NSSMC has made the European special steel maker Ovako AB a wholly owned subsidiary

Jun. 04, 2018

Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation

NSSMC has made the European special steel maker Ovako AB
a wholly owned subsidiary

Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation (President: Kosei Shindo; “NSSMC”) entered into a share purchase agreement in March, 2018 with funds advised by Triton to acquire Ovako AB (“Ovako”) which is headquartered in Sweden and manufactures and sells special steel aimed mainly at the European market. Having completed all necessary procedures including the competition authorities’ examination, NSSMC hereby announces that it has acquired whole of the shares of Ovako and made the company a wholly owned subsidiary on June 1st. As from today, both companies will promote business operations in an integrated manner under common business policies as members of the NSSMC Group.
Special steel is used as a vital input for various industries, such as the automobile, industrial equipment, wind power generation, and robot industries, and it is expected that demand for it shall continue to grow steadily. From now on, the NSSMC Group will bring together Ovako’s highest quality products (i.e., global top-level technology regarding high-cleanliness steel for bearing steel and other such products) and NSSMC’s strengths, whereby we will provide better products, technologies, and services on a global basis.  Through these, we wish to better serve our customers and to strengthen and expand its global special steel business.

NSSMC and Ovako will ensure that each company reach their full potential and realize synergies in an early stage to strengthen the position of the NSSMC Group as “The Best Steelmaker with World-Leading Capabilities”, thereby aiming to achieve sustainable growth and enhance our corporate value in the mid- to long-term.

[Overview of Ovako (Consolidated Basis)]
 Name Ovako AB
 Location Sweden (headquarter)
 Representative Marcus Hedblom (CEO)
 Business Manufacture and Sale of Special Steel and Secondarily Processed
 Sales 780,000 tons (Year 2017)
 Amount of Sales 921 million Euros (Year 2017, approximately 120 billion Yen*)
 Total Assets 743 million Euros (Year 2017, approximately 97 billion Yen*
 Employees Approximately 3,000
 *Based on an exchange rate of 130 Yen per Euro

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