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FY2016 Trading Update and FY2017 Guidance Update

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FY2016 Trading Update and FY2017 Guidance Update

RNS Number : 0583F

Petra Diamonds Limited

25 July 2016

25 July 2016
LSE: PDL

Petra Diamonds Limited

("Petra" or the "Company" or the "Group")

Trading Update for the Year ended 30 June 2016

FY 2017 Guidance Update

Petra Diamonds Limited announces its Trading Update (unaudited) for the year ended 30 June 2016 (the "Year" or "FY 2016"), ahead of its preliminary results for the Year ("Prelim Results"), which will be released on 19 September 2016.

The Company also announces updated analyst guidance for the year to 30 June 2017 ("FY 2017").

FY 2016 HIGHLIGHTS

· FY 2016 production up 16% to 3.7 Mcts (FY 2015: 3.2 Mcts), above Company guidance of 3.6 - 3.65 Mcts.

· FY 2016 revenue up 1% to US$430.9 million (FY 2015: US$425.0 million), mainly due to an increase in volumes sold, most notably tailings carats sold from the newly established Kimberley Ekapa Mining ("KEM") operation, partially offset by softer Diamond prices in FY 2016.

· Rough Diamond prices on a like for like basis down ca. 6% for the Year, compared to FY 2015. The market showed signs of recovery and stabilisation during H2 FY 2016.

· Total FY 2016 operating costs for SA operations increased in ZAR terms mainly due to inclusion of KEM from 18 January 2016. Absolute costs remained in-line with expectations despite ongoing inflationary pressures. The weakening in the Rand for the Year had a positive impact on the Dollar reported operating costs; further detail will be given in the Prelim Results announcement.

· FY 2016 Operational Capex (excluding capitalised borrowing costs) of US$294.2 million (FY 2015: US$252.0 million).

· Cash at bank at Year end of US$46.1 million (30 June 2015: US$166.2 million); this figure excludes debtors from the June Diamond tenders received shortly after Year end of US$60.2 million (30 June 2015: US$57.6 million).

· Net debt at 30 June 2016 of US$387.4 million (30 June 2015: US$172.1 million); Petra expects to be within the required covenant ratios for the measurement period as at 30 June 2016.

FY 2017 GUIDANCE HIGHLIGHTS

· Expected FY 2017 production of 4.6 - 4.8 Mcts (100% basis), an increase of 25 - 30% on FY 2016 attributable production.

· Petra's stated long-term target of ca. 5 Mcts expected to be reached in FY 2018, a year earlier than originally anticipated, with production rising to ca. 5.3 Mcts by FY 2019. Production targets post FY 2019 will be set by focusing on maximising overall value, as opposed to maximising volumes.

· Total FY 2017 on-mine cash costs expected to increase by ca. 16% on FY 2016 for the South African operations (in ZAR terms) and ca. 5% for Williamson in Tanzania due to:

o increased tonnage throughput to ca. 24 Mt (FY 2016: 19 Mt) (most notably at KEM) (ca. 50% of overall increase); and

o inflationary increases (ca. 50% of overall increase).

· FY 2017 Capex (excluding capitalised borrowing costs) of ca. US$218 million, against previous guidance of ca. US$175 million (in comparable FY 2017 money terms), mainly due to additional spend at Cullinan (US$16 million) and KEM (US$25 million), as set out in the 'Operations' section.

· FY 2017 Capex will be substantially lower than FY 2016 and is the final year of significant spend for the Group's expansion programme. Capex is expected to fall to ca. US$130 million in FY 2018, and ca. US$85 million in FY 2019 (FY 2017 money terms, converted at an exchange rate of ZAR14:US$1). These higher than previously guided levels of spend in FY 2018 and FY 2019 reflect the additional Capex required at KEM and are commensurate with the higher levels of production guidance. KEM's Capex is fully funded by its own cash generation.

· Petra expects to become free cash flow positive during FY 2017 as the Group's expansion programmes are set to deliver the production ramp-up from undiluted mining areas.

· Effective 1 July 2016: completion of the restructuring of the Group and its black economic empowerment ("BEE") partner structures, allowing for a simplified Group structure. The Itumeleng Petra Diamonds Employee Trust ("IPDET") now holds a consistent 12% interest in each of the Group's South African operations, with Petra's commercial BEE partners holding the remaining 14% interest and being now incorporated into a single vehicle, Kago Diamonds (Pty) Ltd ("Kago").

FY 2016 Production, Sales and Capex - Summary1

Unit
Year ended
30 June 2016²
Year ended
30 June 2015
Variance
Production
ROM diamonds
Carats
2,582,135
2,276,168
+13%
Tailings & other3diamonds
Carats
1,119,270
910,307
+23%
Total diamonds
Carats
3,701,405
3,186,475
+16%
Tonnages
ROM tonnes
Mt
11.3
11.1
+2%
Tailings & other tonnes
Mt
7.7
6.0
+28%
Total tonnes
Mt
19.0
17.1
+11%
Sales
Diamonds sold
Carats
3,448,084
3,168,650
+9%
Revenue
US$M
430.9
425.0
+1%
Capex
Expansion
US$M
273.1
212.0
+29%
Sustaining
US$M
21.9
47.4
-54%
Borrowing Costs Capitalised
US$M
26.5
14.7
+80%
Total
US$M
321.5
274.1
+17%

Note:

1. Detailed mine by mine information is included in the Appendix to this announcement.

2. FY 2016 production, sales and Capex stated on an attributable basis, including 75.9% of the KEM operation from 18 January 2016 to 30 June 2016.

3. 'Other' includes mining of the Ebenhaezer satellite kimberlite pipe at Koffiefontein and alluvial Diamond mining at Williamson.

Johan Dippenaar, CEO of Petra Diamonds, commented:

"Petra has recorded further strong growth, leading to record production levels for the Year and the expectation that the Group will reach its long-stated target of ca. 5 Mcts by FY 2018, a year earlier than previously anticipated.

"Our peak Capex year is now behind us and due to the advanced nature of our development programmes and the new mining areas coming on stream, we expect the Group as a whole to start generating free cashflow from FY 2017 onwards.

"Petra is fully financed to completion of its expansion programmes, all of which remain on track, and its financial position is in line with expectations, including the related debt facility covenant measurements."

CONFERENCE CALLS

Petra will host two conference calls today to discuss the FY 2016 Trading Update and FY 2017 Guidance with investors and analysts.

Detailed guidance documents can be downloaded from the 'Analyst Guidance' page of Petra's website at:www.petradiamonds.com/investors/analysts/analyst-guidance. Participants on the calls are recommended to have these documents to hand.

First Call - 9:30am BST

UK Toll-Free Number: 0808 237 0040

From South Africa (toll free): 0800 222 290

From the rest of the world: 020 3428 1542

Participant passcode: 51027571#

A replay of the conference call will be available on the following numbers:

From UK (toll free): 0808 237 0026

From South Africa and the rest of the world: +44 20 3426 2807

Playback passcode: 674356#

Second call - 4:30pm BST

This will be a shorter Q&A call only to cater for international investors. Participants are therefore advised to listen to the replay of the earlier conference call in advance, as the full management commentary will not be repeated.

From the United States (toll free): 1866 928 7517

From the rest of the world: 020 3428 1542

From the UK (toll free): 0808 237 0040

From South Africa (toll free): 0800 222 290

Participant passcode: 49876733#

A replay of the 4:30pm BST conference call with international investors will be available on the following numbers:

From UK (toll free): 0808 237 0026

From South Africa and the rest of the world: +44 20 3426 2807

Playback passcode: 674358#

OPERATIONS

· Production rose 16% to 3.7 Mcts for FY 2016 (FY 2015: 3.2 Mcts) due to increased contribution from undiluted ROM ore and additional production from KEM following the acquisition of Kimberley Mines on 18 January 2016.

· The Group's main expansion projects at Finsch and Cullinan continue to progress well, with the key project milestones delivered in line with expectations.

· FY 2016 Operational Capex of ca. US$294.2 million (excluding borrowing costs), 10% lower than original guidance of US$326.7 million (at an exchange rate of R11.25:US$1), due to the weakening of the ZAR/$ exchange rate (actual FY 2016 average exchange rate of ZAR14.51:US$1), partially offset by inflationary pressures (ca. 5%), acceleration of spend at Cullinan (mainly plant related) and at Finsch (underground development related), and US$2.5 million relating to additional waste stripping at Williamson.

· Total Group and Operations Capex for the Year, including capitalised borrowing costs, are set out in the tables in the Appendix.

· Expected FY 2017 production increase of 25 - 30% to 4.6 - 4.8 Mcts, split as to ca. 2.1 Mcts in H1 and ca. 2.6 Mcts in H2.

Finsch

FY 2016 Results:

· Production increased 7% to 2,214,064 carats (FY 2015: 2,065,875 carats), mainly due to an increase in ROM tonnes and ROM grades, partially offset by a reduction in tailings tonnes and grades.

· The capital programme delivered first production from the Block 5 SLC during Q4 FY 2016.

Guidance:

· The continued ramp-up of the Block 5 SLC will result in an average ROM grade of ca. 54 cpht during FY 2017.

· Expected ROM production of ca. 3.8 Mtpa at an average grade of 55 - 58 cpht for the period FY 2018 to FY 2019.

· Finsch's steady state ROM production will be at 3.5 Mtpa (yielding ca. 2 Mcts p.a.) from FY 2020 onwards.

· Treatment of the Pre 79 Tailings is planned at 1.3 Mt at a grade of ca. 17 cpht for FY 2017 and is expected to come to an end during Q4 FY 2017.

· FY 2017 unit cost is guided at ZAR230 per total tonne treated.

· Capex for the period FY 2017 to FY 2019 remains largely in line with previous guidance.

· Post FY 2019, the expected expansion capital required for the Block 5 Block Cave is guided at ca. US$25 - 30 million per annum (FY 2017 money terms, converted at an exchange rate of ZAR14:US$1) to be incurred over the five year period from FY 2020 to FY 2024, with the new block cave contributing 3.5 Mtpa from FY 2023 / FY 2024.

Cullinan

FY 2016 Results:

· Production decreased 7% to 680,813 carats (FY 2015: 729,496 carats) due to the decision taken to reduce ROM throughput during FY 2016 to focus on grade control.

· The mitigating measures to manage the ROM grade at Cullinan as the mine transitions from the old mining areas to the new block cave continued to yield results in FY 2016, with a continued improvement in the ROM grade to 30.3 cpht achieved for H2 FY 2016 versus 25.7 cpht for H1 FY 2016.

Guidance:

· The C-Cut Phase 1 project is progressing well and in line with expectations. The C-Cut Phase 1 Block Cave production ramp up will continue during FY 2017, and is expected to contribute ca. 1 Mt of FY 2017's planned ROM throughput of 2.8 Mt. The remainder of ROM tonnes will consist of pillar and reclamation mining of 1 Mt (providing access to largely undiluted areas) and old, diluted mining areas of 0.8 Mt. This increase in tonnage throughput of undiluted ore is expected to increase the ROM grade to 33 - 35 cpht in H1 FY 2017 and 42 - 44 cpht in H2 FY 2017, resulting in a planned average ROM grade of ca. 39 cpht in FY 2017.

· ROM grade is expected to increase further to ca. 47 cpht by FY 2018 and to ca. 50 cpht by FY 2019, when Cullinan's C-Cut Phase 1 Block Cave is in full production (yielding undiluted ore) and the new Cullinan Plant is in operation (providing improved Diamond liberation). The plant configuration has been altered to utilise slotted screens resulting in an effective bottom cut of 1.1 - 1.2 mm (up from the previous 1.0 mm). This change has resulted in lower ROM grades being guided for FY 2018 and FY 2019 due to a reduction in the planned recovery of finer diamonds, while maintaining the average value per tonne at levels commensurate with previous guidance.

· The construction of the new Cullinan Plant is progressing well and in line with expectations. The commissioning of the new plant is planned to commence during Q3 FY 2017 and is expected to be complete and fully operational during Q4 FY 2017.

· During FY 2017, ca. 0.4 Mt of higher grade recovery tailings will be treated at a grade of ca. 25 cpht. From FY 2018 onwards, tailings treatment is planned at ca. 2.4 Mtpa at a grade of ca. 7 - 8 cpht.

· FY 2017 unit cost is guided at ZAR290 per total tonne treated.

· FY 2017 expansion Capex for Cullinan is guided at ca. US$100 million (FY 2017 money terms, converted at an exchange rate of ZAR14:US$1), with US$36 million attributable to the new Cullinan Plant and US$42 million attributable to the C-Cut Phase 1 project. An additional US$16 million has been earmarked for enlarging the C-Cut footprint, extending towards the Eastern side of the orebody. This will enable the decommissioning of the older mining areas in the B-Cut during FY 2018 (two years earlier than previously planned), allowing for production to be focused on just two areas (as opposed to the current five areas). Cost savings associated with this simplified mining operation will enable the Company to counter ongoing inflationary pressures.

Koffiefontein

FY 2016 Results:

· Production increased 37% to 62,190 carats (FY 2015: 45,384 carats), due to an increase in ROM tonnes treated as the SLC project commenced ramping up to its planned throughput of 1.1 Mtpa.

· As the SLC was in the process of ramping up during Q4 FY 2016, the majority of production was sourced from the diluted 52 mL, resulting in grade underperformance. Grades are expected to increase in line with the FY 2017 guided mine plan.

Guidance:

· The SLC will continue ramping up during FY 2017, with ROM throughput planned at 1.1 Mtpa at an average grade of ca. 8 cpht for FY 2017.

· FY 2017 ROM unit cost is guided at ZAR310 per tonne.

· FY 2017 expansion Capex is guided at ca. US$11 million, mainly relating to the Capex to be spent on the SLC project.

Kimberley Ekapa Mining

FY 2016 Results:

· The combined KEM operations (as announced on 8 July 2016), comprising the Kimberley Underground mine and the numerous KEM tailings operations, resulted in Petra's attributable production increasing to 531,469 carats for the Year. Petra's results, including Diamond production and revenues from resultant Diamond sales, reflect Petra's attributable interest of 75.9% in the KEM consortium.

Guidance:

· Petra will report production from KEM as one business unit going forward with 'ROM production' relating to production from Kimberley Underground and 'Tailings production' relating to production from the various tailings operations. Petra intends to consolidate KEM's results on a 100% basis (with an appropriate minority interest) from FY 2017 onwards.

· The combined operations will yield synergies leading to cost savings in overheads, processing and hauling costs, and will allow for a ca. 20 year mine plan.

· FY 2017 ROM production is planned at ca. 1.2 Mt ROM at a grade of ca. 16 cpht. The aforementioned synergies will allow for increased longer-term production levels at Kimberley Underground, with ROM tonnages planned to reach steady state of ca. 1.6 Mtpa from FY 2019 onwards.

· FY 2017 tailings treatment is planned at ca. 8.6 Mt at an average grade of 9 - 10 cpht.

· The KEM business plan envisages a combined steady state throughput of ca. 8.5 - 9 Mtpa (ca. 1.6 Mtpa ROM and 7.2 Mtpa tailings).

· FY 2017 expansion Capex is guided at ca. US$30 million, with US$25 million attributable to underground development and shaft upgrades to increase ROM throughput to 1.6 Mtpa, and US$5 million attributable to CTP plant enhancements to increase throughput from ca. 6 Mtpa to 8.5 - 9.0 Mtpa, as well as introducing a crushing circuit in order to treat ROM material.

Williamson

FY 2016 Results:

· Production increased 5% to 212,869 carats (FY 2015: 202,265 carats), mainly due to an increase in both the ROM and alluvial grade of the tonnes treated for the Year.

· Additional waste stripping during the Year has yielded a more flexible mining plan.

Guidance:

· ROM throughput is planned at 4.6 Mt at a grade of ca. 6 cpht during FY 2017, in line with previous guidance, as the enhancements made to the plant (introduction of an additional crusher circuit and two autogenous mills) come into effect during FY 2017.

· Throughput is expected to increase to ca. 5 Mtpa by FY 2018 at a grade of ca. 7 cpht, resulting in a 7 - 10% increase in revenue per tonne compared to the FY 2017 guided level of 6 cpht.

· FY 2017 unit cost is guided at US$10 per tonne treated.

· Total Capex is guided at US$8.5 million for FY 2017.

REVENUE AND Diamond MARKET

Diamond Market

· As previously noted, the rough Diamond market experienced challenging conditions in H1 FY 2016, as it continued to be impacted by excess polished inventory in the pipeline, liquidity issues in the midstream, the strong US Dollar and a slowdown in retail demand from China. However, further to reduced supply from the major Diamond producers, the market stabilised in early calendar 2016, with good sales demand from the midstream of the Diamond pipeline (the cutting and polishing / manufacturing segment) leading to improved sales volumes of rough diamonds.

· Given that the first half of the calendar year is the seasonally stronger time for the rough Diamond market, Petra remains cautious with regards to the market outlook for the remainder of the calendar year. Market conditions are likely to depend on continued supply control from the major producers to the midstream and stable retail demand, particularly in the US, the largest global market.

Petra Sales

· Gross Group revenue for FY 2016 increased 1% to US$430.9 million (FY 2015: US$425.0 million) due to an increase in volumes sold, partially offset by a softer rough Diamond market for the Year, as well as a higher proportion of sales from lower value tailings production.

· Carats sold for the Year increased 9% to 3,448,084 (FY 2015: 3,168,650).

FY 2016 Diamond Prices

· Rough Diamond prices fell ca. 9% in H1 FY 2016, before recovering ca. 3% in H2 due to the stabilisation of the Diamond market, as noted above, leading to rough prices being overall down ca. 6% for the Year.

Mine
Actual
US$/ct¹
H1 FY 2016
Actual
US$/ct¹
H2 FY 2016
Actual ranges per tender2
US$/ct
FY 2016
Actual
US$/ct1
FY 2016
Actual
US$/ct1
FY 2015
Finsch
82
95
70 - 105
89
90
Cullinan3
110
134
80 - 138
126
174
Koffiefontein
459
466
340 - 594
462
386
Kimberley Ekapa Mining
2544
109
92 - 2875
132
302
Williamson6
367
395
215 - 278
384
298

Notes:

1. All sales (both ROM and tailings) including 'Exceptional Diamonds' (stones above US$5 million in value) were used to calculate the above average values.

2. Excluding exceptional diamonds.

3. Excluding exceptional diamonds, the average value per carat for FY 2016 was US$109 and for FY 2015 was US$119.

4. The average value for H1 FY 2016 related to ROM sales only.

5. Wide range due to H1 FY 2016 tenders being ROM sales only; H2 FY 2016 combined ROM and tailings sales.

6. Excluding exceptional diamonds, the average value per carat for H1 FY 2016 was US$241, for H2 FY 2016 was US$235 and for FY 2016 was US$238 per carat.

FY 2017 Diamond Price Guidance:

· Given Petra's cautious outlook for the Diamond market, the Company is using flat pricing on a like for like basis in its models for FY 2017. However, the continued shift from the old, diluted mining areas to the new, undiluted mining areas, as well as the higher contribution of ROM carats versus tailings at the Company's underground mines in South Africa, is expected to see an improved product mix at Finsch, Cullinan and Koffiefontein, leading to a higher average value per carat.

· The price guidance below is provided to assist analysts with modelling the Company, given the considerable variability between the average values of ROM and tailings carats across Petra's operations. It should be noted that price variability is often witnessed from tender to tender due to specific parcel make-up and uncertain market conditions could result in deviations from the guided prices below.

Mine
Guidance
ROM
FY 2017
(US$/ct)
Guidance
Tailings
FY 2017
(US$/ct)
Guidance
Weighted Average1&2
FY 2017
(US$/ct)
Finsch
104 - 110
55 - 60
100 - 105
Cullinan
110 - 120
60 - 65
105 - 115
Koffiefontein
520 - 550
n/a
520 - 550
Kimberley Ekapa Mining
260 - 275
95 - 100
125 - 130
Williamson
220 - 235
190 - 200
220 - 230

Notes:

1. Guidance above is based on expected weighted average prices for full year FY 2017, incorporating all sales of ROM and tailings carats, but not including Exceptional Diamonds.

2. Exceptional Diamonds added an average of ca. US$23 million per annum to revenues over the last eight years (FY 2009 being the year during which Petra took over the Cullinan mine). Over the last two years, this average has increased to ca. US$36 million per annum.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

· Group LTIFR for the Year was 0.29, in line with the 0.29 achieved in FY 2015.

· The Company remains highly committed to achieving a zero harm work environment.

FINANCIAL

· A summary of the Group's current cash, Diamond inventories, debtors, borrowings and net debt is set out below.

Unit
30 June 2016
30 June 2015
Exchange rate used for conversion
R14.68:US$1
R12.16:US$1
Cash at bank
US$m
46.1
166.2
Diamond inventories
US$m
Carats
45.41
549,620
33.5
339,489
Diamond debtors
US$m
60.2
57.6
US$300 million loan notes (issued May 2015) including accrued interest
US$m
302.0
303.3
Bank loans and borrowings
US$m
131.5
35.0
Net debt
US$m
387.4
172.1
Bank facilities undrawn and available
ZARm
1,5252
2,800
US$m
6.1
25.0
Total US$m
110.0
255.1

Notes:

1. Diamond inventory increase mainly due to KEM.

2. Effective 1 July 2016, an additional ZAR185 million was added to the ZAR banking facilities.

CORPORATE

· Effective 1 July 2016, the Group completed a restructuring of several of its Group entities, as well as that of its affiliated BEE partners, with the aim of establishing a simplified Group structure. The process resulted in the following key objectives being achieved:

o the introduction of a South African holding company, Luxanio 105 (Pty) Ltd, to house the interests in the South African operating entities under one simplified structure;

o the alignment of the IPDET's holding in Finsch, Koffiefontein and KEM with that of Cullinan, at a consistent 12%;

o the incorporation of the Group's long-term commercial BEE partners under a single robust structure: Kago; and

o continued full compliance with the required BEE ownership levels in South Africa.

· The revised Group structure can be viewed at the following page on the Company's website:https://www.petradiamonds.com/about-us/who-we-are/group-structure/.

Notes

1. The following exchange rates have been used for this announcement: average for the Year US$1:R14.51; closing rate as at 30 June 2016 US$1:ZAR14.68.

2. The following definitions have been used in this announcement:

a. ct: carat

b. cpht: carats per hundred tonnes

c. Exceptional Diamonds: classified by Petra as diamonds that sell for +US$5 million each

d. Mctpa: million carats per annum

e. Mcts: million carats

f. mL: metre level

g. Mt: million tonnes

h. Mtpa: million tonnes per annum

i. ROM: run-of-mine, i.e. relating to production from the primary orebody

j. SLC: sub-level cave, a variation of block caving

~ Ends ~

For further information, please contact:

Petra Diamonds, London Telephone: +44 20 7494 8203

Cathy Malins[email protected]

Salisha Ilyas[email protected]

Buchanan Telephone: +44 20 7466 5000

(PR Adviser)

Bobby Morse[email protected]

Anna Michniewicz[email protected]

RBC Capital Markets Telephone: +44 20 7653 4000

(Joint Broker)

Matthew Coakes[email protected]

Jonathan Hardy[email protected]

Barclays Telephone: +44 20 7623 2323

(Joint Broker)

Bertie Whitehead[email protected]

Philip Drake[email protected]

BMO Capital Markets Telephone: +44 20 7236 1010

(Joint Broker)

Jeffrey Couch[email protected]

Neil Haycock[email protected]

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About Petra Diamonds Limited

Petra Diamonds is a leading independent Diamond mining group and an increasingly important supplier of rough diamonds to the international market. The Company has interests in six producing operations: four underground mines in South Africa (Finsch, Cullinan, Koffiefontein and Kimberley Underground), extensive tailings operations in Kimberley and one open pit mine in Tanzania (Williamson). It also maintains an exploration programme in Botswana.

Petra has a core objective to steadily increase annual production to ca. 5.3 million carats by FY 2019. The Group has a significant resource base in excess of 300 million carats.

Petra conducts all operations according to the highest ethical standards and will only operate in countries which are members of the Kimberley Process. Petra is quoted with a premium listing on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange under the ticker 'PDL' and is a constituent of the FTSE4Good Index. For more information, visit the Company's website atwww.petradiamonds.com.

APPENDIX

FY 2016 MINE BY MINE PRODUCTION TABLES

Finsch - South Africa

Unit
H2
FY 2016
H1
FY 2016
FY 2016
FY 2015
Variance
Sales
Revenue
US$M
111.2
75.2
186.4
185.4
+1%
Diamonds sold
Carats
1,173,054
912,069
2,085,123
2,067,933
+1%
Average price per carat
US$
95
82
89
90
-1%
ROM Production
Tonnes treated
Tonnes
1,891,542
1,656,256
3,547,798
3,016,385
+18%
Diamonds produced
Carats
822,771
749,954
1,572,725
1,298,914
+21%
Grade1
Cpht
43.5
45.3
44.3
43.1
+3%
Tailings Production
Tonnes treated
Tonnes
1,059,590
1,236,328
2,295,918
2,656,471
-14%
Diamonds produced
Carats
296,214
345,124
641,339
766,960
-16%
Grade1
Cpht
28.0
27.9
27.9
28.9
-4%
Total Production
Tonnes treated
Tonnes
2,951,132
2,892,584
5,843,716
5,672,856
+3%
Diamonds produced
Carats
1,118,985
1,095,078
2,214,064
2,065,875
+7%
Capex
Expansion Capex
US$M
31.1
25.4
56.5
65.1
-13%
Sustaining Capex
US$M
4.1
2.6
6.7
16.1
-58%
Borrowing Costs Capitalised
US$M
6.0
4.6
10.6
6.8
+56%
Total Capex
US$M
41.2
32.6
73.8
88.0
-16%

Note:

1. The Company is not able to precisely measure the ROM / tailings grade split because ore from both sources is processed through the same plant; the Company therefore back-calculates the grade with reference to resource grades.

Cullinan - South Africa

Unit
H2
FY 2016
H1
FY 2016
FY 2016
FY 2015
Variance
Sales
Revenue
US$M
58.3
25.0
83.3
122.2
-32%
Diamonds sold
Carats
435,416
227,759
663,175
700,896
-5%
Average price per carat
US$
134
110
126¹
174²
-28%
ROM Production
Tonnes treated
Tonnes
1,122,493
1,180,399
2,302,892
2,513,004
-8%
Diamonds produced
Carats
340,324
303,400
643,724
611,993
+5%
Grade
Cpht
30.3
25.7
28.0
24.4
+15%
Tailings Production
Tonnes treated
Tonnes
489,131
397,158
886,289
2,458,306
-64%
Diamonds produced
Carats
18,124
18,966
37,089
117,503
-68%
Grade
Cpht
3.7
4.8
4.2
4.8
-13%
Total Production
Tonnes treated
Tonnes
1,611,624
1,577,557
3,189,181
4,971,310
-36%
Diamonds produced
Carats
358,448
322,366
680,813
729,496
-7%
Capex
Expansion Capex
US$M
83.0
73.2
156.2
104.8
+49%
Sustaining Capex
US$M
3.1
4.4
7.5
8.8
-15%
Borrowing Costs Capitalised
US$M
9.0
6.9
15.9
7.9
+101%
Total Capex
US$M
95.1
84.5
179.6
121.5
+48%

Notes:

1. Excluding exceptional diamonds, the average value for FY 2016 was US$109 per carat.

2. Excluding exceptional diamonds, the average value for FY 2015 was US$119 per carat.

Koffiefontein - South Africa

Unit
H2
FY 2016
H1
FY 2016
FY 2016
FY 2015
Variance
Sales
Revenue
US$M
15.8
9.9
25.7
17.8
+44%
Diamonds sold
Carats
33,932
21,568
55,500
46,033
+21%
Average price per carat
US$
466
457
462
386
+20%
ROM Production
Tonnes treated
Tonnes
392,127
289,217
681,344
341,783
+99%
Diamonds produced
Carats
25,985
24,840
50,825
27,756
+83%
Grade
Cpht
6.6
8.6
7.5
8.1
-7%
Tailings / Ebenhaezer Production
Tonnes treated
Tonnes
184,312
262,542
446,854
524,244
-15%
Diamonds produced
Carats
4,445
6,920
11,365
17,628
-36%
Grade
Cpht
2.4
2.6
2.5
3.4
-27%
Total Production
Tonnes treated
Tonnes
576,439
551,759
1,128,198
866,027
+30%
Diamonds produced
Carats
30,430
31,760
62,190
45,384
+37%
Capex
Expansion Capex
US$M
10.6
14.0
24.6
23.1
+7%
Sustaining Capex
US$M
1.6
1.3
2.9
3.7
-22%
Total Capex
US$M
12.2
15.3
27.5
26.8
+3%

Kimberley Underground / Kimberley Ekapa Mining - South Africa

Unit
H2
FY 2016
H1
FY 2016
FY 2016
FY 2015
Variance
Sales
Revenue
US$M
42.2
15.5
57.7
41.8
n/a
Diamonds sold
Carats
377,567
61,113
438,680
138,052
n/a
Average price per carat
US$
112
253
132
302
n/a
KUM Production¹
Tonnes treated
Tonnes
40,200
681,313
721,513
1,196,269
n/a
Diamonds produced
Carats
4,214
84,358
88,572
137,226
n/a
Grade
Cpht
10.5
12.4
12.3
11.5
KEM Production - attributable to Petra²
Tonnes treated
Tonnes
3,583,758
n/a
3,583,758
n/a
n/a
Diamonds produced
Carats
442,897
n/a
442,897
n/a
n/a
Grade
Cpht
12.4
n/a
12.4
n/a
n/a
Total Production
Tonnes treated
Tonnes
3,623,958
681,313
4,305,271
1,196,269
n/a
Diamonds produced
Carats
447,111
84,358
531,469
137,226
n/a
Capex
Expansion Capex
US$M
6.9
6.0
12.9
10.5
n/a
Sustaining Capex
US$M
0.5
1.8
2.3
3.4
n/a
Total Capex
US$M
7.4
7.8
15.2
13.9
n/a

Notes:

1. KUM production represents the Kimberley Underground ROM and Tailings production for the period up to 17 January 2016 (pre the Kimberley Ekapa Mining consortium formation).

2. KEM production represents Petra's 75.9% attributable share in the KEM consortium (including both ROM production from Kimberley Underground and Tailings production).

Williamson - Tanzania

Unit
H2
FY 2016
H1
FY 2016
FY 2016
FY 2015
Variance
Sales
Revenue
US$M
49.5
29.5
78.9
62.1
+27%
Diamonds sold
Carats
125,189
80,359
205,548
208,351
-1%
Average price per carat
US$
395
366
384
298
+29%
ROM Production
Tonnes treated
Tonnes
2,178,265
1,824,915
4,003,180
4,056,638
-1%
Diamonds produced
Carats
110,524
89,272
199,796
194,048
+3%
Grade
Cpht
5.1
4.9
5.0
4.8
+4%
Alluvial Production
Tonnes treated
Tonnes
210,231
207,221
417,452
369,406
+13%
Diamonds produced
Carats
6,504
6,569
13,073
8,216
+59%
Grade
Cpht
3.1
3.2
3.1
2.2
+41%
Total Production
Tonnes treated
Tonnes
2,388,496
2,032,136
4,420,632
4,426,044
0%
Diamonds produced
Carats
117,028
95,841
212,869
202,265
+5%
Capex
Expansion Capex
US$M
14.3
8.7
23.0
8.3
+177%
Sustaining Capex
US$M
0.5
1.0
1.5
7.9
-81%
Total Capex
US$M
14.8
9.7
24.5
16.2
+51%

KEY FY 2017 OPERATING AND CAPEX ASSUMPTIONS

The table below sets out management's guidance in respect of the key operating parameters for FY 2017. It is important to note that while Petra is in this transitionary period (as it gradually migrates from the mature, diluted production areas at Finsch, Cullinan and Koffiefontein to fresh undiluted ore), these numbers should be taken as a guide, with the likelihood of some variability during FY 2017. This is specifically the case with regards to grade variability in the short term (especially at Cullinan), until the transition to undiluted ore have been completed.

Unit
Finsch
Cullinan
Koffiefontein
Kimberley Ekapa Mining
Williamson
ROM tonnes
Tonnes treated
Mt
3.6
2.8
1.1
1.2
4.6
Grade
Cpht
53 - 55
38 - 40
8
15 - 17
6
Operating cost
ZAR/t
280
300
310
265
US$11/t
Tailings/other tonnes
Tonnes treated
Mt
1.3
0.35
n/a
8.6
0.4
Grade
Cpht
17
25
n/a
9 - 10
2.5
Operating cost
ZAR/t
95
185
n/a
85
n/a
Total production
Tonnes treated
Mt
5.0
3.2
1.1
9.8
5.0
Operating cost
ZAR/t
230
290
310
107
US$10/t
Capex
Expansion Capex
ZARm
692
1 366
152
419
US$5.4m
Sustaining Capex
ZARm
116
82
29
76
US$3.1m
Total Capex
ZARm
808
1 448
181
494
US$8.5m

Notes:

1. For detail on the figures above, please download the document 'Analyst Guidance - Detailed' available from the Company's website at:http://www.petradiamonds.com/investors/analysts/analyst-guidance.

2. Grades stated are recovered grades with appropriate dilution and plant modification factors already applied.

3. All Capex numbers in this announcement exclude capitalised borrowing costs, in line with previous guidance.

4. An inflation increase of 8% in ZAR terms has been applied to update all Capex from FY 2016 money terms to FY 2017 money terms. All Capex changes are therefore given in inflation adjusted comparable FY 2017 money terms. FY 2017 Capex guidance figures for the South African operations are converted at an exchange rate of ZAR14/US$1.

CAPEX RECONCILIATION

Capex
Unit
FY 2016
FY 2015
Finsch
US$M
73.8
88.0
Cullinan
US$M
179.6
121.5
Koffiefontein
US$M
27.5
26.8
Kimberley Underground
US$M
15.2
13.9
Williamson
US$M
24.5
16.2
Helam
US$M
0.1
0.3
Subtotal - Capex incurred by operations
US$M
320.7
266.7
Petra internal projects division - Capex under construction / invoiced to operations
US$M
-
0.2
Corporate / exploration
US$M
0.8
7.2
Total Group Capex
US$M
321.5
274.1

Notes:

1. Petra operates an internal projects / construction division and although this division's spend is reported in the Group's total Capex, it is policy not to account for it on a specific mine's Capex until the work completed is invoiced to the relevant operation.

2. Capex for the Year includes US$26.5 million (FY 2015: US$14.7 million) of capitalised borrowing costs, which is also included in the applicable mine by mine tables above.

3. Petra's annual Capex guidance is cash based and excludes capitalised borrowing costs. Given that the majority of Petra's debt funding is in relation to its expansion and development programmes, Petra's guidance is to assume that the majority of interest and financing fees will be capitalised for the duration of the project phases and not expensed through the income statement.


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Petra Diamonds is a diamonds producing company based in United kingdom.

Its main assets in production are WILLIAMSON (MWADUI MINE) in Tanzania and KOFFIEFONTEIN, CULLINAN, FISSURE MINES (HELAM, SEDIBENG, STAR), STAR MINE, SEDIBENG MESSINA & DANCARL and HELAM MINE in South Africa, its main asset in development is KIMBERLEY UNDERGROUND in South Africa and its main exploration property is KALAHARI in Botswana.

Petra Diamonds is listed in Australia, in Germany and in United Kingdom. Its market capitalisation is GBX 54.8 billions as of today (US$ 65.6 billions, € 57.4 billions).

Its stock quote reached its lowest recent point on March 27, 2020 at GBX 0.70, and its highest recent level on August 15, 2022 at GBX 103.00.

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