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Polymetal International exceed guidance for the eighth year in a row

Polymetal International (LON:POLY) has today announced its Q4 and full year 2019 production results.

“A strong Q4 allowed Polymetal to exceed both original and updated guidance for the eighth year in a row. Robust production and positive gold price dynamics drove strong free cash flow generation”, said Vitaly Nesis, Group CEO of Polymetal. “Stable operating performance should ensure steady and significant dividend flow while planned progress with execution of Nezhda and POX-2 projects will enable us to resume production growth in 2022”.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Company’s FY2019 gold equivalent (“GE”) production amounted to 1,614 Koz, an increase of 3% over 2018 and 4% above the original production guidance of 1.55 Moz. A strong contribution from Kyzyl more than compensated for disposals against the backdrop of stable results from the rest of the portfolio. Production from continuing operations grew by 14% year-on-year to 1,609 Koz GE.
  • Safety performance in 2019 deteriorated both in terms of frequency of lost-time injuries and the number of fatalities. Management expects the Board to consider and approve significant safety-related changes to the remuneration structure for all levels of the Company management together with a comprehensive action plan focused on impacting the behavior and attitudes of the employees. Our goal remains zero fatalities.
  • Q4 GE output was 383 Koz, 15% below Q4 2018 production from continuing operations, mainly as a result of limited throughput at the POX plant in the reporting quarter due to scheduled downtime which was part of the POX-2 project activities.
  • Gold production for the full year was up 8% while silver output contracted by 15% on the back of asset disposals and planned grade decline at Dukat.
  • Full-year revenue jumped by 19% to reach US$ 2.2 billion on the back of higher volumes and metal prices. Q4 revenue increased by 1% to US$ 643 million as lower volumes were offset by increasing prices.
  • The Company expects full-year costs to be close to the top of the range of its cost guidance of US$ 600-650/GE oz for Total Cash Costs (“TCC”) and US$ 800-850/GE oz for All-in Sustaining Cash Costs (“AISC”). The main factors driving this guidance are: stronger Rouble, higher royalties driven by higher metal prices, and higher domestic diesel prices.
  • In Q4, Polymetal generated strong free cash flow resulting in Net Debt reduction to US$ 1.48 billion as at the end of 2019. The Company expects Net Debt/EBITDA ratio to be lower than the target level of 1.5x.

2020 OUTLOOK

  • The Company reiterates its current production guidance of 1.6 Moz of GE for each of FY2020 and 2021.
  • TCC in 2020 is expected to be in the range of US$ 650-700/GE oz while AISC is expected to average US$ 850-900/GE oz. The expected increase over 2019 cost levels is driven by the current appreciation of the Russian rouble and increased domestic diesel fuel price, as well as increased royalties on the back of continued strong gold and silver price performance. The guidance remains contingent on the Rouble/Dollar exchange rate and Brent oil price.
  • Capital expenditures in 2020 are expected to be approximately US$ 475 million. The US$ 50 million increase compared to the previous estimate is driven by accelerated pre-stripping at Nezhda, several environmentally driven investments, as well as stronger Rouble.

CONFERENCE CALL AND WEBCAST

The company will hold a conference call and webcast on Thursday, 23 January 2020 at 11:00 London time (14:00 Moscow time).

To participate in the call, please dial:

From the UK:

+44 330 336 9411 (local access)

0800 279 7204 (toll free)

From the US:

+1 929 477 0324 (local access)

800 458 4121 (toll free)

From Russia:

+7 495 646 9190 (local access)

8 10 8002 867 5011 (toll free)

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

Conference code: 9191693

To participate in the webcast follow the link: https://webcasts.eqs.com/polymetal20200123. Please be prepared to introduce yourself to the moderator or register.

A recording of the call will be available immediately after the call at +44 20 7660 0134 (from the UK), +1 719 457 0820 (from the USA) and 8 10 8002 702 1012 (from Russia), access code 9191693, from 17:30 Moscow time Thursday, 23 January, till 17:30 Moscow time Thursday, 30 January, 2020. Webcast replay will be available on the Polymetal International website (www.polymetalinternational.com) and at https://webcasts.eqs.com/polymetal20200123.

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