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Nippon Steel Corporation announces the acquisition of United States Steel Corporation, a significant integrated steel manufacturer in the United States,
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Nippon Steel Corporation announces the acquisition of United States Steel Corporation, a significant integrated steel manufacturer in the United States, marking a strategic move toward expanding its global steel production capacity. Valued at $55.00 per share in cash, this acquisition solidifies Nippon Steel's footprint in the steel industry.

The acquisition process involves a reverse triangular merger where Nippon Steel's subsidiary, 2023 Merger Subsidiary, merges with US Steel. This consolidation will result in US Steel becoming a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nippon Steel subject to approval by US Steel shareholders and regulatory conditions.

The agreed-upon per-share consideration represents a 40% premium to US Steel's closing share price on December 15, 2023. Nippon Steel intends to fund this acquisition mainly through borrowings from Japanese banks, already securing financing commitments, thus excluding any financing condition.

Future Strategies and Synergies

Nippon Steel aims to leverage US Steel's integrated blast furnace and electric arc furnace steel manufacturing capabilities to expand its global production capacity to 100 million metric tons. This move aligns with Nippon Steel's strategy to acquire integrated steel mills and enhance existing bases, evident from its previous acquisitions in India and Thailand.

US Steel's significant presence in the US steel industry and its focus on domestic demand align with Nippon Steel's vision of utilizing its technologies in a high-demand market. Nippon Steel anticipates utilizing its advanced technologies and product lineup to meet the robust demand for high-grade steel in the US market.

A Sustainable Collaboration

The acquisition of US Steel is a significant step for Nippon Steel in its quest for global steel leadership and achieving carbon neutrality. Drifting the global steel industry toward sustainability and decarbonization, Nippon Steel and US Steel align in their commitment to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, recognizing sustainability as pivotal for the steel industry's evolution. By combining their technological advancements, both companies aim to contribute to a sustainable society while solidifying their positions in strategically important operational bases. Post-acquisition collaboration aims to propel alternative decarbonization technologies. Nippon Steel pioneers hydrogen injection into blast furnaces, large-scale electric arc furnace steel production, and hydrogen-based direct iron reduction. Concurrently, US Steel emphasizes energy reduction, integrating electric arc furnace capabilities, and erecting a second advanced mini mill in Arkansas, aligning their mission with a sustainable tomorrow.

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