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Successful private placement of NOK 200 million in new equity certificates


September 14, 2012 - London

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SpareBank 1 SMN has, on 13 September 2012, successfully completed a private placement of 5,617,977 new equity certificates with gross proceeds of NOK 200 million. The private placement was directed towards Sparebankstiftelsen SMN and a small number of large new institutional investors abroad.

 
On 1 February 2012 SpareBank 1 SMN published its plans to strengthen its equity through a fully underwritten rights offering with preferential rights for existing owners of equity certificates, a private placement towards employees of the group, and a private placement primarily towards
Sparebankstiftelsen SMN.

The capital increase in connection with the rights offering and the employee offering was registered in the Norwegian Register of Business Enterprises (Foretaksregisteret) 11 April 2012.
The private placement towards Sparebankstiftelsen SMN and institutional investors represents an equity capital increase of nearly 4.5%. The subscription price in the private placement was set at market terms and equal to the closing price on 11 September 2012, which was NOK 35.60 per equity certificate.

The private placement has been carried out in accordance with the authorization given to the Board of Directors by the Supervisory Board of SpareBank 1 SMN on 6 March 2012.

Following the completion and registration of the private placement, SpareBank 1 SMN's equity certificate capital will amount to NOK 2,596,728,860, consisting of 129,836,443 equity certificates, each with a nominal value of NOK 20. The new equity certificates may not be transferred or traded until they have been paid for in full and the capital increase has been registered with the Norwegian Register of Business Enterprises. Such registration is expected to take place on or about 21 September 2012. The new equity certificates will be transferred to the VPS accounts of each individual subscriber on or about 24 September 2012, and will be tradable on Oslo Børs on the same day.

SpareBank 1 Markets acted as Global Coordinator and Bookrunner, and SpareBank 1 SMN Markets and Swedbank First Securities acted as Joint Lead Managers for the private placement.

Trondheim, 14 September 2012

Contact persons at SpareBank 1 SMN:
CFO Kjell Fordal; mob +47 905 41 672
Head of Corporate Communications Hans Tronstad; mob + 47 941 78 322

About SpareBank 1 SMN

SpareBank 1 SMN is the region's leading financial services group. It leads the retail and corporate market, and is positioned in 43 localities across the region's municipalities with a total of 52 offices.
 
We aim to be the recommended bank for customers in Trøndelag and in Møre and Romsdal. Being a local, independent savings bank we feel a special responsibility for stimulating growth and prosperity in the region. We base our business on closeness to our customers, good accessibility, a full product range and comprehensive financial advisory services.
 
Our head office is in Trondheim. The Group employs about 1,200 staff and includes the following subsidiaries: SpareBank 1 SMN Finans, EiendomsMegler 1 Midt-Norge, Allegro Finans and SpareBank 1 SMN Regnskap. It is the largest shareholder in BN Bank with a 33% stake.
 
SpareBank 1 SMN is one of six owners of SpareBank 1 Gruppen. For further information, visit our website at www.smn.no.

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Disclaimer
This document does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy the securities of SpareBank 1 SMN (the "Securities") in the United States or in any other jurisdiction. The Securities may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an exemption from registration under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended. The issuer of the Securities has not registered, and does not intend to register, any portion of the Private Placement in the United States or in any other jurisdiction, and does not intend to conduct a public offering of the Securities in the United States or in any other jurisdiction. Copies of this document are not being made and may not be distributed or sent into the United States, Canada, Australia or Japan.

This document is only being distributed to, and is only directed at, persons in the United Kingdom that are qualified investors, as that term is defined in section 86(7) of the Financial and Services Markets Act 2000, that are also (i) "investment professionals" falling within Article 19(5) of the Financial Service and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005 (the "Order") or (ii) "high net worth entities" and other persons to whom it may lawfully be communicated, falling within the meaning of Article 49(2)(a) to (d) of the Order (all such persons being "relevant persons"). The Securities are only available to relevant persons and any invitation, offer or agreement to subscribe, purchase or otherwise acquire such Securities will be engaged in only with relevant persons. Any person who is not a relevant person should not act or rely on this document or any of its content.

Forward-looking statements
This document includes "forward-looking statements" that involve risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside of our control that could cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include statements concerning our plans, objectives, goals, future events, performance and/or other information that is not historical information. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances after the date made, except as required by law.

 

This information is subject of the disclosure requirements acc. to §5-12 vphl (Norwegian Securities Trading Act)




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