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Polymetal International PLC
16 April 2018
 

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16 April 2018

 

 

Polymetal International plc

Polymetal and Russian Copper Company agree to exchange Tarutin for East Tarutin deposit

 

Polymetal International plc (LSE, MOEX: POLY, ADR: AUCOY) (together with its subsidiaries - "Polymetal", the "Company", or the "Group") has reached an agreement with the Russian Copper Company ("RCC") for an all-share exchange of Polymetal's Tarutin property in Russia for 85% of RCC's East Tarutin property in Kazakhstan.

TRANSACTION SUMMARY

As a result of the transaction, Polymetal will receive 85% of LLP Tarutinskoye, the licence holder for the copper-gold East Tarutin deposit located in Kazakhstan. In return, Polymetal will transfer 100% of Vostochny Basis LLC, the license holder for the copper-gold Tarutin deposit located in the Russian Federation.

The transaction is an asset swap and does not entail any additional payments or deferred considerations. It is expected to close in Q2 2018 and is subject to statutory approvals and other customary condition.

INFORMATION ON ASSETS

The East Tarutin licence area (66.4 km2) is situated in the Karabalyk municipal district of the Kostanay region and forms the eastern extension of the mineralised trend stretching across the border between Russia and Kazakhstan. The deposit is of the copper-gold skarn type with vein-disseminated mineralisation. The infrastructure in the region is well developed with easy access to the electricity grid, the railway and paved highways.

Previous owners have completed 18 km of diamond drilling at the property. JORC-compliant mineral resources for the property are estimated at 6.4 Mt of ore at 1.06% copper (68 Kt) and 0.07 g/t of gold (450 kg)1 or 354 Koz of gold equivalent.

The Tarutin licence area (1.8 km2) has been partially owned by Polymetal since 2013. The company consolidated 100% interest in the property in January 2017. The GKZ reserve estimate for the deposit comprises roughly 4.6 Mt of ore at 1.39% copper (63.7 Kt) and 0.09 g/t of gold (420.8 kg) or 333 Koz of gold equivalent.   

The transaction is synergistic for both parties due to improved logistical fit of the properties with the existing processing facilities. East Tarutin is situated on the same (Kazakh) side of the border as the Varvara processing plant. Consequently, ore haulage distance is reduced to 110 km compared to 150 km for Tarutin on the other side of the border.

In 2018-2019, Polymetal plans to resume exploration at East Tarutin and complete a JORC-compliant reserve estimate in 1H 2020.

"East Tarutin represents a much better fit for Polymetal in terms of logistics and potential size of reserve." - said Vitaly Nesis, Group CEO of Polymetal.  "This asset swap simplifies operational management of the Varvara hub and avoids the complications of cross-border ore shipment while preserving significant exploration optionality."

Notes:

1) Estimate prepared by IMC consultants as at 15.09.2016

2) For a JORC compliant resource and reserve estimate for the property as at 01.01.2018 please refer to the Company's website.

Enquiries

Media

 

Investor Relations

FTI Consulting

Leonid Fink

Viktor Pomichal

+44 20 3727 1000

Polymetal

Evgenia Onuschenko

Maryana Nesis

Michael Vasiliev                   

[email protected]

+44 20 7016 9505 (UK)

 

+7 812 334 3666 (Russia)

Joint Corporate Brokers

 

Morgan Stanley

Andrew Foster

Richard Brown


Panmure Gordon

Adam James

James Stearns

+44 20 7425 8000

 

 

 

+44 20 7886 2500

RBC Europe Limited

Tristan Lovegrove

Marcus Jackson

+44 20 7653 4000

 

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