04/08/2014 02:05 EDT | Updated 06/08/2014 05:59 EDT

EDC leads banking partnership in US$775M financing for Vale's global expansion

OTTAWA - A Canadian banking partnership led by Export Development Canada has announced US$775 million in financing for Vale SA, the Brazilian mining conglomerate that is also a major player in Canada.

The deal includes US$500 million from EDC, with the Royal Bank of Canada (TSX:RY), Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (TSX:CM) and the Bank of Nova Scotia (TSX:BNS) providing the remaining US$275 million, EDC said Tuesday.

Vale is the largest Brazilian investor in Canada with the former Inco operations.

In 2010, EDC provided a US$1 billion financing facility for Vale, with half earmarked for its global operations and half for Vale's Canadian operations in Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador.

Vale also has operations in Manitoba.

EDC is Canada's export credit agency, providing financing and insurance to help Canadian companies.