PJSC Polyus (LSE, MOEX — PLZL) (Polyus, the Company) has entered into cross-currency swaps with banks to convert 20 billion 10-year (with a put option in 5 years) rouble bonds into a fixed-rate USD liability, following the successful placement on 4 October 2019. The interest rate was set at 3.23%, the lowest rate across the existing Polyus’ debt portfolio, excluding convertibles.
In line with previous announcements, the Company plans to use proceeds for debt refinancing initiatives and other general corporate purposes.
Mikhail Stiskin, Senior Vice President, Finance and Strategy, commented:
Polyus’ ability to obtain debt financing at favorable terms of investment-grade issuers reflects the strength of our balance sheet and low risk business model. With such an ability we will continue focusing on debt management, aiming at average interest rate reduction and maturity profile extension.
Polyus is the largest gold producer in Russia and one of the top five gold miners globally with the lowest cost position. Based on its 2018 Ore Reserves and Mineral Resources, Polyus group ranks third by attributable gold reserves among the world’s largest gold mining companies. The Polyus group’s principal operations are located in Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk and Magadan regions and the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia).
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