London-based Gem Diamonds (GEMD.L) is a leading global diamond producer of high value diamonds. The Company owns 70% of the Letšeng mine in Lesotho and 100% of the Ghaghoo mine in Botswana. The Letšeng mine is famous for producing large, top colour, exceptional white diamonds, making it the highest dollar per carat kimberlite diamond mine in the world.
On April 26th, 2018, GEMD published a Q1 trading update, and said during the period Jan 1st, 2018 to 31st March 2018 seven diamonds greater than 100 carats were recovered. The Lesotho Legend, a high-quality 910 carats, D Colour Type IIa diamond, which was recovered on 15th Jan was sold on 12 March for US$40m (US$ 43 912 per carat). This is the second largest gem quality diamond recovered in the past century and the largest diamond recovered to date at the Letšeng mine. 16 diamonds sold for more than US$1m each, generating revenue of US$70.7m during the period. GEMD also said a formal sale process has commenced to sell the Ghaghoo mine. The Group had US$91.3m of cash on hand (US$ 66.7m attributable to Gem Diamonds) and net cash of US$48.1m (US$ 28.9m attributable to Gem Diamonds) at the end of the Period, compared to the Q4 net cash position of US$1.4m. CEO Clifford Elphick said…“ It is encouraging to see the improvement in the frequency of large diamond recoveries during the Period with seven diamonds greater than 100 carats being recovered, supported by strong production results driving an 8% increase in carats recovered. The market for Letšeng’s high-quality diamonds has remained robust over the Period, achieving an average price of US$ 3 276 per carat, up 48% from the previous quarter.” Separately on May 22nd, 2018, GEMD announced the recovery of a 115 carat, top white colour Type IIa diamond from the Letšeng mine. This is the ninth diamond of over 100 carats recovered in 2018, already exceeding the total number of diamonds of over 100 carats recovered in 2017.
In early April 2018, prior to the results announcement, VectorVest flagged the RT (Relative Timing) metric for GEMD, providing early indication of more to come from the steadily rising share price (RT is a fast, smart, accurate indicator of a stock’s price trend). Today at 118p the GEMD RT metric still logs a rating of 1.54, which is excellent on a scale of 0.00 – 2.00. Other high scoring metrics include a GRT (Earnings Growth Rate) of 24%, which VectorVest also considers excellent. Despite trading at year highs of 118p, VectorVest still sees more to come, attributing a current value of 142p.
The chart of GEMD.L is shown above in my normal format. The share was revalued by VectorVest in April 2018 as EPS improved markedly over the past year. The share is trending higher and is on a BUY recommendation on VectorVest after charting a rounded or saucer bottom over the past year.
To be a successful diamond miner requires a world-class mining asset, a great track record and an experienced management team. GEMD has all three in abundance, and no doubt its flagship Letšeng mine is the envy of its competitors, with quite a spectacular series of diamond recoveries already in 2018. With a 115-carat diamond recovery post the trading update and a 48% increase in sale price quarter on quarter, both fundamental and technical VectorVest metrics support further share price gains. Any mining share comes with a relatively high level of risk and a trade in GEMD.L should only be considered by those who can manage risk effectively without emotion.
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