Severstal North America Sells Warren, Wheeling, and Sparrows Point Facilities

Mar 02, 2011, 11:07 ET from Severstal North America

DEARBORN, Mich., March 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Severstal North America, a subsidiary of OAO Severstal, today announced that The Renco Group, Inc. has signed a definitive agreement to purchase Severstal’s operations at Warren, OH, Wheeling, WV, and Sparrows Point, MD.   The transaction is expected to close in March 2011, and is subject to customary closing conditions, including expiration or early termination of the Hart-Scott-Rodino waiting period.

As transaction consideration, Severstal will receive $125 million in cash, a $100 million secured note, and the repayment of $317 million of third-party debt at closing.  Renco will also assume various Severstal financial liabilities including employee-related and environmental liabilities totaling $650 million.

The Renco Group, Inc. is a family owned, private holding company that makes long term investments in companies across a range of industries including mining, mineral recovery, metals production / fabrication, defense, and automotive supply industries.

“The sale of Warren, Wheeling, and Sparrows Point marks a strategic refocusing of our North American operations,” said Sergei Kuznetsov, CEO of Severstal International.  “The sale of these assets will enable Severstal North America to evolve into a stronger and more focused organization that is better able to serve our North American customers,” Mr. Kuznetsov concluded.

Evercore Partners and Raymond James and Associates, Inc.  are acting as Severstal’s financial advisers, and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP is acting as Severstal’s legal adviser.


Katya Pruett

Severstal North America

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Vladimir Zaluzhsky

Investor Relations, OAO Severstal

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Elena Kovaleva

Public Relations, OAO Severstal

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About Severstal North America:

Severstal North America is a major steelmaker in the United States which specializes in the full

range of the highest quality light flat rolled products. Fully integrated operations are located in Michigan.  A new state-of-the-art electric arc furnace operation in Mississippi serves the growing demand for steel in the southeastern United States. Severstal North America also has several joint ventures for the highest quality coated products.

About Severstal International:

Severstal International is an operating division of OAO Severstal comprising the North American and European segments.

About OAO Severstal:

OAO Severstal is an international steel and mining company with a listing on the Russian Trading System, Moscow Interbank Currency Exchange and the London Stock Exchange. The company focuses on high value added and unique niche products and operates high quality assets in Russia, North America and Europe.

About the Renco Group:

The Renco Group is a family owned private investment holding company founded in 1975.  Its portfolio includes a wide range of industries including mining and mineral recovery, defense equipment, metal fabrication and automotive supply.  The group makes long-term investments in companies across a range of industries where it sees value and growth.

SOURCE Severstal North America