Thursday, November 21 2019 20:06
Emmanuil Mkrtchyan

Corporate bonds of the largest mining company in Armenia have been  listed on the Armenian Stock Exchange

Corporate bonds of the largest mining company in Armenia have been  listed on the Armenian Stock Exchange

ArmInfo. Corporate bonds of  the largest mining company in Armenia - Zangezur Copper Molybdenum  Combine CJSC (ZCMC) - passed the listing procedure and registered on  the Abond site of the Armenian Stock Exchange (AMX). This was  reported to ArmInfo by the exchange.

The book building started on September 30 and closed on November 20.  No information has been posted on the results of the placement of  debt securities on the plant's website. However, according to the  prospectus for the issue of borrowed securities (bonds) posted on the  ZCMC official website, the issuer issued registered coupon bonds in  non-documentary form with a nominal value of US $ 100 and 100,000  Armenian drams. Total issue of foreign currency bonds amounted to 50  million US dollars (exchange ticker ZPXKB1, abbreviation  AMZPXKB21ER2), and dram - in the amount of 2.5 billion drams  (exchange ticker ZPXKB2, abbreviation AMZPXKB22ER0).

Coupon yield of dollar securities was set at 7.5%, drams (at the  coupon rate) - 11% per annum.  The bonds were issued in one tranche  with a maturity of 3 years.  Coupon payments will be made: dollar -  once a quarter, and dram-once in six months. Underwriter and  market-maker of corporate bonds of ZCMC is Ameriabank, one of the  largest Armenian banks.

To recall, on September 23, the American rating company Moody's  Investors Service ("Moody's") - released its first rating for ZCMC at  B2, with a Stable outlook. It should be noted that the rating  obtained by Zangezur Copper-Molybdenum Combine is two scales lower  than the sovereign rating of Armenia assigned by Moody's on August  27, 2019 (Ba3 - stable outlook).

The Zangezur Copper-Molybdenum Combine operates the Kajaran  Copper-Molybdenum deposit. The plant's ore supply is about 150 years.  The plant produces molybdenum and copper concentrates.  Molybdenum  concentrate contains 50% molybdenum, the copper content in copper  concentrate is at least 15%. The molybdenum concentrate obtained by  the company is delivered to Europe through Iran and Georgia.

According to ZCMC documents, from 2008 to 2019, investment in  expansion and modernization of production amounted to about $ 500  million, as a result of which the plant's output increased from 8  million to 20 million tons of ore. The company set a goal in 2020 to  bring its production results to 22 million tons due to capital  investments of the current year.

The Zangezur Copper-Molybdenum Combine in the first half of 2019 led  the list of major taxpayers of Armenia, having paid 29.5 billion  drams to the state treasury in the first half of 2019, of which 837.1  million drams - for customs duties, 17 billion drams - for direct  taxes (including income tax, profit tax), 839.7 mln drams - for  indirect taxes (including VAT, excise tax).  According to published  data, as of January 1, 2019, the authorized capital of the company  amounted to 54.9 billion drams ($ 113.5 million), assets amounted to  583.2 million US dollars, liabilities - 364.1 million dollars. Net  profit for 2018 amounted to 32.1 million dollars. The company's  figures were positive in 2017, while at the end of 2016, it had a net  loss of $ 85 million.

The company's shareholders are the German company Cronimet Mining  (60%), Yerevan Pure Iron Plant OJSC (15%), Armenian Molybdenum  Production LLC and Zangezur Mining LLC (12.5% each). The capital  structure up to individuals and companies directly affiliated with  the main holders of ZCMC shares is fully "nominal" transparent,  however, the company does not provide information on the ultimate  beneficiaries. In the Armenian press there was information that the  relatives of the third president of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan, who  resigned after the "velvet revolution", have interests in the  company. A number of parliamentarians of Armenia appealed to the  relevant authorities with a demand to begin an investigation of the  fact that the company's multi-million assets are actually owned by  rather modest persons, in particular people, close to Sargsyan's  relatives.

Meanwhile, as Zara Tonakanyan, press relations manager for ZCMC,  previously told ArmInfo, the company management decided not to inform  the public about this event and not to issue a press release, even  despite the open type of issue of its first corporate borrowed  papers. She categorically refused any comments on this subject.

According to market experts, the concealment of information on the  issue of a bonded loan by one of the largest enterprises in Armenia  may be related to the reluctance of management to communicate with  the media, even the business press, in the context of the  environmental safety of mining operations, aggravated in Armenia  after the "velvet revolution", safety and security of tailings and  the need for urgent measures to tighten requirements for  environmental standards. However, the company, in describing the  risks to investors, paid special attention to this issue. To note,  recently an environmental accident occurred at ZCMC - there was a  leak of wastewater connecting the mine with the tailing dump. The  amount of damage to the environment is not reported.

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Government Bonds

Issue volume

10 billion

Volume of T-bills for placement

200 million

Volume of submitted competitive applications

200 million

Volume of satisfied bids

200 million

Yield at cut-off price

 5.8314%

Maximum yield

 5.8314%

Мinimum yield

 5.8314%

Weighted average yield

 5.8314%

Number of participants

2

The maturity date of T-bills

03.02.2020

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СПРОС (Покупка)

USD

Средневзв. Цена

482,00

ПРЕДЛОЖЕНИЕ (Продажа)

  USD

Средневзв. Цена

-

СДЕЛКИ

USD

Цена откр.

482,00

Цена закр.

482,00

Мин. Цена

482,00

Макс. Цена

482,00

Ср/взв. Цена

482,00

-0.16

Кол-во сделок

1

Объем (инвал.)

200 000

0бъем (драм)

96 400 000