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Tuesday 09 June, 2009

Kazakhmys PLC

Announces Refinancing of Subs

RNS Number : 5896T
Kazakhmys PLC
09 June 2009

9 June 2009


Kazakhmys PLC (the "Group") announces the successful refinancing of the loan facility relating to MKM Mansfelder Kupfer und Messing GmbH ("MKM"), the Group's downstream copper business in Germany.  

The facility is used to finance working capital requirements to match customer orders. The Group has been able to reduce the size of the facility, due to lower copper prices and more efficient management of inventory. The three year € 170 million revolving structured trade finance facility was arranged by Deutsche Bank and was over subscribed in syndication

Matthew HirdChief Financial Officer said: "We are extremely pleased with the outcome of the refinancing, given the challenging conditions in financial markets. The over subscription reflects the quality of MKM's operations and management and a new 3 year facility enables MKM to continue developing their business."

For further information please contact:

Kazakhmys PLC
John Smelt
Head of Corporate Communications
Tel: +44 20 7901 7882
Tel: +44 78 7964 2675
Irene Burton
Financial Analyst
Tel: +44 20 7901 7814
Zulfira Mukhamedyarovа
Senior Manager – Media Relations
Tel: +77 27 266 3317
David Simonson
Tel: +44 20 7653 6620
Tom Randell
Tel: +44 20 7653 6620
Leonid Fink
Tel: +44 20 7653 6620

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Notes to Editors


MKM is based in Germany, producing and selling copper and copper alloy semi-finished products. There are three units: wire products, flat products (strips, plates and sheets) & tubes and bars. The production volumes are sales driven with additional capacity available for most general product specifications.


Kazakhmys PLC is a leading international natural resources group, listed in the UK and Kazakhstan, with significant interests in copper, gold, zinc, silver, power generation and petroleum.

It is the largest copper producer in Kazakhstan and one of the top ten worldwide with 20 mines, 10 concentrators and 2 smelters. Kazakhmys copper operations are fully integrated from mining ore through to the production of finished copper cathode and rod. Total copper cathode produced in 2008 from own ore was 343 thousand tonnes. Production is backed by a captive power supply and significant rail infrastructure. Kazakhmys also owns MKM, an upstream copper products fabrication company in Germany, which produces a range of pre- and semi-finished copper and copper alloy products.

Kazakhmys Copper produces significant volumes of other metals, including zinc, silver and gold. In 2008, it produced 48 thousand tonnes of zinc metal and 137 thousand tonnes of zinc concentrate. Kazakhmys is the fourth largest silver producer in the world (17 million ounces produced in 2008). 

Kazakhmys Gold, which acquired Eurasia Gold Inc in July 2007, includes substantial new development and exploration opportunities. The Group produced 179 thousand ounces of gold in 2008 and has measured and indicated resources of 2.3 million ounces.

Kazakhmys Power owns the recently acquired coal fired Ekibastuz GRES-1 plant, the largest in Kazakhstan with a nameplate capacity of 4,000 MW. In addition, it owns the Maikuben open cast coal mine, supplying around 20% of the power plant's fuel requirements producing over 3.6 million tonnes of coal in 2008.

Kazakhmys Petroleum has acquired the East Akzhar exploration block, with an area of 602km², located on the eastern fringe of the Caspian depression. 

The Group is part of the FTSE-100 index of companies listed on the London Stock Exchange and is also listed on the Kazakhstan Stock Exchange (KASE). It had revenues of $5.2 billion in 2008 with EBITDA of $2.0 billion. The Group employs some 67,000 people, principally in Kazakhstan. The Group's strategic aim is to diversify and participate in the development of the significant natural resource opportunities in Central Asia.

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