CALGARY, ALBERTA–(Marketwired – April 13, 2016) – TransCanada Corporation (TSX:TRP) (NYSE:TRP) (TransCanada) today announced that it will issue 12 million cumulative redeemable minimum rate reset first preferred shares, series 13 (the “Series 13 Preferred Shares”) at a price of $25.00 per share for aggregate gross proceeds of $300 million on a bought deal basis to a syndicate of underwriters in Canada co-led by TD Securities Inc., BMO Capital Markets and Scotiabank.
The holders of Series 13 Preferred Shares will be entitled to receive fixed cumulative dividends at an annual rate of $1.375 per share, payable quarterly on the last business day of February, May, August and November, as and when declared by the board of directors of TransCanada. The Series 13 Preferred Shares will yield 5.50 per cent per annum for the initial fixed rate period ending May 31, 2021 with the first dividend payment date scheduled for May 31, 2016. The dividend rate will reset on May 31, 2021 and on the last business day of May in every fifth year thereafter to a rate equal to the sum of the then five-year Government of Canada bond yield plus 4.69 per cent, provided that, in any event, such rate shall not be less than 5.50 per cent per annum. The Series 13 Preferred Shares are redeemable by TransCanada, at its option, on May 31, 2021 and on the last business day of May in every fifth year thereafter at a price of $25.00 per share plus accrued and unpaid dividends.
The holders of Series 13 Preferred Shares will have the right to convert their shares into cumulative redeemable first preferred shares, series 14 (the “Series 14 Preferred Shares”), subject to certain conditions, on May 31, 2021 and on the last business day of May in every fifth year thereafter. The holders of Series 14 Preferred Shares will be entitled to receive quarterly floating rate cumulative dividends, as and when declared by the board of directors of TransCanada, at an annualized rate equal to the sum of the then 90-day Government of Canada treasury bill rate plus 4.69 per cent.
TransCanada has granted to the underwriters an option, exercisable at any time up to 48 hours prior to the closing of the offering, to purchase up to an additional two million Series 13 Preferred Shares at a price of $25.00 per share.
The anticipated closing date is April 20, 2016. The net proceeds of the offering will be used for general corporate purposes and to reduce short term indebtedness of TransCanada and its affiliates, which short term indebtedness was used to fund TransCanada’s capital program and for general corporate purposes.
The Series 13 Preferred Shares will be offered to the public in Canada pursuant to a prospectus supplement that will be filed with securities regulatory authorities in Canada under TransCanada’s short form base shelf prospectus dated December 23, 2015. The securities referred to herein have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from registration requirements.
This news release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of any offer to buy, nor will there be any sale of these securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to the registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.
With more than 65 years’ experience, TransCanada is a leader in the responsible development and reliable operation of North American energy infrastructure including natural gas and liquids pipelines, power generation and gas storage facilities. TransCanada operates a network of natural gas pipelines that extends more than 67,000 kilometres (42,000 miles), tapping into virtually all major gas supply basins in North America. TransCanada is one of the continent’s largest providers of gas storage and related services with 368 billion cubic feet of storage capacity. A growing independent power producer, TransCanada owns or has interests in over 11,400 megawatts of power generation in Canada and the United States. TransCanada is developing one of North America’s largest liquids delivery systems. TransCanada’s common shares trade on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges under the symbol TRP.