BMO.PR.W : No Conversion to FloatingReset

Bank of Montreal has announced (on November 14):

that none of its 12 million Non-Cumulative 5-Year Rate Reset Class B Preferred Shares, Series 31 (the “Preferred Shares Series 31”) will be converted on November 25, 2019 into Non-Cumulative Floating Rate Class B Preferred Shares, Series 32 of the Bank (the “Preferred Shares Series 32”).

During the conversion period which ran from October 28, 2019 to November 12, 2019, 69,570 Preferred Shares Series 31 were tendered for conversion into Preferred Shares Series 32, which is less than the minimum 1,000,000 required to give effect to the conversion, as described in the Preferred Shares Series 31 prospectus supplement dated July 23, 2014. As a result, no Preferred Shares Series 32 will be issued on November 25, 2019 and holders of Preferred Shares Series 31 will retain their shares.

The Preferred Shares Series 31 are currently listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol BMO.PR.W. As previously announced on October 28, 2019, the dividend rate for the five-year period commencing on November 25, 2019, and ending on November 24, 2024, will be 3.851%.

BMO.PR.W is a FixedReset, 3.80%+222, that commenced trading 2014-7-30 after being announced 2014-7-22. Notice of extension was given 2019-9-27. BMO.PR.W will reset at 3.851% effective November 25, 2019. I recommended against conversion. It is tracked by HIMIPref™ and has been assigned to the FixedReset – Discount subindex.

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