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Bank of America to Exercise Remainder of China Construction Bank Option

    Charlotte, North Carolina, November 17 (ots/PRNewswire) -

    Bank of America Corporation has given notice of its plan to exercise the remainder of its option to purchase ordinary shares of China Construction Bank Corporation from China SAFE Investments Limited (Huijin). Bank of America acquired the option from Huijin in connection with its investment in CCB in June 2005. Bank of America expects the purchase of the option shares will be completed by the end of November. Immediately following the purchase, Bank of America would hold about 44.7 billion H-shares of CCB, representing about 19.1 percent of CCB's issued shares.

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    Bank of America currently holds approximately 10.75 percent of the issued shares. The shares being acquired under the option may not be sold until August 29, 2011 without CCB's consent. Bank of America intends to remain a long-term and significant strategic investor in CCB. In addition, both companies intend to further their mutual cooperation and other initiatives under the 2005 Strategic Assistance Agreement.

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