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IAF.PR.G To Be Redeemed

Tuesday, May 17th, 2022

Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc. has announced:

that it has sent today to all shareholders of its Non-Cumulative 5-Year Rate Reset Class A Preferred Shares Series G (the “Series G Preferred Shares”) a formal notice and instructions for the redemption of the Series G Preferred Shares outstanding as of today. Upon the Series G Redemption scheduled for June 30, 2022, iA Insurance will pay to the holders of the Series G Preferred Shares the redemption price of $25 less any taxes required to be withheld or deducted. There are 10,000,000 Series G Preferred Shares outstanding as of today.

Separately from the redemption price, the final quarterly dividend of $0.2360625 per Series G Preferred Share will be paid in the usual manner on June 30, 2022 to shareholders of record on May 27, 2022. After the Series G Preferred Shares are redeemed, holders of Series G Preferred Shares will cease to be entitled to distributions of dividends and will not be entitled to exercise any rights as holders other than to receive the redemption price and the final quarterly dividend described above.

IAF.PR.G arose via ticker change from IAG.PR.G in January 2019. IAG.PR.G was issued as a FixedReset, 4.30%+285, that commenced trading 2012-6-1 after being announced 2012-5-24. Unusually, the issue was re-opened shortly afterwards. IAG.PR.G reset at 3.777% in 2017; I recommended against conversion; and there was no conversion, although getting official confirmation of this was like pulling teeth.

The issue has been tracked by HIMIPref™ and assigned to the FixedReset (Discount) subindex.

The redemption notice came as a surprise to the markets; the issue traded up $1.03 to 25.18, which isn’t a bad day’s work; its sister issue, IAF.PR.I, was up a similar amount; this follows similar jumps on the ENB.PR.U redemption announcement. The Straight Perpetual, IAF.PR.B, was up only about 1.10% today, though, so the market’s largesse was not indiscriminate!

Thanks to Assiduous Reader niagara for bringing this to my attention!

EFN.PR.I To Be Redeemed

Monday, May 9th, 2022

Element Fleet Management Corp. has announced (but not yet on their website):

Preferred Share Redemption

The Company also announced today its intention to redeem – in accordance with the terms of the Cumulative 5-Year Minimum Rate Reset Preferred Shares, Series I (the “Series I Shares”) as set out in the Company’s articles – all of its 6,000,000 issued and outstanding Series I Shares on June 30, 2022 (the “Redemption Date”) for a redemption price equal to $25.00 per Series I Share, together with all accrued and unpaid dividends up to but excluding the Redemption Date (the “Redemption Price”), less any tax required to be deducted and withheld by the Company.

The Company’s Board of Directors has declared a dividend of $0.3593750 per Series I Share payable on the Redemption Date to holders of record as of the close of business on June 15, 2022. This will be the final quarterly dividend on the Series I Shares, although holders will receive on redemption of the Series I Shares all accrued and unpaid dividends up to but excluding the Redemption Date.

The Company has provided notice today of the Redemption Price and the Redemption Date to the sole registered holder of the Series I Shares in accordance with the terms of the Series I Shares as set out in the Company’s articles. Non-registered holders of Series I Shares should contact their broker or other intermediary for information regarding the redemption process for the Series I Shares in which they hold a beneficial interest.

The Company’s transfer agent for the Series I Shares is Computershare Investor Services Inc. Questions regarding the redemption process may be directed to Computershare Investor Services Inc. at 1-800-564-6253 or by email to corporateactions@computershare.com.

EFN.PR.I is a FixedReset, 5.75%+464M575, that commenced trading 2017-5-5 after being announced 2017-4-26. It has been tracked by HIMIPref™ but is relegated to the Scraps index on credit concerns.

Thanks to Assiduous Reader CanSiamCyp for bringing this to my attention!

ENB.PR.U To Be Redeemed

Wednesday, May 4th, 2022

Enbridge Inc. has announced:

that it has exercised its right to redeem all of its outstanding Cumulative Redeemable Preference Shares, Series J (“Series J Shares”) (TSX: ENB.PR.U) on June 1, 2022 at a price of US$25.00 per Series J Share, together with all accrued and unpaid dividends, if any.

Beneficial holders who are not directly the registered holders of the Series J Shares should contact the financial institution, broker or other intermediary through which they hold their Series J Shares to confirm how they will receive their redemption proceeds. Inquiries from registered shareholders should be directed to Enbridge’s Registrar and Transfer Agent, Computershare Investor Services Inc., at 1-800-564-6253 (Canada and United States) or 1-514-982-7555 (Outside North America).

ENB.PR.U is a FixedReset, 4.00%+305, US-Pay, that commenced trading 2012-4-19 after being announced 2012-4-10. The issue reset to 4.89% in 2017.

Thanks to Assiduous Reader skeptical for ensuring I was aware of this redemption.

The market was certainly not expecting this, as ENB.PR.U was up 13.65% on the day to close at 25.23 and related issues – denominated in USD – performed similarly well: ENB.PR.V up 9.48% to 24.26; ENB.PF.U up 10.79% to 24.54; and ENB.PF.V up 9.88% to 22.80; all hitting new 52-week highs on the day.

ENB.PR.B To Reset To 5.202%; Convertible to ENB.PR.C

Monday, May 2nd, 2022

Enbridge Inc. has announced:

that it does not intend to exercise its right to redeem its currently outstanding Cumulative Redeemable Preference Shares, Series B (Series B Shares) (TSX: ENB.PR.B) or its right to redeem its currently outstanding Cumulative Redeemable Preference Shares, Series C (Series C Shares) (TSX: ENB.PR.C) on June 1, 2022. As a result, subject to certain conditions, the holders of the Series B Shares have the right to convert all or part of their Series B Shares on a one-for-one basis into Series C Shares on June 1, 2022 and the holders of the Series C Shares have the right to convert all or part of their Series C Shares on a one-for-one bases into Series B Shares on June 1, 2022. Holders who do not exercise their right to convert their Series B Shares into Series C Shares will retain their Series B Shares and holders who do not exercise their right to convert their Series C Shares into Series B Shares will retain their Series C Shares.

The foregoing conversion rights are subject to the conditions that: (i) if Enbridge, after taking into account all Series B Shares and all Series C Shares tendered for conversion, determines that there would be less than 1,000,000 Series B Shares outstanding after June 1, 2022, then all remaining Series B Shares will automatically be converted into Series C Shares on a one-for-one basis on June 1, 2022 and no Series C Shares will be converted into Series B Shares; and (ii) alternatively, if Enbridge, after taking into account all Series B Shares and all Series C Shares tendered for conversion, determines that there would be less than 1,000,000 Series C Shares outstanding after June 1, 2022, then all remaining Series C Shares will automatically be converted into Series B Shares on a one-for-one basis on June 1, 2022 and no Series B Shares will be converted into Series C Shares. There are currently 18,269,812 Series B Shares outstanding and 1,730,188 Series C Shares outstanding.

With respect to any Series B Shares that remain outstanding after June 1, 2022, including any Series B Shares issued pursuant to the conversion of the Class C Shares, holders thereof will be entitled to receive quarterly fixed cumulative preferential cash dividends, as and when declared by the Board of Directors of Enbridge. The new annual dividend rate applicable to the Series B Shares for the five-year period commencing on June 1, 2022 to, but excluding, June 1, 2027 will be 5.202 percent, being equal to the five-year Government of Canada bond yield of 2.802 percent determined as of today plus 2.40 percent in accordance with the terms of the Series B Shares.

With respect to any Class C Shares that remain outstanding after June 1, 2022, including any Series C Shares issued pursuant to the conversion of the Class B Shares, holders thereof will be entitled to receive quarterly floating rate cumulative preferential cash dividends, as and when declared by the Board of Directors of Enbridge. The dividend rate applicable to the Series C Shares for the three-month floating rate period commencing on June 1, 2022 to, but excluding, September 1, 2022 will be 0.95277 percent, based on the annual rate on three month Government of Canada treasury bills for the most recent treasury bills auction of 1.38 percent plus 2.40 percent in accordance with the terms of the Series C Shares (the Floating Quarterly Dividend Rate). The Floating Quarterly Dividend Rate will be reset every quarter.

Beneficial holders of Series B Shares and Series C Shares who wish to exercise their respective rights of conversion during the conversion periods applicable to the Series B Shares and the Series C Shares, each of which runs from May 2, 2022, until 5:00 p.m. (EST) on May 17, 2022, should communicate as soon as possible with their broker or other intermediary for more information. It is recommended that this be done well in advance of the deadline in order to provide the broker or other intermediary time to complete the necessary steps. Any notices received after this deadline will not be valid.

ENB.PR.B was issued as a FixedReset, 4.00%+240, that commenced trading 2011-9-30 after being announced 2011-9-21. It reset to 3.415% in 2017; I recommended against conversion; but there was an 8% conversion to the FloatingReset, ENB.PR.C, anyway.

ENB.PR.C is a FloatingReset, 3-Month Bills+240, that arose via partial conversion from ENB.PR.B in 2017.

CU.PR.C To Reset At 5.20%

Monday, May 2nd, 2022

Canadian Utilities Limited has announced:

that it has notified the registered shareholder of its Cumulative Redeemable Second Preferred Shares Series Y (“Series Y Preferred Shares”) of a conversion privilege and applicable dividend rates. As a result, subject to certain conditions, the holders of Series Y Preferred Shares will have the right to choose one of the following options with regard to their shares:

To retain any or all of their Series Y Preferred Shares and continue to receive a fixed rate quarterly dividend; or

To convert, on a one-for-one basis, any or all of their Series Y Preferred Shares into Cumulative Redeemable Second Preferred Shares Series Z (“Series Z Preferred Shares”) of Canadian Utilities Limited and receive a floating rate quarterly dividend.

Effective June 1, 2022, the annual dividend rate for the Series Y Preferred Shares is set at 5.20% for the five-year period from and including June 1, 2022 to but excluding June 1, 2027 and the dividend rate for the Series Z Preferred Shares is set at an annual rate of 3.78% for the three-month period commencing June 1, 2022 to but excluding September 1, 2022. The dividend rate for the Series Z Preferred Shares will be reset each quarter. Both rates were calculated according to the terms described in the prospectus supplement of Canadian Utilities Limited dated September 15, 2011.

Beneficial owners of Series Y Preferred Shares who wish to exercise their right of conversion should communicate as soon as possible with their broker or other nominee and ensure that they follow their instructions in order to meet the deadline to exercise such right, which is 3 p.m. (Calgary time) / 5 p.m. (Toronto time) on May 17, 2022. Any notices received after this deadline will not be valid. As such, it is recommended that this be done well in advance of the deadline in order to provide the broker or other intermediary with time to complete the necessary steps.

The foregoing conversions are subject to the conditions that: (i) if Canadian Utilities Limited determines that there would be less than 2,000,000 Series Y Preferred Shares outstanding on June 1, 2022, then all remaining Series Y Preferred Shares will automatically be converted into Series Z Preferred Shares on June 1, 2022, and (ii) alternatively, if Canadian Utilities Limited determines that there would be less than 2,000,000 Series Z Preferred Shares outstanding on June 1, 2022 after giving effect to conversion notices received, no Series Y Preferred Shares will be converted into Series Z Preferred Shares. If either of these scenarios occurs, Canadian Utilities Limited will issue a news release to that effect on or before May 24, 2022.

Holders of the Series Y Preferred Shares and the Series Z Preferred Shares, as applicable, will have the opportunity to convert their shares again on June 1, 2027, and every five years thereafter as long as the shares remain outstanding.

For more information on the terms of, and risks associated with an investment in, the Series Y Preferred Shares and the Series Z Preferred Shares, please see Canadian Utilities Limited’s prospectus supplement dated September 15, 2011, which can be found under Canadian Utilities Limited’s profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

CU.PR.C was issued as a FixedReset, 4.00%+240, that commenced trading 2011-9-21 after being announced 2011-9-13. It reset to 3.40% in 2017; I recommended against conversion; and there was no conversion.

Thanks to Assiduous Reader skeptical for ensuring I was aware of this!

NA Upgraded to Pfd-2 by DBRS

Friday, April 29th, 2022

DBRS has announced that it:

upgraded the ratings of National Bank of Canada (National or the Bank) and its related entities, including the Bank’s Long-Term Issuer Rating to AA from AA (low) and Short-Term Issuer Rating to R-1 (high) from R-1 (middle). Additionally, DBRS Morningstar changed the trends on all ratings to Stable from Positive. National’s Long-Term Issuer Rating is composed of an Intrinsic Assessment of AA (low) and a Support Assessment of SA2, which reflects the expectation of timely systemic support from the Government of Canada (rated AAA with a Stable trend by DBRS Morningstar). As a result of the SA2 designation, the Bank’s Long-Term Issuer Rating benefits from a one-notch uplift.

KEY RATING CONSIDERATIONS
The upgrades and Stable trends recognize National’s successful expansion of its footprint in targeted markets and niches across Canada, especially in Wealth Management (WM) and Financial Markets (FM). In addition, the Bank’s strong performance over the last few years, with Personal and Commercial (P&C) and WM now contributing a larger portion of earnings, has placed National at the top of its peer range in terms of profitability metrics.

The ratings also reflect National’s dominance in its home province, the Province of Québec (Québec; rated AA (low) with a Stable trend by DBRS Morningstar), which had experienced strong economic growth prior to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic and is now showing a healthy rebound. Furthermore, the Bank benefits from strong preprovision earnings, while the transformation efforts in its P&C business and growth of its WM business have driven growth in client deposits. The ratings also consider the small yet growing contribution of the U.S. Specialty Finance and International (USSF&I) segment, which DBRS Morningstar views as having a higher risk profile, as well as potentially more volatile earnings. Lastly, DBRS Morningstar notes that National’s FM business segment is an important contributor to the Bank’s franchise and has benefitted from the market volatility experienced in the last couple of years. Although the majority of transactions are client driven, the segment’s activities could expose the Bank to increased capital markets risk from significant market downturns.

The ratings also consider that government support measures have largely mitigated the negative economic impacts of the pandemic. Positively, economic performance has rebounded, and the labour market is essentially at full capacity; however, headwinds persist from a potentially aggressive interest rate tightening cycle to combat inflation, geopolitical tensions related to the Russia-Ukraine conflict, supply-chain disruptions, and the pandemic. Furthermore, DBRS Morningstar remains concerned about the combination of high Canadian household debt levels that have reached an all-time high and elevated home prices that have been driven by housing market imbalances and robust demand during the pandemic (particularly in the greater Toronto and Vancouver areas). Housing prices remain vulnerable and, as a result, National and its Canadian peers remain susceptible to adverse changes in the Canadian real estate market. Positively, DBRS Morningstar views National’s residential mortgage loan portfolio as conservatively underwritten, reflecting the Bank’s strong risk culture.

Affected issues are NA.PR.C, NA.PR.E, NA.PR.G, NA.PR.S and NA.PR.W.

BMO.PR.C To Be Redeemed

Monday, April 25th, 2022

Bank of Montreal has announced:

its intention to redeem all of its 20,000,000 outstanding Non-Cumulative 5-Year Rate Reset Class B Preferred Shares, Series 40 (Non-Viability Contingent Capital (NVCC)) (the “Preferred Shares Series 40”) for an aggregate total of $500 million on May 25, 2022. The redemption has been approved by the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions.

The Preferred Shares Series 40 are redeemable at the Bank’s option on May 25, 2022 (the “Redemption Date”) at a redemption price of $25.00 per share. Payment of the redemption price will be made by the Bank on the Redemption Date.

Separately from the payment of the redemption price, the final quarterly dividend of $0.28125 per share for the Preferred Shares Series 40 announced by the Bank on March 1, 2022 will be paid in the usual manner on May 25, 2022, to shareholders of record on May 2, 2022.

Notice will be delivered to holders of the Preferred Shares Series 40 in accordance with the terms thereof.

BMO.PR.C is a FixedReset, 4.50%+333, that commenced trading 2017-5-25 after being announced 2017-2-28. It has been tracked by HIMIPref™ and has been assigned to the FixedResets (Premium) subindex.

Thanks to Assiduous Reader niagara for bringing this to my attention!

BEP.PR.R Falls In Line with Market

Thursday, April 14th, 2022

BEP.PR.R closed today with no announcement from the company.

BEP.PR.R is a Straight Perpetual, 5.50%, announced April 5.

The issue traded 311,625 shares today in a range of 23.51-24.80 before closing at 23.60-80. As the HIMI PerpetualDiscount index has fallen about 5% since the April 5 announcement date, we may conclude that the issue fell more-or-less in-line with the market.

Vital statistics are:

BEP.PR.R Perpetual-Discount YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Limit Maturity
Maturity Date : 2052-04-14
Maturity Price : 23.30
Evaluated at bid price : 23.60
Bid-YTW : 5.85 %

BEP.PR.K : “Potential Redemption”

Tuesday, April 5th, 2022

In connection with its announcement of a new issue of 5.50% Straight Perpetuals, Brookfield Renewable Partners L.P. has announced (emphasis added):

Brookfield Renewable intends to use the net proceeds from this offering to finance and/or refinance investments made in renewable power generation assets or businesses and to support the development of clean energy technologies that constitute Eligible Investments, including the potential redemption of all or a portion of the Partnership’s Class A Preferred Limited Partnership Units, Series 11 on April 30, 2022.

BEP.PR.K is a FixedReset, 5.00%+382M500, that commenced trading 2017-2-14 after being announced 2017-2-7. Note that distributions on this security have been a mix of ordinary income and return of capital. It has been tracked by HIMIPref™ but relegated to the Scraps subindex on credit concerns.

Note that this is a ‘Potential Redemption’ only. Redemptions only become offical when a formal notice of redemption is issued.

Update, 2022-4-5-11:50pm: The company has announced (at 8:14pm, according to SEDAR):

that it intends to redeem all of its outstanding Class A Preferred Limited Partnership Units, Series 11 (the “Series 11 Preferred Units”) (TSX: BEP.PR.K) for cash on April 30, 2022. The redemption price for each Series 11 Preferred Unit will be C$25.00. Holders of Series 11 Preferred Units of record as of April 14, 2022 will receive the previously declared final quarterly distribution of C$0.3125 per Series 11 Preferred Unit.

I will leave it to the lawyers to argue about the meaning of “intends” as opposed to “potential”.

TRP.PR.K To Be Redeemed

Friday, April 1st, 2022

TC Energy Corporation has announced that it:

will redeem its issued and outstanding Cumulative Redeemable Minimum Rate Reset First Preferred Shares, Series 15 (Series 15 Shares) (TSX:TRP.PR.K) on May 31, 2022 (Redemption Date) at a price equal to $25.00 per share (Redemption Price) and provided notice today to the sole registered holder of the Series 15 Shares in accordance with their terms.

Subject to approval by our Board of Directors, the Company expects to declare a final quarterly dividend of $0.30625 per Series 15 Share, for the period up to but excluding May 31, 2022, payable on May 31, 2022 to shareholders of record on May 17, 2022. This would be the final dividend on the Series 15 Shares and, as the Redemption Date is also a dividend payment date, the Redemption Price will not include any accrued and unpaid dividends. Subsequent to the Redemption Date, the Series 15 Shares will cease to be entitled to dividends and will be delisted from the Toronto Stock Exchange.

Non-registered holders of Series 15 Shares should contact their broker or other intermediary for information regarding the redemption process for the Series 15 Shares in which they hold a beneficial interest.

TRP.PR.K is a FixedReset, 4.90%+385M490, that commenced trading 2016-11-21 after being announced 2016-11-14. TC Energy announced in early March, 2022, that it was considering the redemption, which caused a certain amount of confusion. It has been tracked by HIMIPref™ and assigned to the FixedReset (Premium) subindex.

Thanks to Assiduous Reader CanSiamCyp for bringing this to my attention!