Aleris Sells Zinc Biz

Aleris International Inc. has agreed to sell its US Zinc business to affiliates of Votorantim Metais Ltda. for $295 million. Aleris is a Beachwood, Ohio-based metals company taken private late last year by TPG Capital.



Aleris International, Inc. announced today it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Zinc business, which operates under the name US Zinc, to affiliates of Votorantim Metais Ltda. for $295 million with certain adjustments for working capital and other items. Closing is subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions.


US Zinc recycles zinc metal for use in the manufacture of galvanized steel and produces value-added zinc products, primarily zinc oxide and zinc dust, which are used in the vulcanization of rubber products, the production of corrosion-resistant paint and in other specialty chemical applications. US Zinc operates six zinc facilities in the United States and a newly built zinc oxide facility located outside of Shanghai, China.


Steven J. Demetriou, Aleris's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said, “The sale of US Zinc will allow Aleris to focus on our core Aluminum business. We plan to use the net sale proceeds to reduce leverage. I would like to thank the US Zinc team for their

significant contributions to Aleris.”


Aleris International, Inc. is a global leader in aluminum rolled products and extrusions, aluminum recycling and specification alloy production. Headquartered in Beachwood, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland, the Company operates 55 production facilities in North America, Europe, South America and Asia, and employs approximately 9,100 employees. For more information about Aleris, please visit our Web site at