How Russkiye Samotsvety is coping with the current downturn

One of the key issues facing most Russian companies today is the need for an objective assessment of the new consumption decline due to the quarantine, as well as making forecasts for a way out of it. According to a RBC-Petersburg’s study made in June...


Global rough diamond sales down 80-90% in value in Q2 –Zimnisky

The COVID-19 pandemic, which is spreading across the globe, having originated from China’s Wuhan has left diamond traders and buyers at sixes and sevens. Traditional diamond tenders were cancelled around March as governments imposed travel restrictions...

27 july 2020

Indian diamond and polishing industry requires forward integration - Dinesh Navadiya

Dinesh Navadiya is now the Regional Chairman (Gujarat Region) of The Gems & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) of India for the 3rd term. He is also the Director on the Board of the Gem & Jewellery Skill Council of India (GJSCI)...

20 july 2020

GJEPC will focus on demand generation for diamonds and jewellery in the next two years

Mr. Vipul P Shah, Vice Chairman, GJEPC and also CEO & Managing Director of Asian Star Co. Ltd. has a rich experience in the diamond industry. His business acumen and professional conduct have contributed significantly in transforming a diamond manufacturing...

13 july 2020

The need for significant capital investments will be the main trend in the diamond mining industry in 2021-2030

The prospects of the diamond industry in the post-crisis period are discussed by the Rough&Polished correspondent with Sergey Mityukhin, Candidate of Geological and Mineralogical Sciences, Honored Geologist of the Russian Federation.

06 july 2020

Mountain Province Diamonds obtains waiver under revolving credit facility

20 july 2020
Mountain Province Diamonds Inc. has entered into a waiver agreement related to the revolving credit facility with The Bank of Nova Scotia and Nedbank Limited, London Branch, as per
The waiver exempts the miner from compliance with financial covenants including the total leverage ratio, total net worth tests that it would otherwise have had to satisfy as of June 30, 2020. Also, it removes the miner’s covenant to maintain a minimum cash balance. In exchange, the Company has agreed to a reduction in the size of the revolving credit facility to $25 mln
from $50 mln and the imposition of additional covenants.
The miner under the Credit Agreement is also required to maintain certain performance metrics with respect to net cash flows and expenditures.
In addition, Mountain Province is required to demonstrate progress by August 31, 2020 to be able to enter into a binding financing commitment by September 30, 2020 in order to repay the revolving credit facility. The Waiver contains customary representations and warranties and events of default.
Mountain Province is also continues its negotiations with its major shareholder and other financial institutions to secure additional debt facilities in order to repay the current lenders and meet short term obligations and will update the market accordingly.

Aruna Gaitonde, Editor in Chief of the Asian Bureau, Rough & Polished