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NORILSK NICKEL UNVEILS NEW STRATEGY FOCUSED ON TIER I ASSETS AND
HIGHER RETURNS

04.10.2013 / 14:21

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NORILSK NICKEL UNVEILS NEW STRATEGY FOCUSED ON TIER I ASSETS AND HIGHER
RETURNS


Moscow, October 4, 2013 - MMC Norilsk Nickel (hereinafter, Norilsk Nickel
or the Company), the largest global nickel and palladium producer, today
announced further details of its new strategy at MMC Norilsk Nickel's
'Unveiling New Strategy' event held in London.

Highlights

  - Capture full potential of MMC Norilsk Nickel's unique resource base in
    Russia

  - Focus on Tier 1 assets to deliver sustainably high return on capital

  - Focus on capital discipline and introduction of return on investments
    as key metric for the organization

  - Increased focus of existing portfolio on copper and PGMs

  - Prioritize Polar Division Upstream assets, with a plan to: 

      - Maximize high-margin production utilizing existing infrastructure

      - Develop the greenfield Skalisty mine, with a potential 2.4Mtpa ore
        capacity

      - Upgrade of the Talnakh infrastructure into a world class
        concentrator

  - Undertake turnaround of Kola Division in order to bring it to a level
    of sustainable profitability by year-end 2014

  - An average of $2bn in capex per annum estimated between 2014-2018

  - Targeting reduction of operating costs and working capital 

  - Non-core and international assets are planned for divestment between
    2014-2016

  - Develop exploration as an efficient business and double exploration
    budget in the Polar Division

  - Dividend targets approved, annual dividend of at least $2bn expected
    for 2013-2014

The new strategy aims to realize the full potential of MMC Norilsk Nickel's
unique resource base at the Polar and Kola Peninsulas, increase MMC Norilsk
Nickel's operational efficiency and deliver a step change in the quality of
its investment and capital governance.

'We are pleased to unveil our new strategy to investors today, which aims
to deliver sustainably higher returns by focusing on our Tier I assets and
exercising greater investment discipline, and lead to enhanced operational
efficiency. We believe that the market welcomes our strategic vision, and
the management will continue implementing our improved strategy, which
allows MMC Norilsk Nickel to develop sustainably in any market condition',
said Vladimir Potanin, CEO of MMC Norilsk Nickel.

At the heart of the new strategy is MMC Norilsk Nickel's commitment to
focus on Tier 1 assets and to deliver sustainably high return on capital by
owning and efficiently operating assets located in regions with high
geological potential, where MMC Norilsk Nickel can build on its competitive
edge.

The strategy contemplates that all production assets in MMC Norilsk
Nickel's portfolio are to meet the Tier I asset criteria by 2015. MMC
Norilsk Nickel classifies projects as Tier 1 if they are large scale,
deliver greater than $1bn in revenue, have an EBITDA margin greater than
40% and have a reserve life of greater than 20 years.

By focusing on Tier 1 assets, Norilsk can better utilize its existing
infrastructure and leverage strong geological and technical expertise to
deliver greater economies of scale and higher margins throughout the
commodity cycle.

The main priority will be MMC Norilsk Nickel's Polar Division, which has a
world class proven and potential resource base. The strategic plans for the
Polar Division include the maximization of high-margin production utilizing
existing infrastructure; the greenfield development of the Skalisty mine,
with a 2.4Mtpa ore capacity; and the upgrade of the Talnakh infrastructure
to a world class concentrator.

In order to achieve these development goals, Norilsk Nickel is expecting an
average of $2bn in capital expenditure per annum between 2014 and 2018.

A number of operational initiatives, including a comprehensive cost cutting
programme, will also be undertaken in MMC Norilsk Nickel's Kola Division in
order to bring it to a level of sustainable profitability by the end of
2014.

The new strategy will direct new investments towards projects with a high
return on capital (ROIC) and comprehensive project risk assessment and
monitoring systems.

The Board of Directors has also approved dividend targets, which MMC
Norilsk Nickel believes will provide Norilsk with one of the most
attractive dividend yields in the mining industry. The annual dividends
will be subject to the recommendation of the Board of Directors and
shareholder approval.

The Company is launching new strategic planning cycle with regular annual
strategy updates. Next update to come in April-May 2014.

To get more information please look through the presentation 'Norilsk
Nickel Unveils News Strategy' here:
http://www.nornik.ru/investor/presentations/3946/

For further information, please, contact:



Media Relations:                                  Investor Relations:
Phone: +7 (495) 797 82 94                         Phone: +7 (495) 786 83 20
Email: pr@nornik.ru                               Email: ir@nornik.ru
 


ABOUT MMC NORILSK NICKEL:

MMC Norilsk Nickel, a company incorporated under the laws of the Russian
Federation, is the largest diversified mining and metals company in Russia,
the world's largest producer of nickel and palladium and one of the world's
largest producers of platinum, rhodium, copper and cobalt. In addition to
this, MMC Norilsk Nickel produces a large number of other by-products,
including gold, silver, tellurium, selenium, iridium and ruthenium.

The key production units of MMC Norilsk Nickel's group in Russia are at the
Polar and Kola Peninsulas. MMC Norilsk Nickel international assets include
operations in Finland, Australia, Botswana and South Africa.

MMC Norilsk Nickel's shares are traded on the Moscow Exchange. ADR's
representing shares in MMC Norilsk Nickel are traded on the over the
counter market in the US and on the London and Berlin stock exchanges.

Forward looking statements

This announcement may contain 'forward-looking statements' concerning
Norilsk Nickel. Generally, the words 'will', 'may', 'should', 'could',
'would', 'can', 'continue', 'opportunity', 'believes', 'expects',
'intends', 'anticipates', 'estimates' or similar expressions identify
forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements involve risks
and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from
those expressed in the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking
statements include statements relating to business and management
strategies and the expansion and growth of Norilsk Nickel's operations.
Many of these risks and uncertainties relate to factors that are beyond
Norilsk Nickel's ability to control or estimate precisely and therefore
undue reliance should not be placed on such statements which speak only as
at the date of this announcement. Norilsk Nickel's assumes no obligation in
respect of, and does not intend to update, these forward-looking
statements, except as required pursuant to applicable law.


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Language:    English               
Company:     MMC Norilsk Nickel    
             22, Voznesensky Per.  
             125993 Moscow         
             Russia                
Internet:    www.nornik.ru         
ISIN:        US46626D1081          
WKN:         676683                
 
 
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