Canoe EIT Income Fund has announced:
that it has filed and obtained a receipt for a preliminary short form prospectus in respect of a potential offering of Cumulative Redeemable Series 1 Preferred Units (the “Series 1 Preferred Units”) at a price of $25.00 per Series 1 Preferred Unit (the “Offering”). The Series 1 Preferred Units will be offered to the public through a syndicate of underwriters led by Scotiabank and RBC Capital Markets which also includes BMO Capital Markets, CIBC Capital Markets, National Bank Financial Inc., TD Securities Inc., Canaccord Genuity Corp., Industrial Alliance Securities Inc. and Manulife Securities Incorporated. Canoe Financial LP, the manager of the Fund, believes that successful completion of the Offering will provide the Fund with longer-term fixed rate capital at an attractive all in cost of financing. The additional capital will be used to take advantage of attractive investment opportunities, and is also expected to ensure the sustainability of the Fund by increasing the earning capacity of the Units. The Series 1 Preferred Units are provisionally rated Pfd – 2 (high) by Dominion Bond Rating Service Limited.
The Fund’s regular monthly distribution of $0.10 per unit for unitholders of EIT.UN units remains unchanged. The Fund has maintained the $0.10 per unit monthly distribution since August 2009, through varying market conditions.
The Fund’s annual voluntary redemption feature for unitholders of EIT.UN units remains unchanged. Once a date has been set for the 2017 annual redemption, the Fund will issue a news release with the details.
A preliminary short form prospectus containing important information relating to the Series 1 Preferred Units has been filed with securities commissions or similar authorities in all provinces and territories of Canada. The preliminary short form prospectus is still subject to completion or amendment. Copies of the preliminary short form prospectus may be obtained from your registered financial advisor using the contact information for such advisor, or from representatives of the underwriters listed above. There will not be any sale or any acceptance of an offer to buy the Series 1 Preferred Units until a receipt for the final short form prospectus has been issued.
The preliminary prospectus is on SEDAR, but Canadian Regulatory Authorities have determined in their infinite wisdom that nasty investor scum may not link directly to it. Instead, one must search for “Canoe EIT Income Fund Feb 17 2017 16:18:30 ET Preliminary short form prospectus – English PDF 335 K”
The investment objectives of the Fund are to maximize monthly distributions relative to risk and maximize Net Asset Value, while maintaining and expanding a diversified investment portfolio, primarily through acquiring, investing, holding, transferring, disposing of or otherwise dealing with or in equity and debt securities of corporations, partnerships, or other issuers and such other investments as the Manager may determine in its sole discretion from time to time. The investment objectives set forth above may be achieved through direct acquisitions, investments or, at the election of the Manager, through “exchange offers” or rights offerings completed by the Fund from time to time.
Set out below are the tax classifications of the historical distributions of the Fund (which were $0.10 per Unit per month for the entire period presented) for the past five years and the Manager expects the Series 1 Preferred Units to have a similar distribution breakdown:
% 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 Capital gain 60.92% 59.89% 32.73% 32.82% Actual amount of eligible dividends 9.29% 5.33% 18.18% 32.25% 16.73% Actual amount of ineligible dividends Foreign income, net of tax 17.28% Other income 1.49% Return of Capital(1) 29.79% 34.78% 49.09% 66.26% 33.17% Total 100.00% 100.00% 100.00% 100.00% 100.00%
(1) Includes warrants from 2012-2016
Certain Provisions of the Series 1 Preferred Units
Series 1 Preferred Unitholders will be entitled to receive quarterly cumulative preferential cash distributions on the 15th day of March, June, September and December of each year at a rate of ●% per annum of the issue price of a Series 1 Preferred Unit ($● per Series 1 Preferred Unit per annum or $● per Series 1 Preferred Unit per quarter), less any tax required by law to be deducted therefrom. The initial distribution, if declared, will be payable on June 15, 2017 and will be $● per Series 1 Preferred Unit, assuming a closing date of ●, 2017. Distributions in any given period may consist of net income, net capital gains and/or returns of capital. The Fund’s income and net taxable gains for the purposes of the Tax Act will be allocated to the holders of Units and Series 1 Preferred Units in the same proportion as the distributions received by such holders. See “Principal Canadian Federal Income Tax Considerations”.
Redemption at the Option of the Fund
Prior to March 15, 2022, the Fund may not redeem any Series 1 Preferred Units. On or after March 15, 2022, the Fund may give notice in writing not less than 30 days nor more than 60 days prior to the applicable redemption date of its intention to redeem for cash the Series 1 Preferred Units in whole or in part, at the Fund’s option, at a price per Series 1 Preferred Unit equal to $25.75 if redeemed on or after March 15, 2022, but before March 15, 2023; $25.50 if redeemed on or after March 15, 2023, but before March 15, 2024; and $25.00 thereafter, together, in each case, with all accrued and unpaid distributions up to but excluding the date fixed for redemption and less any tax required by law to be deducted therefrom.
If less than all outstanding Series 1 Preferred Units are at any time to be redeemed, the particular Series 1 Preferred Units to be redeemed will be selected on a pro rata basis (disregarding fractions) or in such other manner as the Trustee in its discretion may, by resolution, determine.
Retraction by Series 1 Preferred Unitholders
Prior to March 15, 2024, a Series 1 Preferred Unitholder may not require the Fund to retract any Series 1 Preferred Units. Subject to the provisions of any equity securities of the Fund ranking prior to or pari passu with the Series 1 Preferred Units, and to the provisions described under “− Restrictions on Distributions and Retirement and Issue of Series 1 Preferred Units”, a Series 1 Preferred Unitholder may require the Fund to retract such Series 1 Preferred Units (by delivering notice to the Manager of the intention to have Series 1 Preferred Units retracted not less than 30 days prior to the applicable retraction date) on or after March 15, 2024 for a cash price of $25.00, together with any accrued and unpaid distributions up to but excluding the date of retraction and less any tax required by law to be deducted therefrom.
Purchase for Cancellation
Subject to applicable law, including the requirements in NI 81-102, the provisions of any equity securities of the Fund ranking prior to or pari passu with the Series 1 Preferred Units, and to the provisions described under “− Restrictions on Distributions and Retirement and Issue of Series 1 Preferred Units”, the Fund may at any time purchase for cancellation the whole or any part of the Series 1 Preferred Units outstanding from time to time, in the open market through or from an investment dealer or any firm holding membership on a recognized stock exchange, or by private agreement or otherwise, at the lowest price or prices at which, in the opinion of the Manager of the Fund, such Series 1 Preferred Units are obtainable.
The Series 1 Preferred Units are provisionally rated Pfd-2(high) by Dominion Bond Rating Service Limited (“DBRS”).