ArcelorMittal Europe today announced its results for the third quarter of 2014.

The segment recorded an operating profit of €125m, compared with operating loss of €139m for Q3 2013.

This marks the third successive quarter ArcelorMittal has reported a profit in Europe, following six successive quarters of losses as a result of the impact of the global financial crisis and the severe downturn in demand for steel in Europe.

As a result of the seasonal slowdown and the impact of a weaker Euro, third quarter 2014 Ebitda decreased by 21.7%, to €394m compared with €503m in the previous three months,  However Q3 Ebitda was 72.8% higher than in the same quarter last year (€228m) reflecting the improved market conditions, lower costs and the resulting improved steel margins.

Steel shipments in Q3 2014 were 9.8 million tonnes, a decrease of 3.6% compared with the previous quarter, while year-on-year shipments for this quarter rose 6.2% from 9.3 million tonnes. This year-on-year improvement during the seasonally slower quarter highlights the underlying improvement in ArcelorMittal Europe’s performance in 2014. 

Sales in the ArcelorMittal Europe segment also decreased by 4.6% to €7.3bn this quarter, compared with €7.7bn in the second quarter. This was primarily due to lower steel shipment volumes, and lower average selling prices.

Commenting, Aditya Mittal, CEO ArcelorMittal Europe, said:

“We are continuing to see an improvement in the results for ArcelorMittal Europe, due to benefits of cost optimisation measures and an improvement in steel market conditions. Demand in Europe has remained robust during the seasonally weaker summer period, which is evident in today's figures that show a 72.8% year-on-year improvement in Ebitda for the third quarter. We are maintaining our steel demand growth forecast of 3-3.5%, for Europe, for 2014”.

Eurozone GDP growth for the third quarter is unlikely to improve on the growth seen in the second quarter of this year, but we expect European Central Bank policy stimulus and a weaker Euro to support a gradual pickup in 2015.

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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