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FELLOW FINANCE PLC COMPANY ANNOUNCEMENT 7.12.2021 AT 7:45 PM EET

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Evli Bank Plc ("Evli") and Fellow Finance Plc ("Fellow Finance") announced on 14 July 2021 that Evli and Fellow Finance have signed a combination agreement (the "Combination Agreement"), whereby an arrangement (the "Arrangement") has been agreed, according to which all of Evli's asset management services, custody, clearing, settlement, and brokerage services, corporate finance activities and their support services (i.e. the operations falling under the investment firm authorisation) will transfer in a partial demerger from Evli to a new company that will be established in the demerger, Evli Plc (the "Demerger") without a liquidation procedure in accordance with the Finnish Limited Liability Companies Act (624/2006, as amended) (the "Finnish Companies Act") and the Finnish Act on Commercial Banks and Other Credit Institutions in the Form of a Limited Company (1501/2001, as amended) (the "Finnish Act on Commercial Banks"), and according to which Fellow Finance will merge immediately thereafter into Evli remaining after the demerger through an absorption merger (the "Merger"). The Arrangement will become effective on the date the Demerger and Merger are registered with the Finnish Trade Register (the "Effective Date"). The planned Effective Date is on or about 2 April 2022.

In the Merger following immediately after the Demerger, class A-shares of Evli will be converted into the class B-shares of Evli. After the conversion of the shares Evli will have only on single share class. In the Merger Fellow Finance's shareholders will receive six Evli shares of the single post-conversion share class (the "Merger Consideration Shares") for each share they own in Fellow Finance. 

As part of the Arrangement Taaleri Plc and TN Ventures Oy have irrevocably undertaken in the Combination Agreement, and Evli Plc's undertaking has been agreed in the Combination Agreement, to subscribe and pay for the new shares in the company to be formed through the Merger ("Fellow Bank") through a directed share issue (the "Directed Share Issue"), where Fellow Bank will receive approximately EUR 11.7 million of additional capital.

The board of directors of Evli signed on 30 September 2021 a demerger plan ("Demerger Plan") concerning the Demerger and in accordance with the Combination Agreement, and the boards of directors of each of Evli and Fellow Finance signed on 30 September 2021 a merger plan ("Merger Plan") concerning the Merger and in accordance with the Combination Agreement. The board of directors of Evli has on 8 November 2021 proposed that the Extraordinary General Meeting of Evli make a decision concerning the Demerger in accordance with the Demerger Plan and a decision concerning the Merger in accordance with the Merger Plan. The board of directors of Fellow Finance has on 8 November 2021 proposed that the Extraordinary General Meeting of Fellow Finance make a decision concerning the Merger in accordance with the Merger Plan.

The Finnish Financial Supervisory Authority has today, on 7 December 2021, approved the Finnish language merger and listing prospectus prepared for the issuance of the Merger Consideration Shares to Fellow Finance's shareholders and applying for the new shares to be issued in connection with the Merger to be listed on the official list of Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd (the "Merger Prospectus"). The Merger Prospectus will be available on or about 7 December 2021 online at www.evli.com/yhtiokokous and at www.fellowfinance.fi/ylimaarainenyhtiokokous2021.

Merger Prospectus

The Merger Prospectus contains the following previously unpublished financial information in relation to Fellow Bank, which will be formed through the Merger:

Unaudited pro forma financial information concerning Fellow Bank 

The Merger Prospectus includes unaudited pro forma combined financial information (the "Pro Forma Information"), which is presented for illustrative purposes only to give effect to the Merger between the remaining demerged Evli after the Demerger and Fellow Finance, and the financial effect of the Directed Share Issue as if the Merger and the Directed Share Issue had occurred at an earlier date. The pro forma income statements for the six months ended June 30, 2021 and for the year ended December 31, 2020 present the impacts of the Merger and the Directed Share Issue as if they had occurred on January 1, 2020. In the pro forma balance sheet as at June 30, 2021 the Merger and the Directed share issue are presented as if they had occurred on that date. The Pro Forma Information is unaudited.

The Pro Forma Information is presented for illustrative purposes only. The hypothetical financial position and results included in the Pro Forma Information may be different from Fellow Bank's actual financial position and results. Further, the Pro Forma Information does not purport to project the financial position or results of Fellow Bank as of any future date. In addition, the Pro Forma Information does not reflect any cost savings, benefits from the Merger, the impact of Fellow Bank's strategy on its financial position or results or future integration costs that are expected to be generated or may be incurred as a result of the Merger. The Pro Forma Information has been compiled in accordance with the Annex 20 to the Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/980 and the basis of preparation is consistent with the issuer's accounting policies, which form the basis of preparation to be applied by the combined Fellow Bank in its next consolidated financial statements after the Merger prepared in accordance with IFRS.

In the financial reporting, the Merger will be accounted for as a reverse acquisition using the IFRS acquisition method of accounting where Fellow Finance is deemed to be the accounting acquirer and the remaining demerged Evli after the Demerger the acquiree. Evli is the legal acquirer, and it issues new shares to the shareholders of Fellow Finance. For the purpose of estimating the purchase consideration transferred in the reverse acquisition whereby Fellow Finance acquires Evli, the acquisition-date fair value of the purchase consideration is based on the number of shares Fellow Finance would have had to issue to give the owners of Evli the same percentage equity interest (approximately 35.63 per cent) in Fellow Bank. In accordance with IFRS, the fair value of consideration transferred will be measured on the Effective Date at the then current market price and accordingly, can result in a value differing from the amount estimated in the Pro Forma Information and that difference may be material.

As part of the Arrangement Taaleri Plc and TN Ventures Oy have in the Combination Agreement undertaken, and Evli Plc's commitment has been agreed in the Combination Agreement, to irrevocably subscribe and pay in the Merger new Fellow Bank shares in a directed share issue whereby Fellow Bank will receive in the Directed Share Issue a total of approximately EUR 11.7 million of additional equity capital. In the Pro Forma Information, the number of Issue Shares is assumed to be 20,005,924 shares. 

The Pro Forma Information reflects pro forma adjustments that are preliminary and are based on available information and certain assumptions, which Evli and Fellow Finance believe to be reasonable under the circumstances. The pro forma adjustments include certain assumptions related to the fair value of the purchase consideration, the fair value of the net assets acquired, accounting policy alignments, Directed Share Issue and other events related to the Merger. There can be no assurance that the assumptions made when preparing the Pro Forma Information will prove to be correct. In addition, the accounting policies to be applied by Fellow Bank in the future may differ from the accounting policies applied in the Pro Forma Information.

The following table sets forth a summary of the Pro Forma Information on the dates and periods indicated: 

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Pro forma  
1.1. 1.1. 30.6.2021 
-30.6.2021  -31.12.2020 

(EUR thousand, unless otherwise (unaudited) 
indicated) 
Net interest income  1,596  3,244  - 
Total operating income  3,840  7,203  - 
Operating profit/loss  -987  -4,729  - 
Profit / loss for the financial -1,072  -4,356  - 
year 

Earnings per share (EPS), basic, -0.01  -0.05  - 
EUR[1] 
Earnings per share (EPS), -0.01  -0.05  - 
diluted, EUR[1] 

Balances with central banks  -  -  322,690 
Debt securities eligible for -  -  32,068 
refinancing with central banks 
Loans to credit institutions  -  -  84,545 
Loans to the public and public -  -  20,395 
sector entities 
Other assets  -  -  11,308 
Total assets  -  -  471,005 
Deposits by credit institutions -  -  4,051 
and central banks 
Deposits and borrowings from the -  -  418,651 
public and public sector
entities 
Debt securities issued to the -  -  10,534 
public 
Other liabilities  -  -  1,618 
Total liabilities  -  -  434,855 
Equity attributable to the equity -  -  36,150 
holders of parent 
Total liabilities and -  -  471,005 
shareholders' equity 
[1) ]The historical numbers of
shares used by Evli for the
calculation of earnings per share
have been adjusted in the Pro
Forma Information with Merger
Consideration Shares and shares
to be issued in the Directed
Share Issue. 

FELLOW FINANCE PLC

Board of directors

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Further information:

Teemu Nyholm: CEO, Fellow Finance Plc, [email protected],tel. +358 50 577 1028

Certified advisor: Evli Bank Plc, tel. +358 40 579 6210 

DISTRIBUTION:

Nasdaq Helsinki

Principal media

www.evli.com

Fellow Finance and Evli in brief

Fellow Finance Plc is a loan-based crowdfunding and peer-to-peer lending platform. The company's mission is to transform the traditional financing and payments to direct transactions between people and businesses. Fellow Finance has intermediated consumer and business financing of more than 850 million euros in Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic and served more than 1 000 000 customers. The company is regulated by the Financial Supervisory Authority of Finland as an Authorized Payment Institution and listed on the Nasdaq First North Growth Market Finland. www.fellowfinance.com.

Evli is a bank specialized in investments that helps institutions, corporations and private persons increase their wealth. The product and service offering includes mutual funds, asset management and capital markets services, alternative investment products, equity research, incentive plan design and administration as well as Corporate Finance services. The company also offers banking services that support clients' investment operations. Evli is the highest ranked and most used institutional asset manager in Finland*.

Evli has a total of EUR 16.8 billion in client assets under management (net 9/2021). Evli Group's equity capital totals EUR 125.4 million and its BIS capital adequacy ratio is 16.1 percent (September 30, 2021). The company has around 280 employees. Evli Bank Plc's B shares are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd.

* Kantar Prospera External Asset Management Finland 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and SFR Scandinavian Financial Research Institutional Investment Services, Finland 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018.

Important Notice

This release is not an offer of shares in the United States and it is not intended for distribution in or into the United States or in any other jurisdiction in which such distribution would be prohibited by applicable law. Evli Plc's or Fellow Bank's shares have not been and will not be been registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933 (the "Securities Act"), and may not be offered, sold or delivered within or into the United States, except pursuant to an applicable exemption of, or in a transaction not subject to, the Securities Act.

This release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any securities by Evli or Fellow Finance.

This release does not constitute a notice to convene a general meeting of shareholders nor does it constitute a demerger or merger prospectus. Any decision with respect to the proposed partial demerger of Evli or the absorption merger of Fellow Finance into Evli should be made solely on the basis of information to be contained in the actual notices to convene the meetings of shareholders of Evli and Fellow Finance, as applicable, and the demerger and merger prospectuses as well as on an independent assessment of the information contained therein. Investors are directed to consult the prospectus concerning the Demerger and the Merger Prospectus for more comprehensive information on Evli Plc, Fellow Bank, their respective shares and the Arrangement.

This release includes "forward-looking statements" that are based on present plans, estimates, projections and expectations and are not guarantees of future performance. They are based on certain expectations and assumptions, which, even though they seem to be reasonable at present, may turn out to be incorrect. Shareholders should not rely on these forward-looking statements. Numerous factors may cause the actual results of operations or financial condition of the Evli Plc or Fellow Bank to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. Neither Evli nor Fellow Finance, nor any of their respective affiliates, advisors or representatives or any other person undertakes any obligation to review or confirm or to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect events that occur or circumstances that arise after the date of this release.

This release includes estimates relating to the benefits expected to arise from the Arrangement, which have been prepared by Evli and Fellow Finance and are based on a number of assumptions and judgments. The assumptions relating to the estimated benefits and costs arising from the Arrangement are inherently uncertain and are subject to a wide variety of significant business, economic, regulatory and competitive risks and uncertainties that could cause the actual benefits and costs arising from the Arrangement to differ materially from the estimates in this release. Further, there can be no certainty that the Arrangement will be completed in the manner and timeframe  described in this release, or at all.

Appendices

Translation of unaudited pro forma financial information included in the Merger Prospectus