CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Apr 30, 2013) - Canadian Utilities Limited announced today it has entered into an agreement with a syndicate of underwriters co-led by RBC Capital Markets and BMO Capital Markets, and including TD Securities Inc., Scotiabank, CIBC, Canaccord Genuity Corp., and GMP Securities L.P. The underwriters have agreed to buy 6,000,000 4.50% Cumulative Redeemable Second Preferred Shares Series DD at a price of $25.00 per share for aggregate gross proceeds of $150,000,000. The proceeds will be used for capital expenditures, to repay indebtedness and for other general corporate purposes.
Canadian Utilities Limited has granted the underwriters an option to purchase at the offering price an additional 2,000,000 Series DD Preferred Shares exercisable in whole or in part at any time up to 7:00 AM (Calgary time) on the date that is two business days prior to closing. Should the option be fully exercised, the total gross proceeds of the Series DD Preferred Share offering will be $200,000,000.
The Series DD Preferred Shares will be issued to the public at a price of $25.00 per share and holders will be entitled to receive fixed cumulative preferential cash dividends, payable quarterly as and when declared by the Board of Directors of the Corporation at an annual rate of $1.125 per share, to yield 4.50% annually. On or after September 1, 2018, the Corporation may redeem the Series DD Preferred Shares in whole or in part from time to time, at $26.00 per share if redeemed during the 12 months commencing September 1, 2018, at $25.75 per share if redeemed during the 12 months commencing September 1, 2019, at $25.50 per share if redeemed during the 12 months commencing September 1, 2020, at $25.25 per share if redeemed during the 12 months commencing September 1, 2021, and at $25.00 per share if redeemed on or after September 1, 2022.
The offering is being made only in the provinces of Canada by means of a prospectus supplement and the closing date of the issue is expected to be on or about May 15, 2013.
This news release does not constitute an offer to sell securities, nor is it a solicitation of an offer to buy securities, in any jurisdiction. All sales will be made through registered securities dealers in jurisdictions where the offering has been qualified for distribution.
Canadian Utilities Limited, an ATCO company, with more than 7,100 employees and assets of approximately $14 billion, delivers service excellence and innovative business solutions worldwide with leading companies engaged in utilities (pipelines, natural gas and electricity transmission and distribution), energy (power generation, natural gas gathering, processing, storage and liquids extraction) and technologies (business systems solutions). More information can be found at www.canadianutilities.com.
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