Aluminum Processor Zhongwang USA Calls Off Acquisition of Aleris, Possibly Due to Failure in CFIUS Approvals

Aluminum Processor Zhongwang USA Calls Off Acquisition of Aleris, Possibly Due to Failure in CFIUS Approvals

Tang Shihua

Date: Tue, 11/14/2017 - 21:16 / source:Yicai
Aluminum Processor Zhongwang USA Calls Off Acquisition of Aleris, Possibly Due to Failure in CFIUS Approvals
Aluminum Processor Zhongwang USA Calls Off Acquisition of Aleris, Possibly Due to Failure in CFIUS Approvals

(Yicai Global) Nov. 14 -- The investment company Zhongwang USA LLC, a subsidiary of the leading high-end aluminum processing China Zhongwang Holdings Ltd. [HK:1333], has agreed with Aleris Corp. to terminate their merger agreement.

The pair chose to terminate the agreement after it expired on Nov. 12, 2017, citing uncertainty relating to the receipt of approvals from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).

Zhongwang USA previously planned to spend USD2.33 billion on the acquisition, said in late August last year.

Aleris is an American developer and manufacturer of aluminum rolled products. It also supplies aluminum products including those used in armored vehicles in the US military.

A group of 12 senators sent a letter in early November last year to then-Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, urging the government to reject the purchase of China Zhongwang’s acquisition, arguing that the deal would directly undermine US national security.

However, an Aleris spokesperson later said less than 1 percent of the company’s products made in 2015 were used in defense, and none of these products were produced in the US.

Founded in 1993, China Zhongwang is the world’s second-largest, and Asia’s largest, developer and manufacturer of industrial aluminum extrusion products. 

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Keywords: commodity, Aluminum Product, M&A, Zhongwang USA, Aleris Corporation, CFIUS