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Mechel Reports 9M2018 Operational Results

27November2018
Moscow, Russia November 27, 2018 Mechel PAO (MOEX: MTLR, NYSE: MTL), one of the leading Russian mining and metals companies, announces 9M2018 operational results.

Production and sales for 9M2018

Production:


Product Name

9M2018,
thousand tonnes 

9M2017,
thousand tonnes

%

3Q2018,
thousand tonnes

2Q2018,
thousand tonnes

%

Run-of-mine coal

14,472

15,694

-8

4,781

4,726

+1

Pig Iron

2,817

3,048

-8

889

943

-6

Steel

2,976 3,217 -7 925  995 -7

Electric power generation
(thousand kWh)

2,368,074 2,498,812 -5  625,884 825,955 -24

Heat power generation
(Gcal)

3,942,086

3,770,310

+5

665,938

1,063,434

-37

Sales:


Product Name

9M2018,
thousand tonnes

 9M2017,  
thousand tonnes 

%

3Q2018,
thousand tonnes

2Q2018,
thousand tonnes

%

Coking coal concentrate

5,401

5,970

-10

1,881

1,911

-2

Including coking coal concentrate supplied to third parties

3,268

3,669

-11

1,207

1,174

+3

PCI

992

1,006

-1

312

367

-15

Including PCI supplied
to third parties

992

1,006

-1

312

367

-15

Anthracites

878

1,219

-28

230

329

-30

Including anthracites supplied
to third parties

724

1,057

-31

183

274

-33

Thermal coal

4,319

4,642

-7

1,298

1,411

-8

Including thermal coal supplied
to third parties

3,718

4,110

-10

1,144

1,219

-6

Iron ore concentrate

1,398

2,037

-31

551

495

+11

Including iron ore concentrate
supplied to third parties

42

23

+82

24

10

+153

Coke

1,831

2,038

-10

616

585

+5

Including coke supplied
to third parties

502

594

-15

196

138

+43

Ferrosilicon

55

47

+15

17

20

-16

Long rolls

2,110

2,214

-5

699

724

-3

Flat rolls

390

453

-14

119

133

-10

Hardware

478

504

-5

165

167

-1

Forgings

32

35

-6

11

10

+6

Stampings

110

69

+60

38

38

-1


Key investment projects progress

Universal rolling mill:


Product Name

9M2018,
thousand tonnes

9M2017,
thousand tonnes

%

3Q2018,
thousand tonnes

2Q2018,
thousand tonnes

%

Rails, beams and shapes

403

484

-17

147

115

+27

Elga coal complex:


Product Name

9M2018,
thousand tonnes

9M2017,  
thousand tonnes

%

3Q2018,
thousand tonnes

2Q2018,
thousand tonnes

%

Run-of-mine coal

3,899

3,049

+28

1,359

1,343

+1


Mechel PAO’s Chief Executive Officer Oleg Korzhov commented on the 9M2018 operational results:

“Optimization and increased efficiency of our mining segment, which we began last year, ensured a fairly stable level of mining at Mechel’s coal facilities throughout the year. We have already acquired some 60 units of mining equipment, and brought in contractors with equipment fleets of their own. Due to intensive technical upgrades, we managed a major increase in strip mining which prepared more coal reserves for extraction in the near future.

“Despite an overall decrease in coking coal concentrate sales by 2% quarter-on-quarter, we increased coking coal concentrate sales to third parties by 3%. This was due to the boost in exports to Asia. In the third quarter we took advantage of good markets and expanded our market base, making this year’s first our coking coal concentrate shipments to India and Indonesia.

“The 15-percent decrease in PCI sales and 30-percent drop in anthracite sales in the third quarter was primarily due to a shortage of gondola cars in our network. At the same time, we have accumulated major stocks and plan to sell them in the next accounting period.

“The 8-percent decrease in thermal coal sales quarter-on-quarter was due to a slump in mining at Southern Kuzbass Coal Company as a longwall at Olzherasskaya-Novaya Underground mine was being reassembled. A new mining area has been launched in early November. In the third quarter we also re-oriented sales of our current thermal coal stocks in favor of more profitable Asian markets — for example, we have nearly tripled our sales to Vietnam and began shipping coal to Thailand.

“Coke sales to third parties went up by 42% in the third quarter as we increased sales to Serbia, as well as due to seasonal demand from Turkish companies.

“Iron ore concentrate sales to third parties also demonstrated positive dynamics as mining increased at Korshunov Mining Plant due to our acquiring new mining equipment and resuming cooperation with major clients.

“In the third quarter, the Group’s steel division decreased production of pig iron and steel by 6% and 7% accordingly due to major repairs at Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant in summer. The third quarter was also filled with several important events for our universal rolling mill — we earned certificates for our rails for traffic speed up to 250 km/h and mastered production of new H- and I-beam types that are highly in demand. We constantly expand our rolling mill’s product range — over these nine months we have added 14 new shaped rolls to the 60 we have already mastered.

“Overall sales of flat rolls in this accounting period went down by 10% due to planned repairs of one of our concasters. Nevertheless, in response to the current price trend we increased production and sales of high-margin stainless flat rolls. Thus, in September we reached the level of stainless sales that nearly tripled the monthly average sold in January-August.

“Long rolls sales went down by 3% quarter-on-quarter due to Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant’s cutting down on rebar production. The plant gave priority to maximum output of highly profitable products. We more than doubled sales of our rails and maintained sales volumes for beams, which are in stable demand both in Russia and the European Union.

“Sales of stampings generally remained on the previous quarter’s level. With a large-scale upgrade of railway car park now underway, demand for railway axles from leading Russian wagonbuilders remains high, and we are meeting all our contractual obligations. Forgings sales went up by 6% as Urals Stampings Plant’s Chelyabinsk branch brought in new clients.

“Our power division’s facilities cut electricity production quarter-on-quarter due to summer repairs at Southern Kuzbass Power Plant as part of quality preparation for the fall-winter season. The 5% increase in heat generation over these nine months is due to temperatures being lower in this period, which put off the end of the heating season till the middle of this year’s second quarter.”

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Mechel PAO
Ekaterina Videman
Tel: + 7 495 221 88 88
ekaterina.videman@mechel.com

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Mechel is an international mining and steel company. 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.

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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.

27.11.2018

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