Lincoln Electric to Acquire Severstal Welding Business in Russia

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CLEVELAND, Dec. 28, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: LECO) today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire OOO Severstal-metiz: welding consumables, a leading manufacturer of welding consumables in Russia and a subsidiary of OAO Severstal, one of the world's leading vertically integrated steel and mining companies. The transaction will include acquiring manufacturing operations and exclusive distribution rights of the Severstal brand of welding consumables. Financial terms were not disclosed.

"This acquisition will add to our manufacturing capacity in this fast growing market and complement Mezhgosmetiz-Mtsensk OAO ("MGM"), our recent Russian acquisition," said John M. Stropki, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Severstal's extensive stick electrode offering, along with solid wire and flux cored wire products, when combined with solid wire products from MGM, will make Lincoln Electric a leading consumables manufacturer in the CIS countries. The two acquisitions complement our imported products offering and will expand our market presence in the region."

Manufacturing production facilities are based in Orel, Russia, with 283 employees. OOO Severstal-metiz: welding consumables' 2010 estimated sales are approximately $40 million USD.

"The sale of OOO Severstal-metiz: welding consumables will allow us to concentrate fully on our core business (wire and wire products) and continue to provide our clients with competitive product of the highest quality," said Oleg Veter, Chief Executive Officer of Severstal-metiz group of companies.

The OOO Severstal-metiz: welding consumables transaction is under review by Russian regulatory authorities and is expected to close during the 2011 first half.

The Severstal-metiz group of companies incorporates all of OAO Severstal's metalware assets, and is among the top European producers of wire and wire products. Severstal-metiz's production sites are...
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