PAO Severstal (SVST) PAO Severstal: Severstal reports Q3 2021 financial and operational results 18-Oct-2021 / 10:00 MSK Dissemination of a Regulatory Announcement that contains inside information according to REGULATION (EU) No 596/2014 (MAR), transmitted by EQS Group. The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement.

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Severstal reports Q3 2021 financial and operational results

- EBITDA margin was 54%; EBITDA grew 5% and FCF grew 6% qoq -

Moscow, Russia - 18 October 2021 - PAO Severstal (MOEX: CHMF; LSE: SVST), one of the world's leading steel and steel-related mining companies, increased its revenue by 9% qoq to USD3,206 mln, EBITDA reached USD1,723 mln (+5% qoq), EBITDA margin amounted to 54% (-2 ppts qoq).

KEY CONSOLIDATED OPERATIONAL AND FINANCIAL RESULTS

                            Q3 2021 Q2 2021 qoq     9m 2021 9m 20206 yoy 
Financials, USD million 
Revenue                     3,206   2,946   9%      8,371   5,147    63% 
EBITDA1                     1,723   1,647   5%      4,532   1,712    165% 
EBITDA margin, %            54      56      (2ppts) 54      33       21ppts 
Free cash flow2             992     936     6%      2,425   626      287% 
Net profit                  1,237   1,139   9%      3,097   630      392% 
Net debt/EBITDA3            0.29    0.37    (22%)   0.29    0.77     (62%) 
Basic EPS4, USD               1.48    1.36    9%      3.72    0.76     389% 
Production, kt 
Hot metal                    2,728  2,627   4%      8,029   7,143    12% 
Crude steel                  2,878  2,776   4%      8,615   8,547    1% 
Sales, kt 
Steel products, incl:       2,694   2,678   1%      8,002   8,059    (1%) 
HVA                         1,146   1,308   (12%)   3,676   3,535    4% 
Iron ore products           1,092   1,310   (17%)   3,426   4,530    (24%) 
Coal                        127     282     (55%)   754     1,101    (32%) 
Health and safety 
LTIFR (staff) 5             0.93    0.57    63%     0.68    0.71     (4%) 
LTIFR (staff + contractors) 0.88    0.63    40%     0.73    -        - 

Notes: 1. EBITDA represents profit from operations plus depreciation and amortisation of productive assets(including the Group's share of depreciation and amortisation of associates and joint ventures) adjusted for thegain/(loss) on disposals of PPE and intangible assets and its share in associates' and joint ventures'non-operating income/(expenses). A reconciliation of EBITDA to profit from operations is presented in Severstal'squarterly financial statements. 2. Free Cash Flow ("FCF") is determined as the aggregate amount of the following items: Net cash fromoperating activities, CAPEX, proceeds from disposal of PPE and intangible assets, interest received and dividendsreceived. A reconciliation of FCF to net cash from operating activities is presented in Severstal's quarterlyfinancial statements. 3. Net Debt/EBITDA ratio is calculated as net debt divided by EBITDA for the last 12 months and is includedin Severstal's quarterly financial statements. Net debt equals the total debt less cash and cash equivalents at theend of the reporting period. 4. Basic EPS is calculated as profit for the period divided by the weighted average number of sharesoutstanding during the period: 838 million shares for Q3 2021 and 834 million shares for Q2 2021; 833 mln sharesfor 9m 2021 and 825 million shares for 9m 2020. 5. LTIFR refers to Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate, the number of lost time injuries occurring in aworkplace per one million hours worked. The scope covers injuries and hours worked for staff and contractors, usingthe cumulative data from the beginning of the calendar year. 6. These data include adjustments made in connection with the change in presentation described inSeverstal's quarterly financial statements.

Q3 2021 vs. Q2 2021 ANALYSIS:

Consolidated operational results

-- Production: Hot metal output grew by 4% qoq to 2.73 mln tonnes due to end of scheduled BF repairs. Crudesteel production raised to 2.88 mln tonnes (+4% qoq), as a result of completed BOF shop and casting machinesupgrade. The upgrade will allow us to increase crude BOF steel output by 0.5 mln tonnes per annum.

-- Steel sales were up by 1% qoq to 2.69 mln tonnes, due to strong sales of pig iron and slabs. Sales of HVAdecreased by 12% qoq to 1.15 mln tonnes on the back of customer's expectations of further price decline. Sales ofhot-rolled steel and plate increased by 1% qoq to 1.12 mln tonnes. The total share of export sales volume,including sales of pig iron increased by 6 ppts qoq to 51% due to a softening of the demand in Russia.

-- Total share of high value-added (HVA) products amounted to 43% (-6 ppts qoq) due to softening demand andincrease of pig iron sales. If we don't take into account the increase in pig iron shipments, the HVA share in theproduct portfolio has not changed almost qoq.

-- Raw materials sales: Sales of coal decreased by 55% qoq to 0.13 mln tonnes, driven mainly by a decline insteam coal sales due lower output qoq because of long wall repositioning. Iron ore sales were down by 17% qoq to1.09 mln tonnes, driven by a redistribution of sales to Cherepovets steel mill, coupled with lower pelletproduction on the back of repairs.

Consolidated financial results

-- Revenue increased by 9% qoq to USD3,206 mln due to higher sales volumes and increase in weighted averagesteel prices. Sales growth was primarily driven by export markets with an increase of revenue from the NorthAmerica region (4x growth qoq) as well as from the Middle East region (2x growth qoq).

-- EBITDA increased to USD1,723 mln (+5% qoq), higher revenue was partially impacted by the additional exportduties imposed by the Russian government. EBITDA margin was 54% (-2 ppts qoq).

-- Free Cash Flow increased to USD992 mln (+6% qoq), driven by higher EBITDA and lower build-up of workingcapital(-USD58 mln). The build-up of inventories associated with the growth of export sales share was partially compensatedby an increase of accounts payable and advances received. CAPEX amounted to USD284 mln (+4% qoq).

9M 2021 vs. 9M 2020 ANALYSIS:

Consolidated operational results­­­

-- Production: Hot metal production increased by 12% yoy to 8 mln tonnes, due to BF-3 commissioning inDecember 2020. Steel output grew to 8.62 mln tonnes (+1% yoy), driven by the EAF-1 start up in April 2021 andcompletion of BOF shop and casting machines upgrades.

-- Steel sales were marginally lower at 8 mln tonnes (-1% yoy). Sales of semi-finished products grew by fourtimes yoy to 1.07 mln tonnes following higher output of pig iron and crude steel, coupled with repairs in thehot-rolled shop. Sales of hot-rolled steel (incl. plates) decreased by 20% yoy mainly due to a large-scale upgradeof one of the continuous slab heating furnaces.

-- High value-added (HVA) sales increased by 4% yoy on stronger sales of high value added hot-rolled steel,cold-rolled steel (+19% yoy to 0.79 mln tonnes) and LDP (+74% to 0.23 mln tonnes). The HVA share in total salesamounted to 46% (+2 ppts yoy).

-- Raw materials sales: Sales of coal decreased by 32% yoy to 0.75 mln tonnes driven mainly by a decline incoal concentrate sales on the back of lower output impacted by the long wall repositioning. Sales of iron oreproducts decreased by 24% to 3.4 mln tonnes, driven by the redirection of iron ore flow to own assets following thestart-up of BF-3 in the end of 2020. Sales of iron ore pellets to third parties reduced by 23% yoy to 3.3 mlntonnes. Iron ore concentrate sales to third parties decrease substantially in Q3 2021, amounting to just 78 kt in9m 2021 (-58% yoy).

Consolidated financial results

-- Revenue increased to USD8,371 mln (+63% yoy) due to higher steel prices and improved product mix.

-- EBITDA grew to USD4,532 mln (2.6x yoy) due to higher steel prices in the first 9m of 2021. EBITDA marginreached a record high of 54%.

-- Net profit totaled USD3,097 mln (increase of 5x yoy), including FX losses of USD45 mln (vs FX losses of USD472in 9m 2020).

-- Free Cash Flow increased by 4x yoy to USD2,425 mln, driven by higher earnings.

-- CAPEX amounted to USD835 mln.

Financial position

-- Cash and cash equivalents decreased to USD281 mln (-64% qoq) on the back of Q2 2021 dividend payments andthe repayment of USD500 mln of eurobonds.

-- Total debt declined to USD1,815 mln (-22% qoq) due to the redemption of eurobonds with a 3.85% coupon inAugust 2021.

-- Net debt stood at USD1,534 mln (flat qoq). The Net debt/EBITDA ratio improved to 0.29 (vs 0.37 as at 30June 2021).

-- A strong liquidity position, with USD281 mln in cash and cash equivalents, in addition to unused committedcredit lines and overdraft facilities of USD1,158 mln, more than covers the Company's short-term debt of USD45 mln.

Health and safety performance

-- LTIFR among employees increased to 0.93 (+63% qoq) in Q3 2021. The overall LTIFR for employees andcontractors reached 0.88 (+40% qoq) in the reporting period.

-- In 9m 2021 LTIFR among employees improved to 0.68 (-4% yoy). The overall LTIFR for employees andcontractors was 0.73. The improvement is attributed to the deployment of the Contractor Safety Management and FatalInjury Avoidance projects in all business units of the company, but regrettably we had five fatalities in 9m 2021.Each of these cases was investigated with a change in some internal processes to prevent similar incidents in thefuture.

DIVID

-- The Board of Directors is recommending a dividend of 85.93 roubles per share for Q3 2021. Approval of thedividend is expected to take place at the Company's EGM on 3 December 2021.The recommended record date for thedividend payment is 14 December 2021. The approval of the record date for the dividend payment is also expected totake place at the Company's EGM on 3 December 2021.

MARKET UPDATE AND OUTLOOK

-- Iron ore prices fell by almost USD100/t CFR China from all-time maximums due to a softening of Chinesedemand as China limits steel output. This led also to a decline in steel prices from the record level reached inQ2. The Chinese steel market is affected by steel production restrictions which is positive to price sentiment,however Chinese property market cooling creates the risk of a weakening of steel demand. At the same time thecoking coal market entered severe deficit in China and as a result domestic Chinese coal prices skyrocketed, whichalso pushed prices in the global market higher. Australian high-grade coking coal export prices have exceeded USD400/t FOB.

-- In Russia a temporary 15% export duty has caused domestic HRC price fall below export parity net ofduty.

-- The Russian authorities have confirmed a new tax mechanism which will replace export duty (a complex setof measures including introducing a new excise tax and changing the MET calculation methodology). These changeswill adversely affect Severstal's financial performance in 2022.

Alexander Shevelev, CEO of Severstal Management, commented:

"We continue to develop our response to the continuing issues with the COVID-19 pandemic. In our aim to ensure a safe environment in the workplace for our employees and contractors we continue to encourage our staff to get vaccinated. Today more than 65% of them have already been vaccinated. Also we have successfully achieved our internal target of having employees with immunity through vaccination or antibodies of more than 80% by the end of the summer thus creating a safer environment for everyone.

We also continue to focus on injury prevention. LTIFR for our staff declined in 9m 2021 by 4% to 0.68. However, the combined LTIFR for both our staff and contractors grew in Q3 2021 to 0.88 and regrettably we had two fatalities in the reporting quarter in Vorkutaugol. We conducted an investigation of each of these cases, and took actions to prevent similar incidents in the future. In particular, we strengthened control over compliance with the requirements of mine passports, as well as an intensified focus on the process of assessing and training of our operations managers in health and safety.

In Q3 2021, we saw first signs of a normalisation in the steel market. Iron ore prices fell by almost USD100/t from all-time maximums due to a decrease in the Chinese demand, as China limits steel output. In line with our expectations, spot steel prices also declined from the record level of Q2. The semi-conductor shortage pushed automotive output down in Europe which led to lower steel demand and declining lead times from steel mills, resulting in supply and demand being in balance. The introduction of export duties in Russia caused domestic HRC price to fall to a level below export parity, net of duty.

However, the growth in sales coupled with higher average selling prices (due to the lag between spot prices and actual prices) pushed the Company's financial results to new records. Revenue grew by 9% qoq to USD3.2bn and EBITDA rose by 5% to USD1.7bn. Continuous focus on effective management of working capital enabled us to reach a record FCF of almost USD1bn (+6% qoq). Net debt/EBITDA ratio declined to 0.29.

Severstal's strong performance in Q3 2021 and financial strength of the company help the Board to recommend a dividend of 85.93 roubles per share for Q3 2021."

SEGMENTS PERFORMANCE

Severstal Russian Steel (RSD)

USD million, unless otherwise stated Q3 2021 Q2 2021 qoq      9m 2021 9m 20201 yoy 
Steel sales, kt                    2,704   2,691   0%       8,037   8,093    (1%) 
Semis                              489     317     54%      1,065   261      308% 
Commercial                         1,067   1,066   0%       3,294   4,294    (23%) 
HVA                                1,148   1,308   (12%)    3,678   3,538    4% 
Revenue                            3,098   2,759   12%      8,011   5,137    56% 
EBITDA                             1,069   1,021   5%       2,779   1,133    145% 
EBITDA margin, %                   35      37      (2 ppts) 35      22       13 ppts 

Notes: 1. These data include adjustments made in connection with the change in presentation described inSeverstal's quarterly financial statements.

-- Steel sales are almost flat. The Company increased its export sales share to 51% (+6 ppts qoq) owing tothe decline in steel demand in Russia.

-- Total share of high value-added (HVA) products amounted to 42%.

-- Revenue increased by 12% qoq to USD3,098 mln.

-- EBITDA grew by 5% qoq to USD1,069 mln. EBITDA margin declined to 35% (-2 ppts qoq) on narrowing pricespreads between slabs and raw material basket.

-- The total non-integrated cash cost of slab per tonne at the Cherepovets Steel Mill increased to USD505/t(+11% qoq) affected mainly by higher coal costs. The integrated cash cost of slab amounted to USD225/t (+29% qoq).

Severstal Resources

USD million, unless otherwise stated Q3 2021 Q2 2021 qoq    9m 2021 9m 2020 yoy 
?oal sales, kt                     810     1,149   (30%)  3,257   4,331   (25%) 
Iron ore sales, kt                 4,560   4,659   (2%)   13,361  13,445  (1%) 
Revenue                            1,016   999     2%     2,762   1,275   117% 
EBITDA                             761     733     4%     2,019   614     229% 
EBITDA margin, %                   75      73      2 ppts 73      48      25 ppts 

-- Coal sales decreased by 30% qoq to 0.8 mln tonnes mainly as a result of steam coal sales reduction.

-- Sales of iron ore were down by 2% qoq to 4.6 mln tonnes due to the acceleration of pellet sales to thirdparties and concentrate within Severstal.

-- Revenue from the Resources Division reached USD1,016 mln (+2% qoq). EBITDA increased by 4% qoq to USD761 mln.EBITDA margin increased to 75%.

-- At Vorkutaugol, the cash cost of coal concentrate per tonne amounted to USD102/t (+13% qoq). The cash costof iron ore pellets per tonne at Karelsky Okatysh increased to USD34/t (+3% qoq). At Olcon, the cash cost per tonneof iron ore concentrate grew to USD28/t (+4% qoq).

NOTES 1. Full consolidated interim condensed financial statements are available at http://www.severstal.com/eng/ir/results_and_reports/financial_results/index.phtml. This includes the review report from KPMG, Severstal's externalauditor, carried out in accordance with International Standard on Review Engagements 2410. 2. Severstal's Annual Report 2020 is available at http://www.severstal.com/eng/ir/results_and_reports/annual_reports/index.phtml 3. Each of the directors who is a director at the date of the approval of this document confirms that to thebest of their knowledge: that the consolidated interim condensed financial statements has been prepared inaccordance with IAS34; that the consolidated interim condensed financial statements give a true and fair view ofSeverstal's assets, liabilities, financial position and profit or loss; and that this document contains a fairreview of important events that have occurred during the first nine months of the year and their impact on theconsolidated interim condensed financial statements; and of the principal risks and uncertainties for the remainingthree months of the year; and that the report contains a fair review of related party transactions.

A conference call on Q3 2021 and 9m 2021 results for investors and analysts hosted by Alexey Kulichenko, Chief Financial Officer, will be held on 18 October 2021 at 12.00 (London)/ 14.00 (Moscow).

To join the webcast (with registration form) please follow the link:

https://mm.closir.com/slides?id=314887

*We recommend that participants start dialling in 10 minutes prior to ensure a timely start of the conference call.

To join the conference call, please dial:

United Kingdom Number: +44 203 984 9844 (local access) +44 800 011 9129 (toll free)

US Number: +1 718 866 4614 (local access) +1 888 686 3653 (toll free)

Russian Dial: +7 495 283 98 58 (local access)

Participant code: 314887

ANNEX

1. Consolidates sales by product

Sales volumes 
                                     Q3 2021 Q2 2021 qoq   9m 2021 9m 20201 yoy 
Kt 
Coal:                                 127    282     (55%)  754     1,101   (32%) 
Coking coal concentrate               39     38      3%     112     215     (48%) 
Steam coal                            88     244     (64%)  642     886     (28%) 
Iron ore:                             1,092  1,310   (17%)  3,426   4,530   (24%) 
Iron ore pellets                      1,061  1,309   (19%)  3,348   4,343   (23%) 
Iron ore concentrate                  31     1       n/a    78      187     (58%) 
Steel:                                2,694  2,678   1%     8,002   8,059   (1%) 
Semi-finished products                489    317     54%    1,065   260     310% 
Hot-rolled steel:                     1,115  1,102   1%     3,408   4,251   (20%) 
   incl. Hot-rolled high value added 227     211     8%    638      531     20% 
Cold-rolled steel                     248    280     (11%)  785     661     19% 
Galvanized steel                      216    255     (15%)  746     690     8% 
Colour coated coil                    86     119     (28%)  288     373     (23%) 
Long steel                            171    162     6%     491     544     (10%) 
Metalware                             139    175     (21%)  456     426     7% 
Large diameter pipes                  90     75      20%    225     129     74% 
Other tubes, pipes, formed shapes     135    193     (30%)  533     725     (26%) 
Steel solutions                        5     -       n/a    5       -       n/a 

2. Russian Steel Division sales by product

Sales volumes 
                                    Q3 2021 Q2 2021 qoq   9m 2021 9m 20201 Yoy 
Kt 
Total steel products                 2,704   2,691  0%     8,037   8,093   (1%) 
Semi-finished products               489     317    54%    1,065   261     308% 
Hot-rolled steel:                    1,115   1,101  1%     3,408   4,252   (20%) 
  incl. Hot-rolled high value added  229     209    10%    638     531     20% 
Cold-rolled coil                     248     280    (11%)  785     661     19% 
Galvanized and metallic coated coil  216     255    (15%)  746     690     8% 
Colour coated coil                   86      119    (28%)  288     373     (23%) 
Long products                        181     174    4%     524     573     (9%) 
Metalware products                   139     176    (21%)  458     429     7% 
Large diameter pipes                 90      75     20%    225     129     74% 
Other tubes, pipes, formed shapes    135     194    (30%)  533     725     (26%) 
Steel solutions                      5       -      n/a    5       -       n/a 

3. Russian Steel Division sales by destination

Sales volumes 
                      Q3 2021 Q2 2021 qoq   9m 2021 9m 20201 Yoy 
Kt 
Total steel products   2,704  2,691   0%     8,037   8,093   (1%) 
Russia                 1,313  1,482   (11%)  4,051   4,837   (16%) 
Export                 1,391  1,209   15%    3,986   3,256   22% 1. These data include adjustments made in connection with the change in presentation described inSeverstal's quarterly financial statements 

4. Russian Steel Division average prices

Sales price, USD/tonne                Q3 2021 Q2 2021 qoq 9m 2021 9m 20201 Yoy 
Semi-finished products               646    624     4%   611     373     64% 
Hot-rolled steel                     1,009  846     19%  823     446     85% 
incl. Hot-rolled high value added    1,035  789     31%  828    574      44% 
Cold-rolled coil                     1,155  1,001   15%  968     536     81% 
Galvanized and metallic coated coil  1,449  1,213   19%  1,148   639     80% 
Colour coated coil                   1,599  1,427   12%  1,389   789     76% 
Long products                        754    673     12%  664     419     58% 
Metalware products                   1,491  1,097   36%  1,205   852     41% 
Large diameter pipes                 822    752     9%   770     811     (5%) 
Other tubes, pipes, formed shapes    986    941     5%   867     492     76% 
Steel solutions                     1,517   n/a     n/a 1,517   n/a      n/a 
Weighted average selling price       1,012  906     12%  873     513     70% 1. These data include adjustments made in connection with the change in presentation described inSeverstal's quarterly financial statements 

5. Resource Division sales

Kt                       Q3 2021 Q2 2021 qoq   9m 2021 9m 2020 yoy 
Coal                      810    1,149   (30%)  3,257   4,331  (25%) 
Coking coal concentrate   722    905     (20%)  2,615   3,445  (24%) 
Steam coal                88     244     (64%)  642     886    (28%) 
Iron ore                  4,560  4,659   (2%)   13,361  13,445 (1%) 
Iron ore pellets          2,847  3,001   (5%)   8,493   8,112  5% 
Iron ore concentrate      1,713  1,658   3%     4,868   5,333  (9%) 

6. Vorkutaugol operating highlights

Kt                             Q3 2021 Q2 2021 qoq   9m 2021 9m 2020 yoy 
Run of mine: coal production,  1,696   2,047   (17%) 6,037   7,806   (23%) 
Coking coal concentrate sales  722     905     (20%) 2,615    3,445  (24%) 
Internal consumption           683     867     (21%) 2,503    3,229  (22%) 
Third party                    39      38      3%    112      216    (48%) 

7. Karelsky Okatysh iron ore pellets production and sales volumes

Kt                    Q3 2021 Q2 2021 qoq   9m 2021 9m 2020 yoy 
Production            2,849   2,916   (2%)  8,616    8,022  7% 
Pellets sales         2,847   3,001   (5%)  8,493    8,112  5% 
Internal consumption  2,328   2,238   4%    6,859    8,078  (15%) 
Third party           519     763     (32%) 1,634    34     n/a 

8. Iron ore concentrate sales volumes

Kt                Q3 2021 Q2 2021 qoq  9m 2021 9m 2020 yoy 
Olcon             1,073   1,088   (1%) 3,157    3,287  (4%) 
Yakovlevskiy      627     570     10%  1,698    1,315  29% 
Karelsky Okatysh  13      0       n/a  13       731    (98%) 
Total             1,713   1,658   3%   4,868    5,333  (9%) 

For further information, please contact:

Severstal Investor Relations

Vladimir Zaluzhsky, Nikita Klimantov

T: +7 (495) 926-77-66

vladimir.zaluzhsky@severstal.com

na.klimantov@severstal.com

Severstal Public Relations

Anastasia Mishanina

T: +7 (495) 926-77-66

anastasia.mishanina@severstal.com

Severstal's financial communications agent - Hudson Sandler

Andrew Leach / Emily Dillon

T: +44 (0) 20 7796 4133

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P?? Severstal is one of the world's leading vertically integrated steel and steel related mining companies, with assets in Russia, Latvia and Poland. Severstal is listed on MOEX and the company's GDRs are traded on the LSE. Severstal reported revenue of USD6,870 mln and EBITDA of USD2,422 mln in 2020. Severstal's crude steel production in 2020 reached 11.3 mln tonnes. www.severstal.com

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