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BRIEF-Akzo Nobel to purchase annuities for US pension obligations

BRIEF-Akzo Nobel to purchase annuities for US pension obligations
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AMSTERDAM Wed Dec 18, 2013 2:11am EST

AMSTERDAM Dec 18 (Reuters) – Akzo Nobel NV : * Says AkzoNobel to purchase annuities for US pension obligations * Annuity purchase is expected to reduce AkzoNobel’s US pension obligations by about $ 655 million * Says to recognise premium payable to MetLife, maintain pre-transaction funded status, have paid $ 170 million to pension plan * Says annuity purchase will cover around 9,400 US retirees and beneficiaries who retired prior to October 2013 * Says payment administration for pension benefits is expected to transfer to MetLife by the end of Q1 2014

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