Rio de Janeiro, December 7, 2000 – Companhia Vale do Rio Doce (CVRD) and the other shareholders of the controlling group of Aço Minas Gerais S.A. (AÇOMINAS) signed today a Share Swap Agreement where CVRD swaps its 1,346,690 shares on the total capital of AÇOMINAS for 810,000,000 preferred shares issued by Gerdau S.A. (GERDAU).

The swap ratio is 601.475 GERDAU shares – Ticker Symbol COGU4 - to one share issued by AÇOMINAS, a non-listed steel company. Each shareholder acquired the offered shares according to its stake in the voting capital of AÇOMINAS.

CVRD intends to sell off the GERDAU shares into the secondary market in the future.


For further information, please contact:

Rogério Nogueira:
André Figueiredo:
Carla Albano Miller:
Fernando Mascarenhas:
Andrea Gutman:
Bruno Siqueira:
Claudia Rodrigues:
Marcio Loures Penna:
Mariano Szachtman:

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