28 April 2016 - ArcelorMittal, the world's leading steel and mining company, today publishes its 2015 online annual review, 'Structural resilience'. The online review is the company's first step towards integrated reporting, combining ArcelorMittal's sustainability developments and progress with operational and financial performance highlights in a single report.
The online annual review - http://annualreview2015.arcelormittal.com - includes a number of videos from ArcelorMittal's senior management team, commenting on areas including: 2015 operational and financial performance; recent actions taken to strengthen the company's balance sheet; health and safety performance; Action 2020, the company's recently launched five-year strategic plan; progress made in the year against the company's 10 sustainable development outcomes; the pricing environment in global steel and iron ore markets, and steps the company's mining division has taken to mitigate the low iron ore price environment.
Commenting, Mr, Lakshmi N. Mittal, ArcelorMittal Chairman and CEO, said:
"This year we have attempted to take a first step towards integrated reporting, explaining the company's ability to create not just financial value but also social, human and environmental value.
"In 2015, we faced a low pricing environment for both raw material and steel prices, with increasing levels of imports impacting pricing, and ArcelorMittal's financial performance. We were, however, successful in reducing the cash requirements of the business and reducing net debt to the lowest level since the ArcelorMittal merger - a considerable achievement in such difficult operating conditions.
"It is clear that we are facing a structural change, not simply a prolonged down-cycle. For ArcelorMittal, there are two clear imperatives which we believe are the foundations of long-term success. The first is to have an efficient asset base producing quality products, which is capable of delivering enhanced levels of returns; and the second is to have a strong balance sheet. We announced earlier this year a roadmap to achieving this via a US$3bn capital raise and a new five-year strategic plan, Action 2020."
Commenting on the review's sustainability content, Mr Mittal added:
"It is also important to have strong safety and sustainability credentials. We can see the increasing importance our customers and other stakeholders are putting on sustainability issues, and it is important that we can convincingly demonstrate that these issues matter for us as well and are integrated into the way we do business."
Key highlights of ArcelorMittal's sustainable development progress in 2015 include:
ArcelorMittal's annual review will be complemented in May with the publication of a quarterly review of sustainability progress, written by the company's leadership, as well as ongoing narrative reporting on the company's new sustainability webpages .
Together, this reporting suite is aligned with the Global Reporting Initiative's G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines.
The online review also includes ArcelorMittal's annual Fact book for analysts and investors, which incorporates a range of financial, production and sustainability data.
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ArcelorMittal is the world's leading steel and mining company, with a presence in 60 countries and an industrial footprint in 19 countries. Guided by a philosophy to produce safe, sustainable steel, we are the leading supplier of quality steel in the major global steel markets including automotive, construction, household appliances and packaging, with world-class research and development and outstanding distribution networks.
Through our core values of sustainability, quality and leadership, we operate responsibly with respect to the health, safety and wellbeing of our employees, contractors and the communities in which we operate.
For us, steel is the fabric of life, as it is at the heart of the modern world from railways to cars and washing machines. We are actively researching and producing steel-based technologies and solutions that make many of the products and components people use in their everyday lives more energy efficient.
We are one of the world's five largest producers of iron ore and metallurgical coal and our mining business is an essential part of our growth strategy. With a geographically diversified portfolio of iron ore and coal assets, we are strategically positioned to serve our network of steel plants and the external global market. While our steel operations are important customers, our supply to the external market is increasing as we grow.
In 2015, ArcelorMittal had revenues of US$63.6 billion and crude steel production of 92.5 million tonnes, while own iron ore production reached 62.8 million tonnes.
ArcelorMittal is listed on the stock exchanges of New York (MT), Amsterdam (MT), Paris (MT), Luxembourg (MT) and on the Spanish stock exchanges of Barcelona, Bilbao, Madrid and Valencia (MTS).
For more information about ArcelorMittal please visit: http://corporate.arcelormittal.com/
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