Norsk Hydro: Primary insiders purchase shares under Long Term Incentive program and shares to employees

OSLO, Norway, April 1, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Following approval by Norsk Hydro ASA's Annual General Meeting in 2010, the Board of Directors established a Long Term Incentive (LTI) in the form of a remuneration of 30 percent and 25 percent of annual base salary for the President and CEO and the other members of the Corporate Management Board respectively. The LTI payment requires that Hydro has had a positive underlying EBIT in the previous year. The participants will be required to invest the net amount after tax in Hydro shares and such shares must be held for at least three years.

The following primary insiders have on April 1st 2016, acquired Hydro shares under the above mentioned program at NOK 33.11 per share.

Name Acquired shares Holding after LTI purchase
President and CEO Svein Richard Brandtzæg 29 180 210 235
Executive Vice President and CFO Eivind Kallevik 11 788 41 424
Executive Vice President Arvid Moss 11 788 138 092
Executive Vice President Hilde Merete Aasheim 12 662 72 565
Executive Vice President Alberto Fabrini 16 799 24 884
Executive Vice President Kjetil Ebbesberg 12 469 38 253
Executive Vice President Anne-Lene Midseim 9 422 13 761
Executive Vice President Inger Sethov 8 620 12 283
Executive Vice President Hanne Karine Simensen 9 422 12 186

A total of 122 150 shares have been sold by Hydro to the participants in the Long Term Incentive program.

Hydro holds 27 288 434 own shares after this transaction and the number of outstanding shares are 2 041 709 842.

In addition, all employees employed by Norsk Hydro in Norway have been offered to purchase shares valued at NOK 12,500, with a 50 percent discount, under a general arrangement offered each year. For employees taking part in this arrangement, the share price is NOK 16.55 per share, for 378 shares, which will be sold from Hydro's position of treasury shares by the start of May 2016.

The following primary insiders have under the scheme each agreed to purchase 378 shares:

- President and CEO Svein Richard Brandtzæg
- Executive Vice President and CFO Eivind Kallevik
- Executive Vice President Arvid Moss
- Executive Vice President Hilde Merete Aasheim
- Executive Vice President Anne-Lene Midseim
- Executive Vice President Inger Sethov
- Executive Vice President Hanne Simensen
- Executive Vice President Kjetil Ebbesberg
- Employee representative to the Board of Directors Billy Fredagsvik
- Employee representative to the Board of Directors Ove Ellefsen
- Employee representative to the Board of Directors Sten Roar Martinsen
- Company Secretary Ingeborg Margrethe Liahjell

Investor contact
Contact Pål Kildemo
Cellular +47 97096711
E-mail Pål.Kildemo@hydro.com

Press contact
Contact Halvor Molland
Cellular +47 92979797
E-mail Halvor.Molland@hydro.com

Certain statements included within this announcement contain forward-looking information, including, without limitation, those relating to (a) forecasts, projections and estimates, (b) statements of management's plans, objectives and strategies for Hydro, such as planned expansions, investments or other projects, (c) targeted production volumes and costs, capacities or rates, start up costs, cost reductions and profit objectives, (d) various expectations about future developments in Hydro's markets, particularly prices, supply and demand and competition, (e) results of operations, (f) margins, (g) growth rates, (h) risk management, as well as (i) statements preceded by "expected", "scheduled", "targeted", "planned", "proposed", "intended" or similar statements.

Although we believe that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, these forward-looking statements are based on a number of assumptions and forecasts that, by their nature, involve risk and uncertainty. Various factors could cause our actual results to differ materially from those projected in a forward-looking statement or affect the extent to which a particular projection is realized. Factors that could cause these differences include, but are not limited to: our continued ability to reposition and restructure our upstream and downstream aluminium business; changes in availability and cost of energy and raw materials; global supply and demand for aluminium and aluminium products; world economic growth, including rates of inflation and industrial production; changes in the relative value of currencies and the value of commodity contracts; trends in Hydro's key markets and competition; and legislative, regulatory and political factors.

No assurance can be given that such expectations will prove to have been correct. Hydro disclaims any obligation to update or revise any forward looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

This information is subject of the disclosure requirements pursuant to section 5-12 of the Norwegian Securities Trading Act.

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Source:Norsk Hydro