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Gemfields announces emerald auction results
Gemfields is pleased to announce the result of an auction of predominantly commercial quality rough emerald held in Lusaka, Zambia from 19-22 August 2019
By: Diamond World News Service
Aug 27 2019 11:45AM
Reference: 22456  


The emeralds were extracted by Kagem Mining Ltd in Zambia (“Kagem”, which is 75% owned by Gemfields and 25% by the Industrial Development Corporation of Zambia). The proceeds of this auction will be fully repatriated to Kagem in Zambia, with all royalties due to the Government of the Republic of Zambia being paid on the full sales prices achieved at the auction.

Highlights – Emerald Auction

• Auction revenues of USD 18.6 million
• Of the 35 lots offered, 26 were sold (74%)
• Average price of USD 4.75 per carat
• 37% (*) of the carats offered were sold
• The 33 auctions of Kagem gemstones held since July 2009 have generated USD 608 million in total revenues

The auction saw 34 companies placing bids, generating total revenues of USD 18.6 million with an overall average
value of USD 4.75 per carat. The auction saw 37% of the offered carats being sold (or 74% of the number of lots

Gemfields’ 33 auctions of emeralds and beryl mined at Kagem since July 2009 have generated USD 608 million in
total revenues. The results of the five most recent commercial quality Kagem auctions are summarised in the table

The specific auction mix and the quality of the lots offered at each auction vary in characteristics such as size, colour
and clarity on account of variations in mined production and market demand. Therefore the results of each auction
are not always directly comparable.

Adrian Banks, Gemfields’ Managing Director of Product & Sales, commented: “We are pleased that the green shoots of recovery in the emerald sector first observed at our May 2019 emerald auction in Singapore have continued to grow this week in Lusaka. The Indian market, which is particularly important when it comes to commercial quality emeralds and which has been navigating challenging conditions for some time, appears to have turned the corner and we hope will continue to go from strength to strength. This auction saw the highest number of participating companies at any of our commercial quality auctions held in Lusaka, and we congratulate Caibaocheng on becoming the first Chinese customer to win at any Gemfields emerald auction. As usual, and given our long-term vision and loyalty to the true value of Zambian emeralds, we have elected to retain auction lots that we believe command higher prices than those presently offered by the market. Kagem’s biggest impediment remains the 15% Zambian export duty imposed on emeralds since 1 January 2019. When combined with the pre-existing 6% mineral royalty tax, Zambian emerald exporters must now pay an effective 21% turnover tax on their revenues. The financial impact is being acutely felt by incumbent producers like Kagem, severely inhibiting money available for capital investment in growth and handing the tactical advantage to other emerald- producing countries like Brazil and Colombia, neither of which have any export duty on emeralds. We continue to liaise with the key government departments in seeking resolution and remain hopeful that a solution will be found”.

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