(IDEX Online) – Sarine Technologies reported that group revenue rose 4% to US$11.7 million and net profit improved to US$0.3 million in Q3 2018 despite cyclical weakness in the diamond polishing midstream.<?xml:namespace prefix = "o" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /?>
Highlights in the report include:
- The Group delivered 13 Galaxy family systems to customers in Q3 2018 and expanded total installed base to 390 as of 30 September 2018
- Backed by its growing installed base of Galaxy family systems, the Group continues to see record level of rough diamond scanning activities and is on target to achieve 20% growth in the number of stones scanned in FY2018
- Overall recurring revenues represented just under 50% of 9M 2018 revenue; polished diamond retail-related revenues grew almost 20% and contributed over 2% to group revenue in 9M 2018;
- The opening of Sarine Profile Japan Service Centre is expected to accelerate the growth of the Group’s recurring revenue base in Japan
The near term outlook is clouded by the economic and political uncertainties surrounding the trade spat between China and the United States, Sarine said. As demand in the key U.S. market remains robust, any early resolution of this dispute could accelerate polishing activities significantly in the diamond industry midstream going into 2019.
“Even though the volume of rough diamond sales by DeBeers and Alrosa’ declined by over 4% on a year-on-year basis, we are still seeing rough diamond scanning activities by the Galaxy family installed base at record levels. In fact, Galaxy related recurring revenues went up by about 6% on the back of the Group’s...