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AHMSA Sales Plan Moves Forward

Written by Michael Cowden

Altos Hornos de México (AHMSA) is proceeding with a plan that would see the company sold to a group of investors, according to a filing with the Mexican Stock Exchange.

ahmsa logoUnder terms of that deal, the Mexican steelmaker is expected to receive an initial infusion of $200 million to pay for working capital and labor obligations.

AHMSA makes hot-rolled coil, cold-rolled coil, plate, tinplate, and structural shapes.

Recall that production and financial issues at the company contributed to a sheet supply squeeze in the first quarter that sent US hot-rolled coil prices soaring from $685 per ton ($34.25 per cwt) at the beginning of the year to $1,155 per ton in our last check of the market.

Some market participants have said that the supply squeeze could reverse should AHMSA resume operations, as new US capacity ramps up, and following US Steel’s decision to restart two previously idled furnaces.

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