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New issue of the Fonds d’investissement Actions-croissance PME Inc.

Montreal, 2 October 2008 -
  • Potential tax deduction of approximately 75% under the Quebec SME Growth Stock Plan, an objective surpassed in the past five years for previously issued series (SME Growth Stock Plan and QSSP)
  • Participation in a diversified Canadian small-cap equity fund heavily weighted in Quebec stocks
  • One of only two Quebec funds participating in the provincial SME Growth Stock Plan

Natcan Investment Management Inc., a subsidiary of National Bank Financial Group, has announced a new issue of Class A Shares, series 2008, of the Fonds d’investissement Actions-croissance PME Inc.

The Fund is designed to provide medium- and long-term capital appreciation in a manner compatible with the protection of capital and to entitle subscribers of Class A Shares, series 2008, of the Fund to claim a deduction under the Quebec SME Growth Stock Plan for income tax purposes for the 2008 tax year. The Fund will therefore invest the proceeds of the issuance of Class A Shares, series 2008, primarily in Quebec-based companies whose securities qualify for the Quebec SME Growth Stock Plan.

The Fonds d’investissement Actions-croissance PME Inc. gives investors the opportunity to participate in the economic development of Quebec. For information purposes, investors who held Class A Shares of the 2005, 2006 and 2007 series of the Fund were eligible for a 100% tax deduction.

Despite the recent market downturn, the fund manager remains optimistic regarding the outlook for the Fund and the SME Growth Stock Plan. "We believe that the Fund will once again benefit from sound diversification and its conservative management strategy. Our style, which favours capital preservation and long-term growth, should continue to appeal to investors as new and attractive investment opportunities gradually emerge in the Quebec market," explained Christian Cyr, Senior Vice-President, Natcan Investment Management. "In the current volatile economic environment, we continue to favour companies with solid balance sheets, reasonable valuations and potential for steady growth through the different market cycles."

The new issue of the Fonds d’investissement Actions-croissance PME Inc. went on sale on September 22 and will be available until October 17, 2008.

Class A Shares, series 2008, of the Fund are available under three different classes, each with equal rights and privileges. The Consultant Class is available to all investors with no sales charge. However, redemption fees will be payable if the redemption of the shares is requested within four years of purchase. No redemption fees will be charged as of January 1, 2012. The Investor Class is available to all investors with no sales charge when they purchase and request the redemption of their shares through National Bank Financial. Lastly, Class F is intended for investors who have fee-based accounts with brokers. Class F carries no sales charge, and the management fee is 1% lower than for the two other classes. Fees different from those indicated above may be payable if transactions are carried out through a broker other than National Bank Financial. 

The Class A Shares, series 2008, of the Fonds d’investissement Actions-croissance PME inc. can be purchased through National Bank Financial by calling 1-800-361-8838 (toll free) or 514-879-2222, National Bank Direct Brokerage by calling 1-800-363-3511 or 514-866-6755, or through most investment advisors and mutual fund representatives in Quebec. A minimum initial investment of $2,000 per subscriber is required.

This document is for information purposes only and does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation to buy the Fonds d’investissement Actions-croissance PME inc. mentioned herein. While the information provided herein has been obtained from sources we believe to be reliable, we do not guaranty its accuracy or its completeness, and it does not confer any right to purchasers. No securities regulatory authority has in any way passed upon the merits of this fund and any representation to the contrary is an offence. The Fonds d’investissement Actions-croissance PME inc. (the “Fond”) is offered by National Bank Financial Inc., a subsidiary of National Bank of Canada. Commissions, trailing commissions, management fees and expenses all may be associated with mutual fund investments. Please read the prospectus before investing. The Fond is not guaranteed, its value changes frequently and past performance may not be repeated.

About Natcan Investment Management Inc.
Founded in 1990, Natcan Investment Management Inc. is a National Bank subsidiary that is 14% held by its management team. Recognized as one of the largest institutional fund managers in Canada, Natcan Investment Management Inc. specializes in portfolio management for pension funds, endowment funds, pooled funds and wealth management. It favours a versatile management style focused on value creation, capital preservation and a disciplined approach. Natcan Investment Management Inc., whose activities extend to markets around the world, has more than $26 billion in assets under management and more than 100 employees.

About National Bank of Canada
National Bank of Canada 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. The 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 close to $122 billion in assets and, together with its subsidiaries, employs 17,232 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
Senior Manager, Public Relations Department
National Bank Financial Group
Tel.: 514-394-8644