Certain of the statements made and contained herein and elsewhere constitute forward-looking statements as defined in applicable securities laws. Generally, these forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "expects", "anticipates", "believes", "intends", "estimates", "potential", "possible" and similar expressions, or statements that events, conditions or results "will", "may", "could" or "should" occur or be achieved.
Forward-looking statements are based on the opinions and estimates of management as of the date such statements are made, and they are subject to a number of known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievement expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. The Company believes that expectations reflected in this forward-looking information are reasonable, but no assurance can be given that these expectations will prove to be accurate and such forward-looking information included herein should not be unduly relied upon.
In particular, forward-looking information and forward-looking statements in this presentation may include, but are not limited to, information or statements with respect to the equity and project debt financings concluded in 2021 and the intended use of proceeds from these financings, the Company’s ability to comply with the terms of the facilities which are required to construct the Karowe underground expansion project (the “Karowe UGP”), the potential impacts of COVID-19, economic and geopolitical risks, including potential impacts from the Russian military invasion of Ukraine, expectations regarding longer-term market fundamentals and price growth, the disclosure under “2023 Outlook”, expectations regarding top-up payments, processing expectations, expectations that the Karowe UGP will extend mine life, forecasts of additional revenues, estimated capital costs, production and cost estimates, tax rates, expectations regarding the activities for the Karowe UGP in Q1 2023, that expected cash flow from operations, combined with external financing will be sufficient to complete construction of the Karowe UGP, that the estimated timelines to achieve mine ramp up and full production from the Karowe UGP can be achieved, the economic potential of a mineralized area, the size and tonnage of a mineralized area, anticipated sample grades or bulk sample diamond content, future production activity, the future price and demand for, and supply of, diamonds, future forecasts of revenue and variable consideration in determining revenue, estimation of mineral resources, exploration and development plans, cost and timing of the development of deposits and estimated future production, currency exchange rates, success of exploration, requirements for and availability of additional capital, capital expenditures, operating costs, timing of drill programs, the completion of transactions, the profitability of Clara and the Clara Platform, and the scaling of the digital platform for the sale of rough diamonds owned by Clara, the Company’s intent to continue to seek additional supply, both from third-party producers and the secondary market, the benefits to the Company of diamond supply agreements with HB and the ability to generate better prices from the sale of the Company’s +10.8 carat production as polished stones.
There can be no assurance that such forward looking statements will prove to be accurate, as the Company's results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in this forward-looking information as a result of those factors discussed in or referred to under the heading “COVID-19 Global Pandemic” in the "Risks and Uncertainties" section of the Company's most recent Annual Information Form available at https://www.sedar.com, as well as changes in general business and economic conditions, changes in interest and foreign currency rates, the supply and demand for, deliveries of and the level and volatility of prices of rough diamonds, costs of power and diesel, acts of foreign governments and the outcome of legal proceedings, inaccurate geological and recoverability assumptions (including with respect to the size, grade and recoverability of mineral reserves and resources), and unanticipated operational difficulties (including failure of plant, equipment or processes to operate in accordance with specifications or expectations, cost escalations, unavailability of materials and equipment, government action or delays in the receipt of government approvals, industrial disturbances or other job actions, adverse weather conditions, and unanticipated events relating to health safety and environmental matters).
Accordingly, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements which speak only as of the date the statements were made, and the Company does not assume any obligations to update or revise them to reflect new events or circumstances, except as required by law.
All currencies mentioned in this presentation are in United States Dollars (“US$”) unless otherwise mentioned.
Qualified Persons: Dr. John Armstrong, Ph.D. P.Geol, is the Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101. Dr. Armstrong is Vice President Technical Services for the Company and has reviewed and approved the scientific and technical information contained in this presentation. Mr. Cliff Revering, P. Eng. of SRK Consulting is the independent Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101 responsible for the Karowe Diamond Mine Mineral Resource estimation, and Mr. Gord Doerksen of JDS Energy and Mining Inc. is the Independent Qualified person as defined by NI 43-101 responsible for the Karowe Diamond Mine Mineral Reserve estimation. The most recent Mineral Resource and Mineral Reserve estimations are located in the 2021 Annual Information Form for the year ended December 31, 2021, dated March 30, 2022, which can be found on the Company’s website and under its profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
Technical Reports: For further details regarding the Karowe Underground Project and Qualified Persons as defined by NI 43-101, please refer to the technical report dated December 16, 2019 with an effective date of September 26, 2019, titled “Karowe Mine Underground Feasibility Study Technical Report, Botswana, posted to the Company’s website and under its profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.