TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 8, 2012) - Shear Diamonds Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:SRM) ("Shear") is providing a processing and operations update with respect to the high grade concentrate stockpiles at its Jericho diamond mine:
- On May 29, 2012 Shear delivered its first parcel of diamonds to Taché Company N.V. ("Taché"), Shear's diamond marketing partner, for sale into end markets. This first parcel amounted to 11,317.98 carats.
- Pending ultimate determination of the prices to be paid by Taché for the parcel, Taché has made an initial payment of US$500,000 to Shear. Taché will reconcile a final payment to Shear once prices per carat can be ascertained based on the formula provided in the marketing agreement. While it is anticipated that the ultimate amount to be paid by Taché will exceed the initial payment made to Shear by Taché, recent significant reductions in world rough diamond market prices have resulted in an expected ultimate price for the parcel being significantly lower than world market prices existing until very recently.
- Although, Shear has had considerable success in starting up and steadily improving processing, it had to temporarily suspend processing for two full days and reduce processing for an additional two days to address clean-up requirements for wind dispersed fine processed kimberlite which came to light as a result of spring thawing. Processing has now fully resumed.
- On the recommendation of operations personnel, the processing rate has been slowed to more fully maximize the processing yield.
Shear's processing activities to date are meeting two of Shear's three stated goals, in that (i) Shear has demonstrated that a significant number of diamonds went unrecovered by Jericho's prior operators and can be recovered and (ii) Shear has acquired (and continues to acquire) key processing knowledge which can be applied to future production at Jericho. However, the recent drop in world diamond market prices, which are significantly lower than those used for Shear's operating plans and budgets, will not generate sufficient cash flow to support operations.
Efforts continue to achieve around the clock processing to generate significantly greater carat recovery, and it is anticipated that 24 hour processing will commence shortly. Lower current diamond prices need to be offset with greater production. Shear must obtain financing in the very near term to fund continuing operations and to increase production by going to around the clock processing.
About Shear Diamonds Ltd.
Shear is a Canadian-based company focused on diamond exploration and development in Canada's North, where it explores established diamond districts and has discovered new ones. Shear currently has a portfolio of eight diamond projects, including three advanced projects with development potential. Shear holds a 100% interest in its recently acquired Jericho Diamond Mine and surrounding exploration assets, located in the Kitikmeot region of Nunavut.
|On behalf of the Board of
|SHEAR DIAMONDS LTD.
|Julie Lassonde, President & CEO
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