Stelco Holdings Inc. is listed on the TSX under the symbol "STLC"
Stelco engaged in strategic review
HAMILTON, ON, June 1 /CNW/ - Stelco Inc. (TSX: STE) today confirmed that it is reviewing strategic options for the company in light of the ongoing consolidation in the steel industry. The company has appointed a special committee of directors and CIBC World Markets and UBS to assist it in this review. The company intends to evaluate a broad range of possible alternatives including mergers, strategic partnerships, acquisitions or a sale of all or part of the company. Discussions regarding these alternatives with third parties are at a very preliminary stage and there have been no discussions on the material terms of any transaction. Accordingly, there is no assurance that a transaction will result from these discussions or as to the timing, structure or terms of any transaction, and no further comment will be forthcoming unless the situation warrants. "Since emerging from CCAA, Stelco has been committed to building a stronger, more cost-efficient steel company, which would eventually become part of the global consolidation in the industry. As part of the restructuring efforts, Stelco has focused on completing the upgrade of the Lake Erie Hot Mill and addressing productivity and cost issues at the Hamilton works. We believe it is appropriate to begin the next phase of our business plan and explore all potential alternatives for positioning Stelco to be an integral part of a larger, globally competitive company," stated Rodney Mott, President and Chief Executive Officer. About Stelco Stelco is one of Canada's largest steel companies. It is focused on its two Ontario-based integrated steel businesses located in Hamilton and in Nanticoke. These operations produce high quality value-added hot rolled, cold rolled, coated sheet and bar products. To learn more about Stelco and its businesses, please refer to our Web site at www.stelco.com. CAUTION REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION This press release contains "forward-looking information" that is based on Stelco's expectations as of the date of this press release or as of the date which such information is identified to be given. This forward-looking information includes, among other things, factors relating to the business, operations and prospects of Stelco, including the possibility of the completion of a possible transaction. Often, but not always, forward-looking information can be identified by the use of words and phrases such as "plans", "expects" or "does not expect", "is expected", "budget", "scheduled", "estimates", "forecasts", "intends", "anticipates" or "does not anticipate", or "believes", or variations of such words and phrases or states that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will" be taken, occur or be achieved. Forward-looking information involves known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Stelco to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking information. Actual results, performance and achievements are likely to differ, and may differ materially, from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking information contained herein. Such forward-looking information is based on a number of assumptions which may prove to be incorrect, including, but not limited to: the outcome of the discussions referred to in the press release and whether any transaction will result from such discussions or otherwise. While Stelco anticipates that subsequent events and developments may cause Stelco's views to change, Stelco specifically disclaims any obligation to update this forward-looking information. This forward-looking information should not be relied upon as representing Stelco's views as of any date subsequent to the date of this press release. %SEDAR: 00001549E
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For further information: Rodney B. Mott, President and Chief Executive Officer, Stelco Inc., (905) 528-2511, Extension 2020