Globe Specialty Metals Increases Global Silicon Alloy Capacity by 30% by Acquiring Siltech

NEW YORK, Nov. 21, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Globe Specialty Metals, Inc. (Nasdaq:GSM), one of the world's largest and most efficient producers of silicon metal and silicon alloys, today announced it has acquired Silicon Technology (Pty), Ltd, ("Siltech") a silicon alloy producer in South Africa with an annual production capacity of 45,000 metric tons.

Details of the transaction as follows:

  • 2 large electric arc furnaces (27 MW and 31 MW)
  • Facility status- idled
  • Anticipated restart- 2H 2014
  • Capex to restart - US$ 5 million
  • Long term power supply agreement in place
  • Expands GSM's silicon alloy capacity by 30%

Globe Founder and Executive Chairman, Alan Kestenbaum commented, "This accretive, opportunistic acquisition increases our silicon alloy capacity by 30% and its strategic location will enable us to supplement our Argentina facility to service the large and improving European, Asian and Middle Eastern markets. The quality of the plant combined with South Africa's deep tradition of ferro-alloy production expands Globe's growth internationally at a time when we believe the cycle is in the early stages of recovery worldwide. We will continue to pursue growth opportunities that are synergistic with our core business and that drive earnings and shareholder value."

As outlined above Globe intends to invest additional capital to ensure a successful restart of the operation in the second half of next year. The plant's output will be marketed in Europe, the Middle East and Asia where GSM currently has a growing customer base that is served from its existing operations in Argentina. The purchase price is undisclosed.

About Globe Specialty Metals

Globe Specialty Metals, Inc. is among the world's largest producers of silicon metal and silicon-based specialty alloys, critical ingredients in a host of industrial and consumer products with growing markets. Customers include major silicone chemical, aluminum and steel manufacturers, auto companies and their suppliers, ductile iron foundries, manufacturers of photovoltaic solar cells and computer chips, and concrete producers. The Company is headquartered in New York City. For further information please visit our web site at

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