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ING Group will issue USD 2.25 billion Additional Tier 1 securities

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, April 9, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ING Group will issue USD 2.25 billion securities that qualify as Additional Tier 1 capital under CRD IV / CRR. This successful issuance will further strengthen ING's capital base.

Following significant demand from investors in Asia, Europe and the U.S, ING will issue USD 2.25 billion of USD denominated Perpetual Additional Tier 1 Contingent Convertible Capital Securities. This comprises two separate tranches: a USD 1.0 billion Perpetual Non-Callable 5 Year with coupon 6.00%; and a USD 1.25 billion Perpetual Non-Callable 10 Year with coupon 6.50%.

The securities will be subject to full conversion into ordinary shares of ING Group in the event ING Group's phased-in CET 1 ratio would fall below 7.0%.

The settlement of the securities is expected to occur on 16 April 2015 which will complete the issuance.

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state. The registration statement relating to the offering may be obtained by visiting the SEC website at www.sec.gov.

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ING PROFILE

ING is a global financial institution with a strong European base, offering banking services through its operating company ING Bank and holding a significant stake in the listed insurer NN Group NV. 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

Certain of the statements contained in this document 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 buy, any securities.

The securities referred to in this press release are not intended to be sold and should not be sold to retail clients in the European Economic Area, as defined in the rules set out in the Temporary Marketing Restriction (Contingent Convertible Securities) Instrument 2014 (as amended or replaced from time to time) other than in circumstances that do not and will not give rise to a contravention of those rules by any person.

Notice to U.S. persons: ING has filed a registration statement (including a prospectus) on Form F-3 (File No. 333-202880) and will file a preliminary prospectus supplement with the SEC (the "Preliminary Prospectus Supplement") for the offering of securities to which this press release relates. Before investing in such securities, investors should read the prospectus in that registration statement, the Preliminary Prospectus Supplement relating to the offering of the securities (when filed) and other documents that ING may file with the SEC. You may get these documents for free by searching the SEC online database (EDGAR®) at www.sec.gov. Alternatively, you may obtain a copy of the prospectus and Preliminary Prospectus Supplement (when available) by calling Citigroup Global Markets Inc. toll-free at 1-800-831-9146, ING Financial Markets LLC toll-free at 1-877-446-4930, J.P. Morgan Securities LLC collect at 1-212-834-4533 and UBS Securities LLC toll-free at 1-888-827-7275.

Notice to persons in The Netherlands: The securities referred to in this press release may only be offered in The Netherlands to qualified investors as defined in the Dutch Financial Markets Supervision Act (Wet op het financieel toezicht).

Other Jurisdictions Outside the United States: No action may be taken in any jurisdiction other than the United States that would permit a public offering of the securities referred to in this press release or the possession, circulation or distribution of this document or the Preliminary Prospectus Supplement in any jurisdiction where action for that purpose is required. Accordingly, such securities may not be offered or sold, directly or indirectly, and neither this document, the Preliminary Prospectus Supplement nor any other offering material or advertisements in connection with such securities may be distributed or published in or from any country or jurisdiction, except under circumstances that will result in compliance with any applicable rules and regulations of any such country or jurisdiction.

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