Rio Tinto Finance (USA) Limited prices US$2 billion of fixed rate bonds

Sep 14, 2011, 18:27 ET from RIO TINTO PLC

LONDON, EN, Sept. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ - Rio Tinto has priced US$500 million of 5-year, US$1.15 billion of 10-year and US$350 million of 30-year SEC-registered debt securities. The bonds will be issued by Rio Tinto Finance (USA) Limited and will be fully and unconditionally guaranteed by Rio Tinto plc and Rio Tinto Limited.

The 5-year notes pay a coupon of 2.25% and will mature on 20 September 2016.

The 10-year notes pay a coupon of 3.75% and will mature on 20 September 2021.

The 30-year notes mature on 2 November 2040 and constitute a further issuance of the US$500 million 5.20% notes due 2040 that were issued on 2 November 2010 and the US$300 million 5.20% notes due 2040 that were issued on 20 May 2011. Upon issuance of the bonds, US$1.15 billion of the 5.20% notes due 2040 will be outstanding.

Barclays Capital Inc., BNP Paribas Securities Corp., Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, Citigroup Global Markets Inc., HSBC Securities (USA) Inc. and SG Americas Securities, LLC acted as Joint Bookrunners.

A copy of the prospectus relating to the offering of the fixed rate bonds can be obtained from the Company at the registered address above, any underwriter or any dealer participating in the offering (Barclays Capital Inc., toll-free 1-888-603-5847, BNP Paribas Securities Corp., toll-free 1-800-854-5674, Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, toll-free 1-866-718-1649, Citigroup Global Markets Inc., toll-free 1-877-858-5407, HSBC Securities (USA) Inc., toll-free 1-866-811-8049 and SG Americas Securities, LLC, toll-free 1-855-881-2108).

About Rio Tinto

Rio Tinto is a leading international mining group headquartered in the UK, combining Rio Tinto plc, a London and New York Stock Exchange listed company, and Rio Tinto Limited, which is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange.

Rio Tinto's business is finding, mining, and processing mineral resources. Major products are aluminium, copper, diamonds, thermal and metallurgical coal, uranium, gold, industrial minerals (borax, titanium dioxide and salt) and iron ore. Activities span the world and are strongly represented in Australia and North America with significant businesses in Asia, Europe, Africa and South America.