Mittal's Aperam Increases Its Bid For Outokumpu's Italian Steel Mill

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Mittal’s Aperam and consortium members have “raised its bid for Italian steel plant Terni that its competitor Outokumpu has to sell, a deal that would reshape the European stainless steel industry,” reports Reuters.

“The consortium, including Italian steelmakers Arvedi and Marcegaglia, submitted the higher bid last week – because Outokumpu sees all bids so far as too low – and it is valid until Friday, two sources with knowledge of the situation said.”

“‘For Outokumpu all that matters at the moment is getting their debt down but the sale of this plant now will not strengthen their balance sheet considerably. If it strengthens it somewhat they are already lucky,’ an industry expert said.”

“But that plant is a champ in the strategic Italian market and Aperam could get it for a very attractive price.”

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