ArcelorMittal today announces a share buyback program (the ‘Program’) under the authorization given by the annual general meeting of shareholders held on June 13, 2020 (the ‘AGM Authorization’).
For the background of this program, reference is made to our press release dated 28 September 2020 relating to the announcement of a definitive agreement pursuant to which Cleveland-Cliffs Inc will acquire 100% of the shares of ArcelorMittal USA for a combination of cash and stock.
The shares acquired under the Program are intended i) to meet ArcelorMittal’s obligations under debt obligations exchangeable into equity securities, and/or ii) to reduce its share capital. ArcelorMittal intends to repurchase, between 28 September 2020 and 31 March 2021, shares for an aggregate maximum amount of US$500 million in accordance with the AGM Authorization and applicable market abuse regulations.
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.
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