Oma Savings Bank is contemplating a potential listing on the Helsinki Stock exchange to support its growth strategy

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13.8.2018 09:55

Oma Savings Bank Plc Stock Exchange Release 13 August 2018 at 9.55 am

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The Board of Directors of Oma Savings Bank Plc (“OmaSp” or the “Company”) has initiated a strategic evaluation of a potential listing on Nasdaq Helsinki's (the “Helsinki Stock Exchange") main list and an initial public offering (IPO) in connection with the listing.

Jarmo Partanen, Chairman of the Board of Directors of OmaSp:

”The planned listing on the Helsinki Stock Exchange main list is one of the most important strategic objectives of Oma Savings Bank Plc. The listing would bring a commercially strong bank to the Helsinki Stock Exchange after several years. Through the listing, OmaSp would renew its ownership base and capital structure. The past profitable growth of the banking business is a strong basis for the development of the bank’s capital, while new capital would provide better opportunities to develop the business further. Even though a listing is only contemplated at this stage, it already has the full support of the owners and the Board of Directors. I am truly pleased that the Helsinki Stock Exchange could have a new and fresh listed financial services company, Oma Savings Bank Plc.”

Pasi Sydänlammi, OmaSp’s CEO:

”A stock exchange listing would provide us with even better opportunities to execute our growth strategy in the future. We already have strong evidence of profitable growth from the past years and the listing would enable new shareholders to participate in the development of the bank. Our clients would benefit from the bank’s development in the form of better services. We promise to provide our clients with the best banking experience through personal customer service and our digital channels. We are living in interesting times, and I look forward to future decisions.”

OmaSp is a growing Finnish bank, and one of the largest savings banks in Finland when measured by total assets. Nationwide over 270 professionals provide services through OmaSp’s 40 branch offices and digital service channels to approximately 135,000 customers. OmaSp focuses on retail banking and provides clients with a broad range of banking services both through its own balance sheet as well as by acting as an intermediary for its partners’ products. The bank also operates in mortgage banking. The clientele of OmaSp primarily consists of retail clients and SME companies. OmaSp is a solvent bank and its profitability was the best in its peer group[1] when measured by return on assets (ROA). OmaSp’s balance sheet total is EUR 2.8 billion (30 June 2018). Two bonds issued by OmaSp are listed on the Helsinki Stock Exchange.

OmaSp expects the potential listing to strengthen the Company’s ability to successfully execute its growth strategy and to further strengthen the Company’s capital structure. The potential listing also aims to increase awareness of the Company and the recognition of its brand. Decisions with respect to the potential listing and its timing will be made at a later time.

Danske Bank A/S, Finland Branch is acting as the financial advisor of the strategic evaluation.

Press Event

A press event will be held on OmaSp's premises in Helsinki located at Pohjoisranta 4 A 25, 5th floor, at 11.00 am today on 13 August 2018.

Oma Savings Bank Plc
Board of Directors

Additional Information:

Oma Savings Bank Plc

CEO Pasi Sydänlammi, tel. +358 45 657 5506

Chief Communications Officer Minna Sillanpää, tel. +358 50 665 92

Oma Savings Bank is a Finnish bank and the largest savings bank in Finland. Our more than 270 professionals serve approximately 135,000 customers nationwide at 40 branches and through our digital channels. The profitability of this solvent bank is among the best in the industry in Finland. Our balance sheet total is EUR 2.8 billion. Oma Savings Bank is owned by Finnish local savings bank foundations and Oma co-operatives. Our employees are the owners of the bank as well. We promise to provide the best banking services in town in all everyday financial matters both at our branches and via our digital service channels. We are local and close to the customer. omasp.fi.

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[1] The peer group consists of Aktia, OmaSp, the Mortgage Society of Finland, Ålandsbanken, POP Banks and Savings Banks. Source: The Finnish Financial Supervisory Authority and OmaSp.