BK.PR.A To Be Downgraded by DBRS to Pfd-3(low)

Quadravest has announced (emphasis added):

Canadian Banc Corp. (the “Company’) is pleased to announce it will undertake an offering of Preferred Shares (TSX: BK.PR.A) of the Company. The offering will be led by National Bank Financial Inc.

The sales period of this overnight offering will end at 9:00 a.m. EST on November 16, 2023. The offering is expected to close on or about November 23, 2023 and is subject to certain closing conditions including approval by the TSX.

The Preferred Shares will be offered at a price of $9.80 per Preferred Share to yield 8.16%.

The closing price on the TSX of the Preferred Shares on November 14, 2023 was $9.97.

Since the inception of the Company, 219 consecutive dividends have been declared for the Preferred shares. The aggregate dividends declared on the Preferred Shares total $9.97 per share. All distributions to date have been made in tax advantaged eligible Canadian dividends.

The Company has been advised by DBRS that effective November 17, 2023, the rating on the Preferred shares will be Pfd-3 (low).

The net proceeds of the offering will be used by the Company to invest in a portfolio consisting primarily of six publicly traded Canadian Banks as follows:

Bank of Montreal Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce Royal Bank of Canada
The Bank of Nova Scotia National Bank of Canada The Toronto-Dominion Bank

The Company’s Preferred Share investment objectives are to:
i. provide holders with cumulative preferential floating rate monthly cash dividends at a rate per annum equal to the prevailing Canadian prime rate plus 1.50% (minimum annual rate of 5.0% and maximum annual rate of 8.0%) based on original $10 issue price; and
ii. on or about the termination date, currently December 1, 2028 (subject to further 5 year extensions and it has been extended in the past) to pay holders the original $10 issue price of those shares.

The affected issue is BK.PR.A.

Thanks to Assiduous Reader niagara for bringing this to my attention!

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