Rio Tinto successfully completes $2.5 billion gross debt reduction

23 June 2017

Rio Tinto has successfully completed its bond tender and redemption exercises announced on 22 May 2017 and has reduced gross debt by a further $2.5 billion. Since the start of 2016 we have now reduced the nominal value of our outstanding bonds from approximately $21 billion to about $9.5 billion.

The Notes purchased by Rio Tinto Finance (USA) plc and Rio Tinto Finance (USA) Limited in the $1.72 billion redemption notices and the $781 million tender offers are detailed below.

Title of Security


Issuer and Offeror




Principal Amount






9.000% Notes due 2019


Rio Tinto Finance (USA) Limited


767201AH9/ US767201AH93




$1,130.596876 (2)



3.500% Notes due 2020



Rio Tinto Finance (USA) Limited


767201AK2/ US767201AK23




$1,058.392792 (2)



4.125% Notes due 2021


Rio Tinto Finance (USA) Limited


767201AN6/ US767201AN61




$1,080.05 (3)



3.750% Notes due 2021


Rio Tinto Finance (USA) Limited


767201AQ9/ US767201AQ92




$1,066.93 (3)



3.500% Notes due 2022


Rio Tinto Finance (USA) plc


76720AAC0/ US76720AAC09




$1,057.76 (3)



2.875% Notes due 2022


Rio Tinto Finance (USA) plc


76720AAF3/ US76720AAF30




$1,028.77 (3)



  1. Settlement of 9.000% Notes due 2019 and 3.500% Notes due 2020 was on 21 June 2017. Settlement of 4.125% Notes due 2021, 3.750% Notes due 2021, 3.500% Notes due 2022 and 2.875% Notes due 2022 was on 7 June 2017.
  2. Per $1,000 principal amount of notes under the redemption notice.
  3. Per $1,000 principal amount of Securities validly tendered and accepted for purchase

Capitalised terms in this announcement have the same meaning as assigned to them in the Offer to Purchase dated 22 May 2017.

The Notes purchased and redeemed have been retired and cancelled and no longer remain outstanding.

The early redemption costs are expected to reduce underlying earnings by approximately $180 million and cash flow from operating activities by approximately $260 million in the first half of 2017. These reductions will be offset by savings in future periods.