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ING announced today the successful sale of 45 million ordinary shares of NN Group. The shares have been sold at a price of EUR 25.46 per share net of commissions. As part of the transaction, NN Group has repurchased 5.9 million shares at the same price per share, for an aggregate amount of EUR 150 million. The gross proceeds to ING Group from the offering, including the repurchase by NN Group, amounted to EUR 1.1 billion. The transaction has reduced ING Group's stake in NN Group's outstanding capital from 54.8% to 42.4%. Upon settlement of the transaction, which is expected on 29 May 2015, ING Group will deconsolidate its stake in NN Group in line with IFRS. As of that date, the retained minority stake in NN Group will be accounted for as an Associate held for sale.
ING has previously announced that it intends to divest its remaining stake in NN Group over time, in line with its strategy to divest all of its insurance and investment management businesses as part of the restructuring agreement with the European Commission as amended on 16 November 2012, ultimately by the end of 2016. In this context, ING Group sold shares of NN Group through an initial public offering in July 2014 and a follow-on offering in February 2015. NN Group ordinary shares are traded on Euronext Amsterdam under the symbol 'NN'.
With the IFRS-deconsolidation of NN Group, ING will have achieved compliance with the EC commitment to bring - before the end of 2015 - its stake in NN Group below 50% and deconsolidate the business (in line with IFRS). In addition, the restrictions from the EC decision of November 2012 on acquisitions and on price leadership will no longer apply after ING has confirmed the deconsolidation to the EC.
The transaction announced today was executed by way of an accelerated book building offering to institutional investors and to NN Group. As of settlement of the transaction, the remaining shares in NN Group held by ING Group will be subject to a lock-up period of 90 days (subject to certain exceptions and the Joint Global Coordinators and Bookrunners' right to waive the lock up restrictions).
The transaction is estimated to raise ING Group's fully loaded CET1 ratio by approximately 80 basis points to approximately 12.4% on a pro forma basis, as the negative impact on ING Group shareholders' equity is more than offset by the release of the corresponding CRD IV Financial Institutions deductions. The transaction has no impact on ING Bank's capital ratios. The estimated negative impact on ING Group shareholders' equity is approximately EUR 6.2 billion, representing the difference between the market value of ING Group's 54.8% stake in NN Group, and the estimated IFRS book value of this stake at the date of deconsolidation, adjusted for the provision that was formed to reflect the difference between the market value and the book value of the NN Group shares to be exchanged for the second and third tranches of mandatorily exchangeable notes. The transaction is estimated to have a negative impact on the profit and loss account of ING Group of approximately EUR 0.1 billion which will be reflected in the second quarter 2015 results. This amount broadly reflects the difference between the negative impact on equity and the release of corresponding revaluation reserves.
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ING Group has not authorized any offer to the public of securities in any Member State of the European Economic Area. With respect to any Member State of the European Economic Area and which has implemented the Prospectus Directive other than the Netherlands (each a "Relevant Member State"), no action has been undertaken or will be undertaken to make an offer to the public of securities requiring publication of a prospectus in any Relevant Member State. As a result, the securities may only be offered in Relevant Member States (i) to any legal entity which is a qualified investor as defined in the Prospectus Directive; or (ii) in any other circumstances falling within Article 3(2) of the Prospectus Directive. For the purpose of this paragraph, the expression "offer of securities to the public" means the communication in any form and by any means of sufficient information on the terms of the offer and the securities to be offered so as to enable the investor to decide to exercise, purchase or subscribe for the securities, as the same may be varied in that Member State by any measure implementing the Prospectus Directive in that Member State and the expression "Prospectus Directive" means Directive 2003/71/EC (and amendments thereto, including Directive 2010/73/EU, to the extent implemented in the Relevant Member State), and includes any relevant implementing measure in the Relevant Member State.In the Netherlands the Placing Shares are not and may not be offered other than to persons or entities who or which are qualified investors (gekwalificeerde beleggers) as defined in Section 1:1 of the Dutch Financial Supervision Act (Wet op het financieel toezicht).The price of shares and the income from them may go down as well as up and investors may not get back the full amount invested on disposal of the shares. Past performance is no guide to future performance and persons who require advice should consult an independent financial adviser.The Placing Shares to be offered pursuant to the Placing will not be admitted to trading on any stock exchange other than to Euronext Amsterdam. Neither the content of the Company's website nor any website accessible by hyperlinks on ING Group's website is incorporated in, or forms part of, this announcement.
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