Universal Stainless completes purchase of Patriot Special Metals

The acquired assets include a state-of-the-art radial forge currently being commissioned, a Vacuum Induction Melting (VIM) facility now under construction, two Vacuum Arc Remelt (VAR) furnaces scheduled for delivery in September, and related equipment for heat treating and finishing long products, which have been installed and tested. The facility is on-schedule to be fully operational in the first quarter of 2012 and is expected to be accretive at that time as the facility comes on stream.

Chairman, President and CEO Dennis Oates commented: "This acquisition is a major, transformative step for Universal, which redefines our position in the specialty steel industry, significantly broadens our production capabilities and product range in higher value, higher margin products, and enables our entry into new global market niches. It also substantially advances our ability to serve our customers and provide them with unparalleled service through reduced cycle and lead times. The intent of this acquisition has been to fast-track our growth strategy and the value we build for shareholders. We have already begun to relentlessly pursue those objectives."

Universal also reported that it has completed a related bank financing facility in connection with the closing of this acquisition consisting of a term loan of $40 million and a $75 million revolving credit facility. PNC Capital Markets LLC acted as Lead Arranger and Administrative Agent on the new credit facilities.

Universal Stainless & Alloy Products, Inc., headquartered in Bridgeville, Pa., manufactures and markets semi-finished and finished specialty steels, including stainless steel, tool steel and certain other alloyed steels. The Company's products are used in a variety of industries, including aerospace, power generation, petrochemical and heavy equipment manufacturing. Established in 1994, our experience, technical expertise, and dedicated workforce stand committed to providing the best quality, delivery, and service possible.

Source: Universal Stainless