Lusaka Emerald Auction Results
GEMFIELDS GROUP LIMITED
(formerly Pallinghurst Resources Limited)
(Incorporated in Guernsey)
(Guernsey registration Number: 47656)
(South African external company registration number 2009/012636/10)
Share code on the BSX: PALLRES ISIN: GG00BG0KTL52
Share code on the JSE: GML
"Gemfields" or the "Company")
Lusaka Emerald Auction Results
Gemfields is pleased to announce the results of an auction of predominantly commercial quality rough emerald held
in Lusaka, Zambia from 30 July – 2 August 2018. The emeralds were extracted by Kagem Mining Ltd in Zambia
(“Kagem”, which is 75% owned by Gemfields and 25% by the Industrial Development Corporation of Zambia). The
proceeds of this auction will be fully repatriated to Kagem in Zambia, with all royalties due to the Government of the
Republic of Zambia being paid on the full sales prices achieved at the auction.
Highlights – Emerald Auction
- Auction revenues of USD 10.89 million
- Of the 21 lots offered, 17 were sold (81%)
- Average price of USD 4.21 per carat
- 90% of the carats offered were sold
- The 29 auctions of Kagem gemstones held since July 2009 have generated USD 527.5 million in total
The auction saw 22 companies placing bids, generating total revenues of USD 10.89 million with an overall average
value of USD 4.21 per carat. Solid demand resulted in 90% of the offered carats being sold (or 81% of the number of
Gemfields’ 29 auctions of emeralds and beryl mined at Kagem since July 2009 have generated USD 527.5 million in
total revenues. The results of the five most recent commercial quality Kagem auctions are summarised in the table
AUCTION RESULTS May ‘16 Sep ‘16 May ‘17 Feb ‘18 Jul-Aug ‘18
(COMMERCIAL QUALITY) AUCTION AUCTION AUCTION AUCTION AUCTION
17-20 May 26-29 Sep 15-18 May 19-22 Feb 30 Jul – 2 Aug
Dates 2016 2016 2017 2018 2018
Location Jaipur, India Jaipur, India Jaipur, India Jaipur, India Lusaka, Zambia
Commercial Commercial Commercial Commercial Commercial
Type Quality Quality Quality Quality Quality
Carats offered 3.67 million 4.05 million 3.10 million 3.73 million 2.89 million
Carats sold 2.78 million 3.27 million 3.10 million 3.55 million 2.59 million
No. of companies placing bids 26 30 33 31 22
Average no. of bids per lot 7 7 9 5 6
No. of lots offered 18 19 23 21 21
No. of lots sold 14 15 23 19 17
Percentage of lots sold 78% 79% 100% 90% 81%
Percentage of lots sold by weight 76% 81% 100% 95% 90%
Total sales realised at auction USD 14.3 million USD 10.7 million USD 14.5 million USD 10.8 million USD 10.9 million
Average per carat sales value USD 5.15/carat USD 3.28/carat USD 4.68/carat USD 3.05/carat USD 4.21/carat
The specific auction mix and the exact quality of the lots offered at each auction vary in characteristics such as size,
colour and clarity on account of variations in mined production and market demand. Therefore the results of each
auction are not always directly comparable.
Sean Gilbertson, CEO of Gemfields, commented:
“Given the difficulties experienced by the Indian gemstone sector this year, the strong results from this auction
underscore the enduring vigour of consumer demand for responsibly sourced Zambian emeralds and the accelerated
recovery that this demand facilitates. While the Indian emerald trade is not out of the woods yet, we take significant
comfort from these Lusaka auction results.
We thank the very hardworking Gemfields and Kagem teams, our customers and our partners in Kagem, the Industrial
Development Corporation of Zambia and look forward to furthering the Zambian emerald sector’s prominence
Additional information on Gemfields
Gemfields is a world leading supplier of responsibly sourced coloured gemstones. Gemfields is the operator and 75%
owner of both the Kagem emerald mine in Zambia (believed to be the world’s single largest producing emerald mine)
and the Montepuez ruby mine in Mozambique (one of the most significant recently discovered ruby deposits in the
world). In addition, Gemfields also holds controlling interests in various other gemstone mining and prospecting
licenses in Zambia, Mozambique, Ethiopia and Madagascar.
Gemfields’ outright ownership of Fabergé - an iconic and prestigious brand of exceptional heritage - enables
Gemfields to optimise positioning, perception and consumer awareness of coloured gemstones, advancing the wider
group’s “mine and market” vision.
Gemfields has developed a proprietary grading system and a pioneering auction and trading platform to provide a
consistent supply of coloured gemstones to downstream markets, a key component of Gemfields’ business model
and has played an important role in the growth of the global coloured gemstone sector.
Further information on Gemfields Group Limited can be found at www.gemfieldsgroup.com.
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3 August 2018
Investec Bank Limited
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