Mechel Signs Agreement With Vnesheconombank for First Tranche of Financing for
Elga Coal Complex
KOMSOMOLSK-ON-AMUR, Russia, Oct. 24, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mechel OAO
(NYSE:MTL), one of the leading Russian mining and metals companies, announces
that an agreement between Vnesheconombank and Mechel on allocating the first
tranche of the project financing for Elga Coal Complex's first stage totalling
2.5 billion US dollars, was signed in the presence of the Russian Federation's
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.
The agreement for the 150-million-dollar tranche was signed by
Vnesheconombank's Chairman Vladimir Dmitriyev and Chairman of Mechel OAO's
Board of Directors Igor Zyuzin on the sidelines of the session of the
government committee on the Far East's social and economic development, in the
presence of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.
"Currently development of the rich Elga deposit is a priority for Mechel. We
are grateful to our country's leaders for their attention and support for such
an important project. Vnesheconombank's financing will give a powerful
stimulus not only to our efforts on completing construction of Elga Coal
Complex's first stage, but also to the social and economic development of the
Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) and the Far East as a whole. The project's
implementation will create over 5,000 jobs. I am sure that thanks to the
state's support, we will successfully continue our work on creating a new
industrial cluster in this region," Chairman of Mechel OAO's Board of
Directors Igor Zyuzin noted.
The deal granting Mechel OAO project financing totaling 2.5 billion US dollars
for the development of Elga Coal Complex's first stage was approved by
Vnesheconombank's Supervisory Board in September 2013. The loan has a tenor of
13.5 years with a grace period until 2017. According to the transaction's
conditions, Vnesheconombank's funds will be used to complete construction of
Elga Coal Complex's first stage. The first stage includes construction of a
railroad and a mining and washing complex with an annual capacity of 11.7
million tonnes of run-of-mine coal by 2017.
The Elga coal deposit is Russia's largest and one of the world's largest
deposits of high-quality coking coal, and is located in Southern Yakutia. Its
reserves total some 2.2 billion tonnes according to JORC standards.
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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