Gemfields hereby announces the Company’s financial results for the six months ending 30 June 2020 (“2020 Interim Results”). The content of this short-form announcement is the responsibility of the board of directors of the Company. Shareholders are advised that this short-form announcement represents a summary of the information contained in the full announcement and does not contain full or complete details of the financial results.
In accordance with paragraph 3.4(b) of the JSE Limited Listings Requirements, Gemfields is reasonably certain that its net loss after tax will be USD 56.7 million for the six months ending 30 June 2020 compared to a net profit after tax of USD 12.4 million for the six months ending 30 June 2019. In ZAR terms, the net loss after tax is expected to be ZAR 959 million (ZAR 177 million net profit after tax for the comparative period).
In compliance with paragraph 3.83(b) of the JSE Listings Requirements, shareholders are advised that Gemfields has received formal notification from Rational Expectations (Pty) Ltd (“Rational”) on 5 August 2020, that Rational and related parties acquired a beneficial interest in the ordinary shares of the Company, such that the total beneficial interest in ordinary shares of the Company held by Rational is now 7.05% of the total issued shares of the Company. Following the acquisition, Rational held a total of 82,371,221 ordinary shares in the Company.
The Company is pleased to announce the appointment of Liberum Capital Limited (“Liberum”) as the Company’s Joint Broker with immediate effect. finnCap will continue to act as the Company’s Nominated Adviser and Joint Broker.
The Company hereby provides a trading and corporate update including in respect of the COVID-19 pandemic. Gemfields’ priority remains the health and wellbeing of its employees, host communities and customers while striving to safeguard the viability and value of the Company. In each of its countries of operation, Gemfields continues to monitor closely the guidance and advice of the relevant authorities.
Gemfields shareholders are advised that the Company has released information about its business related and operational results and financial position up to and including 30 June 2020. 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.
Mozambican authorities announced on 29 June 2020 that they have dismantled gemstone trafficking networks in Montepuez, in the province of Cabo Delgado, seizing just over four tonnes of various minerals including tourmaline, gold, corundum, quartzites and garnets, in addition to several grams of rubies.
At the Company’s AGM on 24 June 2020, more than 25% (53.74%) of the votes were cast against non-binding advisory vote number 1 (to endorse the Company’s Remuneration Policy) and more than 25% (47.84%) of the votes were cast against non-binding advisory vote number 2 (to endorse the Company’s Remuneration Implementation Report).
Further to the Company’s announcement on 28 April 2020, shareholders are advised that the Company has today de-listed from trading on the BSX.
Shareholders are advised that, at the Company’s Virtual Annual General Meeting (“VAGM”), held today Wednesday 24 June 2020, with the exception of Special Resolution 1, all of the remaining binding resolutions set out in the Notice of Annual General Meeting and proposed at the VAGM were passed by the requisite majority of shareholders.