PRN: Harry Winston Diamond Corporation Reports Fiscal 2013 First Quarter Results

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Harry Winston Diamond Corporation Reports Fiscal 2013 First Quarter Results

 
[07-June-2012]
 

TORONTO, June 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

Harry Winston Diamond Corporation (TSX: HW, NYSE:HWD) (the "Company") today announced its first quarter Fiscal 2013 results for the quarter ending April 30, 2012.

Robert Gannicott, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer stated, "We have improved sales, operating margins and profitability in all sectors of our business compared to the equivalent quarter of the prior year. The Diavik mine continues its transition to underground mining while jewelry and timepiece sales demonstrate our success in broadening the reach of the brand beyond reliance on a small, ultra high end market."

First Quarter Highlights:


•Â Consolidated sales increased 34% to $192.5 million for the first quarter compared to $143.9 million for the comparable quarter of the prior year. Operating profit was $18.7 million compared to $4.7 million in the comparable quarter of the prior year. EBITDA increased 77% to $44.2 million compared to $25.0 million in the comparable quarter of the prior year.
•Â For the mining segment rough diamond sales for the quarter rose 43% to $89.0 million, versus $62.0 million in the comparable quarter of the prior year. The increase was due to a 116% increase in the quantity of carats sold. This was primarily the result of the sale of almost all of the remaining lower priced goods originally held back in inventory by the Company at October 31, 2011 as well as higher production in the first calendar quarter compared to the comparable quarter of the prior year.
•Â The Company sold approximately 1.0 million carats for an average price of $88 per carat compared to approximately 0.5 million carats for an average price per carat of $132 in the comparable quarter of the prior year. The 34% decrease in the Company's achieved average rough diamond prices in the first quarter resulted from a combination of three factors:
•Â The sale of the lower priced goods originally held back in inventory by the Company at October 31, 2011.
•Â The Company's decision to hold back some higher priced goods in the first quarter of fiscal 2013 due to an observed imbalance in the rough and polished diamond prices for these goods.
•Â The Company's January 2012 sale straddled the fiscal 2012 year-end with the lower priced portion of the sale, which occurs in India, pushed into the first quarter.
•Â Had the Company sold only the last production shipped for the first quarter, the estimated achieved price would have been approximately $125 per carat based on the prices achieved in the March/April 2012 sale.
•Â Rough diamond production for the calendar quarter ended March 31, 2012 was 1.6 million carats compared to 1.4 million carats in the calendar quarter of the prior year (on a 100% basis).
•Â Luxury brand segment sales increased 26% (26% at constant exchange rates) to $103.5 million compared to $81.9 million in the comparable quarter of the prior year. Operating profit increased 68% to $7.1 million in the first quarter compared to $4.2 million in the comparable quarter of the prior year. The increase was primarily driven by positive mix with increased sales of higher-margin access and core products.
•Â Consolidated net profit attributable to shareholders for the first quarter was $11.6 million or $0.14 per share compared to net profit attributable to shareholders of $3.6 million or $0.04 per share in the comparable quarter of the prior year.

Fiscal 2013 First Quarter Financial Summary
(US$ in millions except Earnings per Share amounts
)

                                Three months  Three months                                ended         ended                            Apr. 30, 2012 Apr. 30, 2011    Sales                      $192.5        $143.9    - Mining Segment            89.0          62.0    - Luxury Brand Segment      103.5         81.9    Operating profit (loss)     18.7           4.7    - Mining Segment            16.4           4.0    - Luxury Brand Segment       7.1           4.2    - Corporate Segment         (4.8)         (3.5)    Net profit                  11.6           3.6    Earnings per share          $0.14         $0.04 



Complete financial statements, MD&A and a discussion of risk factors are included in the accompanying release.


Outlook


A mine plan and budget for calendar 2012 has been approved by Rio Tinto plc, the operator of the Diavik Diamond Mine, and the Company. The plan for calendar 2012 Diavik Diamond Mine production remains at approximately 8.3 million carats (100% basis). Looking beyond calendar 2012, the objective is to fully utilize processing capacity with a combination of production from the underground portions of A-154 South, A-154 North and A-418 supplemented by the A-21 open pit. The A-21 pre-feasibility study currently being undertaken assumes that the A-21 pipe will be mined with the open pit methods used for the other pipes. A dyke would be constructed similar to the two other pits but smaller in size. Detailed plans are still being refined and optimized although no underground mining is being planned. The capital expenditures are estimated to be in the region of $500 million (100% basis) at an assumed average Canadian/US dollar exchange rate of $1.00. The Company still expects that the A-21 pipe, if mined together with the other pipes, would have a positive net present value.

The Company expects that global demand for luxury jewelry and watch products will continue to increase. However, the sovereign debt crisis in Europe and the slowdown in the growth of China's economy are challenges that may impact the demand for luxury jewelry and watch products in the near term. The Company remains confident that the introduction of its new watch and jewelry products, supported by a strong advertising campaign, will contribute to sales growth. Continued expansion of the distribution network in prime locations around the world should allow the Company to benefit from the increasing mobility of high-end luxury consumers. A second, directly operated salon in London, United Kingdom, is expected to be opened by the middle of the fiscal year. A new licensed salon was opened in Moscow, Russia in May 2012, and an additional licensed salon is expected to be opened during fiscal 2013, in Kuwait City, Kuwait. The Company plans to expand by 30 wholesale watch doors to more than 220 doors by the end of fiscal 2013.

Conference Call and Webcast

Beginning at 8:30AM (ET) on Thursday, June 7th, the Company will host a conference call for analysts, investors and other interested parties. Listeners may access a live broadcast of the conference call on the Company's investor relations web site at http://investor.harrywinston.com or by dialing 800-510-9661 within North America or 617-614-3452 from international locations and entering passcode 64912203.

An online archive of the broadcast will be available by accessing the Company's investor relations web site at http://investor.harrywinston.com. A telephone replay of the call will be available one hour after the call through 11:00PM (ET), Thursday, June 21, 2012 by dialing 888-286-8010 within North America or 617-801-6888 from international locations and entering passcode 41756064.

About Harry Winston Diamond Corporation

Harry Winston Diamond Corporation is a diamond enterprise with premium assets in the mining and retail segments of the diamond industry. Harry Winston supplies rough diamonds to the global market from its 40 percent ownership interest in the Diavik Diamond Mine. The Company's luxury brand segment is a premier diamond jeweler and luxury timepiece retailer with salons in key locations, including New York, Paris, London, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo and Beverly Hills.
The Company focuses on the two most profitable segments of the diamond industry, mining and retail, in which its expertise creates shareholder value. This unique business model provides key competitive advantages; rough diamond sales and polished diamond purchases provide market intelligence that enhances the Company's overall performance.
For more information, please visit http://www.harrywinston.com or for investor information, visit http://investor.harrywinston.com.  

Highlights


(ALL FIGURES ARE IN UNITED STATES DOLLARS UNLESS OTHERWISE INDICATED)


Consolidated sales were $192.5 million for the first quarter compared to $143.9 million for the comparable quarter of the prior year, resulting in a 54% increase in gross margin to $73.3 million and operating profit of $18.7 million, compared to operating profit of $4.7 million in the comparable quarter of the prior year. Consolidated EBITDA was $44.2 million compared to $25.0 million in the comparable quarter of the prior year.

The mining segment recorded sales of $89.0 million, a 43% increase from $62.0 million in the comparable quarter of the prior year. The increase in sales resulted primarily from a 116% increase in volume of carats sold during the quarter. The mining segment recorded operating profit of $16.4 million compared to $4.0 million in the comparable quarter of the prior year. EBITDA for the mining segment was $38.6 million compared to $21.0 million in the comparable quarter of the prior year.
The luxury brand segment recorded sales of $103.5 million, an increase of 26% from sales of $81.9 million in the comparable quarter of the prior year (26% at constant exchange rates). Operating profit was $7.1 million for the quarter compared to $4.2 million in the same quarter of the prior year. EBITDA for the luxury brand segment was $10.3 million compared to $7.3 million in the comparable quarter of the prior year.

The Company recorded a consolidated net profit attributable to shareholders of $11.6 million or $0.14 per share for the quarter, compared to a net profit attributable to shareholders of $3.6 million or $0.04 per share in the first quarter of the prior year.

Management's Discussion and Analysis 

PREPARED AS OF JUNE 6, 2012 (ALL FIGURES ARE IN UNITED STATES DOLLARS UNLESS OTHERWISE INDICATED)

The following is management's discussion and analysis ("MD&A") of the results of operations for Harry Winston Diamond Corporation ("Harry Winston Diamond Corporation", or the "Company") for the three months ended April 30, 2012, and its financial position as at April 30, 2012. This MD&A is based on the Company's unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") and should be read in conjunction with the unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements and notes thereto for the three months ended April 30, 2012 and the audited consolidated financial statements of the Company and notes thereto for the year ended January 31, 2012. Unless otherwise specified, all financial information is presented in United States! dollars. Unless otherwise indicated, all references to "first quarter" refer to the three months ended April 30. Unless otherwise indicated, references to "international" for the luxury brand segment refer to Europe and Asia.


Certain information included in this MD&A may constitute forward-looking information within the meaning of Canadian and United States securities laws. In some cases, forward-looking information can be identified by the use of terms such as "may", "will", "should", "expect", "plan", "anticipate", "foresee", "appears", "believe", "intend", "estimate", "predict", "potential", "continue", "objective", "modeled" or other similar expressions concerning matters that are not historical facts. Forward-looking information may relate to management's future outlook and anticipated events or results, and may include statements or information regarding plans, timelines and targets for construction, mining, development, production and exploration activities at the Diavik Diamond Mine, future mining and processing at the Diavik Diamond Mine, projected capital expenditure requirements and the funding thereof, liquidity and working capital requirements and! sources, estimated reserves and resources at, and production from, the Diavik Diamond Mine, the number and timing of expected rough diamond sales, the demand for rough diamonds, expected diamond prices and expectations concerning the diamond industry and the demand for luxury goods, expected cost of sales and gross margin trends in the mining segment, targets for compound annual growth rates of sales and operating income in the luxury brand segment, plans for expansion of the luxury brand retail salon network, and expected sales trends and market conditions in the luxury brand segment. Actual results may vary from the forward-looking information. See "Risks and Uncertainties" on page 16 for material risk factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking information.

Forward-looking information is based on certain factors and assumptions regarding, among other things, mining, production, construction and exploration activities at the Diavik Diamond Mine, world and US economic conditions, and the worldwide demand for luxury goods. Specifically, in making statements regarding expected diamond prices and expectations concerning the diamond industry and expected sales trends and market conditions in the luxury brand segment, the Company has made assumptions regarding, among other things, the state of world and US economic conditions, worldwide diamond production levels, and demand for luxury goods. While the Company considers these assumptions to be reasonable based on the information currently available to it, they may prove to be incorrect. See "Risks and Uncertainties" on page 16.

Forward-looking information is subject to certain factors, including risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially from what we currently expect. These factors include, among other things, the uncertain nature of mining activities, including risks associated with underground construction and mining operations, risks associated with joint operations, including risks associated with the inability to control the timing and scope of future capital expenditures, risks associated with the remote location of and harsh climate at the Diavik Diamond Mine site, risks resulting from the Eurozone financial crisis, risks associated with regulatory requirements, fluctuations in diamond prices and changes in US and world economic conditions, the risk of fluctuations in the Canadian/US dollar exchange rate, cash flow and liquidity risks, the risks relating to the Company's expansion strategy and of competition in the luxury jewelry business as well as cha! nges in demand for high-end luxury goods. Please see page 16 of this Interim Report, as well as the Company's current Annual Information Form, available at http://www.sedar.com, for a discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties involved in the Company's operations.

Readers are cautioned not to place undue importance on forward-looking information, which speaks only as of the date of this MD&A, and should not rely upon this information as of any other date. Due to assumptions, risks and uncertainties, including the assumptions, risks and uncertainties identified above and elsewhere in this MD&A, actual events may differ materially from current expectations. The Company uses forward-looking statements because it believes such statements provide useful information with respect to the expected future operations and financial performance of the Company, and cautions readers that the information may not be appropriate for other purposes. While the Company may elect to, it is under no obligation and does not undertake to update or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise at any particular time, except as required by law. Additional information concerning factors that! may cause actual results to materially differ from those in such forward-looking statements is contained in the Company's filings with Canadian and United States securities regulatory authorities and can be found at http://www.sedar.com and http://www.sec.gov, respectively.

Summary Discussion

Harry Winston Diamond Corporation is a diamond enterprise with premium assets in the mining and retailing segments of the diamond industry. The Company supplies rough diamonds to the global market from its 40% ownership interest in the Diavik Diamond Mine, located in Canada's Northwest Territories. The Company's luxury brand segment is a premier diamond jeweler and luxury timepiece retailer with salons in key locations including New York, Paris, London, Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Beverly Hills.
The Company's mining asset is an ownership interest in the Diavik group of mineral claims. The Diavik Joint Venture (the "Joint Venture") is an unincorporated joint arrangement between Diavik Diamond Mines Inc. ("DDMI") (60%) and Harry Winston Diamond Limited Partnership ("HWDLP") (40%) where HWDLP holds an undivided 40% ownership interest in the assets, liabilities and expenses of the Diavik Diamond Mine. DDMI is the operator of the Diavik Diamond Mine. DDMI and HWDLP are headquartered in Yellowknife, Canada. DDMI is a wholly owned subsidiary of Rio Tinto plc of London, England.

 

Market Commentary


The Diamond Market

 

Rough diamond prices have remained flat since the beginning of the year. The mood in the rough diamond market is cautious as retailers are reluctant to replenish polished inventory due to the impact of the current global economic uncertainties on the major retail markets, which has also led to reduced liquidity in the diamond market. The Company believes that the industry views these current challenges as short term, and that the industry is willing to hold inventory in anticipation of a more buoyant market later in the year for both rough and polished diamonds.

The Luxury Jewelry and Timepiece Market

 

Strong global demand for luxury products continues to have a positive impact on the luxury jewelry and timepiece market. Demand has been broad-based as a result of increased tourism by consumers from emerging markets. The economic recovery in the US continues to gain traction, providing further demand for luxury products. The Japanese market has rebounded strongly from the impact of the earthquake and tsunami that occurred during the first quarter of the prior year. The luxury market could be impacted in the near term by global economic challenges, including the sovereign debt issues in Europe, which have negatively impacted global stock markets and consumer confidence. In addition, economic growth in China appears to be slowing. Luxury retailers remain focused on the longer term opportunities by continued expansion of distribution networks into the Asian market.
Condensed Consolidated Financial Results

The following is a summary of the Company's consolidated quarterly results for the eight quarters ended April 30, 2012 following the basis of presentation utilized in its IFRS financial statements:

        (expressed in thousands of United States dollars except per    share amounts and where otherwise noted)    (quarterly results are unaudited)                               2013      2012      2012      2012      2012                                 Q1        Q4        Q3        Q2        Q1    Sales                 $ 192,461 $ 216,017 $ 119,716 $ 222,378 $ 143,932     Cost of sales           119,134   129,807    75,524   150,177    96,452    Gross margin             73,327    86,210    44,192    72,201    47,480    Gross margin (%)          38.1%     39.9%     36.9%     32.5%     33.0%    Selling, general    and    administrative    expenses                 54,669    55,500    46,155    49,101    42,795    Operating profit    (loss)                   18,658    30,710   (1,963)    23,100     4,685    Finance    expenses                (3,880)   (3,481)   (4,040)   (5,183)   (3,983)    Exploration costs         (254)     (177)     (600)     (781)     (212)    Finance and other    income                       65        81       164        83       258    Foreign exchange    gain (loss)               (364)       458       436       288     (177)    Profit (loss)    before income    taxes                    14,225    27,591   (6,003)    17,507       571    Income tax    expense    (recovery)                2,615    11,001   (1,272)     7,519   (3,027)    Net profit (loss)     $  11,610 $  16,590 $ (4,731) $   9,988 $   3,598 $    Attributable to    shareholders          $  11,610 $  16,602 $ (4,728) $   9,986 $   3,596 $    Attributable to    non-controlling    interest                      -      (12)       (3)         2         2    Basic earnings    (loss) per share      $    0.14 $    0.20 $  (0.06) $    0.12 $    0.04 $    Diluted earnings    (loss) per share      $    0.14 $    0.19 $  (0.06) $    0.12 $    0.04 $    Cash dividends    declared per    share                 $    0.00 $    0.00 $    0.00 $    0.00 $    0.00 $    Total assets (i)      $   1,716 $   1,637 $   1,656 $   1,671 $   1,671 $    Total long-term    liabilities (i)       $     472 $     670 $     661 $     633 $     613 $    Operating profit    (loss)                $  18,658 $  30,710 $ (1,963) $  23,100 $   4,685 $    Depreciation and    amortization (ii)        25,546    27,512    23,121    20,716    20,291    EBITDA (iii)          $  44,204 $  58,222 $  21,158 $  43,816 $  24,976 $ 


                                                             Three       Three                                                        months      months                                                         ended       ended                          2011      2011      2011   April 30,   April 30,                            Q4        Q3        Q2        2012        2011    Sales              215,358 $ 140,877 $ 153,728 $   192,461 $   143,932    Cost of sales      141,391    84,765    85,798     119,134      96,452    Gross margin        73,967    56,112    67,930      73,327      47,480    Gross margin (%)     34.3%     39.8%     44.2%       38.1%       33.0%    Selling, general    and    administrative    expenses            52,722    41,282    37,998      54,669      42,795    Operating profit    (loss)              21,245    14,830    29,932      18,658       4,685    Finance    expenses           (3,727)   (3,835)   (2,985)     (3,880)     (3,983)    Exploration costs    (351)     (212)      (76)       (254)       (212)    Finance and other    income                 278        69       154          65         258    Foreign exchange    gain (loss)          1,392       135     1,043       (364)       (177)    Profit (loss)    before income    taxes               18,837    10,987    28,068      14,225         571    Income tax    expense    (recovery)           5,137   (2,410)    10,877       2,615     (3,027)    Net profit (loss)   13,700 $  13,397 $  17,191 $    11,610 $     3,598    Attributable to    shareholders        13,693 $  12,657 $  13,043 $    11,610 $     3,596    Attributable to    non-controlling    interest                 7       740     4,148           -           2    Basic earnings    (loss) per share      0.16 $    0.15 $    0.17 $      0.14 $      0.04    Diluted earnings    (loss) per share      0.16 $    0.15 $    0.17 $      0.14 $      0.04    Cash dividends    declared per    share                 0.00 $    0.00 $    0.00 $      0.00 $      0.00    Total assets (i)     1,609 $   1,584 $   1,596 $     1,716 $     1,671    Total long-term    liabilities (i)        603 $     596 $     539 $       472 $       613    Operating profit    (loss)              21,245 $  14,830 $  29,932 $    18,658 $     4,685    Depreciation and    amortization (ii)   24,635    18,657    19,515      25,546      20,291    EBITDA (iii)        45,880 $  33,487 $  49,447 $    44,204 $    24,976 


              Total assets and total long-term liabilities are expressed in millions of    (i)   United States dollars.          Depreciation and amortization included in cost of sales and selling, general    (ii)  and administrative expenses.          Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization ("EBITDA"). See    (iii) "Non-IFRS Measure" on page 15.          The comparability of quarter-over-quarter results is impacted by seasonality          for both the mining and luxury brand segments. Harry          Winston Diamond Corporation expects that the quarterly results for its mining          segment will continue to fluctuate depending on the          seasonality of production at the Diavik Diamond Mine, the number of sales          events conducted during the quarter, and the volume, size          and quality distribution of rough diamonds delivered from the Diavik Diamond          Mine in each quarter. The quarterly results for the luxury          brand segment are also seasonal, with generally higher sales during the fourth          quarter due to the holiday season. See "Segmented          Analysis" on page 8 for additional information. 



Three Months Ended April 30, 2012 Compared to Three Months Ended April 30, 2011

 

CONSOLIDATED NET PROFIT ATTRIBUTABLE TO SHAREHOLDERS


The Company recorded a first quarter consolidated net profit attributable to shareholders of $11.6 million or $0.14 per share compared to a net profit attributable to shareholders of $3.6 million or $0.04 per share in the first quarter of the prior year.

 

CONSOLIDATED SALES


Sales for the first quarter totalled $192.5 million, consisting of rough diamond sales of $89.0 million and luxury brand segment sales of $103.5 million. This compares to sales of $143.9 million in the comparable quarter of the prior year (rough diamond sales of $62.0 million and luxury brand segment sales of $81.9 million). See "Segmented Analysis" on page 8 for additional information.

 

CONSOLIDATED COST OF SALES AND GROSS MARGIN


The Company's first quarter cost of sales was $119.1 million for a gross margin of 38.1% compared to a cost of sales of $96.5 million and a gross margin of 33.0% for the comparable quarter of the prior year. The Company's cost of sales includes costs associated with mining, rough diamond sorting and luxury brand sales activities. See "Segmented Analysis" on page 8 for additional information.

 

CONSOLIDATED SELLING, GENERAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES


The principal components of selling, general and administrative ("SG&A") expenses include expenses for salaries and benefits, advertising and marketing, rent and building related costs. The Company incurred SG&A expenses of $54.7 million for the first quarter, compared to $42.8 million in the comparable quarter of the prior year.
Included in SG&A expenses for the first quarter was $2.5 million for the mining segment compared to $4.6 million for the comparable quarter of the prior year, $47.3 million for the luxury brand segment compared to $34.7 million for the comparable quarter of the prior year, and $4.9 million for the corporate segment compared to $3.5 million for the comparable quarter of the prior year. See "Segmented Analysis" on page 8 for additional information.

 

CONSOLIDATED INCOME TAXES


The Company recorded a net income tax expense of $2.6 million during the first quarter, compared to a net income tax recovery of $3.0 million in the comparable quarter of the prior year. The Company's combined federal and provincial statutory income tax rate for the quarter is 26.5%. There are a number of items that can significantly impact the Company's effective tax rate, including foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations, the Northwest Territories mining royalty, earnings subject to tax different than the statutory rate, and the recognition of previously unrecognized benefits. As a result, the Company's recorded tax provision can be significantly different than the expected tax provision calculated based on the statutory tax rate.

The recorded tax provision is particularly impacted by foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations. The Company's functional and reporting currency is US dollars; however, the calculation of income tax expense is based on income in the currency of the country of origin. As such, the Company is continually subject to foreign exchange fluctuations, particularly as the Canadian dollar moves against the US dollar. During the first quarter, the Canadian dollar strengthened against the US dollar. As a result, the Company recorded an unrealized foreign exchange loss of $3.0 million on the revaluation of the Company's Canadian dollar denominated deferred income tax liability. This compares to an unrealized foreign exchange loss of $11.6 million in the comparable quarter of the prior year. The unrealized foreign exchange loss is recorded as part of the Company's deferred income tax expense, and not deductible for Canadian! income tax purposes. During the first quarter, the Company also recognized a deferred income tax recovery of $1.5 million for temporary differences arising from the difference between the historical exchange rate and the current exchange rate translation of foreign currency non-monetary items. This compares to a deferred income tax recovery of $12.5 million recognized in the comparable quarter of the prior year. The recorded tax provision during the quarter also included a net income tax recovery of $1.9 million relating to foreign exchange differences between income in the currency of the country of origin and the US dollars. This compares to a net income tax recovery of $1.9 million recognized in the comparable quarter of the prior year.


The Company also recognized a benefit of $1.1 million during the quarter in relation to deductible temporary differences previously not recognized as deferred tax assets.
The rate of income tax payable by Harry Winston Inc. varies by jurisdiction. Net operating losses are available in certain jurisdictions to offset future income taxes payable in such jurisdictions. The net operating losses are scheduled to expire through 2032.
Due to the number of factors that can potentially impact the effective tax rate and the sensitivity of the tax provision to these factors, as discussed above, it is expected that the Company's effective tax rate will fluctuate in future periods.

 

CONSOLIDATED FINANCE EXPENSES


Finance expenses of $3.9 million were incurred during the first quarter compared to $4.0 million during the comparable quarter of the prior year.

 

CONSOLIDATED EXPLORATION EXPENSE


Exploration expense of $0.3 million was incurred during the first quarter compared to $0.2 million in the comparable quarter of the prior year.

 

CONSOLIDATED FINANCE AND OTHER INCOME


Finance and other income of $0.1 million was recorded during the first quarter compared to $0.3 million in the comparable quarter of the prior year.

 

CONSOLIDATED FOREIGN EXCHANGE


A net foreign exchange loss of $0.4 million was recognized during the first quarter compared to a net foreign exchange loss of $0.2 million in the comparable quarter of the prior year. The Company does not currently have any significant foreign exchange derivative instruments outstanding.
Segmented Analysis
The operating segments of the Company include mining, luxury brand and corporate segments. The corporate segment captures costs not specifically related to operations of the mining or luxury brand segments.

 

Mining


The mining segment includes the production, sorting and sale of rough diamonds.

        (expressed in thousands of United States dollars)    (quarterly results are unaudited)                                    2013      2012      2012     2012     2012                                      Q1        Q4        Q3       Q2       Q1    Sales    North America               $  7,432 $   2,727 $   8,835 $    447 $  3,009 $    Europe                        54,370    78,846    21,993   80,131   50,752    Asia                          27,207    20,659     5,411    9,030    8,274    Total sales                   89,009   102,232    36,239   89,608   62,035    Cost of sales                 70,099    72,783    34,112   67,613   53,443    Gross margin                  18,910    29,449     2,127   21,995    8,592    Gross margin (%)               21.2%     28.8%      5.9%    24.5%    13.9%    Selling, general and    administrative expenses        2,525     2,061     3,274    3,489    4,630    Operating profit (loss)     $ 16,385 $  27,388 $ (1,147) $ 18,506 $  3,962 $    Depreciation and    amortization (i)              22,172    24,284    19,932   17,461   17,083    EBITDA (ii)                 $ 38,557 $  51,672 $  18,785 $ 35,967 $ 21,045 $ 


             Depreciation and amortization included in cost of sales and selling, general    (i)  and administrative expenses.         Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization ("EBITDA"). See    (ii) "Non-IFRS Measure" on page 15. 



MINING SALES


During the first quarter the Company sold approximately 1.0 million carats for a total of $89.0 million for an average price per carat of $88 compared to approximately 0.5 million carats for a total of $62.0 million for an average price per carat of $132 in the comparable quarter of the prior year. The 116% increase in the quantity of carats sold was primarily the result of the sale of almost all of the remaining lower priced goods originally held back in inventory by the Company at October 31, 2011 due to an oversupply in the market at that time, along with higher production in the first calendar quarter compared to the prior year. The 34% decrease in the Company's achieved average rough diamond prices in the first quarter resulted from a combination of three factors: first, the sale of the lower priced goods originally held b! ack in inventory by the Company at October 31, 2011; second, the Company's decision to hold back some higher priced goods in the first quarter of fiscal 2013 due to an observed imbalance in the rough and polished diamond prices for these goods; and third, the Company's January 2012 sale straddled the fiscal 2012 year-end with the lower priced portion of the sale, which occurs in India, pushed into the first quarter.


Had the Company sold only the last production shipped for the first quarter, the estimated achieved price would have been approximately $125 per carat based on the prices achieved in the March/April 2012 sale.
The Company expects that results for its mining segment will continue to fluctuate depending on the seasonality of production at the Diavik Diamond Mine, the number of sales events conducted during the quarter, rough diamond prices and the volume, size and quality distribution of rough diamonds delivered from the Diavik Diamond Mine and sold by the Company in each quarter.


MINING COST OF SALES AND GROSS MARGIN


The Company's first quarter cost of sales was $70.1 million resulting in a gross margin of 21.2% compared to a cost of sales of $53.4 million and a gross margin of 13.9% in the comparable quarter of the prior year. Cost of sales included $21.5 million of depreciation and amortization. The mining gross margin is anticipated to fluctuate between quarters, resulting from variations in the specific mix of product sold during each quarter and rough diamond prices.
A substantial portion of cost of sales is mining operating costs, which are incurred at the Diavik Diamond Mine. During the first quarter, the Diavik cash cost of production was $44.0 million compared to $44.6 million in the comparable quarter of the prior year. Cost of sales also includes sorting costs, which consists of the Company's cost of handling and sorting product in preparation for sales to third parties, and depreciation and amortization, the majority of which is recorded using the unit-of-production method over estimated proven and probable reserves.
The Company's MD&A refers to cash cost of production, a non-IFRS performance measure, in order to provide investors with information about the measure used by management to monitor performance. This information is used to assess how well the Diavik Diamond Mine is performing compared to the mine plan and prior periods. Cash cost of production includes mine site operating costs such as mining, processing and administration, but is exclusive of amortization, capital, and exploration and development costs. Cash cost of production does not have any standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS and differs from measures determined in accordance with IFRS. This performance measure is intended to provide additional information and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with IFRS. This measure is not necessarily indicative of net profit or cash flow from operations as determined under IFRS. The following table provid! es a reconciliation of cash cost of production to the mining segment cost of sales disclosed in the interim condensed consolidated financial statements for the three months ended April 30, 2012 and 2011.

                                                    Three months ended     Three months ended    (expressed in thousands of United     States dollars)                                April 30, 2012         April 30, 2011    Diavik cash cost of production            $             44,036   $             44,591    Private royalty                                          2,638                  1,578    Other cash costs                                         1,429                  1,006    Total cash cost of production                           48,103                 47,175    Depreciation and amortization                           13,772                 15,722    Total cost of production                                61,875                 62,897    Adjusted for stock movements                             8,225                 (9,454)    Total cost of sales                       $             70,100   $             53,443 



MINING SELLING, GENERAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES


SG&A expenses for the mining segment decreased by $2.1 million from the comparable quarter of the prior year primarily due to executive severance incurred in the first quarter of the prior year.


MINING SEGMENT OPERATIONAL UPDATE


Ore production for the first calendar quarter consisted of 1.2 million carats produced from 0.39 million tonnes of ore from the A-418 kimberlite pipe, 0.2 million carats produced from 0.10 million tonnes of ore from the A-154 North kimberlite pipe, and 0.1 million carats produced from 0.04 million tonnes of ore from the A-154 South kimberlite pipe. Also included in production for the calendar quarter was an estimated 0.08 million carats from reprocessed plant rejects ("RPR"). These RPR are not included in the Company's reserves and resource statement and are therefore incremental to production. Rough diamond production was 19% higher than the comparable calendar quarter of the prior year due to a combination of higher average grade and an increase in ore processed during the quarter.


HARRY WINSTON DIAMOND LIMITED PARTNERSHIP'S 40% SHARE OF DIAVIK DIAMOND MINE PRODUCTION

        (reported on a one-month lag)                                          Three months    Three months    Twelve months                                                 ended           ended            ended                                             March 31,       March 31,     December 31,                                                  2012            2011             2011    Diamonds recovered (000s carats)               642             540            2,670    Grade (carats/tonne)                          3.04            2.80             2.99 



Mining Segment Outlook


PRODUCTION


A mine plan and budget for calendar 2012 has been approved by Rio Tinto plc, the operator of the Diavik Diamond Mine, and the Company. The plan for calendar 2012 foresees Diavik Diamond Mine production remains at approximately 8.3 million carats from the mining of 2.0 million tonnes of ore and processing of 2.2 million tonnes of ore. Open pit mining of approximately 1.0 million tonnes is expected to be exclusively from A-418. Underground mining of approximately 1.0 million tonnes is expected to be sourced equally from the A-154 South and A-154 North kimberlite pipes. Included in the estimated production for calendar 2012 is approximately 1.0 million carats from RPR and 0.1 million carats from the implementation of an improved recovery process for small diamonds. These RPR and small diamond recoveries are not included in the Company's reserves and resource statement and are therefore incremental to production.
Looking beyond calendar 2012, the objective is to fully utilize processing capacity with a combination of production from the underground portions of A-154 South, A-154 North and A-418 supplemented by the A-21 open pit. The A-21 pre-feasibility study currently being undertaken assumes that the A-21 pipe will be mined with the open pit methods used for the other pipes. A dike would be constructed similar to the two other pits but smaller in size. Detailed plans are still being refined and optimized although no underground mining is being planned. The capital expenditures are estimated to be in the region of $500 million (100% basis) at an assumed average Canadian/US dollar exchange rate of $1.00. The Company still expects that the A-21 pipe, if mined together with the other pipes, would have a positive net present value.


PRICING


Rough diamond prices were relatively flat during the first quarter of fiscal 2013. Based on prices from the Company's last complete rough diamond sale in March/April 2012 and the current diamond recovery profile of the Diavik processing plant, the Company has modeled the approximate average rough diamond price per carat as of March/April 2012 for each of the Diavik ore types in the table that follows.

                                           March/April 2012                                      average price per                                                  carat    Ore type                            (in US dollars)    A-154 South                     $               160    A-154 North                                     205    A-418 A Type Ore                                145    A-418 B Type Ore                                100    RPR                                              55 



COST OF SALES AND CASH COST OF PRODUCTION


The Company expects cost of sales in fiscal 2013 to be approximately $330 million. Included in this amount is depreciation and amortization of approximately $110 million at an assumed average Canadian/US dollar exchange rate of $1.00. At April 30, 2012, the Company had approximately 0.5 million carats of rough diamond inventory available for sale with an estimated current market value of approximately $90 million. Of this inventory, approximately 10% of the carats and 30% of the value was comprised of the higher priced goods held back in the first quarter.
The Company's share of the cash cost of production at the Diavik Diamond Mine for calendar 2012 is expected to be approximately $173 million at an assumed average Canadian/US dollar exchange rate of $1.00.


CAPITAL EXPENDITURES


During fiscal 2013, HWDLP's 40% share of the planned capital expenditures at the Diavik Diamond Mine is expected to be approximately $78 million at an assumed average Canadian/US dollar exchange rate of $1.00. During the first quarter, HWDLP's share of capital expenditures was $15.6 million.


Luxury Brand


The luxury brand segment includes sales from Harry Winston salons, which are located in prime markets around the world, including eight salons in the United States: New York, Beverly Hills, Bal Harbour, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Dallas, Chicago and Costa Mesa; five salons in Japan: Ginza, Roppongi Hills, Osaka, Omotesando and Nagoya; two salons in Europe: Paris and London; and six salons in Asia outside of Japan: Beijing, two in Shanghai, Taipei, Hong Kong and Singapore.

        (expressed in thousands of United States dollars)    (quarterly results are unaudited)                                     2013      2012     2012      2012     2012                                       Q1        Q4       Q3        Q2       Q1    Sales    North America               $  32,286 $  41,537 $ 28,817 $  27,183 $ 35,487    Europe                         30,054    31,204   19,561    26,098   17,446    Asia (excluding Japan)         20,385    17,272   13,133    59,056   14,354    Japan                          20,727    23,772   21,966    20,433   14,610    Total sales                   103,452   113,785   83,477   132,770   81,897    Cost of sales                  49,035    57,024   41,378    82,513   42,958    Gross margin                   54,417    56,761   42,099    50,257   38,939    Gross margin (%)                52.6%     49.9%    50.4%     37.9%    47.5%    Selling, general and    administrative expenses        47,311    49,929   40,635    43,331   34,716    Operating profit (loss)     $   7,106 $   6,832 $  1,464 $   6,926 $  4,223    Depreciation and    amortization (i)                3,235     3,089    3,048     3,115    3,069    EBITDA (ii)                 $  10,341 $   9,921 $  4,512 $  10,041 $  7,292 



MINING SEGMENT

                                                                  Three       Three                                                             months      months                                                              ended       ended                                 2011     2011     2011   April 30,   April 30,                                   Q4       Q3       Q2        2012        2011    Sales    North America           $  46,489 $ 20,977 $ 19,456 $    32,286      35,487    Europe                     15,701   27,155   20,327      30,054      17,446    Asia (excluding Japan)     50,817   16,671   10,858      20,385      14,354    Japan                      19,654   15,366   16,260      20,727      14,610    Total sales               132,661   80,169   66,901     103,452      81,897    Cost of sales              79,518   39,675   31,339      49,035      42,958    Gross margin               53,143   40,494   35,562      54,417      38,939    Gross margin (%)            40.1%    50.5%    53.2%       52.6%       47.5%    Selling, general and    administrative expenses    47,866   34,942   33,081      47,311      34,716    Operating profit (loss) $   5,277 $  5,552 $  2,481 $     7,106 $     4,223    Depreciation and    amortization (i)            3,688    2,882    2,816       3,235       3,069    EBITDA (ii)             $   8,965 $  8,434 $  5,297 $    10,341 $     7,292 


             Depreciation and amortization included in cost of sales and selling,    (i)  general and administrative expenses.         Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization    (ii) ("EBITDA"). See "Non-IFRS Measure" on page 15. 



Three Months Ended April 30, 2012 Compared to Three Months Ended April 30, 2011

LUXURY BRAND SALES

 

Sales for the first quarter were $103.5 million compared to $81.9 million for the comparable quarter of the prior year, an increase of 26% (an increase of 26% at constant exchange rates). Sales in North America decreased 9% to $32.3 million, European sales increased 72% to $30.1 million, sales in Asia (excluding Japan) increased 42% to $20.4 million and sales in Japan increased 42% to $20.7 million, each as compared to comparable quarter of the prior year. The first quarter of the prior year included a high-value transaction in North America that was not repeated in the current quarter. The Japanese market rebounded strongly from the! impact of the earthquake and tsunami that occurred during the prior year. During the first quarter, there were no high-value transactions, which carry generally lower-than-average gross margins, compared with $5.2 million in the comparable period of the prior year. The total number of units sold increased by 37% over the comparable quarter of the prior year.

 

LUXURY BRAND COST OF SALES AND GROSS MARGIN

 

Cost of sales for the luxury brand segment for the first quarter was $49.0 million compared to $43.0 million for the comparable quarter of the prior year. Gross margin for the quarter was $54.4 million or 52.6% compared to $38.9 million or 47.5% for the comparable quarter of the prior year. The improvement in gross margin was primarily due to product mix and a high-value transaction in the comparable period of the prior year totaling $5.2 million that generated lower-than-average gross margins.

 

LUXURY BRAND SELLING, GENERAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES

 

SG&A expenses increased 36% to $47.3 million from $34.7 million in the comparable quarter of the prior year. The increase was due primarily to higher advertising, marketing and selling expenses. The luxury brand segment opened its first flagship salon in Shanghai during the quarter. Fixed costs increased by $10.5 million as a result of higher compensation, marketing and selling expenses primarily related to the opening of the two new salons in Shanghai, while variable expenses linked to higher volume of sales accounted for $2.1 million of the increase. SG&A expenses included depreciation and amortization expense of $2.9 million compared to $3.0 million in the comparable quarter of the prior year.

 

LUXURY BRAND SEGMENT OPERATIONAL UPDATE

 

The luxury brand segment opened its first freestanding pavilion flagship store in XinTianDi, Shanghai, China, during April 2012. The unique pavilion concept was designed by architect William Sofield. The opening generated strong editorial coverage in China and included the showcasing of the history of Harry Winston and its collections of jewelry and watches during an event held at the nearby Taiping Lake.

The luxury brand segment successfully launched its new bridal collection, "Belle by Harry Winston", during the quarter, supported by a strong advertising campaign.

The luxury brand segment presented its new watch products at the Baselworld Watch Fair in Switzerland during March 2012. The new watch collections, including the Opus 12, were well received by fashion journalists and customers from around the world. The overall mood at the watch fair was positive, reflecting the increasing demand for watches driven by emerging markets.

The luxury brand segment's distribution network consists of 21 directly operated salons, four licensed salons (in Manila, Philippines, Kiev, Ukraine and two in Dubai, United Arab Emirates) and 190 wholesale watch doors around the world.

Luxury Brand Segment Outlook

 

The Company expects that global demand for luxury jewelry and watch products will continue to increase. However, the sovereign debt crisis in Europe and the slowdown in the growth of China's economy are challenges that may impact the demand for luxury jewelry and watch products in the near term. The Company remains confident that the introduction of its new watch and jewelry products, supported by a strong advertising campaign, will contribute to sales growth. Continued expansion of the distribution network in prime locations around the world should allow the Company to benefit from the increasing mobility of high-end luxury consumers. A second, directly operated salon in London, United Kingdom, is expected to be opened by the middle of the fiscal year. A new licensed salon was opened in Moscow, Russia in May 2012, and an additional licensed salon is expected to be opened during fiscal 2013 in Kuwait City, Kuwait. The Company plans to expand by 30 wholesale watch doors to more than 220 doors by the end of fiscal 2013.


 

Corporate

 

The corporate segment captures costs not specifically related to operations of the mining or luxury brand segments.

        (expressed in thousands of United States dollars)    (quarterly results are unaudited)                                   2013      2012      2012      2012      2012                                     Q1        Q4        Q3        Q2        Q1    Sales                     $       - $       - $       - $       - $       - $    Cost of sales                     -         -        34        51        51    Gross margin                      -         -      (34)      (51)      (51)    Gross margin (%)                 -%        -%        -%        -%        -%    Selling, general and    administrative expenses       4,833     3,510     2,246     2,281     3,449    Operating loss            $ (4,833) $ (3,510)   (2,280)   (2,332)   (3,500)    Depreciation and    amortization (i)                139       139       141       140       139    EBITDA (ii)               $ (4,694) $ (3,371) $ (2,139) $ (2,192) $ (3,361) $ 


                                                                    Three       Three                                                               months      months                                                                ended       ended                                 2011      2011      2011   April 30,   April 30,                                   Q4        Q3        Q2        2012        2011    Sales                   $       - $       - $       - $         - $         -    Cost of sales                  51        51        51           -          51    Gross margin                 (51)      (51)      (51)           -        (51)    Gross margin (%)               -%        -%        -%          -%          -%    Selling, general and    administrative expenses     1,839     3,309     2,045       4,833       3,449    Operating loss            (1,890)   (3,360)   (2,096)     (4,833)     (3,500)    Depreciation and    amortization (i)              278       347       347         139         139    EBITDA (ii)             $ (1,612) $ (3,013) $ (1,749) $   (4,694) $   (3,361) 


             Depreciation and amortization included in cost of sales and selling, general    (i)  and administrative expenses.         Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization ("EBITDA"). See    (ii) "Non-IFRS Measure" on page 15. 



Three Months Ended April 30, 2012 Compared to Three Months Ended April 30, 2011

CORPORATE SELLING, GENERAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES

SG&A expenses for the corporate segment increased by $1.4 million from the comparable quarter of the prior year due to severance and to travel expenses and salaries and benefits related to additional corporate employees.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

Working Capital

As at April 30, 2012, the Company had unrestricted cash and cash equivalents of $112.8 million compared to $78.1 million at January 31, 2012. The Company had cash on hand and balances with banks of $103.1 million and short-term investments of $9.7 million at April 30, 2012. During the quarter ended April 30, 2012, the Company reported cash from operations of $24.9 million compared to a use of cash of $19.5 million in the comparable quarter of the prior year.

Working capital decreased to $239.7 million at April 30, 2012 from $439.0 million at January 31, 2012. As at April 30, 2012, current liabilities includes $204.0 million relating to the luxury brand segment's five-year revolving credit facility (January 31, 2012 - $nil), which matures on March 31, 2013. During the quarter, the Company decreased accounts receivable by $0.9 million, increased other current assets by $3.1 million, increased inventory and supplies by $37.0 million, increased trade and other payables by $31.0 million and increased employee benefit plans by $2.0 million.

The Company's liquidity requirements fluctuate from quarter to quarter depending on, among other factors, the seasonality of production at the Diavik Diamond Mine, seasonality of mine operating expenses, capital expenditure programs, the number of rough diamond sales events conducted during the quarter and the volume, size and quality distribution of rough diamonds delivered from the Diavik Diamond Mine and sold by the Company in each quarter, along with the seasonality of sales and salon expansion in the luxury brand segment. The Company's principal working capital needs include investments in inventory, other current assets, and trade and other payables and income taxes payable.

The Company assesses liquidity and capital resources on a consolidated basis. The Company's requirements are for cash operating expenses, working capital, contractual debt requirements and capital expenditures. The Company believes that it will generate sufficient liquidity to meet its anticipated requirements for the next twelve months.

Financing Activities

The mining segment maintains a senior secured revolving credit facility with Standard Chartered Bank. At April 30, 2012, $50.0 million was outstanding.

As at April 30, 2012, $27.5 million and $3.8 million was outstanding under the Company's revolving financing facility relating to its Belgian subsidiary, Harry Winston Diamond International N.V., and its Indian subsidiary, Harry Winston Diamond (India) Private Limited, respectively, compared to $nil and $4.3 million at January 31, 2012.
During the quarter, the Company's luxury brand subsidiary, Harry Winston Inc., increased the amount outstanding on its secured five-year revolving credit facility to $204.0 million from $200.5 million at January 31, 2012.

Investing Activities

During the quarter, the Company purchased property, plant and equipment of $22.5 million, of which $18.1 million was purchased for the mining segment and $4.4 million for the luxury brand segment.

Contractual Obligations

The Company has contractual payment obligations with respect to interest-bearing loans and borrowings and, through its participation in the Joint Venture, future site restoration costs at the Diavik Diamond Mine level. Additionally, at the Joint Venture level, contractual obligations exist with respect to operating purchase obligations, as administered by DDMI, the operator of the mine. In order to maintain its 40% ownership interest in the Diavik Diamond Mine, HWDLP is obligated to fund 40% of the Joint Venture's total expenditures on a monthly basis. HWDLP's current projected share of the planned capital expenditures at the Diavik Diamond Mine, which are not reflected in the table below, including capital expenditures for the calendar years 2012 to 2016, is approximately $140 million assuming a Canadian/US average exchange rate of $1.00 for each of the five years. The most significant contractual obligations fo! r the ensuing five-year period can be summarized as follows:

        CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATIONS                      Less than      Yea r    Year       After    (expressed in thousands of     United States dollars)               Total      1 year      2-3      4-5    5 years   Interest-bearing loans   and borrowings (a)(b)             $ 348,499 $   269,089 $  55,185 $  4,739 $   19,486   Environmental and participation   agreements incremental   commitments (c)                      94,739      83,923     4,918        -      5,898   Operating lease obligations (d)     250,516      23,898    50,678   45,502    130,438   Total contractual obligations     $ 693,754 $   376,910 $ 110,781 $ 50,241 $  155,822 



(a) Interest-bearing loans and borrowings presented in the foregoing table include current and long-term portions. The mining segment maintains a senior secured revolving credit facility with Standard Chartered Bank for $125.0 million. The facility has an initial maturity date of June 24, 2013 with two one-year extensions at the Company's option. There are no scheduled repayments required before maturity. At April 30, 2012, $50.0 million was outstanding.

The Company has available a $45.0 million revolving financing facility (utilization in either US dollars or Euros) for inventory and receivables funding in connection with marketing activities through its Belgian subsidiary, Harry Winston Diamond International N.V., and its Indian subsidiary, Harry Winston Diamond (India) Private Limited. Borrowings under the Belgian facility bear interest at the bank's base rate plus 1.5%. Borrowings under the Indian facility bear an interest rate of 12.50%. At April 30, 2012, $27.5 million and $3.8 million were outstanding under this facility relating to its Belgian subsidiary, Harry Winston Diamond International N.V., and its Indian subsidiary, Harry Winston Diamond (India) Private Limited, r! espectively. The facility is guaranteed by Harry Winston Diamond Corporation.

Harry Winston Inc. maintains a credit agreement with a syndicate of banks for a $250.0 million five-year revolving credit facility, which expires on March 31, 2013. There are no scheduled repayments required before maturity. At April 30, 2012, $204.0 million had been drawn against this secured credit facility. The Company is in the process of negotiating a new credit facility with a group of banks.
Also included in long-term debt of Harry Winston Inc. is a 25-year loan agreement for CHF 17.5 million ($19.0 million) used to finance the construction of the Company's watch factory in Geneva, Switzerland. The loan agreement is comprised of a CHF 3.5 million ($3.8 million) loan and a CHF 14.0 million ($15.2 million) loan. The CHF 3.5 million loan bears interest at a rate of 3.15% and matures on April 22, 2013. The CHF 14.0 million loan bears interest at a rate of 3.55% and matures on January 31, 2033. At April 30, 2012, an aggregate of $16.5 million was outstanding. The bank has a secured! interest in the factory building.

Harry Winston Japan, K.K. maintains unsecured credit agreements with three banks, amounting to ¥1,190 million ($14.8 million). Harry Winston Japan, K.K. also maintains a secured credit agreement amounting to ¥575 million ($7.2 million). This facility is secured by inventory owned by Harry Winston Japan, K.K. At April 30, 2012, $22.0 million was outstanding.

The Company's first mortgage on real property has scheduled principal payments of approximately $0.2 million quarterly, may be prepaid at any time, and matures on September 1, 2018. On April 30, 2012, $6.3 million was outstanding on the mortgage payable.

(b) Interest on loans and borrowings is calculated at various fixed and floating rates. Projected interest payments on the current debt outstanding were based on interest rates in effect at April 30, 2012, and have been included under interest-bearing loans and borrowings in the table above. Interest payments for the next twelve months are approximated to be $10.3 million.

(c) The Joint Venture, under environmental and other agreements, must provide funding for the Environmental Monitoring Advisory Board. These agreements also state that the Joint Venture must provide security deposits for the performance by the Joint Venture of its reclamation and abandonment obligations under all environmental laws and regulations. The operator of the Joint Venture has fulfilled such obligations for the security deposits by posting letters of credit of which HWDLP's share as at April 30, 2012 was 82.4 million based on its 40% ownership interest in the Diavik Diamond Mine. There can be no assurance that the operator will continue its practice of posting letters of credit in fulfillment of this obligation, in which event HWDLP would be required to post its proportionate share of such security directly, which would result in additional constraints on liquidity. The requirement to post security for the reclamation and abandonment! obligations may be reduced to the extent of amounts spent by the Joint Venture on those activities. The Joint Venture has also signed participation agreements with various native groups. These agreements are expected to contribute to the social, economic and cultural well-being of area Aboriginal bands. The actual cash outlay for the Joint Venture's obligations under these agreements is not anticipated to occur until later in the life of the Diavik Diamond Mine.

(d) Operating lease obligations represent future minimum annual rentals under non-cancellable operating leases for Harry Winston Inc. salons and office space.

Non-IFRS Measure

In addition to discussing earnings measures in accordance with IFRS, the MD&A provides the following non-IFRS measure, which is also used by management to monitor and evaluate the performance of the Company and its business segments.

The term EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) does not have a standardized meaning according to IFRS and therefore may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers. The Company defines EBITDA as sales minus cost of sales and selling, general and administrative expenses, meaning it represents operating profit before depreciation and amortization.
EBITDA is a measure commonly reported and widely used by investors and analysts as an indicator of the Company's operating performance and ability to incur and service debt and as a valuation metric. EBITDA margin is defined as the ratio obtained by dividing EBITDA by sales.

CONSOLIDATED

        (expressed in thousands of United States dollars)    (quarterly results are unaudited)                                          2013     2012      2012     2012     2012                                            Q1       Q4        Q3       Q2       Q1    Operating profit (loss)           $ 18,658 $ 30,710 $ (1,963) $ 23,100 $  4,685 $    Depreciation and amortization       25,546   27,512    23,121   20,716   20,291    EBITDA                            $ 44,204 $ 58,222 $  21,158 $ 43,816 $ 24,976 $ 


MINING SEGMENT

        (expressed in thousands of United States dollars)    (quarterly results are unaudited)                                    2013        2012         2012        2012        2012                                      Q1          Q4           Q3          Q2          Q1   Operating profit (loss)      $ 16,385    $ 27,388    $ (1,147)    $ 18,506    $  3,962   Depreciation and   amortization                   22,172      24,284       19,932      17,461      17,083    EBITDA                      $ 38,557    $ 51,672    $  18,785    $ 35,967    $ 21,045 


LUXURY BRAND SEGMENT

        (expressed in thousands of United States dollars)    (quarterly results are unaudited)                                          2013    2012    2012     2012    2012                                            Q1      Q4      Q3       Q2      Q1    Operating profit                  $  7,106 $ 6,832 $ 1,464 $  6,926 $ 4,223    Depreciation and amortization        3,235   3,089   3,048    3,115   3,069    EBITDA                            $ 10,341 $ 9,921 $ 4,512 $ 10,041 $ 7,292 


CORPORATE SEGMENT

        (expressed in thousands of United States dollars)    (quarterly results are unaudited)                                           2013      2012      2012      2012      2012                                             Q1        Q4        Q3        Q2        Q1    Operating loss                    $ (4,833) $ (3,510) $ (2,280) $ (2,332) $ (3,500)    Depreciation and amortization           139       139       141       140       139    EBITDA                            $ (4,694) $ (3,371) $ (2,139) $ (2,192) $ (3,361) 

  Risks and Uncertainties


Harry Winston Diamond Corporation is subject to a number of risks and uncertainties as a result of its operations. In addition to the other information contained in this MD&A and the Company's other publicly filed disclosure documents, readers should give careful consideration to the following risks, each of which could have a material adverse effect on the Company's business prospects or financial condition.

Nature of Mining

 

The operation of the Diavik Diamond Mine is subject to risks inherent in the mining industry, including variations in grade and other geological differences, unexpected problems associated with required water retention dikes, water quality, surface and underground conditions, processing problems, equipment performance, accidents, labour disputes, risks relating to the physical security of the diamonds, force majeure risks and natural disasters. Particularly with underground mining operations, inherent risks include variations in rock structure and strength as it impacts on mining method selection and performance, de-watering and water handling requirements, achieving the required crushed rock-fill strengths, and unexpected local ground conditions. Hazards, such as unusual or unexpected rock formations, rock bursts, pressures, collapses, flooding or other conditions, may be encountered during mining. Such risks could result in personal injury or fatality; damage to or dest! ruction of mining properties, processing facilities or equipment; environmental damage; delays, suspensions or permanent reductions in mining production; monetary losses; and possible legal liability.
The Diavik Diamond Mine, because of its remote northern location and access only by winter road or by air, is subject to special climate and transportation risks. These risks include the inability to operate or to operate efficiently during periods of extreme cold, the unavailability of materials and equipment, and increased transportation costs due to the late opening and/or early closure of the winter road. Such factors can add to the cost of mine development, production and operation and/or impair production and mining activities, thereby affecting the Company's profitability.

Nature of Interest in DDMI

HWDLP holds an undivided 40% interest in the assets, liabilities and expenses of the Diavik Diamond Mine and the Diavik group of mineral claims. The Diavik Diamond Mine and the exploration and development of the Diavik group of mineral claims is a joint arrangement between DDMI (60%) and HWDLP (40%), and is subject to the risks normally associated with the conduct of joint ventures and similar joint arrangements. These risks include the inability to exert influence over strategic decisions made in respect of the Diavik Diamond Mine and the Diavik group of mineral claims. By virtue of DDMI's 60% interest in the Diavik Diamond Mine, it has a controlling vote in virtually all Joint Venture management decisions respecting the development and operation of the Diavik Diamond Mine and the development of the Diavik group of mineral claims. Accordingly, DDMI is able to determine the timing and scope of future project capital expenditures, and therefore is able to impose capital ex! penditure requirements on HWDLP that the Company may not have sufficient cash to meet. A failure to meet capital expenditure requirements imposed by DDMI could result in HWDLP's interest in the Diavik Diamond Mine and the Diavik group of mineral claims being diluted. Rio Tinto plc, the parent of DDMI has recently announced a review of its diamond operations.

Diamond Prices and Demand for Diamonds

 

The profitability of the Company is dependent upon production from the Diavik Diamond Mine and on the results of the operations of its luxury brand operations. Each, in turn, is dependent in significant part upon the worldwide demand for and price of diamonds. Diamond prices fluctuate and are affected by numerous factors beyond the control of the Company, including worldwide economic trends, particularly in the US, Japan, China and India, worldwide levels of diamond discovery and production, and the level of demand for, and discretionary spending on, luxury goods such as diamonds and jewelry. Low or negative growth in the worldwide economy, renewed or additional credit market disruptions, natural disasters or the occurrence of terrorist attacks or similar activities creating disruptions in economic growth could result in decreased demand for luxury goods such as diamonds and! jewelry, thereby negatively affecting the price of diamonds and jewelry. Similarly, a substantial increase in the worldwide level of diamond production or the release of stocks held back during recent periods of low demand could also negatively affect the price of diamonds. In each case, such developments could have a material adverse effect on the Company's results of operations.

Cash Flow and Liquidity

 

The Company's liquidity requirements fluctuate from quarter to quarter and year to year depending on, among other factors, the seasonality of production at the Diavik Diamond Mine, the seasonality of mine operating expenses, exploration expenses, capital expenditure programs, the number of rough diamond sales events conducted during the quarter and the volume, size and quality distribution of rough diamonds delivered from the Diavik Diamond Mine and sold by the Company in each quarter, along with the seasonality of sales and salon refurbishment and expansion in the luxury brand segment. The Company's principal working capital needs include investments in inventory, prepaid expenses and other current assets, and accounts payable and income taxes payable. There can be no assurance that the Company will be able to meet each or all of its liquidity requirements. A failure by the Company to meet its liquidity requirements could result in the Company failing to meet its planned! development objectives, or in the Company being in default of a contractual obligation, each of which could have a material adverse effect on the Company's business prospects or financial condition.

Economic Environment

 

The Company's financial results are tied to the global economic conditions and their impact on levels of consumer confidence and consumer spending. The global markets have experienced the impact of a significant US and international economic downturn since the fall of 2008. This has restricted the Company's growth opportunities both domestically and internationally, and a return to a recession or weak recovery, due to recent disruptions in financial markets in the US, the Eurozone or elsewhere, and political upheavals in the Middle East, could cause the Company to experience revenue declines across both of its business segments due to deteriorated consumer confidence and spending, and a decrease in the availability of credit, which could have a material adverse effect on the Company's business prospects or financial condition. The credit facilities essential to the diamond polishing industry are largely underwritten by European banks that ! are currently under stress with the European sovereign debt issue. The withdrawal or reduction of such facilities could also have a material adverse effect on the Company's business prospects or financial condition. The Company monitors economic developments in the markets in which it operates and uses this information in its continuous strategic and operational planning in an effort to adjust its business in response to changing economic conditions.

Currency Risk

 

Currency fluctuations may affect the Company's financial performance. Diamonds are sold throughout the world based principally on the US dollar price, and although the Company reports its financial results in US dollars, a majority of the costs and expenses of the Diavik Diamond Mine are incurred in Canadian dollars. Further, the Company has a significant deferred income tax liability that has been incurred and will be payable in Canadian dollars. The Company's currency exposure relates primarily to expenses and obligations incurred by it in Canadian dollars and, secondarily, to revenues of Harry Winston Inc. in currencies other than the US dollar. The appreciation of the Canadian dollar against the US dollar, and the depreciation of other currencies against the US dollar, therefore, will increase the expenses of the Diavik Diamond Mine and the amount of the Company's Canadian dollar liabilities relative to the revenue the Company will receive from diamond sales, and will! decrease the US dollar revenues received by Harry Winston Inc. From time to time, the Company may use a limited number of derivative financial instruments to manage its foreign currency exposure.

Licences and Permits

 

The operation of the Diavik Diamond Mine and exploration on the Diavik property requires licences and permits from the Canadian government. The Diavik Diamond Mine Type "A" Water Licence was renewed by the regional Wek'eezhii Land and Water Board to October 31, 2015. While the Company anticipates that DDMI, the operator of the Diavik Diamond Mine, will be able to renew this licence and other necessary permits in the future, there can be no guarantee that DDMI will be able to do so or obtain or maintain all other necessary licences and permits that may be required to maintain the operation of the Diavik Diamond Mine or to further explore and develop the Diavik property.

Regulatory and Environmental Risks

 

The operation of the Diavik Diamond Mine, exploration activities at the Diavik property and the manufacturing of jewelry and watches are subject to various laws and regulations governing the protection of the environment, exploration, development, production, taxes, labour standards, occupational health, waste disposal, mine safety, manufacturing safety and other matters. New laws and regulations, amendments to existing laws and regulations, or more stringent implementation or changes in enforcement policies under existing laws and regulations could have a material adverse effect on the Company by increasing costs and/or causing a reduction in levels of production from the Diavik Diamond Mine and in the manufacture of jewelry and watches. As well, as the Company's international operations expand, it or its subsidiaries become subject to laws and regulatory regimes that could differ materially from those under which they operate in Canada a! nd the US.

Mining and manufacturing are subject to potential risks and liabilities associated with pollution of the environment and the disposal of waste products occurring as a result of mining and manufacturing operations. To the extent that the Company's operations are subject to uninsured environmental liabilities, the payment of such liabilities could have a material adverse effect on the Company.

Climate Change

 

The Canadian government has established a number of policy measures in response to concerns relating to climate change. While the impact of these measures cannot be quantified at this time, the likely effect will be to increase costs for fossil fuels, electricity and transportation; restrict industrial emission levels; impose added costs for emissions in excess of permitted levels; and increase costs for monitoring and reporting. Compliance with these initiatives could have a material adverse effect on the Company's results of operations.

Resource and Reserve Estimates

 

The Company's figures for mineral resources and ore reserves on the Diavik group of mineral claims are estimates, and no assurance can be given that the anticipated carats will be recovered. The estimation of reserves is a subjective process. Forecasts are based on engineering data, projected future rates of production and the timing of future expenditures, all of which are subject to numerous uncertainties and various interpretations. The Company expects that its estimates of reserves will change to reflect updated information as well as to reflect depletion due to production. Reserve estimates may be revised upward or downward based on the results of current and future drilling, testing or production levels, and on changes in mine design. In addition, market fluctuations in the price of diamonds or increases in the costs to recover diamonds from the Diavik Diamond Mine may render the mining of ore reserves uneconomical.
Mineral resources that are not mineral reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability. Due to the uncertainty that may attach to inferred mineral resources, there is no assurance that mineral resources at the Diavik property will be upgraded to proven and probable ore reserves.

Insurance

 

The Company's business is subject to a number of risks and hazards, including adverse environmental conditions, industrial accidents, labour disputes, unusual or unexpected geological conditions, risks relating to the physical security of diamonds and jewelry held as inventory or in transit, changes in the regulatory environment, and natural phenomena such as inclement weather conditions. Such occurrences could result in damage to the Diavik Diamond Mine, personal injury or death, environmental damage to the Diavik property, delays in mining, the closing of Harry Winston Inc.'s manufacturing facilities or salons, monetary losses and possible legal liability. Although insurance is maintained to protect against certain risks in connection with the Diavik Diamond Mine and the Company's operations, the insurance in place will not cover all potential risks. It may not be possible to maintain insurance to cover insurable risks at economically feasible premiums.

Fuel Costs

 

The Diavik Diamond Mine's expected fuel needs are purchased periodically during the year for storage, and transported to the mine site by way of the winter road. These costs will increase if transportation by air freight is required due to a shortened "winter road season" or unexpected high fuel usage.

The cost of the fuel purchased is based on the then prevailing price and expensed into operating costs on a usage basis. The Diavik Diamond Mine currently has no hedges for its future anticipated fuel consumption.

Reliance on Skilled Employees

 

Production at the Diavik Diamond Mine is dependent upon the efforts of certain skilled employees of DDMI. The loss of these employees or the inability of DDMI to attract and retain additional skilled employees may adversely affect the level of diamond production from the Diavik Diamond Mine.

The Company's success in marketing rough diamonds and operating the business of Harry Winston Inc. is dependent on the services of key executives and skilled employees, as well as the continuance of key relationships with certain third parties, such as diamantaires. The loss of these persons or the Company's inability to attract and retain additional skilled employees or to establish and maintain relationships with required third parties may adversely affect its business and future operations in marketing diamonds and operating its luxury brand segment.

Expansion and Refurbishment of the Existing Salon Network

 

A key component of the Company's luxury brand strategy in recent years has been the expansion of its salon network. The Company currently expects to expand its retail salon network to a total of 35 salons and 300 wholesale doors worldwide by fiscal 2016. An additional objective of the Company in the luxury brand segment is to achieve a compound annual growth rate in sales in the mid-teens and an operating profit in the low to mid-teens, in each case by fiscal 2016. Although the Company considers these objectives to be reasonable, they are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, and there can be no assurance that these objectives will be realized. This strategy requires the Company to make ongoing capital expenditures to build and open new salons, to refurbish existing salons from time to time, and to incur additional operating expenses in order to operate the new salons. To date, much of this expansion has been financed by Harry Winston Inc. through borrowings. Th! e successful expansion of the Company's global salon network, and achieving an increase in sales and in operating profit, will depend on a variety of factors, including worldwide economic conditions, market demand for luxury goods, the strength of the Harry Winston brand and the availability of sufficient funding. There can be no assurance that the expansion of the salon network will continue or that the current expansion will prove successful in increasing annual sales or earnings from the luxury brand segment, and the increased debt levels resulting from this expansion could negatively impact the Company's liquidity and its results from operations in the absence of increased sales and earnings.

The Company has to date licensed four retail salons to operate under the Harry Winston name and currently expects to increase the number of licensed salons to 15 by fiscal 2016. There is no assurance that the Company will be able to find qualified third parties to enter into these licensing arrangements, or that the licensees will honour the terms of the agreements. The conduct of licensees may have a negative impact on the Company's distinctive brand name and reputation.

Competition in the Luxury Brand Segment

 

The Company is exposed to competition in the luxury brand market from other luxury goods, diamond, jewelry and watch retailers. The ability of Harry Winston Inc. to successfully compete with such luxury goods, diamond, jewelry and watch retailers is dependent upon a number of factors, including the ability to source high-end polished diamonds and protect and promote its distinctive brand name and reputation. If Harry Winston Inc. is unable to successfully compete in the luxury jewelry segment, the Company's results of operations will be adversely affected.

Cybersecurity

 

The Company and certain of its third-party vendors receive and store personal information in connection with human resources operations and other aspects of the business. Despite the Company's implementation of security measures, its IT systems are vulnerable to damage from computer viruses, natural disasters, unauthorized access, cyber attack and other similar disruptions. Any system failure, accident or security breach could result in disruptions to the Company's operations. A material network breach in the security of the IT systems could include the theft of intellectual property or trade secrets. To the extent that any disruption or security breach results in a loss or damage to the Company's data, or in inappropriate disclosure of confidential information, financial data, or credit cardholder data, it could cause significant damage to the Company's reputation, affect relationships with our customers, lead to claims against the Company and ultimately harm its busines! s. In addition, the Company may be required to incur significant costs to protect against damage caused by these disruptions or security breaches in the future. Although the Company believes that it has robust information security procedures and other safeguards in place, as cyber threats continue to evolve, the Company may be required to expend additional resources to continue to enhance its information security measures and/or to investigate and remediate any information security vulnerabilities.

Intellectual Property

 

The success of the luxury brand segment depends on the value and reputation of the Harry Winston brand and other proprietary property. The Company relies on various intellectual property rights, including copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets, to establish its proprietary rights. While the Company devotes considerable efforts and resources to protecting its intellectual property, if these efforts are not successful the value of the brand may be harmed, which could have a material adverse effect on the Company's financial position.

Changes in Disclosure Controls and Procedures and Internal Control over Financial Reporting

During the first quarter of fiscal 2013, there were no changes in the Company's disclosure controls and procedures or internal control over financial reporting that materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, the Company's disclosure controls and procedures or internal control over financial reporting.

Critical Accounting Estimates

 

Management is often required to make judgments, assumptions and estimates in the application of IFRS that have a significant impact on the financial results of the Company. Certain policies are more significant than others and are, therefore, considered critical accounting policies. Accounting policies are considered critical if they rely on a substantial amount of judgment (use of estimates) in their application or if they result from a choice between accounting alternatives and that choice has a material impact on the Company's reported results or financial position.

The critical accounting estimates applied in the preparation of the Company's unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements are consistent with those applied and disclosed in the Company's MD&A for the year ended January 31, 2012.

Changes in Accounting Policies

 

The International Accounting Standards Board ("IASB") has issued a new standard, IFRS 9, "Financial Instruments" ("IFRS 9"), which will ultimately replace IAS 39, "Financial Instruments: Recognition and Measurement" ("IAS 39"). IFRS 9 provides guidance on the classification and measurement of financial assets and financial liabilities. This standard becomes effective for the Company's fiscal year end beginning February 1, 2015. The Company is currently assessing the impact of the new standard on its financial statements.
IFRS 10, "Consolidated Financial Statements" ("IFRS 10"), was issued by the IASB on May 12, 2011, and will replace the consolidation requirements in SIC-12, "Consolidation - Special Purpose Entities" and IAS 27, "Consolidated and Separate Financial Statements". The new standard establishes control as the basis for determining which entities are consolidated in the consolidated financial statements and provides guidance to assist in the determination of control where it is difficult to assess. IFRS 10 is effective for the Company's fiscal year end beginning February 1, 2013, with early adoption permitted. The Company is currently assessing the impact of IFRS 10 on its consolidated financial statements.

IFRS 11, "Joint Arrangements" ("IFRS 11"), was issued by the IASB on May 12, 2011 and will replace IAS 31, "Interest in Joint Ventures". The new standard will apply to the accounting for interests in joint arrangements where there is joint control. Under IFRS 11, joint arrangements are classified as either joint ventures or joint operations. The structure of the joint arrangement will no longer be the most significant factor in determining whether a joint arrangement is either a joint venture or a joint operation. Proportionate consolidations will no longer be allowed and will be replaced by equity accounting. IFRS 11 is effective for the Company's fiscal year-end beginning February 1, 2013, with early adoption permitted. The Company is currently assessing the impact of IFRS 11 on its results of operations and financial position.

IFRS 13, "Fair Value Measurement" ("IFRS 13"), was also issued by the IASB on May 12, 2011. The new standard makes IFRS consistent with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States ("US GAAP") on measuring fair value and related fair value disclosures. The new standard creates a single source of guidance for fair value measurements. IFRS 13 is effective for the Company's fiscal year-end beginning February 1, 2013, with early adoption permitted. The Company is assessing the impact of IFRS 13 on its consolidated financial statements.

Outstanding Share Information

             As at May 31, 2012    Authorized                               Unlimited    Issued and outstanding shares           84,874,781    Options outstanding                      2,375,399    Fully diluted                           87,250,180 


Additional Information

Additional information relating to the Company, including the Company's most recently filed Annual Information Form, can be found on SEDAR at http://www.sedar.com, and is also available on the Company's website at http://investor.harrywinston.com.

                                                         Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

                                             (EXPRESSED IN THOUSANDS OF UNITED STATES DOLLARS) (UNAUDITED)

                                                            January 31,   January 31,                                              April 30,         2012          2011                                                  2012 (Recast - note 10)(Recast - note 10)    ASSETS    Current assets      Cash and cash equivalents (note 3)       $ 112,818     $ 78,116    $ 108,693      Accounts receivable                         25,981       26,910       22,788      Inventory and supplies (note 4)            486,714      457,827      403,212      Other current assets                        48,600       45,494       41,317                                                 674,113      608,347      576,010    Property, plant and equipment - Mining       738,635      734,146      764,093    Property, plant and equipment - Luxury brand  70,881       69,781       61,019    Intangible assets, net                       127,198      127,337      127,894    Other non-current assets                      14,192       14,165       14,521    Deferred income tax assets                    90,956       82,955       65,833    Total assets                             $ 1,715,975  $ 1,636,731  $ 1,609,370    LIABILITIES AND EQUITY    Current liabilities     Trade and other payables                  $ 137,271    $ 104,681    $ 139,551     Employee benefit plans                        8,072        6,026        4,317     Income taxes payable                         30,305       29,450        6,660     Promissory note                                   -            -       70,000     Current portion of interest-bearing     loans and borrowings (note 6)               258,761       29,238       24,215                                                 434,409      169,395      244,743    Interest-bearing loans and   borrowings (note 6)                            70,054      270,485      235,516    Deferred income tax liabilities              324,590      325,035      309,868    Employee benefit plans                         9,344        9,463        7,287    Provisions                                    68,317       65,245       50,130    Total liabilities                            906,714      839,623      847,544    Equity     Share capital                               507,975      507,975      502,129     Contributed surplus                          18,170       17,764       16,233     Retained earnings                           272,638      261,028      235,574     Accumulated other comprehensive income       10,223       10,086        7,624     Total shareholders' equity                  809,006      796,853      761,560     Non-controlling interest                        255          255          266    Total equity                                 809,261      797,108      761,826    Total liabilities and equity             $ 1,715,975  $ 1,636,731  $ 1,609,370    The accompanying notes are an integral part of these unaudited interim     condensed consolidated financial statements. 


                                              Condensed Consolidated Income Statements                                 (EXPRESSED IN THOUSANDS OF UNITED STATES DOLLARS, EXCEPT                                            PER SHARE AMOUNTS) (UNAUDITED)                                                        Three                          Three                                                  months ended                months ended                                                     April 30,                   April 30,                                                      2012                          2011     Sales                                    $      192,461               $      143,932     Cost of sales                                   119,134                       96,452     Gross margin                                     73,327                       47,480     Selling, general and administrative expenses     54,669                       42,795     Operating profit                                 18,658                        4,685     Finance expenses                                 (3,880)                      (3,983)     Exploration costs                                  (254)                        (212)     Finance and other income                             65                          258     Foreign exchange loss                              (364)                        (177)     Profit before income taxes                       14,225                          571     Net income tax expense (recovery )                2,615                       (3,027)     Net profit                               $       11,610               $        3,598     Attributable to shareholde               $       11,610               $        3,596     Attributable to non-controlling interest $            -               $            2     Earnings per share     Basic                                    $         0.14               $         0.04     Diluted                                  $         0.14               $         0.04     Weighted average number of shares      outstanding                                  84,874,781                   84,291,797 


         The accompanying notes are an integral part of these unaudited interim                      condensed consolidated financial statements.   


             Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income              (EXPRESSED IN THOUSANDS OF UNITED STATES DOLLARS) (UNAUDITED)                                                           Three                 Three                                                         months ended         months ended                                                             April 30,          April 30,                                                              2012               2011     Net profit                                     $       11,610          $        3,598       Other comprehensive income              Net gain (loss) on translation of net              foreign operations (net of tax of nil)            137                   7,246     Other comprehensive income, net of tax      Total comprehensive income                     $       11,747          $       10,844     Attributable to shareholders                   $       11,747          $       10,842     Attributable to non-controlling interest       $            -          $            2                                      The accompanying notes are an integral part of these unaudited interim condensed  consolidated financial statements.   


                               Condensed Consolidated Statements of Changes in Equity                              (EXPRESSED IN THOUSANDS OF UNITED STATES DOLLARS) (UNAUDITED)                                                                  Three              Three                                                           months ended       months ended                                                             April 30,          April 30,                                                                2012               2011     Common shares:     Balance at beginning of period                      $      507,975     $      502,129     Issued during the period                                         -              3,918     Transfer from contributed surplus on exercise of options         -              1,160     Balance at end of period                                   507,975            507,207     Contributed surplus:     Balance at beginning of period                              17,764             16,233     Stock-based compensation expense                               406                597     Transfer from contributed surplus on exercise of options         -            (1,160)     Balance at end of period                                    18,170             15,670     Retained earnings:     Balance at beginning of period (Recast - note 10)          261,028            235,574     Net profit attributable to common shareholders              11,610              3,596     Balance at end of period                                   272,638            239,170     Accumulated other comprehensive income:     Balance at beginning of period                              10,086              7,624     Other comprehensive income              Net gain (loss) on translation of net foreign operations              (net of tax of nil)                                    137              7,246     Balance at end of period                                    10,223             14,870     Non-controlling interest:     Balance at beginning of period                                 255                266     Non-controlling interest                                         -                  2     Balance at end of period                                       255                268     Total equity                                        $      809,261     $      777,185     The accompanying notes are an integral part of these unaudited interim condensed      consolidated financial statements.   


                                      Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows                               (EXPRESSED IN THOUSANDS OF UNITED STATES DOLLARS) (UNAUDITED)                                                              Three                 Three                                                         months ended         months ended                                                           April 30,             April 30,                                                             2012                  2011     Cash provided by (used in)     Operating     Net profit                                     $       11,610        $        3,598     Depreciation and amortization                          25,546                20,291     Deferred income tax recovery                           (4,473)               (2,648)     Current income tax expense (recovery)                   7,088                 (379)     Finance expenses                                        3,880                 3,983     Stock-based compensation                                  406                   597     Other non-cash items                                     (118)                  195     Foreign exchange loss                                     832                   533     Gain on disposition of assets                            (330)                    -     Change in non-cash operating working capital, excluding      taxes and finance     expenses                                               (6,116)              (41,410)     Cash provided from operating activities                38,325               (15,240)     Interest paid                                          (2,813)               (1,508)     Income and mining taxes paid                          (10,567)               (2,711)     Net cash from operating activities                     24,945               (19,459)     FINANCING     Decrease in interest-bearing loans and borrowings        (185)                 (174)     Increase in revolving credit                           81,184                17,885     Decrease in revolving credit                          (52,276)                 (317)     Issue of common shares, net of issue costs                  -                 3,918     Cash provided from financing activities                28,723                21,312     Investing     Property, plant and equipment - Mining                (18,149)              (12,436)     Property, plant and equipment - Luxury brand           (4,442)               (1,388)     Net proceeds from sale of property, plant and      equipment                                               2,619                     -     Other non-current assets                                 (447)                 (396)     Cash used in investing activities                     (20,419)              (14,220)     Foreign exchange effect on cash balances                1,453                 4,888     Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents       34,702                (7,479)     Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period         78,116               108,693     Cash and cash equivalents, end of period       $      112,818        $      101,214     Change in non-cash operating working capital,      excluding taxes and finance expenses     Accounts receivable                                       926                (5,381)     Inventory and supplies                                (36,958)              (62,395)     Other current assets                                   (3,111)                 (556)     Trade and other payables                               31,019                27,554     Employee benefit plans                                  2,008                  (632)                                                     $      (6,116)        $     (41,410)      The accompanying notes are an integral part of these unaudited interim condensed  consolidated financial statements.   



 

Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

APRIL 30, 2012 WITH COMPARATIVE FIGURES

(TABULAR AMOUNTS IN THOUSANDS OF UNITED STATES DOLLARS, EXCEPT AS OTHERWISE NOTED)

Note 1:


Nature of Operations

Harry Winston Diamond Corporation (the "Company") is a diamond enterprise with assets in the mining and luxury brand segments of the diamond industry.

The Company's mining asset is an ownership interest in the Diavik group of mineral claims. The Diavik Joint Venture (the "Joint Venture") is an unincorporated joint arrangement between Diavik Diamond Mines Inc. ("DDMI") (60%) and Harry Winston Diamond Limited Partnership ("HWDLP") (40%) where HWDLP holds an undivided 40% ownership interest in the assets, liabilities and expenses of the Diavik Diamond Mine. DDMI is the operator of the Diavik Diamond Mine. DDMI and HWDLP are headquartered in Yellowknife, Canada. DDMI is a wholly owned subsidiary of Rio Tinto plc of London, England, and Harry Winston Diamond Limited Partnership is a wholly owned subsidiary of Harry Winston Diamond Corporation of Toronto, Canada.

The Company also owns Harry Winston Inc., the premier fine jewelry and watch retailer with select locations throughout the world. Its head office is located in New York City, United States.

The Company's operations fluctuate from quarter to quarter depending on, among other factors, the seasonality of production at the Diavik Diamond Mine, seasonality of mine operating expenses, capital expenditure programs, the number of rough diamond sales events conducted during the quarter and the volume, size and quality distribution of rough diamonds delivered from the Diavik Diamond Mine in each quarter, along with the seasonality of sales and salon expansion in the luxury brand segment.

The Company is incorporated and domiciled in Canada and its shares are publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange. The address of its registered office is Toronto, Ontario.

These unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements have been approved for issue by the Audit Committee on June 6, 2012.

Note 2:
Basis of Preparation

     (a) Statement of compliance         These unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements         have been prepared in accordance with International Financial         Reporting Standards ("IFRS") International Accounting Standard ("IAS")         34, "Interim Financial Reporting".           These unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements do         not include all disclosures required by IFRS for annual consolidated         financial statements and accordingly should be read in conjunction         with the Company's audited consolidated financial statements and notes         thereto for the year ended January 31, 2012. These statements have         been prepared following the same accounting policies and methods of         computation as the consolidated financial statements for the year         ended January 31, 2012.       (b) Basis of measurement         These unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements         have been prepared on the historical cost basis except for the         following:         - financial instruments held for trading are measured at fair value         through profit and loss           - liabilities for Restricted Share Unit and Deferred Share Unit plans         are measured at fair value       (c) Currency of presentation         These unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements         are expressed in United States dollars, consistent with the         predominant functional currency of the Company's operations. All         financial information presented in United States dollars has been         rounded to the nearest thousand. 


Note 3:


Cash Resources

                                               April 30,      January 31,                                                    2012             2012     Cash on hand and balances with banks    $   103,131    $      76,030     Short-term investments (a)                    9,687            2,086     Total cash resources                    $   112,818    $      78,116 


(a) Short-term investments are held in overnight deposits and money market instruments with a maturity of 30 days.

Note 4:


Inventory and Supplies

                                             April 30,      January 31,                                                  2012             2012     Luxury brand raw materials            $    68,131    $      62,188     Mining rough diamond inventory             67,909           62,472                                               136,040          124,660     Luxury brand work-in-progress              38,005           45,407     Luxury brand merchandise inventory        233,586          218,844     Mining supplies inventory                  79,083           68,916     Total inventory and supplies          $   486,714    $     457,827 


Total inventory and supplies is net of a provision for obsolescence of $3.1 million ($3.1 million at January 31, 2012).

Note 5:


Diavik Joint Venture

The following represents HWDLP's 40% proportionate interest in the Joint Venture as at March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011:

                                                     April 30,      January 31,                                                          2012             2012     Current assets                                $   116,419    $     101,454     Non-current assets                                687,898          685,590     Current liabilities                                41,703           31,745     Non-current liabilities and participant's     account                                           762,614          755,298                                                       April 30,        April 30,                                                          2012             2011     Expenses net of interest income (a) (b)       $    56,738    $      60,883     Cash flows resulting from (used in)     operating activities                             (42,353)         (43,024)     Cash flows resulting from financing     activities                                         61,532           53,983     Cash flows resulting from (used in)     investing activities                             (15,183)         (12,177) 


(a) The Joint Venture only earns interest income.

(b) Expenses net of interest income for the three months ended April 30, 2012 of $0.1 million (three months ended April 30, 2011 of $0.1 million).

HWDLP is contingently liable for DDMI's portion of the liabilities of the Joint Venture, and to the extent HWDLP's participating interest has increased because of the failure of DDMI to make a cash contribution when required, HWDLP would have access to an increased portion of the assets of the Joint Venture to settle these liabilities. Additional information on commitments and contingencies related to the Diavik Joint Venture is found in Note 7.

Note 6:

                                                     April 30,      January 31,                                                          2012             2012     Mining segment credit facilities              $    48,735    $      48,460     Harry Winston Inc. credit facilities              220,485          217,071     First mortgage on real property                     6,251            6,342     Bank advances                                      53,344           27,850     Total interest-bearing loans and     borrowings                                        328,815          299,723     Less current portion                            (258,761)         (29,238)                                                   $    70,054    $     270,485 


Interest-Bearing Loans and Borrowings

                            Nominal                           Carrying                         interest                          amount at   Face value at               Currency      rate   Date of maturity  April 30, 2012  April 30, 2012      Secured     bank loan       US     4.00%     March 31, 2013  $204.0 million  $204.0 million      Secured     bank loan      CHF     3.15%     April 22, 2013    $3.8 million    $3.8 million      Secured     bank loan      CHF     3.55%   January 31, 2033   $12.7 million   $12.7 million      Secured     bank loan       US     4.19%      June 24, 2013   $48.7 million   $50.0 million                                                                                           First     mortgage     on real     property       CDN     7.98%  September 1, 2018    $6.3 million    $6.3 million      Secured     bank     advance         US     4.80%      Due on demand   $27.5 million   $27.5 million                            12.50%                       $3.8 million    $3.8 million      Secured     bank     advance        YEN     2.55%    August 22, 2012    $7.2 million    $7.2 million      Unsecured     bank     advance        YEN     2.98%       May 27, 2012    $6.4 million    $6.4 million      Unsecured     bank     advance        YEN     2.98%       May 27, 2012    $7.2 million    $7.2 million      Unsecured     bank     advance        YEN     2.00%   October 31, 2012    $1.2 million    $1.2 million   


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      Borrower      Harry Winston Inc.      Harry Winston S.A.      Harry Winston S.A.      Harry Winston Diamond Corporation and     Harry Winston Diamond Mines Ltd.      6019838 Canada Inc.      Harry Winston Diamond International N.V.     Harry Winston Diamond (India) Private Limited      Harry Winston Japan, K.K.      Harry Winston Japan, K.K.      Harry Winston Japan, K.K.      Harry Winston Japan, K.K.  


Note 7:

     (a) Environmental agreements         Through negotiations of environmental and other agreements, the Joint         Venture must provide funding for the Environmental Monitoring Advisory         Board. HWDLP anticipates its share of this funding requirement will be         approximately $0.3 million for calendar 2012. Further funding will be         required in future years; however, specific amounts have not yet been         determined. These agreements also state that the Joint Venture must         provide security deposits for the performance by the Joint Venture of         its reclamation and abandonment obligations under all environmental         laws and regulations. HWDLP's share of the letters of credit         outstanding posted by the operator of the Joint Venture with respect         to the environmental agreements as at April 30, 2012, was $82.4         million. The agreement specifically provides that these funding         requirements will be reduced by amounts incurred by the Joint Venture         on reclamation and abandonment activities.       (b) Participation agreements         The Joint Venture has signed participation agreements with various         native groups. These agreements are expected to contribute to the         social, economic and cultural well-being of the Aboriginal bands. The         agreements are each for an initial term of twelve years and shall be         automatically renewed on terms to be agreed upon for successive         periods of six years thereafter until termination. The agreements         terminate in the event that the mine permanently ceases to operate.         Harry Winston Diamond Corporation's share of the Joint Venture's         participation agreements as at April 30, 2012 was $1.6 million.       (c) Operating lease commitments         The Company has entered into non-cancellable operating leases for the         rental of luxury brand salons and office premises, which expire at         various dates through 2029. The leases have varying terms, escalation         clauses and renewal rights. Any renewal terms are at the option of the         lessee at lease payments based on market prices at the time of         renewal. Certain leases contain either restrictions relating to         opening additional salons within a specified radius or contain         additional rents related to sales levels. Minimum rent payments under         operating leases are recognized on a straight-line basis over the term         of the lease, including any periods of free rent. Future minimum lease         payments under non-cancellable operating leases as at April 30, 2012         are as follows: 


          Within one year                                 $   23,898        After one year but not more than five years         96,180        More than five years                               130,438                                                        $  250,516 


ommitments and Guarantees

       (d)            Capital commitments related to the Joint Venture            At April 30, 2012, Harry Winston Diamond Corporation's share of         approved capital expenditures at the Joint Venture was $23.8 million.             At April 30, 2012, Harry Winston Diamond Corporation's current           projected share of the planned capital expenditures at the Diavik         Diamond Mine for the calendar years 2012 to 2016 is approximately $140         million assuming a Canadian/US average exchange rate of $1.00 for the                                      five years. 


Note 8:


Capital Management

The Company's capital includes cash and cash equivalents, current and non-current interest-bearing loans and borrowings and equity, which includes issued common shares, contributed surplus and retained earnings.

The Company's primary objective with respect to its capital management is to ensure that it has sufficient cash resources to maintain its ongoing operations, to provide returns to shareholders and benefits for other stakeholders, and to pursue growth opportunities. To meet these needs, the Company may from time to time raise additional funds through borrowing and/or the issuance of equity or debt or by securing strategic partners, upon approval by the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors reviews and approves any material transactions out of the ordinary course of business, including proposals on acquisitions or other major investments or divestitures, as well as annual capital and operating budgets.

The Company assesses liquidity and capital resources on a consolidated basis. The Company's requirements are for cash operating expenses, working capital, contractual debt requirements and capital expenditures. The Company believes that it will generate sufficient liquidity to meet its anticipated requirements for the next twelve months.

The Company is in the process of negotiating a new credit facility for the luxury brand segment with a group of banks to replace the current facility, which expires on March 31, 2013.

Note 9:


Segmented Information

The Company operated in three segments within the diamond industry - mining, luxury brand and corporate - for the three months ended April 30, 2012.

The mining segment consists of the Company's rough diamond business. This business includes the 40% ownership interest in the Diavik group of mineral claims and the sale of rough diamonds.

The luxury brand segment consists of the Company's ownership in Harry Winston Inc. This segment consists of the marketing of fine jewelry and watches on a worldwide basis.

The corporate segment captures costs not specifically related to operations of the mining or luxury brand segments.

     For the three months     ended April 30, 2012          Mining     Luxury brand     Corporate         Total     Sales             North America    $     7,432   $       32,286   $         -   $    39,718             Europe                54,370           30,054             -        84,424             Asia excluding             Japan                 27,207           20,385             -        47,592             Japan                      -           20,727             -        20,727             Total sales           89,009          103,452             -       192,461     Cost of sales             Depreciation             and             amortization          21,505              383             -        21,888             All other             costs                 48,594           48,652             -        97,246             Total cost of             sales                 70,099           49,035             -       119,134     Gross margin                  18,910           54,417             -        73,327     Gross margin (%)               21.2%            52.6%            -%         38.1%     Selling, general and     administrative     expenses             Selling and             related             expenses                 893           37,459             -        38,352             Administrative             expenses               1,632            9,852         4,833        16,317             Total selling,             general and             administrative             expenses               2,525           47,311         4,833        54,669     Operating profit     (loss)                        16,385            7,106       (4,833)        18,658     Finance expenses             (2,242)          (1,638)             -       (3,880)     Exploration costs              (254)                -             -         (254)     Finance and other     income                            52               13             -            65     Foreign exchange gain     (loss)                         (370)                6             -         (364)     Segmented profit     (loss) before income     taxes                    $    13,571   $        5,487   $   (4,833)   $    14,225     Segmented assets as     at April 30, 2012             Canada           $   967,834   $            -   $         -   $   967,834             United States              -          361,418       115,937       477,355             Other foreign             countries             45,668          225,118             -       270,786                              $ 1,013,502   $      586,536   $   115,937   $ 1,715,975     Capital expenditures     $    18,149   $        4,442   $         -   $    22,591     Other significant     non-cash items:     Deferred income tax     recovery                 $   (2,567)   $      (1,849)   $      (57)   $   (4,473)       For the three months     ended April 30, 2011          Mining     Luxury brand     Corporate         Total     Sales             North America    $     3,009   $       35,487   $         -   $    38,496             Europe                50,752           17,446             -        68,198             Asia excluding             Japan                  8,274           14,354             -        22,628             Japan                      -           14,610             -        14,610             Total sales           62,035           81,897             -       143,932     Cost of sales             Depreciation             and             amortization          16,430               80             -        16,510             All other             costs                 37,013           42,878            51        79,942             Total cost of             sales                 53,443           42,958            51        96,452     Gross margin                   8,592           38,939          (51)        47,480     Gross margin (%)               13.9%            47.5%            -%         33.0%     Selling, general and     administrative     expenses             Selling and             related             expenses                 648           26,321             -        26,969             Administrative             expenses               3,982            8,395         3,449        15,826             Total selling,             general and             administrative             expenses               4,630           34,716         3,449        42,795     Operating profit     (loss)                         3,962            4,223       (3,500)         4,685     Finance expenses             (2,693)          (1,290)             -       (3,983)     Exploration costs              (212)                -             -         (212)     Finance and other     income                            77              181             -           258     Foreign exchange gain     (loss)                         (977)              800             -         (177)     Segmented profit     (loss) before income     taxes                    $       157   $        3,914   $   (3,500)   $       571     Segmented assets as     at April 30, 2011             Canada           $   977,423   $            -   $         -   $   977,423             United States              -          349,061       106,578       455,639             Other foreign             countries             36,411          202,367             -       238,778                              $ 1,013,834   $      551,428   $   106,578   $ 1,671,840     Capital expenditures     $    12,436   $        1,388   $         -   $    13,824     Other significant     non-cash items:             Deferred             income tax             expense             (recovery)       $   (4,555)   $        1,985   $      (78)   $   (2,648) 


Note 10:


Recast

During the preparation of the income tax provision for the quarter ended April 30, 2012, the Company noted a historical difference related to the accounting for Northwest Territories mining royalty taxes in connection with the Company's rough diamond inventory. For Northwest Territories mining royalty tax purposes, the Company is subject to mining royalty taxes, which includes a requirement to treat the rough diamond inventory when it comes out of the Diavik Diamond Mine as taxable. This results in an accounting timing difference between the mining and extraction of the diamonds and when they are sold. The Company did not previously record the corresponding deferred tax asset on the rough diamond inventory related to royalty taxes payable. The Company has revised the comparative figures to correct the immaterial impact of this item with the offset recorded in retained earnings,! amounting to $5.8 million as at January 31, 2011.

For further information:

Mr. Richard Chetwode, Vice President, Corporate Development - +44 (0) 7720-970-762 or rchetwode@harrywinston.com
Ms. Laura Kiernan, Director, Investor Relations - (212) 315-7934 or lkiernan@harrywinston.com
Ms. Kelley Stamm, Manager, Investor Relations - (416) 205-4380 or kstamm@harrywinston.com


 


Company Codes: NYSE:HWD, Toronto:HW
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