revenue

US$M

3.6

6.4

-44%

10.9

12.9

-16%

 

 

Kimberley Underground - South Africa

 


Unit

Q3

FY 2013

Q3

FY 2012

Variance

Nine months to 31 March 2013

Nine months to 31 March 2012

Variance

ROM Production¹








Tonnes treated

Tonnes

182,211

100,544

+81%

606,265

387,731

+56%

Diamonds produced

Carats

27,592

10,903

+153%

86,896

45,654

+90%

Grade

cpht

15.1

10.8

+40%

14.3

11.8

+21%

Sales








Diamonds sold

Carats

37,982

16,387

+132%

83,758

42,782

+96%

Average price per carat

US$

315

355

-11%

285

326

-13%

Revenue

US$M

12.0

5.8

+107%

23.9

13.9

+72%

 

Note:

1. Petra only produces from ROM (underground) operations at Kimberley Underground.

 

 

Williamson - Tanzania

 


Unit

Q3

FY 2013

Q3

FY 2012

Variance

Nine months to 31 March 2013

Nine months to 31 March 2012¹

Variance

ROM Production








Tonnes treated

Tonnes

713,520

255,925

+179%

1,995,979

255,925

+680%

Diamonds produced

Carats

39,873

13,559

+194%

112,662

13,559

+731%

Grade

cpht

5.6

5.3

+6%

5.6

5.3

+6%

Alluvial Production








Tonnes treated

Tonnes

87,619

107,432

-18%

270,134

167,206

+62%

Diamonds produced

Carats

3,462

5,424

-37%

10,581

8,011

+32%

Grade

cpht

4.0

5.0

-20%

3.9

4.8

-19%

Total Production








Tonnes treated

Tonnes

801,139

363,357

+120%

2,266,113

423,131

+436%

Diamonds produced

Carats

43,335

18,983

+128%

123,243

21,570

+471%



 

Sales








Diamonds sold

Carats

42,426

-

n/a

114,598

5,044

n/a

Average price per carat

US$

248

-

n/a

248

298

n/a

Revenue

US$M

10.5

-

n/a

28.4

1.5

n/a

 

Note:

1.  No diamond sales took place in Q3 FY 2012 whilst the mine's phase 1 development plan was underway.

 

 

Fissure mines - South Africa

 


Unit

Q3

FY 2013

Q3

FY 2012

Variance

Nine months to 31 March 2013

Nine months to 31 March 2012

Variance

ROM Production








Tonnes treated

Tonnes

34,648

35,240

-2%

125,352

127,271

-2%

Diamonds produced

Carats

18,129

17,297

+5%

56,490

53,371

+6%

Grade

cpht

52.3

49.1

+7%

45.1

41.9

+8%

Tailings Production








Tonnes treated

Tonnes

-

5,988

-100%

-

5,988

-100%

Diamonds produced

Carats

-

175

-100%

-

175

-100%

Grade

cpht

-

2.9

-100%

-

2.9

-100%

Total Production








Tonnes treated

Tonnes

34,648

41,228

-16%

125,352

133,259

-6%

Diamonds produced

Carats

18,129

17,472

+4%

56,490

53,546

+5%

Sales








Diamonds sold

Carats

20,372

15,425

+32%

47,724

48,260

-1%

Average price per carat

US$

260

263

-1%

208

257

-19%

Revenue

US$M

5.3

4.1

+29%

9.9

12.4

-20%

 


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