ArcelorMittal confirms that it is in advanced discussions with its principal bankers with a view to changing the financial leverage covenant in its main banking facilities, for a period of one year.

ArcelorMittal is confident of a prompt and positive conclusion to these discussions.

While the company does not anticipate breaching the existing covenant, it is prudent given the current operating environment to strengthen the financial position of the company in the event of any further unexpected downturn. This exercise does not increase the borrowing costs under these facilities under normal conditions of financial performance

At the end of Q1 2009, adjusted for subsequent capital market transactions, ArcelorMittal had strong liquidity of USD 23 billion and has raised more than USD 11 billion from equity, convertible and other bond issues this year. The company has also made good progress towards its target of reducing debt by USD 10 billion by the end of 2009.

A further announcement will be made in due course after the conclusion of the discussions with the banks.

About ArcelorMittal

ArcelorMittal is one of the world’s leading integrated steel and mining companies with a presence in 60 countries and primary steelmaking operations in 15 countries. It is the largest steel producer in Europe, among the largest in the Americas, and has a growing presence in Asia through its joint venture AM/NS India. ArcelorMittal sells its products to a diverse range of customers including the automotive, engineering, construction and machinery industries, and in 2023 generated revenues of $68.3 billion, produced 58.1 million metric tonnes of crude steel and, 42.0 million tonnes of iron ore. Our purpose is to produce smarter steels for people and planet. 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 the 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. 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).
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