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Gemfields Saw $60M Loss in 2018

Mar 26, 2019 11:32 AM   By Rapaport News
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 Gemfields slid into the red in 2018 due to the impact of a new tax regime and a costly legal case, it said Monday.

The company reported a loss of $60.4 million for the year, compared with a profit of $45.1 million the previous year. In 2018, the Zambian government introduced a 15% tax levy that required Gemfields to have its Kagem emerald mine revalued. This contributed to a $26.6 million devaluation charge, which included an inventory impairment charge of $2.6 million.

Gemfields also paid GBP 5.8 million ($7.7 million) to law firm Leigh Day in a no-admission-of-liability settlement regarding a human-rights-abuse case brought against the company.

Excluding all those charges, as well as other tax-related costs, the company’s profit for the year was $18 million, it noted.

Revenue for the year more than doubled to $206.1 million, compared with $81.7 million in 2017. Proceeds included ruby sales of $127.1 million, and $60.3 million from emerald auctions.

Image: The 5,655-carat Lion Emerald from the Kagem mine, which was recovered in October 2018. (Gemfields)
Tags: Gemfields, Kagem, Kagem emerald mine, Leigh Day, Rapaport News
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