Russian state-controlled diamond producer Alrosa on Tuesday reported a 49% fall in 2020 net profit to 32.2 billion roubles ($432 million) on lower sales and a weaker rouble.
Its revenue fell by 7% to 221.5 billion roubles.
A fourth-quarter recovery in global demand for diamonds, primarily driven by demand for jewellery, helped, the miner said.
“At the end of 2020 and during the Christmas holiday season, sales in the key markets – the United States and China – were growing at double-digit rates year on year,” Chief Financial Officer Alexey Philippovskiy said in a statement.
Alrosa expects to produce 31.5 million carats in 2021 and plans capital expenditure of 25 billion roubles, down 4 billion from its previous guidance but up from the 17 billion it spent in 2020.
Its diamond stockpile stood at 20.7 million carats at the end of 2020.
($1 = 74.5300 roubles)