ACL - Announcement of a strategic asset footprint review of ArcelorMittal South Africa's operating sites
ArcelorMittal South Africa Limited
(Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa)
(Registration Number 1989/002164/06)
Share Code: ACL
(“ArcelorMittal South Africa”)
ANNOUNCEMENT OF A STRATEGIC ASSET FOOTPRINT REVIEW OF ARCELORMITTAL SOUTH
AFRICA’S OPERATING SITES
Shareholders are advised that the Board of ArcelorMittal South Africa has extended its planned strategic
evaluation process to incorporate a review of the operational and financial sustainability of certain of its
major operating sites, individual plants and production areas, although excluding its commercial market
coke operations, nor impacting the announced planned acquisition of the Highveld Structural Mill.
Shareholders are also advised that the Company is in the process of consulting with its employees and
trade unions pursuant to section 189(3) of the Labour Relations Act. It is envisaged that this process
may be finalised in the fourth quarter of 2019.
The objective of the review is to strengthen the long-term sustainability of the Company. Consequently,
by actively addressing those operating sites, individual plants and production areas which historically
have had a negative impact on the Company’s financial results, the Board aims to strengthen the
financial fundamentals of those business areas which are underpinned by the targeted asset footprint,
thus improving the inherent investment case of the Company.
The Board is highly committed to the establishment of an affordable asset footprint with an enduring
competitive advantage. However, certain of the Company’s operating sites, individual plants and
production areas have proven to be particularly vulnerable from a financial perspective given (i) the
extended period of economic weakness, (ii) structural disadvantages, and (iii) an increasingly
uncompetitive cost base - notably manifest in unaffordable regulated tariffs and raw material prices.
The outcome of the review may result in the closure of certain operating sites, individual plants and
production areas, and the consequential concentration of operations at the remaining sites. Such
decisions would be taken as a result of the affected business areas being no longer financially viable
considering the factors noted above.
The entire review will be undertaken in a responsible, well-considered yet expeditious manner.
Shareholders will be kept appraised of the outcomes of the process as key decisions are taken.
25 September 2019
Sponsor to ArcelorMittal South Africa Limited
Absa Corporate and Investment Bank, a division of Absa Bank Limited
Date: 25/09/2019 03:00:00
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