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Petropavlovsk PLC
31 December 2020
 

 

 

 

31 December 2020

 

 

Petropavlovsk PLC

(the Company)

 

Update on voting results at the Company's Annual General Meeting of 30 June 2020 (AGM) and at the Company's Requisitioned Extraordinary General Meeting of 10 August 2020 (RGM)

 

At the AGM and RGM, 20 per cent or more of votes cast were cast against the resolutions listed below. The Company reported on voting at the AGM and RGM, respectively, in its announcements of 1 July and 10 August 2020.  The resolutions in question and voting results on each are:

 

 

Resolution

% For

% Against

AGM

Resolution 3: To approve the Directors' Remuneration Policy

42.32

57.68

AGM

Resolution 4: To approve the Long-term Incentive Plan

75.24

24.76

AGM

Resolution 8: To elect Ekaterina Ray as a Director

53.28

46.72

AGM

Resolution 9: To elect Danila Kotlyarov as a Director

46.42

53.58

AGM

Resolution 11: To elect Fiona Paulus as a Director

46.36

53.64

AGM

Resolution 12: To elect Timothy McCutcheon as a Director

39.80

60.20

AGM

Resolution 13: To re-elect Pavel Maslovskiy as a Director

46.14

53.86

AGM

Resolution 15: To re-elect Damien Hackett as a Director

46.34

53.66

AGM

Resolution 16: To re-elect Harry Kenyon-Slaney as a Director

46.35

53.65

AGM

Resolution 17: To re-elect Robert Jenkins as a Director

45.72

54.28

AGM

Resolution 18: To approve new Articles of Association

77.60

22.40

AGM

Resolution 19: To approve an authority allot shares up to maximum of one third of the issued share capital

64.52

35.48

AGM

Resolution 20: To approve an authority to allot shares up to maximum of two thirds of the issued share capital

23.55

76.45

RGM

Resolution 1: To re-appoint Damian Hackett

44.91

55.09

RGM

Resolution 2: To appoint Michael Kavanagh

54.41

45.59

RGM

Resolution 3: to re-appoint Harry Kenyon-Slaney

44.90

55.10

RGM

Resolution 4: to re-appoint Pavel Mavlovskiy

44.88

55.12

RGM

Resolution 5: To re-appoint Timothy McCutcheon

43.26

56.74

RGM

Resolution 6: To appoint Vitaliy Zarkhin

44.80

55.20

RGM

Resolution 7: To appoint Paul Bushell

32.07

67.93

RGM

Resolution 8: To appoint Ivan Kulakov

36.39

63.61

RGM

Resolution 18: To remove any person appointed as Director since 9 July up to the end of this meeting

50.58

49.42

 

In its announcement of 1 July 2020, the Company confirmed its intent to consult shareholders in accordance with the UK Governance Code 2018 in order to understand and address their concerns as expressed in voting at the AGM.

 

The Company has continued its engagement with shareholders during the period since the meetings, soliciting views from its larger institutional, corporate and retail investors on the underlying reasons for the votes against.  The responses received indicate that, for shareholders holding a significant number of shares in the Company which were voted at those meetings:

·     voting against the election or re-election of directors at the AGM (AGM resolutions 8 to 17 above) reflected dissatisfaction with the performance of the Company and concerns over its governance, including certain corporate transactions undertaken or proposed to be undertaken by the Company;

·   voting against the approvals and authorities sought at the AGM (AGM resolutions 3, 4 and 18 to 20 above) reflected the same underlying discontent and dissatisfaction with governance and the performance of incumbent management and a number of the members of the then board.  This was the case notwithstanding that the authorities sought were in line with Investment Association guidelines and consultation on the directors' remuneration policy indicated that it would receive approval at the AGM;

·    voting on the election or re-election of directors at the RGM (RGM resolutions 1 to 8 and 18) was largely to ensure that the actions of the shareholders in voting on the constitution of the board at the AGM were not effectively overturned.

During the period since the RGM, the newly-constituted Board has been focused on stabilising the management of the Company and improving governance within its group of companies (Group). Actions taken to date include:

·     the appointment of Malay Mukherjee as independent non-executive director;

·     the appointment of MHA MacIntyre Hudson as external auditor;

·    the appointment of KPMG to undertake the independent forensic review of transactions by the Group and IRC Limited and its subsidiaries in the three years to August 2020 as requisitioned by shareholders; and

·   several key management appointments, including, on 30 November 2020, the appointment of Denis Alexandrov as the Company's new Chief Executive Officer.

In its announcement of 30 October 2020, the Board outlined a number of fundamental and largely legacy issues which it is seeking to address in order to realise the Group's potential, including: 

·      greater focus on returns to shareholders;

·      reduction in levels and costs of debt;

·      introduction of robust and up to date systems and controls;

·      simplification of the Group's corporate structure;

·    enlarging the Board, with a goal of establishing of a board of seven or eight directors the majority of whom are independent. An external search firm has been engaged to assist with this process;

·      improving the Group's budgeting and guidance procedures.

Work on each of these areas is ongoing and updates will be provided as appropriate and in the Company's annual report and accounts for the year ending 31 December 2020.  The Company's directors' remuneration policy will be put to shareholders for approval at the Company's annual general meeting for 2021, following appropriate consultation on its terms.

 

The Board appreciates the efforts that its shareholders, large and small, take to provide feedback on areas of interest and concern. The Board remains committed to regular engagement with its stakeholders and to ensuring that the Company's dialogue with its shareholders on these matters continues.

 

For more information

 

Please visit www.petropavlovsk.net or contact:

 

Patrick Pittaway / Max Zaltsman / Viktoriya Kim

+44 (0) 20 7201 8900

TeamIR@petropavlovsk.net

Charlie Jack / Katerina Parker / Elfie Kent

+44 (0) 20 7796 4133

Petropavlovsk@hudsonsandler.com

About Petropavlovsk

Petropavlovsk PLC (LSE: POG. MOEX: POGR) is a major integrated Russian gold producer with JORC Resources of 21.03Moz Au which include Reserves of 8.46Moz Au. Following its IPO on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) in 2002, Petropavlovsk was promoted to the London Stock Exchange in 2009, where today it is a Premium Listed company and a constituent of the FTSE 250, FTSE 350 and FTSE All Share indices. The Company's shares also trade on the Moscow Exchange and are a constituent of the flagship RTS / MOEX index.

Petropavlovsk's key operating mines (Pioneer, Malomir and Albyn) are in the Amur Region in the Russian Far East. Petropavlovsk has produced a total of c.8.1Moz of gold since operations began in 1994 and has a strong track record of mine development, expansion and asset optimisation.

The Group recently entered a new era of growth following the successful commissioning and start-up of its flagship asset, the Pressure Oxidation (POX) Hub at Pokrovskiy, which enables the processing of the Company's abundant refractory reserves and resources.

Petropavlovsk is one of the region's largest employers and one of the largest contributors to the sustainable development of the local economy. 

 

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