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September 7, 2021updated 31 Oct 2021 3:46pm

Polyus: how well is the company positioned to weather future industry disruption?

By Nicu Calcea

Polyus, a mining company based in Russia, has a relatively high chance of benefiting from its investments in a series of technological, macroeconomic, and sector-specific investments in recent years, according to analysis from GlobalData.

The company was ranked third out of 50 in a ranking of overall leadership in the 10 themes that matter the most to the mining sector.

These themes, which can be defined as any issues that keep CEOs awake at night, describe technological, macroeconomic and industry-specific challenges that companies are currently facing, as well as the opportunities they create. GlobalData’s Thematic Research ecosystem identifies and tracks these challenges, and how they create the long-term winners and losers of the mining industry.

Polyus received the top mark of five for two of the 10 themes identified as the most important to the mining sector in the GlobalData Thematic Scorecard – ESG and Commodity Markets – indicating that it is a dominant player in those categories. Polyus received a high mark of four for its performance in Internet of Things, Capital Raising, Climate Change, Workplace Safety and COVID-19; a mark of three for Autonomous Vehicles and M&A; ; and a low mark of one for Lithium-Ion Batteries.

The interactive graphic below allows you to compare Polyus to the ratings of other mining companies across the 10 themes in question. The higher up a company is on the list, the better positioned it is to weather disruption in the future, while the companies at the bottom are more vulnerable to disruptive threats.


Polyus, a subsidiary of Polyus Gold International Ltd, is a gold mining company. It operates six mines in Eastern Siberia and the Far East Russia. It also holds interests in five major gold mining development and exploration projects in Russia. In FY2019, the company produced and sold 2,841 and 2,878 thousand ounces (koz) of refined gold, respectively.

As of December 2019, the company had total proven and probable reserves of 1,077 million tonnes (Mt) containing 60.8 million ounces (Moz) of gold (Au) at a grade of 1.8 g/t; and total resources (measured, indicated and inferred) of 3,196 Mt containing 187.5 Moz of Au at a grade of 1.8 g/t.

Polyus operates through nine reportable segments: Olimpiada, Blagodatnoye, Alluvials, Verninskoye, Kuranakh. Natalka, Exploration, Capital Construction and Sukhoi Log.

In FY2019, the company’s capital expenditure stood at RUB39,003 million, which decreased 23.7% YoY.

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