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

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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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