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CORRECTION FROM SOURCE/Canadian Banking Group Led by EDC Co-Finance USD 775 M for Brazilian Mining Leader Vale

OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 04/08/14 --

This document corrects and replaces the press release that was sent today, April 8, 2014 at 10:21 am EDT. The error occurred in the 3rd paragraph where it should have read "...and The Bank of Nova Scotia providing the remaining USD 275 M."

A Canadian banking partnership led by Export Development Canada (EDC) today announced USD 775 million in financing for the global capital expenditure plans of Vale SA, the Brazilian mining conglomerate.

Vale is the largest Brazilian investor in Canada, with over USD 7.6 B of investment and 7,100 personnel employed in Canada, including its global center of expertise for base metals. Headquartered in Rio de Janeiro, Vale operates in 31 countries and is the one of the largest corporation in Brazil.

The new financing facility is made up of USD 500 M from EDC, with the Royal Bank of Canada, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, and The Bank of Nova Scotia providing the remaining USD 275 M.

EDC and Vale already have a positive working relationship. In 2010, EDC provided a USD 1 B financing facility for Vale, with USD 500 M earmarked for their global operations and USD 500 M for Vale's Canadian operations in Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador.

"For every dollar that EDC has provided in financing to Vale over the past 4 years, Vale has spent $1.20 in buying from Canadian companies," said Rajesh Sharma, Senior Vice-President and Group Head, Global Business Development.

"That's where the relationship between EDC and Vale delivers real, meaningful value for both parties" Mr. Sharma added. "Vale benefits from a stable and dependable global financier, and they also benefit from the increasing number of leading-edge Canadian companies that help them grow their global business. In so doing, those Canadian companies grow alongside with them."

As part of its value to Canadian exporters, EDC proactively develops new financial relationships with foreign corporations that can be leveraged towards introducing new Canadian supply and services into their global value chains, particularly among small- to medium-sized companies (SMEs). Brazil is a priority market under the Government of Canada's Global Market Access Plan.

Since EDC undertook these proactive relationships and the resulting matchmaking sessions in 2003, EDC has concluded 297 financing facilities with 225 buyers in 48 different countries. Overall, EDC has opened the door to over CAD 38 B in new exports for more than 4,100 Canadian exporters, 93% of which were SMEs, against total loans of CAD 25 B.

"Introducing Canadian companies to their next international buyer is the best part of my job, almost as good as when our foreign customers thank us for introducing them to Canadian companies that helped them grow," said Mr, Sharma. "It speaks to the core of global trade when both parties get more out of the deal than they put in."

The loan facility was structured as an unsecured, non-revolving loan facility. The transaction was underwritten at market rates, consistent with EDC's commercial principles and those of the financing group.

Vale was EDC's first Brazilian financing customer in 1963.

About EDC

EDC is Canada's export credit agency, providing financing and insurance solutions locally and around the world to help Canadian companies of any size respond to international business opportunities. As a profitable Crown corporation that operates on commercial principles, EDC works together with private- and public-sector financial institutions to create greater capacity for Canadian companies to engage in trade and investment.

For more information about how EDC can help your company, visit www.edc.ca

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