United States Steel completed an amendment and restatement of its $1.75 billion asset-based sustainability-linked credit facility. JPMorgan Chase acted as administrative agent and collateral agent. J.P. Morgan Securities and ING Capital acted as joint sustainability structuring agents in connection with the U. S. Steel sustainability-linked ABL.
The ABL maturity has been extended to 2027 and contains targeted sustainability key performance indicators (KPIs) related to carbon reduction, safety performance and facility site certification by ResponsibleSteel. The ABL will incur positive or negative pricing adjustments on the loan margin and commitment fee based on its performance to the sustainability KPIs.
“We are continuing to transition to a less capital and carbon intensive business while executing our Best for All strategy,” David B. Burritt, U. S. Steel president and chief executive officer, said. “These sustainability-linked loans align with our decarbonization commitment and goals and support our strategic execution by providing financial flexibility.”
Last year, U. S. Steel announced a bold ambition to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 as part of a transformational commitment to sustainable and profitable steelmaking. Meeting this goal will require partnerships to find new business approaches and develop new technologies, as well as collaboration and support of governments, trade agencies and other organizations.
In April, ResponsibleSteel awarded its first site certification in North America to U. S. Steel’s Big River Steel. This designation confirms the leadership and commitment U. S. Steel has made to operate sustainably and ethically and to deliver sustainable steel solutions. Customers want sustainable high-quality steels to help them meet their own decarbonization targets. U. S. Steel is transforming itself to deliver sustainable products and processes to its customers.
Editor’s Note: The headline of this article has been corrected to reflect the correct dollar amount for facility. ABF Journal apologizes for the error.