RY.PR.H To Be Extended

Royal Bank of Canada has announced:

that it does not intend to exercise its right to redeem all or any part of the currently outstanding Non-Viability Contingent Capital (NVCC) Non-Cumulative 5-Year Rate Reset First Preferred Shares, Series BB (the “Series BB shares”) on August 24, 2019. There are currently 20,000,000 Series BB shares outstanding.

Subject to certain conditions set out in the prospectus supplement dated May 27, 2014 relating to the issuance of the Series BB shares, the holders of the Series BB shares have the right to convert all or part of their Series BB shares, on a one-for-one basis, into NVCC Non-Cumulative Floating Rate First Preferred Shares, Series BC (the “Series BC shares”) on August 24, 2019. On such date, holders who do not exercise their right to convert their Series BB shares into Series BC shares, will continue to hold their Series BB shares. The conversion will occur on August 26 being the first business day following the conversion date of August 24 as identified in the prospectus, which falls on a Saturday. The foregoing conversion rights are subject to the following:

  • if Royal Bank of Canada determines that there would be less than 1,000,000 Series BC shares outstanding after taking into account all shares tendered for conversion on August 24, 2019, then holders of Series BB shares will not be entitled to convert their shares into Series BC shares, and
  • alternatively, if Royal Bank of Canada determines that there would remain outstanding less than 1,000,000 Series BB shares after August 24, 2019, then all remaining Series BB shares will automatically be converted into Series BC shares on a one-for-one basis on August 24, 2019.

In either case, Royal Bank of Canada will give written notice to that effect to holders of Series BB shares no later than August 17, 2019.

The dividend rate applicable for the Series BB shares for the 5-year period from and including August 24, 2019 to but excluding August 24, 2024, and the dividend rate applicable to the Series BC shares for the 3-month period from and including August 24, 2019 to but excluding November 24, 2019, will be determined and announced by way of a press release on July 25, 2019.

Beneficial owners of Series BB shares who wish to exercise their conversion rights should instruct their broker or other nominee to exercise such rights during the conversion period, which runs from July 25, 2019 until 5:00 p.m. (EST) on August 9, 2019.

Inquiries should be directed to Shareholder Relations Officer, Shirley Boudreau, at 416-955-7806.

RY.PR.H is a FixedReset, 3.90%+226, NVCC-Compliant issue that commenced trading 2014-6-3 after being announced 2014-5-23. The issue is tracked by HIMIPref™ and has been assigned to the FixedReset-Discount subindex.

I will have more to say when the reset rate is announced July 25.

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