Diversified miner Pallinghurst Resources expects a strategic review of Gemfields to be completed by the middle of September as it seeks to restore profitability at its newly delisted subsidiary. JSE-listed Pallinghurst said on Friday it had appointed Sean Gilbertson, Gemfields longest-serving executive director, as CEO. He will be joined on the board by a number of Gemsfield senior managers, as the company deals with record debt levels and turns around underperforming mines. Gemfields’s debt was caused largely by a material drop in emerald production at Zambia’s Kagem, which is the world’s largest emerald mine. The drop in production resulted in a $54m year on year decline in that mine’s auction revenues for the year ending June 2017, Pallinghurst said. The compulsory acquisition process has commenced and it is expected that Gemfields will be 100%-owned by Pallinghurst by the end of August. The review and analysis of the operations — including processes, plans, budgets as well as th...

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