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Ferrexpo's Iron Ore Production Report and Trading Update for 4Q 2022

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Ferrexpo plc (LSE: FXPO), a producer and exporter of high grade iron ore pellets to the global steel industry, with operations in central Ukraine, hereby provides the following summary of its production for the fourth quarter of 2022 (4Q 2022) and a trading update, in line with previous year-end reporting:

The safety of Ferrexpos workforce continues to be the Groups first priority. The Groups operations have completed a second successive fatality-free year in 2022, and overall safety performance remains in line with recent years. The war in Ukraine continues to impact the Groups workforce and communities across the country, and the Group continues to support Ukraine at this difficult time.

Total iron ore pellet production for 4Q 2022 of 0.4 million tonnes (4Q 2021: 3.1 million tonnes). This reduction is primarily due to the loss of electrical power for the majority of the quarter, which was partially restored in late December, in addition to existing constraints relating to Russias invasion. As of the date of this release, the Group continues to produce iron ore pellets using one pelletiser line (out of a total of four).

Operations continue to focus on the production of high grade forms of iron ore, with 100% of output grading 65% Fe or above in 4Q 2022. Given recent operational disruptions, the Group elected to reduce output of higher grade Direct Reduction (DR) Pellets (67% Fe) during the period. DR pellets represented 6% of total pellet production in 2022 (2021: 4%), and the Group expects to continue to increase its focus on this particular product in the coming year.

Full year pellet production of 6.1 million tonnes in 2022, down 46% year on year, reflecting operational and logistical constraints throughout 2022 due to the war in Ukraine (2021: 11.2 million tonnes produced).

Despite interruptions to the Groups production during 4Q 2022, shipments to customers continued as planned at approximately the same run rate as seen in the previous quarter of 2022.

Total full year sales of 6.2 million tonnes in 2022, representing a 46% decrease year on year due to the ongoing war in Ukraine, principally relating to the closure of Ukraines access to the Black Sea, Russian attacks on Ukraines state-owned electricity network and logistics constraints for users of Ukraines railway network, in addition to other factors.

Full year production of commercial concentrate of 124 kilotonnes, representing 2% of total iron ore output in 2022 (2021: 2%), providing an additional product in the Groups marketing portfolio.

Resignation of Non-executive Director Kostyantin Zhevago in December 2022.

Group net cash position, subject to minor final year-end adjustments, of approximately US$105 million as of 31 December 2022 (31 December 2021: US$117 million), with minimal lease obligations and no debt.

Jim North, Chief Executive Officer of Ferrexpo commented:

The past year has been an exceptionally difficult year for anyone connected to Ukraine. After more than 320 days of conflict, however, Ukraine continues to successfully defend itself. At Ferrexpo, our operating and marketing teams have remained resilient throughout the war, and we remain committed to supporting the people of Ukraine through our continued operations and investments. Our full year pellet production of 6.1 million tonnes reflects both the determination of our workforce, and the strong and supportive relationships that we have with our stakeholders, such as our global customer network and local government. We hope that the coming year will bring peace, and we look forward to being a part of the process to deliver a new future for our people, their families and communities across Ukraine.

For more info, please visit Production Report and Trading Update for 4Q 2022


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