MFC.PR.M : No Conversion To FloatingReset

Manulife Financial Corporation has announced:

that after having taken into account all election notices received by the December 4, 2019 deadline for conversion of its currently outstanding 14,000,000 Non-cumulative Rate Reset Class 1 Shares Series 17 (the “Series 17 Preferred Shares”) (TSX: MFC.PR.M) into Non-cumulative Floating Rate Class 1 Shares Series 18 of Manulife (the “Series 18 Preferred Shares”), the holders of Series 17 Preferred Shares are not entitled to convert their Series 17 Preferred Shares into Series 18 Preferred Shares. There were 227,435 Series 17 Preferred Shares elected for conversion, which is less than the minimum one million shares required to give effect to conversions into Series 18 Preferred Shares.

As announced by Manulife on November 20, 2019, after December 19, 2019, holders of Series 17 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 December 20, 2019, and ending on December 19, 2024, will be 3.8000% per annum or $0.23750 per share per quarter, being equal to the sum of the five-year Government of Canada bond yield as at November 20, 2019, plus 2.36%, as determined in accordance with the terms of the Series 17 Preferred Shares.

Subject to certain conditions described in the prospectus supplement dated August 11, 2014 relating to the issuance of the Series 17 Preferred Shares, Manulife may redeem the Series 17 Preferred Shares, in whole or in part, on December 19, 2024 and on December 19 every five years thereafter.

MFC.PR.M is a FixedReset, 3.90%+236, that commenced trading 2014-8-15 after being announced 2014-8-11. Notice of extension was published 2019-11-8. MFC.PR.M will reset at 3.800% effective December 20, 2019. I recommended against conversion. It is tracked by HIMIPref™ and has been assigned to the FixedReset (Insurance non-NVCC) subindex, but will move shortly to the FixedReset (Discount) subindex as the imposition of NVCC rules for insurers can no longer be considered probable.

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