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Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): April 6, 2018
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Costs Associated with Exit or Disposal Activities.
On January 25, 2018, Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. (the "Company") announced that it would accelerate the projected time frame for the planned closure of its mining operations at its Asia Pacific Iron Ore ("APIO") business segment in Australia. At that time, the Company expected that this decision would more than likely occur in 2018 and it would no longer provide guidance related to this business segment.
On April 6, 2018, the Company decided to commit to a course of action expected to lead to permanent closure of the APIO mining operations by June 30, 2018. Factors considered in this decision include increasingly discounted prices for lower-iron-content ore, the quality of the remaining iron ore reserves at APIO and the lack of a legitimate offer from a qualified buyer received by the Company.
As of the date of this Current Report on Form 8-K, the Company estimates total costs that will be incurred in connection with the closure of the APIO mining operations of approximately $140 to $170 million. The previous amount does not include previously disclosed asset retirement obligations or any proceeds the Company will receive from asset sales, such as rail cars, mobile equipment and the ore handling facility. The expected costs of implementing this closure primarily consist of potential contract termination costs in the range of $60 to $70 million; employee severance obligations, demobilization and other closure-related costs of $30 to $40 million; and non-cash asset impairments and write-offs of $50 to $60 million. The Company expects that the majority of these charges will be recorded in the first half of 2018. Of the total charges expected to be incurred, the Company anticipates future cash expenditures of approximately $120 to $140 million, including certain capital lease liabilities previously recorded. This range of cash expenditures excludes any proceeds the Company will receive from asset sales and other mitigation strategies.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
April 6, 2018
/s/ James D. Graham
Name: James D. Graham
Title: Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer & Secretary