ArcelorMittal announces today the sale of its 48.1% stake in Paul Wurth Group to SMS GmbH. This transaction is in line with the declared ArcelorMittal’s strategy of selective divestment of non-core assets.
Paul Wurth Group is an international engineering company offering the design and supply of the full-range of technological solutions for the iron & steel industry and other metal sectors. In 2011, Paul Wurth Group generated the turnover of EUR 491 million with a net profit of EUR 18.2 million. The company currently employs more than 1600 highly-skilled staff.
The SMS group is, under the roof of SMS Holding GmbH, a group of companies internationally active in the supply of plants and machinery to the steel and nonferrous metals processing industry. In 2011, its 11,000 employees generated sales of over EUR 3 billion.“SMS group is a natural buyer for our stake in Paul Wurth Group as both entities hold a leadership position in the metallurgical equipment and process market segment and offer a complementary product range for the steel producing industry. The combination with SMS will generate new business opportunities for Paul Wurth Group and will further strengthen its technical capabilities and service offer for the benefit of its world wide customer base ,” commented Michel Wurth, the Chairman of Paul Wurth Group and member of ArcelorMittal Group Management Board. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including but not limited to competition clearance, and is expected to be completed by the end of the third quarter of 2012. About ArcelorMittal 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). For more information about ArcelorMittal visit: www.arcelormittal.com