Color diamonds are more valuable and desirable and a better investment

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10 september 2018

Reflecting the nature of the industry, US jewellery market is significantly seasonal with great ‘ebb and flow’ in demand, opines Vin Lee

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27 august 2018

Vladimir Zboykov: New times have come for jewelers

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20 august 2018

Changing preconceptions in the diamond and financial markets

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13 august 2018

Petra says 95 pct of rights issue shares subscribed

03 july 2018
Petra Diamonds said it has received valid acceptances for about 95 percent of the rights issue shares offered in a five to eight rights issue announced last May.

Image credit: Petra Diamonds

The company, which has operations in South Africa and Tanzania, had issued 332.8 million shares at 40 pence per share.
It wanted to raise $178 million to settle part of its debt, which was $622 million end of March.
Petra also said subscribers had been obtained for 16.7 million rights issue shares, which represented 5 percent of the rights issue shares at a price of 56.25p per rights issue share.
The subscribers were procured through Petra’s joint bookrunners and underwriters, which comprised RBC Capital Markets, Barclays Bank and BMO Capital Markets.
The net proceeds, it said, from the placing of such rights issue shares would be paid without interest to those persons whose rights had lapsed in accordance with the terms of the rights issue, pro rata to their lapsed provisional allotment.
It said individual amounts of less than £5 would not be paid to such persons but would be paid to the company.

Mathew Nyaungwa, Editor in Chief of the African Bureau, Rough&Polished