MOSCOW, June 28, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mechel PAO (NYSE:MTL) (MOEX:MTLR) , a leading Russian mining and metals company, announces the closure of the deal on selling to Gazprombank AO the 49% share in the Elga coking coal deposit development project for 34.3 billion rubles. According to the agreement, Mechel sold to Gazprombank 49% of shares in Elgaugol OOO, the project operator company and owner of its subsoil license, 49% of shares in Elga-Doroga OOO which owns the Ulak-Elga railroad, and 49% of shares in Mecheltrans Vostok OOO which is the railroad's transport operator. The cost of these shares totals 34.3 billion rubles. "Together with Gazprombank we have walked the long and difficult path of restructuring Mechel's debt, and now, building on our partnership, we have exercised the Gazprombank's option to purchase the 49% share in Elga Coal Complex. Completion of this deal will not only help decreasing Mechel's debt, but will also enable us to further develop the Elga deposit, which has tremendous importance for Russia's mining industry," Mechel PAO's Chief Executive Officer Oleg Korzhov noted. Note to editors: The Elga coal deposit is Russia's largest and one of the world's largest deposits of high-quality coking coal, located in South Yakutia. Its reserves amount to approximately 2.2 billion tonnes according to JORC. Mechel is an international mining and steel company which employs over 66,000 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.