Lucapa Diamond Company Limited (ASX: LOM) is a growing diamond company. It has quality assets for production, development and exploration. The company operates in Angola, Lesotho, Australia, and Botswana. The company focuses on the production of high-value diamonds.
The company today (i.e., 16 January 2019) provided an update about the quarterly activities report for the period ended December 31, 2018. The company revealed about two important milestones which will be a growth catalyst of the company going forward. Firstly, it has started commercial diamond recoveries at the new Mothae kimberlite mine in Lesotho, delivering a high-value production. Secondly, it has got approval for the new regulations related to diamond marketing, which will help the company and its partners to start marketing exceptional and large diamonds from the Lulo mine through a better international competitive bid process. These milestones will help the company strategically to pursue its value-adding partnerships with the leading global manufacturers and diamantaires for cutting and polishing of high-value diamonds.
The company made significant improvements on projects during the quarter ended December 31, 2018. The company has constructed and started activities on the Mothae 1.1MTPA diamond mine. It has achieved its first commercial diamond recoveries. The company continued production of premium value diamonds with a record annual throughput rate at Lulo mines in Angola. It has discovered a new source of premium quality diamonds from alluvium within the plains of Cacuilo River valley.
Moreover, the company has finalized an agreement to sell products from the Lulo mines via international competitive bid process which is scheduled to close on 31 January 2019. The company has declared to repay a US$4 million debt to Lucapa, and distribution of US$4 million to Lulo partners on a pro-rata basis. It has also completed the exploration program at Brooking, in Western Australia.
The company has also come up with its quarterly cash flow report for the quarter ended 31 December 2018. It reported a net cash inflow from the operating activities of US$29,000 for the quarter ended; however, it reported an operating cash outflow of US$5.22 million approximately for the year to date period. On the investing activities front, the company had a net cash outflow from investing of US$2.82 million for the quarter with respect to US$ 19.75 million outflows on a YTD basis. However, there is a financial cash inflow of ~US$8.0 million for the December ended quarter.
Now let us quickly have a look at the performance of the stock of Cygnus Gold Limited and the returns it has produced over the past few months. The stock is currently trading at $0.185 with a market capitalization of ~$87.4 million. The stock opened at $0.185 which is the day’s low as well; however, it touched a day high of $0.195. It has a 52-week high price of $0.315 and a 52-week low of $0.165, with an average trading volume of 279,003. The company has generated negative returns of 17.78% and 2.63% over the last three months and one-month period, respectively.
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