U. S. Steel Confirms Receipt of Unsolicited Proposals from Cleveland-Cliffs and … – Press Release


  • Cleveland-Cliffs Refused to Allow for a Standard Process to Assess Their Offer

  • Company Reaffirms Invitation for Cleveland-Cliffs to Participate in the Strategic Review

United States Steel Corporation X (“U. S. Steel” or “the Company”) today confirmed that it has invited Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. (“Cleveland-Cliffs”) to participate in its previously announced strategic review process. The Company previously disclosed it has commenced a formal review process, with the assistance of outside financial and legal advisors, to evaluate strategic alternatives for the Company after receiving multiple unsolicited proposals that ranged from the acquisition of certain production assets to consideration for the whole Company.

The Company had received an unsolicited cash and stock proposal from Cleveland-Cliffs to acquire all of U. S. Steel’s outstanding shares. As detailed in the letter below, U. S. Steel was unable to properly evaluate the proposal because Cleveland-Cliffs refused to engage in the necessary and customary process to assess valuation and certainty unless U. S. Steel agreed to the economic terms of the proposal in advance.

The full text of U. S. Steel’s letter to Cleveland-Cliffs, transmitted at 12:01 pm ET on August 13, 2023, is as follows:

August 13, 2023

Dear Lourenco,

I am writing on behalf of United States Steel Corporation (the “Company”) in response to Cleveland-Cliffs Inc.’s proposal letter dated July 28, 2023 and further updated on August 11, 2023. Since receiving your initial proposal, the Company’s Board has met multiple times, with the assistance of our financial advisors, Barclays and Goldman Sachs, and our legal advisors, Milbank and Wachtell, to evaluate the merits and risks of your proposal.

At my and the Board’s direction, our advisors indicated our willingness to enter into an NDA with you on August 7, 2023, so that we could have further clarity on several key issues, including valuation of the stock component of your…