PJSC Polyus (LSE, MOEX: PLZL) («Polyus», or the «Company») notes that Moody’s Investors Service («Moody’s») has downgraded the Company’s LT Issuer Ratings (local and foreign currency) to ’Caa2′ from ’Baa3′ with negative outlook on 10 March 2022.
Moody’s highlighted that recent rating actions on the Russian corporates follow the sovereign rating action on the Government of Russia, which took place on 6 March 2022, when Moody’s downgraded the Government of Russia’s long-term issuer rating and senior unsecured ratings (local and foreign currency) to ‘Ca’ from ‘B3’. Overall, Moody’s has downgraded the ratings of 95 Russian non-financial corporates.
Polyus is the world’s fourth-largest gold mining company by production volumes and the largest gold miner in terms of attributable gold Ore Reserves. The company demonstrates the lowest production costs among major global gold producers. Its principal operations are located in Siberia and the Russian Far East: Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk and Magadan regions and the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia).
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