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12. March 2018

Norsk Hydro: Hydro with binding offer to acquire Icelandic aluminium plant ISAL

Norwegian aluminium company Norsk Hydro ASA has made a binding offer to acquire Rio Tinto's 100% share of Icelandic aluminium plant ISAL. The offer also includes the Dutch anode facility Aluchemie and Swedish aluminium fluoride plant Alufluor.
Transactional highlights
• Binding offer to acquire Rio Tinto's Icelandic aluminium plant Rio Tinto Iceland Ltd ("ISAL"), its 53% share in Dutch anode facility Aluminium & Chemie Rotterdam B.V. ("Aluchemie"), and 50% of the shares in Swedish aluminium fluoride plant Alufluor AB ("Alufluor") for USD 345 million, subject to post-closing adjustments.
• In accordance with French and Dutch law, Hydro's offer triggers a statutory consultation with Rio Tinto employees and other stakeholders. Given successful consultations, and approval from the EU competition authorities, the transaction is expected to be finalized in the second quarter of 2018, making ISAL, Aluchemie and Alufluor part of Hydro's global operations.
Strategic rationale
• Reinforces leading European position: ISAL produces 210,000 mt liquid metal and a total of 230,000 mt extrusion ingot for the European building, construction and transportation segments from its newly built casthouse with full ultrasonic testing capabilities. This will further strengthen Hydro's position as the preferred and leading extrusion ingot supplier in Europe.             
• Renewable Energy: Hydro is one of the world's leading aluminium producer based on renewable energy. With ISAL's 210,000 mt of aluminium based on renewable power, Hydro increases its total capacity in primary aluminium production to 2.4 million mt in 2018 and its share of production that is based on renewable energy to over 70 percent.
• Integrated value chain: The transaction reinforces Hydro's strategic direction of being a fully integrated aluminium company, with a solid asset base, portfolio flexibility and sustainable global operations.
"The bid demonstrates our strong belief in aluminium, which is seeing the strongest global demand growth among base metals. Having presence across the value chain is essential to create value from this growth and promote sustainable practices in our global operations," says Hydro President and CEO Svein Richard Brandtzæg.
Hydro sees synergies with respect to technology creep, optimization of anode portfolio and freight and handling. The Icelandic plant runs on the same technology platform as Hydro's Husnes plant in Norway, where Hydro recently announced a re-opening and technological upgrade of the plants' second electrolysis line.
"We see great potential in exchanging competence and technology elements between our aluminium plants. We are now running a technology pilot in Norway which aims to be the world's most energy-efficient and climate friendly aluminium production facility. These innovations will be expanded to other Hydro facilities, and as part of Hydro, ISAL will benefit from such technological spin-offs and competence," says Hilde Merete Aasheim, Head of Hydro's Primary Metal business area. 

Key facts:

• Key producer of value-added extrusion ingot to the European building & construction and transportation segments, located in Iceland
• Producing approximately 210,000 tonnes of liquid primary aluminium per year and a total of 230,000 mt extrusion ingot
• Long-term hydropower contract, expiring in 2036
• Substantial upgrades in recent years, including pot relining, new gas treatment center and state-of-the-art casthouse
• Strategic geographical location with efficient logistics
• Leading European anode producer, located in Rotterdam, Netherlands
• Producing approximately 340,000 tonnes of anodes per year
• Favorable transportation conditions for inbound and outbound logistics
• Currently owned by Rio Tinto (53.3%) and Hydro (46.7%)
• Leading producer of high-purity aluminium fluoride, located in Helsingborg, Sweden
• Aluminium fluoride is used in the primary aluminium production process
• Currently owned by Rio Tinto (50 %) and Yara International (50%)
Norsk Hydro is a fully integrated aluminium company with 35,000 employees in 40 countries on all continents, combining local expertise, worldwide reach and unmatched capabilities in R&D. In addition to production of primary aluminium, rolled and extruded products and recycling, Hydro also extracts bauxite, refines alumina and generates energy to be the only 360° company of the global aluminium industry. Hydro is present within all market segments for aluminium, with sales and trading activities throughout the value chain serving more than 30,000 customers. Based in Norway and rooted in more than a century of experience in renewable energy, technology and innovation, Hydro is committed to strengthening the viability of its customers and communities, shaping a sustainable future through innovative aluminium solutions.

Source: Hydro

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