Stelco Closes Sale of its Hamilton Lands

June 01, 2022

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Transaction highlights include:

  • Gross proceeds of $518 million received by Stelco Inc.
  • Leaseback of land underlying Stelco’s value-added steel finishing operations on favourable terms for 35 years, with renewal options for five further 20-year terms
  • Allows for redevelopment of lands that have been idled since 2010 by major Ontario commercial and industrial real estate company
  • Further demonstrates Stelco’s commitment to realizing significant value from underutilized assets

Stelco Holdings Inc. (TSX: STLC) (“Stelco” or the “Company”) announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Stelco Inc., has successfully closed a sale-leaseback transaction with an affiliate of Slate Asset Management (“Slate”). Stelco Inc. has sold the entirety of its interest in the approximately 800-acre parcel of land it occupies on the shores of Hamilton Harbour in Hamilton, Ontario to Slate for gross consideration of $518 million. In conjunction with the sale, Stelco Inc. has entered into a long-term lease arrangement for certain portions of the lands to continue its cokemaking and value-added steel finishing operations at its Hamilton Works site in Hamilton, Ontario.

Under the lease arrangements, Stelco will lease back portions of the lands on which it conducts its cold-rolling, galvanizing and other finishing operations under a 35-year lease, with renewal options for five additional 20-year terms. In addition, Stelco has entered into leases in respect of its Hamilton Works coke battery operations and its headquarters building and has the option to lease newly constructed office space at the Hamilton Works site on the expiry of the headquarters lease. The rental rates in respect of the leases are at market rates. The leases are ‘triple-net’ leases whereby Stelco is responsible for all operating, occupancy and maintenance costs and expenses in respect of the leased premises. Upon expiration of the respective leases, Stelco is required to vacate and demolish the buildings on the premises.

Stelco Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Alan Kestenbaum said: “Stelco is thrilled to partner with Slate on this transaction. After reacquiring the lands in Hamilton, we have been working to unlock value and find the right partner to redevelop the lands upon which Stelco was founded. This is a great transaction for Stelco and its shareholders, and introduces a strong and experienced developer in Slate to further develop and grow our home city of Hamilton.” Kestenbaum continued, “We look forward to continuing to operate in the community that we have called home for over 100 years as it enjoys new growth opportunities.”

About Stelco

Stelco is a low cost, integrated and independent steelmaker with one of the newest and most technologically advanced integrated steelmaking facilities in North America. Stelco produces flat-rolled value-added steels, including premium-quality coated, cold-rolled and hot-rolled sheet products, as well as pig iron and metallurgical coke. With first-rate gauge, crown, and shape control, as well as uniform through-coil mechanical properties, our steel products are supplied to customers in the construction, automotive, energy, appliance, and pipe and tube industries across Canada and the United States as well as to a variety of steel service centres, which are distributors of steel products. At Stelco, we understand the importance of our business reflecting the communities we serve and are committed to diversity and inclusion as a core part of our workplace culture, in part, through active participation in the BlackNorth Initiative.

About Slate Asset Management

Slate Asset Management is a global alternative investment platform targeting real assets. We focus on fundamentals with the objective of creating long-term value for our investors and partners. Slate’s platform has a range of real estate and infrastructure investment strategies, including opportunistic, value add, core plus, and debt investments. We are supported by exceptional people and flexible capital, which enable us to originate and execute on a wide range of compelling investment opportunities. Visit slateam.com to learn more.

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For Further Information

For investor enquiries: Paul D. Scherzer, Chief Financial Officer, (905) 577-4432, paul.scherzer@stelco.com

For media enquiries: Trevor Harris, Vice-President, Corporate Affairs, (905) 577-4447, trevor.harris@stelco.com

Source: Stelco Holdings Inc.