×

Mechel Reports 2012 Operational Results

Mechel OAO Logo

MOSCOW, Jan. 31, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mechel OAO (NYSE:MTL), one of the leading Russian mining and metals companies, announces 2012 operational results.

Production and sales for 2012

Production:
Product name 2012, thousand tonnes 2011, thousand tonnes 2012 vs. 2011, % 4Q2012, thousand tonnes 3Q2012, thousand tonnes 4Q2012 vs. 3Q2012, %
Coal (run-of-mine)
27,763 27,625 +1 6,970 7,414 -6
Pig iron
4,161 3,728 +12 1,054 1,092 -3
Steel
6,532 6,118 +7 1,430 1,710 -16
Sales:
Product name 2012, thousand tonnes 2011, thousand tonnes 2012 vs. 2011, % 4Q2012, thousand tonnes 3Q2012, thousand tonnes 4Q2012 vs. 3Q2012, %
Coking coal concentrate
11,542 12,511 -8 2,513 2,792 -10
Including coking coal concentrate supplied to Mechel enterprises 2,590 2,876 --10 640 652 -2
PCI
2,428 1,969 +23 725 629 +15
Anthracites
2,391 2,344 +2 453 587 -23
Including anthracites supplied to Mechel enterprises 271 323 -16 25 57 -56
Steam coal 5,910
6,438 -8 1,420 1,595 -11
Including steam coal supplied to Mechel enterprises 1,540 1,319 +17 419 402 +4
Iron ore concentrate 4,390
4,404 0 1,171 1,146 +2
Including iron ore concentrate supplied to Mechel enterprises 280 1,693 -83 12 110 -89
Coke
3,561 3,457 +3 854 854 0
Including coke supplied to Mechel enterprises 2,448 2,415 +1 546 564 -3
Nickel 11 16.3 -32 0.5 2.5 -81
Including nickel supplied to Mechel enterprises 2 4.9 -67 0 0.5 -100
Ferrosilicon 78 83.8 -6 22 21 +1
Including ferrosilicon supplied to Mechel enterprises 30 30.3 -2 7.6 7.5 +2
Chrome
70 58.4 +20 17 13 +25
Including chrome supplied to Mechel enterprises 9 13.5 --37 2 2.5 -18
Flat products
718 679 +6 184 143 +29
Including those produced by third parties 397 391 +1 94 66 +41
Long products
4,073 3,821 +7 966 1,130 -14
Including those produced by third parties 908 818 +11 242 263 -8
Billets
2,602 2,092 +24 652 726 -10
Including those produced by third parties 881 1,437 --39 130 139 -7
Hardware and welded mesh 976 961 +2 239 273 -12
Including those produced by third parties 57 52 +9 17 15 +19
Forgings
57 60 -5 18 11 +59
Stampings
111 117 -5 28 28 +1
Electric power generation (thousand kWh) 4,272,610 3,915,202 +9 1,175,399 845,163 +39
Heat power generation (Gcal) 7,945,674 7,142,197 +11 2,536,507 925,332 +174

Mechel OAO's Chief Executive Officer Evgeny Mikhel commented on the company's 2012 operational results:

"Despite market volatility, Mechel on the whole demonstrated positive dynamics in the Group's key business areas over 2012.

"In the mining segment, production of run-of-mine coal increased by 1% compared to last year's figures. The temporary suspension of mining activities at Mechel Bluestone in late 2012, as well as difficult weather conditions and current maintenance of mining equipment at Russian coal facilities had a negative impact on the coal mining volumes in the fourth quarter.

"Nevertheless, Mechel continued to successfully pursue its strategy of increasing the share of metallurgical coals in the mining division's overall sales. For all of 2012, PCI sales were up by 23% and anthracites by 2%. A 23-percent decrease in anthracite sales in the fourth quarter was mostly due to major European consumers reducing inventories at the end of the year.

"In 2012, iron ore concentrate sales remained on the level of 2011. During the year, Korshunov Mining Plant's sales structure changed. It significantly increased sales to external consumers, mostly Chinese steelmakers, and reduced sales to Mechel's own enterprises. As a result, in 2012 intragroup sales decreased while third-party sales increased by half.

"In the steel division, production of steel increased by 7% and pig iron by 12% as compared to last year's figures. The launch of Blast Furnace #5 at Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant after capital maintenance and the commissioning of a new electric furnace at Izhstal had a positive impact on production volumes.

"Sales of long and flat rolls in 2012 went up by 7% and 6% respectively, largely due to the sales and service network Mechel Service Global's Russian and Kazakh subsidiaries optimizing work with the client base.

"One of Mechel's strategic priorities is increasing output of high-margin metallurgical products. In line with this strategy, the Group, which has for several years been the leader among Russian hardware producers, continues to increase the production and sale of these products. In 2012 hardware and mesh sales amounted to some 978,000 tonnes, which is 2% higher than last year. A small decrease in hardware production in the fourth quarter was due to the suspension of production at the company's Romanian assets due to unfavorable prices on European steel markets.

"In the ferroalloys division, ferrochrome sales were up by 20% compared to last year's figures. The 32-percent decrease in nickel sales was caused by the halting of Southern Urals Nickel Plant following a weaker nickel market. Ferrosilicon production stayed stable, and the small difference between its sales in 2012 and 2011 are due to longer ownership transfer periods for volumes sold in late 2012.

"In 2012 the Group's power division enterprises increased generation of heat to 7,945,674 Gcal and electricity to 4,272,610 KWh, which means a 11% and 9% increase, respectively. That was due not only to increased demand for energy resources, but also a successful 2012 maintenance campaign, as well as renovation of key facilities as part of implementing an investment program for Mechel-Energo OOO and the Group's other power assets."

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.

The Mechel OAO logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=8181

All production and sales figures are preliminary and may be adjusted. 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.

CONTACT: Mechel OAO Anton Lapin Tel: + 7 495 221 88 88 antonlapin@mechel.ru

Source:Mechel OAO