Candian miner Dominion Diamond Corp. reports an 18% surge in revenue in fiscal Q1 (three months ended April 30, 2017), which the company attributes to mining the high-grade Misery Main pipe at the Ekati mine, coupled with with stable production at the Diavik mine. Consolidated carats recovered increased 17% to 2.15 million from 1.83 million carats in Q1 fiscal 2017. Dominion sold fewer carats than in the same period last year - 2.3 million compared to 2.6 million - but the average price per carat increased to $90 from $69.
Hong-Kong based Chow Tai Fook jewelry Group, China's largest jeweler by market value, reports a 3.9% growth in net profit for the financial year which ended March 31, 2017, indicating a return to profit following a sales decline in Hong Kong and Macau, dating back to Q4 2014. The company told the media that although they had seen a stronger second half, a full-fledged recovery was still some time away.
South African junior miner Rockwell Diamonds yesterday published its fourth quarter and annual results for FY 2017, with rough diamond revenues declining by 31% to $26.1million for FY2017, compared to FY2016 ($37.7 million), due chiefly to a 33% decrease in carat sales (18,976 carats to 12,789 carats).
Russian diamond mining giant reported rough-diamond revenue its first quarter results for 2017. Group revenue is up 38% q-o-q but down 17% y-o-y to $1.5 billion (RUB 84.8 bn) for the three months that ended on March 31. Gem-quality rough sales fell by 18% to $1.35 billion (RUB 76.1 bn), with the remaining revenue coming from industrial grade diamonds, gas sales and other products.
Tiffany & Co. reported Wednesday that while U.S. sales varied by location in the first quarter, they were “generally soft” with both foreign tourists and local customers spending less. In the first quarter ended April 30, the New York-based retailer recorded a 4 percent decline in same-store sales in the Americas, with net sales down 3 percent to $392 million. Worldwide net sales rose 1% to $900 million due to growth in Asia-Pacific - Tiffany's second largest market - and an increase in the wholesale sale of diamonds, while comparable store sales were 3% below the prior year.
Graff Diamonds announced they had added to their collection of exceptional stones by acquiring the 373.72-carat rough diamond sourced from the Karowe mine in Botswana. The stone was once a part of the Lesedi la Rona, the second largest gem quality diamond to ever be discovered and the largest to be unearthed in the last century. According to Graff the fragment was separated from its famous sibling during the recovery process.
Mountain Province has announced its first quarter results (period ended March 31, 2017) from diamonds sold from the new Gahcho Kué mine, of which it owns 49% in a joint venture with De Beers. Mountain Province earned approximately US$37.7 million from three sales in Antwerp of approximately 522,000 carats - for an average price of $72 per carat.
Canadian miner Stornoway Diamond Corporation earned US$35.4 million (C$48.5m) from the sale of 459,126 carats rough of stones for the quarter ended March 31, 2017, the first full operating period for the Renard Mine. Commercial production was officially declared on January 1, 2017.
Lucara Diamond Corp. yesterday (May 2) today reported first quarter revenues of $26.1 million, or $405 per carat, which represents nearly a 50% drop from the $50.6 million earned at $649 per carat in Q1 2016. The company explains the results as follows: "The decrease in revenues in Q1 2017 compared to Q1 2016 was due to a lower volume of carats being sold and a decrease in the carat weight of specials sold. A larger volume of +10.8ct specials were sold in Q1 2016 (6,936 carats) compared to Q1 2017 (2,379 carats), which reflected the above average recoveries of specials during Q4 2015.
The French luxury group Kering reported a strong first quarter, with group revenue rising by 31% y-o-y basis to $3.89 billion. Sales from its luxury activities for the same period totaled $2.63 billion, up by a steep 34%. The sales growth in the group’s directly operated store network increased significantly to 36.6%, as a direct result of the remarkable performance in Western Europe and the Asia Pacific area, which reported sales increases of 49.9% and 46.7% respectively.
Firestone Diamonds has announced its quarterly update on commissioning activities at its Liqhobong Diamond Mine in Lesotho for the quarter ended March 2017 (Q3 of the Company's financial year): with commissioning activities largely complete and final ramp up progressing on track, during the quarter ended March 2017 the plant treated 639,000 tons (Q2: 402,000 tons), achieving nameplate production rates on numerous occasions. 103,000 carats were recovered in the quarter at a grade of 16.1 carats per hundred tons (cpht), against 58,000 carats in Q2 at a grade of 14.1 cpht.
Petra Diamonds reports its rough diamond output in Q3 2017 (January 1 - March 31 2017) remained steady at 999,768 carats, from 995,905 carats a year earlier; however, the company arrived there by increasing Run of Mine (ROM) production 18% to 760,916 carats while tailings production fell 32% to 238,852, in part due to a planned reduction at Finsch and in part due to heavy rain restricting surface recovery.
ALROSA's Q1 2017 diamond production totalled 8.9 million carats, up by 9% year-on-year, to 8.9 million carats from 8.2m.cts. in Q1 2016, which is in line with its 2017 production plan of 39.2 million carats (+5% y-o-y increase). The growth in production was driven by ramping up diamond mining at Aikhal, Mir, International, Udachny underground mines and also by processing of higher grade ore from the Jubilee pipe at its Aikhal Division in Yakutia - an open pit mining operation and its largest, good for 29% of total production.
The world’s largest jeweler, Hong-Kong based Chow Tai Fook, reports strong retail sales growth in the fiscal fourth quarter, reversing 12 consecutive quarters (3 years) of same store sales decline in Hong Kong and Macau, dating back to Q4 2014. The uptick was strongest in Mainland China, where overall retail sales value increased 16% while same store sales rose 12%. Overall and same store sales in Hong Kong and Macau rose by 1% and 4% respectively.
Dominion Diamond Corporation reports strong growth in gross margins, adjusted EBITDA and net income of $5.6 million - despite a 27% decline in sales - in Q4 of the fiscal year ending January 31, 2017. This was attributable to ramp up of high value production at Ekati and steady performance at Diavik. The sale, late in the quarter, of Ekati mine goods from higher value Misery Main open pit and Koala underground ore processed in late Q3 fiscal 2017, together with higher processing volumes at the Diavik mine in the same period, paved the way for their stronger consolidated gross margin.
LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the world's largest luxury producs group, recorded revenue of 9.9 billion Euros ($10.51 billion) for the first quarter 2017, an increase of 15%. Organic revenue (with comparable structure and constant exchange rates) growth was 13% compared to the same period of 2016, an increase attributable to all business groups.
Russian mining giant ALROSA sold US$554.2 million worth of rough diamonds in March 2017, while polished diamond sales for the same period amounted to US$12.4 million, briging total diamond sales in March 2017 to US$566.6 million. This represents a 1% increase compared to the same period last year, according to the company. Sales for the first quarter 2017 remained flat compared to Q1 2016, at $1.3 billion. In comparison to February, rough sales jumped 42 percent from $389M.
Mountain Province Diamonds Inc. announced the FY 2016 results, reporting a net income of $3.6 million (CAD 4.8m) compared with a net loss of $32.4 million (CAD 43.2m) in 2015. The change is primarily a result of a strong Canadian to U.S. dollar exchange. The company did report a net loss of $6.2 million (CAD$8.3m) in its fourth quarter.
Firestone Diamonds reports its unaudited interim results for H1 2017 - six months ended 31 December 2016 - highlighting the completion and commissioning of its Liqhobong Diamond Mine (Project) leading to its post-period initial two diamond sales in Antwerp. The Project was completed on time and within the US$185.4 million budget, and commissioning commenced in October 2016. Firestone achieved nameplate capacity on multiple occasions and 402,440 tons treated, recovering 57,723 carats at a total cost of $5.6 million.
Tiffany & Co. today (March 17) reported its financial results for the full year and the three months (fourth quarter) ended January 31, 2017, which were consistent with its previously issued guidance for the 2016 fiscal year. Worldwide net sales declined 3% in the year and rose 1% in the fourth quarter, while in both periods higher gross margins countered growth in operating expenses. Net earnings per diluted share declined 1% in the full year and 2% in the fourth quarter. The company generated more than $700 million of cash flow from operating activities in the full year.
Russian diamond mining giant ALROSA's 2016 revenue increased by 41% y-o-y and totaled $5.45 billion (RUB 317.1bn), the company announced in a press release. Its EBITDA grew by 49% y-o-y to $3.03 billion (RUB 176.4bn), with EBITDA margin totaled 56%. Net income surged fourfold y-o-y to $2.29 billion (RUB 133.5bn). Free cash flow increased threefold to $1.91 billion (RUB 111.4bn). ALROSA is off to a solid start in 2017, as their rough diamond sales in February 2017 amounted to US$389.8 million, an 8.8% increase over the $358.2 million sold in January.
Russia's leading oil and gas company Lukoil has reported revenue from sales of rough diamonds from its Grib Mine in Russia in the amount of nearly $340 million (RUB 20 billion) for the year 2016, representing an 82% increase over the $186m (RUB 11bn) in 2015 (see link to financial statement, p.25).
Gem Diamonds fell to an annual loss in 2016 as the decline in the recovery of diamonds larger than 100 carats has had a "disappointing impact" upon revenue and cash flow, while poor prices achieved from its smaller diamonds from the Ghaghoo mine in Botswana forced it to book a large exceptional charge and led it to stop production at the mine.
Signet Jewelers, recently making unfortunate headlines with the reemergence of allegations for sexual harassment, has reported falling sales nearly across the board in the fourth quarter (the 13 weeks ended January 28, 2017), as overall same-stores sales fell 4.5% in the quarter, and 1.9% for fiscal year 2017. The 4.5% fall in Q4 sales compares unfavorably to a 4.9% increase in Q4 2016.
Russian diamond miner ALROSA's rough diamond sales in February 2017 amounted to US$389.8 million, an 8.8% increase over the $358.2 million sold in January. This brings Alrosa's rough sales for the first two months of 2017 to nearly $750 million, a slight drop from the estimated $780-800 million sold during the first two months of 2016.
Stornoway Diamond Corporation has issued its annual results, detailing a memorable 2016. Their Renard Diamond Mine officially opened on October 19, 2016, and following the commencement of ore processing on July 15, 2016, commercial production was formally declared on January 1, 2017. The first sale of Renard Diamonds was held during November in Antwerp in Belgium. In total, 38,913 carats were sold at an average price of US$195 per carat, for proceeds of US$7.6 million (C$10.2 m).
Dominion Diamonds has announced that sales of Ekati Diamond Mine and Diavik Diamond Mine diamonds fell 27% in Q4 2017 (November 2016 through January 2017) and 21% overall in FY 2017, despite the quantity of diamonds sold increasing 24% in Q4 and 61% for the year. It has also provided Q4 production results from its Ekati Mine, where carat production increased by 93% compared to the same period in the prior year due to the positive impact of processing of a large proportion of high grade Misery ore.
Anglo American and De Beers' 2016 Annual Financial Results (preliminary) confirm a solid rebound from 2015 for the rough diamond giant, with annual revenues increasing 30% to $6.1 billion from $4.7 billion, on the back of a 37% rise in rough diamond sales, which reached $5.6 billion.
Petra Diamonds Limited has announced strong results for the six months to 31 December 2016 (H1 2017), with rough diamond production, revenues and carats sold all seeing substantial increases. Revenues were up 48% to US$228.5 million (H1 FY 2016: US$154.0 million) or US$217.6 excluding exceptional diamonds, with net profit after tax up more than 35% to US$35.2 million (H1 FY 2016: US$2.2 million loss) and an EBITDA margin of 38% (H1 FY 2016: 31%), indicating increased profitability. Petra's carats sold in the first half jumped 47% to 1.9 Mcts.
Lucara Diamond Corp., which runs the Karowe Mine in Botswana and holds multiple exploration licences in the region, reports record earnings - and dividends - for the year 2016. Revenues increased 32% to $295.5 million from $223.8 million in 2015, with its EBITDA surging 38% to $184.4 million on the back of a 40% rise in price per carat achieved: $824 per carat compared to $593 per carat a year ago. However, net income declined 9% to $70.7 million in 2016, mainly due to a foreign-exchange loss of $11 million compared with a gain of $15 million a year earlier, the company.
The year of the Rooster has officially commenced, and with that, the sales results of the Chinese New Year holiday period have been released. Chow Tai Fook reported mainland China outperformed Hong Kong and Macau’s holiday sales. During this period, between January 14 and February 3, revenue from the mainland rose by 4%, while same store sales grew by 1%. Gem-set sales on the mainland dropped by a whopping 20%, which is likely due to the brand not including the Valentine’s Day sales period this year.
Gem Diamonds, which owns 70% of the Letšeng mine in Lesotho - famous for the production of large, high quality, exceptional white diamonds - and 100% of the Ghaghoo mine in Botswana, saw fourth quarter 2016 sales from its Letšeng mine fall 6% since Q3 and 22% for the year as a result of fewer exceptional large diamonds being recovered than expected. The total amount of carats recovered at Letšeng increased 8% to 26,438 carats during Q4 vs. Q3, when it recovered 24,388 carats, and overall recoveries for the year remained approximately the same, at 108,206 carats.
Sales of Botswana's state-owned Okavango Diamond Company (ODC) jumped by 80% to $547 million in 2016. According to Marcus ter Haar, the deputy managing director, this jump is as a result of global consumer demand having rebounded.
LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the world’s leading luxury products group, recorded a 5% increase in revenue, reaching $40.08 billion (€37.6 billion). With an organic revenue growth of 8%, Q4 saw an acceleration compared to earlier in the year. Europe, the Unites States and Asia, excluding Japan, remain well positioned and continued to show significant improvement. This slower demand in Japan and France was likely due to the continued decline in the number of tourists. The strongest performers included fashion and leather goods (+34%) and wine (+13%).
Russian diamond mining giant ALROSA published its production results as well as a preliminary trading update for the fourth quarter of 2016. Diamond production for 2016 totaled 37.4 million carats, 2% less than the previous year. The 10% y-o-y growth in production for the Q4 is a result of ramping up production at Alrosa’s underground mines, as well as by the fact that the Mir underground mine has reached its project capacity.
Tiffany & Co. reported its sales results for the holiday period, the two months leading up to December 31, 2016. Worldwide net sales improved slightly as opposed to the previous year to $966 million from $961 million a year before, due to a sales growth in Asia-Pacific and Japan. These results were offset by lower sales in the Americas and Europe as worldwide comparable store sales declined by 2%.
Birks, a group that operates 46 luxury stores in Canada, Florida and Georgia reported an 11% sales increase this holiday season. In the U.S. sales increased by 16% whereas in Canada sales grew by 3% compared to the previous holiday season. The growth in sales was the result of the company’s success in growing its average sales transactions and conversion rates, reflecting the success of the company’s long-term sales growth strategies.
Announcing the results of a disappointing Holiday Season (the nine weeks ended December 31, 2016), Signet Jewelers Limited, the world's largest retailer of diamond jewelry said its same store sales had decreased 4.6% during the crucial period, compared to an increase of 5.1% during the corresponding period a year earlier. Total sales at $1,940.9 million were down by $104.2 million or 5.1% as compared to an increase of 5.3% in the prior year, the retailer noted, adding that the decline was driven principally by underperformance in its Sterling division e-commerce business.
Russian diamond mining giant ALROSA reports rough diamond sales in December 2016 amounted to a modest (for ALROSA) $173 million, more than a $100 million drop from the $245 million in November revenues and a far cry from averages of around $430 million in the months prior. Nonetheless, the company posted a 26% rise in rough diamond sales for the year, hopefully putting a challenging 2015 firmly behind it.
Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Ltd., which operates over 2,300 shops in more than 500 cities, indicated strong sequential growth over Q2 2016 after experiencing substantial declines during the past two years amid a slowdown in China's economy and fewer tourist arrivals in Hong Kong.