Located in Inner Mongolia, China, Mengfeng primarily engages in the manufacture of crude steel billets with designed annual capacity of 600,000 tonnes of crude steel per year. Mengfeng's location gives it access to rich mine resources. It also benefits from a number of industrial development tax policies under China's National Development Campaign of the Western Regions.
WSP China will pay RMB276.8 million in cash for the acquisition of Mengfeng. Payment will be made in two installments. The first installment of RMB141.2 million has been made and the second installment of approximately RMB135.6 million will be made in December 2009.
WSP China plans to spend a capital expenditure of an estimated RMB50 million to upgrade Mengfeng's production technology and continue construction of a new iron production line. Plans call for crude steel production capacity to be expanded to an estimated 800,000 tonnes per year, and iron production capacity to be developed which will eventually reach an estimated 450,000 tonnes per year.
"This acquisition is part of WSP Holdings' plan to become a vertically integrated business. Purchase of Mengfeng gives us the ability to produce steel billets, ensuring that our OCTG manufacturing has access to adequate supplies of raw materials. We expect that Mengfeng will eventually supply 70% of the steel billets used by WSP China. Ownership of iron and crude steel production facilities allows us to expand our metallurgical research and develop specialized alloys for use in high-end non-API OCTG products," said Mr. Longhua Piao, Chairman and CEO of WSP Holdings. "Steel billets account for over 80% of our OCTG production costs. This upstream acquisition should help us stabilize the supply, quality and cost of an important raw material, providing us with competitive advantages in the domestic and international OCTG markets."
About WSP Holdings Limited
WSP Holdings develops and manufactures seamless Oil Country Tubular Goods (OCTG), including seamless casing, tubing and drill pipes used for on-shore and off-shore oil and gas exploration, drilling and extraction, and other pipes and connectors. Founded as WSP China in 1999, the Company offers a wide range of API and non-API seamless OCTG products, including products that are used in extreme drilling and extraction conditions. The Company's products are used in China's major oilfields and are exported to oil producing regions throughout the world.
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