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DGAP-UK-Regulatory News vom 31.07.2017

MMC Norilsk Nickel: NORILSK NICKEL GROUP ANNOUNCES PRELIMINARY CONSOLIDATED PRODUCTION RESULTS FOR 2st QUARTHER AND 1st HALF 2017

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31-Jul-2017 / 10:30 CET/CEST
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PRESS RELEASE

July 31, 2017

Public Joint Stock Company "Mining and Metallurgical Company "NORILSK NICKEL"                  (PJSC "MMC "Norilsk Nickel", "Nornickel" or the "Company")

NORILSK NICKEL GROUP ANNOUNCES PRELIMINARY CONSOLIDATED PRODUCTION RESULTS FOR 2st QUARTHER AND 1st HALF 2017

Moscow - PJSC MMC Norilsk Nickel, the largest refined nickel and palladium producer in the world, announces preliminary consolidated production results for the second quarter and the first half of 2017.

First Vice-President - Chief Operating Officer, Sergey Dyachenko commented on the 1H17 production results:

«In 2Q17 our platinum group metals (PGMs) production increased substantially owing to the processing of built-up work-in-progress material which enabled us to offset the previous quarter decline. A minor reduction in nickel production volumes was due to scheduled annual repair works at Harjavalta nickel refinery in Finland. In addition, in 2Q17 we significantly decreased low-margin processing of third party nickel feed at Harjavalta.

In May 2017, Talnakh Concentrator reached its design parameters in terms of nickel and copper recovery rates into collective concentrates as well as the metal content in nickel-pyrrhotite and copper concentrates.

At the same time, we were still experiencing certain issues with lifting and processing previously stored pyrrhotite concentrate and also had to run some short-term suspensions of our smelting operations in the Polar division due to unfavorable meteorological conditions to keep the pollutant concentrations in Norilsk's residential area within the limits. Our management team is doing their best to minimize the negative impact of the above on current year production targets through more efficient ore processing and optimization of smelting capacities utilization and we thus confirm initial 2017 metal production guidance».


Nickel

2Q17 consolidated nickel production amounted to 49 kt decreasing 8% quarter-on-quarter (q-o-q). Nickel output from the Company's own Russian feed reached 48 kt, down 2% q-o-q. The reduction was driven by scheduled annual repair works at Harjavalta refinery in Finland and termination of processing of Nkomati concentrate.

Overall in 1H17, nickel output amounted to 103 kt decreasing 15% year-on-year (y-o-y) driven primarily by the reduction of low-margin processing of third parties feed. Nickel output from the Company's own Russian feed reached 98 kt, down 1% y-o-y. The decrease was attributed to the ongoing reconfiguration of downstream production facilities at the Polar division, including modernization and capacity expansion at Talnakh Concentrator, shut down of Nickel Plant in 3Q16 and, as a result, increase of work-in-progress material.

 
Copper

2Q17 consolidated copper production amounted to 101 kt, up 7% q-o-q. Copper output from the Company's own Russian feed reached 100 kt, up 9% q-o-q.

In 1H17, copper output amounted to 195 kt, up 10% y-o-y driven mostly by the processing of concentrate purchased from Rostec and reduced metal losses in recovery of copper into copper concentrate as a result of modernization of Talnakh Concentrator.


Platinum Group Metals

2Q17 consolidated palladium and platinum output amounted to 781 koz (up 41% q-o-q) and 190 koz (up 46% q-o-q), respectively. Palladium output from the Company's own Russian feed reached 759 koz, up 46% q-o-q and platinum output reached 183 koz, up 55% q-o-q.                

The increase of palladium and platinum output was attributed to processing of precious metal concentrate, which was accumulated in 1Q17 as work-in-progress material (PGMs contained in the nickel matte, which is shipped for processing from the Polar to Kola division) and at Krasnoyarsk Precious Metals Plant.

In 1H17, palladium and platinum output amounted to 1,334 koz (flat y-o-y) and 320 koz (down 4% y-o-y), respectively. The decline was attributed to lower metal content in mined ore and substitution of feed purchased from third parties  by Russian material with lower platinum content.


Russian operations

Due to the shutdown of Nickel plant in the Polar division, since 2H16 saleable nickel has been produced at two production sites: Kola MMC in Russia and Norilsk Nickel Harjavalta in Finland. 2Q17 nickel output in Russia amounted to 38 kt, up 3% q-o-q driven by the increase of nickel matte volumes shipped from Nadezhda Metallurgical Plant to Kola MMC for processing.

In 1H17, nickel output in Russia amounted to 76 kt, down 24% y-o-y. The decrease was driven by decommissioning of Nickel Plant in 2016, increase of work-in-progress material and increase in processing of Russian feed at Norilsk Nickel Harjavalta as a part of ongoing downstream reconfiguration[1]. At the same time, nickel production from third party feed at Kola MMC decreased due to termination of processing of copper cake from Norilsk Nickel Harjavalta and Nkomati nickel concentrate.

2Q17 copper output in Russia amounted to 99 kt, up 9% q-o-q. In 1H17, copper output amounted to 190 kt, up 9% y-o-y. The increase of copper output in reported periods was attributed to the launch of processing of concentrate purchased from Rostec and reduction of metal losses in recovery of copper into copper concentrate as a result of modernization of Talnakh Concentrator.

2Q17 palladium and platinum output in Russia amounted to 773 koz (up 45% q-o-q) and to 188 koz (up 50% q-o-q), respectively. The increase of PGM output was due to processing of concentrate accumulated in 1Q17 as work-in-progress material in transit from the Polar to Kola division and at Krasnoyarsk Precious Metals Plant.

In 1H17, palladium output in Russia was unchanged y-o-y at 1,307 koz, while platinum output amounted to 313 koz (down 4% y-o-y). The decrease of platinum output was mainly attributed to the change in metal content in mined ore.

Norilsk Nickel Harjavalta (Finland)

2Q17 nickel production at Norilsk Nickel Harjavalta amounted to 11 kt, down 32% q-o-q, with nickel output from the Company's own Russian feed amounting to 10 kt, down 25% q-o-q. The decrease was attributed to scheduled annual repair works at the Harjavalta refinery.

In 1H17, nickel output amounted to 27 kt, up 21% y-o-y. The increase was attributed to higher processing volumes of Russian feed as a result of the downstream assets reconfiguration.

2Q17 output of copper at Norilsk Nickel Harjavalta amounted to 2 kt (down 41% q-o-q). Copper output from the Company's own Russian feed reached 2 kt (down 23% q-o-q). The decrease was attributed to scheduled annual repair works at the Harjavalta refinery.

In 1H17, copper output almost doubled y-o-y to 5 kt. The increase was attributed to higher processing volumes of Russian feed as a result of the downstream assets reconfiguration.

2Q17 output of saleable palladium and platinum (in copper cake) amounted to 8 koz (-58% q-o-q) and 2 koz (-60% q-o-q), respectively. The decrease was attributed to scheduled annual repair works at the Harjavalta refinery.

In 1H17, output of palladium and platinum reached 27 koz (up 29% y-o-y) and 7 koz (down 8% y-o-y), respectively. The decline of platinum was attributed to the substitution of purchased feed from third parties by Russian feed with lower platinum content.

2017 Production guidance from Russian feedstock:

Metals

Volumes

Ni, kt

206-211

Cu, kt

377-387

Pd, koz

2,636-2,732

Pt, koz

581-645

 

NORILSK NICKEL GROUP SALEABLE METALS PRODUCTION

2Q
2017

1Q
2017

Q-o-Q,
%

1H
2017

1H
2016

Y-o-Y,
%

TOTAL METAL PRODUCTION 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nickel, t

49,418

53,487

-8%

102,905

121,574

-15%

thereof from own Russian feed

48,343

49,504

-2%

97,847

98,772

-1%

Copper, t

100,804

94,238

7%

195,042

177,475

10%

thereof from own Russian feed

100,228

91,825

9%

192,053

171,573

12%

Palladium, koz

781

553

41%

1,334

1,331

0%

thereof from own Russian feed

759

521

46%

1,280

1,303

-2%

Platinum, koz

190

130

46%

320

334

-4%

thereof from own Russian feed

183

118

55%

301

323

-7%

Polar division and Kola MMC (Russia)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nickel, t

38,430

37,423

3%

75,853

99,220

-24%

Polar division

0

0

-

0

44,350

-100%

Kola MMC

38,430

37,423

3%

75,853

54,870

38%

  thereof from own Russian feed

38,403

36,165

6%

74,568

53,159

40%

thereof from 3d parties feed

27

1,258

-98%

1,285

1,711

-25%

Copper, t

98,823

90,882

9%

189,705

174,024

9%

Polar division

79,344

71,160

12%

150,504

146,686

3%

Kola MMC

19,479

19,722

-1%

39,201

27,338

43%

  thereof from own Russian feed

18,950

18,161

4%

37,111

24,887

49%

thereof from 3d parties feed

529

1,561

-66%

2,090

2,451

-15%

Palladium, koz

773

534

45%

1,307

1,310

0%

Polar division

263

169

55%

432

900

-52%

Kola MMC

510

365

40%

875

411

113%

  thereof from own Russian feed

492

343

43%

835

404

107%

thereof from 3d parties feed

18

21

-15%

39

7

460%

Platinum, koz

188

125

50%

313

326

-4%

Polar division

69

44

55%

113

244

-54%

Kola MMC

119

81

47%

200

82

144%

  thereof from own Russian feed

113

73

56%

186

79

135%

thereof from 3d parties feed

6

8

-26%

14

3

370%

Norilsk Nickel Harjavalta (Finland) 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nickel, t

10,988

16,064

-32%

27,052

22,354

21%

  thereof from own Russian feed

9,940

13,339

-25%

23,279

1,263

1743%

Copper, t

1,981

3,356

-41%

5,337

3,451

55%

  thereof from own Russian feed

1,934

2,504

-23%

4,438

0

-

Palladium, koz

8

19

-58%

27

21

29%

  thereof from own Russian feed

4

8

-50%

12

0

-

Platinum, koz

2

5

-60%

7

8

-8%

  thereof from own Russian feed

1

1

0%

2

0

-

Nkomati (South Africa) 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nickel, t

2,255

2,384

-5%

4,639

5,070

-9%

Copper, t

1,153

1,109

4%

2,262

2,345

-4%

Palladium, koz

12

12

0%

24

23

4%

Platinum, koz

5

5

0%

10

9

11%

 

Notes:

¹ Totals may vary from the sum of numbers as a result of rounding.

² Production results include processing of nickel concentrate from Russian feed and purchased materials.

3 Metal in concentrate for sale assuming 50% ownership. The numbers are not consolidated in the Group totals.

 


This announcement contains inside information in accordance with Article 7 of EU Regulation 596/2014 of 16 April 2014.

Full name and position of person making the announcement - Vladimir Zhukov,

Vice - president, Investor Relations

 

ABOUT THE COMPANY

PJSC MMC NORILSK NICKEL is a diversified mining and metallurgical company, the world's largest producer of refined nickel and palladium and a leading producer of platinum, cobalt, copper and rhodium. The company also produces gold, silver, iridium, selenium, ruthenium and tellurium.

The production units of NORILSK NICKEL Group include the Polar Division, located at the Norilsk Industrial District on Taimyr Peninsula, and Kola Mining and Metallurgical Company located on the Kola Peninsula in Russia as well as Harjavalta nickel refinery in Finland.

PJSC MMC NORILSK NICKEL shares are listed on the Moscow and on the Saint-Petersburg Stock Exchanges. PJSC MMC NORILSK NICKEL ADRs trade over the counter in the US and on the London and Berlin Stock Exchanges.

 

Contacts for media relations:   Contacts for investor relations:

Phone: +7 (495) 785 58 00    Phone: +7 (495) 786 83 20

Email: [email protected]     Email: [email protected]

 


[1] Starting from the 4Q16 all nickel matte produced at Nadezhda Metallurgical Plant is shipped for processing to the Kola MMC where its material amounts refined at Severonickel Plant and the rest in form of nickel concentrate is shipped to Norilsk Nickel Harjavalta Finland for refinery.



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