OSP.PR.A Well Bid On Good Volume

Brompton Funds Ltd. has announced:

that Brompton Oil Split Corp. (the “Company”) has completed its initial public offering of 2,800,000 Class A shares and 2,800,000 Preferred shares for total gross proceeds of $70 million. The Class A and Preferred shares will commence trading today on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol OSP and OSP.PR.A, respectively.

The Company will invest in a portfolio (the “Portfolio”) of equity securities of at least 15 large capitalization North American oil and gas issuers selected by the Manager from the S&P 500 Index and the S&P/TSX Composite Index, giving consideration to, among other metrics, attractive valuation, growth prospects, profitability, liquidity, sustainability of dividends and a strong balance sheet. The Portfolio will be focused primarily on oil and gas issuers that have significant exposure to oil, and will initially include equities of the following oil and gas issuers:

ARC Resources Ltd. Chevron Corporation Occidental Petroleum Corporation
Canadian Natural Resources Limited Encana Corporation PrairieSky Royalty Ltd.
ConocoPhillips EOG Resources Inc. Suncor Energy Inc.
Crescent Point Energy Corp. Husky Energy Inc. Vermilion Energy Inc.
Cenovus Energy Inc. Imperial Oil Limited Exxon Mobil Corporation

The investment objectives for the Class A shares are to provide holders with regular monthly non-cumulative cash distributions targeted to be 8.0% per annum on the $15.00 issue price, and the opportunity for growth in net asset value. The investment objectives for the Preferred shares are to provide holders with fixed cumulative preferential quarterly cash distributions in the amount of 5.0% per annum on the $10.00 issue price, and to return the original issue price on the maturity date, March 31, 2020.

Brompton Funds Limited is the manager and portfolio manager of the Company. In addition to Brompton Oil Split Corp., the Manager currently manages 4 other split-share funds with assets under management over $900 million. The portfolio management team is led by Laura Lau, an award winning portfolio manager with over 20 years of experience in financial services, who has a proven track record in managing flow-through funds and resource assets. The team also includes Michael Clare, an experienced energy and flow-through portfolio manager who specializes in the analysis of crude oil and natural gas markets.

The syndicate of agents for the offering was led by Scotiabank, CIBC and RBC Capital Markets and included TD Securities Inc., BMO Capital Markets, National Bank Financial Inc., GMP Securities L.P., Raymond James Ltd., Canaccord Genuity Corp., Desjardins Securities Inc., Dundee Securities Ltd., Industrial Alliance Securities Inc. and Mackie Research Capital Corporation.

OSP.PR.A commenced trading today right on schedule. It is a Split Share, 5-Year, with a 5% coupon.

The issue traded 354,334 shares today (consolidated exchanges) in a range of 10.00-15 before closing at 10.11-14.

DBRS has confirmed its provisional rating of Pfd-3(high):

DBRS Limited (DBRS) has today finalized the provisional rating of Pfd-3 (high) to the Preferred Shares to be issued by Brompton Oil Split Corp. (the Company). The Company issued an equal number of Preferred Shares and Class A Shares at an issue price of $10.00 per Preferred Share and $15.00 per Class A Share. The Preferred Shares and Class A Shares are scheduled to mature on March 31, 2020.

Net proceeds from the offering were used to invest in the common shares of at least 15 large capitalization North American oil and gas issuers (the Portfolio). The Portfolio is initially equally weighted and will be rebalanced at least semi-annually. A portion of the Portfolio’s investments are denominated in U.S. dollars; however, this exposure is expected to be hedged completely back to the Canadian dollar.

The Company has advised DBRS that 2,800,000 Preferred Shares and 2,800,000 Class A Shares were issued on the initial offering, for gross proceeds of $70,000,000. The initial downside protection available to holders of the Preferred Shares is approximately 57.3% (after offering expenses). Dividends received on the Portfolio are used to pay a fixed cumulative quarterly distribution to holders of the Preferred Shares of $0.1250 per Preferred Share ($0.50 per annum or 5.0% per annum on the initial issue price of $10.00 per Preferred Share), while holders of the Capital Shares are expected to receive a regular monthly non-cumulative cash distribution of $0.10 per Class A Share. The Preferred Share dividend coverage ratio is approximately 0.9 times, based on the initial offering size. The Company has the ability to write covered call options or engage in securities lending in order to generate additional income. The Company has also granted a security interest in the Portfolio to RBC Investor Services Trust, in its capacity as custodian of the Company’s property (the Custodian), as security for any obligations owing by the Company to the Custodian. The Custodian also has a right to exercise set-off against the Company’s property (including the Portfolio) to the extent that the Company fails to satisfy any obligations owing to the Custodian.

Vital statistics are:

OSP.PR.A SplitShare YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Hard Maturity
Maturity Date : 2020-03-31
Maturity Price : 10.00
Evaluated at bid price : 10.11
Bid-YTW : 4.78 %

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