Measures for improved consolidation Freeze on client-company funds lifted

Measures for improved consolidation Freeze on client-company funds lifted The Board of the occupational pension insurance company Alecta has decided on a number of strong measures to secure Alecta's capability to fulfill its insurance undertakings in the short and long term. As a result of these measures, the temporary freeze on the client- company funds ceases as of November 1, 2002. According to Alecta's consolidation policy, Alecta present takes measures when the solvency margin is below 110 percent of insurance undertakings. The present solvency margin is 105 percent. The measures now decided are expected to provide an effect during 2002 of SEK 15 billion. As a result, the solvency margin is expected to rise to 110 percent. During 2003, ongoing effects are estimated to provide an additional SEK 4 - 5 billion. Action package includes 1. Freeze on client-company funds lifted · As of November 1, 2002, the terms for use of client-company funds are the same as applied prior to the decision on the temporary freeze. This means that funds again may be used for payment of regular premiums for ITP and ITPK invoices. In contrast, it is no longer possible to receive any cash payment of the funds that is not related to pension purposes. 2. Premium discount ceases · At year-end 2001, the premiums for retirement and family pensions were discounted by 15 percent as a result of the favorable solvency margin. The premiums are being returned to the prior level as of January 1, 2003. · No premium discounts will be granted in 2003 for risk insurance, mainly disability pension 3. Other measures · The alignment period in the consolidation policy is extended to three years. · Surplus funds of SEK 4.9 billion held by Confederation of Swedish Enterprise and the Federation of Salaried Employees in Industry and Services (PTK) are being drawn back to Alecta. · Existing funds for financing of any future increase in lifetimes are being returned to Alecta's collective reserve. Alecta's assumption regarding the mortality (lifetime) of the insured is more than sufficient. · During the period November - December 2002, companies with own account provisions for their pension liabilities (PRI companies) may not settle their liability through insurance in Alecta. For further information, contact: Lars Otterbeck, President, Alecta +46 8 441 66 60 Cecilia Schön Jansson, Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, Alecta +46 8 441 93 50, +46 70 526 93 50 ------------------------------------------------------------ This information was brought to you by Waymaker http://www.waymaker.net The following files are available for download: http://www.waymaker.net/bitonline/2002/10/28/20021028BIT00660/wkr0001.doc http://www.waymaker.net/bitonline/2002/10/28/20021028BIT00660/wkr0002.pdf

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Alecta offers the occupational pension ITP – a pension that is paid for by the employer. We manage assets of almost SEK 420 billion. Our clients and owners are 27,000 companies and 1.6 million private individuals. Alecta’s assignment comes from the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise and the Federation of Salaried Employees in Industry and Services (PTK). Our cost-effective solutions and service allow employers to provide their employees with financial security both during and after their working lives. Through the disability insurance that is included in ITP, we can also increase client companies’ awareness of the correlation between health and profitability. We offer a financial security benefit that suits most people and seek to set the standard for high returns and low costs.