Dominion Diamond Corporation today (March 17) released its guidance for sales, Adjusted EBITDA, unit operating costs, and capital and exploration expenditures for fiscal 2018 (ending January 31, 2018); they expect sales to be between $875 and $975 million, an increase of 62% compared to fiscal 2017 sales, assuming the mid-point of fiscal 2018 guidance is achieved. They reaffirmed their production guidance released earlier this year for the Ekati Diamond Mine and Diavik Diamond Mine. Combined production at the Ekati mine (100% basis, fiscal 2018) and the Diavik mine (40% share, 60% Rio Tinto calendar 2017) is expected to be between 9.1 and 10.0 million carats. Last year, cumulative sales reached $570.9 million from the sale of 6.55 million carats, a value decline of 21% for the year.
Dominion also states that opportunities exist to enhance the medium and longer-term production profile at Ekati, including the potential development of the Misery Deep and Fox Deep projects, for which pre-feasibility studies are currently underway. "We continue to execute on our long-term strategic plan and to deliver results. Our strong sales and Adjusted EBITDA forecasts for fiscal 2018 are driven by high value production from Koala and Misery Main, as Ekati moves to the first full year of the new phase of the mine plan," said Jim Gowans, Chairman of the Board of Directors. "The cash flow generated by Ekati and Diavik during this period is expected to be ample to fund our pipeline of attractive growth projects and a renewed focus on exploration."