Cleveland-Cliffs Announces Convertibility of Preferred Stock


Cleveland-Cliffs Inc (NYSE:CLF) today announced that a condition to the conversion right of its 3.25% redeemable cumulative convertible perpetual preferred stock is satisfied and, as a result, the preferred stock may be surrendered for conversion at any time during the fiscal fourth quarter ending December 31, 2007.

The condition was satisfied because the closing share price of Cleveland-Cliffs' common shares for at least 20 of the last 30 trading days of the fiscal 2007 third quarter exceeded 110% of the then applicable conversion price of the preferred stock. The satisfaction allows conversion of the preferred stock only during the fiscal 2007 fourth quarter. Conversion may continue after the fiscal 2007 fourth quarter if certain conditions set forth in Cleveland-Cliffs' amended articles of incorporation are satisfied.

The preferred stock was also convertible during each of the past 11 fiscal quarters due to the satisfaction of this condition during the applicable periods.

      Conditions were                    The preferred stock was
 satisfied for the fiscal                 convertible during the
      quarter ended:                          period ended:
---------------------------            ----------------------------

December 31, 2004                      March 31, 2005
March 31, 2005                         June 30, 2005
June 30, 2005                          September 30, 2005
September 30, 2005                     December 31, 2005
December 31, 2005                      March 31, 2006
March 31, 2006                         June 30, 2006
June 30, 2006                          September 30, 2006
September 30, 2006                     December 31, 2006
December 31, 2006                      March 31, 2007
March 31, 2007                         June 30, 2007
June 30, 2007                          September 30, 2007

The conversion rate for the fiscal 2007 fourth quarter is currently 66.1881 common shares per share of preferred stock. This equates to a conversion price of approximately $15.11 per common share, subject to adjustment in certain circumstances including payment of dividends on the common shares.

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Cleveland-Cliffs Inc, headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, is an international mining company, the largest producer of iron ore pellets in North America and a major supplier of metallurgical coal to the global steelmaking industry. The Company operates six iron ore mines in Michigan, Minnesota and Eastern Canada, and three coking coal mines in West Virginia and Alabama. Cliffs also owns 80 percent of Portman Limited, a large iron ore mining company in Australia, serving the Asian iron ore markets with direct-shipping fines and lump ore. In addition, the Company has a 30 percent interest in the Amapa Project, a Brazilian iron ore project, and a 45 percent economic interest in the Sonoma Project, an Australian coking and thermal coal project.

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