TORONTO, May 13, 2016 /CNW/ - Morneau Shepell Inc. ("Morneau Shepell" or the "Company") (TSX: MSI) announced today that it has entered into an agreement with a syndicate of underwriters co-led by National Bank Financial Inc. and TD Securities Inc. pursuant to which the underwriters have agreed to purchase, on a bought deal basis, convertible unsecured subordinated debentures of Morneau Shepell in an aggregate principal amount of $75 million. The debentures will be offered at a price of $1,000 per debenture by way of short form prospectus in each of the provinces of Canada.
The debentures will bear interest at a rate of 4.75% per annum, payable semi-annually on June 30 and December 31 each year, commencing on December 31, 2016. The debentures will be convertible at the holder's option into Morneau Shepell common shares at a conversion price of $25.10 per share, representing a conversion rate of 39.8406 Morneau Shepell shares per $1,000 principal amount of debentures. The debentures will mature on June 30, 2021 and may be redeemed by Morneau Shepell, in certain circumstances, on or after June 30, 2019.
Morneau Shepell has granted an over-allotment option to the underwriters of the offering, entitling them to purchase, for a period of 30 days from the closing of the offering, up to $11 million principal amount of additional debentures at the offering price of $1,000 per debenture, for market stabilization purposes and to cover over-allotments, if any.
Morneau Shepell also announced that it has issued a notice of redemption to the holders of its currently outstanding 5.75% convertible unsecured subordinated debentures maturing on March 31, 2017 (the "5.75% Convertible Debentures"). As set out in the notice of redemption, Morneau Shepell intends to redeem all of the 5.75% Convertible Debentures issued and outstanding on June 13, 2016 (the "Redemption Date"). The 5.75% Convertible Debentures are redeemable at a redemption price equal to their principal amount, plus accrued and unpaid interest thereon up to, but excluding, the Redemption Date. As of the close of business on May 9, 2016, there was $74.7 million principal amount of 5.75% Convertible Debentures issued and outstanding.
Morneau Shepell intends to use the net proceeds of the offering to initially repay indebtedness under its credit facility which will then be available to be drawn, as required, to fund the redemption of the 5.75% Convertible Debentures and for general corporate purposes, including future acquisitions. The redemption of the 5.75% Convertible Debentures is not conditional upon the completion of the debenture offering.
In connection with the debenture offering, Morneau Shepell will file a preliminary short form prospectus in all provinces of Canada by May 18, 2016. The prospectus offering is subject to all standard regulatory approvals, including that of the Toronto Stock Exchange, and is expected to close on or about June 2, 2016.
This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities in any jurisdiction. The debentures being offered, and the common shares issuable upon the conversion or redemption of the debentures, have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933 or state securities laws. Accordingly, the debentures may not be offered or sold to U.S. persons except pursuant to applicable exemptions from registration.
About Morneau Shepell Inc.
Morneau Shepell is the only human resources consulting and technology company that takes an integrative approach to employee assistance, health, benefits and retirement needs. The Company is the leading provider of employee and family assistance programs, as well as the largest administrator of retirement and benefits plans and the largest provider of integrated absence management solutions in Canada. Through health and productivity, administrative, and retirement solutions, Morneau Shepell helps clients reduce costs, increase employee productivity and improve their competitive position. Established in 1966, Morneau Shepell serves approximately 20,000 clients, ranging from small businesses to some of the largest corporations and associations in North America. With almost 4,000 employees in offices across North America, Morneau Shepell provides services to organizations across Canada, in the United States, and around the globe. Morneau Shepell is a publicly-traded company on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: MSI). For more information, visit morneaushepell.com.
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