MFC.PR.I : No Conversion to FloatingReset

Manulife Financial Corporation has announced:

that after having taken into account all election notices received by the September 5, 2017 deadline for conversion of its currently outstanding 10,000,000 Non-cumulative Rate Reset Class 1 Shares Series 9 (the “Series 9 Preferred Shares”) (TSX: MFC.PR.I) into Non-cumulative Floating Rate Class 1 Shares Series 10 of Manulife (the “Series 10 Preferred Shares”), the holders of Series 9 Preferred Shares are not entitled to convert their Series 9 Preferred Shares into Series 10 Preferred Shares. There were 193,197 Series 9 Preferred Shares elected for conversion, which is less than the minimum one million shares required to give effect to conversions into Series 10 Preferred Shares.

As announced by Manulife on August 21, 2017, after September 19, 2017, holders of Series 9 Preferred Shares will be entitled to receive fixed rate non-cumulative preferential cash dividends on a quarterly basis, as and when declared by the Board of Directors of Manulife and subject to the provisions of the Insurance Companies Act (Canada). The dividend rate for the five-year period commencing on September 20, 2017, and ending on September 19, 2022, will be 4.35100% per annum or $0.271938 per share per quarter, being equal to the sum of the five-year Government of Canada bond yield as at August 21, 2017, plus 2.86%, as determined in accordance with the terms of the Series 9 Preferred Shares.

Subject to certain conditions described in the prospectus supplement dated May 16, 2012 relating to the issuance of the Series 9 Preferred Shares, Manulife may redeem the Series 9 Preferred Shares, in whole or in part, on September 19, 2022 and on September 19 every five years thereafter.

It will be recalled that after the announcement the issue would be extended, the rate was reset to 4.35100% and I recommended against conversion.

MFC.PR.I is now a FixedReset, 4.351%+286, that commenced trading with a 4.40% coupon on 2012-5-24 after being announced 2012-5-16. It is tracked by HIMIPref™ and is included in the FixedReset subindex.

As this issue is not NVCC compliant, it is analyzed as having a Deemed Retraction.

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