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DGAP-UK-Regulatory News vom 31.07.2018

MMC Norilsk Nickel:NORILSK NICKEL GROUP ANNOUNCES PRELIMINARY CONSOLIDATED PRODUCTION RESULTS FOR 2nd QUARTHER AND 1st HALF 2018

MMC Norilsk Nickel (MNOD)

31-Jul-2018 / 12:00 MSK
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PRESS RELEASE

31 July 2018

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 2nd QUARTHER AND 1st HALF 2018

Moscow - PJSC MMC Norilsk Nickel, the largest palladium and refined nickel producer in the world, announces today preliminary consolidated production results for the first half 2018.

First Vice-President, Chief Operating Officer, Sergey Dyachenko commented on the 1H18 production results:

"In 1H18 we increased the output of all our key metals. In copper we delivered a solid 18% year-on-year growth owing to processing of concentrate purchased from Rostec and the launch of Bystrinsky Project. We have also stopped low-margin processing of the third-party feed and basically all refined metals in 1H18 were produced from own raw materials. In April, the first shipment of copper concentrate from Bystrinsky Project (operating in hot commissioning mode) was delivered to Chinese customers. The total output of this greenfield operation in 1H18 amounted to 5 kt of copper in concentrate. At the same time, we are decreasing our production guidance for Bystrinsky Project for 2018 due to technical issues at concentrating facilities that we plan to fix by the year end. Apart from that, we confirm our production guidance from own Russian feed for FY2018."

NICKEL

In 2Q18, consolidated nickel production amounted to 49 kt decreasing 9% quarter-on-quarter (q-o-q). Nickel output from own Russian feed decreased 8% q-o-q to 49 kt. The reduction was driven by scheduled annual repairs at Harjavalta refinery, emergencies at contractors' facilities as well as the adjustments of technological processes to increase production volumes. As a result, Norilsk Nickel Harjavalta reached its designed production capacity for the first time in a long period of time.

In 1H18, nickel output amounted to 104 kt increasing 1% year-on-year (y-o-y). Nickel output from own Russian feed reached 102 kt, up 5% y-o-y. The increase was attributed to the processing of higher volumes Polar division of nickel matte by Kola MMC and Harjavalta following the downstream reconfiguration.

COPPER

In 2Q18, consolidated copper production increased 4% y-o-y to 117 kt, almost all of which was produced from own Russian feed. The increase was attributed to hot commissioning of Bystrinsky Project and increased processing of nickel matte at Kola MMC.

In 1H18, copper output amounted to 230 kt, up 18% y-o-y (all from Russian feed), owing to hot commissioning operations at Bystrinsky Project, increased processing of concentrate purchased from Rostec and reduced metal losses in recovery of copper into copper concentrate as a result of Talnakh Concentrator modernization.

PLATINUM GROUP METALS

In 2Q18, both palladium and platinum were produced solely from the Company's own Russian feed, with their output amounted to 813 koz (up 40% q-o-q) and 197 koz (up 43% q-o-q), respectively. The increase of PGM output was mostly driven by processing of work-in-progress concentrate accumulated in 1Q18.

In 1H18, palladium and platinum output increased 5% y-o-y to 1,396 koz and 5% y-o-y to 335 koz, respectively. The increase of PGM output was mostly driven by processing of concentrate purchased from Rostec and Talnakh Concentrator upgraded.

RUSSIAN OPERATIONS

In 2Q18, all saleable metals produced by the Company in Russia operations were from its own feed.

In 2Q18, nickel output at Kola MMC increased by a minor 1% q-o-q to 38 kt, which was driven by the processing of additional volumes of nickel matte shipped from Polar division. In 1H18, nickel output at Kola MMC was unchanged y-o-y at 76 kt.

In 2Q18, copper output at the Company's operations in Russia increased 5% q-o-q to 113 kt mainly owing to hot commissioning of Bystrinsky Project and increased processing of Polar Division's nickel matte at Kola MMC. In 1H18, copper output amounted to 220 kt, up 16% y-o-y. The increase of copper output was attributed to hot commissioning operations at Bystrinsky Project, increased processing of concentrate purchased from Rostec and higher recovery rates of copper into copper concentrate as a result of Talnakh Concentrator modernization.

In 2Q18, palladium output in Russia increased 40% q-o-q to 797 koz, while platinum output was up 44% q-o-q to 195 koz. The increase of PGM production volumes in the reported period was mostly driven by processing of work-in-progress concentrate accumulated in 1Q18. In 1H18 palladium and platinum output increased 5% y-o-y to 1,368 koz and 6% y-o-y to 331 koz, respectively. The increase of PGM output was mostly due to the processing of concentrate purchased from Rostec and reaching the project's target parameters at Talnakh Concentrator.

NORILSK NICKEL HARJAVALTA (FINLAND)

In 2Q18, nickel production at Norilsk Nickel Harjavalta decreased 29% q-o-q to 12 kt, with nickel output from the Company's own Russian feed also decreased to 11 kt. The decrease was attributed to scheduled annual repair works at Harjavalta refinery, emergencies in third party contractors as well as the debugging of technological processes to increase production volumes. In 1H18, nickel output amounted to 28 kt, up 3% y-o-y. The increase was attributed to higher processing volumes of Russian feed as a result of the downstream reconfiguration.

In 2Q18, output of copper at Norilsk Nickel Harjavalta amounted to 4 kt, down 2% q-o-q. Copper output from the Company's own Russian feed reached 4 kt, down 3% q-o-q. The decrease was attributed to scheduled annual repair works at the Harjavalta refinery, which was partially offset by the processing of work-in-progress material accumulated in 1Q18. In 1H18, copper output almost doubled y-o-y to 9 kt. The growth was attributed to the increase of processing of Russian feed following the results of downstream reconfiguration.

In 2Q18, output of saleable palladium and platinum (in copper cake) amounted to 16 koz (up 30% q-o-q) and 2 koz (the same level q-o-q), respectively. The increase of palladium output was attributed to output from work-in-progress. In 1H18, output of palladium and platinum reached 28 koz (up 5% y-o-y) and 4 koz (down 43% y-o-y), respectively. The decrease of platinum output owed to the substitution of purchased feed from third parties by own Russian feed with a lower metal content.

NKOMATI (SOUTH AFRICA)

In 1H18, output at Nkomati (50% Norilsk Nickel owned) amounted to 3 kt of nickel (down 29% y-o-y), 1.4 kt of copper (down 36% y-o-y), 15 koz of palladium (down 38% y-o-y) and 6 koz of platinum (down 40% y-o-y). The decrease was attributed to the output a lower metal grades in the mined ore as well as strikes at contractors.

Production guidance from the Company's own Russian feed for 2018:

Metals

Volume

Norilsk Nickel Group (excluding Chita project)

Ni, kt

210-215

Cu, kt

400-420

Pd, koz

2,630-2,725

Pt, koz

600-650

Bystrinsky (Chita) Copper Project (2)

Cu, kt

20-25

Au, koz

90-110

 

NORILSK NICKEL GROUP SALEABLE METALS PRODUCTION 1

2Q
2018

1Q
2018

Q-o-Q,
%

1H

2018

1H 2017

Y-o-Y,
%

Total nickel, t

49,460

54,063

-9%

103,523

102,905

1%

thereof from own Russian feed

49,040

53,322

-8%

102,362

97,466

5%

Total copper, t

117,275

112,290

4%

229,565

194,923

18%

thereof from own Russian feed

117,256

112,207

4%

229,463

191,765

20%

Total palladium, koz

813

583

40%

1,396

1,334

5%

thereof from own Russian feed

813

583

40%

1,396

1,280

9%

Total platinum, koz

197

138

43%

335

320

5%

thereof from own Russian feed

197

138

43%

335

301

11%

Polar division and Kola MMC (Russia)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nickel, t

37,874

37,667

1%

75,541

75,853

0%

Kola MMC

37,874

37,667

1%

75,541

75,853

0%

thereof refined Ni nickel from own Russian feed

37,773

37,083

2%

74,856

73,932

1%

thereof saleable Ni concentrate from own Russian feed

101

99

2%

200

374

-47%

thereof from 3d parties feed

0

485

-100%

485

1,547

-69%

Copper, t

108,465

107,012

1%

215,477

189,703

14%

Polar division

88,217

87,713

1%

175,930

150,504

17%

Kola MMC

20,248

19,299

5%

39,547

39,199

1%

Thereof Cu cathode from own Russian feed

18,596

17,671

5%

36,267

36,446

0%

thereof saleable Cu concentrate from own Russian feed

1,652

1,545

7%

3,197

637

402%

thereof from 3d parties feed

0

83

-100%

83

2,116

-96%

Palladium, koz

797

571

40%

1,368

1,307

5%

Polar division

281

152

85%

432

432

0%

Kola MMC

517

419

23%

936

875

7%

thereof from own Russian feed

517

419

23%

936

835

12%

thereof from 3d parties feed

0

0

-

0

39

-100%

Platinum, koz

195

136

44%

331

313

6%

Polar division

71

40

79%

111

113

-2%

Kola MMC

124

96

29%

220

200

10%

thereof from own Russian feed

124

96

29%

220

186

18%

thereof from 3d parties feed

0

0

-

0

14

-100%

GRK Bystrinskoye (Zabaykaisky Krai) 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Copper, t

4,330

692

526%

5,022

0

-

Gold, koz

20

3

567%

23

0

-

Iron-ore concentrate, kt

40

0

-

40

0

-

Norilsk Nickel Harjavalta (Finland)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nickel, t

11,586

16,396

29%

27,982

27,052

3%

thereof from own Russian feed

11,166

16,140

-31%

27,306

23,160

18%

thereof from 3d parties feed

420

256

64%

676

3,892

-83%

Copper, t

4,480

4,586

-2%

9,066

5,220

74%

thereof from own Russian feed

4,461

4,586

-3%

9,047

4,178

117%

thereof from 3d parties feed

19

0

-

19

1,042

-98%

Palladium, koz

16

12

30%

28

27

5%

thereof from own Russian feed

16

12

30%

28

12

136%

thereof from 3d parties feed

0

0

-

0

15

-100%

Platinum, koz

2

2

0%

4

7

-43%

thereof from own Russian feed

2

2

0%

4

2

100%

thereof from 3d parties feed

0

0

-

0

5

-100%

Nkomati (South Africa) 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nickel, t

1,549

1,736

-11%

3,285

4,639

-29%

Copper, t

777

667

16%

1,444

2,262

-36%

Palladium, koz

9

6

50%

15

24

-38%

Platinum, koz

4

2

100%

6

10

-40%

 

Notes:

¹ Totals may value from the sum of numbers as a result of rounding. The production results of Nkomati is not reflected in totals of Norilsk Nickel Group.

2 Norilsk Nickel Group owns 50.01% of Bystrinsky GOK (Chita Copper Project). Production results shown metal in concentrate for sale on 100% basis and fully consolidated in total operational results. The Project was launched of hot commissioning operations on October 31, 2017.

3 Norilsk Nickel Group owns 50% of Nkomati. Production results shown metal in concentrate for sale on 50% basis and not consolidated in total operational results.

 

 

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 are located at the Norilsk Industrial District, on the Kola Peninsula and Chita region in Russia as well as in Finland and South Africa.

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.

 

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