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MOSCOW, Oct. 29, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --
Mechel OAO (NYSE:MTL)
, one of the leading Russian mining and metals companies, reports the sale of a 28-percent share in Vanino Sea Trade Port OAO's equity capital.
Mechel Group, as represented by Mecheltrans OOO, sold some 28% of the port's equity capital to an outside investor, retaining a minor share package for itself. The transaction amounted to 5.04 billion rubles (approximately 158.43 million US dollars*).
Earlier the company closed the deal on acquiring this package from the company En+, which deal was announced on January 31, 2013. The deal with En+ was fully funded by the aforementioned investor and thus had no bearing on Mechel Group's leverage.
The consortium of investors is not interested in transhipping their products through Port Vanino, which will enable Mechel to use the port's entire capacity in the company's interests.
Access to Port Vanino's transhipment capacities significantly enhances Mechel's export potential in Asia and the Pacific and ensures guaranteed sales volumes for the Group's coal products, taking into account the Elga deposit development.
*Based upon the Russian Central Bank exchange rate of 31,8119 RUB/USD as of October 29, 2013.
Mechel is an international mining and steel company which employs over 80,000 people. Its products are marketed in Europe, Asia, North and South America, Africa. Mechel unites producers of coal, iron ore concentrate, steel, rolled products, ferroalloys, heat and electric power. All of its enterprises work in a single production chain, from raw materials to high value-added products.
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 economic conditions.