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Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. Announces Plan for a $200 Million Share Repurchase Program

August 25, 2014

NEWS RELEASE Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. Announces Plan for a $200 Million Share Repurchase Program CLEVELAND - Aug. 25, 2014 - The Board of Directors of Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. (NYSE: CLF) today authorized the Company to buy back its outstanding common shares in the open market or in private negotiated transactions up to a maximum of $200 million dollars. The Company will be working with its bank group to ensure the buyback program is effectively implemented in a timely manner.  Under the proposed terms of the buyback program, the Company is not obligated to make any purchases and the program may be suspended or discontinued at any time. The authorization is active until December 31, 2015. Lourenco Goncalves, Cliffs Chairman and CEO, stated, "The implementation of our new strategy centered on the US iron ore business has successfully started. With that, we are very pleased that our newly reconstituted Board of Directors has agreed with our conviction that, at this point, the best use of our capital is to invest in our own business, our people and our assets by buying back Cliffs' common stock." Mr. Goncalves concluded saying, "We believe that the stock buyback will be smoothly executed, and should benefit our valuable shareholders." Commensurate with approving the stock buyback program, the Board has also authorized the Company to take all the necessary steps to remove the limitations and restrictions present in the Company's current debt agreements which preclude Cliffs' ability to execute the buyback program. Such steps include but are not limited to negotiating consents and amendments to the applicable debt instruments. Separately, the Company also announces that, simultaneously with the signature of his severance agreement as an officer, Gary Halverson has resigned from his position as a Board member of Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. About Cliffs Natural Resources Inc.Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. is a leading mining and natural resources company. The Company is a major iron ore producer in the Great Lakes region and a significant producer of high-and low-volatile metallurgical coal in the U.S. Additionally, Cliffs operates iron ore mines in Eastern Canada and an iron mining complex in Western Australia. Driven by the core values of social, environmental and capital stewardship, Cliffs' employees endeavor to provide all stakeholders operating and financial transparency. News releases and other information on the Company are available at: http://www.cliffsnaturalresources.com. Forward-Looking Statements This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Although the Company believes that its forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties relating to Cliffs' operations and business environment that are difficult to predict and may be beyond Cliffs' control. Such uncertainties and factors may cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by forward-looking statements for a variety of reasons including without limitation: trends affecting our financial condition, results of operations or future prospects, particularly the continued volatility of iron ore and coal prices; our actual levels of capital spending; uncertainty or weaknesses in global economic conditions, including downward pressure on prices, reduced market demand and any slowing of the economic growth rate in China; our ability to successfully integrate acquired companies into our operations and achieve post-acquisition synergies, including without limitation, Cliffs Quebec Iron Mining Limited (formerly Consolidated Thompson Iron Mining Limited); our ability to successfully identify and consummate any strategic investments and complete planned divestitures; the outcome of any contractual disputes with our customers, joint venture partners or significant energy, material or service providers or any other litigation or arbitration; the ability of our customers and joint venture partners to meet their obligations to us on a timely basis or at all; our ability to reach agreement with our iron ore customers regarding any modifications to sales contract provisions; the impact of price-adjustment factors on our sales contracts; changes in sales volume or mix; our actual economic iron ore and coal reserves or reductions in current mineral estimates, including whether any mineralized material qualifies as a reserve; the impact of our customers using other methods to produce steel or reducing their steel production; events or circumstances that could impair or adversely impact the viability of a mine and the carrying value of associated assets; the results of prefeasibility and feasibility studies in relation to projects; impacts of existing and increasing governmental regulation and related costs and liabilities, including failure to receive or maintain required operating and environmental permits, approvals, modifications or other authorization of, or from, any governmental or regulatory entity and costs related to implementing improvements to ensure compliance with regulatory changes; our ability to cost-effectively achieve planned production rates or levels; uncertainties associated with natural disasters, weather conditions, unanticipated geological conditions, supply or price of energy, equipment failures and other unexpected events; adverse changes in currency values, currency exchange rates, interest rates and tax laws; availability of capital and our ability to maintain adequate liquidity and successfully implement our financing plans; our ability to maintain appropriate relations with unions and employees and enter into or renew collective bargaining agreements on satisfactory terms; risks related to international operations; availability of capital equipment and component parts; the potential existence of significant deficiencies or material weakness in our internal control over financial reporting; problems or uncertainties with productivity, tons mined, transportation, mine-closure obligations, environmental liabilities, employee- benefit costs and other risks of the mining industry; and other factors and risks that are set forth in the Company's most recently filed reports with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"). The information contained herein speaks as of the date of this release and may be superseded by subsequent events. Except as may be required by applicable securities laws, we do not undertake any obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statements contained in this release. Contact: Patricia Persico Director, Global Communications (216) 694-5316 ### This announcement is distributed by GlobeNewswire on behalf of GlobeNewswire clients. The owner of this announcement warrants that: (i) the releases contained herein are protected by copyright and other applicable laws; and (ii) they are solely responsible for the content, accuracy and originality of the information contained therein. Source: Cliffs Natural Resources Inc via GlobeNewswire [HUG#1850894]


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