ArcelorMittal (referred to as “ArcelorMittal” or the “Company”) (MT (New York, Amsterdam, Paris, Luxembourg), MTS (Madrid)), the world’s leading integrated steel and mining company, today announced results[1] for the three month period ended March 31, 2015.

  • Analysts slides – EN – PDF
  • Press release – EN – FR – PDF
  • Analysts Webcast – 15.30 CET – English
  • Q&A – EN – PDF

Highlights:

  • Health and safety: LTIF rate of 0.88x in 1Q 2015 as compared to 0.89x in 4Q 2014
  • EBITDA of $1.4 billion in 1Q 2015 (including $0.1 billion onerous contract provision)[2], versus $1.8 billion in 1Q 2014
  • Despite significant forex headwinds, 1Q 2015 underlying steel-only EBITDA stable versus 1Q 2014[3]
  • Net loss of $0.7 billion in 1Q 2015 (primarily forex driven) as compared to a net loss of $0.2 billion in 1Q 2014
  • Steel shipments of 21.6Mt, an increase of 3% as compared to 21Mt in 1Q 2014
  • 15.6 Mt own iron ore production, an increase of 5% as compared to 14.8 Mt in 1Q 2014; 9.4 Mt shipped and reported at market prices as compared to 9.3 Mt in 1Q 2014
  • Iron ore unit cash costs down 13% YoY; FY 2015 cost reduction target increased to 15% (from 10% previously)
  • Net debt of $16.6 billion as of March 31, 2015 as compared to $18.5 billion at March 31, 2014

Outlook and guidance:

  • Whilst steel markets have evolved largely as per expectations, the subsequent deterioration of iron ore prices as well as a weaker U.S. market results in a headwind to guidance. Although the Company expects to benefit from further improvement in costs, both in mining and steel segments (including lower raw material costs), the Company now expects 2015 EBITDA within the range of $6.0 - $7.0 billion
  • Due to the benefits of foreign exchange as well as the postponement of some investment projects the Company has further reduced the FY 2015 capital expenditure budget to approximately $3.0 billion
  • The Company continues to expect positive free cash flow in 2015 and to achieve progress towards the medium term net debt target of $15 billion
  • The Company expects net interest expense of approximately $1.4 billion in 2015

Financial highlights (on the basis of IFRS[1]):

(USDm) unless otherwise shown 1Q 15 4Q 14 3Q 14 2Q 14 1Q 14
Sales 17,118 18,723 20,067 20,704 19,788
EBITDA 1,378 1,815 1,905 1,763 1,754
Operating income 571 569 959 832 674
Net (loss) / income attributable to equity holders of the parent (728) (955) 22 52 (205)
Basic (loss) /earnings per share (USD) (0.41) (0.53) 0.01 0.03 (0.12)
           
Own iron ore production (Mt) 15.6 16.7 15.8 16.6 14.8
Iron ore shipped at market price (Mt) 9.4 9.9 10.0 10.5 9.3
Crude steel production (Mt) 23.7 23.2 23.9 23.1 23.0
Steel shipments (Mt) 21.6 21.2 21.5 21.5 21.0
EBITDA/tonne (US$/t) 64 86 89 82 84
Steel-only EBITDA/tonne (US$/t) 59 75 76 64 63

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

“We faced a number of headwinds in the first quarter, including a declining iron-ore price, a stronger dollar and surge of imports in the United States.  As a result of which EBITDA declined to US$1.4 billion, although the underlying performance of our steel business remained similar to the first quarter of 2014.  The performance in Europe was of particular note, with EBITDA improving 15% year-on-year.  Off-setting the impact of these headwinds is a priority and we are focused on achieving a 15% reduction in mining costs and improving the competitive position of our US operations.  Importantly, we still expect to remain free cash flow positive and further reduce net debt over the course of the year.”

First quarter 2015 earnings analyst conference call

ArcelorMittal management will host a conference call for members of the investment community to discuss the first quarter period ended March 31, 2015 on:

Date US Eastern time London CET
Thursday May 7, 2015  9.30am  2.30pm  3.30pm
The dial in numbers:
Location Toll free dial in numbers Local dial in numbers  Participant
UK local: 0800 051 5931 +44 (0)203 364 5807 46266261#
USA local: 186 6719 2729   +1 24 06450345 46266261#
France: 0800 9174780 +33 17071 2916 46266261#
Germany: 0800 965 6288 +49 692 7134 0801 46266261#
Spain: 90 099 4930  +34 911 143436 46266261#
Luxembourg: 800 26908 +352 27 86 05 07 46266261#
A replay of the conference call will be available for one week by dialing:
Number Language Access code  
 +49 (0) 1805 2043 089 English 446929#  

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 http://corporate.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, 2014 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.

Corporate responsibility and safety performance

Health and safety - Own personnel and contractors lost time injury frequency rate

Health and safety performance, based on own personnel figures and contractors lost time injury frequency (LTIF) rate, remained stable at 0.88x in the first quarter of 2015 (“1Q 2015”) as compared to 0.89x for the fourth quarter of 2014 (“4Q 2014”) and deteriorated as compared to 0.85x for the first quarter of 2014 (“1Q 2014”). During 1Q 2015, significant improvements in the Mining, NAFTA and Brazil segment performance relative to 4Q 2014, were partially offset by deterioration in the Europe and ACIS segment.

The Company’s effort to improve the Group’s Health and Safety record continues and remains focused on both further reducing the rate of severe injuries and preventing fatalities.  

Own personnel and contractors - Frequency rate

Lost time injury frequency rate 1Q 15 4Q 14 3Q 14 2Q 14 1Q 14
Mining 0.60 0.75 0.29 0.84 0.26
NAFTA 1.13 1.42 1.03 0.88 1.00
Brazil 0.71 1.14 0.98 0.47 0.98
Europe 1.15 0.90 1.00 1.25 1.19
ACIS 0.56 0.47 0.52 0.51 0.54
Total Steel 0.93 0.92 0.87 0.87 0.96
Total (Steel and Mining) 0.88 0.89 0.78 0.87 0.85

Key corporate responsibility highlights for 1Q 2015:

  • ArcelorMittal 2014 sustainability report, “Steel: the sustainability challenge” was released on April 20, 2015. With the release of the sustainability report the Company launched a new framework focusing on 10 sustainable development outcomes it will work to achieve.
  • ArcelorMittal named a finalist for the Corporate Social Responsibility Award from Platts Global Metals, with the winner to be announced in May 2015.
  • Launch of our #ilovesteel #ilovescience Twitter campaign to motivate young people’s interest in science, technology, engineering and math and attract top talent to continue cutting edge innovation for steel and mining.

Analysis of results for 1Q 2015 versus 4Q 2014 and 1Q 2014

Total steel shipments for 1Q 2015 were 2% higher at 21.6 million metric tonnes as compared with 21.2 million metric tonnes for 4Q 2014, and 3% higher as compared to 21.0 million metric tonnes for 1Q 2014.

Sales for 1Q 2015 were $17.1 billion as compared to $18.7 billion for 4Q 2014 and $19.8 billion for 1Q 2014. Sales in 1Q 2015, were 8.6% lower as compared to 4Q 2014 primarily due to lower average steel selling prices (-9.2%), seasonally lower market priced iron ore shipments (-5.7%) and lower iron ore reference prices (-16%), partially offset by higher steel shipments (+2.0%).

Depreciation was lower at $807 million for 1Q 2015 as compared to $982 million in 4Q 2014 primarily on account of foreign exchange impact due to depreciation of all major currencies (Brazilian real, Euro and Canadian dollar) against the US dollar. Depreciation in 1Q 2015 was significantly lower than $1,080 million for 1Q 2014 on account of these impacts discussed above, as well as increases in the useful lives of plant and equipment. Assuming a similar foreign exchange translation impact for the remainder of 2015, full year depreciation is expected to be approximately $3.5 billion.

Impairment charges for 1Q 2015 and 1Q 2014 were nil. Impairment charges for 4Q 2014 of $264 million included $114 million primarily related to the idling of the steel shop and rolling facilities of Indiana Harbor Long carbon operations in the US (NAFTA); $63 million related to write-down of the Volcan iron ore mine in Mexico (Mining); and $57 million related to the closure of mill C in Rodange, Luxembourg (Europe).

Operating income for 1Q 2015 was $571 million, as compared to $569 million in 4Q 2014 and $674 million in 1Q 2014. Operating results for 1Q 2015 were negatively impacted by a $69 million provision primarily related to onerous hot rolled and cold rolled contracts in the US (NAFTA).  Operating results for 4Q 2014 were negatively impacted by a $76 million provision related to onerous annual tin plate contracts at Weirton in the US (NAFTA), offset by the positive impact from the $79 million gain on disposal of Kuzbass coal mines in Russia (Mining).

Loss from investments in associates, joint ventures and other investments in 1Q 2015 was $2 million as compared to loss in 4Q 2014 of $380 million and income of $36 million in 1Q 2014. Loss from investments in associates, joint ventures and other investments in 1Q 2015 was negatively impacted by foreign exchange effects on various investees, partially offset by improved performance by Spanish and German investees.

Loss from investments in associates, joint ventures and other investments in 4Q 2014 was negatively impacted by a $621 million impairment loss on China Oriental following a revision of business assumptions, partially offset by a $193 million gain on sale of Gallatin as well as improved performance of European investees and the share of profits of Calvert operations. Income in 1Q 2014 was primarily the result of improved performance of Spanish investees.

Net interest expense (including interest expense and interest income) in 1Q 2015 was stable at $323 million as compared to 4Q 2014. Increased interest expense due to the issuance of €750 million of bonds in January 2015 and “step up” clauses in most of the Company’s outstanding bonds, triggered by the S&P downgrade in February 2015 was offset by savings following the repayments of bonds in 4Q 2014 ($500 million and $750 million repaid early in October 2014 and €360 million repaid in November 2014). The decrease in 1Q 2015 relative to $426 million in 1Q 2014 is attributable to both lower gross debt outstanding and lower average cost, following the repayments of convertible bonds in 2Q 2014 (€1.25 billion and $800 million) and the repayments of bonds in 4Q 2014. The Company continues to expect full year 2015 net interest expense of approximately $1.4 billion.

Foreign exchange and other net financing costs were $756 million for 1Q 2015 as compared to $549 million for 4Q 2014 and $380 million for 1Q 2014. Foreign exchange and other net financing costs for 1Q 2015 include foreign exchange losses of $538 million as compared to a loss of $316 million for 4Q 2014 mainly on account of USD appreciation of 11.4% against the Euro (versus 3.5% in 4Q 2014) and 17.2% against BRL (versus 7.7% in 4Q 2014). This foreign exchange loss is largely non-cash and primarily relates to the impact of the USD appreciation on Euro denominated deferred tax assets partially offset by foreign exchange gain on euro debt.

ArcelorMittal recorded income tax expense of $210 million for 1Q 2015, as compared to an income tax expense of $258 million for 4Q 2014 and income tax expense of $61 million for 1Q 2014.

Non-controlling interests for 1Q 2015 and 4Q 2014 represent a charge primarily related to minority shareholders’ share of net income recorded in ArcelorMittal Mines Canada and Belgo Bekaert Arames in Brazil. Non-controlling interests for 1Q 2014 represent a charge primarily related to minority shareholders’ share of net income recorded in ArcelorMittal Mines Canada and South Africa.   

ArcelorMittal recorded a net loss for 1Q 2015 of $728 million, or $0.41 loss per share, as compared to net loss of $955 million, or $0.53 loss per share for 4Q 2014, and a net loss of $205 million, or $0.12 loss per share for 1Q 2014.

Capital expenditure projects

The following tables summarize the Company’s principal growth and optimization projects involving significant capital expenditures.

Completed projects in most recent quarters

Region Site Project Capacity / particulars Actual completion
China Hunan Province VAMA auto steel JV Capacity of 1.5mt pickling line, 0.9mt continuous annealing line and 0.5mt of hot dipped galvanizing auto steel 1Q 2015
USA AM/NS Calvert Continuous coating line upgrade to Aluminize line#4 Increased production of Usibor by 0.1mt / year 1Q 2015
Brazil Juiz de Fora (Brazil) Rebar and meltshop expansion Increase in rebar capacity by 0.4mt / year; 1Q 2015

Ongoing projects

Segment Site Project Capacity / particulars Forecast completion
Mining Liberia Phase 2 expansion project Increase production capacity to 15mt/ year (high grade sinter feed) Initial forecast of 2015 / Currently delayed(a)
NAFTA ArcelorMittal Dofasco (Canada) Construction of a heavy gauge galvanizing line#6 to optimize galvanizing operations Optimize cost and increase shipment of galvanized products by 0.3mt / year 2Q 2015
Brazil ArcelorMittal Vega Do Sul (Brazil) Expansion project Increase hot dipped galvanizing (HDG) capacity by 0.6mt / year and cold rolling (CR) capacity by 0.7mt / year On hold
Brazil Monlevade (Brazil) Wire rod production expansion Increase in capacity of finished products by 1.1mt / year 2015
  Juiz de Fora (Brazil) Rebar and meltshop expansion Increase in meltshop capacity  by 0.2mt / year 2016
Brazil Monlevade (Brazil) Sinter plant, blast furnace and meltshop Increase in liquid steel capacity by 1.2mt / year; Sinter feed capacity of 2.3mt / year On hold
Brazil Acindar (Argentina) New rolling mill Increase in rolling capacity by 0.4mt / year for bars for civil construction 2016

Joint venture projects

Region Site Project Capacity / particulars Forecast completion
Canada Baffinland Early revenue phase Production capacity 3.5mt/ year (iron ore) 2H 2015
USA AM/NS Calvert Slab yard expansion Increase coil production level up to 5.3mt/year coils. 2H 2016

a)  The Liberia phase 2 project to invest $1.7 billion to construct 15 million tonnes of concentrate capacity and associated infrastructure has been delayed. This follows the contractor’s declaration of force majeure on August 8, 2014 due to the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa. Given the project delays and ensuing rapid deterioration of iron ore prices, the Company is assessing its options to progress with this project. ArcelorMittal remains fully committed to Liberia. Phase 1 operations are continuing as normal at this time and to date have not been affected by the Ebola situation in Liberia.

Analysis of segment operations

NAFTA

(USDm) unless otherwise shown 1Q 15 4Q 14 3Q 14 2Q 14 1Q 14
Sales 4,777 5,166 5,645 5,423 4,928
EBITDA 53 341 429 177 259
Depreciation 156 178 169 170 189
Impairments - 114 - - -
Restructuring charges - - - - -
Operating (loss) / income (103) 49 260 7 70
Crude steel production (kt) 5,908 6,142 6,485 6,153 6,256
Steel shipments (kt) 5,463 5,805 5,866 5,790 5,613
Average steel selling price (US$/t) 796 824 853 856 840

NAFTA segment crude steel production decreased by 3.8% to 5.9 million tonnes in 1Q 2015 as compared to 4Q 2014 to align with weaker demand.

Steel shipments in 1Q 2015 decreased by 5.9% to 5.5 million tonnes as compared to 4Q 2014, primarily driven by a 7.9% decline in flat product steel shipment volumes due to weaker demand resulting in particular from a strong inventory destock.

Sales in 1Q 2015 decreased by 7.5% to $4.8 billion as compared to 4Q 2014, due to lower steel shipments as discussed above, and lower average steel selling prices (-3.5%) primarily due to lower domestic prices impacted by weak demand and import pressures. Average steel selling price for flat products and long products declined -3.1% and -8.0%, respectively.

EBITDA in 1Q 2015 decreased to $53 million as compared to $341 million in 4Q 2014. EBITDA for 1Q 2015 was negatively impacted by a $69 million provision primarily related to onerous hot rolled and cold rolled contracts in the US.  EBITDA for 4Q 2014 was negatively impacted by a $76 million provision related to onerous annual tin plate contract at Weirton, in the US. EBITDA in 1Q 2015 was lower as compared to 4Q 2014 due to lower average steel selling prices and steel shipment volumes as discussed above.  

On an underlying basis, EBITDA in 1Q 2015 was 52.9% lower as compared to 1Q 2014 primarily due to lower steel shipments (-2.7%) and lower average steel selling prices (5.3%).

Operating income for 4Q 2014 was also impacted by impairment charges of $114 million primarily related to the idling of the steel shop and rolling facilities of Indiana Harbor Long carbon operations in the US.

Brazil

(USDm) unless otherwise shown 1Q 15 4Q 14 3Q 14 2Q 14 1Q 14
Sales 2,119 2,543 2,707 2,431 2,356
EBITDA 377 546 460 414 425
Depreciation 86 99 111 109 138
Impairments - - - - -
Restructuring charges - - - - -
Operating income 291 447 349 305 287
Crude steel production (kt) 2,875 2,758 2,971 2,382 2,413
Steel shipments (kt) 2,707 2,895 2,844 2,312 2,325
Average steel selling price (US$/t) 713 792 866 934 895

Brazil segment crude steel production increased by 4.3% to 2.9 million tonnes in 1Q 2015 as compared to 4Q 2014.

Steel shipments in 1Q 2015 decreased by 6.5% to 2.7 million tonnes as compared to 4Q 2014, driven by a 7.8% decline in flat product steel shipment volumes (primarily due to decreased slab exports from Brazil), and 4.8% decline in long product steel shipment volumes primarily due to weak domestic demand in Brazil and Argentina.

Sales in 1Q 2015 decreased by 16.6% to $2.1 billion as compared to 4Q 2014, due to lower steel shipments as discussed above, and lower average steel selling prices (-10%). Average steel selling prices for flat and long products decreased by 11.2% and 5.2%, respectively, negatively impacted by a weaker Brazilian real and a decline in international slab prices.

EBITDA in 1Q 2015 decreased by 30.9% to $377 million as compared to $546 million in 4Q 2014 primarily on account of lower steel shipment volumes and average steel selling prices, as well as lower profitability in our tubular operations.      

EBITDA in 1Q 2015 was lower as compared to 1Q 2014 by 11.1% due to lower average steel selling prices offset in part by higher steel shipments (following the restart of Tubarao furnace in July 2014).

Europe

(USDm) unless otherwise shown 1Q 15 4Q 14 3Q 14 2Q 14 1Q 14
Sales 8,600 9,023 9,689 10,518 10,322
EBITDA 616 557 523 689 535
Depreciation 299 343 357 355 455
Impairments - 57 - - -
Restructuring charges - - - - -
Operating income 317 157 166 334 80
Crude steel production (kt) 11,341 10,742 10,837 10,941 10,899
Steel shipments (kt) 10,662 9,610 9,829 10,191 10,009
Average steel selling price (US$/t) 633 721 760 799 808

Europe segment crude steel production increased by 5.6% to 11.3 million tonnes in 1Q 2015, as compared to 4Q 2014.

Steel shipments in 1Q 2015 increased by 10.9% to 10.7 million tonnes as compared to 4Q 2014. Flat product shipment volumes increased by 12.9% and long product shipment volumes increased by 6.4%, both benefiting from seasonality and improved demand.

Sales in 1Q 2015 decreased by 4.7% to $8.6 billion as compared to 4Q 2014, primarily due to lower average steel selling prices (-12.2%), partially offset by higher steel shipments as discussed above. Average steel selling prices for flat and long products decreased by 11.8% and 13.0%, respectively, largely due to exchange rate effects. Local average steel prices declined marginally, partially reflecting lower raw material costs.

EBITDA in 1Q 2015 increased by 10.6% to $616 million as compared to $557 million in 4Q 2014, reflecting improved market conditions offset in part by negative translation impacts.

EBITDA in 1Q 2015 was 15% higher than 1Q 2014, reflecting improved market conditions as well as the benefits of cost optimization efforts.

Operating performance for 4Q 2014 was impacted by impairment charges of $57 million, related to the closure of mill C in Rodange, Luxembourg.

ACIS[4]

(USDm) unless otherwise shown 1Q 15 4Q 14 3Q 14 2Q 14 1Q 14
Sales 1,721 1,967 1,994 2,300 2,007
EBITDA 133 147 208 156 109
Depreciation 108 135 130 131 129
Impairments - - - - -
Restructuring charges - - - - -
Operating income / (loss) 25 12 78 25 (20)
Crude steel production (kt) 3,603 3,519 3,616 3,600 3,413
Steel shipments (kt) 3,006 3,111 3,229 3,306 3,187
Average steel selling price (US$/t) 507 550 594 592 567

ACIS segment crude steel production in 1Q 2015 increased by 2.4% to 3.6 million tonnes as compared to 4Q 2014. This reflects increased production in South Africa following the ramp up at Newcastle blast furnace post the completion in December of the reline works.

Steel shipments in 1Q 2015 decreased by 3.4% to 3.0 million metric tonnes as compared to 4Q 2014, primarily due to seasonally lower shipments in our CIS operations offset in part by higher volumes in South Africa.

Sales in 1Q 2015 decreased by 12.5% to $1.7 billion as compared to 4Q 2014. This decline was primarily due to lower steel shipment volumes and average steel selling prices (-7.8%).  Average steel selling prices were lower in Ukraine (-13.7%) and Kazakhstan (-10%) impacted by weaker CIS prices, as well as lower prices in South Africa following a 4.5% depreciation of the South African Rand.

EBITDA in 1Q 2015 decreased to $133 million as compared to $147 million in 4Q 2014, due to lower average steel selling prices partially offset by lower costs in Ukraine (due to currency devaluation) and South Africa.

EBITDA in 1Q 2015 was 21.7% higher as compared to 1Q 2014 due to lower costs, offset by lower steel shipments (-5.7%) and lower average steel selling prices (-10.6%).

Mining

1Q 15 4Q 14 3Q 14 2Q 14 1Q 14  
Sales 758 1,059 1,272 1,383 1,256
EBITDA 114 232 278 388 433
Depreciation 150 219 170 155 159
Impairments - 63 - - -
Restructuring charges - - - - -
Operating income / (loss) (36) (50) 108 233 274
Own iron ore production(a) (Mt) 15.6 16.7 15.8 16.6 14.8
Iron ore shipped externally and internally at market price(b) (Mt) 9.4 9.9 10.0 10.5 9.3
Iron ore shipment - cost plus basis (Mt) 4.1 6.4 7.1 6.2 4.2
Own coal production(a) (Mt) 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.8 1.8
Coal shipped externally and internally at market price(b) (Mt) 0.6 0.8 1.1 1.1 1.0
Coal shipment - cost plus basis (Mt) 0.8 0.9 0.8 0.8 0.8

(a)  Own iron ore and coal production not including strategic long-term contracts
(b)  Iron ore and coal shipments of market-priced based materials include the Company’s own mines, and share of production at other mines, and exclude supplies under strategic long-term contracts

Own iron ore production (not including supplies under strategic long-term contracts) in 1Q 2015 decreased by 7.0% to 15.6 million metric tonnes as compared to 4Q 2014. This reflects seasonally weaker performance in Canada and Brazil offset in part by improved production in Liberia.

Own iron ore production (not including supplies under strategic long-term contracts) was 5.0% higher than 1Q 2014, primarily due to higher production at Mines Canada due to “efficiency gains” and improvement at Liberia offset in part by lower production in Ukraine and Brazil.

Market price iron ore shipments in 1Q 2015 decreased by 5.7% to 9.4 million metric tonnes as compared to 4Q 2014, primarily driven by seasonally lower shipments Mines Canada driven by weather related issues.

Market price iron ore shipments in 1Q 2015 were stable as compared to 1Q 2014 primarily due to lower shipments in Mexico and Ukraine offset by increased shipments in Mines Canada following operational efficiency gains.

Own coal production (not including supplies under strategic long-term contracts) in 1Q 2015 decreased 8.0% to 1.6 million metric tonnes as compared to 4Q 2014, primarily due to seasonally lower production at our US operations impacted by adverse weather.

Own coal production (not including supplies under strategic long-term contracts) in 1Q 2015 decreased 12.1% as compared to 1Q 2014, primarily due lower production at our US operations and scope change following the disposal of the Kuzbass coal mines in Russia during the fourth quarter of 2014.

EBITDA in 1Q 2015 decreased to $114 million as compared to $232 million in 4Q 2014. EBITDA for 4Q 2014 was positively impacted by a $79 million gain on the disposal of Kuzbass coal mines. Therefore on an underlying basis, 1Q 2015 EBITDA decreased by 25.8% primarily due to lower seaborne iron ore market prices (-16%) and lower market price shipment volumes, offset in part by improved cost performance.

EBITDA in 1Q 2015 was 73.8% lower as compared to 1Q 2014, primarily due to lower seaborne iron ore market prices (-48%), partially offset by lower unit production costs, the benefits of lower freight, foreign exchange and restructuring of our coal operations including the sale of Kuzbass. 

Operating performance for 4Q 2014 was impacted by a $63 million impairment charge related to costs associated with the write-down of the Volcan iron ore mine in Mexico.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

For 1Q 2015, net cash used in operating activities was $915 million, as compared to net cash provided by operating activities of $2,292 million in 4Q 2014.  Cash used in  operating activities in 1Q 2015 included a $1,206 million investment of operating working capital as compared to a $994 million release of operating working capital in 4Q 2014. Despite the cash investment in working capital, due to foreign exchange movements, the amount reflected in the balance sheet remains largely unchanged. Rotation days during 1Q 2015 increased to 54 days as compared to 51 days in 4Q 2014.

Net cash provided by other operating activities in 1Q 2015 was $119 million (including several items such as, onerous contact provision, unrealised forex, employee benefits and VAT). This compares to net cash provided by other operating activities in 4Q 2014 of $889 million (including the adjustment of non-cash items related to unrealized forex losses, income tax accruals, impairment on China Oriental partially offset by adjustments of gains from disposal of Gallatin and Kuzbass). Net cash used by other operating activities in 1Q 2014 was $393 million (including adjustment of non-cash items such as income from associates and forex and changes in other payables, such as employee benefits, payment of provisions and VAT).

Net cash used in investing activities during 1Q 2015 was $456 million as compared to net cash used in investing activities during 4Q 2014 of $492 million. Capital expenditure decreased significantly to $745 million in 1Q 2015 as compared to $1,067 million in 4Q 2014. Due to the benefits of foreign exchange as well as the postponement of some investment projects, the Company has reduced the FY 2015 capital expenditure budget to approximately $3.0 billion.

Cash flow from other investing activities in 1Q 2015 of $289 million primarily included a $108 million inflow  from the exercise of the fourth put option on Hunan Valin shares[5], cash received from the Kiswire divestment[6] and proceeds from the sale of tangible assets.  Cash flow from other investing activities in 4Q 2014 of $575 million primarily included the cash inflow from the divesture of Gallatin for $389 million, a $108 million inflow from the exercise of the third put option on Hunan Valin shares[5] and proceeds from the sale of tangible assets. Other investing activities in 1Q 2014 of $215 million primarily includes $258 million associated with the AM/NS Calvert acquisition[7] offset in part by proceeds from the exercise of the second put option in Hunan Valin. 

Net cash provided by financing activities for 1Q 2015 was $313 million as compared to net cash used in financing activities of $1,926 million for 4Q 2014.  Net cash provided by financing activities for 1Q 2015 includes inflow related to issuance of $877 million (€750 million) 3.125% Notes due January 14, 2022, under the Company’s Euro Medium Term Notes Programme, $339 million of short term financing and proceeds from a 4-year €75 million term loan, offset in part by a repayment of a $1.0 billion loan.

Net cash used in financing activities for 4Q 2014 primarily included debt prepayment totalling $1.25 billion - 9.0% Notes due February 15, 2015 ($750 million) and 3.750% Notes due February 25, 2015 ($500 million) prior to their scheduled maturity and €360 million bond repayment.

Net cash provided by financing activities for 1Q 2014 was $557 million and includes inflow of $1.3 billion relating to the proceeds from the issuance of a €750 million 3.0% Notes due 25 March 2019, under the Company’s Euro Medium Term Notes Programme and proceeds from new 3-year $300 million financing provided by EDC (Export Development Canada), offset in part by the early redemption of perpetual securities of $657 million.

During 1Q 2015, the Company paid $53 million in dividends primarily to minority shareholders in Arcelormittal Mines Canada , as compared to $15 million dividends paid to minority shareholders in  4Q 2014. During 1Q 2014, the Company paid $57 million in dividends to minority shareholders including those in ArcelorMittal Mines Canada and payments to perpetual securities holders.

At March 31, 2015, the Company’s cash and cash equivalents (including restricted cash and short-term investments) amounted to $2.8 billion as compared to $4.0 billion at December 31, 2014. 

Gross debt of $19.4 billion at March 31, 2015, decreased from $19.9 billion at December 31, 2014 and $23.6 billion at March 31, 2014. Gross debt was lower at March 31, 2015 following the net repayment of loans and positive impact of foreign exchange rate effects.

As of March 31, 2015, net debt was $16.6 billion as compared with $15.8 billion at December 31, 2014[8], primarily driven by the investment of operating working capital of $1.2 billion, partially offset by asset disposal proceeds ($0.3 billion)[9] and forex effects ($0.6 billion).

The Company had liquidity of $8.8 billion at March 31, 2015, consisting of cash and cash equivalents (including restricted cash and short-term investments) of $2.8 billion and $6.0 billion of available credit lines. On March 31, 2015, the average debt maturity was 6.4 years.

Key recent developments

  • On April 30, 2015, ArcelorMittal signed a US$6 billion Revolving Credit Facility (incorporating 3 and 5 year tranches) (the "Facility"). The Facility will replace the US$2.4 billion revolving credit facility agreement dated May 6, 2010 and the US$3.6 billion revolving credit facility agreement dated March 18, 2011 and will be used for the general corporate purposes of the ArcelorMittal group. The Facility gives ArcelorMittal improved terms over the former facilities, and extends the average maturity date by approximately two years. ArcelorMittal received indications of interest far in excess of that which it sought, demonstrating confidence from the debt markets in ArcelorMittal. The $6 billion credit facility contains a financial covenant of 4.25x Net debt / EBITDA.
  • On July 29, 2014, ArcelorMittal entered into agreements with BHPB and Areva to acquire their respective interests in the Nimba iron ore deposit, subject to the satisfaction of certain conditions precedent, including dispensation from the Government of Guinea to transport the Nimba ore through the ArcelorMittal infrastructure system in Liberia. ArcelorMittal took the decision to terminate the transaction, given that this key condition to closing was not met by the agreed deadline.
  • On April 9, 2015, ArcelorMittal announced the issuance of €400 million Floating Rate Notes due April 9, 2018 and €500 million 3.00 per cent. Notes due April 9, 2021. The Notes were issued under ArcelorMittal’s Euro Medium Term Notes Programme. The proceeds of the issuance were used for general corporate purposes.

Outlook and guidance

Based on the current economic outlook, ArcelorMittal expects global apparent steel consumption (“ASC”) to increase by approximately +0.5% to +1.5% in 2015. ArcelorMittal expects the pick-up in European manufacturing activity to continue and support ASC growth of approximately +1.5% to +2.5% in 2015 (versus a growth of 3.5% in 2014). Driven by robust underlying steel demand and significant restocking, ASC in the US grew by over 11% in 2014. Whilst underlying demand continues to expand, due to a destock in the 1H 2015, ASC in the US is expected to decline -2% to -3%. Due to the weak macro backdrop both in the CIS and Brazil, ASC is expected to decline by -5% to -7% in both regions in 2015. In China, we see signs of stabilization due to the government’s targeted stimulus, however real estate market remains weak and expect steel demand growth in the range of +0.5% to +1.5% for 2015. While there remain risks to the global demand picture, given ArcelorMittal’s specific geographical and end market exposures, the Company expects its steel shipments to increase by between +3% to 5%  in 2015 as compared to 2014.

Whilst steel markets have evolved largely as per expectations, the subsequent deterioration of iron ore prices as well as a weaker U.S. market results in a headwind to guidance. Although the Company expects to benefit from further improvement in costs, both in mining and steel segments (including lower raw material costs), the Company now expects 2015 EBITDA within the range of $6.0 - $7.0 billion.

Due to the benefits of foreign exchange as well as the postponement of some investment projects the Company has further reduced the FY 2015 capital expenditure budget to approximately $3.0 billion.

The Company expects net interest expense of approximately $1.4 billion in 2015.

Importantly, the Company continues to expect positive free cash flow in 2015 and to achieve progress towards the medium term net debt target of $15 billion.

ArcelorMittal Condensed Consolidated Statements of Financial Position[1]

In millions of U.S. dollars Mar 31, 2015 Dec 31, 2014 Mar  31, 2014
ASSETS      
Cash and cash equivalents including restricted cash 2,779 4,016 5,061
Trade accounts receivable and other 4,253 3,696 5,547
Inventories 15,537 17,304 18,888
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 2,492 2,627 3,406
Assets held for sale[10] - 414 621
Total Current Assets 25,061 28,057 33,523
Goodwill and intangible assets 7,104 8,104 8,716
Property, plant and equipment 41,694 46,593 50,876
Investments in associates and joint ventures 5,394 5,833 6,907
Deferred tax assets 6,982 7,962 9,075
Other assets 2,282 2,630 2,251
Total Assets 88,517 99,179 111,348
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY      
Short-term debt and current portion of long-term debt 2,441 2,522 5,336
Trade accounts payable and other 10,276 11,450 12,181
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 6,211 6,994 7,679
Liabilities held for sale[10] - 157 194
Total Current Liabilities 18,928 21,123 25,390
Long-term debt, net of current portion 16,986 17,275 18,226
Deferred tax liabilities 2,670 3,004 3,190
Other long-term liabilities 11,634 12,617 12,478
Total Liabilities 50,218 54,019 59,284
Equity attributable to the equity holders of the parent 35,452 42,086 48,735
Non–controlling interests 2,847 3,074 3,329
Total Equity 38,299 45,160 52,064
Total Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity 88,517 99,179 111,348

ArcelorMittal Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations[1]

In millions of U.S. dollars Three months ended
  Mar 31, 2015 Dec  31, 2014 Sept 30, 2014 Jun 30,  2014 Mar 31,  2014
Sales 17,118 18,723 20,067 20,704 19,788
Depreciation (807) (982) (946) (931) (1,080)
Impairment - (264) - - -
Restructuring charges - - - - -
Operating income 571 569 959 832 674
Operating margin % 3.3% 3.0% 4.8% 4.0% 3.4%
Income / (loss) from associates, joint ventures and other investments (2) (380) 54 118 36
Net interest expense (323) (322) (338) (383) (426)
Foreign exchange and other net financing (loss) (756) (549) (657) (327) (380)
Income / (loss) before taxes and non-controlling interests (510) (682) 18 240 (96)
Current tax (125) (155) (138) (95) (156)
Deferred tax (85) (103) 159 (61) 95
Income tax benefit / (expense) (210) (258) 21 (156) (61)
Income / (loss) including non-controlling interests (720) (940) 39 84 (157)
Non-controlling interests (8) (15) (17) (32) (48)
Net income / (loss) attributable to equity holders of the parent (728) (955) 22 52 (205)
Basic earnings (loss) per common share ($) (0.41) (0.53) 0.01 0.03 (0.12)
Diluted earnings (loss) per common share ($) (0.41) (0.53) 0.01 0.03 (0.12)
           
Weighted average common shares outstanding (in millions) 1,793 1,793 1,792 1,791 1,790
Adjusted diluted weighted average common shares outstanding (in millions) 1,793 1,795 1,795 1,793 1,792
EBITDA 1,378 1,815 1,905 1,763 1,754
EBITDA Margin % 8.0% 9.7% 9.5% 8.5% 8.9%
OTHER INFORMATION          
Own iron ore production (million metric tonnes) 15.6 16.7 15.8 16.6 14.8
Crude steel production (million metric tonnes) 23.7 23.2 23.9 23.1 23.0
Total shipments of steel products (million metric tonnes) 21.6 21.2 21.5 21.5 21.0

ArcelorMittal Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash flows[1]

In millions of U.S. dollars Three months ended
  Mar 31, 2015 Dec 31, 2014 Sept 30, 2014 Jun 30, 2014 Mar 31, 2014
Operating activities:          
Net income / (loss) attributable to equity holders of the parent (728) (955) 22 52 (205)
Adjustments to reconcile net income /(loss)  to net cash provided by operations:          
Non-controlling interest 8 15 17 32 48
Depreciation and impairment 807 1,246 946 931 1,080
Restructuring charges - - - - -
Deferred income tax 85 103 (159) 61 (95)
Change in operating working capital (1,206) 994 (576) 856 (906)
Other operating activities (net) 119 889 251 (384) (393)
Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities (915) 2,292 501 1,548 (471)
Investing activities:          
Purchase of property, plant and equipment and intangibles (745) (1,067) (949) (774) (875)
Other investing activities (net) 289 575 61 167 (215)
Net cash used in investing activities (456) (492) (888) (607) (1,090)
Financing activities:          
Net (payments) proceeds relating to payable to banks and long-term debt 386 (1,868) 688 (1,659) 1,286
Dividends paid (53) (15) (381) (5) (57)
Combined capital offering - - - - -
Payments for subordinated perpetual securities - - - - (657)
Disposal / (acquisition) of non-controlling interests - (17) - - -
Other financing activities (net)     (20) (26) (13) (11) (15)
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities 313 (1,926) 294 (1,675) 557
Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents (1,058) (126) (93) (734) (1,004)
Cash and cash equivalents transferred to assets held for sale 1 - 1 38 (31)
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash (180) (32) (71) 9 (136)
Change in cash and cash equivalents (1,237) (158) (163) (687) (1,171)

Appendix 1: Product shipments by region

(000'kt) 1Q 15 4Q 14 3Q 14 2Q 14 1Q 14
Flat 4,459 4,844 4,836 4,699 4,528
Long 1,158 1,094 1,171 1,193 1,212
NAFTA 5,463 5,805 5,866 5,790 5,613
Flat 1,514 1,643 1,452 948 899
Long 1,169 1,229 1,379 1,336 1,419
Brazil 2,707 2,895 2,844 2,312 2,325
Flat 7,544 6,680 6,881 7,039 6,992
Long 3,074 2,890 2,938 3,123 2,997
Europe 10,662 9,610 9,829 10,191 10,009
CIS 1,925 2,099 2,183 2,243 2,053
Africa 1,063 982 1,026 1,037 1,112
ACIS 3,006 3,111 3,229 3,306 3,187

Note: Others and eliminations line are not presented in the table

Appendix 2: Capital expenditures

(USDm) 1Q 15 4Q 14 3Q 14 2Q 14 1Q 14
NAFTA 90 127 152 116 110
Brazil 143 138 118 106 135
Europe 250 303 231 209 309
ACIS 93 188 170 110 105
Mining 173 290 274 220 209
Total 745 1,067 949 774 875

Note: Others and eliminations line are not presented in the table

Appendix 3: Debt repayment schedule as of March 31, 2015

Debt repayment schedule (USD billion) 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 >2019 Total
Bonds 1.0 1.5 2.5 2.1 2.3 7.4 16.8
LT revolving credit lines              
- $3.6bn syndicated credit facility - - - - - - -
- $2.4bn syndicated credit facility - - - - - - -
Commercial paper 0.1 - - - - - 0.1
Other loans 0.7 0.9 0.2 0.1 0.2 0.4 2.5
Total gross debt 1.8 2.4 2.7 2.2 2.5 7.8 19.4

Appendix 4: Credit lines available as of March 31, 2015 [11]

Credit lines available (USD billion) Maturity Commitment Drawn Available
- $3.6bn syndicated credit facility 18/03/2016 3.6 0.0 3.6
- $2.4bn syndicated credit facility 06/11/2018 2.4 0.0 2.4
Total committed lines   6.0 0.0 6.0

Appendix 5: EBITDA bridge from 4Q 2014 to1Q 2015

USD millions EBITDA 4Q 14 Volume & Mix - Steel (a) Volume & Mix - Mining (a) Price-cost - Steel (b) Price-cost - Mining (b) Other (c) EBITDA 1Q 15
Group 1,815 165 (9) (365) (31) (197) 1,378

a)  The volume variance indicates the sales value gain/loss through selling a higher/lower volume compared to the reference period, valued at reference period contribution (selling price–variable cost). The mix variance indicates sales value gain/loss through selling different proportions of mix (product, choice, customer, market including domestic/export), compared to the reference period contribution. 
b)  The price-cost variance is a combination of the selling price and cost variance. The selling price variance indicates the sales value gain/loss through selling at a higher/lower price compared to the reference period after adjustment for mix, valued with the current period volumes sold. The cost variance indicates increase/decrease in cost (after adjustment for mix, one-time items and others) compared to the reference period cost. Cost variance includes the gain/loss through consumptions of input materials at a higher price/lower price, movement in fixed cost, changes in valuation of inventory due to movement in capacity utilization etc.  
c)  “Other” includes a $69 million provision primarily related to onerous hot rolled and cold rolled contracts in the US and foreign exchange translation impact.

Appendix 6: Terms and definitions

Unless indicated otherwise, or the context otherwise requires, references in this earnings release report to the following terms have the meanings set out next to them below:

LTIF: Lost time injury frequency rate equals lost time injuries per 1,000,000 worked hours, based on own personnel and contractors.

EBITDA: operating income plus depreciation, impairment expenses and exceptional items. 

Free cash flow:   net cash provided by operating activities less purchases of property, plant and equipment and intangibles.

Net debt: long-term debt, plus short term debt, less cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash and short-term investments (including those held as part of assets/liabilities held for sale).

Market priced tonnes: represent amounts of iron ore and coal from ArcelorMittal mines that could be sold to third parties on the open market.  Market priced tonnes that are not sold to third parties are transferred from the Mining segment to the Company’s steel producing segments and reported at the prevailing market price.  Shipments of raw materials that do not constitute market priced tonnes are transferred internally and reported on a cost-plus basis.

Foreign exchange and other net financing costs: include foreign currency swaps, bank fees, interest on pensions, impairments of financial instruments and revaluation of derivative instruments, and other charges that cannot be directly linked to operating results.

Average steel selling prices: calculated as steel sales divided by steel shipments.

Mining segment sales: i) “External sales”: mined product sold to third parties at market price; ii) “Market-priced tonnes”: internal sales of mined product to ArcelorMittal facilities and reported at prevailing market prices; iii) “Cost-plus tonnes” - internal sales of mined product to ArcelorMittal facilities on a cost-plus basis. The determinant of whether internal sales are reported at market price or cost-plus is whether the raw material could practically be sold to third parties (i.e. there is a potential market for the product and logistics exist to access that market).

Rotation days: 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 of the quarter on an annualized basis. Days of accounts receivable are a function of sales of the quarter on an annualized basis.

Operating working capital:   trade accounts receivable plus inventories less trade accounts payable.

Capex: includes the acquisition of intangible assets (such as concessions for mining and IT support) and includes payments to fixed asset suppliers.

Seaborne iron ore reference prices: refers to iron ore prices for 62% Fe CFR China.

Own iron ore production: Includes total of all finished production of fines, concentrate, pellets and lumps (excludes share of production and strategic long-term contracts).

On-going projects: Refer to projects for which construction has begun (excluding various projects that are under development), even if such projects have been placed on hold pending improved operating conditions.

EBITDA/tonne: calculated as EBITDA divided by total steel shipments.

Steel-only EBITDA: calculated as EBITDA less Mining segment EBITDA.

Steel-only EBITDA/tonne: calculated as steel-only EBITDA divided by total shipments

Iron ore unit cash cost: includes weighted average pellet and concentrate cost of goods sold across all mines

Liquidity: includes back-up lines for the commercial paper program.

Shipments information at the Group level was previously based on a simple aggregation, eliminating intra-segment shipments and excluding shipments of the Distribution Solutions segment.  The new presentation of shipments information eliminates both inter- and intra–segment shipments which are primarily between Flat/Long plants and Tubular plants and continues to exclude the shipments of Distribution Solutions.


[1]The financial information in this press release has been prepared consistently 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”. The numbers in this 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. This press release also includes certain non-GAAP financial measures.
[2]EBITDA in 1Q 2015 of $1,378 million was negatively impacted by a $69 million provision primarily related to onerous hot rolled and cold rolled in the US.  EBITDA in 4Q 2014 of $1,815 million was negatively impacted by a $76 million provision related to onerous annual tin plate contracts at Weirton in the US, offset by the positive impact from the $79 million gain on disposal of Kuzbass coal mines in Russia.
[3]Underlying steel-only EBITDA in 1Q 2015 of $1,333 million is calculated as EBITDA of $1,378 million plus $69 million provision for onerous contracts in the US less $114 million Mining EBITDA. Steel-only EBITDA in 1Q 2014 of $1,321 million is calculated as EBITDA of 1,754 million less $433 million Mining EBITDA.
[4]Effective from January 1, 2015, the functional currency of Kryvyi Rih was changed to the Ukrainian Hryvnia due to changes in the regulatory and economic environment and transaction currencies of the operations.
[5]Following the sale of a 5% stake to Valin Group as a result of the exercise of the third put option on February 8, 2014, the Company’s interest in Hunan Valin decreased from 20% to 15%. On August 6, 2014, the Company exercised the fourth and final instalment, which subsequently led to the decrease in its stake in Hunan Valin from 15% to 10%. The Company received cash from the third and fourth installment of $108 million both in the fourth quarter of 2014 and first quarter of 2015, respectively.
[6]On December 9, 2013, ArcelorMittal signed an agreement with Kiswire Ltd. for the sale of its 50% stake in the joint venture Kiswire ArcelorMittal Ltd in South Korea and certain other entities of its steel cord business in the US, Europe and Asia for a total consideration of $169 million. The net proceeds received in 2Q 2014 are $39 million being $55 million received in cash during the quarter minus cash held by steel cord business. Additionally, $28 million of gross debt held by the steel cord business has been transferred. During 1Q 2015, the Company received $45 million with the remainder due in 2Q 2015.
[7]On February 26, 2014, ArcelorMittal, together with Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation (“NSSMC”), announced that it has completed the acquisition of ThyssenKrupp Steel USA (“TK Steel USA”), a steel processing plant in Calvert, Alabama, having received all necessary regulatory approvals. The transaction – a 50/50 joint venture with NSSMC – was completed for an agreed price of $1,550 million plus working capital and net debt adjustment. ArcelorMittal paid $258 million cash for the acquisition in 1Q 2014.  The Calvert plant has a total capacity of 5.3 million tons including hot rolling, cold rolling, coating and finishing lines.
[8]As at December 31, 2014 net debt included $0.1 billion relating to distribution centers in Europe held for sale.
[9]During the first quarter of 2015, the Company generated cash proceeds totalling $0.3 billion from the proceeds from the exercise of the fourth put option on Hunan Valin shares of $108 million, cash received from Kiswire divestment and proceeds from the sale of tangible assets.
[10]Assets and liabilities held for sale as of December 31, 2014 included assets and liabilities held for sale related to distribution centers in Europe and the disposal of tangible assets. As of March 31, 2014, assets and liabilities subject to disposal primarily relate to steel co rd business and ATIC classified as asset/liabilities held for sale.  
[11]In April 2015, the Company refinanced and extended $6 billion lines of credit (two tranches: $2.5 billion 3Yr and $3.5 billion 5Yr) with 4.25x Net debt / EBITDA covenant

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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