Petra Diamonds forecasts 30 pct growth in annual production

Sept 24 Mon Sep 24, 2012 2:57am EDT

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Sept 24 (Reuters) - South Africa-focused Petra Diamonds Ltd said it expected production in the year ending next June to grow by about 30 percent, helped by contribution from its Finsch and Williamson mines and higher output at its Kimberley Underground mines.

The diamond miner said profit from mining activity rose 35 percent to $103.3 million in the year ended June 30. Production nearly doubled, mainly due to the contribution from Finsch -- South Africa's second-biggest diamond operation.

Petra, which has interests in seven operating mines in South Africa and one in Tanzania, expects to produce 2.85 million carats in fiscal 2013.

Its plans to ramp up production to 5 million carats by fiscal 2019 were on target, the company said.

Shares in the company closed at 109.7 pence on the London Stock Exchange on Friday.

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