Statement by National Bank on ABA Bank

Montreal, March 12, 2024

Following the publication of media articles this morning, and while it is not customary for National Bank ("the Bank") to comment on market rumors, the Bank is currently not engaged in any process or negotiations for the sale of ABA Bank ("ABA"), nor has it hired any advisors.

ABA is a success story, delivering strong growth and superior returns for National Bank. For the year ended October 31, 2023, ABA Bank generated revenues of $726M CAD and $343M CAD in net income. Over the past five years, the franchise grew loans and deposits by over 4 times with a continued focus on serving local small and medium businesses in industries that are central to the economy of Cambodia. We continue to be pleased with its performance and strong track record, its talented management team, strong execution and prudent risk management. National Bank continues to support ABA’s growth and participation in the establishment of a sound and resilient banking industry for Cambodia, underpinned by attractive economic prospects and strong fundamentals.

National Bank does not anticipate issuing any further public statement regarding any rumours or speculation in the marketplace unless required by applicable laws.


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Marianne Ratté

Vice-President and Head, Investors Relations
National Bank of Canada

Debby Cordeiro

Senior Vice-President, Communications, Public Affairs and ESG
National Bank of Canada