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Vallourec merges its two main Brazilian companies into Vallourec Soluções Tubulares do Brasil
Boulogne-Billancourt (France), 3 October 2016 - Vallourec, world leader in premium tubular solutions, announces it finalized the merger1 of Vallourec Tubos do Brasil (VBR)2 and Vallourec & Sumitomo Tubos do Brasil (VSB)3 on 1 October 2016. Vallourec holds a majority stake of 84.6% in the new entity, called Vallourec Soluções Tubulares do Brasil, Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation (NSSMC) 15%, and Sumitomo Corp. 0.4%.
Following the merger, Vallourec Soluções Tubulares do Brasil will generate significant industrial and administrative synergies and will fully benefit from the optimal performance reached by VSB's state-of-the-art PQF® mill and premium finishing facilities, making it a highly competitive production hub.
NSSMC will keep its present purchase agreement for 300kt of tubes per year to be manufactured in the Jeceaba plant. The new entity4 will be fully consolidated in Vallourec's financial statements as from 1 October 2016 and the interests held by NSSMC and Sumitomo Corp. will be recorded as non-controlling interests.
Commenting on this merger Philippe Crouzet, Chairman of the Management Board said: "The successful merger of VBR and VSB is an important step in the development of a highly competitive production hub in Brazil. Vallourec Soluções Tubulares do Brasil will serve its domestic customers as well as its worldwide customers with high-end products and solutions. It also highlights the strong and fruitful partnership between Vallourec and NSSMC."
This merger is part of Vallourec's global Transformation Plan announced early February 2016 which aims at enhancing the Group's competitiveness and driving Vallourec's return to solid profitability and cash generation.
1 Through a contribution of Vallourec Tubos do Brasil (VBR) Pipe & Tube business to Vallourec & Sumitomo Tubos do Brasil (VSB).
2 Vallourec Tubos do Brasil is a company fully owned by Vallourec.
3 Vallourec & Sumitomo Tubos do Brasil is a Vallourec and NSSMC 56/40.4% joint operation, with Sumitomo Corp. holding the remaining 3.6%.
4 Total rolling capacity of Vallourec Soluções Tubulares do Brasil: 1.1 million tons per year, including 300k tons for NSSMC as per purchase agreement.
Vallourec is a world leader in premium tubular solutions for the energy markets and for demanding industrial applications such as oil & gas wells in harsh environments, new generation power plants, challenging architectural projects, and high-performance mechanical equipment. Vallourec's pioneering spirit and cutting-edge R&D open new technological frontiers. Operating in more than 20 countries, its 20,000 dedicated and passionate people work hand-in-hand with their customers to offer more than just tubes: they deliver innovative, safe, competitive and smart tubular solutions, to make every project possible.
Listed on Euronext in Paris (ISIN code: FR0000120354, Ticker VK) and eligible for the Deferred Settlement System (SRD), Vallourec is included in the following indices: SBF 120 and Next 150.
In the United States, Vallourec has established a sponsored Level 1 American Depositary Receipt (ADR) program (ISIN code: US92023R2094, Ticker: VLOWY). Parity between ADR and a Vallourec ordinary share has been set at 5:1.
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