Notification under Chapter 9, Section 10 of the Finnish Securities Markets Act
Espoo, Finland - Nokia has received a flagging notification in accordance with Chapter 9, section 5 of the Finnish Securities Markets Act from Microsoft Corporation. As announced on September 3, 2013 Microsoft has made available to Nokia EUR 1.5 billion financing in the form of convertible bonds to be issued by Nokia. Each tranche is of nominal value of EUR 500 million maturing in 2018 (“2018 Bond”), in 2019 (“2019 Bond”) and in 2020 (“2020 Bond”), respectively. The financing is provided by Microsoft International Holdings B.V., an indirectly wholly owned subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation. Nokia has on September 6, 2013 decided to draw down the facility and the three tranches of convertible bonds will be issued on or about September 23, 2013.
If the transaction announced on September 3, 2013 by which Microsoft is expected to purchase substantially all of Nokia’s Devices & Services business would not close and all the convertible bonds were converted into shares of Nokia this arrangement could lead to Microsoft International Holdings B.V.’s holdings in Nokia to be altogether 367 524 324 shares and voting rights, representing 8.9 % of all the shares and voting rights in Nokia as calculated based on current amount of shares added with shares from conversion of all the above bonds. The 2018 Bond could be converted into 127 103 563 shares and votes, the 2019 Bond into 122 396 024 shares and votes and 2020 Bonds into 118 024 737 shares and votes.
At closing of the sale of substantially all of Devices & Services business, announced on September 3, 2013, Nokia shall buy and Microsoft International Holdings B.V. shall sell the bonds at the closing and the nominal value of the bonds plus accrued interest will be netted against the proceeds from the sale.
Microsoft International Holdings B.V. has committed not to convert the 2018 Bonds and 2019 Bonds into shares of Nokia until the second anniversary of the issuance date of the bonds and 2020 Bonds until the third anniversary of the issuance date of the bonds. Thereafter, the conversion right continues until the date falling seven business days prior to the maturity date of the relevant bond. If the bonds are converted into Nokia shares Microsoft International Holdings B.V. has committed to vote in accordance with the recommendations of Nokia’s board of directors, except when it would be deemed to be acting in concert with Nokia pursuant to the Finnish Securities Markets Act.
Microsoft International Holdings B.V. (tax ID: 17103708) has its head office in Netherlands and is a indirectly wholly owned subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation (Tax ID: 600413485).
The current number of shares and voting rights in Nokia is 3 744 994 342. Should all the convertible bonds be converted into shares in Nokia, the number of shares and votes would increase to 4 112 518 666 (assuming that no other new shares would have been issued by Nokia).
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It should be noted that Nokia and its business are exposed to various risks and uncertainties and certain statements herein that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, those regarding: A) the planned sale by Nokia of substantially all of Nokia’s Devices & Services business, including Smart Devices and Mobile Phones (referred to below as “Sale of the D&S Business”) pursuant to a purchase agreement between Nokia and Microsoft (referred to below as “Agreement”); B) the closing of the Sale of the D&S Business; C) obtaining the shareholder approval for the Sale of the D&S Business; D) receiving timely, or at all, necessary regulatory approvals for the Sale of the D&S Business; E) expectations, plans or benefits related to or caused by the Sale of the D&S Business; F) expectations, plans or benefits related to Nokia’s strategies, including plans for Nokia with respect to its continuing business areas that will not be divested in connection with the Sale of the D&S Business; G) expectations, plans or benefits related to changes in leadership and operational structure; H) expectations and targets regarding our operational priorities, financial performance or position, results of operations and use of proceeds from the Sale of the D&S Business; and I) statements preceded by “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “foresee,” “sees,” “target,” “estimate,” “designed,” “aim”, “plans,” “intends,” “focus,” “will” or similar expressions. These statements are based on management’s best assumptions and beliefs in light of the information currently available to it. Because they involve risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from the results that we currently expect. Factors, including risks and uncertainties that could cause these differences include, but are not limited to: 1) the inability to close the Sale of the D&S Business in a timely manner, or at all, for instance due to the inability or delays in obtaining the shareholder approval or necessary regulatory approvals for the Sale of the D&S Business, or the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstance that could give rise to the termination of the Agreement; 2) the potential adverse effect on the sales of our mobile devices, business relationships, operating results and business generally resulting from the announcement of the Sale of the D&S Business or from the terms that we have agreed for the Sale of the D&S Business; 3) any negative effect caused by us entering into the Sale of the D&S Business, as we may forego other competitive alternatives for strategies or partnerships that would benefit our Devices & Services business and if the Sale of the D&S Business is not closed, we may have limited options to continue the Devices & Services business or enter into another transaction on terms favorable to us, or at all; 4) our ability to effectively and smoothly implement planned changes to our leadership and operational structure or maintain an efficient interim governance structure and preserve or hire key personnel; 5) any negative effect from the implementation of the Sale of the D&S Business, which will require significant time, attention and resources of our senior management and others within the company potentially diverting their attention from other aspects of our business; 6) disruption and dissatisfaction among employees caused by the plans and implementation of the Sale of the D&S Business reducing focus and productivity in areas of our business; 7) the amount of the costs, fees, expenses and charges related to or triggered by the Sale of the D&S Business; 8) any impairments or charges to carrying values of assets or liabilities related to or triggered by the Sale of the D&S Business; 9) potential adverse effect on our business, properties or operations caused by us implementing the Sale of the D&S Business; 10) the initiation or outcome of any legal proceedings, regulatory proceedings or enforcement matters that may be instituted against us relating to the Sale of the D&S Business; and, as well as the risk factors specified on pages 12-47 of Nokia’s annual report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2012 under Item 3D. “Risk Factors.” and risks outlined in our most recent interim report. Other unknown or unpredictable factors or underlying assumptions subsequently proving to be incorrect could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Nokia does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except to the extent legally required.
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