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BlueRock Diamonds PLC Q1 2019 Production Update

02/04/2019 7:01am

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BlueRock Diamonds PLC

02 April 2019

BlueRock Diamonds PLC / AIM: BRD / Sector: Natural Resources

BlueRock Diamonds PLC ('BlueRock' or the 'Company')

2019 Q1 production update

Q1 tonnage at higher end of expectations

BlueRock Diamonds PLC, the AIM listed diamond producer, which owns and operates the Kareevlei Diamond Mine ('Kareevlei') in the Kimberley region of South Africa, announces its Q1 2019 production update.

Overview

   --           Q1 tonnage 42,409 tonnes up 12% on Q1 2018 (38,781 tonnes) 
   --           1,847 carats sold in Q1 up 18% on Q1 2018 (1,563 carats) 
   --           Average grade 3.41 cpht, 4% above the average for 2018 
   --           Average price per carat USD 371, 10% above the average for 2018 

-- Two large stones recovered and sold: an 8.97 carat diamond for $74,513 and a 16.28 carat diamond for $78,947

Adam Waugh, CEO commented, "I am pleased that the volumes for Q1 are at the higher end of our expectations despite the temporary suspension for 8 days in February. The average price per carat remains high reflecting the high quality of our diamonds.

We commenced 7 days a week operations on the 26 March 2019, the results of which are beginning to come through assisted by significant strengthening of our mining team in Kimberley. We have further work to do in improving our operations and look forward to updating the market on our plans and production guidance for the full year in due course."

Key Performance Indicators

 
 Quarter    Volume 
             tonnes(1)   Carats(2)   Cpht   US$/carat 
 Q1 2017    9,310        92          1.92   161 
 Q2 2017    31,033       451         1.66   352 
 Q3 2017    63,163       1,275       2.26   344 
 Q4 2017    49,641       1,567       3.16   391 
 FY 2017    153,147      3,385       2.45   362 
 Q1 2018    38,781       1,563       3.80   378 
 Q2 2018    34,247       875         2.45   305 
 Q3 2018    63,621       1,834       3.13   341 
 Q4 2018    53,341       1,533       4.01   316 
 FY 2018    189,990      5,805       3.28   332 
 Q1 2019    42,409       1,847       3.41   371 
 

Notes

   1)     Based on calendar quarters. 
   2)     Based on the period between tenders. 

Market Abuse Regulation (MAR) Disclosure - Certain information contained in this announcement would have been deemed inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of Regulation (EU) No 596/2014 until the release of this announcement.

**ENDS**

For further information, please visit BRD's website www.bluerockdiamonds.co.uk or contact:

 
 BlueRock Diamonds PLC                awaugh@bluerockdiamonds.co.uk 
  Adam Waugh, CEO                      dfacey@bluerockdiamonds.co.uk 
  David Facey, FD 
 SP Angel (NOMAD and Broker)          Tel: +44 (0)20 3470 0470 
  Stuart Gledhill / Caroline Rowe 
                                    -------------------------------- 
 St Brides Partners Ltd (Financial    Tel: +44 (0)20 7236 1177 
  PR) 
  Melissa Hancock / Juliet Earl 
                                    -------------------------------- 
 

Notes to editors:

BlueRock Diamonds is an AIM-listed diamond producer which operates the Kareevlei Diamond Mine near Kimberley in South Africa which produces diamonds of exceptional quality and ranks in the top ten in the world in terms of average value per carat. The Kareevlei licence area covers 3,000 hectares and hosts five known diamondiferous kimberlite pipes. As at November 2018, it was estimated that the remaining Inferred Mineral Resource from the four kimberlite pipes (KV1, KV2, KV3 and KV5) represents a potential inground number of carats of 367,000.

This information is provided by RNS, the news service of the London Stock Exchange. RNS is approved by the Financial Conduct Authority to act as a Primary Information Provider in the United Kingdom. Terms and conditions relating to the use and distribution of this information may apply. For further information, please contact rns@lseg.com or visit www.rns.com.

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