Mechel Announces Prolongation of 22-Billion-Ruble Credit FacilitiesMoscow, Russia – May 4, 2012 – Mechel OAO (NYSE: MTL), one of the leading Russian mining and metals companies, announces signing agreements with Gazprombank for the extension of short-term credit facilities totalling 22 billion rubles (approximately 747 million US dollars*).
Gazprombank extended the maturities on revolving credit lines opened for Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant OAO, Mechel-Service OOO and Mechel-Energo OOO by 3 to 5 years.
“Our cooperation with Gazprombank once again demonstrated its strategic importance for the Group and its remarkable efficiency. This extension, together with the 500-million-dollar loans granted by Gazprombank less than a week ago and our efforts to re-finance the short-term share of our debt, undertaken over the past 3 months, made a key improvement in the structure of the Group’s credit portfolio. This is not only another proof of our lenders’ trust in Mechel, but also a platform for further optimization of the company’s debt by extending credit instruments and decreasing interest expense,” Mechel OAO’s Chief Financial Officer Stanislav Ploschenko noted.
* Based upon the Russian Central Bank exchange rate of 29.46 RUR/$ as of May 4, 2012.
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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.
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