Gemfields, a world-leading supplier of responsibly sourced, coloured gemstones, is pleased to announce its intention to seek admission of its Ordinary Shares to trading on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange (“Admission”). The Company is not intending to raise capital in conjunction with Admission. The Company expects that Admission will become effective on 14 February 2020.
Gemfields is pleased to announce that the Government of the Republic of Zambia has renewed Kagem Mining Limited’s (“Kagem”) emerald mining licence. The renewal gives Kagem the right to continue mining emeralds for a period of 25 years to April 2045.
Gemfields is pleased to announce the results of an auction of rough rubies in Singapore from 10 – 14 December 2019. The rough rubies were extracted from the licence held and operated by Montepuez Ruby Mining Limitada (“MRM”), which is 75% owned by Gemfields and 25% by local partner Mwiriti Limitada.
Shareholders are advised that at the Company’s Extraordinary General Meeting (“EGM”) held on Wednesday 4 December 2019, both resolutions set out in the notice and proposed at the meeting were passed by the requisite majority of shareholders.
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.
Gemfields announces that Mr Brian Gilbertson will step down as the Chairman and as a director of the Company with effect from 25 November 2019. Mr Martin Tolcher, who has served on the Board since 25 November 2008, will take over as Chairman of the Company.
On 27 September 2019, the Company announced that: (i) it had completed a share buy-back programme, purchasing 143,168,555 shares on-market during the period 11 June – 27 September 2019 at an average price of ZAR 1.50 per share; (ii) the remaining balance of the Distribution Pool (referred to in its announcement of 27 June 2019) stood at USD10.28 million; and (iii) a further announcement would be made regarding the remaining Distribution Pool balance by 25 October 2019.
Further to the announcement on 10th June 2019, the Company initiated a share buy-back programme given that the Board and management believed that the recent trading range of the Gemfields share price significantly undervalues the Company. Gemfields is pleased to announce the completion of its share buy-back programme as a result of purchasing 132,037,181 shares on-market, today, 27th September 2019.
Gemfields is reasonably certain that its net profit after tax will be USD 12.4 million for the 6-month period to 30 June 2019 compared to a net profit after tax of USD 16.0 million for the comparative period of 6 months to 30 June 2018. In ZAR terms, net profit after tax will be ZAR 177 million (ZAR 197 million net profit after tax for the comparative period).
Shareholders are advised that Gemfields has commenced a share repurchase programme of the Company’s ordinary shares. The share repurchase programme has been implemented by the Company in accordance with the general authority received by way of shareholders’ resolutions passed at the annual general meeting held on 10 May 2019.