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S&P lowers and subsequently withdraws PJSC Polyus credit rating

S&P lowers and subsequently withdraws PJSC Polyus credit rating

PJSC Polyus (LSE, MOEX: PLZL) («Polyus», or the «Company») notes that S&P Global Ratings («S&P») has lowered the Company’s Issuer Credit Rating to ’CC’ from ’CCC-’ and subsequently withdrawn Polyus’ Issuer Credit Rating on 1 April 2022. S&P highlighted that it has downgraded 42 Russian entities to ’CC’ from ’CCC-’ on 1 April 2022. All issue and issuer credit ratings remained on CreditWatch negative. The downgrades follow the lowering of ratings on Russia to ’CC/C’ from ’CCC-/C’ and downward revision of transfer and convertibility (T&C) assessment on Russia to ’CC’ from ’CCC-’ on 17 March 2022. S&P has also subsequently withdrawn its ratings on relevant Russian issuers following the decision of the European Union to ban the provision of credit ratings to Russia-based entities and debt.


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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