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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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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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