Media release from the Competition Commission:
The Competition Commission (Commission) has reached a settlement agreement with ArcelorMittal South Africa Limited (AMSA), finalising all pending investigations and prosecutions against AMSA. In terms of the agreement, AMSA admits having been involved in the long steel and scrap metal cartels, and agrees to pay an administrative penalty of R1.5 billion (one billion five hundred million rand). Furthermore, AMSA has agreed to remedies relating to complaints against its pricing conduct without admitting that its pricing conduct constituted a contravention of the Competition Act. In this regard, AMSA has undertaken that for a period of five years it will limit its EBIT (earnings before interest and tax) margin to a cap of 10% for flat steel products sold in South Africa. In addition, AMSA has committed to a R4.6 capital expenditure over the next five years. The Commission has, in turn, agreed that the settlement will cover all pending cases against AMSA including those that are still under investigation.
Today, 22 August 2016, the Commission filed an application with the Competition Tribunal (Tribunal) for confirmation of this settlement agreement as an order of the Tribunal. The agreement relates to various cases that the Commission has investigated against AMSA, some of which were subsequently referred to the Tribunal for adjudication. The following is a summary of the cases and the Commission’s findings.