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Nippon Steel To Acquire U.S. Steel In $14.9 Billion Deal.

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Nippon Steel To Acquire U.S. Steel In $14.9 Billion Deal.

(CTN News) – On Monday, Nippon Steel of Japan announced its plan to acquire U.S. Steel in a deal worth $14.9 billion. This strategic move will enable Nippon Steel to significantly increase its capacity in a crucial market that is poised for a price surge.

Although U.S. Steel’s shares experienced a premarket trading increase of approximately 28% to $50.35, they still fell short of the offer price of $55. This offer represents a premium of 142% since U.S. Steel initiated a strategic review process on August 11.

The entire transaction will be conducted in cash and has an equity value of around $14.1 billion. Nippon Steel has already secured financing commitments to support this acquisition.

By completing this deal, Nippon Steel aims to reach a global crude steel capacity of 100 million tonnes while significantly expanding its production in the United States.

This expansion comes at a time when steel prices are expected to rise due to increased production by automakers following recent agreements with labor unions to end strikes.

Nippon Steel has assured that it will honor all commitments made by U.S. Steel to its employees, including existing collective bargaining agreements with its unions.

Takahiro Mori, the company’s executive vice president, expressed confidence in the completion of this transaction during an interview with Reuters. He emphasized that Nippon Steel has been operating in the United States for 40 years and is well-prepared for this acquisition.

Mori stated that our company, Standard Steel, is a union company in the United States and we have a positive track record of working with unions. We do not foresee any regulatory or antitrust issues with the deal.

It is worth noting that Nippon Steel has an electric arc joint venture with ArcelorMittal in Alabama, but those operations are not unionized.

U.S. Steel, based in Pittsburgh, has experienced a decline in revenue and profit over several quarters, making it an appealing target for competitors seeking to acquire a steel manufacturer used in the automobile industry.

In August, U.S. Steel initiated a formal review process after rejecting a $7.3 billion offer from Cleveland-Cliffs Inc., a rival company.

U.S. Steel also supplies the renewable energy industry and stands to benefit from the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), which offers tax credits and other incentives for such projects. This has attracted potential buyers.

According to a report by Nikkei earlier today, the transaction is expected to be finalized in the second or third quarter of 2024, pending approvals.

NSC has enlisted Citi as its financial adviser, while U.S. Steel has Barclays Capital, Goldman Sachs, and Evercore as its financial advisers.

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