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METALLURGICAL GROUP METINVEST’S DEBT FALLS BY $53 MLN IN FEB 2018

The revenues of Metinvest B.V. (the Netherlands), the parent company of Metinvest mining and metallurgical group, in February 2018 decreased by 9.4%, or by $95 million, compared to the previous month, to $914 million from $1.009 billion. According to the preliminary unaudited consolidated monthly financial results of the company, EBITDA for February was $196 million, which is 14% ($32 million) less compared to January ($228 million).
According to the report, the adjusted EBITDA of the metallurgical division of the group in February 2018 was $120 million (in January some $140 million), including $12 million from participation in the joint venture ($11 million), while that of the mining division was $113 million (in January $110 million), in particular from JV some $18 million ($14 million). The management company’s expenses amounted to $7 million.
Total revenues in February 2018 consisted of the income of the metallurgical division in the amount of $778 million ($866 million in January), the mining division in the amount of $322 million ($255 million), while intra-group sales stood at “minus” $186 million (“minus” $112 million). The company’s total debt in February fell by $53 million compared to January, to $3.042 billion from $3.095 billion, while the amount of cash increased by $9 million, to $282 million from $273 million.

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MINING AND METAL GROUP METINVEST PLACES EUROBONDS

Metinvest mining and metal group has placed eurobonds under the 2012 eurobond refinancing program and pre-export financing facility ((PXF-financing): $825 million bonds due on April 23, 2023 and $525 million bonds due on April 23, 2026. According to information in the Bloomberg system, five-year bonds were placed at 98.986% of their face value. Taking into account the coupon of 7.75%, yield for them is 8% per annum.
The eight year bonds were placed at 98.583% of their face value. Taking into account the coupon of 8.5%, yield for them is 8.75% per annum.
As reported, on March 19 Metinvest offered the holders of eurobonds circulating in the market, the total nominal volume of which is $1.187 billion, to redeem the securities ahead of schedule.
The group at the initial stage of the offer received proposals for the buyback of eurobonds for $1.068 billion. In addition, the holders of eurobonds worth $1.149 billion agreed to amend the terms of their circulation.
The deadline for applications for redemption expires at 16:00 London time on April 19, 2018.
Metinvest also reported on achieving agreement with the creditors, who provided PXF-financing, on the revision of the terms of loans, including their extension.
Synchronously the group announced the issue of new bonds.

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METALLURGICAL GROUP METINVEST INCREASES CAPITAL INVESTMENTS BY 45% TO $542 MLN IN 2017

Metinvest B.V. (the Netherlands), the parent company of the Metinvest mining and metallurgical group, in 2017 increased capital investments by 45% compared to the previous year, to $542 million.
According to the audited consolidated financial results for 2017, expenditures on support projects accounted for 83% of total investments (75% in 2016), on strategic projects some 17% (25%).
At the same time, the metallurgical segment accounted for 51% of capital investments (52% in 2016), mining for 48% (46%).
Corporate expenses were $9 million for the reporting period ($4 million for 2016).
The total amount of net cash used in financing activities in 2017 was $110 million, which is 5% more than a year ago.
Net cash used in investing activities increased by 36% over the period compared to 2016, to $449 million. The total cash flow for the acquisition of fixed assets and intangible assets was $465 million, which is 30% more than in 2016. There were no proceeds from the sale of subsidiaries and affiliated companies, while in January 2016 the company received $6 million from the sale of its stake in Black Iron (Cyprus) Limited. Proceeds from the sale of fixed assets and intangible assets stood at $1 million compared with $3 million in 2016. The total amount of interest received was $15 million compared to $18 million in 2016.