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TORONTO, Sept. 6, 2018 /CNW/ - Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO)(NYSE:BMO) today announced a domestic public offering of $300 million of Non-Cumulative 5-Year Rate Reset Class B Preferred Shares Series 44 (Non-Viability Contingent Capital (NVCC)) (the "Preferred Shares Series 44"). The offering will be underwritten on a bought-deal basis by a syndicate of underwriters led by BMO Capital Markets. The Bank has granted to the underwriters an option to purchase up to an additional $100 million of the Preferred Shares Series 44 exercisable at any time up to 48 hours before closing.
The Preferred Shares Series 44 will be issued to the public at a price of $25.00 per share. Holders will be entitled to receive non-cumulative preferential fixed quarterly dividends for the initial period to November 25, 2023, as and when declared by the Board of Directors of the Bank, payable in the amount of $0.303125 per share, to yield 4.85 per cent annually.
Subject to regulatory approval, on November 25, 2023 and on November 25 of every fifth year thereafter, the Bank may redeem the Preferred Shares Series 44 in whole or in part at par. On November 25, 2023, the dividend rate will reset and will reset thereafter every five years to be equal to the 5-Year Government of Canada Bond Yield plus 2.68 per cent. Subject to certain conditions, holders may elect to convert any or all of their Preferred Shares Series 44 into an equal number of Non-Cumulative Floating Rate Class B Preferred Shares Series 45 (Non-Viability Contingent Capital (NVCC)) ("Preferred Shares Series 45") on November 25, 2023, and on November 25 of every fifth year thereafter. Holders of the Preferred Shares Series 45 will be entitled to receive non-cumulative preferential floating rate quarterly dividends, as and when declared by the Board of Directors of the Bank, equal to the then 3-month Government of Canada Treasury Bill Yield plus 2.68 per cent. Subject to certain conditions, holders may elect to convert any or all of their Preferred Shares Series 45 into an equal number of Preferred Shares Series 44 on November 25, 2028, and on November 25 of every fifth year thereafter.
The anticipated closing date is September 17, 2018. The net proceeds from the offering will be used by the Bank for general banking purposes.
The Preferred Shares Series 44 and Preferred Shares Series 45 have not been, and will not be, registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "U.S. Securities Act"), and may not be offered, sold or delivered directly, or indirectly, in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the U.S. Securities Act. This news release shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy such Preferred Shares Series 44 or Preferred Shares Series 45 in the United States or in any other jurisdiction where such offer is unlawful.
SOURCE BMO Financial Group
For further information: For News Media Enquiries: Paul Gammal, Toronto, [email protected], (416) 867-3996; For Investor Relations Enquiries: Jill Homenuk, Toronto, [email protected], (416) 867-4770; Christine Viau, Toronto, [email protected], (416) 867-6956; Internet: www.bmo.com