Bank of Montreal Announces Preferred Share Issue



    TORONTO, March 25 /CNW/ - Bank of Montreal (TSX, NYSE:   BMO) today
announced a domestic public offering of $200 million of Non-Cumulative
Perpetual Class B Preferred Shares Series 15 (the "Preferred Shares"). The
offering will be underwritten on a bought deal basis by a syndicate led by BMO
Capital Markets. The Bank has granted to the underwriters an option to
purchase up to an additional $50 million of the Preferred Shares exercisable
at any time up to two days before closing.
    The Preferred Shares will be issued to the public at a price of $25.00
per Preferred Share and holders will be entitled to receive non-cumulative
preferential quarterly dividends as and when declared by the board of
directors of the Bank, payable in the amount of $0.3625 per Preferred Share,
to yield 5.80 per cent annually.
    Subject to regulatory approval, on or after May 25, 2013, the Bank may
redeem the Preferred Shares in whole or in part at a declining premium.
    The anticipated closing date is April 2, 2008. The net proceeds from the
offering will be used by the Bank for general corporate purposes.
    The securities offered have not been, and will not be, registered under
the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered, sold or
delivered directly, or indirectly, in the United States absent registration or
an applicable exemption from the registration requirements. This news release
shall not constitute an offer to sell in the United States.





For further information:

For further information: For News Media Enquiries: Ralph Marranca,
Toronto, ralph.marranca@bmo.com, (416) 867-3996; Ronald Monet, Montreal,
ronald.monet@bmo.com, (514) 877-1873; For Investor Relations Enquiries: Steven
Bonin, Toronto, steven.bonin@bmo.com, (416) 867-5452; Krista White, Toronto,
krista.white@bmo.com, (416) 867-7019; Internet: www.bmo.com


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