FöreningsSparbanken and Spintab upgraded by Standard & Poor's

FöreningsSparbanken and Spintab upgraded by Standard & Poor's The rating institute Standard & Poor's has decided to upgrade the short term ratings for FöreningsSparbanken (Swedbank) and Spintab from A2 to A1. FöreningsSparbanken has at the same time been assigned a long term rating A from Standard & Poor's. FöreningsSparbanken was formed in 1997 through the merger of Föreningsbanken and Sparbanken Sverige. Spintab, one of the leading players on the Swedish mortgage market, is a wholly-owned subsidiary to FöreningsSparbanken. For further information: Staffan Salén, Investor Relations FöreningsSparbanken +46-8-58 59 27 79 Hans Pörner, EVP Spintab +46-8-58 59 10 41 ------------------------------------------------------------ Please visit http://www.bit.se for further information The following files are available for download: http://www.bit.se/bitonline/1998/12/23/19981223BIT00210/bit0001.doc http://www.bit.se/bitonline/1998/12/23/19981223BIT00210/bit0002.pdf