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Mining Sell-Off Highlights Sector’s Woes
Just as the sun emerged from behind the clouds and diamond demand began to recover from a glut in the manufacturing sector, the coronavirus pandemic hit. Its rapid spread forced many miners to shut down...
Mining Aug 06, 2020 Leah Meirovich
The new Cullinan plan
Petra Revenue Falls to Nine-Year Low
Petra Diamonds’ full-year sales dropped to their lowest level in almost a decade as the coronavirus aggravated an already weak rough market.Revenue fell 36% to $295.8 million in the fiscal year ending June 30, reflecting sluggish rough...
Mining Jul 26, 2020 Rapaport News
Rough diamonds
Petra Sells Botswana Business for $300K
Petra Diamonds has sold three exploration projects to Botswana Diamonds for $300,000, the mining companies announced Monday.The transaction includes Petra’s KX36 project, a kimberlite in Botswana the miner discovered in 2010, as well as two other...
Rough Markets Jul 21, 2020 Rapaport News
Petra Mines
Petra’s Tough Sales Pitch
The current plight of Petra Diamonds is a frustrating example of the impact Covid-19 has had on the diamond industry, highlighting the lack of readiness for such a downturn.As an important mid-tier diamond miner, the company has annual...
Mining Jul 16, 2020 Avi Krawitz
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Petra Seeks Buyer for Its Business
Petra Diamonds plans to sell the company as it struggles with mounting debt.The company owns the Cullinan, Finsch and Koffiefontein mines in South Africa. It also operates the Williamson deposit in Tanzania, which is currently on care and...
Mining Jun 28, 2020 Rapaport News
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Petra Mulls June Tender After Rough-Price Slump
Petra Diamonds is considering whether to hold a rough tender in June after a market slowdown prompted it to cancel its May sale.Prices fell 27% in March and April compared with February as the Covid-19 pandemic reduced business activity...
Mining May 31, 2020 Rapaport News
Petra
Petra to Postpone Debt Repayment
Petra Diamonds plans to delay the next interest payment on its $650 million bond to preserve liquidity for business operations.The miner has spoken to its lenders about drawing on its revolving credit facility, it said Friday....
Mining May 03, 2020 Rapaport News
Miners
Heavy Debt Looms over Mining Shutdown
A number of diamond-mining companies that have halted production during the COVID-19 crisis will find it difficult to resume operations amid their struggles with debt, analysts have predicted.The warning comes after several miners announced...
Mining Apr 23, 2020 Leah Meirovich
Petra
Petra Sees Rough Prices Drop 27%
Rough prices slumped at Petra Diamonds’ March tenders as buyers sought discounts due to the slowdown in the market caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.Goods from Petra’s South African mines sold for 27% less than in February...
Mining Apr 12, 2020 Rapaport News
Petra Cullinan mine plant
Rough Prices Slide 24% at Petra Tender
Rough prices slumped at Petra Diamonds’ March tenders in South Africa and Antwerp as the severe slowdown in the market virtually wiped out demand.Goods from Petra’s South Africa mines sold for 24% less than...
Mining Mar 29, 2020 Rapaport News
Petra Finsch mine
South Africa, Lesotho Mines Set for Shutdown
Petra Diamonds, Gem Diamonds, Firestone Diamonds and Lucapa Diamond Company are suspending operations at their mines in South Africa and Lesotho due to government measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus.South Africa has introduced...
Mining Mar 25, 2020 Rapaport News
Miners coronavirus
Production Continues as Miners Fight Virus Impact
Alrosa, Petra Diamonds and Lucara Diamond Corp. are among the companies putting special procedures in place in preparation for a possible coronavirus outbreak, while still continuing operations at their mines.Alrosa, which has not had...
Mining Mar 19, 2020 Leah Meirovich
Petra
Challenging Market Weighs on Petra
Shares in Petra Diamonds slipped 16% in early trading Monday after the miner reported a net loss for the first fiscal half, and warned of operational problems that could affect annual production.The company reported...
Mining Feb 17, 2020 Rapaport News
Petra
Petra Revenue Drops as Prices Weaken
Petra Diamonds’ shares fell 11% in early trading Monday after the miner reported a slide in revenue resulting from weak rough prices.Revenue fell 6% to $193.9 million in the first fiscal half ending December 31, while...
Mining Jan 27, 2020 Rapaport News
Top Diamonds of 2019
Diamonds That Created a Buzz in 2019
It was another big year for big diamonds, with several stones that raked in big bucks, set records, or otherwise made headlines. These were the stones that caught our attention in 2019.Biggest money makers1....
Polished Markets Dec 31, 2019 Leah Meirovich
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Petra Names New Chairman
Petra Diamonds has appointed Peter Hill as non-executivechairman, succeeding company founder Adonis Pouroulis, who is stepping down,the company said Tuesday. Hill is currently non-executive chairman of geotechnicalcontractor Keller Group and of building-products company Volution Group....
Mining Dec 17, 2019 Rapaport News
Petra
Petra’s South African Operations Back on Track
Operations at Petra Diamonds’ South African mines haveresumed after the local electricity provider lifted restrictions on power usage. “The company’s mining operations in South Africa are…nowoperating at normal load levels,” the miner said Thursday....
Mining Dec 12, 2019 Rapaport News
Petra
Petra Forced to Halt Production in South Africa
Petra Diamonds has had to put operations on hold at itsthree South African mines, due to a restriction on power usage enforced by the local electricity provider. Eskom has told the miner to limit its power usage to “essential...
Mining Dec 10, 2019 Rapaport News
Petra
Petra Launches Artisanal Mining at South Africa Site
Petra Diamonds has launched a small-scale mining initiativeat its Koffiefontein deposit that will provide work for the local South Africancommunity. The miner will give some of its tailings — ore thathas already been...
Mining Oct 31, 2019 Rapaport News
Petra
Petra Evacuates Cullinan After Wall Collapse
Three million tonnes of material fell into the open pit of Petra Diamonds’ Cullinanmine in South Africa during a thunderstorm Saturday, the companysaid Wednesday. The collapse generated alarge plume of dust, which had “some effect...
Mining Oct 30, 2019 Rapaport News
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