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CRH announces successful US$1.75 billion global bond offering

08 September 2006

CRH America, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of CRH plc, successfully priced its third US$ Global bond offering yesterday afternoon in New York. The offering consists of 10-year and 5-year notes. The US$1.25 billion 10-year notes were priced at a spread of 1.3% above the 10-year US Treasury and have a coupon of 6.0%. The US$500 million 5-year notes were priced at 0.92% above the 5-year US Treasury and have a coupon of 5.625%. Due to strong investor demand, the total offering was increased from US$1.25 billion. Over 130 institutional investors from North America and Europe participated in the transaction. The proceeds of the offering are intended to be used to refinance short-term bank debt, potentially including debt used to finance the recent purchase of APAC, and for general corporate purposes which may include acquisitions. The notes are registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and are intended to be listed on the NYSE.

Myles Lee, Finance Director at CRH said: “CRH’s previous US$ global bond offerings, both of which raised US$1 billion, were completed in March 2002 and September 2003. We are delighted with the very strong investor response to this third offering of US$1.75 billion which enables CRH to extend its debt maturity profile and to expand its investor base.”

Citigroup, JPMorgan, RBS Greenwich Capital and UBS acted as joint book-runners on this transaction.

A final prospectus relating to the notes, when available, may be obtained by writing to or telephoning: Citigroup Global Markets Inc., 388 Greenwich Street, New York, NY 10013, U.S.A., +1-877-858-5407.

A registration statement relating to these securities has been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy securities, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.

Contact CRH at Dublin 404 1000 (+353 1 404 1000)

Liam O'Mahony Chief Executive
Myles Lee Finance Director
Rossa McCann Group Treasurer

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