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2014-04-09

Announcement under Chapter 9, Section 5 of the Securities Markets Act: OP-Pohjola Group Central Cooperative's shareholding in Pohjola Bank plc

OP-Pohjola Group Central Cooperative

Stock exchange release
9 April 2014, at 12.00

Announcement under Chapter 9, Section 5 of the Securities Markets Act:
OP-Pohjola Group Central Cooperative's shareholding in Pohjola Bank plc

In accordance with Chapter 9, Section 5 of the Securities Markets Act,
OP-Pohjola Group Central Cooperative hereby announces that it has purchased
Pohjola Bank plc shares, based on its tender offer for the shares, with the
result that its holding exceeds two-thirds and the threshold of 90% of all
Pohjola Bank plc shares and the threshold of 90% of the votes conferred by
the shares. The execution of the trades on 8 April 2014 based on the tender
offer has increased the total shareholding of OP-Pohjola Group Central
Cooperative in Pohjola Bank plc to 94.05% of all Pohjola shares and the votes
conferred by the shares to 96.78% of all the votes.

OP-Pohjola Group Central Cooperative
Carina Geber-Teir
Chief Communications Officer

DISTRIBUTION
NASDAQ OMX Helsinki
London Stock Exchange
Major media
pohjola.com, op.fi

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
Harri Luhtala, CFO, tel. +358 (0)10 252 2433
Carina Geber-Teir, tel. +358 (0)40 502 4607

OP-Pohjola Group is Finland's leading financial services group providing a
unique range of banking, investment and insurance services.
The Group's mission is to promote the prosperity, well-being and security of
its owner-members, customers and operating regions through its local
presence.
Its objective is to offer the best and most versatile package of loyal
customer benefits on the market.
OP-Pohjola Group consists of some 180 member cooperative banks and the Group's
central institution, OP-Pohjola Group Central Cooperative, with its
subsidiaries and closely-related companies, the largest of which is the
listed company Pohjola Bank plc.
The Group has a staff of 12,000.
OP-Pohjola Group posted earnings before tax of EUR 705 million in 2013 and had
total assets of EUR 101 billion on 31 December 2013. The Group has 4.3
million customers.
www.op.fi

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The issuer of this announcement warrants that they are solely responsible for the content, accuracy and originality of the information contained therein.
Source: Pohjola Pankki Oyj via Globenewswire

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