9 August 2023

Polymetal International plc reports production results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2023.

“Q2 saw a set of solid production results supporting our full-year production guidance of 1.7 Moz of GE. The company continued to experience logistical disruptions of concentrate shipments. Management is working on establishing new transportation routes to resolve this issue by Q4 2023”, said Vitaly Nesis, Group CEO of Polymetal International plc.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • No fatal accidents occurred among the Group’s workforce and contractors in H1 2023 (consistent with H1 2022). Lost time injury frequency rate (LTIFR) among the Group’s employees stood at 0.11 (0.08 in H1 2022), as there were seven lost-time accidents mostly related to falling or being hit by an object, with none of them within Kazakhstan operations.

  • Q2 gold equivalent production (“GE”) grew by 22% year-on-year (y-o-y) to 423 Koz driven by increases within Russian operations (Nezhda and Albazino).

  • GE output for H1 was up by 3% y-o-y to 764 Koz, including 213 Koz in Kazakhstan and 551 Koz in Russia, due to the same factors as above. Polymetal reiterates its full-year production guidance of 1.7 Moz of GE (1.2 Moz in Russia and 500 Koz in Kazakhstan).

  • The Company recorded a sales-production gap in Q2, notably for Kyzyl, which was a result of the persistent railway issues at the eastward direction. It is expected to be closed by the year end as the Company is gradually switching to alternative transportation routes.

  • Revenue for the reporting quarter and six months increased by 34% and 25% y-o-y to US$ 581 and US$ 1,315 million respectively on the back of sales volumes recovery in Russia and higher metal prices.

  • Net Debt reached US$ 2.59 billion (US$ 0.2 billion in Kazakhstan and US$2.39 billion in Russia) on the back of sanctions-related sales disruptions in the Russian business.

HIGHLIGHTS

 

 3 months ended June 30,

%

change

6 months ended June 30,

%

change

 

2023

2022

2023

2022

PRODUCTION (Koz of GE) 1

Kazakhstan

98

105

-7%

213

244

-13%

Kyzyl

56

53

+6%

128

135

-5%

Varvara

42

52

-20%

86

109

-22%

Russia

325

243

+34%

551

500

+10%

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

423

348

+22%

764

744

+3%

SALES (Koz of GE)

Kazakhstan

78

106

-26%

200

238

-16%

Russia2

220

131

+68%

4902

321

+53%

TOTAL

299

237

+26%

690

560

+23%

REVENUE3 (US$m)

Kazakhstan

159

193

-17%

393

443

-11%

Russia

422

240

+76%

921

605

+52%

TOTAL

581

433

+34%

1,315

1,048

+25%

NET DEBT4 (US$m)

Kazakhstan

201

441

-54%

201

277

-27%

Russia

2,389

1,987

+20%

2,389

2,117

+13%

TOTAL

2,590

2,428

+7%

2,590

2,393

+8%

SAFETY

LTIFR5 (Employees)

0.12

0.06

+94%

0.11

0.08

+36%

Fatalities

0

0

NA

0

0

NA

Notes:
(1) Based on 80:1 Au/Ag conversion ratio and excluding base metals. Discrepancies in calculations are due to rounding. Mayskoye production reporting approach was amended to record production as soon as the ownership titile for gold is trasfered to a buyer at the mine site’s concentrate storage facility. Previous periods were restated accordingly.
(2) Excluding ounces at Mayskoye, which ownership title has already been transferred to a buyer, but not shipped.
(3) Calculated based on the unaudited consolidated management accounts.
(4) Non-IFRS measure based on unaudited consolidated management accounts. Comparative information is presented for 31 March 2023 (for the three months period) and 31 December 2022 (for the six months period).
(5) LTIFR = lost time injury frequency rate per 200,000 hours worked. Company employees only are taken into account.

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Polymetal International plc will release the Group’s Q2 2023 production results on Wednesday, August 9.

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