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2016-02-17

KBC Group: Publication of a transparency notification

Press release

Outside trading hours - Regulated information*

Brussels, 17 February 2016, 18 h

Publication of a transparency notification received by KBC Group NV

(art. 14, 1stsection of the Act of 2 May 2007 concerning the disclosure of
significant participations)

Summary of the notification

KBC Group NV has received a transparency notification dated 15 February 2016,
which states that BlackRock Inc., as a result of a net sale of shares, now
has 4.94% of the voting rights in KBC Group NV and as a consequence crossed
the reporting threshold of 5% downwards.

Content of the notification

The notification contains following information:

* Reason for the notification: acquisition or disposal of voting securities
or voting rights
* Notification by: BlackRock Inc (a parent undertaking or a controlling
person)
* Persons subject to the notification requirement: see annex 1
* Date on which the threshold is crossed: 9 February 2016
* Threshold that is crossed downwards: 5%

(KBC Group's Articles of Association set a notification threshold of 3% of the
total number of voting rights. In addition, the legal thresholds of 5% or any
multiple thereof also apply)

* Denominator (number of shares KBC Group NV): 418 087 058
* Notified details: see annex 1
* Chain of controlled undertakings through which the holding is effectively
held: BlackRock Inc. is the ultimate controller but the legal entities
detailed in annex 1 are the discretionary investment managers who hold the
shares and exercise the voting rights.
* The relevant notification are available at www.kbc.com>Investor
relations>Shareholder information>Shareholder structure.

For more information, please contact:

Wim Allegaert, General Manager, Investor Relations, KBC Group
Tel + 32 2 429 50 51 - E-mail:wim.allegaert@kbc.be

Viviane Huybrecht, General Manager, Corporate Communication/Spokesperson, KBC
Group
Tel + 32 2 429 85 45 - E-mail:pressofficekbc@kbc.be

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| * This press release contains information provided in compliance with European |
|transparency legislation for listed companies. KBC Group NV is listed at NYSE |
|Brussels. |
| KBC Group NV Press Office KBC press releases are available at www.kbc.com or can be obtained by sending |
| an e-mail to pressofficekbc@kbc.be |
|Havenlaan 2 - 1080 Brussels Tel. + 32 2 429 65 01 |
| |
|Viviane Huybrecht Tel. + 32 2 429 29 15 |
| |
|General Manager, Corporate Fax + 32 2 429 81 60 |
| Follow us on www.twitter.com/kbc_group |
|Communication/ E-mail: |
| pressofficekbc@kbc.be |
|Spokesperson |
| |
|Tel. + 32 2 429 85 45 |
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Annex 1:

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| 1 Stemrechten Voting rights Vorige notificatie (aantal stemrechten) Na de transactie |
| |
| Previous notification After the transaction |
| |
| |
| (number of voting rights) |
| Aantal stemrechten % van stemrechten |
| |
| Number of voting rights % of voting rights |
| Gelinked aan effecten Niet gelinked aan effecten Gelinked aan effecten Niet gelinked aan effecten |
| |
| Linked to securities Not linked to securities Linked to securities Not linked to securities |
| BlackRock, Inc . 0 0 - 0.00% - |
| BlackRock Advisors, LLC 598 247 606 505 - 0.15% - |
| BlackRock Advisors (UK) Limited 299 027 295 900 - 0.07% - |
| BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited 99 068 99 025 - 0.02% - |
| BlackRock Asset Management Deutschland AG 892 840 1 074 157 - 0.26% - |
| BlackRock Asset Management Ireland Limited 781 522 831 178 - 0.20% - |
| BlackRock Asset Management North Asia Limited 1 804 1 804 - 0.00% - |
| BlackRock Asset Management Schweiz AG 1 219 1 219 - 0.00% - |
| BlackRock Financial Management, Inc. 524 845 537 378 - 0.13% - |
| BlackRock Fund Advisors 2 886 645 3 091 122 - 0.74% - |
| BlackRock Fund Managers Limited 1 449 946 1 482 987 - 0.35% - |
| BlackRock Institutional Trust Company, National 3 601 325 3 674 886 - 0.88% - |
|Association |
| BlackRock International Limited 307 537 315 407 - 0.08% - |
| BlackRock Investment Management LLC 1 022 044 386 107 - 0.09% - |
| BlackRock Investment Management (Australia) Limited 66 825 66 281 - 0.02% - |
| BlackRock Investment Management (UK) Limited 1 930 654 1 944 805 - 0.47% - |
| BlackRock Japan Co., Ltd 423 667 428 376 - 0.10% - |
| BlackRock Life Limited 816 309 799 286 - 0.19% - |
| BlackRock (Luxembourg) S.A. 4 903 019 4 720 656 - 1.13% - |
| BlackRock (Netherlands) B.V. 176 082 178 345 - 0.04% - |
| iShares (DE) Investmentaktien-gesellschaft mit 152 257 115 356 - 0.03% - |
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