MFC.PR.F / MFC.PR.P: 21% Conversion to FloatingReset

Manulife Financial Corporation has announced:

that 1,664,169 of its currently outstanding 8,000,000 Non-cumulative Rate Reset Class 1 Shares Series 3 (the “Series 3 Preferred Shares”) have been elected for conversion on June 20, 2016, on a one-for-one basis, into Non-cumulative Floating Rate Class 1 Shares Series 4 of Manulife (the “Series 4 Preferred Shares”). As a result, on June 20, 2016, Manulife will have 6,335,831 Series 3 Preferred Shares and 1,664,169 Series 4 Preferred Shares issued and outstanding. The Series 3 Preferred Shares and the Series 4 Preferred Shares will be listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols MFC.PR.F and MFC.PR.P, respectively.

Subject to certain conditions described in the prospectus supplement dated March 7, 2011 relating to the issuance of the Series 3 Preferred Shares, Manulife may redeem the Series 3 Preferred Shares, in whole or in part, on June 19, 2021 and on June 19 every five years thereafter and may redeem the Series 4 Preferred Shares, in whole or in part, after June 20, 2016.

Assiduous Readers will remember that MFC.PR.F will reset to 2.178%, while the FloatingReset issue, MFC.PR.P, will pay 3-Month T-Bills + 141bp, reset quarterly. I recommended against conversion.

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