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2020-07-30

ArcelorMittal S.A.: ArcelorMittal reports second quarter 2020 and half year 2020 results

Luxembourg, July 30, 2020 - 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 results1 for the three-month and six-month periods ended June 30, 2020.

Highlights:

  • Health and safety: Protecting the health and wellbeing of employees remains the Company’s overarching priority; LTIF rate2 of 0.77x in 2Q 2020 and 0.91x in 1H 2020
  • Operating performance in 2Q 2020 reflects the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic primarily on the steel business, with reduced demand leading to a 23.7% sequential reduction in steel shipments (1H 2020 shipments 23% lower YoY)
  • Operating loss of $0.3bn in 2Q 2020 includes $0.2bn exceptional items3 (1H 2020 operating loss of $0.6bn includes $0.8bn impairment and exceptional items3)
  • EBITDA of $0.7bn in 2Q 2020 (1H 2020 EBITDA of $1.7bn)
  • Net loss of $0.6bn in 2Q 2020 (1H 2020 net loss of $1.7bn, with adjusted net loss of $0.9bn excluding impairment and exceptional items3)
  • Free cash outflow was limited to $0.4bn (net cash provided by operating activities of $0.9bn less $1.3bn capex) in 1H 2020 and included a working capital investment of $0.5bn
  • Gross debt of $13.5bn and net debt of $7.8bn as of June 30, 2020 (down $2.3bn vs June 30, 2019) the lowest level achieved since the ArcelorMittal merger
  • Liquidity at the end of 2Q 2020 stood at $11.2bn (consisting of cash and cash equivalents of $5.7bn and $5.5bn of available credit lines5)

Outlook:

  • While the speed and trajectory of the demand recovery post the COVID-19 pandemic remain uncertain, ArcelorMittal’s core markets are showing signs of recovery from exceptionally low levels
  • The Company will continue to align production levels to demand, with the ability and flexibility to restart hot idled capacity as the recovery progresses
  • Against the exceptional operating backdrop, the Company has taken a comprehensive series of actions to reduce all costs to protect profitability and cash flows. While these actions will continue, the Company is now developing its options for structural cost improvements to appropriately position the fixed cost base for the post COVID-19 operating environment, with more details to be announced with full year results
  • The Company continues to expect certain cash needs of the business to be approximately $3.5bn in 2020 and remains focused on its FY 2020 $1bn working capital efficiency target
  • Achievement of its $7bn net debt objective remains a priority, at which point the Company expects its capital allocation focus to shift from deleveraging towards cash returns to shareholders
  • The Company’s $2bn asset portfolio optimization program continues to progress, and with suitable and viable buyers having expressed serious interest in certain assets, the Company remains confident in completing the program by mid-2021
  • The Company’s European climate action report detailed the Smart Carbon and an Innovative DRI-based technology routes to reduce the European business carbon emissions by a targeted 30% by 2030 before reaching net zero in 2050

Financial highlights (on the basis of IFRS1):

(USDm) unless otherwise shown 2Q 20 1Q 20 2Q 19 1H 20 1H 19
Sales 10,976    14,844    19,279    25,820    38,467   
Operating (loss) / income (253)   (353)   (158)   (606)   611   
Net loss attributable to equity holders of the parent (559)   (1,120)   (447)   (1,679)   (33)  
Basic loss per common share (US$) (0.50)   (1.11)   (0.44)   (1.57)   (0.03)  
           
Operating (loss) / income / tonne (US$/t) (17)   (18)   (7)   (18)   14   
EBITDA 707    967   

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