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Lucapa’s Wetherall on the past, present and the future

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25 march 2019

ALROSA’s sales decreased by 44% in January 2019 compared with last year

12 february 2019
alrosa_logo.jpgThis last January, ALROSA Group’s rough sales reached $ 278.2 million, while its polished sales were pegged at $ 3.4 million, bringing the Group’s total revenue to $ 281.5 million, which is -44% compared with January 2018, when its sales amounted to $504.5 million ($499 million in rough sales and $5.5 million in polished sales). The company reported this in a trade update distributed on Tuesday.
The total sales of ALROSA in December 2018 and January 2019 decreased by 17% compared with December 2017 and January 2018. The Russian diamond miner earned $ 601.9 million in December 2018 and January 2019, while it raked in $ 727 million in the same period in 2017 and 2018.
At the same time, the company mentioned that its cumulative sales in December 2016 and January 2017 stood at $ 537 million.
“In January, market activity was lower than usual. After active restocking at the midstream in December 2018 (our December sales were up 20% qoq and up 46% yoy), our January sales came lower. At the same time combined sales in December 2018 and January 2019 reached three years average number of $601.9 million. Sales in the diamond market are always cyclical, and apparently, we are seeing the expected correction after the peak values in previous periods,” Yury Okoemov, ALROSA Deputy CEO, noted.

Victoria Quiri, Correspondent of the European Bureau, Rough&Polished, Strasbourg