Power Financial Announces Conversion Rights for Non-Cumulative 5-Year Rate Reset First Preferred Shares, Series P

Readers are referred to the section entitled "Forward-Looking Statements" at the end of this release.  

MONTRÉAL, Dec. 7, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - Power Financial Corporation (TSX: PWF PWF.PR.P.) announced today that it does not intend to exercise its right to redeem all or part of the currently outstanding 11,200,000 Non-Cumulative 5-Year Rate Reset First Preferred Shares, Series P (the "Series P shares") on January 31, 2016. As a result, subject to certain conditions, the holders of the Series P shares have the right to convert all or part of their Series P shares, on a one-for-one basis, into Non-Cumulative Floating Rate First Preferred Shares, Series Q (the "Series Q shares") on February 1, 2016 (the "Conversion Date") in accordance with the prospectus supplement dated June 18, 2010.

Holders of Series P shares who do not exercise their right to convert their Series P shares into Series Q shares on the Conversion Date will retain their Series P shares.

The dividend rate applicable to the Series P shares for the 5-year period from February 1, 2016 to January 31, 2021, and the dividend rate applicable to the Series Q shares for the 3-month period from February 1, 2016 to April 30, 2016, will be determined and announced by way of a news release on January 4, 2016.

Beneficial owners of Series P shares who wish to exercise their conversion right should communicate with their broker or other nominee to obtain instructions for exercising such right during the conversion period, which runs from January 4, 2016 until January 18, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. (EST).

The foregoing conversion rights are subject to the conditions that: (i) if Power Financial determines that there would remain outstanding on the Conversion Date less than 1,000,000 Series Q shares, after having taken into account all Series P shares tendered for conversion into Series Q shares, then holders of Series P shares will not be entitled to convert their shares into Series Q shares, and (ii) alternatively, if Power Financial determines that there would remain outstanding on the Conversion Date less than 1,000,000 Series P shares, after having taken into account all Series P shares tendered for conversion into Series Q shares, then all remaining Series P shares will automatically be converted into Series Q shares without the consent of the holders on a one-for-one basis on the Conversion Date.

In either case, Power Financial will give written notice to that effect to the registered holder of Series P shares no later than January 25, 2016.

ABOUT POWER FINANCIAL
Power Financial Corporation is a diversified management and holding company that has interests, directly or indirectly, in companies in the financial services sector in Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia. It also has diversified investments in industrial companies based in Europe. Power Financial Corporation is a member of the Power Corporation Group of Companies. To learn more, visit www.powerfinancial.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements in this News Release, other than statements of historical fact, are forward-looking statements based on certain assumptions and reflect Power Financial Corporation's (the "Corporation") current expectations, or with respect to disclosure regarding the Corporation's public subsidiaries, reflect such subsidiaries' disclosed current expectations. Forward-looking statements are provided for the purposes of assisting the reader in understanding the Corporation's financial performance, financial position and cash flows as at and for the periods ended on certain dates and to present information about management's current expectations and plans relating to the future and the reader is cautioned that such statements may not be appropriate for other purposes. These statements may include, without limitation, statements regarding the operations, business, financial condition, expected financial results, performance, prospects, opportunities, priorities, targets, goals, ongoing objectives, strategies and outlook of the Corporation and its subsidiaries, the intention to not redeem the Series P shares, the giving of notices to the registered holder and the issuance of a future news release, as well as the outlook for North American and international economies for the current fiscal year and subsequent periods. Forward-looking statements include statements that are predictive in nature, depend upon or refer to future events or conditions, or include words such as "expects", "anticipates", "plans", "believes", "estimates", "seeks", "intends", "targets", "projects", "forecasts" or negative versions thereof and other similar expressions, or future or conditional verbs such as "may", "will", "should", "would" and "could".

By its nature, this information is subject to inherent risks and uncertainties that may be general or specific and which give rise to the possibility that expectations, forecasts, predictions, projections or conclusions will not prove to be accurate, that assumptions may not be correct and that objectives, strategic goals and priorities will not be achieved. A variety of factors, many of which are beyond the Corporation's and its subsidiaries' control, affect the operations, performance and results of the Corporation and its subsidiaries and their businesses, and could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations of estimated or anticipated events or results. These factors include, but are not limited to: the impact or unanticipated impact of general economic, political and market factors in North America and internationally, interest and foreign exchange rates, global equity and capital markets, management of market liquidity and funding risks, changes in accounting policies and methods used to report financial condition (including uncertainties associated with critical accounting assumptions and estimates), the effect of applying future accounting changes, business competition, operational and reputational risks, technological change, changes in government regulation and legislation, changes in tax laws, unexpected judicial or regulatory proceedings, catastrophic events, the Corporation's and its subsidiaries' ability to complete strategic transactions, integrate acquisitions and implement other growth strategies, and the Corporation's and its subsidiaries' success in anticipating and managing the foregoing factors.

The reader is cautioned to consider these and other factors, uncertainties and potential events carefully and not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Information contained in forward-looking statements is based upon certain material assumptions that were applied in drawing a conclusion or making a forecast or projection, including management's perceptions of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other considerations that are believed to be appropriate in the circumstances, including that the list of factors in the previous paragraph, collectively, are not expected to have a material impact on the Corporation and its subsidiaries. While the Corporation considers these assumptions to be reasonable based on information currently available to management, they may prove to be incorrect.

Other than as specifically required by applicable Canadian law, the Corporation undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which such statement is made, or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, whether as a result of new information, future events or results, or otherwise.

Additional information about the risks and uncertainties of the Corporation's business and material factors or assumptions on which information contained in forward-looking statements is based is provided in its disclosure materials, including its most recent Management's Discussion and Analysis and Annual Information Form, filed with the securities regulatory authorities in Canada and available at www.sedar.com.

 

SOURCE Power Financial Corporation

For further information: Mr. Stéphane Lemay, Vice-President, General Counsel and Secretary, 514-286-7400

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