16. February 2023

Ad hoc announcement pursuant to Art. 53 LR
Ƶ divests several non-core distribution companies

Lucerne, February 16, 2023

SwissSteelGroup, a world leader in special long steel, today signed a definitive agreement for the sale of several distribution companies to JACQUETMETALS, a leader in the distribution of specialty metals.

The transaction encompasses entities in the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia that have generated a total net revenue of EUR158 million and an EBITDA of EUR12 million in 2022 with 267 employees by selling mostly non-SwissSteelGroup products. This divesture is an important step for SwissSteelGroup on its strategic pathway focusing on a global distribution network that promotes and sells own mill products.

This is the second significant agreement between the longtime business partners SwissSteelGroup and JACQUETMETALS following the sale of distribution entities in Germany, Austria, Belgium and the Netherlands in 2015. With this transaction SwissSteelGroup and JACQUETMETALS will expand their already existing business relationship and will continue to cooperate as reliable partners.

Completion of the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions including approval by the relevant anti-trust authorities. The parties have agreed to maintain confidentiality regarding the purchase price.

In accordance with IFRS 5, SwissSteelGroup will classify the disposal group as Held for Sale in its annual report 2022 foreseen to be published on March 8, 2023.

For further information:

For media queries:
Anina Berger, anina.berger(at), +41 41 581 4121

For analyst/investor inquiries:
Burkhard Wagner, burkhard.wagner(at), +41 41 581 4180

About Ƶ
Ƶ is today one of the world's leading providers of individual solutions in the special long steel products sector. The Group is one of the leading manufacturers of tool steel and non-corrosive long steel on the global market and one of the largest companies in Europe for alloyed and high-alloyed quality and engineering steels. With close to 10,000 employees and its own production and distribution companies in 30 countries on 5 continents, the company guarantees global support and supply for its customers and offers them a complete portfolio of production and sales & services around the world. Customers benefit from the company's technological expertise, consistently high product quality around the world as well as detailed knowledge of local markets.

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