General Cable Corporation Announces $400 Million Offering of Senior Convertible Notes Due 2012



    HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KY., September 25 /CNW/ - General Cable Corporation
(NYSE:  BGC) (the "Company") announced today that it has commenced a private
offering, subject to market conditions, of $400 million in aggregate principal
amount of senior convertible notes due 2012 (the "Notes"). The Company has
granted to the initial purchaser an option to purchase up to an additional $60
million in principal amount of Notes on the same terms and conditions as those
sold in the offering, solely to cover over-allotments.

    The purpose of this offering is to fund a portion of the purchase price
for the previously disclosed acquisition of the wire and cable business of
Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. and related costs and, if such acquisition
is not consummated for any reason, for general corporate purposes, which may
include funding the potential expansion of our business in the United States
and into foreign countries and the acquisition of other complementary
businesses.

    The Notes will be convertible into General Cable Corporation common stock
under certain circumstances at a to-be-determined premium to the market price
of the common stock when the Notes are priced. Upon conversion, holders will
receive cash up to the principal amount and any excess conversion value will
be delivered, at our election, in cash, common stock or a combination of cash
and common stock. The interest rate and other terms will be provided upon
pricing of the Notes.

    The Notes will be sold to qualified institutional buyers in reliance on
Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act").
The Notes and the common stock issuable upon conversion of the Notes have not
been registered under the Securities Act or any state securities laws, and
unless so registered, may not be offered or sold in the United States except
pursuant to an exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities
Act and applicable state laws. This press release shall not constitute an
offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any of these Notes, nor
shall it constitute an offer, solicitation or sale in any jurisdiction in
which such offer, solicitation or sale is unlawful.

    Certain statements in this press release, including, without limitation,
statements regarding future financial results and performance, plans and
objectives, capital expenditures and the Company's or management's beliefs,
expectations or opinions, are forward-looking statements. These statements are
made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities
Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from those
statements as a result of factors, risks and uncertainties over which the
Company has no control. Such factors include reliance on dividends and other
transfers from subsidiaries to repay indebtedness; ability to service
outstanding indebtedness; the Company's failure to comply with covenants in
existing and future financing arrangements; covenants contained in existing
indebtedness that restrict the Company's business operations; downgrade in the
Company's credit ratings; ability to repurchase outstanding notes; ability to
pay the conversion price on convertible notes; the economic strength and
competitive nature of the geographic markets that the Company serves;
economic, political and other risks of maintaining facilities and selling
products in foreign countries; changes in industry standards and regulatory
requirements; advancing technologies, such as fiber optic and wireless
technologies; volatility in the price of copper and other raw materials, as
well as fuel and energy and the Company's ability to reflect such volatility
in its selling prices; interruption of supplies from the Company's key
suppliers; the failure to negotiate extensions of the Company's labor
agreements on acceptable terms; the Company's ability to increase
manufacturing capacity and achieve productivity improvements; the Company's
dependence upon distributors and retailers for non-exclusive sales of certain
of the Company's products; pricing pressures in the Company's end markets; the
Company's ability to maintain the uncommitted accounts payable or accounts
receivable financing arrangements in its European operations; the impact of
any additional charges in connection with plant closures and the Company's
inventory accounting practices; the impact of certain asbestos litigation,
unexpected judgments or settlements and environmental liabilities; the ability
to successfully integrate the proposed acquisition and other acquisitions,
costs associated with the proposed acquisition and other acquisitions; the
receipt and timing of regulatory approvals for the proposed acquisition; the
ability to finance the acquisition purchase price and expiration of the
commitment letter; the possibility that the acquisition will not close; the
reaction of customers, suppliers and competitors to the proposed acquisition;
general market perception of the proposed acquisition, diversion of management
attention from other business concerns due to the proposed acquisition and
other acquisitions; undisclosed or unanticipated liabilities and risks
resulting from the proposed acquisition; increased indebtedness resulting from
the funding of the proposed acquisition; operations in additional foreign
countries and political instability in such countries; the ability to
successfully identify and finance other acquisitions; the impact of terrorist
attacks or acts of war which may affect the markets in which the Company
operates; the Company's ability to retain key employees; the Company's ability
to service debt requirements and maintain adequate domestic and international
credit facilities and credit lines; the impact on the Company's operating
results of its pension accounting practices; the Company's ability to avoid
limitations on utilization of net losses for income tax purposes; volatility
in the market price of the Company's common stock all of which are more fully
discussed in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the
Securities and Exchange Commission on March 1, 2007, as well as any current
and periodic reports filed with the Commission subsequent to such date. The
Company undertakes no obligation to release publicly the result of any
revisions to these forward-looking statements that may be made to reflect
events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of
unanticipated events.




For further information:

For further information: General Cable Corporation Michael P. Dickerson,
Vice President of Finance and Investor Relations, 859-572-8684

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