Lucara Diamond

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Lucara Diamond Corp.
Public
Traded asTSXLUC
IndustryMining
Founded2004 (2004)
HeadquartersSuite 2000 885 West Georgia Street,
Vancouver, BC
,
Canada
Key people
Lukas Lundin (Chairman)
Eira Thomas (President and CEO)
ProductsDiamonds
Revenue$265.5 mln (2014)
$191.7 mln (2014)
$45.7 mln (2014)
Total assets$317.025 mln (2014)
Total equity$228.555 mln (2014)
ParentLundin Group of Companies
Websitewww.lucaradiamond.com
Footnotes / references
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Lucara Diamond Corp. (TSXLUC) is a diamond exploration and mining company, operating in southern Africa[2][3] but established in Canada.[4] In November 2015, Lesedi La Rona, the world's second largest gem-quality diamond ever found, was found at the Karowe mine in Botswana.

Operations[edit]

Diamond mines and kimberlite fields in Botswana
  • Lucara owned a 40% share of the AK6 kimberlite project (now the Karowe mine) in Botswana. In October 2010, Lucara bought African Diamonds, giving it a 100% share in the mine.[5] The mine has an estimated $US2.2 billion of diamonds.[6] AK6 is in the Orapa/Letlhakane district.[7]
  • Mothae diamond project in Lesotho: Kimberlite processing began in June 2010;[8] a 53.5 carat diamond has already been discovered.[9]
  • Kavango project in Namibia[10]
  • Planned mines, and applications for mining licenses, in Zimbabwe, Cameroon, and Botswana.[11]

Noted stones[edit]

On 18 November 2015, the company announced the discovery of the Lesedi La Rona, the world's second largest gem-quality diamond ever (second only to the 3,106 carat Cullinan).[12] The type IIa diamond[13] was found in the company's Karowe mine in north-central Botswana. The diamond weighs 1,111 carat and measures 65 by 56 by 40 mm (2.6 by 2.2 by 1.6 in). A day later, two more diamonds weighing 813 and 374 carat, were also found.[14] All the stones came from the AK6 pipe opened 18 months earlier, it has since yielded over 1 million carats of diamonds.[15] The company has sold the 813 carat Constellation in May 2016 for $63.1 million [16] and a 341.9 carat diamond in July 2015 for $20.6 million.[17] The Lesedi has since sold for $53 million.[18]

Company structure[edit]

Chairman of the board since 2010 is Lukas Lundin, son of Adolf H. Lundin the founder of Lundin Mining and Lundin Petroleum. The president and CEO of Lucara is Eira Thomas.[19][20]

In March 2011, Lucara was reported to be discussing a merger with Gem Diamonds.[21]

After the discovery of the Lesedi La Rona, the company's shares went up 28%.[22]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MD&A and Consolidated Financial Statements - 2014" (PDF).
  2. ^ "Lucara" (PDF). 2010-10-16. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2010-10-31.
  3. ^ "Lucara Diamond Corp. (LUC) – Financial and Strategic Analysis Review – a new market research". Retrieved 2010-10-31.
  4. ^ "Lucara Diamond Corp. - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada". 2010-08-22. Archived from the original on 2012-09-05. Retrieved 2010-10-31.
  5. ^ "Diamond deal for African mining company". This is Money. Retrieved 2010-10-31.
  6. ^ "African Diamonds partner Lucara Diamond ups in situ value of AK6 to at least $2.2 billion – Proactiveinvestors (UK)". Retrieved 2010-10-31.
  7. ^ "Lucara to Acquire 100% of AK6 Diamond Project in Botswana". Market Wire. 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-31.
  8. ^ "Diamonds.net News – Lucara Begins Production at Lesotho Diamond Mine". Retrieved 2010-10-31.
  9. ^ "Lucara Recovers 53.5 Carat Diamond at Mothae Mine, Lesotho". Retrieved 2010-10-31.
  10. ^ "Namibia – Kavango Project". Archived from the original on 2010-02-13. Retrieved 2010-10-31.
  11. ^ "Mining Journal – Lucara bids for African Diamonds". Archived from the original on 2010-10-17. Retrieved 2010-10-31.
  12. ^ "Second largest gem quality diamond ever found recovered in Botswana". www.telegraph.co.uk. The Telegraph. Retrieved 19 November 2015.
  13. ^ News release. "Lucara makes diamond history recovers 1,111 carat diamond" (PDF). www.lucaradiamond.com. Lucara Diamond. Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 November 2015. Retrieved 20 November 2015.
  14. ^ "News". www.lucaradiamond.com. Archived from the original on 2015-11-19. Retrieved 20 November 2015.
  15. ^ Cornish, Laura (27 May 2015). "Lucara Diamonds looks for buyers for 342 carat in July exceptional stone tender". www.miningreview.com. Spintelligent (Pty) Ltd. Retrieved 20 November 2015.
  16. ^ "Lucara sells giant 813-carat Constellation diamond for record $63M US". www.cbc.ca/news. CBC News. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  17. ^ Crowley, Kebin; Biesheuvelpattern dots, Thomas (19 November 2015). "Biggest Diamond in More Than a Century Unearthed in Botswana". www.bloomberg.com. Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved 20 November 2015.
  18. ^ Zimnisky, Paul (3 October 2017). "Discovery of newsworthy diamonds picks up". www.mining.com. Mining.com. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  19. ^ "People: Lucara Diamond Corp". Reuters. Retrieved 20 November 2015.
  20. ^ "Lucara Diamond - Management". Lucara Diamond Corp. Retrieved 20 November 2015.
  21. ^ "Gem Diamonds in talks with Lucara". Mining Journal. Archived from the original on 2012-03-18. Retrieved 2011-03-27.
  22. ^ MacDonald, Alex (19 November 2015). "World's Second-Largest Diamond Discovered in Botswana". www.wsj.com. Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 20 November 2015.