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CLF Cleveland-Cliffs

Participants
Timothy Flanagan Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Lourenco Goncalves President and Chief Executive Officer
Lucas Pipes B. Riley FBR, Inc.
Jeremy Sussman Clarksons Platou Securities
Seth Rosenfeld Jefferies Group LLC
Curt Woodworth Credit Suisse
Matthew Fields Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Derek Hernandez Seaport Global Holdings LLC
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Operator

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. My name is Lisa, and I am your conference facilitator today. I would like to welcome everyone to the Cleveland-Cliffs' 2018 Third Quarter Conference Call. All lines have been placed on mute to prevent any background noise. After the speakers' remarks, there will be a question-and-answer session. Harbor that statements made be of that forward-looking the you will today's made XXXX. reminds Private within predictive the include are Safe company certain Reform on comments call as Securities The Litigation of Act protection intended to

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Timothy Flanagan

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Lourenco Goncalves

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Operator

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Lucas Pipes

morning, much good Thank you and very everyone.

Lourenco Goncalves

morning, Good Lucas.

Timothy Flanagan

Good morning.

Lucas Pipes

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Lourenco Goncalves

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Lucas Pipes

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Lourenco Goncalves

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Lucas Pipes

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Lourenco Goncalves

All right.

Lucas Pipes

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Lourenco Goncalves

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Operator

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Jeremy Sussman

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Lourenco Goncalves

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Jeremy Sussman

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Lourenco Goncalves

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Lourenco Goncalves

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Jeremy Sussman

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Lourenco Goncalves

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Operator

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Lourenco Goncalves

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Operator

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Seth Rosenfeld

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Lourenco Goncalves

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Seth Rosenfeld

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Lourenco Goncalves

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Timothy Flanagan

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Seth Rosenfeld

much. very you Thank Great.

Operator

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Curt Woodworth

Hey, good morning, Lourenco.

Lourenco Goncalves

Good morning, Curt.

Curt Woodworth

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Lourenco Goncalves

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Timothy Flanagan

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Lourenco Goncalves

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Curt Woodworth

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Lourenco Goncalves

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Curt Woodworth

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next assume to would sort OpEx there for of won't cost the fair real cost, it startup any come that is year? be into So

Lourenco Goncalves

sure not I'm sorry. question. if I'm I understood your

Curt Woodworth

play P&L? cost that terms come there will HBI of the from items into any next Are in year

Lourenco Goncalves

next year. No, not no,

the Next finishing of be still year plant. we construction

Curt Woodworth

Yeah, okay. Thank you.

Lourenco Goncalves

you. Thank

Operator

question Lynch. next the from America from line Bank Our Matthew Merrill comes of Fields

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Matthew Fields

Hey, Tim. Lourenco. Hey,

Timothy Flanagan

Matt. Hi,

Lourenco Goncalves

Hi, Matt.

Matthew Fields

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Lourenco Goncalves

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Matthew Fields

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Lourenco Goncalves

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Matthew Fields

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Lourenco Goncalves

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Matthew Fields

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Lourenco Goncalves

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Matthew Fields

Tim. appreciate Okay, lot, I Thanks, your Thanks thoughts always. Lourenco. a as

Lourenco Goncalves

All right, Matt. Thanks.

Operator

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Derek Hernandez

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Operator

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Operator

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