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Research Update: Russian Steel Producer OJSC NLMK 'BBB-' Rating Affirmed On Agreement To Buy Additional 50% Stake In SIF; Outlook Stable Apr 11
Standard & Poors, April 2011
Russian steel producer OJSC NLMK has announced its acquisition, for $600 million, of an additional 50% stake in Steel Invest and Finance (SIF), making NLMK the 100% owner of all rolling assets of its joint venture with Switzerland's Duferco. We think the transaction will likely add $1.5 billion to NLMK's adjusted debt and be moderately positive for its business risk profile. We believe that despite its higher debt, NLMK will successfully maintain healthy credit metrics. We are affirming our 'BBB-' long-term rating on NLMK. The stable outlook reflects our view that NLMK's fully adjusted ratio of funds from operations to debt will be about 50% at year-end 2011 and then improve to 60% in 2012-2013. On April 26, 2011, Standard...
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Action: Outlook: Stable
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