Mechel Reports Board of Directors' Decision

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MOSCOW, May 23, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mechel OAO (NYSE:MTL), one of the leading Russian mining and metals companies, announces its Board's dividend recommendation.

On May 23, 2014, Mechel's Board of Directors held a meeting confirming recommendations to the annual general shareholders' meeting regarding the payment of dividend based upon the results of the 2013 fiscal year:

  • the Board recommended not to pay an annual dividend with respect to ordinary shares;
  • the Board recommended an annual dividend of 0.05 rubles per one preferred share (approximately $0.0015 per one preferred share and $0.0007 per one preferred ADR*).

Dividends must be paid by bank transfer in time specified by Russian law.

The Board recommended to Mechel OAO's general shareholders' meeting to divide part of unallocated profit from the previous years as follows:

  • to allocate 6,937,845.75 rubles (approximately $202,387.57*) for payment of dividends for listed preferred shares;
  • to leave 90,416,010,077.27 rubles (approximately $2,637,573,222.79*) unallocated.

The Board also recommended that the list of persons entitled to take part in the general shareholders' meeting and the list of persons entitled to receive dividends for the 2013 fiscal year is made based on the data in the Shareholders' Register as of July 11, 2014. The annual general shareholders' meeting will be held on June 30, 2014, at the address: 1 Krasnoarmeyskaya Ul., Moscow, Russian Federation.

* Based on the Russian Central Bank exchange rate of 34,28 RUR/$ as of May 23, 2014.

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.

Mechel OAO
Ekaterina Videman
Tel: + 7 495 221 88 88