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June 26, 2014
08:23 EDTCLFCasablanca files presentation detailing case for change at Cliffs Natural
Casablanca Capital LP, the beneficial owner of approximately 5.2% of Cliffs Natural Resources, released a detailed presentation outlining its plan to drive substantial value creation for all Cliffs shareholders. The presentation, along with other information regarding Casablanca’s nomination of six director candidates for election to the Board of Directors at the Company’s upcoming 2014 Annual Meeting of shareholders to be held on July 29, can be found at www.fixcliffs.com. Donald Drapkin, Chairman of Casablanca, stated, “Cliffs’ Board supported an expansion strategy that destroyed over $9 billion of capital and drove the share price down by 85%. This Board continues to resist the fundamental change that is needed to get Cliffs back on track. The incompetence, inaction, misaligned compensation and self-interest must come to an end. We urge shareholders to elect a new slate of directors who will refocus Cliffs on its core U.S. iron ore business, stop the bleeding at Bloom Lake, drastically reduce overhead, divest non-core assets and start generating positive returns for shareholders.” Key issues addressed in Casablanca’s presentation include: Cliffs’ failed diversification strategy, which has wasted billions in shareholder capital and allowed the Company to drift away from the strength of its core U.S. iron ore franchise; Cliffs’ cost structure, which, in spite of recently announced cuts, remains bloated; The Board’s entrenched and under-qualified directors, whose lack of alignment with shareholders is demonstrated by their de minimis ownership of Cliffs and their propensity for awarding management excessive compensation despite poor performance. Casablanca’s independent, knowledgeable and experienced Director nominees intend to guide Cliffs for the benefit of all shareholders. Casablanca urges all shareholders to vote their shares FOR Casablanca’s independent nominees on the GOLD proxy card.
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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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