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ATI reduces U.S. defined benefit pension obligation by approximately 85% through annuitization

October 18, 2023

DALLAS, Oct. 18, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- ATI Inc. (NYSE: ATI) announced that it will purchase group annuity contracts from Athene Annuity and Life Company and Athene Annuity & Life Assurance Company of New York (collectively, "Athene"), transferring approximately 85% of its U.S. qualified defined benefit pension plan obligations to Athene. The U.S. qualified defined benefit pension plans represented $1.77 billion in liabilities on December 31, 2022. In 2023, the company contributed $272 million in cash – including $222 million in September – to the Plans, which is intended to fully fund the remaining defined benefit pension liabilities. These actions are the latest steps in the company's de-risking strategy, bringing further stability and strength to its balance sheet.

Under the contracts, ATI will transfer the gross pension obligations and related plan assets for approximately 8,200 plan participants to Athene. The pension benefits to which these participants and their beneficiaries are entitled will not change as a result of the transaction.

"With this action, ATI meets all of its pension obligations, and everyone benefits," said Robert S. Wetherbee, Board Chair and CEO. "Our retirees will gain the security of having a large, financially strong insurer with established expertise provide their pension benefits. Our business meets its commitments to all its pension plan participants, through both the annuity purchase and our decision to fully fund our remaining qualified pension obligations. And our shareholders gain confidence knowing these de-risking actions will result in lower, more predictable pension expense in the future."

Since 2016, ATI has completed seven annuitization transactions. Through pension de-risking actions, ATI has reduced the number of plan participants by more than 90%. ATI hired independent fiduciary State Street Global Advisors to conduct a thorough review of reputable insurance companies and select the insurer.

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