ArcelorMittal (referred to as "ArcelorMittal", or the "Company") (MT (New York, Amsterdam, Brussels, Luxembourg, Paris) MTS (Madrid)), the world's leading steel company, today announced results[1] for the three months ended March 31, 2010.

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Highlights:

  • Health and Safety frequency rate[2] consistent with Q4 2009
  • Steel shipments of 21.5 million tonnes in Q1 2010, up 8% compared to Q4 2009
  • Average steel selling prices down 3% in Q1 2010 compared to Q4 2009
  • EBITDA[3] of $1.9 billion in Q1 2010
  • Net debt[4] increased by $1.9 billion to $20.7 billion in Q1 2010, due to investment in working capital and M&A activity

Performance and industrial plan:

  • Capacity utilisation increased to 72% in Q1 2010 from 70% in Q4 2009
  • $2.9 billion of annualized sustainable cost reductions achieved by the end of first quarter of 2010; on track to achieve $5.0 billion of management gains by 2012

Guidance for the three months ended June 30, 2010:

  • EBITDA expected to be between $2.8 billion – $3.2 billion

Financial highlights (on the basis of IFRS[1], amounts in USD):

(USDm) unless otherwise shown 1Q 10 4Q 09 1Q 09
Sales $18,652 $18,642 $15,122
EBITDA 1,888 2,131 883
Operating Income / (Loss) 686 684 (1,483)
Net Income / (Loss) 679 1,070 (1,063)
Iron Ore Production (Mt) 15.7 15.6 11.9
Crude Steel Production (Mt) 23.1 22.5 15.2
Steel Shipments (Mt) 21.5 20.0 16.0
EBITDA/tonne (US$/t) 88 107 55
Operating Income (Loss)/tonne (US$/t) 32 34 (93)
Basic Earnings / (Loss) per share (U.S. dollar per share) 0.45 0.71 (0.78)

Commenting, Mr. Lakshmi N. Mittal, Chairman and CEO, ArcelorMittal, said:

"The economic recovery is continuing in-line with our expectations and 2010 is set to be a stronger year for ArcelorMittal. The year has started with improved demand in all main markets, which will have a positive impact in the second quarter."

First quarter 2010 news conference (for media)

ArcelorMittal management will host a news conference:

Date New York London Luxembourg
Thursday, April 29, 2010 4.30am 9.30am 10.30am
The dial in numbers:
Location Dial in numbers Replay numbers
International number: +44 207 138 0845 +44 207 111 1244
UK: 0207 138 0845 0207 111 1244
USA: +1 212 444 0896 +1 347 366 9565
France: +33 (0)170994288 +33 (0)174202800
A replay of the conference call will be available for one week by dialling
Language English Spanish French
Access code 9904792# 7813499# 8976467#

First quarter 2010 earnings analyst conference call

Additionally, ArcelorMittal management will host a conference call for members of the investment community to discuss the first quarter 2010 financial performance at:

Date New York London Luxembourg
Thursday, April 29, 2010 9.30am 2.30pm 3.30pm
The dial in numbers:
Location Dial in numbers Replay numbers
International number: +44 207 806 1955 +44 207 111 1244
UK: 0207 806 1955 0207 111 1244
USA: +1 888 935 4577 +1 718 354 1112
A replay of the conference call will be available for one week by dialling
Language English
Access code 4806072#    

The conference call will include a brief question and answer session with senior management. The presentation will be available via a live video webcast on www.arcelormittal.com

Forward-Looking Statements

This document may contain forward-looking information and statements about ArcelorMittal and its subsidiaries. These statements include financial projections and estimates and their underlying assumptions, statements regarding plans, objectives and expectations with respect to future operations, products and services, and statements regarding future performance. Forward-looking statements may be identified by the words "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "target" or similar expressions. Although ArcelorMittal's management believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, investors and holders of ArcelorMittal's securities are cautioned that forward-looking information and statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, many of which are difficult to predict and generally beyond the control of ArcelorMittal, that could cause actual results and developments to differ materially and adversely from those expressed in, or implied or projected by, the forward-looking information and statements. These risks and uncertainties include those discussed or identified in the filings with the Luxembourg Stock Market Authority for the Financial Markets (Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier) and the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") made or to be made by ArcelorMittal, including ArcelorMittal's Annual Report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2009 filed with the SEC. ArcelorMittal undertakes no obligation to publicly update its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

ArcelorMittal first quarter 2010 results

ArcelorMittal, the world's leading steel company, today announced results for the three months ended March 31, 2010.

Corporate responsibility performance and initiatives

Health and safety – Own personnel and contractors lost time injury frequency rate[2]

Total health and safety performance in steel and mining operations, based on own personnel figures and contractors lost time injury frequency rate, remained flat at 1.9 for the first quarter of 2010 as compared to the fourth quarter of 2009. Improvements in the health and safety performance of the Flat Carbon Americas, Asia Africa and CIS and Stainless Steel divisions and Mining operations, were offset by deterioration in the Flat Carbon Europe, Long Carbon Americas and Europe and Distribution Solutions divisions (formerly known as Steel Solutions and Services).

Lost time injury frequency rate 1Q 10 4Q 09 1Q 09
Total Mines 1.8 1.9 2.4
Lost time injury frequency rate 1Q 10 4Q 09 1Q 09
Flat Carbon Americas 1.9 2.7 2.7
Flat Carbon Europe 2.3 2.0 1.7
Long Carbon Americas and Europe 2.0 1.6 1.8
Asia Africa and CIS 1.1 1.3 0.9
Stainless Steel 2.3 3.3 0.6
Distribution Solutions 3.4 3.2 3.2
Total Steel 1.9 1.9 1.7
Lost time injury frequency rate 1Q 10 4Q 09 1Q 09
Total (Steel and Mines) 1.9 1.9 1.8

Key initiatives for the three months ended March 31, 2010

  • ArcelorMittal, in partnership with GTZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit), founded the Corporate Responsibility Forum for Liberia. The initiative launched on February 12, 2010 will provide a platform for facilitating the exchange of experience, knowledge, research and good business practices on social and environmental matters and ethics. It will also help mobilize private sector resources and facilitate public-private partnerships in support of the government's poverty reduction strategy.
  • In February 2010, ArcelorMittal Ostrava started the construction of a new sinter plant expected to cost approximately CZK 1 billion (approximately $44.6 million). By the end of 2011, this facility will operate state-of-the-art de-dusting equipment which will reduce dust emissions by approximately 70% from present levels.
  • ArcelorMittal, through the ArcelorMittal Foundation, announced a donation of $1 million to help the relief efforts in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, following the earthquake that struck the island. ArcelorMittal supported an emergency request from the organization Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Port-au-Prince. This donation will be made both in cash and in-kind, offering assistance in new housing projects to rebuild Haiti.

Analysis of results for the three months ended March 31, 2010 versus the three months ended December 31, 2009 and the three months ended March 31, 2009

ArcelorMittal recorded net income for the three months ended March 31, 2010 of $0.7 billion, or $0.45 per share, as compared with net income of $1.1 billion, or $0.71 per share, for the three months ended December 31, 2009, and net loss of $1.1 billion, or $(0.78) per share, for the three months ended March 31, 2009.

Sales for the three months ended March 31, 2010 were $18.7 billion as compared with $18.6 billion for the three months ended December 31, 2009, and up 23% as compared with $15.1 billion for the three months ended March 31, 2009. Sales were marginally higher during the first quarter of 2010 as compared to the fourth quarter of 2009, due to higher volumes (+8%), but offset by lower average steel selling prices (-3%).

Operating income remained flat at $0.7 billion for the three months ended March 31, 2010, as compared with operating income of $0.7 billion for the three months ended December 31, 2009 and an operating loss for the three months ended March 31, 2009 of $1.5 billion.

Total steel shipments for the three months ended March 31, 2010 were 21.5 million metric tonnes as compared with 20.0 million metric tonnes for the three months ended December 31, 2009 and 16.0 million metric tonnes for the three months ended March 31, 2009. The increase resulted from improved demand across all segments in the first quarter of 2010 as compared to the fourth quarter of 2009.

Depreciation expense for the three months ended March 31, 2010 was $1.2 billion as compared with depreciation expense of $1.3 billion for the three months ended December 31, 2009 and $1.1 billion for the three months ended March 31, 2009. The decrease in the first quarter of 2010 as compared to the fourth quarter of 2009 was primarily on account of exchange rate impact.

Impairment cost for the three months ended March 31, 2010 was nil as compared to $502 million[5] for the three months ended December 31, 2009.

The operating performance for the three months ended December 31, 2009 had been positively impacted by an exceptional gain of $380 million relating to a reversal of litigation provisions previously booked in the fourth quarter of 2008 and a net gain of $108 million recorded on the sale of carbon dioxide credits that ArcelorMittal purchased since 2007[6]. Operating performance for the three months ended March 31, 2009 had been negatively impacted by exceptional charges amounting to $1.2 billion, primarily related to write-downs of inventory.

Income from equity method investments and other income for the three months ended March 31, 2010 resulted in a gain of $94 million, as compared to a gain of $101 million and losses of $153 million for the three months ended December 31, 2009 and March 31, 2009, respectively.

Net interest expense (including interest expense and interest income) decreased to $355 million for the three months ended March 31, 2010 from $415 million for the three months ended December 31, 2009, primarily due to exchange rate effects, but was higher compared to net interest expense of $304 million for the three months ended March 31, 2009 on account of higher interest rates on refinancing bond issuances conducted in 2009. During the three months ended March 31, 2010, the Company also recorded a gain of $141 million (compared to a $430 million loss in the fourth quarter of 2009) as a result of mark-to-market adjustments on the conversion options relating to its convertible bonds issued in 2009. Foreign exchange and other net financing costs[7] for the three months ended March 31, 2010 amounted to $188 million, as compared to $84 million and $265 million for the three months ended December 31, 2009 and March 31, 2009, respectively. Losses related to the fair value of other derivative instruments for the three months ended March 31, 2010 amounted to $8 million, as compared with gains of $2 million for the three months ended December 31, 2009 and losses of $16 million for the three months ended March 31, 2009, respectively.

ArcelorMittal recorded an income tax benefit of $0.3 billion for the three months ended March 31, 2010, as compared to an income tax benefit of $1.3 billion for the three months ended December 31, 2009. The income tax benefit for the three months ended March 31, 2009 was $1.1 billion.

Profits attributable to non-controlling interests for the three months ended March 31, 2010 were $40 million as compared with $74 million for the three months ended December 31, 2009. Losses attributable to non-controlling interests for the three months ended March 31, 2009 were $70 million.

Capital expenditure projects

The following tables summarize the Company's principal growth and optimization projects involving significant capital expenditures completed in the prior calendar year and in the current year to-date, as well as those that are ongoing.

Completed Projects

Segment Site Project Capacity / particulars Actual Completion
FCA ArcelorMittal Tubarao (Brazil) Hot strip mill expansion project Hot strip mill capacity increase from 2.7mt to 4mt / year 4Q 09
FCA Volcan (Mexico) Mine development Production increase of 1.6mt of iron ore in 2010 4Q 09
FCA ArcelorMittal Tubarao (Brazil) Vega do Sul expansion plan Increase in HDG production of 350kt / year April 2010

Ongoing(a) Projects

Segment Site Project Capacity / particulars Forecast Completion
FCA ArcelorMittal Dofasco (Canada) Primary steelmaking optimization Increase of slab capacity by 630kt / year 1H 10
FCE ArcelorMittal Dunkerque (France) Modernization of continuous caster 21 Slab capacity increase by 0.8mt / year 2H 10
FCA Princeton Coal (USA) Princeton Coal Capacity increase of 0.7mt 2010
AACIS Liberia mines Greenfield Liberia Iron ore production of 15mt / year 2011(b)
LCA Monlevade (Brazil) Monlevade expansion plan Increase in capacity of finished products by 1.15mt 2012
FCA ArcelorMittal Mines Canada Replacement of spirals for enrichment Increase iron ore production by 0.8mt / year 2013

a) Ongoing projects refer to projects in which construction has begun and exclude various projects that are under development such as in India.
b) Iron ore mining production is expected to commence in 2011 with initial production of 1 million tonnes.

Projects through Joint Ventures

Country Site Project Capacity / particulars Forecast completion
Saudi Arabia Al-Jubail Seamless tube mill Capacity of 600kt of seamless tube 2012
China Hunan Province VAMA Auto Steel JV Capacity of 1.2mt for the auto market 2012
China Hunan Province VAME Electrical Steel JV Capacity of 0.3mt of electrical steel 2012

Analysis of segment operations for the three months ended March 31, 2010 as compared to the three months ended December 31, 2009

Flat Carbon Americas

(USDm) unless otherwise shown 1Q 10 4Q 09 1Q 09
Sales $4,431 $4,069 $3,218
EBITDA 574 524 87
Operating Income / (Loss) 326 180 (664)
Crude Steel Production ('000t) 5,679 5,402 3,499
Steel Shipments ('000t) 5,271 4,834 3,644
Average Selling Price (US$/t) 722 719 751
EBITDA/tonne (US$/t) 109 108 24
Operating Income (loss) /tonne (US$/t) 62 37 (182)

Flat Carbon Americas crude steel production reached 5.7 million tonnes for the three months ended March 31, 2010, an increase of 5% as compared to 5.4 million tonnes for the three months ended December 31, 2009.

Sales in the Flat Carbon Americas segment were $4.4 billion for the three months ended March 31, 2010, an increase of 9% as compared to $4.1 billion for the three months ended December 31, 2009. Sales improved primarily due to higher steel shipments (+9%) as steel selling prices remained flat. EBITDA improved by 10% while EBITDA/tonne remained flat at $109/tonne. EBITDA improvement in the quarter was driven in part by the improved results of the mining operations.

Flat Carbon Europe

(USDm) unless otherwise shown 1Q 10 4Q 09 1Q 09
Sales $5,875 $5,934 $4,642
EBITDA 508 657 462
Operating Income / (Loss) 138 230 (184)
Crude Steel Production ('000t) 7,406 7,410 4,565
Steel Shipments ('000t) 6,856 6,408 4,814
Average Selling Price (US$/t) 757 807 838
EBITDA/tonne (US$/t) 74 103 96
Operating Income (loss) /tonne (US$/t) 20 36 (38)

Flat Carbon Europe crude steel production remained flat at 7.4 million tonnes for the three months ended March 31, 2010, as compared to the three months ended December 31, 2009.

Sales in the Flat Carbon Europe segment were also flat at $5.9 billion for the three months ended March 31, 2010 as compared to the three months ended December 31, 2009. Higher steel shipments (+7%) were more than offset by lower average steel selling prices (-6%). EBITDA decreased by $28/tonne (-28%) to $74/tonne in the first quarter of 2010.

EBITDA and operating results in the first quarter of 2010 included an $89 million non-cash gain relating to hedges on raw material purchases. EBITDA and operating results in the fourth quarter of 2009 included a net gain of $108 million recorded on the sale of carbon dioxide credits and a $90 million non-cash gain relating to hedges on raw material purchases.

Long Carbon Americas and Europe

(USDm) unless otherwise shown 1Q 10 4Q 09 1Q 09
Sales $4,768 $4,578 $3,816
EBITDA 485 482 268
Operating Income / (Loss) 222 (79) (191)
Crude Steel Production ('000t) 5,738 5,356 3,947
Steel Shipments ('000t) 5,694 5,228 4,423
Average Selling Price (US$/t) 728 755 780
EBITDA/tonne (US$/t) 85 92 61
Operating Income (loss) /tonne (US$/t) 39 (15) (43)

Long Carbon Americas and Europe crude steel production reached 5.7 million tonnes for the three months ended March 31, 2010, an increase of 7% as compared to 5.4 million tonnes for the three months ended December 31, 2009.

Sales in the Long Carbon Americas and Europe segment were $4.8 billion for the three months ended March 31, 2010, an increase of 4% as compared to $4.6 billion for the three months ended December 31, 2009. Sales improved primarily due to higher steel shipments (+9%) which were only partially offset by lower average steel selling prices (-4%).

Operating performance was essentially flat during the first quarter of 2010 compared with the fourth quarter of 2009[8]. During the first quarter of 2010, EBITDA declined by $7/tonne (-8%) to $85/tonne as compared to $92/tonne in the fourth quarter of 2009 primarily due to an increase in costs.

Asia Africa and CIS ("AACIS")

(USDm) unless otherwise shown 1Q 10 4Q 09 1Q 09
Sales $2,148 $2,274 $1,651
EBITDA 275 310 184
Operating Income / (Loss) 133 167 (18)
Crude Steel Production ('000t) 3,684 3,899 2,903
Steel Shipments ('000t) 3,204 3,075 2,754
Average Selling Price (US$/t) 557 550 482
EBITDA/tonne (US$/t) 86 101 67
Operating Income (loss) / tonne (US$/t) 42 54 (7)

AACIS segment crude steel production was 3.7 million tonnes for the three months ended March 31, 2010, a decrease of 6% as compared to 3.9 million tonnes for the three months ended December 31, 2009. Extreme weather conditions in CIS countries and operational issues particularly in the Kazakhstan operations mainly accounted for the decline.

Sales in the AACIS segment were $2.1 billion for the three months ended March 31, 2010, a decrease of 6% as compared to $2.3 billion for the three months ended December 31, 2009.

Despite improvement in selling price (+1%) and steel shipment volumes (+4%), operating performance deteriorated during the first quarter of 2010 due to higher input costs as EBITDA declined by $15/tonne (-15%) to $86/tonne.

Stainless Steel

(USDm) unless otherwise shown 1Q 10 4Q 09 1Q 09
Sales $1,293 $1,253 $946
EBITDA 149 113 (5)
Operating Income / (Loss) 71 10 (169)
Crude Steel Production ('000t) 546 452 317
Steel Shipments ('000t) 436 415 315
Average Selling Price (US$/t) 2,744 2,820 2,820
EBITDA/tonne (US$/t) 342 272 (16)
Operating Income (loss) /tonne (US$/t) 163 24 (537)

Stainless Steel segment crude steel production reached 546 thousand tonnes for the three months ended March 31, 2010, an increase of 21% as compared to 452 thousand tonnes for the three months ended December 31, 2009.

Sales in the Stainless Steel segment remained flat at $1.3 billion for the three months ended March 31, 2010, as compared to the three months ended December 31, 2009. Higher steel shipments (+5%) were partially offset by lower average steel selling prices (-3%).

Operating performance improved during the first quarter of 2010 as compared to the fourth quarter of 2009, with EBITDA improving by $69/tonne (+26%) to $342/tonne. The higher profitability resulted mainly from improved market conditions driven by higher nickel prices.

Distribution Solutions[9]

(USDm) unless otherwise shown 1Q 10 4Q 09 1Q 09
Sales $3,492 $3,489 $3,354
EBITDA 57 39 (19)
Operating Income / (Loss) 4 230 (170)
Steel Shipments ('000t) 4,353 4,167 3,874
Average Selling Price (US$/t) 770 794 831

Sales in the Distribution Solutions segment remained flat at $3.5 billion for the three months ended March 31, 2010 as compared to the three months ended December 31, 2009. Higher steel shipment volumes (+4%) were partially offset by lower average selling prices (-3%).

Operating performance in the fourth quarter of 2009 had been positively impacted by an exceptional gain of $380 million relating to reversal of litigation provisions previously booked in the fourth quarter of 2008, which was offset in part by impairment costs of $128 million.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

For the three months ended March 31, 2010, net cash used in operating activities was $0.7 billion, compared to net cash provided by operations of $2.8 billion for the three months ended December 31, 2009. The cash outflow for operating activities for the first quarter of 2010 included $1.7 billion of operating working capital changes as rotation days[10] increased from 63 days in the fourth quarter of 2009 to 67 days in first quarter of 2010 on account of rising activity levels. Cash used in other operating activities for the three months ended March 31, 2010 amounted to $347 million, consisting primarily of TSR payments, reversal of $141 million non-cash gain from the marking to market of the convertible bonds and $89 million relating to hedges on raw material purchases, offset by unpaid liabilities (e.g. taxes, salaries and interest payments).

Net cash used in investing activities for the three months ended March 31, 2010 was $0.7 billion, compared to $0.9 billion for the three months ended December 31, 2009. Capital expenditures decreased to $0.5 billion for the three months ended March 31, 2010 as compared to $0.8 billion for the three months ended December 31, 2009. The Company continues to expect capital expenditures of approximately $4.0 billion in 2010.

During the first quarter of 2010, the Company paid dividends amounting to $282 million.

At March 31, 2010, the Company's cash and cash equivalents (including restricted cash and short-term investments) amounted to $3.8 billion as compared to $6.0 billion at December 31, 2009. Net debt at March 31, 2010 was $20.7 billion as compared with $18.8 billion at December 31, 2009. The increase in net debt in the first quarter of 2010 was primarily due to increased investment in working capital and the acquisition of non-controlling interests in ArcelorMittal Ostrava. Operating working capital (defined as inventory plus receivables less payables) at March 31, 2010 was $12.9 billion as compared to $11.9 billion at December 31, 2009, due to higher trade accounts receivables, inventories partly offset by higher trade accounts payables.

The Company had liquidity of $14.5[11] billion at March 31, 2010, compared with liquidity of $17.2 billion at December 31, 2009, consisting of cash and cash equivalents (including restricted cash and short-term investments) of $3.8 billion and $10.7 billion of available credit lines.

Update on management gains, fixed cost reduction program and capacity utilization

At the end of the first quarter of 2010, the Company had achieved annualized sustainable savings of $2.9 billion as compared to $2.7 billion as of December 31, 2009, essentially meeting its 2010 full-year target to achieve management gains of $3.0 billion of sustainable SG&A and fixed cost reductions. The Company has also achieved $5.0 billion ($3.8 billion at a constant dollar[12]) of annualized temporary fixed cost savings in the first quarter of 2010 resulting from industrial optimization in response to lower demand.

Capacity utilization increased to approximately 72% in the first quarter of 2010, as compared to approximately 70% in the fourth quarter of 2009, and is expected to increase gradually to approximately 80% in the second quarter of 2010.

Recent Developments

  • On April 28, 2010, ArcelorMittal held its fourth annual Health and Safety day. The event coincides with the International Labour Organisation's World Day for health and safety at work, which provides an opportunity for all ArcelorMittal employees to share best practices and participate in a range of workshops to reaffirm the group's commitment to 'journey to zero'.
  • On April 8, 2010, ArcelorMittal announced the publication of the convening notice for its annual general meeting of shareholders to be held on May 11, 2010 at 11.00 am at its registered office in Luxembourg.
  • On March 31, 2010, ArcelorMittal announced that it will become a tier two sponsor of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, to support the infrastructure and success of the Games. ArcelorMittal will fund £16 million (of which £10 million is cash and £6 million is a loan) of the £19.1 million ArcelorMittal Orbit project, with the remaining £3.1 million provided by the London Development Agency.
  • ArcelorMittal South Africa ("AMSA") received notice from Sishen Iron Ore Company (Proprietary) Limited ("SIOC") on February 5, 2010, asserting that with effect from March 1, 2010, it will no longer supply iron ore to AMSA on a cost plus 3% basis as provided for in the supply agreement concluded between the parties in 2001, on the grounds that AMSA has lost its 21.4% undivided share in the mineral rights at the Sishen mine. AMSA has rejected this assertion and is of the firm opinion that SIOC is obligated to continue to supply iron ore to AMSA at cost plus 3%. The parties have commenced the arbitration process to resolve this dispute. As a result of the higher iron ore prices now being demanded by SIOC, AMSA has announced that an iron ore surcharge will be introduced from May 1, 2010 on domestic sales until the dispute is resolved. AMSA announced that the surcharge will be refunded should the company prevail in the arbitration. The company, is in the process of evaluating various alternative options to determine the most appropriate mechanism to implement such a refund in consultation with its customers for the benefit of the steel consuming industry in South Africa. This surcharge will not be recognised as revenue, but recorded as a liability. There can be no assurance that this surcharge will cover the full amount of excess costs that AMSA may incur in connection with this dispute.
  • On March 16, 2010, ArcelorMittal announced it had signed a memorandum of understanding to establish a joint venture with the Turkish Company Dayen to build a steel mini-mill with electric furnace in Sulaimaniyah, Iraq. The mill would produce in its initial phase up to 250,000 tonnes per year of rebar from locally-sourced scrap, and requires an investment of $100-$130 million jointly subscribed by ArcelorMittal and Dayen. Construction is planned to start in the second quarter of 2010 and production is planned to commence early in the fourth quarter of 2011. Production could eventually increase to 500,000 tonnes per year.

For further information about some of these recent developments, please refer to our website www.arcelormittal.com

Second quarter of 2010 outlook

Second quarter 2010 EBITDA is expected to be approximately $2.8 – $3.2 billion. Shipments, average selling prices and operating costs are all expected to be higher as compared to the first quarter of 2010. The Company also expects net debt to increase in the second quarter 2010.

ARCELORMITTAL CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION

In millions of U.S. dollars March 31, 2010 December 31, 2009[13] March 31, 2009[14]
ASSETS
Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash $3,756 $6,009 $3,979
Trade accounts receivable and other 6,733 5,750 6,335
Inventories 17,873 16,835 19,930
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 4,088 4,213 4,005
Total Current Assets 32,450 32,807 34,249
Goodwill and intangible assets 16,385 17,034 16,271
Property, plant and equipment 57,866 60,385 57,966
Investments in affiliates and joint ventures and other assets 17,234 17,471 12,079
Total Assets $123,935 $127,697 $120,565
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
Short-term debt and current portion of long-term debt $4,990 $4,135 $7,614
Trade accounts payable and other 11,719 10,676 8,371
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 7,322 8,719 9,731
Total Current Liabilities 24,031 23,530 25,716
Long-term debt, net of current portion 19,420 20,677 23,076
Deferred tax liabilities 5,000 5,144 5,526
Other long-term liabilities 12,397 12,948 10,700
Total Liabilities 60,848 62,299 65,018
Equity attributable to the equity holders of the parent 59,199 61,045 51,822
Non-controlling interests 3,888 4,353 3,725
Total Equity 63,087 65,398 55,547
Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity $123,935 $127,697 $120,565

ArcelorMittal condensed consolidated statements of operations

In millions of U.S. dollars Three months ended
March 31, 2010 December 31, 2009 March 31, 2009
Sales $18,652 $18,642 $15,122
Depreciation (1,202) (1,325) (1,118)
Impairment - (502) -
Exceptional items[15] - 380 (1,248)
Operating income / (loss) 686 684 (1,483)
Operating margin % 3.7% 3.7% (9.8%)
Income (loss) from equity method investments and other income 94 101 (153)
Net interest expense (355) (415) (304)
Mark to market on convertible bonds 141 (430) -
Foreign exchange and other net financing gains (losses) (188) (84) (265)
Revaluation of derivative instruments (8) 2 (16)
Income (loss) before taxes and non-controlling interest 370 (142) (2,221)
Income tax benefit (expense) 349 1,286 1,088
Income (loss) including non-controlling interest 719 1,144 (1,133)
Non-controlling interests (40) (74) 70
Net income (loss) attributable to owners of the parent $679 $1,070 $(1,063)
Basic earnings (loss) per common share 0.45 0.71 (0.78)
Diluted earnings (loss) per common share 0.35 0.68 (0.78)
Weighted average common shares outstanding (in millions) 1,510 1,509 1,366
Adjusted diluted weighted average common shares outstanding (in millions) 1,573 1,537 1,367
EBITDA[3] $1,888 $2,131 $883
EBITDA Margin % 10.1% 11.4% 5.8%
OTHER INFORMATION
Total iron ore production[16] (million metric tonnes) 15.7 15.6 11.9
Crude steel production (million metric tonnes) 23.1 22.5 15.2
Total shipments of steel products[17] (million metric tonnes) 21.5 20.0 16.0
Employees (in thousands) 282 282 305

ArcelorMittal condensed consolidated statements of cash flows

In millions of U.S. dollars Three Months Ended
March 31, 2010 December 31, 2009 March 31, 2009
Operating activities:
Net income (loss) $679 $1,070 $(1,063)
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by operations:
Non-controlling interests 40 74 (70)
Depreciation and impairment 1,202 1,827 1,118
Exceptional items[15] - (380) 1,248
Deferred income tax (551) (1,562) (938)
Change in operating working capital[18] (1,742) 1,378 1,500
Other operating activities (net) (347) 408 (1,466)
Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities (719) 2,815 329
Investing activities:
Purchase of property, plant and equipment (539) (799) (850)
Other investing activities (net) (126) (52) 57
Net cash used in investing activities (665) (851) (793)
Financing activities:
Payments relating to payable to banks and long-term debt (41) (2,194) (2,535)
Dividends paid (282) (335) (345)
Acquisition of non-controlling interests[19] (373) - -
Mandatorily convertible bond - 750 -
Other financing activities (net) (23) (38) (7)
Net cash used in financing activities (719) (1,817) (2,887)
Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents (2,103) 147 (3,351)
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash (148) (60) (263)
Change in cash and cash equivalents $(2,251) $87 $(3,614)

Appendix 1 – Key financial and operational information – First Quarter of 2010

In millions of U.S. dollars, except crude steel production, steel shipment and average steel selling price data Flat Carbon Americas Flat Carbon Europe Long Carbon Americas and Europe AACIS Stainless Steel Distribution Solutions
FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Sales $4,431 $5,875 $4,768 $2,148 $1,293 $3,492
Depreciation and impairment (248) (370) (263) (142) (78) (53)
Operating income 326 138 222 133 71 4
Operating margin (as a % of sales) 7.4% 2.3% 4.7% 6.2% 5.5% 0.1%
EBITDA[3] 574 508 485 275 149 57
EBITDA margin (as a % of sales) 13.0% 8.6% 10.2% 12.8% 11.5% 1.6%
Capital expenditure[20] 129 154 101 90 27 17
OPERATIONAL INFORMATION
Crude steel production (Thousand MT) 5,679 7,406 5,738 3,684 546 -
Steel shipments (Thousand MT) 5,271 6,856 5,694 3,204 436 4,353
Average steel selling price ($/MT)[21] 722 757 728 557 2,744 770

Appendix 2a: Steel Shipments by geographical location[22]

Amounts in thousands of tonnes Q110 Q409 Q109
Flat Carbon America: 5,271 4,834 3,644
North America 3,869 3,271 2,557
South America 1,402 1,563 1,087
Flat Carbon Europe: 6,856 6,408 4,814
Europe 6,856 6,408 4,814
Long Carbon: 5,694 5,228 4,423
North America 1,008 1,021 946
South America 1,260 1,177 994
Europe 3,210 2,838 2,225
Other[23] 216 192 258
AACIS: 3,204 3,075 2,754
Africa 1,319 1,137 1,010
Asia, CIS & Other 1,885 1,938 1,744
Stainless Steel: 436 415 315

Appendix 2b: EBITDA[3] by geographical location

Amounts in millions of U.S. dollars Q110 Q409 Q109
Flat Carbon America: 574 524 87
North America 267 127 13
South America 307 397 74
Flat Carbon Europe: 508 657 462
Europe 508 657 462
Long Carbon: 485 482 268
North America 19 13 (78)
South America 377 419 287
Europe 61 43 29
Others[23] 28 7 30
AACIS: 275 310 184
Africa 190 120 8
Asia, CIS & Other 85 190 176
Stainless Steel: 149 113 (5)
Distribution Solutions 57 39 (19)

Appendix 2c: Iron Ore production

(Production million tonnes) (a) Type Product 1Q 10 4Q 09 1Q 09
Mine
North America (b) Open Pit Concentrate and Pellets 5.7 5.4 5.5
South America (d) Open Pit Lump and Sinter feed 1.0 0.7 0.4
Europe Open Pit Lump and Fines 0.3 0.3 0.2
Africa Open Pit / Underground Lump and Fines 0.3 0.3 0.3
Asia, CIS & Other Open Pit / Underground Concentrate, Lump and Fines 3.3 3.3 3.0
Captive – iron ore     10.6 9.9 9.3
North America (c) Open Pit Pellets 3.2 4.1 1.0
South America (d) Open Pit Lump and Fines 0.0 0.1 0.3
Africa (e) Open Pit Lump and Fines 2.0 1.5 1.4
Long term contract – iron ore     5.2 5.7 2.6
Group     15.7 15.6 11.9

a) Total of all finished production of fines, concentrate, pellets and lumps (includes share of production and strategic long-term contracts).
b) Includes own share of production from Hibbing (USA-62.30%), and Pena (Mexico-50%). For 2009, it also includes Wabush (Canada-28.57%), for which on October 9, 2009, ArcelorMittal entered into an agreement to divest its non-controlling (minority) interest. The transaction was completed in February 2010.
c) Includes long term supply contract with Cleveland Cliffs.
d) Includes Andrade mine operated by Vale until November 15, 2009: prices on a cost plus basis. From November 16, 2009 the mine has been operated by ArcelorMittal and included as captive.
e) Strategic agreement with Sishen/Thabazambi (Africa); prices on a cost plus basis. Includes strategic agreement with Kumba (See Recent Developments for information regarding an ongoing dispute over the terms of this agreement)

Appendix 2d: Coal production

(Production million tonnes) 1Q 10 4Q 09 1Q 09
Coal Mines
North America 0.6 0.5 0.5
Asia, CIS & Other 1.0 1.2 1.4
Captive 1.6 1.7 1.9
Long term contracts (a) (b) 0.1 0.1 0.1
Group 1.7 1.9 2.0

a) Includes strategic agreement – prices on a cost plus basis.
b) Includes long term lease – prices on a cost plus basis.

Appendix 3: Debt repayment schedule as of March 31, 2010

Debt repayment schedule ($ billion) 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 >2014 Total
Term loan repayments             -
- Under euro12bn syndicated credit facility - 3.3 - - - - 3.3
- Convertible bonds - - - - 1.9 - 1.9
- Bonds[24] 1.3 - - 3.5 1.3 6.0 12.1
Subtotal 1.3 3.3 - 3.5 3.2 6.0 17.3
LT revolving credit lines
- euro5bn syndicated credit facility - - - - - - -
- $4bn syndicated credit facility - - - - - - -
Commercial paper[25] 2.2 - - - - - 2.2
Other loans 1.3 0.9 1.3 0.5 0.2 0.7 4.9
Total Gross Debt 4.8 4.2 1.3 4.0 3.4 6.7 24.4

Appendix 4: Credit lines available as of March 31, 2010

Credit lines available ($ billion) Equiv. $ Drawn Available
euro5bn syndicated credit facility[26] $6.7 $0.0 $6.7
$4bn syndicated credit facility $4.0 $0.0 $4.0
Total committed lines $10.7 $0.0 $10.7

Appendix 5 – Other ratios as of March 31, 2010

Ratios 4Q 09 1Q 10
Gearing[27] 29% 33%
Net debt to average EBITDA ratio based on yearly average EBITDA from Jan 1, 2004 1.2X 1.3X
Net debt to EBITDA ratio based on last twelve months EBITDA 3.2X 3.0X

Appendix 6 – Details of footnotes

[1] The financial information in this press release and Appendix 1 has been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board ("IASB"). While the interim financial information included in this announcement has been prepared in accordance with IFRS applicable to interim periods, this announcement does not contain sufficient information to constitute an interim financial report as defined in International Accounting Standards 34, "Interim Financial Reporting". Unless otherwise noted the numbers in the press release have not been audited. The financial information and certain other information presented in a number of tables in this press release have been rounded to the nearest whole number or the nearest decimal. Therefore, the sum of the numbers in a column may not conform exactly to the total figure given for that column. In addition, certain percentages presented in the tables in this press release reflect calculations based upon the underlying information prior to rounding and, accordingly, may not conform exactly to the percentages that would be derived if the relevant calculations were based upon the rounded numbers.
[2] Lost time injury frequency rate equals lost time injuries per 1,000,000 worked hours, based on own personnel and contractors.
[3] EBITDA is defined as operating income plus depreciation, impairment expenses and exceptional items.
[4] Net debt refers to long-term debt, plus short-term debt, less cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash and short-term investments.
[5] Impairment charges for the three months ended December 31, 2009 of $502 million consisted of $169 million on various idled assets (primarily $65 million at Las Truchas, Mexico), $122 million on various tubular product operations (primarily $65 million in Roman, Romania), and $172 million on other impairment assets (primarily $117 million at ArcelorMittal Construction France).
[6] From 2007 to end of 2009 ArcelorMittal had purchased credits for 19.2 million tonnes and sold credits for 18.6 million tonnes (including 6 million sold during the fourth quarter of 2009).
[7] Foreign exchange and other net financing costs include foreign currency swaps, bank fees, interest on pensions and impairments of financial instruments.
[8] During the fourth quarter of 2009, the Company recorded impairment charges of $281 million on its tubular business and certain idled assets (including $65 million in Roman, Romania and $65 million in Las Truchas, Mexico).
[9] As from January 1, 2010 Steel Solutions and Services segment has been renamed ArcelorMittal Distribution Solutions (AMDS).
[10] Rotation days are defined as days of accounts receivable plus days of inventory minus days of accounts payable. Days of accounts payable and inventory are a function of cost of goods sold. Days of accounts receivable are a function of sales.
[11] Includes back-up lines for commercial paper program of approximately $2.7billion (euro2billion).
[12] At average 2008 exchange rate.
[13] Amounts are derived from Company's audited consolidated financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2009.
[14] In accordance with IFRS the Company has adjusted the 2008 financial information retrospectively for the finalization in 2009 of the allocation of purchase price for certain business combinations carried out in 2008. The adjustments have been reflected in the Company's consolidated financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2009.
[15] For the three months ended December 31, 2009 the Company recorded an exceptional gain of $380 million relating to a reversal of litigation provisions previously booked in the fourth quarter of 2008. During the three months ended March 31, 2009 the Company had recorded exceptional charges amounting to $1.2 billion primarily related to write-downs of inventory.
[16] Total of all finished production of fines, concentrate, pellets and lumps (includes share of production and strategic long-term contracts).
[17]ArcelorMittal Distribution Solutions shipments are eliminated in consolidation as they represent shipments originating from other ArcelorMittal operating subsidiaries.
[18] Changes in operating working capital are defined as trade accounts receivable plus inventories less trade accounts payable.
[19] Refers to the acquisition of 13.88% non-controlling interest in Ostrava, which according to new IAS 27 is presented as financing activities
[20] Segmental capex includes the acquisition of intangible assets (such as concessions for mining and IT support).
[21] Average steel selling prices are calculated as steel sales divided by steel shipments.
[22] Shipments originating from a geographical location.
[23] Includes tubular business
[24] $422.5 million US bond due 2014 redeemed early on April 1, 2010 in line with terms of the indenture.
[25] Commercial paper is expected to continue to be rolled over in the normal course of business.
[26] Euro denominated loans converted at the Euro: $ exchange rate of 1.3479 as at March 31, 2010.
[27] Gearing is defined as (A) long-term debt, plus short-term debt, less cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash and short-term investments, divided by (B) total equity.

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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