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Mechel Reports The 1H 2012 Financial Results

The operating income in the mining segment in 2Q 2012 decreased by 30.1% to $192.6 million, or 17.7% of total segment's revenue, compared to the operating income of $275.6 million, or 23.8% of total segment revenue for the 1Q 2012. The adjusted EBITDA in the mining segment in 2Q 2012 decreased by 15.7% and amounted to $301.9 million compared to segment's adjusted EBITDA of $358.1 million in 1Q 2012. The adjusted EBITDA margin for the mining segment in 2Q 2012 was 27.7% compared to 30.9% in 1Q 2012. Depreciation, depletion and amortization in the mining segment amounted to $84.9 million which is 4.0% higher than $81.6 million in 1Q 2012.

Mechel Mining Management Company OOO's Chief Executive Officer Boris Nikishichev commented on the mining segment's results: "On the back of substantially reduced demand and lower prices for all of our products, we have taken strong action to restore production capabilities, increase export sales and diversify our client base in order to prevent a rapid decline in revenue in the mining division. Increased exports of coking coal, PCI and anthracite to Asia coupled with redirection of iron ore concentrate shipments from Russia to China, allowed us to substantially mitigate the reduced pricing effect, thus justifying the company's long-term strategy with a strong focus on met coals and more deliveries made to the Asia-Pacific region. In spite of the volatile environment, we continued to allocate appropriate resources to develop our Elga project. A three-million tonne p.a. seasonal coal washing plant was recently launched with commercial scale coal production and processing scheduled to commence at Elga next year. Certain progress was made to restore and expand our mining capabilities at Southern Kuzbass: Sibirginsk mine resumed its operation in April, the works on vertical shaft sinking were finished at Sibirginsk mine in May as part of stage 2 expansion, Olzherasskaya-New mine resumed its operations in early September. The second longwall is expected to be operational at Lenin mine in late October. Taking into account the profitability of coal production even at current lower prices, the development of our existing and prospective mining assets will help us to mitigate the negative impact of the economic recession and maximize a positive effect once the market environment improves."

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