HLG.PR.B to be Delisted

The Toronto Stock Exchange has announced:

Pursuant to an Order issued on July 21, 2008 by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act, the Company and its monitor in those proceedings, Ernst & Young Inc., have been authorized to consent to the delisting of Hollinger Inc’s Retractable Common Shares (Symbol: HLG.C) and Exchangeable Non-Voting Preference Shares Series II (Symbol: HLG.PR.B) (collectively the “Securities”). Accordingly, TSX will delist the Securities at the close of market on August 22, 2008 for failure to meet the continued listing requirements of TSX. The Securities of the Company are currently halted due to the imposition of a Cease Trade Order by the Ontario Securities Commission. In addition, the Securities have been suspended from trading by TSX effective immediately.

The same press release had further details regarding the Argus delisting previously discussed.

HLG.PR.B has not been tracked by HIMIPref™.

Update, 2008-8-22: The delisting has become effective:

Hollinger Inc. (the “Company”)(TSX:HLG.C)(TSX:HLG.PR.B) announced today that the Company’s common shares and Series II preference shares (collectively, the “Shares”) were delisted from the Toronto Stock Exchange (the “TSX”) effective as of the close of business today.

The Shares have been suspended from trading since the issuance of a cease trade order by the Ontario Securities Commission on July 23, 2008. The cease trade order was issued as a result of the Company’s determination, in the interests of reducing its costs for the benefit of its stakeholders, not to prepare and file annual audited financial statements and other annual disclosure documents in respect of the Company’s financial year ended March 31, 2008. Consequently, following June 30, 2008, the Company has been in default of its continuous disclosure filing requirements under Canadian securities laws.

On July 21, 2008, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (the “Court”) issued an order authorizing the Company and Ernst & Young Inc., the Company’s court-appointed Monitor (the “Monitor”), to consent to the issuance of the cease trade order and the delisting of the Shares. The Company and the Monitor have provided such consent.

Pursuant to proceedings under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (Canada), the Company is conducting a claims process for the Company and its subsidiaries, Sugra Ltd. and 4322525 Canada Inc. (the “Applicants”), and will also do so for its non-Applicant subsidiaries as part of their winding-up. Retired justice John D. Ground has been appointed as Litigation Trustee to administer the Company’s litigation assets, assisted by an Advisory Committee and under the supervision of the Monitor and the Court.

Preliminary estimates prepared by the Company, in conjunction with the Monitor, indicate that there is a significant risk that there will not be adequate recoveries from the Company’s assets for there to be any residual value for the Series II preference or common shareholders of the Company.

2 Responses to “HLG.PR.B to be Delisted”

  1. lystgl says:

    So how much was lost by investors in the black Lord of Crossharbour’s various schemes? It amazes me that the National Post publishes editorials sent by his pompousness direct from his cell as if he’s got something relevant to say. An apology might be apropos however.

  2. jiHymas says:

    Black-bashing is quite fashionable, particularly among the pseudonymous. I confess, I didn’t follow the story closely enough to decide for myself whether his sin was venial or mortal.

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