Lucara Closes $60 Million Private Placement and Announces Appointment of James Campbell as VP New Business
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 14, 2011) - Lucara Diamond Corp. ("Lucara" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:LUC) announces that the $60 million financing announced on January 19, 2011 has closed. The Company sold on a non-brokered, private placement basis, an aggregate of 60 million common shares of Lucara at a price of $1.00 per share. The common shares issued pursuant to the private placement will be subject to a 4 month hold period expiring on June 12, 2011. A finder's fee of 4% in cash was payable on a portion of the gross proceeds of the private placement. Net proceeds of the private placement will be used towards the development of Lucara's AK6 diamond mine in Botswana and its Mothae diamond mine in Lesotho as well as for general working capital purposes.
In addition, the Company is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. James Campbell as Vice President New Business following the successful acquisition of African Diamonds plc ('AFD') by Lucara. Mr. Campbell had worked as Managing Director of AFD for four years and was instrumental in paving the way for the award of a Mining License for the AK6 project. Prior to joining AFD, Mr. Campbell was with De Beers for over twenty years, culminating in being General Manager responsible for resource delivery in the Global Mining and Exploration group. Mr. Campbell holds a degree in Mining & Exploration Geology from the Royal School of Mines (Imperial College, London University) and an MBA with distinction from Durham University. Mr. Campbell is a Fellow of the Institute of Mining, Metallurgy & Materials, Chartered Engineer (UK), Chartered Scientist (UK), a Professional Natural Scientist (RSA) and a member of the Institute of Directors of South Africa.
Lucara is a well positioned emerging new diamond producer. The Company has an experienced board and management team with years of diamond development expertise. The Company's two key assets are the AK6 diamond mine in Botswana and the Mothae diamond mine in Lesotho. The 100% owned AK6 project is in the construction stage with mine commissioning scheduled to commence in the fourth quarter of 2011. The 75% owned Mothae mine is currently in the trial mining stage. Both Mothae and AK6 are world class assets with tonnage and throughput upside; diamond values from both could significantly increase with the continued recovery of Type IIA and large stones.
On Behalf of the Board,
William Lamb, President and CEO
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