ArcelorMittal announces that it has entered into an agreement to divest its 23.48% interest in Enovos International SA to a fund managed by AXA Private Equity for a purchase price of EUR 330 million. This agreed transaction is in line with the declared Group strategy of selective divestment of non-core assets.
The purchase price is split with EUR 165 million payable at closing, with the remaining portion deferred for up to two years. Interest will accrue on the deferred portion. Closing of the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to occur prior to June 30, 2012.
AXA Private Equity is a diversified private equity firm with $28 billion of assets managed or advised. The firm has an international reach with nine offices in Paris, Frankfurt, London, New York, Singapore, Milan, Zurich, Vienna and Luxembourg.
Enovos International was formed through the merger of three companies in 2009. As an independent energy company in the northern European market, Enovos International’s mission is to procure, transmit and distribute electricity, natural gas and renewable energies to municipal suppliers, industry and private households.
The remaining shareholders in Enovos International are E-On (10.00%), RWE (18.36%), Electrabel GDF Suez (4.71%), the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg (25.44%), Société Nationale de Crédit et d’Investissement Luxembourg (“SNCI”) (10.01%) and Ville de Luxembourg (8.00%).
ArcelorMittal is the world's leading steel and mining company, with a presence in more than 60 countries.
ArcelorMittal is the leader in all major global carbon steel markets, including automotive, construction, household appliances and packaging, with leading R&D and technology. The Group also has a world class mining business with a global portfolio of over 20 mines in operation and development, and is the world’s 4th largest iron ore producer. With operations in over 22 countries spanning four continents, the Company covers all of the key industrial markets, from emerging to mature, and has outstanding distribution networks.
Through its core values of sustainability, quality and leadership, ArcelorMittal commits to operating in a responsible way with respect to the health, safety and well-being of its employees, contractors and the communities in which it operates. It is also committed to the sustainable management of the environment. It takes a leading role in the industry's efforts to develop breakthrough steelmaking technologies and is actively researching and developing steel-based technologies and solutions that contribute to combat climate change. ArcelorMittal is a member of the FTSE4Good Index and the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index.
In 2011, ArcelorMittal had revenues of $94.0 billion and crude steel production of 91.9 million tonnes, representing approximately 6 per cent of world steel output. The Group's mining operations produced 54 million tonnes of iron ore and 8 million tonnes of metallurgical coal.
ArcelorMittal is listed on the stock exchanges of New York (MT), Amsterdam (MT), Paris (MT), Luxembourg (MT) and on the Spanish stock exchanges of Barcelona, Bilbao, Madrid and Valencia (MTS).
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