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2014-04-23

Pohjola Pankki Oyj: Preliminary result of the extra offer period relating to OP-Pohjola's tender offer for all Pohjola Bank plc shares

OP-Pohjola Group Central Cooperative

Stock exchange release
23 April 2014, at 3.00 pm

NOT TO BE RELEASED OR DISTRIBUTED, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, IN OR INTO THE
UNITED
STATES, CANADA, JAPAN, AUSTRALIA, SOUTH AFRICA, HONG KONG OR IN ANY OTHER
STATE
IN WHICH THE TENDER OFFER WOULD BE PROHIBITED BY APPLICABLE LAW.

Preliminary
result of the extra offer period relating to OP-Pohjola's tender offer for all
Pohjola Bank plc shares

The extra offer period relating to the voluntary public tender offer by
OP-Pohjola Group Central Cooperative ('OP-Pohjola') to purchase all shares in
Pohjola Bank plc ('Pohjola Bank') expired on 22 April 2014 at 4 pm Finnish
time.

According to the preliminary result of the extra offer period, the shares
tendered in the extra offer period represent approximately 3.20 per cent of
all the shares and approximately 1.74 per cent of all votes in Pohjola Bank.
The shares tendered in the extra offer period increase OP-Pohjola's ownership
to approximately 97.26 per cent of all the shares and approximately 98.51 per
cent of all votes in Pohjola Bank.
The final outcome of the extra offer period and the entire Tender Offer will
be confirmed and published on or about 25 April 2014.

OP-Pohjola Group Central Cooperative

Carina Geber-Teir
Chief Communications Officer

For more information:
OP-Pohjola Communications, media contacts, tel. +358 (0)50 523 99 04

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

OP-Pohjola Group is Finland's leading financial services group providing a
unique range of banking, investment and insurance services. The Group has the
mission of promoting the sustainable 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.
With a staff of 12,000 OP-Pohjola Group posted
consolidated earnings of 705 million euros before tax in 2013 and had total
assets of 101 billion euros on 31 December 2013. The group has 4.3 million
customers.

www.op.fi

THIS RELEASE IS NOT A TENDER OFFER DOCUMENT AND AS SUCH DOES NOT CONSTITUTE AN
OFFER OR AN INVITATION TO MAKE A SALES OFFER. INVESTORS SHALL ACCEPT THE
TENDER OFFER FOR THE SHARES ONLY ON THE BASIS OF THE INFORMATION PROVIDED IN
THE TENDER OFFER DOCUMENT. OFFERS WILL NOT BE MADE DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY IN
ANY JURISDICTION WHERE EITHER THE OFFER OR PARTICIPATION THEREIN IS
PROHIBITED BY APPLICABLE LAW OR WHERE THE TENDER OFFER DOCUMENT WOULD HAVE TO
BE PUBLISHED OR REGISTERED OR THE OFFER WOULD BE SUBJECT TO OTHER REQUIREMENTS
IN ADDITION TO THOSE UNDERTAKEN IN FINLAND. THE TENDER OFFER IS NOT BEING
MADE DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY IN ANY JURISDICTION WHERE PROHIBITED BY
APPLICABLE LAW AND, WHEN PUBLISHED, THE TENDER OFFER DOCUMENT AND RELATED
CONSENT FORMS WILL NOT AND MAY NOT BE DISTRIBUTED, FORWARDED OR TRANSMITTED
INTO OR FROM ANY JURISDICTION WHERE PROHIBITED BY APPLICABLE LAW. IN
PARTICULAR, THE TENDER OFFER IS NOT BEING MADE, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, IN OR
INTO, OR BY USE OF THE POSTAL SERVICE OF, OR BY ANY MEANS OR INSTRUMENTALITY
(INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, FACSIMILE TRANSMISSION, TELEX, TELEPHONE OR
THE INTERNET) OR THROUGH A NATIONAL SECURITIES EXCHANGE OF THE UNITED STATES,
CANADA, JAPAN, AUSTRALIA, SOUTH AFRICA OR HONG KONG. THE TENDER OFFER CANNOT
BE ACCEPTED BY ANY SUCH USE, MEANS OR INSTRUMENTALITY OR FROM WITHIN THE
UNITED STATES, CANADA, JAPAN, AUSTRALIA, SOUTH AFRICA OR HONG KONG.

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Source: Pohjola Pankki Oyj via Globenewswire

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