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Notice of the Annual General Meeting of Nokia Corporation

Nokia Corporation 
Stock Exchange Release
3 March 2022 at 14:00 EET

Notice of the Annual General Meeting of Nokia Corporation

Espoo, Finland – Notice is given to the shareholders of Nokia Corporation (the "Company") of the Annual General Meeting to be held on Tuesday, 5 April 2022 at 15:00 EEST in the Company’s headquarters at Karakaari 7, Espoo, Finland. Participation and exercise of shareholder rights in the Meeting is possible only by voting in advance and by submitting counterproposals and asking questions in advance in accordance with the instructions given in section C of this notice and otherwise by the Company. It is not possible for the shareholders or their proxy representatives to participate in the Meeting at the meeting venue.

The Board of Directors of the Company has resolved on extraordinary measures pursuant to the temporary legislative act (375/2021) which entered into force on 8 May 2021. In order to restrict the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Annual General Meeting will be held without shareholders’ and their proxy representatives’ presence at the Meeting venue. This is necessary in order to organize the Meeting in a predictable way allowing equal means for shareholders to participate while also ensuring the health and safety of the shareholders, employees and other stakeholders of the Company.

It is possible to follow the Annual General Meeting through a webcast. Instructions regarding the webcast will be available on the Company’s website www.nokia.com/agm. It is not possible to ask questions, make counterproposals or vote through the webcast, and following the webcast is not considered as participation or exercise of shareholder rights in the Meeting.

After the Annual General Meeting on 5 April 2022 at 16:00 EEST the webcast will continue with a live Q&A event where the shareholders have the opportunity to present questions to the Company's management on subjects related to the Annual General Meeting. The Q&A event is not part of the Annual General Meeting and questions presented at the Q&A event are not deemed to be made at the Annual General Meeting. Questions presented to the Annual General Meeting pursuant to Chapter 5, Section 25 of the Finnish Companies Act are therefore required to be asked in advance in accordance with the instructions given in section C of this notice. Instructions regarding the webcast for the Q&A event will be available on the Company’s website www.nokia.com/agm.

A. Matters on the agenda of the Annual General Meeting

At the Annual General Meeting, the following matters will be considered:

1. Opening of the Meeting

2. Matters of order for the Meeting

The Chair of the Meeting will be Seppo Kymäläinen, attorney-at-law.

In case Seppo Kymäläinen would not be able to act as the Chair of the Meeting for a weighty reason, the Board of Directors will name another person it deems most suitable to act as the Chair of the Meeting.

3. Election of a person to confirm the minutes and a person to verify the counting of votes

The person to confirm the minutes and to verify the counting of votes will be Marjo Westergård, the Company’s Senior Legal Counsel.

In case Marjo Westergård would not be able to act as the person to confirm the minutes and to verify the counting of votes for a weighty reason, the Board of Directors will name another person it deems most suitable to act in that role.

4. Recording the legal convening of the Meeting and quorum

5. Recording the attendance at the Meeting and adoption of the list of votes

The shareholders who have voted in advance and who have the right to participate in the Meeting pursuant to Chapter 5 Sections 6 and 6a of the Finnish Companies Act will be recorded to have attended the Meeting. The list of votes will be adopted according to the information provided by Euroclear Finland Oy.

6. Presentation of the Annual Accounts, the review by the Board of Directors and the auditor’s report for the financial year 2021

As participation in the Meeting is possible only in advance, the “Nokia in 2021” annual report, which includes the Company’s Annual Accounts, the review by the Board of Directors and the auditor’s report is deemed to have been presented to the Meeting once it is published in week 9 of 2022, after which it is available on the Company’s website www.nokia.com/agm.

7. Adoption of the Annual Accounts

The Board of Directors proposes that the Annual General Meeting adopt the Annual Accounts.

8. Resolution on the use of the profit shown on the balance sheet and authorization of the Board of Directors to decide on the distribution of dividend and assets from the invested unrestricted equity fund

The distributable funds on the balance sheet of the Company as at 31 December 2021 were EUR 17 282 854 713.47, of which the profit for the financial year 2021 was EUR 482 256 270.12.

The Board of Directors proposes to the Annual General Meeting that based on the balance sheet to be adopted for the financial year ended on 31 December 2021, no dividend is distributed by a resolution of the Annual General Meeting. Instead, the Board proposes to be authorized to decide on the distribution of an aggregate maximum of EUR 0.08 per share as dividend and/or as assets from the invested unrestricted equity fund.

The authorization will be used to distribute dividend and/or equity repayment in four installments during the period of validity of the authorization unless the Board of Directors decides otherwise for a justified reason. The authorization would be valid until the opening of the next Annual General Meeting. The Board would make separate resolutions on the amount and timing of each distribution of the dividend and/or equity repayment so that the preliminary record and payment dates for the dividend and/or equity repayment will be as set out below. The Company shall make a separate announcement of each such Board resolution.                

Preliminary record date         Preliminary payment date
3 May 2022 12 May 2022
26 July 2022 4 August 2022
25 October 2022 3 November 2022
7 February 2023 16 February 2023

The dividend and/or equity repayment based on the resolution of the Board of Directors will be paid to a shareholder registered in the Company’s shareholders’ register maintained by Euroclear Finland Oy on the record date of the dividend and/or equity repayment.

Based on the total number of shares in the Company on the date of this proposal, the authorization would be equal to an approximate maximum of EUR 456 million. The proposed total authorization for dividend and/or equity repayment is in line with the Company’s dividend policy.

Since the Board has proposed that instead of an immediate dividend resolution, the Board would be authorized by the Annual General Meeting to decide on the dividend and/or equity repayment as set forth above, the shareholders have the right, in deviation from the Board’s proposal, to demand a minority dividend, pursuant to Chapter 13 Section 7 of the Finnish Companies Act. The minority dividend must be distributed, if a demand to this effect is made by shareholders who have at least one tenth of all shares. The amount of minority dividend is EUR 241 128 135.06, which corresponds to half of the profit of the financial year. A shareholder demanding minority dividend may vote for the minority dividend in advance voting, and no separate demand or counterproposal is required. The Board has informed that it would take the potential distribution of minority dividend into account as a reduction in the amount of funds to be distributed based on the authorization, provided that the Annual General Meeting authorizes the Board to decide on the distribution of funds as proposed.

9. Resolution on the discharge of the members of the Board of Directors and the President and CEO from liability for the financial year 2021

10. Addressing the Remuneration Report

As participation in the Meeting is possible only in advance, the Company’s Remuneration Report is deemed to have been presented to the Meeting once it has been published by a stock exchange release in week 9 of 2022, after which it is available on the Company’s website www.nokia.com/agm. The resolution to adopt the Remuneration Report is advisory.

11. Resolution on the remuneration to the members of the Board of Directors

To ensure the competitiveness of the Board remuneration and reflecting the fee development in Nokia’s global peer group, the Board’s Corporate Governance and Nomination Committee has resolved to recommend to the Board that the annual fees of Board members, save for the Chair of the Board, would be proposed to be increased with EUR 10 000. Other remuneration payable to the Board and Committee members would remain unchanged, including the annual fee of the Chair of the Board and the Company’s practice according to which no additional annual fees are paid to the Chair of the Board for service in any of the Board Committees.

Consequently, on the recommendation of the Board’s Corporate Governance and Nomination Committee and in line with the Company’s Remuneration Policy, the Board of Directors proposes to the Annual General Meeting that the annual fee payable to Board members for a term ending at the close of the next Annual General Meeting be as follows:

  • EUR 440 000 for the Chair of the Board;
  • EUR 195 000 for the Vice Chair of the Board;
  • EUR 170 000 for each member of the Board;
  • EUR 30 000 each for the Chairs of the Audit Committee and the Personnel Committee and EUR 20 000 for the Chair of the Technology Committee as an additional annual fee; and
  • EUR 15 000 for each member of the Audit Committee and Personnel Committee and EUR 10 000 for each member of the Technology Committee as an additional annual fee.

The Board of Directors proposes that approximately 40 percent of the annual fee be paid in Nokia shares purchased from the market on behalf of the Board members or alternatively by using treasury shares held by the Company. The rest of the annual fee will be payable in cash to cover taxes arising from the remuneration. The directors shall retain until the end of their directorship such number of shares that corresponds to the number of Nokia shares they have received as Board remuneration during their first three years of service in the Board.

In addition, the Board proposes that the meeting fees for Board and Board Committee meetings payable to all the other Board members, except for the Chair of the Board, remain at current level. These meeting fees based on travel required between the Board member’s home location and the location of a meeting would be paid for a maximum of seven meetings per term as follows:

  • EUR 5 000 per meeting requiring intercontinental travel; and
  • EUR 2 000 per meeting requiring continental travel.

Only one meeting fee would be payable in the usual case of multiple Board and Board Committee meetings per eligible travel.

Moreover, it is proposed that members of the Board of Directors shall be compensated for travel and accommodation expenses as well as other costs directly related to Board and Board Committee work. The meeting fees, travel expenses and other expenses directly related to Board and Board Committee work will be paid in cash.

12. Resolution on the number of members of the Board of Directors

On the recommendation of the Board’s Corporate Governance and Nomination Committee, the Board proposes to the Annual General Meeting that the number of Board members be ten (10).

13. Election of members of the Board of Directors

Kari Stadigh, the Vice Chair of the Board, has informed the Board’s Corporate Governance and Nomination Committee that he will no longer be available to serve on the Nokia Board of Directors after the Annual General Meeting. The Board proposes, on the recommendation of the Board’s Corporate Governance and Nomination Committee, that the following current Board members be re-elected as members of the Board of Directors for a term until the close of the next Annual General Meeting: Sari Baldauf, Bruce Brown, Thomas Dannenfeldt, Jeanette Horan, Edward Kozel, Søren Skou and Carla Smits-Nusteling. In addition, it is proposed that Lisa Hook, former President and Chief Executive Officer of Neustar, Inc., Thomas Saueressig, member of the Executive Board of SAP SE and Global Head of SAP Product Engineering, and Kai Öistämö, President and Chief Executive Officer of Vaisala Corporation, be elected as new members of the Board of Directors for the same term of office.

The Corporate Governance and Nomination Committee intends to propose in the assembly meeting of the new Board of Directors to be held after the Annual General Meeting that Sari Baldauf be re-elected as Chair of the Board and Søren Skou as new Vice Chair of the Board, subject to their election to the Board of Directors.

All Board member candidates have been determined to be independent of the Company and of the Company’s significant shareholders under the Finnish Corporate Governance Code and the rules of the New York Stock Exchange, as applicable.

The biographical details of all Board member candidates are presented on the Company’s website www.nokia.com/agm.

14. Resolution on the remuneration of the Auditor

On the recommendation of the Board’s Audit Committee, the Board of Directors proposes to the Annual General Meeting that the auditor to be elected for the financial year 2023 be reimbursed based on the invoice of the auditor and in compliance with the purchase policy approved by the Board’s Audit Committee.

15. Election of Auditor for the financial year 2023

Since 2019, the Board of Directors has proposed to the Annual General Meeting that the shareholders would elect the auditor for the financial year commencing next after the election. Therefore, on the recommendation of the Board’s Audit Committee, the Board of Directors proposes to the Annual General Meeting that Deloitte Oy be re-elected as the auditor of the Company for the financial year 2023.

Deloitte Oy has informed the Company that the auditor in charge would be Authorized Public Accountant Marika Nevalainen.

16. Authorization to the Board of Directors to resolve to repurchase the Company’s own shares

The Board of Directors proposes that the Annual General Meeting authorize the Board of Directors to resolve to repurchase a maximum of 550 million shares, which corresponds to less than 10 percent of the Company’s total number of shares. The repurchases under the authorization are proposed to be carried out by using funds in the unrestricted equity, as resolved by the Board of Directors, which means that the repurchases will reduce the distributable funds of the Company.

The price paid for the shares under the authorization shall be based on the market price of Nokia share on the securities markets on the date of the repurchase or a price otherwise formed in a competitive process. Shares may be repurchased to be cancelled, held to be reissued, transferred further or for other purposes resolved by the Board of Directors. The Company may enter into derivative, share lending or other arrangements customary in capital market practice.

The shares may be repurchased otherwise than in proportion to the shares held by the shareholders (directed repurchase).

The Board shall resolve on all other matters related to the repurchase of Nokia shares.

It is proposed that the authorization be effective until 4 October 2023 and terminate the authorization for repurchasing the Company’s shares granted by the Annual General Meeting on 8 April 2021 to the extent that the Board has not previously resolved to repurchase shares based on such authorization.

17. Authorization to the Board of Directors to resolve to issue shares and special rights entitling to shares

The Board of Directors proposes that the Annual General Meeting authorize the Board of Directors to resolve to issue in total a maximum of 550 million shares through issuance of shares or special rights entitling to shares under Chapter 10, Section 1 of the Finnish Companies Act in one or more issues during the effective period of the authorization. The Board of Directors may issue either new shares or treasury shares held by the Company. The proposed maximum amount corresponds to less than 10 percent of the Company’s total number of shares as of the date of this proposal.

Shares and special rights entitling to shares may be issued in deviation from the shareholders’ pre-emptive rights within the limits set by law. The authorization may be used to develop the Company’s capital structure, diversify the shareholder base, finance or carry out acquisitions or other arrangements, settle the Company’s equity-based incentive plans or for other purposes resolved by the Board of Directors.

The Board of Directors shall resolve on all terms and conditions of the issuance of shares and special rights entitling to shares under Chapter 10, Section 1 of the Finnish Companies Act.

It is proposed that the authorization be effective until 4 October 2023 and terminate the authorization for issuance of shares and special rights entitling to shares resolved at the Annual General Meeting on 8 April 2021.

18. Closing of the Meeting

B. Documents of the Annual General Meeting

This notice, all the proposals by the Board of Directors relating to the agenda of Meeting, the Remuneration Report as well as the “Nokia in 2021” annual report, which includes the Company’s Annual Accounts, the review by the Board of Directors and the auditor’s report, are expected to be available on the Company’s website at www.nokia.com/agm in week 9 of 2022. A copy of the “Nokia in 2021” annual report will be sent to shareholders upon request. The minutes of the Annual General Meeting will be available on the Company’s website www.nokia.com/agm latest on 19 April 2022.

C. Instructions for the participants of the Annual General Meeting

The Company takes the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic seriously, and in its efforts to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Annual General Meeting has been decided to be held without shareholders and their proxy representatives’ presence at the Meeting venue. This is necessary in order to ensure the health and safety of the Company's shareholders, employees and other stakeholders. The Company’s shareholders and their proxy representatives can participate in the Meeting and use their shareholder rights only by voting in advance and by submitting counterproposals and asking questions in advance by following the below instructions.

It is possible to follow the Annual General Meeting through a webcast. Instructions regarding the webcast will be available on the Company’s website www.nokia.com/agm. It is not possible to ask questions, submit counterproposals or vote in the Annual General Meeting through the webcast, and following the webcast is not considered as participation in the Annual General Meeting or exercise of shareholder rights. The same applies also if a shareholder would not have voted in advance or issued a proxy document to a proxy representative.

1. The right to participate in the Meeting

Each shareholder, who on 24 March 2022 is registered in the Register of Shareholders of the Company, maintained by Euroclear Finland Oy, has the right to participate in the Annual General Meeting. A shareholder, whose shares are registered on his/her Finnish book-entry account, is automatically registered in the Register of Shareholders of the Company. If you do not have a Finnish book-entry account, see section 4. Holders of nominee-registered shares or section 5. Holders of American Depositary Receipts (ADR). Shareholders cannot participate in the Meeting by any other means than voting in advance in the manner instructed below as well as by submitting counterproposals and asking questions in advance.

2. Registration and voting in advance for shareholders registered in the shareholders’ register maintained by Euroclear Finland Oy

Shareholders with a Finnish book-entry account, who wish to participate at the Annual General Meeting, must register for the Meeting by giving a prior notice of participation and by delivering their votes in advance no later than by 29 March 2022 at 16:00 EEST by which time the notice and votes need to be received.

Registration and advance voting will open on 9 March 2022 by 10:00 EET and end on 29 March 2022 at 16:00 EEST. A shareholder, who has a Finnish book-entry account, may register and vote in advance by the following means:

a) through the Company's website at www.nokia.com/agm

Private persons can register and vote by using strong authentication (for example Finnish bank ID). For shareholders that are legal persons, a business ID and the book-entry account number of the shareholder are needed for voting in advance. Should a legal person authorize a proxy representative through the electronic Suomi.fi authorization service, the authorized person is required to use strong identification in order to register and vote. More information in chapter 3. Proxy representatives and powers of attorney.

b) by email or mail

A shareholder may send the advance voting form available on the Company’s website to Euroclear Finland Oy by email at yhtiokokous@euroclear.eu or by regular mail to Euroclear Finland Oy, Yhtiökokous/Nokia Oyj, P.O. Box 1110, FI-00101 Helsinki.

In connection with the registration, a shareholder or a proxy representative is required to provide the personal information requested. The personal information collected will only be used in connection with the Annual General Meeting and registrations related to it.

If a shareholder participates in the Meeting by sending the votes in advance by mail or email to Euroclear Finland Oy, in accordance with applicable instructions, the delivery of the votes constitutes due registration for the Meeting. No other separate notification of participation is required.

Further instructions relating to the advance voting will be available on the Company's website www.nokia.com/agm and information is also available by telephone at +358 20 770 6870 from Monday to Friday at 09:00 to 16:00 EET.

3. Proxy representatives and powers of attorney

A shareholder may participate in the Annual General Meeting by proxy. The proxy representative of a shareholder is also required to vote in advance in the manner instructed in this notice. A proxy representative shall produce a dated proxy authorization document or otherwise in a reliable manner demonstrate their right to represent the shareholder. Should a shareholder participate in the Meeting by means of several proxy representatives representing the shareholder with shares in different book-entry accounts, the shares by which each proxy representative represents the shareholder shall be identified in connection with the registration for the Meeting. Proxy authorization documents should be delivered to Euroclear Finland Oy by letter to Euroclear Finland Oy, Yhtiökokous/Nokia Oyj, P.O. Box 1110, FI-00101 Helsinki or by email at yhtiokokous@euroclear.eu at the latest by 29 March 2022 at 16:00 EEST.

Shareholders that are legal persons can also use the electronic Suomi.fi authorization service instead of the traditional proxy authorization document. In this case, the legal person authorizes a representative nominated by it in the Suomi.fi service at www.suomi.fi/e-authorizations by using the mandate theme “Representation at the General Meeting”. In order to register and vote through Euroclear Finland Oy's online meeting service, the authorized person must use strong electronic identification (Finnish bank ID or mobile certificate), after which the electronic authorization will be checked automatically. More information available at www.suomi.fi/e-authorizations.

4. Holders of nominee-registered shares

A holder of nominee-registered shares has the right to participate in the Annual General Meeting by virtue of such shares, based on which they on the record date of the Annual General Meeting, i.e. on 24 March 2022, would be entitled to be registered in the shareholders’ register of the company held by Euroclear Finland Oy. The right to participate in the Meeting requires, in addition, that the shareholder on the basis of such shares has been registered into the temporary shareholders’ register held by Euroclear Finland Oy at the latest by 31 March 2022 by 14:00 EEST. As regards nominee-registered shares this constitutes due registration for the Annual General Meeting.

A holder of nominee-registered shares is advised to request without delay necessary instructions regarding the temporary registration in the shareholders’ register of the Company, the issuing of proxy authorization documents and registration for the Annual General Meeting from his/her custodian bank. The account management organization of the custodian bank shall temporarily register a holder of nominee-registered shares, who wants to participate in the Annual General Meeting, into the shareholders’ register of the Company at the latest by the time stated above. In addition, the account management organization of the custodian bank shall arrange advance voting on behalf of the holders of nominee registered shares. Further information on these matters can also be found on the company’s website www.nokia.com/agm.

5. Holders of American Depositary Receipts (ADR)

A holder of American Depositary Shares (ADR) intending to vote at the Meeting shall without delay notify the Depositary Bank of Nokia, Citibank, N.A., of his/her intention and shall comply with the instructions provided by Citibank, N.A.

6. Other instructions and information

Shareholders who hold at least one hundredth of all shares in the Company have a right to make counterproposals on the agenda items for the Meeting, to be put for a vote. Such counterproposals are required to be sent to the Company by email to agm@nokia.com no later than by 8 March 2022 at noon EET. The shareholders shall in connection with the counterproposal present sufficient evidence of their shareholding in the Company. The counterproposal will be taken to a vote in the Meeting provided that the shareholders making the counterproposal have the right to participate in the Meeting and that they hold at least one hundredth of all outstanding shares in the Company on the record date of the Meeting. Should the counterproposal not be taken to a vote at the Meeting, votes in favor of the counterproposal will not be taken into account. The Company will publish the counterproposals eligible for voting on the Company’s website www.nokia.com/agm on 9 March 2022 at the latest.

Shareholders have the right to ask questions referred to in Chapter 5, Section 25 of the Finnish Companies Act with respect to the matters to be considered at the Meeting. Such questions must be sent by email to agm@nokia.com no later than 18 March 2022 at 16:00 EET. Shareholders shall in connection with their questions present sufficient evidence of their shareholding in the Company. Such questions from shareholders, the Company’s management’s answers to them, and any counterproposals that have not been put for a vote are available on the Company’s website www.nokia.com/agm on 23 March 2022.

Information on the General Meeting required by the Finnish Companies Act and the Securities Markets Act is available on the Company’s website www.nokia.com/agm.

Changes in the number of shares held after the record date of the Annual General Meeting shall not have an effect on the right to participate the Meeting nor on the number of votes held by a shareholder in the Meeting.

On the date of this notice of the Annual General Meeting the total number of shares in Nokia Corporation and votes represented by such shares is 5 696 261 159.

Nokia Corporation

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

About Nokia
At Nokia, we create technology that helps the world act together.

As a trusted partner for critical networks, we are committed to innovation and technology leadership across mobile, fixed and cloud networks. We create value with intellectual property and long-term research, led by the award-winning Nokia Bell Labs.

Adhering to the highest standards of integrity and security, we help build the capabilities needed for a more productive, sustainable and inclusive world.

Inquiries:

Nokia
Communications
Phone: +358 10 448 4900
Email: press.services@nokia.com
Katja Antila, Head of Corporate Communications

Nokia
Investor Relations
Phone: +358 40 803 4080
Email: investor.relations@nokia.com

 


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