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To whom it may concern:

Company name: Mizuho Financial Group, Inc.
Representative: Tatsufumi Sakai, President and Group CEO
Head Office: 1–5–5 Otemachi, Chiyoda–ku, Tokyo
Code Number: 8411 (Tokyo Stock Exchange 1st Section)

Recording of Reserves for Possible Losses on Loans and Revision to Earnings Estimates

Mizuho Financial Group, Inc. (the "Company") hereby announces that the Company has decided that it is appropriate to record additional Reserves for Possible Losses on Loans from a forward–looking perspective, reflecting the potential impact of COVID–19 on our financials for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2020 ("fiscal 2019").

The Company also resolved at the meeting of the Board of Directors held today to revise the previously announced consolidated earnings estimates for fiscal 2019, as follows.

Please note that the estimate for annual cash dividends per share for shareholders of common stock remains unchanged.

  • 1.Revision to consolidated earnings estimates for fiscal 2019

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  Profit Attributable to Owners of Parent (in millions of yen) Net Income per Share of Common Stock
Latest announced estimate (A) 470,000 18.53 yen
Current revised estimate (B) 445,000 17.54 yen
Amount of change (B - A) -25,000 -0.99 yen
Rate of change (%) -5.3% -5.3%
(Reference) Results for the previous fiscal year 96,566 3.80 yen
  • 2.Reason for the revision
    In light of the principles set forth in the report entitled "JFSA's supervisory approaches to lending business and loan loss provisioning" published by the Japan Financial Services Agency in December 2019, the Company has decided that it is appropriate to record additional Reserves for Possible Losses on Loans (approximately 80 billion yen) for some credit from a forward–looking perspective based on future projections, reflecting the potential impact of COVID–19 on our financials for fiscal 2019.
    In total, Consolidated Credit–related Costs for the fiscal 2019 are expected to be approximately 170 billion yen.
  • 3.Scheduled date of announcement of financial results
    Friday, May 15, 2020

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This immediate release contains statements that constitute forward–looking statements within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including estimates, forecasts, targets and plans. Such forward–looking statements do not represent any guarantee by management of future performance. You can also identify forward–looking statements by discussions of strategy, plans or intentions. These statements reflect our current views with respect to future events and are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Our views regarding earnings estimates and dividends for fiscal 2019 set forth in this immediate release are based on our assessment of information regarding the business and market environment that are available as of the date of this immediate release and assumptions regarding factors that are currently uncertain and may impact our financial performance. Actual results may differ materially, for example, if our assessment of business and market environment and their impact on our business, financial condition and results of operations proves to be inaccurate. Other factors that could affect our financial condition and results of operations are included in "Item 3.D. Key Information–Risk Factors" and "Item 5. Operating and Financial Review and Prospects" in our most recent Form 20–F filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") and our report on Form 6–K furnished to the SEC on December 26, 2019, both of which are available in the Financial Information section of our web page at www.mizuho–fg.com/index.html and also at the SEC's web site at www.sec.gov. We are under no obligation, and disclaim any obligation, to update or alter our forward–looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required by the rules of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.