2 Jul 2014 - 09:30 CET

NN Group celebrates first day of trading on Euronext Amsterdam


Amsterdam, 2 July 2014

NN Group, an international insurance and investment management company opened for trad-ing today on Euronext Amsterdam under the symbol ‘NN’ after its initial public offering (IPO). Lard Friese, CEO and Chairman of NN Group (as of the settlement date of the IPO), joined by members of ING Group (ING) and NN Group management teams, celebrated the company’s listing day by visiting the Euronext Amsterdam trading floor and by hitting the ceremonial open-ing gong.

NN Group’s ordinary shares started trading (on an if-and-when-delivered basis) this morning at EUR 20.00 per share. The offering consisted solely of existing shares of NN Group owned by ING. At the settlement of the IPO, and including the exchange into NN Group shares of EUR 450 million of mandato-rily exchangeable subordinated notes, ING’s shareholding in NN Group will have been reduced to 71,4%. This is excluding the exercise of the over-allotment option by the joint global coordinators. Closing of the offering and the start of unconditional trading are expected to occur on 7 July 2014, subject to cus-tomary closing conditions.

Lard Friese, CEO of NN Group, said:

"It’s a great pleasure to announce our listing on Euronext Amsterdam. This event represents the final step in our journey to become a standalone company. After 23 years we’re back on the stock exchange of Amsterdam and I want to thank the teams of both ING and NN Group, whose tireless efforts helped us to achieve this major milestone. The focus we will have as a standalone company helps us in our ded-ication to provide our clients with an excellent experience and to deliver on our company´s business objectives."

The management board of NN Group, as of the settlement date of the IPO, arrives on NN Group bikes at Euronext Amsterdam to celebrate NN Group's first day of trading.

The management board of NN Group, as of the settlement date of the IPO, arrives on NN Group bikes at Euronext Amsterdam to celebrate NN Group's first day of trading.

Lard Friese, CEO and chairman of NN Group as of the settlement date of the IPO, joined by members of the ING Group and NN Group management boards, hits the opening gong to celebrate the company's successful IPO and first day of trading on Euronext Amsterdam.

Lard Friese, CEO and chairman of NN Group as of the settlement date of the IPO, joined by members of the ING Group and NN Group management boards, hits the opening gong to celebrate the company's successful IPO and first day of trading on Euronext Amsterdam.

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NN Group Profile

NN Group is an insurance and investment management company with a strong, predominantly European presence in more than 18 countries. With over 12,000 employees the group offers retirement services, insurance, investments and banking to more than 15 million customers. NN Group includes Nationale-Nederlanden, ING Insurance Europe, ING Investment Management and ING Life Japan and is listed on Euronext Amsterdam (NN).

Important legal information

Certain of the statements contained herein are not historical facts, including, without limitation, certain statements made of future expectations and other forward-looking statements that are based on management's current views and assumptions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results, performance or events to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such statements. Actual results, performance or events may differ materially from those in such statements due to, without limitation: (1) changes in general economic conditions, in particular economic conditions in NN's core markets, (2) changes in performance of financial markets, including developing markets, (3) consequences of a potential (partial) break-up of the euro, (4) the implementation of ING Groep N.V.'s restructuring plan to separate banking and insurance operations, (5) changes in the availability of, and costs associated with, sources of liquidity such as interbank funding, as well as conditions in the credit markets generally, including changes in borrower and counterparty creditworthiness, (6) the frequency and severity of insured loss events, (7) changes affecting mortality and morbidity levels and trends, (8) changes affecting persistency levels, (9) changes affecting interest rate levels, (10) changes affecting currency exchange rates, (11) changes in investor, customer and policyholder behaviour, (12) changes in general competitive factors, (13) changes in laws and regulations, (14) changes in the policies of governments and/or regulatory authorities, (15) conclusions with regard to purchase accounting assumptions and methodologies, (16) changes in ownership that could affect the future availability of NN Group of net operating loss, net capital and built-in loss carry forwards, (17) changes in credit-ratings, (18) NN's ability to achieve projected operational synergies and (19) the other risks and uncertainties detailed in the Risk Factors section contained in the most recent annual report of ING Groep N.V.

Any forward-looking statements made by or on behalf of NN speak only as of the date they are made, and, NN assumes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information or for any other reason. This document does not constitute an offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to buy, any securities.

These materials are not for release, distribution or publication, whether directly or indirectly and whether in whole or in part, into or in Canada or Japan or any (other) jurisdiction where to do so would constitute a violation of the relevant laws of such jurisdiction.

These materials are for information purposes only and are not intended to constitute, and should not be construed as, an offer to sell or a solicitation of any offer to buy the shares of NN Group (the “Shares”)in Canada or Japan or in any other jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration, exemption from registration or qualification under the securities laws of such jurisdiction.

The Shares are not and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the U.S. Securities Act) and will also not be registered with any authority competent with respect to securities in any state or other jurisdiction of the United States of America. The Shares may not be offered or sold in the United States of America absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements under the U.S. Securities Act. There will be no public offering of Shares in the United States. Any Shares sold in the United States will be sold only to “qualified institutional buyers” (as defined in Rule 144A under the U.S. Securities Act) in reliance on Rule 144A.

In the United Kingdom, this document and any other materials in relation to the Shares is only being distributed to, and is only directed at, and any investment or investment activity to which this document relates is available only to, and will be engaged in only with, “qualified investors” (as defined in section 86(7) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000) and who are (i) persons having professional experience in matters relating to investments who fall within the definition of “investment professionals” in Article 19(5) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005 (the “Order”); or (ii) high net worth entities falling within Article 49(2)(a) to (d) of the Order (all such persons together being referred to as “relevant persons”). Persons who are not relevant persons should not take any action on the basis of this document and should not act or rely on it.

In Australia this document is for distribution only to professional or sophisticated investors (i.e. those persons to whom offers can be made without a disclosure document, in accordance with sections 708(8) and (11) of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth)) who are “wholesale clients” within the meaning of section 761G of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth). The entity receiving this document represents and warrants that if it is in Australia it is a wholesale client and either a professional or sophisticated investor and that it will not distribute this document to any person outside Australia. This document is not supplied in connection with any offering of Shares. A decision whether to subscribe for the Shares should be made on the basis of the information in the relevant disclosure document which will be issued by NN Group.

NN Group has not authorised any offer to the public of Shares in any Member State of the European Economic Area other than the Netherlands. With respect to any Member State of the European Economic Area, other than the Netherlands, and which has implemented the Prospectus Directive (each a Relevant Member State), no action has been undertaken or will be undertaken to make an offer to the public of Shares requiring publication of a prospectus in any Relevant Member State. As a result, the Shares 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 Shares to the public" means the communication in any form and by any means of sufficient information on the terms of the offer and the Shares to be offered so as to enable the investor to decide to exercise, purchase or subscribe for the Shares, 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.

No action has been taken by NN Group that would permit an offer of Shares or the possession or distribution of these materials or any other offering or publicity material relating to such Shares in any jurisdiction where action for that purpose is required.

The release, publication or distribution of these materials in certain jurisdictions may be restricted by law and therefore persons in such jurisdictions into which they are released, published or distributed, should inform themselves about, and observe, such restrictions.

This announcement does not constitute a prospectus. An offer to acquire Shares pursuant to a proposed offering is made, and any investor should make his investment, solely on the basis of information contained in the prospectus, copies of which may be obtained at no cost from NN Group or through the website of NN Group.

J.P. Morgan, Morgan Stanley, ING Bank and Deutsche Bank and the other managers named herein act exclusively for ING Group and NN Group and no-one else in connection with any offering of Shares and will not be responsible to anyone other than ING Group for providing the protections afforded to their respective customers or for providing advice in relation to any offering or any transaction or arrangement referred to herein.