Dominion Diamond Corporation Announces Director Resignations

Dominion Diamond Corporation Announces Director Resignations


Dominion Diamond Corporation :YELLOWKNIFE, Northwest Territories–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Dec. 24, 2015– Dominion Diamond Corporation (TSX:DDC, NYSE:DDC) announces today that Dr. Fiona Perrott-Humphrey and Mr. Ollie Oliveira have resigned from the Board of Directors of the Company for personal reasons.

“On behalf of the Board, we would like to thank Dr. Fiona Perrott-Humphrey and Mr. Ollie Oliveira for their contribution and support during their tenure,” said Robert A. Gannicott, Chair of the Board, and Daniel Jarvis, Lead Director of the Board.

Dominion Diamond Corporation :About

Dominion Diamond Corporation is the world’s third largest producer of rough diamonds by value. Both of its production assets are located in the low political risk environment of the Northwest Territories in Canada where the Company also has its head office. The Company is well capitalized and has a strong balance sheet.

The Company operates the Ekati Diamond Mine through its 88.9% ownership as well as a 65.3% ownership in the surrounding areas containing additional reserves and resources, and also owns 40% of the Diavik Diamond Mine. Between the two mining operations, diamonds are currently produced from a number of separate kimberlite pipes providing a diversity of diamond supply as well as reduced operational risk. It supplies premium rough diamond assortments to the global market through its sorting and selling operations in Canada, Belgium and India.

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Mr. Richard Chetwode, +44 (0) 7720-970-762
Vice President, Corporate Development
Ms. Kelley Stamm, 416-205-4380
Manager, Investor Relations

Two board members of Dominion Diamond Corp., which owns the Ekati mine and 40 percent of the Diavik mine, have resigned after activist investors criticized the company’s management.

In late December, a letter from Josef Vejvoda, portfolio manager of K2 & Associates Investment Management, which owns 5.4 percent of the company, complained the company had passed up many opportunities to deliver shareholder value.

It is not clear if the resignations had anything to do with K2’s action. The Dominion statement said they both resigned for “personal reasons.”

A source later told Reuters that K2 plans to seek its own slate of directors.

Another Dominion statement somewhat confirmed a Bloomberg report that said it has hired Rothschild & Co. to explore a possible sale.

“Rothschild, which has historically acted as the company’s financial advisor on a number of strategic matters, was retained earlier this year to assist the company and its board of directors in considering a number of possible initiatives to maximize shareholder value,” it said, without specifying any possible initiatives.

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