ArcelorMittal announces the terms of its c.USD 3bn[1] rights issue

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7 for 10 Rights issue of 1,262,351,531 new shares at a subscription price of EUR 2.20 per new share

  • Subscription price represents a 35.3% discount to the theoretical ex-rights price, based on the closing price of ArcelorMittal’s shares on Euronext Amsterdam on 10 March 2016
  • Mittal family trust entities have committed to exercise their Rights for new shares pro rata to their current shareholding of 37.38%
  • Record date for allocation of Rights is set at 14 March 2016 at 5:00 pm EST for shares traded on the New York Stock Exchange and the close of trading in each other market
  • Rights will be credited to clearing systems and to the accounts of shareholders directly registered in the European share register and the New York share register on 15 March 2016. Mailing of certificates evidencing Rights directly registered in the New York rights register will begin on 15 March 2016. Rights exercise periods run from 15 March 2016, until:
  • 5.00 pm EST on 29 March 2016 for Rights held via book entry in DTC or in the New York Rights register;
  • 5.00 pm CET on 30 March 2016 for Rights held in the European clearing systems, other than for Rights traded on the Spanish stock exchanges and Rights held directly through the European Rights register, for which the deadline will be 12.00pm CET

ArcelorMittal SA (“ArcelorMittal” or the “Company”) announces the terms of its c.USD 3bn rights issue, the principle of which was announced on 5 February 2016 (the “Offering”), following the adoption of enabling resolutions by the Extraordinary General Meeting of shareholders on 10 March 2016. The Offering is underwritten by a syndicate of banks led by Goldman Sachs International, BofA Merrill Lynch and Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank acting as Joint Global Coordinators and Joint Bookrunners. Barclays, BNP Paribas, Citigroup, J.P. Morgan and Société Générale Corporate & Investment Banking are acting as Joint Bookrunners. ArcelorMittal intends to use the net proceeds from the exercise of Rights attributed in the Offering to reduce its indebtedness and to strengthen its balance sheet.

Mittal family trust entities have committed, subject to customary conditions, to exercise the Rights allocated to them based on their current shareholding of 37.38%.

The Company and the Mittal family trust entities have agreed with the Underwriters to a 180-day lock-up following the settlement of the Offering, subject to certain exceptions.

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For readers in the European Economic Area

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell, or the solicitation of an offer to buy or subscribe for, any securities of ArcelorMittal within the meaning of Luxembourg law and/or the laws of any other member state of the European Economic Area. This document does not constitute a prospectus within the meaning of EC Directive 2003/71/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council dated 4 November 2003, as amended (the “Prospectus Directive”), which expression includes any relevant implementing measure in the member state concerned, and should not be the basis for any agreement or decision to invest. Any offering of securities or new admission will be based exclusively on a prospectus prepared for that purpose. Further, ArcelorMittal has not authorized any offer to the public of securities in any member state of the European Economic Area that has implemented the Prospectus Directive, other than Luxembourg, the Netherlands, France and Spain, (each, a “Relevant Member State”). With respect to each Relevant Member State, no action has been undertaken or will be undertaken to make an offer to the public of securities requiring publication of a prospectus in any Relevant Member State. For the offering of subscription rights in Luxembourg, the Netherlands, France and Spain, a securities prospectus will be produced, which is to be published following approval by the Luxembourg supervisory authority for the financial sector (Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier – CSSF) and after it has been passported into the Netherlands, France and Spain subsequent to notification having been given to the competent regulatory authorities in those jurisdictions. Any decision to purchase, subscribe for or otherwise acquire any subscription rights or new shares of the Company must be made only on the basis of the information in a securities prospectus (published in due course by the Company), which will be available for download on the internet site of ArcelorMittal (www.arcelormittal.com). Copies of the prospectus will then also be readily available upon request and free of charge at 24-26, boulevard d’Avranches, L-1160 Luxembourg, Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg.

In each Relevant Member State this communication is only addressed to, and directed at, qualified investors in that Relevant Member State within the meaning of the Prospectus Directive.

This press release contains regulated information within the meaning of the Transparency Directive 2004/109/EC and implementing laws and regulations, which must be made publicly available pursuant to Luxembourg law.

This press release contains advertising materials in connection with the Offer as referred to in the Market Abuse Directive 2003/6/EC and implementing laws and regulations.

For readers in the United Kingdom

This communication is only being distributed to, and is only directed at, (i) persons who are outside the United Kingdom or (ii) investment professionals falling within Article 19(5) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005 (the “Order”) or (iii) high net worth companies, and other persons to whom it may lawfully be communicated, falling within Article 49(2)(a) to (d) of the Order (all such persons together being referred to as “relevant persons”).  The subscription rights and new shares are only available to, and any invitation, offer or agreement to subscribe for, purchase or otherwise acquire such subscription rights or new shares will be engaged in only with, relevant persons.  Any person who is not a relevant person should not act or rely on this document or any of its contents.

For readers in the United States

ArcelorMittal has filed a registration statement (including a prospectus) with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) for the offering to which this communication relates. Before you invest, you should read the prospectus in that registration statement, the supplement to that prospectus ArcelorMittal and other documents ArcelorMittal has filed with the SEC for more complete information about ArcelorMittal and this offering. You may get these documents free of charge by visiting EDGAR on the SEC Web site at www.sec.gov. Alternatively, ArcelorMittal, any underwriter or any dealer participating in the offering will arrange to send you the prospectus after filing if you request it by writing or telephoning ArcelorMittal at ArcelorMittal USA LLC, 1 South Dearborn Street, 19th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603, Attention: Ms. Lisa M. Fortuna, Manager, Investor Relations, telephone number: (312) 899-3985.

The Banks, each of which are authorised in the United Kingdom by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated in the United Kingdom by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority, are each acting exclusively for the Company and for no-one else in connection with any transaction mentioned in this announcement and will not regard any other person (whether or not a recipient of this announcement) as a client in relation to any such transaction and will not be responsible to any other person for providing the protections afforded to their respective clients, or for advising any such person on the contents of this announcement or in connection with any transaction referred to in this announcement.

[1]The subscription price in euros has been set to generate gross proceeds in EUR equivalent to approximately USD 3bn i.e. EUR 2.78 bn, based on the currently published European Central Bank euro/USD exchange rate.

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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