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United States

Securities and Exchange Commission

Washington, D.C. 20549




Report of Foreign Private Issuer

Pursuant to Rule 13a-16 or 15d-16

of the

Securities Exchange Act of 1934


For the month of

December 2017


Vale S.A.


Avenida das Américas, No. 700 — Bloco 8, Sala 218
22640-100 Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil

(Address of principal executive office)


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Vale informs about short-term facilities to Samarco


Rio de Janeiro, December 21st, 2017 — Vale S.A. (Vale) informs that it intends to make available short- term facilities of up to US$ 48 million to Samarco to support its operations (US$ 42 million) in the first half of 2018 (1H18) and the expenses related to the experts named pursuant to the Preliminary Agreement with the Public Prosecutors (about US$ 6 million), signed in January, 2017, without undertaking an obligation from Vale to Samarco. Funds will be released on an as-needed basis. Likewise, BHP Billiton Brasil Ltda. intends to make available to Samarco short-term facilities with similar terms and conditions as mentioned above.


In addition, given Samarco’s current cash flow projections, it is likely that shareholders will be called upon to fulfill its obligations, according to their stake in Samarco (50% each), under the Agreement signed on the March 2nd, 2016 for the restoration of the environment and communities affected by the Samarco dam failure.  Therefore, Vale expects to contribute about R$ 432 million in 1H18, with this amount offsetting the R$ 3.7 billion provision recorded in the second quarter of 2016 (2Q16).


For further information, please contact:


Andre Figueiredo:

Andre Werner:

Carla Albano Miller:

Fernando Mascarenhas:

Andrea Gutman:

Bruno Siqueira:

Claudia Rodrigues:

Denise Caruncho:

Mariano Szachtman:

Renata Capanema:


This press release may include statements that present Vale’s expectations about future events or results. All statements, when based upon expectations about the future, involve various risks and uncertainties. Vale cannot guarantee that such statements will prove correct. These risks and uncertainties include factors related to the following: (a) the countries where we operate, especially Brazil and Canada; (b) the global economy; (c) the capital markets; (d) the mining and metals prices and their dependence on global industrial production, which is cyclical by nature; and (e) global competition in the markets in which Vale operates. To obtain further information on factors that may lead to results different from those forecast by Vale, please consult the reports Vale files with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Brazilian Comissão de Valores Mobiliários (CVM), and the French Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF), and in particular the factors discussed under “Forward-Looking Statements” and “Risk Factors” in Vale’s annual report on Form 20-F.



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Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.



Vale S.A.







/s/ André Figueiredo

Date: December 21, 2017


Director of Investor Relations