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BNZ To Appeal Tax Case Decision

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BNZ To Appeal Tax Case Decision

BNZ Chief Executive Officer Andrew Thorburn today announced the bank will file an appeal against last month's High Court judgment on the Structured Finance Tax Case.

Andrew Thorburn said: "This is a complex area of law, and given the facts of the case, we're not convinced that the decision was the right outcome."

The case involved six structured finance transactions with offshore counterparties. The tax in dispute for these transactions is NZ$416 million. In addition, as at 30 June 2009, use of money interest of approximately NZ$238 million (net of tax) has been applied in the IRD assessment.

The Inland Revenue Department has not yet provided any decision on potential penalties. In relation to the decision on the Structured Finance tax case, BNZ has decided to raise a provision of NZ$661 million (including associated costs), which will be reflected in the income statement reported in the June 2009 GDS (General Disclosure Statement).

BNZ Chief Financial Officer Ken Christie said: "We believe we are taking an appropriate and conservative approach in reflecting the impact of the High Court decision in the BNZ financial accounts."

"After taking this provision the bank will still hold capital well in excess of Reserve Bank of New Zealand requirements. And as stated previously, the provision will have no impact on BNZ's ability to meet any debt or equity obligations." "This includes our recent offerings through BNZ Income Securities Ltd and BNZ Income Securities 2 Ltd."

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