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23 May 2018
Update on Negotiations Regarding IRC's ICBC Facility
Further to Petropavlovsk PLC's ("Petropavlovsk", "the Company" or "the Group") statement in its 2017 full year announcement on 28 March 2018, the Company today provides an update on the negotiations involving the Company, IRC Limited ("IRC") and the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China ("ICBC") in relation to the
Under the ICBC Facility, a payment of
As no agreement has yet been reached with ICBC, both IRC and Petropavlovsk are pursuing a number of options to ensure the continued good standing of the ICBC Facility. These options include our previously announced discussions regarding the full refinancing of the ICBC facility with a leading Russian lender, which are now well progressed. The Company is also exploring a potential short-term advance to IRC to fund a portion of the June debt obligations if necessary. The primary objective of these discussions, as well as our pursuit of other options to ensure the continued good standing of the ICBC Facility, is to protect the value of our investment in IRC in the interests of all of Petropavlovsk's stakeholders.
As previously announced, if a missed repayment under debt or guarantee obligations in respect of the ICBC Facility occurs, or covenant requirements are not met, this would result in a default under the ICBC Facility which, through cross-defaults and cross-accelerations, could cause all of the Group's debt arrangements to become repayable on demand.
The Company will continue to update the market in due course.
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