SAO PAULO, Aug 2 (Reuters) - Brazil’s antitrust agency Cade has approved Ternium SA’s acquisition of Thyssenkrupp AG’s Brazilian steel mill CSA Cia Siderúrgica do Atlántico SA, allowing the German behemoth to end a foray in the Americas that triggered massive losses.
In a ruling published in Brazil’s government gazette on Tuesday, Cade allowed without restrictions Ternium’s purchase of Thyssenkrupp’s 100 percent stake in CSA. The deal was valued at 1.5 billion euros ($1.8 billion) when it was announced on Feb. 22, confirming a Reuters report the prior day.
On June 9, Cade agreed to analyze a request from Brazilian steelmaker Cia Siderúrgica Nacional SA to gauge whether the Ternium-CSA deal could hamper competition in the local flat steel market.
Late last year, Thyssenkrupp took full control of CSA after Vale SA, the world’s No. 1 iron ore producer, exited the company for a token sum. ($1 = 0.8457 euros) (Reporting by Gabriela Mello, Ana Mano and Guillermo Parra-Bernal; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)