Oil Refineries Announces Receipt of a Claim and Petition to Recognize the Claim as a Class Action

  Oil Refineries Announces Receipt of a Claim and Petition to Recognize the
                           Claim as a Class Action

  PR Newswire

  HAIFA, Israel, February 20, 2013

HAIFA, Israel, February 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Oil Refineries Ltd. (TASE: ORL.TA) (hereinafter  " the  C ompany, " " ORL "
) , Israel's largest integrated refining and petrochemical group, announced
that on February 19, 2013 the Tel-Aviv-Jaffa District Court ruled that the
Company, the directors and the CEO serving prior to the publication of the
Sales Prospectus (dated February 2007) as well as the directors serving on
August 31, 2011 (during which the Company published for the first time an
Immediate Report in respect to the agreement between the Company and the State
to hold an emergency inventory) , have been joined as additional defendants in
a claim and petition to have the claim recognized as a class action, which was
originally filed and conducted to date solely against the State of Israel.

In the claim and petition to have the claim recognized as a class action, the
plaintiff alleges inter alia that the Sales Prospectus published by the State
and the Company and in the periodic reports published subsequently from time
to time by the Company up until August 31, 2011, lacked material details
concerning the said emergency inventory agreement and its financial
ramifications, and therefore the defendants had to compensate all shareholders
of the Company as at August 31, 2011 in an amount of NIS 140 million, which
reflects, according to the plaintiff, the drop in value of the Company's
shares as a result of non-disclosure of the Emergency Inventory Agreement.

The Company has not yet been served with the court documents as required by
the said court decision.

The Company has issued appropriate notices to the relevant directors' and
officers' liability insurers.

At this point the Company is unable to assess the chances of the claim and its
possible effect on the Company.

About Oil Refineries Ltd.

Oil Refineries Ltd. (ORL), located in the bay area of the city of Haifa,
operates Israel's largest integrated refining and petrochemical group. It is
one of the leading refineries in the Eastern Mediterranean area and
integrates, on-site, petrochemical businesses. ORL runs sophisticated and
state-of-the-art industrial facilities with a refining capacity of 9.8 million
tons of crude oil per year and a Nelson Complexity Index of 9, providing a
variety of quality products used in industrial operation, transportation,
private consumption, agriculture and infrastructure. Besides production of
fuels, the company produces in its wholly owned subsidiaries Polymers (through
Carmel Olefins Ltd), Aromatics (through Gadiv Petrochemical Industries Ltd),
and Lube-Oils (through Haifa Basic Oils Ltd). The Company's shares are listed
on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange under the ticker ORL. For additional
information please visit www.orl.co.il .

ORL is controlled by the Israel Corporation Ltd. and Israel Petrochemical
Enterprises Ltd., both public companies whose shares are traded on the Tel
Aviv Stock Exchange.

The above noted in this release includes forward-looking statements based on
Company data, as well as Company plans and estimations based on this data. The
activity, results and other data may be substantially different in reality
given uncertainty and various risks, including those discussed under risk
factors in the Company's financial statements and Director's report

 CompanyContact: RonySolonicof ChiefEconomistandHeadof
InvestorRelations Tel.+972-4-878-8152 Contact IREn@orl.co.il 
InvestorRelationsContact: EhudHelft/PoratSaar CCGIsrael
Tel.(US)+1-646-233-2161/(Int.) +972-52-776-3687 
Press spacebar to pause and continue. Press esc to stop.