Gemfields is pleased to announce the results of an auction of higher quality rough emeralds held in Singapore from 14 – 17 May 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.
Shareholders are advised that at the Company’s Annual General Meeting (“AGM”) held on Friday 10th May 2019, all of the binding resolutions set out in the notice and proposed at the meeting were passed by the requisite majority of shareholders.
Montepuez Ruby Mining (MRM) has observed increasing numbers of illegal miner pit collapse incidents in 2019, resulting in the loss of multiple lives. MRM has responded by providing humanitarian assistance in rescue and recovery operations, as well as increasing on-site signage warning of the dangers of illegal mining and campaigning to raise awareness among the local communities and government officials to assist in tackling the issue.
Gemfields wishes to advise that, in relation to its Annual General Meeting (“AGM”) to be held on 10th May 2019 at 10 a.m. (BST), the proxy forms originally sent to shareholders on 10th April 2019 inadvertently omitted two non-binding advisory votes shown on the Notice of AGM, as follows: Endorsement of the Company’s Remuneration Policy; and Endorsement of the Company’s Remuneration Implementation Report.
In compliance with paragraph 3.83(b) of the JSE Listings Requirements, the Company hereby discloses the acquisition of a beneficial interest of 0.1226% in the Company’s securities by Investec Limited (“Investec”). The acquisition resulted in Investec’s percentage holding in the Company’s securities increasing from 4.9538% to 5.0764%. Following the acquisition, Investec held a total of 72,677,822 ordinary shares in the Company.
The Board of Directors of Gemfields (the “Board”) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a conditional sale and purchase agreement with AMCI Euro Holdings B.V. (“AMCI”), pursuant to which Gemfields (through its wholly owned subsidiary, Pallinghurst Consolidated (Cayman) Ltd (“PCCL”)) has agreed to sell, and AMCI has agreed to purchase, 145,845,372 ordinary shares (the “Transaction”) in ASX-listed Jupiter (the “Jupiter Shares”), such shares constituting Gemfields’ entire remaining holding in Jupiter following its participation in Jupiter’s IPO last year.
Gemfields shareholders are advised that the Company has released information about its business related and operational results and financial position up to and including 31 December 2018. The figures have been produced on a monthly‐basis for Gemfields’ 75% owned Kagem emerald mine, its 75% owned Montepuez ruby mine and Fabergé – the iconic luxury brand.
Gemfields confirms today that it has agreed, on a no-admission-of-liability basis, the settlement of all claims brought by English law firm Leigh Day on behalf of individuals living in the vicinity of Montepuez Ruby Mining Limitada’s (MRM) mining concession in northern Mozambique. The settlement figure is GBP 5.8 million comprising the sum to be distributed to the claimants by Leigh Day and their legal expenses. In its voluntary statement dated 12 February 2018, Gemfields recognised that, in the past, instances of violence have occurred on and around the MRM licence area, both before and after Gemfields’ arrival in Montepuez.
Gemfields is pleased to announce the publication of a Competent Persons Reports (“CPR”) produced by SRK Consulting (UK) Ltd (“SRK”) in respect of Montepuez Ruby Mining Limitada (“MRM”), which is 75% owned by Gemfields and 25% by local Mozambican partner Mwiriti Limitada. The CPR includes ‘Mineral Resource’ and ‘Mineral Reserve’ estimates (at 31 August 2018) in accordance with the 2016 edition of the South African Code for the reporting of exploration results, Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves (the SAMREC Code or “SAMREC”).
On 9 November 2018, Gemfields Canada Inc. (a 100% subsidiary of Gemfields) agreed to sell its 50% stake in Kariba Minerals Ltd (“Kariba”), the Zambian amethyst mine, to ZCCM Investments Holdings plc (“ZCCM”). The Company is set to receive USD 2,500,000 in consideration for the disposal of its shares to ZCCM. The transaction is subject to various administrative steps and regulatory approvals, including from the Zambian Competition and Consumer Protection Commission and the Zambian Ministry of Mines. The transaction is currently expected to complete early in Q1 2019. As part of the agreement, Gemfields has agreed to discharge all outstanding sums owed by Kariba to the Company.