TA.PR.D Settles Firm on Good Volume

TransAlta Corp. has announced:

it has completed its public offering of 10,000,000 Cumulative Rate Reset First Preferred Shares, Series A (the “Series A Shares”). In addition, the full option granted to the syndicate of underwriters led by CIBC World Markets Inc., RBC Dominion Securities Inc. and Scotia Capital Inc., as bookrunners, was exercised for an additional 2,000,000 Series A Shares also at a price of $25.00 per Series A Share.

The offering, previously announced on December 2, 2010, resulted in gross proceeds to TransAlta of Cdn $300 million. The net proceeds of the offering will be used to partially fund capital projects, for other general corporate purposes and to reduce short term indebtedness of the company and its affiliates, which short term indebtedness was used to fund TransAlta’s capital program and for general corporate purposes. TransAlta may invest funds that it does not immediately require in short term marketable debt securities.

The Series A Shares were offered to the public in Canada through the underwriters or their affiliates by way of a prospectus supplement that was filed with securities regulatory authorities in Canada under TransAlta’s short form base shelf prospectus, which was previously filed with securities regulatory authorities in Canada.

Holders of Series A Shares are entitled to receive a cumulative quarterly fixed dividend yielding 4.60% annually for the initial period ending March 31, 2016. Thereafter, the dividend rate will be reset every five years at a rate equal to the 5-year Government of Canada bond yield plus 2.03%. Holders of Series A Shares will have the right, at their option, to convert their shares into Cumulative Rate Reset First Preferred Shares, Series B (the “Series B Shares”), subject to certain conditions, on March 31, 2016 and on March 31 every five years thereafter. Holders of Series B Shares will be entitled to receive cumulative quarterly floating dividends at a rate equal to the three-month Government of Canada Treasury Bill yield plus 2.03%. The Series A Shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol TA.PR.D.

The 4.60%+203 FixedReset was announced on December 2.

The issue traded 591,764 shares today in a range of 24.80-97 before closing at 24.93-94, 50×80. Vital statistics are:

TA.PR.D FixedReset Not Calc! YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Limit Maturity
Maturity Date : 2040-12-10
Maturity Price : 24.88
Evaluated at bid price : 24.93
Bid-YTW : 4.48 %

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