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EC approves the combination of SSAB and Rautaruukki

The European Commission has approved the combination of SSAB and Rautaruukki and SSAB proceeds with the completion of the share exchange offer

SSAB has received the European Commission’s approval for the combination with Rautaruukki. The approval is conditional on a commitment by SSAB to divest the following assets within its Nordic Steel Distribution system and Finnish construction business

One steel service center in Sweden and one in Finland, Tibnor Oy in Finland (a wholly owned subsidiary of Tibnor AB)

50 percent ownership interest in each of Norsk Stål AS (NS) and Norsk Stål Tynnplater AS (NST), and Plannja Oy in Finland (a wholly owned subsidiary to Plannja AB)

SSAB will immediately start the divestiture process. 

It said “These divestments will not affect the previously communicated synergy potential or the industrial logic behind the combination, since certain concessions were already expected. Regulatory competition approvals have previously been granted in Russia, Turkey and Ukraine. No further regulatory competition approvals are necessary for the completion of the share exchange offer.”

SSAB proceeds with the share exchange offer to Rautaruukki’s shareholders

The offer period of the share exchange offer in which SSAB offers to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Rautaruukki not owned by Rautaruukki or its subsidiaries will expire on July 22, 2014. The transaction is expected to close shortly thereafter conditional on shareholders with more than 90 percent of the shares having accepted the share exchange offer.

Source – Strategic Research Institut

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