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Petropavlovsk PLC

16 May 2022

16 May 2022

Petropavlovsk PLC

Update on Gazprombank Debt

Petropavlovsk PLC ("Petropavlovsk" or the "Company" and, together with its subsidiaries, the "Group") today reports that it has received notification from Gazprombank ("GPB") that the revolving credit facilities ("RCFs") between GPB and the Group's Russian subsidiaries have been assigned to a new creditor, Nordic LLC.

As previously announced, Petropavlovsk received notice from Gazprombank last month requiring repayment of, in aggregate, c.US$87.1m (including accrued interest) due under the RCFs. Since GPB's designation under the UK's Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 in March, the Group has not made payments on the RCFs.

The Company is considering the implications of the assignment with its advisers.

The Company also announces that the Group is unable to pay the coupon due on 14 May 2022 of approximately US$12.36 million in respect of the US$500 million 8.125% guaranteed notes 2022 issued by Petropavlovsk 2016 Limited (of which US$304 million remains outstanding) (the "Notes"). Among other reasons, this is as a result of the inability of the Group to extract cash from its Russian subsidiaries in the current environment and the previously announced acceleration of the approximately US$201m (including accrued interest) term loan between Petropavlovsk and UMMC-Invest (formerly with GPB) (the "Term Loan") .

As a result of (in particular):

   --    the acceleration of the Term Loan; 
   --    the existence of payment and cross defaults under the Notes; 
   --    the limited cash resources available to the Company; and 
   --   the Board's assessment that it will be very challenging to refinance the Notes in the present circumstances; 

Petropavlovsk continues to explore its options to determine the Company's course of action in light of recent events and their impact on the Group's financial position in the best interest of all stakeholders, including creditors and shareholders. As announced on 14 April 2022, these options include the sale of the Company's entire interests in its operating subsidiaries as soon as practically possible. That process is continuing, and it remains unclear what return, if any, may be secured for shareholders or the holders of the Group's listed debt securities as a result of that process.

This announcement contains inside information.

About Petropavlovsk

Petropavlovsk PLC (LSE: POG. MOEX: POGR) is a major integrated Russian gold producer with JORC Resources of 19.50Moz Au which include Reserves of 7.16Moz Au. Following its IPO on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) in 2002, Petropavlovsk was promoted to the London Stock Exchange in 2009, where today it is a Premium Listed company. The Company's shares also trade on the Moscow Exchange and are a constituent of the RTS Index and MOEX Index.

The Company's key operating mines (Pioneer, Malomir and Albyn) and its Pokrovskiy Pressure Oxidation (POX) Hub are located in the Amur Region in the Russian Far East. Petropavlovsk has produced a total of c.8.8Moz of gold since operations began in 1994 and has a strong track record of mine development, expansion, and asset optimisation.

Petropavlovsk is one of the region's largest employers and one of the largest contributors to the sustainable development of the local economy.

For more information

Please visit www.petropavlovskplc.com or contact:

 Petropavlovsk PLC           +44 (0) 20 7201 8900 
  John Mann / Max Zaltsman    TeamIR@petropavlovskplc.com 

Cautionary note on forward-looking statements

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