Q2 2022 production results

21 July 2022

Polymetal reports solid production results for the second quarter of 2022.

“In Q2, we hit our production targets and are on track to meet our full-year guidance. International sanctions against Russia continue to have a material impact on sales, procurement and logistics. The management is fully focused on maintaining operating and financial stability of the Company”, said Vitaly Nesis, Group CEO of Polymetal.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • No fatal accidents occurred among Group workforce and contractors in Q2 2022. During this period, two minor LTI incidents were recorded among employees. Lost time injury frequency rate (LTIFR) for the six-month period decreased by 53% year-on-year (y-o-y) to 0.08 (0.17 in H1 2021).

  • Q2 gold equivalent production (“GE”) decreased by 9% year-on-year to 326 Koz. Lower grades and planned long maintenance shutdown at the Amursk POX reduced output from Kyzyl and Albazino, more than offsetting fresh contribution from Nezhda.

  • GE output for H1 was 697 Koz, down by 7% y-o-y, including 453 Koz in Russia and 244 Koz in Kazakhstan. СOVID-related restrictions in China forced the Company to reduce shipments of gold concentrates from Nezhda and Kyzyl. The Company reiterates its full-year production guidance of 1.7 Moz of GE (1.2 Moz in Russia and 500 Koz in Kazakhstan), however notes a risk of underperformance given persistent lockdowns and logistical constraints in Chinese ports and railway.

  • In Q2, 130 Koz of GE in gold and silver bullion inventory accumulated across the Group’s Russian mines. This gap between sales and production is likely to be closed during Q3 as the Company ramps up export sales to various Asian markets.

  • Revenue for the quarter recorded a 36% decline y-o-y to US$ 433 million, while H1 revenue was down by 18% to US$ 1,048 million (US$ 605 million Russia and US$ 443 million Kazakhstan). The negative dynamics was the result of lower sales volumes on the back of inventory accumulation, while the average realized price was marginally higher.

  • Net debt as of the end of Q2 stood at approximately US$ 2.8 billion. A quarterly increase of US$ 0.8 billion was driven by bullion and concentrate inventory accumulation, accelerated purchases of equipment and spares, funding of the critically important contractors and suppliers, and upward US$ re-valuation of ruble-denominated debt driven by significant Rouble strengthening during the quarter. The Company maintains sufficient liquidity with US$ 0.5 billion in cash and US$ 0.4 billion of undrawn credit lines with non-sanctioned banks.

  • Given significant appreciation of Ruble against US Dollar, the Company will update its FY2022 cash costs and CAPEX guidance with the publication of its H1 2022 financial results on 22 September 2022.

OPERATING HIGHLIGHTS

 3 months ended June 30,

% change1

6 months ended June 30,

% change1

2022

2021

2022

2021

 

Waste mined, Mt

55.0

52.5

+5%

110.0

98.0

+12%

Underground development, km

25.1

23.3

+8%

48.9

46.3

+6%

Ore mined, Mt

5.1

3.8

+37%

9.4

7.5

+26%

Open-pit

4.1

2.8

+47%

7.4

5.6

+33%

Underground

1.0

0.9

+7%

2.0

1.9

+5%

Ore processed, Mt

4.3

4.0

+8%

8.4

7.6

+11%

Average GE grade processed, g/t

3.3

3.7

-9%

3.4

3.8

-11%

Production

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gold, Koz

271

299

-9%

587

635

-8%

Silver, Moz

4.3

4.8

-10%

8.8

9.4

-6%

Gold equivalent, Koz2

326

359

-9%

697

753

-7%

Sales

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gold, Koz

189

315

-40%

456

595

-23%

Silver, Moz

4.4

4.3

+3%

8.7

8.0

+9%

Revenue, US$m3

433

681

-36%

1,048

1,274

-18%

Net debt, US$m4

2,801

1,978

+42%

2,801

1,647

+70%

 

 

 

 

 

 

LTIFR (Employees)5

0.06

0.10

-40%

0.08

0.17

-53%

Fatalities

0

0

NA

0

0

NA

Notes:
(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 80:1 Au/Ag conversion ratio and excluding base metals. Comparative data for 2021 restated accordingly (120:1 Au/Ag conversion ratio was used previously).
(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 2022 (for the three months period) and 31 December 2021 (for the six months period).
(5) LTIFR = lost time injury frequency rate per 200,000 hours worked.
6) DIS – days lost due to work-related injuries.

PRODUCTION BY MINE

 3 months ended June 30,

%

change

6 months ended June 30,

%

change

2022

2021

2022

2021

GOLD EQ. (KOZ)1

Kazakhstan

105

144

-27%

244

293

-17%

Kyzyl

53

93

-43%

135

182

-26%

Varvara

52

51

+3%

109

110

-1%

Russia

220

215

+3%

453

460

-2%

Dukat

61

68

-11%

127

135

-6%

Albazino

39

46

-15%

95

123

-23%

Omolon

45

51

-12%

85

98

-14%

Nezhda

31

-

NA

61

-

NA

Svetloye

24

26

-8%

43

53

-19%

Voro

19

19

+2%

39

41

-4%

Mayskoye

1

4

-68%

4

10

-60%

TOTAL

326

359

-9%

697

753

-7%

Notes:
(1) Based on 80:1 Au/Ag conversion ratio and excluding base metals. Comparative data for 2021 restated accordingly 120:1 Au/Ag conversion ratio was used).

CONFERENCE CALL AND WEBCAST

The Company will hold a conference call and webcast on Thursday, 21 July 2022 at 11:00 London time (13:00 Moscow time).

To participate in the call, please dial:

From the UK:
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800 289 0720 (toll free)

From Russia:
+7 495 646 5137 (local access) 8 10 800 2865 5011 (toll free)

To participate from other countries, please dial any of the local access numbers listed above.

Conference code: 1493984

To participate in the webcast follow the link: https://www.webcast-eqs.com/polymetal20220721.

Please be prepared to introduce yourself to the moderator or register.

A recording of the call will be available at +44 (0) 20 3859 5407 (from the UK), +1 719 457 0820 (from the USA) and 8 10 800 2702 1012 (from Russia), access code 1493984, from 15:30 London time Thursday, 21 July, till 15:30 London time Thursday, 28 July 2022. Webcast replay will be available on Polymetal’s website (www.polymetalinternational.com) and at https://www.webcast-eqs.com/polymetal20220721.

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