AkzoNobel to purchase annuities for US pension obligations

December 18, 2013 AkzoNobel today announced that it has agreed to transfer its obligations for monthly pension payments for current retirees in the US to insurance company MetLife. The annuity purchase is expected to reduce AkzoNobel's US pension obligations by approximately $655 million, or 65 percent, of the total US pension plan. In recognition of the premium payable to MetLife, and in order to maintain its pre- transaction funded status, AkzoNobel has paid a contribution to the pension plan of $170 million. "Part of our strategy is to de-risk pension liabilities over time," explained AkzoNobel CFO Keith Nichols. "This transaction will improve the company's financial health by reducing the risk of a significant unexpected business expense due to the volatile nature of maintaining a defined benefit pension. At the same time, this allows AkzoNobel to focus on its core businesses and serving its customers." The annuity purchase will cover around 9,400 US retirees and beneficiaries who retired prior to October 2013. The payment administration for the pension benefits is expected to transfer to MetLife by the end of Q1 2014. During Q4 2012 and Q3 2013, AkzoNobel offered eligible former US employees a lump sum payment option as a replacement for a future pension benefit under the pension plan. More than 5,700 former employees elected for the lump sum payment - which already reduced the total pension obligation by $180 million. After the lump sum payment and annuity purchase, AkzoNobel's US pension obligations will have reduced by $835 million to approximately $355 million. --- AkzoNobel is a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals. We supply industries and consumers worldwide with innovative products and are passionate about developing sustainable answers for our customers. Our portfolio includes well-known brands such as Dulux, Sikkens, International and Eka. Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, we are consistently ranked as one of the leaders in the area of sustainability. With operations in more than 80 countries, our 50,000 people around the world are committed to delivering leading products and technologies to meet the growing demands of our fast-changing world. Not for publication - for more information Corporate Media Relations                           Corporate Investor Relations T +31 20 502 7833                                      T +31 20 502 7854 Contact: Paul Thomas                                 Contacts: Jonathan Atack, Sheryl Stokes Safe Harbor Statement This press release contains statements which address key issues such as AkzoNobel's growth strategy, future financial results, market positions, product development, products in the pipeline and product approvals. Such statements should be carefully considered, and it should be understood that many factors could cause forecasted and actual results to differ from these statements. These factors include, but are not limited to, price fluctuations, currency fluctuations, developments in raw material and personnel costs, pensions, physical and environmental risks, legal issues, and legislative, fiscal, and other regulatory measures. Stated competitive positions are based on management estimates supported by information provided by specialized external agencies. For a more comprehensive discussion of the risk factors affecting our business please see our latest annual report, a copy of which can be found on our website www.akzonobel.com AkzoNobel press release: http://hugin.info/130660/R/1750542/589952.pdf This announcement is distributed by GlobeNewswire on behalf of GlobeNewswire clients. The owner of this announcement warrants that: (i) the releases contained herein are protected by copyright and other applicable laws; and (ii) they are solely responsible for the content, accuracy and originality of the information contained therein. Source: Akzo Nobel NV via GlobeNewswire [HUG#1750542]