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Equitable Bank Successfully Completes Record $400 million Deposit Note Offering, Bolstered by Continued Strength of its Growth Strategy

TORONTO, Nov. 9, 2021 /CNW/ - Equitable Bank (the "Bank" or "Equitable"), a wholly owned subsidiary of Equitable Group Inc. (the "Company") (TSX: EQB) (TSX: EQB.PR.C) today announced the closing of a successful institutional placement of a $400 million 2.5-year fixed rate deposit note.

The deposit note, which was offered at 1.983% fixed rate, and which is due May 9, 2024, priced at 93 basis points over comparable term Government of Canada bonds, which was at the tighter end of the initial spread expectation. This latest transaction was the Bank's largest single deposit note transaction, bringing 2021 year to date deposit note funding to $800 million, a record for Equitable.

The offering was broadly supported, including several new investors, and was approximately three times oversubscribed. Equitable's program now boasts $1.45 billion of outstanding deposit notes.

"Following on the heels of another strong quarter, we are pleased to be able to step back into the deposit note market, this time with our largest-ever issuance." said Chadwick Westlake, Equitable's Chief Financial Officer. "As our funding diversification strategy matures, we are seeing a corresponding growth in market and investor confidence in Canada'sChallenger Bank. This latest deposit note is our largest and best-priced issuance to date, attracting the most investors. The strength of our 2021 program brings great confidence for the year ahead."

The issuance was completed with BMO Nesbitt Burns, National Bank Financial Inc. and Scotia Capital Inc. acting as joint leads and bookrunners, supported by CIBC World Markets Inc., RBC Dominion Securities, and TD Securities acting as co-managers.

The deposit note ranks equally and rateably with all present and future unsecured and unsubordinated liabilities of the Bank. The deposit note is not eligible for Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation insurance.

About Equitable Group Inc.

Equitable Group Inc. trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: EQB and EQB.PR.C) and serves nearly three hundred thousand Canadians through Equitable Bank, Canada's Challenger Bank™.  Equitable Bank has grown to become the country's eighth largest independent Schedule I bank with a clear mandate to drive real change in Canadian banking to enrich people's lives.  Founded over 50 years ago, Equitable Bank provides diversified personal and commercial banking and through its EQ Bank platform (eqbank.ca) has been named #1 Bank in Canada on the Forbes World's Best Banks 2021 list.  Please visit equitablebank.ca for details.

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The Deposit Note has not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or any state securities laws and may not be offered or delivered, directly or indirectly, or sold in the United States absent an applicable exemption from the registration requirements. This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation to buy nor shall there be any sale of the securities in any State in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.

SOURCE Equitable Bank