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NORNICKEL REPORTS 1H2021 INTERIM CONSOLIDATED IFRS FINANCIAL RESULTS

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MMC Norilsk Nickel (MNOD)
05-Aug-2021 / 14:30 MSK
Dissemination of a Regulatory Announcement that contains inside information according to REGULATION (EU) No 596/2014 (MAR), transmitted by EQS Group.
The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement.

PRESS RELEASE

 

 

Public Joint Stock Company «Mining and Metallurgical Company «NORILSK NICKEL» (PJSC «MMC «NORILSK NICKEL», «Nornickel», the «Company», the «Group»)
 

NORNICKEL REPORTS 1H2021 INTERIM CONSOLIDATED IFRS FINANCIAL RESULTS

 

Moscow, August 5, 2021 - PJSC MMC Norilsk Nickel the world's largest palladium and high-grade nickel and a major producer of platinum and copper, reports interim consolidated IFRS financial results for six months ended June 30, 2021.

 

1H2021 HIGHLIGHTS

 

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS

 

KEY CORPORATE HIGHLIGHTS

USD million (unless stated otherwise)

1H2021

1H2020

Change,%

Revenue

8,943

6,711

33%

EBITDA¹

5,700

1,838

3x

EBITDA margin

64%

27%

37 p.p.

Profit for the period

4,304

45

96x

Capital expenditures

990

551

80%

Free cash flow²

1,397

2,679

(48%)

Net working capital2,4

1,758

7125

2x

Net debt²

7,734

4,7055

64%

Net debt/12M EBITDA

0.7x

0.6x5

0.1x

Dividends paid per share (USD)³

13.9

17.9

(22%)

1) A non-IFRS measure, for the calculation see the notes below.

2) A non-IFRS measure, for the calculation see an analytical review document ("Data book") available in conjunction with Consolidated IFRS Financial Results on the Company's web site.

3) Paid during the current period

4) Normalized on receivables from the registrar on transfer of dividends

5) Reported as of December 31, 2020

 

MANAGEMENT DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS

The President of Nornickel, Vladimir Potanin, commented on the results,

"First half of 2021 was full of events, which had quite an opposite impact on our financial performance. On one hand, the suspension of two mines in Norilsk division and an accident at Norilsk concentrator resulted in a loss of production and thereof lower revenue and profits. Currently, Oktyabrsky mine is operating at full nameplate capacity, Taimyrsky mine has recovered to 80% capacity, while Norilsk concentrator has gone through a number of repairs and is running at 85% of capacity. Full recovery of both mines and the concentrator is expected in the fourth quarter 2021. On the other hand, our metal basket enjoyed strong support from the positive trends in the global commodity markets. However, the sustainability of such a benign price environment will depend on how quickly the short-term recovery of the global economy after an unprecedented recession of last year will fade away, how much longer the world's largest central banks could continue their extremely soft monetary and fiscal policies and how much further investors' optimism regarding the pace of decarbonization of the global economy can grow. 

At the same time, we are experiencing a material increase in tax burden following the recent changes in tax regime in Russia. On top of the three and a half times increase in mineral extraction tax that has already affected our 1H2021 financial results, the Russian government has just announced a temporary re-introduction of export duties on nickel and copper in 2H2021 and according to public comments by government officials, it appears that adjustment of taxation system might not be done yet.

The execution of our sustainability agenda has step changed. We have developed and approved new holistic environmental and climate change strategy, focusing on the mitigation of adverse impact on air, water, soil, biodiversity as well as on waste and tailings management. The strategy includes specific targets for each of these areas, which have already been incorporated into short- and long-term management KPIs. As part of the 'clean air' programme we continued the execution of the Sulfur project at Nadezhda metallurgical plant in Norilsk. Our capital expenditures in the reported period almost doubled to USD 1 billion including investment in environmental programmes and modernization of fixed assets. At the same time, our broad-scale modernization of energy infrastructure aimed at improvement of industrial safety and energy efficiency resulted in lower carbon emissions in 2019-2020 allowing us to produce the first batch of certified carbon-neutral nickel. 

Our financial performance in 1H2021 was quite strong. Revenue increased 33% year-on-year to USD 8.9 billion on the back of higher metal prices and sales of palladium and rhodium driven by the ramp up of a new line for production of precious metals from chlorine leaching residues at Kola MMC. EBITDA grew three-fold to USD 5.7 billion owing mostly to a low base effect of 1H2020, when expenses of around USD 2 billion related to the reimbursement of environmental damages caused by the diesel spill were recognized. Working capital increased to USD 1.8 billion driven by a number of seasonal and one-off factors that we expect to be reversed in the second half of the year. In spite of higher EBITDA, free cash flow decreased almost 50% to USD 1 billion mainly due to the payment of environmental damages to Russian Federal Service for Supervision of Natural Resource following an arbitration court ruling.

Net debt increased to USD 7.7 billion, while net debt/EBITDA ratio was almost flat at 0.7x staying at a conservative level, well below our average leverage through the cycle. Financial stability of the Company is confirmed by investment grade credit ratings assigned by all three major international agencies". 

HEALTH AND SAFETY

In 1H2021, despite ongoing improvement in our management of health and safety of employees, the lost time injury frequency rate (LTIFR) increased 60% y-o-y in 1H2021 from 0.2 to 0.32, but remaining remained below the global mining industry average. The increase in LTIFR rate was mainly driven by a stricter methodology applied to reporting injuries. We have increased improved the transparency in reporting and quality of injuries data collection. The improvement in transparency aims at not only fatalities and serious injuries, but also injuries of medium and light severity as well as micro ones. In addition to providing incentives for a better reporting, the disciplinary measures have been also tightened for concealing injuries of all categories to encourage management to disclose full information about incidents. Regretfully, we tragically suffered five fatal accidents during the reported period (same as in 1H2020), partly due to the group accident at Norilsk Concentrator, where we suffered 3 casualties lives were lost in February 2021. Each accident has been duly reported and thoroughly investigated to by the Board of Directors, while management and has designed pre-emptive initiatives been thoroughly investigated in order  to address causes leading to such prevent fatalities in the future. The management reiterates its major strategic focus of transforming Norilsk Nickel into a zero-fatality mining company adhering to the world's best safety standards. A wide range of programmes and various initiatives to prevent occupational injuries and fatalities are being rolled out and implemented.

A comprehensive review of industrial safety requirements and standards is scheduled for 2022, in order to identify priority areas, where for reducing those safety violations that potentially leading to fatal and serious injuries occur.

METAL MARKETS

Nickel in 1H2021:  owing to overly optimistic market sentiment the price rallied 40% y-o-y to USD 17,466 per tonne; global demand increased by 25% y-o-y driven by post-COVID recovery across all nickel-consuming industries with the battery sector being especially strong (+81%) driven by the surge in BEV sales in China and Europe; global supply increased 7% as result of ongoing ramp-up of Indonesian NPI capacity (+65%) while Class-1 nickel ouput was down 10%; combined exchange stocks of LME and SHFE were down 10% YTD to 238 kt as a reflection of the market running a temporary deficit.

Optimism toward the global economic recovery, rising forecasts of electric vehicles production and US dollar weakness boosted by massive stimulus packages across major economies propelled the nickel price to almost USD 20,000 per tonne in the end of February, the highest level since 2014 . However, the Tsingshan's announced intention to convert its Indonesia-produced nickel matte into nickel sulphate brought an end to the 11 months-long bull run sending the price down to USD 16,000 per tonne. After a short consolidation phase in April, nickel resumed its upward trend along other base metals on higher inflation expectations getting above USD 18,500 per tonne by the end of June.

In 1H2021, average LME nickel price increased 40% y-o-y to USD 17,466 per tonne.

The post-COVID rebound in global nickel demand, having started already in 4Q2020, accelerated in 1H2021 to a 25% y-o-y increase. The recovery in stainless industry has been led by China and Indonesia, which increased their 300-series output by 25% and 114% y-o-y, respectively. This was fueled not only by the recovery of Chinese domestic consumption, but also by support measures for consumer spending rolled out in US and EU resulting in growing Chinese export of stainless-contained finished goods. In other major stainless-producing regions the output has also returned to pre-pandemic level: EMEA and Americas were up 15% y-o-y, India and Japan +11% y-o-y, and South Korea +6% y-o-y.     

Battery sector demand was exceptionally strong driven by a dramatic 177% surge in BEV sales in January-May on the back of government incentives and overall strengthening of consumer sentiment. China was the epicenter of growth with sales surging +283% y-o-y followed by the USA (+150% y-o-y) and Europe (+123% y-o-y).

Nickel demand in other non-stainless applications (including specialty steels, standard alloys, superalloys and plating) increased by 7% y-o-y alongside the recovery of end-use demand in aerospace, automotive and oil and gas industries.

In 1H2021, global nickel production increased by 7% y-o-y to 1.3 mln tonnes. The Indonesian NPI capacities albeit were ramping-up somewhat slower than expected, still added over 160 kt of new supply (Indonesian capacity increased 65%), which more than offset the decline in Chinese NPI output (down 17% or 45 kt) and lower nickel metal production caused by the suspensions of Nornickel's two underground mines and a concentrator in Norilsk, a strike at Vale Sudbury and reduced operating rate at Glencore's Murrin Murrin.

We estimate that the nickel market flipped to a temporary deficit of 87 kt in 1H2021, with the deficit being registered mainly in Class 1 nickel products, as exemplified by drawdown of nickel exchange inventories, increasing market premiums and geographic arbitrage. In 1H2021, Combined nickel inventories at LME and SHFE decreased by 10% to 238 kt from 265 kt as of year-end as a reflection of the market running a deficit.

Nickel outlook: neutral in the short-term, but more positive longer-term; we expect the market deficit to sustain in 2021, but turn into a surplus in 2022 on the back of further ramp-up of Indonesian NPI and HPAL capacities; the battery sector, currently growing at a double-digit rate driven by government incentives, legislative support and production cost optimisation, will remain the major consumption driver in the next 5-10 years as the world is steadily moving towards the carbon-neutral economy.

We expect the primary nickel demand to increase 15% y-o-y in 2021 and 11% y-o-y in 2022 primarily driven by stainless steel production in China and Indonesia, continuing demand growth in the battery sector and a moderate recovery of other non-stainless industries.

Primary nickel supply is anticipated to increase 11% y-o-y in 2021 and accelerate to 16% y-o-y growth in 2022. The ongoing ramp-up of NPI and HPAL projects in Indonesia and recovery of Class 1 nickel production are going to offset positively the reduction of NPI output in China, which we expect to be driven by the shortage of ore supplies and depletion of domestic ore stocks.

In the longer term, the global EV market is expected to maintain double-digit growth rates driven by government incentives, rolled out almost everywhere. The global capacity of battery manufacturing is estimated to increase to more than 3 TWh by 2030 (from 750 GWh in 2020), which should be a very strong driver of nickel demand. Even though the competition from LFP (iron-phosphate, no nickel contained) battery cathodes may pose a potential threat to nickel demand in the battery sector short-term, in the longer run (2025-26) we expect its market share to reduce to approximately 10% (from 20% currently) as nickel-intensive 8:1:1 NCM technology will be widely adopted. In our base case scenario, the nickel consumption in batteries is forecasted to grow above 1 mln tonnes by 2030, driven by tightening environmental standards, subsidies-driven autos' electrification and cost optimization of battery cell production. In addition, according to the Nickel Institute estimates, the annual demand for nickel in low carbon power generation is expected to increase to almost 1 mln tonnes by 2050 (from 35 kt currently) , mostly driven by the expansion of wind power and concentrated solar power and, to a lesser extent, by marine and geothermal energy.

Copper in 1H2021: moderate deficit emerged as supply was unable to catch up with the post-pandemic economic recovery; recently announced multi-billion infrastructure projects focused on carbon neutrality instigated additional investment demand taking the copper price to a record high of USD 10,725 per tonne in May.

Having started the year at USD 7,900 per tonne, copper price steadily increased during 1H2021 on the back of global economic recovery, supported by improving sentiment on a successful global rollout of vaccination, new governments' stimulus packages and higher speculative interest. Weak US dollar, lower than expected copper production, the decline in LME stocks, higher speculative interest and the announcement of Biden's administration infrastructure plan drove the copper price to an all-time record high of USD 10,725 per tonne at the beginning of May. However, prices retreated below USD 10,000 per tonne over the second half of May owing to a recommendation issued by China's Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission to stop selling investment products linked to commodities futures. The temporary strengthening of US dollar and confirmation that China's State Reserves Bureau would start selling metals (including copper) in the coming months dragged copper price down to USD 9,000 per tonne, but at the end of June it somewhat recovered to USD 9,385 per tonne.

The average LME copper price in 1H2021 increased 65% y-o-y to USD 9,092 per tonne.

After a sharp COVID-related decrease in 2020, copper demand recovered moderately (3% y-o-y) in 1H2021growth. Europe was 6% y-o-y, leading the global recovery of copper consumption.

Global mine production increased 1% y-o-y as lockdowns eased and the industry adapted to stricter sanitary protocols. Most notable growth was seen in Indonesia, Peru, Congo and Panama due to the additional output from new and expanding operations.  

Exchange stocks in 1H2021 increased to 411 kt (+55% YTD) from a multi-year low level at the beginning of January.

Copper outlook: neutral as the price is already well above the cash-cost curve; the market to experience a moderate deficit of 282 kt; global consumption to increase 3% in 2021 in line with the improvement of broader economic conditions with supply staying roughly flat year-on-year.

We anticipate that the copper market will remain generally balanced in the near term, running a deficit of less than 1% of the global consumption (or 282 kt) as the global economy recovers from coronavirus. 

Manufacturing activity seems to have adapted to the new normal and is expected to be uninterrupted by the new waves of the pandemics, provided end-use demand remains solid and no other supply chain-related disruptions emerge. In our view, global copper demand will increase 3% to 24.2 mln tonnes in 2021. Copper substitution with aluminium may also partially reduce copper demand in the most price-elastic applications.

The COVID-19 related production disruptions and strikes in Latin America may still affect global copper output in 2021, which we expect should result in practically no changes in global output, forecasted at approximately 24 mln tonnes.

We expect a moderate market surplus of 319 kt (less than 1% of total consumption) in 2022 as three new projects will deliver additional volumes: Spence in Chile, Mina Justa in Peru and Kamoa-Kakula in Congo.

In the longer run, copper demand will be driven by copper-intensive renewable energy capacities expansion and transport electrification, including power station network development and power grid upgrades, which may shift the market into deficit subject to no adequate supply response.

Palladium in 1H2021: price reached its new historic high of nearly USD 3,000 per troy ounce on the back of recovery in the automotive sector and supply concerns caused by mines and a concentrator suspension at Norilsk Nickel; palladium-to-platinum substitution is still very limited and not impacting the demand.

Early in the year palladium was trading within the range of USD 2,300-2,500 per troy ounce, then started to rally in the middle of March reaching its new record high of USD 2,994 per troy ounce in early May. Such a strong performance was mainly driven by accelerating recovery of global car production and further tightening of the emission regulations around the globe, pushing PGM loadings per vehicle higher. Production losses at Norilsk Nickel amplified the positive momentum as market participants worried about the potential physical tightness of supply. In May-June, the palladium price fluctuated within the range of USD 2,500-2,900 per troy ounce.

The average palladium price in 1H2021 increased 21% y-o-y to USD 2,592 per troy ounce.

In 1H2021, global automotive sales grew by 33% y-o-y to 42 mln  vehicles (though still 7% lower than in 1H2019), with the automotive markets of China and the USA returning to pre-COVID levels. The full recovery in automotive sector was crippled by chip shortage that resulted in a production loss of approximately 2 mln vehicles (circa 200 koz of palladium demand).

The suspension of operations in Norilsk unnerved the market sentiment, but did not have a material impact on the market balance as South Africa recovered from the COVID-related disruptions and started releasing the work-in-progress material accumulated due to technical issues with converters in 2020. 

Palladium outlook: positive; the market is expected to run a 0.9 moz deficit this year; auto industry is showing healthy recovery driving the palladium demand up 15% y-o-y; supply to grow by 8% y-o-y as supply losses in Russia will be offset by higher refined metal output in Africa and by growing number of metal units coming from recycling.

In 2021, we expect industrial palladium consumption to increase 14% y-o-y to 10.9 moz as end-use demand recovers after the period of strict COVID-related restrictions of 2020. The automotive industry will be the main driver of growth, with other areas of palladium consumption growing at a rate varying from 5% (electronics) to 12% (chemical industry).

Global primary refined palladium output is anticipated to increase 5% to 6.5 moz in 2021, backed by the recovery of South African operations to their full capacity and the release of accumulated work-in-progress inventory. A strong rebound in PGMs' autocatalyst recycling volumes is also expected, with more old vehicles scrapped as the new vehicles' sales resume after the pandemic. Palladium recovery from spent catalysts and other secondary supply sources is forecasted to increase 14% to 3.6 moz in 2021.

As the negative effect of chip shortage fades away and supply from Russia  decreases in 2H21 (owing to a long lead time from mine to refined PGMs, with mine suspensions in 1H21 impacting negatively 2H21 refined PGM output), we expect a 0.9 moz deficit for the full year 2021.

In 2022, we expect the global light-vehicle sales to recover to over 92 mln units (up 7% y-o-y) from 86 mln units in 2021. Palladium mine production will recover to the pre-COVID levels, and secondary supply is expected to set another record high with a double-digit growth due to higher number of vehicles hitting scrapyards and higher palladium loadings per recycled vehicle. However, the increase in supply is not going to be sufficient to fully balance the market and we expect palladium market in 2022 to run a 0.7 moz deficit.

Platinum in 1H2021: market remained oversupplied as refined metal production went up at a higher pace than demand; after reaching a 6-year high, the price consolidated between USD 1,000 and 1,100 per troy ounce as investors' interest faded.

Having started to rally at the beginning of the year, platinum price reached a 6-year record high of above USD 1,300 per troy ounce in mid-February. After that, a correction was witnessed, with the price drifting down towards USD 1,000-1,100 per troy ounce. In our opinion, these price movements should be attributed more to speculative actions rather than fundamental reasons. In 1Q2021, NYMEX registered a significant increase in open interest (+12% q-o-q), average trading volumes (+20% q-o-q) and the number of speculative positions (+13% q-o-q), all of which reduced drastically in the second quarter. The investors' interest in platinum was heated up by the widespread attention to ESG matters and expectations of accelerated expansion of renewable energy generation and hydrogen economy, in particular.

In 1H2021, the average LPPM platinum price increased 38% y-o-y to USD 1,170 per troy ounce

The ETF inflow in 1H2021 reduced from 2H2020 to 125 koz from 500 koz as elevated price levels reduced investors' appetite.

In 1H2021, platinum offtake by most industries increased significantly against the backdrop of the general revival of economic activity. In spite of the continuing decline in diesel share on the European market, metal consumption in the automotive sector is expected to grow this year by 20%, primarily because of the introduction of China V regulation that implies a three-time increase in platinum loadings per heavy-duty truck in the country. Positive changes are seen in jewellery, electronics, glass and medical sectors.

In 1H2021, global primary refined platinum production recovered rapidly as South African producers went back to normal operations, and the work-in-progress material accumulated in 2020 was released to the market.

Platinum outlook - neutral; the recovery in automotive, jewellery and other industries will lag behind the supply expansion moving the market to a 1 moz surplus this year, with a part of this surplus absorbed by investment demand.

We forecast that platinum demand (excl. investments) will grow by 9% to 7 moz in 2021, predominantly on the back of general automotive market recovery and higher metal use in trucks in China. Mine supply is expected to grow by 25% to 6.1 moz as South African mining companies release work-in-progress material accumulated in 2020. Secondary supply from recycling is anticipated to increase by 11% y-o-y to 1.9 moz as scrapyards return to full capacity after a period of limited activity during the pandemics.

In 2022, the platinum market surplus should reduce to 0.7 moz, in our opinion, as automotive and jewellery demand recovery continues and the pace of supply growth gets slower.

According to our assessment, palladium substitution with platinum, albeit being actively communicated to the public by some industry participants, has not been widely implemented yet. We consider this as a long-term opportunity. The future of platinum demand strongly depends on the prospects of the hydrogen economy.

 

KEY SEGMENTAL HIGHLIGHTS1

USD million (unless stated otherwise)

1H2021

1H2020

Change,%

Revenue

8,943

6,711

33%

GMK Group

4,632

6,080

(24%)

South cluster

384

311

23%

KGMK Group

5,054

4,015

26%

NN Harjavalta

809

599

35%

GRK Bystrinskoye

699

421

66%

Other mining

31

39

(21%)

Other non-metallurgical

1,000

719

39%

Eliminations

(3,666)

(5,473)

(33%)

EBITDA

5,700

1,838

3x

GMK Group

2,567

2,003

28%

South cluster

217

176

23%

KGMK Group

2,302

424

5x

NN Harjavalta

60

59

2%

GRK Bystrinskoye

566

277

2x

Other mining

(9)

(34)

(74%)

Other non-metallurgical

7

(3)

n.a.

Eliminations

405

(678)

n.a.

Unallocated

(415)

(386)

8%

EBITDA margin

64%

27%

37 p.p.

GMK Group

55%

33%

22 p.p.

South cluster

57%

57%

0 p.p.

KGMK Group

46%

11%

35 p.p.

NN Harjavalta

7%

10%

(3 p.p.)

GRK Bystrinskoye

81%

66%

15 p.p.

Other mining

(29%)

(87%)

58 p.p.

Other non-metallurgical

1%

0%

1 p.p.

1) Segments are defined in the consolidated financial statements

 

In August 2020, in order to improve management efficiency it was decided to form Norilsk, Kola and Trans-Baikal divisions. Norilsk division includes GMK Group, South Cluster and a number of companies from Other non-metallurgical segment. Kola division includes KGMK Group and NN Harjavalta, as well as a number of companies from Other non-metallurgical segment. Trans-Baikal division includes the GRK Bystrinskoye segment, as well as a number of companies from Other mining and other non-metallurgical segments.

In 1H2021, revenue of GMK Group segment decreased 24% to USD 4,632 million primarily due to decrease of revenue from matte to Kola MMC as well as lower copper sales volumes due to the temporary suspension of Oktyabrsky and Taimyrsky mines and an accident at Norilsk Concentrator, that was partly compensated by higher realized metal prices.

Revenue of South cluster segment increased 23% to USD 384 million primarily driven by higher realized prices on semi-products delivered to GMK Group, that was partly compensated by lower sales volumes due to the temporary suspension of Oktyabrsky and Taimyrsky mines and an accident at Norilsk Concentrator.

Revenue of KGMK Group segment increased 26% to USD 5,054 million primarily owing to higher realized metal prices, that was partly compensated by lower sales volumes due to the temporary suspension of Oktyabrsky and Taimyrsky mines and an accident at Norilsk Concentrator.

Revenue of NN Harjavalta increased 35% to USD 809 million driven by higher realized metal prices that was partly compensated by lower sales volumes due to the temporary suspension of Oktyabrsky and Taimyrsky mines and an accident at Norilsk Concentrator.

Revenue of GRK Bystrinskoye segment increased 66% to USD 699 million primarily driven by higher iron price as well as planned increase in production capacity at Bystrinsky GOK.

Revenue of Other mining segment decreased 21% to USD 31 million owing to lower sales volumes of semi-products following the termination of Nkomati's activities in 1H2021, that was partly compensated by higher metal prices.

Revenue of Other non-metallurgical segment increased 39% to USD 1,000 million primarily due to higher revenue from resale of metals purchased from third parties and increase in revenue from other sales.

In 1H2021, EBITDA of GMK Group segment increased 28% to USD 2,567 million primarily owing to decrease in expenses on environmental provisions that was partly compensated by lower revenue.

EBITDA of South cluster segment increased 23% to USD 217 million due to higher revenue.

EBITDA of KGMK Group segment increased 5 times to USD 2,302 million primarily owing to higher realized metal prices and higher margin on matte processing following the revision of purchase price formula.

EBITDA of NN Harjavalta increased 2% to USD 60 million. Higher revenue was negatively offset by the increase in expenses due to the higher prices of purchased semi-products.

EBITDA of GRK Bystrinskoye segment increased 2 times to USD 566 million primarily due to higher revenue.

EBITDA of Other metallurgical segment increased by USD 25 million to negative USD 9 million primarily owing to lower Nkomati's expenses.

EBITDA of Other non-metallurgical segment increased by USD 10 million and amounted to positive USD 7 million owing to increase in revenue from other sales.

EBITDA of Unallocated segment decreased by USD 29 million and amounted to a negative USD 415 million.

 

SALES VOLUME AND REVENUE

1H2021

1H2020

Change,%

Metal sales

Group

 

 

 

Nickel, thousand tons¹

 98

 99

(1%)

 from own Russian feed

 83

 93

(11%)

 from 3d parties feed

 2

 1

2x

 in semi-products2

 13

 5

Зx

Copper, thousand tons¹

 148

 217

(32%)

 from own Russian feed

 110

 182

(40%)

 in semi-products2

 38

 35

9%

Palladium, koz¹

 1,347

 1,274

6%

 from own Russian feed

 1,345

 1,262

7%

 in semi-products2

 2

 12

(83%)

Platinum, koz¹

 313

 324

(3%)

 from own Russian feed

 312

 322

(3%)

 in semi-products2

 1  

 2

(50%)

Rhodium, koz¹

 26

 24

8%

 from own Russian feed

 26

 23

13%

 in semi-products2

 -  

 1

(100%)

Cobalt, thousand tons ¹

 2

 2

0%

 from own Russian feed

 1

 1

0%

 from 3d parties feed

 1

 1

0%

Gold, koz¹

 172

 178

(3%)

 from own Russian feed

 81

 85

(5%)

 in semi-products2

 91

 93

(2%)

Average realized prices of refined metals produced by the Group

Metal

 

 

 

Nickel (USD per tonne)

 17,591

 12,739

38%

Copper (USD per tonne)

 8,928

 5,475

63%

Palladium (USD per oz)

 2,530

 2,102

20%

Platinum (USD per oz)

 1,158

 847

37%

Rhodium (USD per oz)

 24,052

 9,343

3x

Cobalt (USD per tonne)

 33,771

 32,185

5%

Gold (USD per oz)

 1,825

 1,624

12%

Revenue, USD million3

Nickel

 1,696

 1,264

34%

including semi-products

 190

 70

3x

Copper

 1,575

 1,168

35%

including semi-products

 309

 168

84%

Palladium

 3,676

 3,075

20%

including semi-products

 22

 55

(60%)

Platinum

 366

 278

32%

including semi-products

 4

 6

(33%)

Rhodium

644

216

3x

including semi-products

6

2

3x

Gold

305

289

6%

including semi-products

157

151

4%

Other metals

335

155

2x

including semi-products

229

81

3x

Revenue from metal sales

 8,597

 6,445

33%

Revenue from other sales

 346

 266

30%

Total revenue

 8,943

 6,711

33%

1) All information is reported on the 100% basis, excluding sales of refined metals purchased from third parties and semi-products purchased from Nkomati.

2) Metal volumes represent metals contained in semi-products.

3) Includes metals and semi-products purchased from third parties and Nkomati.

 

Nickel

Nickel sales retained its share of 20% of total metal revenue in 1H2021.

In 1H2021, nickel revenue increased 34% to USD 1,696 million. The rise was primarily driven by higher realized nickel price (+USD 482 million), which was partially offset by lower sales volume (-USD 50 million).

The average realized price of refined nickel increased 38% to USD 17,591 per tonne in 1H2021 vs USD 12,739 per tonne in 1H2020.

Sales volume of refined nickel produced from own Russian feed, decreased 11% (or -10 thousand tonnes) to 83 thousand tonnes following the suspension of mining operations at Oktyabrsky and Taimyrsky underground mines caused by the inflow of groundwater as well as the suspension at the Norilsk Concentrator. Sales volume of refined nickel produced from third-party feed increased 2 times to 2 thousand tonnes due to increase in the processing of third party feed at Harjavalta.

In 1H2021, sales of nickel in semi-products increased 3 times to USD 190 million primarily due to an increase in the sales volume of semi-products following the shut down of a smelter at Kola MMC.

Copper

In 1H2021, copper sales remained unchanged at 18% of the Group's total metal sales. Copper revenue increased 35% (or +USD 407 million) to USD 1,575 million driven by the higher realized copper price (+USD 740 million), which was partly offset by lower sales volume (-USD 622 million).

The average realized price of refined copper increased 63% from USD 5,475 per tonne in 1H2020 to USD 8,928 per tonne in 1H2021.

Physical volume of refined copper sales from the Company's own Russian feed decreased 40% (or -72 thousand tonnes) to 110 thousand tonnes following the suspension of mining operations at Oktyabrsky and Taimyrsky underground mines caused by the inflow of groundwater as well as the suspension at the Norilsk Concentrator. Revenue from copper in semi-products in 1H2021 increased 84% to USD 309 million driven by higher copper price.

In 1H2021, revenue from the resale of copper purchased from third parties amounted to USD 289 million.

Palladium

In 1H2021, palladium accounted for 43% of total metal revenue, down by 5 p.p. y-o-y. Palladium revenue increased 20% (or +USD 601 million) to USD 3,676 million due to higher realized price (+USD 530 million) and higher sales volume (+USD 185 million).

The average realized price of refined palladium increased 20% from USD 2,102 per troy ounce in 1H2020 to USD 2,530 per troy ounce in 1H2021.

In 1H2021, physical volume of refined palladium sales from the Company's own Russian feed increased 7% (or 83 thousand troy ounces) to 1,345 thousand troy ounces. Increase in production volume driven by the ramp-up of a new precious metals production line using chlorine leaching at Kola MMC  was partly compensated by the negative impact of the accidents at the Oktyabrsky and Taimyrsky underground mines and the Norilsk Concentrator.

Revenue of palladium in semi-products decreased 60% to USD 22 million in 1H2021 primarily due to lower sales volume of semi-products resulting from the processing of all semi-products produced by NN Harjavalta at the Polar division refinery in 1H2021.

In 1H2021, revenue from the resale of palladium purchased from third parties amounted to USD 253 million (vs USD 367 million in 1H2020).

Platinum

In 1H2021, platinum sales increased 32% (or +USD 88 million) to USD 366 million. The share in the Group's total metal revenue remained unchanged and accounted for 4%. Increase in the realized platinum price (+USD 101 million) was partly compensated by the decline in sales volume (-USD 13 million).

In 1H2021, physical volume of refined platinum sales from the Company's own Russian feed decreased 3% (or -10 thousand troy ounces) to 312 thousand troy ounces. The decline in production volume associated with the negative impact of the accidents at the mines Oktyabrsky and Taimyrsky and the Norilsk Concentrator was almost offset by the ramp-up of a new precious metals production line using chlorine leaching at Kola MMC.

Revenue of platinum in semi-products in 1H2021 decreased 33% to USD 4 million.

Rhodium

In 1H2021, revenue from rhodium increased 3 times (or +USD 428 million) due to the favorable price environment.

Gold

In 1H2021, revenue from gold increased 6% (or +USD 16 million) primarily due to higher market price.

Other metals

In 1H2021, revenue from other metals doubled (or +USD 180 million) to USD 335 million primarily driven by higher revenue from iron ore concentrate on the back of favorable price environment and the ramp up of Bystrinsky project.

 

OTHER SALES  

In 1H2021, other sales increased 30% (or +USD 80 million) to USD 346 million primarily due to an increase of air transportation services following the lift of travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic and higher oil products sales.

 

COST OF SALES

Cost of metal sales

In 1H2021, the cost of metal sales increased 13% (or +USD 277 million) to USD 2,461 million, driven by the following factors:

Cash operating costs

In 1H2021, total cash operating costs increased 18% (or +USD 337 million) to USD 2,224 million mainly owing to higher purchases of refined metals for resale (+USD 275 million) and increase in mineral extraction tax and other levies in real terms (+USD 180 million).

The positive effect of Russian rouble depreciation (-USD 96 million) was partly compensated by inflationary growth of cash operating costs (+USD 59 million).

USD million

1H2021

1H2020

Change,%

Labour

651

696

(6%)

Purchases of refined metals for resale

572

297

93%

Mineral extraction tax and other levies

286

114

3x

Materials and supplies

256

315

(19%)

Third party services

127

104

22%

Purchases of raw materials and semi-products

72

101

(29%)

Fuel

56

59

(5%)

Electricity and heat energy

55

74

(26%)

Transportation expenses

52

35

49%

Sundry costs

97

92

5%

Total cash operating costs

2,224

1,887

18%

Depreciation and amortisation

400

437

(8%)

Increase in metal inventories

(163)

(140)

16%

Total

2,461

2,184

13%

 

Labour

In 1H2021, labour costs decreased 6% (or USD -45 million) to USD 651 million amounting to 29% of the Group's total cash operating costs driven by the following factors:

Purchases of refined metals for resale

In 1H2021, purchases of refined metals for resale increased 93% (or USD 275 million) to USD 572 million owing to the purchases of copper in order to cover production losses caused by the suspension of two mines and the Norilsk Concentrator, which was partly compensated by lower purchases of palladium.

Mineral extraction tax and other levies

In 1H2021, mineral extraction tax and other levies increased 3 times (or USD 172 million) to USD 286 million driven by the following factors:

Materials and supplies

In 1H2021, expenses for materials and supplies decreased 19% (or USD 59 million) to USD 256 million driven by the following factors:

Third-party services

In 1H2021, cost of third party services increased 22% (or USD 23 million) to USD 127 million mainly driven by:

Purchases of raw materials and semi-products

In 1H2021, purchases of raw materials and semi-products decreased 29% (or USD 29 million) to USD 72 million driven by the following factors:

Fuel

In 1H2021, fuel expenses decreased 5% (or USD 3 million) to USD 56 million driven by the following factors:

Electricity and heat energy

In 1H2021, electricity and heat energy expenses decreased by USD 19 million to USD 55 million driven by the following:

Transportation expenses

In 1H2021, transportation expenses increased 49% (or +USD 17 million) to
USD 52 million driven by the following factors:

Sundry costs

In 1H2021, sundry costs increased 5% (or +USD 5 million) to USD 97 million.

Depreciation and amortisation

In 1H2021, depreciation and amortisation expenses decreased 8% (or -USD 37 million) to USD 400 million, mainly driven by positive effect of the Russian rouble depreciation (-USD 29 million).

Increase in metal inventories

Сomparative effect of change in metal inventory amounted to -USD 23 million resulting in a respective decrease of cost of metal sales.

COST OF OTHER SALES

In 1H2021, other sales increased 16% to USD 345 million primarily due to an increase of air transportation services following the lift of restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic and higher oil products sales.

SELLING AND DISTRIBUTION EXPENSES

USD million

1H2021

1H2020

Change,%

Transportation expenses

41

31

32%

Marketing expenses

23

22

5%

Staff costs

7

7

0%

Other

16

12

33%

Total

87

72

21%

 

In 1H2021, selling and distribution expenses increased 21% (or +USD 15 million) to USD 87 million primarily due to increase in transportation expenses (+USD 10 million).

GENERAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES

USD million

1H2021

1H2020

Change,%

Staff costs

266

280

(5%)

Third party services

77

54

43%

Depreciation and amortisation 

40

33

21%

Taxes other than mineral extraction tax and income tax 

35

36

(3%)

Transportation expenses

10

10

0%

Other

19

21

(10%)

Total

447

434

3%

 

In 1H2021, general and administrative expenses increased 3% (or USD 13 million) to USD 447 million. Positive effect of the Russian rouble depreciation amounted to -USD 26 million. Changes of the general and administrative expenses in real terms were primarily driven by the following factors:

OTHER OPERATING (EXPENSES)/income, net

USD million

1H2021

1H2020

Change,%

Social expenses

286

207

38%

Environmental provisions

52

2,134

(98%)

Expenses for production related incidents response

22

-

100%

Change in other provisions

2

(1)

n.a.

Other, net

2

19

(89%)

Total

364

2,359

(85%)

 

In 1H2021, other operating expenses decreased by USD 1,995 million to USD 364 million driven by the following factors:

FINANCE COSTS, NET

USD million

1H2021

1H2020

Change,%

Interest expense, net of amounts capitalised 

120

201

(40%)

Changes in fair value of other current liabilities

69

115

(40%)

Fair value (gain)/loss on the cross-currency interest rate swap contracts

(33)

124

n.a.

Unwinding of discount on provisions and payables

23

32

(28%)

Interest expense on lease liabilities

7

7

0%

Other, net

(11)

2

n.a.

Total

175

481

(64%)

In 1H2021, finance costs, net declined 64% y-o-y to USD 175 million primarily due to a change in the fair value of cross-currency interest rate swaps y-o-y, caused by a comparative effect of appreciation of the Russian ruble against the US dollar in 1Н2021 and its depreciation in 1H2020 and also due to a 40% reduction in interest expense, net of amounts capitalised (or USD 81 million), which was driven by the following factors:

1 According to management accounts of the Company

INCOME TAX EXPENSE

In 1H2021 income tax expenses increased by USD 919 million, mainly due to an increase in profit before tax.

The effective income tax rate in 1H2021 amounted to 18.5%.

The breakdown of the income tax expense:

USD million

1H2021

1H2020

Change,%

Current income tax expense

458

697

(34%)

Deferred tax expense/(benefit)

521

(637)

n.a.

Total income tax expense

979

60

16x

The breakdown of the current income tax expense by tax jurisdictions:

USD million

1H2021

1H2020

Change,%

Russian Federation

431

685

(37%)

Finland

...

11

(55%)

Rest of the world

22

1

22x

Total

458

697

(34%)

 

EBITDA

USD million

1H2021

1H2020

Change,%

Opera...ting profit

5,339

1,375

4x

Depreciation and amortisation

461

473

(3%)

Reversal of impairment of non-financial assets, net

(100)

(10)

10x

EBITDA

5,700

1,838

3x

EBITDA margin

64%

27%

37 p.p.

 

In 1H2021, EBITDА increased 3 times (or +USD 3,862 million) to USD 5,700 million primarily owing to higher revenue as well as decrease in expenses on environmental provisions.

STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS

USD million

1H2021

1H2020

Change,%

Cash generated from operations before changes in working capital and income tax

5,982

4,059

47%

Movements in working capital

(2,764)

(385)

7x

Income tax paid

(873)

(483)

81%

Net cash generated from operating activities

2,345

3,191

(27%)

Capital expenditure

(990)

(551)

80%

Other investing activities

42

39

8%

Net cash used in investing activities

(948)

(512)

2x

Free cash flow

1,397

2,679

(48%)

Interest paid

(139)

(253)

(45%)

Other financing activities

(4,500)

(457)

10x

Net cash used in financing activities

(4,639)

(710)

7x

Effects of foreign exchange differences on balances of cash and cash equivalents

23

87

(74%)

Net (decrease)/increase in cash and cash equivalents

(3,219)

2,056

n.a.

 

In 1H2021, free cash flow decreased 48% to USD 1.4 billion. Decrease of cash generated from operating activities was exacerbated by more cash used in investing activities.

In 1H2021, net cash generated from operating activities decreased 27% to USD 2.3 billion. Settlement of environmental obligations and increase in income tax payments were partly offset by higher metal revenue.

In 1H2021, net cash used in investing activities doubled (or USD 436 million) primarily driven by a 80% capital expenditures increase (or USD 439 million).

Reconciliation of the net working capital changes between the balance sheet and cash flow statement is presented below.

USD million

1H2021

1H2020

Change of the net working capital in the balance sheet

(1,046)

(53)

   Foreign exchange differences

40

(104)

   Change in income tax balance

412

(201)

   Change of long term components of working capital included in CFS

(29)

(35)

   Provisions

(2,068)

(28)

   Other changes

(73)

36

Change of working capital per cash flow

(2,764)

(385)

 

Capital investments breakdown by project is presented below:

USD million

1H2021

1H2020

Change,%

Polar Division, including:

295

220

34%

Skalisty mine

43

31

39%

Taymirsky mine

18

38

(53%)

Komsomolsky mine

16

24

(33%)

Oktyabrsky mine

5

6

(17%)

Talnakh Concentrator

28

17

65%

Other Polar Division project

185

104

78%

Kola MMC

67

50

34%

Sulfur project

222

33

7x

South cluster

94

37

3x

Energy Infrastructure Modernization

94

54

74%

Chita (Bystrinsky) project

29

47

(38%)

Other production projects

184

103

79%

Other non-production assets

5

7

(29%)

Total

990

551

80%

 

In 1H2021, CAPEX increased 80% (or USD 439 million) following higher investments in Sulfur project, South cluster, capacity expansion of Talnakh Concentrator as well as increased capital repairs, investments in industrial safety and modernization of the Company's basic assets.

DEBT AND LIQUIDITY MANAGEMENT

USD million

As of 30 June 2021

As of 31 December 2020

Change,

USD million

Change,%

Non-current loans and borrowings

8,860

9,622

(762)

(8%)

Current loans and borrowings

581

12

569

48x

Lease liabilities

265

262

3

1%

Total debt

9,706

9,896

(190)

(2%)

Cash and cash equivalents

1,972

5,191

(3,219)

(62%)

Net debt

7,734

4,705

3,029

64%

Net debt /12M EBITDA

0.7x

0.6x

0.1x

 

 

As of June 30, 2021, the Company's total debt decreased as compared to December 31, 2020 and amounted to USD 9,706 million primarily due to the early repayment of the RUB 15 billion exchange-traded ruble bonds in February 2021. Current loans and borrowings as of June 30, 2021 increased by USD 569 million as compared to December 31, 2020, primarily due to USD 500 million Eurobonds becoming a short-term liability as of June 30, 2021.

 

The Company's Net debt as of June 30, 2021 increased 64% as compared to December 31, 2020 due to the decrease in cash and cash equivalents by 62% (or USD 3,219 million) during the reporting period. This was primarily driven by a number of significant payments made during the 1H2021:

  • USD 1,968 million repayment of the damage to water resources and soil in March 2021 in accordance with the court decision on the lawsuit filed by Rosprirodnadzor;

  • USD 2,068 million buyback of the Company's shares in June 2021;

  • USD 2,198 million final dividend payment for 2020 in June 2021.

Net debt / 12M EBITDA at the end of 1H2021 increased by 0.1x as compared to December 31, 2020 and amounted to 0.7x.

As of June 30, 2021, the Company was assigned investment grade credit ratings from all three international rating agencies Fitch, Moody's and S&P Global, and Russian rating agency "Expert RA".

 

Attachment A

INTERIM CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENT (UNAUDITED)

FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED 30 JUNE 2021

US Dollars million

 

 

 

For the six

months ended

30 June 2021

 

For the six

months ended

30 June 2020

Revenue

 

 

 

 

Metal sales

 

8,597

 

6,445

Other sales

 

346

 

266

Total revenue

 

8,943

 

6,711

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of metal sales

 

(2,461)

 

(2,184)

Cost of other sales

 

(345)

 

(297)

Gross profit

 

6,137

 

4,230

 

 

 

 

 

General and administrative expenses

 

(447)

 

(434)

Selling and distribution expenses

 

(87)

 

(72)

Reversal of impairment of non-financial assets, net

 

100

 

10

Other operating expenses, net

 

(364)

 

(2,359)

Operating profit

 

5,339

 

1,375

 

 

 

 

 

Foreign exchange gain/(loss), net

 

110

 

(822)

Finance costs, net

 

(175)

 

(481)

Disposal of foreign joint operations

 

(20)

 

-

Income from investments

 

29

 

33

Profit before tax

 

5,283

 

105

 

 

 

 

 

Income tax expense

 

(979)

 

(60)

Profit for the period

 

4,304

 

45

 

 

 

 

 

Attributable to:

 

 

 

 

Shareholders of the parent company

 

4,067

 

(31)

Non-controlling interests

 

237

 

76

 

 

4,304

 

45

 

 

 

 

 

EARNINGS/(LOSS) PER SHARE

 

 

 

 

Basic and diluted earnings/(loss) per share attributable to

 

 

 

 

shareholders of the parent company (US Dollars per share)

 

25.7

 

(0.2)

Attachment B

INTERIM CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION (UNAUDITED)

AT 30 JUNE 2021

US Dollars million

 

 

 

At 30 June 2021

 

At 31 December 2020

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

Non-current assets

 

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment

 

11,792

 

10,762

Intangible assets

 

236

 

222

Other financial assets

 

94

 

81

Deferred tax assets

 

239

 

755

Other non-current assets

 

340

 

327

 

 

12,701

 

12,147

Current assets

 

 

 

 

Inventories

 

2,634

 

2,192

Trade and other receivables

 

450

 

537

Advances paid and prepaid expenses

 

108

 

79

Other financial assets

 

176

 

58

Income tax receivable

 

122

 

7

Other taxes receivable

 

337

 

444

Cash and cash equivalents

 

1,972

 

5,191

Other current assets

 

6

 

51

 

 

5,805

 

8,559

TOTAL ASSETS

 

18,506

 

20,706

 

 

 

 

 

EQUITY AND LIABILITIES

 

 

 

 

Capital and reserves

 

 

 

 

Share capital

 

6

 

6

Share premium

 

1,254

 

1,254

Treasury shares

 

(2,075)

 

-

Translation reserve

 

(5,341)

 

(5,521)

Retained earnings

 

10,164

 

8,290

Equity attributable to shareholders of the parent company

 

4,008

 

4,029

Non-controlling interests

 

903

 

646

 

 

4,911

 

4,675

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

 

Loans and borrowings

 

8,860

 

9,622

Lease liabilities

 

209

 

203

Provisions

 

674

 

560

Social liabilities

 

186

 

84

Trade and other long-term payables

 

41

 

32

Derivative financial instruments

 

56

 

52

Deferred tax liabilities

 

45

 

43

Other long-term liabilities

 

33

 

23

 

 

10,104

 

10,619

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

Loans and borrowings

 

581

 

12

Lease liabilities

 

56

 

59

Trade and other payables

 

1,196

 

1,427

Dividends payable

 

11

 

47

Employee benefit obligations

 

389

 

401

Provisions

 

224

 

2,162

Social liabilities

 

127

 

96

Derivative financial instruments

 

77

 

93

Income tax payable

 

58

 

358

Other taxes payable

 

249

 

329

Other current liabilities

 

523

 

428

 

 

3,491

 

5,412

TOTAL LIABILITIES

 

13,595

 

16,031

TOTAL EQUITY AND LIABILITIES

 

18,506

 

20,706

Attachment C

INTERIM CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS (UNAUDITED)

FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED 30 JUNE 2021

US Dollars million

 

For the six

months ended

30 June 2021

 

For the six

months ended

30 June 2020

OPERATING ACTIVITIES

 

 

 

Profit before tax

5,283

 

105

Adjustments for:

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortisation

461

 

473

Reversal of impairment of non-financial assets, net

(100)

 

(10)

Loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment

12

 

3

Disposal of foreign joint operations

20

 

-

Change in provisions and allowances

239

 

2,206

Finance costs and income from investments, net

146

 

448

Foreign exchange (gain)/loss, net

(110)

 

822

Other

31

 

12

 

5,982

 

4,059

Movements in working capital:

 

 

 

Inventories

(345)

 

(101)

Trade and other receivables

(59)

 

(65)

Advances paid and prepaid expenses

(25)

 

(41)

Other taxes receivable

115

 

195

Employee benefit obligations

(18)

 

21

Trade and other payables

(288)

 

(244)

Provisions

(2,068)

 

(28)

Other taxes payable

(76)

 

(122)

Cash generated from operations

3,218

 

3,674

Income tax paid

(873)

 

(483)

Net cash generated from operating activities

2,345

 

3,191

 

 

 

 

INVESTING ACTIVITIES

 

 

 

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

(962)

 

(519)

Purchase of other financial assets

(10)

 

(5)

Purchase of intangible assets

(28)

 

(32)

Loans issued

(3)

 

(1)

Proceeds from repayment of loans issued

10

 

1

Net change in deposits placed

-

 

(2)

Proceeds from disposal of property, plant and equipment

-

 

2

Proceeds from sale of other financial assets

-

 

1

Net cash inflow from disposal of foreign joint operations

1

 

-

Interest and other investment income received

44

 

43

Net cash used in investing activities

(948)

 

(512)

 

 

Attachment C

INTERIM CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS (UNAUDITED)

FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED 30 JUNE 2021 (CONTINUED)

US Dollars million

 

For the six

months ended

30 June 2021

 

For the six

months ended

30 June 2020

FINANCING ACTIVITIES

 

 

 

Proceeds from loans and borrowings

1

 

2,400

Repayments of loans and borrowings

(208)

 

(4)

Payments of lease liabilities

(27)

 

(22)

Dividends paid

(2,198)

 

(2,831)

Interest paid

(139)

 

(253)

Acquisition of own shares from shareholders

(2,068)

 

-

Net cash used in financing activities

(4,639)

 

(710)

 

 

 

 

Net change in cash and cash equivalents

(3,242)

 

1,969

Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period

5,191

 

2,784

Effects of foreign exchange differences

 

 

 

on balances of cash and cash equivalents

23

 

87

Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period

1,972

 

4,840

Attachment D

NET WORKING CAPITAL

USD million

At 30 June 2021

At 31 December 2020

Change

incl. effects of foreign exchange differences

Finished goods

623

547

76

13

 

 

 

 

 

Work-in-process

1,246

1,075

171

24

 

 

 

 

 

Other inventories

765

570

195

17

 

 

 

 

 

Trade and other receivables1

449

505

(56)

2

 

 

 

 

 

Advances paid and prepaid expenses

108

79

29

3

 

 

 

 

 

Taxes receivable

459

451

8

9

 

 

 

 

 

Employee benefit obligations

(389)

(401)

12

(8)

 

 

 

 

 

Trade and other payables*

(1,196)

(1,427)

231

(13)

 

 

 

 

 

Taxes payable

(307)

(687)

380

(7)

 

 

 

 

 

Total working capital

1,758

712

1,046

40

1 Normalized on receivables from the registrar on transfer of dividends to shareholders

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 Bystrinsky region in Russia as well as 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.

 

Media Relations:     Investor Relations:

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

Email: pr@nornik.ru    Email: ir@nornik.ru

 

ISIN:

US55315J1025

Category Code:

MSCH

TIDM:

MNOD

LEI Code:

253400JPTEEW143W3E47

Sequence No.:

119302

EQS News ID:

1224368

 

End of Announcement

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