CPX.PR.K To Be Redeemed, Maybe

Capital Power Corporation has announced:

that it is considering an offering of hybrid subordinated debt securities (the “Notes”) in Canada under its short form base shelf prospectus dated June 10, 2022.

If a successful offering is priced and completed, the Company intends to allocate an amount equal to the net proceeds from the sale of the Notes to repay certain amounts drawn on the Company’s credit facilities (which include amounts drawn for the acquisition of a 50% interest in New Harquahala Generating Company, LLC, and a 100% interest in CXA La Paloma, LLC, and related expenses, development purposes and in respect of ongoing operations), to potentially redeem all of the Company’s outstanding Cumulative Minimum Rate Reset Preferred Shares, Series 11 (TSX: CPX.PR.K) (the “Preferred Shares”), and for general corporate purposes.

There is no certainty that Capital Power will ultimately complete the offering being considered, or as to the timing or terms on which such an offering might be completed. This press release does not constitute a notice of redemption of the Preferred Shares and there is no certainty that the Company will redeem the Preferred Shares.

A preliminary prospectus supplement to the Company’s short form base shelf prospectus dated June 10, 2022 in respect of the potential offering of Notes has been filed with the securities regulatory authorities in each of the provinces and territories of Canada. Any potential offering, if and when launched, would only be made pursuant to a final prospectus supplement to the short form base shelf prospectus of the Company dated June 10, 2022. The short form base shelf prospectus and preliminary prospectus supplement contain important detailed information about the Notes. Copies of these documents are available electronically on the System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval + at www.sedarplus.ca. Investors should read the short form base shelf prospectus and preliminary prospectus supplement, or any final prospectus supplement, before making an investment decision.

CPX.PR.K was issued as a FixedReset 5.75%+415M575 issue that commenced trading 2019-5-16 after being announced 2019-5-7. It has been tracked by HIMIPref™ but relegated to the Scraps – FixedReset (Discount) subindex on credit concerns.

Whether or not a redemption comes to pass, I suggest that this is good news for the Canadian preferred share market. The fact that the company can even consider redeeming the preferred issue using proceeds of an issue on the hybrid bond market is at least a small sign that refinancing there is not restricted to investment-grade banks – even the junkier issuers can participate! Of course, the massive 415bp spread over GOC-5 – and the minimum reset guarantee – make this an easier decision than most, but at least it’s another data point to reinforce the indication provided by ALA in November, 2023 that such money was available.

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

4 Responses to “CPX.PR.K To Be Redeemed, Maybe”

  1. […] follows yesterday’s announcement of the possibility and indicates that the company was able to raise funds at an attractive price on the hybrid bond […]

  2. DR says:

    8.125% on the new hybrid. managed to do $450mm worth (pref retirement only $150mm) so definitely ample demand

    granted canada’s popped a bit here but the would have been coupon on the pref would have been just sub 8

    not sure their overall tax rate or whether subject to part VI on the prefs but either way a pretty decent savings

    seems pref market may one day swing from a completely saturated market to one of a dearth of prefs around.

    told similar thing happened in australia whereby they all disappeared

  3. DR says:

    at the same time that dividends look a little more attractive than capital gains for all you fatcats i might add

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