To the shareholders and holders of Cashes and Fresh instruments - Rectification and specification Fortis holding confirms that both the 19 March coupon on the

To the shareholders and holders of Cashes and Fresh instruments - Rectification and specification Fortis holding confirms that both the 19 March coupon on the CASHES and the 7 May coupon on the FRESH will be paid in cash. The first coupon to be paid through Alternative Coupon Satisfaction Method (ACSM) is the coupon due on 19 June 2009 on the CASHES, which will be postponed until the two-months legal waiting period has expired. This is expected to be mid-July, provided that the two capital reductions of Fortis SA/NV are approved by the shareholders on 28 April 2009 and the share price of Fortis remains above EUR 0.84. Fortis Bank is contractually obliged to compensate Fortis holding for the value of any coupon payment on the CASHES settled through the ACSM. There is no similar contractual recourse in respect of the use of the ACSM under the FRESH. As communicated on 12 March, the following documents are available on the Fortis website www.fortis.com as from today: • Agenda of the General Meeting of Fortis N.V. on 8 April in Utrecht and of Fortis SA/NV on 9 April in Brussels • Explanatory notes to the agendas • Shareholder circular • Special report by the Board of Directors to the shareholders Fortis holding (Fortis SA/NV and Fortis N.V.) consists of (1) Fortis Insurance Belgium (2) Fortis Insurance International, and (3) financial assets and liabilities of various financing vehicles. The international insurance activities (Fortis Insurance International) are located in the UK, France, Hong Kong, Luxembourg (Non-Life), Germany, Turkey, Russia, Ukraine and in joint ventures in Luxembourg (Life), Portugal, China, Malaysia, India and Thailand. Fortis holding is not involved in banking activities.

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