BNS.PR.S Closes, sort-of

BNS.PR.S is the new issue of BNS Fixed-Resets, 6.25%+384 that Scotia issued to SunLife as partial payment for CI.

Today Scotia had this to say:

Scotiabank (TSX/NYSE: BNS) today announced it has closed the Bank’s 37 per cent strategic investment in CI Financial Income Fund (“CI”; TSX: CIX.UN) and become CI’s largest single shareholder.

Scotiabank bought Sun Life Financial’s (“Sun Life” TSX/NYSE:SLF) stake of 104,609,895 CI trust units for $1.55 billion in cash, $500 million in common shares at $34.60 per share and $250 million in 6.25 per cent five year rate reset preferred shares. Going forward, Sun Life will continue its strong distribution arrangement with CI.

And SunLife chimed in with:

Sun Life Financial Inc. (TSX/NYSE: SLF) today announced that the previously announced sale of its 37% interest in CI Financial Income Fund to Scotiabank has closed. $1.55 billion of the $2.3 billion (Canadian) purchase price was paid in cash. The balance was paid in a combination of common and preferred shares of Scotiabank

Stockwatch advises:

2008-12-10 18:09 ET – Prospectus Approved

TSX bulletin 2008-1429

An application has been granted for the listing of 10 million non-cumulative, five-year rate reset preferred shares, Series 24, of the Bank of Nova Scotia.

The preferred shares, Series 24, are to be distributed at a price of $25 per share pursuant to the terms of a prospectus supplement dated Dec. 9, 2008, to the short form base shelf prospectus dated April 16, 2008, as amended by amendment No. 1 dated Dec. 3, 2008. The closing of the prospectus offering is expected to occur prior to the open on Dec. 12, 2008. In anticipation of such closing, the preferred shares, Series 24, will be listed at 5:01 p.m. on Dec. 11, 2008, and will be posted for trading at the open on Dec. 12, 2008.

Symbol: BNS.PR.S

Cusip No.: 064149 13 1

Trading currency: Canadian dollars

I have obtained data from the TSX confirming the symbol and that it is listed for trading today, 2008-12-12. I also have a quote: 25.00 bid, no offer; and volume: 0.

Accordingly, the issue has been added to the HIMIPref™ database and incorporated into the Fixed-Reset sub-index. But I really wish one of the players would announce what happens next … bought deal? exchange offering? distribution to SLF shareholders? Who knows?

One Response to “BNS.PR.S Closes, sort-of”

  1. […] BNS.PR.S was issued by BNS to SLF as part of the payment for CI Investments on December 12 and at that time it was listed on the TSX. […]

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