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Polymetal: Q2 2020 production results

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Polymetal International plc (POLY)
Polymetal: Q2 2020 production results

23-Jul-2020 / 09:00 MSK
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Polymetal International plc

Q2 2020 production results

 

Polymetal reports strong production results for the second quarter and the six months ended June 30, 2020.

 

"Q2 saw a continued steady performance of the Group", said Vitaly Nesis, Group CEO of Polymetal. "We have been taking a range of measures aimed at protecting our employees and contractors in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, while allowing our operations and projects to proceed without interruptions or delays to date".

HIGHLIGHTS

  • There were no fatal accidents during the first half of the year within Polymetal and the Company's contractors. LTIFR for the period improved by 70% year-on-year (y-o-y) to 0.07 as only four minor injuries were recorded.
  • The Company's Q2 gold equivalent ("GE") production (based on 120:1 Au/Ag ratio[1]) increased by 2% y-o-y to 358 Koz driven by a strong performance at Kyzyl which compensated for the planned decline at Svetloye. GE output for H1 stood at 723 Koz, an increase of 4% y-o-y.
  • Revenue for Q2 increased by 30% y-o-y to reach US$ 641 million on the back of higher gold prices and sales volumes. H1 revenue amounted to US$ 1,135 million, up 20% y-o-y. There was a lag between gold production and sales due to Varvara concentrate sales, which is expected to close in H2 2020.
  • Polymetal generated significant free cash flow in the reporting period. Net debt was largely unchanged relative to Q1 2020 at US$ 1.69 billion, while the Company paid US$ 197 million of final dividends for FY 2019 or US$ 0.42 per share. As in previous years, free cash flow generation will be weighted towards the second half of the year on the back of seasonal working capital drawdown.
  • Construction and development activities at Nezhda and POX-2 progressed on schedule. COVID-related restrictions and cautionary measures have not slowed down execution progress of these projects.
  • The Company confirms its full-year 2020 production guidance of 1.5 Moz of GE. It also for now maintains its cost guidance, as depreciation of the Russia Rouble and Kazakh Tenge is currently counterbalanced by COVID-related costs. However, TCC, AISC and CapEx guidance will be updated along with H1 financial results on August 26.

COVID-19 UPDATE

Health and safety

  • No material COVID-19 outbreaks have so far occurred at our operations. Multiple employees tested positive for the virus with the vast majority of confirmed cases occurring during intra-shift breaks away from mines or during mandatory observatory period.
  • Health and safety of our employees and other people is our top priority. Strict precautionary procedures are maintained at all production sites despite gradual relaxation of state quarantine requirements in Russia. The procedures include daily temperature checks, regular medical surveillance and 14-day isolation of new shifts with COVID tests performed twice - first upon arrival and then before allowing to proceed to work on-site. Polymetal has organised isolated accommodation space for placement of potentially infected employees, enhanced hygiene protection in public spaces and increased control over disinfection and sterilisation measures. Adequate medical supplies are in place at all locations.
  • Personnel at off-site offices in Russia who report to work are tested on a rolling 2-week basis. Personal meetings and business trips are limited. Management offices in Kazakhstan continue to work remotely.

Business continuity

  • Russian regions are relaxing lockdown measures in respect of retail and other activities. The scope and pace, however, vary across regions. In Kazakhstan, a new quarantine was introduced from the 5th of July after the country had started experiencing the second wave of infections. Continuous operations and strategic industrial companies (including Polymetal) in both countries are allowed to continue operating at regular capacity.
  • In both countries, Polymetal has had no interruptions either in production or supply chain. The vast majority of operating consumables and spares are sourced domestically and from China.
  • Sales and refining activities remain unaffected. Refineries in Russia and Kazakhstan continue to operate normally.

Assistance to communities

  • Polymetal continued to provide financial support to all regions of operations in Russia and Kazakhstan in order to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Company has been purchasing critical medical equipment such as mobile X-Ray and anesthetic-respiratory machines, oxygen concentrators, ventilators, ultrasound machines, pulse oximeters, personal protection gear and other medical supplies for 25 regional and municipal hospitals, and volunteers. The total amount of donations in H1 amounted to RUB 129 million (US$ 1.8 million).
  • Polymetal remains committed to supporting local communities and investing in their health and safety especially during the pandemic. The Company will maintain its assistance to medical and dedicated volunteer institutions at all levels. 

 

 

3 months ended June 30,

% change1

6 months ended June 30,

% change1

 

2020

2019

2020

2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Waste mined, Mt

39.2

40.0 

-2%

79.1

77.6

+2%

Underground development, km

23.2

26.1

-11%

46.4

54.3

-15%

Ore mined, Mt

4.1

4.3

-5%

8.1

8.6

-6%

Open-pit

3.1

3.3

-6%

6.0

6.5

-7%

Underground

1.0

1.0

-1%

2.0

2.1

-2%

Ore processed, Mt

4.3

4.1

+4%

7.8

7.6

+3%

Average GE grade processed, g/t

3.8

3.5

+8%

4.0

3.7

+7%

Production

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gold, Koz

318

302

+5%

642

602

+7%

Silver, Moz

4.9

6.0

-19%

9.8

11.0

-11%

Gold equivalent, Koz2

358

352

+2%

723

694

+4%

Sales

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gold, Koz

324

314

+3%

595

604

-2%

Silver, Moz

5.2

5.6

-8%

9.9

10.3

-4%

Revenue, US$m3

641

492

+30%

1,135

946

+20%

Net debt, US$m4

1,690

1,661

+2%

1,690

1,479

+14%

Safety5

 

 

 

 

 

 

LTIFR

0.08

0.22

-64%

0.07

0.23

-70%

Fatalities

0

1

 

0

2

 

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 120:1 Au/Ag conversion ratio (Polymetal previously used 80:1 Au/Ag ratio) and excluding base metals (previously were included). Comparative data for 2019 restated accordingly.

 (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 2020 (for the three months period) and 31 December 2019 (for the six months period).

 (5) LTIFR = lost time injury frequency rate per 200,000 hours worked.

PRODUCTION BY MINE

 

3 months ended June 30,

%

change

6 months ended June 30,

%

change

 

2020

2019

2020

2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GOLD EQ. (KOZ)1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kyzyl

104

81

+28%

213

159

+33%

Albazino

62

55

+13%

140

136

+2%

Dukat

52

55

-6%

104

108

-4%

Omolon

46

43

+7%

88

95

-8%

Varvara

41

36

+14%

84

70

+21%

Svetloye

31

52

-41%

52

61

-15%

Voro

22

29

-24%

42

56

-25%

Mayskoye

1

-

NA

1

5

-79%

TOTAL (continuing operations)

358

352

+2%

723

691

+5%

Kapan

-

-

NA

-

3

-100%

TOTAL (including

discontinued operations)

358

352

+2%

723

694

+4%

Notes: (1) Based on 120:1 Au/Ag conversion ratio (Polymetal previously used 80:1 Au/Ag ratio) and excluding base metals (previously were included). Comparative data for 2019 restated accordingly.

CONFERENCE CALL AND WEBCAST

Polymetal will hold a conference call and webcast on Thursday, 23 July 2020 at 12:00 London time (14:00 Moscow time).

To participate in the call, please dial:

From the UK:

+44 330 336 9125 (local access)

0800 358 6377 (toll free)

From the US:

+1 646 828 8143 (local access)

800 263 0877 (toll free)

From Russia:

+7 495 213 1767 (local access)

8 800 500 9283 (toll free)

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

Conference code: 3221219

To participate in the webcast follow the link: https://webcasts.eqs.com/polymetal20200723.

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

A recording of the call will be available at +44 207 660 0134 (from the UK), +1 719 457 0820 (from the USA) and 8 10 800 2702 1012 (from Russia), access code 3221219, from 17:30 Moscow time Thursday, 23 July, till 17:30 Moscow time Thursday, 30 July 2020. Webcast replay will be available on Polymetal's website (www.polymetalinternational.com) and at https://webcasts.eqs.com/polymetal20200723.

About Polymetal 

Polymetal International plc (together with its subsidiaries - "Polymetal", the "Company", or the "Group") is a top-10 global gold producer and top-5 global silver producer with assets in Russia and Kazakhstan. The Company combines strong growth with a robust dividend yield.

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KYZYL

 

3 months ended June 30,

% change

6 months ended June 30,

% change

 

2020

2019

2020

2019

MINING

 

 

 

 

 

 

Waste mined, Mt

18.8

16.5

+14%

38.0

32.3

+18%

Ore mined (open-pit), Kt

518

511

+1%

1,041

1,033

+1%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROCESSING

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ore processed, Kt

481

512

-6%

1,006

988

+2

Gold grade, g/t

8.5

6.6

+29%

8.3

6.7

+23%

Gold recovery

87.2%

87.8%

-1%

87.2%

87.3%

-0%

Concentrate produced, Kt

37.3

28.5

+31%

73.0

58.3

+25%

Concentrate gold grade, g/t

97.4

104.2

-7%

99.3

100.0

-1%

Gold in concentrate, Koz1

117

96

+22%

233

187

+24%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Concentrate shipped, Kt

26.4

17.3

+52%

47.3

36.9

+28%

Payable gold shipped, Koz

51

40

+25%

92

91

+1%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Veduga ore toll processed, Kt2

31

-

NA

-

-

NA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amursk POX

 

 

 

 

 

 

Concentrate processed, Kt

13

12

+8%

29

20

+44%

Gold grade, g/t

149.2

128.9

+16%

141.8

124.7

+14%

Gold recovery

91.8%

93.4%

-2%

91.8%

93.8%

-2%

Gold produced, Koz

54

41

+31%

121

68

+77%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL PRODUCTION

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gold, Koz

104

81

+28%

213

159

+33%

Note:  (1) For information only; not considered as gold produced and therefore not reflected in the table representing total production. It will be included in total production upon shipment to off-taker or dore production at Amursk POX.

(2) To be further processed at Amursk POX.

In Q2, grade in ore mined at Kyzyl continued to normalize down towards the reserve average with current grade in ore mined closely reconciling to reserve averages. Waste volumes continued to increase as equipment productivity was positively impacted by the introduction of a quick turn-round system for both trucks and excavators (so called Hot Seat shift change).

Grade processed jumped 29% y-o-y to 8.5 g/t due to the impact of accumulated ore stockpiles, which made gold production grow by 28% y-o-y to 104 Koz.

High gold grades and high carbon grades in ore processed complicated flowsheet management and led to a 1 percentage point decrease in recovery at the concentrator. Amursk POX recovery also slipped as a concerted effort was made to divert as much concentrate as possible to the POX in the wake of COVID disruptions in China.

 

ALBAZINO

 

3 months ended June 30,

% change

6 months ended June 30,

% change

 

2020

2019

2020

2019

MINING

 

 

 

 

 

 

Waste mined, Mt

5.1

5.6

-9%

9.9

11.1

-11%

Underground development, km

3.1

2.6

+22%

6.2

4.9

+27%

Ore mined, Kt

464

545

-15%

981

1,026

-4%

Open-pit

295  

404

-27%

655  

766

-14%

Underground

169  

141

+19%

325  

259

+25%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROCESSING

 

 

 

 

 

 

Albazino concentrator

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ore processed, Kt

446  

431

+3%

891  

856

+4%

Gold grade, g/t

4.8  

4.0

+21%

4.6  

4.2

+10%

Gold recovery1

86.5%

86.9%

-0%

86.0%

85.2%

+1%

Concentrate produced, Kt

36.8

33.7

+9%

72.7

69.3

+5%

Concentrate gold grade, g/t

50.0

44.1

+13%

49.1

44.3

+11%

Gold in concentrate, Koz2

59

48

+24%

115

99

+16%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amursk POX

 

 

 

 

 

 

Concentrate processed, Kt

40

38

+6%

86

91

-5%

Gold grade, g/t

 51.6

 48.0

+7%

 52.6

 50.1

+5%

Gold recovery

96.5%

93.4%

+3%

96.5%

94.5%

+2%

Gold produced, Koz

62

55

+13%

139

136

+2%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL PRODUCTION

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gold, Koz

62

55

+13%

139

136

+2%

Notes: (1) To concentrate.

 (2) For information only; not considered as gold produced and therefore not reflected in the table representing total production. Included in total production after Dore production at the Amursk POX.

At Albazino, quarterly gold production was up 13% y-o-y to 62 Koz driven by gold grade increase of 21%, which was attributable to processing of higher grade ore from the deeper levels of Anfisa pit.

Open-pit mining was limited during the quarter as Anfisa pit was undergoing the wall push back to enhance its stability. Underground mine productivity increased due to continued underground development at Olga. Stoping at Ekaterina-2 commenced.

 

AMURSK POX

 

3 months ended June 30,

% change

6 months ended June 30,

% change

 

2020

2019

2020

2019

Concentrate processed, Kt

53

50

+7%

115

111

+4%

    Albazino

38

36

+7%

79

81

-2%

    Kyzyl

13

12

+8%

29

20

+44%

    Veduga

1

1

+11%

3

6

-48%

    Other1

0

0

-89%

3

4

-8%

Gold recovery

94.2%

93.4%

+1%

94.2%

94.3%

-0%

Average gold grade, g/t

75.6

67.7

+12%

75.2

63.7

+18%

Average sulphur grade

13.5%

12.6%

+7%

13.9%

12.6%

+10%

Total gold produced2, Koz

116

96

+20%

260

205

+27%

    Albazino

51

50

+4%

111

116

-4%

    Kyzyl

54

41

+31%

121

68

+77%

    Veduga

4

3

+33%

19

16

+16%

    Other1

6

2

+163%

10

4

+119%

Notes: (1) Purchased concentrates which are included in reportable production in the Albazino segment.

           (2) For information only. Already accounted for in production at operating mines.

Quarterly gold production at the Amursk POX increased by 20% y-o-y to 116 Koz on the back of higher concentrate grade from Kyzyl and Albazino and larger volumes of concentrate processed.

In Q2, the plant underwent a planned 15-day maintenance shutdown. No major issues were identified.

DUKAT OPERATIONS

 

3 months ended June 30,

% change

6 months ended June 30,

% change

 

2020

2019

2020

2019

MINING

 

 

 

 

 

 

Underground development, km

10.9

14.9

-26%

22.2

30.0

-26%

Ore mined, Kt

545

649

-16%

1,084

1,252

-13%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROCESSING

 

 

 

 

 

 

Omsukchan concentrator

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ore processed, Kt

496

516

-4%

1,009

1,029

-2%

Grade

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gold, g/t

0.6

0.5

+18%

0.5

0.5

+0%

Silver, g/t

273

306

-11%

280

295

-5%

Recovery1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gold

85.1%

85.3%

-0%

84.8%

85.7%

-1%

Silver

87.4%

86.6%

+1%

86.6%

86.9%

-0%

Production

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gold, Koz

8

7

+14%

14

14

-1%

Silver, Moz

3.7

4.3

-14%

7.7

8.3

-7%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lunnoye plant

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ore processed, Kt

116

117

-0%

232

232

-0%

Grade

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gold, g/t

1.4

1.3

+4%

1.5

1.4

+4%

Silver, g/t

278

264

+5%

273

266

+3%

Recovery1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gold

91.8%

85.1%

+8%

91.2%

85.7%

+6%

Silver

92.8%

90.1%

+3%

92.1%

90.1%

+2%

Production

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gold, Koz

5

4

+7%

10

9

+7%

Silver, Moz

1.0

0.9

+6%

1.9

1.8

+3%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL PRODUCTION

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gold, Koz

13

11

+11%

24

24

+2%

Silver, Moz

4.7

5.3

-11%

9.5

10.1

-5%

Notes: (1) Technological recovery, includes gold and silver within work-in-progress inventory.

At Dukat, Q2 silver production contracted by 11% y-o-y to 4.7 Moz on the back of planned decline in silver grade at the Omsukchan concentrator. Gold production for the quarter was up 11% supported by gold-rich ore from the underground Arylakh mine.

Better recoveries at Lunnoye plant were driven by separate processing of Arylakh and Lunnoye ores as well as lower carbon content in Lunnoye ore.

Underground development meters declined materially following the decommissioning of the Goltsovoye underground mine.

 


OMOLON OPERATIONS

 

3 months ended June 30,

% change

6 months ended June 30,

% change

 

2020

2019

2020

2019

MINING

 

 

 

 

 

 

Waste mined, Mt

1.1

1.9

-40%

2.0

3.2

-36%

Underground development, Km

3.7

3.3

+10%

7.0

6.5

+7%

Ore mined, Kt

763

730

+5%

1,564

1,378

+14%

    Open-pit

642

625

+3%

1,331

1,159

+15%

    Underground

121

105

+16%

234

220

+6%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROCESSING

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kubaka Mill

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ore processed, Kt

220

208

+6%

433

428

+1%

Grade

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gold, g/t

6.6

5.0

+31%

6.7

6.5

+4%

Silver, g/t

26

125

-80%

20

72

-73%

Recovery1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gold

94.3%

97.1%

-3%

93.2%

95.5%

-2%

Silver

69.5%

88.8%

-22%

74.3%

79.1%

-6%

Gold production, Koz

41

35

+18%

83

86

-4%

Silver production, Moz

0.1

0.7

-83%

0.2

0.8

-77%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Birkachan Heap Leach

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ore stacked, Kt

707

493

+44%

707

546

+29%

Gold grade, g/t

2.3

1.2

+95%

2.3

1.2

+95%

Gold production, Koz

3

2

+68%

3

2

+68%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL PRODUCTION

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gold, Koz

45

37

+21%

86

88

-3%

Silver, Moz

0.1

0.7

-82%

0.2

0.8

-76%

Note: (1) Technological recovery, includes gold and silver within work-in-progress inventory.

At Omolon, gold output for the quarter jumped by 21% y-o-y to 45 Koz while silver production was down by 82% to 0.1 Moz as Kubaka mill switched to processing gold-rich ore from Yolochka and Birkachan underground at the CIP circuit from treating Sopka ore with higher silver content at the Merrill-Crowe circuit. Heap leach production also positively contributed to the total output on the back of stacking of larger volumes of higher-grade ore stockpiles.

At Birkachan, underground productivity is gaining pace, while open-pit mining is planned to be completed by the end of 2020.

 

VARVARA

 

3 months ended June 30,

% change

6 months ended June 30,

% change

 

2020

2019

2020

2019

MINING

 

 

 

 

 

 

Waste mined, Mt

10.1

11.6

-12%

20.3

22.7

-11%

Ore mined, Kt

702

977

-28%

1,484

1,938

-23%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROCESSING

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leaching

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ore processed, Kt

796

784

+2%

1,530

1,535

-0%

Gold grade, g/t

1.5

1.4

+4%

1.5

1.4

+3%

Gold recovery1

89.1%

87.7%

+2%

88.1%

86.5%

+2%

Gold production (in dore), Koz

32

34

-6%

67

65

+2%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flotation

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ore processed, Kt

188

130

+44%

317

277

+14%

Grade

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gold, g/t

2.6

1.1

+139%

2.8

1.1

+155%

Copper

0.34%

0.52%

-34%

0.33%

0.55%

-39%

Recovery1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gold

87.2%

88.7%

-2%

86.5%

83.7%

+3%

Copper

85.7%

90.8%

-6%

84.9%

91.4%

-7%

Production

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gold (in concentrate), Koz

9

2

+372%

18

4

+292%

Copper (in concentrate), Kt

0.5

0.6

-17%

0.8

1.3

-38%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Veduga ore toll processed, Kt2

-

31

-100%

30

63

-53%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total ore processed, Kt

984

945

+4%

1,876

1,875

+0%

 

TOTAL PRODUCTION

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gold, Koz

41

36

+14%

84

70

+21%

Copper, Kt

0.5

0.6

-17%

0.8

1.3

-38%

Note: (1) Technological recovery, includes gold and copper within work-in-progress inventory. Does not include toll-treated ore.

(2) To be further processed at Amursk POX.

Varvara delivered strong gold production y-o-y increase of 14% to 41 Koz in Q2 and 21% to 84 Koz in H1 driven by larger volumes of high-grade third-party ore in the flotation circuit.

The leaching circuit Q2 production was down 6% y-o-y due to accumulation of work-in-progress as of the end of the quarter.

In Q2, high-grade Veduga feed was redirected to the Kyzyl flotation plant which is more suitable for refractory gold ore.

In 2020, all mining at Varvara open pit will be focused on waste for the new TSF construction.

 

MAYSKOYE

 

3 months ended June 30,

% change

6 months ended June 30,

% change

 

2020

2019

2020

2019

MINING

 

 

 

 

 

 

Waste mined, Mt

0.6

1.4

-55%

1.7

2.6

-34%

Underground development, km

5.5

5.3

+4%

11.0

10.8

+2%

Ore mined, Kt

306

220

+39%

567

438

+29%

Open-pit

108

70

+54%

186

134

+39%

Underground

197

150

+32%

380

305

+25%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROCESSING

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ore processed, Kt

230

207

+11%

458

426

+8%

Gold grade, g/t

6.7 

6.6  

+2%

6.2  

6.1  

+2%

Gold recovery

84.4%

69.9%

+21%

87.5%

76.5%

+14%

Gold in concentrate, Koz2

37

25

+48%

76

59

+29%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gold produced in dore from concentrate (POX), Koz

 -

 -

NA

0

 -

NA

Gold produced in dore from carbon, Koz3

1

 -

NA

1

5

-86%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Payable gold in concentrate shipped to offtakers, Koz

-

 -

NA

 -

 -

NA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL PRODUCTION

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gold, Koz

1

 -

NA

1

5

-79%

Notes: (1) To concentrate.

(2) For information only; not considered as gold produced and therefore not reflected in the table representing total production. Included in total production upon sale to off-taker or dore production at Amursk POX.

(3) Gold produced from carbon at Amursk POX.

At Mayskoye, gold in concentrate increased by 48% y-o-y to 37 Koz as higher volumes of sulphide ore with better recoveries were introduced into the feed and certain adjustments to the flowsheet were applied (grinding fineness increase and larger volumes of collectors) to further improve recovery.

Stripping volumes fell while ore mined spiked as the open-pit mining is approaching completion.

SVETLOYE

 

3 months ended June 30,

% change

6 months ended June 30,

% change

 

2020

2019

2020

2019

MINING

 

 

 

 

 

 

Waste mined, Mt

0.9

0.4

+127%

1.6

0.8

+104%

Ore mined (open pit), Kt

561

453

+24%

907

867

+5%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROCESSING

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ore stacked, Kt

317

414

-23%

626

598

+5%

Gold grade, g/t

3.7

3.5

+4%

4.0

4.0

+2%

Gold production, Koz

31

52

-41%

52

61

-15%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL PRODUCTION

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gold, Koz

31

52

-41%

52

61

-15%

At Svetloye, gold production for the quarter decreased by 41% to 31 Koz on the back of lower stacking volumes impacted by maintenance shutdown of the ore crushing complex (moved from Q1) and high ore acidity of freshly mined ore, which required much higher rates of limestone addition.

Waste and ore mined jumped driven by growing productivity at the Emmy pit.

VORO

 

3 months ended June 30,

% change

6 months ended June 30,

% change

 

2020

2019

2020

2019

MINING

 

 

 

 

 

 

Waste mined, Mt

-

0.4

-100%

-

0.8

-100%

Ore mined, Kt

65

210

-69%

106

479

-78%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROCESSING

 

 

 

 

 

 

Voro CIP

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ore processed, Kt

260

270

-4%

529

519

+2%

Gold grade, g/t

2.2

3.5

-37%

2.2

3.5

-37%

Gold recovery1

82.5%

85.7%

-4%

82.3%

86.3%

-5%

Gold production, Koz

18

23

-19%

36

45

-20%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Voro Heap Leach

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ore stacked, Kt

22.2

-

NA

22

-

NA

Gold grade, g/t

0.9

-

NA

0.9

-

NA

Gold production, Koz

4

6

-41%

6

11

-46%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL PRODUCTION

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gold, Koz

22

29

-24%

42

56

-25%

Note: (1) Technological recovery, includes gold within work-in-progress inventory.

At Voro, H1 production declined by 25% y-o-y as open-pit mining was completed in January and the CIP plant turned to processing lower-grade stockpiles

At the heap leach facility the remaining part of the oxidised stockpiled ore was stacked in Q2.

DEVELOPMENT UPDATE

At Nezhda, construction has been progressing on schedule. SAG and ball mills have been installed. Installation of flotation cells, gravity concentration equipment and concentrate thickeners is in progress.

Mining at the property proceeded according to plan. Widespread presence of ice lenses in the upper benches of open pit 2 required additional pre-stripping to ensure stable pit walls.

UVES LLC, an independent grid management company, funded by Far East and Arctic Development Fund and Credit Bank of Moscow, has started construction of the grid power line and substation for Nezhda with total cost of approximately US$ 86 million, net of VAT. Following the construction completion scheduled for Q2 2022, the facility will be leased out to Polymetal on pre-agreed terms.

At POX-2, the autoclave arrived on site on the 21st of July. The installation of the vessel is now ongoing and planned to be completed on schedule by early August. The construction of the oxygen plant is also in progress. The new concentrate storage area has been completed and commissioned thus clearing the space for the construction on the site previously occupied by the old concentrate storage.

SUSTAINABILITY, HEALTH AND SAFETY

In H1, there were no fatalities either among Polymetal employees or the Сompany's contractors. Our LTIFR stood at 0.08 for the 2nd quarter and 0.07 for the first half of the year (-64% and -70% y-o-y respectively) as only 4 minor work-related incident were recorded across the Group as of 30 June 2020.

Polymetal remains committed to maintaining zero fatalities and improving other health and safety metrics among our employees as well as our suppliers and contractors.


[1] Following consistent change of the market price ratio, Polymetal has decided to use gold/silver ratio of 120:1 (previously 80:1) for presentation of its gold equivalent production data and guidance. Simultaneously, base metal by-products have been excluded from gold equivalent production data and guidance due to insignificance. The new ratio is applied from 1 April 2020. Comparative data for previous periods has been restated accordingly.



ISIN: JE00B6T5S470
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TIDM: POLY
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