Metinvest, an international vertically integrated mining and metallurgical group of companies, is exploring the possibility, together with Itlay’s Danieli, to build a new rolling mill in Italy.
Metinvest CEO Yuriy Ryzhenkov said at a press conference devoted to the company’s 15th anniversary held in Kyiv on Wednesday that the project involves the construction of a new production facility in Italy, where Ukrainian slabs will be rolled into hot-rolled flat products.
“The Metinvest Group is really exploring the possibility of building a rolling mill in Italy,” Ryzhenkov said.
At the same time, he recalled that the group already has two plants in Italy, where flat-rolled products are produced from Ukrainian slabs. And Metinvest has always noted that this market is interesting and promising for the company.
“But Metinvest has not made a final decision on this project,” the top manager said.
According to him, now the project is at the pre-feasibility stage, negotiations are also underway with the owners of the site, and the construction of a plant is planned.
Metinvest is a vertically integrated group of mining and metallurgical enterprises. Its enterprises are located in Ukraine – in Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhia and Dnipropetrovsk regions, in European countries. In particular, in Bulgaria it has Promet Steel plant with a capacity of 500,000 tonnes of rolled metal per year, in Italy – Metinvest Trametal and Ferriera Valsider with a total annual capacity of 1.2 million tonnes. In the U.K., the company owns Spartan UK plant that is capable to produce 200,000 tonnes of rolled steel annually.
The main shareholders of Metinvest are SCM Group (71.24%) and Smart Holding (23.76%), which jointly manage the company.
Metinvest, an international vertically integrated mining and metallurgical group of companies, is launching a large-scale project for the construction of a new workshop for the production of cold-rolled steel, galvanized and painted coils at Illich Metallurgical Plant (Donetsk region). According to a company press release, the group signed a contract for the supply of equipment with the world’s leading supplier of metallurgical technologies, Italy’s Danieli, on June 10. The total investment in the project will exceed $1 billion.
At the same time, it is specified that it is planned to build a cold rolling shop at Illich steel mill, which will consist of a continuous cold rolling mill combined with a pickling line, as well as three modern lines for applying zinc, aluminum-zinc and polymer coatings. At the first stage, investments in the project will exceed $800 million.
For the construction of the complex, Metinvest will attract a large foreign contractor with experience of participation in similar projects.
It is planned that in 2025, after the completion of the first stage of the project, the mill will produce about 1.2 million tonnes of highly competitive cold-rolled and galvanized steel, as well as color-coated steel per year. At the same time, the capacity for the production of cold-rolled coils will amount to more than 400,000 tonnes, galvanized coils – over 60,000 tonnes and polymer-coated coils – more than 140,000 tonnes.
Yuriy Ryzhenkov, the Director General of Metinvest, noted that the construction of a cold rolling mill is the company’s most ambitious project for the next five years.
“This is a logical continuation of the program of modernization of rolled steel production at Illich steel plant. The entire new technological chain, including a modern continuous casting machine, a reconstructed 1700 mill and a new cold rolling shop, will allow Metinvest to achieve world-class product quality at all stages of production – from semi-finished products to coated rolled products. The production of premium high-tech goods, the use of advanced technologies, environmental friendliness and the creation of new jobs for qualified specialists – all this makes the project significant for Mariupol, for the industry, and for the whole country,” the top manager said.
Metinvest, the largest Ukrainian mining and metallurgical holding, in 2020 ranked 45th in the list of the world’s largest steel producers with a volume of 10.16 million tonnes compared to the 42nd place in 2017-2019, when it produced 9.59 million tonnes, 9.37 million tonnes and 9.58 million tonnes, respectively.
According to the annual compilation published by the World Steel Association (Worldsteel), China Baowu Group became the largest steel company last year with 115.29 million tonnes, and ArcelorMittal dropped to the second place from the first position with 78.46 million tonnes.
They are followed by Shagang Group with 41.59 million tonnes, Nippon Steel with 41.58 million tonnes, HBIS Group with 43.76 million tonnes, and POSCO with 40.58 million tonnes.
There are no Ukrainian companies in the list of the 50 largest world steel producers in 2020, as well as in 2014-2019, except for Metinvest. Industrial Union of Donbas corporation (ISD), which ranked 44th in 2013 with a production volume of 7.9 million tonnes, dropped out of the list of leaders.
According to Worldsteel, Ukraine produced 20.6 million tonnes of steel in 2020 and ranked 12th.
Metinvest B.V. (the Netherlands), the parent company of the Metinvest mining and metallurgical group, in January-March this year reduced capital investments by 1% compared to the same period last year, to $ 147 million from $ 148 million.
The unaudited consolidated financial results for the first quarter of 2021 show that strategic investment declined 37% year-on-year as a result of the ongoing revision of the technology strategy and the completion of some key projects in 2020, while maintenance project investment increased by 32%, which brought its share in total capital investments to 30% and 70%, respectively (47% and 53% in the first quarter of 2020).
At the same time, Metinvest continued to implement the following key strategic projects: the construction of a cyclical flow technology at Pivnichny and Inhulets GOKs (completion of work at both GOKs is expected by the end of 2021), the construction of an air separation unit at Illich Steel Plant (detailed engineering documentation has been completed). Metinvest has also launched a project for thickening waste enrichment at Pivnichny GOK to reduce waste transportation costs and the cost of servicing pumping equipment at slurry pumping stations. The group continued the construction of new block No. 11 at the mine of the recently consolidated Pokrovske mine directorate to maintain production volumes.
“Despite the completion of the main work within the largest environmental project in the history of Ukraine – the reconstruction of the sinter plant at Illich Steel Mill, environmental issues remain a priority for the group,” the report emphasizes.
Thus, other environmental projects in the first quarter of 2021 included the reconstruction of the gas cleaning facilities of the foundry and the bunker rack of blast furnaces No. 4 and No. 5 at Illich Steel Mill, the reconstruction of the gas cleaning system of oxygen converters at Azovstal and the replacement of the gas cleaning equipment of the Lurgi 552-A roasting furnace at Pivnichny GOK.
Metinvest is a vertically integrated group of mining and metallurgical enterprises. The group’s enterprises are located mainly in Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhia and Dnipropetrovsk regions.
The main shareholders of the holding are the SCM Group (71.24%) and Smart-Holding (23.76%), which jointly manage it.
Metinvest Holding LLC is the management company of Metinvest Group.
The revenue of Metinvest B.V. (the Netherlands), the parent company of the Metinvest mining and metallurgical group, in February this year increased by 17.9%, or $ 185 million compared to the previous month, to $ 1.216 billion from $ 1.031 billion.
According to the published preliminary unaudited consolidated monthly results of the company’s financial statements, total EBITDA in February was $ 503 million, which is $ 125 million, or 33.1%, higher than in January ($ 378 million), while EBITDA from participation in joint venture amounted to $ 86 million (in January – $ 80 million).
According to the report, the adjusted EBITDA of the metallurgical division of the group for February 2021 amounted to “plus” $ 257 million (in January – “plus” $ 171 million), including $ 21 million from participation in joint venture ($ 13 million), while EBITDA of the mining division – $ 318 million ($ 234 million), including from joint venture – $ 65 million ($ 67 million). The management company spent $ 6 million ($ 7 million).
Total revenue in February consisted of $ 920 million ($ 789 million in January) from the metallurgical division, $ 426 million ($ 329 million) from the mining division, and $ 130 million from intra-group sales ($ 87 million).
The total debt of the company in February increased by $ 83 million compared to January, to $ 3.033 billion from $ 2.950 billion, while the volume of cash increased by $ 61 million, to $ 1.180 billion from $ 1.119 billion.
Funds used in investment activities amounted to $ 201 million, in financial activities – $ 90 million.
Metinvest in February received $ 58 million from the resale of square billets in the amount of 95,000 tonnes. In addition, $ 170 million was received from the resale of 258,000 tonnes of flat products, 47,000 tonnes of long rolled products brought $ 32 million, 89,000 tonnes of pig iron – $ 45 million
The main shareholders of Metinvest are SCM Group (71.24%) and Smart-Holding (23.76%), jointly managing the company.
Metinvest Holding LLC is the management company of Metinvest Group.