This notice has been cancelled and corrected. See AZP.PR.B Resets Reset To 5.739%, and for background see Anomalies In Resets for 20191231.
Atlantic Power Corporation and Atlantic Power Preferred Equity Ltd. have announced:
The reset rate for the Series 2 Shares, using a fixed dividend rate (the “Fixed Dividend Rate”), was calculated on November 29, 2019 to be 5.67%, representing the sum of the Canadian Government fiveyear bond yield of 1.49% plus 4.18%. Such Fixed Dividend Rate will commence with the March 31, 2020 dividend payment to the holders of the Series 2 Shares and continue through the December 31, 2024 dividend payment to the holders of the Series 2 Shares, at which time such Fixed Dividend Rate will again be reset.
The dividend rate for the Cumulative Floating Rate Preferred Shares, Series 3 (the “Series 3 Shares”), using a floating dividend rate (the “Floating Dividend Rate”), was calculated on November 29, 2019 to be 5.83%, representing the sum of the Canadian Government 90day Treasury Bill yield (using the threemonth average result of 1.65%) plus 4.18%. Such Floating Dividend Rate will be effective with the March 31, 2020 dividend payment to the holders of the Series 3 Shares. The Floating Dividend Rate for Series 3 Shares will be reset each quarter.
On December 31, 2019 and again on December 31 of every fifth year thereafter, the holders of Series 2 Shares have the right to convert their Series 2 Shares, on a oneforone basis, into Series 3 Shares and the holders of Series 3 Shares have the right to convert their Series 3 Shares, on a oneforone basis, into Series 2 Shares.
Holders of Series 2 Shares or Series 3 Shares who wish to convert such securities into Series 3 Shares or Series 2 Shares, respectively, should contact the financial institution, broker or other intermediary through which they hold the Series 2 Shares or Series 3 Shares to exercise this conversion privilege. Notice of the exercise of the conversion privilege (an “Election Notice”) must be received by Preferred Equity not earlier than December 1, 2019 and not later than 5:00 p.m. (Toronto time) on December 16, 2019.
Automatic Conversion and Restrictions on Conversion
Series 2 Shares
If, after giving effect to all Election Notices, there would remain outstanding less than 1 million Series 2 Shares, then all remaining outstanding Series 2 Shares will automatically convert into Series 3 Shares, on a oneforone basis on December 31, 2019. Holders of the Series 2 Shares will not be permitted to convert their Series 2 Shares into Series 3 Shares if, after giving effect to all Election Notices, there would be outstanding less than 1 million Series 3 Shares.
Series 3 Shares
If, after giving effect to all Election Notices, there would remain outstanding less than 1 million Series 3 Shares, then all remaining outstanding Series 3 Shares will automatically convert into Series 2 Shares, on a oneforone basis on December 31, 2019. Holders of the Series 3 Shares will not be permitted to convert their Series 3 Shares into Series 2 Shares if, after giving effect to all Election Notices, there would be outstanding less than 1 million Series 2 Shares.
AZP.PR.B used to be CZP.PR.B, which used to be EPP.PR.B, and throughout these changes was a FixedReset, 7.00%+418, which commenced trading 2009112 after being announced 20091013. You can’t tell your players without a programme! Notice of extension was provided in November, 2014, and it reset to 5.57% effective 20141231. I recommended in favour of conversion and the conversion rate was 42%. The company announced the extension to 2024 on 20191114.
AZP.PR.C resulted from the partial conversion of AZP.PR.B and commenced trading 20141231.
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., AZP.PR.B 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). Inspection of the graph and the overall average breakeven rates for extant pairs will provide a guide for estimating the breakeven rate for the pair now under consideration assuming, of course, that enough conversions occur so that the pair is in fact created.
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The market has little enthusiasm for floating rate product; the implied rates until the next interconversion are generally well below the current 3month bill rate as the averages for investmentgrade and junk issues are at +0.89% and +1.20%, 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 AZP.PR.B 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 AZP.PR.C (received in exchange for AZP.PR.C) Trading Price In Current Conditions 

Assumed FloatingReset Price if Implied Bill is equal to 
FixedReset 
Bid Price 
Spread 
1.50% 
1.00% 
0.50% 
AZP.PR.B 
18.26 
418bp 
18.27 
17.81 
17.36 
Before I get eviscerated in the comments, please note that I am well aware that AZP.PR.C is trading and is quoted with a bid of 18.51. Who cares? At the moment, both issues are cumdividend and are interconvertible effective December 31 and are therefore differ from being the exactly same thing from an investment perspective only by the difference in one dividend payment, about two cents. We are interested in predicting what might happen after the potential for conversion has passed.
Based on current market conditions, I suggest that the FloatingResets AZP.PR.C that will result from conversion are likely to trade below the price of their FixedReset counterparts, AZP.PR.B. Therefore, it seems likely that I will recommend that holders of AZP.PR.B continue to hold the issue and not to convert, while holders of AZP.PR.C should convert to AZP.PR.B, but I will wait until it’s closer to the December 16 notification deadline before making a final pronouncement. I will note that once the conversion period has passed 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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AZP.PR.B To Reset At
5.67%This notice has been cancelled and corrected. See AZP.PR.B Resets Reset To 5.739%, and for background see Anomalies In Resets for 20191231.
Atlantic Power Corporation and Atlantic Power Preferred Equity Ltd. have announced:
AZP.PR.B used to be CZP.PR.B, which used to be EPP.PR.B, and throughout these changes was a FixedReset, 7.00%+418, which commenced trading 2009112 after being announced 20091013. You can’t tell your players without a programme! Notice of extension was provided in November, 2014, and it reset to 5.57% effective 20141231. I recommended in favour of conversion and the conversion rate was 42%. The company announced the extension to 2024 on 20191114.
AZP.PR.C resulted from the partial conversion of AZP.PR.B and commenced trading 20141231.
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., AZP.PR.B 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). Inspection of the graph and the overall average breakeven rates for extant pairs will provide a guide for estimating the breakeven rate for the pair now under consideration assuming, of course, that enough conversions occur so that the pair is in fact created.
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The market has little enthusiasm for floating rate product; the implied rates until the next interconversion are generally well below the current 3month bill rate as the averages for investmentgrade and junk issues are at +0.89% and +1.20%, 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 AZP.PR.B 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
Before I get eviscerated in the comments, please note that I am well aware that AZP.PR.C is trading and is quoted with a bid of 18.51. Who cares? At the moment, both issues are cumdividend and are interconvertible effective December 31 and are therefore differ from being the exactly same thing from an investment perspective only by the difference in one dividend payment, about two cents. We are interested in predicting what might happen after the potential for conversion has passed.
Based on current market conditions, I suggest that the FloatingResets AZP.PR.C that will result from conversion are likely to trade below the price of their FixedReset counterparts, AZP.PR.B. Therefore, it seems likely that I will recommend that holders of AZP.PR.B continue to hold the issue and not to convert, while holders of AZP.PR.C should convert to AZP.PR.B, but I will wait until it’s closer to the December 16 notification deadline before making a final pronouncement. I will note that once the conversion period has passed 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 Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019 at 1:07 am 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.