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Fitch upgraded credit ratings of OJSC Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works (MMK)

May 19, 2011 - Fitch Ratings upgraded OJSC MMK credit ratings today. Long-term IDR rating was upgraded to 'BB+' from 'BB' with stable outlook; national long-term rating was upgraded to 'AA (rus)' from 'AA- (rus)' with stable outlook.

The upgrade of MMK's ratings reflects the finalisation in 2011 of scaled investment projects (Mill 2000 and MMK-Atakas in Turkey) which will considerably strengthen the Company's position as a producer of high value-added steel products and improves its geographic diversification of assets and revenues.

In Fitch's view, Russian steel market fundamentals remain strong. Russian companies would likely benefit from an expected increase of apparent steel consumption in Russia.

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Evgeny Kovtunov, Head of IR
Phone.: +7 (3519) 24-93-55


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