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June 19, 2014
16:19 EDTCLFCliffs Natural urges shareholders to support all nine company nominees
Cliffs Natural Resources continues to believe that it is in the best interest of Cliffs' shareholders to support all nine of the company's nominees at the upcoming Annual Meeting of Shareholders to be held on July 29. Cliffs' shareholders of record at the close of business on June 2, will be entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting. Cliffs' nine director nominees, eight of whom are independent, have decades of leadership experience in mining, steel, basic materials, finance, engineering and natural resources businesses - the skills that the Board of Directors believes are required to understand and lead Cliffs. The Board continues to take an active approach in overseeing Cliffs' strategy and execution, providing guidance and, as appropriate, exacting accountability, in the current challenging iron ore pricing environment. As previously announced, in connection with the pending proxy contest between Cliffs and Casablanca Capital, the Cliffs Board has been considering whether Casablanca's nominees should be "approved" with respect to the Company's senior notes indenture for the limited purpose of not triggering the change of control provision in the senior notes indenture. The Cliffs Board took this limited, technical action after determining that this action was prudent to protect the interests of all of Cliffs' shareholders by eliminating the possibility that the outcome of the upcoming Board election could result in triggering the change of control provision. In no way should today's action be construed as Cliffs endorsing any of the Casablanca nominees in the proxy contest. The Cliffs Board continues to recommend shareholders vote by telephone, by Internet, or by signing and dating the WHITE proxy card to vote "FOR ALL" of the company's nine highly qualified and experienced director nominees with expertise in leading mining, steel, basic materials, engineering and natural resources businesses: Gary B. Halverson, Barry J. Eldridge, Mark E. Gaumond, Susan M. Green, Janice K. Henry, Stephen M. Johnson, James F. Kirsch, Richard K. Riederer and Timothy W. Sullivan. By voting the WHITE proxy card, the company intends for two of Casablanca's nominees to be elected to the company's Board.
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February 7, 2016
14:05 EDTCLFCliffs Natural reaches Bloom Lake settlements, will adopt governance changes
Cliffs Natural Resources announced it has reached agreements in principle to settle both the putative federal securities class action pending in the District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, and the combined shareholder derivative actions pending in the Court of Common Pleas of Cuyahoga County, Ohio. The lawsuits were based, among other things, on the alleged dissemination of false or misleading information by the previous management and previous board of directors regarding the company's former Bloom Lake mine in Canada. The settlements are subject to court approval, and will have "no impact" on the company's financial position or operations, Cliffs noted. The agreement in the securities action provides for a settlement payment to the class of $84M, the totality of which will be paid by the company's third party insurance carriers. Under the terms of the settlement for the derivative actions, the company has agreed to adopt a number of changes to its corporate governance policies, protocols and practices. In addition, the company's insurance carriers will pay $775,000 for plaintiff's attorneys' fees and costs.
February 5, 2016
06:42 EDTCLFCliffs Natural solvency concerns mounting, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank analyst Jorge Beristain says that while successful execution of the recently announced debt exchange offer could bring a short-term catalyst for shares of Cliffs Natural, it may not alter medium-term solvency concerns. Post the company's Q4 results, the analyst cut his price target for the shares to $1.00 from $1.50 on lower iron ore realizations. He believes solvency concerns are mounting and reiterates a Sell rating on Cliffs.
February 1, 2016
16:24 EDTCLFMesabi Trust receives royalty report of iron ore product shipments from Cliffs
On January 29, the Trustees of Mesabi Trust (MSB) received the quarterly royalty report of iron ore product shipments from Silver Bay, Minnesota during the quarter ended December 31, 2015 from Cliffs Natural Resources (CLF), the parent company of Northshore Mining Company. As previously reported, on January 15, 2016, the Trustees declared a distribution of 5c per Unit of Beneficial Interest payable on February 20 to Mesabi Trust Unitholders of record at the close of business on January 30. As reported by Cliffs, based on shipments of iron ore products by Northshore during the three months ended December 31, 2015, Mesabi Trust was credited with a base royalty of $2.86M. Mesabi Trust also was credited with a bonus royalty in the amount of $271,153, based on the average sales price per ton of iron ore pellets and the volume of shipments by Northshore during the fourth calendar quarter of 2015. Royalties paid to Mesabi Trust, however, reflected a reduction of $797,170 as a result of negative pricing adjustments to base and bonus royalty calculations related to changes in price estimates made in the previous calendar quarters of 2015. Accordingly, the total royalty payments received on January 29, 2016 by Mesabi Trust from Northshore were $2.42M. The royalties paid to Mesabi Trust are based on the volume of shipments of iron ore pellets for the quarter and the year to date, the pricing of iron ore product sales, and the percentage of iron ore pellet shipments from Mesabi Trust lands rather than from non-Mesabi Trust lands. In the fourth calendar quarter of 2015, Northshore credited Mesabi Trust with 981,102 tons of iron ore, as compared to 1,244,364 tons during Q4 of 2014.

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