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National Bank of Canada confirms normal course issuer bid

Montreal, 18 June 2012 -

National Bank of Canada (the “Bank”) (NA) announces today that the Toronto Stock Exchange (“TSX”) and the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions Canada (“OSFI”) have approved the Bank’s normal course issuer bid to purchase for cancellation up to 3,236,834 common shares, through the facilities of the TSX, representing approximately 2% of its issued and outstanding common shares.

The normal course issuer bid will begin on June 20, 2012 and will end no later than June 19, 2013. All purchases will be made through the facilities of the TSX in accordance with applicable regulatory requirements. The Bank will determine the number of common shares that may be purchased and the timing of any such purchases. The Bank will only make purchases under the bid after consulting with OSFI. The price the Bank will pay for any shares purchased under the normal course issuer bid will be the market price for the common shares on the TSX at the time of acquisition.

There were 161,841,745 common shares of the Bank issued and outstanding as at June 8, 2012. Under the normal course issuer bid which ended on January 31, 2012, the Bank purchased and cancelled 6,244,700 common shares at an average price of $75.73643 per common share. The average daily trading volume (the “ADTV”) of the Bank’s common shares over the last six completed calendar months, calculated in accordance with the rules of the TSX, was 606,651. Under the rules of the TSX, the Bank is entitled to repurchase during the same trading day up to 25% of the ADTV of its common shares, being 151,662 (other than purchases made pursuant to the block purchase exception).

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
With $176 billion in assets as at April 30, 2012, National Bank of Canada (www.nbc.ca), together with its subsidiaries, forms one of Canada’s leading integrated financial groups, and was named among the five strongest banks in the world by Bloomberg Markets. The Bank has close to 20,000 employees and is widely recognized as a top employer. Its securities are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: NA). Follow the Bank’s activities via social media and learn more about its extensive community involvement at clearfacts.ca and commitment.nationalbank.ca.

Information (The telephone numbers provided below are for the exclusive use of journalists, other media representatives and shareholders.):

 Claude Breton

 Hélène Baril

 Senior Manager - Public Affairs

 Senior Manager - Investor Relations

 National Bank of Canada

 National Bank of Canada

 Tel.: 514-394-8644

 Tel.: 514-394-0296