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June 11, 2009

OJSC Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel works (OJSC ʻ) announces its consolidated financial results according to IAS for Q1 2009 ending March 31, 2009

Substantial growth of profitability on the background of production increase

 Production of crude steel and commercial products in Q1 2009 grew by 26% and 24% accordingly

 The Company achieved positive EBITDA in the beginning of 2009

 EBITDA margin of the parent company (OJSC MMK) equaled to 19.4% in Q1 2009

 MMK steel segment is the most efficient in the Russian steel industry

 MMK successfully implements cost-reduction programme MMK enjoys the lowest cash-cost among Russian peers

 The Company focuses on high value added products output; slabs are not marketed

 MMK has the largest share of revenue generated on the profitable domestic market among Russian peers

Key financial highlights of the parent company - OJSC ʻ (USD million)


Q4  2008

Q1 2009


Sales of OJSC ʻ

1 041







EBITDA margin




Profit for the period of OJSC ʻ




 Sales of the parent company in Q1 2009 went down by 21% due to change of USD exchange rate

 EBITDA became positive and equaled to USD 160m which is USD 589m higher compared to Q4 2008

 EBITDA margin equaled to 19.4%

 Loss for the period amounted to USD 55m which is USD 390m less compared to Q4 2008

Impact of the group

Consolidated financial results for Q1 2009 were affected by factual and expected losses of other companies of the group.

Key consolidated income statement highlights of MMK Group (USD million)


Q4 2008



Sales of MMK Group

1 368


- 403





EBITDA margin of MMK Group




Profit for the period of Group




* EBITDA calculations: operating income + share in results of associates + depreciation impairment of investments in associates + Loss on disposal of fixed assets

 Sales reduction for Q1 2009 was caused by the fluctuation of USD exchange rate

 EBITDA became positive and equaled to USD 99m which is USD 568m higher compared to Q4 2008

 MMK Group EBITDA margin equaled to 10.3%

 Loss for the period was USD 110m which is USD 292m less compared to Q4 2008

Key Q1 2009 production highlights (thousand tonnes)


Q4 2008

Q1 2009


Crude steel

1 648

2 070


Commercial products

1 542

1 917


 Crude steel production in Q1 2009 grew by 26% in comparison with Q4 2008 figure

 Production of commercial products in Q1 2009 increased by 24% compared to Q4 2008

 Production capacity in Q1 2009 (compared to the average capacity during the first 9 months of 2008) grew from 49% in Q4 2008 to 61%

Overview of the Q1 2009 operating results: management comments

High revenue and cash flow levels

The Company managed to achieve high sales amount for Q1 2009. This was possible due to production volumes growth in the reporting period. Reduction of sales in comparison with Q4 2008 figure was caused by the change of USD exchange rate.

The company continues to generate a positive cash-flow.

MMK retains leadership in Russia

The domestic market remains the priority for . It provides an acceptable level of profitability. Globally, MMK focuses on meeting the demand of fast growing markets, including the South East Asia and Middle East markets.

The volume of domestic sales amounted to 1.1m tons, or 58% of the total sales in Q1 2009. In money terms shipments to Russia and CIS accounted for 65% of Group revenue which is the highest level in the Russian steel sector.

Conservative financial policy keeps on yielding good results

The Company's balance sheet is one of the strongest in the sector. The debt level of MMK Group is the lowest among the largest Russian peers: total debt stands at USD 1.694bn, net debt at USD 775m. The Debt/Equity ratio as of March 31, 2009 was x0.2.

Revolving credit facilities of traders affiliated with MMK for financing steel shipments account for about 25% of the short-term debt.

The amount of cash and cash equivalents is USD 907m. The decrease from the Q4 2008 level is caused by growth of USD exchange rate.

It is worth mentioning that the strengthening of USD exchange rate throughout the first quarter of 2009 has significantly influenced all balance sheet items (for the purpose of IAS reporting functional currency (RUR) is converted to reporting currency (USD)).

Change of assets value in Q1 2009 also occurred due to change of USD exchange rate. At the same time, the Company acquired fixed assets (including objects of financial leasing) for the sum of USD 401m in the reporting period.

Dividend payments

Annual General Shareholders Meeting took place on May 22, 2009. The shareholders took the decision not to pay out final dividends for 2008. Interim dividends for 2008 were set at the rate of 0,382 RUR per ordinary share. MMK obligations to pay dividends to the minority shareholders were fulfilled.

The Company keeps on implementing its crisis management programme aimed at increasing liquidity and maintaining profitability. The positive effect of the actions taken in Q1 2009 allows us to expect stable operations in 2009.




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