MOSCOW, Aug. 1, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mechel OAO (NYSE:MTL) , one of the leading Russian mining and metals companies, announces signing an agreement for disposal of several ferroalloys assets to Turkey's Yildirim Group.
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According to the agreement, Yildirim Group acquires Mechel OAO's Voskhod Mining Plant (Khromtau, Kazakhstan) and Tikhvin Ferroalloy Plant (Tikhvin, Leningrad Region, Russia) for a total of 425 million US dollars.

The buyer will pay the entire sum to Mechel OAO immediately after the deal's closure. In order to close the deal, all required approval by Kazakh and Russian regulatory agencies and both sides' corporate management agencies is due to be obtained.

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

"This agreement was signed in line with the strategy on restructuring the group's assets, earlier approved by our Board of Directors. The funds our company will get from this deal will help the company to deleverage and continue to finance its priority development projects," 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 tonnes 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 proved and probable reserves total 20 million tonnes of ore according to JORC standards.

Yildirim Group ( ) — a Turkey-based private diversified industrial group comprising enterprises from ten different industries in various countries.

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, one of the oldest ferrochrome plants in Sweden. The Group is the world's largest hard lumpy chrome ore producer as well as the world's second largest high-quality high-carbon ferrochrome producer.

YILDIRIM GROUP's primary objective is to continue its growth trends in the chrome ore and ferrochrome markets and to strengthen its position. With this acquisition of the chrome ore assets and the concentration plant will improve YILDIRIM's production capacity to a world class level at 2.5Mtpa, with the addition of the TFP to the Group's existing production plants, Eti Krom in Turkey and Vargon Alloys AB in Sweden, YILDIRIM GROUP will be one of the main players in high carbon high quality ferrochrome production with a total installed capacity of 520,000ktpa.

YILDIRIM GROUP is a privately held company active in mining, ferroalloys and metallurgical smelting, fertilizer production and trade, port operation and logistics, shipping and shipbuilding, real estate development and private equity investment as 24% of CMA CGM, the world's third largest container shipping group. The company is also involved in the trading of coal, chartering and technical management of ships, and private equity management. It is the biggest port operator of Turkey; it owns and manages 4 ports on the Sea of Marmara in Turkey and has 50% ownership in Malta Freeport in Malta.  YILDIRIM GROUP operates mostly in Asia and Europe. It is headquartered in Istanbul, Turkey, and employs globally over 7,000 employees in total, mainly in Turkey.

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 economic conditions.
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