Ispat - Sidbec: Entering North America

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Case Code : BSTA006
Case Length : 11 Pages
Period : 1994 - 2003
Pub Date : 2005
Teaching Note :Not Available
Organization : Sidbec; Ispat
Industry : Steel
Countries : Canada

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The Acquisition

Soon after acquiring government owned Sircasta steel mills in Mexico in 1992, Mittal had started scouting for acquisitions in the US. In November 1992, he signed a letter of intent to purchase Bethlehem Steel's Bar, Rod and Wire (BRW) division based in Johnstown. The division had electric furnaces, ingot teeming, blooming, and rolling at Johnstown and bar mills in Lackawanna and Sparrows Point.

Mittal contacted potential customers before negotiating a new labor contract with the United Steelworkers of America (USWA). The union, which represented workers at the three plants, believed it was being taken too lightly...

The Turnaround

Ispat left the top management in place at Sidbec-Dosco. Mittal mentioned, "I realized that a drastic change in management would not give the desired result. The team there was quite capable of handling the issues." Ispat's only change was to appoint a new vice president of finance, who had been at Imexsa...

The Road Ahead

Despite its good performance under the new management, there was some amount of skepticism regarding whether Sidbec's profitability run would continue...


Exhibit 1: Mittal Steel
Exhibit 2: Global Steel Companies (Market Capitlisation)
Exhibit 3: Ispat International Financial Highlights, 1992-97
Exhibit 4: Sidbec's Facilities
Exhibit 5: Twenty years from Indonesia to Ireland
Exhibit 6: Ispat's Financials


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