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U. S. Steel and Nippon Steel Corporation Announce Receipt of All Non-U.S. Regulatory Approvals

Approvals are Significant Milestones for Completion of the Transaction

PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- 伦理影片 Corporation (NYSE: X) (鈥淯. S. Steel鈥) and Nippon Steel Corporation (鈥淣ippon Steel鈥) (TSE: 5401) announced that they have received all regulatory approvals outside of the United States related to the proposed transaction between U. S. Steel and Nippon Steel. These approvals have been received from the Directorate-General for Competition of the European Commission (pursuant to the EU Merger Regulation and, separately, the Foreign Subsidies Regulation), the Mexican Federal Economic Competition Commission, the Serbian Competition Commission, the Ministry of Economy of Slovakia, the Turkish Competition Authority. In addition, the United Kingdom Competition and Markets Authority confirmed that it had no further questions regarding the proposed transaction in response to the submission of a voluntary briefing paper.

David B. Burritt, President & Chief Executive Officer of U. S. Steel, commented, 鈥淲e are pleased with the regulatory approvals received, as they are a clear indication that the transaction with Nippon Steel is pro-competitive and supports the strategic merits of foreign investment. Together with Nippon Steel, U. S. Steel will become a world-leading steelmaker with enhanced technologies and resources to support a stronger steel industry with enhanced competition. This deal is the best deal for American steel, the best deal for American jobs and the best deal for America鈥檚 ability to create an even stronger alliance with Japan against China.鈥

Takahiro Mori, Representative Director and Vice Chairman of Nippon Steel, said, 鈥淲e appreciate this significant milestone of receiving regulatory approvals necessary to consummate the transaction from all non-U.S. authorities. Our goal for this transaction has been clear and consistent 鈥 to protect and grow U. S. Steel. We are confident that this transaction will be for the benefit of all of U. S. Steel鈥檚 stakeholders, including customers, employees, suppliers, and communities. U. S. Steel and Nippon Steel are committed to, as in the months past, continuing to fully cooperate with the examination of the relevant authorities and are determined to complete the transaction.鈥

U. S. Steel held a Special Meeting of Stockholders on April 12, 2024, with 71% of the outstanding shares of U. S. Steel common stock voting in favor of the proposed transaction, resulting in an overwhelming vote of approval of 99% of the shares represented at that meeting.

U. S. Steel and Nippon Steel currently expect that the transaction will be completed in the second half of 2024, subject to the fulfillment of the remaining, customary closing conditions, including the receipt of required U.S. regulatory approvals.

CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This press release contains information regarding U. S. Steel and Nippon Steel that may constitute 鈥渇orward-looking statements,鈥 as that term is defined under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and other securities laws, that are subject to risks and uncertainties. We intend the forward-looking statements to be covered by the safe harbor provisions for forward-looking statements in those sections. Generally, we have identified such forward-looking statements by using the words 鈥渂elieve,鈥 鈥渆xpect,鈥 鈥渋ntend,鈥 鈥渆stimate,鈥 鈥渁nticipate,鈥 鈥減roject,鈥 鈥渢arget,鈥 鈥渇orecast,鈥 鈥渁im,鈥 鈥渟hould,鈥 鈥減lan,鈥 鈥済oal,鈥 鈥渇uture,鈥 鈥渨ill,鈥 鈥渕ay鈥 and similar expressions or by using future dates in connection with any discussion of, among other things, statements regarding the proposed transaction, including the timing of the completion of the transaction. However, the absence of these words or similar expressions does not mean that a statement is not forward-looking. Forward-looking statements include all statements that are not historical facts, but instead represent only U. S. Steel鈥檚 beliefs regarding future goals, plans and expectations about our prospects for the future and other events, many of which, by their nature, are inherently uncertain and outside of U. S. Steel鈥檚 or Nippon Steel鈥檚 control and may differ, possibly materially, from the anticipated events indicated in these forward-looking statements. Management of U. S. Steel or Nippon Steel, as applicable, believes that these forward-looking statements are reasonable as of the time made. However, caution should be taken not to place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements because such statements speak only as of the date when made. In addition, forward looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from U. S. Steel鈥檚 or Nippon Steel鈥檚 historical experience and our present expectations or projections. Risks and uncertainties include without limitation: the ability of the parties to consummate the proposed transaction on a timely basis or at all; the timing, receipt and terms and conditions of any required governmental and regulatory approvals of the proposed transaction; the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstances that could give rise to the termination of the definitive agreement and plan of merger relating to the proposed transaction (the 鈥淢erger Agreement鈥); the risk that the parties to the Merger Agreement may not be able to satisfy the conditions to the proposed transaction in a timely manner or at all; risks related to disruption of management time from ongoing business operations due to the proposed transaction; certain restrictions during the pendency of the proposed transaction that may impact U. S. Steel鈥檚 ability to pursue certain business opportunities or strategic transactions; the risk that any announcements relating to the proposed transaction could have adverse effects on the market price of U. S. Steel鈥檚 common stock or Nippon Steel鈥檚 common stock or American Depositary Receipts; the risk of any unexpected costs or expenses resulting from the proposed transaction; the risk of any litigation relating to the proposed transaction; the risk that the proposed transaction and its announcement could have an adverse effect on the ability of U. S. Steel or Nippon Steel to retain customers and retain and hire key personnel and maintain relationships with customers, suppliers, employees, stockholders and other business relationships and on its operating results and business generally; and the risk the pending proposed transaction could distract management of U. S. Steel. U. S. Steel directs readers to its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2023 and Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2023, and the other documents it files with the SEC for other risks associated with U. S. Steel鈥檚 future performance. These documents contain and identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements.

About U. S. Steel

Founded in 1901, 伦理影片 Corporation is a leading steel producer. With an unwavering focus on safety, U. S. Steel鈥檚 customer-centric Best for All庐 strategy is advancing a more secure, sustainable future for U. S. Steel and its stakeholders. With a renewed emphasis on innovation, U. S. Steel serves the automotive, construction, appliance, energy, containers, and packaging industries with high value-added steel products such as U. S. Steel鈥檚 proprietary XG3庐 advanced high-strength steel. U. S. Steel also maintains competitively advantaged iron ore production and has an annual raw steelmaking capability of 22.4 million net tons. U. S. Steel is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with world-class operations across the United States and in Central Europe. For more information, please visit .

About Nippon Steel

Nippon Steel is Japan鈥檚 largest steelmaker and one of the world鈥檚 leading steel manufacturers. Nippon Steel has a global crude steel production capacity of approximately 66 million tonnes and employs approximately 100,000 people in the world. Nippon Steel鈥檚 manufacturing base is in Japan and the company has presence in 15 additional countries including: United States, India, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Brazil, Mexico, Sweden, China and others. Nippon Steel established a joint venture in the United States around 40 years ago and has focused on building cooperative and good relationships with employees, labor unions, suppliers, customers, and communities. As the 鈥楤est Steelmaker with World-Leading Capabilities,鈥 Nippon Steel pursues world-leading technologies and manufacturing capabilities and contributes to society by providing excellent products and services. For more information, please visit: .

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Nippon Steel Contacts
Media
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Investors
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Yuichiro Kaneko / +81-80-9022-6867 / kaneko.yc3.yuichiro@jp.nipponsteel.com
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General Inquiries (U.S.)
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Source: 伦理影片 Corporation