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Fresnillo PLC
13 June 2018
 

                                                                                                        Fresnillo plc

21 Upper Brook Street

London W1K 7PY

United Kingdom

www.fresnilloplc.com

 

13 June 2018

 

Fresnillo plc

Report on Payments to Governments for the Year 2017

 

Background

 

This Report provides an overview of the payments to governments made by Fresnillo plc and its subsidiaries for the year ended 31 December 2017 as required under the UK Reports on Payments to Governments Regulation 2014 and its amendment in December 2015 (the UK Regulations). This Report is also intended to satisfy the requirements of the Disclosure and Transparency Rules of the Financial Conduct Authority in the United Kingdom.

 

This Report is available for download from http://www.fresnilloplc.com/investor-relations/regulatory-announcements/

 

The 'Basis of Preparation' section below contains information about the content of the Report, the types of payments included and the principles that have been applied in preparing the Report.

 

Basis for preparation - Report on Payments to Governments for the year 2017

 

Reporting entities

 

In accordance with the UK Regulations, this Report includes payments to government made by Fresnillo plc and its subsidiary undertakings (Fresnillo).

 

Activities

 

Payments made by Fresnillo to governments arising from activities involving the exploration, prospection, discovery, development and extraction of minerals (extractive activities) are disclosed in this Report. When payments cover both extractive and processing activities and cannot be split, the payment has been disclosed in full. 

 

Government

 

Government includes any national, regional or local authority of a country to which Fresnillo has made a payment related to these regulations, and includes any department, agency or entity that is controlled by such authority.

 

Project

 

Payments are reported at project level, except for payments that are not attributable to a specific project which are reported at entity level. Within the UK Regulations, a project is defined as being the operational activities which are governed by a single contract, licence, lease, concession or a similar legal agreement, and form the basis for payment liabilities with a government. If agreements of this kind are substantially interconnected (i.e. forming a set of operationally and geographically integrated contracts, licenses, leases or concessions) these are treated for the purposes of these Regulations as a single project. Indicators of integration include geographic proximity and common operational management. For some payments that cannot be attributable to a specific project, they were indicated at an entity level.

 

Materiality

 

In line with the UK Regulations, where a payment or a series or related payments have not exceeded £86,000 (US$110,8441) they have not been disclosed.

 

Reporting currency

 

Payments disclosed in this report have been disclosed in US Dollars. Where actual payments have been made in a currency other than US Dollars, i.e. Mexican pesos (MXN), they have been translated using the annual average exchange rate MXN / USD issued by The Central Bank of Mexico2.

 

Type of payments

 

a)   Taxes. There are taxes paid by Fresnillo on its income, including special mining rights. Payments are reported net of refunds. In accordance with the UK Regulations payments made in relation to consumption, sales or employee taxes were excluded.

b)   License fees, rental fees, entry fees and other considerations for licenses or concessions. These are fees paid as consideration for acquiring a license for gaining access to an area where extractive activities are performed.

Payments reported are on a cash flow basis and refunds are included in the year received (i.e. 2017).

 

Other types of payments that are required to be disclosed in accordance with the UK Regulations are the following; however, for the year ended 31 December 2017, there were no such reportable payments made by Fresnillo to a government:

 

-     Production entitlements

-     Royalties

-     Dividends

-     Signature, discovery and production bonuses

-     Infrastructure improvements

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1 Bloomberg 2017 average exchange rate 1.2888 USD / GBP

2 Banco de Mexico 2017 average exchange rate 18.9104 MXN / USD

 

 

 

REPORT ON PAYMENTS TO GOVERNMENTS 2017

SUMMARY REPORT PER COUNTRY (IN USD) 

 

Production entitlements

Taxes (1)

 

Royalties

Dividends

Bonuses

Licenses & concessions fees

Infrastructure improvements

Total

MEXICO

0

316,032,266

 

0

0

0

21,748,692

0

337,780,958

PERU

0

0

 

0

0

0

1,582,714

0

1,582,714

Total

0

316,032,266

 

0

0

0

23,331,406

0

339,363,672

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEXICO

GOVERNMENT REPORT (IN USD) 

 

Production entitlements

Taxes

 

Royalties

Dividends

Bonuses

Licenses & concessions fees

Infrastructure improvements

Total

Ministry of Economics

0

31,888,492

 

0

0

0

15,457,161

0

47,345,653

Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources

0

0

 

0

0

0

234,713

0

234,713

Ministry of Finance and Public Credit

0

284,143,774

 

0

0

0

0

0

284,143,774

National Water Commission

0

0

 

0

0

0

6,056,818

0

6,056,818

Total

0

316,032,266

 

0

0

0

21,748,692

0

337,780,958

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROJECT REPORT (IN USD)  

 

Production entitlements

Taxes

 

Royalties

Dividends

Bonuses

Licenses & concessions fees

Infrastructure improvements

Total

PROJECT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ciénega

0

9,317,393

 

0

0

0

2,252,965

0

11,570,358

Fresnillo

0

24,634,143

 

0

0

0

4,811,860

0

29,446,004

Herradura / Nochebuena

0

172,317,892

 

0

0

0

8,795,649

0

181,113,541

Juanicipio (3)

0

0

 

0

0

0

120,262

0

120,262

Saucito

0

90,000,242

(2)

0

0

0

5,767,956

0

95,768,198

ENTITY LEVEL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comercializadora de Metales Fresnillo, S.A. de C.V.

0

13,790,102

 

0

0

0

0

0

13,790,102

Exploraciones Mineras Parreña S.A. De C.V.

0

4,751,255

 

0

0

0

0

0

4,751,255

Operaciones Fresnillo, S.A. de C.V.

0

662,311

 

0

0

0

0

0

662,311

Servicios Administrativos Fresnillo, S.A. de C.V.

0

434,688

 

0

0

0

0

0

434,688

Servicios de Exploración Fresnillo S.A. de C.V.

0

124,240

 

0

0

0

0

0

124,240

Total

0

316,032,266

 

0

0

0

21,748,692

0

337,780,958

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PERU

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GOVERNMENT REPORT (IN USD)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Production entitlements

Taxes

 

Royalties

Dividends

Bonuses

Licenses & concessions fees

Infrastructure improvements

Total

Ministry of Energy and Mining

0

0

 

0

0

0

1,582,714

0

1,582,714

Total

0

0

 

0

0

0

1,582,714

0

1,582,714

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROJECT REPORT (IN USD)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Production entitlements

Taxes

 

Royalties

Dividends

Bonuses

Licenses & concessions fees

Infrastructure improvements

Total

ENTITY LEVEL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fresnillo Perú, S.A.C.                                                          

0

0

 

0

0

0

1,582,714

0

1,582,714

Total

0

0

 

0

0

0

1,582,714

0

1,582,714

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1: All tax payments made in 2017 to the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit (the Mexican Tax authorities) are presented net of refunds received in 2017.

2: Tax payments made in 2017 of USD$ 90,318,827 to the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit net of USD$ 318,585 refund received in 2017.

3: Represents 100% of the payments related to Juanicipio (56% Fresnillo plc, 44% MAG Silver)

 

 

 

 

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About Fresnillo plc

Fresnillo plc is the world's largest primary silver producer and Mexico's largest gold producer, listed on the London and Mexican Stock Exchanges under the symbol FRES.

Fresnillo plc has seven operating mines, all of them in Mexico - Fresnillo, Saucito, Ciénega (including the San Ramón satellite mine), Herradura, Soledad-Dipolos1, Noche Buena and San Julián (phase I and II), two development projects - the Pyrites Plant, and second line of DLP at Herradura, and four advanced exploration projects - Orisyvo, Juanicipio, Las Casas Rosario & Cluster Cebollitas and Centauro Deep, as well as a number of other long term exploration prospects. In total, Fresnillo plc has mining concessions covering approximately 1.8 million hectares in Mexico.

Fresnillo plc has a strong and long tradition of mining, a proven track record of mine development, reserve replacement, and production costs in the lowest quartile of the cost curve for silver.

Fresnillo plc's goal is to maintain the Group's position as the world's largest primary silver company, producing 65 million ounces of silver per year by 2018, having already surpassed the gold target of 750,000 ounces.

 

Forward Looking Statements

Information contained in this announcement may include 'forward-looking statements'. All statements other than statements of historical facts included herein, including, without limitation, those regarding the Fresnillo Group's intentions, beliefs or current expectations concerning, amongst other things, the Fresnillo Group's results of operations, financial position, liquidity, prospects, growth, strategies and the silver and gold industries are forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to future events and circumstances. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and the actual results of the Fresnillo Group's operations, financial position and liquidity, and the development of the markets and the industry in which the Fresnillo Group operates, may differ materially from those described in, or suggested by, the forward-looking statements contained in this document. In addition, even if the results of operations, financial position and liquidity, and the development of the markets and the industry in which the Fresnillo Group operates are consistent with the forward-looking statements contained in this document, those results or developments may not be indicative of results or developments in subsequent periods. A number of factors could cause results and developments to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements including, without limitation, general economic and business conditions, industry trends, competition, commodity prices, changes in regulation, currency fluctuations (including the US dollar and Mexican Peso exchanges rates), the Fresnillo Group's ability to recover its reserves or develop new reserves, including its ability to convert its resources into reserves and its mineral potential into resources or reserves, changes in its business strategy and political and economic uncertainty.

1 Operations at Soledad-Dipolos are currently suspended.

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