Mechel Announces Disposal of Toplofikatsia Rousse EAD
MOSCOW, Dec. 18, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mechel OAO (NYSE:MTL), one of the
leading Russian mining and metals companies, announces the disposal of 100% of
the shares of Toplofikatsia Rousse EAD (TPP Rousse, Bulgaria).
Mechel OAO announces that it has signed an agreement for the disposal of 100%
of Toplofikatsia Rousse EAD to Toplofikatsia Pleven, a privately-held
Bulgarian power company. The disposal is valued at approximately 27.7 million
euro based on the asset's equity value. Toplofikatsia Pleven will assume all
of TPP Rousse's investment obligations. Additionally, the buyer will assume
the accounts payable to Mechel Carbon for historical coal deliveries in amount
of 18.8 million US dollars. One of the deal's requirements is obtaining the
appropriate permission from Bulgaria's Commission on Protection of
VTB Capital and UniCredit Bank acted as financial advisors and CMS as legal
advisor to Mechel OAO in this transaction.
The disposal of TPP Rousse is fully aligned with Mechel OAO's revised strategy
aimed at development of its core businesses — consolidating the group's
leading position as a metallurgical coal producer, strengthening its positions
in steel products for construction and increasing its share on the markets for
high value-added steel products. The transaction was made in line with the
program for restructuring the group's assets as earlier approved by Mechel
OAO's Board of Directors.
In 2011 TPP Rousse generated 388 GWh of electricity and 236 Gcal of heat
power, which resulted in 44.1 million euro in revenues and 4.2 million euro in
EBITDA. As of 31 July 2012 TPP Rousse had some 300 employees.
Commenting on the event, Stanislav Ploschenko, Mechel OAO's Chief Financial
Officer, noted: "The transaction is a first step in implementing Mechel OAO's
renewed strategy focusing on its core business segments. All proceeds from the
transaction will be used towards the repayment of the Group's debt. On the
whole, as a result of this transaction, Mechel's leverage will be reduced by
approximately 55.2 million US dollars*."
* Based upon the Russian Central Bank exchange rate of 1.3153 $/EUR as of
December 18, 2012.
Mechel is one of the leading Russian companies. Its business includes four
segments: mining, steel, ferroalloy and power. Mechel unites producers of
coal, iron ore concentrate, nickel, ferrochrome, ferrosilicon, steel, rolled
products, hardware, heat and electric power. Mechel products are marketed
domestically and internationally.
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performance of Mechel, as defined in the safe harbor provisions of the U.S.
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these statements are only predictions and that actual events or results may
differ materially. We do not intend to update these statements. We refer you
to the documents Mechel files from time to time with the U.S. Securities and
Exchange Commission, including our Form 20-F. These documents contain and
identify important factors, including those contained in the section captioned
"Risk Factors" and "Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements" in
our Form 20-F, that could cause the actual results to differ materially from
those contained in our projections or forward-looking statements, including,
among others, the achievement of anticipated levels of profitability, growth,
cost and synergy of our recent acquisitions, the impact of competitive
pricing, the ability to obtain necessary regulatory approvals and licenses,
the impact of developments in the Russian economic, political and legal
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