Holcim - successful bond placement raising CHF 650 million

20 February 2007


Holcim Ltd has successfully issued a 10-year CHF 400 million bond with a 3 1/8% coupon in the Swiss Franc domestic market and Holcim Overseas Finance Ltd. a 6-year CHF 250 million bond with a 3% coupon in the Swiss Franc international segment. Holcim Ltd is guaranteeing the issue placed by Holcim Overseas Finance Ltd.

The proceeds will be used to refinance existing debt by taking advantage of the favorable market conditions and for general corporate purposes. Furthermore, the bonds optimize the maturity structure.

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Holcim is one of the world's leading suppliers of cement and aggregates (crushed stone, gravel and sand) as well as further activities such as ready-mix concrete and asphalt including services. The Group holds majority and minority interests in more than 70 countries on all continents.
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This announcement is for information only and does not constitute an offer to sell, purchase, exchange or transfer any securities or a solicitation of any such offer in the United States, Canada, Australia or Japan or any other jurisdiction. The securities referred to herein have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the ₀œSecurities Act₀), and may not be offered or sold in the United States or to US persons (as defined in Regulation S under the Securities Act), absent registration or an exemption from registration under the Securities Act. Neither the issuer, the Guarantor (if any) nor any other participant in the transactions described herein intends to register any securities under the Securities Act or with any securities regulatory authority of any state or other jurisdiction in the United States in connection with the proposed transactions described in this announcement.
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In the member states of the European Economic Area this announcement and the offering are only addressed to and directed at persons who are ₀œqualified investors₀ within the meaning of Article 2(1)(e) of the Prospectus Directive (Directive 2003/71/EC) (₀œQualified Investors₀). In addition, in the United Kingdom, this document is being distributed only to and is directed only at Qualified Investors (a) who are persons who have professional experience in matters relating to investments falling within Article 19(5) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005, as amended (the ₀œOrder) or (b) who are high net worth entities falling within Article 49 of the Order, and any other persons to whom it may otherwise lawfully be communicated (all such persons together referred to as ₀œrelevant persons₀). Any investment or investment activity to which this document relates is available only to (i) in the United Kingdom, relevant persons, and (ii) in any member state of the European Economic Area other than the United Kingdom, Qualified Investors, and will be engaged in only with such persons.

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