MOSCOW, Oct. 15, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mechel OAO (NYSE:MTL) , one of the leading Russian mining and metals companies, reports signing long-term agreements with Sberbank of Russia OAO on opening several credit lines to Southern Kuzbass Coal Company OAO for a total of 24 billion rubles. Sberbank of Russia OAO opened four credit lines for Southern Kuzbass Coal Company OAO for a total of 24 billion rubles for a period of five years with a three-year grace period. For two of these credit lines, funds are provided in the form of a bi-currency agreement with a built-in derivative instrument, which enables us to bring down the interest rate on the loan. Yakutugol Holding Company OAO, Mechel Mining OAO and Mechel OAO act as guarantors of the facility. "We greatly value our ties with Russia's largest state bank, our longstanding and reliable partner, and are glad that we managed to reach a mutually profitable agreement on attractive terms despite the current volatility of global financial markets. The loaned funds will be used exclusively for refinancing the Group's short-term debt, thus becoming an important step in implementing our strategy of extending the maturity of our debt portfolio. We also consider the loan granted at a relatively difficult time for the mining industry as additional proof of our partner's trust in Mechel and the strategy we are realizing," Mechel OAO's Chief Financial Officer Stanislav Ploschenko noted. 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. The Mechel OAO logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=8181 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.
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