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Polyus Finance PLC
09 June 2017

For immediate release                                                                                             9 June 2017


Polyus Finance Plc


Standard & Poor's places PJSC Polyus and PGIL ratings on CreditWatch Positive

Polyus Finance Plc (the "Issuer") notes the announcement made earlier today by PJSC Polyus (MOEX - PLZL) ("Polyus", or the "Company"), the largest gold producer in Russia, that S&P Global Ratings Services ("S&PGR", or the "Agency") has placed its 'BB-' issuer credit ratings on the Company and its controlling shareholder Polyus Gold International Limited ("PGIL") on CreditWatch with positive implications.

The Agency highlighted the Company's strong profitability, positive free operating cash flow generation, falling leverage and the expectation that Polyus will report supportive operating and financial results for 2017 and beyond. Polyus' solid market position internationally, long reserves life and low production costs supported the ratings, S&PGR said.

S&PGR's announcement also stated that Polyus' continuous track record of low cash operating costs ensured "the company will remain at the bottom of the global gold miners' cost curve."


PJSC Polyus

Polyus ( is the largest gold producer in Russia and one of the top 10 gold miners globally with the lowest cost position. Based on its 2016 Ore Reserves and Mineral Resources, Polyus ranks second by attributable gold reserves and third by attributable gold resources among the world's largest gold mining companies.


Polyus group's principal operations are located in Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk and Magadan regions and the Sakha Republic (Yakutia).


Forward looking statements

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