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CLF Cleveland-Cliffs

Participants
Keith Koci EVP and CFO
Lourenco Goncalves CEO
Lucas Pipes B. Riley Securities
Phil Gibbs KeyBanc Capital Markets
Matthew Fields Bank of America
Seth Rosenfeld Exane
Sean Wondrack Deutsche Bank
Karl Blunden Goldman Sachs
Emily Chen Goldman Sachs
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Operator

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. My name is Amy, and I will be your conference facilitator today.I would like to welcome everyone to the Cleveland Cliffs First Quarter 2021 Earnings Conference Call. All lines have been placed on mute to prevent any background noise. After the speakers' remarks, there will be a question-and-answer session. The company reminds you that certain comments made on today's call will include predictive statements that are intended to be made as forward-looking within the safe harbor protections for the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

to that statements statements and company are differ are could releases actual the believes reasonable based uncertainties with materially company that filed and cause such factors on XX-Q in available website. assumptions, subject results Forms are the set its results which reports are forward-looking the on that could forth Although cause materially.Important on to XX-K differ SEC, to news risks and available, also is call being broadcast conference Today's clevelandcliffs.com. and at At of on call, will the it website the replay. the conclusion be and archived available for company certain The discuss also will results special trade excluding items. G Regulation for release, which found published purposes Reconciliation in the earnings can be morning. this was Koci. I introduce like to time, President Cliffs' this and would Officer, Vice At Keith Executive Chief Financial Please ahead. go

Keith Koci

everyone. and Thanks, morning Amy, good

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by annual of the a rate this $XXX from acquisitions. two target savings $XXX our of run of We the total million year combined are well positioned of to end reach million for

not recur will contains QX items flow, cash as far going previously As forward. that one-time several discussed

the as in contemplated other nearly well quarter acquisition impacts. the $XXX factoring agreement acquisition-related had first cash of the during ArcelorMittal million capital as to AR of working investment of the USA, due of AM was significant As completion a in unwind we the

now rebuilt. been We with completely and this receivables done are have

receivables saw related the working build the we rising deferred our of we Act in environment. CARES Second, capital January. million Also, related price pension corresponding to to made contribution steel to $XXX

year stimulus of With next years. will seven an the of extended reduced passage million by over be cash recent feature, amortization the pension $XX the most bill contributions and per average future the

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of have currently billion and $X.X we $XXX current side, million liquidity in under our availability facility. cash the On credit

have paid the balance ABL the billion we of by to this end currently is off Our debt $X.X year. expect and

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Lourenco Goncalves

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Operator

Please [Operator first Your Riley the Lucas with your question line comes Instructions] today B. proceed from Securities. of Pipes question. with

Lucas Pipes

success. continued the on Congratulations

Lourenco Goncalves

you. Thank

Lucas Pipes

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Lourenco Goncalves

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Lucas Pipes

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Lourenco Goncalves

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Lucas Pipes

have but very everyone. be want Lourenco. questions, Thank I Very, to of more I respectful helpful. you,

over. it of best and turn continued Thank I'll So you luck.

Lourenco Goncalves

a lot, Lucas. Thanks it. Appreciate

Operator

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Phil Gibbs

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Lourenco Goncalves

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Keith Koci

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Phil Gibbs

you higher expectation restarted, the Okay. with Middletown And have you an in have then do do steel volumes second for quarter?

Lourenco Goncalves

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Phil Gibbs

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Lourenco Goncalves

Phil. Yes.

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Operator

Bank line question. comes Matthew Please today of your proceed with with America. from Your Fields next question the of

Matthew Fields

momentum. and [Foreign Language] Congratulations success on quarter the, the on the continued great this

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Lourenco Goncalves

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Matthew Fields

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Lourenco Goncalves

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Matthew Fields

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Lourenco Goncalves

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Lourenco Goncalves

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Lourenco Goncalves

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Matthew Fields

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Lourenco Goncalves

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Operator

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Seth Rosenfeld

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Lourenco Goncalves

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Seth Rosenfeld

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Lourenco Goncalves

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Seth Rosenfeld

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Lourenco Goncalves

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Keith Koci

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Operator

[Operator from Instructions] the Please question line Wondrack Bank. comes Your question. next from proceed Sean of Deutsche your with

Sean Wondrack

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Lourenco Goncalves

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Sean Wondrack

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Lourenco Goncalves

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Sean Wondrack

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Lourenco Goncalves

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Sean Wondrack

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Lourenco Goncalves

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Operator

question. comes of Karl question next your Goldman proceed Sachs. with from Your the Please Blunden with line

Karl Blunden

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Lourenco Goncalves

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Karl Blunden

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Operator

from Emily of comes your line question Please the Sachs. next question. Chen with Your with proceed Goldman

Emily Chen

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Lourenco Goncalves

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Operator

the queue no I closing at turn questions the to further time. any back in there And call presenters for remarks. are this

Lourenco Goncalves

a interest much will be Bye Thank now. Cleveland-Cliffs touch. lot. we on very in you for Thanks your

Operator

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