In May 2020, ALROSA Group sold $40.1 million worth of rough and polished diamonds. The revenue generated from the sales of rough diamonds grew to $36.2million. and the revenue generated from sales of polished diamond grew to $3.9 million. From January-May 2020, ALROSA’s total rough and polished diamond sales amounted to $959.9 million including rough diamond sales of $ 930.6million and polished diamonds of $29.3 million.
Evgeny Agureev, ALROSA Deputy CEO stated that “ Despite a noticeable increase compared to April trough levels, sales in May were expectedly low, as ALROSA remains committed to its price over volume strategy, allowing the cutters, who are just resuming their work, to reduce the accumulated rough and polished diamond stock. In May, our long-term clients, like earlier in April, were granted an opportunity to postpone the purchase under long-term agreements to a later period of the year. ALROSA kept the same approach for its June trading session. We believe that our approach to avoid putting pressure on the market will accelerate the recovery of the market of supply and demand balance. According to our estimates, buying activity at the mid-stream will resume in the middle of the third quarter”.