Singapore Emerald Auction Results
GEMFIELDS GROUP LIMITED
(Incorporated in Guernsey)
(Guernsey registration Number: 47656)
(South African external company registration number 2009/012636/10)
Share code on the BSX: GML.BH ISIN: GG00BG0KTL52
Share code on the JSE: GML LEI: 21380017GAVXTCYS5R31
("Gemfields" or the "Company")
Singapore Emerald Auction Results
Gemfields is pleased to announce the results of an auction of higher quality rough emeralds held in Singapore from
18-21 November 2019. 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 27.2 million
- Average price of USD 85.26 per carat, an all-time record
- Of the 38 lots offered, 33 were sold (87%)
- 88% of the carats offered were sold
- The 34 Kagem auctions held since July 2009 have generated USD 635 million in total revenues
The auction saw 48 companies placing bids and generating total revenues of USD 27.2 million with an overall average
value of USD 85.26 per carat. The auction saw 88% of the offered carats being sold (or 87% of the number of lots
Gemfields’ 34 auctions of emeralds and beryl mined at Kagem since July 2009 have generated USD 635 million in
total revenues. The results of the five most recent higher quality Kagem auctions are summarised in the table below
(and earlier results are available at www.gemfieldsgroup.com):
AUCTION RESULTS Oct ‘17 May ‘18 Nov ‘18 May ‘19 Nov ‘19
(HIGHER QUALITY) AUCTION AUCTION AUCTION AUCTION AUCTION
2-5 Oct 15-18 May 14-17 Nov 14-17 May 18-21 Nov
Dates 2017 2018 2018 2019 2019
Location Lusaka Lusaka Singapore Singapore Singapore
Type Higher Quality Higher Quality Higher Quality Higher Quality Higher Quality
Carats offered 0.32 million 0.31 million 0.57 million 0.43 million 0.36 million
Carats sold 0.32 million 0.17 million 0.42 million 0.31 million 0.32 million
No. of companies placing bids 36 31 40 45 48
Average no. of bids per lot 11 8 8 8 9
No. of lots offered 18 17 26 35 38
No. of lots sold 18 10 20 28 33
Percentage of lots sold 100% 59% 77% 80% 87%
Percentage of lots sold by weight 100% 56% 74% 72% 88%
Total sales realised at auction USD 21.5 million USD 10.3 million USD 28.4 million USD 22.4 million USD 27.2 million
Average per carat sales value USD 66.21/carat USD 59.55/carat USD 68.03/carat USD 71.85/carat USD 85.26/carat
The specific auction mix and 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.
Adrian Banks, Gemfields’ Managing Director of Product & Sales, commented:
“Kagem has realised USD 79 million of auction revenues in 2019, the second-best calendar year performance since
the auction system was introduced a decade ago. The recovery being experienced by our auction customers therefore
appears to have solid foundations, as is further evidenced by the 48 companies placing bids, a record for any Gemfields
emerald auction. While the auction’s overall price-per-carat was also a record, each auction has a slightly different
composition and should not be directly compared.
Despite the robust mining and sales performance, the Kagem team’s sterling efforts are unlikely to be rewarded given
that the auction revenues of USD 79 million are poised to suffer both 15% export duty and 6% mineral royalty tax,
totalling USD 17 million. The 6% mineral royalty tax itself is then again taxed at the corporation tax rate of 30%, as
are Kagem’s profits. The effective tax rate is therefore crippling for any business.
In addition to our stalwart clients from India, we also congratulate Caibaocheng of China and Gemstar of Israel, each
of whom won three lots of fine quality Zambian emeralds.”
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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22 November 2019
Investec Bank Limited
Date: 22/11/2019 07:30:00
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