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Mechel Announces Closing Deal On Disposal Of Several Ferroalloy Assets

MOSCOW, Dec. 27, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mechel OAO (NYSE:MTL) , one of the leading Russian mining and metals companies, announces closing the deal for disposal of 100% shares in Voskhod Mining Plant (Khromtau, Kazakhstan) and Tikhvin Ferroalloy Plant (Tikhvin, Leningrad Region, Russia) to Turkey's YILDIRIM Group for a total of 425 million US dollars.

In accordance with the deal's conditions, the YILDIRIM Group paid the entire sum to Mechel OAO.

Société Générale Corporate and Investment Bank, ING Bank and Dechert LLP were advising Mechel on this transaction.

"This agreement was signed in line with the strategy on restructuring the group's non-core assets. The funds our company got from this deal will be used for deleveraging. On the whole, in 2013 we made significant headway in disposing of non-core assets, closing deals on nine out of 14 enterprises we marked for disposal. We will complete sales of other non-strategic assets in 2014," Mechel OAO's Chief Executive Officer Evgeny Mikhel noted.

Editor's note:

Tikhvin Ferroalloy Plant – Located in Tikhvin, Leningrad Region, it is a modern enterprise of a capacity to produce up to 120,000 tons per annum of high-carbon ferrochrome used to produce stainless steel. As raw material, the plant uses the chrome ore concentrate produced at Voskhod mining plant.

Voskhod Mining Plant – includes a modern chrome ore mine and a beneficiation plant for further processing of the ore and producing chrome ore concentrate. Voskhod's proven and probable reserves total 20.3 million tons of ore according to JORC standards.

YILDIRIM Group ( www.yildirimgroup.com – a Turkey-based,  privately owned, highly diversified industrial group active in 11 sectors including mining, ferroalloys, fertilizer production and trade, coal and coke trading, port operations and logistics, shipping and shipbuilding, energy, real estate development and private equity investments  . The Group is headquartered in Istanbul, Turkey, and employs globally over 8,500 employees.

YILDIRIM Group is the owner of ETI KROM INC., Turkey's largest producer of chrome ore as well as high-quality high-carbon ferrochrome, and of VARGÖN ALLOYS AB, the oldest ferroalloy plant in the world. The Group is one of the world's largest hard lumpy chrome ore producers as well as the world's second largest high-quality high-carbon ferrochrome producer.

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