SOURCE: Arcelor SA

January 30, 2006 02:01 ET

Arcelor SA announces Arcelor board of Directors unanimously rejects Mittal's hostile proposal

Luxembourg -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 30, 2006 --

                                 Press release


                 Arcelor board of Directors unanimously rejects
                           Mittal's hostile proposal

Luxembourg, 29 January, 2006 - At an extraordinary meeting in Luxembourg today, Arcelor's Board of Directors, under the chairmanship of Joseph Kinsch, has examined Mittal Steel's unsolicited proposal.

After a thorough review and analysis of the elements at its disposal, the Board has swiftly concluded that Arcelor and Mittal Steel do not share the same strategic vision, business model and values.

The Board then expressed its concern regarding the severe consequences that Mittal Steel's proposal could have on the group, its shareholders, employees and customers.

Furthermore, the Board of Directors believes that the continuation of Arcelor's present strategy offers the best guarantee of value creation for its shareholders.

Therefore, the Board of Directors has resolved that it:

1.   unanimously rejects Mittal Steel's unsolicited proposal which 
     it considers hostile,

2.   recommends to Arcelor's shareholders not to tender their shares
     into the proposed offer, if and when submitted,

3.   mandates the Management Board to present to the Board of 
     Directors all actions and options that are in the best interests
     of all stakeholders.

The Board of Directors confirms its full confidence in the management and employees of Arcelor and supports their ongoing efforts to create value for all stakeholders.

All these arguments will be presented in further detail at the news conference that will be held by Arcelor's group management board.

Arcelor is the number one of the global steel industry with a turnover of 30 billion euros in 2004. The company holds leadership positions in its main markets: automotive, construction, household appliances and packaging as well as general industry. The company - number one steel producer in Europe and Latin America - ambitions to further expand internationally in order to capture the growth potential of developing economies and offer technologically advanced steel solutions to its customers. Arcelor employs 94,000 associates in over 60 countries. The company places its commitment to sustainable development at the heart of its strategy and ambitions to be a benchmark for economic performance, labour relations and social responsibility.

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