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ING DIRECT announces approx. 90% of Interhyp shares tendered; public takeover bid extended


Amsterdam, 30 July 2008

ING DIRECT N.V. announced today that 89.55 percent of Interhyp shares have been tendered in its public takeover offer for Germany’s largest independent residential mortgage distributor, giving it a controlling stake in the company. ING DIRECT is very pleased with the outcome of the bid so far.

The Interhyp public tender offer acceptance period expired on July 24th. The settlement of Interhyp shares tendered by that date will take place tomorrow, July 31st.

Interhyp shareholders who did not accept the offer within the acceptance period may still tender their shares during the additional acceptance period, which will start tomorrow, July 31st, and will expire on August 13th at 24:00hrs Frankfurt local time. Shareholders who have tendered their shares to ING DIRECT by that date will be paid no later than eight banking days after that date. The offer can no longer be accepted following expiry of the additional acceptance period.

ING DIRECT announced its intention to launch a public takeover bid for Interhyp on May 19th and that regulatory approval for the offer was received, on July 14th.

For updates on ING DIRECT’s public tender offer for Interhyp and the detailed offer document in English and German, please go to

About ING Group

ING is a global financial institution of Dutch origin offering banking, investments, life insurance and retirement services to over 85 million residential, corporate and institutional clients in more than 50 countries. With a diverse workforce of about 130,000 people, ING comprises a broad spectrum of prominent companies that increasingly serve their clients under the ING brand.

ING DIRECT is the world’s leading direct bank, offering a focused range of simple financial products, namely savings, mortgages, payment accounts and investment products, primarily via direct channels. ING DIRECT was established in Canada in April 1997, and has since successfully launched operations in Spain, Australia, France, USA, Italy, Germany, the UK and Austria. ING DIRECT’s mission is to become the world’s most preferred consumer bank through strengthening its core products and expanding geographically. It has consistently been one of the world’s fastest growing banks, with leading positions in all markets in which it operates. With almost 21 million customers globally, the total client retail balance of ING DIRECT amounted to EUR 307 billion at the end of March 31 2008.
About Interhyp

With EUR 5.7 billion in new residential mortgage volume in 2007, Interhyp is Germany’s leading independent residential mortgage distributor. Interhyp combines the power of the Internet with high quality mortgage advice. More than 250 mortgage consultants can choose among the products of more than 70 mortgage lenders to provide borrowers with rates that are significantly below those of traditional branch-based retail banks. In addition to its direct (internet and telephone-based) channel, Interhyp offers face-to-face advice in its offices in Augsburg, Berlin, Bielefeld, Bremen, Cologne, Dortmund, Dusseldorf, Essen, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hanover, Karlsruhe, Leipzig, Mannheim, Munich, Nuremburg, Stuttgart and Wiesbaden.


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