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21 June 2012

NLMK ranked second among World's 35 Most Competitive Steelmakers - World Steel Dynamics

NLMK Group, the LSE-listed leading steel producer, was awarded second place in the annual ranking of the 35 most competitive global steel producers. The ranking prepared by World Steel Dynamics, the world’s leading steel information service, was based on 23 parameters including level of capacity expansion, proximity to high-growth markets and customers, share of high value-added products in a company’s product mix, profitability levels and technological innovation.

World Steel Dynamics highlighted NLMK’s competitive advantages, such as low production costs, self-sufficiency in raw materials, strong financial performance, proximity to key sales markets, pricing policy, as well as the company’s activities in the areas of social and environmental responsibility, and workers’ safety.

Since 2007, NLMK has consistently been named among the world’s top 6 most competitive steelmakers as ranked by World Steel Dynamics.

About World Steel Dynamics:

World Steel Dynamics® is the world’s leading steel information service, providing critical and new perspectives on possible and probable steel industry developments. WSD regularly analyses and publishes reports on steel prices, steelmakers' costs, steel supply/demand and steel finances. WSD also undertakes customised steel research assignments, specialised in-depth studies, private consulting studies and investment banking assessments.

About NLMK:

NLMK is an international vertically-integrated steelmaking company with production facilities located in Russia, Europe and the US. The liquid steel capacity of its operating units exceeds 15mtpy. The Company generated $11.7 billion of revenues and a 19.5% EBITDA margin for the full year 2011. The Company’s shares and GDSs are traded on the MICEX-RTS and LSE, respectively.