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EFN.PR.A To Reset At 6.933%

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

Element Fleet Management Corp. has announced (emphasis added):

the applicable dividend rates for its Cumulative 5-Year Rate Reset Preferred Shares, Series A (the “Series A shares”) and Cumulative Floating Rate Preferred Shares, Series B (the “Series B shares”).

With respect to any Series A shares that remain outstanding after December 31, 2018, holders thereof shall be entitled to receive, and the Corporation shall pay thereon, if, as and when declared by the directors of the Corporation, fixed, cumulative, preferential cash dividends payable quarterly. The dividend rate applicable to the Series A shares for the period from and including December 31, 2018 up to, but excluding, December 31, 2023, will be 6.933%, being equal to the sum of the 5-year Government of Canada bond yield determined as of today plus 4.71%, in accordance with the terms of the Series A shares.

With respect to any Series B shares that may be issued on December 31, 2018, holders thereof shall be entitled to receive, and the Corporation shall pay thereon, if, as and when declared by the directors of the Corporation, floating rate, cumulative, preferential cash dividends payable quarterly. The dividend rate applicable to the Series B shares for the period from and including December 31, 2018 up to, but excluding, March 31, 2019, will be 6.444%, being equal to the sum of the 3-month Government of Canada Treasury Bill yield determined as of today plus 4.71%, calculated on the basis of the actual number of days in such quarterly period divided by 365, in accordance with the terms of the Series B shares.

Beneficial owners of Series A shares who wish to exercise their Conversion Privilege should communicate with their broker or other nominee to ensure their instructions are followed so that the registered holder of the Series A shares can meet the deadline to exercise the Conversion Privilege. Such deadline is 5:00 p.m. (EST) on December 17, 2018, as further described in the Corporation’s news release dated November 20, 2018 and in the rights, privileges, restrictions and conditions attaching to the Series A shares, as provided in Article 4 of the Corporation’s restated articles of incorporation dated October 4, 2016.

EFN.PR.A is a FixedReset, 6.60%+471, that was announced 2013-12-9; HIMIPref™ commenced tracking the issue in September 2015 after it received a DBRS rating. The notice of extension dated 2018-11-20 was reported on PrefBlog. The issue is relegated to the Scraps – FixedReset Discount subindex on credit concerns.

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., EFN.PR.A and the FloatingReset 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).

pairs_fr_181203
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The market appears to be becoming relatively more interested in floating rate product; the implied rates until the next interconversion are above the current 3-month bill rate as the averages for investment-grade and junk issues are at +2.03% and +2.18%, 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 EFN.PR.A FixedReset, we may construct the following table showing consistent prices for its soon-may-be-issued FloatingReset counterpart given a variety of Implied Breakeven yields consistent with issues currently trading:

Estimate of FloatingReset (received in exchange for EFN.PR.A) Trading Price In Current Conditions
  Assumed FloatingReset
Price if Implied Bill
is equal to
FixedReset Bid Price Spread 2.50% 2.00% 1.50%
EFN.PR.A 21.02 471bp 21.27 20.82 20.37

Based on current market conditions, I suggest that the FloatingResets that will result from conversion are likely to trade below the price of their FixedReset counterparts, EFN.PR.A. Therefore, it seems likely that I will recommend that holders of EFN.PR.A continue to hold the issue and not to convert, but I will wait until it’s closer to the December 17 notification deadline before making a final pronouncement. I will note that once the FloatingResets commence trading (if, in fact, they do) 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.

CPX.PR.C to Reset at 5.453%

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

Capital Power Corporation has announced (emphasis added):

that it has notified registered shareholders of its Cumulative Rate Reset Preference Shares, Series 3 (Series 3 Shares) (TSX: CPX.PR.C) of the Conversion Privilege and Dividend Rate Notice.

Subject to certain conditions, beginning on December 1, 2018 and ending at 5:00 p.m. (Toronto time) on December 17, 2018, each registered holder of Series 3 Shares will have the right to elect to convert any or all of their Series 3 Shares into an equal number of Cumulative Floating Rate Preference Shares, Series 4 (Series 4 Shares) by delivering an Election Notice to the Corporation.

If Capital Power does not receive an Election Notice from a holder of Series 3 Shares during the time fixed therefor, then the Series 3 Shares shall be deemed not to have been converted (except in the case of an Automatic Conversion, see below). Holders of the Series 3 Shares and the Series 4 Shares will have the opportunity to convert their shares again on December 31, 2023, and every five years thereafter as long as the shares remain outstanding.

Effective December 31, 2018, on December 3, 2018, the Annual Fixed Dividend Rate for the Series 3 Shares was set for the next five-year period at 5.45300%. Effective December 31, 2018, on December 3, 2018, the Floating Quarterly Dividend for the Series 4 Shares was set for the first Quarterly Floating Rate Period (being the period from and including December 31, 2018, to but excluding March 31, 2019) at 1.21882%. The Floating Quarterly Dividend Rate will be reset every quarter.

The Series 3 Shares are issued in “book entry only” form and, as such, the sole registered holder of the Series 3 Shares is CDS Clearing and Depository Services Inc. (CDS). All rights of beneficial holders of Series 3 Shares must be exercised through CDS or the CDS participant through which the Series 3 Shares are held. The deadline for the registered shareholder to provide notice of exercise of the right to convert Series 3 Shares into Series 4 Shares is 3:00 p.m. (MST) / 5:00 p.m. (EST) on December 17, 2018. Any Election Notices received after this deadline will not be valid. As such, beneficial holders of Series 3 Shares who wish to exercise their rights to convert their shares should contact their broker or other intermediary for more information and it is recommended that this be done well in advance of the deadline in order to provide the broker or other intermediary with time to complete the necessary steps.

After December 17, 2018, (i) if Capital Power determines that there would remain outstanding on December 31, 2018, less than 1,000,000 Series 3 Shares, all remaining Series 3 Shares will be automatically converted into Series 4 Shares on a one-for one basis effective December 31, 2018 (an Automatic Conversion); or (ii) if Capital Power determines that there would remain outstanding after December 31, 2018, less than 1,000,000 Series 4 Shares, no Series 3 Shares will be permitted to be converted into Series 4 Shares effective December 31, 2018. There are currently 6,000,000 Series 3 Shares outstanding.

The Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) has conditionally approved the listing of the Series 4 Shares effective upon conversion. Listing of the Series 4 Shares is subject to the Capital Power fulfilling all the listing requirements of the TSX and upon approval, the Series 4 Shares will be listed on the TSX under the trading symbol CPX.PR.D.

For more information on the terms of, and risks associated with an investment in, the Series 3 Shares and the Series 4 Shares, please see Capital Power’s prospectus supplement dated December 10, 2012 which is available on sedar.com or on Capital Power’s website at capitalpower.com.

CPX.PR.C is a FixedReset, 4.60%+323, that commenced trading 2012-12-18 after being announced 2012-12-6. It is tracked by HIMIPref™ but relegated to the Scraps – FixedReset Discount index on credit concerns.

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., CPX.PR.C and the FloatingReset, CPX.PR.D, 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).

pairs_fr_181203
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The market appears to be becoming relatively more interested in floating rate product; the implied rates until the next interconversion are above the current 3-month bill rate as the averages for investment-grade and junk issues are at +2.03% and +2.18%, 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 CPX.PR.C FixedReset, we may construct the following table showing consistent prices for its soon-may-be-issued FloatingReset counterpart given a variety of Implied Breakeven yields consistent with issues currently trading:

Estimate of FloatingReset CPX.PR.D (received in exchange for CPX.PR.C) Trading Price In Current Conditions
  Assumed FloatingReset
Price if Implied Bill
is equal to
FixedReset Bid Price Spread 2.50% 2.00% 1.50%
CPX.PR.C 21.15 323bp 21.42 20.94 20.46

Based on current market conditions, I suggest that the FloatingResets, CPX.PR.D, that will result from conversion are likely to trade below the price of their FixedReset counterparts, CPX.PR.C. Therefore, it seems likely that I will recommend that holders of CPX.PR.C continue to hold the issue and not to convert, but I will wait until it’s closer to the December 17 notification deadline before making a final pronouncement. I will note that once the FloatingResets commence trading (if, in fact, they do) 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.

BPO.PR.T to Reset at 5.383%

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

Brookfield Office Properties has announced (emphasis added):

the reset dividend rate on its Class AAA Preference Shares, Series T (“Series T Shares”) (TSX: BPO.PR.T) …

Series T Shares

If declared, the fixed quarterly dividends on the Series T Shares for the five years commencing January 1, 2019 and ending December 31, 2023 will be paid at an annual rate of 5.383% ($0.336438 per share per quarter).

Holders of Series T Shares have the right, at their option, exercisable not later than 5:00 p.m. (Toronto time) on December 17, 2018, to convert all or part of their Series T Shares, on a one-for-one basis, into Class AAA Preference Shares, Series U (the “Series U Shares”), effective December 31, 2018.

The quarterly floating rate dividends on the Series U Shares have an annual rate, calculated for each quarter, of 3.16% over the annual yield on three-month Government of Canada treasury bills. The actual quarterly dividend rate for the January 1, 2019 to March 31, 2019 dividend period for the Series U Shares will be 1.200820% (4.87% on an annualized basis) and the dividend, if declared, for such dividend period will be $0.300205 per share, payable on March 29, 2019.

Holders of Series T Shares are not required to elect to convert all or any part of their Series T Shares into Series U Shares.

As provided in the share conditions of the Series T Shares, (i) if Brookfield determines that there would be fewer than 1,000,000 Series T Shares outstanding after December 31, 2018, all remaining Series T Shares will be automatically converted into Series U Shares on a one-for-one basis effective December 31, 2018; and (ii) if Brookfield determines that there would be fewer than 1,000,000 Series U Shares outstanding after December 31, 2018, no Series T Shares will be permitted to be converted into Series U Shares. There are currently 10,000,000 Series T Shares outstanding.

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

BPO.PR.T is a FixedReset, 4.60%+316, that commenced trading 2012-9-13 after being announced 2012-9-5. It is tracked by HIMIPref™, but relegated to the Scraps – FixedReset Discount index on credit concerns.

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., BPO.PR.T and the FloatingReset, BPO.PR.L, 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).

pairs_fr_181203
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The market appears to be becoming relatively more interested in floating rate product; the implied rates until the next interconversion are above the current 3-month bill rate as the averages for investment-grade and junk issues are at +2.03% and +2.18%, 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 BPO.PR.T FixedReset, we may construct the following table showing consistent prices for its soon-may-be-issued FloatingReset counterpart given a variety of Implied Breakeven yields consistent with issues currently trading:

Estimate of FloatingReset BPO.PR.L (received in exchange for BPO.PR.T) Trading Price In Current Conditions
  Assumed FloatingReset
Price if Implied Bill
is equal to
FixedReset Bid Price Spread 2.50% 2.00% 1.50%
BPO.PR.T 20.35 316bp 20.61 20.14 19.66

Based on current market conditions, I suggest that the FloatingResets, BPO.PR.L, that will result from conversion are likely to trade below the price of their FixedReset counterparts, BPO.PR.T. Therefore, it seems likely that I will recommend that holders of BPO.PR.T continue to hold the issue and not to convert, but I will wait until it’s closer to the December 17 notification deadline before making a final pronouncement. I will note that once the FloatingResets commence trading (if, in fact, they do) 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.

EFN.PR.A To Be Extended

Friday, November 30th, 2018

Element Fleet Management Corp. has announced (on November 20):

that, pursuant to the rights, privileges, restrictions and conditions attaching to the Cumulative 5-Year Rate Reset Preferred Shares, Series A of the Corporation (the “Series A shares”), as provided in the Corporation’s restated articles of incorporation dated October 4, 2016, the holders of Series A shares have the right, at their option, on December 31, 2018 (the “Conversion Date”) to convert all, or any part, of the then outstanding Series A shares into Cumulative Floating Rate Preferred Shares, Series B of the Corporation (the “Series B shares”) on the basis of one Series B share for each Series A share converted (the “Conversion Privilege”).

The dividend rate applicable to the Series A shares for the period from and including December 31, 2018 up to, but excluding, December 31, 2023, and the dividend rate applicable to the Series B shares for the period from and including December 31, 2018 up to, but excluding, March 31, 2019, will be determined by the Corporation and announced by way of a news release on December 3, 2018.

Beneficial owners of Series A shares who wish to exercise their Conversion Privilege should communicate with their broker or other nominee to obtain instructions for exercising such Conversion Privilege during the notice period, which will run from December 3, 2018 until December 17, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. (EST).

The foregoing Conversion Privilege is subject to the following: (i) holders of Series A shares shall not be entitled to convert their Series A shares into Series B shares on the Conversion Date if the Corporation determines that there would remain outstanding on the Conversion Date less than 500,000 Series B shares, after taking into account all Series A shares tendered for conversion into Series B shares, and (ii) alternatively, if the Corporation determines that there would remain outstanding on the Conversion Date less than 500,000 Series A shares after taking into account all Series A shares tendered for conversion into Series B shares, then all, but not part, of the remaining Series A shares shall automatically be converted into Series B shares on the basis of one Series B share for each Series A share on the Conversion Date. In either case, the Corporation will give written notice to that effect to the sole registered holder of the Series A shares at least seven days prior to the Conversion Date.

EFN.PR.A is a FixedReset, 6.60%+471, that was announced 2013-12-9; HIMIPref™ commenced tracking the issue in September 2015 after it received a DBRS rating. It is relegated to the Scraps – FixedReset Discount subindex on credit concerns.

AQN.PR.A To Be Extended

Friday, November 30th, 2018

Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. has announced (on November 28):

that it does not intend to exercise its right to redeem all or part of the currently outstanding 4,800,000 Cumulative 5-Year Rate Reset Preferred Shares, Series A (the “Series A Preferred Shares”) on December 31, 2018. As a result, subject to certain conditions, the holders of the Series A Preferred Shares have the right to convert all or part of their Series A Preferred Shares, on a one-for-one basis, into Cumulative Floating Rate Preferred Shares, Series B (the “Series B Preferred Shares”) on December 31, 2018 (the “Conversion Date”) in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Series A Preferred Shares described in the short form prospectus of the Company dated November 2, 2012.

Holders of Series A Preferred Shares who do not exercise their right to convert their Series A Preferred Shares into Series B Preferred Shares on the Conversion Date will retain their Series A Preferred Shares.

The dividend rate applicable to the Series A Preferred Shares for the 5-year period from December 31, 2018 to but excluding December 31, 2023, and the dividend rate applicable to the Series B Preferred Shares for the 3-month period from December 31, 2018 to but excluding March 31, 2019, will be determined and announced by the Company by way of a news release on December 3, 2018.

Beneficial owners of Series A Preferred Shares who wish to exercise their conversion right during the conversion period, which runs from December 3, 2018 until December 17, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. (EST), should communicate as soon as possible with their broker or other nominee for more information. It is recommended that this be done well in advance of the deadline in order to provide the broker or other nominee time to complete the necessary steps. Any notices received after this deadline will not be valid.

The foregoing conversion rights are subject to the conditions that: (i) if APUC determines that there would remain outstanding on the Conversion Date fewer than 1,000,000 Series B Preferred Shares, after having taken into account all Series A Preferred Shares tendered for conversion into Series B Preferred Shares, then holders of Series A Preferred Shares will not be entitled to convert their Series A Preferred Shares into Series B Preferred Shares, and (ii) alternatively, if APUC determines that there would remain outstanding on the Conversion Date fewer than 1,000,000 Series A Preferred Shares, after having taken into account all Series A Preferred Shares tendered for conversion into Series B Preferred Shares, then all remaining Series A Preferred Shares will automatically be converted into Series B Preferred Shares without the consent of the holders of Series A Preferred Shares, on a one-for-one basis, on the Conversion Date.

In either case, APUC will give written notice to that effect to the registered holder of Series A Preferred Shares no later than December 24, 2018.

AQN.PR.A is a FixedReset, 4.50%+294, that commenced trading 2012-11-9 after being announced 2012-10-25. The issue is tracked by HIMIPref™, but relegated to the Scraps – FixedReset Discount index on credit concerns.

ALA.PR.E To Be Extended

Friday, November 30th, 2018

AltaGas Ltd. has announced (on November 28):

that it does not intend to exercise its right to redeem any or all of its currently outstanding Cumulative Redeemable Five-Year Rate Reset Preferred Shares, Series E (the “Series E Shares”) (TSX: ALA.PR.E) on December 31, 2018 (the “Conversion Date”).

As a result, subject to certain conditions, the holders of the Series E Shares have the right to convert all or part of their Series E Shares on a one-for-one basis into Cumulative Redeemable Floating Rate Preferred Shares, Series F (the “Series F Shares”) on the Conversion Date. Holders who do not exercise their right to convert their Series E Shares into Series F Shares will, subject to automatic conversion in the circumstances described below, retain their Series E Shares.

The foregoing conversion right is subject to the conditions that: (i) if AltaGas determines that after giving effect to all conversions there would be less than 1,000,000 Series E Shares outstanding after the Conversion Date, then all remaining Series E Shares will automatically be converted into Series F Shares on a one-for-one basis on the Conversion Date; and (ii) if AltaGas determines that after giving effect to all conversions there would be less than 1,000,000 Series F Shares outstanding after the Conversion Date, no Series E Shares will be converted into Series F Shares. There are currently 8,000,000 Series E Shares outstanding.

With respect to any Series E Shares that remain outstanding after the Conversion Date, holders shall be entitled to receive, as and when declared by the Board of Directors of AltaGas, fixed cumulative preferential cash dividends, payable quarterly. The new annual dividend rate applicable to the Series E Shares for the five-year period commencing on and including December 31, 2018 to, but excluding, December 31, 2023 will be set and announced on December 3, 2018, being equal to the sum of the five-year Government of Canada bond yield as of such date plus 3.17 percent.

With respect to any Series F Shares that may be issued on the Conversion Date, holders shall be entitled to receive, as and when declared by the Board of Directors of AltaGas, quarterly floating rate cumulative preferential cash dividends. The dividend rate applicable to the Series F Shares for the three-month floating rate period commencing on and including December 31, 2018 to, but excluding, March 31, 2019 will be set and announced on December 3, 2018, being equal to the sum of the annual rate of interest for the most recent auction of 90 day Government of Canada treasury bills plus 3.17 percent (the “Floating Quarterly Dividend Rate”). The Floating Quarterly Dividend Rate will be reset every quarter.

Beneficial holders of Series E Shares who wish to exercise their right of conversion should instruct their broker or other nominee to exercise such right during the conversion period, which runs from December 1, 2018 until 5:00 p.m. (Toronto time) on December 17, 2018. It is recommended that this be done well in advance of the deadline in order to provide the broker or other intermediary with time to complete the necessary steps. Any notices received after this deadline will not be valid.

Subject to the terms and conditions of the Series E Shares and Series F Shares and AltaGas’ right to redeem such shares, holders of the Series E Shares and the Series F Shares will have the opportunity to convert their shares again on December 31, 2023, and every five years thereafter as long as the Series E Shares and Series F Shares remain outstanding.

ALA.PR.E is a FixedReset, 5.00%+317, that commenced trading 2013-12-13 after being announced 2013-12-4. It is tracked by HIMIPref™ but is relegated to the Scraps – FixedReset Discount subindex due to credit concerns.

PVS.PR.G In-Line with Market on Low Volume

Monday, November 26th, 2018

Partners Value Split Corp. has announced (although not yet on their website):

the completion of its previously announced issue of 6,000,000 Class AA Preferred Shares, Series 9 (the “Series 9 Preferred Shares”) at an offering price of $25.00 per Series 9 Preferred Share, raising gross proceeds of $150,000,000. The Series 9 Preferred Shares carry quarterly fixed cumulative preferential dividends representing a 4.90% annualized yield on the offering price and have a final maturity of February 28, 2026. The Series 9 Preferred Shares have been listed and posted for trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol PVS.PR.G. The net proceeds of the offering will be used to redeem the Company’s outstanding Class AA Preferred Shares, Series 3 (the “Series 3 Preferred Shares”) on January 10, 2019 in accordance with the terms of the Series 3 Preferred Shares.

Prior to the closing of the offering, the Company subdivided the existing capital shares held by Partners Value Investments Inc. so that there are an equal number of preferred shares and capital shares outstanding.

The Company owns a portfolio consisting of 79,740,966 Class A Limited Voting Shares of Brookfield Asset Management Inc. (the “Brookfield Shares”) which is expected to yield quarterly dividends that are sufficient to fund quarterly fixed cumulative preferential dividends for the holders of the Company’s preferred shares and to enable the holders of the Company’s capital shares to participate in any capital appreciation of the Brookfield Shares.

PVS.PR.G is a Split Share, 7-year, 4.90% issue announced November 15. It will be tracked by HIMIPref™ and has been assigned to the SplitShare subindex.

DBRS rates the issue Pfd-2(low):

DBRS Limited (DBRS) finalized the provisional rating of Pfd-2 (low) on the Class AA Preferred Shares, Series 9 (the Series 9 Preferred Shares) issued by Partners Value Split Corp. (the Company) and confirmed the ratings of the previously issued Class AA Preferred Shares, Series 3 (the Series 3 Preferred Shares); Class AA Preferred Shares, Series 6 (the Series 6 Preferred Shares); Class AA Preferred Shares, Series 7 (the Series 7 Preferred Shares) and Class AA Preferred Shares, Series 8 (the Series 8 Preferred Shares; collectively, the Class AA Preferred Shares) at Pfd-2 (low).

Holders of the Series 9 Preferred Shares will be entitled to receive a quarterly, fixed, cumulative dividend in the amount of $0.30625 per share to yield 4.90% per annum on the issue price of $25. The Series 9 Preferred Shares rank on a pari passu basis with all other Class AA Preferred Shares. The maturity date for the new series is February 28, 2026.

Following the redemption of the Series 3 Preferred Shares, the downside protection available to the Class AA Preferred Shares is expected to be approximately 85% (based on the closing price of the BAM Shares as of October 29, 2018) and the dividend coverage ratio is expected to be above 2.0 times (x; based on the Canadian dollar and U.S. dollar exchange rate as of October 29, 2018).

The main constraints to the ratings are the following:

(1) The downside protection available to holders of the Class AA Preferred Shares depends solely on the market value of the BAM Shares held in the Portfolio, which will fluctuate over time.

(2) There is a lack of diversification, as the Portfolio is entirely made up of BAM Shares.

(3) Changes in the dividend policy of BAM may result in reductions in Class AA Preferred Shares dividend coverage.

(4) As BAM declares dividends in U.S. dollars, the Company is exposed to foreign currency risk relating to the Canadian-U.S. exchange rate, specifically the appreciation of the Canadian dollar versus the U.S. dollar. This may have a negative impact on the dividend coverage ratio of the Class AA Preferred Shares, as these dividends are paid in Canadian dollars.

(5) Downside protection available to the Class AA Preferred Shares may be negatively affected by the retraction of the Junior Preferred Shares.

I am surprised that they did not also list the credit quality of BAM itself as being a constraint on the rating.

The issue traded 217,100 shares today in a range of 24.50-90 before closing at 24.70-74. The performance appears horrible, but it should be noted that the close comparator PVS.PR.F closed at 25.10-20 on the November 15 announcement day and at 24.47-74 today. Vital statistics for PVS.PR.G are:

PVS.PR.G SplitShare YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Option Certainty
Maturity Date : 2026-02-28
Maturity Price : 25.00
Evaluated at bid price : 24.70
Bid-YTW : 5.12 %

PPL.PR.A : No Conversion to FloatingReset

Monday, November 19th, 2018

Pembina Pipeline Corporation has announced (on November 16):

that none of Pembina’s Cumulative Redeemable Rate Reset Class A Preferred Shares, Series 1 (“Series 1 Shares”) will be converted into Cumulative Redeemable Floating Rate Class A Preferred Shares, Series 2 of Pembina (“Series 2 Shares”) on December 1, 2018.

After taking into account all conversion notices received from holders of its outstanding Series 1 Shares by the November 16, 2018 deadline for the conversion of the Series 1 Shares into Series 2 Shares, less than the 1,000,000 Series 2 Shares required to give effect to conversions into Series 2 Shares were tendered for conversion.

It will be recalled that PPL.PR.A will reset at 4.906% effective December 1. I recommended against conversion.

PPL.PR.A is a FixedReset, 4.25%+247, that commenced trading 2013-7-26 after being announced 2013-7-17. It is tracked by HIMIPref™ and assigned to the “Scraps – FixedResets (Discount)” subindex, relegated there due to credit concerns.

ENB.PR.N : No Conversion to FloatingReset

Monday, November 19th, 2018

Enbridge Inc. has announced (on November 16):

that none of Enbridge’s outstanding Cumulative Redeemable Preference Shares, Series N (Series N Shares) will be converted into Cumulative Redeemable Preference Shares, Series O of Enbridge (Series O Shares) on December 1, 2018.

After taking into account all conversion notices received from holders of its outstanding Series N Shares by the November 16, 2018 deadline for the conversion of the Series N Shares into Series O Shares, less than the 1,000,000 Series N Shares required to give effect to conversions into Series O Shares were tendered for conversion.

It will be recalled that ENB.PR.N will reset at 5.086% effective December 1. I recommended against conversion.

ENB.PR.N is a FixedReset, 4.00%+265, that commenced trading 2012-7-17 after being announced 2012-7-9. It is tracked by HIMIPref™ and assigned to the “Scraps – FixedResets (Discount)” subindex, relegated there due to credit concerns.

LBS.PR.A To Get Bigger; Dividend Boost to 5.45% on Extension

Monday, November 19th, 2018

Brompton Group has announced:

Life & Banc Split Corp. (the “Company”) is pleased to announce it is undertaking an overnight treasury offering of class A and preferred shares (the “Class A Shares” and “Preferred Shares”, respectively). In addition to matched Class A Shares and Preferred Shares, the Company is offering up to 3.7 million Preferred Shares on an unmatched basis.

The sales period for this overnight offering will end at 9:00 a.m. (ET) on Tuesday, November 20, 2018. The offering is expected to close on or about December 3, 2018 and is subject to certain closing conditions including approval by the Toronto Stock Exchange (“TSX”).

The Class A Shares will be offered at a price of $8.08 per Class A Share for a distribution rate of 14.8% on the issue price, and the Preferred Shares will be offered at a price of $10.00 per Preferred Share for a yield to maturity of 5.6%.(1) The closing price on the TSX for each of the Class A and Preferred Shares on November 16, 2018 was $8.29 and $10.05, respectively. The Class A and Preferred Share offering prices were determined so as to be non-dilutive to the most recently calculated net asset value per unit of the Company (calculated as at November 16, 2018), as adjusted for dividends and certain expenses to be accrued prior to or upon settlement of the offering.
The Company invests in a portfolio consisting of common shares of the six largest Canadian banks and the four major publicly traded Canadian life insurance companies:

The Bank of Nova Scotia Royal Bank of Canada
National Bank of Canada Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc.
The Toronto-Dominion Bank Great-West Lifeco Inc.
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce Manulife Financial Corporation
Bank of Montreal Sun Life Financial Inc.

The investment objectives for the Class A Shares are to provide holders with regular monthly cash distributions targeted to be $0.10 per Class A Share and to provide the opportunity for growth in the net asset value per Class A Share.

The investment objectives for the Preferred Shares are to provide holders with fixed cumulative preferential quarterly cash distributions, currently in the amount of $0.11875 per Preferred Share until November 29, 2018, increasing to $0.13625 per Preferred Share ($0.545 per annum) from November 30, 2018 to October 30, 2023; and to return the original issue price plus accrued dividends (if any) to holders of Preferred Shares on October 30, 2023.
The syndicate of agents for the offering is being led by RBC Capital Markets, CIBC Capital Markets, National Bank Financial Inc. and Scotiabank.

According to the fund’s web page the NAVPU was 17.57 as of November 15, so the Whole Unit offering price of 18.08 is a premium of about 2.9%.

On September 25, Brompton announced:

Life & Banc Split Corp. (the “Fund”) announces that the distribution rate for the Preferred Shares for the 5 year term from November 30, 2018 to October 30, 2023 will be $0.545 per annum (5.45% on the original issue price of $10) payable quarterly. The Preferred Share distribution rate is based on current market rates for preferred shares with similar terms. In addition, the Fund intends to maintain the targeted monthly Class A Share distribution rate at $0.10 per Class A Share. The Fund previously announced the extension of the term of the Class A Shares and the Preferred Shares from November 30, 2018 to October 30, 2023. The term extension offers Preferred shareholders the opportunity to enjoy preferential cash dividends until October 30, 2023. Since inception in October 2006 to August 31, 2018, the Preferred share has delivered a 5.2% per annum return.

Update, 2018-11-20: They raised about 58.4-million:

Life & Banc Split Corp. (the “Company”) is pleased to announce a successful overnight treasury offering of class A and preferred shares (the “Class A Shares” and “Preferred Shares”, respectively). Gross proceeds of the offering are expected to be approximately $58.4 million. The offering is expected to close on or about December 3, 2018 and is subject to certain closing conditions including approval by the Toronto Stock Exchange (the “TSX”). The Company has granted the Agents (as defined below) an over-allotment option, exercisable for 30 days following the closing date of the offering, to purchase up to an additional 15% of the number of Class A Shares and Preferred Shares issued at the closing of the offering.