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Viterra Update

July 15, 2012

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BAAR, Switzerland, July 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Glencore International plc (“Glencore“) announced that it has today received notice from the Minister of
Industry that Glencore’s acquisition of Viterra Inc. (“Viterra“) has been approved by the Minister under the Investment Canada Act.

Chris Mahoney, Director of Agricultural Products, Glencore said, “We are
very pleased to receive Investment Canada approval, which recognises
the long term benefits for farmers and Canada from our acquisition of
Viterra. Glencore is committed to investing in Viterra’s operations,
its philanthropic initiatives and in playing a key part in ensuring the
continued growth of western Canada’s agricultural industry.”

Glencore has made a series of commitments to Canada for a 5-year period,
including:

        --  increasing Viterra's projected capital expenditures in Canada
            by more than C$100 million over 5 years;
        --  investing C$8 million above Viterra's projected expenditures in
            R&D;
        --  contributing toward grain industry initiatives in the province
            of Manitoba;
        --  working with the Government of Saskatchewan toward establishing
            a Global Institute for Food Security in the province of
            Saskatchewan and contributing to this initiative should the
            Government of Saskatchewan initiate the project;
        --  increasing contributions toward programs supporting the Western
            Canadian farm community by 25%; and
        --  making charitable contributions in support of youth, and
            educational scholarships for First Nations and Metis.

Glencore has also committed maintaining the Regina head office and
making it the head office for its North American agricultural
operations.

Separately, Glencore has also received notification from the Ministry of
Commerce of the People’s Republic of China (“MOFCOM“) that it has moved to the next phase of review, which is not uncommon
for transactions being reviewed by MOFCOM. Glencore continues to engage
with MOFCOM to ensure approval as soon as possible.

As MOFCOM’s approval is now not expected before the end of July 2012,
Glencore will update the market in due course when it expects closing
of the Viterra transaction to occur.

About Glencore International plc

Glencore is one of the world’s leading integrated producers and
marketers of commodities, headquartered in Baar, Switzerland, and
listed on the London and Hong Kong Stock Exchanges. Glencore has
worldwide activities in the production, sourcing, processing, refining,
transporting, storage, financing and supply of Metals and Minerals,
Energy Products and Agricultural Products.

 

SOURCE Glencore International plc


Source: PR Newswire