MOSCOW, July 17, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mechel OAO (NYSE:MTL), one of the leading Russian mining and metals companies, reports liquidating the Group's ferroalloy division due to successful asset sales as part of the company's strategy.
Due to the sale of Tikhvin Ferroalloy Plant and Voskhod Mining Plant in late 2013, the company's Board of Directors decided to reorganize the Group's administrative structure by eliminating the ferroalloy division. As part of the reorganization process, Bratsk Ferroalloy Plant will be managed by the steel division (Mechel-Steel Management Company OOO). Southern Urals Nickel Plant, halted since December 2012, will be managed directly by Mechel OAO. Mechel-Ferroalloys Management Company OOO, the division's management company, will be liquidated.
In 2012, Mechel OAO's Board of Directors approved a development strategy that prioritizes mining and full-cycle steelmaking with a stress on manufacturing high value-added products (long rolls, specialty steels, stainless rolls and hardware).
"In order to cut down management personnel costs and due to a significant reduction in workload as several ferroalloy assets were sold and Southern Urals Nickel Plant OAO was halted, we decided to liquidate Mechel-Ferroalloys Management Company OOO. This decision logically follows from implementing our labor efficiency improvement program by optimizing management structures, which we approved in 2008. Thanks to our efforts in this field, we managed to reduce our administrative staff by over 3,000. The new administrative model will enable us to significantly cut personnel costs and ensure a more efficient mechanism for decision making," Mechel OAO's Chief Executive Officer Oleg Korzhov said.
Mechel is an international mining and steel company which employs over 70,000 people. 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.
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.
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