Laurentian Bank of Canada has announced:
the applicable dividend rates for its NonCumulative Class A Preferred Shares, Series 13 (the “Preferred Shares Series 13”) and NonCumulative Class A Preferred Shares, Series 14 (the “Preferred Shares Series 14”).
With respect to any Preferred Shares Series 13 that remain outstanding after June 17, 2019, being the first business day following the conversion date of June 15, 2019, identified in the prospectus supplement dated March 27, 2014 relating to the issuance of the Preferred Shares Series 13, which falls on a Saturday, holders thereof will be entitled to receive fixed rate noncumulative preferential cash dividends on a quarterly basis, as and when declared by the Board of Directors of the Bank and subject to the provisions of the Bank Act (Canada). The dividend rate for the fiveyear period commencing on June 15, 2019, and ending on June 14, 2024, will be 4.123% per annum, being equal to the sum of the fiveyear Government of Canada bond yield as at May 16, 2019, plus 2.55%, as determined in accordance with the terms of the Preferred Shares Series 13.
With respect to any Preferred Shares Series 14 that may be issued on June 17, 2019, holders thereof will be entitled to receive floating rate noncumulative preferential cash dividends on a quarterly basis, calculated on the basis of the actual number of days elapsed in each quarterly floating rate period divided by 365, as and when declared by the Board of Directors of the Bank and subject to the provisions of the Bank Act (Canada). The dividend rate for the threemonth period commencing on June 15, 2019, and ending on September 14, 2019, will be 4.226% on an annualized basis, being equal to the sum of the threemonth Government of Canada Treasury bill yield as at May 16, 2019, plus 2.55%, as determined in accordance with the terms of the Preferred Shares Series 14.
Beneficial owners of Preferred Shares Series 13 who wish to exercise their right of conversion should instruct their broker or other nominee to exercise such right before 5:00 p.m. (Montreal time) on May 31, 2019. Conversion inquiries should be directed to the Bank’s Registrar and Transfer Agent, Computershare Investor Services Inc., at 18005646253.
The Toronto Stock Exchange (“TSX”) has conditionally approved the listing of the Preferred Shares Series 14 effective upon conversion. Listing of the Preferred Shares Series 14 subject to the Bank fulfilling all the listing requirements of the TSX and, upon approval, the Preferred Shares Series 14 will be listed on the TSX under the trading symbol “LB.PR.I”.
LB.PR.H is a NVCCcompliant FixedReset, 4.30%+255, that commenced trading 201443 after being announced 2014325. The extension was announced 201957. This issue is tracked by HIMIPref™ but relegated to the Scraps FixedResetDiscount subindex on credit concerns.
The most logical way to analyze the question of whether or not to convert is through the theory of Preferred Pairs, for which a calculator is available. Briefly, a Strong Pair is defined as a pair of securities that can be interconverted in the future (e.g., LB.PR.H and the FloatingReset that will exist if enough holders convert). Since they will be interconvertible on this future date, it may be assumed that they will be priced identically on this date (if they aren’t then holders will simply convert en masse to the higherpriced issue). And since they will be priced identically on a given date in the future, any current difference in price must be offset by expectations of an equal and opposite value of dividends to be received in the interim. And since the dividend rate on one element of the pair is both fixed and known, the implied average rate of the other, floating rate, instrument can be determined. Finally, we say, we may compare these average rates and take a view regarding the actual future course of that rate relative to the implied rate, which will provide us with guidance on which element of the pair is likely to outperform the other until the next interconversion date, at which time the process will be repeated.
We can show the breakeven rates for each FixedReset / FloatingReset Strong Pair graphically by plotting the implied average 3month bill rate against the next Exchange Date (which is the date to which the average will be calculated).
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The market has regained a little enthusiasm for floating rate product; the implied rates until the next interconversion are below the current 3month bill rate as the averages for investmentgrade and junk issues are at +1.27% and +1.48%, respectively. Whatever might be the result of the next few Bank of Canada overnight rate decisions, I suggest that it is unlikely that the average rate over the next five years will be lower than current – but if you disagree, of course, you may interpret the data any way you like.
Since credit quality of each element of the pair is equal to the other element, it should not make any difference whether the pair examined is investmentgrade or junk, although we might expect greater variation of implied rates between junk issues on grounds of lower liquidity, and this is just what we see.
If we plug in the current bid price of the LB.PR.H FixedReset, we may construct the following table showing consistent prices for its soonmaybeissued FloatingReset counterpart given a variety of Implied Breakeven yields consistent with issues currently trading:
Estimate of FloatingReset (received in exchange for LB.PR.H) Trading Price In Current Conditions 

Assumed FloatingReset Price if Implied Bill is equal to 
FixedReset 
Bid Price 
Spread 
2.00% 
1.50% 
1.00% 
LB.PR.H 
16.90 
255bp 
17.31 
16.83 
16.34 
Based on current market conditions, I suggest that the FloatingResets that will result from conversion are likely to trade close to the price of their FixedReset counterparts, LB.PR.H. Therefore, it seems likely that I will recommend that holders of LB.PR.H determine whether or not to convert based on their own portfolio considerations and forecast for policy rates, but I will wait until it’s closer to the May 31 notification deadline before making a final pronouncement. I will note that once the FloatingResets commence trading (if, in fact, they do) it may be a good trade to swap one issue for the other in the market once both elements of each pair are trading and you can – hopefully – do it with a reasonably good takeout in price, rather than doing it through the company on a 1:1 basis. But that, of course, will depend on the prices at that time and your forecast for the path of policy rates over the next five years. There are no guarantees – my recommendation is based on the assumption that current market conditions with respect to the pairs will continue until the FloatingResets commence trading and that the relative pricing of the two new pairs will reflect these conditions.
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LB.PR.H To Reset At 4.123%
Laurentian Bank of Canada has announced:
LB.PR.H is a NVCCcompliant FixedReset, 4.30%+255, that commenced trading 201443 after being announced 2014325. The extension was announced 201957. This issue is tracked by HIMIPref™ but relegated to the Scraps FixedResetDiscount subindex on credit concerns.
The most logical way to analyze the question of whether or not to convert is through the theory of Preferred Pairs, for which a calculator is available. Briefly, a Strong Pair is defined as a pair of securities that can be interconverted in the future (e.g., LB.PR.H and the FloatingReset that will exist if enough holders convert). Since they will be interconvertible on this future date, it may be assumed that they will be priced identically on this date (if they aren’t then holders will simply convert en masse to the higherpriced issue). And since they will be priced identically on a given date in the future, any current difference in price must be offset by expectations of an equal and opposite value of dividends to be received in the interim. And since the dividend rate on one element of the pair is both fixed and known, the implied average rate of the other, floating rate, instrument can be determined. Finally, we say, we may compare these average rates and take a view regarding the actual future course of that rate relative to the implied rate, which will provide us with guidance on which element of the pair is likely to outperform the other until the next interconversion date, at which time the process will be repeated.
We can show the breakeven rates for each FixedReset / FloatingReset Strong Pair graphically by plotting the implied average 3month bill rate against the next Exchange Date (which is the date to which the average will be calculated).
Click for Big
The market has regained a little enthusiasm for floating rate product; the implied rates until the next interconversion are below the current 3month bill rate as the averages for investmentgrade and junk issues are at +1.27% and +1.48%, respectively. Whatever might be the result of the next few Bank of Canada overnight rate decisions, I suggest that it is unlikely that the average rate over the next five years will be lower than current – but if you disagree, of course, you may interpret the data any way you like.
Since credit quality of each element of the pair is equal to the other element, it should not make any difference whether the pair examined is investmentgrade or junk, although we might expect greater variation of implied rates between junk issues on grounds of lower liquidity, and this is just what we see.
If we plug in the current bid price of the LB.PR.H FixedReset, we may construct the following table showing consistent prices for its soonmaybeissued FloatingReset counterpart given a variety of Implied Breakeven yields consistent with issues currently trading:
Price if Implied Bill
is equal to
Based on current market conditions, I suggest that the FloatingResets that will result from conversion are likely to trade close to the price of their FixedReset counterparts, LB.PR.H. Therefore, it seems likely that I will recommend that holders of LB.PR.H determine whether or not to convert based on their own portfolio considerations and forecast for policy rates, but I will wait until it’s closer to the May 31 notification deadline before making a final pronouncement. I will note that once the FloatingResets commence trading (if, in fact, they do) it may be a good trade to swap one issue for the other in the market once both elements of each pair are trading and you can – hopefully – do it with a reasonably good takeout in price, rather than doing it through the company on a 1:1 basis. But that, of course, will depend on the prices at that time and your forecast for the path of policy rates over the next five years. There are no guarantees – my recommendation is based on the assumption that current market conditions with respect to the pairs will continue until the FloatingResets commence trading and that the relative pricing of the two new pairs will reflect these conditions.
This entry was posted on Thursday, May 16th, 2019 at 10:26 pm and is filed under Issue Comments. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.