PJSC Polyus (LSE, MOEX: PLZL) ("Polyus", or the "Company") informs about the upcoming launch of the automatic conversion process for the Company’s depositary receipts ("DR") into ordinary shares ("Shares").
This is applicable solely to those shareholders whose DRs are accounted in the Russian depositaries, in accordance with certain amendments to the Federal Law No.114-FZ "On Amendments to the Federal Law "On Joint Stock Companies" which took effect on 14 July 2022.
Please note that with regard to DRs held in the Russian depositaries, no holders’ action is required — the conversion will be performed automatically. The automatic conversion will be carried out in accordance with the procedure and terms established by the decision of the Board of Directors of the Central Bank of Russia on 22 July 2022, DRs will be written-off from the holders’ accounts, and an equivalent number of Shares will be credited to those accounts.
Based on the Company’s estimates, the share of DRs, which are held within the Russian custodian infrastructure, does not exceed 0.5% of Polyus’ entire depositary receipts program.
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 has 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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