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Thursday 22 September, 2011

JSC Bank of Georgia

Bank of Georgia appoints Seymour Pierce as Corp...

Bank of Georgia appoints Seymour Pierce as Corporate Broker

Bank of Georgia


This announcement does not contain, constitute or form part of any offer or invitation to sell or subscribe or any solicitation of any offer to purchase or subscribe for any securities in any jurisdiction, and neither this announcement (nor any part of it) nor the fact of its distribution form the basis of, or may be relied upon in connection with, or act as any inducement to enter into, any contract or commitment whatsoever.

Bank of Georgia appoints Seymour Pierce as Corporate Broker

JSC Bank of Georgia (“the Bank”), the leading bank1 in Georgia, today announces the appointment of Seymour Pierce Limited as joint corporate broker with immediate effect.

This appointment supports the Bank’s intention, announced on 5 September 2011, to seek a premium listing on the London Stock Exchange through a new public limited liability company to be incorporated in England and Wales (the “Newco”) which it is proposed will be the holding company for the Bank of Georgia group of companies (the “Group”).

Irakli Gilauri, CEO of Bank of Georgia, commented:

“We look forward to working with the team at Seymour Pierce to enhance the Group's investor profile in the UK.”

About Bank of Georgia

Bank of Georgia is the leading Georgian bank, based on total assets (with a 36% market share), total gross loans (with a 36% market share) and client deposits (with a 34% market share) as of 30 June 2011, all data based on standalone financial information filed by banks in Georgia with the National Bank of Georgia. The Bank offers a broad range of corporate banking, retail banking, wealth management, brokerage and insurance services to its clients. The Bank has over 140 branches and serves approximately one million retail and corporate clients.

In its latest unaudited 1H 2011 financial results, which were released on 16 August 2011, the Bank reported a Return on Average Equity (ROAE)2 of 22%, and recorded a year-on-year increase in Q2 2011 net income of 139%. Bank of Georgia maintains a strong capital base with a Core Tier 1 Capital Adequacy Ratio (Basel I) of over 18%. Bank of Georgia combines strong growth (CAGR of 45% of total assets since December 2004 to June 2011) with a progressive dividend policy, which it has had in place since 2010.


The information contained in this announcement is for background purposes only and does not purport to be full or complete. No reliance may or should be placed by any person for any purposes whatsoever on the information contained in this announcement or on its completeness, accuracy or fairness. The information in this announcement is subject to change.

The securities referred to herein have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”) or under the securities law of any state or other jurisdiction of the United States and may not be offered, sold or delivered, directly or indirectly, in or into the United States or to U.S. persons, except pursuant to an applicable exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act. No public offering of the securities will be made in the United States.

This announcement may include statements that are, or may be deemed to be, “forward-looking statements”. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the Bank’s and (when incorporated) Newco’s control and all of which are based on its directors’ current beliefs and expectations about future events. These forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology, including the terms “believes”, “estimates”, “plans”, “projects”, “anticipates”, “expects”, “intends”, “may”, “will” or “should” or, in each case, their negative or other variations or comparable terminology, or by discussions of strategy, plans, objectives, goals, future events or intentions. These forward-looking statements include all matters that are not historical facts. Forward-looking statements may and often do differ materially from actual results. Any forward-looking statements reflect the Bank’s current view with respect to future events and are subject to risks relating to future events and other risks, uncertainties and assumptions relating to the Bank’s business, results of operations, financial position, liquidity, prospects, growth and strategies. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this announcement and cannot be relied upon as a guide to future performance.

Each of the Bank and Newco (when incorporated) and their respective affiliates expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to update, review or revise any forward-looking statement contained in this announcement whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, unless required to do so by applicable law, the Prospectus Rules, the Listing Rules or the Disclosure and Transparency Rules of the FSA.

This announcement is not an advertisement of any securities.

1 Based on total assets, with a 36% market share, total gross loans, with a 36% market share and total client deposits, with a 34% market share as of 30 June 2011, all data based on standalone financial information filed by banks in Georgia with the National Bank of Georgia

2 ROAE equals Net Income from Continued Operations Excluding Minority Interests of the period divided by Average Total Equity Excluding Minority Interest for the same period.

Bank of Georgia has, as of the date hereof, the following credit ratings:

Standard & Poor’s   ‘B/B’
FitchRatings ‘B+/B’
Moody’s ‘B1/NP’ (FC) & ‘Ba3/NP’ (LC)

For further information, please visit or contact:

Irakli Gilauri   Macca Ekizashvili   David Westover/Grant Ringshaw   Jeremy Stephenson/Freddy Crossley
Chief Executive Officer

Head of Investor Relations

Citigate Dewe Rogerson Seymour Pierce Limited

+995 322 444 109

+995 322 444 256 +44 (0) 207 638 9571 Tel: +44 (0) 20 7107 8000

This news report is presented for general informational purposes only and should not be construed as an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities.