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Ecolab Announces Offer to Exchange Its Outstanding 5.500% Notes Due 2041 (CUSIP 278865 AM2) for up to $375 Million of Its 3.950% Notes Due 2047

November 16, 2017

ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Ecolab Inc. (“Ecolab”) (NYSE: ECL) today announced that it has commenced an offer (the “Exchange Offer”) to certain eligible holders to exchange its outstanding 5.500% Notes due 2041 (CUSIP 278865 AM2) (the “Old Notes”) for up to $375 million aggregate principal amount of its newly issued 3.950% Notes due 2047 (“New Notes”). The New Notes will be a further issuance of, and will be in addition to, the notes due 2047 (the “Original 2047 Notes”) that Ecolab expects to issue for cash on November 27, 2017, in the aggregate principal amount of $325 million. The Exchange Offer will proceed on the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in a confidential offering memorandum dated November 16, 2017, and related letter of transmittal (together, the “Exchange Offer Documents”).

The Exchange Offer will expire at 11:59 p.m. (New York City time) on December 14, 2017 (as the same may be extended, the “Expiration Date”). Subject to proration procedures described in the Exchange Offer Documents, holders who validly tender and do not validly withdraw Old Notes at or prior to 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on November 30, 2017, unless extended (the “Early Participation Date”), and whose tenders are accepted for exchange by Ecolab, will receive the total exchange consideration (which includes an early participation amount) for each $1,000 principal amount of Old Notes, as determined in accordance with the formula set forth in Annex A of the confidential information memorandum, on the early participation settlement date, which is expected to be December 4, 2017. Subject to proration procedures described in the Exchange Offer Documents, holders who validly tender and do not validly withdraw Old Notes after the Early Participation Date but at or prior to the Expiration Date, and whose Old Notes are accepted for exchange by Ecolab, will receive the total exchange consideration minus the early participation amount. Old Notes tendered for exchange at or prior to the Early Participation Date will have priority over Old Notes tendered for exchange after the Early Participation Date.

As further described in the Exchange Offer Documents, the total exchange consideration will be based upon the discounted value of the remaining payments of principal and interest on the Old Notes using a yield equal to the sum of bid-side yield on the reference U.S. treasury security identified in the table below plus the fixed spread set forth in the table below. For each $1,000 principal amount of Old Notes tendered and accepted for exchange by Ecolab, the total exchange consideration will be payable in a principal amount of New Notes according to the formula set forth in the Exchange Offer Documents. Cash in lieu of any fractional portion of New Notes will be paid on the applicable settlement date.

CUSIP No.   Title of Series  

Outstanding Principal
Amount

 

Reference U.S.
Treasury Security (1)

 

Fixed Spread (Basis
points)

278865 AM2 5.500% Notes due 2041 $750,000,000

2.75% UST due August
15, 2047

93

(1) The Reference U.S. Treasury Security used to determine the Total Exchange Consideration (as defined below) for the Old Notes is the 2.75% U.S. Treasury due August 15, 2047, as displayed on the Bloomberg Government Pricing Monitor Page FIT1.

Although participants in the Exchange Offer will not hold New Notes prior to the applicable settlement date, the first interest payment on the New Notes will include the interest accrued from November 27, 2017, the expected issuance date of the Original 2047 Notes, to the applicable settlement date. Further, each holder whose Old Notes are accepted for exchange by Ecolab will receive a cash payment (reduced as described in the following sentence) representing interest, if any, that has accrued from the most recent interest payment date in respect of the Old Notes up to, but not including, the applicable settlement date; provided, that Holders of Old Notes will not receive accrued and unpaid interest that is due and payable on the applicable settlement date if the accrued and unpaid interest that is due and payable on the applicable settlement date on the New Notes exceeds the accrued and unpaid interest that is due and payable on the applicable settlement date on the Old Notes. Interest payable on the Old Notes up to, but not including, the applicable settlement date will be reduced by the interest accrued on the New Notes up to, but not including, the applicable settlement date.

Ecolab will deliver the New Notes with respect to Old Notes tendered and accepted on or prior to the Early Participation Date and cash in lieu of fractional New Notes promptly following the Early Participation Date, which is expected to be December 4, 2017, the second business day following the Early Participation Date. Ecolab will deliver the New Notes with respect to Old Notes tendered and accepted after the Early Participation Date and cash in lieu of fractional New Notes promptly following the Expiration Date, which is expected to be December 15, 2017, the first business day following the Expiration Date.

Old Notes tendered may be validly withdrawn at any time at or prior to 5:00 p.m. (New York City time) on November 30, 2017 (the “Withdrawal Deadline”), provided that Ecolab may extend the Early Participation Date without extending the Withdrawal Deadline, unless required by law. Old Notes tendered after the Withdrawal Deadline may not be withdrawn, except where additional withdrawal rights are required by law (as determined by Ecolab in its sole discretion).

Only holders who have duly completed and submitted an eligibility letter (which may be found at www.dfking.com/ecl) will be authorized to receive the Exchange Offer Documents and participate in the Exchange Offer. The eligibility letters will include certifications that the holders are either (1) a “qualified institutional buyer” as defined in Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), or (2) a non-“U.S. person” (as defined in Rule 902 under the Securities Act) located outside of the United States who are (i) not acting for the account or benefit of a U.S. person, (ii) a “non-U.S. qualified offeree” (as defined in the Exchange Offer Documents), and (iii) not resident in Canada.

Consummation of the Exchange Offer is subject to a number of conditions as set forth in the confidential offering memorandum relating to the Exchange Offer.

If and when issued, the New Notes will not be registered under the Securities Act or any state securities laws. Therefore, the New Notes may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act and any applicable state securities laws. Ecolab will enter into a registration rights agreement with respect to the New Notes and the Original 2047 Notes.

D.F. King & Co., Inc. will act as the Information Agent and the Exchange Agent for the Exchange Offer. Questions or requests for assistance related to the Exchange Offer or for additional copies of the Exchange Offer Documents may be directed to D.F. King & Co., Inc. at (877) 478-5039 (toll free) or (212) 269-5550 (collect) or ecl@dfking.com (email). You may also contact your broker, dealer, commercial bank, trust company or other nominee for assistance concerning the Exchange Offer.

This announcement is for informational purposes only. This announcement is not an offer to purchase or a solicitation of an offer to purchase any Old Notes or New Notes. The Exchange Offer is being made solely pursuant to the Exchange Offer Documents. The Exchange Offer is not being made to holders of Old Notes in any jurisdiction in which the making or acceptance thereof would not be in compliance with the securities, blue sky or other laws of such jurisdiction. In any jurisdiction in which the securities laws or blue sky laws require the Exchange Offer to be made by a licensed broker or dealer, the Exchange Offer will be deemed to be made on behalf of Ecolab by the dealer managers or one or more registered brokers or dealers that are licensed under the laws of such jurisdiction.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This release may contain “forward-looking statements.” In this release we discuss expectations regarding our business, financial condition and results of operations. Without limiting the foregoing, words or phrases such as “will likely result,” “are expected to,” “will continue,” “is anticipated,” “we believe,” “we expect,” “estimate,” “project” (including the negative or variations thereof) or similar terminology, generally identify forward looking statements. Forward looking statements may also represent challenging goals for us. These statements, which represent our expectations or beliefs concerning various future events, are based on current expectations that involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those of such forward looking statements. We caution that undue reliance should not be placed on such forward looking statements, which speak only as of the date made.

Additional risks and uncertainties that may cause results to differ from those expressed in any forward looking statements are set forth under Item 1A, entitled Risk Factors, of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016, and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the periods ended March 31, 2017, June 30, 2017 and September 30, 2017, and include the vitality of the markets we serve including the impact of oil price fluctuations on the markets served by our Global Energy segment; the impact of economic factors such as the worldwide economy, capital flows, interest rates, foreign currency risk and reduced sales and earnings in our international operations resulting from the weakening of local currencies versus the U.S. dollar; our ability to attract and retain high caliber management talent to lead our business; our ability to execute key business initiatives, including information system upgrades; potential information technology infrastructure failures or breaches in data security; exposure to global economic, political and legal risks related to our international operations including with respect to anti-corruption law compliance; the costs and effects of complying with laws and regulations, including those relating to the environment and to the manufacture, storage, distribution, sale and use of our products; the occurrence of litigation or claims, including related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill; our ability to develop competitive advantages through innovation; difficulty in procuring raw materials or fluctuations in raw material costs; our substantial indebtedness; our ability to acquire complementary businesses and to effectively integrate such businesses; restraints on pricing flexibility due to contractual obligations; pressure on operations from consolidation of customers, vendors or competitors; public health epidemics; potential losses arising from the impairment of goodwill or other assets; potential loss of deferred tax assets; changes in tax law and unanticipated tax liabilities; potential chemical spill or release; potential class action lawsuits; the loss or insolvency of a major customer or distributor; acts of war or terrorism; natural or manmade disasters; water shortages; severe weather conditions; and other uncertainties or risks reported from time to time in our reports to the SEC. We do not undertake, and expressly disclaim, any duty to update our forward looking statements.

(ECL-C)

Ecolab Inc.
Michael Monahan, 651-250-2809
Andrew Hedberg, 651-250-2185

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