Mechel And UFG Announce the Sale of Mechel’s Shareholding in Magnitogorsk Iron & Steel Works OJSC to a Consortium of InvestorsMoscow, Russia - December 21, 2004 – Mechel (NYSE: MTL) and U.F.G.I.S. Trading Ltd., a company of the UFG Group (“UFG”), acting for a consortium of investors, today concluded an agreement for the sale by Mechel of its entire shareholding in Magnitogorsk Iron & Steel Works OJSC (“MMK”) to the consortium for $780 million. Mechel and UFG also signed a mutual release agreement in which all potential claims between Mechel, on one hand, and MMK and its other shareholders, on the other, are waived in return for a payment of $90 million to Mechel. In accordance with the terms of the agreement, full payment in the amount of $870 million was made and the transfer of shares completed today.
Commenting on the transaction, Mechel’s CEO, Vladimir Iorich, said, “We are very happy to have realized full value for our stake in MMK. We intend to utilize these proceeds to continue the strategic expansion of our mining segment and further strengthen our leading positions in long products and specialty steel production.”
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Mechel Steel Group is a Russian metals and mining company, uniting producers of steel, rolled products, hardware, coal, iron ore concentrate, and nickel. Mechel Steel Group products are marketed domestically and internationally.
Russia’s leading investment bank, United Financial Group (UFG) celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2004. During the past decade, UFG has assumed a leadership position in the Russian market and is recognized by investors as the foremost source of accurate, independent and relevant research and innovative investment solutions. In November 2003, UFG formed a strategic partnership with Deutsche Bank AG, with Deutsche Bank acquiring a 40% stake in the group.
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