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Price drop hammers ArcelorMittal SA

Jul 25 2012 11:39 Reuters

Company Data

ARCELORMITTAL SOUTH AFRICA LIMITED [JSE:ACL]

Last traded 38.01
Change 0.21
% Change 0.01
Cumulative volume 148707
Market cap 16.94bn

Last Updated: 31/07/2014 at 04:25. Prices are delayed by 15 minutes. Source: McGregor BFA

KUMBA IRON ORE LIMITED [JSE:KIO]

Last traded 376.43
Change -2.57
% Change -0.01
Cumulative volume 191038
Market cap 121.24bn

Last Updated: 31/07/2014 at 04:26. Prices are delayed by 15 minutes. Source: McGregor BFA

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Johannesburg - ArcelorMittal SA [JSE:ACL], a unit of the world's top steelmaker, reported an 84% drop in first-half earnings on Wednesday. Hit by lower prices and soft demand, the company said it expects a further reduction in the third quarter.

Africa's biggest steelmaker said diluted headline earnings per share for the six months to end-June totalled 26 cents compared with 166c in the same period last year.

"Third-quarter financial results are expected to extend the headline loss incurred in second quarter on the back of lower steel prices and a further decline in domestic demand," the company said in a statement.

ArcelorMittal South Africa, which sells 90% of its steel in Africa, said revenue rose 7% to R17.8bn.

It did not declare an interim dividend.

The company also said it was in talks with Kumba Iron Ore [JSE:KIO] to extend an interim iron ore supply agreement which expires on July 31.

The two firms have been at loggerheads over prices since early 2010 after a preferential deal lapsed, and an arbitration hearing will decide if the steelmaker can keep sourcing iron ore from Kumba at a discount.

ArcelorMittal South Africa paid R1.1bn more for iron ore in 2011 due to the dispute.

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