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  • 24/05/2021
  • Press Release

LIBERTY Steel Group advances Australia and UK refinancing and restructuring

LIBERTY Steel Group (LIBERTY) announces that following very constructive and productive meetings at the weekend in Dubai, Sanjeev Gupta and his newly-formed Restructuring and Transformation Committee are in advanced discussions with Credit Suisse Asset Management (CS) to reach a formal standstill agreement on its LIBERTY Primary Metals Australia business while refinancing is completed that will repay CS out in full.

Both parties also made significant progress in agreeing a framework to resolve GFG Alliance’s remaining exposure with CS.

This work includes identifying a positive solution which will allow LIBERTY to complete the restructuring and refinancing of its UK operations, protecting thousands of jobs and supporting the fulfilment of its vision to be a leader in the decarbonisation of the UK steel industry.

As part of this restructuring LIBERTY will look to sell its aerospace and special alloys steel business in Stocksbridge, which while being a unique, high quality business servicing marquee customers in aerospace, auto and other highly engineered applications, is not core to the GREENSTEEL vision of LIBERTY.

This sale will allow LIBERTY to focus on developing its Rotherham plant including its electric arc furnaces into a competitive 2 million tonnes recycled GREENSTEEL plant, one of the largest in Europe. The plant will make use of some of the millions of tons of steel scrap currently exported by the UK to make more of the quality steel needed in the UK, which is currently being imported.

LIBERTY has also already commenced the formal sale process of LIBERTY Aluminium Technologies and LIBERTY Pressing Solutions, working collaboratively with the main customers of these plants to find a sustainable home for these quality businesses, which are also non-core to LIBERTY’s vision of decarbonised GREENSTEEL.

A formal sale process for Stocksbridge and its downstream plants, the narrow strip mill at Brinsworth and Performance Steels at West Bromwich will be launched shortly.

GFG’s advisers Alvarez & Marsal will run both processes.

Note – 25 May: Operations at Thrybergh, Scunthorpe, Newport, Dalzell, Tredegar and Hartlepool remain core to LIBERTY Steel UK’s asset base and will provide the downstream capacity to process the additional volume from our plan to increase electric arc furnace production at Rotherham to two million tonnes per annum.

Further information from:

Andrew Mitchell
Head of Communications – UK, GFG Alliance
+44 7516 029 522 andrew.mitchell@gfgalliance.com
Patrick Toyne-Sewell
Head of Communications – Europe, GFG Alliance
+44 7767 498 195 Patrick.toyne-sewell@gfgalliance.com

Note to Editors
LIBERTY Steel Group, part of the GFG Alliance and a leading GREENSTEEL producer, is a global integrated steel business bringing together assets across the steel supply chain, from production of liquid steel from raw and recycled materials through to high value precision engineered steels. With a total rolling capacity of 20 million tonnes, 200+ manufacturing locations globally across 10 countries and employing more than 30,000 people, LIBERTY Steel’s furnaces, mills, services centres and distribution sites across the UK, continental Europe, Australia, the United States and China serve demanding sectors such as construction, energy, aerospace, automotive, and infrastructure. LIBERTY Steel is a leader in sustainable industry with a mission to become Carbon Neutral by 2030 (CN30).

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