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FERREXPO INCREASES CAPITAL INVESTMENTS BY 75% IN 2021 IN UKRAINE

British Ferrexpo plc, which controls in Ukraine, in particular, Poltava and Yeristovo mining and processing plants, increased capital investments by 75.2% in 2021 compared to 2020, to $361 million from $206 million.
According to an annual report released by the company on Tuesday, in 2021, the capital investment per tonne of produced products was $160/tonne, while in 2020 this figure was $109/tonne.
At the same time, it is specified that last year, following the projects to increase the capacity of the processing plant (in 2020), the company began to modernize and increase the capacity of its granulator (pelletizer).
Of the $361 million, maintenance and capital expenditures for modernization totaled $113 million in 2021 (2020 – $103 million), including investments in all of Ferrexpo’s core business units. At the same time, investments were directed to the group’s concentrator and granulator, including an increase in capacity – the costs amounted to $111 million (in 2020 – $34.3 million). In addition, Poltava Mining has invested $34 million in a press filtration plant, which is scheduled for completion in 2022.
Additional capex areas are stripping for $69 million in 2021 (2020 – $14 million) and $6 million invested in infrastructure, development and exploration of the Belanovo field (Belanovo Mining), Haleschynske and Pivnichne fields (2020 – $6 million).
In addition, 2022 marks the 15th anniversary of the listing on the London Stock Exchange. During this time, the company has invested more than $3 billion in production, becoming the world’s third largest exporter of iron ore pellets, and is also starting to supply products with a higher iron content (67% Fe) to global markets.
The Group continues to invest and develop its assets, the report states.
After the completion of the initial upgrade of the pelletizing lines, it is planned to enter the next phase of growth, which will increase production of pellets by 3 million tonnes over the next three years. In October 2021, a decision was approved to focus on ore processing and high iron product operations while maximizing production and customer satisfaction.
At the same time, the company intends in the future to increase the total volume of ore production from 125 million tonnes in 2020 to about 265 million tonnes, spending $180 million on this. It is planned to invest $240 million to increase the capacity of crushing equipment and beneficiation to more than 45 million tonnes – contracts have already been signed with Metso and Weir Minerals.
In addition, to increase the capacity of one granulator line (out of four) by 3 million tonnes, investments will amount to $181 million.
It is planned to spend $28 million to solve logistics issues for transporting additional 3 million tonnes of pellets, which will require increasing the capacity of its port and purchasing additional wagons.
At the same time, the report states that investments to increase production by about 25% of existing capacities have been temporarily suspended by the group due to the war in Ukraine, but projects will be resumed after the situation in the country is clarified.

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FERREXPO INCREASES NET PROFIT TO $871 MLN IN 2021

Mining company Ferrexpo with assets in Ukraine in 2021 increased its net profit by 37.1%, to $870.99 million, with revenue growth of 48.1%, to $2 billion 518.23 million, according to the company’s report on the London Stock Exchange in Friday.
According to it, EBITDA profit increased by 67.5% to $1 billion 438.76 million.
The report also notes that the company’s gross debt fell from $266 million to $50 million last year, while its net cash position increased from $4 million to $117 million.
Ferrexpo says its manufacturing assets were not affected by the hostilities after Feb. 24, but shipping has been halted since Feb. 25, with only shipments to Europe currently taking place.
Commenting on the impact of the war on operations and financials, Ferrexpo says it has adjusted its long-term model to reflect lower sales volume caused by a lack of offshore sales to its customers. The expected lower sales volume will have a negative impact on cash flow generation, which in turn will negatively affect the carrying value of the group’s non-current assets in future periods. However, Ferrexpo has so far refrained from making any assessments.
At the same time, Ferrexpo said it had prepared stress tests with more severe adverse changes such as a 3, 6 and 18 month production halt. Under these stress testing scenarios, the impairment loss could increase to between $320 million and $400 million, again depending on circumstances and macroeconomic data that would only be known to the Group at the time of preparation of the interim condensed consolidated financial statements for the six months ended 30 June 2022.

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FERREXPO INCREASES FINANCING FOR HUMANITARIAN FUND BY 1.5 TIMES

The board of directors of British-based Ferrexpo Plc, which controls in Ukraine, in particular, the Poltava and Yeristovo mining and processing plants (GOK), has approved an increase in the level of financing for the company’s humanitarian fund by $5 million, to $12.5 million.
“The decision to approve additional funding has been made to ensure that the group’s management team is able to continue to respond in an effective and timely manner as the humanitarian crisis unfolds in Ukraine, with assistance being provided to communities across the country,” the group said on its website.
“More recent projects that the group has assisted through the fund, as well as additional funding via the group’s operating subsidiaries, have included the following: the purchase of power generators, fuel, water tanks, and food supplies; purchasing of ambulances for hospitals, as well as equipment for the treatment of wounds; renovation work and provision of facilities in local communities that are being used for accommodation; assisting in the delivery of humanitarian goods from Europe to Ukraine, and the relocation of animals from zoological parks in eastern Ukraine; and the purchase of electronic equipment to assist in documenting the damage being inflicted on communities across Ukraine,” the report says.
“Our efforts through our humanitarian fund are focused on providing direct and relevant financial support to a number of initiatives as we become aware of them, utilizing our experience of operating in Ukraine, and our wide and diverse business network to source goods and services for those in need. The nature and scope of the projects requiring assistance varies from day to day, and we are proud to be able to support communities across Ukraine at this difficult time,” Jim North, the CEO of Ferrexpo, said.

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FERREXPO ACTIVATES THE PROVISION OF HUMANITARIAN AID IN UKRAINE

The British Ferrexpo plc, which controls in Ukraine, in particular, the Poltava and Yeristovo mining and processing plants (PGOK and EGOK), together with international partners, will intensify the provision of humanitarian assistance in Ukraine within the framework of the Group’s Humanitarian Fund.
According to a press release from the company on Tuesday, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is creating a serious humanitarian crisis within the country. The Group continues to provide assistance through the Fund, which includes the implementation of individual projects ranging from $10,000 to more than $1 million.
At the same time, it is specified that support is provided both to communities located directly next to the territory of the industrial activity of the group, and in other regions of Ukraine. So far, Ferrexpo has provided housing and assistance to more than 1,400 refugees displaced by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Among the main projects implemented are the following: provision of temporary housing for internally displaced persons, namely, the provision of rollaway beds, blankets, installation of lighting and the purchase of batteries to charge phones, as well as computer equipment for local authorities coordinating refugee assistance. Also providing fire brigades with radios, satellite phones and protective equipment for search and rescue in communities directly affected by the invasion, the purchase of batteries for cars and batteries for remote charging of mobile phones for public organizations responsible for helping residents of communities.
In addition, medical supplies are supplied to local hospitals from international suppliers.
Ferrexpo notes that the company’s international business partners, including suppliers, customers and contractors, quickly responded and responded to the call to help Ukraine. A number of the group’s partners have already provided direct humanitarian assistance to Ukraine, in particular, food, medicine, baby food and other household goods. The companies also provide financial support to communities living near the territory of the industrial activity of the group.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Jim North in his comment noted that the situation in Ukraine is very difficult and continues to deteriorate and Russia continues to invade Ukraine, which leads to a massive resettlement of people to the west of Ukraine, further from the conflict zones. The support of international organizations is indispensable, and every effort is made to provide direct assistance or to coordinate it where possible.
“We are proud and grateful for the response from our business partners who provided funding to meet the humanitarian needs of Ukraine, in particular, goods and services to the population of Ukraine, provided direct support to projects in the region where we operate. We thank our partners for they responded to Ukraine’s request for help, which is vital today for those affected by the Russian invasion,” North was quoted in a press release.
At the same time, he added that the safety of workers in Ukraine remains Ferrexpo’s number one priority: “I would like to thank our colleagues for their support during these times, as well as for helping to ensure the humanitarian needs of the country.”
Ferrexpo is an iron ore company with assets in Ukraine. Ferrexpo owns 100% of the shares of Poltava GOK, 100% of Eristovsky GOK and 99.9% of Belanovsky GOK.

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FERREXPO INCREASES FUND TO SUPPORT UKRAINIANS TO $7.5 MLN

Ferrexpo Plc (the U.K.), which controls Poltava Mining and Yeristovo Mining in Ukraine, has increased the level of approved funding for its Humanitarian Fund to $7.5 million to provide further support to local communities close to the group’s operations, as well as broader support for communities throughout Ukraine.
According to a press release of the group on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) on Monday, following the announcement of the establishment of the fund on 7 March 2022, the Group has been made aware of further projects and initiatives to support the humanitarian relief effort within Ukraine and the group’s Board of Directors has moved to quickly increase the fund’s approved budget accordingly.
Examples of projects that sit within the fund’s activities include the group’s efforts to coordinate the supply and distribution of food packages, the sourcing of basic medical supplies for local hospitals and medical facilities and the provision of meals for local residents of communities surrounding to the group’s operations.
“The situation in Ukraine is rapidly evolving and the fund is intended help enable the group to react quickly to meet the increased needs of Ukraine and our workforce and their families at this difficult time,” the group said.

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FERREXPO GROUP SUBSIDIARIES HAVE SUCCESSFULLY PASSED THE SMETA INTERNATIONAL AUDIT

Ferrexpo Poltava Mining (FPM) and Ferrexpo Yeristovo Mining (FYM), which are the Ferrexpo Group’s subsidiaries, in January 2022, successfully passed a social responsibility audit as per the SMETA methodology, which was carried out by the Intertek international company.
The audit explored the extent of the employees’ social protection and ran across production subdivisions, support services and Administration. Collective and individual interviews were also held at all levels of key and support personnel and contractor workforce.
The approaches of the Companies’ management to the social security of their employees, free transportation to the workplace, high-quality medical care at the company-owned Medical Unit, health and life insurance were positively noted.
The social audit outcomes will be posted on the Sedex platform official website.
Inna Us, Head of Projects and Programmes – Lead Auditor on Social Responsibility and Management Systems of Intertek Ukraine:
“According to the audit data, it has been found that these companies are in compliance with the requirements of the conventions of the International Labor Organization and the SMETA program. The employer provides the conditions for safe work, working hours meet the requirements of Ukrainian Law and industry standards, there is no discrimination and the company is guided by the regulations that fully protect the employees’ rights.”
Yaroslavna Blonska, Head of Sales Europe – External Relations Officer Ferrexpo:
“For the first time, we passed the social responsibility audit using the SMETA methodology and received a high rating from the international company Intertek. The positive opinion of the auditors testifies not only to the high quality of production, but also to the worthy level of social responsibility of our companies. The results of the analysis once again confirmed that Ferrexpo has created the required conditions for safe operation, implements high technologies to reduce the adverse impact of its activities on the environment and is a reliable business partner both in Ukraine and in international markets.”
Audit reference:
Sedex Members EThical Audit is an audit that assesses a company’s compliance with established requirements in four main areas: occupational health and safety, environment, working conditions, and supplier’s goodwill.
The outcomes of the SMETA social responsibility audit are recognized in more than 160 countries of the world and are a weighty and undeniable argument in confirming the company’s compliance with the moral standards of its external and internal business processes.
Company reference:
Ferrexpo is a Swiss headquartered iron ore company with assets in Ukraine and a premium listing on the London Stock Exchange in the FTSE 250 index (ticker FXPO). The Group produces high grade iron ore pellets, which are a premium product for the global steel industry and enable reduced carbon emissions and increased productivity for steelmakers when the Group’s iron ore pellets are converted into steel, compared to more commonly traded forms of iron ore. Ferrexpo’s operations have been supplying the global steel industry for over 40 years and in 2021 the Group produced 11.2 million tonnes of iron ore pellets, placing Ferrexpo as the world’s 3 rd largest exporter of pellets to the global steel industry with a market share of approximately 9%. The Group has a global customer base comprising of premium steel mills around the world, which includes steel mills in Austria, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, China, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Turkey, Vietnam and America. For further information, please visit www.ferrexpo.com
Intertek reference:
Intertek is an industry leader with over 43,800 employees from 1,000 offices in over 100 countries. The company helps local and global businesses meet the quality, health, environment, safety and social responsibility standards of virtually every market worldwide. More information can be found at www.intertek.com.

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