VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA — 23 December 2019 — Southstone Minerals Limited (“Southstone” or the “Company”) (TSX.V – SML) is pleased to announce results of the audited financial statements for the Financial Year ending 31 August 2019. Southstone`s strategic focus on its diamond operations, in particular the Company’s flagship asset, the Oena Diamond Mine, South Africa, resulted in a diamond production increase of 76% to 1,694.50 carats during the 2019 Financial Year (2018: 961.90 carats), which sold for an average of US$1,664 (2018: US$1,462). The Oena Diamond Mine continues to improve operationally, produce very high‐ quality diamonds and notably 26 diamonds produced exceeded 10 carats in size and sold for an average price of US$4,109 per carat.
Turnover from the Kwena Group operations was up 10% from C$13.1M in fiscal 2018 to C$14.5M in fiscal 2019. Tonnage remained consistent with 7.6M tonnes processed in fiscal 2019 compared to 7.7M tonnes in fiscal 2018.
The increase in Oena Diamond Mine production, which resulted in financial recoveries from exploration increasing 108% year on year, along with the improved turnover of the Kwena Group, resulted in the Company reporting a profit of C$254,269 in the 2019 Financial Year as compared to a loss of C$1,126,172 for the 2018 Financial Year.
Management is very pleased with the 2019 Financial Year end results, which demonstrates the success of the Company’s corporate strategy and focus on its diamond operations.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF
SOUTHSTONE MINERALS LIMITED
Mr. Samer Khalaf
Chief Executive Officer
Southstone Minerals Limited
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Such forward-looking statements necessarily involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, which may cause the Company’s actual performance and financial results in future periods to differ materially from any projections of future performance or results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to statements with respect to the estimation of mineral resources; the realization of mineral resource estimates; anticipated future production, capital and operating costs; cash flows and mine life; potential size of a mineralized zone; potential expansion of mineralization; potential types of mining operations; permitting timelines; government regulation of exploration and mining operations; risks that the presence of diamond deposits mentioned nearby the Company’s property are not indicative of the diamond mineralization on the Company’s property, the supply and demand for, deliveries of and the level and volatility of prices of rough diamonds, risks that the actual revenues will be less than projected; risks that the target production for the existing mining contracts will be less than projected or expected; risks that production will not commence as projected due to delay or inability to receive governmental approval of the Company’s acquisition or the timely completion of an NI43-101 report; technical problems; inability of management to secure sales or third party purchase contracts; currency and interest rate fluctuations; foreign exchange fluctuations and foreign operations; various events which could disrupt operations, including labor stoppages and severe weather conditions; and management’s ability to anticipate and manage the foregoing factors and risks.
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