Sales volumes for Brazilian distributors of flat-rolled steel rose year-on-year in July for the fifth month this year, with figures recovering from a weak performance in 2018 and companies continuing to destock, national steel distributors’ association Inda said on Wednesday August 21.

Sales volumes for Brazilian distributors of flat-rolled steel rose year-on-year in July for the fifth month this year, with figures recovering from a weak performance in 2018 and companies continuing to destock, national steel distributors’ association Inda said on Wednesday August 21. An error in Inda’s press release for June meant that a year-on-year fall…

Uncertainty and Price Volatility Dampens Steel Demand in Emerging Markets

Business sentiment is unsettled, in Brazil. Distributors and end-users are frustrated with the increased transaction values proposed by their domestic suppliers. The latest initiative, delayed until July, is viewed as excessive. The business climate is challenging, in the Russian Federation. Inventory levels are being controlled, throughout the supply chain. We note a reluctance on the…

MMK placed US$500 mm Eurobonds

Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works (“MMK”), one of the largest steel suppliers in Russia rated Baa2 (Moody’s) / BBB (Fitch) / BBB- (S&P), returned to the international market after more than 15 years with a successful placement of 5-year US$500mm Eurobonds with an annual coupon rate of 4.375% payable semi-annually. The proceeds of the issue…

Brazilian steel slab producers are close to resuming bookings of semi-finished material to clients in the United States for November shipment, while they look forward to the renewal of the annual Section 232 import quota for 2020.

Brazilian steel slab producers are close to resuming bookings of semi-finished material to clients in the United States for November shipment, while they look forward to the renewal of the annual Section 232 import quota for 2020. Such material would arrive at US ports in late December and early January, market participants said. “We are…