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February 14, 2014
08:08 EDTCLFCliffs Natural says 'disappointed' Casablanca intent on waging public campaign
Cliffs Natural Resources issued an open letter to all shareholders, stating in part: "As we do with any significant investor, Cliffs' Board of Directors and management team have attempted to maintain a constructive dialogue with Casablanca. In fact, Cliffs' Chairman along with senior management has met with Casablanca in person twice in addition to a number of telephone calls and emails. Also, one of the Company's financial advisors, along with members of senior management, participated in a discussion with Casablanca regarding its proposal and analysis of Cliffs. We are disappointed that Casablanca seems intent on waging a public campaign rather than continuing its private engagement with our Chairman and management to address our doubts and concerns relating to Casablanca's proposal...It is important to point out that Casablanca's letter, dated January 27, 2014, includes a number of incorrect assumptions and omissions that need to be corrected...When establishing the valuation of our assets, Casablanca has used companies with non-comparable business models to attempt to establish a market value for "Cliffs International." In fact, half of Casablanca's comparable set includes companies with different minerals, growth outlooks and production profiles...We believe that Cliffs' dividend should be increased only to the extent that it is sustainable and will not put the Company's operations at risk. Casablanca fails to demonstrate that either is the case in their proposal...The idea of an MLP structure of the U.S. assets is not new. In fact, the Company has been studying the feasibility of a potential MLP structure with its advisors for a number of months. The specific characteristics of the Company's U.S. Iron Ore business make implementing such a structure complex, with significant tax implications...We are confident that our plan will improve long-term financial and operating performance to create value for all shareholders. To the extent that Casablanca offers additional ideas that would enhance shareholder value, we stand ready and willing to continue to engage with them on a private basis."
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March 26, 2015
07:36 EDTCLFCliffs CEO says 'absolutely confident' in liquidity, Bloomberg reports
Cliffs Natural CEO Lourenco Goncalves told Bloomberg in a telephone interview, "Based on our current outlook and our contracts in place with our clients, we are absolutely confident that we have enough liquidity to run through the down cycle." The comments followed Cliffs' $540M sale of senior secured notes.
March 25, 2015
16:00 EDTCLFOptions Update; March 25, 2015
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March 23, 2015
07:07 EDTCLFCliffs Natural agrees to sell Chromite assets to Noront for $20M
Cliffs Natural Resources announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Chromite assets in Northern Ontario, Canada to Noront Resources Ltd. for $20M. The transaction is comprised of the chromite deposits and associated claims held by Cliffs. The sale of these assets to Noront, an experienced mining company with a strategic interest in the Ring of Fire region, further demonstrates execution of Cliffs' strategy which includes divesting non-core assets and focusing on being the major supplier of iron ore pellets to the North American steel industry. Moelis & Company acted as financial advisor to Cliffs Natural Resources.
March 19, 2015
08:24 EDTCLFCliffs Natural says Bank of Nova Scotia files lawsuit against company
Cliffs Natural (CLF) said in a filing that as previously disclosed, on January 27, the company announced that Bloom Lake General Partner Limited and certain of its affiliates, including Cliffs Québec Iron Mining ULC commenced restructuring proceedings in Montreal, Québec, under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act. Certain obligations of the Bloom Lake Group, including equipment loans, are guaranteed by the Company. On March 16, The Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS) filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Eastern Division, against the company, asserting that the company breached its obligations under a guaranty of certain equipment loans pursuant to a Master Loan and Security Agreement, dated September 27, 2013, among certain members of the Bloom Lake Group and Key Equipment Finance Inc.. BNS is seeking an award of $52.6M plus unpaid accrued interest and expenses. Among other defenses to this litigation, the company is current in its payment obligations under the Equipment Loans.
08:24 EDTCLFJPMorgan pulls Cliffs target on 'relentless' iron ore price slide
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March 18, 2015
16:00 EDTCLFOptions Update; March 18, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.20 to 26.10. Option volume leaders: AAPL RAD PBR TWTR FB TSLA CLF BP MGM according to Track Data.
07:10 EDTCLFPlatts to hold a forum
11th Annual Steel Markets North America is being held in Chicago on March 17-18.

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