TORONTO, Dec. 18, 2015 /CNW/ - Trez Capital Senior Mortgage Investment Corporation (TSX:TZS) (the "Company") announced today that its board of directors has declared a monthly dividend of $0.0485 per Class A share of the Company. The dividend will be paid on January 15, 2016 to holders of Class A shares of record on December 31, 2015. As of December 17, 2015, there were 7,577,988 Class A shares outstanding. The amount of the monthly dividends is equivalent to approximately $0.58 per Class A Share per annum. This represents a current yield of 7.2% based on the closing price of $8.03 of the Class A Shares on December 17, 2015.
The Company also offers a Dividend Reinvestment Plan (the "Plan") to eligible holders of Class A Shares, that provides eligible holders of Class A shares of the Company with a convenient means to purchase additional Class A Shares by reinvesting their cash dividends at a potential discount to the current market price.
Shares for the reinvestment of dividends will be acquired in the open market at prevailing market rates or, if lower than the current market price, issued from treasury at the greater of book value per share and 95 percent of the average market price. "Average market price" is defined in the Plan to be the volume weighted average trading price of Class A Shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange during the 10 trading days ending on the third business day immediately prior to the dividend payment date on which at least a board lot of Class A Shares is traded. Class A Shares acquired under the Plan will be automatically enrolled in the Plan. Beneficial shareholders who hold their Class A Shares through a broker, financial institution or other nominee must enroll for dividend reinvestment through their nominee holder.
The Company also announced that the Board of Directors has adopted By-Law No. 2 of the Company (the "Advance Notice By-Law"). The purpose of the Advance Notice By-Law is to provide a clear framework for nominating directors. Among other things, the Advance Notice By-Law fixes a deadline by which shareholders of the Company must submit nominations to the Company before any annual or special meeting of the shareholders, and sets forth the minimum information that a shareholder must include in the notice to the Company for the notice to be in proper written form.
The goal is to ensure that all shareholders receive adequate notice and information on directors in connection with the nominations to be considered at a meeting, and can thereby exercise their voting rights in an informed manner.
The Advance Notice By-Law is effective immediately and will be placed before shareholders for ratification at the next meeting of shareholders of the Company. A copy of the Advance Notice By-Law can be viewed at www.sedar.com.
About the Company
The Company's objective is to acquire and maintain a diversified portfolio of first mortgages in Canada that preserves capital and generates attractive returns in order to pay monthly dividends to its shareholders. The Company pursues its investment objectives through prudent investments in first mortgages to qualified real estate investors and developers, focusing primarily on short-term bridge financing needs not currently serviced by traditional real estate lenders. Trez Capital Fund Management Limited Partnership is the manager of and portfolio advisor to the Company.
SOURCE Trez Capital Senior Mortgage Investment Corporation
For further information: please contact: Karyn Phuong, Vice President, Investor Relations, Trez Capital, Tel: 647-788-1788, Email: KarynP@trezcapital.com