Manulife Financial Corporation announces Preferred Share issue



    
    TSX/NYSE/PSE: MFC
    SEHK: 945
    

    TORONTO, May 25 /CNW/ - Manulife Financial Corporation ("Manulife") today
announced a Canadian public offering of Non-cumulative Rate Reset Class 1
Shares Series 1 ("Series 1 Preferred Shares"). Manulife will issue eight
million Series 1 Preferred Shares priced at $25 per share to raise gross
proceeds of $200 million. The offering will be underwritten by a syndicate of
investment dealers led by Scotia Capital Inc. and RBC Dominion Securities Inc.
and is anticipated to qualify as Tier 1 capital for Manulife. The expected
closing date for the offering is June 3, 2009. Manulife has also granted the
underwriters an option, exercisable in whole or in part at any time up to 48
hours prior to closing, to purchase up to an additional two million Series 1
Preferred Shares. The maximum gross proceeds raised under the offering will be
$250 million should this option be exercised in full. Manulife intends to file
a prospectus supplement to its May 8, 2009 amended and restated base shelf
prospectus in respect of this issue.
    Holders of the Series 1 Preferred Shares will be entitled to receive a
non-cumulative quarterly fixed dividend yielding 5.60% annually, as and when
declared by the Board of Directors of Manulife, for the initial period ending
September 19, 2014. Thereafter, the dividend rate will be reset every five
years at a rate equal to the 5-year Government of Canada bond yield plus
3.23%.
    Holders of Series 1 Preferred Shares will have the right, at their
option, to convert their shares into Non-cumulative Rate Reset Class 1 Shares
Series 2 ("Series 2 Preferred Shares"), subject to certain conditions, on
September 19, 2014 and on September 19 every five years thereafter. Holders of
the Series 2 Preferred Shares will be entitled to receive non-cumulative
quarterly floating dividends, as and when declared by the Board of Directors
of Manulife, at a rate equal to the three-month Government of Canada Treasury
Bill yield plus 3.23%.
    Approximately half of the net proceeds from the offering will be applied
to reduce amounts outstanding under Manulife's credit facility with Canadian
chartered banks and the balance of the net proceeds will be utilized for
general corporate purposes,
    The Series 1 Preferred Shares and Series 2 Preferred Shares have not been
and will not be registered in the United States under the Securities Act of
1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent
registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements.
This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation to
buy securities in the United States and any public offering of the securities
in the United States must be made by means of a prospectus.

    About Manulife Financial

    Manulife Financial is a leading Canadian-based financial services group
serving millions of customers in 19 countries and territories worldwide.
Operating as Manulife Financial in Canada and Asia, and primarily through John
Hancock in the United States, the Company offers clients a diverse range of
financial protection products and wealth management services through its
extensive network of employees, agents and distribution partners. Funds under
management by Manulife Financial and its subsidiaries were Cdn$405.3 billion
(US$321.7 billion) as at March 31, 2009.
    Manulife Financial Corporation trades as 'MFC' on the TSX, NYSE and PSE,
and under '945' on the SEHK. Manulife Financial can be found on the Internet
at www.manulife.com.





For further information:

For further information: Media inquiries: Tom Nunn, (519) 594-8578,
tom_nunn@manulife.com; Investor Relations: Amir Gorgi, 1-800-795-9767,
investor_relations@manulife.com


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