“In the second quarter, we met our production targets and are on track to meet our full year guidance. Russia continue to have a significant impact on sales, purchasing and logistics. Management is fully focused on maintaining the operational and financial stability of the Company,” said Vitaly NesisCEO of Polymetal Group.
No fatal accidents occurred among the Group’s workforce and contractors in Q2 2022. During this period, two minor LTI incidents were recorded among employees. The Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTIFR) for the six-month period decreased by 53% year-on-year to 0.08 (0.17 in the first half of 2021).
Gold equivalent production in Q2 (‘GE‘) was down 9% year over year to 326 koz. Lower grades and a planned long maintenance shutdown at the Amursk POX reduced production from Kyzyl and Albazino, which more than offset the new contribution from Nezhda.
GE the production of S1 is 697 Koz, down 7% over one year, of which 453 Koz in Russia and 244 Kz in Kazakhstan. ?OVID-related restrictions in China forced the Company to reduce gold concentrate shipments from Nezhda and Kyzyl. The Company reiterates its full-year production forecast of 1.7 Moz of GE (1.2 Moz in Russia and 500 Koz in Kazakhstan), however notes a risk of underperformance given the persistent blockages and logistical constraints in Chinese ports and railways.
At T2, 130 Koz of GE stocks of gold and silver bullion accumulated in the Group’s Russian mines. This gap between sales and production is expected to close during the third quarter as the company ramps up its export sales to various Asian markets.
Revenue for the quarter was down 36% year-on-year for US$433 millionwhile H1 revenue was down 18% at US$1,048 million (US$605 million Russia and US$443 million Kazakhstan). The negative momentum resulted from lower sales volumes due to inventory accumulation, while the average realized price was slightly higher.
Net debt at the end of the second quarter was approximately US$2.8 billion. A quarterly increase of US$0.8 billion was driven by the accumulation of ingot and concentrate inventories, the acceleration of equipment and spare parts purchases, the financing of critical subcontractors and suppliers and the upward revaluation in dollars US ruble-denominated debt driven by a significant strengthening of the ruble during the quarter. The Company maintains sufficient liquidity with US$0.5 billion in cash and US$0.4 billion undrawn lines of credit from unsanctioned banks.
Given the significant appreciation of the ruble against the US dollar, the company will update its full year 2022 cash cost and CAPEX guidance with the release of its first half 2022 financial results on September 22, 2022.
TELECONFERENCE AND WEBCAST
The Company will hold a conference call and webcast on Thursday, July 21, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. London time (13:00 Moscow time).
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A recording of the call will be available on +44 (0) 20 3859 5407 (from UK), +1 719 457 0820 (from UNITED STATES) and 8 10 800 2702 1012 (from Russia), access code 1493984, from 3:30 p.m. London time Thursday, July 21, until 3:30 p.m. London Thursday time, July 28, 2022. The webcast will be available on Polymetal’s website (www.polymetalinternational.com) and at https://www.webcast-eqs.com/polymetal20220721.
Polymetal International plc (together with its subsidiaries – “Polymetal”, the “Company” or the “Group”) is one of the world’s top 10 producers of gold and one of the world’s top 5 silver producers with assets in Russia and Kazakhstan. The Company combines strong growth with a robust dividend yield.
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