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Mechel reports 1H2018 operational results

Moscow, Russia August 22, 2018 Mechel PAO (MOEX: MTLR, NYSE: MTL), one of the leading Russian mining and metals companies, announces 1H2018 operational results.

Production and sales for 1H2018

Production:


Product Name

1H2018,
thousand tonnes

1H2017,
thousand tonnes

%

2Q2018,
thousand tonnes

1Q2018,
thousand tonnes

%

Run-of-mine coal

9,691

10,331

-6

4,726

4,965

-5

Pig Iron

1,928

2,038

-5

943

985

-4

Steel

2,051 2,217 -8 995  1,055 -6

Electric power generation
(thousand kWh)

1,742,191 1,678,382 +4   825,955 916,235 -10

Heat power generation
(Gcal)

3,276,148

3,091,129

+6

1,063,434

2,212,714

-52

Sales:


Product Name

1H2018,
thousand tonnes

1H2017,
thousand tonnes

%

2Q2018,
thousand tonnes

1Q2018,
thousand tonnes

%

Coking coal concentrate

3,521

4,072

-14

1,911

1,610

+19

Including coking coal concentrate supplied to third parties

2,061

2,470

-17

1,174

887

+32

PCI

680

682

0

367

313

+17

Including PCI supplied
to third parties

680

682

0

367

313

+17

Anthracites

648

810

-20

329

319

+3

Including anthracites supplied
to third parties

541

695

-22

274

367

+3

Thermal coal

3,021

3,165

-5

1,411

1,611

-12

Including thermal coal supplied
to third parties

2,575

2,812

-8

1,219

1,356

-10

Iron ore concentrate

846

1,400

-40

495

351

+41

Including iron ore concentrate
supplied to third parties

18

12

+55

10

8

+18

Coke

1,214

1,382

-12

585

629

-7

Including coke supplied
to third parties

306

414

-26

138

168

-18

Ferrosilicon

38

30

+27

20

18

+8

Long rolls

1,410

1,466

-4

724

686

+6

Flat rolls

271

304

-11

133

138

-4

Hardware

314

332

-6

167

146

+14

Forgings

22

27

-19

10

12

-13

Stampings

72

47

+54

38

 34

+11


Key investment projects progress

Universal rolling mill:


Product Name

1H2018,
thousand tonnes

1H2017,
thousand tonnes

%

2Q2018,
thousand tonnes

1Q2018,
thousand tonnes

%

Rails, beams and shapes

256

313

-18

115

141

-18

Elga coal complex:


Product Name

1H2018,
thousand tonnes

1H2017,  
thousand tonnes

%

2Q2018,
thousand tonnes

1Q2018,
thousand tonnes

%

Run-of-mine coal

2,540

1,934

+31

1,343

1,197

+12


Mechel PAO’s Chief Executive Officer Oleg Korzhov commented on the 1H2018 operational results:

“Renewal of mining equipment at Mechel’s coal facilities enabled us to attain stable mining levels and we plan to maintain this work pace until this year’s end. The decrease in mining volumes was due to a decline in thermal coal mining and re-orienting our facilities to focus on coking coals. Thermal coal production increased only in Elgaugol due to an overall mining growth, so we expanded the geography of our sales of washed thermal coal from the Elga deposit, making our first supplies to India, Myanmar and Vietnam.

“Coking coal concentrate sales in the second quarter went up by 19% quarter-on-quarter due to an increase in supplies as we made new contracts with major steelmakers in Asia Pacific for the 2018 financial year, which started in April. Export to Asia Pacific went up by 60%, with China becoming chief importer of our coking coal concentrate in this accounting period. Supplies to our Japanese customers increased as well. Our supplies to China demonstrated positive dynamics that were further supported by the boost to coking coal concentrate production at Elga Coal Complex.

“The 17-percent increase in PCI sales in the second quarter is due to additional sales of stockpiles accumulated in the first quarter due to infrastructure limitations at Far Eastern ports. We ship practically the entire PCI volume to our Asian partners in South Korea, Japan and China.

“Anthracite sales also demonstrated positive dynamics (+3%). Our chief customers for this product are based in Europe. Nevertheless, we try to re-distribute our export flows and increase our sales to customers in Asia and the CIS, as today those markets show better margins for anthracites.

“The 2Q2018 41-percent increase in iron ore concentrate sales was due to our closing the gap on stripping works over the past periods due to the replenishment of our mining equipment fleet at Korshunov Mining Plant, which had a positive impact on ore mining volumes.

“Volatility on the domestic coke market became the chief cause for the 7-percent decline in coke sales. We are actively expanding into new markets in Eastern Europe.

“Mechel’s steel division in this accounting period decreased production of pig iron and steel by 4% and 6% respectively due to planned repairs in Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant’s agglomeration and blast-furnace and oxygen converter facilities. This factor also had its impact on production and sales of flat rolls. Planned major repairs to the concaster #5, which were made in 2Q2018, led to a decrease in the universal rolling mill’s load, which in its turn led to a decline in the mill’s output. At the same time, overall long rolls sales went up by 6% due to sales of rebar and construction beams as well as stainless rolls.

“We continue to pay extra attention to mastering production of new section rolls at the universal rolling mill. In this accounting period, we launched production of two new types of wide-flange beam with the European Union’s construction market in mind. The universal rolling mill also produced a test batch of 100-meter rails for high-speed railways with speed limits of 250 km/h, and their certification is nearly complete. We plan to shortly begin mastering production of rails for high-speed railways with speed limits of 400 km/h.

“Hardware sales went up primarily as constructors’ demand for wire picked up ahead of the construction season.

“We have taken full advantage of the attractive prices on the ferrosilicon market. Bratsk Ferroalloys Plant exceeded quarterly target production plans, which enabled us to increase overall sales domestically and internationally by 8%.

“Demand for railway axles from Russian wagonbuilders remains high, and stampings sales in the second quarter went up by 11% quarter-on-quarter. We are fulfilling all our contractual obligations and taking a proactive stance in the market, signing contracts with new partners both in Russia and abroad.

“The 10-percent decrease in electricity generation in the second quarter as compared to the previous quarter was due to repairs starting at our key heat and electricity equipment. The decrease in heat generation quarter-on-quarter is due to the end of the heating season.”

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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.

22.08.2018

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