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ALB.PR.B Upgraded to Pfd-2 by DBRS

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

DBRS has announced that it:

has today upgraded the rating on the Class B Preferred Shares, Series 2 (the Series 2 Preferred Shares) issued by Allbanc Split Corp. II (the Company) to Pfd-2 from Pfd-2 (low). In February 2016, the Company offered 687,567 Series 2 Preferred Shares at $25.67 each as part of a share reorganization. The Series 2 Preferred Shares were issued to maintain the leveraged split share structure of the Company so that the number of issued and outstanding Class A Capital Shares is twice the number of issued and outstanding Series 2 Preferred Shares. The maturity date for the Series 2 Preferred Shares is February 28, 2021.

The current yield on the Portfolio shares fully covers the Series 2 Preferred Share dividends, providing dividend coverage of approximately 1.5 times (x). The Class A Capital Shares are expected to receive all excess dividend income after the Series 2 Preferred Share distributions and other expenses of the Company have been paid.

In the past year, the downside protection available to the Series 2 Preferred Shares, although being volatile, has been gradually increasing, reaching approximately 67.7% as of February 16, 2017.

ALB.PR.C is tracked by HIMIPref™ but relegated to the Scraps index on credit concerns.

MFC.PR.H To Reset At 4.312%

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Manulife Financial Corporation has announced:

the applicable dividend rates for its Non-cumulative Rate Reset Class 1 Shares Series 7 (the “Series 7 Preferred Shares”) (TSX: MFC.PR.H) and Non-cumulative Floating Rate Class 1 Shares Series 8 (the “Series 8 Preferred Shares”).

With respect to any Series 7 Preferred Shares that remain outstanding after March 19, 2017, holders thereof will be entitled to receive fixed rate non-cumulative preferential cash dividends on a quarterly basis, as and when declared by the Board of Directors of Manulife and subject to the provisions of the Insurance Companies Act (Canada). The dividend rate for the five-year period commencing on March 20, 2017, and ending on March 19, 2022, will be 4.31200% per annum or $0.269500 per share per quarter, being equal to the sum of the five-year Government of Canada bond yield as at February 21, 2017, plus 3.13%, as determined in accordance with the terms of the Series 7 Preferred Shares.

With respect to any Series 8 Preferred Shares that may be issued on March 19, 2017 in connection with the conversion of the Series 7 Preferred Shares into the Series 8 Preferred Shares, holders thereof will be entitled to receive floating rate non-cumulative preferential cash dividends on a quarterly basis, calculated on the basis of actual number of days elapsed in each quarterly floating rate period divided by 365, as and when declared by the Board of Directors of Manulife and subject to the provisions of the Insurance Companies Act (Canada). The dividend rate for the three-month period commencing on March 20, 2017, and ending on June 19, 2017, will be 0.90639% (3.59600% on an annualized basis) or $0.226598 per share, being equal to the sum of the three-month Government of Canada Treasury bill yield as at February 21, 2017, plus 3.13%, as determined in accordance with the terms of the Series 8 Preferred Shares.

Beneficial owners of Series 7 Preferred Shares who wish to exercise their right of conversion should instruct their broker or other nominee to exercise such right before 5:00 p.m. (Toronto time) on March 6, 2017. The news release announcing such conversion right was issued on February 10, 2017 and can be viewed on SEDAR or Manulife’s website. Conversion inquiries should be directed to Manulife’s Registrar and Transfer Agent, CST Trust Company, at 1‑800-387-0825.

The Toronto Stock Exchange (“TSX”) has conditionally approved the listing of the Series 8 Preferred Shares effective upon conversion. Listing of the Series 8 Preferred Shares is subject to Manulife fulfilling all the listing requirements of the TSX and, upon approval, the Series 8 Preferred Shares will be listed on the TSX under the trading symbol “MFC.PR.S”.

MFC.PR.H is a FixedReset, 4.60%+313, that commenced trading 2012-2-22 after being announced 2012-2-14. The notice of extension was previously reported.

The most logical way to analyze the question of whether or not to convert is through the theory of Preferred Pairs, for which a calculator is available. Briefly, a Strong Pair is defined as a pair of securities that can be interconverted in the future (e.g., MFC.PR.H and the FloatingReset MFC.PR.S that will exist if enough holders convert). Since they will be interconvertible on this future date, it may be assumed that they will be priced identically on this date (if they aren’t then holders will simply convert en masse to the higher-priced issue). And since they will be priced identically on a given date in the future, any current difference in price must be offset by expectations of an equal and opposite value of dividends to be received in the interim. And since the dividend rate on one element of the pair is both fixed and known, the implied average rate of the other, floating rate, instrument can be determined. Finally, we say, we may compare these average rates and take a view regarding the actual future course of that rate relative to the implied rate, which will provide us with guidance on which element of the pair is likely to outperform the other until the next interconversion date, at which time the process will be repeated.

We can show the break-even rates for each FixedReset / FloatingReset Strong Pair graphically by plotting the implied average 3-month bill rate against the next Exchange Date (which is the date to which the average will be calculated).

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The market appears to have a distaste at the moment for floating rate product; most of the implied rates until the next interconversion are lower than the current 3-month bill rate and the averages for investment-grade and junk issues are both well below current market rates, at -0.51% and -0.64%, respectively! Whatever might be the result of the next few Bank of Canada overnight rate decisions, I suggest that it is unlikely that the average rate over the next five years will be lower than current – but if you disagree, of course, you may interpret the data any way you like.

Since credit quality of each element of the pair is equal to the other element, it should not make any difference whether the pair examined is investment-grade or junk, although we might expect greater variation of implied rates between junk issues on grounds of lower liquidity, and this is just what we see.

If we plug in the current bid price of the MFC.PR.H FixedReset, we may construct the following table showing consistent prices for its soon-to-be-issued FloatingReset counterpart given a variety of Implied Breakeven yields consistent with issues currently trading:

Estimate of FloatingReset (received in exchange for MFC.PR.H) Trading Price In Current Conditions
  Assumed FloatingReset
Price if Implied Bill
is equal to
FixedReset Bid Price Spread 0.00% -0.50% -1.00%
MFC.PR.H 23.98 313bp 22.76 22.24 21.73

Based on current market conditions, I suggest that the FloatingResets that will result from conversion are likely to be cheap and trading below the price of their FixedReset counterparts. Therefore, it seems likely that I will recommend that holders of MFC.PR.H continue to hold the issue and not to convert, but I will wait until it’s closer to the March 6 notification deadline before making a final pronouncement. I will note that, given the apparent cheapness of the FloatingResets, it may be a good trade to swap the FixedReset for the FloatingReset in the market once both elements of each pair are trading and you can – presumably, according to this analysis – do it with a reasonably good take-out in price, rather than doing it through the company on a 1:1 basis. But that, of course, will depend on the prices at that time and your forecast for the path of policy rates over the next five years. There are no guarantees – my recommendation is based on the assumption that current market conditions with respect to the pairs will continue until the FloatingResets commence trading and that the relative pricing of the two new pairs will reflect these conditions.

Insofar as the relative valuation of MFC.PR.H is concerned, Implied Volatility analysis indicates it’s fairly priced relative to other MFC issues:

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In fact, the entire series is well-behaved, with the exception of MFC.PR.F, which looks about $1.40 cheap (according to this analysis!).

ALA.PR.K Firm On Excellent Volume

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

AltaGas Ltd. has announced:

that it has closed its previously announced public offering of 12,000,000 Cumulative 5-Year Minimum Rate Reset Redeemable Preferred Shares, Series K (the “Series K Preferred Shares”), at a price of $25.00 per Series K Preferred Share (the “Offering”) for aggregate gross proceeds of $300 million.

The Offering was first announced on February 13, 2017 when AltaGas entered into an agreement with a syndicate of underwriters co-led by CIBC Capital Markets, BMO Capital Markets, National Bank Financial Inc. and Scotiabank.

Net proceeds will be used to reduce existing indebtedness and for general corporate purposes.

The Series K Preferred Shares will commence trading today on the Toronto Stock Exchange (“TSX”) under the symbol ALA.PR.K.

ALA.PR.K is a FixedReset, 5.00%+380M500, announced 2017-2-13. It will be tracked by HIMIPref™ but relegated to the Scraps subindex on credit concerns.

The issue traded 1,402,187 shares today in a range of 25.01-10 before closing at 25.09-11, 6×10. Vital statistics are:

ALA.PR.K FixedReset YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Limit Maturity
Maturity Date : 2047-02-22
Maturity Price : 23.18
Evaluated at bid price : 25.09
Bid-YTW : 4.90 %

Implied Volatility analysis indicates that while the new issue is reasonably a little cheap, a cheaper alternative for this name is available with ALA.PR.A:

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VSN / CPX Deal: Not Great for VSN, says DBRS

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

Veresen Inc. has announced:

it has entered into a suite of separate agreements to sell its power generation business for $1.18 billion.

Veresen has maximized the value of its power business by selling the assets in three separate packages.

Each of the agreements is subject to closing adjustments and conditions customary in transactions of this nature. Closing is expected to occur during the second quarter of 2017 subject to the receipt of all necessary approvals. Veresen anticipates the minimal amount of cash taxes arising from the sale of the power business will be recovered in the following year. The company expects to update its 2017 guidance for the divestiture of the power business upon the closing of the sale process. TD Securities Inc. acted as the company’s sole financial advisor on this divestiture.

… and Capital Power Corporation has announced:

that it has entered into an agreement to acquire the thermal power business of Veresen Inc., consisting of two gas-fired generation facilities and two waste heat assets.

Under the terms of the agreement, Capital Power will acquire 284 megawatts (MW, net) of generation from two natural gas-fired power assets in Ontario consisting of the 84 MW East Windsor Cogeneration Centre (East Windsor) and a 50% interest in the 400 MW York Energy Centre (York Energy), and will operate both facilities. Both East Windsor and York Energy are under long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs) with the Ontario Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO, A rated) with original terms expiring in 2029 and 2032, respectively. Both assets earn revenue through fixed capacity payments partly indexed to inflation and are compensated for operations and maintenance, and fuel (commodity and transportation) as well as start-up costs. Additionally, East Windsor is under a long-term steam supply agreement with Ford Motor Company (BBB rated).

The purchase price for the acquisition is $225 million in total cash consideration, subject to working capital adjustments and other closing adjustments, and the assumption of $275 million of project level debt (proportionate basis). Capital Power expects to finance the transaction through existing cash and its credit facilities. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2017, subject to regulatory approvals and satisfaction of closing conditions.

The acquisition is expected to increase adjusted funds from operations (AFFO) by an estimated $24 million in the first full year of operations, which will be accretive by 25 cents per share reflecting a 7% increase. The acquisition is expected to be accretive to earnings by 11 cents per share during its first full year of operations. The projected annual EBITDA generated by the assets is estimated to be $55 million per year.

With respect to VSN, DBRS comments:

DBRS had placed Veresen’s ratings Under Review with Negative Implications on August 4, 2016, following the Company’s announcement that it would sell its power generation business, suspend its Premium Dividend and Dividend Reinvestment Plan (DRIP) and maintain its current dividend payout. Proceeds from the sale of the power business will be invested to develop Veresen’s midstream projects in the core natural gas and natural gas liquids infrastructure business. DBRS believes that this announcement negatively affects Veresen’s business risk profile. Please refer to the DBRS press releases “DBRS Places Veresen Inc.’s Ratings Under Review with Negative Implications,” dated August 4, 2016, and “DBRS Maintains Veresen Inc.’s Ratings Under Review with Negative Implications Status,” dated November 18, 2016. DBRS notes that today’s announcement by the Company is consistent with its announcement on August 4, 2016. Consequently, DBRS is maintaining the Under Review with Negative Implications status on Veresen’s ratings. DBRS will further review the details relating to the sale transactions as they become available and aims to resolve the Under Review with Negative Implications status after the sale transactions have closed in Q2 2017.

With respect to CPX, DBRS comments:

DBRS views the Acquisition as having a modestly positive impact on CPC’s Business Risk Assessment factors as (1) the Acquisition assets are supported by long-term PPAs with highly rated counterparties; (2) cash flow from the Acquisition assets is expected to be stable reflecting the nature of capacity contract payments, which account for approximately 80% of the revenues of the Acquisition assets; and (3) the assets being located outside of Alberta also provides CPC with additional geographic diversification, away from the heightened political risk in the province. However, DBRS views the impact of the Acquisition to be modestly negative on CPC’s credit ratios as a result of additional debt from the Acquisition. Overall, DBRS does not view the Acquisition as having either a material positive or negative impact on CPC’s rating.

DBRS notes that CPC’s rating remains BBB with a Negative trend due to Alberta’s challenging wholesale power market environment and heightened political risk for the power market in Alberta. DBRS expects the Negative trend to be resolved upon the completion of its annual review of the Company, which is anticipated to occur in March 2017.

DBRS’ Review Negative of VSN was reported on PrefBlog here and here. The Negative Trend noted by DBRS with respect to CPX does not affect the preferred shares.

Affected VSN issues are VSN.PR.A, VSN.PR.C and VSN.PR.E.

Affected CPX issues are CPX.PR.A, CPX.PR.C, CPX.PR.E and CPX.PR.E.

February 17, 2017

Friday, February 17th, 2017

Let’s close the week off with some rather dated (2014) anti-drone news:

Watch how a US Military Naval ship equipped with a LaWS laser weapon-system destroys an enemy target.

The laser locks onto its target and opens ‘fire’. The target explodes leaving the platform unscathed.

The laser then neatly incinerates a Scan Eagle drone, which plunges to the sea below.

HIMIPref™ Preferred Indices
These values reflect the December 2008 revision of the HIMIPref™ Indices

Values are provisional and are finalized monthly
Index Mean
Current
Yield
(at bid)
Median
YTW
Median
Average
Trading
Value
Median
Mod Dur
(YTW)
Issues Day’s Perf. Index Value
Ratchet 0.00 % 0.00 % 0 0.00 0 1.4098 % 2,040.3
FixedFloater 0.00 % 0.00 % 0 0.00 0 1.4098 % 3,743.9
Floater 3.70 % 3.94 % 54,166 17.50 4 1.4098 % 2,157.6
OpRet 0.00 % 0.00 % 0 0.00 0 0.4508 % 2,984.2
SplitShare 4.74 % 4.01 % 59,074 0.79 4 0.4508 % 3,563.8
Interest-Bearing 0.00 % 0.00 % 0 0.00 0 0.4508 % 2,780.6
Perpetual-Premium 5.42 % -3.02 % 72,726 0.09 16 0.0073 % 2,733.3
Perpetual-Discount 5.17 % 5.16 % 96,865 15.07 22 -0.1810 % 2,907.5
FixedReset 4.48 % 4.13 % 227,641 6.78 97 0.1783 % 2,300.9
Deemed-Retractible 5.03 % 0.47 % 126,437 0.12 31 0.0016 % 2,844.1
FloatingReset 2.48 % 3.13 % 51,355 4.67 9 0.2796 % 2,460.1
Performance Highlights
Issue Index Change Notes
NA.PR.W FixedReset 1.09 % YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Limit Maturity
Maturity Date : 2047-02-17
Maturity Price : 21.39
Evaluated at bid price : 21.39
Bid-YTW : 4.02 %
TRP.PR.A FixedReset 1.16 % YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Limit Maturity
Maturity Date : 2047-02-17
Maturity Price : 18.25
Evaluated at bid price : 18.25
Bid-YTW : 4.23 %
TRP.PR.D FixedReset 1.57 % YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Limit Maturity
Maturity Date : 2047-02-17
Maturity Price : 21.33
Evaluated at bid price : 21.33
Bid-YTW : 4.17 %
PWF.PR.A Floater 4.31 % YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Limit Maturity
Maturity Date : 2047-02-17
Maturity Price : 14.75
Evaluated at bid price : 14.75
Bid-YTW : 3.22 %
Volume Highlights
Issue Index Shares
Traded
Notes
BIP.PR.C FixedReset 171,858 YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Call
Maturity Date : 2021-09-30
Maturity Price : 25.00
Evaluated at bid price : 25.75
Bid-YTW : 4.82 %
BAM.PR.K Floater 155,300 YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Limit Maturity
Maturity Date : 2047-02-17
Maturity Price : 12.10
Evaluated at bid price : 12.10
Bid-YTW : 3.94 %
BAM.PR.C Floater 130,583 YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Limit Maturity
Maturity Date : 2047-02-17
Maturity Price : 12.10
Evaluated at bid price : 12.10
Bid-YTW : 3.94 %
BAM.PR.B Floater 120,956 YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Limit Maturity
Maturity Date : 2047-02-17
Maturity Price : 12.12
Evaluated at bid price : 12.12
Bid-YTW : 3.94 %
TD.PR.Z FloatingReset 99,000 YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Hard Maturity
Maturity Date : 2022-01-31
Maturity Price : 25.00
Evaluated at bid price : 23.80
Bid-YTW : 3.13 %
TRP.PR.K FixedReset 89,297 YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Call
Maturity Date : 2022-05-31
Maturity Price : 25.00
Evaluated at bid price : 25.71
Bid-YTW : 4.30 %
There were 28 other index-included issues trading in excess of 10,000 shares.
Wide Spread Highlights
Issue Index Quote Data and Yield Notes
TRP.PR.F FloatingReset Quote: 17.00 – 17.35
Spot Rate : 0.3500
Average : 0.2413

YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Limit Maturity
Maturity Date : 2047-02-17
Maturity Price : 17.00
Evaluated at bid price : 17.00
Bid-YTW : 3.55 %

MFC.PR.L FixedReset Quote: 20.85 – 21.11
Spot Rate : 0.2600
Average : 0.1649

YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Hard Maturity
Maturity Date : 2025-01-31
Maturity Price : 25.00
Evaluated at bid price : 20.85
Bid-YTW : 6.10 %

ELF.PR.F Perpetual-Discount Quote: 24.30 – 24.54
Spot Rate : 0.2400
Average : 0.1549

YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Limit Maturity
Maturity Date : 2047-02-17
Maturity Price : 24.05
Evaluated at bid price : 24.30
Bid-YTW : 5.51 %

TD.PF.G FixedReset Quote: 26.85 – 27.06
Spot Rate : 0.2100
Average : 0.1297

YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Call
Maturity Date : 2021-04-30
Maturity Price : 25.00
Evaluated at bid price : 26.85
Bid-YTW : 3.67 %

CM.PR.O FixedReset Quote: 21.50 – 21.72
Spot Rate : 0.2200
Average : 0.1438

YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Limit Maturity
Maturity Date : 2047-02-17
Maturity Price : 21.50
Evaluated at bid price : 21.50
Bid-YTW : 4.08 %

MFC.PR.H FixedReset Quote: 23.76 – 23.96
Spot Rate : 0.2000
Average : 0.1274

YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Hard Maturity
Maturity Date : 2025-01-31
Maturity Price : 25.00
Evaluated at bid price : 23.76
Bid-YTW : 4.96 %

BPO.PR.E Settles Firm on Good Volume

Friday, February 17th, 2017

BPO.PR.E settled today, but I was unable to find a press release. Which is not to say that there is no press release, of course – Brookfield’s website is an incredibly poorly designed labyrinth, although it looks really cool and groovy and awesome, man. Have another spliff, bro!

BPO.PR.E is a FixedReset, 5.10%+396M510, announced 2017-2-9. It will be tracked by HIMIPref™ but relegated to the Scraps index on credit concerns.

The issue traded 697,623 shares today in a range of 24.92-02 before closing at 24.99-00, 10×188. Vital statistics are:

BPO.PR.E FixedReset YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Limit Maturity
Maturity Date : 2047-02-17
Maturity Price : 23.15
Evaluated at bid price : 24.99
Bid-YTW : 5.03 %

DBRS formally assigned a Pfd-3 rating to the issue:

DBRS Limited (DBRS) has today assigned a rating of Pfd-3 with a Stable trend to the $275 million Class AAA Preference Shares, Series EE (Series EE Preferred Shares), issued by Brookfield Office Properties Inc. (Brookfield).

The Series EE Preferred Shares will rank equally and rateably with Brookfield’s existing Class AAA preference shares and in priority of the Company’s Class B preferred shares and common shares.

DBRS understands that the net proceeds from the sale of the Series EE Preferred Shares will be used for general corporate purposes, which may include the redemption of existing preferred shares.

Implied Volatility analysis suggests that the issue is a little expensive, but it will be noted that in addition to all the usual assumptions made in this analysis, this conclusion also depends on the assumption that the issues with a reset-floor are equivalent to issues without a reset floor … which is somewhat controversial!

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FTN.PR.A To Get Bigger

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

Quadravest has announced:

Financial 15 Split Corp. (the “Company”) is pleased to announce it has filed a preliminary short form prospectus in each of the provinces of Canada with respect to an offering of Preferred Shares and Class A Shares of the Company. The offering will be co-led by National Bank Financial Inc., CIBC, RBC Capital Markets, Scotia Capital Inc., and will also include BMO Capital Markets, GMP Securities L.P., Canaccord Genuity Corp., Raymond James, Desjardins Securities Inc., Echelon Wealth Partners, Mackie Research Capital Corporation and Manulife Securities Incorporated.

The Preferred Shares will be offered at a price of $10.00 per Preferred Share to yield 5.25% and the Class A Shares will be offered at a price of $10.50 per Class A Share to yield 14.37%.

The closing price on the TSX of each of the Preferred Shares and the Class A Shares on February 14, 2017 was $10.24
and $10.79, respectively.

Since inception of the Company, the aggregate dividends paid on the Preferred Shares have been $6.94 per share and the aggregate dividends paid on the Class A Shares have been $16.00 per share, for a combined total of $22.94. All
distributions to date have been made in tax advantage eligible Canadian dividends or capital gains dividends.

The net proceeds of the offering will be used by the Company to invest in an actively managed, high quality portfolio
consisting of 15 financial services companies made up of Canadian and U.S. issuers as follows:

Bank of Montreal National Bank of Canada Bank of America Corp.
The Bank of Nova Scotia Manulife Financial Corporation Citigroup Inc.
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce Sun Life Financial Services of Canada Inc. Goldman Sachs Group Inc.
Royal Bank of Canada Great-West Lifeco Inc. JP Morgan Chase & Co.
The Toronto-Dominion Bank CI Financial Corp. Wells Fargo & Co.

The Company’s investment objectives are:

Preferred Shares:
i. to provide holders of the Preferred Shares with fixed, cumulative preferential monthly cash dividends currently in
the amount of 5.25% annually, to be set by the Board of Directors annually subject to a minimum of 5.25% until 2020; and
ii. on or about the termination date, currently December 1, 2020 (subject to further 5 year extensions thereafter), to pay the holders of the Preferred Shares $10.00 per Preferred Share.

Class A Shares:
i. to provide holders of the Class A Shares with regular monthly cash dividends in an amount to be determined by the Board of the Directors; and
ii. to permit holders to participate in all growth in the net asset value of the Company above $10 per Unit, by paying holders on or about the termination date of December 1, 2020 (subject to further 5 year extensions thereafter) such amounts as remain in the Company after paying $10 per Preferred Share.

The sales period of this overnight offering will end at 9:00 a.m. EST on February 16, 2017.

FTN.PR.A is tracked by HIMIPref™ but is relegated to the Scraps index on credit concerns.

Update, 2017-2-17: The offering appears to have been successful:

Financial 15 Split Corp. (the “Company”) is pleased to announce it has completed the overnight marketing of up to 2,980,000 Preferred Shares and up to 2,980,000 Class A Shares of the Company. The total proceeds of the offering are expected to be approximately $61.1 million.

BEP.PR.K Firm On Good Volume

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

Brookfield Renewable Partners L.P. has announced that it has:

completed its previously announced issue of Cumulative Minimum Rate Reset Class A Preferred Limited Partnership Units, Series 11 (the “Series 11 Preferred Units”). The offering was underwritten by a syndicate led by TD Securities Inc., CIBC Capital Markets, RBC Capital Markets and Scotiabank.

Brookfield Renewable issued 10,000,000 Series 11 Preferred Units at a price of $25.00 per unit, for total gross proceeds of CDN$250,000,000.

The Series 11 Preferred Units will commence trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange this morning under the ticker symbol BEP.PR.K.

BEP.PR.K is a FixedReset, 5.00%+382M500, announced 2017-2-7. Note that distributions on this security will be a mix of ordinary income and return of capital. It will be tracked by HIMIPref™ but relegated to the Scraps subindex on credit concerns.

The issue traded 784,722 shares today in a range of 24.88-00 before closing at 24.97-99, 54×45. Vital statistics are:

BEP.PR.K FixedReset YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Limit Maturity
Maturity Date : 2047-02-14
Maturity Price : 23.14
Evaluated at bid price : 24.97
Bid-YTW : 4.93 %

MFC.PR.H To Be Extended

Saturday, February 11th, 2017

Manulife Financial Corporation has announced:

that it does not intend to exercise its right to redeem all or any of its currently outstanding 10,000,000 Non-cumulative Rate Reset Class 1 Shares Series 7 (the “Series 7 Preferred Shares”) (TSX: MFC.PR.H) on March 19, 2017. As a result, subject to certain conditions described in the prospectus supplement dated February 14, 2012 relating to the issuance of the Series 7 Preferred Shares (the “Prospectus”), the holders of the Series 7 Preferred Shares have the right, at their option, to convert all or part of their Series 7 Preferred Shares on a one-for-one basis into Non-cumulative Floating Rate Class 1 Shares Series 8 of Manulife (the “Series 8 Preferred Shares”) on March 19, 2017. A formal notice of the right to convert Series 7 Preferred Shares into Series 8 Preferred Shares will be sent to the registered holders of the Series 7 Preferred Shares in accordance with the share conditions of the Series 7 Preferred Shares. Holders of Series 7 Preferred Shares are not required to elect to convert all or any part of their Series 7 Preferred Shares into Series 8 Preferred Shares. Holders who do not exercise their right to convert their Series 7 Preferred Shares into Series 8 Preferred Shares on such date will retain their Series 7 Preferred Shares, unless automatically converted in accordance with the conditions below.

The foregoing conversion right is subject to the conditions that: (i) if, after March 6, 2017, Manulife determines that there would be less than 1,000,000 Series 7 Preferred Shares outstanding on March 20, 2017, then all remaining Series 7 Preferred Shares will automatically be converted into an equal number of Series 8 Preferred Shares on March 19, 2017, and (ii) alternatively, if, after March 6, 2017, Manulife determines that there would be less than 1,000,000 Series 8 Preferred Shares outstanding on March 20, 2017, then no Series 7 Preferred Shares will be converted into Series 8 Preferred Shares. In either case, Manulife will give written notice to that effect to any registered holders of Series 7 Preferred Shares affected by the preceding minimums on or before March 12, 2017.

The dividend rate applicable to the Series 7 Preferred Shares for the 5-year period commencing on March 20, 2017, and ending on March 19, 2022, and the dividend rate applicable to the Series 8 Preferred Shares for the 3-month period commencing on March 20, 2017, and ending on June 19, 2017, will be determined and announced by way of a news release on February 21, 2017. Manulife will also give written notice of these dividend rates to the registered holders of Series 7 Preferred Shares.

Beneficial owners of Series 7 Preferred Shares who wish to exercise their right of conversion should instruct their broker or other nominee to exercise such right before 5:00 p.m. (Toronto time) on March 6, 2017. Conversion inquiries should be directed to Manulife’s Registrar and Transfer Agent, CST Trust Company, at 1-800-387-0825.

Subject to certain conditions described in the Prospectus, Manulife may redeem the Series 7 Preferred Shares, in whole or in part, on March 19, 2022 and on March 19 every five years thereafter and may redeem the Series 8 Preferred Shares, in whole or in part, after March 19, 2017.

The Toronto Stock Exchange (“TSX”) has conditionally approved the listing of the Series 8 Preferred Shares effective upon conversion. Listing of the Series 8 Preferred Shares is subject to Manulife fulfilling all the listing requirements of the TSX and, upon approval, the Series 8 Preferred Shares will be listed on the TSX under the trading symbol “MFC.PR.S”.

MFC.PR.H is a FixedReset, 4.60%+313, that commenced trading 2012-2-22 after being announced 2012-2-14.

I will report the reset rate on MFC.PR.H when it becomes available.

TransAlta cancels a planned preferred share swap because of investor push back

Friday, February 10th, 2017

Barry Critchley was kind enough to quote me in his piece TransAlta cancels a planned preferred share swap because of investor push back:

“It is a good day for shareholders. We don’t always do what the banks tell us to do,” said James Hymas, portfolio manager at Hymas Investment Management and the publisher of the PrefBlog. CIBC World Markets was TransAlta’s financial adviser while PWC provided a fairness opinion.

When TransAlta announced the plan in late December, Hymas said on the blog: “This is a rotten deal for the preferred shareholders, so rotten that we may call it a sleazy attempt by the company to pull the wool over the eyes of unsophisticated retail investors.”

Reached Friday, Hymas reiterated that it “was a bad deal. I suspect the early returns by shareholders combined with comments made to their investor relations department convinced them that it was not going to pass. Rather than be embarrassed, my guess is that they decided to cancel the deal.”

Hymas offered TransAlta, whose common share holders received a major dividend cut one year back, some advice: Get to work on improving the credit rating and spend less time on financial engineering. Last March DBRS changed the trends of all TransAlta’s long-term debt ratings – as well as on its preferred share ratings – to negative from stable.

There are also some amusing quotes from a portfolio manager who liked the deal so much, he’s willing to hide under his bed with the light turned off and say so anonymously:

The manager had little time for the view that holders were being “compromised” because they were not being offered full value, or $25 per share.

“That’s a fiction. They are perpetual securities and worth what they are worth. It’s not like a piece of debt where eventually they owe you the principal,” he added.

I hadn’t actually heard anybody say the holders were being compromised because they were not being offered full value. Perhaps the fact that all this guy has is a straw-man argument explains his anonymity..

This follows previous posts on this topic:

Affected issues are TA.PR.D, TA.PR.E, TA.PR.F, TA.PR.H and TA.PR.J.