MAGNITOGORSK, 14 September 2007 – A consortium of international banks consisting of ABN AMRO, Deutsche Bank AG, and ING Wholesale Banking together with OJSC “Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works”
MAGNITOGORSK, 14 September 2007 – A consortium of international banks consisting of ABN AMRO, Deutsche Bank AG, and ING Wholesale Banking together with OJSC “Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works”, the largest one-site steel producer in Russia, today signed a loan agreement amounting to EUR 365 million. This loan agreement enjoys insurance cover provided by EULER HERMES Kreditversicherungs-AG, Hamburg, acting on behalf and for the account of the Federal Republic of Germany.
This 10-year financing will be utilised to finance supplies and services from SMS Demag AG, Germany for the construction of a plate mill 5000 and a slab caster. EULER HERMES will provide cover for 85% of these supplies and services.
Within the consortium, ABN AMRO acts as Documentation Agent, Deutsche Bank AG as the EULER HERMES Agent, ING Wholesale Banking as the Facility Agent. Furthermore, Deutsche Bank Ltd., Moscow assumes the role of the Account Bank.
This financing is the largest EULER HERMES covered corporate risk facility for a Russian company since 1998.
For further information, please call:
The Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works OJSC
+ 7 3519 24 90 82
+7 495 937 0317
Deutsche Bank London
+44 (0) 207 547 1605
Deutsche Bank Moscow
+7 495 797 5053
Information on MMK’s plate mill 5000 project
The construction of the 5,000 mm plate mill is OJSC MMK's largest project of the last decade. When implemented, this project will allow to produce highly lucrative steel plate up to 4,850 mm wide and with a strength class up to X100-X120 primarily for the oil and gas sector, and also for building ships, bridges and heavy machines.
The quality of the plate will be guaranteed by the reputation of the world-renowned SMS Demag, Germany, which won the contract amid tough competition with other global equipment manufacturers. The contract was signed in November of 2006. With the plate mill's first stage (Rolling Shop № 9) scheduled to go on stream in the summer of 2009. The total cost of the 1.5 Mtpy plate mill will be in excess of USD 1 bn.
The mill will comprise the full set of in-line mechanisms and units, from charging devices of the reheating furnaces to handling units at the finished products storage. The heart of the mill will be a unique rolling stand capable of developing a rolling force of about 12,000 tons. The implementation of the project will enable OJSC MMK to produce premium quality hot rolled plate using state-of-the-art rolling technology.
The Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works OJSC
The Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works OJSC ranks 20th among the world's largest steel producers (according to IISI) and is one of the leaders of Russia's steel industry (according to Chermet data).
The Company is a large steel producing complex encompassing the entire production chain, from preparation of iron ore to downstream processing of rolled steel. MMK turns out a broad range of steel products with a predominant share of value added goods.
In 2006 the Company produced 12.5 m tonnes of crude steel, and 11.3 m tonnes of commercial products. Sales under US GAAP amounted to USD 6.4 bn, with net profit standing at USD 1.4 bn.
Netherlands-based ABN AMRO is a leading international bank with total assets of EUR 1,120.1 bln (as at 30 June 2007). It has more than 4,500 branches in 53 countries, and has a staff of more than 107,000 full-time equivalents worldwide. ABN AMRO is listed on Euronext and the New York Stock Exchange.
ING Wholesale Banking
ING Group is a global financial services company of Dutch origin with 150 years of experience, providing a wide array of banking, insurance and asset management services in over 50 countries. Based on market capitalization ING is one of the 20 largest financial institutions worldwide with assets totalling EUR 865 bln. ING comprises a broad spectrum of prominent companies that increasingly serve their clients under the ING brand.
ING Wholesale Banking is the corporate and investment banking division of ING Group. ING Wholesale Banking combines its anchor products of lending, cash management and treasury with a full range of value added services. These include: access to debt capital markets and financial markets, mergers and acquisitions advisory, structured finance and syndicated loans.
Deutsche Bank is a leading global investment bank with a strong and profitable private clients franchise. A leader in Germany and Europe, the bank is continuously growing in North America, Asia and key emerging markets. With 75,140 employees in 75 countries, Deutsche Bank offers unparalleled financial services throughout the world. The bank competes to be the leading global provider of financial solutions for demanding clients creating exceptional value for its shareholders and people.