TransCanada Corporation has announced:
that 12,501,577 of its 22,000,000 fixed rate Cumulative Redeemable First Preferred Shares, Series 1 (Series 1 Shares) were tendered for conversion today, on a one-for-one basis into floating-rate Cumulative Redeemable First Preferred Shares, Series 2 (Series 2 Shares). As a result of the conversion TransCanada has 9,498,423 Series 1 Shares and 12,501,577 Series 2 Shares issued and outstanding. The Series 1 Shares will continue to be listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) under the symbol TRP.PR.A. The Series 2 Shares will begin trading on the TSX today under the symbol TRP.PR.F
The Series 1 Shares will continue to pay on a quarterly basis, for the five-year period beginning on December 31, 2014, as and when declared by the Board of Directors of TransCanada, a fixed dividend based on an annual fixed dividend rate of 3.266 per cent.
The Series 2 Shares will pay a floating quarterly dividend for the five-year period beginning on December 31, 2014, as and when declared by the Board of Directors of TransCanada. The floating quarterly dividend rate for the Series 2 Shares for the first quarterly floating rate period (being the period from December 31, 2014 to but excluding March 31, 2015) is 2.815 per cent and will be reset every quarter.
For more information on the terms of, and risks associated with an investment in, the Series 1 Shares and the Series 2 Shares, please see the Corporation’s prospectus supplement dated September 22, 2009 which can be found under the Corporation’s profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
So both the FixedReset TRP.PR.A, with 9.5-million shares outstanding, and the FloatingReset TRP.PR.F (12.5-million) are good-sized, liquid issues, which is a good result for trading purposes.
In my post immediately before the conversion deadline, I had recommended conversion to the FloatingReset, TRP.PR.F.