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.