Arconic Inc. (NYSE:ARNC) announced today that it will freeze U.S. defined benefit pension plans for all U.S.-based salaried and non-bargained hourly employees, effective April 1, 2018.
As a result, in the first quarter of 2018, the Company expects to record a liability decrease of approximately $140 million related to the reduction of future benefits and a curtailment charge of approximately $5 million pre-tax. For the full year 2018, the Company expects pension-related expense to be lower by approximately $50 million pre-tax compared to 2017 full-year expenses.
The pension freeze applies to the accrual of future benefits for approximately 7,900 affected U.S. employees; benefits already earned by these employees through March 31, 2018 will be available when they reach retirement eligibility. Retirees already collecting benefits and former employees with vested benefits under the pension plans will not be impacted by this change.
Arconic will continue to support affected employees in preparing for a financially sound retirement by contributing 3% of their eligible compensation to the Company’s applicable 401(k) plan and by matching their contributions of up to 6% of eligible compensation to the applicable plan—consistent with what most new salaried employees currently receive. Arconic is also providing an additional transition contribution of 3% of eligible compensation for the remaining nine months of 2018 for affected employees.
“This transition balances our need to deliver competitive, equitable benefits to all employees while maintaining market competitiveness,” said Vas Nair, Executive Vice President of Human Resources at Arconic.
The lower pension expense expectation is based on preliminary year-end December 31, 2017 results and is inclusive of the change to the pension plans described above as well as expected changes in other pension-related assumptions.
Arconic (NYSE: ARNC) creates breakthrough products that shape industries. Working in close partnership with our customers, we solve complex engineering challenges to transform the way we fly, drive, build and power. Through the ingenuity of our people and cutting-edge advanced manufacturing techniques, we deliver these products at a quality and efficiency that ensure customer success and shareholder value. For more information: www.arconic.com. Follow @arconic: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.
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