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Firestone lifts Q2 grade to 25.4 cpht, but output drops to 225k ct

04 february 2019

firestone_diamonds_logo.pngFirestone Diamonds produced 224,947 carats in the second quarter of the company's 2019 financial year compared with the first quarter’s 240,733 carats.
The latest output resulted in a year-to-date total of 465,680 carats, which was on track with the company’s guidance of between 820,000 and 870,000 carats for the financial year 2019.
A higher grade of 25.4 cpht was also achieved during the quarter compared with the first quarter’s 23.8 cpht.
However, Firestone said that the grade was expected to decrease during the second half of the financial year as mining returns to the lower grade ore blocks in the northern part of the pit during the rainy season.
The company also sold 191,735 carats during the period under review, realising revenue of $13.9 million at an average value of $72 per carat.
"We had a reasonable second quarter, barring a scrubber failure sustained in November, ending the financial half year with all our production parameters on track to meet guidance by year end,” said Firestone chief executive Paul Bosma.
“The demand for the smaller, lower value stones deteriorated further during the quarter albeit that it stabilised at the December sale and remained at the same level for the January sale.”
He said the demand for larger, better quality stones remained strong.

Mathew Nyaungwa, Editor in Chief of the African Bureau, from Cape Town, South Africa, Rough&Polished