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ING Bank records 3Q14 underlying net profit of EUR 1,123 million

ING Bank 3Q14 underlying net profit of EUR 1,123 million, up from EUR 820 million in 3Q13 and EUR 923 million in 2Q14
- 3Q14 results reflect a strong increase in interest results and lower risk costs at 44 bps of average RWA
- ING supported customers with EUR 3.3 billion in net lending, funded by EUR 4.3 billion of net funds entrusted
- Year-to-date underlying return on IFRS-EU equity rises to 11.4%; 3Q14 fully-loaded CET 1 ratio strengthened further to 11.1%
ING Group 3Q14 net result EUR 928 million (EUR 0.24 per share), including special items and Insurance results
- NN Group has been reclassified as 'held for sale' and 'discontinued operations' effective as of 30 September 2014
- Change in NN Group classification triggers EUR 403 million write-down of goodwill and other non-current assets
ING accelerates repayment of final tranche of core Tier 1 securities after comfortably passing the AQR and stress test
- EUR 7.9 billion combined market value of ING's stakes in NN Group and Voya provide substantial financial flexibility
- Following the ECB's comprehensive assessment, ING accelerates its final payment of state aid to November 2014

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, Nov. 5, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --

CEO STATEMENT
"Since launching our 'Think Forward' strategy seven months ago, we have been working harder than ever to deliver on our customer promises and strategic purpose of empowerment," said Ralph Hamers, CEO of ING Group. "It is encouraging to see our efforts reflected so positively in our strong commercial and financial results for this quarter."

"Innovation is happening every day at ING. During the third quarter, our drive to keep getting better led to a steady stream of improvements. In the Netherlands, we added voice recognition technology to our mobile banking app - an exciting new feature that is the first of its kind at any European bank. We introduced a digital wallet service in Italy, following the launch of similar services in Poland and Turkey earlier this year. A new digital platform was launched in Spain, which enhances the customer experience - it encourages clients to think about their future by helping them to analyse and manage their personal finances using customisable visuals. In Commercial Banking, we advanced our goals of making banking easier and enabling clients to stay a step ahead by streamlining our on-boarding process, without compromising on due diligence and regulatory requirements."

"ING Bank posted an excellent set of quarterly results, underpinned by our commitment to serve our customers' financial needs. We extended EUR 3.3 billion in net lending, primarily in Structured Finance, General Lending and residential mortgages. This was funded by a EUR 4.3 billion net inflow of funds entrusted which was generated across our franchise. The third-quarter underlying result before tax rose 34.7% year-on-year and 16.3% sequentially to EUR 1,486 million, reflecting higher interest results and lower risk costs. This robust performance supported an increase in the year-to-date underlying return on IFRS-EU equity to 11.4%, in line with our Ambition 2017 target range. The Bank's capital position strengthened, with a fully-loaded CET 1 ratio of 11.1%, and our liquidity and leverage measures remain sound."

"We continued to simplify our company, consistent with our repositioning as a leading European bank. In light of our intention to divest our remaining stake in NN Group over time, we changed the classification of NN Group to 'held for sale' and 'discontinued operations', effective as of 30 September 2014. Our stake in Voya Financial, Inc. was further reduced in September to approximately 32%. The financial impacts of these actions, together with the net results of our Insurance businesses, are reflected in ING Group's third-quarter net result of EUR 928 million."

"The current EUR 7.9 billion combined market value of our remaining stakes in NN Group and Voya reflect a healthy capital surplus at Group level, affording ample financial flexibility. Last week, the stability of our financial position was affirmed by the outcome of the ECB's comprehensive assessment. Today, we are pleased to announce that we have received regulatory approval to bring forward our final payment of state aid, which will be paid in the coming days. We are grateful to the Dutch State, our customers and our shareholders for their support throughout the financial crisis and for the confidence they have placed in ING."

"I am proud of the hard work and dedication of our employees that made our strong performance in the third quarter possible. The implementation of our strategy is on track and we are well positioned to benefit from the transformation that is taking place in the banking landscape."


Investor conference call, media conference call and webcasts
Ralph Hamers, Patrick Flynn and Wilfred Nagel will discuss the results in an analyst and investor conference call on 5 November 2014 at 9:00 a.m. CET. Members of the investment community can join the conference call at +31 20 794 8500 (NL), +44 207 190 1537 (UK) or +1 480 629 9031 (US) and via live audio webcast at www.ing.com.


Ralph Hamers, Patrick Flynn and Wilfred Nagel will also discuss the results in a media conference call on 5 November 2014 at 11:00 a.m. CET. Journalists can join the conference call via the Q&A-mode at +31 20 531 5846 (NL) or +44 203 365 3210 (UK) and via live audio webcast at www.ing.com.


Investor enquiries
T: +31 20 576 6396
E: investor.relations@ing.com
Press enquiries
T: +31 20 576 5000
E: media.relations@ing.com


Our quarterly publications
Additional information is available in the following documents, which can be downloaded from around 7:00 am CET at www.ing.com/qr:
- ING Group Results Full Press Release in PDF
- ING Group Analyst Presentation
- ING Group Historical Trend Data
- ING Group Condensed consolidated interim financial information for the period ended 30 September 2014
- ing.world, ING Group's online magazine, for anyone who is interested in ING


Information for editors
A video interview with Ralph Hamers is available at www.ing.com and at www.youtube.com/ING.
For further information on ING, please visit www.ing.com. Frequent news updates can be found in the Newsroom or via the @ING_news twitter feed. Photos of ING operations, buildings and its executives are available for download at Flickr. Footage (B-roll) of ING is available via videobankonline.com, or can be requested by emailing info@videobankonline.com. ING presentations are available at SlideShare.
For convenient access to the latest financial information and press releases both online and offline, download the ING Group Investor Relations and Media app for iOs on the Apple Store or for Android on Google Play.



ING PROFILE
ING is a global financial institution of Dutch origin offering banking services through its operating company ING Bank and holding significant stakes in the listed insurers NN Group NV and Voya Financial, Inc. The purpose of ING Bank is empowering people to stay a step ahead in life and in business. ING Bank's 53,000 employees offer retail and commercial banking services to customers in over 40 countries.
ING Group shares are listed (in the form of depositary receipts) on the exchanges of Amsterdam (INGA NA, ING.AS), Brussels and on the New York Stock Exchange (ADRs: ING US, ING.N).
Sustainability forms an integral part of ING's corporate strategy, which is evidenced by ING Group shares being included in the FTSE4Good index and in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (Europe and World) where ING is the industry leader in the diversified financials group.


IMPORTANT LEGAL INFORMATION
ING Group's Annual Accounts are prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards as adopted by the European Union ('IFRS-EU').
In preparing the financial information in this document, the same accounting principles are applied as in the 3Q2014 ING Group Interim Accounts.
All figures in this document are unaudited. Small differences are possible in the tables due to rounding.
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 ING'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'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 to us of net operating loss, net capital and built-in loss carry forwards, (17) changes in credit-ratings, (18) ING'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 ING speak only as of the date they are made, and, ING 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 purchase, any securities in the United States or any other jurisdiction. The securities of NN Group have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), and may not be offered or sold within the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act.

PDF version of Full ING 3Q14 Results press release http://hugin.info/130668/R/1868599/656820.pdf

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