CALGARY, Nov. 28, 2018 /CNW/ - AltaGas Ltd. ("AltaGas") (TSX: ALA) announced today that it does not intend to exercise its right to redeem any or all of its currently outstanding Cumulative Redeemable Five-Year Rate Reset Preferred Shares, Series E (the "Series E Shares") (TSX: ALA.PR.E) on December 31, 2018 (the "Conversion Date").
As a result, subject to certain conditions, the holders of the Series E Shares have the right to convert all or part of their Series E Shares on a one-for-one basis into Cumulative Redeemable Floating Rate Preferred Shares, Series F (the "Series F Shares") on the Conversion Date. Holders who do not exercise their right to convert their Series E Shares into Series F Shares will, subject to automatic conversion in the circumstances described below, retain their Series E Shares.
The foregoing conversion right is subject to the conditions that: (i) if AltaGas determines that after giving effect to all conversions there would be less than 1,000,000 Series E Shares outstanding after the Conversion Date, then all remaining Series E Shares will automatically be converted into Series F Shares on a one-for-one basis on the Conversion Date; and (ii) if AltaGas determines that after giving effect to all conversions there would be less than 1,000,000 Series F Shares outstanding after the Conversion Date, no Series E Shares will be converted into Series F Shares. There are currently 8,000,000 Series E Shares outstanding.
With respect to any Series E Shares that remain outstanding after the Conversion Date, holders shall be entitled to receive, as and when declared by the Board of Directors of AltaGas, fixed cumulative preferential cash dividends, payable quarterly. The new annual dividend rate applicable to the Series E Shares for the five-year period commencing on and including December 31, 2018 to, but excluding, December 31, 2023 will be set and announced on December 3, 2018, being equal to the sum of the five-year Government of Canada bond yield as of such date plus 3.17 percent.
With respect to any Series F Shares that may be issued on the Conversion Date, holders shall be entitled to receive, as and when declared by the Board of Directors of AltaGas, quarterly floating rate cumulative preferential cash dividends. The dividend rate applicable to the Series F Shares for the three-month floating rate period commencing on and including December 31, 2018 to, but excluding, March 31, 2019 will be set and announced on December 3, 2018, being equal to the sum of the annual rate of interest for the most recent auction of 90 day Government of Canada treasury bills plus 3.17 percent (the "Floating Quarterly Dividend Rate"). The Floating Quarterly Dividend Rate will be reset every quarter.
Beneficial holders of Series E Shares who wish to exercise their right of conversion should instruct their broker or other nominee to exercise such right during the conversion period, which runs from December 1, 2018 until 5:00 p.m. (Toronto time) on December 17, 2018. It is recommended that this be done well in advance of the deadline in order to provide the broker or other intermediary with time to complete the necessary steps. Any notices received after this deadline will not be valid.
Subject to the terms and conditions of the Series E Shares and Series F Shares and AltaGas' right to redeem such shares, holders of the Series E Shares and the Series F Shares will have the opportunity to convert their shares again on December 31, 2023, and every five years thereafter as long as the Series E Shares and Series F Shares remain outstanding.
AltaGas is an energy infrastructure company with a focus on natural gas, power and regulated utilities. AltaGas creates value by growing and optimizing its energy infrastructure, including a focus on clean energy sources. For more information visit: www.altagas.ca.
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