OAO Severstal

OAO Severstal

July 07, 2010 09:30 ET

Severstal Increases Stake in Crew Gold Corporation

AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS--(Marketwire - July 7, 2010) - Severstal Gold N.V. ("Severstal Gold"), a subsidiary of OAO Severstal ("Severstal") (LSE:SVST)(RTS:CHMF), announced today that it acquired 206 million common shares ("Common Shares") of Crew Gold Corporation ("Crew Gold") at a price of NOK 1.7475 (CAD 0.2887) per share on July 6, 2010. The securities acquired represent ownership and control of approximately 9.63% of the issued and outstanding Common Shares as at the date hereof.

Following this transaction, Severstal will have ownership and control over 774,524,160 Common Shares, representing approximately 36.22% of the issued and outstanding Common Shares as at the date hereof. The purchases were made in private transactions outside of Canada from non-Canadian sellers.

The additional acquisition of Common Shares was effected to increase Severstal's ownership position. Severstal is at present a control person of Crew Gold Corporation and exercises influence over Crew Gold through representation on the board of directors. Severstal may in the future increase or decrease its ownership of securities of Crew Gold from time to time depending on such factors as the business and prospects of Crew Gold and future market conditions.

This press release is issued pursuant to National Instrument 62-103 – The Early Warning System and Related Take-Over Bid and Insider Reporting Issues, which requires a report to be filed on SEDAR (www.sedar.com) containing additional information with respect to the foregoing matters. A copy of this report may be obtained by contacting Sergey Loktionov, Public Relations, OAO Severstal at +7 495 9810910 ext. 6446.

About Severstal

OAO Severstal is one of the world's leading integrated steel and mining companies with listings in Russia and on the London Stock Exchange. Incorporated in 1993, the company focuses on high value added and unique niche products. Its main steel- making assets are in Russia, the United States and Europe. In 2009, Severstal produced 16.7 million tonnes of steel.

Severstal's Gold Mining division was established in 2007 and now includes a number of gold mining assets and gold exploration fields in Russia, Kazakhstan and Burkina Faso.

Forward Looking Statements

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Contact Information

  • OAO Severstal
    Sergey Loktionov
    Public Relations
    +7 495 9810910 ext. 6446