4th De Beers Sales Cycle Drops 21% y-o-y

De Beers 4th sight cycle revenues totaled US$380m, a 21% drop from US$479m achieved in the 4th cycle of 2023 and -15% from sight n°3 this year, translating in a 17% decrease in revenues from sales (US$ 1.63bn this year vs US$1.97bn in 2023) year-to-date. The lower sales figures correspond with current market sentiment and add to the turbulence surrounding a potential sale of the diamond entity of Anglo American. 

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Antwerp mourns industry veteran Willy Rotti

Antwerp mourns the loss of industry veteran Willy Rotti, former President of the Diamantclub of Antwerp and honorary President of the Belgian Federation of Diamond Bourses who passed away on May 22. The Rotti family, one of the founding families of the Diamantclub of Antwerp, is a well-known name in the industry and has been active in the diamond industry for over 120 years.

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Lucapa To Sell Lesotho Mothae Mine

Lucapa, the Australian listed miner with operations in Angola (Lulo) and Lesotho (Mothae) is looking to divest its 70% stake in the Mothae mine after a review of its asset portfolio by the recently restructured Lucapa board of directors.

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Anglo American to Ditch Diamonds and Platinum, Considers De Beers IPO

Anglo American Plc is implementing strategic changes to unlock shareholder value and enhance returns. This includes exiting diamond, platinum, and coal mining operations, marking one of the most significant shake-ups in the company's 107-year history.

Key to this plan is the demerger or sale of its De Beers diamond business, alongside separating its Anglo American Platinum unit and divesting coking coal mines in Australia. Additionally, spending on a fertilizer mine project in England will be scaled back.

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Lucara Reports Robust Q1 Results

Lucara Diamond in its Q1 2024 release reports total revenues of US$41.1m, slightly down y-o-y from US$42.8m. A total of 93,560ct were sold through its different sales channels, including through the renewed 10-year sales agreement with HB for specials (10.8ct+ rough diamonds) produced, with so-called "top-up payments" resulting in US$4.9m of the total revenues. In total 160 "specials" (5.1% of total cts) were recoverd in Q1, 3 of which larger than 100ct and one larger than 300ct.

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Watches of Switzerland Buys Roberto Coin US for $130m

Watches of Switzerland (UK based) has acquired Roberto Coin Inc. the US division of the Italian jeweller and 6th largest brand in the US by sales through 400 points of sale, for US$130m. The acquisition will allow the group to increase the volume of Roberto Coin jewelry in its own retail network as well as the exclusive right to expand the wholesale reach of Roberto Coin Inc., which will operate as a standalone company within the group. The acquisition demonstrates the increasing importance of branded jewelry in the global retail landscape, National Jeweler notes. 

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EU's 14th Sanctions Proposal: Pre-Sanction Inventory Out of Scope Russian Diamond Ban

Reuters reports that in the EU's 14th Sanction Package proposal texts, currently being debated by EU members, clarification is given on so-called "grandfathered goods"; existing inventory of rough and polished diamonds that predate sanctions on Russian diamonds. The proposed text indicates that rough diamonds imported from Russia before January 1st 2024 and polished diamonds imported before March 1st (size 1ct up) and September 1st (0.50ct up) are not covered by the ban, addressing a concern that was raised by diamond industry stakeholders in the EU.

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Anglo American: Game of Bids Begins

The Financial Times reports on the developing story of the unsolicited bid of Australia-listed BHP on London-listed mining conglomerate Anglo American, which includes the diamond mining branch De Beers, naming potential suitors. BHP's bid was rejected earlier this week by Anglo's board but says it is safe to assume BHP might counter with an improved proposal, while other candidates may well offer a competing bid.

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De Beers' Fate Uncertain as BHP Considers Anglo American Takeover

According to Reuters, Australian mining giant BHP is contemplating a potential takeover of London-listed Anglo American, parent company of De Beers, news that is confirmed by Anglo American in a statement saying the bid is being reviewed.

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GJEPC Reports -25% Polished Export Drop

India's Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) reports the overal exports of polished diamonds in FY2024 dropped 25.23% to nearly US$16bn from US$22bn in the previous financial year. GJEPC cites a slowdown in the US market due to high interest rates and slower than anticipated post-covid market conditions in China. LGD exports decreased 13.79% to US$1.4bn compared to US$1.6bn a year earlier. 

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De Beers and Botswana Government Minister Meet with GJEPC in India to Strengthen Trade Relations

According to the GJEPC on April 18, a group from De Beers Group and and the Republic of Botswana’s minister of minerals and energy Lefoko Maxwell Moagi visited the Bharat Diamond Bourse in Mumbai. The delegation met with members of the Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council to discuss strengthening diamond trade ties with India. Desipite recent ongoing negotitations between the mining giant and the Botswana government regarding the renewal of their decades-long collaboration, this public display of solidarity was quite noteworthy, potentially indicating some headway on the matter. 

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Petra Achieves $72.1 million in Sales in Fourth tender Cycle for FY 2023

Petra announces the results of Tender 4 of FY 2023, at which 505,398 carats were sold for a total of US$72.1 million from Petra’s South African operations.

This cycle includes a US$7 million Exceptional Stone2 from the Cullinan Mine and US$4.3 million of Finsch diamonds sold during H1 FY 2023, both of which were reported in our Interim Results announcement during February 2023. No sales for Williamson were recorded in this cycle given the operations at the mine are still suspended.

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Sahag Arslanian Appointed VP of Armenian Jewelers Association During Key Period of Growth in Armenian Diamond Sector

Antwerp’s Sahag Arslanian joins the Armenian Jewellers Association as its newly appointed Vice President. He is currently director of the Arslanian Group as well as vice president of the Antwerp World Diamond Centre.

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Petra Diamonds Solicits M&A Proposals: Open to “Consider Consolidation”

According to Reuters, Petra Diamonds invited merger and acquisition proposals on Monday, with CEO Richard Duffy saying the industry would benefit from consolidation.

"We have got opportunities to grow organically but given that we are through this restructuring and we have a much more robust balance sheet, we would be willing to consider consolidation if it makes value sense," Duffy told Reuters in an interview on the sidelines of the Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town.

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Botswana Expects 4% Bump in GDP Due to Strong Performance in Diamond Trade: Plans Major Infrastructure Upgrades For 2023

According to a statement released by the country’s financy minister in Gabarone, Botswana expects economic growth of 4% during 2023 while targeting medium-term growth of 5.7%. The government plans to use this windafall in proceeds to beef up infrastructural investments around the country.

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Forbes: US Luxury Goods Retailers Can Expect over $5 Billion in Jewelry Sales During 2023 Valentine’s Sales Season

According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), consumer spending in the U.S. may reach as high as $25.9 billion this year on Valentine’s Day gifts ranging from gold jewellery to clothes to fine chocolates.
Of the nearly $26 billion, roughly 21% is forecast to be spent on jewellery, representing $5.5 billion. Clothing could fetch 19%, or around $5 billion.

Overall, luxury goods retailers could be headed for a strong Valentine’s sales season if estimates prove accurate.
That would make 2023 the second-best year for sales since the NRF began tracking this data.

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Zimbabwe High Court Grants Release of Historic Diamond Parcel to Vast Resources in Coming Days

After a nearly 12-year negotiation, the High Court of Zimbabwe has granted a default order against the Minister of Mines and Mining Development, relating to a historic parcel of 129,400-carats of rough diamonds, which will be released to AIM UK-listed Vast Resources.

The company expects to receive the signed court order in coming days, following which Vast will clean and value the diamonds for the purpose of selling through a tender.
Vast will then determine the final quality assortment of the parcel once the diamonds are in its possession.

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IDEX: Price Report for February Indicates Price Drop in Rounds

Round prices fell yet again during January amid continued hesitancy in the markets, although fancies fared much better. Overall demand remains slow, sentiment is weak, and manufacturing in India is still well below full capacity. Estimates for the number of workers laid off in Surat vary between 10,000 and 20,000. China scrapped its zero-COVID policy in December, which has freed up trade and travel, but has seen infection levels well above anything the country has ever experienced.

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India Makes Moves to Capture More Market Share in Global Outsourcing and Manufacturing Amid Growing Market Uncertainty

Amid the threat of a looming financial recession for the diamond sector in Surat, the GJEPC now seeks a new series of policies they believe will add to manufacturing revenues. This has been another of a late series of attempts by the GJEPC to counter-act the pressures facing India’s diamond sector since the decline of Russian imports and the closure of the Chinese marketplace. 

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Sarine Technologies and Delgatto Diamond Finance Fund Revolutionize Rough Diamond Financing in New Collaboration

Sarine Technologies has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with the Delgatto Diamond Finance Fund (DDFF) that will enable DDFF to “significantly” increase the amount of capital it provides to the rough sector, as well as expand the types of structures it offers enable more efficient rough diamond financing, starting from January 15th.

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Bloomberg: Fosun Considering Selling Antwerp Diamond Company IGI

The Chinese conglomerate Fosun, best known as being the largest shareholder of insurer Ageas, is considering selling its majority stake in International Gemological Institute (IGI). The deal could value the Antwerp-based diamond evaluator at around 200 million euros, the Bloomberg news agency learned from sources close to the file.
In October, Fosun announced that it plans to sell up to $11 billion in assets to improve its liquidity position. In addition, Fosun would now, together with Deutsche Bank, evaluate the possibility of selling its 80 percent stake in IGI.

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India Gem And Jewellery Exports Up by More Than 8 %

India’s gem and jewellery exports have seen an increase of 8.26 percent in the current financial year, thanks in part to the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA). The Indian government has taken several steps to support the gem and jewellery industry, including the implementation of a simplified regulatory framework for exports through e-commerce, reduced duties for the import of diamonds and a new gold monetization policy.

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Anglo American's De Beers Diamond Sales Fall in 10th Cycle

Anglo American PLC said Wednesday that rough-diamond sales by its majority-owned De Beers Group fell in 2022's 10th sales cycle compared with the previous cycle.
The FTSE 100 mining company said De Beers sold $410 million worth of diamonds in the 10th sales cycle of the year compared with $454 million in the ninth cycle. In the 10th cycle of 2021, it sold $336 million worth of diamonds.

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Analysts Believe Signet’s Recent Blue Nile Acquisition Could Play Out for a 50% Upside in Stock Price in the Medium Term in 2023

According to market analysis firm Seeking Alpha, Signet’s management seems to be doing all the right things - whether it's making smart acquisitions, divesting a risky sub-prime financing business, shutting underperforming stores, or maintaining strong margins.

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Newfield Resources Enters Sales Agreement with DelGatto Diamond Finance Fund

Newfield Resources has entered into an asset purchase and sales agreement with DelGatto Diamond Finance Fund (DDFF) for an initial amount of $1.2-million (before costs), payable within 12 months from future diamond sales, to assist with the continued development of the company’s Tongo diamond mine, in Sierra Leone, and for general working capital.
Newfield took over Tongo in March 2018 when it acquired London-based Stellar Diamonds for $23.6m. Before that the mine was owned by Israeli diamantaire Beny Steinmetz, through Koidu Holdings, in which he held a controlling stake.

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New Financing Possibilities for Mid-Size Diamond Dealers Based In Antwerp

Antwerp welcomes a new player in the diamond district: Clarity Capital Finance. The company is an Antwerp-based Multi Seller Trade Receivables Finance Platform, a bespoke SPE set up for the purpose of providing trade receivable finance initially to mid-size diamond dealers based in Antwerp.

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SODIAM heralds Large Stone Diamond Tender to be held in Luanda, Angola

SODIAM, the State-owned company responsible for marketing Angola’s diamond mining output has announced that they will hold a tender in Luanda.  Viewings are scheduled to take place between 24 October and 14 November 2022 at SODIAM’s office and the bid submission - electronically only - will end on 15 November 2022 at 10:00 a.m. Luanda time.
The sale is exclusively targeting SODIAM-registered customers that have a proven expertise in large stones, as the tendered lots will include a total of (43) single stones:

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Botswana President Masisi Visits Antwerp Diamond Industry

On Tuesday, President Masisi of Botswana, the First Lady,  and a large delegation including the country's Minister of Minerals and Energy Moagi and Minister of International Affairs and Cooperation Kwape visited the Antwerp diamond community.

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Fintech To Offer Investment Diamonds in Shares

Fintech company Luxus this week launched a platform where it plans to offer investment grade diamonds, fractionalized into smaller shares, modeled after fractionalized investing models such as the art platform Masterworks. The first diamond the company wants to list is an Argyle pink valued at US$400k, divided into 2,000 shares of US$200 each, pending SEC approval this month. Luxus gathered US$2.5m in seed money last summer and is the brainchild of former Blackstone managing director Dana Auslander and luxury PR specialist Gretchen Gunlocke Fenton. 

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Major Blow For UAE: Gray Listed over AML Concerns

Several media report the global financial watchdog FATF today in Paris at its plenary session has decided to "gray list" the United Arab Emirates over concerns that the UAE hasn't made enough progress in tackling illicit financial flows, Bloomberg stated.

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