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Finnair’s Board of Directors approve long-term incentive plans

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's Board of Directors has announced that it has approved Finnair's long-term incentive plans. The plans support the implementation of Finnair's strategy to restore its profitability and the performance criteria for the plans in Finnair EBIT margin. The target levels for the improved EBIT margin during 2023–2025 are the same for all personnel groups.

The cash-based staff incentive plan 2023–2025 covers all those personnel groups who have contributed with savings agreements in the reduction of the company's unit costs, which is one of the key actions of the strategy. The incentive plan is share-based and its participants include the Finnair Executive Board as well as other management and experts.

“The restoration of Finnair's profitability after two significant successive external crises has, thanks to the entire Finnair team, got off to a good start, as demonstrated by the company's third-quarter 2022 results. We want to support the journey towards profitability, profit improvement and value creation with long-term programmes that have a common improvement metric and clearly increase shareholder value”, says Jouko Karvinen, Chairman of the Finnair Board of Directors.

The staff incentive plan covers three years, 2023–2025, and all personnel groups that have participated in reducing Finnair's unit costs with long-term savings agreements. The plan will produce a cash pay-out in the of 2026 if Finnair achieves the EBIT margin target set in the plan. Finnair's Board of Directors may approve new personnel groups to join the plan.

The purpose of the share-based incentive plan for management and experts is to support strategy implementation and encourage the participants to work for increased shareholder value in the long-term. The now-decided periods cover the years 2023–2024 and 2023–2025. There are approximately 70 participants in the plan, including the and the Executive Board. This means that Finnair reinstates for the CEO and the Executive Board their long-term remuneration to support strategy implementation, which was cancelled for a period of three years after the State of Finland participated in Finnair's rights issue in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The plan will result in a share payout to the participants if Finnair achieves the EBIT margin target set in the plan. The EBIT margin targets for the period 2023–2024 are based on the restoration of profitability, while the period 2023–2025 emphasizes significant improvement in profitability.

The potential share rewards based on the plan will be paid to the participants in the first quarter of 2025 for the 2023–2024 plan and in the first quarter of 2026 for the 2023–2025 plan.

The share rewards will be delivered to the participants in a single installment after each performance period and are freely transferable. The maximum total number of shares that may be delivered based on the plan is 9,128,000 in each performance period. This is the gross amount of the rewards, from which tax is withheld, after which the remaining net amount is delivered to the participants in shares.

It is recommended that the members of the Executive Board retain ownership of at least fifty per cent of the net shares received under the plan until their shareholding in Finnair corresponds to at least the amount of their fixed gross annual salary.

The amount of variable remuneration paid to a participant in a single year may not exceed one hundred and twenty per cent of the participant's gross annual salary.

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