Klöckner & Co AG

Klöckner & Co plans to sell its Canadian subsidiary Namasco Ltd.

• Spin-off of non-core activities • Strategic focus on core business • Continued systematic expansion of the core business in North America -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ots.CorporateNews transmitted by euro adhoc. The issuer is responsible for the content of this announcement. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- companies Duisburg (euro adhoc) - Duisburg, December 3, 2007 - Klöckner & Co Aktiengesellschaft intends to sell its Canadian subsidiary Namasco Ltd. The company today instructed an investment bank to start the sale process. Namasco Ltd. is headquartered in Burlington, Canada. The company has approximately 400 employees and generated sales of around EUR 293 million in the 2006 financial year. It operates primarily in the area of processing flat rolled metal products for the North American automotive industry. Due to structural changes in this industry and the market trend over the past few years, this business could only be expected to perform well for the company if the relevant services were expanded to the US. However, the core business of the Klöckner & Co Group does not include activities of this nature with automotive related customers. In the future, Klöckner & Co will continue to focus on its core business in North America, the distribution of steel and metal, and systematically expand the business. "Along with the planned sale of the Canadian subsidiary, we will further advance the expansion of our North American activities in steel and metal distribution. We have already acquired three steel and metal distributors based in North America this year with Primary Steel, Premier Steel und Scan Steel and have thus extended our market share in the North American market significantly," explains Dr. Thomas Ludwig, CEO of Klöckner & Co AG. With just under 30 sites in the US, Namasco Corporation, Klöckner´s US country operation headquartered in Atlanta, provides Klöckner & Co with an excellent base for further expanding its North American business. Thanks to the acquisitions it made in 2007, the Namasco Corporation has risen to become one of the top ten North American steel and metal distributors. Together with the companies acquired, Namasco Corporation accounts for around 17% of the total sales of the Klöckner & Co Group. About Klöckner & Co AG: Klöckner & Co is the largest independent producer and distributor of steel and metal products in the European and North American markets combined. The core business of the Klöckner & Co Group is the storage and distribution of steel and non-ferrous metals. About 200,000 active customers are supplied through approximately 250 distribution locations in 15 countries in Europe and North America. Klöckner & Co was founded more than 100 years ago by Peter Klöckner. During the financial year 2006, the Company achieved sales of approximately EUR5.5 billion with around 10,000 employees. The shares of Klöckner & Co Aktiengesellschaft are admitted to trading on the official market segment (Amtlicher Markt) of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse) with simultaneous admission to the sub-segment (Prime Standard) to the official market with further post-admission obligations. ISIN: DE000KC01000; WKN: KC0100; Common Code: 025808576. Klöckner & Co shares have been listed in the MDax® Index of Deutsche Börse since the end of January 2007. Contact persons: Klöckner & Co AG Am Silberpalais 1 47057 Duisburg, Germany Peter Ringsleben, Claudia Uhlendorf - Corporate Communications Peter Ringsleben Phone: +49-203-307-2800 Fax: +49-203-307-5060 E-mail: peter.ringsleben@kloeckner.de Claudia Uhlendorf Phone: +49-203-307-2289 Fax: +49-203-307-5103 E-mail: claudia.uhlendorf@kloeckner.de Claudia Nickolaus - Investor Relations Claudia Nickolaus Phone: +49-203-307-2050 Fax: +49-203-307-5025 E-Mail: claudia.nickolaus@kloeckner.de end of announcement euro adhoc 03.12.2007 14:12:55 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ots Originaltext: Klöckner & Co AG Im Internet recherchierbar: http://www.presseportal.ch Further inquiry note: Claudia Uhlendorf Telefon: +49(0)203-307-2289 E-Mail: claudia.uhlendorf@kloeckner.de Branche: Metal Goods & Engineering ISIN: DE000KC01000 WKN: KC0100 Index: CDAX, Classic All Share, Prime All Share, MDAX Börsen: Börse Frankfurt / regulated dealing/prime standard Börse Berlin / free trade Börse Hamburg / free trade Börse Stuttgart / free trade Börse Düsseldorf / free trade Börse München / free trade

Das könnte Sie auch interessieren: