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Glass Lewis and ISS Recommend That Mechel Shareholders Vote “FOR” Deals With Creditors

MOSCOW, Feb. 17, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mechel OAO (NYSE:MTL), a leading Russian mining and metals company, announces that Glass Lewis and ISS, independent proxy advisory firms, have recommended that Mechel OAO shareholders vote to approve the deals with creditors at the Company’s extraordinary general meeting scheduled for March 4, 2016.

Glass Lewis and ISS recommended that Mechel shareholders approve the transactions on providing and changing suretyships and pledges provided by the company to the following lenders: Sberbank PJSC, Gazprombank (Joint Stock Company), VTB Bank (PJSC) and the syndicate of banks, noting that approval of the transactions is essential for the success of Mechel OAO’s debt restructuring and stressing that their terms have been reviewed and unanimously approved by a special committee of independent directors and an independent appraiser.

ISS and Glass Lewis are the leading independent international proxy advisory firms, and their voting analyses and recommendations are relied upon by thousands of major institutional investment firms, mutual funds and fiduciaries throughout the world.

Mechel’s Board earlier addressed minority shareholders, calling on them to support the proposed debt restructuring plan, based on an independent consultant’s fairness opinion.

Shareholders are strongly urged to vote their shares for all proposals at the EGM in line with the recommendations of the Board of Directors. In order to ensure that their shares are validly voted at this extremely important meeting, shareholders are also strongly urged to review the Company’s website, http://www.mechel.com/shareholders/corporate_governance/shareholders_meeting, to determine if they need to supply additional information beyond their voting instructions.

Both the management and the board of directors of Mechel OAO urge shareholders to participate in the upcoming extraordinary general meeting and to show their support for the proposed debt restructuring.

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Proxy Submission Deadline: FEBRUARY 25, 2016 at 10:00 AM New York City Time

YOUR VOTE IS CRITICAL! WE APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT!

The Board of Directors of Mechel UNANIMOUSLY recommends that shareholders vote “FOR” the transactions of providing and changing suretyships and pledges provided by the company to the following lenders: Sberbank PJSC, Gazprombank (Joint Stock Company), VTB Bank (PJSC) and the syndicate of banks, as approval of the transactions is in Mechel OAO’s best interest.

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If you have any questions about this process or need assistance in voting your shares,
please call our proxy solicitor:

INNISFREE M&A INCORPORATED at 1-212-750-2668.

To review the materials for the Extraordinary General Meeting online:
http://www.mechel.com/shareholders/corporate_governance/shareholders_meeting

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Mechel is an international mining and steel company which employs over 67,000 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.

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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.

Mechel OAO Alexey Lukashov Tel: + 7 495 221 88 88 alexey.lukashov@mechel.com

Source: Mechel OAO