Chief executive Clifford Elphick admitted that it had been "some time in coming" as
Stones from Letseng achieved a 29 per cent increase in average selling price to $2,776 (£1,749) per carat, which reflects the first full year of the company's "smart sale" marketing strategy. This sees some stones sold not through traditional auctions, but through jewellers such as Tiffany & Co – with which Gem has a sales agreement for rough stones – to capture the additional value associated with certain brands.
The 'Kholo' project to expand Letseng will see Gem invest $280m to double the tonnage of ore that can be treated and thereby increase annual production to around 180,000 to 200,000 carats by 2014. The company is also developing the Ghaghoo mine in Botswana from which first production is expected next year. Away from Africa, the Ellendale mine in Western Australia continues to struggle and may be sold.
Northland Securities is forecasting 2012 EPS of 74¢.
|GEM DIAMONDS (GEMD)|
|ORD PRICE:||283p||MARKET VALUE:||£392m|
|TOUCH:||282-285p||12-MONTH HIGH:||300p||LOW: 173p|
|DIVIDEND YIELD:||NIL||PE RATIO:||10|
|NET ASSET VALUE:||302¢||NET CASH:||$142m|
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Gem is finally starting to deliver on the potential of its Letseng mine and, on 6 times 2012 earnings estimates, the shares should rise further on completion of near-term growth projects. Hold.
Last IC view: Good value, 189p, 22 Aug 2011