Lucapa Diamond Co. has announced that the Lulo alluvial mining company, Sociedade Mineira Do Lulo (“SML”), is to receive US$4.0 million (A$7.0 million) under a partnership agreement with leading international diamond manufacturer Safdico International. The partnership was forged in an effort to create added value for some of Lucapa's exceptional rough diamonds.
The US$4.0 million comprises a US$1.5 million (A$2.6 million) payment in respect of SML’s share of profits from the cutting & polishing and/or sale of run of mine Lulo diamonds sold to Safdico in 2019 under the partnership agreement; and US$2.5 million (A$4.4 million) payment for the purchase of the Lulo 46 carat pink rough diamond. SML will retain a share in the margins generated from the resultant sale of diamonds polished from this exceptional rough stone.
The miner calls the US$1.5 million payment a "milestone for Lucapa, its project partners and SML," in that it represents the first share of profits paid to SML under the Safdico partnership agreement. Under this partnership agreement, SML is paid up front for the rough market value of the Lulo diamonds sold to Safdico, with both companies sharing in the resultant margins generated. Safdico, as a preferred buyer of SML, can purchase up to 60% of Lulo’s annual rough production from SML, as is permitted under Angola’s transformative new diamond marketing regulations. Safdico is a subsidiary of Graff International, one of the world’s finest high-end jewellery houses. Safdico supplies Graff with some of the most iconic and valuable polished diamonds sold in Graff stores.
“Given the recent market uncertainty and disruption caused by coronavirus, we and our Lulo partners believe the sale of the 46 carat pink diamond to Safdico under a partnership agreement will unearth the true potential and value of this exceptional stone,” Lucapa Managing Director Stephen Wetherall commented. “We look forward to seeing the polished diamonds produced from this exceptional Lulo gem, which we are confident will see additional value created by the partnership.”