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Industry Report Card: Ratings Activity In European Metals And Mining Sector Expected To Be M&A Driven In 2007 Feb 07 Product Image

Industry Report Card: Ratings Activity In European Metals And Mining Sector Expected To Be M&A Driven In 2007 Feb 07

  • ID: 1710956
  • February 2007
  • Region: Europe
  • Standard & Poors

FEATURED COMPANIES

  • Alrosa OJSC
  • ArcelorMittal
  • Evraz Group S.A.
  • NLMK OJSC
  • Pipe Acquisition Ltd.
  • SSAB AB
  • MORE

Abstract
The ratings on Standard & Poor's Ratings Services European metals and mining portfolio continue to have generally stable outlooks as we enter 2007, and the key market themes are broadly unchanged. Market conditions remain strong overall for mining groups active in base metals and bulk commodities, despite recent falls in copper prices, and generally healthy for steel producers, despite recently agreed higher benchmark iron ore prices. Nevertheless, market price volatility and cost pressures persist across the rated portfolio, which will continue to act as negative factors on business risk profiles and constraints on ratings for many companies. Against this backdrop, M&A activity continues to reshape both the mining and steel industries. Producers seek to enhance business risk profiles notably by...

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- Rio Tinto PLC
- Corus Group PLC
- SSAB AB
- Glencore International AG
- SGL Carbon SE
- Alrosa OJSC
- ArcelorMittal
- ThyssenKrupp AG
- OAO Magnitogorsk Metallurgical Kombinat
- Arcelor S.A.
- Anglo American PLC
- Eco-Bat Technologies Ltd.
- Xstrata PLC
- OAO Severstal
- MMC Norilsk Nickel OJSC
- OAO TMK
- Tata Steel Ltd.
- Eregli Demir ve Celik Fabrikalari T.A.S.
- NLMK OJSC
- Evraz Group S.A.
- Sual International Ltd.
- JSC Azovstal Iron and Steel Works
- Pipe Acquisition Ltd.
- The New Reclamation Group Pty Ltd.
- Zlomrex S.A.

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