Stock Exchange Release
September 28, 2017 at 9:00 (CET +1)
Nokia Board of Directors resolved to issue shares to the company and resolved on a directed share issuance to Nokia employees participating in the Employee Share Purchase Plan 2016
Espoo, Finland – Nokia announced today that it has resolved to issue 2 933 541 new shares in a directed issuance without consideration to Nokia Corporation to be later used to fulfil the company’s obligations primarily under the Employee Share Purchase Plan 2016. The new shares will be registered with the Finnish Trade Register as soon as practicable and the shares will carry the shareholder rights attached to them as of the registration date.
Additionally, the Board of Directors resolved on a directed issuance of a maximum number of 2 933 541 Nokia shares (NOKIA) held by the company, as a result of the above issuance of new shares, to Nokia employees participating in the Employee Share Purchase Plan 2016. The savings period of the plan ended on June 30, 2017. Under the terms and conditions of the plan, Nokia will offer one matching share for every two shares purchased under the plan which the participant still held on July 31, 2017.
The shares under the Employee Share Purchase Plan 2016 will be delivered to the employees on or around October 30, 2017. The shares are issued without consideration.
The Board of Directors approved the launch of the Employee Share Purchase Plan 2016 as part of the Nokia Equity Program on February 10, 2016 to encourage employee share ownership, commitment and engagement.
Both resolutions to issue shares are based on the authorization granted to the Board of Directors by the Annual General Meeting on May 23, 2017.
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25) our ability to optimize our capital structure as planned and re-establish our investment grade credit rating or otherwise improve our credit ratings; 26) our ability to achieve targeted benefits from or successfully achieve the required administrative, legal, regulatory and other conditions and implement planned transactions, as well as the liabilities related thereto; 27) our involvement in joint ventures and jointly-managed companies; 28) the carrying amount of our goodwill may not be recoverable; 29) uncertainty related to the amount of dividends and equity return we are able to distribute to shareholders for each financial period; 30) pension costs, employee fund-related costs, and healthcare costs; and 31) risks related to undersea infrastructure, as well as the risk factors specified on pages 67 to 85 of our 2016 annual report on Form 20-F under “Operating and financial review and prospects-Risk factors” and in our other filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. 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