MFC.PR.H: No Conversion to FloatingReset

Manulife Financial Corporation has announced:

that after having taken into account all election notices received by the March 6, 2017 deadline for conversion of its currently outstanding 10,000,000 Non-cumulative Rate Reset Class 1 Shares Series 7 (the “Series 7 Preferred Shares”) (TSX: MFC.PR.H) into Non-cumulative Floating Rate Class 1 Shares Series 8 of Manulife (the “Series 8 Preferred Shares”), the holders of Series 7 Preferred Shares are not entitled to convert their Series 7 Preferred Shares into Series 8 Preferred Shares. There were 464,172 Series 7 Preferred Shares elected for conversion, which is less than the minimum one million shares required to give effect to conversions into Series 8 Preferred Shares.

As announced by Manulife on February 21, 2017, after March 19, 2017, holders of Series 7 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 March 20, 2017, and ending on March 19, 2022, will be 4.31200% per annum or $0.269500 per share per quarter, being equal to the sum of the five-year Government of Canada bond yield as at February 21, 2017, plus 3.13%, as determined in accordance with the terms of the Series 7 Preferred Shares.

Subject to certain conditions described in the prospectus supplement dated February 14, 2012 relating to the issuance of the Series 7 Preferred Shares, Manulife may redeem the Series 7 Preferred Shares, in whole or in part, on March 19, 2022 and on March 19 every five years thereafter.

So MFC.PR.H is now a FixedReset, 4.312%+313, that commenced trading 2012-2-22 after being announced 2012-2-14.

Assiduous Readers will remember that I recommended against conversion following the announcement of the new rate and the notice of extension.

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