National Bank of Canada announces a normal course issuer bid for up to 2% per cent of its common shares

Montreal, 3 December 2009 - 

National Bank of Canada (the “Bank”) (NA) today announced that its board of directors has authorized a normal course issuer bid to purchase for cancellation up to 2% of its issued and outstanding common shares, representing approximately 3,220,000 common shares. This normal course issuer bid is subject to the approval of the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions Canada (“OSFI”) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (the “TSX”).

It is expected that the normal course issuer bid will begin on or about February 1, 2010 and will end at the latest on or about January 31, 2011.  The purchases will be made through the facilities of the TSX and will be made in accordance with applicable regulatory requirements. The Bank will pay the market price for the common shares at the time of acquisition. The actual number of common shares which may be purchased, and the timing of any such purchases, will be determined by the Bank. The Bank will only make purchases under the bid after consulting with OSFI. The common shares acquired pursuant to the normal course issuer bid will be cancelled.

There were 161,146,627 common shares of the Bank issued and outstanding as at October 31, 2009.
No common shares were repurchased under the Bank’s previous normal course issuer bid which expired on January 31, 2009.

The normal course issuer bid represents a proper utilization of the Bank’s available funds as part of the Bank’s capital management strategy and is being established to enhance shareholder value.

About National Bank of Canada
National Bank of Canada, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2009, is an integrated group which provides comprehensive financial services to consumers, small and medium-sized enterprises and large corporations in its core market, while offering specialized services to its clients elsewhere in the world. National Bank offers a full array of banking services, including retail, corporate and investment banking. It is an active player on international capital markets and, through its subsidiaries, is involved in securities brokerage, insurance and wealth management as well as mutual fund and retirement plan management. National Bank has more than $132 billion in assets and, together with its subsidiaries, employs 17,747 people. The Bank’s securities are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (NA:TSX). For more information, visit the Bank’s website at
www.nbc.ca.

Information (The telephone number provided below is for the exclusive use of journalists and other media representatives.):

Denis Dubé
Director, Public Relations
National Bank Financial Group
Tel.: 514-394-8644