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SeekingAlpha  8 hrs ago  Comment 
By Chronic Bull: ArcelorMittal (NYSE:MT) is the largest steel manufacturer and supplier in the world. More than 35% of its steel is produced in the Americas, about 50% in Europe, and the remaining 15% is produced in other countries like South...
Forbes  Sep 17  Comment 
Due to a high level of debt on ArcelorMittal's balance sheet and the weak steel industry outlook, major rating agencies downgraded the company's credit rating to below investment grade in 2012. This raised the cost of borrowing for the company.The...
The Hindu Business Line  Sep 15  Comment 
ArcelorMittal on Monday said it has inked a pact with Brazil’s Gerdau to sell their 50 per cent stakes in US-based Gallatin for $ 770 million, as part of its strategy to divest non-core assets.
SeekingAlpha  Sep 10  Comment 
By Amal Singh: Over the past one month, shares of steelmaker ArcelorMittal (NYSE:MT) have gained some momentum, gaining slightly over 5%. This would come as relief for investors, as ArcelorMittal has been under pressure in 2014 and has...
Forbes  Sep 9  Comment 
A study of analyst recommendations at the major brokerages shows that ArcelorMittal SA (NYSE: MT) is the #10 broker analyst pick, on average, out of the 50 stocks making up the Metals Channel Global Mining Titans Index, according to Metals...
TheStreet.com  Sep 9  Comment 
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- ArcelorMittal shares are up 0.5% to $14.70 in early market trading on Tuesday after being upgraded to "outperform" from "neutral" by analysts at Credit Suisse . The firm believes that the company's outlook will...
Forbes  Sep 9  Comment 
Metals and mining stocks had an eventful week with ArcelorMittal unveiling a new range of steels, Newmont Mining reaching an agreement with the Indonesian government over the issue of export taxes and Rio Tinto deciding to cut jobs. However, there...
The Times of India  Sep 7  Comment 
Rajiv Rattan, one of the three promoters of the India Bulls group, announced having taken control of the group's two power companies after buying out Saurabh Mittal's stake for Rs 360 crore in Indiabulls Infrastructure and Power.
SeekingAlpha  Sep 7  Comment 
By Ajay Palekar: ArcelorMittal (NYSE:MT) is an integrated steel and mining company founded on the values of sustainability, quality, and leadership. These three values, together with a philosophy of producing safe, sustainable steel, have guided...




 

ArcelorMittal (NYSE:MT) is a steel producer.

Company Overview

History

ArcelorMittal was formed in 2006 by the merger of Arcelor and Mittal Steels. Previously, Mittal Steels produced the largest amount of steel by volume and Arcelor produced the second largest. After the merger, ArcelorMittal represents around 10% of the world's steel output.

Before the acquisition, Arcelor and Mittal Steels independently acquired various smaller companies, especially distressed steel making assets in Central and Eastern Europe[1]. After the acquisition, ArcelorMittal continues this strategy of horizontal integration. ArcelorMittal is now listed in the stock exchanges in New York, Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, Luxembourg, and the Spanish stock exchanges. Its headquarters is located in Luxembourg.

CEO and the Board of Directors

ArcelorMittal's CEO is Lakshmi Mittal, currently the fourth richest man according to Forbes. He's a citizen of India who headed Mittal Steels before the acquisition. He's also a non-executive board member of Goldman Sachs.

ArcelorMittal has chosen an international board of directors, with members from France, India, Luxembourg, and other countries. ArcelorMittal maintains that these choices were made to reflect the wide array of international operations conducted by the company.

Financial Analysis[2]

ArcelorMittal's six business segments are Flat Carbon Americas, Flat Carbon Europe, Long Carbon Americas and Europe, AACIS, Stainless Steel, and Steel Solutions and Services.

Flat Carbon Americas (21.6% of total sales)

Flat Carbon Americas makes a range of flat carbon steel products, including slab, hot-rolled, cold-rolled and coated plates and sheets.

In North America, ArcelorMittal USA and ArcelorMittal Hamilton are the largest flat-rolled supplier in the United States and Canada respectively. ArcelorMittal USA is the largest plate producer in North America.

In South America, ArcelorMittal Tuburao and ArcelorMittal Lazaro Cardenas are the largest slab producers in Brazil and Mexico respectively.

Flat Carbon Europe (30.7% of total sales)

Like Flat Carbon Americas, Flat Carbon Europe makes a range of flat carbon steel products, including slab, hot-rolled, cold-rolled and coated plates and sheets. With major production facilities in Belgium, France, Germany and Spain, this segment is the largest supplier of steel sheets to the European automotive industry.

Long Carbon Americas and Europe (25.8% of total sales)

Long Carbon Americas and Europe makes a range of long carbon steel products, including rebars, rails, sections, sheet piles and wire rod. This segment is the world's largest producer of sections, sheet piles and wire rod.

AACIS (10.5% of total sales)

AACIS makes flat and long carbon steel products for Asia, Africa and the Commonwealth of Independent States. With major production facilities in Kazakhstan, South Africa and Ukraine, AACIS is the largest producer of steel products in Africa and one of the largest producers in Asian and the Commonwealth of Independent States.

Stainless Steel (6.7% of total sales)

As the name indicates, this segment of ArcelorMittal makes stainless steels, electrical steels and nickel alloys. With major production facilities in Belgium, Brazil and France, Stainless Steel is one of the world's largest producer of nickel alloys and the only producer of stainless and electrical steels in South America.

Steel Solutions and Services (18.5% of total sales)

Steel Solutions and Services offers a range of services from steel processing and engineering to technical consultancy and project management. With major facilities in Poland, the Czech Republic, Romania and Austria, Steel Solutions and Services in the world's largest steel distributor and processor.

Key Trends & Forces

Raw Materials Prices Affect Costs

ArcelorMittal consumes several resources with volatile prices, such as iron ore, coal, and scrap metal. ArcelorMittal produces 46% of its own iron ore and 13% of its own coal, but must buy the remainder from outside suppliers. ArcelorMittal has sold its less profitable plants to other companies in an attempt to downsize and cut costs.

Emerging Markets

ArcelorMittal's agenda includes capitalizing the productive power of the emerging markets of China and India. Although not yet specified how, ArcelorMittal is actively pursuing emerging markets and recognizing them as sources of profit.

ArcelorMittal has commented on a medium-term ambition to get to 200 million tonnes of annual steel production. With ArcelorMittal in 2009 at under 80 million tonnes of steel output and the next-largest acquisition targets each producing just 25-30 million tonnes of steel per annum, the most likely means of achieving this aim would seem to be:

  • Takeover of several large steel making competitors - including Baosteel, POSCO, Nippon Steel, JFE. The current ownership structures of these firms (which involve Government ownership e.g. for Baosteel) suggest this to be an unlikely scenario
  • Organic growth - where given the importance of the construction sector in steel consumption; and the increasing prominence of Asia in total steel demand - more probable strategic options may involve ArcelorMittal's pursuit of building design, building fabrication, steel distribution and erection joint ventures in countries such as China, Japan, India and Korea.


Competition

ArcelorMittal competes with:

References

  1. History of ArcelorMittal
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