MeritaNordbanken extends the offer period to acquire all the shares in Christiani

MeritaNordbanken extends the offer period to acquire all the shares in Christiania Bank Having noted that a parliamentary decision concerning its offer to acquire all the shares in Christiania Bank og Kreditkasse will not take place within the original offer period, MeritaNordbanken has decided to extend the offer period further to Friday, December 3, 1999, 5.00 p.m. MeritaNordbanken has offered to pay NOK 44.00 in cash for each share in Christiania Bank. The original offer period stated in the offer document of September 24, 1999 was to end on October 29, 1999 at 5.00 p.m. In a press release issued on October 28, 1999, it was announced that the offer period had been extended to Friday, November 12, 1999, 5.00 p.m. Now that the offer period has been further extended to December 3, 1999, the shareholders' withdrawal rights as described in the offer document have also been extended accordingly. Further information: Lars Thalén, Corporate Identity and Communications, tel. +46 8 614 7951 or +46 709 200 665 Björn Westberg, Investor Relations, tel. +46 8 614 7850 or +46 70 590 55 52 Not to be distributed in Australia, Canada and Japan. ------------------------------------------------------------ Please visit http://www.bit.se for further information The following files are available for download: http://www.bit.se/bitonline/1999/11/12/19991112BIT00150/bit0001.doc http://www.bit.se/bitonline/1999/11/12/19991112BIT00150/bit0002.pdf

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