Scotiabank Announces Preferred Share Offering



    /NOT FOR RELEASE OR DISSEMINATION IN THE UNITED STATES/

    TORONTO, March 22 /CNW/ - Scotiabank today announced a domestic public
offering of 12 million, 4.50% non-cumulative preferred shares Series 15 (the
"Preferred Shares Series 15") at a price of $25.00 per share, for an aggregate
amount of $300 million.
    The Bank has agreed to sell the Preferred Shares Series 15 to a syndicate
of underwriters led by Scotia Capital Inc. on a bought deal basis. The Bank
has granted to the underwriters an over-allotment option to purchase up to an
additional $45 million of the Preferred Shares Series 15. This over-allotment
option is exercisable at any time up to 30 days after closing.
    Closing is expected to occur on or after April 5, 2007. This domestic
public offering is part of Scotiabank's ongoing and proactive management of
its Tier 1 capital structure.

    The Preferred Shares Series 15 have not been and will not be registered
under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or under any state
securities laws, and may not be offered, sold, directly or indirectly, or
delivered within the United States of America and its territories and
possessions or to, or for the account or benefit of, United States persons
except in certain transactions exempt from the registration requirements of
such Act. This release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation
to buy such securities in the United States.

    Scotiabank is one of North America's premier financial institutions and
Canada's most international bank. With close to 57,000 employees, Scotiabank
Group and its affiliates serve approximately 12 million customers in some 50
countries around the world. Scotiabank offers a diverse range of products and
services including personal, commercial, corporate and investment banking.
With $396 billion in assets (as at January 31, 2007), Scotiabank trades on the
Toronto (BNS) and New York (BNS) Stock Exchanges. For more information please
visit www.scotiabank.com.





For further information:

For further information: Michael Lomas, Managing Director, Capital and
Mid-Term Funding, Scotiabank, (416) 866-5734, or
michael_lomas@scotiacapital.com


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