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Going vertical

Cost Management in a new era of steel integration

Going verticle



Rising raw material prices and a greater desire by some steel producers for self-sufficiency will likely drive more upstream moves according to the latest report from Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu (DTT) Global Manufacturing Industry group.

According to the report, Going vertical. Cost Management in a new era of steel integration, upstream and downstream transactions not involving the purchase of another steel works, blast furnace, or rolling mill made up 67 percent of the deals in the global steel industry in 2009 (or 74 of the total 110 transactions). The report indicates that this was up from 58 percent of deals in 2008 (or 105 of 180 vertical deals).

In terms of upstream investments, the report finds that Brazil is the number-one “hot spot” attracting nearly US$3 billion worth of transactions from 2005 to 2009. In addition to Brazil, the United States (for scrap), and Australia (for iron ore) also continues to be attractive target locations.

Key findings

  • From 2007 to 2009, the report reveals that the value of Chinese investment has increased steadily, with upstream acquisitions of iron, coal and scrap reaching more than US$880 million.
  • China is actively seeking opportunities in some of the most attractive upstream markets in the world -Brazil and Australia -with total transaction deals in these countries equalling more than US$600 million in the years 2005 to 2009.
  • China has invested around US$2.8 billion in vertical integration deals over the past five years (from 2005 to 2009). Approximately 64 percent of China’s US$816 million in vertical deals in 2009 alone was targeted at iron ore investments - a significant rise from 2.5 percent (or US$109 million) in 2008.
  • On a global basis, China’s investment in iron ore resources represents approximately 24 percent of total global M&A deal values in 2009.





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