Polymetal International plc (LSE, MOEX: POLY; ADR: AUCOY) (together with its subsidiaries – “Polymetal”, the “Company”, or the “Group”) is pleased to announce the Group’s production results for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2017.
- Polymetal produced 278 Koz of gold equivalent (GE) in Q2 2017, a 6% increase year-on-year. Strong performances at Varvara and Kapan, as well as contributions from the Svetloye heap leach at Okhotsk more than offset a planned grade decline at Dukat and the impact of the scheduled maintenance shutdown at the Amursk POX plant that was successfully completed in May.
- GE production for 1H 2017 was at 558 Koz, up 7% year-on-year and in line with the 2017 production plan. Materially stronger production is expected in the 2H and will be driven by the seasonal concentrate de-stockpiling at Mayskoye, heap leach production at Svetoye, and higher throughput at the Amursk POX plant.
- Gold production for the quarter was 190 Koz, up 12% over the previous year, while silver production was down 6% to 6.6 Moz.
- Gold and silver sales for the quarter increased by 29% and 19% respectively, generating US$ 385 million in revenues, an increase of 26% over the previous year. The timing gap between production and sales was largely eliminated over H1.
- At Kyzyl, full-scale construction activities are progressing in line with the project schedule. During the quarter, foundations for the mill and other processing equipment have been completed. The tailings facility diversion dike was finalized, with activities now focused on lining of the tailings pond.The project remains on track to produce first concentrate in Q3 2018.
- We regret to report the death of one of our employees at Varvara as a result of a fire that broke out in the laboratory on April 30. Guidelines and procedures are now in place to prevent similar occurrences.
- Net debt increased marginally from US$ 1,506 million as at March 31, 2017 to US$ 1,583 million as at June 30, 2017 while the Company paid out US$ 77 million in final dividends for FY2016 (US$ 0.18 per share) and has actively invested in construction of Kyzyl. As in prior years, free cash flow generation will be significantly stronger in the second half of the year driven by higher production and the traditional seasonal working capital drawdown.
- The Company remains on track to meet its FY2017 production guidance of 1.4 Moz of gold equivalent at TCC of US$ 600-650/GE oz and AISC of US$ 775-825/GE oz. The cost guidance remains contingent on the Rouble/Dollar exchange rate dynamic that has a significant effect on the Group’s Rouble-denominated operating costs. Polymetal will announce its half-yearly financial results on 29 August 2017.
“Polymetal has delivered a solid operational performance in Q2 2017 and is on track to meet its FY 2017 guidance”, said Vitaly Nesis, Group CEO of Polymetal, commenting on the results. “In addition, it is great to see that our recent acquisitions, Komar and Kapan, are demonstrating strong results.”
|3 months, ended Jun 30,||6 months, ended Jun 30|
|2017||2016||% change1||2017||2016||% change1|
|Waste mined, Mt||29.5||25.5||+44%||55.1||34.3||+61%|
|Underground development, km||28.9||23.6||+23%||53.8||43.7||+23%|
|Ore mined, Kt||3,277||2,734||+20%||6,590||5,732||+15%|
|Ore processed, Kt||3,443||2,778||+24%||6,286||5,285||+19%|
|Gold equivalent, Koz2||278||262||+8%||558||522||+7%|
|Net debt, US$m4||1,583||1,506||+5%||1,583||1,329||+19%|
(1) % changes can be different from zero even when absolute numbers are unchanged because of rounding. Likewise, % changes can be equal to zero when absolute numbers differ due to the same reason. This note applies to all tables in this release.
(2) Based on 1:80 Ag/Au, 5:1 Cu/Au and 2:1 Zn/Au conversion ratios.
(3) Calculated based on the unaudited consolidated management accounts. Concentrate sales are recorded based on forward prices for the expected dates of final settlement and concentrate revenue is presented net of refining and treatment charges.
(4) Non-IFRS measure based on unaudited consolidated management accounts. Net debt equals to current and non-current borrowings less cash and cash equivalents and includes the liability for dividend payable. Comparative information is presented for 31 March 2017 (for the three months period) and 31 December 2016 (for the six months period).
(5) LTIFR = lost time injury frequency rate per 200,000 hours worked.
(6) NA = not available, NM – not material.
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