Daily News: September 13, 2012

Essar Steel Algoma Engages Deutsche Bank to Arrange Facility

Essar Steel Algoma confirmed that it has engaged Deutsche Bank Securities to act as sole lead arranger and sole bookrunning manager for a senior secured asset-based term loan in an aggregate principal amount of up to $350 million.

The term loan is expected to have a maturity of two years and to be secured against all of the assets of the company, subject to the security interests over certain assets held for the benefit of the holders of the company’s senior secured notes.

The proceeds of the term loan would be used to, among other things, repay in full all outstanding amounts and terminate all commitments under Essar Steel Algoma’s current senior secured asset-based revolving credit facility.

Marketing of the term loan is underway and, if successful, the closing of the term loan is expected to take place later this month. There can be no assurance that the term loan will be consummated or, if consummated, that its terms will be consistent with those described above.

Essar Steel Algoma based in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Revenues are derived primarily from the manufacture and sale of rolled steel products, including hot and cold rolled sheet and plate.