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Bank of Ireland Group PLC

16 April 2021

Bank of Ireland Group plc ("Bank of Ireland")

KBC Bank Ireland and Bank of Ireland Announcement

16 April 2021

KBC Bank Ireland enters into a Memorandum of Understanding with Bank of Ireland Group

KBC Bank Ireland has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Bank of Ireland, expressing the parties' intention to explore a route that could potentially lead to a transaction whereby Bank of Ireland commits to acquire substantially all of KBC Bank Ireland's performing loan assets and liabilities. The transaction remains subject to customary due diligence, further negotiation and agreement of final terms and binding documentation, as well as obtaining all appropriate internal and external regulatory approvals.

KBC Bank Ireland's remaining non-performing mortgage loan portfolio, which is not part of the MoU, is currently being analysed whereby KBC Group is reviewing its options to divest this NPL portfolio.

Execution of these two transactions would ultimately result in KBC Group's withdrawal from the Irish market. While these discussions are ongoing, KBC Bank Ireland remains committed to offering its retail banking and insurance services of the highest level through its digital channels and hubs, for its existing and new customers. There is no impact on KBC Bank Ireland customers' products or services and they do not need to take any action as a result of this announcement.

Further announcements will be made in due course.

Announcing the MoU, KBC Group CEO, Johan Thijs, said: "Over the last decade, KBC Bank Ireland has managed to build a digital first retail bank and launched recently a digital pension insurance business for the Irish market. Given the challenging operational context for European banks and after careful consideration, we have reached an agreement with Bank of Ireland Group regarding the potential sale to Bank of Ireland Group of substantially all of the performing loan assets and liabilities of KBC Bank Ireland. Next to this MoU, KBC Bank Ireland's remaining non-performing mortgage loan portfolio is currently being reviewed for potential divestment."

Francesca McDonagh, Group CEO of Bank of Ireland continued: "When we look at opportunities we consider if they are a good fit for the customers involved and for the bank. This MoU complements our strategy to grow our business in Ireland, and supports the investments we are making in the transformation of our systems and digital banking services. We would be very pleased to provide KBC Ireland customers with a good home, and look forward to progressing our discussions with KBC over the coming period."

KBC Bank Ireland CEO, Peter Roebben added: "KBC Bank Ireland remains committed to offering its quality retail banking and insurance services. For the time being nothing changes, neither for existing nor for new customers. Our customers do not need to take any action as a result of today's announcement. KBC Bank Ireland continues to benefit from a strong liquidity and capital position. The Board and the Executive Committee of KBC Bank Ireland are fully conscious of our responsibilities to our customers and colleagues, and the role of KBC as part of the Irish banking system, and we are fully committed to assuming those responsibilities while the talks with Bank of Ireland are ongoing".

For more information, please contact:

KBC Group:

Viviane Huybrecht, General Manager, Corporate Communication/Spokesperson, KBC Group

Tel +32 2 429 85 45 - E-mail: viviane.huybrecht@kbc.be, pressofficekbc@kbc.be

Website : www.kbc.com

Kurt De Baenst, General Manager, Investor Relations, KBC Group

Tel +32 2 429 35 73 - E-mail: IRO4U@kbc.be

Bank of Ireland:

Damien Garvey, Head of Group External Communications and Public Affairs, Group Corporate Affairs, Bank of Ireland

Tel + 353 (0) 86 8314435 - E-mail: Damien.garvey@boi.com

Darach O'Leary, Head of Group Investor Relations, Bank of Ireland

Tel +353 (0) 87 948 0650 - E-mail: Darach.oleary@boi.com

KBC Bank Ireland

Edelman - Joe Carmody, CEO - Tel + 353 86 805 87 64 - E-mail: joe.carmody@edelman.com

This announcement contains inside information.

Forward Looking Statement

This announcement contains forward-looking statements with respect to certain of Bank of Ireland Group plc ('BOIG plc') and its subsidiaries' (collectively the 'Group') plans and its current goals and expectations relating to its future financial condition and performance, the markets in which it operates and its future capital requirements. These forward-looking statements often can be identified by the fact that they do not relate only to historical or current facts. Generally, but not always, words such as 'may,' 'could,' 'should,' 'will,' 'expect,' 'intend,' 'estimate,' 'anticipate,' 'assume,' 'believe,' 'plan,' 'seek,' 'continue,' 'target,' 'goal,' 'would,' or their negative variations or similar expressions identify forward-looking statements, but their absence does not mean that a statement is not forward-looking.

Examples of forward-looking statements include, among others: statements regarding the Group's near term and longer term future capital requirements and ratios, level of ownership by the Irish Government, loan to deposit ratios, expected impairment charges, the level of the Group's assets, the Group's financial position, future income, business strategy, business model, projected costs, margins, future payment of dividends, estimates of capital expenditures, discussions with Irish, United Kingdom, European and other regulators and plans and objectives for future operations. Such forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, and hence actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.

Nothing in this announcement should be considered to be a forecast of future profitability, dividends or financial position of the Group and none of the information in this announcement is or is intended to be a profit forecast, dividend forecast or profit estimate. Any forward-looking statement speaks only as at the date it is made. The Group does not undertake to release publicly any revision to these forward-looking statements to reflect events, circumstances or unanticipated events occurring after the date hereof.

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