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MONTREAL, Jan. 13, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - National Bank of Canada ("National Bank") today announced that it has entered into an agreement with a group of underwriters led by National Bank Financial Inc. for the issuance on a bought deal basis of 10 million non-cumulative 5-year rate reset first preferred shares series 34 (non-viability contingent capital (NVCC)) (the "Series 34 Preferred Shares") at a price of $25.00 per share, to raise gross proceeds of $250 million.
National Bank has granted the underwriters an option to purchase, on the same terms, up to an additional 2 million Series 34 Preferred Shares. This option is exercisable in whole or in part by the underwriters at any time up to two business days prior to closing. The gross proceeds raised under the offering will be $300 million should this option be exercised in full.
The Series 34 Preferred Shares will yield 5.60% annually, payable quarterly, as and when declared by the Board of Directors of National Bank, for the initial period ending May 15, 2021. The first of such dividends, if declared, shall be payable on May 15, 2016. Thereafter, the dividend rate will reset every five years at a level of 490 basis points over the then 5-year Government of Canada bond yield. Subject to regulatory approval, National Bank may redeem the Series 34 Preferred Shares in whole or in part at par on May 15, 2021 and on May 15 every five years thereafter.
Holders of the Series 34 Preferred Shares will have the right to convert their shares into an equal number of non-cumulative floating rate first preferred shares series 35 (non-viability contingent capital (NVCC)) (the "Series 35 Preferred Shares"), subject to certain conditions, on May 15, 2021, and on May 15 every five years thereafter. Holders of the Series 35 Preferred Shares will be entitled to receive quarterly floating dividends, as and when declared by the Board of Directors of National Bank, equal to the 90-day Government of Canada Treasury Bill rate plus 490 basis points.
The net proceeds of the offering will be used for general corporate purposes and added to National Bank's capital base. The expected closing date is on or about January 22, 2016. National Bank intends to file in Canada a prospectus supplement to its December 1, 2014 base shelf prospectus in respect of this issue.
The Series 34 Preferred Shares and Series 35 Preferred Shares have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or under any state securities laws, and may not be offered, sold, directly or indirectly, or delivered within the United States of America and its territories and possessions or to, or for the account or benefit of, United States persons except in certain transactions exempt from the registration requirements of such Act. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation to buy securities in the United States.
About National Bank of Canada
With $216 billion in assets as at October 31, 2015, National Bank of Canada, together with its subsidiaries, forms one of Canada's leading integrated financial groups. The Bank has close to 20,000 employees and is widely recognized as a top employer. The Bank's securities are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: NA). Follow the Bank's activities at nbc.ca or via social media such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.
Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release includes certain forward-looking statements. These statements are inherently subject to significant risks, uncertainties and changes in circumstances, many of which are beyond the control of the Bank. Except as required by law, the Bank does not undertake to update any forward-looking statements, whether written or oral, that may be made from time to time, by it or on its behalf. The forward-looking information contained in this press release is presented for the purpose of interpreting the information contained herein and may not be appropriate for other purposes.
SOURCE National Bank of Canada
For further information: (The telephone numbers provided below are for the exclusive use of journalists, other media representatives and shareholders): Claude Breton, Vice-President, Public Affairs and Investor Relations, National Bank of Canada, Tel.: 514-394-8644; Hélène Baril, Senior Director, Investor Relations, National Bank of Canada, Tel.: 514-394-0296