Consolidated revenue - 196.4 bln rubles, EBITDA * - 41.6 bln rubles Net profit, attributable to shareholders of Mechel PAO - 5.5 bln rubles MOSCOW, Nov. 29, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mechel PAO (MICEX:MTLR) (NYSE:MTL) , a leading Russian mining and steel group, announces financial results for the 9M 2016. Mechel PAO's Chief Executive Officer Oleg Korzhov commented on the 9M 2016 results: "This reporting period is characterized by significant volatility in prices for our key products. At the beginning of this year, prices for most of our products hit historical lows both domestically and internationally. The market situation fluctuated throughout these three quarters, but mostly market changes were favorable for Mechel, which found its reflection in our financial results. As a result of these nine months, our operating profit went up by 31% if compared to the same period of the previous year, reaching 28.8 billion rubles, EBITDA went up by 16% to 41.6 billion rubles, and EBITDA margin reached 21%. The group demonstrated net profit attributable to Mechel PAO's shareholders of 5.5 billion rubles and a stable cash flow. "This spring's bullish price dynamics on the global market of steel and coal products also led to a revival of the domestic market. The group remains dependent on the external market environment, but on its part did its best to utilize the favorable market situation by controlling and cutting costs and improving production and sales efficiency, as well as adapting its sales policy to growing demand and investing in projects aimed at diversifying our product range and increasing production volumes. "In this favorable market situation, the group is already generating a cash flow sufficient for servicing its debt obligations within the framework of agreements on restructuring and restoring working capital. The effect from the price growth will be even more tangible as results from the fourth quarter come in. We will use this opportunity to the maximum to finance our operations and reach agreements on restructuring our remaining financial debt. If any free cash flow arises, it will be used to bring down our debt burden, thus helping to increase our company's shareholder value."