EFN.PR.C To Be Redeemed

Element Fleet Management has announced (in their 24Q1 earnings release, I don’t see a redemption press release):

Capital structure

Redemption of all outstanding 6.21% Cumulative 5-Year Rate Reset Preferred Shares Series C

To further optimize the Company’s balance sheet and mature its capital structure, the Company announced today its intention to redeem – in accordance with the terms of the 6.21% Cumulative 5-Year Rate Reset Preferred Shares Series C (the “Series C Shares”) as set out in the Company’s articles – all of its 5,126,400 issued and outstanding Series C Shares on June 30, 2024 (the “Share Redemption Date”) for a redemption price equal to CAD$25.00 per Series C Share for an aggregate total amount of approximately US$94.6 million (CAD$128 million), together with all accrued and unpaid dividends up to but excluding the Share Redemption Date (the “Redemption Price”), less any tax required to be deducted and withheld by the Company.

The Company has provided notice today of the Redemption Price and the Share Redemption Date to the sole registered holder of the Series C Shares in accordance with the terms of the Series C Shares as set out in the Company’s articles. Non-registered holders of Series C Shares should contact their broker or other intermediary for information regarding the redemption process for the Series C Shares in which they hold a beneficial interest. The Company’s transfer agent for the Series C Shares is Computershare Investor Services Inc. (“Computershare Investor Services”). Questions regarding the redemption process may be directed to Computershare Investor Services at 1-800-564-6253 or by email to corporateactions@computershare.com.

Following their redemption on June 30, 2024, the Series C Shares will be de-listed from and no longer trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (“TSX”).

The Company also currently anticipates using a portion of its free cash flow to redeem all its outstanding 5.903% Cumulative 5-Year Rate Reset Preferred Shares Series E (due September 2024) for an approximate aggregate total amount of US$98.2 million (CAD$133 million).

This announcement validates their earlier anticipation of a redemption.

EFN.PR.C was announced 2014-2-26 as a FixedReset, 6.50%+481, but was not added to HIMIPref™ at that time as the company did not have a credit rating. The company received an initial rating from DBRS on 2015-9-24 and HIMIPref™ commenced tracking its four issues then outstanding shortly thereafter. The extension of the issue was announced 2019-5-22 and it was later announced that EFN.PR.C would reset at 6.210% effective June 30, 2019. I recommended against conversion and there was no conversion. The issue has been tracked by HIMIPref™ but is relegated to the Scraps – FixedReset (Discount) subindex on credit concerns.

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

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