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ArcelorMittal (MT) Issues EUR 500M Notes Under EMTN Program

ArcelorMittal MT issued €500 million 0.95% fixed rate notes due Jan 17, 2023. The notes were issued under the company’s €10-billion wholesale Euro Medium Term Notes (EMTN) program.
The company noted that the net proceeds from the notes issue will be used for general corporate purposes, including the refinancing of existing debt.
ArcelorMittal’s shares have moved up 14.5% in the last three months, outperforming the industry’s 4.1% gain.
ArcelorMittal, during third-quarter earnings call, said that market conditions are favorable and demand environment remains positive along with healthy steel spreads. The company continues to expect global apparent steel consumption to grow in the range of 2.5-3% for 2017.
In the United States, the company sees apparent steel consumption growth of 2-3% in 2017, factoring in higher construction and machinery demand, offset by lower production in the automotive. The company also anticipates 0.5-1.5% growth in apparent steel consumption in Europe. Moreover, apparent steel consumption is forecasted to rise 2-3% in Brazil as sustained weakness in construction is partly offset by modest improvement in consumer confidence and automotive demand. Apparent steel consumption in China is expected to grow 2.5-3.5% for 2017, owing to strength in automotive and machinery.
ArcelorMittal should gain from its efforts to reduce debt. It also remains on track with its cost-reduction actions under Action 2020 program that includes plans to optimize costs and increase steel shipment volumes.
The company is also expanding its global portfolio of automotive steels by launching a new generation of advanced high strength steels. The launch of these steels is in sync with the company’s Action 2020 program that aims to achieve targeted financial improvements for the company by 2020.
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Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider

ArcelorMittal currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

Some better-ranked stocks in the basic materials space are Kronos Worldwide Inc. KRO, Koppers Holding Inc. KOP and Westlake Chemical Corporation WLK, all sporting a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

Kronos Worldwide has expected long-term earnings growth of 5%. Its shares have gained 103.5% year to date.

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