Mechel Announces Signing Agreement With Baosteel
MOSCOW, March 21, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mechel OAO (NYSE:MTL), one of the
leading Russian mining and metals companies, announces that its subsidiary
Mechel Carbon (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. has signed a memorandum for supplies of
coking coal with Baosteel Resources Int. Co. Ltd., Baosteel Group
Corporation's wholly-owned subsidiary focusing on raw materials supply.
According to the memorandum, which was signed on March 18 at Baosteel
Resources' new Shanghai headquarters, Mechel Carbon is due to directly supply
Baosteel with 960,000 tonnes of coking coal annually, with the one-year
contract subject to prolongation. The price will be corrected monthly.
Up until March 1, 2013, Mechel Carbon has directly supplied a total of 252,000
tonnes of coking coal to Baosteel's major production mills in Shanghai,
Guangdong, Jiangsu and Zhejiang.
In order to streamline strategic cooperation efforts in specified order, the
companies agreed to exchange regular visits, including those of senior
executives every half a year, to discuss market trends and mutual interests,
as well as ensure regular interaction by technical personnel.
"Mechel's agreement with one of China's leading steel companies reflects the
common approach of the two companies in regard to long-term cooperation. It
marks another important step in consolidation and further expansion of our
strategic ties. The two companies are set to increase the level and scope of
their cooperation in terms of raw materials and other related areas, based on
principles of joint coordination, close alliance and common development, which
will benefit us all," Mechel Mining Management Company OOO's Chief Executive
Officer Boris Nikishichev noted.
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.
Some of the information in this press release may contain projections or other
forward-looking statements regarding future events or the future financial
performance of Mechel, as defined in the safe harbor provisions of the U.S.
Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. We wish to caution you that
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
environment, volatility in stock markets or in the price of our shares or
ADRs, financial risk management and the impact of general business and global
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