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TO ALL LRO MEMBERS ABOUT THE GROUP LIFE INSURANCE BENEFIT:

You will receive shortly an important notice from Nokia concerning your pension fund and the Group Life insurance fund. The first good news is that the Nokia Retirement Income Plan "NRIP" (the pension plan for former management retirees) is funded at about 121% of its total benefit requirements. Total assets in the plan are $17 billion which now allows Nokia to take further action to provide additional funding to our Group Life Insurance Plan.

You are probably aware of our concern that the Trust Fund which pays Group Life benefits has been expected to be depleted in a few more years. We have been working with Nokia to hopefully extend that for additional years. You should be aware that our retiree body is getting older and we are losing retirees at an increasing rate.

Under current federal law, a company with well funded pension plans (in excess of 120%) may transfer some of that excess to pay the cost of Group Life insurance. In order to do one of these transfers, an employer is required to notify participants at least 90 days before the date of the planned transfer. Although Nokia has not determined definitely that it will do the transfer, it is require to provide the notice now. As set forth in the notice, Nokia has determined that the excess above 120% is about $ 253 million.If they decide to move forward, they would transfer up to $ 89 million of the excess to pay for Group Life coverage for eligible retired NRIP participants for the years ending December 31, 2019 and December 31, 2020. The transfer, if made, would occur on December 30, 2019.

The transfer, if made, is expected to extend the life of the Group Life Trust for five years.

The Nokia notice closes with the assurance that the pension benefit for all NRIP participants is fully vested and nonforfeitable.

Questions about this transfer can be addressed to fcminter@aol.com or 1-205-915-2908.

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HELP FOR SURVIVORS

The LRO receives frequent requests for dealing with the passing of a retiree or surviving spouse. Consequently, we have created a document that focuses on communicating with Nokia benefits and pensions, along with links to websites with checklists for other family issues. The document is available here.

The document is printable so that you can keep it in your files for future reference.


PENSION STATUS REPORT

Recently you should have received from Nokia the Annual Funding Notice (AFN) reporting the status of your pension that they are required to send you each year on April 30. In this status report we will provide some comments on the data in the AFN and also on the information Nokia reported to the SEC earlier this year. The current data in the two documents will probably be the last new current pension status data for this year.

The AFN data provides data at both the beginning of the year (2017) and the end of that year. The beginning of year data covers a three- year period and the following is for the year 2017:

Funding Target Attainment Percentage

Assets $17.628 billion     Liabilities $12.863 billion     Funding Level 137%

Two significant causes are described for the reported funding level. (Also covered in the second paragraph under plan liabilities on page 2 of the AFN). Under Federal Law which was effective in 2011, companies with defined benefit pension plans were allowed to calculate pension liabilities using a 25 year average of interest rates rather than a 2 year average. Currently the 25 year average is greater than the 2 year average, therefore the higher rate reduces the pension liabilities and increases the funding level. Nokia reports that using this average rate adds about 20.5 percentage points to the funding level. The second item is that Nokia has not yet adopted the new actuarial tables for this calculation which also overstates the funding level by about 10%.

The second funding status shown in the AFN is at 12/31/17 as follows:

Assets $18.422 billion     Liabilities $15.636 billion   Funding Level 117.8%

This calculation does not use the 25 year interest rate average but uses the PBGC interest rates. It also does not reflect the use of new actuarial tables which have about a 10% effect on funding level. This funding level is about two percentage points lower than 2016.

Earlier this year, Nokia also filed a Form 20F with the SEC that reported the funding level of our pension plans (in euros) for year end 2016 and 2017.

  2016 2017
Pension Assets  16.9 billion euros 15.3 billion euros 
Pension Liabilities  15.9 billion euros  13.8 billion euros 
Funding level  105.7 %   111.0 % 

Please note the reduction in both assets and liabilities for 2017. Since pension recording for our pension plans is done in dollars, it must be converted into euros for financial reporting by Nokia. The exchange rate from dollars to euros increased from about 1.05 to about 1.20 during this period thereby significantly reducing both reported assets and liabilities. You should also note that Nokia has adopted the new actuarial tables for financial reporting.

When Nokia reports total assets and liabilities for all US pension plans and all US post retirement benefits total pension assets (management and represented plans) exceed total liabilities by 2.4 billion euros. Post retirement benefit plans covering both healthcare and group life insurance benefits liabilities exceed assets by 2.0 billion euros. As reported on the 20F (when all plans are added together) some of the positive increase resulted from the improvement in the euro/dollar exchange rate.

The AFN also reports total participants in the pension plan, both active, retired, and entitled to future benefits. Total participants declined from 117,260 on 1/1/16 to 115,150 on 1/1/17 although active employees increased by 2006 during the year 2016. That is of interest to retirees as Nokia increased pension expense by 63 million euros in 2016 and 75 million euros in 2017 in connection with reinstatement of a cash balance pension plan for active employees. Up to now no assets have been contributed to the plan for this expense.


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LUCENT RETIREE ISSUES IN THE NEWS

Rather than duplicate links to articles that are posted IN THE NEWS on the NRLN website home page, we will endeavor to post here articles of particular interest to Lucent Retirees. Please visit www.nrln.org for a wide range of retiree news.

Opinion: We Think Nokia (HEL:NOKIA) Is Taking Some Risk With Its Debt
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Nokia Touts 5G Patent Holdings
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AT&T, Google, Nokia part of ecosystem driving CBRS - analysts
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Trump gives shout-out to Nokia—and CWA notices
By Monica Alleven; FierceWireless ~ Oct 03, 2019

Is 5G a Tailwind or a Headwind for Nokia Stock? Although the 5G rollout benefits NOK, it also provides the same growth channel to the competition
From Josh Enomoto; InvestorPlace ~ Sep 23, 2019

Nokia: 5G is in a state of flux and will be until 2021
By Chris Kelly; Total Telecom ~ Sep 10, 2019

Nokia touts first commercial 5G cloud RAN deployment (psst — it’s Verizon’s)
By Kelly Hill; RCR Wireless News ~ Aug 23, 2019

Nokia Delays Sprint's 5G Rollout
By Mike Dano; Light Reading ~ Aug 14, 2019

Nokia, Ericsson, Cisco Pull US Operators Toward Standalone 5G
By Mike Dano; Light Reading ~ Aug 12, 2019

Ericsson, Nokia at Front of Queue for Orange 5G Contracts
By Iain Morris; Light Reading ~ Aug 06, 2019

Nokia's stock soars on heavy volume after earnings beat, raised outlook
By Tomi Kilgore; MarketWatch ~ Jul 25, 2019

Nokia is taking advantage of Huawei's 5G pain
By Michael Scaturro; CNN Business ~ Jul 25, 2019

Nokia Launches Beacon 1 Mesh Wi-Fi System
By Tim Verry; PC Perspective ~ Jul 18, 2019

Three UK Builds 5G-Ready Cloud Core Network with Nokia
Via “News Wire Feed”; Light Reading ~ Jul 16, 2019

Seriously, Nokia’s 5G Portfolio Makes NOK Stock Worth a Shot
By James Brumley; Investor Place ~ Jul 12, 2019

Nokia’s New Home Wi-Fi Router Takes Aim at Amazon and Google
By Lauren Goode; Wired ~ Jul 09, 2019

Nokia boss warns against tougher telecoms security rules
By Nic Fildes; Financial Times ~ Jul 02, 2019

Opinion: Nokia Exec Says What He Thinks
From Simon Rockman; Forbes ~ Jun 28, 2019

Nokia CEO Finds Positive Spin in Long 5G Game
By Iain Morris; Light Reading ~ Jun 27, 2019

Nokia Set for Recovery With 5G Update – Sources
By Iain Morris; Light Reading ~ Jun 25, 2019

Ericsson, Nokia Prepared for Any US Ban on China-Made Gear
By Iain Morris; Light Reading ~ Jun 24, 2019

Nokia Boasts 5 'Live' 5G Networks as Huawei Hits 120K Shipments
By Iain Morris; Light Reading ~ Jun 20, 2019

Three Great Reasons To Cherish The Nokia 4.2
From Ewan Spence; Forbes ~ Jun 16, 2019

Nokia Winning 5G Contracts Despite Delivery Delays, CEO Says
By Kati Pohjanpalo; Bloomberg ~ Jun 10, 2019

Nokia is fighting hard to steal Huawei's 5G crown
By Sherisse Pham; CNN Business ~ Jun 04, 2019

Nokia confirms 42 commercial 5G deals across the globe
Source: Nokia Oyj; GlobeNewswire ~ Jun 03, 2019