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PJSC Polyus (MOEX: PLZL) (Polyus or the Company) announces the repayment of both the final coupon and principal amount in respect of U.S.$500,000,000 4.70% Guaranteed Notes due 2024 (Reg. S: XS1713474325; Rule 144A: US73181LAA98) (the Notes) issued by Polyus Finance plc (the Issuer), an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company and guaranteed by PJSC Polyus and JSC Polyus Krasnoyarsk (the Guarantor).
In compliance with the terms of the Notes and current requirements of Russian legislation, the Guarantor transferred the Russian Rouble-denominated funds as coupon due January 29th, 2024 and principal payment to the holders of the Notes, whose rights are accounted within the Russian custodian infrastructure (the Domestic Holders).
Furthermore, pursuant to the terms of the Notes and the provisions of the Trust Deed dated 29 January 2018 (as amended) between, among others, the Issuer, the Guarantor and Legal Capital Investor Services LLC acting as a trustee under the Notes (the Trustee) (the Trust Deed), the Guarantor transferred funds in Russian rubles (the Funds) in relation to the coupon due January 29th, 2024 and principal payment under the Notes for onward payment to the holders of the Notes which rights are recorded in foreign depositories (the Offshore Noteholders) in accordance with the instructions received from the Trustee in respect of the coupon payment as of January 29, 2024 and the principal payment on the Notes.
Following the exercise of the above transfers of funds, the Guarantor confirms the fulfillment of its obligations with respect to the Offshore Noteholders and Domestic Holders in accordance with the applicable terms and conditions of the Notes and the Trust Deed.
Offshore Noteholders who hold the Notes as of January 26, 2024 and wish to receive direct payments on the Notes in Russian Rubles (subject to any applicable laws) shall:
(i) make a request to the Trustee at firstname.lastname@example.org for an application form for such direct payment and a list of documents required therefor, and
(ii) provide the Trustee with the documents listed and suitable in the form and content to the Trustee and the Guarantor (including the signed application form) no later than May 31, 2024 (subject to further deadline extension).
Upon the receipt of all necessary documents (including the signed application form) and following applicable legal requirements, such direct payment will be made by either the Trustee or a third party (including the Guarantor) following the instructions of the Trustee.
Polyus is a Top-5 global gold mining company by production volumes and one of 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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