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RS Components Supports Engineers on the Move with Handy Reference Mobile App

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Free RS Toolbox app provides single reference point for range of electronics design information and tools
Saves time compared to sourcing reference material, formulas and lookup tables through Internet search engines
Empowers engineers to capture design ideas on-the-go
SINGAPORE, Dec. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the world’s leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products, has unveiled its first design support app for iOS-based mobile devices. Called RS Toolbox, this new app, which is available free-of-charge, provides a central access point to popular electronic reference materials and calculation and conversion tools in an easy-to-use format for electronics design engineers, hobbyists and students.
RS Toolbox available on the iPhone
RS Toolbox available on the iPhone

RS Toolbox available on RS Components Website
RS Toolbox available on RS Components Website

RS Toolbox runs on mobile devices that use the iOS operating system, which includes iPads, iPhones and iPod Touch devices from Apple. A version that runs on Windows 8 devices is also planned. The new app is based upon the ‘Electronic Toolbox Pro’ app, which was developed by Marcus Roskosch, the creator of a range of highly successful apps for engineers. Electronic Toolbox Pro has attracted a high level of acceptance from engineers with more than 200,000 downloads to date.
RS Toolbox offers an extensive range of functions, which are grouped as icons on the main screen, including a multitude of engineering calculators, converters and lookup tables. For example, included in the functions are RLC filter calculators, a 555 timer configurator, calculators for a variety of voltage regulators and op-amps, and essential tools such as numbering systems converters, Ohm’s Law calculator and lookup tables for battery types and sizes, cable colour codings, package sizes, toroid specifications and much more. The app offers a high level of customisation and is available in 16 different languages.
“Electronics design engineers are continually under pressure to save time and are always on the lookout for design shortcuts,” said Mark Cundle, Global Head of Technical Marketing, RS Components. “This highly useful app places a vast amount of component data and online calculations at their fingertips, enabling them to exploit creativity and innovation. It is yet another example of our mission at RS to deliver free, high performance software tools that make the design process faster, easier, and affordable for engineers.”
RS Toolbox can be downloaded via the RS website at http://www.rssingapore.com/toolbox.
About RS Components
RS Components and Allied Electronics are the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc, the world’s leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products. With operations in 32 countries, we offer around 500,000 products through the internet, catalogues and at trade counters to over one million customers, shipping around 44,000 parcels a day. Our products, sourced from 2,500 leading suppliers, include electronics, automation and control, test and measurement, electrical and mechanical components.
Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2013 had revenues of GBP1.24bn.
For more information, please visit the website at http://www.rs-components.com.
Further information is available via these links:
@RSElectronics; @alliedelec; @designsparkRS
RS Components on Linkedin
http://www.linkedin.com/company/rs-components
RS Components on Weibo
http://e.weibo.com/u/3206377000?type=0
Relevant Links:
Electrocomponents plc
http://www.electrocomponents.com
RS Components
http://www.rs-components.com
DesignSpark
http://www.designspark.com
RS Components
Tan Soo Chun
Public Relations Manager – Asia Pacific
Email: soochun.tan@rs-components.com
Telephone: +65-6391-5745
Edelman Public Relations (Singapore)
Yvette Yeo
Manager
Email: yvette.yeo@edelman.com
Telephone: +65-6347-2355
Source: RS Components

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December 12, 2013 at 4:53 pm

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Global Payments and 1O1O Launch New Mobile Point-of-Sale (mPOS) Solution in Hong Kong

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Powering merchants to accept card payments on smartphones and tablets
HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — Global Payments Asia-Pacific Limited (Global Payments), a leading regional card payment processor in Asia, and 1O1O, premium brand of CSL Limited and a leading mobile operator in Hong Kong, today announced the launch of an innovative mobile payment solution that turns a smartphone or tablet into a mobile point-of-sale (mPOS) terminal. 1O1O is the first mobile operator in Hong Kong to partner with Global Payments to launch this award-winning* mobile payment solution, which enables merchants to easily accept Visa®, MasterCard® and JCB® card payments away from a counter-top sales environment and wherever business takes them within Hong Kong. Interested merchants will be able to sign up for this new service at selected 1O1O Centres.
Compatible with both iOS® and Android® devices and powered by 1O1O’s leading 4G LTE network, the new mobile payment solution is set to change the face of Hong Kong’s retail environment. With the new solution, merchants on the go – such as businesses with mobile sales force, home delivery services and outdoor sales operations can capture payments instantly and securely through an EMV certified card reader connected to a smartphone or tablet.
“1O1O is proud to be the first mobile operator to partner with Global Payments to introduce this advanced mobile payment service in Hong Kong, increasing value and convenience for our customers,” says Paul Hodges, Executive Vice President, Corporate, Wholesale & International of CSL Limited. “The new service offers a reliable and hassle-free payment for both merchants and their customers, supported by our 24/7 customer service and professional consultation to ensure an easy and pleasant purchase experience.”
“We are delighted to partner with 1O1O to introduce this new mobile payment service in Hong Kong. As merchants continue to look for ways to grow their businesses and enhance customer service, this new mobile payment service, combining Global Payments’ world-class card processing expertise with 1O1O’s leading mobile telecommunications network, creates significant value for merchants to accept card payments and expand sales beyond the conventional retail store environment,” says Konrad Chan, President, North Asia of Global Payments Asia-Pacific Limited.
To learn more about the latest mobile payment solution, please call 1O1O SME Sales Hotline at +852-2886-1010 for more details.
*Global Payments won the “Innovation mPOS Acceptance Award” from Visa International in Hong Kong in March 2013.
About Global Payments
Global Payments Asia-Pacific Limited (Global Payments), currently serving merchants in 11 countries and territories across Asia, is a leading pan-Asian card processing company in the region. The company is a division of Global Payments Inc. [NYSE:GPN], a Fortune 1000 company and a leading provider of electronic transaction processing services for merchants, Independent Sales Organizations (ISOs), financial institutions, government agencies and multi-national corporations located throughout the North America, South America, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region. Global Payments brings a new level of innovation to card payment processing in the Asia Pacific region with a full range of innovative payment solutions, industry-leading merchant reporting tools, and unparalleled merchant services. The company has a strong Asia Pacific footprint and now operates in Brunei, mainland China, Hong Kong, India, Macau, Malaysia, the Maldives, the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Taiwan. Visit http://www.globalpaymentsinc.com for more information about the company and its services.
About 1O1O
Launched in 1993, 1O1O is the highly regarded premium brand of CSL Limited. Known for its award-winning customer services#, 1O1O also draws on CSL’s network superiority to provide Hong Kong’s professionals and discerning customers with a premium mobile lifestyle service. In 2010, CSL became the first operator in the world to launch dual band 4G LTE with DC-HSPA+ mobile broadband network, and now offers world-class capacity and speed to 1O1O customers, complementing the premium value-added services that set the brand apart.
For more information, please call 1O1O at +852-2988-1010.
#1O1O won “Service Retailer of the Year (Telecommunications)” at the Hong Kong Retail Management Association’s “Mystery Shoppers Programme” from 2009-2013.
Source: Global Payments Asia-Pacific Limited
Related stocks: NYSE:GPN

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December 12, 2013 at 4:41 pm

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Redstone Upgrades Entire Fleet of Testers with Fluke Networks’ New Versiv Copper, Fiber and Network Certification Solution

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Leading IT services company uses Versiv to quickly and accurately achieve system acceptance for hundreds of top-tier customers throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa

EVERETT, Wash., Dec. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Fluke Networks today announced that Redstone, a leading IT infrastructure, data center, and smart building solutions company has purchased the Versiv™ family of cable certification testers to help strengthen its structured cabling and intelligent infrastructure offerings. With interchangeable modules for copper and fiber testing, Versiv gives Redstone the ability to more quickly, accurately and profitably achieve system acceptance on cabling and maintenance projects for customers.

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“As early adopters of the new Fluke Networks’ Versiv platform, we are leading the market rather than following it,” stated Roger Stevenson, Services Director for Redstone. “We work with some of the world’s top companies, so it’s vital we keep up and adapt to their changing demands. We are proud to announce our adoption of the Versiv tester family and look forward to maintaining our competitive edge in the market.”

Redstone’s pre-termination facility and project delivery teams install and certify more than 250,000 copper and 25,000 fiber links annually, meaning significant time savings for the entire team with the use of Versiv’s ProjX™ management system. ProjX allows work across multiple jobs and media at the same time, simultaneously accelerating planning and setup of projects and switching from job to job with a simple click. The system also allows up-to-the-minute project analysis and oversight to help speed certification and reporting. All of the new features in Versiv combine to make it the fastest tester on the market, so jobs get done right the first time.

Redstone upgraded their entire testing fleet to the new Versiv platform, including the addition of 40 DSX-5000 CableAnalyzer™ units, many equipped with CertiFiber® Pro Optical Loss Test Set (OLTS) modules and Fiber Inspection Cameras, and 20 OneTouch™ AT Network Assistant units. The Redstone services team will utilize the OneTouch solution to support more than 45,000 users and carry out more than 70,000 channel installs and 19,000 fault rectifications they service annually.

“The DSX-5000 CableAnalyzer, CertFiber Pro and OptiFiber PRO modules together with the Fiber Inspection Cameras for Versiv will allow us to install and gain certification for all of the major IT infrastructure manufacturers, while the OneTouch AT Network Assistant units will allow our site-based technical teams to support their end-user client base,” said Stevenson. “The Versiv family of testers gives us unprecedented flexibility when deploying and managing our projects. From set up to testing to reporting, the entire process has been streamlined making it more profitable for us as an organization. We’re making a strong investment in our business by acquiring the most efficient and compliant test solution on the market.”

For more information on Fluke Networks’ Versiv family, please click here.

About Fluke Networks

Fluke Networks is the world-leading provider of network test and monitoring solutions to speed the deployment and improve the performance of networks and applications. Leading enterprises and service providers trust Fluke Networks’ products and expertise to help solve today’s toughest issues and emerging challenges in WLAN security, mobility, unified communications and data centers. Based in Everett, Wash., the company distributes products in more than 50 countries. For more information, visit http://www.FlukeNetworks.com or call +1 (425) 446-4519.

For additional information, promotions and updates, follow Fluke Networks on Twitter @FlukeNetDCI, on Facebook, or on the LinkedIn Company.
Source: Fluke Networks

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December 12, 2013 at 3:56 pm

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Supermicro(R) Expands Range of Energy Efficient VDI Server Solutions for NVIDIA GRID

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– New Enterprise-Class GRID K1/K2 SuperServers Offer Customers More Configurations for Optimized Performance, Scalability and TCO
SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Super Micro Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMCI), a global leader in high-performance, high-efficiency server, storage technology and green computing offers the industry’s widest range of enterprise-class VDI server solutions optimized for NVIDIA GRID™ graphics-accelerated virtual desktops and applications. With high-performance virtual GPU technology enabling a new era in server-side computing, it is increasingly important to select platforms that provide optimal cooling alongside power-efficiency to maximize compute density and overall reliability. Supermicro’s years of design and engineering expertise have yielded high-density GPU server platforms that offer the widest variety of flexible configurations in 1U, 2U, 4U/Tower, FatTwin™ and SuperBlade® computing solutions. The company’s new NVIDIA GRID based server solutions take advantage of this to maximize user density and provide an uncompromised user experience in large scale virtualized environments. These application optimized systems deliver maximum productivity for Knowledge Workers and Power Users (GRID K1) or accelerated compute performance for Engineers and Designers (GRID K2). For a limited time (through January 31, 2014) and while supplies last*, Supermicro is offering a trial system discount on select NVIDIA GRID based VDI server solutions at http://www.supermicro.com/GRID_VDI. Additional systems supporting NVIDIA GRID K1/K2 include the new 4U 8x GPU SuperServer® (SYS-4027GR-TR) and 2x GPU SuperBlade® (SBI-7127RG-E) supporting 20x GPUs + 20x CPUs per 7U.
“Supermicro provides Enterprise and Cloud Data Center customers with the best and widest range of energy efficient, performance optimized server solutions to help lower overall TCO and increase profit margins,” said Charles Liang, President and CEO of Supermicro. “As computing resources and applications shift from office environments to the Data Center, IT experts that employ Supermicro systems like our high-density 1U 4x GPU SuperServer or cooling and resource optimized 4U FatTwin will win big. Our extensive selection of NVIDIA GRID certified platforms are exactly optimized for any scale application or virtualized workload, ensuring companies receive maximum performance per watt, per dollar, per square foot from their investment.”
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New NVIDIA GRID VDI Certified Systems:
1U SuperServers — 2x Xeon E5-2680 V2, 16GB DDR3-1866, 2x Intel® 520 2.5″ 240GB SATA 6Gb/s MLC SSD
SYS-1027GR-TR2-NVK1 (1x K1)
SYS-1027GR-TR2-NVK1 (1x K2)
SYS-1027GR-TR2-2NVK1 (2x K1)
SYS-1027GR-TR2-2NVK2 (2x K2)
2U SuperServers — 2x Xeon E5-2680 V2, 16GB DDR3-1866, 2x Intel® 520 2.5″ 240GB SATA 6Gb/s MLC SSD
SYS-2027GR-TR-2NVK1 (1x K1)
SYS-2027GR-TR-2NVK2 (2x K2)
SYS-2027GR-TR-3NVK2 (3x K2)
4U/Tower Servers — 2x Xeon E5-2680 V2, 16GB DDR3-1866, 2x Intel® 520 2.5″ 240GB SATA 6Gb/s MLC SSD
SYS-7047GR-TPRF-2NVK1 (2x K1)
SYS-7047GR-TPRF-2NVK2 (2x K2)
SYS-7047GR-TPRF-3NVK2 (3x K2)
4U 4-Node FatTwin™ SuperServers — (each node) 2x Xeon E5-2680 V2, 1x K1 or K2 GPU, 16GB DDR3-1866, 2x Intel® 2.5″ 520 240GB SATA 6Gb/s MLC SSD
SYS-F627G2-FT+-NVK1 (4x K1)
SYS-F627G2-FT+-NVK2 (4x K2)
*Visit http://www.supermicro.com/GRID_VDI for complete information on Supermicro’s NVIDIA GRID based solutions and Terms and Conditions for the special limited time GRID system trial offer.
Follow Supermicro on Facebook and Twitter to receive their latest news and announcements.
About Super Micro Computer, Inc.
Supermicro® (NASDAQ: SMCI), the leading innovator in high-performance, high-efficiency server technology is a premier provider of advanced server Building Block Solutions® for Data Center, Cloud Computing, Enterprise IT, Hadoop/Big Data, HPC and Embedded Systems worldwide. Supermicro is committed to protecting the environment through its “We Keep IT Green®” initiative and provides customers with the most energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly solutions available on the market.
Supermicro, SuperServer, FatTwin, SuperBlade, Building Block Solutions and We Keep IT Green are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Super Micro Computer, Inc.
All other brands, names and trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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Source: Super Micro Computer, Inc.

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December 12, 2013 at 2:34 pm

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RTS Realtime Systems Receives FOW Data Centre of the Year Award

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LONDON, Dec. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — RTS Realtime Systems Group (RTS), a leading global trading solutions provider, announced that the firm last night received the Data Centre of the Year Award for 2013 at the annual FOW International Awards banquet in London. The award, bestowed by Futures & Options World (FOW) Magazine during its Derivatives World London Conference, recognizes RTS’ successful Asia Pacific (APAC) Data Centre Hub, composed of the newest additions to its global data centre network in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Tokyo.
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RTS has a total of 11 data centres strategically placed throughout the world, offering clients proximity hosting and co-location services, with ultra-low latency access to more than 85 trading venues globally across a wide range of asset classes.
RTS CEO Steffen Gemuenden said: “We are honored and delighted to receive this award for our APAC Data Centre Hub. It is a valuable recognition of our investments in Asia and our leadership in building out new facilities in the region to provide a breadth of trading opportunities for our clients. We have placed significant emphasis on our growth in Asia, building a robust infrastructure to support local trading as well as global trading into and out of Asian markets. Our Shanghai and Hong Kong offices continue to grow, and demand is strong for our global connectivity, direct market access and algorithmic trading services in Asia, Europe and the U.S.”
The FOW Awards are based on activity from April 2012 to May 2013. During that time, RTS not only launched its Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tokyo data centres but also established its first office in China and expanded into new office space in Hong Kong to accommodate growing demand from buy-side and sell-side clients. Over the summer, the firm also opened a data centre in Dubai, its first in the Middle East.
About RTS Realtime Systems Group
RTS (www.rtsgroup.net) delivers high-performance, end-to-end technology products and services across asset classes and continents to elite financial institutions and commodity trading houses. The firm is a global leader in robust electronic trading software, connectivity, hosting, matching and risk management solutions. With standardized low latency connectivity gateways to 135+ exchanges and execution venues worldwide, the firm provides proximity hosting and co-location services to 80+ venues via its global data center network. The RTS infrastructure enables clients to deploy sophisticated trading strategies quickly, securely and cost-effectively throughout multiple trading desks and sites. RTS has offices in Amsterdam, Chicago, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Mumbai, New York, Pune, Shanghai, Singapore and Sydney.
Source: RTS Realtime Systems Group

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December 12, 2013 at 11:53 am

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Communication and Collaboration Technology Trends to Watch in 2014 and Beyond

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— Frost & Sullivan evaluates the hottest vendor and end-user trends, including Microsoft Lync, hosted IP telephony and cloud UCC, social collaboration and enterprise mobility

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Dec. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ —
WHEN: 1:00 p.m. EST on Wed., Dec. 18, 2013

LOCATION: Complimentary online registration

SPEAKER: Frost & Sullivan Unified Communications and Collaboration Program Director Elka Popova

The weak global economy of the past five years combined with a profound transformation of the communications industry are presenting major challenges to both end-user organizations and enterprise communications vendors. Businesses are ever-more cautious with their IT investments as they strive to cope with rapidly evolving technologies and shrinking budgets. The accelerated pace of technology innovation, coupled with delayed customer investments, place considerable pressure on vendor resources and many struggle to maintain profitable growth. As we approach 2014, end users and vendors must reassess business priorities and market trends in order to develop effective IT strategies for the New Year.

Reasons to attend this Analyst Briefing:

Learn about the most disruptive market trends in 2014
Receive insight into customer unified communications and collaboration (UCC) investment priorities
Gain complimentary insight into Frost & Sullivan’s strategic recommendations for end users and vendors

This Analyst Briefing will provide UCC application developers, managed and hosted service providers, resellers, systems integrators and end users with a perspective on key market trends, which will help with the development of sustainable business strategies for 2014.

Supporting Quote

“Microsoft Lync, hosted IP telephony and cloud UCC, social collaboration, and enterprise mobility are some of the hottest market trends that present considerable opportunities to end users and vendors alike,” said Frost & Sullivan Program Director Elka Popova. “But many businesses remain confused about the value proposition of UCC, hesitant to make the switch to cloud, and reluctant to embrace social networking or BYOD in a structured fashion. Vendors must better understand major end-user challenges and business priorities in order to deliver the most appropriate communications solutions to their customers.”

Registration

To register for this complimentary analyst briefing, email britni.myers@frost.com your full name, job title, company name, company telephone number, company email address and Web site, city, state and country.
Receive a recorded version of the briefing anytime by submitting the aforementioned contact details.

Supporting Resources

For more information about Frost & Sullivan’s Information and Communication Technologies practice, please visit: http://www.ict.frost.com/

About Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today’s market participants.

Our “Growth Partnership” supports clients by addressing these opportunities and incorporating two key elements driving visionary innovation: The Integrated Value Proposition and The Partnership Infrastructure.

The Integrated Value Proposition provides support to our clients throughout all phases of their journey to visionary innovation including: research, analysis, strategy, vision, innovation and implementation.
The Partnership Infrastructure is entirely unique as it constructs the foundation upon which visionary innovation becomes possible. This includes our 360 degree research, comprehensive industry coverage, career best practices as well as our global footprint of more than 40 offices.

For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community. Is your organization prepared for the next profound wave of industry convergence, disruptive technologies, increasing competitive intensity, Mega Trends, breakthrough best practices, changing customer dynamics and emerging economies?

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December 12, 2013 at 11:40 am

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Re-launched November 2013: Inspirational Luxury Lifestyle Websites for Centurion(R) and Platinum Card(R) Members from American Express(R)

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A brand new online experience awaits visitors of CENTURION and DEPARTURES magazines’ online companions
Both websites are being re-launched this month, elevating the sites to the ranks of the world’s most influential sources of luxury news, views and inspiration
The vast amount of information available online today can easily be overwhelming. Centurion and Departures magazines feature only the most relevant luxury content and are positioned as the key source of lifestyle information for Platinum and Centurion card members from American Express. The sites are crafted to inspire the most affluent travellers and consumers from all over the world.
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As a standalone companion to the quarterly printed magazines, http://www.centurion-magazine.com and http://www.departures-international.com boast a wealth of web exclusive content: daily news and stories about extraordinary travel experiences and bespoke services, as well as products, which the team behind the multi-award winning magazines can’t wait to share.
Centurion and Departures magazines create a perfect environment for luxury advertising as well as editorial. The sites now accommodate most standard ad units, rich media opportunities and creative customised solutions for advertisers, to help enforce their brand message with Platinum and Centurion card members.
“The meaning of luxury has never been more personal,” says Lisa Gregg, Vice President/GM, Head of International Consumer Products and Experiences at American Express. “Our premium card members highly value the official Centurion and Departures magazine brands as their personal source of luxury news and views. These are sophisticated media tailored to their key interests and passion points and we are convinced that this audience will appreciate and embrace the new experience that the re-launched online editions will provide.”
“Elevating centurion-magazine.com and departures-international.com is an exciting endeavour for Journal International. As leaders in luxury lifestyle, we are committed to delivering only the highest possible quality for this unique audience through our global network of contributors, the highest-quality content, stunning imagery and of course our luxury advertising partners,” adds Christian Schwalbach, CEO/ Group Publisher, Journal International.
Journal International
Journal International currently publishes 17 editions of Centurion Magazine in 6 languages and 25 international editions of Departures Magazine in 7 languages with distribution across Europe, the Middle East, Asia, the Pacific, and Latin America and reaches more than 170 countries.
CONTACT
Vera Knotgen, International Marketing Director, Tel. +49(0)89-64-27-97-17, knoetgen@journal-international.de
http://www.centurion-magazine.com
http://www.departures-international.com
Source: Journal International GmbH

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December 12, 2013 at 11:33 am

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Dominion Diamond Corporation Reports Fiscal 2014 Third Quarter Results

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TORONTO, Dec. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Dominion Diamond Corporation (TSX:DDC, NYSE:DDC) (the “Company”) today announced its third quarter results for the period ending October 31, 2013.

Robert Gannicott, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “We continue to progress all of our operational and strategic objectives at Ekati while Diavik also continues to trim both capital and operating costs. The modest loss this quarter reflects expenditures on the Jay Project and a decision to hold inventory of some diamond parcels during the Diwali holiday season in India. The diamond market is generally stable, with a few items increasing in price while a few others are down, in a market that is focused on cash generation to decrease debt through inventory sales into robust retail demand.”

Third Quarter Summary

Consolidated rough diamond sales from DDC’s ownership in the Diavik and Ekati Diamond Mines for the third quarter were $151.6 million, resulting in an EBITDA margin of $42.6 million or 28%. Consolidated operating profit from continuing operations was $10.7 million.
Sales from the Diavik Diamond Mine generated an EBITDA margin of $24.2 million or 46% for the third quarter.
Sales from the Ekati Diamond Mine generated an EBITDA margin of $24.0 million or 23% for the third quarter.
Although retail demand in the key markets of the US, China and Japan remains firm, tightened credit terms available to the polishing industry have led to softened prices for rough diamonds recently. The Company has therefore elected to hold $95 million of rough diamond inventory (at market value) available for sale as stock at October 31, 2013 in the anticipation of improved demand. At October, 31, 2013, the Company held rough diamond inventory (goods available for sale plus work in progress) of 1.5 million carats with an approximate market value of $250 million and cash on the balance sheet of $318 million (of which $122 million is restricted cash).
The Company incurred $7.1 million of exploration expense for the third quarter (compared to $0.7 million for the comparable period of the prior year) including $6.0 million of exploration work on the Jay pipe within the Buffer Zone at the Ekati Diamond Mine.
The Company recorded a consolidated net loss attributable to shareholders of $2.9 million or $(0.03) per share for the quarter.
The relocation of the Dominion Diamond senior management team and the Company’s headquarters to Yellowknife is already demonstrating benefits at the Ekati Diamond Mine. The focus on maximizing efficiencies and costs savings has resulted in a new lower cash cost forecast for FY2014 of $310 million (the previous FY2014 cash cost forecast was $320 million). Likewise a similar emphasis on achieving cost savings at the Diavik Diamond Mine has led to a slightly lower cash cost forecast for FY2014 of $165 million (on a 40% basis) versus a previous forecast of $170 million (on a 40% basis).
The capital expenditure forecast for FY2014 for the Ekati Diamond Mine has increased from $85 million to $100 million inclusive of capital expenditures at the Misery pipe of $42 million; first production from the Misery reserve is expected in March FY2017. The Misery pipe contains 3.0 million tonnes of probable reserve at a grade of 4 carats per tonne and an approximate value of $112 per carat.
The Company has sold post October 31, 2013, 0.3 million carats for a value of approximately $60 million.
Given the decision to hold back some inventory from sale in the third quarter, the Company currently expects rough diamond sales for fiscal 2014 from the Diavik Diamond Mine to be in the range of $320 to $365 million and the cost of sales for fiscal 2014 to be in the range of $235 to $270 million (including depreciation and amortization in the range of $70 to $85 million). For the Ekati Diamond Mine, the Company currently expects rough diamond sales for fiscal 2014 to be in the range of $385 to $455 million (on a 100% basis) and the cost of sales for fiscal 2014 from the Ekati Diamond Mine to be in the range of $365 to $430 million (including depreciation and amortization in the range of $50 to $60 million).

Exploration Development

In September 2013 the Company filed an application with the Wek’éezhii Land and Water Board (“WLWB”) requesting a land use permit and water license to enable mining of the Lynx kimberlite pipe at the Ekati Diamond Mine.
In October 2013, the Company filed an application with the WLWB requesting a new land use permit and a Class A Water License for extension of the Ekati Diamond Mine to include the Jay and Cardinal kimberlite pipes (the “Jay-Cardinal Project”).
The Jay-Cardinal Project involves the development of the largest diamondiferous resource in North America. It has the potential to extend the operating life of the Ekati Diamond Mine in the order of 10 to 20 years beyond the currently scheduled closure in 2019. The development and mining of these kimberlites is the cornerstone of Dominion Diamond Corporation’s strategy for building a long-term, sustainable Canadian diamonds business.
During the winter of 2013/4, a diamond and sonic core drilling programme will be carried out at the Jay and Cardinal pipes and along alignments for the dikes planned for the proposed development. The purpose of the programme is to provide geological, geotechnical, and hydrogeological data to enable higher resolution pipe models and to support pre-feasibility and environmental assessment studies. It also will be used to obtain site specific subsurface bedrock and hydrogeological characteristics along the proposed dike locations. The Company is working on a pre-feasibility report for the Jay Cardinal development which it aims to complete in calendar 2014.

Diavik Diamond Mine

Production for the third calendar quarter at the Diavik Diamond Mine was 1.7 million carats on a 100% basis.
During the third quarter, the Company sold approximately 0.4 million carats from the Diavik Diamond Mine for a total of $52.9 million for an average price per carat of $118. Had the Company sold only the last production shipped in the third quarter, the estimated achieved price would have been approximately $117 per carat based on the prices achieved in the September/October sale.
The 23% increase in the Company’s achieved average rough diamond prices for the Diavik Diamond Mine as compared to the third quarter of the prior year resulted primarily from the sale during the third quarter of the prior year of a higher proportion of lower priced Diavik Diamond Mine goods due to an improved market for those goods at that time.
At October 31, 2013, the Company had 0.8 million carats of Diavik Diamond Mine produced inventory with an estimated market value of approximately $110 million.

Ekati Diamond Mine

Production for the third calendar quarter at the Ekati Diamond Mine was 0.6 million carats on a 100% basis.
During the period of April 10th to December 31st it is estimated that 3.3 million tonnes of ore will be sourced from the Fox pipe, which is approaching the end of its open pit life. But as the plant is already working at full capacity only 2.4 million tonnes of Fox pipe ore will be processed during FY 2014, leaving a substantial stockpile which will be available for processing during the following year. During the fiscal third quarter, 1.3 million tonnes of Fox ore were mined and 0.3 million tonnes was stockpiled. An accounting cost is only attributable to ore that has actually been processed, and not stockpiled; therefore the cash cost of mining the stockpiled ore is added to the cost of carats recovered from other sources.
During the third quarter, the Company sold approximately 0.4 million carats from the Ekati Diamond Mine for a total of $98.7 million for an average price per carat of $271.
At October 31, 2013, the Company had 0.6 million carats of Ekati Diamond Mine produced inventory with an estimated market value of approximately $141 million.
The development of the Misery Pipe is continuing. As of September 30, 2013, the Company had processed approximately 0.18 million tonnes of kimberlite material excavated as part of the waste stripping for advancing the pit profile of the Misery Pipe, and has recovered approximately 0.24 million carats of diamonds from this material. These diamond recoveries, all of which occurred after June 30, 2013, are not included in the Company’s reserves and resource statement and are therefore incremental to production.
During November, 0.04 million tonnes of previously accumulated coarse ore rejects were processed and 0.02 million carats of diamonds were recovered for an average grade of 0.60 carats per tonne processed. The diamonds recovered were determined to have a current market value of approximately $93 per carat. The total stockpile of coarse ore rejects at the Ekati Diamond Mine was accumulated from a number different sources over the history of operations, and this value may not be indicative of the value of other diamonds that may be recoverable from other sources within such rejects.

Conference Call and Webcast

Beginning at 8:30AM (ET) on Wednesday, December 11th, the Company will host a conference call for analysts, investors and other interested parties. Listeners may access a live broadcast of the conference call on the Company’s web site at http://www.ddcorp.ca or by dialing 800-706-7745 within North America or 617-614-3472 from international locations and entering passcode 84601972.

An online archive of the broadcast will be available by accessing the Company’s web site at http://www.ddcorp.ca. A telephone replay of the call will be available one hour after the call through 11:00PM (ET), Tuesday, December 24th, 2013 by dialing 888-286-8010 within North America or 617-801-6888 from international locations and entering passcode 70101033.

Qualified Person

The scientific and technical information contained in this press release has been prepared under the supervision of Mats Heimersson, P. Eng., an employee of the Company and a Qualified Person within the meaning of National Instrument 43-101. For more information see the Company’s Technical Report regarding the Ekati Diamond Mine dated May 24, 2013, filed on SEDAR.

About Dominion Diamond Corporation

Dominion Diamond Corporation is a Canadian diamond mining company with ownership interests in two of the world’s most valuable diamond mines. Both mines are located in the low political risk environment of the Northwest Territories of Canada. The Company is the fourth largest diamond producer by value globally and the largest diamond mining company by market capitalization, listed on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges.

The Company operates the Ekati Diamond Mine through its 80% ownership as well as a 58.8% ownership in the surrounding areas containing additional resources. It also sells diamonds from its 40% ownership in the Diavik Diamond Mine.

For more information, please visit http://www.ddcorp.ca

Highlights

(All figures are in United States dollars unless otherwise indicated)

Dominion Diamond Corporation (the “Company”) recorded a consolidated net loss attributable to shareholders of $2.9 million or $(0.03) per share for the quarter, compared to a net profit attributable to shareholders of $3.4 million or $0.04 per share in the third quarter of the prior year. Net loss from continuing operations attributable to shareholders (which now represents the Diavik and Ekati mining segments) was $2.9 million or $(0.03) per share, compared to a net profit from continuing operations of $0.2 million or $0.00 per share in the comparable quarter of the prior year. Continuing operations includes all costs related to the Company’s mining operations. Prior year numbers relate only to results from the Diavik Diamond Mine.

Consolidated sales from continuing operations were $151.6 million for the quarter, compared to $84.8 million for the comparable quarter of the prior year, resulting in an operating profit of $10.7 million, compared to an operating profit of $5.6 million in the comparable quarter of the prior year. Consolidated EBITDA from continuing operations was $42.6 million compared to $26.2 million in the comparable quarter of the prior year.

During the third quarter, the Company recorded sales from the Diavik Diamond Mine of $52.9 million compared to $84.8 million in the comparable quarter of the prior year. The Company sold approximately 0.4 million carats from the Diavik Diamond Mine for an average price per carat of $118, compared to 0.9 million carats for an average price per carat of $96 in the comparable quarter of the prior year. The 49% decrease in volume of Diavik Diamond Mine carats sold versus the comparable quarter of the prior year resulted from a combination of the decision to hold back some inventory from sale in the third quarter due to a weakening of the rough diamond market resulting from macroeconomic uncertainty in India, and the change in the sales schedule resulting from a change in the rough diamond sales platform. The 23% increase in the Company’s achieved average rough diamond prices for the Diavik Diamond Mine as compared to the third quarter of the prior year resulted primarily from the sale during the third quarter of the prior year of a higher proportion of lower priced Diavik Diamond Mine goods due to an improved market for those goods at that time. The Diavik segment generated gross margins and EBITDA margins as a percentage of sales of 24.4% and 46%, respectively, compared to 15.5% and 38%, respectively, in the comparable quarter of the prior year. At October 31, 2013, the Company had 0.8 million carats of Diavik Diamond Mine produced inventory with an estimated market value of approximately $110 million.

During the third quarter, the Ekati Diamond Mine recorded sales of $98.7 million and sold approximately 0.4 million carats for an average price per carat of $271. This segment generated gross margins and EBITDA margins of 5.2% and 23%, respectively. At October 31, 2013, the Company had 0.6 million carats of Ekati Diamond Mine produced inventory with an estimated market value of approximately $141 million.

The Corporate segment, which includes all costs not specifically related to the operations of the Diavik and Ekati mines, recorded selling, general and administrative expenses of $5.9 million, compared to $6.3 million in the comparable quarter of the prior year.

Management’s Discussion and Analysis

PREPARED AS OF DECEMBER 10, 2013 (ALL FIGURES ARE IN UNITED STATES DOLLARS UNLESS OTHERWISE INDICATED)

Basis of Presentation
The following is management’s discussion and analysis (“MD&A”) of the results of operations for Dominion Diamond Corporation for the three and nine months ended October 31, 2013, and its financial position as at October 31, 2013. This MD&A is based on the Company’s unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with IAS 34 “Interim Financial Reporting”, as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board, and should be read in conjunction with the unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements and notes thereto for the three and nine months ended October 31, 2013, and the audited consolidated financial statements for the year ended January 31, 2013. Unless otherwise specified, all financial information is presented in United States dollars. Unless otherwise indicated, all references to “third quarter” refer to the three months ended October 31, 2013.

Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Information
Certain information included in this MD&A constitutes forward-looking information within the meaning of Canadian and United States securities laws. Forward-looking information can generally be identified by the use of terms such as “may”, “will”, “should”, “could”, “expect”, “plan”, “anticipate”, “foresee”, “appears”, “believe”, “intend”, “estimate”, “predict”, “potential”, “continue”, “objective”, “modeled”, “hope”, “forecast” or other similar expressions concerning matters that are not historical facts. Forward-looking information relates to management’s future outlook and anticipated events or results, and can include statements or information regarding plans for mining, development, production and exploration activities at the Company’s mineral properties, projected capital expenditure requirements, liquidity and working capital requirements, expectations concerning the diamond industry, and expected cost of sales and cash operating costs. Forward-looking information included in this MD&A includes the current production forecast, estimated rough diamond revenue, cost of sales and cash cost of production estimates and planned capital expenditures for the Diavik Diamond Mine and other forward-looking information set out under “Diavik Operations Outlook”, and the current production forecast, estimated rough diamond revenue, cost of sales and cash cost of production estimates and planned capital expenditures for the Ekati Diamond Mine and other forward-looking information set out under “Ekati Operations Outlook”.

Forward-looking information is based on certain factors and assumptions described below and elsewhere in this MD&A including, among other things, the current mine plans for each of the Diavik Diamond Mine and the Ekati Diamond Mine; mining, production, construction and exploration activities at the Company’s mineral properties; currency exchange rates; and world and US economic conditions. While the Company considers these assumptions to be reasonable based on the information currently available to it, they may prove to be incorrect. Forward-looking information is subject to certain factors, including risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially from what the Company currently expects. These factors include, among other things, the uncertain nature of mining activities, including risks associated with underground construction and mining operations, risks associated with joint venture operations, including risks associated with the inability to control the timing and scope of future capital expenditures, the risk that the operator of the Diavik Diamond Mine may make changes to the mine plan and other risks arising because of the nature of joint venture activities, risks associated with the remote location of and harsh climate at the Company’s mineral property sites, risks resulting from the Eurozone financial crisis, risks associated with regulatory requirements, the risk of fluctuations in diamond prices and changes in US and world economic conditions, the risk of fluctuations in the Canadian/US dollar exchange rate and cash flow and liquidity risks. Please see page 21 of this MD&A, as well as the Company’s current Annual Information Form, available at http://www.sedar.com and http://www.sec.gov, respectively, for a discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties involved in the Company’s operations. Actual results may vary from the forward-looking information.

Readers are cautioned not to place undue importance on forward-looking information, which speaks only as of the date of this MD&A, and should not rely upon this information as of any other date. Due to assumptions, risks and uncertainties, including the assumptions, risks and uncertainties identified above and elsewhere in this MD&A, actual events may differ materially from current expectations. The Company uses forward-looking statements because it believes such statements provide useful information with respect to the currently expected future operations and financial performance of the Company, and cautions readers that the information may not be appropriate for other purposes. While the Company may elect to, it is under no obligation and does not undertake to update or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise at any particular time, except as required by law.

Summary Discussion
Dominion Diamond Corporation is focused on the mining and marketing of rough diamonds to the global market. The Company supplies rough diamonds to the global market from its operation of the Ekati Diamond Mine (in which it owns a controlling interest) and its 40% ownership interest in the Diavik Diamond Mine, both located in Canada’s Northwest Territories.

The Company has an ownership interest in the Diavik group of mineral claims. The Diavik Joint Venture (the “Diavik Joint Venture”) is an unincorporated joint arrangement between Diavik Diamond Mines Inc. (“DDMI”) (60%) and Dominion Diamond Diavik Limited Partnership (“DDDLP”) (40%) where DDDLP holds an undivided 40% ownership interest in the assets, liabilities and expenses of the Diavik Diamond Mine. DDMI is the operator of the Diavik Diamond Mine. DDMI is a wholly owned subsidiary of Rio Tinto plc of London, England.

The Company has a controlling interest in the Ekati Diamond Mine as well as the associated diamond sorting and sales facilities in Yellowknife, Canada, and Antwerp, Belgium. The Company acquired its interest in the Ekati Diamond Mine on April 10, 2013 (the “Ekati Diamond Mine Acquisition”). The Ekati Diamond Mine consists of the Core Zone (80% interest), which includes the current operating mine and other permitted kimberlite pipes, as well as the Buffer Zone (58.8% interest), an adjacent area hosting kimberlite pipes having both development and exploration potential. The Company controls and consolidates the Ekati Diamond Mine and minority shareholders are presented as non-controlling interests on the unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements.

Market Commentary
Diamond market sentiment in the third quarter was mixed. Liquidity remained tight for diamond manufacturers in India and combined with a weakening of the Indian rupee to restrict demand for polished diamonds from local jewelry manufacturers even in the run-up to the gift giving season of Diwali. This led to a very cautious rough diamond market leading into the annual factory shutdowns for Diwali. Conversely, retail markets outside India remained buoyant, especially in the US as expectations for a positive holiday season there remain high. The Chinese market has shown increased activity and is competing with the US for mid-range polished diamonds. The market for higher end polished diamonds in China remains subdued but there is evidence that Chinese consumers continue to purchase these ranges overseas.

The rough and polished diamond markets will be focused on restocking in the fourth quarter. Despite positive trends at the retail market level, jewelry manufacturers are hesitant to accumulate diamond stocks and are relying on just in time replenishment. Rough diamond polishers have been equally or more cautious so rough diamond stocks available for polishing in India and Israel are low. This, combined with an increase in demand for polished diamonds leading into the holiday season, could see a swift return of confidence that will bode well for the diamond market in 2014.

Consolidated Financial Results
The Company’s consolidated results from continuing operations relate solely to its mining operations, which include the production, sorting and sale of rough diamonds. The results of the Company’s luxury brand segment, which it disposed of on March 26, 2013, are treated as discontinued operations for accounting and reporting purposes and current and prior period results have been recast accordingly. The following is a summary of the Company’s consolidated quarterly results for the eight quarters ended October 31, 2013.
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Sales $ 151,639 $ 261,803 $ 108,837 $ 110,111 $ 84,818 $ 61,473 $ 89,009 $ 102,232 $ 522,280 $ 235,300
Cost of sales 133,577 234,372 81,535 79,038 71,663 46,784 70,099 72,783 449,483 188,546
Gross margin 18,062 27,431 27,302 31,073 13,155 14,689 18,910 29,449 72,797 46,754
Gross margin (%) 11.9% 10.5% 25.1% 28.2% 15.5% 23.9% 21.2% 28.8% 13.9% 19.9%
Selling, general and administrative expenses 7,408 15,056 16,843 10,086 7,581 5,750 6,739 5,464 39,308 20,070
Operating profit (loss) from continuing operations 10,654 12,375 10,459 20,987 5,574 8,939 12,171 23,985 33,489 26,684
Finance expenses (5,676) (19,637) (3,994) (2,382) (2,308) (2,151) (2,242) (1,616) (29,305) (6,701)
Exploration costs (7,074) (3,145) (1,039) (306) (673) (568) (254) (177) (11,260) (1,495)
Finance and other income 825 1,032 804 601 60 67 52 51 2,661 179
Foreign exchange gain (loss) 1,122 (2,814) 732 116 (301) 1,048 (370) 680 (961) 377
Profit (loss) before income taxes from continuing operations (149) (12,189) 6,962 19,016 2,352 7,335 9,357 22,923 (5,376) 19,044
Income tax expense (recovery) 3,858 6,913 4,699 6,977 1,583 3,386 3,330 10,281 15,469 8,299
Net profit (loss) from continuing operations $ (4,007) $ (19,102) $ 2,263 $ 12,039 $ 769 $ 3,949 $ 6,027 $ 12,642 $ (20,845) $ 10,745
Net profit (loss) from discontinued operations – – 497,385 2,802 3,245 804 5,583 3,946 497,385 9,632
Net profit (loss) $ (4,007) $ (19,102) $ 499,648 $ 14,841 $ 4,014 $ 4,753 $ 11,610 $ 16,588 $ 476,540 $ 20,377
Net profit (loss) from continuing operations attributable to
Shareholders $ (2,895) $ (16,304) $ 2,822 $ 12,146 $ 152 $ 3,951 $ 6,027 $ 12,654 $ (16,374) $ 10,130
Non-controlling interest (1,112) (2,798) (559) (107) 617 (2) – (12) (4,471) 615
Net profit (loss) attributable to
Shareholders $ (2,895) $ (16,304) $ 500,207 $ 14,948 $ 3,397 $ 4,755 $ 11,610 $ 16,600 $ 481,011 $ 19,762
Non-controlling interest (1,112) (2,798) (559) (107) 617 (2) – (12) (4,471) 615
Earnings (loss) per share – continuing operations
Basic $ (0.03) $ (0.19) $ 0.03 $ 0.14 $ 0.00 $ 0.05 $ 0.07 $ 0.15 $ (0.19) $ 0.12
Diluted $ (0.03) $ (0.19) $ 0.03 $ 0.14 $ 0.00 $ 0.05 $ 0.07 $ 0.15 $ (0.19) $ 0.12
Earnings (loss) per share
Basic $ (0.03) $ (0.19) $ 5.89 $ 0.18 $ 0.04 $ 0.06 $ 0.14 $ 0.20 $ 5.66 $ 0.23
Diluted $ (0.03) $ (0.19) $ 5.82 $ 0.18 $ 0.04 $ 0.06 $ 0.14 $ 0.19 $ 5.61 $ 0.23
Cash dividends declared per share $ 0.00 $ 0.00 $ 0.00 $ 0.00 $ 0.00 $ 0.00 $ 0.00 $ 0.00 $ 0.00 $ 0.00
Total assets (i) $ 2,308 $ 2,295 $ 2,412 $ 1,710 $ 1,733 $ 1,660 $ 1,716 $ 1,607 $ 2,308 $ 1,733
Total long-term liabilities (i) $ 692 $ 696 $ 695 $ 269 $ 682 $ 461 $ 472 $ 641 $ 692 $ 682
Operating profit (loss) from continuing operations $ 10,654 $ 12,375 $ 10,459 $ 20,987 $ 5,574 $ 8,939 $ 12,171 $ 23,985 $ 33,489 $ 26,684
Depreciation and amortization (ii) 31,978 32,644 20,211 24,346 20,588 13,160 22,172 24,284 84,833 55,921
EBITDA from continuing operations (iii) $ 42,632 $ 45,019 $ 30,670 $ 45,333 $ 26,162 $ 22,099 $ 34,343 $ 48,269 $ 118,322 $ 82,605

(i) Total assets and total long-term liabilities are expressed in millions of United States dollars.
(ii) Depreciation and amortization included in cost of sales and selling, general and administrative expenses.
(iii) Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”). See “Non-IFRS Measures” on page 20.

Three Months Ended October 31, 2013, Compared to Three Months Ended October 31, 2012

CONSOLIDATED NET PROFIT ATTRIBUTABLE TO SHAREHOLDERS
The Company recorded a third quarter consolidated net loss attributable to shareholders of $2.9 million or $(0.03) per share, compared to a net profit attributable to shareholders of $3.4 million or $0.04 per share in the third quarter of the prior year. Net loss from continuing operations attributable to shareholders was $2.9 million or $(0.03) per share, compared to a net profit from continuing operations of $0.2 million or $0.00 per share in the comparable quarter of the prior year.

CONSOLIDATED SALES
Sales for the third quarter totalled $151.6 million, consisting of Diavik rough diamond sales of $52.9 million and Ekati rough diamond sales of $98.7 million. This compares to sales of $84.8 million in the comparable quarter of the prior year (Diavik rough diamond sales of $84.8 million and Ekati rough diamond sales of $nil).

The Company expects that results for its mining operations will fluctuate depending on the seasonality of production at its mineral properties, the number of sales events conducted during the quarter, rough diamond prices and the volume, size and quality distribution of rough diamonds delivered from the Company’s mineral properties and sold by the Company in each quarter. See “Segmented Analysis” on page 9 for additional information.

CONSOLIDATED COST OF SALES AND GROSS MARGIN
The Company’s third quarter cost of sales was $133.6 million resulting in a gross margin of 11.9%, compared to a cost of sales of $71.7 million and a gross margin of 15.5% for the comparable quarter of the prior year. The Company’s cost of sales includes costs associated with mining and rough diamond sorting activities. See “Segmented Analysis” on page 9 for additional information.

CONSOLIDATED INCOME TAXES
The Company recorded a net income tax expense of $3.9 million during the third quarter, compared to a net income tax expense of $1.6 million in the comparable quarter of the prior year. The Company’s combined federal and provincial statutory income tax rate for the quarter is 26.5%. There are a number of items that can significantly impact the Company’s effective tax rate, including foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations, the Northwest Territories mining royalty, earnings subject to tax different than the statutory rate and unrecognized tax benefits. As a result, the Company’s recorded tax provision can be significantly different than the expected tax provision calculated based on the statutory tax rate.

The recorded tax provision is particularly impacted by foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations. The Company’s functional and reporting currency is US dollars; however, the calculation of income tax expense is based on income in the currency of the country of origin. As such, the Company is continually subject to foreign exchange fluctuations, particularly as the Canadian dollar moves against the US dollar. During the third quarter, the Canadian dollar weakened against the US dollar. As a result, the Company recorded an unrealized foreign exchange gain of $3.5 million on the revaluation of the Company’s Canadian dollar denominated deferred income tax liability. This compares to an unrealized foreign exchange loss of $0.7 million in the comparable quarter of the prior year. The unrealized foreign exchange gain is recorded as part of the Company’s deferred income tax recovery, and is not taxable for Canadian income tax purposes. During the third quarter, the Company also recognized a deferred income tax expense of $6.4 million for temporary differences arising from the difference between the historical exchange rate and the current exchange rate translation of foreign currency non-monetary items. This compares to a deferred income tax expense of $1.0 million recognized in the comparable quarter of the prior year. The recorded tax provision during the quarter also included a net income tax recovery of $0.5 million relating to foreign exchange differences between income in the currency of the country of origin and US dollars. This compares to net income tax recovery of $2.1 million recognized in the comparable period of the prior year.

Due to the number of factors that can potentially impact the effective tax rate and the sensitivity of the tax provision to these factors, as discussed above, it is expected that the Company’s effective tax rate will fluctuate in future periods.

CONSOLIDATED SELLING, GENERAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES
The principal components of selling, general and administrative (“SG&A”) expenses include expenses for salaries and benefits, professional fees, consulting and travel. The Company incurred SG&A expenses of $7.4 million for the third quarter, compared to $7.6 million in the comparable quarter of the prior year. See “Segmented Analysis” on page 9 for additional information.

CONSOLIDATED FINANCE EXPENSES FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS
Finance expenses for the third quarter were $5.7 million, compared to $2.3 million for the comparable quarter of the prior year. The increase was due primarily to accretion expense associated with future site restoration liability at the Ekati Diamond Mine, which was not present in the comparable quarter of the prior year. Accretion expense was $5.3 million (three months ended October 31, 2012 – $0.6 million) related to future site restoration liabilities at the Diavik Diamond Mine and the Ekati Diamond Mine.

CONSOLIDATED EXPLORATION EXPENSE FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS
Exploration expense of $7.1 million was incurred during the third quarter, compared to $0.7 million in the comparable quarter of the prior year. Included in exploration expense for the third quarter is $6.0 million of exploration work on the Jay pipe within the Buffer Zone at the Ekati Diamond Mine and $1.0 million of exploration work on the Company’s claims in the Northwest Territories.

CONSOLIDATED FINANCE AND OTHER INCOME FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS
Finance and other income of $0.8 million was recorded during the third quarter, compared to $0.06 million in the comparable quarter of the prior year.

CONSOLIDATED FOREIGN EXCHANGE FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS
A net foreign exchange gain of $1.1 million was recognized during the third quarter, compared to a net foreign exchange loss of $0.3 million in the comparable quarter of the prior year. The Company does not currently have any significant foreign exchange derivative instruments outstanding.

Nine Months Ended October 31, 2013, Compared to Nine Months Ended October 31, 2012

CONSOLIDATED NET PROFIT ATTRIBUTABLE TO SHAREHOLDERS
The Company recorded a consolidated net profit attributable to shareholders of $481.0 million or $5.66 per share for the nine months ended October 31, 2013, compared to a net profit attributable to shareholders of $19.8 million or $0.23 per share in the comparable period of the prior year. Included in this amount is a $497.6 million gain on the sale of the luxury brand segment on March 26, 2013. Net loss from continuing operations attributable to shareholders was $16.4 million or $(0.19) per share, compared to a net profit from continuing operations attributable to shareholders of $10.1 million or $0.12 per share in the comparable period of the prior year. Discontinued operations represented $497.4 million of net profit or $5.85 per share, compared to $9.6 million or $0.11 per share in the comparable period of the prior year.

CONSOLIDATED SALES
Sales totalled $522.3 million for the nine months ended October 31, 2013, consisting of Diavik rough diamond sales of $233.1 million and Ekati rough diamond sales of $289.2 million. This compares to sales of $235.3 million in the comparable period of the prior year (Diavik rough diamond sales of $235.3 million and Ekati rough diamond sales of $nil). The Ekati rough diamond sales are for the period from April 10, 2013, which was the date the Ekati Diamond Mine Acquisition was completed, to October 31, 2013.

The Company expects that results for its mining operations will fluctuate depending on the seasonality of production at its mineral properties, the number of sales events conducted during the period, rough diamond prices and the volume, size and quality distribution of rough diamonds delivered from the Company’s mineral properties and sold by the Company in each quarter. See “Segmented Analysis” on page 9 for additional information.

CONSOLIDATED COST OF SALES AND GROSS MARGIN
The Company’s cost of sales was $449.5 million for the nine months ended October 31, 2013, resulting in a gross margin of 13.9%, compared to a cost of sales of $188.5 million and a gross margin of 19.9% for the comparable period of the prior year. The Company’s cost of sales includes costs associated with mining and rough diamond sorting activities. See “Segmented Analysis” on page 9 for additional information.

CONSOLIDATED INCOME TAXES
The Company recorded a net income tax expense of $15.5 million during the nine months ended October 31, 2013, compared to a net income tax expense of $8.3 million in the comparable period of the prior year. The Company’s combined federal and provincial statutory income tax rate for the nine months ended October 31, 2013 is 26.5%. There are a number of items that can significantly impact the Company’s effective tax rate, including foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations, the Northwest Territories mining royalty, earnings subject to tax different than the statutory rate and unrecognized tax benefits. As a result, the Company’s recorded tax provision can be significantly different than the expected tax provision calculated based on the statutory tax rate.

The recorded tax provision is particularly impacted by foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations. The Company’s functional and reporting currency is US dollars; however, the calculation of income tax expense is based on income in the currency of the country of origin. As such, the Company is continually subject to foreign exchange fluctuations, particularly as the Canadian dollar moves against the US dollar. During the nine months ended October 31, 2013, the Canadian dollar weakened against the US dollar. As a result, the Company recorded an unrealized foreign exchange gain of $9.5 million on the revaluation of the Company’s Canadian dollar denominated deferred income tax liability during the nine months ended October 31, 2013. This compares to an unrealized foreign exchange loss of $0.8 million recorded in the comparable period of the prior year. The unrealized foreign exchange gain is recorded as part of the Company’s deferred income tax recovery, and is not taxable for Canadian income tax purposes. During the nine months ended October 31, 2013, the Company recognized a deferred income tax expense of $16.9 million for temporary differences arising from the difference between the historical exchange rate and the current exchange rate translation of foreign currency non-monetary items. This compares to a deferred income tax expense of $3.5 million recognized in the comparable period of the prior year. The recorded tax provision during the nine months ended October 31, 2013, included a net income tax recovery of $0.6 million relating to foreign exchange differences between income in the currency of the country of origin and the US dollar. This compares to a net income tax recovery of $4.0 million recognized in the comparable period of the prior year.

Due to the number of factors that can potentially impact the effective tax rate and the sensitivity of the tax provision to these factors, as discussed above, it is expected that the Company’s effective tax rate will fluctuate in future periods.

CONSOLIDATED SELLING, GENERAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES
The Company incurred SG&A expenses of $39.3 million during the nine months ended October 31, 2013, compared to $20.1 million in the comparable period of the prior year. The increase from the comparable period of the prior year was primarily due to $11.2 million of transaction costs and $6.0 million of restructuring costs at the Antwerp, Belgium office, related in each case to the Ekati Diamond Mine Acquisition. See “Segmented Analysis” on page 9 for additional information.

CONSOLIDATED FINANCE EXPENSES FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS
Finance expenses were $29.3 million for the nine months ended October 31, 2013, compared to $6.7 million for the comparable period of the prior year. The increase was due primarily to the expensing of approximately $14.0 million relating to the cancellation of the credit facilities that had previously been arranged in connection with the Ekati Diamond Mine Acquisition. The Company ultimately determined to fund the Ekati Diamond Mine Acquisition by way of cash on hand and did not draw on these credit facilities, which were subsequently cancelled. Also included in consolidated finance expense is accretion expense of $12.2 million (nine months ended October 31, 2012 – $1.9 million) related to future site restoration liabilities at the Diavik Diamond Mine and the Ekati Diamond Mine.

CONSOLIDATED EXPLORATION EXPENSE FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS
Exploration expense of $11.3 million was incurred during the nine months ended October 31, 2013, compared to $1.5 million in the comparable period of the prior year. Included in exploration expense for the current year is $6.9 million of exploration work on the Jay pipe within the Buffer Zone at the Ekati Diamond Mine and $4.0 million of exploration work on the Company’s claims in the Northwest Territories.

CONSOLIDATED FINANCE AND OTHER INCOME FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS
Finance and other income of $2.7 million was recorded during the nine months ended October 31, 2013, compared to $0.2 million in the comparable period of the prior year.

CONSOLIDATED FOREIGN EXCHANGE FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS
A net foreign exchange loss of $1.0 million was recognized during the nine months ended October 31, 2013, compared to a net foreign exchange gain of $0.4 million in the comparable period of the prior year. The Company does not currently have any significant foreign exchange derivative instruments outstanding.

Segmented Analysis

The operating segments of the Company include the Diavik Diamond Mine, the Ekati Diamond Mine and the Corporate segment. The Corporate segment captures costs not specifically related to operating the Diavik and Ekati mines.

Diavik Diamond Mine

This segment includes the production, sorting and sale of rough diamonds from the Diavik Diamond Mine.
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Q3 Q2 Q1 Q4 Q3 Q2 Q1 Q4 2013 2012
Sales
North America $ – $ – $ 6,179 $ 4,604 $ 7,697 $ 2,269 $ 7,432 $ 2,727 $ 6,179 $ 17,398
Europe 45,088 80,530 61,642 84,346 57,438 50,514 54,370 78,846 187,260 162,322
India 7,818 10,737 21,095 21,161 19,683 8,690 27,207 20,659 39,650 55,580
Total sales 52,906 91,267 88,916 110,111 84,818 61,473 89,009 102,232 233,089 235,300
Cost of sales 40,018 68,328 61,888 79,038 71,663 46,784 70,099 72,783 170,234 188,546
Gross margin 12,888 22,939 27,028 31,073 13,155 14,689 18,910 29,449 62,855 46,754
Gross margin (%) 24.4% 25.1% 30.4% 28.2% 15.5% 23.9% 21.2% 28.8% 27.0% 19.9%
Selling, general and administrative expenses 1,123 1,409 1,110 1,860 1,279 1,050 972 1,308 3,641 3,301
Operating profit $ 11,765 $ 21,530 $ 25,918 $ 29,213 $ 11,876 $ 13,639 $ 17,938 $ 28,141 $ 59,214 $ 43,453
Depreciation and amortization (i) 12,434 21,768 19,906 24,042 20,283 12,874 21,876 23,849 54,108 55,033
EBITDA (ii) $ 24,199 $ 43,298 $ 45,824 $ 53,255 $ 32,159 $ 26,513 $ 39,814 $ 51,990 $ 113,322 $ 98,486

(i) Depreciation and amortization included in cost of sales and selling, general and administrative expenses.
(ii) Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”). See “Non-IFRS Measures” on page 20.

Three Months Ended October 31, 2013, Compared to Three Months Ended October 31, 2012

DIAVIK SALES
During the third quarter, the Company sold approximately 0.4 million carats from the Diavik Diamond Mine for a total of $52.9 million for an average price per carat of $118, compared to 0.9 million carats for a total of $84.8 million for an average price per carat of $96 in the comparable quarter of the prior year. The 49% decrease in volume of carats sold versus the comparable quarter of the prior year resulted from a combination of the decision to hold back some inventory from sale in the third quarter due to a weakening of the rough diamond market resulting from macroeconomic uncertainty in India, and the change in the sales schedule resulting from a change in the rough diamond sales platform. The 23% increase in the Company’s achieved average rough diamond prices for the Diavik Diamond Mine as compared to the third quarter of the prior year resulted primarily from the sale during the third quarter of the prior year of a higher proportion of lower priced Diavik Diamond Mine goods due to an improved market for those goods at that time. At October 31, 2013, the Company had 0.8 million carats of Diavik Diamond Mine produced inventory with an estimated market value of approximately $110 million, compared to 0.8 million carats with an estimated market value of approximately $110 million in the comparable quarter of the prior year.

Had the Company sold only the last production shipped in the third quarter, the estimated achieved price would have been approximately $117 per carat based on the prices achieved in the September / October 2013 sale.

DIAVIK COST OF SALES AND GROSS MARGIN
The Company’s third quarter cost of sales for the Diavik Diamond Mine was $40.0 million resulting in a gross margin of 24.4%, compared to a cost of sales of $71.7 million and a gross margin of 15.5% in the comparable quarter of the prior year. Cost of sales for the third quarter included $12.4 million of depreciation and amortization, compared to $19.8 million in the comparable quarter of the prior year. The decrease in depreciation and amortization is due primarily to the decision to hold back some inventory from sale in the third quarter. The Diavik segment generated gross margins and EBITDA margin of 24.4% and 46%, respectively, compared to 15.5% and 38%, respectively, in the comparable quarter of the prior year. The gross margin is anticipated to fluctuate between quarters, resulting from variations in the specific mix of product sold during each quarter and rough diamond prices.

A substantial portion of consolidated cost of sales is mining operating costs incurred at the Diavik Diamond Mine. During the third quarter, the Diavik cash cost of production was $37.6 million compared to $42.0 million in the comparable quarter of the prior year. Cost of sales also includes sorting costs, which consists of the Company’s cost of handling and sorting product in preparation for sales to third parties, and depreciation and amortization, the majority of which is recorded using the unit-of-production method over estimated proven and probable reserves.

The MD&A refers to cash cost of production, a non-IFRS performance measure, in order to provide investors with information about the measure used by management to monitor performance. This information is used to assess how well the Diavik Diamond Mine is performing compared to the mine plan and prior periods. Cash cost of production includes mine site operating costs such as mining, processing and administration, but is exclusive of amortization, capital, and exploration and development costs. Cash cost of production does not have any standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS and differs from measures determined in accordance with IFRS. This performance measure is intended to provide additional information and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with IFRS. This measure is not necessarily indicative of net profit or cash flow from operations as determined under IFRS. The following table provides a reconciliation of cash cost of production to the Diavik Diamond Mine’s cost of sales disclosed for the three months ended October 31, 2013 and 2012.
(expressed in thousands of United States dollars) Three months ended
October 31, 2013 Three months ended
October 31, 2012
Diavik cash cost of production $ 37,558 $ 42,048
Private royalty 1,006 1,632
Other cash costs 759 1,057
Total cash cost of production 39,323 44,737
Depreciation and amortization 19,318 20,547
Total cost of production 58,641 65,284
Adjusted for stock movements (18,623) 6,379
Total cost of sales $ 40,018 $ 71,663

DIAVIK SELLING, GENERAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES
SG&A expenses for the Diavik Diamond Mine segment during the quarter was $1.1 million, compared to $1.3 million in the comparable quarter of the prior year.

Nine Months Ended October 31, 2013, Compared to Nine Months Ended October 31, 2012

DIAVIK SALES
During the nine months ended October 31, 2013, the Company sold approximately 1.9 million carats from the Diavik Diamond Mine for a total of $233.1 million for an average price per carat of $121 compared to 2.3 million carats for a total of $235.3 million for an average price per carat of $101 in the comparable period of the prior year. The 19% increase in the Company’s achieved average rough diamond prices resulted primarily from the sale during the first quarter of the prior year of almost all of the remaining lower priced goods originally held back in inventory by the Company at October 31, 2011 due to an oversupply in the market at that time. The 17% decrease in volume of carats sold was due primarily to two offsetting factors that impacted the comparable period of the prior year: first, an increase in volume of carats sold from the sale during the first quarter of the prior year of almost all of the remaining lower priced goods originally held back in inventory at October 31, 2011; and second, a decrease in volume of carats sold during the current quarter due to a combination of the decision to hold back some inventory from sale and the change in the sales schedule resulting from a change in the rough diamond sales platform.

DIAVIK COST OF SALES AND GROSS MARGIN
The Company’s cost of sales for the Diavik Diamond Mine for the nine months ended October 31, 2013, was $170.2 million resulting in a gross margin of 27.0% compared to a cost of sales of $188.5 million and a gross margin of 19.9% in the comparable period of the prior year. Cost of sales for the nine months ended October 31, 2013 included $53.5 million of depreciation and amortization compared to $53.8 million in the comparable period of the prior year. This segment generated gross margins and EBITDA margins of 27.0% and 49%, respectively, compared to 19.9% and 42%, respectively, in the comparable period of the prior year. The gross margin is anticipated to fluctuate between quarters, resulting from variations in the specific mix of product sold during each quarter and rough diamond prices.

A substantial portion of consolidated cost of sales is mining operating costs, incurred at the Diavik Diamond Mine. During the nine months ended October 31, 2013, the Diavik cash cost of production was $119.4 million compared to $126.7 million in the comparable period of the prior year. Cost of sales also includes sorting costs, which consists of the Company’s cost of handling and sorting product in preparation for sales to third parties, and depreciation and amortization, the majority of which is recorded using the unit-of-production method over estimated proven and probable reserves.

The MD&A refers to cash cost of production, a non-IFRS performance measure, in order to provide investors with information about the measure used by management to monitor performance. This information is used to assess how well the Diavik Diamond Mine is performing compared to the mine plan and prior periods. Cash cost of production includes mine site operating costs such as mining, processing and administration, but is exclusive of amortization, capital, and exploration and development costs. Cash cost of production does not have any standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS and differs from measures determined in accordance with IFRS. This performance measure is intended to provide additional information and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with IFRS. This measure is not necessarily indicative of net profit or cash flow from operations as determined under IFRS. The following table provides a reconciliation of cash cost of production to the Diavik Diamond Mine’s cost of sales disclosed for the nine months ended October 31, 2013 and 2012.
(expressed in thousands of United States dollars) Nine months ended
October 31, 2013 Nine months ended
October 31, 2012
Diavik cash cost of production $ 119,364 $ 126,679
Private royalty 3,930 5,359
Other cash costs 2,717 3,088
Total cash cost of production 126,011 135,126
Depreciation and amortization 60,766 50,334
Total cost of production 186,777 185,460
Adjusted for stock movements (16,543) 3,086
Total cost of sales $ 170,234 $ 188,546

DIAVIK SELLING, GENERAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES
SG&A expenses for the Diavik Diamond Mine segment for the nine months ended October 31, 2013 was $3.6 million, compared to $3.3 million in the comparable period of the prior year.

OPERATIONAL UPDATE
Production for the third calendar quarter at the Diavik Diamond Mine was 1.7 million carats (at 100%), compared to 1.9 million in the third calendar quarter of the prior year. Total production includes reprocessed plant rejects (“RPR”), which are not included in the Company’s reserves and resource statement and are therefore incremental to production.

DOMINION DIAMOND DIAVIK LIMITED PARTNERSHIP’S 40% SHARE OF DIAVIK DIAMOND MINE PRODUCTION
(reported on a one-month lag)
For the three months ended September 30, 2013
Pipe Ore processed
(000s tonnes) Carats
(000s) Grade
(carats/tonne)
A-154 South 56 233 4.15
A-154 North 81 165 2.04
A-418 81 236 2.91
RPR 1 35 –
Total 219 669 2.91(a)

(a) Grade has been adjusted to exclude RPR.

For the three months ended September 30, 2012
Pipe Ore processed
(000s tonnes) Carats
(000s) Grade
(carats/tonne)
A-154 South 71 334 4.71
A-154 North 62 137 2.21
A-418 77 293 3.82
RPR – 9 –
Total 210 773 3.65(a)

(a) Grade has been adjusted to exclude RPR.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2013
Pipe Ore processed
(000s tonnes) Carats
(000s) Grade
(carats/tonne)
A-154 South 176 757 4.29
A-154 North 219 462 2.11
A-418 232 741 3.20
RPR 4 111 –
Total 631 2,071 3.13(a)

(a) Grade has been adjusted to exclude RPR.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2012
Pipe Ore processed
(000s tonnes) Carats
(000s) Grade
(carats/tonne)
A-154 South 99 437 4.42
A-154 North 131 265 2.02
A-418 405 1,388 3.42
RPR 2 42 –
Total 637 2,132 3.29(a)

(a) Grade has been adjusted to exclude RPR.

DIAVIK OPERATIONS OUTLOOK

PRODUCTION
The Diavik Diamond Mine full-year production target (on a 100% basis) is expected to be approximately 7.1 million carats from the mining of approximately 1.9 million tonnes of ore and the processing of approximately 2.2 million tonnes of material from both mining and stockpiles. The approximately 18% increase in carats in expected production for calendar 2013, as compared to the original plan of approximately 6 million carats, results from both the expected processing of more stockpiled ore and an increase in underground mining velocity during the calendar year. Diavik’s full-year target production expects mining activities will be exclusively underground with approximately 0.7 million tonnes expected to be sourced from A-154 North, approximately 0.5 million tonnes from A-154 South and approximately 0.7 million tonnes from A-418 kimberlite pipes. Included in the estimated production for calendar 2013 is approximately 0.4 million carats from RPR and 0.1 million carats from the improved recovery process for small diamonds. These RPR and small diamond recoveries are not included in the Company’s reserves and resource statement and are therefore incremental to production. Given the decision to hold back some inventory from sale in the third quarter, the Company currently expects rough diamond sales for fiscal 2014 from the Diavik Diamond Mine to be in the range of $320 to $365 million.

PRICING
Based on prices from the Company’s rough diamond sales during the third quarter and the current diamond recovery profile of the Diavik processing plant, the Company has modeled the current approximate rough diamond price per carat for each of the Diavik ore types in the table that follows:
Ore type September /
October 2013
Sales Cycle
Average price
per carat
(in US dollars)
A-154 South $ 140
A-154 North 180
A-418 100
RPR 50

COST OF SALES AND CASH COST OF PRODUCTION
Given the decision to hold back some inventory from sale in the third quarter, the Company currently expects cost of sales for fiscal 2014 from the Diavik Diamond Mine to be in the range of $235 to $270 million (including depreciation and amortization in the range of $70 to $85 million). The Company’s share of the cash cost of production at the Diavik Diamond Mine for calendar 2013 is expected to be approximately $165 million at an assumed average Canadian/US dollar exchange rate of $1.03.

CAPITAL EXPENDITURES
The Company currently expects DDDLP’s 40% share of the planned capital expenditures for the Diavik Diamond Mine in fiscal 2014 to be approximately $26 million, assuming an average Canadian/US dollar exchange rate of $1.03. During the third quarter, DDDLP’s share of capital expenditures was $6.9 million ($23.4 million for the nine months ended October 31, 2013).

Ekati Diamond Mine

This segment includes the production, sorting and sale of rough diamonds from the Ekati Diamond Mine.
(expressed in thousands of United States dollars)
(unaudited)
2014 2014 2014 2013 2013 2013 2013 2012 Nine
months
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October 31,
Q3 Q2 Q1 Q4 Q3 Q2 Q1 Q4 2013 2012
Sales
Europe $ 98,733 $ 170,536 $ 19,921 $ – $ – $ – $ – $ – $ 289,190 $ –
Total sales 98,733 170,536 19,921 – – – – – 289,190 –
Cost of sales 93,558 166,044 19,647 – – – – – 279,249 –
Gross margin 5,175 4,492 274 – – – – – 9,941 –
Gross margin (%) 5.2% 2.6% 1.4% -% -% -% -% -% 3.4% -%
Selling, general and administrative expenses 362 676 520 – – – – – 1,558 –
Operating profit (loss) $ 4,813 $ 3,816 $ (246) $ – $ – $ – $ – $ – $ 8,383 $ –
Depreciation and amortization (i) 19,166 10,513 – – – – – – 29,679 –
EBITDA (ii) $ 23,979 $ 14,329 $ (246) $ – $ – $ – $ – $ – $ 38,062 $ –

(i) Depreciation and amortization included in cost of sales and selling, general and administrative expenses. All sales of inventory purchased as part of the Ekati Diamond Mine Acquisition are accounted for as cash cost of sales.
(ii) Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”). See “Non-IFRS Measures” on page 20.

Three months ended October 31, 2013

EKATI SALES
During the third quarter, the Company sold approximately 0.4 million carats from the Ekati Diamond Mine for a total of $98.7 million for an average price per carat of $271. The volume of carats sold during the quarter was lower than what the Company would anticipate going forward as a result of a combination of the decision to hold back some inventory from sale in the third quarter and the change in the sales schedule resulting from a change in the rough diamond sales platform. At October 31, 2013, the Company had 0.6 million carats of Ekati Diamond Mine produced inventory with an estimated market value of approximately $141 million.

EKATI COST OF SALES AND GROSS MARGIN
The Company’s cost of sales for the Ekati Diamond Mine during the third quarter was $93.6 million, resulting in a gross margin of 5.2% and an EBITDA margin of 23%. Cost of sales for the third quarter was impacted slightly by the sale of inventory that was recorded at market value as a result of the Ekati Diamond Mine Acquisition. The Company estimates the cost of sales would have been approximately $93.1 million during the third quarter if the effect of the market value adjustment made as part of the Ekati Diamond Mine Acquisition was excluded. The Company estimates that gross margins and EBITDA margin would have been 5.7% and 24%, respectively if the effect of the market value adjustment made as part of the Ekati Diamond Mine Acquisition was excluded. At October 31, 2013, the Company had approximately $10 million remaining of inventory acquired as part of the Ekati Diamond Mine Acquisition, the majority of which are made up of production samples. The gross margin is anticipated to fluctuate between quarters, resulting from variations in the specific mix of product sold during each quarter and rough diamond prices.

Consolidated cost of sales includes mining operating costs incurred at the Ekati Diamond Mine. During the third quarter, the Ekati cash cost of production was $91.1 million. Cost of sales also includes sorting costs, which consists of the Company’s cost of handling and sorting product in preparation for sales to third parties, and depreciation and amortization, the majority of which is recorded using the straight-line method over estimated proven and probable reserves.

The MD&A refers to cash cost of production, a non-IFRS performance measure, in order to provide investors with information about the measure used by management to monitor performance. This information is used to assess how well the Ekati Diamond Mine is performing compared to the mine plan and prior periods. Cash cost of production includes mine site operating costs such as mining, processing and administration, but is exclusive of amortization, capital, and exploration and development costs. Cash cost of production does not have any standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS and differs from measures determined in accordance with IFRS. This performance measure is intended to provide additional information and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with IFRS. This measure is not necessarily indicative of net profit or cash flow from operations as determined under IFRS. The following table provides a reconciliation of cash cost of production to the Ekati Diamond Mine’s operations’ cost of sales disclosed for the three months ended October 31, 2013.
(expressed in thousands of United States dollars) Three months ended
October 31, 2013
Ekati cash cost of production $ 91,091
Other cash costs including inventory acquisition 1,137
Total cash cost of production 92,228
Depreciation and amortization 26,129
Total cost of production 118,356
Adjusted for stock movements (24,798)
Total cost of sales $ 93,558

EKATI SELLING, GENERAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES
SG&A expenses for the Ekati Diamond Mine segment for the quarter were $0.4 million.

Period from April 10 to October 31, 2013
EKATI SALES
During the period from April 10 to October 31, 2013, the Company sold approximately 0.97 million carats from the Ekati Diamond Mine for a total of $289.2 million for an average price per carat of $299.

Had the Company sold only the last production shipped in the third quarter, the estimated achieved price would have been approximately $200 per carat based on the prices achieved in the September / October 2013 sale. The estimated achieved price includes the sale of rough diamonds from Misery South and Southwest, which has a lower average price per carat.

EKATI COST OF SALES AND GROSS MARGIN
The Company’s cost of sales for the Ekati Diamond Mine for the period from April 10 to October 31, 2013, was $279.2 million, resulting in a gross margin of 3.4% and an EBITDA margin of 13%. Cost of sales was impacted by the sale of inventory that was recorded at market value as a result of the Ekati Diamond Mine Acquisition. The Company estimates that the cost of sales would have been approximately $262.5 million during the period if the effect of the market value adjustment made as part of the Ekati Diamond Mine Acquisition was excluded. The Company estimates that gross margins and EBITDA margins of sales would have been 9.2% and 28%, respectively, if the effect of the market value adjustment made as part of the Ekati Diamond Mine Acquisition was excluded. At October 31, 2013, the Company had approximately $10 million remaining of inventory acquired as part of the Ekati Diamond Mine Acquisition, the majority of which are made up of production samples. The gross margin is anticipated to fluctuate between quarters, resulting from variations in the specific mix of product sold during each quarter and rough diamond prices.

A substantial portion of consolidated cost of sales is mining operating costs, which are incurred at the Ekati Diamond Mine. During the period from April 10 to October 31, 2013, the Ekati cash cost of production was $202.6 million. Cost of sales also includes sorting costs, which consists of the Company’s cost of handling and sorting product in preparation for sales to third parties, and depreciation and amortization, the majority of which is recorded using the straight-line method over estimated proven and probable reserves.

The MD&A refers to cash cost of production, a non-IFRS performance measure, in order to provide investors with information about the measure used by management to monitor performance. This information is used to assess how well the Ekati Diamond Mine is performing compared to the mine plan and prior periods. Cash cost of production includes mine site operating costs such as mining, processing and administration, but is exclusive of amortization, capital, and exploration and development costs. Cash cost of production does not have any standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS and differs from measures determined in accordance with IFRS. This performance measure is intended to provide additional information and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with IFRS. This measure is not necessarily indicative of net profit or cash flow from operations as determined under IFRS. The following table provides a reconciliation of cash cost of production to the Ekati Diamond Mine’s operations’ cost of sales disclosed for the period April 10 to October 31, 2013.
(expressed in thousands of United States dollars) Period April 10 to
October 31, 2013
Ekati cash cost of production $ 202,600
Other cash costs including inventory acquisition 156,985
Total cash cost of production 359,585
Depreciation and amortization 57,959
Total cost of production 417,544
Adjusted for stock movements (138,295)
Total cost of sales $ 279,249

EKATI SELLING, GENERAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES
SG&A expenses for the Ekati Diamond Mine segment for the period from April 10 to October 31, 2013 were $1.6 million.

OPERATIONAL UPDATE
Production for the third calendar quarter at the Ekati Diamond Mine was 0.6 million carats at 100%. The development of the Misery pipe is continuing. As of September 30, 2013, the Company had processed approximately 0.18 million tonnes of material excavated as part of the waste stripping for advancing the pit profile of the Misery pipe, and has recovered approximately 0.24 million carats of diamonds from this material. These diamond recoveries, all of which occurred after June 30, 2013, are not included in the Company’s reserves and resource statement and are therefore incremental to production.

On November 18th, 2013, the Wek’ eezhii Land and Water Board issued a Preliminary Screening Decision Report on the Lynx kimberlite pipe (“Lynx Project”) at the Ekati Diamond Mine which determined that the Lynx Project can proceed with the regulatory process. On November 22, 2013, the Wek’ eezhii Land and Water Board decided to refer the Company’s Detailed Project Report on the Jay and Cardinal kimberlite pipes at the Ekati Diamond Mine to the Mackenzie Valley Environment Impact Review Board for an environmental assessment.

EKATI DIAMOND MINE PRODUCTION (80% SHARE)
(this table reported on a one-month lag)
For the three months ended September 30, 2013
Pipe Ore processed
(000s tonnes) Carats
(000s) Grade
(carats/tonne)
Koala Phase 5 49 19 0.38
Koala Phase 6 62 83 1.33
Koala North 49 34 0.69
Fox 521 158 0.30
Misery South & Southwest 143 194 1.36
Coarse Ore Rejects 34 6 0.17
Total 857 494 0.58

For the period from April 10, 2013 (date of acquisition) to September 30, 2013
Pipe Ore processed
(000s tonnes) Carats
(000s) Grade
(carats/tonne)
Koala Phase 5 99 38 0.38
Koala Phase 6 89 117 1.32
Koala North 124 92 0.74
Fox 1,134 357 0.32
Misery South & Southwest 143 194 1.36
Coarse Ore Rejects 34 6 0.17
Total 1,621 805 0.50

Ekati Operations Outlook
PRODUCTION
The approved and updated mine plan and budget for the Ekati Diamond Mine foresees production (on a 100% basis) for the period from April 10, 2013 to the calendar 2013 year end of approximately 1.0 million carats from the mining of approximately 4.2 million tonnes from mineral reserves. The mine plan foresees processing of approximately 3.3 million tonnes, with some material being made up of diamond-bearing kimberlite from a satellite body in the Misery open pit that is excavated as part of the waste stripping as the pit profile is advanced. Planned mining activities include approximately 0.3 million tonnes expected to be sourced from Koala Phase 5, approximately 0.3 million tonnes from Koala Phase 6, approximately 0.3 million tonnes from Koala North and approximately 3.3 million tonnes from Fox. Given the decision to hold back some inventory from sale in the third quarter, the Company currently expects rough diamond sales for fiscal 2014 from the Ekati Diamond Mine to be in the range of $385 to $455 million (on a 100% basis).

PRICING
Based on prices from the Company’s rough diamond sales during the third quarter and the current diamond recovery profile of the Ekati processing plant, the Company has modeled the current approximate rough diamond price per carat for each of the Ekati ore types in the table that follows:

Ore type September /
October 2013
Sales Cycle
Average price
per carat
(in US dollars)
Koala Phase 5 $ 345
Koala Phase 6 395
Koala North 410
Fox 300
Misery South & South West 80-100
Coarse Ore Rejects 65-120

COST OF SALES AND CASH COST OF PRODUCTION
Given the decision to hold back some inventory from sale in the third quarter, the Company currently expects cost of sales for fiscal 2014 from the Ekati Diamond Mine to be in the range of $365 to $430 million (including depreciation and amortization in the range of $50 to $60 million). Cash cost of production at the Ekati Diamond Mine for the period from April 10, 2013 to the fiscal 2014 year-end is expected to be approximately $310 million at an assumed average Canadian/US dollar exchange rate of $1.03.

CAPITAL EXPENDITURES
The planned capital expenditures for the Ekati Diamond Mine for the period from April 10, 2013 to the fiscal 2014 year-end are expected to be approximately $100 million at an assumed average Canadian/US dollar exchange rate of $1.03. The currently expected capital expenditures include approximately $42 million for the continued development of the Misery pipe, consisting largely of mining costs to achieve ore release. During the third quarter, capital expenditures were approximately $28.3 million ($65.3 million for the period from April 10, 2013 to October 31, 2013). The Company expects to spend a total of $11 million for Jay pipe exploration during this fiscal year.

Corporate

The Corporate segment captures costs not specifically related to the operations of the Diavik and Ekati diamond mines.
(expressed in thousands of United States dollars)
(unaudited)
2014 2014 2014 2013 2013 2013 2013 2012 Nine months ended
October 31, Nine months ended
October 31,
Q3 Q2 Q1 Q4 Q3 Q2 Q1 Q4 2013 2012
Sales $ – $ – $ – $ – $ – $ – $ – $ – $ – $ –
Cost of sales – – – – – – – – – –
Gross margin – – – – – – – – – –
Gross margin (%) -% -% -% -% -% -% -% -% -% -%
Selling, general and administrative expenses 5,924 12,971 15,213 8,227 6,302 4,700 5,767 4,153 34,107 16,769
Operating loss $ (5,924) $ (12,971) $ (15,213) $ (8,227) $ (6,302) $ (4,700) $ (5,767) $ (4,153) $ (34,107) $ (16,769)
Depreciation and amortization (i) 378 363 305 304 306 286 296 434 1,046 888
EBITDA (ii) $ (5,546) $ (12,608) $ (14,908) $ (7,923) $ (5,996) $ (4,414) $ (5,471) $ (3,719) $ (33,061) $ (15,881)

(i) Depreciation and amortization included in cost of sales and selling, general and administrative expenses.
(ii) Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”). See “Non-IFRS Measures” on page 20.

Three Months Ended October 31, 2013, Compared to Three Months Ended October 31, 2012

CORPORATE SELLING, GENERAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES
SG&A expenses for the Corporate segment during the quarter decreased by $0.4 million from the comparable quarter of the prior year.

Nine Months Ended October 31, 2013, Compared to Nine Months Ended October 31, 2012

CORPORATE SELLING, GENERAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES
SG&A expenses for the Corporate segment during the nine months ended October 31, 2013 increased by $17.4 million from the comparable period of the prior year. The increase from the comparable period of the prior year was primarily due to $11.2 million of transaction costs and $6.0 million of restructuring costs at the Antwerp, Belgium office, related in each case to the Ekati Diamond Mine Acquisition.

Discontinued Operations
On March 26, 2013, the Company completed the disposition of its luxury brand segment to Swatch Group. As a result, the Company’s consolidated results no longer include the operations of the luxury brand segment and the results of the luxury brand segment are now treated as discontinued operations for reporting purposes. Current and prior period results have been restated to reflect this change.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

Working Capital
As at October 31, 2013, the Company had unrestricted cash and cash equivalents of $195.8 million and restricted cash of $121.9 million compared to $104.3 million and $nil at January 31, 2013. The restricted cash is used to support letters of credit to the Government of Canada of CDN $127 million in support of the reclamation obligations for the Ekati Diamond Mine. During the quarter ended October 31, 2013, the Company reported cash flow from operations of $6.6 million compared to $19.6 million in the comparable period of the prior year.

As at October 31, 2013, the Company had 1.5 million carats of rough diamond inventory with an estimated market value of approximately $250 million, of which approximately $95 million represented inventory available for sale, with the remaining $155 million being sorted.

Working capital increased to $509.5 million at October 31, 2013 from $361.5 million at January 31, 2013. During the quarter, the Company increased accounts receivable from continuing operations by $5.7 million, decreased other current assets from continuing operations by $3.8 million, increased inventory and supplies from continuing operations by $39.9 million, increased trade and other payables from continuing operations by $10.6 million and increased employee benefit plans from continuing operations by $0.9 million.

The Company’s liquidity requirements fluctuate from quarter to quarter depending on, among other factors, the seasonality of production at the Company’s mineral properties, seasonality of mine operating expenses, capital expenditure programs, the number of rough diamond sales events conducted during the quarter, and the volume, size and quality distribution of rough diamonds delivered from the Company’s mineral properties and sold by the Company in each quarter.

The Company assesses liquidity and capital resources on a consolidated basis. The Company’s requirements are for cash operating expenses, working capital, contractual debt requirements and capital expenditures. The Company believes that it will generate sufficient liquidity to meet its anticipated requirements for the next 12 months.

Financing Activities
There were no significant transactions to note during the third quarter.

Investing Activities
During the third quarter, the Company purchased property, plant and equipment of $35.2 million for its continuing operations, of which $6.9 million was purchased for the Diavik Diamond Mine and $28.3 million for the Ekati Diamond Mine.

Contractual Obligations
The Company has contractual payment obligations with respect to interest-bearing loans and borrowings and, through its participation in the Diavik Joint Venture and the Ekati Diamond Mine, future site restoration costs at both the Ekati and Diavik Diamond Mine level. Additionally, at the Diavik Joint Venture level, contractual obligations exist with respect to operating purchase obligations, as administered by DDMI, the operator of the mine. In order to maintain its 40% ownership interest in the Diavik Diamond Mine, DDDLP is obligated to fund 40% of the Diavik Joint Venture’s total expenditures on a monthly basis. Not reflected in the table below are currently estimated capital expenditures for the calendar years 2013 to 2017 of approximately $70 million in the aggregate assuming a Canadian/US average exchange rate of $1.05 for each of the five years and representing DDDLP’s current projected share of the currently planned capital expenditures (excluding the A-21 pipe) at the Diavik Diamond Mine. Also not reflected are any capital expenditures for the Ekati Diamond Mine. The most significant contractual obligations for the ensuing five-year period can be summarized as follows:
CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATIONS
Less than Year Year After
(expressed in thousands of United States dollars) Total 1 year 2-3 4-5 5 years
Interest-bearing loans and borrowings (a)(b) $ 5,792 $ 1,178 $ 2,356 $ 2,258 $ –
Environmental and participation agreements incremental commitments (c) 210,098 200,983 4,608 – 4,507
Operating lease obligations (d) 18,664 4,965 9,701 3,998 –
Total contractual obligations $ 234,554 $ 207,126 $ 16,665 $ 6,256 $ 4,507

(a) (i) Interest-bearing loans and borrowings presented in the foregoing table include current and long-term portions. The Company does not have any credit facilities.

(ii) The Company has available a $45.0million revolving financing facility (utilization in either US dollars or Euros) with Antwerp Diamond Bank for inventory and receivables funding in connection with marketing activities through its Belgian subsidiary, Dominion Diamond International NV, and its Indian subsidiary, Dominion Diamond (India) Private Limited. Borrowings under the Belgian facility bear interest at the bank’s base rate plus 1.5%. Borrowings under the Indian facility bear an interest rate of 13.5%. At October 31, 2013, $nil was outstanding under this facility relating to Dominion Diamond International NV and Dominion Diamond (India) Private Limited. The facility is guaranteed by Dominion Diamond Corporation.

(iii) The Company’s first mortgageon real property has scheduled principal payments of approximately $0.2 million quarterly, may be prepaid at any time, and matures on September 1, 2018. On October 31, 2013, $4.8 million was outstanding on the mortgage payable.

(b) Interest on loans and borrowings is calculated at various fixed and floating rates. Projected interest payments on the current debt outstanding were based on interest rates in effect at October 31, 2013, and have been included under interest-bearing loans and borrowings in the table above. Interest payments for the next 12 months are approximated to be $0.3million.

(c) Both the Diavik Joint Venture and Ekati Diamond Mine, under environmental and other agreements, must provide funding for the Environmental Monitoring Advisory Board. These agreements also state that the mines must provide security deposits for the performance of their reclamation and abandonment obligations under all environmental laws and regulations. Theoperator of the Diavik Joint Venture has fulfilled such obligations for the security deposits by posting letters of credit, of which DDDLP’s share as at October 31, 2013 was $62million based on its 40% ownership interest in the Diavik Diamond Mine. There can be no assurance that the operator will continue its practice of posting letters of credit in fulfillment of this obligation, in which event DDDLP would be required to post its proportionate share of such security directly, which would result in additional constraints on liquidity. The requirement to post security for the reclamation and abandonment obligations may be reduced to the extent of amounts spent by the Diavik Joint Venture on those activities. The Company has posted letters of credit of CDN $127 million with the Government of Canada supported by restricted cash in support of the reclamation obligations for the Ekati Diamond Mine. Both the Diavik and Ekati Diamond Mines have also signed participation agreements with various native groups. These agreements are expected to contribute to the social, economic and cultural well-being of area Aboriginal bands. The actual cash outlay for obligations of the Diavik Joint Venture under these agreements is not anticipated to occur until later in the life of the mine. The actual cash outlay in respect of the Ekati Diamond Mine under these agreements includes annual payments and special project payments during the operation of the Ekati Diamond Mine.

(d) Operating lease obligations represent future minimum annual rentals under non-cancellable operating leases at the Ekati Diamond Mine.

Non-IFRS Measures
In addition to discussing earnings measures in accordance with IFRS, the MD&A provides the following non-IFRS measures, which are also used by management to monitor and evaluate the performance of the Company.

Cash Cost of Production
The MD&A refers to cash cost of production, a non-IFRS performance measure, in order to provide investors with information about the measure used by management to monitor performance. This information is used to assess how well each of the Diavik Diamond Mine and Ekati Diamond Mine is performing compared to the mine plan and prior periods. Cash cost of production includes mine site operating costs such as mining, processing and administration, but is exclusive of amortization, capital, and exploration and development costs. Cash cost of production does not have any standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS and differs from measures determined in accordance with IFRS. This performance measure is intended to provide additional information and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with IFRS. This measure is not necessarily indicative of net profit or cash flow from operations as determined under IFRS.

EBITDA
The term EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) does not have a standardized meaning according to IFRS and therefore may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers. The Company defines EBITDA as sales minus cost of sales and selling, general and administrative expenses, meaning it represents operating profit before depreciation and amortization.

EBITDA and EBITDA margin are measures commonly reported and widely used by investors and analysts as an indicator of the Company’s operating performance and ability to incur and service debt and as a valuation metric. EBITDA margin is defined as the ratio obtained by dividing EBITDA by sales and is a measurement for cash margins.
CONSOLIDATED

(expressed in thousands of United States dollars) (unaudited)
2014 2014 2014 2013 2013 2013 2013 2012 Nine
months
ended
October 31, Nine
months
ended
October 31,
Q3 Q2 Q1 Q4 Q3 Q2 Q1 Q4 2013 2012
Operating profit (loss) from continuing operations $ 10,654 $ 12,375 $ 10,459 $ 20,987 $ 5,574 $ 8,939 $ 12,171 $ 23,985 $ 33,489 $ 26,684
Depreciation and amortization 31,978 32,644 20,211 24,346 20,588 13,160 22,172 24,284 84,833 55,921
EBITDA from continuing operations $ 42,632 $ 45,019 $ 30,670 $ 45,333 $ 26,162 $ 22,099 $ 34,343 $ 48,269 $ 118,322 $ 82,605

DIAVIK DIAMOND MINE SEGMENT
(expressed in thousands of United States dollars)
(unaudited)
2014 2014 2014 2013 2013 2013 2013 2012 Nine
months
ended
October 31, Nine
months
ended
October 31,
Q3 Q2 Q1 Q4 Q3 Q2 Q1 Q4 2013 2012
Operating profit $ 11,765 $ 21,530 $ 25,918 $ 29,213 $ 11,876 $ 13,639 $ 17,938 $ 28,141 $ 59,214 $ 43,453
Depreciation and amortization 12,434 21,768 19,906 24,042 20,283 12,874 21,876 23,849 54,108 55,033
EBITDA $ 24,199 $ 43,298 $ 45,824 $ 53,255 $ 32,159 $ 26,513 $ 39,814 $ 51,990 $ 113,322 $ 98,486

EKATI DIAMOND MINE SEGMENT
(expressed in thousands of United States dollars)
(unaudited)
2014 2014 2014 2013 2013 2013 2013 2012 Nine
months
ended
October 31, Nine
months
ended
October 31,
Q3 Q2 Q1 Q4 Q3 Q2 Q1 Q4 2013 2012
Operating profit (loss) $ 4,813 $ 3,816 $ (246) $ – $ – $ – $ – $ – $ 8,383 $ –
Depreciation and amortization 19,166 10,513 – – – – – – 29,679 –
EBITDA $ 23,979 $ 14,329 $ (246) $ – $ – $ – $ – $ – $ 38,062 $ –

CORPORATE SEGMENT
(expressed in thousands of United States dollars)
(unaudited)
2014 2014 2014 2013 2013 2013 2013 2012 Nine
months
ended
October 31, Nine
months
ended
October 31,
Q3 Q2 Q1 Q4 Q3 Q2 Q1 Q4 2013 2012
Operating loss $ (5,924) $ (12,971) $ (15,213) $ (8,227) $ (6,302) $ (4,700) $ (5,767) $ (4,153) $ (34,107) $ (16,769)
Depreciation and amortization 378 363 305 304 306 286 296 434 1,046 888
EBITDA $ (5,546) $ (12,608) $ (14,908) $ (7,923) $ (5,996) $ (4,414) $ (5,471) $ (3,719) $ (33,061) $ (15,881)

Risks and Uncertainties
Dominion Diamond Corporation is subject to a number of risks and uncertainties as a result of its operations. In addition to the other information contained in this MD&A and the Company’s other publicly filed disclosure documents, readers should give careful consideration to the following risks, each of which could have a material adverse effect on the Company’s business prospects or financial condition.

Nature of Mining
The Company’s mining operations are subject to risks inherent in the mining industry, including variations in grade and other geological differences, unexpected problems associated with required water retention dikes, water quality, surface and underground conditions, processing problems, equipment performance, accidents, labour disputes, risks relating to the physical security of the diamonds, force majeure risks and natural disasters. Particularly with underground mining operations, inherent risks include variations in rock structure and strength as it impacts on mining method selection and performance, de-watering and water handling requirements, achieving the required crushed rock-fill strengths, and unexpected local ground conditions. Hazards, such as unusual or unexpected rock formations, rock bursts, pressures, collapses, flooding or other conditions, may be encountered during mining. Such risks could result in personal injury or fatality; damage to or destruction of mining properties, processing facilities or equipment; environmental damage; delays, suspensions or permanent reductions in mining production; monetary losses; and possible legal liability.

The Company’s mineral properties, because of their remote northern location and access only by winter road or by air, are subject to special climate and transportation risks. These risks include the inability to operate or to operate efficiently during periods of extreme cold, the unavailability of materials and equipment, and increased transportation costs due to the late opening and/or early closure of the winter road. Such factors can add to the cost of mine development, production and operation and/or impair production and mining activities, thereby affecting the Company’s profitability.

Nature of Interest in Diavik Diamond Mine
DDDLP holds an undivided 40% interest in the assets, liabilities and expenses of the Diavik Diamond Mine and the Diavik group of mineral claims. The Diavik Diamond Mine and the exploration and development of the Diavik group of mineral claims is a joint arrangement between DDMI (60%) and DDDLP (40%), and is subject to the risks normally associated with the conduct of joint ventures and similar joint arrangements. These risks include the inability to exert influence over strategic decisions made in respect of the Diavik Diamond Mine and the Diavik group of mineral claims, including the inability to control the timing and scope of capital expenditures, and risks that DDMI may change the mine plan. By virtue of DDMI’s 60% interest in the Diavik Diamond Mine, it has a controlling vote in virtually all Diavik Joint Venture management decisions respecting the development and operation of the Diavik Diamond Mine and the development of the Diavik group of mineral claims. Accordingly, DDMI is able to determine the timing and scope of future project capital expenditures, and therefore is able to impose capital expenditure requirements on DDDLP that the Company may not have sufficient cash to meet. A failure to meet capital expenditure requirements imposed by DDMI could result in DDDLP’s interest in the Diavik Diamond Mine and the Diavik group of mineral claims being diluted.

Diamond Prices and Demand for Diamonds
The profitability of the Company is dependent upon the Company’s mineral properties and the worldwide demand for and price of diamonds. Diamond prices fluctuate and are affected by numerous factors beyond the control of the Company, including worldwide economic trends, worldwide levels of diamond discovery and production, and the level of demand for, and discretionary spending on, luxury goods such as diamonds. Low or negative growth in the worldwide economy, renewed or additional credit market disruptions, natural disasters or the occurrence of terrorist attacks or similar activities creating disruptions in economic growth could result in decreased demand for luxury goods such as diamonds, thereby negatively affecting the price of diamonds. Similarly, a substantial increase in the worldwide level of diamond production or the release of stocks held back during recent periods of lower demand could also negatively affect the price of diamonds. In each case, such developments could have a material adverse effect on the Company’s results of operations.

Cash Flow and Liquidity
The Company’s liquidity requirements fluctuate from quarter to quarter and year to year depending on, among other factors, the seasonality of production at the Company’s mineral properties, the seasonality of mine operating expenses, exploration expenses, capital expenditure programs, the number of rough diamond sales events conducted during the quarter, and the volume, size and quality distribution of rough diamonds delivered from the Company’s mineral properties and sold by the Company in each quarter. The Company’s principal working capital needs include investments in inventory, prepaid expenses and other current assets, and accounts payable and income taxes payable. There can be no assurance that the Company will be able to meet each or all of its liquidity requirements. A failure by the Company to meet its liquidity requirements could result in the Company failing to meet its planned development objectives, or in the Company being in default of a contractual obligation, each of which could have a material adverse effect on the Company’s business prospects or financial condition.

Economic Environment
The Company’s financial results are tied to the global economic conditions and their impact on levels of consumer confidence and consumer spending. The global markets have experienced the impact of a significant US and international economic downturn since autumn 2008. A return to a recession or weak recovery, due to recent disruptions in financial markets in the US, the Eurozone or elsewhere, budget policy issues in the US and upheavals in the Middle East, could cause the Company to experience revenue declines due to deteriorated consumer confidence and spending, and a decrease in the availability of credit, which could have a material adverse effect on the Company’s business prospects or financial condition. The credit facilities essential to the diamond polishing industry are largely underwritten by European banks that are currently under stress. The withdrawal or reduction of such facilities could also have a material adverse effect on the Company’s business prospects or financial condition. The Company monitors economic developments in the markets in which it operates and uses this information in its continuous strategic and operational planning in an effort to adjust its business in response to changing economic conditions.

Currency Risk
Currency fluctuations may affect the Company’s financial performance. Diamonds are sold throughout the world based principally on the US dollar price, and although the Company reports its financial results in US dollars, a majority of the costs and expenses of the Company’s mineral properties are incurred in Canadian dollars. Further, the Company has a significant deferred income tax liability that has been incurred and will be payable in Canadian dollars. The Company’s currency exposure relates to expenses and obligations incurred by it in Canadian dollars. The appreciation of the Canadian dollar against the US dollar, therefore, will increase the expenses of the Company’s mineral properties and the amount of the Company’s Canadian dollar liabilities relative to the revenue the Company will receive from diamond sales. From time to time, the Company may use a limited number of derivative financial instruments to manage its foreign currency exposure.

Licences and Permits
The Company’s mining operations require licences and permits from the Canadian and Northwest Territories governments, and the process for obtaining and renewing of such licences and permits often takes an extended period of time and is subject to numerous delays and uncertainties. Such licences and permits are subject to change in various circumstances. Failure to comply with applicable laws and regulations may result in injunctions, fines, criminal liability, suspensions or revocation of permits and licences and other penalties. There can be no assurance that DDMI, as the operator of the Diavik Diamond Mine, or the Company has been or will be at all times in compliance with all such laws and regulations and with its applicable licences and permits, or that DDMI or the Company will be able to obtain on a timely basis or maintain in the future all necessary licences and permits that may be required to explore and develop their properties, commence construction or operation of mining facilities and projects under development or to maintain continued operations.

Regulatory and Environmental Risks
The operation of the Company’s mineral properties are subject to various laws and regulations governing the protection of the environment, exploration, development, production, taxes, labour standards, occupational health, waste disposal, mine safety and other matters. New laws and regulations, amendments to existing laws and regulations, or more stringent implementation or changes in enforcement policies under existing laws and regulations could have a material adverse effect on the Company by increasing costs and/or causing a reduction in levels of production from the Company’s mineral properties.

Mining is subject to potential risks and liabilities associated with pollution of the environment and the disposal of waste products occurring as a result of mining operations. To the extent that the Company’s operations are subject to uninsured environmental liabilities, the payment of such liabilities could have a material adverse effect on the Company.

The environmental agreements relating to the Diavik Diamond Mine and the Ekati Diamond Mine require that security be provided to cover estimated reclamation and remediation costs. The operator of the Diavik Joint Venture has fulfilled such obligations for the security deposits by posting letters of credit, of which DDDLP’s share as at October 31, 2013 was $62 million based on its 40% ownership interest in the Diavik Diamond Mine. There can be no assurance that the operator will continue its practice of posting letters of credit in fulfillment of this obligation, in which event DDDLP would be required to post its proportionate share of such security directly, which would result in additional constraints on liquidity. The Company has as at October 31, 2013 posted letters of credit of CDN $127 million with the Government of Canada supported by restricted cash in support of the reclamation obligations for the Ekati Diamond Mine. As reclamation and remediation cost estimates are updated and revised, the Company expects that it will be required to post additional security for those obligations, which could result in additional constraints on liquidity.

Climate Change
The Canadian government has established a number of policy measures in response to concerns relating to climate change. While the impact of these measures cannot be quantified at this time, the likely effect will be to increase costs for fossil fuels, electricity and transportation; restrict industrial emission levels; impose added costs for emissions in excess of permitted levels; and increase costs for monitoring and reporting. Compliance with these initiatives could have a material adverse effect on the Company’s results of operations.

Resource and Reserve Estimates
The Company’s figures for mineral resources and ore reserves are estimates, and no assurance can be given that the anticipated carats will be recovered. The estimation of reserves is a subjective process. Forecasts are based on engineering data, projected future rates of production and the timing of future expenditures, all of which are subject to numerous uncertainties and various interpretations. The Company expects that its estimates of reserves will change to reflect updated information as well as to reflect depletion due to production. Reserve estimates may be revised upward or downward based on the results of current and future drilling, testing or production levels, and on changes in mine design. In addition, market fluctuations in the price of diamonds or increases in the costs to recover diamonds from the Company’s mineral properties may render the mining of ore reserves uneconomical.

Mineral resources that are not mineral reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability. Due to the uncertainty that may attach to inferred mineral resources, there is no assurance that mineral resources will be upgraded to proven and probable ore reserves.

Insurance
The Company’s business is subject to a number of risks and hazards, including adverse environmental conditions, industrial accidents, labour disputes, unusual or unexpected geological conditions, risks relating to the physical security of diamonds held as inventory or in transit, changes in the regulatory environment, and natural phenomena such as inclement weather conditions. Such occurrences could result in damage to the Company’s mineral properties, personal injury or death, environmental damage to the Company’s mineral properties, delays in mining, monetary losses and possible legal liability. Although insurance is maintained to protect against certain risks in connection with the Company’s mineral properties and the Company’s operations, the insurance in place will not cover all potential risks. It may not be possible to maintain insurance to cover insurable risks at economically feasible premiums.

Fuel Costs
The expected fuel needs for the Company’s mineral properties are purchased periodically during the year for storage, and transported to the mine site by way of the winter road. These costs will increase if transportation by air freight is required due to a shortened “winter road season” or unexpected high fuel usage.

The cost of the fuel purchased is based on the then prevailing price and expensed into operating costs on a usage basis. The Company’s mineral properties currently have no hedges for their future anticipated fuel consumption.

Reliance on Skilled Employees
Production at the Company’s mineral properties is dependent upon the efforts of certain skilled employees. The loss of these employees or the inability to attract and retain additional skilled employees may adversely affect the level of diamond production.

The Company’s success in marketing rough diamonds is dependent on the services of key executives and skilled employees, as well as the continuance of key relationships with certain third parties, such as diamantaires. The loss of these persons or the Company’s inability to attract and retain additional skilled employees or to establish and maintain relationships with required third parties may adversely affect its business and future operations in marketing diamonds.

Labour Relations
The Company is party to a collective bargaining agreement at its Ekati Diamond Mine operation which will expire on August 31, 2014. The Company expects to begin re-negotiations on this labour agreement early in calendar 2014. If the Company is unable to renew this agreement, or if the terms of any such renewal are materially adverse to the Company, then this could result in work stoppages and other labour disruptions, or otherwise materially impact the Company, all of which could have a material adverse effect on the Company’s business, results from operations and financial condition.

Changes in Internal Control over Financial Reporting
During the third quarter of fiscal 2013, there were no changes in the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures or internal control over financial reporting that materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures or internal control over financial reporting.

Limitation on Scope of Design
Management has limited the scope of design of its disclosure controls and procedures and internal controls over financial reporting to exclude controls, policies and procedures of entities acquired as part of the Ekati Diamond Mine Acquisition.

Since the acquisition was closed 20 days prior to the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2014, management was unable to adequately test the internal control systems in place. While management believes that internal controls were operating effectively, since it was unable to test these systems, it elected to exclude them from the scope of certification as allowed by NI 52-109. Management intends to perform such testing by April 10, 2014.

The chart below presents the summary financial information for entities acquired as part of the Ekati Diamond Mine Acquisition included in the Company’s unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements:
As at October 31, 2013
Current assets 388,465
Long-term assets 831,581
Current liabilities 82,821
Long-term liabilities 562,480

Critical Accounting Estimates
Management is often required to make judgments, assumptions and estimates in the application of IFRS that have a significant impact on the financial results of the Company. Certain policies are more significant than others and are, therefore, considered critical accounting policies. Accounting policies are considered critical if they rely on a substantial amount of judgment (use of estimates) in their application, or if they result from a choice between accounting alternatives and that choice has a material impact on the Company’s financial performance or financial position.

The critical accounting estimates applied in the preparation of the Company’s unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements are consistent with those applied and disclosed in the Company’s MD&A for the year ended January 31, 2013.

Changes in Accounting Policies
The International Accounting Standards Board (“IASB”) has issued a new standard, IFRS 9, “Financial Instruments” (“IFRS 9”), which will ultimately replace IAS 39, “Financial Instruments: Recognition and Measurement” (“IAS 39”). IFRS 9 provides guidance on the classification and measurement of financial assets and financial liabilities. The IASB has repealed the mandatory effective date of February 1, 2015, and has not yet decided on the effective date. This standard is not yet effective for the Company.

(a) New Accounting Standards

(i) IFRS 10 – CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
IFRS 10, “Consolidated Financial Statements” (“IFRS 10”) replaces the consolidation requirements in SIC-12, “Consolidation – Special Purpose Entities” and IAS 27, “Consolidated and Separate Financial Statements”. The new standard establishes control as the basis for determining which entities are consolidated in the consolidated financial statements and provides guidance to assist in the determination of control where it is difficult to assess. IFRS 10 did not have a material impact on the Company’s consolidated financial statements upon its adoption on February 1, 2013.

(ii) IFRS 11 – JOINT ARRANGEMENTS
IFRS 11, “Joint Arrangements” (“IFRS 11”) replaces IAS 31, “Interest in Joint Ventures”. The new standard applies to the accounting for interests in joint arrangements where there is joint control. Under IFRS 11, joint arrangements are classified as either joint ventures or joint operations. The structure of the joint arrangement will no longer be the most significant factor in determining whether a joint arrangement is either a joint venture or a joint operation. For a joint venture, proportionate consolidation will no longer be allowed and will be replaced by equity accounting. IFRS 11 did not have a material impact on the Company’s unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements upon its adoption on February 1, 2013.

(iii) IFRS 13 – FAIR VALUE MEASURMENT
IFRS 13, “Fair Value Measurement” (“IFRS 13”) generally makes IFRS consistent with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (“US GAAP”) on measuring fair value and related fair value disclosures. The new standard creates a single source of guidance for fair value measurements. The adoption of IFRS 13 did not have a material effect on the Company’s unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements. The disclosure requirements of IFRS 13 will be incorporated in the Company’s annual consolidated financial statements for the year ended January 31, 2014. This will include disclosures about fair values of financial assets and liabilities measured on a recurring basis and non-financial assets and liabilities measured on a non-recurring basis. The Company will also include disclosures about assumptions used in calculating fair value less cost of disposal for its annual goodwill impairment test.

(iv) IFRIC 20 – STRIPPING COSTS IN THE PRODUCTION PHASE OF A SURFACE MINE
The International Financial Reporting Interpretations Committee (“IFRIC”) issued IFRIC 20, “Stripping Costs in the Production Phase of a Surface Mine” (“IFRIC 20”), which clarifies the requirements for accounting for stripping costs associated with waste removal in surface mining, including when production stripping costs should be recognized as an asset, how the asset is initially recognized, and subsequent measurement. IFRIC 20 did not have a material impact on the Company’s unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements upon its adoption on February 1, 2013.

(v) IAS 19 – EMPLOYEE BENEFITS
Amendments to IAS 19, “Employee Benefits” (“IAS 19”) eliminates the option to defer the recognition of actuarial gains and losses through the “corridor” approach, revises the presentation of changes in assets and liabilities arising from defined benefit plans and enhances the disclosures for defined benefit plans. IAS 19 is effective for the Company’s fiscal year end beginning February 1, 2013, with early adoption permitted. IAS 19 did not have a material impact on the Company’s unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements upon its adoption on February 1, 2013.

(vi) IAS 1 – PRESENTATION OF FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
Amendments to IAS 1, “Presentation of Financial Statements” (“IAS 1”) have been adopted by the Company on February 1, 2013, with retrospective application. The amendments to IAS 1 require the grouping of items within other comprehensive income that may be reclassified to profit or loss and those that will not be reclassified. The Company has amended its consolidated statement of comprehensive income for all periods presented in these unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements to reflect the presentation changes required under the amended IAS 1. Since these changes are reclassifications within the statement of comprehensive income, there is no net impact on the Company’s comprehensive income.

Outstanding Share Information
As at November 30, 2013
Authorized Unlimited

Issued and outstanding shares 85,124,480
Options outstanding 2,438,000
Fully diluted 87,562,480

Additional Information
Additional information relating to the Company, including the Company’s most recently filed Annual Information Form, can be found on SEDAR at http://www.sedar.com, and is also available on the Company’s website at http://www.ddcorp.ca.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(UNAUDITED) (EXPRESSED IN THOUSANDS OF UNITED STATES DOLLARS)

October 31, 2013 January 31, 2013
ASSETS

Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents $ 195,771 $ 104,313
Accounts receivable 13,275 3,705
Inventory and supplies (note 5) 424,491 115,627
Other current assets 23,871 29,486
Assets held for sale (note 6) – 718,804
657,408 971,935
Property, plant and equipment 1,508,809 727,489
Restricted cash (note 7) 121,912 –
Goodwill 10,066 –
Other non-current assets 1,848 6,937
Deferred income tax assets 7,482 4,095
Total assets $ 2,307,525 $ 1,710,456

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

Current liabilities
Trade and other payables $ 113,551 $ 39,053
Employee benefit plans (note 9) 2,155 2,634
Income taxes payable 31,402 32,977
Current portion of interest-bearing loans and borrowings (note 11) 831 51,508
Liabilities held for sale (note 6) – 484,252
147,939 610,424
Interest-bearing loans and borrowings (note 11) 3,961 4,799
Deferred income tax liabilities 232,436 181,427
Employee benefit plans (note 9) 20,614 3,499
Provisions (note 10) 435,154 79,055
Total liabilities 840,104 879,204
Equity
Share capital 508,523 508,007
Contributed surplus 22,555 20,387
Retained earnings 776,749 295,738
Accumulated other comprehensive income 539 6,357
Total shareholders’ equity 1,308,366 830,489
Non-controlling interest 159,055 763
Total equity 1,467,421 831,252
Total liabilities and equity $ 2,307,525 $ 1,710,456

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

Condensed Consolidated Income Statements
(UNAUDITED) (EXPRESSED IN THOUSANDS OF UNITED STATES DOLLARS, EXCEPT PER SHARE AMOUNTS)

Three
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2013 Three
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October 31,
2012 Nine
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October 31,
2013 Nine
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October 31,
2012
Sales $ 151,639 $ 84,818 $ 522,280 $ 235,300
Cost of sales 133,577 71,663 449,483 188,546
Gross margin 18,062 13,155 72,797 46,754
Selling, general and administrative expenses 7,408 7,581 39,308 20,070
Operating profit 10,654 5,574 33,489 26,684
Finance expenses (5,676) (2,308) (29,305) (6,701)
Exploration costs (7,074) (673) (11,260) (1,495)
Finance and other income 825 60 2,661 179
Foreign exchange gain (loss) 1,122 (301) (961) 377
Profit (loss) before income taxes (149) 2,352 (5,376) 19,044
Income tax expense 3,858 1,583 15,469 8,299
Net profit (loss) from continuing operations (4,007) 769 (20,845) 10,745
Net profit from discontinued operations (note 6) – 3,245 497,385 9,632
Net profit (loss) $ (4,007) $ 4,014 $ 476,540 $ 20,377
Net profit (loss) from continuing operations attributable to
Shareholders $ (2,895) $ 152 $ (16,374) $ 10,130
Non-controlling interest (1,112) 617 (4,471) 615
Net profit (loss) attributable to
Shareholders (2,895) 3,397 481,011 19,762
Non-controlling interest $ (1,112) $ 617 $ (4,471) $ 615
Earnings (loss) per share – continuing operations
Basic $ (0.03) $ – $ (0.19) $ 0.12
Diluted (0.03) – (0.19) 0.12
Earnings (loss) per share
Basic (0.03) 0.04 5.66 0.23
Diluted (0.03) 0.04 5.61 0.23
Weighted average number of shares outstanding 85,055,716 84,874,781 84,984,911 84,874,781

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements.

Condensed Consolidated Statements ofComprehensiveIncome
(UNAUDITED) (EXPRESSED IN THOUSANDS OF UNITED STATES DOLLARS)

Three
months ended
October 31,
2013 Three
months ended
October 31,
2012 Nine
months ended
October 31,
2013 Nine
months ended
October 31,
2012
Net profit (loss) $ (4,007) $ 4,014 $ 476,540 $ 20,377
Other comprehensive income
Items that may be reclassified to profit
Net gain (loss) on translation of net foreign operations (net of tax of nil) (40) 3,452 (11,089) (2,517)
Items that will not be reclassified to profit
Actuarial loss on employee benefit plans (net of tax of $0.7 million ) – – 5,271 –
Other comprehensive loss, net of tax (40) 3,452 (5,818) (2,517)
Total comprehensive income (loss) $ (4,047) $ 7,466 $ 470,722 $ 17,860
Comprehensive income (loss) from continuing operations $ (4,047) $ 785 $ (21,329) $ 10,717
Comprehensive income from discontinued operations – 6,681 492,051 7,143
Comprehensive income (loss) attributable to
Shareholders $ (2,935) $ 6,849 $ 475,193 $ 17,245
Non-controlling interest (1,112) 617 (4,471) 615

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements.

Condensed Consolidated Statements ofChangesinEquity
(UNAUDITED) (EXPRESSED IN THOUSANDS OF UNITED STATES DOLLARS)

Nine months ended
October 31, 2013 Nine months ended
October 31, 2012
Common shares:
Balance at beginning of period $ 508,007 $ 507,975
Issued during the period 516 –
Balance at end of period 508,523 507,975
Contributed surplus:
Balance at beginning of period 20,387 17,764
Stock-based compensation expense 2,168 1,288
Balance at end of period 22,555 19,052
Retained earnings:
Balance at beginning of period 295,738 261,028
Net profit attributable to common shareholders 481,011 19,762
Balance at end of period 776,749 280,790
Accumulated other comprehensive income:
Balance at beginning of period 6,357 10,086
Other comprehensive income
Items that may be reclassified to profit
Net loss on translation of net foreign operations (net of tax of nil) (11,089) (2,517)
Items that will not be reclassified to profit
Actuarial loss on employee benefit plans (net of tax of $0.7 million) 5,271 –
Balance at end of period 539 7,569
Non-controlling interest:
Balance at beginning of period 763 255
Non-controlling interest 158,292 615
Balance at end of period 159,055 870
Total equity $ 1,467,421 $ 816,256

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(UNAUDITED) (EXPRESSED IN THOUSANDS OF UNITED STATES DOLLARS)

Three months
ended
October 31,
2013 Three months
ended
October 31,
2012 Nine months
ended
October 31,
2013 Nine months
ended
October 31,
2012
Cash provided by (used in)
Operating
Net profit (loss) $ (4,007) $ 769 $ 476,540 $ 10,745
Depreciation and amortization 31,978 20,588 84,833 55,916
Deferred income tax recovery (6,432) (11,087) (19,460) (15,248)
Current income tax expense 10,290 12,670 34,929 23,546
Finance expenses 5,676 2,308 29,305 6,701
Stock-based compensation 939 434 2,168 1,288
Other non-cash items (1,359) 32 (3,819) (2,073)
Foreign exchange (gain) loss 3,097 334 2,873 (156)
Loss (gain) on disposition of assets – – 361 (330)
Net loss on discontinued operations – – 257 –
Gain on sale of luxury brand segment – – (497,642) –
Change in non-cash operating working capital, excluding taxes and finance expenses (30,481) 10,161 27,259 (2,964)
Cash provided by (used in) operating activities 9,701 36,209 137,604 77,425
Interest paid (922) (1,453) (5,995) (3,730)
Income and mining taxes paid (2,200) (99) (29,355) (14,959)
Cash provided by (used in) operating activities – continuing operations 6,579 34,657 102,254 58,736
Cash provided by (used in) operating activities – discontinued operations – (15,059) – (5,629)
Net cash from (used in) operating activities 6,579 19,598 102,254 53,107
FINANCING
Increase (decrease) in interest-bearing loans and borrowings (198) (193) (590) (563)
Increase in revolving credit – 11,223 27,863 38,765
Decrease in revolving credit – – (28,991) (25,178)
Repayment of senior secured credit facility – – (50,000) –
Issue of common shares, net of issue costs – – 516 –
Contribution from non-controlling interest 990 – 990 –
Cash provided from financing activities – continuing operations 792 11,030 (50,212) 13,024
Cash provided from financing activities – discontinued operations – 21,546 – 24,179
Cash provided from financing activities 792 32,576 (50,212) 37,203
Investing
Acquisition of Ekati – – (490,925) –
Cash proceeds from sale of luxury brand – – 746,738 –
Property, plant and equipment – Diavik (6,872) (13,446) (23,363) (47,383)
Property, plant and equipment – Ekati (28,314) – (65,325) –
Net proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment 115 – 1,911 2,619
Other non-current assets 394 62 (2,655) 333
Cash provided in investing activities – continuing operations (34,677) (13,384) 166,381 (44,431)
Cash provided in investing activities – discontinued operations – (5,185) – (12,513)
Cash used in investing activities (34,677) (18,569) 166,381 (56,944)
Foreign exchange effect on cash balances (2,655) 2,616 (5,053) (670)
Increase in cash and cash equivalents (29,961) 36,221 213,370 32,694
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 347,644 74,589 104,313 78,116
Cash and equivalents, end of period 317,683 110,810 317,683 110,810
Less cash and equivalents of discontinued operations, end of period – 24,082 – 24,082
Cash and cash equivalents of continuing operations, end of period $ 317,683 $ 86,728 $ 317,683 $ 86,728
Change in non-cash operating working capital, excluding taxes and finance expenses
Accounts receivable (5,739) (1,906) (8,320) (2,183)
Inventory and supplies (39,937) 723 30,758 (13,469)
Other current assets 3,766 5,405 6,122 10,418
Trade and other payables 10,573 5,736 (940) 1,387
Employee benefit plans 856 203 (361) 883
$ (30,481) $ 10,161 $ 27,259 $ (2,964)

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

OCTOBER 31, 2013 WITH COMPARATIVE FIGURES
(TABULAR AMOUNTS IN THOUSANDS OF UNITED STATES DOLLARS, EXCEPT AS OTHERWISE NOTED)

Note 1:
Nature of Operations

Dominion Diamond Corporation is focused on the mining and marketing of rough diamonds to the global market.

The Company is incorporated and domiciled in Canada and its shares are publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange. The address of its registered office is Toronto, Ontario.

The Company has ownership interests in the Diavik and the Ekati group of mineral claims. The Diavik Joint Venture (the “Diavik Joint Venture”) is an unincorporated joint arrangement between Diavik Diamond Mines Inc. (“DDMI”) (60%) and Dominion Diamond Diavik Limited Partnership (“DDDLP”) (40%) where DDDLP holds an undivided 40% ownership interest in the assets, liabilities and expenses of the Diavik Diamond Mine. DDMI is the operator of the Diavik Diamond Mine. DDMI is a wholly owned subsidiary of Rio Tinto plc of London, England, and DDDLP is a wholly owned subsidiary of Dominion Diamond Corporation. The Company records its interest in the assets, liabilities and expenses of the Diavik Joint Venture in its unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements with a one-month lag. The accounting policies described below include those of the Diavik Joint Venture.

On April 10, 2013, the Company completed the $553.1 million acquisition from BHP Billiton Canada Inc. and its various affiliates of all of BHP Billiton’s diamond assets, including its controlling interest in the Ekati Diamond Mine as well as the associated diamond sorting and sales facilities in Yellowknife, Canada, and Antwerp, Belgium (the “Ekati Diamond Mine Acquisition”). The Ekati Diamond Mine consists of the Core Zone, which includes the current operating mine and other permitted kimberlite pipes, as well as the Buffer Zone, an adjacent area hosting kimberlite pipes having both development and exploration potential. As a result of the completion of the Ekati Diamond Mine Acquisition on April 10, 2013, the Company acquired an 80% interest in the Core Zone and a 58.8% interest in the Buffer Zone. The Company controls and consolidates the Ekati Diamond Mine and minority shareholders are presented as non-controlling interests on the condensed consolidated balance sheet.

Note 2:
Basis of Preparation

(a) Statement of compliance

These unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements (“interim financial statements”) have been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 “Interim Financial Reporting” (“IAS 34”). The accounting policies applied in these unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements are consistent with those used in the annual audited consolidated financial statements for the year ended January 31, 2013, except as disclosed in Note 3.

These unaudited interim condensed financial statements do not include all disclosures required by International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”) for annual audited consolidated financial statements and accordingly should be read in conjunction with the Company’s annual audited consolidated financial statements for the year ended January 31, 2013 prepared in accordance with IFRS as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (“IASB”).

(b) Currency of presentation

These unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements are expressed in United States dollars, which is the functional currency of the Company. All financial information presented in United States dollars has been rounded to the nearest thousand.

(c) Use of estimates, judgments and assumptions

The preparation of the unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements in conformity with IFRS requires management to make judgments, estimates and assumptions that affect the application of accounting policies and reported amounts of assets and liabilities and contingent liabilities at the date of the unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements, and the reported amounts of sales and expenses during the reporting period. Estimates and assumptions are continually evaluated and are based on management’s experience and other factors, including expectations of future events that are believed to be reasonable under the circumstances. However, actual outcomes can differ from these estimates.

Note 3:
Significant Accounting Policies

These unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared following the same accounting policies and methods of computation as the annual audited consolidated financial statements for the year ended January 31, 2013, except for the following accounting standards that apply as a result of the Ekati Diamond Mine Acquisition and new accounting standards and amendments to standards and interpretations, which were effective February 1, 2013, and applied in preparing these unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements. The Company evaluated the impact to its unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements as a result of the new standards. These are summarized as follows:

(a) Accounting standards applied on Ekati Diamond Mine Acquisition

(i) STRIPPING COSTS

Mining costs associated with stripping activities in an open pit mine are expensed unless the stripping activity can be shown to represent a betterment to the mineral property, in which case the stripping costs would be capitalized and included in mining assets. Capitalized stripping costs are charged against earnings on a unit-of-production basis over the life of the mineral reserves.

(ii) EMPLOYEE BENEFIT PLANS

The Company operates a defined benefit pension plan, which requires contributions to be made to separately administered fund. The cost of providing benefits under the defined benefit plans is determined separately using the projected unit credit valuation method by qualified actuaries. Actuarial gains and losses are recognized immediately in other comprehensive income.

The defined benefit asset or liability comprises the present value of the defined benefit obligation, less the fair value of plan assets out of which the obligations are to be settled directly. The value of any asset is restricted to the present value of any economic benefits available in the form of refunds from the plan or reductions in future contributions to the plan.

(b) New accounting standards

(i) IFRS 10 – CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

IFRS 10, “Consolidated Financial Statements” (“IFRS 10”) replaces the consolidation requirements in SIC-12, “Consolidation – Special Purpose Entities” and IAS 27, “Consolidated and Separate Financial Statements”. The new standard establishes control as the basis for determining which entities are consolidated in the consolidated financial statements and provides guidance to assist in the determination of control where it is difficult to assess. IFRS 10 did not have a material impact on the Company’s unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements upon its adoption on February 1, 2013.

(ii) IFRS 11 – JOINT ARRANGEMENTS

IFRS 11, “Joint Arrangements” (“IFRS 11”) replaces IAS 31, “Interest in Joint Ventures”. The new standard applies to the accounting for interests in joint arrangements where there is joint control. Under IFRS 11, joint arrangements are classified as either joint ventures or joint operations. The structure of the joint arrangement will no longer be the most significant factor in determining whether a joint arrangement is either a joint venture or a joint operation. For a joint venture, proportionate consolidation will no longer be allowed and will be replaced by equity accounting. IFRS 11 did not have a material impact on the Company’s unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements upon its adoption on February 1, 2013.

(iii) IFRS 13 – FAIR VALUE MEASURMENT

IFRS 13, “Fair Value Measurement” (“IFRS 13”) generally makes IFRS consistent with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (“US GAAP”) on measuring fair value and related fair value disclosures. The new standard creates a single source of guidance for fair value measurements. The adoption of IFRS 13 did not have a material effect on the Company’s unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements. The disclosure requirements of IFRS 13 will be incorporated in the Company’s annual consolidated financial statements for the year ended January 31, 2014. This will include disclosures about fair values of financial assets and liabilities measured on a recurring basis and non-financial assets and liabilities measured on a non-recurring basis. The Company will also include disclosures about assumptions used in calculating fair value less cost of disposal for its annual goodwill impairment test.

(iv) IFRIC 20 – STRIPPING COSTS IN THE PRODUCTION PHASE OF A SURFACE MINE

The International Financial Reporting Interpretations Committee (“IFRIC”) issued IFRIC 20, “Stripping Costs in the Production Phase of a Surface Mine” (“IFRIC 20”), which clarifies the requirements for accounting for stripping costs associated with waste removal in surface mining, including when production stripping costs should be recognized as an asset, how the asset is initially recognized, and subsequent measurement. IFRIC 20 did not have a material impact on the Company’s unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements upon its adoption on February 1, 2013.

(v) IAS 19 – EMPLOYEE BENEFITS

Amendments to IAS 19, “Employee Benefits” (“IAS 19”) eliminates the option to defer the recognition of actuarial gains and losses through the “corridor” approach, revises the presentation of changes in assets and liabilities arising from defined benefit plans and enhances the disclosures for defined benefit plans. IAS 19 is effective for the Company’s fiscal year end beginning February 1, 2013, with early adoption permitted. IAS 19 did not have a material impact on the Company’s unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements upon its adoption on February 1, 2013.

(vi) IAS 1 – PRESENTATION OF FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

Amendments to IAS 1, “Presentation of Financial Statements” (“IAS 1”) have been adopted by the Company on February 1, 2013, with retrospective application. The amendments to IAS 1 require the grouping of items within other comprehensive income that may be reclassified to profit or loss and those that will not be reclassified. The Company has amended its consolidated statement of comprehensive income for all periods presented in these unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements to reflect the presentation changes required under the amended IAS 1. Since these changes are reclassifications within the statement of comprehensive income, there is no net impact on the Company’s comprehensive income.

Note 4:
Acquisition

On April 10, 2013, the Company completed the $553.1 million acquisition from BHP Billiton Canada Inc. and its various affiliates of all of BHP Billiton’s diamond assets, including its controlling interest in the Ekati Diamond Mine as well as the associated diamond sorting and sales facilities in Yellowknife, Canada, and Antwerp, Belgium.

Acquisitions are accounted for under the acquisition method of accounting, and the results of operations since the respective dates of acquisition are included in the statement of comprehensive income. From time to time, as a result of the timing of acquisitions in relation to the Company’s reporting schedules and the availability of information, certain information relating to the purchase allocations and valuations may not be finalized at the time of reporting. Purchase price allocations are completed after the vendor’s final financial statements and income tax returns have been prepared and accepted by the Company within one year of acquisition. Such purchase price allocations are based on management’s best estimates of the fair value of the acquired asset and liabilities.

The allocation of the purchase price to the fair values of assets acquired and liabilities assumed is set forth below. In accordance with IFRS 3, “Business Combinations” (“IFRS 3”), the provisional price allocations at acquisition have been revised to reflect revisions to fair values during the third quarter.

Fair values at
July 31, 2013 Further
adjustments Fair values at
October 31, 2013
Consideration $ 553,142 $ – $ 553,142
Cash and cash equivalents $ 62,217 $ – $ 62,217
Accounts receivable and other current assets 7,465 (2) 7,463
Inventory and supplies 319,613 24 319,637
Property, plant and equipment 800,741 10,266 811,007
Trade and other payables (70,618) (1,924) (72,542)
Income taxes payable (6,085) 12,328 6,243
Provisions, future site restoration costs (348,230) 5,077 (343,153)
Deferred income tax liabilities (68,833) 1,847 (66,986)
Other long-term liabilities (19,017) (20) (19,037)
Non-controlling interest (152,798) (8,976) (161,774)
Total net identifiable assets acquired 524,455 18,620 543,075
Goodwill 28,687 (18,620) 10,067
$ 553,142 $ – $ 553,142

The main adjustments to the provisional fair value relates to the fair value attributed to property, plant and equipment and provision for future site restoration costs acquired as part of the Ekati Diamond Mine Acquisition and the related tax adjustment.

Goodwill comprises the value of expected synergies arising from the acquisition and the expertise and reputation of the assembled workforce acquired. None of the goodwill recognized is expected to be deductible for tax purposes.

From the closing date of the acquisition, revenues of $289.2 million and a net loss of $12.6 million were generated by Ekati’s operations. If the acquisition had taken place at the beginning of the fiscal year, the Company’s consolidated pro forma revenue including the Ekati mining segment would have been $630.9 million and pro forma net loss would have been $15.8 for the nine months ended October 31, 2013. The Company incurred total transaction costs of $14.4 million related to the Ekati Diamond Mine Acquisition, of which $11.2 million has been expensed and included in selling, general and administrative costs during the current year, with the balance of $3.2 million expensed in fiscal 2013.

Note 5:
Inventory and Supplies
October 31,
2013
January 31,
2013
Rough diamonds $ 212,291 $ 45,467
Supplies inventory 212,200 70,160
Total inventory and supplies $ 424,491 $ 115,627

Total inventory and supplies is net of a provision for obsolescence of $0.1 million ($0.4 million at January 31, 2013).

Note 6:
Assets Held for Sale (Discontinued Operations)

On March 26, 2013, the Company completed the sale of the Luxury Brand Segment to Swatch Group. As a result of the sale, the Company’s corporate group underwent name changes to remove references to “Harry Winston”. The Company’s name was changed to “Dominion Diamond Corporation” and its common shares trade on both the Toronto and New York stock exchanges under the symbol “DDC”.

The major classes of assets and liabilities of the discontinued operations were as follows at the date of disposal:
March 26,
2013
Cash and cash equivalents $ 25,914
Accounts receivable and other current assets 61,080
Inventory and supplies 403,157
Property, plant and equipment 76,700
Intangible assets, net 126,779
Other non-current assets 7,478
Deferred income tax assets 54,017
Trade and other payables (96,246)
Income taxes payable (2,465)
Interest-bearing loans and borrowings (292,709)
Deferred income tax liabilities (106,137)
Other long-term liabilities (8,472)
Net assets $ 249,096
Consideration received, satisfied in cash $ 746,738
Cash and cash equivalents disposed of (25,914)
Net cash inflow $ 720,824

Results of the discontinued operations are presented separately as net profit from discontinued operations in the unaudited interim condensed consolidated income statements, and comparative periods have been adjusted accordingly.
Period ended
March 26,
2013 Nine months
ended
October 31,
2012
Sales $ 63,799 $ 314,457
Cost of sales (31,355) (149,972)
Other expenses (30,964) (151,823)
Other income and foreign exchange gain (loss) (1,551) 251
Net income tax (expense) recovery (186) (3,281)
Net profit (loss) from discontinued operations before gain $ (257) $ 9,632
Gain on sale 497,642 –
Net profit from discontinued operations 497,385 9,632
Earnings per share – discontinued operations
Basic $ 5.86 $ 0.11
Diluted 5.80 0.11

Note 7:
Restricted Cash

The Company provides CDN $127 million in letters of credit to the Government of Canada, supported by restricted cash for the reclamation obligations for the Ekati Diamond Mine.

Note 8:
Diavik Joint Venture

The following represents DDDLP’s 40% interest in the Diavik Joint Venture as at September 30, 2013 and December 31, 2012:
October 31,
2013 January 31,
2013
Current assets $ 96,498 $ 102,299
Non-current assets 639,525 677,808
Current liabilities 29,984 30,517
Non-current liabilities and participant’s account 706,039 749,590

Three months
ended
October 31,
2013 Three months
ended
October 31,
2012 Nine months
ended
October 31,
2013 Nine months
ended
October 31,
2012
Expenses net of interest income (a) (b) $ 58,155 $ 61,087 $ 183,838 $ 176,410
Cash flows used in operating activities (30,426) (28,936) (120,606) (126,311)
Cash flows resulting from financing activities 33,507 56,264 137,101 168,464
Cash flows used in investing activities (3,466) (23,310) (18,869) (42,451)

(a) The Joint Venture only earns interest income.
(b) Expenses net of interest income for the three and nine months ended October 31, 2013 of $nil and $0.1 million (three and nine months ended October 31, 2012 of $nil and $0.1 million).

DDDLP is contingently liable for DDMI’s portion of the liabilities of the Diavik Joint Venture, and to the extent DDDLP’s participating interest has increased because of the failure of DDMI to make a cash contribution when required, DDDLP would have access to an increased portion of the assets of the Diavik Joint Venture to settle these liabilities. Additional information on commitments and contingencies related to the Diavik Joint Venture is found in Note 13.

Note 9:
Employee Benefit Plans

The employee benefit obligation reflected in the unaudited interim condensed consolidated balance sheet is as follows:
October 31,
2013 January 31,
2013
Defined benefit plan obligation – Ekati Diamond Mine (a) $ 17,742 $ –
Defined contribution plan obligation – Ekati Diamond Mine (b) 200 –
Defined contribution plan obligation – the Company’s head office (b) 158 –
Post-retirement benefit plan – Diavik Diamond Mine (c) 772 699
RSU and DSU plans (d) 3,897 5,434
Total employee benefit plan obligation $ 22,769 $ 6,133

October 31,
2013 January 31,
2013
Non-current $ 20,614 $ 3,499
Current 2,155 2,634
Total employee benefit plan obligation $ 22,769 $ 6,133

(a) Defined benefit pension plan

Dominion Diamond Ekati Corporation sponsors a non-contributory defined benefit registered pension plan covering employees in Canada who were employed by BHP Billiton Canada Inc. and employed in its diamond business prior to June 30, 2004. As a result of the Ekati Diamond Mine Acquisition, the plan was assigned to Dominion Diamond Ekati Corporation and renamed the Dominion Diamond Ekati Corporation Defined Benefit Pension Plan. Pension benefits are based on the length of service and highest average covered earnings. Any benefits in excess of the maximum pension limit for registered pension plans under the Income Tax Act accrue for the employee, via an unfunded supplementary retirement plan. New employees could not become members of this defined benefit pension arrangement after June 30, 2004.

(i) NET BENEFIT OBLIGATION:
October 31,
2013
Accrued benefit obligation $ 81,166
Plan assets 63,424
Funded status – plan deficit $ (17,742)

(ii) PLAN ASSETS

Canadian plan assets represented approximately 95% of total plan assets at October 31, 2013.

The asset allocation of pension assets at October 31 was as follows:
October 31,
2013
ASSET CATEGORY
Cash equivalents 89%
Equity securities 10%
Fixed income securities 1%
Total 100%

(iii) THE SIGNIFICANT ASSUMPTIONS USED FOR THE PLAN ARE AS FOLLOWS:
October 31,
2013
ACCRUED BENEFIT OBLIGATION
Discount rate 4.6%
Expected rate of salary increase 4%
BENEFIT COSTS FOR THE YEAR
Discount rate 4%
Expected rate of salary increase 4%
Rate of compensation increase 2.25%

(b) Defined contribution plan

The Diavik Joint Venture sponsors a defined contribution plan whereby the employer contributes 6% of the employee’s salary.

Dominion Diamond Corporation sponsors a defined contribution plan for Canadian employees whereby the employer contributes to a maximum of 6% of the employee’s salary to the maximum contribution limit under Canada’s Income Tax Act. The total defined contribution plan liability at October 31, 2013 was $0.2 million ($nil at January 31, 2013).

Dominion Diamond Ekati Corporation sponsors a defined contribution arrangement for its employees who are not members of the defined benefit pension plan referred to in 9(a) above. The employer contributes 8% of earnings up to 2.5 times the Year’s Maximum Pensionable Earnings (as defined under the Canada Pension Plan), and 12% of earnings above 2.5 times YMPE. The employer also matches additional contributions made by an employee up to 3% of earnings. Employer contributions in excess of the maximum contribution limit for defined contribution plans under Canada’s Income Tax Act are credited by the employer to a notional (unfunded) supplementary retirement plan. The defined contribution plan liability at October 31, 2013 was $0.2 million. (Supplemental plan liability has been included in the accrued benefit obligation disclosed in 9(a) above.)

(c) Post-retirement benefit plan

The Diavik Joint Venture provides non-pension post-retirement benefits to retired employees. The post-retirement benefit plan liability was $0.8 million at October 31, 2013 ($0.7 million at January 31, 2013).

(d) Restricted Stock Units (“RSU”) and Deferred Stock Units (“DSU”) plans

Grants under the RSU Plan are on a discretionary basis to employees of the Company and its subsidiaries subject to Board of Directors approval. The RSUs granted vest one-third on March 31 and one-third on each anniversary thereafter. The vesting of grants of RSUs is subject to special rules for a change in control, death and disability. The Company shall pay out cash on the respective vesting dates of RSUs and redemption dates of DSUs.

Only non-executive directors of the Company are eligible for grants under the DSU Plan. Each DSU grant vests immediately on the grant date.

The expenses related to the RSUs and DSUs are accrued based on fair value. This expense is recognized on a straight-line basis over each vesting period.

Note 10:
Provisions
Future site restoration costs October 31,
2013
January 31,
2013
Diavik Diamond Mine (a)
At February 1, 2013 and 2012 $ 79,055 $ 65,245
Revisions of previous estimates 734 11,369
Accretion of provision 1,493 2,441
Ekati Diamond Mine (b)
At April 10, 2013 (restated as at date of acquisition) 343.153 –
Accretion of provision 10,719 –
Total site restoration costs $ 435,154 $ 79,055

The Company has an obligation under various agreements to reclaim and restore the lands disturbed by its mining operations.

(a) Diavik Diamond Mine

The Company’s share of the total undiscounted amount of the future cash flows that will be required to settle the obligation incurred at October 31, 2013 is estimated to be $120 million. The expenditures are discounted using a discount rate of 2.6%. The revision of previous estimates in fiscal 2013 and 2014 is based on revised expectations of reclamation activity costs and changes in estimated reclamation timelines. The Diavik Joint Venture is required to provide security for future site closure and reclamation costs for the Diavik Diamond Mine’s operations and for various permits and licenses. The operator of the Diavik Joint Venture has fulfilled such obligations for the security deposits by posting letters of credit, of which DDDLP’s share as at October 31, 2013 was $62 million based on its 40% ownership interest in the Diavik Diamond Mine.

(b) Ekati Diamond Mine – Future site restoration

The undiscounted estimated expenditures required to settle the obligation totals approximately CDN $420 million through 2048. The expenditures are discounted using a discount rate of 2.6%. The Company is required to provide security for future site closure and reclamation costs for the Ekati Diamond Mine’s operations and for various permits and licenses. As at October 31, 2013, the Company provided CDN $127 million in letters of credit as security with various regulatory authorities.

Note 11:
Interest-Bearing Loans and Borrowings
October 31,
2013 January 31,
2013
Credit facilities $ – $ 49,560
First mortgage on real property 4,792 5,619
Bank advances – 1,128
Total interest-bearing loans and borrowings 4,792 56,307
Less current portion (831) (51,508)
$ 3,961 $ 4,799
Currency Nominal
interest
rate Date of maturity Carrying amount
at October 31,
2013 Face value at
October 31, 2013 Borrower
First mortgage on real property CDN 7.98% September 1, 2018 $4.8 million $4.8 million 6019838 Canada Inc.

On May 31, 2013, the Company repaid the $50.0 million outstanding on its secured bank loan.

Note 12:
Related Party Disclosure

(a) Operational information

The Company had the following investments in significant subsidiaries at October 31, 2013:
Name of company Effective interest Country of incorporation
Dominion Diamond Holdings Ltd. 100% Canada
Dominion Diamond Diavik Limited Partnership 100% Canada
Dominion Diamond (India) Private Limited 100% India
Dominion Diamond International NV 100% Belgium
Dominion Diamond Marketing Corporation 100% Canada
Dominion Diamond (UK) Limited 100% England
6019838 Canada Inc. 100% Canada
Dominion Diamond Building Services Inc. 100% Canada
Dominion Diamond Ekati Corporation 100% Canada
Dominion Diamond Resources Corporation 100% Canada
Dominion Diamond Marketing NV 100% Belgium

Note 13:
Commitments and Guarantees

(a) Environmental agreements

Through negotiations of environmental and other agreements, both the Diavik Joint Venture and Ekati Diamond Mine must provide funding for the Environmental Monitoring Advisory Board, and the Independent Environmental Monitoring Agency, respectively. Further funding will be required in future years; however, specific amounts have not yet been determined. These agreements also state that the mines must provide security for the performance of their reclamation and abandonment obligations under all environmental laws and regulations. DDDLP’s share of the letters of credit outstanding posted by the operator of the Diavik Joint Venture with respect to the environmental agreements as at October 31, 2013, was $62 million. The agreement specifically provides that these funding requirements will be reduced by amounts incurred by the Diavik Joint Venture on reclamation and abandonment activities. The Company has posted letters of credit of CDN $127 million with the Government of Canada supported by restricted cash in support of the reclamation obligations for the Ekati Diamond Mine.

(b) Participation agreements

Both the Diavik Joint Venture and Ekati Diamond Mine have signed participation agreements with various native groups. These agreements are expected to contribute to the social, economic and cultural well-being of the Aboriginal bands. The Diavik participation agreements are each for an initial term of twelve years and shall be automatically renewed on terms to be agreed upon for successive periods of six years thereafter until termination. The Diavik participation agreements terminate in the event that the Diavik Diamond Mine permanently ceases to operate. Dominion Diamond Corporation’s share of the Diavik Joint Venture’s participation agreements as at October 31, 2013 was $1.1 million. The Ekati Diamond Mine participation agreements are in place during the life of the Ekati Diamond Mine and the agreements terminate in the event the mine ceases to operate.

(c) Operating lease commitments

The Company has entered into non-cancellable operating leases for the rental of fuel tanks and office premises for the Ekati Diamond Mine, which expire at various dates through 2016. The leases have varying terms, escalation clauses and renewal rights. Any renewal terms are at the option of the lessee at lease payments based on market prices at the time of renewal. Minimum rent payments under operating leases are recognized on a straight-line basis over the term of the lease, including any periods of free rent. Future minimum lease payments under non-cancellable operating leases as at October 31, 2013 are as follows:

Within one year $ 4,965
After one year but not more than three years 9,701
More than four years 3,998
$ 18,664

Note 14:
Capital Management

The Company’s capital includes cash and cash equivalents, current and non-current interest-bearing loans and borrowings and equity, which includes issued common shares, contributed surplus and retained earnings.

The Company’s primary objective with respect to its capital management is to ensure that it has sufficient cash resources to maintain its ongoing operations, to provide returns to shareholders and benefits for other stakeholders, and to pursue growth opportunities. To meet these needs, the Company may from time to time raise additional funds through borrowing and/or the issuance of equity or debt or by securing strategic partners, upon approval by the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors reviews and approves any material transactions out of the ordinary course of business, including proposals on acquisitions or other major investments or divestitures, as well as annual capital and operating budgets.

The Company assesses liquidity and capital resources on a consolidated basis. The Company’s requirements are for cash operating expenses, working capital, contractual debt requirements and capital expenditures. The Company believes that it will generate sufficient liquidity to meet its anticipated requirements for the next twelve months.

Note 15:
Financial Instruments

The Company has various financial instruments comprising cash and cash equivalents, accounts receivable, trade and other payables, and interest-bearing loans and borrowings.

Cash and cash equivalents consist of cash on hand and balances with banks and short-term investments held in overnight deposits with a maturity on acquisition of less than 90 days. Cash and cash equivalents, which are designated as held-for-trading, are carried at fair value based on quoted market prices and are classified within Level 1 of the fair value hierarchy established by the International Accounting Standards Board.

The fair value of accounts receivable is determined by the amount of cash anticipated to be received in the normal course of business from the financial asset.

The Company’s interest-bearing loans and borrowings are for the most part fully secured, hence the fair values of these instruments at October 31, 2013 are considered to approximate their carrying value.

The carrying values and estimated fair values of these financial instruments are as follows:
October 31, 2013 January 31, 2013
Estimated
fair value Carrying
value Estimated
fair value Carrying
value
Financial assets
Cash and cash equivalents, including restricted cash $ 317,683 $ 317,683 $ 104,313 $ 104,313
Accounts receivable 13,275 13,275 3,705 3,705
$ 330,958 $ 330,958 $ 108,018 $ 108,018
Financial liabilities
Trade and other payables $ 113,551 $ 113,551 $ 39,053 $ 39,053
Interest-bearing loans and borrowings 4,792 4,792 56,307 56,307
$ 118,343 $ 118,343 $ 95,360 $ 95,360

Note 16:
Segmented Information

The Company operates in three segments within the diamond industry – Diavik Diamond Mine, Ekati Diamond Mine and Corporate – for the three months ended October 31, 2013. The results of the Company’s luxury brand segment, which it disposed of on March 26, 2013, no longer qualify as a reportable operating segment and current and prior period results have been recast accordingly.

The Diavik segment consists of the Company’s 40% ownership interest in the Diavik group of mineral claims and the sale of rough diamonds. The Ekati segment consists of the Company’s ownership interest in the Ekati group of mineral claims and the sale of rough diamonds. The Corporate segment captures all costs not specifically related to the operations of the Diavik and Ekati diamond mines.
For the three months ended October 31, 2013 Diavik Ekati Corporate Total
Sales
North America $ – $ – $ – $ –
Europe 45,088 98,733 – 143,821
India 7,818 – – 7,818
Total sales 52,906 98,733 – 151,639
Cost of sales
Depreciation and amortization 12,323 19,166 – 31,489
All other costs 27,695 74,392 – 102,087
Total cost of sales 40,018 93,558 – 133,576
Gross margin 12,888 5,175 – 18,063
Gross margin (%) 24.4% 5.2% -% 11.9%
Selling, general and administrative expenses
Selling and related expenses 1,123 362 – 1,485
Administrative expenses – – 5,924 5,924
Total selling, general and administrative expenses 1,123 362 5,924 7,409
Operating profit (loss) 11,765 4,813 (5,924) 10,654
Finance expenses (770) (4,906) – (5,676)
Exploration costs (1,074) (6,000) – (7,074)
Finance and other income 743 82 – 825
Foreign exchange loss (818) 1,940 – 1,122
Segmented profit (loss) before income taxes $ 9,846 $ (4,071) $ (5,924) $ (149)
Segmented assets as at October 31, 2013
Canada $ 1,016,364 $ 1,216,810 $ – $ 2,233,174
Other foreign countries 71,116 3,235 – 74,351
$ 1,087,480 $ 1,220,045 $ – $ 2,307,525
Capital expenditures $ (6,872) $ (28,314) $ – $ (35,186)
Inventory 145,761 278,730 – 424,491
Total liabilities 194,803 645,301 – 840,104
Other significant non-cash items:
Deferred income tax expense (recovery) $ (6,561) $ 129 $ – $ (6,432)

Sales to one customer totalled $28.1 million for the three months ended October 31, 2013.

For the three months ended October 31, 2012 Diavik Ekati Corporate Total
Sales
North America $ 7,697 $ – $ – $ 7,697
Europe 57,438 – – 57,438
India 19,683 – – 19,683
Total sales 84,818 – – 84,818
Cost of sales
Depreciation and amortization 19,800 – – 19,800
All other costs 51,863 – – 51,863
Total cost of sales 71,663 – – 71,663
Gross margin 13,155 – – 13,155
Gross margin (%) 15.5% -% -% 15.5%
Selling, general and administrative expenses
Selling and related expenses 1,279 – – 1,279
Administrative expenses – – 6,302 6,302
Total selling, general and administrative expenses 1,279 – 6,302 7,581
Operating profit (loss) 11,876 – (6,302) 5,574
Finance expenses (2,308) – – (2,308)
Exploration costs (673) – – (673)
Finance and other income 60 – – 60
Foreign exchange gain (301) – – (301)
Segmented profit (loss) before income taxes $ 8,654 $ – $ (6,302) $ 2,352
Segmented assets as at October 31, 2012
Canada $ 953,484 $ – $ – $ 953,484
Other foreign countries 34,651 – – 34,651
$ 988,135 $ – $ – $ 988,135
Capital expenditures $ 13,446 $ – $ – $ 13,446
Inventory 141,410 – – 141,410
Total liabilities 418,667 – – 418,667
Other significant non-cash items:
Deferred income tax recovery $ (11,087) $ – $ – $ (11,087)

For the nine months ended October 31, 2013 Diavik Ekati Corporate Total
Sales
North America $ 6,180 $ – $ – $ 6,180
Europe 187,260 289,190 – 476,450
India 39,650 – – 39,650
Total sales 233,090 289,190 – 522,280
Cost of sales
Depreciation and amortization 53,510 29,679 – 83,189
All other costs 116,724 249,570 – 366,294
Total cost of sales 170,234 279,249 – 449,483
Gross margin 62,856 9,941 – 72,797
Gross margin (%) 27.0% 3.4% -% 13.9%
Selling, general and administrative expenses
Selling and related expenses 3,642 1,559 – 5,201
Administrative expenses 34,107 34,107
Total selling, general and administrative expenses 3,642 1,559 34,107 39,308
Operating profit (loss) 59,214 8,382 (34,107) 33,489
Finance expenses (18,499) (10,806) – (29,305)
Exploration costs (4,324) (6,935) – (11,260)
Finance and other income 2,050 611 – 2,661
Foreign exchange gain (loss) (302) (659) – (961)
Segmented profit (loss) before income taxes $ 38,139 $ (9,407) $ (34,107) $ (5,376)
Segmented assets as at October 31, 2013
Canada $ 1,016,364 $ 1,216,810 $ – $ 2,233,174
Other foreign countries 71,116 3,235 – 74,351
$ 1,087,480 $ 1,220,045 $ – $ 2,307,525
Capital expenditures $ (23,363) $ (65,325) $ – (88,688)
Inventory 145,761 278,730 – 424,491
Total liabilities 194,803 645,301 – 840,104
Other significant non-cash items:
Deferred income tax recovery $ (6,973) $ (12,487) $ – $ (19,460)

Sales to one customer totalled $77.0 million for the nine months ended October 31, 2013.

For the nine months ended October 31, 2012 Diavik Ekati Corporate Total
Sales
North America $ 17,398 $ – $ – $ 17,398
Europe 162,322 – – 162,322
India 55,580 – – 55,580
Total sales 235,300 – – 235,300
Cost of sales
Depreciation and amortization 53,754 – – 53,754
All other costs 134,792 – – 134,792
Total cost of sales 188,546 – – 188,546
Gross margin 46,754 – – 46,754
Gross margin (%) 19.9% -% -% 19.9%
Selling, general and administrative expenses
Selling and related expenses 3,301 – – 3,301
Administrative expenses – – 16,769 16,769
Total selling, general and administrative expenses 3,301 – 16,769 20,070
Operating profit (loss) 43,453 – (16,769) 26,684
Finance expenses (6,701) – – (6,701)
Exploration costs (1,495) – – (1,495)
Finance and other income 179 – – 179
Foreign exchange gain 377 – – 377
Segmented profit (loss) before income taxes $ 35,813 $ – $ (16,769) $ 19,044
Segmented assets as at October 31, 2012
Canada $ 953,484 $ – $ – $ 953,484
Other foreign countries 34,651 – – 34,651
$ 988,135 $ – $ – $ 988,135
Capital expenditures $ (47,383) $ – $ – $ (47,383)
Inventory 141,410 – – 141,410
Total liabilities 418,667 418,667
Other significant non-cash items: – –
Deferred income tax recovery $ (15,248) $ – $ – $ (15,248)

For further information:

Mr. Richard Chetwode, Vice President, Corporate Development – +44 (0) 7720-970-762 or rchetwode@ddcorp.ca

Ms. Kelley Stamm, Manager, Investor Relations – (416) 205-4380 or kstamm@ddcorp.ca

(DDC. DDC)
Source: Dominion Diamond Corporation
Related stocks: NYSE:DDC Toronto:DDC

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December 12, 2013 at 11:08 am

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Opera Mediaworks Reveals 6 Biggest Mobile Advertising Trends from 2013

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— Android emerged as global leader in smartphone ad impressions, mobile publishing exploded, and brands took big leaps with rich media
SAN MATEO, Calif. /PRNewswire/ — In a special year-in-review report, Opera Mediaworks has selected the top 6 trends in mobile advertising witnessed on its mobile ad platform, the world’s largest, reaching 400 million consumers a month via 60 billion ad impressions.
Among the trends:
We began to see the slow decline of the traditional banner ad. Though traditional banner ads still comprise more than half of all ads served on the Opera Mediaworks platform, rich-media units are on a dramatic upswing. More significantly than ad-volume share, rich-media ad units are expected to contribute to overall mobile ad revenue in the coming year.
Interactive voice ads made their market debut. Nuance Communications, the company behind the technology that powers Siri and Dragon Dictate, this year introduced a rich media ad unit that uses voice to interact with customers. Opera Mediaworks was the first to use the unit in the United States, with a campaign for the national airline JetBlue. More campaigns featuring the voice unit are running during the 2013 holiday season.
Advertisers struck a balance between targeting and user privacy. In the beginning of 2013, much of mobile targeting was done with contextual information, such as device and connection type. As the year progressed, more complex types of targeting became popular as marketers saw better conversion rates from privacy-friendly optimization methods including frequency capping and segmentation by OS version.
In the battle for mobile ad market share, Android wins. The iPhone was and still is the No. 1 driver of mobile-ad revenue on the ad platform, consistently outperforming Android by about 10 percentage points each quarter. However, Samsung had a breakthrough year in mobile sales and drove up the total number of Android devices worldwide. By late fall, it became clear that Android was the global leader in ad impressions.
As a supplement to the report, Opera Mediaworks has released a timeline, Mobile Milestones of 2013. The timeline displays the most important moments in mobile that occurred during the year, from the Samsung Galaxy S4 launch in March and its corresponding mobile-ad campaign to the release of iOS 7 in September and its adoption by 6 in 10 of Apple mobile users within just a few weeks.
To view the graphic and to read the full report, visit http://www.operamediaworks.com/insights/.
Media Contact:
Falguni Bhuta
falgunib@opera.com
+1-650-625-1262 x1001
About Opera Mediaworks
Opera Mediaworks is the world’s largest mobile advertising platform, helping to power the global mobile economy. We improve efficiency, through technology, innovation, transparency and trust, to create an open and vibrant marketplace for publishers and advertisers across the globe. Opera Mediaworks includes AdMarvel, an ad-serving and mediation platform; Mobile Theory, a premium mobile ad network in the U.S.; 4th Screen Advertising Ltd., a premium ad network in the United Kingdom; and Mediaworks Performance, a results-driven mobile ad network. Also included are impressions served within Opera mobile properties, including the Opera Mini Smart Page and the Opera Mobile Store. Opera Mediaworks is part of the Opera Group.
Source: Opera Mediaworks

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December 12, 2013 at 10:58 am

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