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Gerdau S.A. Announces Results Of Early Tender Period Of The Cash Tender Offer For Certain Of The Outstanding 7.000% Bonds Due 2020, 5.750% Bonds Due 2021, 4.750% Bonds Due 2023, 5.893% Bonds Due 2024 And 4.875% Bonds Due 2027

TENDER INCREASED AND U.S. $1,000,000,000 PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF BONDS ACCEPTED

SAO PAULO, Nov. 30, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Gerdau S.A. (Bovespa: GGBR, NYSE: GGB, Latibex: XGGB) ("Gerdau" or the "Company") hereby announces the results of the early tender period under the previously announced offer by the Company to purchase for cash (the "Tender Offer") up to a maximum tender consideration of U.S. $900,000,000 (including the Early Tender Payment, if applicable) of certain of the outstanding 7.000% Bonds due 2020 (the "2020 Bonds") issued by Gerdau Holdings Inc. ("GHI"), 5.750% Bonds due 2021 (the "2021 Bonds") issued by Gerdau Trade Inc. ("GTI"), 4.750% Bonds due 2023 (the "2023 Bonds") issued by GTI, 5.893% Bonds due 2024 (the "2024 Bonds") issued jointly by GHI and GTL Trade Finance Inc., and the 4.875% Bonds due 2027 (the "2027 Bonds", and together with the 2020 Bonds, the 2021 Bonds, the 2023 Bonds and the 2024 Bonds, the "Bonds" and each, a "series" of Bonds) issued by GTI (GTI, GHI and GTL Trade Finance Inc., collectively, the "Offerors"). The Tender Offer is being made pursuant to the offer to purchase dated November 15, 2018 (the "Offer to Purchase"). Capitalized terms used but not defined in this press release shall have the meanings assigned to them in the Offer to Purchase.

The Tender Offer was oversubscribed as of 5:00 P.M., New York City time, on the Early Tender Date.  The Offerors have agreed, however, to increase the tender offer to accept for purchase an aggregate of U.S.$1,000,000,000 principal amount of the Bonds, so that the "Aggregate Maximum Tender Consideration" (as defined in the Offer to Purchase) has been increased to U.S.$1,035,704,193.50.   Accordingly, the Company will not accept for purchase any additional Bonds tendered after the Early Tender Date.  As the Tender Offer was oversubscribed, Bonds tendered at or prior to the Early Tender Date were accepted in accordance with the Acceptance Priority Level (as defined in the Offer to Purchase) and proration, in the amounts set forth in the table below.  No 2027 Bonds were accepted for purchase.

The principal amount of each series of Bonds that were validly tendered and not validly withdrawn in the Tender Offer as of the Early Tender Date and the principal amount of each series of Bonds that have been accepted for purchase by the Company are set forth in the table below.

Description of Bonds

CUSIP / ISIN Nos.

Outstanding
Principal
Amount

Acceptance Priority

Level

Tender Cap

Principal Amount Tendered

Principal Amount Accepted

7.000% Bonds due 2020

U37405AA2 / USU37405AA20
37373UAA2 / US37373UAA25

U.S. $603,304,000

1

N/A

U.S. $284,019,000

U.S. $284,019,000

5.750% Bonds due 2021

G3925DAA8 / USG3925DAA84
37373WAA8 / US37373WAA80

U.S. $698,347,000

2

N/A

U.S. $193,794,000

U.S. $193,794,000

4.750% Bonds due 2023

G3925DAB6 / USG3925DAB67

37373WAB6 / US37373WAB63

U.S. $750,000,000

3

N/A

U.S. $232,032,000

U.S. $232,032,000

5.893% Bonds due 2024

G24422AA8 / USG24422AA83
36249SAA1 / US36249SAA15

U.S. $1,165,629,000

4

N/A

U.S. $498,164,000

U.S. $290,155,000

4.875% Bonds due 2027

G3925DAD2 / USG3925DAD24

37373WAD2 / US37373WAD20

U.S. $650,000,000

5

$150,000,000

U.S. $137,386,000

U.S. $0

The Tender Offer is subject to, and conditioned upon, the satisfaction or waiver of certain conditions as set forth in the Offer to Purchase. 

Gerdau will deliver cash with respect to such validly tendered and accepted Bonds on December 18, 2018.

On the Early Settlement Date, eligible holders of Bonds that were validly tendered prior to the Early Tender Date, and whose Bonds were accepted for purchase, will be entitled to receive total consideration of (i) U.S. $ 1,042.50 for each U.S. $1,000 principal amount of the 2020 Bonds, (ii) U.S. $1,045.00 for each U.S. $1,000 principal amount of the 2021 Bonds, (iii) U.S.$1,014.25 for each U.S. $1,000 principal amount of the 2023 Bonds, (iv) U.S. $1,040.00 for each U.S. $1,000 principal amount of the 2024 Bonds and (v) U.S. $945.00 for each U.S. $1,000 of the 2027 Bonds, which includes, in each case, the Early Tender Payment of U.S. $30.00  per U.S. $1,000 principal amount of the Bonds. In addition, such eligible holders will be entitled to receive a cash payment equal to the accrued and unpaid interest on such Bonds up to, but not including, the Early Settlement Date.

The Tender Offer will expire at 11:59 p.m. New York City time, on December 13, 2018, unless extended or earlier terminated. The withdrawal deadline for the Tender Offer was 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on November 29, 2018 and so has passed.  Accordingly, Bonds tendered (in the past or future) in the Tender Offer may no longer be withdrawn, except if required by applicable law.

The Information and Tender Agent for the Tender Offer is D.F. King & Co. To contact the Information and Tender Agent, banks and brokers may call 1 (800) 207-3158 or email gerdau@dfking.com.

The Dealer Managers for the Tender Offer are Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC (the "Dealer Managers"). Any questions or requests for assistance may be directed to Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated at Collect: +1 (646) 855-8988 or U.S. Toll-Free: +1 (888) 292-0070, J.P. Morgan Securities LLC at Collect: +1 (212) 834-3424 or U.S. Toll-Free: +1 (866) 834-4666, or Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC at Collect: +1 (212) 761-1057 or U.S. Toll-Free: +1 (800) 624-1808. In addition, Holders may contact their broker, dealer, commercial bank, trust company or other nominee for assistance concerning the Tender Offer.

Documents in connection with the Tender Offer are available at the offices of the Information Agent, D.F. King & Co., Inc., 48 Wall Street, 22nd Floor, New York, New York 10005, Attn: Andrew Beck.  

This notice does not constitute or form part of any offer or invitation to purchase, or any solicitation of any offer to sell, the Bonds or any other securities in the United States or any other country, nor shall it or any part of it, or the fact of its release, form the basis of, or be relied on or in connection with, any contract therefor. The Tender Offer is made only by and pursuant to the terms of the Offer to Purchase and the information in this notice is qualified by reference to the Offer to Purchase. None of the Dealer Managers or the Information and Tender Agent make any recommendations as to whether Holders should tender their Bonds pursuant to the Tender Offer.

This notice to the market does not represent an offer to sell securities or a solicitation to buy securities in the United States or in any other country.

This notice to the market is released for disclosure purposes only, in accordance with applicable legislation. It does not constitute marketing material, and should not be interpreted as advertising an offer to sell or soliciting any offer to buy securities issued by any of the Offerors. This notice to the market is not for distribution in or into or to any person located or resident in the United States, its territories and possessions, any state of the United States or the District of Columbia or in any jurisdiction where it is unlawful to release, publish or distribute this announcement, other than any exemption thereunder.

Forward-Looking Statements

This notice includes and references "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements may relate to, among other things, the Offerors' business strategy, goals and expectations concerning its market position, future operations, margins and profitability.

Although the Offerors believe the assumptions upon which these forward-looking statements are based are reasonable, any of these assumptions could prove to be inaccurate and the forward-looking statements based on these assumptions could be incorrect.

The matters discussed in these forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results and trends to differ materially from those made, projected, or implied in or by the forward-looking statements depending on a variety of uncertainties or other factors.

The Offerors undertake no obligation to update any of their forward-looking statements.

Cision

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