Stellar Diamonds Gives Update on Trial Mining at Baoulé in Guinea

Stellar Diamonds, a diamond development company focused on West Africa, has provided an operational update from trial mining at its 75% owned, five hectare Baoulé kimberlite pipe in Guinea.
 
Trial mining has yielded a total of 2,145 carats to date at an average grade of 15cpht (carats per hundred tonnes).
 
High quality gems continue to be recovered including stones of 8.5 carats and 6.6 carats.
 
The processing plant is running at the target rate of 50 tonnes per hour/
 
Monthly production of 2,000 carats expected, assuming an average grade of 15 cpht.
 
A larger 5,900 carat parcel is being prepared for first sale, which has been deferred to January 2015 to maximize the first revenues, consisting of a first exported Baoulé parcel of 941 carats; a second Baoulé parcel is to be exported to Antwerp, increasing Baoulé parcel for sale to 2,200 carats.
 
An inventory of 3,700 carats is currently stored in Antwerp from other projects. Regular exports expected from Baoulé in 2015.
 
Stellar Diamonds Chief Executive Karl Smithson commented: We are pleased with the on-going progress of the trial mining at Baoulé. The regular occurrence of larger gem quality stones is highly encouraging, as is maintaining our target plant processing capacity and run of mine grade, in order to achieve our objective of processing 2,000 carats per month during 2015.
 
In order to maximize the revenues from our first sale we will conduct a second export from Baoulé in early January to complement the goods of the first export made in December. The planned sale will be scheduled for later in January, when buying activity resumes in Antwerp after the end of year break. Furthermore, we will sell our inventory of diamonds from other projects (approximately 3,700 carats) currently being stored in Antwerp, which will further enhance our first revenues in 2015 from the sale of a total of c. 5,900 carats. I look forward to updating shareholders on our first sale and continual trial mining at Baoulé.”
 
The company undertook its first diamond export of 941 carats from Baoulé to Antwerp in December 2014. This parcel was cleaned, sorted and valued prior to a planned sale later that month. Due to the onset of the end of year holidays in Antwerp the sale of this parcel was deferred until January 2015 when buying activity resumes in the trading centre.
 
Stellar therefore plans to export a second parcel of around 1,250 carats from Baoulé in the first half of January and add those diamonds to the first parcel currently held in Antwerp to increase the size of the Baoulé parcel to be offered for sale to approximately 2,200 carats.
 
Furthermore, the company also holds approximately 3,700 carats in diamond inventory, which have been recovered from various phases of bulk sampling on the company’s other projects and will offer these for sale in January 2015 in order to maximise total revenues from the first sale process in January.
 
During 2015, the company expects to export and sell goods every two months in order to generate regular cash flow as well as determine with a high degree of confidence the diamond grade, value and frequency of large, high value diamonds from the Baoulé kimberlite pipe.