Well, that didn’t take long!
When CU announced their new issue (which is trading as CIU.PR.A, by the way – I have no idea why it’s not in the “CU” ticker family) I predicted that the CU.PR.T & CU.PR.V would be redeemed (missed the D! But it wasn’t in the HIMIPref™ universe anyway) and, lo and behold, as soon as the new issue settles, CU is announcing:
that, as a result of the successful closing of the CU Inc. issue of $115,000,000 4.60% Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Shares Series 1, it will redeem on May 18, 2007 all of its outstanding Cumulative Redeemable Second Preferred Shares Series Q, R and S at a price of $25.00 per share plus accrued and unpaid dividends per share.
That’s a total of 5,050,105 shares, so it’s a net paydown of debt for them … and a massive decrease in coupon! The average dividend rate on the redeemed shares is just a hair under 5.75% … so payback time on issuance costs won’t come to much.