LISLE, Ill.--SunCoke Energy, Inc. (NYSE: SXC) has announced that ArcelorMittal Brasil S.A. (”ArcelorMittal”) is redeeming SunCoke’s indirectly held preferred and common equity interest in Sol Coqueria Tubarão S.A. (the ”Brazil facility”) for cash consideration of $41 million. SunCoke received $20.5 million in cash at closing and will receive the remaining $20.5 million in cash, plus accrued interest, on April 1, 2017. Under the coke plant shareholders agreement, ArcelorMittal had the right to call the preferred interest at par in 2023 and as such, the parties negotiated an acceleration of that right. With the redemption, SunCoke will no longer receive its approximately $9.5 million annual dividend from ArcelorMittal.
Additionally, starting in 2016, SunCoke will receive an incremental $5.1 million in technology fees per year through 2023 related to the addition of certain patents to its existing intellectual property licensing agreement, which are currently in use by ArcelorMittal at the Brazil facility. The total impact of these transactions is a net reduction of $4.4 million to annual Adjusted EBITDA.
SunCoke will continue to earn existing operating and technology fees of approximately $10 million per year through 2023 and when combined with the new $5.1 million in technology fees, the total expected Adjusted EBITDA contribution from the Brazil facility is expected to be approximately $15 million per year. Even with this change, the Company reaffirmed its 2016 Adjusted EBITDA guidance of $210 million to $235 million.
SunCoke will continue to operate the Brazil facility on behalf of ArcelorMittal. The heat-recovery coke plant produces approximately 1.7 million tons of high-quality coke each year from its 320 ovens.
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SunCoke Energy, Inc. (NYSE: SXC) supplies high-quality coke to the integrated steel industry under long-term, take-or-pay contracts that pass through commodity and certain operating costs to customers. We utilize an innovative heat-recovery cokemaking technology that captures excess heat for steam or electrical power generation. We are the sponsor of SunCoke Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE: SXCP), a publicly traded master limited partnership, holding a 2 percent general partner interest, 53.9 percent limited partnership interest and all of the incentive distribution rights. Our cokemaking facilities are located in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Virginia, Brazil and India. To learn more about SunCoke Energy, Inc., visit our website at www.suncoke.com.
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