BPO.PR.E Settles Firm on Good Volume

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:

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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