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Preliminary results of Nokia Solutions and Networks' tender offer for all the shares and option rights of Comptel

Nokia Corporation
Stock Exchange Release
March 30, 2017 at 16:00 (CET +1)

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Preliminary results of Nokia Solutions and Networks' tender offer for all the shares and option rights of Comptel

Espoo, Finland - The offer period under the recommended public cash tender offer by Nokia Solutions and Networks Oy (the "Offeror"), a wholly-owned indirect subsidiary of Nokia Corporation, to purchase all of the issued and outstanding shares and option rights in Comptel Corporation ("Comptel") that are not owned by Comptel or any of its subsidiaries (the "Tender Offer") expired on March 29, 2017.

According to the preliminary results of the Tender Offer, the shares tendered in the Tender Offer represent approximately 88.39% of all the shares and votes in Comptel (excluding the treasury shares held by Comptel) and approximately 83.30% of all the shares and votes of Comptel on a fully diluted basis as defined in the terms and conditions of the Tender Offer. In total, approximately 75.31% of Comptel's 2014 option rights and all of Comptel's 2015 option rights have been tendered in the Tender Offer.  

According to the terms and conditions of the Tender Offer, the completion of the Tender Offer is subject to more than 90% of all the shares in Comptel, together with any other Comptel shares acquired by the Offeror or Nokia Corporation, on a fully diluted basis, having been tendered in the Tender Offer (the "Minimum Acceptance Condition"). In light of the preliminary results, the Offeror intends to waive the Minimum Acceptance Condition provided that the final results of the Tender Offer confirm the preliminary results. If the Minimum Acceptance Condition is waived and all other conditions to completion are satisfied, the Offeror will complete the Tender Offer in accordance with its terms and conditions.

"We are very pleased with the preliminary results announced today, which show strong support from Comptel shareholders for the rationale underpinning the planned acquisition and the long-term vision shared by both companies. We look forward to completing this offer in the coming days, and taking the next steps to finalize the transaction," said Nokia Chief Financial Officer Kristian Pullola.

The Offeror will confirm and announce the final results of the Tender Offer on or about April 3, 2017 and at the same time confirm whether the Tender Offer will be completed. In connection with the announcement of the final results, and provided that the Tender Offer will be completed, the Offeror intends to extend the offer period by a subsequent offer period, as referred to in the terms and conditions of the Tender Offer. 

The Offeror or Nokia Corporation may now purchase shares and option rights in Comptel also in public trading on Nasdaq Helsinki or otherwise at a price not exceeding the offer price of EUR 3.04 in cash per share and at a price not exceeding the offer price for the option rights as follows: EUR 2.56 in cash for each 2014A option right, EUR 2.16 in cash for each 2014B option right and EUR 1.53 in cash for each 2014C option right.

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THIS RELEASE IS NOT A TENDER OFFER DOCUMENT AND AS SUCH DOES NOT CONSTITUTE AN OFFER OR INVITATION TO MAKE A SALES OFFER. IN PARTICULAR, THIS RELEASE IS NOT AN OFFER TO SELL OR THE SOLICITATION OF AN OFFER TO BUY ANY SECURITIES DESCRIBED HEREIN, AND IS NOT AN EXTENSION OF THE TENDER OFFER, IN THE UNITED STATES, CANADA, JAPAN, AUSTRALIA, SOUTH AFRICA OR HONG KONG.INVESTORS SHALL ACCEPT THE TENDER OFFER FOR THE SHARES AND OPTION RIGHTS ONLY ON THE BASIS OF THE INFORMATION PROVIDED IN A TENDER OFFER DOCUMENT. OFFERS WILL NOT BE MADE DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY IN ANY JURISDICTION WHERE EITHER AN OFFER OR PARTICIPATION THEREIN IS PROHIBITED BY APPLICABLE LAW OR WHERE ANY TENDER OFFER DOCUMENT OR REGISTRATION OR OTHER REQUIREMENTS WOULD APPLY IN ADDITION TO THOSE UNDERTAKEN IN FINLAND.

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