ARCELORMITTAL SOUTH AFRICA LIMITED - ACL - Trading Statement and Business Update for the year ended 31 December 2020

ACL - Trading Statement and Business Update for the year ended 31 December 2020

ArcelorMittal South Africa Limited
(Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa)
(Registration Number 1989/002164/06)
Share Code: ACL ISIN: ZAE000134961
(ArcelorMittal South Africa or the Company)

31 DECEMBER 2020

In terms of the JSE Limited Listings Requirements (the Listings Requirements), the
Company is required to publish a trading statement as soon as there is a reasonable degree
of certainty that the financial results for the year ended 31 December 2020 (the period) to
be released on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange News Service (SENS) on
11 February 2021, are expected to differ by at least 20% from those of the previous
corresponding reporting period ("the comparative period").

Based on information currently available, shareholders are advised that the Company expects:

   -   headline loss for the period to decrease by at least R1 000 million (headline loss for
       2019 was R3 265 million), resulting in a decrease in headline loss per share by at least
       91 cents or 30%.
   -   an attributable loss for the period to decrease by at least R2 200 million (loss for 2019
       was R4 676 million), resulting in a decrease in loss per share by at least 200 cents or

The financial information on which this trading update is based has not been reviewed and
reported on by the Companys external auditors.

A further trading statement will be released as soon as the Company has reasonable certainty
on the expected headline earning per share and attributable loss per share ranges for the
period as required by the Listings Requirements.


2020 proved to be an exceptionally difficult year with unprecedented challenges. Despite this,
the year also proved to be highly transformative with constructive learnings, best
demonstrated through the Companys return to EBITDA profitability in the second half of the
year, in sharp contrast to the significant first half loss materially influenced by the hard-
economic lockdown. The pandemic necessitated the accelerated implementation of the
Companys ongoing restructuring program realising sustainable cost benefits.

Almost without exception, major steel making economies around the globe struggled to
respond to meet demand in a timely manner. Internationally, this restoration effort remains a
work-in-progress. Against the backdrop of a difficult 2020 resulting in temporary backlogs
(which are being progressively addressed) due to the hard lockdown and consequent
production interruptions, as well as destocking in downstream steel market inventories, the
decision was made to restart the second blast furnace at Vanderbijlpark in December 2020 to
support flat steel supply. It was also decided that the electric arc furnace at Vereeniging, which
was scheduled to be placed under care and maintenance in the third quarter of 2020, will
continue to operate for the foreseeable future in support of long steel supply.

Rising international steel prices, particularly in the fourth quarter of 2020, were the
consequence of global supply steel shortages due to a sharper than expected recovery in
virtually all international markets, nine-year-high iron ore prices, and increasing scrap and
other raw material prices. By late December 2020 and into early January 2021, international
steel prices rose to levels last seen in 2008.

ArcelorMittal South Africas preliminary reviewed condensed consolidated financial
statements for the year ended 31 December 2020 will be released on SENS on
11 February 2021 with a virtual presentation on the same day. The presentation will be
available for all stakeholders on the Companys website at

29 January 2021

For further information please contact:
Company Secretary
FluidRock Co Sec (Pty) Ltd
016 -889 4077

Tami Didaza: Manager: Corporate Communications
Tel: (016) 889 2549

Sponsor to ArcelorMittal South Africa Limited
Absa Bank Limited (acting through its Corporate and Investment Banking division)

Date: 29-01-2021 04:41:00
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