ArcelorMittal and Nunavut Iron Ore Acquisition Inc. (together the "Offerors") today announced that they have waived the minimum tender condition under their offer (the "Offer") to purchase all of the outstanding common shares ("Common Shares") of Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation ("Baffinland") and all outstanding Common Share purchase warrants issued pursuant to a warrant indenture dated 31 January 2007 (the "2007 Warrants").

The Offerors have taken-up 189,501,398 Common Shares and 2,701,406 2007 Warrants under the Offer, being all the Common Shares and 2007 Warrants tendered as at 11:59 p.m. (Toronto time) on 24 January 2011.

The 189,501,398 Common Shares taken-up represent approximately 50% of the outstanding Common Shares on a non-diluted basis (or approximately 48% of the outstanding Common Shares on an in-the-money, fully-diluted basis) and together with the 40,721,400 Common Shares held by Nunavut Iron and its affiliates, represent approximately 61% of the outstanding Common Shares on a non-diluted basis (or approximately 59% of the outstanding Common Shares on an in-the-money, fully-diluted basis). The 2,701,406 2007 Warrants taken-up under the Offer represent approximately 45% of the outstanding 2007 Warrants.

The Offerors have extended the Offer from 11:59 p.m. (Toronto time) on January 24, 2011 to 11:59 p.m. (Toronto time) on February 4, 2011 (the "Expiry Time") to allow Baffinland securityholders who have not yet tendered their Common Shares and 2007 Warrants time to do so.

ArcelorMittal and Nunavut Iron also announced that they entered into an agreement dated January 25, 2011 (the "Agreement") providing for the principal binding terms of the shareholders agreement to govern with respect to their ownership of Common Shares during the period of time prior to when they first acquire 66 2/3% or more of the outstanding Common Shares of Baffinland. The Agreement provides that ArcelorMittal and Nunavut Iron will, through a holding corporation formed by the amalgamation of a subsidiary of ArcelorMittal and an affiliate of Nunavut Iron ("Amalco"), own 70% and 30%, respectively, of all Common Shares and 2007 Warrants acquired pursuant to the Offer together with the Common Shares held by Nunavut Iron and its affiliates, commit to use their voting control of Baffinland so far as is permitted by law to, among other things, begin a review and assessment of Baffinland's Mary River Project, and agree to fund their proportionate amounts in connection with any take-up and payment of Common Shares and 2007 Warrants under the Offer and all costs of Amalco on a pro rata basis.

The Amalco board of directors will be composed of six directors with four directors appointed by ArcelorMittal and two directors appointed by Nunavut Iron. Subject to certain extraordinary approval requirements, all decisions of the Amalco board of directors with respect to Amalco and with respect to the exercise of voting control over Baffinland will be determined by majority approval of the Amalco directors. In accordance with the agreement, Amalco will appoint such majority number of directors to the board of directors of Baffinland as it is permitted to do so under the Support Agreement.

The Agreement contains customary representations, covenants and conditions, including provisions relating to the transfer of each party's interest in Amalco and the default of a party in respect of the Offer or the failure to fund the costs of Amalco.

More detail with respect to the Agreement can be found in the notice of extension and change and the full Agreement will be made available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

The notice of extension and change will be mailed to registered holders of Common Shares and 2007 Warrants promptly and will be available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

ArcelorMittal has retained Georgeson Shareholder Communications Canada Inc. as information agent in connection with the Offer.  Computershare Investor Services Inc. is the depositary for the Offer. Any questions or requests for assistance or further information on how to tender Common Shares or 2007 Warrants to the Offer may be directed to, and copies of the above referenced documents may be obtained by contacting, the information agent at 1-888-605-7641 or by email at [email protected]  or by contacting the depositary at 1-800-564-6253 (North America) or 1-514-982-7555 (overseas), or by email at [email protected]. Securityholders whose Common Shares or 2007 Warrants are registered in the name of a broker, investment dealer, bank, trust company or other nominee should contact such nominee for assistance in depositing their Common Shares and 2007 Warrants to the Offer.

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About Nunavut Iron and Iron Ore Holdings, LP

Nunavut Iron was incorporated under the laws of Canada on August 27, 2010 and has not carried on any material business other than in connection with matters directly related to Nunavut Iron's previous offer and this offer to acquire Baffinland.. Nunavut Iron is wholly owned by Iron Ore Holdings.

Iron Ore Holdings is a limited partnership formed under the laws of Delaware for the purpose of making the Offer. Iron Ore Holdings is owned by Bruce Walter, the Chairman of Nunavut Iron, Jowdat Waheed, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Nunavut Iron, and funds managed by The Energy & Minerals Group.  The Energy & Minerals Group is a private investment firm with a family of funds with over US$2 billion under management that invest in the energy and minerals sectors.

About ArcelorMittal

ArcelorMittal is the world's leading steel and mining company, with a presence in 60 countries and primary steelmaking facilities in 18 countries. In 2019, ArcelorMittal had revenues of $70.6 billion and crude steel production of 89.8 million metric tonnes, while iron ore production reached 57.1 million metric tonnes. Our goal is to help build a better world with smarter steels. Steels made using innovative processes which use less energy, emit significantly less carbon and reduce costs. Steels that are cleaner, stronger and reusable. Steels for electric vehicles and renewable energy infrastructure that will support societies as they transform through this century. With steel at our core, our inventive people and an entrepreneurial culture at heart, we will support the world in making that change. This is what we believe it takes to be the steel company of the future. 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 please visit: http://corporate.arcelormittal.com/

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