State guarantee drops to 7 billion euros

Hamburg/Kiel, September 2, 2011 - As announced, HSH Nordbank has agreed with the states of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein on a further reduction of the second-loss guarantee.

Effective 6 September 2011, the guarantee facility will come down by a further one billion to then EUR 7 billion. The Bank will thus already have executed the third partial reduction of the second-loss guarantee this year.

In reducing the guarantee umbrella by then a total of three billion euros, the Bank's expenditure with regard to the provision of the guarantee will decline by around EUR 120 million to around EUR 280 million p.a. Since the second-loss guarantee has been in place HSH Nordbank has paid a total premium of about EUR 900 million (as of 30 June 2011) to the states of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein.

The parliaments of the federal states of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein had decided, with effect from the second quarter of 2009, to extend a ten billion euro second-loss guarantee to HSH Nordbank. In return HSH Nordbank pays a premium of four percent p. a. of the outstanding guarantee amount to the federal states.

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