ING Group: ING sells 30 mln Voya shares for total proceeds of USD 1.2 billion

ING Group: ING sells 30 mln Voya shares for total proceeds of USD 1.2 billion    ING Group announced today the pricing for the sale of 30 million shares of common stock of Voya Financial Inc., that was announced on 2 September 2014. ING Group has sold approximately 22.3 million Voya shares at a price of USD 38.85 per share in the public offering. In addition ING Group has sold to Voya approximately 7.7 million shares for an aggregate amount of USD 300 million.  The gross proceeds to ING Group from the public offering and the concurrent repurchase by Voya amount to approximately USD 1.2 billion (approximately EUR 0.9 billion at current exchange rates).The transaction is expected to settle on 8 September 2014.  As previously announced, the sale of the total of 30 million shares from the combined transactions reduces ING Group's stake in Voya to approximately 32%, from 43%. The transactions announced today are not expected to have a material impact on ING's 2014 third quarter results.  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Press enquiries  Investor enquiries Carolien van der Giessen  ING Group Investor Relations +31 20 576 6386  +31 20 576 6396 Carolien.van.der.Giessen@ing.com  Investor.Relations@ing.com  ING PROFILE ING is a global financial institution of Dutch origin offering banking services through its operating company ING Bank and holding significant stakes in the listed insurers NN Group NV and Voya Financial, Inc. The purpose of ING Bank is empowering people to stay a step ahead in life and in business. ING Bank's 53,000 employees offer retail and commercial banking services to customers in over 40 countries. ING Group shares are listed (in the form of depositary receipts) on the exchanges of Amsterdam (INGA NA, ING.AS), Brussels and on the New York Stock Exchange (ADRs: ING US, ING.N). Sustainability forms an integral part of ING's corporate strategy, which is evidenced by ING shares being included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (Europe and World) and the FTS4Good index.  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Actual results, performance or events may differ materially from those in such statements due to, without limitation: (1) changes in general economic conditions, in particular economic conditions in ING's core markets, (2) changes in performance of financial markets, including developing markets, (3) consequences of a potential (partial) break-up of the euro, (4) the implementation of ING's restructuring plan to separate banking and insurance operations, (5) changes in the availability of, and costs associated with, sources of liquidity such as interbank funding, as well as conditions in the credit markets generally, including changes in borrower and counterparty creditworthiness, (6) the frequency and severity of insured loss events, (7) changes affecting mortality and morbidity levels and trends, (8) changes affecting persistency levels, (9) changes affecting interest rate levels, (10) changes affecting currency exchange rates, (11) changes in investor, customer and policyholder behaviour, (12) changes in general competitive factors, (13) changes in laws and regulations, (14) changes in the policies of governments and/or regulatory authorities, (15) conclusions with regard to purchase accounting assumptions and methodologies, (16) changes in ownership that could affect the future availability to us of net operating loss, net capital and built-in loss carry forwards, (17) changes in credit-ratings, (18) ING's ability to achieve projected operational synergies and (19) the other risks and uncertainties detailed in the risk factors section contained in the most recent annual report of ING Groep N.V. 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