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ArcelorMittal consortium submits top bid for Italian steel plant

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By Massimiliano Di Giorgio and Maytaal Angel

ROME/(Reuters) - ArcelorMittal, the world's top steelmaker, and Italian processor Marcegaglia have offered 1.6 billion euros ($1.72 billion) to buy Italy's troubled steel plant, outbidding a rival consortium, three sources said on Friday.

The rival group that includes India's bid 1.2 billion euros for the plant, the three sources with direct knowledge of the bids told

has been seeking a buyer for Ilva, based in the southern Italian port city of Taranto, since the government took over the plant in 2015 in a bid to clean it up and save thousands of jobs in an economically depressed area.

The loss-making plant, Europe's largest by output capacity, was sequestered by magistrates in 2012 on charges its owners caused environmental and health problems in the area.

The plant has production capacity of more than 11 million tonnes of steel a year, but produced just 5.8 million tonnes last year.

The three sources with direct knowledge of the bids said the 1.6 billion euros offered by ArcelorMittal-Marcegaglia for the plant was on top of 2.3 billion euros the group pledged last week it would invest to lift output and clean-up the firm.

The sources asked not to be identified as they were not authorised to discuss the offers in public.

Two of the sources said the rival group, known as AcciaItalia, planned to invest 3 billion euros in in addition to its 1.2 billion euro bid for the plant.

AcciaItalia, which includes Italian steelmaker Arvedi, state holding company CDP, businessman Leonardo Del Vecchio's holding company Delfin and JSW, has yet to make its investment plans public.

"ArcelorMittal is pushing quite strongly. They probably also have stronger financial backing because their consortium is just two entities," said Emanuele Norsa, an analyst at market intelligence provider Kallanish Commodities.

Intesa Sanpaolo, Italy's biggest retail bank, signed a letter of intent to buy presented by ArcelorMittal-Marcegaglia to the Italian government.

Italian state commissioners managing have untilApril 6 to weigh the offers. Two sources said their decision, which is subject to ratification by Italy's Industry Ministry, would be be announced in the second half of April. But the new owners are unlikely to take over the plant until autumn at the earliest as the ministry has to examine environmental aspects of the bids and European Union anti-trust authorities also needed to approve the deal. The EU authorities were already reviewing the offers, two of the sources said.

The AcciaItalia consortium is unlikely to face anti-trustissues as JSW, its key industrial player, is a domestic Indian producer with almost no steel assets in Europe.

The ArcelorMittal-Marcegaglia consortium might face hurdles. Global investment bank Jefferies said ArcelorMittal's share in the European flat steel market could rise to 40 percent from 33 post after acquiring the plant.

($1 = 0.9314 euros)

(Writing by Steve Scherer; Editing by Edmund Blair)

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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ROME/LONDON (Reuters) - ArcelorMittal, the world's top steelmaker, and Italian processor Marcegaglia have offered 1.6 billion euros ($1.72 billion) to buy Italy's troubled Ilva steel plant, outbidding a rival consortium, three sources said on Friday.

By Massimiliano Di Giorgio and Maytaal Angel

ROME/(Reuters) - ArcelorMittal, the world's top steelmaker, and Italian processor Marcegaglia have offered 1.6 billion euros ($1.72 billion) to buy Italy's troubled steel plant, outbidding a rival consortium, three sources said on Friday.

The rival group that includes India's bid 1.2 billion euros for the plant, the three sources with direct knowledge of the bids told

has been seeking a buyer for Ilva, based in the southern Italian port city of Taranto, since the government took over the plant in 2015 in a bid to clean it up and save thousands of jobs in an economically depressed area.

The loss-making plant, Europe's largest by output capacity, was sequestered by magistrates in 2012 on charges its owners caused environmental and health problems in the area.

The plant has production capacity of more than 11 million tonnes of steel a year, but produced just 5.8 million tonnes last year.

The three sources with direct knowledge of the bids said the 1.6 billion euros offered by ArcelorMittal-Marcegaglia for the plant was on top of 2.3 billion euros the group pledged last week it would invest to lift output and clean-up the firm.

The sources asked not to be identified as they were not authorised to discuss the offers in public.

Two of the sources said the rival group, known as AcciaItalia, planned to invest 3 billion euros in in addition to its 1.2 billion euro bid for the plant.

AcciaItalia, which includes Italian steelmaker Arvedi, state holding company CDP, businessman Leonardo Del Vecchio's holding company Delfin and JSW, has yet to make its investment plans public.

"ArcelorMittal is pushing quite strongly. They probably also have stronger financial backing because their consortium is just two entities," said Emanuele Norsa, an analyst at market intelligence provider Kallanish Commodities.

Intesa Sanpaolo, Italy's biggest retail bank, signed a letter of intent to buy presented by ArcelorMittal-Marcegaglia to the Italian government.

Italian state commissioners managing have untilApril 6 to weigh the offers. Two sources said their decision, which is subject to ratification by Italy's Industry Ministry, would be be announced in the second half of April. But the new owners are unlikely to take over the plant until autumn at the earliest as the ministry has to examine environmental aspects of the bids and European Union anti-trust authorities also needed to approve the deal. The EU authorities were already reviewing the offers, two of the sources said.

The AcciaItalia consortium is unlikely to face anti-trustissues as JSW, its key industrial player, is a domestic Indian producer with almost no steel assets in Europe.

The ArcelorMittal-Marcegaglia consortium might face hurdles. Global investment bank Jefferies said ArcelorMittal's share in the European flat steel market could rise to 40 percent from 33 post after acquiring the plant.

($1 = 0.9314 euros)

(Writing by Steve Scherer; Editing by Edmund Blair)

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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ArcelorMittal consortium submits top bid for Italian steel plant

By Massimiliano Di Giorgio and Maytaal Angel

ROME/(Reuters) - ArcelorMittal, the world's top steelmaker, and Italian processor Marcegaglia have offered 1.6 billion euros ($1.72 billion) to buy Italy's troubled steel plant, outbidding a rival consortium, three sources said on Friday.

The rival group that includes India's bid 1.2 billion euros for the plant, the three sources with direct knowledge of the bids told

has been seeking a buyer for Ilva, based in the southern Italian port city of Taranto, since the government took over the plant in 2015 in a bid to clean it up and save thousands of jobs in an economically depressed area.

The loss-making plant, Europe's largest by output capacity, was sequestered by magistrates in 2012 on charges its owners caused environmental and health problems in the area.

The plant has production capacity of more than 11 million tonnes of steel a year, but produced just 5.8 million tonnes last year.

The three sources with direct knowledge of the bids said the 1.6 billion euros offered by ArcelorMittal-Marcegaglia for the plant was on top of 2.3 billion euros the group pledged last week it would invest to lift output and clean-up the firm.

The sources asked not to be identified as they were not authorised to discuss the offers in public.

Two of the sources said the rival group, known as AcciaItalia, planned to invest 3 billion euros in in addition to its 1.2 billion euro bid for the plant.

AcciaItalia, which includes Italian steelmaker Arvedi, state holding company CDP, businessman Leonardo Del Vecchio's holding company Delfin and JSW, has yet to make its investment plans public.

"ArcelorMittal is pushing quite strongly. They probably also have stronger financial backing because their consortium is just two entities," said Emanuele Norsa, an analyst at market intelligence provider Kallanish Commodities.

Intesa Sanpaolo, Italy's biggest retail bank, signed a letter of intent to buy presented by ArcelorMittal-Marcegaglia to the Italian government.

Italian state commissioners managing have untilApril 6 to weigh the offers. Two sources said their decision, which is subject to ratification by Italy's Industry Ministry, would be be announced in the second half of April. But the new owners are unlikely to take over the plant until autumn at the earliest as the ministry has to examine environmental aspects of the bids and European Union anti-trust authorities also needed to approve the deal. The EU authorities were already reviewing the offers, two of the sources said.

The AcciaItalia consortium is unlikely to face anti-trustissues as JSW, its key industrial player, is a domestic Indian producer with almost no steel assets in Europe.

The ArcelorMittal-Marcegaglia consortium might face hurdles. Global investment bank Jefferies said ArcelorMittal's share in the European flat steel market could rise to 40 percent from 33 post after acquiring the plant.

($1 = 0.9314 euros)

(Writing by Steve Scherer; Editing by Edmund Blair)

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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