MOSCOW Feb 27 Severstal, Russia's second-biggest steel producer, posted a fourth-quarter net loss of $74 million on Thursday due to an asset impairment of $349 million and forex losses of $83 million.
Excluding the non-cash items, Severstal would have had a net profit of $358 million in the fourth quarter, it said in statement. A Reuters poll of analysts predicted profit of $216 million for the period.
The firm, controlled by billionaire Alexei Mordashov, said earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) were up 12.5 quarter-on-quarter at $611 million, while revenue increased 6 percent to $3.4 billion. (Reporting by Svetlana Burmistrova; Writing by Polina Devitt, editing by Elizabeth Piper)